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WCPS Working to Correct Phone Issues

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 17, 2018) – Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is asking for parent and community patience as the school system works through a persistent series of technical problems that have been plaguing its phone system in recent weeks. School and office employees have been using alternate means to communicate when phone system outages occur, including cell phone calls and texts, email and social media. Parents and community members are encouraged to work with school staff to coordinate several lines of communication in case of a phone system outage.

Successful State SkillsUSA Competition for Tech High

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 17, 2018) – More than half of the Washington County Technical High SkillsUSA team brought home medals from the 2018 State Leadership and Skills Championships this past weekend in Baltimore. Of 67 participants, 36 were awarded medals for first, second or third place. Also, Marjorie Kellman was named Advisor of the Year for the State of Maryland and has been chosen as one of five finalists by the SkillsUSA Board of Directors for SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year.

Recommended Math, Science and Secondary English Curriculum Resources Available for Public Review and Comment

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 13, 2018) - The Washington County Board of Education (BOE) has received recommendations for the purchase of curriculum materials for secondary English language arts, high school mathematics and middle/high school science. The public is welcome to review and comment on the materials through April 27, 2018.

The Office of English Language Arts recommended the purchase of a fully digital, interactive resource for students enrolled in English courses for grades 6-11. The resource includes the following:

Next Children In Need/WCPS Clothing Drive Scheduled

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 11, 2018) – The 11th annual clothing drive to benefit Children In Need continues this month in Washington County Public Schools, from Monday, April 16 through April 27, 2018. 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 April 2018 collection are:

BOE Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Homework Policy

Hagerstown, MD (April 6, 2018) - The Washington County Board of Education (BOE), at its April 3, 2018 business meeting, approved the first reading of proposed changes to Policy IKB, entitled "Homework." 

The BOE's Policy Committee is seeking comments from the community on the proposed policy changes, which are displayed as a PDF under Documents to the right of this page. 

You may submit your comments on or before April 13, 2018, electronically to the members of the Committee and to the staff liaison to the Committee.  The e-mail addresses are as follows:

State Career and Technology Education Awards for WCPS

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 4, 2018) – The 2018 Maryland Career and Technology Education (CTE) Awards of Excellence program, sponsored by the Division of Career and College Readiness, will feature recognition for Washington County Technical High School’s Homeland Security Program and Dr. Peggy Pugh, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Washington County Public Schools. The Homeland Security Program was chosen as Outstanding CTE Program/Secondary and Dr. Pugh will be recognized for Innovations in CTE.

Williamsport High's Christopher Mackley Elected New Student Member of BOE

HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 29, 2018) – Christopher Mackley, a sophomore at Williamsport High School, was recently elected as the student member to the Washington County Board of Education (BOE). Chris was selected from a field of five finalists by representatives of the Washington County Student Government Association and will succeed Ibrahim Diallo in July.

Chris is in the STEM program and currently serving as co-vice president of Williamsport High’s Student Government Association. He is also involved in cross-country, track and the National Spanish Honor Society.

2018-2019 Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 28, 2018) – The five finalists for Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year have been selected. One educator will be chosen to succeed Teacher of the Year Carolyn Holcomb from Western Heights Middle School and will be announced at the annual dinner and recognition at Fountain Head Country Club on April 25, 2018. The winner represents Washington County in the State Teacher of the Year program. The county program is a partnership with the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

WCPS Youth Apprenticeship Program Open House on April 12

HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 23, 2018) – Members of the Washington County business community are invited to the Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Youth Apprenticeship Program Open House on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Center for Education Services, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown. More than a dozen local businesses are already partners in the program with WCPS. The keynote speaker for the open house is Kelly Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.