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Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School Hosting Maple Sugar Festival on March 4

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 22, 2017) – The annual Maple Sugar Festival at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day’s events include a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Clear Spring FFA/FFA Alumni from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Fairview dining hall. Breakfast tickets can be obtained by calling 301-766-8138.

21st Annual Academic Team Championship

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 10, 2017) – Teams of high school students will compete in the 21st Annual Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Academic Team Championship on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. at Boonsboro High School. The competition begins with an uncontested round of questions for each team, followed by round robin, head-to-head competition in which each team faces every other team. The event ends with a championship round comprised of the four teams that earned the highest cumulative scores from the first two rounds.

Dr. Boyd Michael Chosen as Superintendent

Hagerstown, MD (February 7, 2017) - The Washington County Board of Education (BOE) today unanimously approved Dr. Boyd Michael as the Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Interim Superintendent effective March 14, 2017 through June 30, 2017, filling a vacancy that will be created by the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox. Immediately following that action, the BOE announced its intent to officially appoint Dr. Michael as Superintendent of WCPS effective July 1, 2017, pending approval by the Maryland State Superintendent and the negotiation of a contract.

SkillsUSA Students Do Well at Regional Championships

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 7, 2017) – Students from Washington County Technical High School performed well at the Western Region SkillsUSA Championships in Frederick on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Of 53 Tech High students who competed, 20 earned medals at the competition and eligibility to compete at the Maryland State SkillsUSA Championships in April. They will be joined by a number of Tech High students who already qualified for the state competition because no other schools had students in several specific technical skill areas.

February Clothing Drive for Children In Need

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 1, 2017) – The 10th annual clothing drive to benefit Children In Need continues in  Washington County Public Schools from February 6 – 17, 2017. 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 and programs participating in the February 2017 collection are:

Special Permission Application Period Open through May 1 for 2017-2018

Hagerstown, MD (February 1, 2017) - Special Permission applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted by Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) through May 1, 2017. Under Board of Education Regulation JC-R, a student may be approved to attend a school outside his or her attendance area if the request meets specific criteria and there is available student capacity at the requested school.

8th Grade Day on the Job

HAGERSTOWN, MD (January 30, 2017) – Eighth grade students have an opportunity to participate in the annual Day on the Job on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Participating students will spend the day shadowing a parent, family member or other business person in a workplace.

WCPS Graduation Rate Over 91%

HAGERSTOWN, MD (January 24, 2017) – In new Maryland State Department of Education data released today, Washington County Public Schools’ (WCPS) four-year cohort graduation rate stood at 91.06 percent in 2016. It represents a one tenth of one percent decrease from the previous year, but is well above another record-setting year statewide. The statewide rate was 87.61 percent in 2016, up from 86.98 percent. The cohort graduation rate represents a group of students from freshman year through their senior year.

Legion Auxiliary Donates Coats and Hats to Students in Need

HAGERSTOWN, MD (January 20, 2017) – The ladies auxiliary of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 in Hagerstown is donating winter jackets to students of Washington County Public Schools. Auxiliary members also made winter hats that are being given to students in need across the county. The partnership has been coordinated by Brian Getz, health education and life skills teacher at Smithsburg High School.

Media Specialist and Spanish Teacher Honored

Hagerstown, MD (January 13, 2017) - Two Washington County Public Schools educators have recently received honors for work in their fields. Amber Sheffler, Spanish teacher at South Hagerstown High School, had been named 2016 Maryland State Language Teacher of the Year and is now a finalist for similar honors at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). She is one of five finalists in the multi-state region and will learn who receives top honors at the group’s conference next month.