Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools Next Week
Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.
Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education
Board of Education Auditorium
The January meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Board of Education auditorium. The agenda will be posted at www.wcboe.org; click on the BoardDocs box (left side of home page) to view the agenda. 410-677-4561
Thursday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m.
Board of Education Budget Hearing
Salisbury Middle School
The Wicomico County Board of Education’s first public budget hearing for the fiscal 2013-14 budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Salisbury Middle School. 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.
Thursday, Jan. 10
Eastern Shore Reading Council Mini-conference
Uno’s Chicago Grill, Fruitland
The Eastern Shore Reading Council will present an after-hours mini-conference on “Solutions for Reading Comprehension K-6” at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Uno’s Chicago Grill in Fruitland. The presenter will be Kelly Davis, co-author of the book “Solutions for Reading Comprehension” and a Special Education resource teacher for Howard County Public Schools. Join us for an engaging, energizing presentation full of ideas and strategies that you can use in your classroom the next day. Copies of the presenter’s book will be available to buy. All classroom, Special Education, ELL and intervention teachers, college students, paraprofessionals, and parents are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend. Light appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for the presentation, which will run from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Dinner on own can follow. Please RSVP to Michelle Shreeves at firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 9.
Saturday, Jan. 12
STEM Saturday, Coastal Explorers Series
Salisbury Middle School
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Saturday classes will be offered throughout the 2012-13 school year for students in grades 4/5 and 6/7/8. The next STEM Saturday will be held Jan. 12 at Salisbury Middle School from 10 a.m.-noon, with students in grades 4-5 exploring “Science Behind Winning” and middle schoolers working on “Magnetism.” Anyone interested in attending a STEM Saturday event must pre-register, and early registration is recommended as the courses fill up early. STEM Saturdays will also be held:
Feb. 9 at Salisbury Middle: “Falling for Gravity” for elementary, and “Building Bridges to the Future” for middle school
March 16 at Parkside High: “Ready, Set, Aim!” (build a catapult demonstrating a working lever) for elementary, “Chromatography” (what makes up a mixture?) for middle school
April 13 at Salisbury Middle: “Disease Detective” (genetic diseases) for elementary, “The Life of a Hurricane” for middle school
STEM Saturdays are free for Wicomico County students in grades 4 through 8. For a detailed schedule and registration form, click on the STEM Saturday 2012-13 flier at http://www.wcboe.org/programs/stem/#group-docs. For information contact Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-5149 or email@example.com.
An extended STEM experience is available this year for students in grades 4 and 5. STEM Saturdays: Coastal Explorers Series will take place over four Saturdays starting in January. The first three sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m.-noon at Wicomico school locations, and the final session, in April, will be on a Marine Science Consortium research vessel. There is a $30 charge for the series; scholarships may be available. Space is very limited, so reserve a space early.
Session 1, Jan. 12: Wind, Waves, and Sand: The Basics of Barrier Islands, at Salisbury Middle
Session 2, Feb. 9: Mysteries of the Marsh, at Salisbury Middle. Explore the marvels of saltmarshes.
Session 3, March 16: Intertidal Investigations: Organisms and their intertidal homes, at Parkside High.
Session 4, April 13: Research Cruise, involving scientific research and equipment, on a vessel from the Marine Science Consortium in Wallops Island, Va. Participants will depart from Salisbury Middle for the Marine Science Consortium, departure and return times to be announced.
For a detailed schedule and registration form, click on Coastal Explorers at http://www.wcboe.org/programs/stem/#group-docs. For more information contact Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-5149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.