Highlighted Events & News from Wicomico Schools March-May
Highlighted Events for Wicomico Schools, Opportunities to Support Students and Schools, News You Can Use
Posted on 03/16/2017

Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools


Friday, March 17, at 1 p.m.

Wicomico High Alumna Now with Department of State Speaks to Today’s Students

Wicomico High School

This Friday at 1 p.m. Adrian Dorman (WiHi Class of 1986) will return to her alma mater to speak with juniors and seniors about her path from being a student at Wi Hi to working for the U.S. Department of State. She plans to link her experiences to classes students are taking in high school and how important they really are. This event will take place in the Wicomico High Auditorium. This is the second straight year that Wicomico High will welcome back a distinguished graduate to address students who will finish high school this year and next year.

Ms. Dorman is a Foreign Service Office Management Specialist with the U.S. Department of State. Foreign postings include U.S. embassies in Khartoum, Sudan, Buenos Aires Argentina, Hong Kong, China, Dakar, Senegal, and Port Louis, Mauritius. In these embassies, she served in the Executive, Political, Economic, and Regional Security offices.

Ms. Dorman has also supported VIP visits for President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Congressional delegations that included Sen. John McCain, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Domestically, Ms. Dorman has served in the offices of the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, Special Envoy for Sudan (and South Sudan), Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy as well as various regional African offices. She also served in the department's Ebola Coordination Unit mandated under President Barack Obama to help contain the Ebola Virus epidemic, which was the deadliest outbreak recorded in history.  

She has learned the languages of Arabic, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and an Associate's degree from Southeastern University. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was an employee in the Public Safety department, Physical Plant department, Office of Administrative Affairs, and an American Sign Language teacher (Adjunct Faculty) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She also was the Advisor to the Sign Language Ministry Todah Hands in Ministry. 


Friday, March 17

Deadline for Students to Register for AP Tests

Form and Payment must be turned in to school guidance office


Saturday, April 1

LiveWell HealthFest

Event held at James M. Bennett High, Open to Whole Community

An assortment of free health screenings will be made available to anyone who attends Peninsula Regional Health System’s LiveWell HealthFest: An event for all ages, at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury on Saturday, April 1.  Live Well HealthFest, presented in partnership with the Wicomico County Board of Education, will be held rain or shine 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Details to come.


Saturday, April 1

Destination Imagination State Tournament

University of Maryland Baltimore County in Catonsville


Wednesday, April 5

YEA! Investor Panel

Salisbury University

Students participating in the 2016-2017 YEA! (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) through the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will have the opportunity to present their products, services or initiatives to the YEA! Investor Panel at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in the Franklin P. Perdue Auditorium at Salisbury University. Networking and light refreshments will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the panel will run from 5-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; please RSVP to ssmecker@salisburyarea.com or 410-749-0144. The event will showcase 16 businesses made by middle and high school students. They will pitch their concepts to the investor panel in hopes of securing start-up funding. One business will be selected by the panel to move on as the Saunders Semifinalist to the regional competition in Rochester, NY.  


Friday, April 7

WCBOE Fun Run/Walk for Wellness & Literacy

Details to come, click on the event picture on our home page at www.wcboe.org to sign up


Saturday, April 8

Administration of the ACT for students registered by the March 3 deadline


Saturday, April 8

GEAR UP: The Saturday Academy

Wor-Wic Community College

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is partnering with Wor-Wic Community College to offer The Saturday Academy, a series of free College & Career Workshops for GEAR UP students and free College informational workshops for GEAR UP parents. GEAR UP students are current 9th graders at Bennett, Parkside and Wicomico High Schools.

GEAR UP is a program made possible through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This program is designed to prepare students and families academically and financially to enroll and succeed in postsecondary (college or technical school) education. GEAR UP began working with the Class of 2020 in middle school and will continue to support students as they progress through high school on to graduation.

On March 11, GEAR UP students will be able to participate in “The Webs We Weave” while parents attend sessions on Academic Assessments and Wicomico County Summer Programs.

Anyone interested in attending The Saturday Academy should pre-register as soon as possible, as workshops fill up quickly. Transportation may be available. For more information, please contact Jackie Leggett at 410-677-5994, jleggett@wcboe.org.  


Date & Location

Student College & Career Workshops


     Parent Session 1             (10am -11am)

         Parent Session 2


April 8

Wor-Wic Community College




“It’s HOT in Here! Thermoregulation in Mice”

Explore how different environ- mental temperatures influence metabolic rate in mice.

“Tool box for College”

Information parents need to know onhow to start their children on the rightpath to college.

“Tour the Campus”

Visit the campus centers forthe various degree programs offered.




Saturday, April 8

STEM Saturday

Salisbury Middle School

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Saturday classes have been offered throughout the 2016-2017 school year for students in grades 4/5 and 6/7/8. The last STEM Saturday will be held 10 a.m.-noon April 8, with students in grades 4-5 exploring “The Sun, Moon & Stars: Our Night Sky and Celestial Bodies” at Parkside High, and middle schoolers working on “Plant the Planet” at Parkside High. All STEM Saturdays take place from 10 a.m.-noon.

STEM Saturdays are free for Wicomico County students in grades 4 through 8. Anyone interested in attending a STEM Saturday event must pre-register, and early registration is recommended as the courses fill up early. For a detailed schedule and registration form, see the STEM Saturday 2016-2017 flyer at http://wcboe.org/instruction_student_services/programs/stem_program. For information contact Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-4504 or gboggs@wcboe.org.


April 10-13

Registration Fair for Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, New 1st Graders

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center


Monday, April 10: Fruitland Primary, Charles H. Chipman

Tuesday April 11: Beaver Run, Pemberton

Wednesday, April 12: Delmar, Westside Primary, Northwestern

Thursday, April 13: Prince Street, Pinehurst, Willards


The first chance to register children for kindergarten and apply for prekindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will take place during the April 10-13 Registration Fair at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The Registration Fair will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Registration documents will be available in school offices and the school system office and will be posted online at www.wcboe.org by April 3. For enrollment questions, please contact enroll@wcboe.org or 410-677-4479.

To help Wicomico families ensure that their children meet the Maryland immunization requirements for starting school, the Wicomico County Health Department (Fritz Building, 300 West Carroll St.) will offer free mass walk-in immunization clinics to coincide with the Registration Fair, on April 11 (8 a.m.-noon) and April 13 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) The walk-in clinics are only for students entering Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and public 1st Grade. Parents must bring a current copy of their child’s vaccine record with them. Vaccines will be offered at no cost. Please note that once the school year begins in September, students who do not have proof of required immunizations will be excluded from school after the first 20 days of school. Call 410-543-6943 for more information.


Tuesday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The April meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in the Board of Education Auditorium at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. The agenda will be posted online: Go to www.wcboe.org; click on the BoardDocs box (left side of home page) to view the agenda. The meeting will be livestreamed and will also be viewable after the meeting: https://www.wcboe.org/leadership/board_of_education/watch_board_meetings. The meeting will also be aired on PAC 14. 410-677-4561


Wednesday, April 19

Superintendent’s Open Door Session

Office of Wicomico County Public Schools, Northgate Drive, Salisbury

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin will hold a Superintendent’s Open Door Session from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury. Open Door Sessions throughout the 2016-2017 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent to express concerns, offer comment, or ask questions on any issue involving Wicomico schools. No appointment is needed. Each visitor will have approximately 15 minutes to meet with the superintendent. An Open Door Session is also scheduled for 4-6 p.m. May 17. 410-677-4495


April 24-June 5

PARCC Testing Window

All Wicomico Schools with grades 3-12

The 2017 PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) testing window will open on Monday, April 24 in schools serving grades 3-12. Schools will communicate with parents and students about the testing schedule for that student and school. Elementary and middle school testing will be completed without any delayed openings for non-test takers.

For high schools, most of the testing will be completed within the first six days of the testing window, barring any delayed openings due to weather conditions. On the first three days of testing, only test takers will report to school that morning, and the remaining students will report on a delayed schedule. In the event of a weather-related delayed opening for ALL Wicomico schools, there would be NO testing at all that day; the testing day would be rescheduled for the next school day, and the testing calendar would be adjusted to reflect the change by shifting the remaining testing days one day later.


High School PARCC Testing Schedule: Week 1

 DAY 1                         DAY 2                                DAY 3                      DAY 4                   DAY 5

Monday, April 24


Tuesday, April 25


Wednesday, April 26


Thursday, April 27


Friday, April 28


Delayed Opening

AM Testers Only

Delayed Opening

AM Testers Only

Delayed Opening

AM Testers Only

Double 2nd

7:45 – 9:45

1st Period

7:45 – 8:40

4th Period

11:00 – 12:20

4th Period

11:00 – 12:20

4th Period

11:00 – 12:20

3rd Period

9:50 – 10:30

Double 3rd

8:45 – 10:40

5th Period

12:25 – 1:10

1st Period

12:25 – 1:10

5th Period

12:25 – 1:10

4th Period

10:35 – 11:55

4th Period

10:45 – 12:05

6th Period

1:15 – 2:00

2nd Period

1:15 – 2:00

6th Period

1:15 – 2:00

Double 5th

12:00 – 2:00

5th Period

12:10 – 12:45

7th Period

2:05 – 2:45

3rd Period

2:05 – 2:45

7th Period

2:05 – 2:45

6th Period

2:05 – 2:45

Double 6th

12:50 – 2:45



High School PARCC Testing Schedule: Week 2

               DAY 6                                                                             

Monday, May 1


Tuesday, May 2


Wednesday, May 3


Thursday, May 4


Friday, May 5


Double 1st

7:45 – 9:45

Regular Schedule

Regular Schedule

Regular Schedule


Regular Schedule

2nd Period

9:50 – 10:30



Double 4th

10:35 – 12:45





Double 7th

12:50 – 2:45







May 1-12

Advanced Placement (AP) tests for students who have signed up by the March 17 Deadline to take the tests at the end of an AP course

Schedule for testing will be distributed in each school

Wicomico students who register by the March 17 deadline to take one or more AP (Advanced Placement) tests should remember to check the schedule for testing information for the AP testing window of May 1-12. The schedule is posted in Naviance, at http://www.wcboe.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3063562&pageId=3243402, and listed below. Please note that in addition to the testing schedule provided below, Mardela High School students may take their AP tests at Mardela High; please check with Mrs. Shiles.

Test takers are reminded to arrive early for their tests so they can be in their seat on time and ready to go when the test begins. Students should also remember that phones are not permitted in the building during AP testing; anyone found with a phone will have the phone confiscated and their test results voided.


Monday, May 1:

8 a.m. Chemistry, Environmental Science, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

12:30 p.m. Psychology, Midway Room of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (old gym)


Tuesday, May 2:

8 a.m. Computer Science A, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

8 a.m. Spanish Language, tests will be at each school, see school counselor

12:15 p.m. Physics 1: Alg based, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Wednesday, May 3:

8 a.m. English Literature and Composition, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

12:15 p.m. Physics 2: Alg based, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Thursday, May 4:

8 a.m. American Government and Politics, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Friday, May 5:

8 a.m. U.S. History, Midway Room of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (old gym)

PM: Computer Science Principles, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

Studio Art: last day to submit digital portfolios; see school counselor


Monday, May 8:

8 a.m. Biology, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

Music Theory, see school counselor

12:15 p.m. Physics C: Mechanics, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

2 p.m. Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Tuesday, May 9:

8 a.m., Calculus AB and Calculus BC, Midway Room of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (old gym)

PM French, Parkside High and Mardela High, see school counselor


Wednesday, May 10:

8 a.m. English Language and Composition, Midway Room of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (old gym)


Thursday, May 11:

8 a.m. World History, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

12:45 p.m. Statistics, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Friday, May 12:

12 p.m. Latin, James M. Bennett High, see school counselor



Opportunities to Support Our Students and Schools


Wednesday, March 22, from 5-8 p.m.

Baxter Enterprises McDonald’s Spirit Night for Glen Avenue Elementary

McDonald's on Tilghman Road (just off of Route 50 near the Dunkin Donuts and Food Lion)

Glen Avenue Elementary staff members will work alongside McDonald’s crew members throughout the evening, and a portion of sales that night will benefit the school. Glen Avenue families and the community are invited to participate by coming out that night.


Friday, March 24

Sophomore Class Spaghetti Dinner and Auction

James M. Bennett High Cafeteria

On Friday, March 24 from 6-8 p.m. the Sophomore Class at James M. Bennett High School will be hosting the annual Sophomore Class Spaghetti Dinner and Auction. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for JMB students and children 10 and under. There will be a silent auction as well as a live auction with lots of great donations from the community. All proceeds will go to the Class of 2019. Tickets are on sale now. Please contact Courtney Mazzarone at cmazzaro@wcboe.org or call the front office at 410-677-5141. 


Saturday, March 25

Ultimate Bingo with Coach, Spartina & More, to Benefit JMB Athletic Teams

James M. Bennett High

James M. Bennett High School will hold its annual Ultimate Bingo with Coach, Spartina & More on Saturday, March 25 to benefit JMB athletic teams. The Ultimate Bingo event will take place in the JMB cafeteria, doors and kitchen opening for concession sales at 5 p.m. and bingo games beginning at 6 p.m. Twenty games of regular bingo (U-Win, U-Pick your prize. Bags will be filled with gift certificates.) The night will also feature a Chinese auction, JMB Treasure Chest, door prizes, silent auction, and 50/50. Bring canned goods to receive a ticket for a special drawing. Must be 18 or older to play. Tickets $20. For tickets or information please call the JMB office at 410-677-5141 or 410-251-5032, or email colewis@wcboe.org.


Saturday, April 8

Touch a Truck/Tractor Event to Benefit Glen Avenue Elementary

American Legion Post 64, Salisbury

The American Legion Post 64 Women’s Auxiliary in Salisbury will host a “Touch the Truck/Tractor” fund-raising event on Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to raise funds for field trips and other expenses for students at Glen Avenue Elementary, a Title 1 school. Children will have the chance to touch the vehicles and learn about their purposes. This event is open to the entire community for a small admission fee. Refreshments will be sold. Last year’s first Touch a Truck/Tractor event raised $800 for Glen Avenue students. The organization is currently seeking volunteers to bring large trucks, tractors, other farm equipment and emergency vehicles to American Legion Post 64 on Route 50 in Salisbury (across from the armory) for the event. For information or to sign up to bring your vehicle for the event, please contact Maureen Greenlees at 443-783-8147 (cell) or 410-677-5844 (work).


Saturday, May 13

Bingomania to Support Mardela Middle and High Bands

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

Bingomania, the Eastern Shore’s largest bingo cash prize event, returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Saturday, May 13. Doors open at 5 p.m. for early bird games and regular games begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission to Bingomania includes all regular and special games, including the Jumbo Jackpot Game. Regular game payouts are $500 while special games will pay out $1,000. The Jumbo Jackpot Game pays a maximum of $10,000 depending upon attendance. Increase your chances of winning and help a local food bank at the same time by bringing three non-perishable food items to the event. Those who do will receive three additional cards for the first early bird game. Tickets are $45 per person in advance and $55 per person at the door, fees may apply to ticket prices. Tickets are on sale now at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, MD; M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.), online at www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org and by phone at 410-548-4911. All proceeds benefit the Mardela Middle and High School Bands. For more information contact the Mardela Band-Aides at 410-677-5170. See more at: http://www.wicomicociviccenter.org/events-listings/bingomania-1#sthash.h4OHqXaz.dpuf


Donate Gently Used and New Shoes to Support the Parkside High Class of 2020

Parkside High School’s freshman Class is conducting a shoe drive from March 15-June 1 to raise funds for their class. The Class of 2020 will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated footwear. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at Parkside High School’s main office. Drop off shoes at the Parkside main offive Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., or call the school at 410-677-5143 and the Freshman Class will arrange for shoes to be picked up during upcoming collection days. All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.

Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school. By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Parkside High School’s Freshman Class, people in our community can give those shoes a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives.

“We are excited about our shoe drive," said Michelle Wainwright, Freshman Class Advisor. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets that they don’t really wear anymore and the shoes are most likely still in great shape. The goal is to collect 300 bags of shoes by the end of the school year.”

 “This is a huge win-win situation,” added Kelly Hartman, Freshman Class Advisor.  “By donating them to us, we are helping those less fortunate become self-sufficient and at the same time, they will also help the Class of 2020 raise much needed money.”  The funds raised will help to off-set the costs associated with the Class of 2020’s senior year.


Westside Schools’ PTA Discount Cards Available

Westside Primary School and Westside Intermediate School are currently selling discount cards for $10 each. Proceeds from the sale of the cards go directly to the schools to benefit students.  PTA funds for the two schools help lower costs of field trips for students, help pay for assemblies to broaden students’ life experiences and background knowledge, help cover subscriptions for magazines with current nonfiction text for students, and help fund field day as well as student incentives. The card often pays for itself the first time you use it in one of the restaurants. Please email tlauer@wcboe.org at Westside Primary or hcurtis@wcboe.org at Westside Intermediate about getting a Westside card. (Staff members may arrange to have a card sent through the Pony Mail to them.) Westside Schools thank you, in advance, for your support.


News You Can Use


Wicomico Economic Impact Scholarship Night at Wor-Wic March 22

An informational Wicomico Economic Impact Scholarship Night will be held at Wor-Wic Community College in Guerrieri Hall 101 on Wednesday, March 22. The event will begin at 6 p.m. This event is targeted to students (and their parents) who will graduate this year and want to start college for free in September if eligible for the Wicomico Economic Impact Scholarship.


Eastern Shore Voices Presents Salisbury Poetry Week March 31-April 6

Eastern Shore Voices is proud to announce Salisbury Poetry Week.  In honor of National Poetry Month, Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day will officially proclaim March 31- April 6 Salisbury Poetry Week. Salisbury Poetry Week will be a celebration of both the written and spoken word through a series of events open to all ages, and free of charge. Poetry is an integral part of our lives from song lyrics to commercials, from scripts to Shakespeare, from love letters to our children’s bedtime stories—poetry is truly at the center of our communicative lives. 

Friday, March 31, from 7-9 p.m. James Arthur, published poet, author, recent Fulbright scholar & current creative writing professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, will headline the week’s activities of readings and writing workshops.  Mr. Arthur will give a reading at the Worcester Room of Salisbury University’s Commons (located off Camden Avenue and Dogwood Drive).  This reading, Eastern Shore Voices, will also feature seven selected poets from across the Eastern Shore region. Books written by the poets will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Three generational writing workshops will be held at the Centre Branch of the Public Library for all levels of writers, or interested writers.  Rhyme & Poetry for ages 7-10 (11 a.m.-noon), Music & Poetry for ages 11-18 (2-3 p.m.), and Memory & Poetry for ages 60+ (3:30-4:30 p.m.).  These workshops will be guided by visiting poet James Arthur. Preregistration is required, call 410-546-5397.

Sunday, April 2 from 1-3 p.m.:  A fun family-friendly event will take place at Headquarters Live. Eastern Shore Kid Voices! – a spoken word poetry event for the kids of the Eastern Shore, will feature Fenix Youth Project, American Music Performance Studio (AMP), performances from the students of Poetry Out Loud!, student poets, and favorite poems for children recited by James Arthur.  

Salisbury Poetry Week events and activities are made possible, by the generous support of our Sponsors and Community Partners. This project would not have been possible without major support provided by the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, awarded by the Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other significant funding was provided by The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. 

The list of dedicated Sponsors also includes: Delmarva Public Radio, Headquarters Live!, Maryland Writers Association (MWA): Lower ES Chapter, Courtyard by Marriott, Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA), Dr. Cathy Townsend, and Beaver Run Elementary PTA.

Eastern Shore Voices is grateful as well for our Community Partners’ time and interest in this public project: Salisbury University’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning , City of Salisbury Maryland, Salisbury Middle School, Fenix Youth Project (FYP), MAC, Inc. (Maintain Active Citizens), Poetry Out Loud, Salisbury Independent, Wicomico County Public Schools, Wicomico County Public Library (WCPL), American Music Performance Studios (AMP Studios), Saltwater Media, and Friends of the Wicomico Public Libraries.


Glen Avenue Elementary Looking for Trucks and Tractors for “Touch a Truck/Tractor” Fund-Raising Event on April 8

The American Legion Post 64 Women’s Auxiliary in Salisbury will host a “Touch the Truck/Tractor” fund-raising event on Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to raise funds for field trips and other expenses for students at Glen Avenue Elementary, a Title 1 school. The organization is currently seeking volunteers to bring large trucks, tractors, other farm equipment and emergency vehicles to American Legion Post 64 on Route 50 in Salisbury (across from the armory) for the event. Children will have the chance to touch the vehicles and learn about their purposes. This event is open to the entire community for a small admission fee. Refreshments will be sold. Last year’s first Touch a Truck/Tractor event raised $800 for Glen Avenue students. For information or to sign up to bring your vehicle for the event, please contact Maureen Greenlees at 443-783-8147 (cell) or 410-677-5844 (work).


County Executive’s Budget Hearing Set for Thursday, April 13

County Executive Bob Culver invites all Wicomico residents to participate in a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget for Wicomico County. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13 in the Da Nang Room of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The public is encouraged to present comments and questions. The County Executive and his staff will consider this input when creating the Fiscal Year 2018 expense budget. Final decisions will be based on urgency of need and available funding sources.


Nominate a Teacher to Be a 47 ABC/WMDT Teacher Who Makes A Difference

Local TV station 47 ABC (WMDT) supports teachers throughout the school year by giving Teacher Who Makes a Difference recognition, sponsored by Accurate Optical. WMDT receives nominations and surprises recipients in their classrooms. Submissions may come from students, parents, colleagues or anyone in the community. Nominate a deserving teacher today! http://www.wmdt.com/teacher-who-makes-a-difference/30119644


Family Portal Open for the 2016-2017 School Year

The Family Portal for parents/guardians and students in grades 3-12 will remain open until noon on the last day of school. Family Portal provides information to parents and guardians and students on grades, assignments, attendance and other details.

To use the Family Portal, go to www.wcboe.org and click on the Family Portal box on the lefthand side. All passwords from the previous school year have been reset, for security purposes. Instructions are below for logging in for the 2016-2017 school year. Please check with your student’s school if you have any questions about using Family Portal or wish to discuss the information you find there about your student.

Family Portal for Parents/Guardians:

Login ID: student’s full last name (all lower case, special characters and spaces removed, not to exceed 14 characters) + first initial of student first name + the last 4 digits of the student’s Social Security Number.

Password: Student’s 5-digit lunch number (available from your student, or call the school). This is temporary; the parent will choose a new password the first time they log on. 

Example: Your student is John A. Smith-Jones with the social security number xxx-xx-1234. John’s lunch number is 98765. The login id will be smithjonesj1234 and the temporary password is 98765.

Family Portal for Students:

Login ID: student’s last name (all lower case, special characters and spaces removed, not to exceed 14 characters) + first initial of student first name + the last 5 digits of the student’s local ID number (printed on student schedules and report cards).

Password: Student’s 5-digit lunch number. This is temporary; the student will choose a new password the first time they log on. 

Example: Student John A. Smith-Jones with the local Student ID number 110098765 and lunch number 23456.  The login id will be smithjonesj98765 and the temporary password is 23456.


Maryland State Parks Will Honor Every Kid in a Park 4th-Grade Passes for the 2016-2017 School Year

Governor Larry Hogan has announced that all 72 Maryland State Parks will honor the federal Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can access State Parks, as well as Federal sites, for free. Visit https://www.everykidinapark.gov/  to obtain a pass and find federal parks to visit, for both families accompanying individual 4th graders as well as for field trip experiences for 4th grade classes. The pass grants entry for the student and three accompanying adults - or an entire car for drive-in parks - at more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and marine sanctuaries.  The website also offers educators and parents activities, trip planning books, safety and packing tips, and other helpful information. To find Maryland State Parks, go to: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/parkmap.aspx.