Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools This Week and Next Week
Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.
Evening High School Commencement
Prince Street Elementary
Thursday, Jan. 24
PTA Reflections Reception & Awards
Parkside High School Auditorium
The Wicomico County Council of PTAs will hold its annual PTA Reflections Reception & Awards night starting at 6 p.m. with an art reception and awards beginning at 6:30 p.m., all in the Parkside High School auditorium. All students who participated in this year’s Reflections art program are invited to attend this showcase of student creativity.
Friday, Jan. 25
Nominations Due for 2013-14 Wicomico Teacher of the Year
Now is the time to nominate that deserving teacher for some special recognition. Nominations for 2013-2014 Wicomico Teacher of the Year may be made until Jan. 25. Anyone in the community is invited to seek recognition for a current teacher in Wicomico County Public Schools who has taught full-time for at least five years.
Nomination forms were sent home with students. They are also available in schools and at the Board of Education Office, and on line at www.wcboe.org (look for the Teacher of the Year Form box on the home page).
The Wicomico County Teacher of the Year Program annually solicits nominations from parents, students, the community and fellow educators to recognize Wicomico teachers with exceptional qualities and characteristics that make them shining examples of teaching in Wicomico County. Nominations can come from a student who treasures a special teacher, a parent who sees the benefits of all that a teacher does, someone who recalls an outstanding experience in the classroom of a teacher who is still teaching, or a coworker who sees the value of a fellow teacher’s work every day.
“It has been a heartfelt honor to have been recognized as an outstanding teacher this year,” said the current Teacher of the Year, Susie Jones of Fruitland Primary School. “I only wish my fellow hardworking, dedicated teachers who work so hard daily to enrich children’s lives could feel only one ounce of the joy that has been bestowed upon me.”
Wicomico Teachers of the Year model teaching excellence. Past honorees include many other county winners, state finalists and state winners. Wicomico is proud to have on its staff two past Maryland Teachers of the Year: Bonnie Walston, then a resource teacher at Parkside High School and now the director of special education (1994), and Aaron Deal, then a computer education teacher at Salisbury Middle School (2004) and now a pupil personnel worker.
Semifinalists for the Wicomico award will be interviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges (Feb. 26-28). On March 21, during the Teacher of the Year Banquet at Salisbury University’s Commons, the finalists at the primary, intermediate, middle and high school levels will be named, and the new 2013-14 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be announced.
For more information, please call Dr. Jennette at 410-677-5805 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.
School Spelling Bee
Mardela Middle School
The best spellers from Mardela Middle School’s classrooms will compete in a school spelling bee at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 to determine the top two spellers, who will advance to the Eastern Shore Regional Bee. Mardela Middle will have all middle school students in the audience to support their peers, along with the parents of the 24 semi-finalists. The school bee will be conducted according to the rules and procedures for the national spelling bee, and gift cards will be awarded to the top two finishers. Each school will send its top two spellers to the Eastern Shore Regional Bee, sponsored by UMES, and the winner of the regional bee will advance to the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. The regional bee, with winners from all participating Lower Shore schools, will be held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne March 2. Mardela Middle is one of 15 Wicomico schools with students in grades 4-8 participating in spelling bee activities this year.
Friday, Jan. 25
Casual Day for the Wicomico Mentoring Project
Wicomico County Public Schools
January is National Mentoring Month, and the Wicomico Mentoring Project is celebrating the wonderful volunteer mentors who work with our students who need the extra attention and guidance a mentor provides. Employees are invited to participate in this extra county-wide casual day by making a donation to help the Mentoring Project reach its goal of matching a generous $50,000 grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. The Wicomico Mentoring Project is 85% of the way to meeting that fund-raising goal, and every donation helps.
Saturday, Jan. 26
NAACP Financial Literacy Seminar
Wicomico County NAACP Branch #7028 will host a free Financial Literacy Seminar addressing how to write checks, budget, invest and save. The targeted audience is middle and high school students. President Mary Ashanti said the seminar from 10 a.m.-noon will feature speaker Dr. Geraldine Mason and will be presented in such a way that the students will have hands on experience and fun. There will be an auction, so participants can buy real gifts using “play” money. Lunch will be provided at noon. The seminar will take place at Sojourner-Douglass College, 408 Coles Circle, Suite D (Truitt Street near the railroad track), Salisbury.
Students needed to register by Jan. 18 with name, address, phone number, age and a signed note from their parent or guardian, giving permission to participate in this seminar. For more information, please contact Mary Ashanti at 410-543-4187 or 410-430-1896.
Saturday, Jan. 26
Salisbury/Wicomico County 100 Best Communities for Young People Celebration
City of Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton and Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt will welcome community leaders, young people and their families to the atrium of the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University Saturday for the Salisbury/Wicomico County 100 Best Communities for Young People Celebration. This event from 2-3 p.m. Saturday will celebrate the America’s Promise Alliance designation of Salisbury/Wicomico County as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2012. Salisbury/Wicomico County is one of only 19 communities in the United States to receive this award six times. This national award recognizes that Salisbury/Wicomico County continue to make youth a priority by emphasizing programs that provide young people and their families with the tools necessary to learn and grow. Entertainment will be provided by members of Parkside High School Choir, Wicomico Visual and Performing Arts program students, and step groups from Prince Street and the WISE After-school program. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about America’s Promise Alliance and the 100 Best Communities visit americaspromise.org.
Saturday, Jan. 26
Family Fitness Day
Northwestern Elementary students and their families are encouraged to come out to school on a Saturday morning, Jan. 26, for Family Fitness Day fun. From 9-11 a.m. that morning, the school will have lots of information and activities aimed at keeping the family physically fit. Northwestern families that return the form to sign up are invited to come out for:
• Zumba demonstration by Z Craze Z studio
• healthy eating/home exercises with Tracy Desjardins from World Gym
• using Wii Just Dance with your kids
• learning about smartphone apps to track progress,
• activities like hula hooping, jumping rope and juggling
• game of Guess the Calories
• parent/child exercises to do together
• exercises designed to fit commercial breaks
• games for children to play with small children
• information table on local activities for children
Jan. 28-Feb. 1
Arts Integration Residencies
Willards Elementary will have several artist residencies for its students during the rest of the 2012-13 school year, starting with Irish Dance with Eileen Carson for first graders the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1. The week will culminate with an assembly at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 at which students will share what they’ve learned. Upcoming residencies include Beat-Boxing with Max Bent, second grader, March 19-22; and Irish Folk Music and Dance with Slim Harrison, prekindergarten and kindergarten, April 29-May 3. 410-677-5819
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Report cards sent home for 2nd marking period
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night
James M. Bennett Auditorium
The second Wicomico County Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night of the 2012-13 school year will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium in Salisbury. For information please contact 410-677-4465 or email@example.com. This Awards & Recognitions Night will honor these outstanding students, teachers, schools and community partners:
Just Zoo It! Campaign
Magi Children’s Choir
2013 All State Music Ensembles Recognition
Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Winners
Community Foundation Calcott Awards of Excellence
ACC/Chapter Championships Marching Band Achievements
Sandy Hook Elementary Video Tribute
National Board Recertification
Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition
WBOC’s Bless Our Children Campaign
Maryland School Nutrition Association Farm to Tray Contest
United Way Campaign
Saturday, Feb. 2
Local SkillsUSA Competition
Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education
The Career & Technology Education Department at Parkside High School is hosting the 29th annual local SkillsUSA Championship competition on Saturday, Feb. 2. Everyone is encouraged to come out to see the competition and learn about the many exciting things students and teachers are doing in the CTE Department. The competition will be held at Parkside High School from 8-11:30 a.m., with an awards ceremony at noon in the school auditorium. 410-677-5144