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By LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | January 18, 2008
We had played several rounds of our new board game, "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?," and my seventh-grader was making a clean sweep of the board. If you think it makes sense that a seventh-grader could answer first- through fifth-grade questions, you've probably never played the game. Some of the questions in this game, which is based on the popular television show, are tough. As my son was reading the $1,000,000 question, I thought he might get it right: "What is the force of resistance encountered when one object is moved in contact with the surface of another?"
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August 11, 2007
Beall-Bartlett Katie Elizabeth Bartlett and Brian Richard Beall were married Saturday, July 7, 2007, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Boonsboro. The bride is the daughter of Darlene Bartlett of Hagerstown and the late Charles M. Bartlett. The bridegroom is the son of Richard and Marcia Beall of Boonsboro. The bride is a 1999 graduate of Boonsboro High School, received an associate of arts in liberal arts from Hagerstown Community College in 2001 and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary social studies education from Shepherd University in 2004.
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July 15, 2007
This fall, Frostburg State University will welcome Hagerstown area students who have received academic awards for study at the university. Virginia Ankeney of Big Pool received an Academic Excellence Award. She is a junior at FSU majoring in liberal studies. Ankeney is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and plans to become a teacher. Jonathan Beattie of Hagerstown was awarded the Annual Fund Alumni and Friends Marching Band Assistant Scholarship. A 2004 graduate of South Hagerstown high School, he is majoring in music education at FSU. Beattie participates in jazz, Latin and marching/concert bands, and wind, low brass and brass ensembles.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 12, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - When children enroll in kindergarten, they should understand about 13,000 words, use up to eight words in a sentence, know basic colors and have a good attention span. Most Washington County Public Schools students enter school with these basic skills and more, local school officials said. But a state report released recently shows that 35 percent of the 1,548 students who started kindergarten in Washington County Public Schools last year did not meet readiness standards.
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May 21, 2007
Eleven students in Jefferson County (W.Va.) schools took honors May 4 at the West Virginia Social Studies Fair in Charleston, W.Va., according to a school system press release. First-place winners were Jacob Morse of Harpers Ferry Middle School for his project "Global Warming: How it Affects Climate"; Justin Hardy and John Rickards of Charles Town Middle School for their project "The War of 1812: Lesser Known but not a Lesser Struggle"; and Rachel Guyot and Krystal Thomas of Jefferson High School for their project "Mental Illness: Demonology to Psychotherapy," according to the release Placing second was Cody Segraves of Jefferson High School for his project "Communism: What's the Fuss?"
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March 7, 2007
Nick Adams Waynesboro Basketball Senior What do you like best about your sport? "I like the intensity of each and every game that we play. " Your greatest accomplishment in your sport? "Making districts last year. " Toughest individual opponent you have faced? "Jaron Gembe of Greencastle. " Toughest team you have faced? "Harrisburg. " Other sports? Soccer Other activities in school you are involved in? National Honor Society Pregame rituals?
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by LISA PREJEAN | February 16, 2007
My students and I recently were discussing the classroom scene in E.B. White's "Stuart Little. " We read the chapter, closed our books and tried to remember the ideas proposed by Stuart's students as potential "classroom laws. " Stuart is a mouse, 2 inches high, who just happens into a substitute teaching job that day. He tosses out the arithmetic lesson, tells the students they should already know how to write, says he had never heard of such a thing as social studies and, for spelling, states that if they don't know how to spell something, they should open a dictionary.
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by NICK RITCHICK | August 29, 2006
Here goes another school year. For some of us, it's returning to the same school again and doing basically the same things over again. While for other people, like me, this year is going to be something brand new. This year, I'm a freshman at North Hagerstown High School. After my first day of school, I just had one thought on my mind: I wonder what everyone else's first taste of high school was like. So to answer this question, my editor and I hit the streets - OK, it was really Valley Mall - on Friday in search of freshmen to talk with.
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by KAREN HANNA | June 8, 2006
Board OKs plan for employee pensions An enhancement to school staffs' pensions will allow employees who work 30 years to earn more than 28 percent more in their retirements than they could otherwise, Chief Financial Officer Chris South told the Washington County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday. In the Alternate Contributory Pension Selection Plan, employees' contributions to their retirements gradually will increase from 2 percent now to 5 percent, according to information provided to the board.
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May 13, 2006
Shaffer-Lingenfelter Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Shaffer of Frederick, Md., announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Erin Shaffer, to William Spackman Lingenfelter, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lingenfelter of Hagerstown. Ms. Shaffer is a 1998 graduate of Frederick High School, received a bachelor's degree in psychology from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2002 and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction in special education from Hood College in 2005. She is employed with Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland as a special education teacher at Ballenger Creek Middle School.
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