Back to School 2019 - 20

Leadership Teams

  • Leadership teams have been announced for Wicomico County Public Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. The administrative team for each school and program in Wicomico Schools is listed below.

     

    Elementary:

     

    Beaver Run Elementary (Main Campus and WELC Campus): Principal Curtis W. Twilley, Assistant Principals Cindy Becker and Parris Abt

    Charles H. Chipman Elementary: Principal Antionette Perry, Assistant Principal Lauren Monroe

    Delmar Elementary: Principal Kirby S. Bryson, Assistant Principals Shelly M. Hall and Michele McGoogan

    East Salisbury Elementary: Principal Glendon A. Jones, Assistant Principal Tara Parsons, Dean of Students Timothy Dickson

    Fruitland Primary: Principal Lisa M. Forbush, Assistant Principal Kaimais B. Love

    Fruitland Intermediate: Principal Jon D. Shearer, Assistant Principal Christina M. Stewart

    Glen Avenue Elementary: Principal Dr. Kathleen Vail, Assistant Principal Chelsea Seabrease

    North Salisbury Elementary: Principal Dave Harris, Assistant Principal Marie A. Baker

    Northwestern Elementary: Principal Deborah L. Emge, Assistant Principal Joyce D. Lewis

    Pemberton Elementary: Principal Dr. Ryan Kessler, Assistant Principal Carla H. Hicks

    Pinehurst Elementary: Principal Kevin R. Smith, Assistant Principal Alexan Dargan, Dean of Students Matthew Curtis

    Prince Street Elementary: Principal Jason L. Miller, Assistant Principal Kimberly Waters, Dean of Students Dr. Carla Hodges-Brown

    West Salisbury Elementary: Principal Melva P. Wright, Assistant Principal Jamie Bouchelle

    Westside Primary: Principal Maria Wright, Assistant Principal Glenda Sinclair

    Westside Intermediate: Principal Christopher P. Nunzio, Assistant Principal Glenda Sinclair

    Willards Elementary: Principal Judy W. Nicholson, Assistant Principal Jennifer Rice

     

    Elementary/Middle: 

     

    Pittsville Elementary and Middle: Principal Kris Gosnell, Assistant Principal Nancy L. Guillemart

     

    Middle:

     

    Bennett Middle: Principal Erin Nathan, Assistant Principals Lisa King, Vera Reed and Alison Dunn, Dean of Students Grady McGrew

    Salisbury Middle: Principal Terance Dunn, Assistant Principals Jennifer Mudd and James Hesen, Dean of Students Genise Fleming

    Wicomico Middle: Principal Tara O’Barsky, Assistant Principals Bobby Purnell and Latonya Wilson, Dean of Students Tamyra Foreman

     

     

    Middle/High School:

     

    Mardela Middle and High: Principal Liza W. Hastings, Assistant Principals Shawn Y. Gardner and Michael Campbell, Dean of Students Cameron Ball

     

    High School:

     

    James M. Bennett High: Principal Christel C. Savage, Assistant Principals, Keith W. Bailey, Jason Capobianco and Undrea Blake, Dean of Students Brent Lewis

    Parkside High: Principal Kimberly D. Pinhey, Assistant Principals Sheree Douglas-Johnson, Brian P. Briggs and William Witte (CTE), Dean of Students Kesha Cook

    Wicomico High: Principal Ronald A. Greene, Assistant Principals Lavion Bratten, Georgine Fronczak and Kenneth Popp, Dean of Students Tessa Gentzel

    Wicomico Evening High School: Supervisor Dave Harner, Assistant Principal Mike Bievenour

     

    Programs:

     

    Wicomico County Judy Center Partnership: Trina Tilghman-Dix

    Wicomico Birth to Five Program: Supervisor Patricia A. Adkins

    Choices Academy (with Online Learning Lab and extended learning program): Principal Courtney Elliott, Assistant Principals Michael Beale, Mike Bievenour

  • School Profiles: Back-to-School Information for Each Wicomico School for 2019-2020

    We hope everyone is enjoying a great summer and is getting recharged for the new school year. Schools will mail welcome letters for the 2019-2020 school year on Friday, Aug. 16.

    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 open houses Aug. 27-29 in preparation for the opening of the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 3 for most students*.

    *Students in grades 1-6 and grade 9 will attend school on Sept. 3. (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. 4. During the first week, Kindergarten and Prekindergarten students will report as scheduled by the assigned school.

    Please note that on Thursday, Aug. 29, all Wicomico schools and school offices will be closed until 11 a.m. while employees attend an important annual team meeting for all staff. On Friday, Aug. 30, the Central Office and school offices will be open as final preparations are made for the start of the new school year.

    Profiles of each school are below.

     

    Beaver Run Elementary School

    Prekindergarten-Grade 2

    31481 Old Ocean City Road, Salisbury (main campus, grades K-2)

    Main Campus School Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (doors open 8:45 a.m.)

    1101 Robert St., Salisbury (WELC campus, Prekindergarten 3 and 4)

    WELC Campus School Hours: 9-3:30 p.m. (doors open 8:30 a.m.)

    Principal: Curtis W. Twilley 

    Assistant Principals: Cindy Becker, Parris Abt

    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 Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 2-3 p.m. Beaver Run families with students attending classes at Beaver Run WELC will be able to come to Beaver Run first, as the open house for the WELC campus on Robert Street will be 3-4 p.m. that day.

    Please note: It’s going to be a fantastic school year at Beaver Run Elementary, a 2019 Maryland Green School! We are excited to watch the construction of our new school building, starting in the 2019-2020 school year. Beaver Run, which includes the students who attend classes at the main campus as well as at the WELC campus, is a Title I School and a proud Judy Center and CAP (Consistent Attire Program) School. Beaver Run’s Kindergarten and Prekindergarten programs have earned the Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating of 5, the highest rating available 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.

     

    Charles H. Chipman Elementary

    711 Lake St., Salisbury

    Prekindergarten-Grade 1

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

    Principal: Antionette Perry

    Assistant Principal: Lauren Monroe

    410-677-5814

    chipman@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/schools/ces

    www.facebook.com/wcboeces/

    Twitter @wcboeces

    Key dates: Open House Thursday, Aug. 29 from 2-4 p.m. 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/Title I Orientation and 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 2019-2020 school year. 

    Please note: Chipman Principal Antionette Perry is pleased to welcome a former Wicomico Teacher of the Year, Lauren Monroe, as Assistant Principal. 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. We are proud of all of the wonderful staff members who serve our children; among them are Special Education teacher Kathryn Miller, our 2019 semifinalist for Wicomico Teacher of the Year and our 2019 Baxter Enterprises/McDonald’s McEducator. 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: Shelly M. Hall, Michele McGoogan

    410-677-5178

    delmarES@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/schools/des

    www.facebook.com/wcboedes/

    Key dates: Pending due to the renovation, will be available soon.  

    Please note: Delmar Elementary is proud to be the home of the Wicomico Teacher of the Year, Shane Morton. Mrs. Morton has been a Prekindergarten teacher at Delmar for the past 23 years, and as the 2019-2020 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will represent Wicomico in the Maryland Teacher of the Year Recognition Program throughout the 2019-2020 school year.

    Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher Kelly Hamilton was recognized as Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards. 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 advanced on its limited renovation project which will include a new secure entry vestibule, reconfigured main office and nurse’s suite with an anticipated reopening date of Aug. 26. Please visit our website and Facebook page for updates and information regarding the 2019-2020 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. 27, Open House for all grades with teacher and classroom visitation 3-4 p.m. Sept. 9, Back-to-School Night 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 11-Oct. 7, Claire’s Gourmet Popcorn fundraiser.

    Please note: East Salisbury School was the first to host the Stock Market Financial Literacy Night on the Eastern Shore. During this event, Glen Avenue, Pemberton, North Salisbury and East Salisbury (four of the five teams in Wicomico County that placed in the top 10 competing against all elementary schools in Maryland) spotlighted the Stock Market Game in gallery style format to show their work and accomplishments. A few representatives from banking institutions and local businesses were present and shared information about the importance of financial planning investing. The ESS team won the 2019 Wicomico County STEM Champonship for 4th Grade. Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher Jen Watson was recognized as Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards.

     

    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: Open House Thursday, Aug. 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. 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. Parents will have the opportunity to sign up for the Class Dojo system, register for car rider, walker or media pick up 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. Monday, Sept. 16, Back-to-School Night from 5-7 p.m. 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: 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. This school year, Fruitland Primary will have two full-day Prekindergarten classes. We have achieved a Level 4 EXCELS Rating with the Maryland State Department of Education and look forward to being fully accredited this coming school year. Fruitland Primary is proud to be a Maryland Green School. Kindergarten teacher Linda Dashiell was recognized as a 47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference, 1st grade teacher Erin Bailey was FPS’ 2019 semifinalist Wicomico Teacher of the Year and 2nd grade teacher Phoebe Horsman was recognized as our 2019 Baxter Enterprises/McDonald’s McEducator.  At Fruitland Primary, teaching students how to read is our primary responsibility while encouraging all students to maintain a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. FPS is where Kindness Matters and Reading Counts.

     

    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: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 4-6 p.m., Back-to-School event 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 enjoy a sweet treat as you go! On Sept. 13, our 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 Maryland Green School and the home of the past two Intermediate Finalists for Wicomico Teacher of the Year, Grade 5 teacher Kate Wight and Physical Education teacher Staci McGowan. Ms. McGowan also received SHAPE Maryland’s 2018 Simon A. McNeely Award for her efforts to boost fitness programming at her school before, during and after school hours, and for serving as a leader of countywide fitness events. The FIS team won the 2019 Wicomico County STEM Champonship for 3rd Grade. 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: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2-4 p.m., Open House. Glen Avenue School is thrilled to welcome back our students and families! You are invited to visit school and meet the teachers during Open House. This is a great time to have your child get comfortable with his/her new classroom and find out who is in the same class. Be sure to visit the gym to meet our new PE teacher, Mr. Filewicz, who will join Mrs. Beauchamp. Sept. 9, Back-to-School Night 5:30-7 p.m., teachers will explain what to expect in the upcoming school year. #ItsGreatToBeAGator! Follow us on Facebook @wcboeglen for frequent school announcements.

    Please note: We are PROUD and KIND here at Glen Avenue! We are also excellent! Bre’ara Thompson was a 1st-Place winner in the Eastern Shore Literacy Association’s Young Authors’ Contest, for Grade 2 Poetry. The Glen Avenue team won the 2019 Wicomico County STEM Champonship for 5th Grade. Art teacher Stacey Phillips received an Elementary Career Arts Educator Award from the Maryland Art Education Association. Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher Jen Watson was recognized as Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards.

     

    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: Pending

    Please note: 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 three-year Maryland Center for Character Education @ 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 and 2019 five of our teachers (Laura Black, Mildred Johnson, Kristen Briggs, Kelly Hamilton and Jen Watson) received state recognition as teacher leaders in Gifted and Talented Education. NSS excels in Destination Imagination: The NSS Mustache Mustangs placed 1st in the world at 2019 Global Finals and won a Renaissance Award, and the NSS Peculiar Pandas placed 13th at Global Finals while competing at the middle school level. NSS student Aleeza Nafees was the top winner in the 2018 Cyber Safety Poster Contest for Wicomico fourth-graders. NSS student Savanna Brooks, now at Pittsville Middle, won the National Kindness Speech Contest and a WeHeartSBY Award. and received a 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Award for Outstanding Gifted and Talented Student Accomplishment for her work at Pittsville Middle and North Salisbury Elementary. Carley Malone placed 1st in the Eastern Shore Literacy Association’s Young Authors’ Contest and 2nd in the state contest, for Grade 4 Short Story. Hers was one of two 1st Place wins at the local level for NSS students. Sarah Burton, orchestra/strings teacher at JMB/Parkside/BMS/NSS and a driving force in the growth of the orchestra program since 1991, was honored by the Maryland Music Educators Association with a 2019 Maryland Career Music Teacher Award.

     

    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: Tuesday, Aug. 27, Open House 3-4 p.m. Sept. 9-Sept. 23, Fundraiser. Monday, Sept. 16, 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 that our school is a Maryland Meals for Achievement school, giving every student the opportunity to have breakfast in the classroom every morning at no charge.  The school receives wonderful support from its faith-based partners Asbury & Mt. Vernon United Methodist Churches in Sharptown. Northwestern Elementary is proud to be entering its 53rd 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.” Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher Kelly Hamilton was recognized as Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards.

     

    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: Dr. Ryan Kessler

    Assistant Principal: Carla H. Hicks

    410-677-5809

    pemberton@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/schools/pes

    www.facebook.com/wcboepes/

    Twitter @wcboepes

    Key dates: On Tuesday, Aug. 27, 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 August 27, 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. Thursday, Aug. 29, be sure to look for the Pemberton staff in your neighborhood! We will be greeting our students and families.

    Please note: Pemberton Elementary welcomes its new Principal, Dr. Ryan Kessler. 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: Kevin R. Smith

    Assistant Principal: Alexan Dargan

    Dean of Students: Matthew Curtis

    410-677-5810

    pinehurst@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/schools/pine

    www.facebook.com/pinehurstelementary

    Twitter @wcboepine

    Key dates: Tuesday, Aug. 27 Open House from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Parents and students are welcome to visit the school and meet their child’s teacher. Our Back-to-School Night will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 5-7 p.m. with a PTA meeting being held from 5-5:30 p.m.  

    Please note: We are appreciative of the WCPS Facilities and Planning/Construction departments for their work at Pinehurst this summer. Over the summer Pinehurst received a new roof and various classrooms had new flooring installed. Pinehurst will open a new front office this year with a secure vestibule. All visitors must enter the school from the Mayfield Avenue side of the building. Beginning this year, all car riders must be dropped off, and picked up, from the Mayfield Avenue side of the campus. Pinehurst will continue to have two full-day Prekindergarten classrooms this school year. Thanks to the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), all students are eligible for breakfast and lunch at no charge. Please follow us on Facebook for updates. We are bursting with Pinehurst pride! A Pinehurst Elementary team was the elementary grand prize project winner of $1,200 in funding at the Youth Environmental Action Summit, for Pinehurst’s Panther Community Garden. Dylan Rosas-Rivera (4th) was the District winner in the “If I Were Mayor, I Would …” Essay Contest. Jennifer Hill, Adapted Physical Education teacher, was SHAPE Maryland’s 2018 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Art teacher Jennifer Pitoniak (WiHi/EHS/Wi Middle/Pinehurst) received a Secondary Career Arts Educator Award from the Maryland Art Education Association. 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.

     

    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: Dr. Carla Hodges-Brown
    410-677-5813

    princestreet@wcboe.org

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

    https://www.facebook.com/wcboepse

    https://www.instagram.com/wcboepse/

    Twitter @wcboepse

    Key dates: Tuesday, Aug. 27, Open House at Prince Street Elementary 1:30-2:30 p.m. for Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, and 2:30-3:30 p.m. for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. The Snowy Bus will be present from 1-3:30 p.m. that day. Friday, Aug. 30 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., many Prince Street teachers and staff members will board a bus on their day off to go door-to-door meeting and greeting students and families in the neighborhoods served by the school. On Sept. 23, Back to School Night beginning at 5 p.m. at Prince Street Elementary. Sept. 28, the 4th annual Curriculum Carnival with great support from our faith-based partner, Allen Memorial Baptist Church. Last year’s carnival had more than 800 students, families and supporters in attendance! 

    Please note: We are a Title I school and CAP (Consistent Attire Program) school. Clothing details are available at the school or at www.wcboe.org. Prince Street welcomes its new Dean of Students, Dr. Carla Hodges-Brown, who will serve on the administrative team with Principal Jason L. Miller and Assistant Principal Kim Waters. We thank Facilities Services for constructing a secure vestibule over the summer. When you enter the school this year, you will immediately go into the office. You will still need your ID or passport to enter the main building. Thanks to the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), all Prince Street students are eligible for breakfast and lunch at no charge. Prince Street is a three-time Maryland Character Education School of the Year Award winner, 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 Africa. We will continue implementing the “House System” across all grade levels, as well as chants and cheers in the classrooms, 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 a continuation of our journey. #pssmakeithappen. Prince Street’s Prekindergarten program has earned Maryland Accreditation and the Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating of 5, the highest rating that any Prekindergarten program can receive from the Maryland State Department of Education. Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher Kelly Hamilton was recognized as Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards.

     

    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: Jamie Bouchelle

    wse@wcboe.org

    410-677-5816

    www.wcboe.org/schools/wse

    Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 29, Open House 1-3 p.m. Come and meet your teachers.

    Please Note: West Salisbury Elementary welcomes new Assistant Principal Jamie Bouchelle. 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 strive to increase the level of involvement from the families of West Salisbury. We continue to enjoy the new school building we moved into for the 2018-2019 school year, and we are proud that it has earned LEED Gold Certification as an outstanding school facility. We have excellent staff serving our students! West Salisbury’s own Physical Education teacher, Dr. Harlan Eagle, was a 2019 Jefferson Award winner at the local level for his work in the community, particularly with Horizons, and a national nominee for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Local Community. Grade 2 teacher Angel Wright was a 47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference.

     

    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

    Assistant Principal: Glenda D. Sinclair

    Lead Teacher: Tawanda Small

    410-677-5117

    wps@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/wps

    https://www.facebook.com/wcboewps

    Twitter @wcboewps

    Key dates:  Tuesday, Aug. 27, Open House 1-2:30 p.m.. Sept. 23, Back-to-School Night 5:30 p.m.  Please check the Pony Pages monthly newsletter, school website and School DOJO for dates of additional upcoming events and activities throughout the school year.

    Please note: Westside Primary staff is excited about the 2019-2020 school year. Our school’s motto is “We can… We will!” Mrs. Tawanda Small will continue to serve as Westside Primary School’s Lead/Intervention Teacher. In addition to working with small groups of students, she will also assist with administrative responsibilities in the office. Westside Primary School is proud to have been selected to receive the 2018-2019 School of the Year award from the Maryland Center for Character Education. This school year, Westside Primary will have two full-day Prekindergarten classes.  We have achieved a Level 4 EXCELS Rating with the Maryland State Department of Education and look forward to being fully accredited this coming school year.  Westside Primary and Westside Intermediate schools have a joint PTA. These PTA meetings alternate between the two schools; however, the faculty and administration of both schools are present at each meeting. The PTA will be selling discount cards at the Open House and during Back-to-School Night.

     

    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:  Tuesday Aug. 27, Open House at Westside Intermediate 2:30-4 p.m. for grades 2 – 5. Tuesday, Sept. 3, school opens for all students at 8:45 AM. Sept. 16, Back-to-School Night beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    Please note: Westside Intermediate is very excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year. Looking back on last year’s accomplishments, we are pleased with the academic growth we saw throughout the year. Westside Intermediate continues the quest to maintain our Maryland Green School initiative, as well as our Arts Integration program. In addition, Westside Intermediate was recognized for its fifth consecutive year with a Maryland Center for Character Education School of the Year Awardm and WIS was recently awarded Gold status at this year’s PBIS Conference for its PBIS program. Westside is very honored to announce that Physical Education teacher Mr. Chris Okerblom received SHAPE Maryland’s 2018 Simon A. McNeely Award for his leadership in developing the countywide Elementary Cross-Country program and Mrs. Jennifer Watson was recognized as Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards. 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. 27.

     

    Willards Elementary

    36161 Richland Road, 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 dates: Wednesday, Aug. 21, Prekindergarten & Kindergarten Orientation 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Back to School Social/Open House 5:30-7 p.m., wth PTA meeting 5:30-6 p.m. and Classroom Visitation/Refreshments 6-7 p.m.

    Please note: Wonderful Willards is a community school that strives to meet the needs of the whole child through accessing the curriculum and infusing arts integration lessons in our core subjects. This year our arts integrated theme will be learning about the different Continents and the Cultures within. Mark your calendars for May 29, 2020 to watch the students parade through the town showcasing what they’ve learned. We are so excited to offer two full-day Prekindergarten classes to the families in our school community this year. This is a wonderful program designed to help our little ones prepare for school readiness. At Wonderful Willards we strive to nurture in our students a love for learning and exploration through reading. Last school year, the students read a combined total of 1.3 million minutes, and this year they will work to exceed that goal. Willards is proud to have earned the status of Maryland Green School three years ago and we continue to incorporate many “Going Green” initiatives. Our students, families and staff plant 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.  We are proud of art teacher Stacey Phillips, who received an Elementary Career Arts Educator Award from the Maryland Art Education Association, was the 2019 Willards semifinalist for Wicomico Teacher of the Year, and is the 2019 Baxter Enterprises/McDonald’s McEducator for Wonderful Willards.

     

    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: Kristina Gosnell

    Assistant Principal: Nancy Guillemart

    410-677-5811

    pittsville@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/schools/pems/

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

    Twitter: @wcboepems

    Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 29, the administration, faculty, staff, and PTA of Pittsville Elementary and Middle will welcome all students and their families to a new school year during a Back-to-School Open House in the evening (times to come soon). Pittsville would like to encourage all our parents to become members of our PTA as well as support each PTA Meeting through your attendance. Tuesday, Sept. 3, school opens for all Pittsville students in Grades 4-8.

    Please note: Pittsville School welcomes new Principal Kristina Gosnell. Pittsville’s 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. Please check our school Facebook page and web page for our school newsletter and other important information. At the end of each weekend 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!” We are Pittsville proud! Teams from Pittsville Middle swept the 2019 Wicomico County STEM Champonship, winning the 6th, 7th and 8th grade titles. Pittsville is proud to have a growing Kindness Club, thanks to the leadership of student Savanna Brooks, winner of the National Kindness Speech Contest and the WeHeartSBY Award. She received a 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Award for Outstanding Gifted and Talented Student Accomplishment for her work at Pittsville Middle and North Salisbury Elementary. Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher April Todd was recognized as an Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards.

     

    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: Erin Nathan

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

    Dean of Students: Grady McGrew

    410-677-5140

    bms@wcboe.org

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

    www.facebook.com/bennettmiddleschool

    Twitter @wcboebms

    Key dates: Back to School Night Thursday, 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 2019-2020 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: Bennett Middle welcomes Erin Nathan as Principal, and welcomes back Assistant Principal Vera Reed, both coming to BMS from JMB. Please welcome our new Dean of Students, Grady McGrew. Bennett Middle School is focused on creating a school community that is focused on kindness, responsibility and high achievement. Our National Junior Honor Society chapter was a 2018 Baltimore Ravens Honors Rows honoree for its wonderful service. Former BMS student Riley Forrestal is a Carson Scholar. Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher Katy Seman was recognized as an Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards, and she was the 2019 Bennett Middle semifinalist and the Middle School Finalist for Wicomico Teacher of the Year. Sarah Burton, orchestra/strings teacher at JMB/Parkside/BMS/NSS and a driving force in the growth of the orchestra program since 1991, was honored by the Maryland Music Educators Association with a 2019 Maryland Career Music Teacher Award. Nida Moore, English Language Arts teacher, was a 47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference.

     

    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: Terance Dunn

    Assistant Principals:, Jennifer Mudd, James Hesen

    Dean of Students: Genise Fleming

    410-677-5149

    sms@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/schools/sms

    www.facebook.com/wcboesms/

    Twitter @wcboesms

    Key dates: On Thursday, 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 Terance Dunn on his promotion from Assistant Principal to Principal, welcomes back James Hesen as an assistant principal, and welcomes Dean of Students Genise Fleming. SMS is proud to be home to Wicomico County’s NexGen STEM Academy for middle school, which this year will have both 6th- and 7th-Grade students. Our Math League team again won the Wicomico County Math League Middle School trophy in 2018-2019, and SMS students excelled in other math competitions. Austin Loar won the 2019 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee at UMES, and competed in Scripps National Spelling Bee as a 6th-Grader. The Salisbury Middle FIRST LEGO League team LEGO My Eggo qualified to compete in the state tournament. Diva Shrestha was a 1st-Place winner in the Eastern Shore Literacy Association’s Young Authors’ Contest, for Grade 6 Poetry. Jayden Joseph (6th) was one of just 100 qualifiers statewide for the 2019 Maryland State Geographic Bee. Destination Imagination: The SMS Panicking Penguins competed at the 2019 Global Finals. Five Salisbury Middle students were finalists in the annual Letters about Literature contest. Dr. Chad Pavlekovich of SMS was recognized as an Outstanding Mentor for the Youth Environmental Action Summit. Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher April Todd was recognized as an Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards.

     

    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: Bobby Purnell, Latonya Wilson

    Dean of Students: Tamyra Foreman

    410-677-5145

    wms@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/schools/wms

    www.facebook.com/wcboewms/

    Twitter @wcboewms

    Key dates: On Thursday, Aug. 29, the administration, faculty, staff, and PTA will welcome all students and their families to a new school year during Back-to-School Open House from 5-7 p.m. Parents may turn in required documents 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 have former Dean of Students Latonya Wilson now serving as an assistant principal. WMS welcomes Tamyra Foreman as Dean of Students. Wicomico Middle School’s PRIDE motto is “Be Prepared, Be Respectful, Be Involved, Be Determined, Every Day”. 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. Our students and staff are outstanding! Heaven Rodriguez (now in high school) served as a 2018-2019 Student Ambassador to the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. Then 6th-Grader Logan Bucy-LaPerle won the 2019 Hit the Books Bookmark Design Contest with the Delmarva Shorebirds. Social Studies teacher Debra Reynolds received the very first Rising Star Award for new teachers, from the McCain Foundation and Wicomico County Public Schools. Art teacher Jennifer Pitoniak (WiHi/EHS/Wi Middle/Pinehurst) received a Secondary Career Arts Educator Award from the Maryland Art Education Association. Technology Education teacher Jeffrey Lynd was recognized for Outstanding Service to Others for donating a kidney to a fellow Pittsburgh Penguins fan after he saw her appeal on a sign during a hockey game. Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher Katy Seman was recognized as an Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards. 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 at no cost. 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. We thank Facility Services for constructing a secure vestibule entrance over the summer that will increase the safety of our school building. When you enter the school this year, you will immediately go into a reception area. You will need your ID or passport to sign into our Raptor System for clearance to enter the main building. Wi Middle is excited to implement a social emotional learning program this year specifically tailored for middle school students. The program, Second Step, will be introduced during homerooms each morning and continue throughout the school day and the year. Our goal is to help our students gain powerful skills and competencies, such as handling strong emotions, setting and meeting goals, good decision-making, and forging positive relationships.

     

    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: Cameron Ball

    410-677-5142

    mmhs@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/schools/mmhs 

    www.facebook.com/wcboemmhs/

    Twitter @wcboemmhs

    Mardela Athletics: @MardelaSports

    Key dates: Thursday, Aug. 29 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 7-12.

    Please note: Mardela looks forward to having Cameron Ball serve as its new Dean of Students. Mardela is proud of its students’ academic achievements. Their state assessments were well above the county average and they were the only secondary school in the county to earn a 4-star ESSA rating! Their SAT scores were above the county and state average. This year the Warriors plan to continue to raise the rigor in MMHS classrooms by focusing on increasing the intellectual engagement of their students. Mardela is also very excited to celebrate a renovated track complete with brand new bleachers, a rubberized coating, and field events so that we may host track meets at home.  They are also proud of the upgraded bleachers that have been added to their gym, “McCool’s House of Hoops.” A secure vestibule has been built at the front entrance so that all visitors can be vetted prior to them entering the rest of the building, thus building in another layer of safety and security to the school. The school is also excited that the school system has received funding for educational specs to be conducted as the next part of the school renovation process. Excellence at Mardela Middle and High: In 2018, we had one AP Scholar with Honor and four AP Scholars. Ava Baer was a 1st-Place winner in the Eastern Shore Literacy Association’s Young Authors’ Contest, for Grade 6 Short Story. Mardela was proud to have the lone Wicomico Schools’ representative in the 2019 Maryland General Assembly Page Program, Breanna Soldatelli. Mardela had two Boy Scout Eagle Award recipients in 2018-2019 and one Carson Scholar, Zoey DiPasqua. The baseball team earned the Bayside South title, and the Mardela teams and supporters collectively earned co-honors for the Bayside Sportsmanship Award. Boys basketball coach Jermichael Mitchell and boys baseball coach Keith Owens were both honored by being selected as Bayside Coaches of the Year! Reaching an individual career milestone in athletics in 2018-2019: Armani Banks, 1,000 career points in basketball. Two VEX Robotics teams from the Wicomico County Robotics Club competed in the 2019 VEX Worlds Robotics Competition in Louisville, Ky. The teams had representatives from Mardela, Parkside, JMB and home school.  Mardela’s outstanding music program had three All State students last year, and one student (Hunter Wirt) selected to the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Orchestra. MMHS students scored 53 individual Superior ratings (the highest level) at the Maryland State Solo and Ensemble Festivals, as did the Mardela High Symphonic Band. Mardela is very proud of its band program, under the direction of Mr. Cory Boltz. The marching band and band front were named the Sweepstakes Winner as overall winner of the Apple Blossom Festival for the sixth time in seven years. English Language Arts teachers Amber Dorman and Kelly Dorman were recognized with the 2019 Educator Luminary Award in the Light of Literacy Awards sponsored by the Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries. Middle school Thinking and Doing program (TAD) teacher April Todd was recognized as an Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education, Teachers as Leaders, in the 2019 Maryland Gifted and Talented Education Awards.

     

    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: Christel C. Savage

    Assistant Principals: Keith Bailey, Jason Capobianco, Undrea Blake

    Dean of Students: Brent Lewis

    410-677-5141

    jmb@wcboe.org

    http://jmb.wcboe.org/

    www.facebook.com/wcboejmb/

    Twitter @wcboejmb

    Key dates: Wednesday, Aug 28 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. JMB 10th, 11th and 12th graders can visit the school to turn in required school documents and receive their schedule. The evening of Aug. 28 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. Tuesday, Sept. 3, first day of school for 9th graders only. Wednesday, Sept. 4, all students report. Information regarding a GEAR UP meeting for all seniors will be coming out sometime in September.

    Please note: James M. Bennett High is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 leadership team: Principal Christel Savage, assistant principals Keith Bailey, Jason Capobianco and Undrea Blake, and Dean of Students Brent Lewis. James M. Bennett High School is the hub for the English Language Learners at the high school level. We enjoy the diverse makeup of our school community. JMB is proud to have earned the status of Maryland Green School. JMB is fortunate to have an active and supportive PTSA, which in February 2020 will present the 22nd annual JMB Rock & Roll Revival, an entertainment extravaganza as well as a fundraiser that supports the entire school. Our marching band qualifies to compete each year in the Atlantic Coast Championships. Two JMB students were National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students in 2018-2019. Rosy Gao placed 1st in the Eastern Shore Literacy Association’s Young Authors’ Contest and 2nd in the state contest, for Grade 9 Short Story. Two other JMB students also finished 1st in the local contest. James M. Bennett High School is known for giving back to our community. Our Leo Club, Prince Street Buddies, SMART Team, Go Purple Club, 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 initiative, Clippers Choose Love (find it on Facebook). JMB is proud of all its student athletes, and is thrilled to be home to the 2019 Maryland 3A State Champion baseball team, the 2019 Maryland 3A State Champion in shot put (Brian Duperval, 2019 graduate), and 2019 gold medal-winning Unified Sports teams in Unified Strength and Conditioning and Bocce. Reaching individual career milestones in athletics in 2018-2019: Patrick Hugues, 100 career wins in wrestling; Zy’Aire “Peanut” Smullen, 1,000 career points in basketball; Braden Glushakow, 100 career goals in lacrosse. JMB’s Grace Acle was appointed to serve on the Maryland Youth Advisory Council for the 2018-2019 school year. JMB’s Marvin Li received a prestigious $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship thanks to his scientific research on tools for testing coastal waters. He was also one of just 16 students worldwide to earn a perfect score on the AP U.S. History exam. JMB senior Braden Glushakow was a State Finalist for the 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. AP Scholars: In 2018, 2 National AP Scholars, 16 AP Scholars with Distinction, 10 AP Scholars with Honor, 41 AP Scholars. JMB’s Patrick SebaRaj earned AP + PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Student Achievement recognition. JMB individuals and teams excel in mathematics competitions including the Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition, the Mid-Atlantic Mathematics Competition, the University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition, and AMC 10 and 12 American Mathematics Competitions. JMB’s Owen Black and Sophia won the county Optimist Oratorical Competition and represented Wicomico at the zone level of competition. Lauren Illa (11th) was recognized as a 2019 Maryland Affiliate Rising Star for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing and a Rensselaer Medal Award winner. Cade Trauger (JMB 2019) received a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Two VEX Robotics teams from the Wicomico County Robotics Club competed in the 2019 VEX Worlds Robotics Competition in Louisville, Ky. The teams had representatives from Mardela, Parkside, JMB and home school. FBLA students Gabby Deal and Leila Tajvar qualified to compete in the FBLA National Leadership Conference. JMB had five Boy Scout Eagle Award recipients and one Girl Scout Gold Award recipient in 2018-2019. The Mock Trial team once again won the Eastern Shore and Region levels and made it to the state Final Four. Students Alex Sewell and Anna Long are Carson Scholars. JMB students were part of the Parkside High Carpe DIem team that competed at the 2019 Destination Imagination Global Finals. Youth Environmental Action Summit steering committee members Londyn Wiggins and Merland Orneus received scholarships at the summit for distinguishing themselves as leaders, and JMB’s Hemalatha Bhaskaran was recognized as Outstanding Mentor & Leadership. Ms. Bhaskaran is a 2019 Maryland finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. History teacher Phil Portier was the 2019 JMB semifinalist and the High School Finalist for Wicomico Teacher of the Year. Sarah Burton, orchestra/strings teacher at JMB/Parkside/BMS/NSS and a driving force in the growth of the orchestra program since 1991, was honored by the Maryland Music Educators Association with a 2019 Maryland Career Music Teacher Award.

     

    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: Parkside’s Back-to-School Night will be Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 5-7 p.m., with The Freshmen Experience (activities to welcome our 9th graders and their families) and classroom visitation for all students and their families. From 12-3 p.m. on Aug. 28, Parkside 10th, 11th and 12th graders can pick up their schedules with a completed Student Personal Data & Emergency Record form. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 9th Grade Transition Day (first-time 9th graders report - no backpacks, paper or pencils needed, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, pack or bring money to buy lunch). Wednesday, Sept 4, It’s Officially the 1st Day of School – Welcome Back RAMFAM!

    Please note: Parkside is a comprehensive high school and also houses the school system’s Career and Technology Education Center (CTE). Parkside has a great team in place and is ready to support the RAMFAM in the 2019-2020 school year!  We are proud to have more than 15 Parkside alumni as a part of our staff, including the 2018-2019 Wicomico Teacher of the Year, Lisa McKinnon. From our award-winning marching band, to our nationally recognized Horticulture Program, to our 18 students recognized as AP scholars, to our five-time state championship Unified Strength and Conditioning team, to our global qualifying PHS/JMB Destination Imagination team, to our VEX Robotics teams competing at Worlds, to our State Finalist for the 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, to the CTE/Skills USA students competing at the national level - Parkside High School has something for everyone and is ready to support our students as they grow as student leaders, student athletes and College and Career Ready graduates. The HVAC and Above Ceiling Renovation project, gym and auditorium updates are almost complete.  Our teachers are moved out of Mod Hall and back into the main building. It’s going to be a great year and we can’t wait to see what achievements the RAMFAM will accomplish this year!

     

    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: Ronald A. Greene

    Assistant Principals: Lavion S. Bratten, Kenneth Popp, Georgine Fronczak

    Dean of Students: Tessa Gentzel

    410-677-5146

    wihi@wcboe.org

    www.wcboe.org/schools/wihi

    www.facebook.com/WicomicoHS/

    Twitter @WicomicoHS

    Key date: The annual PTSA Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the school from 4-6 p.m. This event is for first-time 9th graders only. The event will take place in the Auditorium/Gym/Lobby area located on the Glen Avenue side of the school. The program will include a welcome presentation from the PTSA and school administration. There will also be tables set up for families to visit to get information about some of the clubs and organizations available at the school. Students attending the event will be able to pick up class schedules once required school documents are turned in. Tours will also be given, for any student who would like to one. Schedules for all other students will be distributed on the first day of school for upperclassmen, Sept. 4.

    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. We are pleased that the Wicomico High Auditorium now has new seating, thanks to a summer overhaul. 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 teams won the Wicomico County Math League JV and Varsity trophies in 2018-2019. The WiHi Academic Team won the 2019 Eastern Shore Decatur Academic Invitational. The Wicomico High JROTC program continues to shine, and was recognized by the Board of Education with a certificate of achievement for Excellence in Community Service and Performance. The JROTC Academic Team was one of just 40 teams nationwide that qualified to compete in the Army National JROTC Academic & Leadership Bowl, and it won an award as the top leadership team in the nation. Senior Gia Bautista was a Carson Scholar and a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. In 2018, Wicomico High had three AP Scholars with Distinction, four AP Scholars with Honor, and nine AP Scholars. Several WiHi students received recognition as QuestBridge National College Match Finalists. Reaching individual career milestones in athletics in 2018-2019: Jaden Baker and Dorian Stevens, 1,000 career points in basketball; Willie Downing, 200 career victories as girls basketball coach. WiHi had one Boy Scout Eagle Award recipient in 2018-2019. Art teacher Jennifer Pitoniak (WiHi/EHS/Wi Middle/Pinehurst) received a Secondary Career Arts Educator Award from the Maryland Art Education Association.

     

    Wicomico Evening High School

    Supervisor: David Harner

    Assistant Principal: Mike Bievenour

    410-677-4537

    ehs@wcboe.org

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

    Key dates: Registration dates and start of fall term dates pending. Winter commencement Jan. 30. Spring commencement May 28.

    Please note: Evening High School 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. Over more than a quarter century, Evening High School has supported thousands of students in obtaining a Maryland diploma. Art teacher Jennifer Pitoniak (WiHi/EHS/Wi Middle/Pinehurst) received a Secondary Career Arts Educator Award from the Maryland Art Education Association.

     

    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 Wednesday, August 28, from 1-3:30 p.m.

    Please note: 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 one of the county’s two Online Learning Labs and extended learning program.