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Estate Planning Workshop for Parents of Students with Special Needs

Hagerstown, MD (November 2, 2016) - Parents of children with special needs are invited to a workshop focusing on estate planning and letters of intent at Funkstown Elementary School on Thursday, November 3, 2016, from 6 - 9 p.m. Attorney Michael Day will present information about special needs trusts and the importance of power of attorney versus guardianship and advance directives.

10th Annual Children In Need Clothing Drive Continues

HAGERSTOWN, MD (October 19, 2016) – The second round of the 10th annual clothing drive to benefit Children In Need will begin in Washington County Public Schools on Monday, October 24 and continue through November 4, 2016. 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 October/November 2016 collection are:

First Read Approved: BOE Seeking Comments on Proposed Policy Involving Student Journalists

Hagerstown, MD (October 19, 2016) - Based on the work of the Board of Education’s (BOE) Policy Review and Development Committee, the BOE approved a first read of Policy JICE, entitled “Student Journalists - Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.” during its October 18, 2016 business meeting. The BOE is providing an additional opportunity for public comment through the close of business on October 28, 2016.

College Fair on October 12

Hagerstown, MD (October 11, 2016) - This year's Washington County College Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center (ARCC). The event is presented by Washington County Public Schools and Hagerstown Community College, and provides an opportunity for students and families to discuss college and career opportunities with over 100 college representatives. In addition, students will be able to meet individually with WCPS counselors for college coaching.

40th Annual Showcase of Marching Bands on October 4 at South High

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 29, 2016) – Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) presents the 40th  Annual Showcase of Marching Bands on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 7 p.m. at South Hagerstown High School. The North Hagerstown High School “Hub” Band will serve as the host band and will be joined by the marching bands from Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Smithsburg, South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools. Each band will present an individual performance, followed by a selection performed by a mass band under the baton of North High band director Jessica Manor.

Second Year of PARCC Results Released; WCPS Shows Across the Board Gains

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 27, 2016) – The results from the second year of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests have been released. The Maryland State Department of Education released numbers for Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) and the other school systems across Maryland, compiling results of assessments in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. The results reflect testing for elementary, middle and high school students.

2016-2017 Schedule Announced at William M. Brish Planetarium

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 26, 2016) – The schedule of programs at the William M. Brish Planetarium has been announced for the 2016-2017 school year. The Planetarium is located at 820 Commonwealth Avenue, Hagerstown, MD. The admission cost for the programs is $3 for adults, $2 for children and students (family: $10 maximum) and senior citizens with a WCPS Gold Card are admitted free.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. One World, One Sky (Pre-K – Early Elementary Age Audiences)

North High Academic Quiz Team Dominates It's Academic

Hagerstown, MD (September 20, 2016) - The North Hagerstown High School Academic Quiz Team was victorious on the It's Academic quiz show this past weekend against teams from Perry Hall High School and Western High School. North High's David O'Donoghue, Camille Levine and Michael Hershey earned a final score of 535 points, to Perry Hall's 370 and Western's 280. It was the first time North High had been on the long-running show. The episode will air on WJZ TV October 22 at 10 a.m. North High will return to Baltimore for a playoff match on January 28, 2017.