Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools This Week and Next Week
Tuesday, April 24
Feed the Children Delivery of Backpacks, Snacks
Board of Education Annex 2 Parking Lot
Feed the Children will deliver backpacks and snacks for area schools from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the parking lot of Annex 2 at the Wicomico County Board of Education. There will be a large truck delivering these goods and representatives from Wicomico schools and other area school districts receiving their delivery of backpacks and snacks. Each school will receive 10 backpacks and 10 bags of food to distribute to address the needs of students in their school. The needs for materials like this are great: Wicomico currently has approximately 1,300 students on its homeless list. An ever increasing number of students qualify for Free and Reduced Meals based on family income level: The official Oct. 31 percentage was 58.42%, and that percentage has risen to nearly 60% today due to economic conditions.
Through Friday, April 27
Glen Avenue Closed
A section of Glen Avenue is closed through 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 to allow safe crossing for the many participants and spectators attending the 80th annual Poodle Club of America National Specialty Show at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Visitors travel from as far as Japan to attend this annual Poodle ‘Super Bowl.” Wicomico County has played host to the event for the past 8 years. The annual event provides a generous economic impact for the county bringing in an estimated $2 million. This year, organizers are anticipating more than 450 dogs and more than 1,400 spectators and participants to attend.
Tuesday, April 24
5th Annual Technology Media Festival
James M. Bennett High School
Wicomico County Public School's Fifth Annual Technology Media Festival will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at James M. Bennett High School. Submitted projects will be available for viewing beginning at 6 p.m., with the awards ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Certificates and medals will be awarded to students in Prekindergarten to grade 12 and to teachers, in three different areas: Multimedia, Website and Graphic Design.
Wednesday, April 25, from 4-6 p.m.
Superintendent’s Open Door Session
Board of Education Building
Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen will hold a Superintendent’s Open Door Session from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Board of Education Building, Mt. Hermon Road and Long Avenue, Salisbury. Open Door Sessions provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent. People may 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. Follow-up sessions will be held if there are more visitors than there is time on the scheduled night. One more Open Door Session is scheduled for this school year, on May 23. 410-677-4495
Friday, April 27-Saturday, May 5
34th annual Wicomico County Elementary & Secondary Student Art Show
Wicomico Public Library
The 34th annual Wicomico County Elementary & Secondary Student Art Show, featuring more than 1,000 works from students in every Wicomico school, opens Friday, April 27, at the Wicomico Public Library in Salisbury. Art teachers have elected 20 to 50 pieces per school, including paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture, to represent the creative efforts of Wicomico students. Art teachers will install the exhibit in the lobby and throughout the children and adult sides of the library. The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours through Saturday, May 5. The library is open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 12-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The library is closed on Sunday. A reception for student artists and their families will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. For information about the Wicomico County Student Art Show, please call Gary Beauchamp, supervisor of Music/Visual Art and Special Projects, at 410-677-4573.
Saturday, April 28
Honor an Educator Tree
Delmarva Education Foundation booth at the Salisbury Festival
The public is invited to stop by the Delmarva Education Foundation (DEF) table at the Salisbury Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in Downtown Salisbury to recognize someone special in their life by participating in DEF’s new “Honor an Educator” program. Participants can pay tribute to a person who taught them well by hanging an “apple” with the honoree’s name on it, on the DEF "Honor an Educator Tree.” The person recognized could be a teacher, mentor, relative, friend, coach, advisor, scoutmaster, counselor, or other individual who was especially inspirational, motivating, or supportive. The charge is only $1 per “apple” and DEF will publicize the honorees throughout 2012. Proceeds from the “Honor an Educator” program will further DEF's mission to improve college access and success for residents on the lower Delmarva Peninsula. DEF helps people find money to continue their education. For more information about DEF’s “Honor an Educator” program, call the Salisbury office at 410-219-3336. DEF is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland. Its free, searchable, online database contains information on more than 500 local-priority scholarships totaling well over a million dollars. Assistance on a wide range of topics relating to post-secondary education is available for individuals, families, and groups from DEF’s trained college access advisors. DEF’s website is at www.delmarvaed.org.
Thursday, May 3
Go Wild about Reading
The Salisbury Zoo will host Go Wild about Reading on Thursday, May 3 for children preschool-intermediate age. Register now for this free and fun literacy event for parents and children (all children must be accompanied by an adult). The event will be held at the zoo from 6-7:30 p.m. May 3, rain or shine. Get information on summer reading programs from local libraries, find out how to avoid the summer reading setback, and join in some fun literacy activities to learn more about zoo animals. This event is designed for children in preschool through intermediate school (up through grade 5). The Salisbury Zoo and Eastern Shore Reading Council have partnered with professors from Salisbury University, and Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset libraries to offer Go Wild about Reading to the community. Visit www.salisburyzoo.org and click on Events to register.
Saturday, May 5
“Celebrating the Beauty of Diversity” Conference
Prince Street Elementary School
Prince Street Elementary School will host a conference on “Celebrating the Beauty of Diversity” on Saturday, May 5, for families and educators in the community. The Wicomico County Board of Education and Sister Cities of Salisbury Wicomico County are co-sponsoring this conference, with funding provided by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. This event is part of WCBOE’s continuing efforts to promote high student achievement and to close the achievement gap.
The goals of the conference are to discuss issues relating to multiculturalism/diversity and to help improve the educational experiences for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). All families and educators are invited to attend. Participants must be preregistered for this conference. Registration fee of $5 (nonrefundable) includes lunch. Space is limited and preregistration is required.
The conference will begin at 9 a.m. with a performance by students who attend Prince Street Elementary School. Consecutive breakout sessions will follow including “Embracing and Implementing Cultural Diversity Strategies,” “Building and Sustaining Relationships,” “Making Cross Cultural Connections,” and “Culture in the Classroom vs. The Classroom of Culture.” Some of the workshop presenters include professors from Salisbury University (Dr. Anjali Pandey, Dr. Althea Pennerman, Dr. Joaquin Vila) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; classroom /ESOL Teachers of Wicomico County Public Schools; and Eduardo V. Gonzalez, Esq.
Lunch will be provided. Keynote speaker Nora Courtland, Vice President of the Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium and Senior Educational Equity Specialist, will speak during the luncheon. The Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium promotes academic rigor for students and supports educational opportunities to help ensure all students have equal access to a quality education. The conference will conclude at 2 p.m.
For more information and/or registration forms, please contact Dr. Judylynn Mitchell, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. George Whitehead, email@example.com. The registration form is also posted at www.wcboe.org, under Highlights.
Please make checks payable to WCBOE and write “Diversity Conference” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to Wicomico County Board of Education, c/o Dr. Judylynn Mitchell, PO Box 1538, Salisbury MD 21802.
Saturday, May 5
5K and Family Fun Walk
Wicomico County Stadium
Wicomico County Public Schools employees and their family members are invited to a free 5K and Family Fun Walk on Saturday morning, May 5th to celebrate wellness. The walk/run begins at 9:15am. Participants can walk or run the 5K course through the park or walk around the track while listening to music. There will be refreshments, vendors, and raffle prizes. The event is part of the school system’s wellness program.