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April 1, 2012
Washington County Public Schools has announced the following schedule of dates and locations for graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2012: Marshall Street School/Washington County Job Development Program - Thursday, May 24, 10 a.m. at Hagerstown Community College Classroom Building Evening High - Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m. at Washington County Technical High School Washington County Technical High School - ...
EDUCATION
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.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 15, 2012
Washington County Public Schools has $53.8 million in deferred maintenance, including its non-school buildings and Americans with Disabilities Act deficiencies, according to a school system document. Board of Education Vice President Jacqueline Fischer said that when she was first elected to the school board in 2002, she was staggered by the $90 million maintenance backlog. “That number was cut in half over the next several years, based primarily on the generosity (at) that time of both the state and local governments, who were of course able to afford it at that time,” said Fischer, according to a video of the board's Oct. 2 meeting.
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BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | December 21, 2012
The National Rifle Association on Friday called for armed police at every school, but some Washington county residents and officials said the NRA's suggestion might not be useful when it comes to mass shootings. Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's vice president, said at a Washington, D.C., press conference Friday that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” But Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore said the idea of armed guards at schools wasn't going to work.
NEWS
September 1, 1998
With students returning to Washington County classrooms on Monday, here are some interesting facts about the public school system from last school year: - There were 20,019 students enrolled, which was 7.2 percent more than five years earlier, when there were 18,678 students. - Six percent of students were black. Of 1,225 teachers, 1.2 percent were black. - There were 44 schools in the county including 25 elementary schools. - Schools employed 2,119 people.
EDUCATION
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.
EDUCATION
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2013
When Boonsboro High School hosts the Dwight Scott Invitational track meet next spring, finalists will be able to line up in one heat. Work is being done this summer to install a new, wider track at the high school as one of several summer maintenance projects undertaken by Washington County Public Schools. Going from seven to eight 42-inch lanes also will give the school a chance to one day host a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association regional meet, Boonsboro High Athletic Director Sue Lowery said.
NEWS
July 22, 2012
Martin's Food Markets is donating more than $20,000 to three Washington County Public Schools. The Board of Education voted unanimously July 17 to accept the donations, which came through the supermarket's A+ Rewards program. A $7,599 donation to Boonsboro Middle School will be used to support special events for students and for general instructional programs, said Steve Wernick, director for elementary education. A $7,878 donation to North Hagerstown High School will offset expenses for extracurricular athletic programs, said Wernick, according to a video of the school board meeting.
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EDUCATION
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.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday is scheduled to discuss whether the board should have a formal annual self-appraisal, after a committee voted last month to recommend rescinding the policy, panel members said. School board member Melissa Williams brought up the policy during the board's July 23 meeting, asking that it have a discussion soon about how it was going to do the self-appraisal, which is due by Oct. 1 under current board policy. At an Aug. 6 meeting, the school board voted 5-2 on member Wayne Ridenour's motion to suspend the policy and send it to the board's Policy Committee for review and to possibly recommend whether to change or rescind it. Several board members have said past retreats, in which the board essentially evaluates itself, have not benefited board member relations.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | 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.
EDUCATION
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2013
When Boonsboro High School hosts the Dwight Scott Invitational track meet next spring, finalists will be able to line up in one heat. Work is being done this summer to install a new, wider track at the high school as one of several summer maintenance projects undertaken by Washington County Public Schools. Going from seven to eight 42-inch lanes also will give the school a chance to one day host a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association regional meet, Boonsboro High Athletic Director Sue Lowery said.
EDUCATION
July 24, 2013
Clayton Wilcox, superintendent For questions regarding school system policies, academics, procedures or programs. Phone number: 301-766-2816 wilcocla@wcps.k12.md.us Chris South, chief financial officer For questions or concerns about the Washington County Board of Education's budgets, accounting, payroll or purchasing. Phone number: 301-766-2827 southchr@wcps.k12.md.us Boyd Michael, deputy superintendent For questions about school maintenance projects, or anything else related to school system operations.
EDUCATION
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.
EDUCATION
July 10, 2013
Matt Semler, who was principal at Winter Street Elementary School in Hagerstown for seven years, was recently named director of elementary education for Washington County Public Schools. He succeeds Steve Wernick, who left the school system this summer to take a job as an elementary school principal in Carroll County, Md. Semler's annual salary increases from $97,695 to $108,693 with the promotion, according to the school system. Semler, who lives in Hagerstown, said he grew up in the city and is a 1994 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School.
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