Latest Roundup of Events and News for Wicomico Schools
All the Latest Highlighted Events for Wicomico Schools, Opportunities to Support Students and Schools, News You Can Use
Posted on 05/16/2017

Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools

 

Wednesday, May 17

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, May 17 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury. Open Door Sessions provide the opportunity 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. 410-677-4495

 

Thursday, May 18, from 4-7 p.m.

Post-Graduation Success Event

Wicomico County Stadium

James M. Bennett and Parkside High schools are hosting a Post-Graduation Success event for middle and high schools students from throughout the county from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 18. This is a great free opportunity to check out local college and career opportunities and to have some fun, thanks in large part to a grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Local community representatives who will have booths include Delmarva Beauty Academy, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, Parkside High clubs and teams, Salisbury University, Salisbury Police Department, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Wor-Wic Community College. Music for this event will be provided by DJ Dustin Mills, and there will be raffle prizes, free food, face painting, corn hole, Giant Jenga, Giant Bowling, plus popcorn and inflatables provided by Son Rise Church. In case of rain, this event will take place in the gym at James M. Bennett High.

See the flyer here: https://www.wcboe.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3063562&pageId=31915972

 

Thursday, May 18: Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Student Showcase

Tuesday, May 23: Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Graduation

YEA! is a 30-week after school program that teaches middle and high school students the process of starting and running their own REAL businesses. YEA! participants start as students, and complete the program as CEOs of their own companies.

Students who have participated in the 30-week Young Entrepreneurs Academy through the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce this school year will showcase their products and services at a trade-show style event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 18. This YEA! Student showcase is a Chamber Business after Hours special event, and is free and open to the public at the Wicomico Public Libraries Downtown Salisbury location. Come meet these student entrepreneurs and check out their business ideas. Some students will have products available for purchase. 410-749-0144

The 2016-2017 YEA! class will have a special graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 in the Perdue School Auditorium at Salisbury University. This completion ceremony is open to the public. Salisbury Mayor Jake Day will be the keynote speaker.


Friday, May 19

Deadline to Register for June 19-20 College Application Boot Camp for the Class of 2018

Attention students of the Class of 2018! Register by Friday, May 19 to get a jump start on preparing for college at the College Application Boot Camp June 19 and 20. Are you looking to polish one of your college application essays? Want to learn more about the college application process?  Need to know how to win the interview for college admissions or scholarships? Want to know how to bring out your individuality in your college application? Parents and guardians of the Class of 2018, do you want to know more about financial aid, scholarships, and college admission tips? Here’s your chance.

Register now to attend the College Application Boot Camp that will be held on Monday, June 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 20 from 9 a.m.-noon at James M. Bennett High. (Sign-in will begin at 8 a.m. each day.) Students will receive individualized essay feedback from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 at the designated time the student signed up for on Day 1 of the Boot Camp.

College Application Boot Camp, students register here: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/student-registration-college-application-boot-camp-sponsored-by-wcps-tickets-33623131692

Parents and guardians of the Class of 2018 are invited to register and join their student at the Boot Camp from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 20, attending their choice of informational sessions on scholarships, NCAA athletics, and admissions.

Second morning of College Application Boot Camp, parents and guardians register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-registration-college-application-boot-camp-sponsored-by-wcps-tickets-33710997501

Also on June 20, from 12-3 p.m., a College Fair will be held at James M. Bennett High for all middle and high school students. (Students participating in the Boot Camp may also attend the College Fair, registering at the link below.) Parents are also encouraged to attend the College Fair. Please register by June 3. Currently scheduled to be on hand at the College Fair: Colgate University, University of Maryland, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Hood College, Morgan State University, Longwood University, Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Washington College, Wor-Wic Community College, West Virginia University, Wesley College, University of Baltimore, University of Delaware, Christopher Newport University, Loyola University of Maryland, St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

College Fair registration for middle and high school students and for parents and guardians:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/college-fair-sponsored-by-wicomico-county-public-schools-tickets-34017126140

For more information about the College Application Boot Camp and College Fair and to register, please visit www.wcboe.org and click on “Families” on the top right of the web page. Please contact us with questions at 410-677-4453 bsheller@wcboe.org and 410-677-4529 fwilson@wcboe.org

Monday, May 22

Special High School Schedule for Start of HSA Testing

High School Assessments (HSAs) will be administered starting Monday, May 22 for students enrolled in assessed courses (Government and Biology) as well as students who have previously taken and not passed one or both of these assessments. All Wicomico County high schools will follow a special schedule May 22 to accommodate the start of HSA testing. On that day, the only students reporting to school by 7:45 a.m. will be students taking the HSA that day. (Please note that Magnet shuttles for elementary students will operate on the normal schedule. The ELL and Level V shuttles will run their normal schedules, with a later second shuttle run if needed.)

On May 22, any high school students not taking an HSA that day will report to school between 10:50 – 11:00 a.m. A second, later bus run for high school students will occur on this day to bring students to school at that time. The schedule for May 22 will be periods 4-5-6-7 with PM CTE reporting at the regular time. (No ATEX, AM CTE, or Project Lead the Way.)

High schools will administer the HSA on additional days as needed, with any makeups scheduled during the testing window, which runs through June 9. Each school has set and will share with students and parents its plan for HSA testing:

  • James M. Bennett High: Monday, May 22 Government HSA. May 23, 24 and 25 Biology HSA, date and location to be shared with students this week.
  • Mardela High: Monday, May 22 HSA testing for all students taking the Biology HSA and for Government students who are not enrolled in Biology. All students enrolled in both Biology and Government will take the Government HSA on Tuesday, May 23. Makeups to follow.
  • Parkside High: Monday, May 22 Government HSA. May 23-24 Biology HSA. Testing location passes to be handed out to students in class.
  • Wicomico High: Monday, May 22 testing for Government HSA and for Biology HSA (for any student who does not have to take the Government HSA, with the exception of Ms. Mathews’ 4th and 5th periods). Tuesday, May 23 morning and afternoon test sessions for Biology HSA. Passes have been given out in Government and Biology Classes for those students taking a class. The students who are not in a class but need to retest were given testing information individually. Students will get another pass in their homerooms Thursday, as a reminder. Passes include dates, times, and locations.

 

Tuesday, May 23, at 5:30 p.m.

Board of Education Budget Hearing

Board of Education Auditorium

The Wicomico County Board of Education’s second public budget hearing for the fiscal year 2017-2017 General Fund Operating Budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 in the Board of Education Auditorium, 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. Parents, students, community members and Board staff are invited to come with comments. Public input is critically important in the budget process for Wicomico County Public Schools. For information please call 410-677-4561.

 

Wednesday, May 24

Wicomico STEM Competition County Finals

Taking place at James M. Bennett High

The Wicomico STEM Competition County Finals will be held on Wednesday, May 24 beginning at 6 p.m. at James M. Bennett High. Students throughout the county in grades 3-8 have participated in engineering design competitions at the classroom and school level, and the school winners will go head-to-head at the County Finals. More than 150 students are anticipated to attend and compete with their cars, sailboats, earthquake-resistant buildings, and more. Please contact Brian Raygor, Supervisor of Science and STEM, for more information: braygor@wcboe.org, 410-677-4508.

 

Thursday, May 25 at 10 a.m.

Cardboard Boat Races by Advanced Placement Science Students

Salvation Army Richard Hazel Youth Center, Salisbury

Science gets a real world test on Thursday, May 25 when AP Physics students from Mardela High, Parkside High and Wicomico High and AP Chemistry students from Parkside High compete in the annual cardboard boat races at the Salvation Army Richard Hazel Youth Center off Jersey Road in Salisbury. Starting at 10 a.m., student teams will race the cardboard boats they’ve built to see which have the best design.

 

Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Evening High School Spring Commencement

Prince Street Elementary

 

Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Spring Recital of the Wicomico County Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Program

Bethesda United Methodist Church, Salisbury

The Wicomico County Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program is proud to present its Spring Recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 406 N. Division St., Salisbury. VPA vocalists and instrumentalists will perform solos from the Baroque through Modern music periods. VPA is open to juniors and seniors from all Wicomico County high schools, by audition. Graduates of the VPA program have been accepted to some of the finest music colleges in the country. The recital fulfills part of the performance requirement of the VPA program. Admission is free and the recital is open to the public. 410-677-5146

 

May 25, 26

Senior Exams

All Wicomico high schools

The senior exam schedule for all Wicomico high schools is:

Thursday, May 25: exams in periods 5, 6 and 7

Friday, May 26: exams in periods 1, 2, 3 and 4. Last official day for all seniors.

If needed, makeup exams will take place on Tuesday, May 30.

 

Friday, May 26

Last Day for Students of Choices Academy

The construction on the new West Salisbury Elementary school is in full swing, and the Choices Academy buildings will be moved in early June to make way for site work for West Salisbury School. As a result, Choices Academy will need to end the year early. The last day for all Choices Academy students will be Friday, May 26. For further information please call 410-677-5220.

 

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day, Schools and Central Office closed

 

Friday, June 2

Commencement for Mardela High School, 7 p.m.

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

 

Saturday, June 3

Commencement ceremonies, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

10 a.m., Parkside High

2:30 p.m., Wicomico High

7 p.m., James M. Bennett High

 

Through 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 opened 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.

 

Tuesday, June 6

Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett Auditorium

The final Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night of the 2016-2017 school year will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium. Details on honorees will be available closer to the date.

 

June 9, 12, 13, 14

High School Final Exam Schedule

All Wicomico County High Schools

The final exam schedule for grades 9-11 in all Wicomico County high schools is:

Friday, June 9 (last full school day): exams for periods 6 and 7

Monday, June 12 (early dismissal day): Regular schedule of classes periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, with dismissal from period 5. Exams in periods 2 and 4.

Tuesday, June 13 (early dismissal day): Regular schedule of classes periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, with dismissal from period 5. Exams in periods 1, 3 and 5. Final exams in ATEX and CTE I.

Wednesday, June 14 (early dismissal day, last day of school): Make-up exams only

 

June 12, 13, 14

Early dismissal days for all students. Students are dismissed two hours early.

 

Tuesday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The June meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 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, June 14

Last day of 2016-2017 school year for students

The Wicomico County Board of Education has approved a revised 2016-2017 school calendar with June 14 as the new last day for students. The last day of the 2016-2017 school year for Wicomico County Public Schools will now be Wednesday, June 14 to make up for three days missed due to inclement weather. (Schools were closed Sept. 30 for flooding, and Jan. 9 and 10 for snow and ice.) With that change to the last day, June 12, 13 and 14 will be early dismissal days for students. June 14 will also be the last day for 10-month (220-day) employees, instructional assistants, and nurses. The last day for teachers will be Thursday, June 15.

 

June 19-20

College Application Boot Camp for the Class of 2018

June 20: College Fair for Middle and High School Students

Taking Place at James M. Bennett High School

Attention students of the Class of 2018!  Get a jump start on preparing for college at the College Application Boot Camp June 19 and 20. Are you looking to polish one of your college application essays? Want to learn more about the college application process?  Need to know how to win the interview for college admissions or scholarships? Want to know how to bring out your individuality in your college application? Parents and guardians of the Class of 2018, do you want to know more about financial aid, scholarships, and college admission tips? Here’s your chance.

Register by May 19 to attend the College Application Boot Camp that will be held on Monday, June 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 20 from 9 a.m.-noon at James M. Bennett High. (Sign-in will begin at 8 a.m. each day.) Students will receive individualized essay feedback from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 at the designated time the student signed up for on Day 1 of the Boot Camp.

College Application Boot Camp, students register here: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/student-registration-college-application-boot-camp-sponsored-by-wcps-tickets-33623131692

There are two opportunities for parents and guardians on Tuesday, June 20. Those with students in the Class of 2018 are invited to register and join their student at the Boot Camp from 9 a.m.-noon, attending their choice of informational sessions on scholarships, NCAA athletics, and admissions.

Second morning of College Application Boot Camp, parents and guardians register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-registration-college-application-boot-camp-sponsored-by-wcps-tickets-33710997501

From 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, a College Fair will be held at James M. Bennett High for all middle and high school students. (Students participating in the Boot Camp may also attend the College Fair, registering at the link below.) Parents are also encouraged to attend the College Fair. Please register by June 3. Currently scheduled to be on hand at the College Fair: Colgate University, University of Maryland, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Hood College, Morgan State University, Longwood University, Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Washington College, Wor-Wic Community College, West Virginia University, Wesley College, University of Baltimore, University of Delaware, Christopher Newport University, Loyola University of Maryland, St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

College Fair registration for middle and high school students and for parents and guardians:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/college-fair-sponsored-by-wicomico-county-public-schools-tickets-34017126140

For more information about the College Application Boot Camp and College Fair and to register, please visit www.wcboe.org and click on “Families” on the top right of the web page. Please contact us with questions at 410-677-4453 bsheller@wcboe.org and 410-677-4529 fwilson@wcboe.org

 

June 22, 23, 26 Registration for Secondary Summer School Programs

June 27 Classes Begin for Secondary Summer School Programs

At James M. Bennett High

Wicomico County’s secondary summer school programs will be housed at James M. Bennett High School and will be held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 27-Aug. 4 (closed July 3-4). Secondary summer school programs included in the registration are Remedial Credit Summer School for middle and high school, and Honors original credit classes in Honors Chemistry, Honors Algebra II, and Honors Geometry. Registration for all of the secondary summer school programs will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 26 at James M. Bennett High School. Please call 410-677-4537 for information. See your guidance counselor for information.

Remedial Summer School: Remedial summer school courses for middle and high school students. Students must bring in a copy of their latest report card to register. Students may take one or two courses as needed. The charge per course for Wicomico County students is $25/$50/$100 (Free/Reduced/Paid Meals). Out-of-county students pay $160 per course.

Original Credit/Honors Session: Original credit classes in Honors Chemistry, Honors Algebra II, and Honors Geometry. Students who enroll in an original credit summer course can make room in their schedule for special programs like JROTC, CTE and VPA, and expand the number of math, science and/or AP courses they can take. The charge per course for Wicomico County students is $50/$100/$200 (Free/Reduced/Paid Meals). Out-of-county students pay $325 per course.

 

June, July, August

GEAR UP Summer Camps for Current Freshmen at JMB, Parkside, Wicomico High

Various Dates and Locations

GEAR UP (which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is partnering with Wor-Wic Community College and Salisbury University to offer a series of College & Career Prep camps for GEAR UP students. GEAR UP students are current 9th graders at James M. Bennett, Parkside and Wicomico high schools. Anyone interested in attending any GEAR UP Summer Camp should pre-register as soon as possible, as camps will fill up quickly. Please text or email Jackie Leggett 443-366-6360 or jleggett@wcboe.org with any questions. Note: A $25 one–time participation fee is required. Students may then sign up for any camp(s) listed below.

 

GEAR UP Summer Camps

June 26-29

JMB High

 

8am-2pm

Intro to Computer Music Production”

Learn the basics of computer music production, programming music software and music production career pathways. Earbuds and USB flash-drives will be provided.

July 10-13        JMB High 

 

8am-2pm

“College Prep Skills Summit Camp”

Expert trainers teach a suite of 21st Century Skills by using highly interactive methods that keep participants engaged. Topics include taking initiative, critical thinking, and the smart use of social media.

July 24-27       JMB High  

 

8am-4pm

GEAR UP Leadership Academy Camp”

GULA Ambassadors will continue leadership training which began last summer. The program allows participants to focus on leadership skills, developing character, & team-building skills, while also addressing service learning. (*Note: Registration for this camp is opened to current GULA Ambassadors first. Other students who are interested will be placed on a waiting list and contacted directly, should a spot open.)

July 31- Aug 4

Salisbury University

 

8am-4pm

“Camp Enchant

Student will work with SU professors to participate in inquiry and problem-based learning experiences that are creative, hands-on, relevant to real-life problems and solutions. Camp Enchant will help GEAR UP students achieve College and Career Ready Standards in Mathematics and ELA, as well as engage them in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning experiences.

Aug 7- 10         Wor-Wic Community College

 

8am-2pm

“PSAT Prep Camp”

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is taken in school by all Wicomico County 10th graders. This test is crucial for college recruiting, as well as for the National Merit Scholarship contest, yet most students go into the exam with little or no preparation. This camp curriculum teaches math, grammar and vocabulary building skills, which will help prepare students for the PSAT, and also for Pre-AP & Honors Math and English classes.

 

 

Opportunities to Support Our Students and Schools

 

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

 

REMINDER: Important School Calendar Update for Wicomico Students, Families, and Staff

The Wicomico County Board of Education has approved a revised 2016-2017 school calendar with Wednesday, June 14 as the new last day for students. The revised calendar is posted on the Wicomico County Public Schools website at www.wcboe.org.

The last day of the 2016-2017 school year for Wicomico County Public Schools will now be Wednesday, June 14 to make up for three days missed due to inclement weather. (Schools were closed Sept. 30 for flooding, and Jan. 9 and 10 for snow and ice.) With that change to the last day, June 12, 13 and 14 will be early dismissal days for students. June 14 will also be the last day for 10-month (220-day) employees, instructional assistants, and nurses. The last day for teachers will be Thursday, June 15.

 

May 25 Wicomico NAACP Meeting Focuses on Importance of School Attendance

The May 25 monthly meeting of the Wicomico County NAACP Branch #7028 will feature Kim Miles, Superintendent of Student and Family Services for Wicomico Schools, speaking on the “Truancy Program and the Critical Importance of School Attendance.” The public is invited to come learn more about the importance of good attendance and how parents can support their students in being in school, ready to learn. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Chipman Cultural Center on Broad Street in Salisbury.

 

Host Families Sought for Visiting Chinese Exchange Students July 7-18

Would you like your family to have an international experience this summer without even leaving home? Host families are being signed up now to host 50 students from China while they study in Salisbury in July as part of Forte International American Cultural Immersion Summer Camp Program. The visiting students will be in the middle school grades, and they will be in Salisbury from Friday, July 7 through Tuesday, July 18. Students attend English and culture classes each weekday morning and go on excursions each weekday afternoon, then spend evenings and weekends with the host family. Host homes can be families or individuals, and can host two or more students during their stay. For more information or a host family application, please contact Gretchen Boggs (410-677-4504, gboggs@wcboe.org) or Dave Harner (410-677-4537, dharner@wcboe.org). Wicomico County Public Schools is proud to partner with Forte on this international education experience. Information on Forte International Exchange Programs is available at www.forteexchange.org.

 

June 10 Lower Shore Mini-Conference: Executive Function Tips to Manage Meltdowns and Tantrums

The 2017 Lower Shore Mini-Conference on Saturday, June 10 will feature speaker Paula Moraine on Executive Function Tips to manage Meltdowns and Tantrums. Moraine’s book is called “Autism and Everyday Executive Function.” https://www.amazon.com/Autism-Everyday-Executive-Function-Strengths-Based/dp/1849057257. This event will take place at the Wicomico County Board of Education building at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury from 9 a.m.-noon June 10 (check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.). Partners for this event include Pathfinders for Autism and Family Support Services for Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester County Public Schools. Registration is required at: www.pathfindersforautism.org/news/view/518.  

 

Reminder: Family Portal Open until June 14 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, which is Wednesday, June 14. 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.