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Schools in the Spotlight

Greenbrier Elementary School has received the "National PTA Parent Involvement School of Excellence Award." The Maryland PTA recognized the school and its outstanding PTA on November 17 during the annual state PTA conference at the Turf Valley Resort. Parents and school representatives were there to accept the award. Schools that are recognized have outstanding parent involvement practices based on the National PTA's Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs.
Hickory Elementary School and Western Heights Middle School have received "Character Education School of the Year Awards" from the Maryland Center for Character Education. Each school showcased its activities at the awards luncheon held on December 1 in Timonium, Maryland, by preparing exhibits about character education" best practices" at the school.
Washington County Public Schools received four awards in the 2004-2005 Communication Contest sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. The CHESPRA contest recognizes outstanding communications produced by school districts and local schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. WCPS received the following recognitions: Award of Excellence for the WCPS Internet Home Page, Award of Excellence for the "Stewards of Change 2004 Back to School Video Message, Award of Merit for the Advocacy Toolkit, and Award of Merit for the Newsflash From the Superintendent. Carol Mowen, public information officer for WCPS, accepted the awards at the recent CHESPRA Fall Conference.
Fifth grader Rami Yanes won the Greenbrier Elementary school-level competition at of the National Geographic Bee on December 7, 2005. Rami won the school competition for the second straight year, and last year qualified for the state-level competition. All school-level winners will take a written test, and up to 100 of the top scorers will be eligible to compete in the state bee on March 13, 2006. Other top finishers at Greenbrier were fourth graders Orin Kuehl as first runner-up and Jessica Smith as second runner-up. Other finalists were Scott Bennett, Chad Cowden, James Fitzsimmons, Delaney Santa Maria, Ryan Abbott, Connor McClellan, and Jaclyn Muse. Prizes included a globe, Geo Bee game, puzzle, T-shirts, and goodie bags.
Congratulations goes out to the Smithsburg Middle School students who advanced to the final round of this year's Geography Bee to be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 during the 1st and 2nd periods: 6th grade: Corey Bryce and Abdul Latif--7th grade: Dillon Leopard--8th grade: Anna Baldasarre, Shannon Banzhoff, Chris Bushey, Mark Chirdon, Taylor Damuth, Daniel Gillen, and Jessica Kelly. Good luck!

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