March 17, 2013
The Frostburg State University Alumni Association has honored Mel Malchenson of Hagerstown with the Service to Alma Mater award for her consistent dedication to the advancement of FSU. The award was presented at FSU's annual Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership on March 8. “Mel's love for Frostburg State University is seemingly unparalleled,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “While she credits us for giving so much to her, it is her selfless dedication that has been and continues to be a gift to us.” Malchenson earned two master's degrees from Frostburg in 1981 and 1993.
February 24, 2013
Nathan Tappen was a young man with significant developmental disabilities. His family utilized the support and services of the Arc of Franklin-Fulton Counties throughout his lifetime. While Tappen's life was a brief 22 years, his death left the organization with a renewed sense of purpose to continue serving other citizens with developmental disabilities. In his memory, the Nathan Tappen Memorial Scholarship was developed to award $500 to an individual entering the field of special education.
December 26, 2012
In poorer public school districts in Maryland, the percentage of students receiving special education is disproportionately higher than in wealthier districts, and has been since early 2000. It's a nationwide trend that experts say isn't necessarily a bad thing, since schools in low-income areas have few other ways to address poverty-related disadvantages that affect students' learning abilities. About 15 percent of students in Maryland's top five poorest school districts received special-education services last year, compared to about 10 percent in the five wealthiest districts, according to a Capital News Service analysis of the most recent Maryland Department of Education data.
October 27, 2012
Tom Geiman of Chambersburg knows what it's like to pick up a book and not be able to read it. He was 44 before he learned to read. Geiman was one of about 14 percent of U.S. adults who can't read. But now, Geiman, 61, not only is reading at college-level, but he helped coordinate Saturday's Ride to Read event in Chambersburg. The 61.4-mile motorcycle trek around Franklin County, celebrating the Franklin-Fulton READS program, began at M&S Harley-Davidson in Chambersburg, continued to Mount Holly Springs, Pa., and ended at Chambersburg Mall in Scotland, Pa. Saturday's event was one of many activities in the two-month community reading celebration to promote reading and literacy through the area, said Sally Herritt, treasurer of the Franklin-Fulton County READS program.
October 14, 2012
Gael Butcher, principal of Marshall Street School and the Washington County Job Development Program at Marshall Street - both aimed at helping special-education students, will retire in February. Butcher said Thursday that at the time of her retirement, she will be just shy of five years as principal of Marshall Street and Job Development. Butcher, who lives in Middletown, Md., said she plans on spending more time with her husband and children. After retiring in 2005 from Frederick County (Md.)
August 19, 2012
Nancy Patterson is a school volunteer. Patterson is a retired teacher with vast experience in ways of educating young students. She is a volunteer with the Commission on Aging's Intergenerational Program and is tutoring at Rockland Woods' literacy program for second-graders this summer. Patterson plans to continue tutoring when school begins in the fall. Patterson has a master's degree in education and has been teaching for more than 25 years. Her focus has been in special education and includes work with visually impaired students.
May 31, 2012
The following area students received master's degrees on May 19 from McDaniel College: Julie Beardsley of Frederick, Md., teaching English to speakers of other languages Laura Lynne Beck of New Market, Md., special education Dante Brown of Knoxville, Md., counselor education Katherine A. Caldwell of Frederick, special education Caitlin Leigh Christopher of Frederick, counselor education Joshua Michael...
September 11, 2011
Washington County Board of Education member Donna Brightman voted against a package of personnel moves Tuesday because she said she had concerns about adding new positions during challenging budget times. Brightman explained her vote after Tuesday's school board meeting, saying it was a general concern and not about a specific individual. Three new positions were added - two social workers, one at Northern Middle and one at Ruth Ann Monroe Primary, and a special-education teacher at Northern Middle - according to an email from Donna Newcomer, director of human resources and professional learning.
July 8, 2011
Youth M.O.V.E. Washington County is hosting a picnic for young adults ages 16 to 25, who are supported in the child serving systems such as mental health, special education, child welfare and juvenile services. The picnic will be at 3 p.m. Monday, July 11, at Hagerstown City Park. To register, call Kathleen at 240-313-2086 or text 240-818-3537.
June 3, 2011
The following local students received master's degrees May 21 at McDaniel College's commencement: Danielle Adams of Myersville, Md., counselor education Carlyn Bagley of Frederick, Md., counselor education Carlie Belt of Mount Airy, Md., counselor education Lauren Bishard of Frederick, counselor education Ruth Bradley of Thurmont, Md., liberal arts Carolann Britton of Frederick, counselor education ...