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Maple Sugar Festival on March 5 at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 25, 2016) – The annual Maple Sugar Festival at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 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 room and the Tree Tapper 5K race at 8:30 a.m (THE 5K RACE HAS BEEN CANCELED BECAUSE OF COURSE CONDITIONS). Breakfast tickets can be obtained by calling 301-766-8086. 

20th Annual Academic Team Championship on February 27 at North High

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 24, 2016) – Teams of students from each high school will compete in the 20th Annual Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Academic Team Championship on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 9 a.m. at North Hagerstown High School. This year’s team rosters include a record number of participating students. 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.

WCPS Chapters to Celebrate National FFA Week

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 19, 2016) – Students in Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters in Washington County Public Schools will celebrate National FFA Week from February 21 – 27. FFA is the largest high school youth organization in the world and a very active program in Washington County. Each school with an FFA program has planned Spirit Week activities, which will include a teacher appreciation breakfast.

Parent University at South High on February 23

Hagerstown, MD (February 18, 2016) - Parents are invited to Washington County Public Schools’ first Parent University on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. at South Hagerstown High School. The event will feature a presentation about the school system’s new digital learning plan. After an opening presentation, those attending will be able to visit rooms set up with elementary, middle and high school teachers who will be able to discuss the digital learning plan and answer questions from parents.

WCPS Continues Clothing Drive for Children In Need

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 4, 2016) – The latest clothing drive for Children In Need will be conducted by Washington County Public Schools  from February 8 – 19, 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 participating in the February 2016 collection are:

WCPS Celebrating February 1 - 5 as National School Counseling Week

HAGERSTOWN, MD (January 29, 2016) – Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is celebrating National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, from February 1 – 5, 2016. The special week spotlights the unique and valuable contributions that school counselors make to the academic achievement and personal growth of students. A comprehensive school counseling program is an integral part of the total educational program.

Board of Education and Teachers Union Agree to Open Negotiations; First Session on February 9

January 15, 2016 (Hagerstown, MD) - The Washington County Teachers Association (WCTA) and the Washington County Board of Education (WCBOE) negotiating teams met on January 14, 2016 to finalize ground rules for open negotiations.  Negotiations for Fiscal Year 2017 will be open to the public.  Attendees are welcome to observe but not participate. Sessions are scheduled on February 9 and 24 at 4 p.m. at the Center for Education Services on Downsville Pike.

Washington County High Schools Compete for State We the People Title; Boonsboro Advances to National Competition

HAGERSTOWN, MD (January 8, 2016) – Boonsboro High School won the State We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Hager Hall in Hagerstown. Teams of students from seven WCPS high schools participated in a simulated Congressional hearing.  The only participating teams were from Washington County: Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Hancock, North Hagerstown, Smithsburg, South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools As the state winner, Boonsboro advances to the national competition in April.