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May 18, 2010
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By MARIE GILBERT | October 3, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- As JoAnn Horn Cashman walked through the doors of Heritage Academy on Saturday morning, she became a bit nostalgic. She had first stepped foot on campus in 1970 as a second-grader who rode a bus from Frederick, Md., each school day with her older brother. There was no gymnasium in those days, so students exercised in the halls. There was no chapel, and the library was much smaller. Going from room to room, it was easy to remember the past, she said.
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By TIM ROWLAND | September 12, 2009
The instant people began to open their mouths and say that Washington County Public Schools should not show President Obama's recent classroom videocast on the grounds that it was some kind of new world-order brainwashing, the school system should have vowed to broadcast the speech, no matter what. Here was the salient lesson: Censorship, in most any form, is wrong. Instead, schools officials hid behind the lamest possible excuse: Gosh, we'd love to show the president, but it came on such short notice and we really can't afford the time.
NEWS
August 21, 2009
The "suspicious item" that caused a brief shutdown of North Hagerstown High School Wednesday morning was a "phony destructive device" made of road flares, according to a statement issued Friday by Washington County Public Schools officials. Road flares are prohibited under the disciplinary guidelines in the "WCPS Handbook and Guide," a violation of which could result in an extended suspension or expulsion, the statement said. An investigation by the Hagerstown Police Department revealed the phony device was part of an inappropriate prank at the school, the statement said.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 6, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Public Schools officials are again seeking grant funding to pay for after-school programs at the district's eight Title 1 elementary schools, which serve a high percentage of students from low-income families. Those schools receive some federal money and for the past two years, Washington County Public Schools has used some grant money -- matched by federal dollars -- to provide 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The after-school programs at Bester, Eastern, Fountaindale, Hickory, Lincolnshire, Pangborn, Salem Avenue and Winter Street elementary schools add about 2 1/2 hours to the school day for students who participate, said Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction Michael Markoe.
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By CLAUD KITCHENS | December 29, 2008
The premier high school in the state had had a bad day. The school annually produced more Merit Scholar Finalists than the rest of the state combined. A rich curriculum included many opportunities to augment rigorous academic requirements. On this day, however, students and faculty were downhearted. During the morning, there had been a student assembly in the gymnasium, to watch a ballet company perform. Toward the end of the program, coins were thrown on the floor. Needless to say, the person in charge of the company stopped the performance and had the dancers leave the floor.
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By JANET HEIM | October 13, 2008
As the sun was rising Wednesday, Western Heights Middle School students, and parent and teacher chaperones gathered in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store on Salem Avenue for International Walk and Bike to School Day. The occasional blanket and scarf warmed chilly walkers, who looked forward to doughnuts and lemonade provided by the PTSA once they completed the almost three-quarter-mile trek to the school. Hagerstown Police Department Officer Helman, accompanied by McGruff the Crime Dog, provided a police escort for the group.
NEWS
October 9, 2008
Western Heights Middle School students walked to school Wednesday as part of International Walk to School Day. The goal is to enhance the health of children, improve air quality and environment, and create safer routes for walking and bicycling. Sixty-three schools in Maryland participated in the walk. Read more about it on the Education page in Monday's Herald-Mail.
NEWS
October 6, 2008
Wednesday is walk or bike to school day at Western Heights Middle School. The group will meet at the 7-Eleven store on Salem Avenue at 7 a.m.
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From Staff reports | August 27, 2008
The first day of the 2008-09 school year for an estimated 17,000 Berkeley County public school students Tuesday went well, Superintendent Manny P. Arvon II reported Tuesday. "It was an excellent day," Arvon said. Arvon said additional teachers might need to be hired in response to enrollment growth at certain schools, but felt that the administrators had planned well for a projected increase of 300 to 400 students. The 17,000-student enrollment estimate would put more distance between a 1998 study by The Education Alliance based in Charleston, W.Va.
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