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NEWS
November 3, 1997
Y-ME hopes to have a locally made breast cancer video approved for use in Washington County schools' 10th grade girls' health/life skills classes. A video with an introduction by actress Jenny Garth, produced with funding from the national Y-ME organization and American Cancer Society, already is in use. Y-ME received funding for the project from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, Albert E. and Naomi B. Sinnisen Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Joel Rosenthal and Melissa Weiner.
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NEWS
September 1, 1998
The Washington County Board of Education approved a mission statement, vision statement and list of core values on Tuesday. The mission statement says, "Washington County schools will provide every student with the highest quality education to prepare them for higher education, for entry into the workforce, and for responsible citizenship. " The board envisions a school system where every child has opportunity, schools are progressive and student-centered and communities share responsibility for education.
NEWS
by JENNIFER SMITS | July 29, 2003
jennifers@herald-mail.com Some Washington County students will be able to start their day this year with a free breakfast delivered right to their classrooms. The Maryland Meals for Achievement program provides free breakfasts for seven schools in Washington County, said Gary Dodds, supervisor of food and nutrition for Washington County Public Schools. Dodds said the state-funded program was started in 1998 and Washington County was one of the first school systems to participate.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | September 23, 1999
Five Washington County schools received a total of $131,018 from the state because of improved test scores and annual attendance rates during the past four years. [cont. from front page ] Bester, Salem Avenue, Smithsburg, Hancock and Potomac Heights elementary schools each received more than $22,000. Five other Washington County schools were recognized for improvements in the past year but did not receive money. In all, 237 elementary and middle schools across the state were recognized Thursday morning by Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick for "substantial and meaningful" improvements in student performance scores and participation rates in the past year.
NEWS
May 24, 1998
Hagerstown's Potterfield Pool opened for the season Saturday. The pool will be open on weekends and holidays only until Washington County schools let out for the summer, according to the Department of Public Works. The 730 Frederick St. pool is open for the three-day Memorial Day weekend from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Daily rates are $1 for preschoolers, $1.75 for students and $2.25 for adults. Season passes are available at 51 W. Memorial Blvd. Discounts are offered for city residents, city employees and YMCA full members.
NEWS
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | December 27, 1999
Incumbent Edwin Hayes wants the Washington County schools to continue to focus on the fundamentals. Hayes says the School Board needs to concentrate on ways to improve area students' reading abilities. "I want them (schools) to stay instructionally focused on reading," Hayes said. He is one of eight candidates vying for four spots on the board. The deadline for filing for candidacy expired Monday evening. If elected to another term on the Washington County Board of Education, Hayes, 46, said he will continue his efforts to promote the district's reading program to ensure the goal of placing reading specialists in Washington County schools comes to fruition.
NEWS
January 24, 1997
By Teri Johnson Staff Writer Top instrumental music students in Washington County public schools will perform Friday, Jan. 31, at North Hagerstown High School. The 1997 All-County Band Concert, which will feature three ensembles, begins at 8 p.m. in the school auditorium. Almost 300 students from the county's middle and high schools will participate. Students are chosen by the recommendation of school band directors, says Susie Kunkle, music resource specialist for Washington County Schools.
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.
NEWS
BY TARA REILLY | May 6, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com It's been a little more than a year since the last mass school shooting shook the country, but area school and police officials say that's no excuse to back off a zero tolerance policy. Boyd J. Michael III, Washington County's director of secondary education, said Sunday that the school system tries to remain consistent with its zero tolerance policy, whether a student is caught making threats, acting inappropriately or found with drugs. "We don't tolerate inappropriate conduct, or there's going to be discipline," Michael said.
NEWS
September 14, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer Officials are looking for volunteers to help expand Internet access in 16 Washington County schools during the second Net Weekend, Sept. 26-27. When the statewide event was held last year for the first time, 8,000 volunteers pitched in to wire 500 schools in the state to the Internet. In Washington County, six schools were wired, said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Theresa Flak. All schools in the county are wired to the Internet, but in most instances there is only one terminal hooked to the service, Flak said.
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