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August 25, 2013
Principals, teachers and staff in Washington County Public Schools will welcome students and parents to meet-the-teacher and back-to- school nights, orientations and other events as the 2013-14 school year gets under way.  Here is a listing of back-to-school events: Boonsboro High - Back-to-school night, Monday, 7 p.m. Boonsboro Middle - Thursday, back-to-school night for grade six, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 3, grades seven and eight, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Clear Spring Middle - Tuesday, Sept.
October 10, 2011
Washington County Public Schools received a “clean opinion” on its audit for fiscal 2010-11, Timothy Peters, a certified public accountant with Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Co. told school board members recently. The audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was presented to the school board during its Oct. 4 meeting. According to a copy of the audit, the financial highlights for the past fiscal year were: Overall revenues were $320.8 million, $21 million more than expenses.
July 24, 2013
Dress code regulation highlights: • Head coverings are allowed if they are worn with a “sincerely held religious belief system” or for medical reasons. Other headwear, including hats, visors and sunglasses, cannot be worn in school. • Bandanas are acceptable if they are folded to be less than 2 inches in width and are worn as a headband to hold hair in place. Other headbands, scrunchies and accessories used to hold hair in place, without covering the entire head, also are permitted.
September 8, 2013
Here are some of the things happening this week in Washington County Public Schools: Monday, Sept. 9 Bester Elementary - Grade-five parent Fairview training Clear Spring Middle - Spirit week (through Friday) Greenbrier Elementary - PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 Bester Elementary - Classroom Focus Improvement Plan meeting for staff Clear Spring High - Future Business Leaders of America membership meeting, 3 p.m. Springfield Middle - School pictures Wednesday, Sept.
By DAVID HANLIN | September 4, 2013
My children all attended Washington County Public Schools, and I am very happy with the overall education they received. But, public school may not be for every family. Some opt for private or homeschooling. What is important is that all children get an education that best prepares them to contribute to society and that gives them the best chance for happiness as adults. Traditionally, homeschooling and private schooling are viewed as being distinct from public schooling. However, I suspect these approaches to educating children are likely to become increasingly interconnected as education continues to undergo major reform.  The 2004 report to the National Governors Association (NGA)
September 3, 2013
Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378 Exalted Ruler G. Scott Davis presented a check for $3,000 to Carol Brashears and Kathy Powderly, members of the Hagerstown Area Religious Council and Micah's Backpack Program Steering Committee.  The program partners with Washington County Public Schools by providing weekend meals to meet the needs of about 650 students in 28 elementary schools in the county during the 2013-14 school year.  Each eligible elementary student...
By JANET HEIM | | 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,
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 24, 2013
He was told not to bring a camera because police would consider them weapons. “There were all kinds of discussions about riots,” said Russell Williams, who was a 20-year-old college student at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in 1963. Williams, now 70, took a bus with a group from New York to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963, to witness one of the most pivotal moments of the human-rights movement in U.S. history. More than 200,000 people poured into the nation's capital to take part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which culminated with the Rev. Martin Luther King's famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
August 20, 2013
Lillian Lowery, state superintendent of schools, and Maryland PTA President Ray Leone will talk about the new Common Core State Standards and take questions at a public meeting on Sept. 16, said Richard Wright, a spokesman for Washington County Public Schools. County Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox also will participate in the discussion. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at South Hagerstown High School, Wright said. - Julie E. Greene
By DON AINES | | August 9, 2013
Washington County Public Schools and Hagerstown Community College are poised to unveil a plan for a STEMM Technical Middle College that would enable qualified high school students to earn associate degrees or certifications in science and health programs while getting a tuition discount. “It's a full-time version of ESSENCE,” HCC President Guy Altieri said Wednesday. The STEMM Technical Middle College “is two years of college before you get out of high school,” with a goal of students earning an associate degree, Altieri said.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | August 2, 2013
Cheered on by family members and friends, 21 Washington County students received their high school diplomas Thursday during a ceremony at North Hagerstown High School. In addition to the students who participated in the ceremony, there were about 20 other graduates from the Washington County Public Schools' Summer Learning Center this year, according to Scott Buhrman, coordinator of summer school programming for the school system. He said students attend the summer program for a variety of reasons.
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