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National Merit Scholarship Commended Students in WCPS

HAGERSTOWN, MD (October 4, 2018) – A number of students in Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The recognized WCPS students are among about 34,000 students nationwide who earned Commended Student status. They placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program:

Pangborn Elementary Principal Earns National Mentoring Certification

HAGERSTOWN, MD (October 1, 2018) - Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is proud to announce Eric Meredith, Principal at Pangborn Elementary School, has earned a National Mentoring Certificate from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The program aims to “utilize the skills, knowledge and dispositions of experienced principals to support the next generation of school leaders,” according to NAESP.

Fall and Winter Superintendent Listening Sessions Scheduled

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 28, 2018) – The first of three “Listening Sessions” with Dr. Boyd Michael, superintendent of schools, will be presented by Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Clear Spring High School. The session provides an opportunity for parent and community engagement. Parents, students, WCPS staff and community members are welcome to attend the public sessions and are encouraged to come prepared with questions and ideas. Each session starts at 6:30 p.m.

42nd Annual Showcase of Marching Bands Postponed Until October 8 at South High

HAGERSTOWN, MD (October 2, 2018) – UPDATE: Because of impending inclement weather, Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) has postponed the 42nd   Annual Showcase of Marching Bands until Monday, October 8, 2018, at 7 p.m. at South Hagerstown High School. The Clear Spring High School “Blazer” Band will serve as the host band and will be joined by the marching bands from Boonsboro, North Hagerstown, Smithsburg, South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools.

12th Annual WCPS Clothing Drive for Children In Need Set to Begin

Hagerstown, MD (September 21, 2018) - The 12th annual clothing drive to benefit Children In Need will begin in Washington County Public Schools on Monday, September 24 and continue through October 5, 2018. Students, parents, staff and the community are encouraged to donate gently used clothing that Children In Need distributes to children eligible for the Free and Reduced Meals program. Toiletries, books and school supplies are also accepted. The schools participating in the September/October 2018 collection are:

Boonsboro High's Gabe Juedemann Named National Merit Semifinalist

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 18, 2018) – Gabe Juedemann, a senior at Boonsboro High School, was named today as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Gabe is one of 16,000 students nationwide who scored in the top percentile on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students will compete for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered in the spring. Scholarship winners will be selected from a group of finalists, who will be announced in February.

Verizon's "Higher Level Outage" in Maryland and Pennsylvania Impacting WCPS Phone System

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 12, 2018) - Verizon Network Management and Control-Transport is currently addressing what it is calling a “higher level outage” that is affecting phone systems in Maryland and Pennsylvania, including Washington County Public Schools (WCPS). Incoming calls are not being received and staff cannot make outgoing calls. WCPS staff is using alternate methods of communication, such as cell phones, email and mobile applications to communicate with parents and community members when necessary.

BOE Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Policy JLIG (Student Sunscreen Use)

Hagerstown, MD (September 6, 2018) - The Washington County Board of Education (BOE), at its September 4, 2018 business meeting, approved the first reading of proposed Policy JLIG, entitled "Student Sunscreen Use." 

The BOE's Policy Committee is seeking comments from the community on the proposed policy, which is displayed as a PDF under Documents to the right of this page. You may submit your comments on or before September 17, 2018, electronically to the members of the Committee and to the staff liaison to the Committee.  The e-mail addresses are as follows:

WCPS State Assessment Scores Rise in Mathematics and English Language Arts

Hagerstown, MD (August 28, 2018)  - The 2018 results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests show improved performance from students in Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) in both Mathematics and English Language Arts. Student performance in grade levels 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 demonstrated growth in Mathematics and English Language Arts. On the high school level assessments, Algebra I scores increased from 2017 data while English 10 scores decreased slightly.

School Immunization Requirements for 2018-2019

Hagerstown, MD (July 26, 2018) - The offices of the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and Maryland Department of Health have issued reminders regarding school immunizations for the 2018-2019 school year. For students in kindergarten through fourth grade, two doses of Varicella vaccine are required prior to admittance to school. All students in seventh through eleventh grade are required to receive a single dose each of Tdap vaccine and Meningococcal (MCV4) before they can begin school.