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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.

Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Members Announced; First Meeting Scheduled

Hagerstown, MD (January 5, 2016) - Membership of the Washington County Board of Education's (BOE) Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity has been finalized and the first meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Center for Education Services, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown. Members of the committee are as follows:

First Read Approved: BOE Seeking Comment on Proposed Changes to Its Policy on Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation

Hagerstown, MD (December 14, 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 JFH, entitled “Policy Prohibiting Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation.” during its December 13, 2016 business meeting. The BOE is providing an additional opportunity for public comment through the close of business on December 30, 2016.

Coin Wars Continues at Western Heights Middle, Benefiting Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Hagerstown, MD (December 12, 2016) - The Student Government Association at Western Heights Middle School has again coordinated Coin Wars to raise money for Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Each grade level is competing to generate the most points and the points are scored in a unique way. The grade levels receive points for collecting pennies and dollars, but have points subtracted from their totals if silver coins are placed in their collection jars.

WCPS to Salute Employees at Celebration of Service on November 16 at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Hagerstown, MD (November 11, 2016) - Washington County Public Schools will recognize employees at the annual Celebration of Service on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. The reception honors WCPS employees who have reached five years of employment and years of service in five year increments. A total of 563 employees have been invited because they reached a landmark year of service this year. Lawrence Myers will be recognized for 45 years of service and another five individuals for 40 years.

BOE Seeking Diversity Committee Members; Applications Accepted Through November 28

HAGERSTOWN, MD (November 4, 2016) – The Washington County Board of Education (BOE) is beginning the process of finding members for the newly created ad hoc Committee On Diversity. The BOE approved the establishment of the committee at its October 18, 2016 business meeting. The committee’s charge is to propose new initiatives or expand existing programs that promote respect for all cultures and diversity throughout Washington County.