Highlighted Events from Wicomico Schools: Career Day, Teacher of the Year
Wicomico Schools Has Career Day for Freshmen March 22, Teacher of the Year Banquet March 23
Posted on 03/21/2017

Wednesday, March 22

Annual Wicomico Schools/Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Career Day

Salisbury University

The annual 9th-Grade Career Day at Salisbury University is a joint venture of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network and Wicomico County Public Schools. This event is designed to assist our students in their short- and long-range career and educational planning. Students will meet and hear from local professionals in a variety of fields, and learn about career possibilities right here on the Shore. There will be nearly 45 presenters covering more than 30 different career fields. Students will write reflective essays after Career Day, with prizes awarded to student winners. Career Day will take place in Henson Hall, Perdue Hall, and Devilbiss Hall. Students from Parkside and Wicomico high schools will engage in Career Day on the SU campus from 9-11 a.m., and from 12-2 p.m. students from James M. Bennett High, Mardela High, and The Salisbury School will explore careers at Career Day.


Wednesday, March 22

Wicomico Economic Impact Scholarship Night

Wor-Wic Community College

An informational Wicomico Economic Impact Scholarship Night will be held at Wor-Wic Community College in Guerrieri Hall 101 on Wednesday, March 22. The event will begin at 6 p.m. This event is targeted to students (and their parents) who will graduate this year and want to start college for free in September if eligible for the Wicomico Economic Impact Scholarship.


Thursday, March 23

Wicomico Teacher of the Year Banquet

The Commons, Salisbury University

The 25 semifinalists in the running for the honor of 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be celebrated at the Wicomico Teacher of the Year Banquet on Thursday, March 23 at the Commons at Salisbury University. The new 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be announced that night. More than 250 outstanding educators, including past teachers of the year and current nominees for Wicomico Teacher of the Year, will attend. After a gathering time at 6 p.m., the program and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include the announcement of the 2017 Friend of Education, performances by the Wicomico County String Ensemble and Wicomico High vocalist Katelin Beach, the farewell address of 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year Christy Briggs, and the announcement of the new Teacher of the Year by about 9 p.m.


Friday, March 24

Celebratory Arrival at School of the New Wicomico Teacher of the Year

School to Be Announced Thursday Night

The 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be named on Thursday, March 23, so Friday morning will be a very special arrival celebration for that teacher at school. Time and details will be set late Thursday, but as is tradition, the new Teacher of the Year will be picked up at home in an antique automobile courtesy of auto enthusiast (and elementary band teacher) Buck Burton.


Friday, March 24

Leader Dogs for the Blind Visit with Leader Dog Gracie

James M. Bennett High

Leader Dogs for the Blind is a guide dog training school located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It was founded in 1939 by Lions Club members. Locally, the Lions Clubs on the Eastern Shore host an annual fundraiser and dinner in support of Leader Dog. This year, Jeff Hawkins and his Leader Dog Gracie will visit schools and Lions Clubs on the Shore. On Friday March 24 at 2 p.m., Jeff and Gracie will present to the James M. Bennett High LEO Club, the student service organization sponsored by the Salisbury Lions. The LEOs have been fundraising all year and will present Mr. Hawkins with a $500 donation to Leader Dog on behalf of the club. Friday evening, several LEO members will present again at the district-wide Leader Dog benefit dinner in Willards hosted by area Lions Clubs.

Jeff Hawkins was born and raised in Michigan. A true water sports enthusiast, Jeff enjoys water skiing, jet skiing, boating and kayaking and most recently hiking. Jeff worked as paramedic for 25 years before his vision forced him into an early retirement. Growing up in the Metro Detroit area, Jeff was familiar with Leader Dogs for the Blind and the programs and services they offer for people who are blind or visually impaired. Jeff came to Leader Dog in July 2011 and completed Accelerated Orientation and Mobility Training – the white cane training program, before returning in July 2012 for the Guide Dog program where he was teamed up with his Leader Dog, Gracie, a female yellow lab. Together with his wife, Linda, he and LD Gracie have travelled extensively and maintain an incredibly busy schedule—usually centered around his family. More information on Leader Dog can be found at www.leaderdog.org and Lions Club International at www.lionsclubs.org


Wednesday, March 29

Photography Open House for the Thinking and Doing (TAD) program

Bennett Middle School

On Wednesday, March 29 the TAD (Thinking and Ding) Program will be hosting a Photography Open House at Bennett Middle School from 6-8 p.m. This event will include works from all TAD middle school students, and the TAD students and their families are invited to attend. Students studied photography techniques and created an original work. These include collages, single photographs and mixed media designs. The themes vary based on student preference. 


Saturday, April 1

LiveWell HealthFest

Event held at James M. Bennett High, Open to Whole Community

An assortment of free health screenings will be made available to anyone who attends Peninsula Regional Health System’s LiveWell HealthFest: An event for all ages, at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury on Saturday, April 1. Everyone in the community is invited to attend Live Well HealthFest, a free event presented in partnership with Wicomico County Public Schools and the Wicomico County Board of Education. The event will be held at James M. Bennett High rain or shine, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

More than 35 free health screenings will be available the day of the event and without pre-registration. The health screenings, performed by Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) healthcare specialists and other area healthcare providers, will be available to anyone looking to find out how healthy they actually are, and to learn what they can do to lead an even healthier and more productive lifestyle.

At this year’s HealthFest, PRMC will offer attendees an opportunity to participate in a paper Diabetes screening conducted by the Peninsula Regional Diabetes and Endocrinology Center team. If determined to be at high risk, individuals will be provided education and offered a Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) blood draw. The HbA1c test is preferred because it can actually detect Diabetes, and is a much more accurate measure of a person’s health risk.

At various times during the event, LiveWell HealthFest participants may enjoy a therapy dog demonstration, dance, jump rope and step team performances, chair aerobics and zumba, a rock climbing wall, fire engine and ambulance tours, a fly in and Blackhawk helicopter tours by the United States Navy, an “Ask the Doctor” booth for medical questions, a health corner for kids, a cooking demonstration and a free photo booth and much more. 

Also returning to HealthFest is the DaVinci Surgical Robot, providing a “hands on” demonstration of the cutting edge technology first introduced on Delmarva by Peninsula Regional in 2007. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit with more than 50 exhibitors who are joining HealthFest with valuable information on their services.

For more information on HealthFest: An event for all ages, a map and a complete list of screenings and demonstrations, please visit the Peninsula Regional Health System website at www.peninsula.org/healthfest


Saturday, April 1

Destination Imagination State Tournament

University of Maryland Baltimore County in Catonsville


Wednesday, April 5

YEA! Investor Panel

Salisbury University

Students participating in the 2016-2017 YEA! (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) through the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will have the opportunity to present their products, services or initiatives to the YEA! Investor Panel at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in the Franklin P. Perdue Auditorium at Salisbury University. Networking and light refreshments will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the panel will run from 5-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; please RSVP to ssmecker@salisburyarea.com or 410-749-0144. The event will showcase 16 businesses made by middle and high school students. They will pitch their concepts to the investor panel in hopes of securing start-up funding. One business will be selected by the panel to move on as the Saunders Semifinalist to the regional competition in Rochester, NY. 


Friday, April 7

WCBOE Fun Run/Walk for Wellness & Literacy

Salisbury City Park (Updated Location)

Come out Friday, April 7 and take part in a 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk “Race for Wellness & Literacy” in the Salisbury City Park. Wicomico County Public Schools and the Wicomico County Board of Education are putting on the event, in partnership with the City of Salisbury and Wicomico Public Libraries. Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in this inaugural event, which will help kick off the first Salisbury Book Festival events throughout April and May. Participants are encouraged to bring a new children’s book to donate in memory of the late Salisbury University Professor Ernie Bond. Donated books and money raised will be distributed to Title 1 Wicomico schools. There will be a literacy and wellness fair from 4-6 p.m., and the race/walk will begin at 5 p.m. Everyone will begin at Ben’s Red Swings in the Salisbury City Park and end in the same location. Please click on the event picture on our home page at www.wcboe.org to learn more and sign up.


Saturday, April 8

Administration of the ACT for students registered by the March 3 deadline


Saturday, April 8

GEAR UP: The Saturday Academy

Wor-Wic Community College

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is partnering with Wor-Wic Community College to offer The Saturday Academy, a series of free College & Career Workshops for GEAR UP students and free College informational workshops for GEAR UP parents. GEAR UP students are current 9th graders at Bennett, Parkside and Wicomico High Schools.

GEAR UP is a program made possible through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This program is designed to prepare students and families academically and financially to enroll and succeed in postsecondary (college or technical school) education. GEAR UP began working with the Class of 2020 in middle school and will continue to support students as they progress through high school on to graduation.

On March 11, GEAR UP students will be able to participate in “The Webs We Weave” while parents attend sessions on Academic Assessments and Wicomico County Summer Programs.

Anyone interested in attending The Saturday Academy should pre-register as soon as possible, as workshops fill up quickly. Transportation may be available. For more information, please contact Jackie Leggett at 410-677-5994, jleggett@wcboe.org.  


Date & Location

Student College & Career Workshops


     Parent Session 1             (10am -11am)

         Parent Session 2


April 8

Wor-Wic Community College




“It’s HOT in Here! Thermoregulation in Mice”

Explore how different environ- mental temperatures influence metabolic rate in mice.

“Tool box for College”

Information parents need to know onhow to start their children on the rightpath to college.

“Tour the Campus”

Visit the campus centers forthe various degree programs offered.




Saturday, April 8

STEM Saturday

Salisbury Middle School

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Saturday classes have been offered throughout the 2016-2017 school year for students in grades 4/5 and 6/7/8. The last STEM Saturday will be held 10 a.m.-noon April 8, with students in grades 4-5 exploring “The Sun, Moon & Stars: Our Night Sky and Celestial Bodies” at Parkside High, and middle schoolers working on “Plant the Planet” at Parkside High. All STEM Saturdays take place from 10 a.m.-noon.

STEM Saturdays are free for Wicomico County students in grades 4 through 8. Anyone interested in attending a STEM Saturday event must pre-register, and early registration is recommended as the courses fill up early. For a detailed schedule and registration form, see the STEM Saturday 2016-2017 flyer at http://wcboe.org/instruction_student_services/programs/stem_program. For information contact Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-4504 or gboggs@wcboe.org.


April 10-13

Registration Fair for Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, New 1st Graders

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center


Monday, April 10: Fruitland Primary, Charles H. Chipman

Tuesday April 11: Beaver Run, Pemberton

Wednesday, April 12: Delmar, Westside Primary, Northwestern

Thursday, April 13: Prince Street, Pinehurst, Willards

The first chance to register children for kindergarten and apply for prekindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will take place during the April 10-13 Registration Fair at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The Registration Fair will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Registration documents will be available in school offices and the school system office and will be posted online at www.wcboe.org by April 3. For enrollment questions, please contact enroll@wcboe.org or 410-677-4479.

To help Wicomico families ensure that their children meet the Maryland immunization requirements for starting school, the Wicomico County Health Department (Fritz Building, 300 West Carroll St.) will offer free mass walk-in immunization clinics to coincide with the Registration Fair, on April 11 (8 a.m.-noon) and April 13 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) The walk-in clinics are only for students entering Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and public 1st Grade. Parents must bring a current copy of their child’s vaccine record with them. Vaccines will be offered at no cost. Please note that once the school year begins in September, students who do not have proof of required immunizations will be excluded from school after the first 20 days of school. Call 410-543-6943 for more information.


Tuesday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The April meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in the Board of Education Auditorium at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. The agenda will be posted online: Go to www.wcboe.org; click on the BoardDocs box (left side of home page) to view the agenda. The meeting will be livestreamed and will also be viewable after the meeting: https://www.wcboe.org/leadership/board_of_education/watch_board_meetings. The meeting will also be aired on PAC 14. 410-677-4561


Wednesday, April 19

Superintendent’s Open Door Session

Office of Wicomico County Public Schools, Northgate Drive, Salisbury

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin will hold a Superintendent’s Open Door Session from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury. Open Door Sessions throughout the 2016-2017 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent to 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. An Open Door Session is also scheduled for 4-6 p.m. May 17. 410-677-4495


Thursday April 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

Parent University: How We Teach about World Religions

Wicomico County Public Library, Entrepreneur Room

In Maryland, one content topic in social studies is learning about religions of the world.  In this Parent University session on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m., parents will review the state standards for teaching about world religions, participate in sample lessons, and hear about strategies for teaching about each religion. This session on “How We Teach about World Religions” will take place in the Entrepreneur’s Room at the Wicomico County Public Library Childcare is provided for children ages 3 – 12.  Children ages 3-5 will participate in activities in the Children’s Activity Room. Children in grades 1-8 can bring their homework to complete in the Homework Help Lab. Please call or email to reserve your spot and to register children for childcare options. Call or email: Beth Sheller, 410-677-4453 or msheller@wcboe.org, or Faye Wilson, 410-677-4529 or fwilson@wcboe.org.


Saturday, April 22

Northwestern Elementary School 50-Year Anniversary Celebration

Northwestern Elementary

Northwestern Elementary School in Mardela Springs is celebrating its 50th year serving the students and families in the Mardela Springs and Sharptown communities.  As the school and community commemorate this special anniversary, please join us on Saturday, April 22 from 1-4 p.m. for a special event. Northwestern will welcome former, current and future families for an afternoon of food, music and games. There will be a rock wall, bounce house, and an inflatable obstacle course for the children. The Barren Creek Band will perform, we will have food available from Phat Boyz Catering, and students will be showcasing classroom projects from events from 1966 to now. At 2 p.m., there will be a program to recognize former and current staff members, administrators, and important guests. This event is free to the public. Come and be part of the celebration! 410-677-5808. Like our Northwestern Elementary School page on Facebook to find out more or share information with us as we plan for this big day.


April 24-June 5

PARCC Testing Window

All Wicomico Schools with grades 3-12

The 2017 PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) testing window will open on Monday, April 24 in schools serving grades 3-12. Schools will communicate with parents and students about the testing schedule for that student and school. Elementary and middle school testing will be completed without any delayed openings for non-test takers.

For high schools, most of the testing will be completed within the first six days of the testing window, barring any delayed openings due to weather conditions. On the first three days of testing, only test takers will report to school that morning, and the remaining students will report on a delayed schedule. In the event of a weather-related delayed opening for ALL Wicomico schools, there would be NO testing at all that day; the testing day would be rescheduled for the next school day, and the testing calendar would be adjusted to reflect the change by shifting the remaining testing days one day later.


High School PARCC Testing Schedule: Week 1

 DAY 1                         DAY 2                                DAY 3                      DAY 4                   DAY 5

Monday, April 24


Tuesday, April 25


Wednesday, April 26


Thursday, April 27


Friday, April 28


Delayed Opening

AM Testers Only

Delayed Opening

AM Testers Only

Delayed Opening

AM Testers Only

Double 2nd

7:45 – 9:45

1st Period

7:45 – 8:40

4th Period

11:00 – 12:20

4th Period

11:00 – 12:20

4th Period

11:00 – 12:20

3rd Period

9:50 – 10:30

Double 3rd

8:45 – 10:40

5th Period

12:25 – 1:10

1st Period

12:25 – 1:10

5th Period

12:25 – 1:10

4th Period

10:35 – 11:55

4th Period

10:45 – 12:05

6th Period

1:15 – 2:00

2nd Period

1:15 – 2:00

6th Period

1:15 – 2:00

Double 5th

12:00 – 2:00

5th Period

12:10 – 12:45

7th Period

2:05 – 2:45

3rd Period

2:05 – 2:45

7th Period

2:05 – 2:45

6th Period

2:05 – 2:45

Double 6th

12:50 – 2:45



High School PARCC Testing Schedule: Week 2

               DAY 6                                                                             

Monday, May 1


Tuesday, May 2


Wednesday, May 3


Thursday, May 4


Friday, May 5


Double 1st

7:45 – 9:45

Regular Schedule

Regular Schedule

Regular Schedule


Regular Schedule

2nd Period

9:50 – 10:30



Double 4th

10:35 – 12:45





Double 7th

12:50 – 2:45







May 1-12

Advanced Placement (AP) tests for students who have signed up by the March 17 Deadline to take the tests at the end of an AP course

Schedule for testing will be distributed in each school

Wicomico students who register by the March 17 deadline to take one or more AP (Advanced Placement) tests should remember to check the schedule for testing information for the AP testing window of May 1-12. The schedule is posted in Naviance, at http://www.wcboe.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3063562&pageId=3243402, and listed below. Please note that in addition to the testing schedule provided below, Mardela High School students may take their AP tests at Mardela High; please check with Mrs. Shiles.

Test takers are reminded to arrive early for their tests so they can be in their seat on time and ready to go when the test begins. Students should also remember that phones are not permitted in the building during AP testing; anyone found with a phone will have the phone confiscated and their test results voided.


Monday, May 1:

8 a.m. Chemistry, Environmental Science, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

12:30 p.m. Psychology, Midway Room of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (old gym)


Tuesday, May 2:

8 a.m. Computer Science A, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

8 a.m. Spanish Language, tests will be at each school, see school counselor

12:15 p.m. Physics 1: Alg based, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Wednesday, May 3:

8 a.m. English Literature and Composition, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

12:15 p.m. Physics 2: Alg based, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Thursday, May 4:

8 a.m. American Government and Politics, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Friday, May 5:

8 a.m. U.S. History, Midway Room of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (old gym)

PM: Computer Science Principles, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

Studio Art: last day to submit digital portfolios; see school counselor


Monday, May 8:

8 a.m. Biology, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

Music Theory, see school counselor

12:15 p.m. Physics C: Mechanics, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

2 p.m. Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Tuesday, May 9:

8 a.m., Calculus AB and Calculus BC, Midway Room of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (old gym)

PM French, Parkside High and Mardela High, see school counselor


Wednesday, May 10:

8 a.m. English Language and Composition, Midway Room of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (old gym)


Thursday, May 11:

8 a.m. World History, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road

12:45 p.m. Statistics, Moose Lodge, Snow Hill Road


Friday, May 12:

12 p.m. Latin, James M. Bennett High, see school counselor