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May 22, 2011
Five Washington County Public Schools teachers were recognized Tuesday night for earning National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The certification is the highest credential for teaching and is a rigorous program that can take three years to achieve, Interim Schools Superintendent Stan Schaub said. The five teachers were presented Golden Apple Awards during Tuesday night’s school board meeting at the central office off Commonwealth Avenue.
OPINION
April 27, 2012
How is a teacher supposed to hold kids' attention in these days of slapdash diversions and limited attention spans? Why, you dress up in a banana costume, of course. At least that's one of what we suspect are many ways Boonsboro second-grade teacher Christina Hammer-Atkins is able to keep her audience riveted. For her efforts, Hammer-Atkins was named Washington County Teacher of the Year this week, which, big picture, is probably one of the most important awards a county can give.
NEWS
Kate Coleman | February 1, 2012
I don't know how it's done now, but when I was entering fourth grade in my New Jersey elementary school, we didn't find out which teacher's class we'd be in until the first day of school. The student body assembled in the auditorium/gymnasium/lunchroom. The situation was a bit stressful in any school year, but especially so in that one. There were a couple of fourth-grade teachers, but everybody wanted Miss Primavera. (A little girl whose name was not in Miss P's roll book was so disappointed that she went to the girls' room, climbed out the window and ran home.)
NEWS
February 19, 2012
Waynesboro Area School District teachers have scheduled a rally Tuesday night before the regularly scheduled school board meeting. The teachers union, Waynesboro Area Education Association, and school board have been negotiating a teachers' contract since January 2010. The teachers will rally at 6:40 p.m. “to express our frustration that the process has taken so long and that the board refuses to meet with us unless we give in to their demands,” according to a WAEA statement.
NEWS
February 7, 2011
The personal work of art teachers from Washington County Public Schools will be on display from Friday to March 1 at the Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. “The Art Educators of Washington County” show will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. More than 30 teachers will be participating in the show, displaying works ranging from paintings to sculptures.
NEWS
October 7, 2012
Kaplan University-Hagerstown and Washington County Public Schools recently signed an alliance agreement offering a 30 percent tuition reduction on graduate certificates and master's degree programs in education, including Master of Science in Education and Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology. Eligible teachers pursuing degrees unrelated to education will receive a 10 percent tuition reduction, according to a news release from Kaplan. “We are excited to partner with Washington County Public Schools to provide a flexible option for classroom teachers looking to further their education and advance their careers, while providing face-to-face, locally based support services,” Chris Motz, president of Kaplan University-Hagerstown, said in the release.
NEWS
Lisa Prejean | March 14, 2013
Put 1,100 teenagers in one room and what do you get? Energy, enthusiasm and excitement! Put 110 teachers in one room and what do you get? Suggestions, instructions and commands. Last weekend I attended the Capital District Key Club convention in Baltimore with a great group of area youth. We heard motivational speakers, learned about service projects, attended workshops, considered candidates' platforms and elected new district leaders. It was as close to a political convention — minus the politics — that these kids will get at this age. The weekend was educational and fun, if not just a tad bit exhausting.
NEWS
September 27, 2010
In observation of September as National Emergency Preparedness Month, the Washington County Emergency Management Office is partnering with Washington County Public Schools to distribute tote bags filled with preparedness materials and resources for elementary school teachers. Schools receiving the materials are Cascade, Conococheague, Fountaindale, Fountain Rock, Funkstown, Greenbrier, Hickory and Winter Street. The information teachers are receiving will serve a dual purpose.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | May 9, 2011
For three hours Monday, taxpayers grilled the Tuscarora School Board in sometimes heated debate about why some expenditures were considered when nine teachers faced job cuts. A number of taxpayers spoke out against the need for laptop computers for high school freshmen when teachers are facing the budget ax in order to balance the district budget. “Why do we need to provide every student with a laptop when we’re talking about cutting teaching positions?” asked James Buchanan High School 11th-grader Kevin McIntyre.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2011
The Chambersburg Area School Board met with its teachers' union for about two hours Wednesday night, but still could not come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The district and the Chambersburg Area Education Association released a joint statement after the meeting that said both sides have "reached tentative agreements on all issues with the exception of salary and benefits, and progress was made on these issues as well. " The sides have released joint statements previously, but still failed to reach an agreement on a new contract.
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EDUCATION
September 5, 2013
Retired teachers will be recruited to expand a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park program for Washington County Public Schools students, the National Park Service announced on Thursday. In 2011, park officials partnered with the school system to create a series of fourth-grade programs for the classroom and for field trips to the canal's Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, according to a C&O Canal National Historical Park news release. When students visit the canal in Williamsport, they participate in three programs allowing them to explore a historical lockhouse, operate a canal lift lock, as well as activities that focus on science, math, technology, history and environmental education, the release said.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2013
In her 22 years of teaching, Annie Anders has had many great experiences, but the veteran teacher recently returned from what she described as “one of the best things I've done in my career.” “It was a unique experience. I don't think anything could top it,” said Anders, 43. Anders attended the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a one-week, all-expenses-paid, intensive professional development program for third- through fifth-grade teachers. The goal of the program is to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math, according to the academy's website, www.sendmyteacher.com.
EDUCATION
September 1, 2013
Erin Sponaugle, a teacher at Tomahawk Intermediate School in Hedgesville, went back to school with a $2,000 ING Unsung Heroes grant. For the past 17 years, the ING program has honored educators across the country who work to make a lifelong impact in the classroom for their students.  One of the winning programs this year was submitted by Sponaugle, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va. By receiving the  award, Sponaugle is recognized as one of the nation's most innovative educators.
NEWS
Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | August 28, 2013
Williamsport High School will hold its meet-the-teacher night Wednesday night, beginning at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. Parents and students are invited. After a brief program, parents can follow their child's schedule to meet the teacher and receive a brief summary of the class.   Rock concert quickly approaching Rockin' at River Bottom, a rock concert at Williamsport's River Bottom Park along the Potomac River, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14. The gates open at 11 a.m. The bands will play from 2 to 9:30 p.m. The featured bands include Steelheart, Rhino Bucket, So Low, Sharpening Stone and Ever Rise.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2013
Monday is the first day of school for thousands of students in Franklin County, Pa. For the past few weeks, teachers and staff have been working to ensure the 2013-14 school year gets off to a good start. In Greencastle, Pa., Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said the Greencastle-Antrim School District is looking at a possible record year for enrollment. This is the second year in a row that the district estimates it will have 3,100 students in the district's four schools. “If it's not a record year, it will be one of our top three years,” Hoover said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
More than 22,300 Washington County Public Schools system students return to the classroom Wednesday, but their teachers have been busy for days setting up their classrooms ahead of time. Spanish teacher Lauren Ebersole said she was excited to have her own classroom this year at Northern Middle School in Hagerstown, after having to move from room to room last year, using a cart to haul her materials. Brian Cooper spent his first day in his classroom a week ago, when he began organizing desks into clusters.
EDUCATION
August 11, 2013
Five Grace Academy teachers attended the Cybersecurity Summer Institute at Hagerstown Community College in early July. Nathan Behe, Tessa Cox, Ashley Evans, Penny Groves and Lauren Henry took advantage of the opportunity to learn about the bigger picture of cybersecurity and the need for all to be better educated on an issue that is now a national concern. The teachers learned about risk assessment and determining the level of security within businesses. Social engineering, issues of ethical hacking and types of potential threatening attacks were among the subjects discussed at the four-day course.  “As citizens, we are all responsible for educating ourselves about the needed security in our 'cyber world' to protect ourselves against identity theft and other computer-related threats,” said Evans, education technology specialist at the private Christian school  west of Hagerstown.
EDUCATION
August 4, 2013
Ophelia Barizo, a science teacher at Highland View Academy, was presented with a national award on May 31. Barizo was among 10 teachers selected by the Alumni Awards Foundation to receive a 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award.  The award includes a medallion and $2,000 gift. “One of my desires as a teacher is to inspire learning in my students, and to model the excitement which comes from learning and discovery,” Barizo said. “I need to set high standards and expectations and encourage students, by example and positive reinforcement, to reach these expectations, and to be the best they can be.” Barizo said her goal as a science teacher at an Adventist school is to draw her students to the wonders of science, nature, and to the Creator of the universe.
EDUCATION
July 21, 2013
Twenty-four science teachers from across Maryland converged on Frostburg State University this summer for the Improving Teaching Quality Through Training Opportunities in Physics and Physical Science workshop. The workshop is a residential program designed to enliven the teaching of physics and physical science at teachers' home schools. Attending from Washington County was Paula Bright of North Hagerstown High School. Middle and high school teachers participate in the program to upgrade their content knowledge, integrate technology into their lessons and develop their teaching strategies and practices.
EDUCATION
July 7, 2013
The Washington County Teachers Association presented three $1,000 scholarships at its annual business meeting May 15. Scholarships were presented by Aline Novak, WCTA scholarship chairwoman. Siena Lund of North Hagerstown High School was awarded the Dot Truax Scholarship. She is the daughter of WCTA member Nancy Lund. Siena plans to attend Hagerstown Community College and major in early childhood education. Emily Irwin of North High is the daughter of WCTA member Sally Irwin.
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