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Jonathan Hager Elementary Construction Project On Good Pace

Construction work continues on schedule at Jonathan Hager Elementary School. Prior to the holidays, painting of the classrooms was completed and ceiling tile and lights had been installed in most classrooms. The elevator has been installed and work on floor and wall tile and mechanical systems continues. The school is scheduled to open for the 2016-2017 school year. Kathy Stiles has been chosen as principal at Jonathan Hager. 

State Releases PARCC Data

HAGERSTOWN, MD (December 8, 2015) – Initial results from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments for elementary and middle school students in Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) and other public school systems in Maryland are being released today, according to a press release from the Maryland State Department of Education. Students in grades three through eight took PARCC assessments in the spring of 2015 in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.


150th Anniversary Open House for Retirees

HAGERSTOWN, MD (November 19, 2015) – In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Washington County Public Schools (WCPS), all school system retirees are invited to a dessert reception on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Center for Education Services, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown. Photography and video displays of the school system’s history will be exhibited and special remarks will be presented at 6 p.m. Attendees will receive a commemorative magazine and an exclusive anniversary lapel pin.

WCPS Clothing Drive for Children In Need Continues in November

Hagerstown, MD (November 11, 2015) – The second round of the 9th Annual Clothing Drive by Washington County Public Schools for Children In Need continues through November 20, 2015. 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 November 2015 collection are:

Initial PARCC Assessment Results Released

HAGERSTOWN, MD (November 5, 2015) – Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) and other public school systems across Maryland are seeing initial results of the first administration of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments, according to a press release from the Maryland State Department of Education. Students took PARCC assessments in the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015 and the results from Algebra I, Algebra II and English 10 are being released today.

Years of Service Celebration on November 9

HAGERSTOWN, MD (November 2, 2015) – Washington County Public Schools will recognize employees at the annual Celebration of Service dinner and recognition on Monday, November 9, 2015, at 5 p.m. at Washington County Technical High School.  The dinner honors WCPS employees who have reached five years of employment and years of service in five year increments. A total of 392 employees have been invited because they reached a landmark year of service this year. Three individuals will each be recognized for 45 years of service and another four for 40 years.

Family Literacy Night at Western Heights Middle on November 12

HAGERSTOWN, MD (October 22, 2015) – Western Heights Middle School is inviting its students and families to a family literacy night, “Cozy Up With a Good Book,” on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Those attending will be served a spaghetti dinner before groups break up into “cozy corners” to read books and learn about reading strategies. The evening will also include raffles for complete Thanksgiving meals and themed baskets. At the end of the event, each child and adult will have the opportunity to choose a book to take home.

BISFA to Welcome Classical Guitarist from Spain

HAGERSTOWN, MD (October 12, 2015) – Barbara Ingram School for the Arts welcomes classical guitarist Marco Socias from Malaga, Spain, on Friday, October 23, 2015. Socias will perform and talk with students at 3 p.m., a day before he presents a concert for the John E. Marlow Guitar Series, the organization that made his visit possible, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Socias has released eight albums for labels such as Opera Tres, EMI and Harmonia Mundi, and has won prizes in major international competitions while performing in 40 countries as a soloist and with orchestra. 

Smithsburg High Earns National Blue Ribbon School Honor

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 29, 2015) – Smithsburg High School, named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School in December 2014, has earned the honor of 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, as announced by the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the news in a video message to each honored school this morning. Smithsburg High was one of six schools to earn state honors and each school was also named a National Blue Ribbon School today. Smithsburg is the only high school to receive 2015 state and national Blue Ribbon recognition.