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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 5, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Quenesha Jackson will not be spending the summer lying by the pool or relaxing at home. Instead, the 15-year-old is attending summer school, hoping to get an extra course credit and graduate from high school early. Quenesha is an incoming freshman at South Hagerstown High School and one of about 130 Washington County Public Schools students participating in a summer transition program for soon-to-be ninth-graders, according to Mike Chilcutt, a summer school coordinator.
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NEWS
October 26, 2008
Thomas Andrew Port, son of Scott and Melanie Port of Hagerstown, graduated from South Hagerstown High School on July 31, after only three years of high school. After completing his junior year, Thomas enrolled in summer school and successfully completed his 12th-grade English requirement, earning his diploma a year early. Thomas is working full time to save money and plans to attend college in January.
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.
NEWS
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!
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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.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | June 3, 2002
Editor's note: This is the last of a nine-part series featuring one elementary school teacher each month since October. The series highlighted excellent educators on the first Monday of every month. tarar@herald-mail.com Every year Cathy Thim watches her children come and go. With a high rate of students who enter and leave the classrooms during the school year, staff members at Winter Street Elementary School are faced with the challenge of making sure new students can make the transition in their new environment.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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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