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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2011
The new Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School has two classroom wings, designed to allow prekindergarteners and kindergartners to share one wing, with first- and second-graders sharing the second wing. Before the school year began Aug. 24, Principal Ellen Hayes had already shaken up that idea a little, for the benefit of teachers and students, she said. “I think it's very important for teachers at various grade levels to talk to other teachers in different grade levels so we can keep the continuum going with the curriculum,” Hayes said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 9, 2012
Thousands of free breakfasts and lunches will be served this summer to Washington County youth as the public school system expands its summer food program to six more sites, according to a school official. Most of the schools that offer the meals are where summer school programs are being held, said Jeff Proulx, supervisor of food and nutrition services. But three schools are open sites for breakfast and lunch, meaning students do not need to be enrolled in a program at the school to receive a meal, Proulx said.
NEWS
July 29, 1998
Too many students are being promoted through grades when they have not learned basic skills, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles I. Ecker said Tuesday. Ecker faces Republican Ellen Sauerbrey in a primary election on Sept. 15. Ecker said the common attitude is that it's more important for students to feel good about themselves than about learning. "Show me a kid who can't read and I'll show you one who doesn't have any self-esteem," Ecker said in a faxed press release.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | June 10, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com Clear Spring Middle School teacher Tony Paci will pick up a hammer when he shuts down his classroom computer for the summer. Paci, who teaches technology education, will spend a good part of his summer helping a friend build a new roller skating rink in Greencastle, Pa., he said. He is among many teachers in the Tri-State area who will expand their job skills - both in and out of the educational system - during the summer school break. Funkstown Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Kathleen Pleasant will work part-time at the Pfaltzgraff store at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown, participate in a Character Counts!
NEWS
June 27, 2011
A Washington County Public Schools bus hit the side of a bridge on Sprecher Road on Monday morning, Deputy Socks of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Nobody was injured. Students were on the bus and headed to summer school at Springfield Middle School, according to Socks. The incident happened in front of Camp Mary Mac in Sharpsburg. The bus was crossing a bridge there and hit the guardrail on the side. Very minor damage was done to the bus, Socks said.
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by KAREN HANNA | July 11, 2005
karenh@herald-mail.com The desks are stacked in corners, the hallways dark, but in some classrooms at North Hagerstown High School, talk of conjunctions and hanging prepositions still goes on. "Yes! Comma, I love English class in the summertime," teacher Chuck Malone exclaimed during a discussion about the punctuation mark's uses. While many teenagers' conversations over the past few months have centered on swimming, summer crushes and part-time jobs, students at North High and schools throughout Washington County still are taking reading, writing and arithmetic.
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By BOB PARASILITI | March 5, 1998
Infraction costs HJC basketball title Three days after winning the Region XX championship, the Hagerstown Junior College men's basketball team learned it must forfeit the title because of an ineligible player. HJC officials said Wednesday the school had to forfeit the championship it won Sunday, as well as all 25 of its regular-season victories. The school was notified Wednesday that a member of the HJC team was ineligible to play in the Region XX championship game because of a violation of a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
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By TARA REILLY | May 24, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com With the exception of instructional programs, Washington County Board of Education members said everything in the budget stands a chance of being cut to fill a $1.5 million hole anticipated for the next fiscal year. "We don't want to impact instruction," School Board member Roxanne Ober said. "Other than that, we're looking at everything. " Ober has said the board would have to decide whether it can afford to give its employees pay raises that total $3.9 million, as proposed in the fiscal year 2003 school budget.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 3, 2009
o Discover what time forgot -- in students' lockers WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Public Schools students have a lot to do in only 11 weeks of summer vacation. Students interviewed Wednesday -- the last day of the 2008-09 school year -- said they planned to frequent area pools, take trips, attend summer school and, most importantly, sleep in. The 2009-10 school year begins Aug. 19 for students. Jordon Russ, a Northern Middle School seventh-grader, said the school year was fun, but she's excited about summer vacation and a planned trip to California with her family.
NEWS
May 29, 2006
Hicks student-led conference team receives excellence award E. Russell Hicks Middle School's student-led conference team received the Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's 2005-06 award for team excellence May 17 at the ASCD forum at Towson (Md.) University. A review committee saluted the growth of the school's effort to involve all students in self-assessment and to demonstrate solid achievement to a community audience, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.
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