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Caring Connections focusing on school readiness

Posted on:Thursday, March 21st, 2019 @ 4:24 pm

School readiness is an important factor in children’s success in school. Some say it begins at birth. Many Washington County families might be unaware of resources to help. That’s where Caring Connections comes in. The program is a single point of entry for access, assessment and referral for Washington County families with children from birth …

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“92% of talent professionals and hiring managers say that soft skills are just as important, if not more important, than hard skills.”

Posted on:Thursday, March 21st, 2019 @ 4:18 pm

Video: Stop Calling Them Soft Skills; They’re Essential Skills

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Washington County Public Schools builds prekindergarten curriculum

Posted on:Thursday, March 21st, 2019 @ 4:04 pm

Washington County Public Schools builds prekindergarten curriculum Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten enrollment Washington County Public Schools will have kindergarten registration help available at each district elementary school Monday, April 29, May 13 and June 3 to complete the registration process with parents and guardians of children who will be eligible for kindergarten next school year. Parents/guardians should …

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Washington County 21 Day Read Aloud Challenge Kicks Off

Posted on:Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 @ 10:52 pm

Reading for a few minutes a day to a child can help increase their vocabulary and help them learn to read on their own, according to national organization Read Aloud. With that idea in mind, students at Jonathan Hager Elementary School had visits from more than 30 guest readers representing 22 organizations from around the …

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Washington County Public Schools graduation rate reaches all-time high

Posted on:Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 @ 10:33 pm

“Last year, Washington County Public Schools had a four-year cohort graduation rate of 93.1 percent, equating to 1,646 students, compared to 87.1 percent across Maryland. The number breaks 2017’s record-high of 92.2 percent. Rick Akers (executive director for secondary education and student services) gave credit to teachers, who build relationships with struggling students, and expanded digital offerings …

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Washington County Technical High School Innovation Center Hosts Premiere: 10 AM Tuesday, February 26th

Posted on:Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

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OnTrack Nominated for 2019 STEAMY Award

Posted on:Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 @ 10:26 pm

OnTrack is honored to have been nominated for a 2019 Nonprofit STEAMY Award alongside co-nominees Discovery Station, and Washington Goes Purple. Thank you to our partners doing excellent work in STEAM learning and education–this nomination is for you–and to Beacon House, Inc. for recognizing, promoting, and supporting OnTrack. Now, please VOTE! See below. AND, come out and celebrate with …

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Hagerstown Community College offers help navigating financial-aid programs

Posted on:Friday, February 1st, 2019 @ 9:50 pm

Hagerstown Community College is holding information sessions on the Promise programs at 4 p.m. Feb. 5 and Feb. 21 in the Student Center on HCC’s main campus. Washington County Public Schools has a FAFSA workshop scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St. Hagerstown Community College …

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Kindergarten Readiness Improves for Washington County Public Schools

Posted on:Friday, February 1st, 2019 @ 7:41 pm

“Maryland’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment for 2018-19 shows that 43 percent of Washington County Public Schools’ 1,618 kindergarten students assessed last fall demonstrated readiness, meaning they were fully prepared for learning. While still below the state average of 47 percent, the number is up 6 percentage points from 2017-18. WCPS now ranks 14th out of 24 …

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Bester Community of Hope to expand efforts at Bester Elementary and provide future programming at E. Russell Hicks Middle School

Posted on:Thursday, January 31st, 2019 @ 10:37 pm

San Mar Family & Community Services CEO Keith Fanjoy announced two significant grant awards to expand existing efforts at Bester Elementary School and provide future programming at E. Russell Hicks Middle School Bester Community of Hope (BCOH), a San Mar Initiative supported by the Washington County Department of Social Services, Fletcher Foundation and Casey Family …

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