Principal's Message

  • Dear RamFam

    Welcome to Parkside High School!! We are very excited to meet the incoming class , and to welcome back all returning Parkside RAMs. We look for the start of the school year for first time freshman and  for all returning Rams.   Again RamFam, the Parkside High Staff is ready to welcome you back into the classrooms for a fun and exciting new year! 

    Parkside has many exciting and rigorous academic opportunities including Advanced Placement,

    Dual Enrollment, and Career and Technology Education. We are proud to report that Parkside High School received a bronze medal in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings and was a school recognized nationally for outstanding achievement. As noted in this report, Parkside's graduation rate for the 4-year cohort is an excellent 93.21 %. As a Parkside RAM, we are confident you will find all the academic challenges you seek while making great memories that will last a lifetime.

    Parkside offers many support services as welf as opportunities outside the regular school day. Tutoring and enrichment opportunities are available in most subjects through our after-school programs. We encourage you to become involved in extracurricular programs such as our many clubs, activities, and competitive athletic teams. It is our goal at Parkside to prepare ALL of our students to be College and Career Ready.

    To make the most of these and other opportunities available at Parkside, you will need to follow the #RAMFAM motto of Respect, Responsibility and Achievement. Demonstrating these characteristics, as well as maturity and self-discipline, will make this the most exciting and enriching time of your life. Again, we look forward to working with you to achieve success this school year.

    Please familiarize yourself with the new Wicomico County Grading Policy. This policy is available for your review on the Wicomico County Board of Education website. The largest change that impacts secondary grading is that 50% of a student's quarterly course grade will be based on formative assignments and 50% will be based on summative assignments. Formative assignments monitor the development of student learning such as homework, classwork or warmups. These are activities that are designed to assist the teacher in evaluating the progress of the students' learning of a new concept. Summative assignments evaluate student learning or measure mastery of learning. Tests and quizzes would be an example of summative assignments. Please see pages 14 through 18 in the current Wicomico County Grading Policy for examples and further explanation.

    Upon your arrival to school, please remain outside on the bus ramp or on the front sidewalk until the 7:35 a.m. bell rings indicating you may enter the school. If you eat breakfast at school, you may enter at 7:20 a.m. and go directly to the cafeteria. At 7:35 a.m. the bell will sound and you should then report directly to your first period class (the room number is located on the mailing label.) Students scheduled to attend other schools for first period, will report to the cafeteria on the first day of school only. These students with a first period class at another school will remain in the cafeteria until 8:40 a.m. and then report to their second period class at Parkside. There will be no schedule changes on the first day of school. If there is a missing class period on your schedule or a class that is listed in your schedule in error, the process for making a schedule change will be thoroughly explained to you by your counselors and administrators.

    Once you receive your schedule, please be sure that you do not misplace it. This paper contains your student I.D. number that will be used by ALL students for our lunch program. The cafeteria will use the touch pad system, which requires students to enter their I.D. number in order to make all purchases. Students, please memorize this Lunch as soon as possible. Parents you may put money into your child's meal program account. Make your checks payable to Parkside High School Cafeteria. Your child will then be able to purchase meals against his/her deposited account.

    Meal Prices:

    Student Breakfast $1.40 Student Lunches $2.90
     Ice Cream      $.50             
     Adult Milk       $.50 
     Snacks          $.50


    Free and Reduced Meal Application: Students seeking assistance with meal costs need to submit an application to our office. Students enrolled in the free and reduced meal program last year will need to resubmit an application each year to review eligibility for this Federal program. Forms will be available in the main office and on our Website.

    The following information is important as we begin the new school year. Please review this information and please let us know if you have any additional concerns or questions,

    Locks and Lockers — We supply locks for all students. Students will use the same lock and locker for their entire high school experience. The use of the lock and locker will be free. However, there will be a $5.00 replacement fee for any lock, which is removed. Lockers MUST be kept locked at QII times. Students, please do not shares lockers as you are held accountable for any item in your assigned locker. During construction, it will be necessary to shift and reassess locker use as we go. We appreciate your patience with this inconvenience and will accommodate all requests for locker preferences.

    Student Personal Data and Enrollment Information Form: The personal data/emergency form should be completed by the parent and brought in to school before the first day to exchange for your schedule or by the student on the first day. This form should list the names of people to contact in the event an emergency (at least one additional name MUST be listed). If this form is not on file at the school or the emergency information is not completed, we cannot honor any requests for release until we have this verification.

    Activity Fee Information 

    Students participating in athletics, cheerleading and/or marching band/band front and Destination Imagination will be required to pay a participation fee. Fees will be collected as follows:

    JV/Varsity Sports - $40.00 (Reduced Meals $20/Free Meals $1 0)

    High School Marching Band/Band Front/Cheerleading/Dl - $20.00 (RM $10.00/FM $5) Your student will receive additional information about these fees from his/her coach or band director.

    In this mailing, you will find important information which will be beneficial to you for the 2017-2018 school year. Please read and keep this information for your records.

    1. Student Personal Data and Enrollment Information Form (parent must complete and SIGN this form.) This form MUST BE COMPLETED AND THE SIGNED FORM TURNED IN TO GET YOUR SCHEDULE ON AUGUST 31!
    2. School Bus Routes
    3. Health and Medical Assessment Form 4. Integrated Pest Management Program
    4. Publicity Opt Out Form
    5. PTA and Back to School Night information

      The following information is available on our WEBSITE, on Facebook, in our office, and will be emailed to your address in the first weekly SchoolMessager message. This weekly message will begin at the end of the first week and run each week thereafter. Please make sure you have the correct email address and phone number listed so you can hear and view the weekly messages.

    1. Wicomico County School Calendar
    2. PHS Bell Schedule
    3. Family Portal instructions

    1 0. Dress Code policy

    1 1 . Dance el igibility criteria

    1 2. PHS Dance agreement

    1 3. Asbestos Hazard Information (AHERA)

    1 4. PARCC testing information

    Please know that all the administrators, teachers and staff members at Parkside High School look forward to meeting our incoming freshmen Rams on September 5th and all returning Rams on September 6th. Thank you and enjoy the remainder of your summer break.


    Kimberly D. Pinhey

    Parkside High School Principal



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