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2018 Celebration of Excellence Student Recognition Program on May 9

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 7, 2018) –The 2018 Celebration of Excellence will be held at North Hagerstown High School on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. A dessert reception for the students and their guests will precede the program at 6:30 p.m. Students who have achieved a 3.7
rade point average (GPA) or higher through the first semester of their senior year will be recognized. A total of 364 students will be recognized and of those, 174 have earned a GPA of 4.0 or higher. The following students will be recognized:

Technology Update: Synergy/ParentVUE/StudentVUE

Hagerstown, MD (May 4, 2018)The Technology Department staff of Washington County Public Schools continues its work to bring all information applications back online after a fire at the Center for Education Services on Sunday, April 29. Smoke damage from the fire knocked out information systems in the Food & Nutrition Services and Transportation departments, but those systems have been restored and are fully operational.

Maryland History Day Successes for WCPS

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 1, 2018) – Washington County Public Schools was represented by a select group of middle and high school students at Maryland History Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Several students and North Hagerstown High School teacher Samuel Spinder were recognized with special honors.

Mr. Spinder was nominated by National History Day in Maryland for the 2018 James F. Harris Teacher Award. He will be Maryland’s nominee for this prestigious national honor. The national awards ceremony is on June 14.

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: