Back-to-School Profiles for Every School
Learn All About Leadership, Key Dates, News of Note for Every Wicomico School
Posted on 08/02/2018

We hope everyone is enjoying a great summer and is getting recharged for the new school year. Schools will mail welcome letters for the 2018-2019 school year on Friday, Aug. 17.

Open house information is part of each school's profile on this page. A full schedule of all school open houses is also available online: Visit www.wcboe.org and click on the Back to School photo for the open house schedule and other important back-to-school information. Wicomico County Public Schools will hold most open house events the week of Aug. 27-30 in preparation for the opening of the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 4 for most students*.

*Students in grades 1-6 and grade 9 will attend school on Sept. 4. (Exceptions: All grades will attend at Pittsville Elementary and Middle, and only grade 6 will attend at Mardela Middle and High.)

All students in grades 1-12 will be in school Wednesday, Sept. 5. During the first week, kindergarten and prekindergarten students will report as scheduled by the assigned school.

Please note that on Thursday, Aug. 30, all Wicomico schools and school offices will be closed until 11 a.m. while employees attend an important annual team meeting for all staff. The Central Office and school offices will be open on Friday, Aug. 31, as final preparations are made for the start of the new school year.

Profiles of each school are provided below.

 

Beaver Run Elementary School

31481 Old Ocean City Road, Salisbury

Prekindergarten – Grade 2

School Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (doors open 8:45 a.m., close at 4:15 p.m.)

Principal: Curtis W. Twilley 

Assistant Principals: Tana Ellis, Cindy Becker

410-677-5101

brs@wcboe.org

http://www.wcboe.org/schools/brs/

www.facebook.com/BeaverRunSchool/

Key dates: Open House for Beaver Run families will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 2-3 p.m. Beaver Run families with students also attending either East Salisbury Elementary or WELC (Wicomico Early Learning Center) will be able to come to Beaver Run first, as the open houses for the other two locations will be 3-4 p.m. that day.

Please note: It’s going to be a fantastic school year at Beaver Run! The Board of Education has approved the schematic design for the replacement Beaver Run School, so we’ll be excited to watch the progress toward a new Beaver Run School in the next several years. Beaver Run, which includes the students who attend classes at the Wicomico Early Learning Center, is a Title I School and a proud Judy Center and CAP (Consistent Attire Program) School. Beaver Run’s Kindergarten program has earned the Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating of 5, the highest rating that any Kindergarten program can receive from the Maryland State Department of Education. Thanks to the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), all students of Beaver Run are eligible for breakfast and lunch at no charge.

 

Wicomico Early Learning Center (WELC) of Beaver Run Elementary

“A Judy Center Partnership Program”

1101 Robert Street, Salisbury

Prekindergarten for 3 and 4-year-old students in the Beaver Run Elementary attendance area

School Hours:  8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Principal: Curtis W. Twilley 

Assistant Principals: Tana Ellis, Cindy Becker

Wicomico County Judy Center Program Coordinator: Trina Tilghman-Dix

410-677-5900

welc@wcboe.org

http://www.wcboe.org/schools/welc/

www.facebook.com/WicomicoEarlyLearningCenter/

Key dates: Open House for WELC families on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 3 - 4 p.m.

Please note: WELC is a CAP (Consistent Attire Program) school. Clothing details are available at the school or on the Wicomico Schools’ website (www.wcboe.org). WELC’s Prekindergarten program has earned the Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating of 5, the highest rating that any Prekindergarten program can receive from the Maryland State Department of Education. Thanks to the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), all students of WELC are eligible for breakfast and lunch at no charge.

 

Charles H. Chipman Elementary

711 Lake St., Salisbury

Prekindergarten-Grade 1

Schools Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Principal: Antionette Perry

Assistant Principal: Alexan Dargan

410-677-5814

chipman@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/ces

www.facebook.com/wcboeces/

Twitter @wcboeces

Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 30 from 2-4 p.m., Open House. We are excited to welcome our students and families to the start of a wonderful school year. Students will enjoy socializing with peers, meeting their teachers and touring the school. Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m., Back-to-School Night/Community Picnic. Come out that night for an overview of the school year followed by classroom visitations and concluding with a community picnic as we continue in fellowship to set the tone for a wonderful 2018-2019 school year. Community partners will be here in support of our students’ success. 

Please note: Chipman is proud to be a Title I and CAP (Consistent Attire Program) school. Chipman’s Prekindergarten program has earned the Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating of 5, the highest rating that any Prekindergarten program can receive from the Maryland State Department of Education. Thanks to the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), all students are eligible for breakfast and lunch at no charge. Please check for regular updates on our school website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Welcome to Chipman Elementary, where we “Dream Big and Shine Bright”.  We are going to have a bright school year.

 

Delmar Elementary School

811 S. 2nd St., Delmar, Md.

Prekindergarten-Grade 4

Principal: Kirby Bryson

Assistant Principals: Dr. Ryan Kessler, Shelly M. Hall

410-677-5178

delmarES@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/des

www.facebook.com/wcboedes/

Key dates: Tuesday, Aug. 28, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Open House and Classroom Orientation from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 30, Open House from 1:30-3 p.m. for grades Prekindergarten to 4. Sept. 11, PTA Back-to-School Night at 5:30 p.m., with an overview of the school year followed by classroom visitations.  

Please note: Delmar Elementary is a CAP (Consistent Attire program) school. Clothing details are available at the school or at www.wcboe.org. Delmar Elementary is pleased to have started on the limited renovation project that will repair or replace multiple systems in our school building. Please visit our website and Facebook page for updates and information regarding the 2018-2019 school year.

 

East Salisbury Elementary

1201 Old Ocean City Rd., Salisbury

Grades 3-5

Schools Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., doors open 8:45 a.m.

Principal: Glendon Jones

Assistant Principal: Tara Parsons

Dean of Students: Tim Dickson

410-677-5803

ess@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/ese

www.facebook.com/WCBOEese/

Twitter @wcboeese

Key dates: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 3rd Grade orientation and picnic from 4-6 p.m. However, please note that this date may change due to the installation of the air conditioning unit in the main building. If there is a change, families will be informed by SchoolMessenger call/email and online. Thursday, Aug. 30, open house for all grades with teacher and classroom visits, 3-4 p.m. Sept. 11, Back-to-School Night 5:30-7 p.m., with start of Claire’s Gourmet school fundraiser. Oct. 24, fall picture day.

Please note: East Salisbury welcomes new Assistant Principal Tara Parsons to the administrative team. ESS looks forward to attaining 100% air conditioning in its instructional areas during this school year; we appreciate the efforts of the school system and county to bring air conditioning to the remaining areas.

 

Fruitland Primary

301 N. Division St., Fruitland

Prekindergarten-Grade 2

Schools Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., doors open 8:45 a.m.

Principal: Lisa Forbush

Assistant Principal: Kaimais Love

410-677-5171

fps@wcboe.org

http://www.wcboe.org/schools/fps/

https://www.facebook.com/wcboefps

Key dates: Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Open House. Fruitland Primary is excited to welcome our students and families to our Open House. Doors will unlock at 1:30 p.m. Students will enjoy socializing with peers, meeting their teachers, touring the school and visiting Snowy.  Parents will have the opportunity to sign-up for the Class Dojo system and log into the Parent / Student portal for Everyday Mathematics 4. Our PTA will be on-site as well as community partners in support of our student’s success. Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m., Back-to-School Night. After our first PTA meeting, stations will be set up for parents to sign up for Class DOJO, and Ready Rosie (Prek and K), complete online registration for Free and Reduced Meals at school, and view online resources. Parents will receive math facts cards, at home reading strategies, homework tips (check blue folder/agenda), and sight word lists. Please check for regular updates on our school website and follow us on Facebook. 

Please note: Fruitland Primary welcomes new Principal Lisa Forbush. We are proud to have earned the status of Maryland Green School, and to have been the top county collector in the 2017-2018 Maryland Kids Helping Kids Campaign. At Fruitland Primary, teaching students how to read is our primary responsibility while encouraging all students to maintain a life-long enthusiasm for learning.   Through this philosophy, the staff at FPS maintains the following beliefs:

  • All students can learn and experience success through the implementation of research driven practices.
  • All students should be challenged to reach his or her full potential to be college and career ready.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, cultural and intellectual needs.
  • Students learn in a variety of ways and should be provided with differentiated instruction to support their learning.
  • Children have the right to learn in a safe environment, fostering positive relationships and mutual respect.
  • Teachers, staff, administration, parents, students and the community share the responsibility of promoting these school beliefs.  

 

Fruitland Intermediate School

208 W. Main St., Fruitland 21826

Grades 3-5

Schools Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., doors open 8:45 a.m.

Principal: Jon Shearer

Assistant Principal: Christina Stewart

410-677-5805

fis@wcboe.org

http://fis.wcboe.org/

www.facebook.com/wcboefis

Twitter @wcboefis

Key dates: Wednesday, Aug. 29, 4-6 p.m., Back-to-School Barbeque to meet and greet teachers, administrators and staff members. Start in the auditorium with our PTA business meeting, see your child’s classrooms and visit with teachers, and join us for a light supper on the playing fields as we continue in fellowship with each other to prepare for a wonderful 2018-2019 school year! Sept. 12, school fundraiser begins with a variety of gifts and Yankee Candles sales to support those little extras that make a big difference for students and the school.

Please note: Fruitland Intermediate is proud to be a 2018 Maryland Green School and the home of teacher Kate Wight, the 2018 Intermediate Finalist for Wicomico Teacher of the Year. A unified PTA represents both Fruitland Primary and Fruitland Intermediate schools. Except for the first meeting of the year listed above, all general and executive board meetings are joint meetings, alternating between the schools starting with the first joint autumn meeting that will be held at the primary school in the fall.

 

Glen Avenue Elementary

1615 Glen Ave., Salisbury

Grades 2-5

Schools Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., doors open 8:30 a.m.

Principal: Dr. Kathy Vail

Assistant Principal: Chelsea Seabrease

410-677-5806

glen@wcboe.org

www.glen.wcboe.org

www.facebook.com/wcboeglen/

Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 30, Open House for all students, 12-2 p.m. Students and families are invited to visit school and meet the teachers. Sept. 12, Back-to-School Night 5-7 p.mParents will have the opportunity to join the PTA at each of the events. Glen Avenue will focus on building literacy and helping all of our students grow in their understanding of the content. We aspire to be a friendly school home for all of our students and we will have an open door for our parents and guardians all year. 

Please note: Glen Avenue is pleased to welcome Dr. Kathy Vail as Principal. Thanks to the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), all students at Glen Avenue are eligible for breakfast and lunch at no charge. We are PROUD and KIND here at Glen Avenue!

 

North Salisbury Elementary

1213 Emerson Ave., Salisbury

Grades 3-5

Schools Hours: 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m., doors open 8:15 a.m.

Magnet Program

Magnet School Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m., doors open 7:45 a.m.

Principal: Dave Harris

Assistant Principal: Marie Baker

410-677-5807

nss@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/nss/

www.facebook.com/wcboenss/

Twitter @wcboenss

Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 30, Open House for all students 12:30-2:30 p.m. The strong relationship fostered between students, staff and our NSS families begins with our open house events.  During the Open House, students and their families will have the opportunity to tour our freshly painted school, visit their classroom, sign up for the PTA, enroll in Class Dojo, log into the Everyday Math ConnectEd portal, learn about after school care options, and review examples of our school Consistent Attire requirements. North Salisbury families will receive additional details on Open House activities with the mid-August welcome letter.

Please note: We welcome back to the NSS family Principal Dave Harris, who some years ago served as NSS assistant principal. North Salisbury Elementary is a 2015 National School of Character (character.org), and received two 2015-2016 National Promising Practices Awards from the organization. NSS is a two-year Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University School of the Year Award winner. Our school was a winner of the Maryland EGATE Award for Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education, and in 2018 three of our teachers (Laura Black, Mildred Johnson and Kristen Briggs) received state recognition as teacher leaders in Gifted and Talented Education.  NSS is also proud to have student teams consistently win in the Maryland Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game and Maryland Destination Imagination. With the reopening of West Salisbury Elementary, our school is once again a school for grades 3-5, serving students in the Traditional and Magnet programs.

 

Northwestern Elementary

9975 Sharptown Road, Mardela Springs

Prekindergarten-Grade 5

Schools Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., doors open 8:30 a.m.  (Morning Prek 9-11:30 a.m., Afternoon Prek 1-3:30 p.m.)

Principal: Deborah L. Emge

Assistant Principal: Joyce Lewis

410-677-5808

northwestern@wcboe.org

http://www.wcboe.org/schools/nwe

https://www.facebook.com/NorthwesternElementary

Twitter @wcboenwe

Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 30, Open House 3-4 p.m. Sept. 12-Oct. 2, Fundraiser. Monday, Sept. 17, PTA Back-to-School Night 5 p.m. classroom visitation.

Please note: Northwestern Elementary is a Maryland and National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We’re pleased to announce that our school has just been named a Maryland Meals for Achievement school, giving every student the opportunity to have breakfast in the classroom every morning at no charge. Always a top fundraising school for Jump Rope for Heart, in 2017-2018 the students raised over $31,000. The school receives wonderful support from its faith-based partner Renovate Church. Northwestern Elementary is proud to be entering its 52nd year of serving students and families of the Mardela Springs, Sharptown and San Domingo communities. The school is a food pantry site and holds monthly food distributions for students and families, with support from the Maryland Food Bank. This year, please become involved in our school and join us as we promote “The Northwestern Way.”

 

Pemberton Elementary

1300 Pemberton Dr., Salisbury

Prekindergarten 3-Grade 5

Schools Hours: 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m., doors open 8:15 a.m.

Principal: Melissa A. Eiler

Assistant Principal: Carla H. Hicks

410-677-5809

pemberton@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/pes

www.facebook.com/wcboepes/

Twitter @wcboepes

Key dates: Wednesday, Aug. 29, be sure to look for the Pemberton staff in your neighborhood! We will be greeting our students and families. Thursday, Aug. 30, Open House for Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. Then from 3:30-5 p.m. on Aug. 30, it’s time for our “Welcome to Prekindergarten and Kindergarten!” Open House for Prekindergarten 3, Prekindergarten 4 and Kindergarten. During Open House, our families can review their transportation to and from school, receive car rider and walker tags, sign up for Class Dojo, and join Pemberton’s PTA. 

Please note: Pemberton Elementary is a Title I school and a proud partner with the Wicomico County Judy Center Partnership. Pemberton is a CAP (Consistent Attire Program) school. Clothing details are available at the school or at www.wcboe.org. Pemberton’s Prekindergarten program has earned the Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating of 5, the highest rating that any Prekindergarten program can receive from the Maryland State Department of Education.

We look forward to a wonderful school year with our students.

 

Pinehurst Elementary

520 S. Pinehurst Ave., Salisbury

Prekindergarten-Grade 5

Schools Hours: 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m., doors open 8:15 a.m.

Principal: Regina Rando

Assistant Principal: Kevin Smith

Dean of Students: Matthew Curtis

410-677-5810

pinehurst@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/pine

www.facebook.com/pinehurstelementary

Twitter @wcboepine

Key dates: On Thursday, Aug. 30, the Pinehurst staff will take two school buses out into the community just after the countywide kickoff rally that ends at 10:30 a.m. We plan to make stops at the River’s Edge Apartments, Apartments at Stone Grove Crossing, and Leonard Apartments. Then later in the day on Aug. 30, the PTA will hold a Back to School Open House from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Other dates to put on your calendar: Sept. 26, first PTA meeting with classroom visitation, 4:30 -6:30 p.m.; Oct. 3, Title 1 Reading and Math Zoo Night, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Oct. 15, Chipotle Fundraiser Night.

Please note: It’s going to be another outstanding year at Pinehurst Elementary. We welcome Dean of Students Matthew Curtis to the administrative team. Pinehurst is excited to have two full-day Prekindergarten classes for the 2018-2019 school year. Our dedicated faculty and staff and community stakeholders will continue to work to create a learning environment that fosters high academic achievement and positive social/emotional growth which will support students in becoming college and career ready. Pinehurst Elementary is looking forward to our continued partnership with our faith-based partner, Community of Joy Church, and Ripley’s Believe lt Or Not. Additionally, Pinehurst Elementary students and staff are very involved in the Camden Community Garden project. Many of our students benefit from the success of this garden during the summer and school year. Pinehurst continues to have a dynamic PTA which supports many initiatives for students and staff. Pinehurst is a CAP (Consistent Attire Program) school. Clothing details are available at the school or at www.wcboe.org. Pinehurst Elementary is a key supporter of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore: For the second straight year our school was the elementary school with the highest contribution total.

 

Prince Street Elementary
Prekindergarten – Grade 5
Schools Hours: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., doors open 7:30 a.m.

Principal: Jason L. Miller

Assistant Principal: Kimberly M. Waters

Dean of Students: John “Chris” McLaughlin
410-677-5813

princestreet@wcboe.org

http://www.wcboe.org/schools/pse/

https://www.facebook.com/wcboepse

Twitter @wcboepse

Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 30, Open House at Prince Street Elementary 12:45-1:45 p.m. for Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, and 1:45-2:45 p.m. for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. The Snowy Bus will be present from 12:15-3 p.m. that day. Friday, Aug. 31 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., many Prince Street teachers and staff members will board a bus on their day off to go door-to-door to greet students and families in the neighborhoods served by the school. On Sept. 17, Back to School Night beginning at 5 p.m. at Prince Street Elementary. Sept. 29, third annual Curriculum Carnival with great support from our faith-based partner, Allen Memorial Baptist Church. Last year’s carnival had more than 1,000 students, families and supporters in attendance! 

Please note: It’s going to be a great year at Prince Street Elementary! We are a Title I school and CAP (Consistent Attire Program) school. Clothing details are available at the school or at www.wcboe.org. Look for our new banner, which celebrates all the great students and great activities we have at Prince Street: “When united through diversity, wonderful things can be achieved.” We are excited to add a fifth full-day Prekindergarten teacher to provide our youngest learners with the best possible preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond. Prince Street congratulates former Prince Street reading intervention teacher and 2018 Prince Street Teacher of the Year John “Chris” McLaughlin on his new position as Dean of Students. He will serve on the administrative team with Principal Jason L. Miller and new Assistant Principal Kim Waters. Thanks to the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), all Prince Street students are eligible for breakfast and lunch at no charge. Prince Street is a 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Maryland Character Education School of the Year, and a 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Let’s Move! Active School National Award winner. We are an arts integration school, and this year’s theme will be Kindness. We will also be kicking off the school year with a visit from Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA, Kim Bearden on Aug. 27. We will be implementing a few new things at Prince Street during this school year like the “House System” across all grade levels, as well as chants and cheers in the classroom, flexible seating. and the Prince Core Four: Track the Speaker, Respectful Interactions, S.P.E.C.I.A.L. First Impression - Shake Hands, Posture, Eye Contact, Charisma, Introduce Yourself, Ask a Question, Lean In and Listen, and Stand-Up when Responding. These are all part of the Ron Clark Academy Philosophy and the beginning of our new journey. Prince Core Four: Track the Speaker, Respectful Interactions, S.P.E.C.I.A.L. First Impression - Shake Hands, Posture, Eye Contact, Charisma, Introduce Yourself, Ask a Question, Lean In and Listen, and Stand Up when Responding. Stay tuned for more exciting news! #pssnewbeginnings

 

West Salisbury Elementary

1321 West Road, Salisbury

Prekindergarten-Grade 2

School Hours: 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m., doors open at 8:15 a.m.

Principal: Melva Polk Wright

Assistant Principal: James Hesen

wse@wcboe.org

410-677-5816

www.wcboe.org/schools/wse

Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 30, Open house 1-3 p.m. Come and meet your teachers. Sept. 17, Back-to-School Night 5:30-7 p.m. 

Please Note: We’re all excited to be starting a new school year in the new building for West Salisbury Elementary, and we thank the county and state for funding this project. Principal Melva Polk Wright returns to lead the Tigers, along with new Assistant Principal James Hesen. As a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) school, we will build on our previous successes of keeping more students in the classroom to be available for instruction. Please visit our school web page or the school system website (www.wcboe.org) for information about the Consistent Attire Program (CAP) that our school will be continuing this year. We look forward to seeing our students in consistent attire from day one, looking sharp and keeping the focus on instruction. We are excited to receive the distinction of being a Prekindergarten Expansion site. We continue to strive to increase the level of involvement from the families of West Salisbury. We are excited to have all of our West Salisbury School family back together to start a banner 2018-2019 school year.

 

Westside Primary

6046 Quantico Rd., Quantico

Prekindergarten-Grade 1

School Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., doors open at 8:45 a.m.

Principal: Maria Wright

Lead Teacher: Tawanda Small

410-677-5117

wps@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/wps/

https://www.facebook.com/wcboewps

Twitter @wcboewps

Key dates:  Thursday, Aug. 30, Open House 1-3 p.m. Sept. 24, Back-to-School Night 6 p.m.  Please check the Pony Pages monthly newsletter and the school website for dates of additional upcoming events and activities throughout the school year.

Please note: Westside Primary staff is excited about the 2018-2019 school year. Our school’s motto is “We can… We will!” Tawanda Small will serve as Westside Primary School’s Lead/Intervention Teacher for this school year.  In addition to working with small groups of students, she will also assist with administrative responsibilities in the office. Westside Primary is proud to be home to Physical Education teacher Marianne Noelte, the 2018 Primary Finalist for Wicomico Teacher of the Year.  Westside Primary and Westside Intermediate Schools have a joint PTA. PTA meetings alternate between the two schools; however, the faculty and administration of both schools are present at each meeting. 

 

Westside Intermediate

8000 Quantico Rd., Hebron

Grades 2-5

School Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., doors open 8:45 a.m.

Principal: Christopher P. Nunzio

Assistant Principal: Glenda D. Sinclair

410-677-5118

wis@wcboe.org

http://www.wcboe.org/schools/wis

https://www.facebook.com/wcboewis

Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 30, Open House at Westside Intermediate will be held from 2-3 p.m. for second and third grades and from 3-4 p.m. for fourth and fifth grades. Tuesday, Sept. 4, school opens for all students. Sept. 17, Back to School Night. Oct. 26, the annual Trunk or Treat Extravaganza.

Please note: Westside Intermediate is very excited to begin the 2018-2019 school year. Looking back on last year’s accomplishments, we are pleased to share that we saw growth in both our reading and math content areas. This is a huge advantage as we look to once again make application for recertification of our EGATE Award for Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education. Another recognized achievement came when Westside Intermediate School was named a 2018 Maryland Green School. This achievement tied in with our Arts Integration initiative that served to promote the 3 R’s of the Environment: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. In addition, WIS will again be recognized as a winner of the Maryland Center for Character Education Award this coming October. The ceremony will be held on the campus of Stevenson University located outside Baltimore. This is the fourth consecutive year our school has received this distinguished award.  Westside Intermediate and Westside Primary Schools have a joint PTA.  Monthly PTA meetings alternate between the two schools; however, the faculty and administration of both schools are present at each meeting.  This year our PTA will be selling discount cards and they will be available for purchase as early as the Open House scheduled for Aug. 30.

 

Willards Elementary

36161 Richland Rd., Willards

Prekindergarten-Grade 3

School Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m., doors open 7:45 a.m.

Principal: Judy Nicholson

Assistant Principal: Jennifer Rice

410-677-5819

willards@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/wes

Key date: Thursday, August 30, Back to School Social 5-7 p.m.

Please note: Wonderful Willards is a community school that meets the needs of the whole child. Last year, the students read a combined total of 1.2 million minutes, and this year they will work to exceed that goal. Our arts integration theme is learning about the Animal Kingdom. Mark your calendars for May 23, 2019 to watch the students parade through the town showcasing what they’ve learned. Wonderful Willards is proud to have earned the status of Maryland Green School two years ago and we continue to incorporate many “Going Green” initiatives. Our students and staff planted and maintain a wonderful garden as a means of learning and giving back to the community. Families of Willards Elementary are welcome to visit our garden and partake in its care and bountiful produce. 

 

Wicomico Birth to Five Program

101 Long Ave., Salisbury

Supervisor: Patricia A. Adkins

410-677-5250

birthto5@wcboe.org

Key dates: This program offers a playgroup once a month on the first Wednesday at 10 a.m.  Call for location and schedule.

Please note: The Wicomico County Birth to Five Program provides an array of services to children from birth through age five. The Program is family-centered and community based. Services are designed to maximize the developmental potential of children while providing support to families. Through collaboration with hospitals and community agencies, the program also helps families navigate the range of services available throughout the early intervention system. Services are provided by the Wicomico County Public Schools, the Wicomico County Department of Health, the Wicomico County Department of Social Services, and a variety of nonprofit organizations. At the age of 3, if the child continues to be eligible for services, the family may choose to continue on an Extended IFSP until the age of four. Services will remain in the natural environment. At the age of 4, if the child continues to be eligible, an individualized education plan (IEP) will be written. Services are provided at no cost to families.

 

Pittsville Elementary and Middle

34404 Old Ocean City Rd., Pittsville

Grades 4-8

Schools Hours: 8 a.m.-2:55 p.m., doors open 7:30 a.m.

Principal: Michael Cody

Assistant Principal: Nancy Guillemart

410-677-5811

pittsville@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/pems/

https://www.facebook.com/wcboepems/

Twitter: @wcboepems

Key dates: Wednesday, Aug. 29, the administration, faculty, staff, and PTA will welcome students and their families to a new school year during our “Back to School Bash” from 5:30-7 p.m.

5:30-5:45 p.m. PTA Meeting

5:45-6:30 p.m. Parents and students will visit classrooms.

6:30-7 p.m. Outdoor activities: Games, middle school schedules in exchange for the emergency form completed and turned into Miss Robinson and Ms. A. Marshall. JTs food truck will be here so parents and guests can purchase food items, etc.

Pittsville would like to encourage all our parents to become members of our PTA as well as support each PTA Meeting through your attendance.

  • This school year our other PTA meetings will be held:

~ Aug. 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. Back-to-School Bash

~ Jan. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. PTA Business Meeting and classroom visitation.

~ April 8 from 5:30-7 p.m. PTA Business Meeting (elections) and classroom visitation.

  • Book Fairs:

~ Fall Book Fair Oct. 1-6, “Enchanted Forest of Books”

~ Spring Book Fair Feb. 11-15

  • Family Nights:

~ Fall Family Night: Oct. 3 from 4-6:30 p.m,. Book Fair and Family Activity Night

~ Spring Family Night: Feb. 13 from 4-6:30 p.m., Book Fair and Family Night Activity.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, school opens for all Pittsville students in Grades 4-8, 7:30 a.m.

Please note: Pittsville School welcomes new Assistant Principal Nancy Guillemart. Our custodial staff, led by Building Service Manager Mona Lisa Price, earned a 2017 Governor’s Citation for Superior Maintenance of Schools. Pittsville is proud to have represented the entire state with the Maryland egg design at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Our band program is led by excellent Band Director Kenneth Dasher, who received the prestigious Maryland Music Educators’ Association Outstanding Career Music Teacher Award for 2018. Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Emily (Shank) Chesser of Pittsville Middle and Bennett Middle was recognized as the Outstanding Teacher in Middle School in the Financial Education and Capability Awards Program. Art teacher Amy Gilland of Pittsville was honored by the Maryland Arts Education Association as District Teacher of the Year, New Elementary/Middle School Staff for the 2018-2019 school year: Emily Ellis (Music), Sherree West (Grade 4 Math, Science and Social Studies), Jonathan Catron (Physical Education), Kim Johnson (Elementary Reading Professional Development Coach), Marilyn Johnson (Elementary Math Professional Development Coach), Deborah McMullen (Instructional Assistant) and April Burchette (Cafeteria Manager). We appreciate the community partners who support our school, including faith-based partner Ayres United Methodist Church in Pittsville and Pastor Travers, and Baxter Enterprises and the McDonald’s on Tilghman Road in Salisbury. Please check our school Facebook page and web page for our school newsletter and other important information. Each Sunday evening, around 5 p.m., there will be a SchoolMessenger message highlighting the upcoming weekly school events for Pittsville.

Remember the Pittsville PBIS Motto: “Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe and Be Scholarly!”

Pittsville Elementary/Middle School Focus:

  • To eradicate any type of bullying in our school.
  • To teach kindness and respect concerning all members of the Pittsville Family.
  • To increase our attendance percentage from 94% to 96% or higher.
  • To increase our scores on MISA and PARCC by 20-30%.

 

Bennett Middle School

532 S. Division St., Fruitland

Grades 6-8

School Hours: 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m., doors open 7:45 a.m.

Principal: Christel C. Savage

Assistant Principals: Lisa A. King, Vera Reed, Alison Dunn

Dean of Students: Jordan Townsend

410-677-5140

bms@wcboe.org

http://www.wcboe.org/schools/bms/

www.facebook.com/bennettmiddleschool

Twitter @wcboebms

Key dates: Back to School Night Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5-7 p.m.  The administration, faculty, staff and PTA look forward to seeing families as we get ready to start the 2018-2019 school year. Students will be eligible to receive their schedule at the back to school event once the back to school information has been completed and returned. 

Please note: BMS congratulates Alison Dunn on her promotion from Dean of Students to Assistant Principal, and welcomes Jordan Townsend as Dean of Students. Bennett Middle School is focused on creating a school community that is focused on kindness, responsibility and high achievement. The school has participated in a One Book One School initiative for the past two years that provides a book to every student, is read as an entire school and ends with an amazing pottery slam by students. We look forward to year number three. Family and Consumer Science Teacher Emily (Shank) Chesser of Bennett Middle and Pittsville Middle was recognized as the Outstanding Teacher in Middle School in the Financial Education and Capability Awards Program. Instructional assistant Craig Mitchell received the Maryland State Education Association’s 2018 Community Involvement Award.

 

Salisbury Middle

607 Morris St., Salisbury

Grades 6-8

School Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., doors open 7:15 a.m.

Principal: Kristina Gosnell

Assistant Principals: Terance Dunn, Jennifer Mudd

Dean of Students: Tikitia Glover

410-677-5149

sms@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/sms

www.facebook.com/wcboesms/

Twitter @wcboesms

Key dates: On Wednesday, Aug. 29, the administration, faculty, staff, and PTA will welcome all students and their families to a new school year during a Back to School Open House from 5-7 p.m. Parents may turn in information from the Back to School invitation packet any time up to and including the night of the open house. Once these documents have been accepted, the student is eligible to receive his/her schedule for the school year.

Please note: Salisbury Middle congratulates former SMS Physical Education teacher and 2018 Salisbury Middle Teacher of the Year Jennifer Mudd on her new position as Assistant Principal. English Language Arts teacher Tara Elliott received the 2018 Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award from the Maryland Humanities for her passion for teaching literature. Science teacher David Hansen took part in the International Ocean Discovery Program School of Rock, and received the National Science Teachers Association’s Maitland P. Simmons Award for New Teachers. We welcome to the SMS staff James McCrobie, the Maryland Society for Educational Technology 2018 Outstanding Educator Using Technology. Our Math League team won the Wicomico County Math League Middle School trophy in 2017-2018, and our students excelled in the AMC 8 Math Competition and MATHCOUNTS. Salisbury Middle is a key supporter of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, and was celebrated for being the middle school with the highest contribution total.

 

Wicomico Middle

635 E. Main St., Salisbury

Grades 6-8

School Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., doors open 7:15 a.m. breakfast/7:35 a.m. all

Principal: Tara O’Barsky

Assistant Principals: Bob Purnell, Rob Hopkins

Dean of Students: Tonya Wilson

410-677-5145

wms@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/wms

www.facebook.com/wcboewms/

Twitter @wcboewms

Key dates: On Wednesday, Aug. 29, the administration, faculty and staff will welcome all students and their families to a new school year during a Back to School Open House from 5-7 p.m. Parents may turn in information from the Back to School invitation packet the evening of the open house. Once these documents have been accepted, the student is eligible to receive his/her schedule for the school year. They may also pick up Family Portal information in the Guidance office.

Please note: Wicomico Middle is pleased to welcome Tara O’Barsky as Principal and Rob Hopkins as an Assistant Principal. Wicomico Middle School’s motto is “Be Prepared, Be Respectful, Be Involved, Be Determined, Every Day!” The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore honored Wicomico Middle with the 2016 Mary Gay Calcott Award of Excellence for its One School, One Book initiative in 2016-2017, an initiative that the school continued in 2017-18 and plans to continue again in 2018-19. Wicomico Middle School, in partnership with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, participates in the Next Generation Scholars grant program. The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to strengthen K-12 education, college/career readiness, workforce quality, and provides programs, services, and resources to teachers and students in every Maryland school district. Wi Middle has a School Based Wellness Center (SBWC), similar to a doctor’s office, on the school’s campus. The Wellness Center is sponsored by the local health department and provides medical and behavioral health counseling services to enrolled students during the school day. The goal of the wellness center is to keep students healthy and in school ready to learn. Parent consent is required for students to receive services.

 

Mardela Middle and High School

24940 Delmar Road, Mardela Springs

Grades 6-12

School Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., doors open 7:25 a.m. breakfast/7:35 a.m. all

Principal: Liza W. Hastings

Assistant Principals: Shawn Gardner, Michael Campbell

Dean of Students: Sharon Cooper

410-677-5142

mmhs@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/mmhs 

www.facebook.com/wcboemmhs/

Twitter @wcboemmhs

Mardela Athletics: @MardelaSports

Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 30 Back-to-School Night 5-7 p.m. Families can get their student’s schedule, tour the school, order yearbooks and spiritwear, and meet their new teachers. There will also be opportunities to join the PTA and support classes and groups by purchasing various school-related items. Homecoming will once again be in the fall sports season with homecoming activities the week of October 8-13.

Please note: Mardela is very proud of its band program.  The marching band and band front were named the Sweepstakes Winner as overall winner of the Apple Blossom Festival for the fifth time in six years. Mardela Middle and High is a key supporter of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, and for the second straight year our school was celebrated for being the high school with the highest contribution total. Mardela is proud to be home of the 2018 state gold medal team for Unified Strength and Conditioning. Our softball team earned the title of Bayside Champions and celebrated another successful year both on and off the field with every player earning honor roll status. Mardela is also proud of its students’ academic achievements. Last year 47% of our seniors graduated with a laude distinction. This percentage was significantly higher than any other high school in Wicomico County. Mardela’s Class of 2018 also earned $4,048,803 in scholarship money, averaging $47,632.98 per student (an increase of more than $17,000 per graduate from the year before)!  This year the Warriors plan to continue to raise the rigor in MMHS classrooms by focusing on increasing the intellectual engagement of our students. Mardela is also very excited to celebrate a renovated Family and Consumer Science classroom thanks to the school gathering significant volunteer hours throughout the year as a requirement of the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) funding which is a competitive grant program managed by the State of Maryland. They are also proud of the refinished gym floor as they continue to honor the legacy of Barbara McCool, honoring her with the name “McCool’s House of Hoops” displayed proudly on the floor for all to see. The track project continues to move forward with fencing added around the track and field events projected to be added in the summer of 2019.  The school is also excited about the feasibility study that has just been presented to the state which explores all of the options for renovating our aging building.

 

James M. Bennett High School

300 E. College Ave., Salisbury

Grades 9-12

School Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., doors open 7:35 a.m.

Principal: Amy E. Eskridge

Assistant Principals: Erin Nathan, Keith Bailey, Kimandi Binns

Dean of Students: Jason Capobianco

410-677-5141

jmb@wcboe.org

http://jmb.wcboe.org/

www.facebook.com/wcboejmb/

Twitter @wcboejmb

Key dates: Thursday, Aug 30 JMB 10th,11th and 12th graders can visit the school between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to turn in required school documents and receive their schedule. The evening of Aug. 30 is PTSA Back to School Night at the school for 9th graders only, 5-7 p.m. Meet in the JMB Auditorium at 5 to get started. We will first have a welcome meeting with PTSA and school administration and then pickup of class schedules once required school documents are turned in. Sept. 4, first day of school for 9th graders only. Sept. 5, all students report.  There will also be information regarding a GEAR UP meeting for all grade 11 coming out sometime in September.

Please note: James M. Bennett High is pleased to have former Dean of Students Kimandi Binns now serving as an Assistant Principal, and Jason Capobianco serving as Dean of Students. In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings, James M. Bennett High ranked #1,789 in the nation and 51st in the state of Maryland and received a silver medal. James M. Bennett High School is the hub for the English Language Learners at the high school level.  We certainly enjoy the diverse makeup our school community. James M. Bennett High is proud to have earned the status of Maryland Green School. JMB is fortunate to have an active and supportive PTSA, which in February 2019 will present the 21st annual JMB Rock & Roll Revival, a fundraiser that supports the entire school. Douglas Miles, Band Director at James M. Bennett High School, was honored by the Maryland Music Educators Association with the 2017 Outstanding Career Music Teacher Award of Excellence. Our marching band qualifies to compete each year in the Atlantic Coast Championships. Two JMB students were National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists in 2017-2018. Rising senior Rehman Liaqat was honored as the 2018 Student Luminary and English teacher Joan Cooper was recognized as the 2018 Educator Luminary in the Light of Literacy Awards sponsored by the Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries. Four JMB students were 1st place winners in the 2017-2018 Eastern Shore Young Authors Contest, and one of those students also placed 1st in the state contest. Our Math League team won the Wicomico County Math League JV trophy in 2017-2018, and our students excelled in high school and university math competitions, with then freshman Marvin Li winning the Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition. JMB students took all three prizes in the Optimist International Essay Contest. Students Owen Black and Lauren Illa finished on top in the county and zone levels and competed at the district level of the Optimist Oratorical Contest, with Lauren winning at the district and advancing to the regional contest. Stephen Sabo was a state finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award contest. Melinda Demaris, teacher of the visually impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialist was the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award from the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. James M. Bennett High School is also known for giving back to our community. We have partnered with Prince Street Elementary and Pinehurst Elementary for activities and our Leo Club, SMART Team, National Honor Society, SGA, and other organizations have donated hours of time and monies to outside organizations.  When someone comes to us for assistance, we use the motto #anchordown. JMB is also proud to continue its compassion and kindness initative, Clippers Choose Love (find it on Facebook).

 

Parkside High School

1015 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury

Grade 9-12, with Department of Career & Technology Education (CTE)

School Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., doors open 7:35 a.m.

Principal: Kimberly D. Pinhey

Assistant Principals: Sheree Douglas-Johnson, Brian P. Briggs, William Witte (CTE)

Dean of Students: Kesha Cook

410-677-5143

parkside@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/school/phs

www.facebook.com/wcboephs/

Twitter @wcboephs

Parkside CTE

410-677-5144

CTEparkside@wcboe.org

http://cte.wcboe.org/

Key dates: Tuesday, Aug. 28, PTA Freshman Back to School Night 5-7 p.m. This event is geared toward our new 9th graders this year; however, all are welcome. Also on Aug. 28, our 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and parents may come in to pick up class schedules from 1-3 p.m. In order to receive the class schedule, all students/parents are required to turn in the completed school information documents. To assist you in this process, we will be sending home the required school information documents for you to complete ahead of time. These documents will also be posted to our website and Facebook page. Tuesday, Sept. 4, first day of school for first-time 9th grade students. Wednesday, Sept. 5, all RamFam report to Parkside for the exciting 2018-2019 school year. 

Please note: Parkside High School welcomes to the administrative team a new Assistant Principal, William Witte, and new Dean of Students Kesha Cook, who was the 2018 Middle School Finalist for Wicomico Teacher of the Year. We are proud to be the home of the 2018-2019 Wicomico Teacher of the Year, Lisa McKinnon, who in addition to being an outstanding #RAMFAM teacher of Mathematics and Teacher Academy of Maryland is also a Parkside graduate. We’ve got a great team in place ready to support our students, including counselors Cindy Collins, Erica Riggin, Katie Griffin and Valerie Hughes, and Student Advisor Joan Sprankle. Parkside is comprehensive high school and also houses the school system’s Career and Technology Education Center (CTE). In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings, Parkside High received a bronze medal and was a school recognized nationally. Our school received the GOLD Award this year for our work with PBIS, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Our marching band qualifies to compete each year in the Atlantic Coast Championships, and our Band Boosters put on the annual Delmarvacade of Bands. Parkside is proud to be a Maryland Green School, home of the 2018 state gold medal teams for Unified Bocce and Unified Strength and Conditioning, and the winning team in the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Mathematics Challenge. Parkside students on the Wicomico County Robotics Club VEX Team 3389D competed at the VEX Robotics World Championship, with support from robotics team members from other high schools. Parkside/Parkside CTE student Joshua McKelvey won the 2017 and 2018 national gold medal in Electronics Technology at the National SkillsUSA Championships; five other Parkside/Parkside CTE students competed nationally in SkillsUSA. Parkside Chemistry teacher Angela Kuzma was a district winner in the National Science Teachers Association’s annual Shell Science Lab Challenge. Automotive Technology instructor Dave White was named a national finalist in the first Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence contest. Collision Repair instructor Joe Showacre received the Maryland CTE Award of Excellence: Maryland CTE Outstanding Change Agent. The National Wildlife Federation has recognized the Horticulture Program at Parkside High School Department of Career and Technology Education for its work in developing a Certified Schoolyard Habitat on campus. Our Horticulture program was also rated #1 Agriculture program by the Maryland FFA Association. Horticulture student Em Gass has been selected to represent Parkside at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa. The FFA Chapter in the Horticulture program at Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education was ranked the #1 chapter in Maryland in the FFA National Quality Standards Award. The HVAC and Above Ceiling Renovation project at Parkside is well underway, with the last of six phases scheduled to be completed in December 2019. The project will provide new heating and air conditioning, ceilings, and lighting and life safety upgrades.

 

Wicomico High School

201 Long Ave., Salisbury

Grades 9-12, with JROTC and the Visual and Performing Arts Program

School Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., doors open 7:35 a.m.

Principal: Don R. Brady

Assistant Principals: Lavion S. Bratten, Michele McGoogan, Ronald A. Greene

Dean of Students: Kenneth Popp

410-677-5146

wihi@wcboe.org

www.wcboe.org/schools/wihi

www.facebook.com/WicomicoHS/

Twitter @WicomicoHS

Key date: Thursday, Aug.30, Back to School Night for freshmen, 4-6 p.m.

Please note: WiHi has a School Based Wellness Center (SBWC) which is a health care center, like a doctor’s office, at Wicomico High School. The Wicomico High School Wellness Center is sponsored by the local health department and provides medical and behavioral health counseling services to enrolled students during the school day. The goal of the wellness center is to keep Wicomico High School students healthy and in school ready to learn. Parent consent is required for students to receive services. Our Community-Based Wellness Center is located in a portable building on the Long Avenue side of the school. As “One Tribe,” we will challenge ourselves daily to reach our greatest potential by demonstrating respect, responsibility, and integrity in our academics and behaviors. WiHi is proud to have on its team Boys Basketball Head Coach Butch Waller, who with each of his team’s wins sets a career wins record for Maryland public schools boys basketball coaches. The City of Salisbury renamed the street in front of Wicomico High School as Butch Waller Way in his honor. Our marching band qualifies to compete each year in the Atlantic Coast Championships. Our Math League team won the Wicomico County Math League Varsity trophy in 2017-2018. The award-winning Wicomico High School JROTC Program provides cadets with opportunities to develop character and leadership skills and to provide service to school, school system, and community.

 

Wicomico Evening High School

Located in Wicomico High School Building E, Salisbury (off Glen Avenue)

School Hours: 3:45 p.m.-8:55 p.m., doors open 3:30 p.m.

Supervisor: David Harner

Assistant Principal: Mike Bievenour

410-677-4537

ehs@wcboe.org

http://www.wcboe.org/schools/ehs/

Key dates: Registration for the fall semester will be Sept. 18, 19 and 20, and fall semester classes begin Sept. 24. Winter commencement Jan. 31. Registration for the spring semester Feb. 5, 6 and 7, and spring semester classes begin Feb. 11. Spring commencement May 30.

Please note: Evening High School welcomes Assistant Principal Mike Bievenour to the team. EHS is designed to help students enrolled in other Wicomico County high schools to take classes to stay on track for graduation. It also serves anyone ages 16-20 who wishes to return to school to complete the requirements to earn a Maryland High School Diploma. Evening High School recently celebrated its 25th year in operation, with thousands of students supported in obtaining a Maryland diploma.

 

Choices Academy

502 Calloway Street, Salisbury

Grades 4-12

School Hours: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., doors open 7:45 a.m.

Principal: Courtney Elliott

Assistant Principals: Michael Beale, Mike Bievenour

410-677-5220

choices@wcboe.org

http://choices.wcboe.org/home

www.facebook.com/ChoicesAcademy/

Twitter @ChoicesAcademy

Key dates: Open House Thursday, August 30, from 1-3:30 p.m.

Please note: Choices Academy welcomes new Principal Courtney Elliott and a new Assistant Principal, Mike Bievenour, who will also be Assistant Principal for Evening High School. Choices Academy operates in two large portables on Calloway Street while plans come together for a permanent building that is planned to serve students and the community. Choices is designed to provide intervention to struggling students as well as alternative pathways to the traditional school setting. Choices supports students in grade 4-12 and works with all elementary and secondary schools to help meet the needs of students in order to help them become college and career ready. Choices Academy is also home to the county’s Online Learning Lab and extended learning program.