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News You Can Use: Nominations for Teacher of the Year, Parent Involvement Matters Award Due Soon

Presenters Sought by Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee for March 19 Career Fair

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee, in partnership with the Wicomico County Board of Education and Salisbury University, is organizing the 7th Annual Career Day for all Wicomico County high school freshmen. The event will be held at Salisbury University on March 19 and will include presentations from a wide variety of professions. Students will select four career presentations from nearly 40 different career tracks, allowing them to explore an array of career options.

The Young Professionals Committee is currently looking for presenters from all fields to introduce students to the many opportunities available after graduation. As a volunteer presenter, you would be asked to share your experience and knowledge related to your career area -- how you got here, what is involved, a typical day, educational requirements, tips, and lessons learned. Each presenter will be given a classroom with audio/visual capability and classes will have a maximum of 30 students per session for approximately 20 minutes. There is a morning schedule and an afternoon schedule, each with 4 periods.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Sophia Smecker at the Chamber at 410-749-0144 or by email at sacc@salisburyarea.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and range from $100-$500. Please contact the Chamber for more information.


2013 Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy Dental Program Speaker at NAACP Jan. 24

Richard H. Van Gelder, Community Chairperson of the 2013 Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy Dental Program and a Vice President at the Hebron Savings Bank, will be the guest speaker for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. This meeting will be held at Chipman Cultural Center, 325 Broad Street, Salisbury. The public is invited to attend.
 
The Mission of Mercy program began in Virginia in 2000 and is sponsored by The Eastern Shore Dental Society. Mr. Van Gelder will give the NAACP’s audience information on how to take advantage of the free dental care that will be offered to adults on March 16 & 17 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury. No insurance is needed to access this free dental care, provided by Board Certified dentists and hygienists from all over the Shore. Services will be provided from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. No children are permitted on premises. For more details about the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic for adults, please visit www.easternshoremissionofmercy.org or call 443-365-5776. 

For additional information about this meeting, please contact Mary Ashanti, President, at 410-543-4187.
 
Nominations for 2013-14 Wicomico Teacher of the Year Accepted Until Jan. 25

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 now through 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 will be 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 kjennett@wcboe.org.

“It is an honor to be nominated for Teacher of the Year. Nominees should demonstrate all of the characteristics associated with exemplary teachers. They should be dedicated educators and caring individuals whose primary focus is the education of our children,” said Dr. Kirsten Jennette, chair of the Teacher of the Year Committee.

Nominations Due by Jan. 31 for Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) Program

Do you know a parent who deserves statewide recognition for his or her work to improve public education? Nominate him or her today. The Maryland State Department of Education is currently accepting nominations for the Sixth Annual Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) Program. The Maryland PIMA is an annual award for parents (and others with legal responsibility for a child) whose exemplary contributions to public education have led to improvements for Maryland’s public school children, teachers, schools, programs, and/or policies. Wicomico has had state finalists for the PIMA the past two years with education advocates Lauralyn Geiser and Ben Brumbley. 

The award was created by the Maryland State Department of Education to highlight the positive impact parents have on public schools and to encourage all parents to get involved in whatever way they can. An eligible nominee is a parent or person with legal responsibility for a child in a Maryland public school who has significantly impacted public education within the last 24 months with his or her involvement in the area(s) of communication; volunteering; learning; collaborating with community; or decision making. 

To learn more about the program and how previous winners were involved, and to download an application, go to www.MarylandPublicSchools.org/pima. Completed applications must be 
postmarked by Jan. 31.

NAACP to Hold 16th Annual African-American Heritage Celebration Feb. 2

Wicomico County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host its 16th Annual African-American Celebration at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Chipman Cultural Center, 325 Broad Street, Salisbury.  The keynote speaker, Dr. Joanne M. Martin, will speak to the theme, “Our Past Gives Us Strength, the Future Gives Us Hope.”

Dr. Martin is the co-founder and president of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc., in Baltimore, Maryland.  This is America’s first wax museum dedicated to the preservation of African American history.  Dr. Martin and her husband, Dr. Elmer Martin, established the museum in 1983 to meet several objectives: stimulate an interest in African-American history; use great leaders as role models to motivate youth to achieve; dispel myths of racial inferiority; and work in conjunction with other nonprofit, charitable organizations seeking to improve the social and economic status of African- Americans.

In addition, the Heritage Celebration will feature the artistry of youth groups performing African dance routines.  A reception will follow the program. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Ashanti at 410-543-4187.

Informational Meeting Feb. 19 for Potential Foster and Adoptive Parents

Learn how you could support children in the community as a foster, adoptive or respite parent by attending a monthly informational meeting hosted by the Wicomico County Department of Social Services (DSS). An informational meeting is held the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Wicomico Public Library in Salisbury; the next meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19. Those wishing to pursue becoming a foster or adoptive parent would then participate in 27 hours of PRIDE (Parents Resource for Information Development and Education) Foster Adoptive Training, and an initial home assessment, before deciding whether to help children through providing foster, adoptive or respite care. Foster families are needed to provide temporary, safe, stable and nurturing homes for children until they can be reunited with their families, placed with relatives, or adopted. Foster families with a heart to help children and their families are needed every day to work with children of all ages and races, as well as those with special needs. Pre-service training (described above) is provided, along with ongoing support from DSS. For more information please call Kelly Bishop, Tri-County Recruiter, at 410-713-3959. 

Barnes & Noble “My Favorite Teacher Contest” Open to Middle and High School Students 

Middle and high school students can nominate a favorite teacher for recognition through the Barnes & Noble “My Favorite Teacher Contest.” Entries will be accepted until March 1 at the Barnes & Noble in Salisbury. To nominate a favorite teacher, a student will need to write an essay, poem or thank you letter explaining how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate or admire that teacher. Entries should be 500 words or less, in English, typed on letter-size white paper. An entry form (available online at http://img1.imagesbn.com/PImages/store/special_landings/pdf/BN_My_Favorite_Teacher_Entry_Form_and_Rules_120912.pdf) , signed by a parent or guardian, must accompany the entry. Visit Barnes & Noble for more information and entry forms. The student whose entry is chosen as the winner will receive a certificate of recognition and will be honored at the store alongside the winning teacher, who will win recognition and a special award.