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BOE to Review Facilities Master Plan

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 16, 2016) – The Washington County Board of Education (BOE) is expected to review the latest Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) at a public work session on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Center for Education Services, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown. The plan is updated annually and reflects the conditions and status of facilities, enrollment projections and an analysis of future facility needs.

2016 Celebration of Excellence on May 11 at North High

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 11, 2016) – The 2016 Celebration of Excellence, presented annually by Washington County Public Schools to honor students for their outstanding academic achievement, will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School. A dessert reception for students and their guests will precede the program at 6:30 p.m.  A total of 292 students have achieved a 3.7 or higher grade point average (GPA) through the halfway mark of their senior year and 160 have earned a 4.0 GPA or higher. The following students will be recognized:

2nd Annual Faculty Arts Showcase on May 15 at Williamsport High

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 4, 2016) – The second annual Faculty Arts Showcase will be presented by Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Williamsport High School. The faculty art show will open at 3 p.m. in the auditorium lobby. The concert featuring the teacher concert band and the teacher jazz band will begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium.

Committee Recommends New AP Textbooks and Digital Materials

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 3, 2016) – The Washington County Board of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee is recommending new Advanced Placement textbooks and digital resources in the areas of biology, physics, pre-calculus, calculus and world history. The materials had been reviewed initially by committees of teachers. The Curriculum and Instruction Committee will accept public comment on the materials until the committee’s next meeting on May 24, 2016. The following are links to the recommended materials:

WCPS Students to Be Honored for Excellence in Student Service Learning

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 27, 2016) – Senior Honor Night for students of Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) who have earned twice the required number of student service learning hours or more for graduation will be held at North Hagerstown High School on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7 p.m. Students must complete 75 hours of service-learning to graduate and Samantha Juedemann of Boonsboro High School earned the highest number of hours in the senior class: 1,149 and fellow Boonsboro senior Grace Li totaled 1,008. Two other students each totaled more than 900 hours.

School-Based Immunization Clinics Available for 6th Graders in May

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 26, 2016) – Students entering 7th grade in the 2016-2017 school year who have not completed their required immunizations have an opportunity to receive the vaccines during free, school-based clinics on May 24 and 25. A consent form must be submitted to the school health office prior to any child receiving vaccines at the clinics and it is requested that consent forms be completed and submitted by May 3. A form and related information about the vaccines are being sent home again this week with each 6th grade student.

Fairview Fishing Rodeo on April 23

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 13, 2016) – Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview welcomes students and their families to the annual Fairview Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 8 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded for the longest trout caught to the top three finishers in each of two age groups: up to nine years old and ten through 15 years old. Admission and activities for the day are free.

WCPS/WCTA Negotiating Session Postponed

Hagerstown, MD (April 8, 2016) - A negotiating session between representatives of Washington County Public Schools and the Washington County Teachers Association scheduled on April 11, 2016, has been postponed. The updated schedule of negotiating sessions is now Thursday, April 21 at 5 p.m. and Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Education Services, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown. The meetings are open to the public. 

BOE Seeking Comments on Proposed Policy Changes

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 5, 2016) – The Washington County Board of Education (BOE) today approved the first reading of changes to two policies and is now seeking public comments on the proposed changes. The BOE’s Policy Committee is inviting comments on Policy DIFA, entitled “Fraud Reporting and Follow-Up” and Policy KD, “Opportunity for Public Comment at Board Business Meetings, Town Meetings, and Public Hearings and the Procedures Governing Such Proceedings.”  The policies are posted at BoardDocs: