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.
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.
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.
HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 25, 2015) – Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) presents the 39th Annual Showcase of Marching Bands on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 7 p.m. at South Hagerstown High School. The Smithsburg High School “Leopard” Band will serve as the host band and will be joined by the marching bands from Boonsboro, Clear Spring, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools.
Hagerstown, MD (September 10, 2015) - The 9th Annual Clothing Drive by Washington County Public Schools for Children In Need begins September 14 and runs through September 25, 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 September 2015 collection are:
HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 2, 2015) – Sally Irwin, Project Lead the Way biomedical science teacher at Washington County Technical High School and 2015-2016 Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Teacher of the Year, has been announced as one of seven finalists for Maryland State Teacher of the Year 2015-2016. The other finalists are from Allegany, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Howard and Queen Anne’s counties and Baltimore City.
HAGERSTOWN, MD (August 24, 2015) – The deadline to complete vaccinations required by the Maryland State Department of Education is Friday, September 4, 2015. A reminder from Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is especially important for kindergarten and 7th grade students, whose requirements changed last year. Any child with incomplete vaccination records will not be allowed to return to school after the Labor Day weekend, until proof of all immunizations is submitted to the child’s school.
Parents are now able to access school bus stop and route information for the 2015-2016 school year from eLink. Additional information can be obtained from schools and the Transportation Department (301.766.2902).
HAGERSTOWN, MD (July 15, 2015) – Washington County Public Schools issues another reminder to parents of students entering kindergarten and 7th grade in the 2015-2016 school year, that state vaccination requirements have changed. Kindergarten students must have two doses of Varicella for chickenpox and 7th grade students must have a single dose each of the Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and the meningococcal vaccine for MCV.
Smithsburg High School junior Quinn Wandalowski’s one-year term as student member of the Maryland State Board of Education began on July 1. Quinn was one of two finalists voted by her peers at the State Student Association annual meeting and was selected for the position by Governor Larry Hogan.