LATEST INFORMATION FROM WCPS & MARDELA MHS

  • WCPS STUDENTS CAN DIGITALLY BORROW MATERIALS WITH JUST THEIR LUNCH NUMBER

    Virtual Library Card

    All WCPS students can use their lunch number as a virtual Library Card! Use services like Hoopla to borrow e-Books and audiobooks and even digital copies of comics from Marvel!

  • COLLEGE BOARD UPDATE ON AP TESTS

    (They're happening, but at home with less content)

    FROM COLLEGE BOARD

    Students remain eager to take AP Exams and have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity.

    The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

    For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.

    Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.

    AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. Click here for a chart of what units will be eliminated (scroll down to the chart)

    Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.

    Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

    We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we'll invest so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach us directly to let us know.

    The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. We use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams. Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam isn't new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone™ courses.

    We'll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

    Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central®. The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by April 3. We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.

    Daily Online Review AP Classes

    Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. These mobile-friendly classes are:

    Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.

    Recorded and will be available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.

    Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.

    The schedule will be posted online today.

    Get AP Updates

    As we have additional information and resources, we'll update this webpage and share updates by email, the online AP communities, and our social media channels.

    We appreciate your partnership and all you're doing on behalf of your students.

    Sincerely,

    Advanced Placement Program

     

  • EVENTS CANCELED DUE TO CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS AND CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

    The following events involving Wicomico County Public Schools have been canceled.

    (Please note that there will not be any events for Wicomico Schools or in the facilities of Wicomico County Public Schools from March 16-23, including community events.)

    3/18 CTE Program Advisory Dinner

    3/18 Superintendent's Open Door Session

    3/19 Delmar Elementary Spring Concert

    3/19 District Middle School Band Festival 

    3/24 Middle School Chorus Festival

    3/25 ESODA Orchestra Festival @ WiHi Auditorium

    3/27 Workforce Development Day

    3/27 High School Chorus Festival

    3/28 Maryland Destination Imagination State Championship @ UMBC and the 5/20-23 DI Global Finals in Kansas City (but keep those props and await word within a couple of weeks about how ALL 2019-2020 DI teams can enter a Virtual Global Finals.)

    3/31 Model General Assembly for Bennett Middle and Wicomico Middle TAD students

    April 2-4 Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre's "Cinderella" (school show and public shows canceled by ESBT)

    April 17-26 Wicomico Annual Elementary & Secondary Student Art Show with April 17 opening reception, at Wicomico Public Libraries

    April 24-May 3 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (on the Mardela Band's schedule every spring), suspended by organizers

    The Maryland Solo and Ensemble Festivals in May for band, chorus and orchestra have been cancelled.

    Past Events (CANCELED)

    3/13 Wicomico County Judy Center Steering Committee meeting

    3/14 College Board SAT testing at Bennett Middle, since location will be closed (all area students registered for this test date and site should check online with College Board for further information)

    3/14 JROTC Drill Competition at Wicomico High

    3/14 JMB Band Quarter Auction (alternate plans will be made)

    3/16 Professional Day (schools are now closed for all staff and students)

    3/17 College Fair and Summer Engagement Expo

  • MARCH 19 UPDATE FROM WCPS SUPERINTENDENT DR. DONNA HANLIN

    Good afternoon, families and staff of Wicomico County Public Schools. This is Donna Hanlin, Superintendent of Schools. I want to update you on what’s been happening in Wicomico County Public Schools as we all cope with the public health crisis of coronavirus, COVID-19.

    WCPS logo Facilities is hard at work cleaning and sanitizing schools and our food service staff are distributing meals to children up to age 18 and students over 18 with mental or physical disabilities. These bundles of three meals at a time are given out from 12-1 p.m. weekdays at numerous school and community locations. Please check our website or the attached graphic for locations.

    It continues to be the plan for all Maryland Public Schools to be closed through Friday, March 27th. This decision is not a local decision, but one that is made by state officials. Superintendents across the state are in regular communication with one another and with the Maryland State Superintendent. If we receive information about an extension to the closure, we will let you know immediately.

    We know you have many questions about the continuity of instruction as well as the status of school events. Please know that we are working diligently on how best to support our students and staff during this crisis. We are looking at all options when it comes to continuing instruction in the event of an extended closure. In the meanwhile, it is important that students stay engaged with learning and we encourage you to utilize resources available to you through materials your child brought home from school or materials you can access online. We have attached to the email of this message a document prepared by the Maryland State Department of Education with a wealth of learning resources. We encourage you to follow our Facebook page, WCPS: Learning Links, for learning ideas for all age levels. 

    We recognize that many families may not have the ability to access online resources, and we are working on a survey of families and staff to determine the availability of internet access and equipment. That survey would be conducted using this parent messaging system in the days to come. Your responses will assist us in determining instructional options. 

    In the event that you have questions, please call or email our central office at 410-677-4400 or comments@wcboe.org. Your phone messages and emails will be answered as promptly as possible by staff.

    We have an amazing community that is united to support our efforts in these challenging times. Please be assured that our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, families and staff. Stay safe, practice social distancing, and stay tuned for further updates from school, health and other government officials. 

    Thank you.

  • GUARANTEED ACCESS GRANT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 27

    The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) within the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), would like to inform you that due to the recent closures of all Maryland schools the deadline date for the 2020-2021 Guaranteed Access (GAG) Grant program has been extended to April 17, 2020.

    MHEC is in the process of notifying all potentially eligible GA Grant recipients that the deadline has been extended. The new deadline of April 17, 2020, will also be updated on our website and on the applicants’ To-Do List in the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS) in the coming days.

    At this time MHEC will only accept documentation for the GA Grant program by mail. All required documentation must be submitted by April 17, 2020, to the following address:


                           Maryland Higher Education Commission

                           Ground Floor Suite

                           Office of Student Financial Assistance

                           6 N. Liberty Street, Ground Suite

                           Baltimore, MD  21201

     

    Finally, please note the deadline for students to submit documentation for the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship program will remain as June 15, 2020. 

     

    For more information, pertaining to the GA Grant, Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program, and other state scholarships and grants available to Maryland students, please visit www.mhec.maryland.gov and click on State Scholarships and Grants under Quick Links.

  • NAVIANCE SUPER MATCH STILL AVAILABLE

    Naviance Logo This down time from being at school is the perfect opportunity to use Naviance to help search for some college or career options.  Students of every grade can use this awesome tool called Super Match.  The attached video was not made by Mardela or Wicomico County, but is a great walk-through to show you how easy it is to find colleges that fit your specific wants and needs. So many students have found colleges they have never even heard of as potential options based on the criteria they selected! Try it out!  Additionally don’t forget all the amazing career research options and personal inventories to help match you with potential career ideas that can be found in Naviance too.  There are tons of you tube videos about any and all things in Naviance that show you how to use the tools, resume, career profiler, career and college research, etc.  Use this fantastic resource.

     A few reminders:

    1. To access Naviance from home go to an internet browser (do not use Google Chrome if planning to enter service hours in X2Vol). 
      1. Select sign-in then students and families (click here to go to that page).
      2. Enter the school zip code   21837
      3. Select Mardela
      4. Enter your school user name and the password you just recently reset (see #2 if you still have not reset your password)

     

    1. ** Naviance reset all student passwords in January. Many students have already reset their passwords. If you cannot log into Naviance and you have your email address already entered into Naviance, Naviance will send you an email to reset your password when you click to reset it. Simply log into your email to find the email from Naviance and follow the directions to reset it. If you do not have your email in Naviance, you will be directed to contact your Counselor. Please email Mrs. Shiles (any grades 6-12 who want it reset) at ashiles@wcboe.org to have your password reset.

     

    Here is the video about Super Match:

    https://youtu.be/P06bFJMF8fg

  • MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR MAINTAINING MENTAL HEALTH

    MD department of Health Feelings of fear, anxiety and uncertainty are normal during a pandemic. Fortunately, being proactive about mental health can help to keep both your mind and body strong.

    For tips and information about how to cope, download this PDF.

  • COLLEGE BOARD UPDATE ON AP TESTING

    March 16, 2020 (From College Board page )

    College Board logo The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted by March 20.

    We will announce portfolio submission deadline extensions for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, and Seminar courses by March 20. Schools do not need to call AP Services for Educators to request these extensions.

     

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    SCHOLARSHIP/TRANSCRIPTS HELP AVAILABLE

    Seniors who need help with transcripts or scholarship information may contact Ms. Lori Batts, Supervisor of School Counseling, at lbatts@wcboe.org.  Be sure to include your name, your high school, your phone number, and the scholarship to which you are applying so that she may assist you.

    Scholarship Application Due to the school closings, the Prom Claire’s Gourmet fundraiser food will not be delivered as expected next week.  Mrs. Wells will be working with Claire’s to schedule a delivery when we return. 

    I would encourage you to follow our Facebook page, as we have been posting links for online resources to support your student while we are out of school as well as sharing any updates from our governor as they become available.

    I will continue to keep you updated as I learn more. I know that all of us have many questions - thank you for your patience as this situation seems to be changing by the minute.  I have full confidence in Dr. Hanlin and the leadership at the board that they will make wise decisions that are in the best interest of our school and community.  

March WCPS School Closure Info
  • UPDATED 3/24/2020: WCPS MEALS FOR STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

    WCPS Meals During Closure
    Wicomico County Public Schools will serve free nutritious meals to children and teens during the mandatory closure of schools. The meals will be available to all children up to age 18, and to individuals over 18 who are mentally or physically disabled.

    Meal pickup will begin on Tuesday, March 17 at six school locations, and will continue each weekday through Friday, March 27th. Meals may also be picked up at several community sites, thanks to organizations and volunteers that are partnering with Wicomico Schools in this effort. Unless otherwise noted, these community sites will be providing meals for pickup starting Tuesday.

    **IMPORTANT - An adult cannot pick up meals for a child. The Child MUST be present with the adult when picking up the meals.

    A lunch, snack and breakfast will be available each weekday for pickup from 12-1 p.m. at an outside area of the following school locations:

    • East Salisbury Elementary
    • Fruitland Primary
    • Pemberton Elementary
    • Pinehurst Elementary
    • Prince Street Elementary
    • Salisbury Middle

    Community sites for WCPS meals:

    -Camden Community Garden
    -Nelsons United Methodist Church/Epoch Dream Center, Hebron (parking lot, near gym), for all school-age children (starting Wednesday)
    -Renovate Church, Delmar, providing WCPS meals as of Thursday (church began providing meals Monday to all Delmar-area students, with donations from the community, and will continue that service through Wednesday)
    -Westside Volunteer Fire Department
    -Zion United Methodist Church for Sharptown/San Domingo

    More pickup sites may be added. For more information, please refer to our website at www.wcboe.org, or send inquiries to comments@wcboe.org

    Also, check this Facebook page for updates as various community business, groups and volunteers are also providing meals in different areas around Wicomico County.
     
  • WCPS CREATES LEARNING LINKS FACEBOOK PAGE
    WCPS: Learning Links

    We encourage students and families to check the Facebook page of Wicomico County Public Schools frequently for information and updates regarding the coronavirus and its impact on school status. While Wicomico students were already scheduled to be off today (for what would have been a teacher professional day), many families are already thinking ahead to how to engage students in learning while schools are closed March 16-27. Please follow our new WCPS: Learning Links page for links to learning resources for various grade levels and subjects.

  • AT HOME ALGEBRA PRACTICE AVAILABLE

    At Home Algebra Practice now available. None of the work is required or graded, but made available for those who want a resource to keep skills fresh.

    At Home Algebra Practice

     

  • MAY SAT TESTING CANCELED

    MAY SAT Canceled

    The May SAT has been canceled. Read this article for more information.

    The College Board is is canceling the May 2, SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled March 28) are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds. 

    The ACT college admissions test scheduled for April 4 is rescheduled for June 13.

     

  • EPOCH CENTER SERVING LUNCHES STARTING WEDNESDAY,MARCH 18

    Epoch Center lunches

    The Epoch Center is located at 200 N. Main St, Hebron, Maryland 21830

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE (March 16)

    FROM PRINCIPAL LIZA HASTINGS:
    Good afternoon Warrior families,

    As promised, I will continue to keep you posted as I learn more information regarding this unique time in our history.

    Seniors who need help with transcripts or scholarship information may contact Ms. Lori Batts, SupervisoPrincipal's Message r of School Counseling, at lbatts@wcboe.org. Be sure to include your name, your high school, your phone number, and the scholarship to which you are applying so that she may assist you.

    Due to the school closings, the Prom Claire’s Gourmet fundraiser food will not be delivered as expected next week. Mrs. Wells will be working with Claire’s to schedule a delivery when we return.

    I would encourage you to follow our Facebook page, as we have been posting links for online resources to support your student while we are out of school as well as sharing any updates from our governor as they become available.

    I will continue to keep you updated as I learn more. I know that all of us have many questions - thank you for your patience as this situation seems to be changing by the minute. I have full confidence in Dr. Hanlin and the leadership at the board that they will make wise decisions that are in the best interest of our school and community.