Highlighted Events and News: Sept. 21 Superintendent's Open Door, Author at ESRC, Family Portal Open
Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Superintendent’s Open Door Session
Office of Wicomico County Public Schools, Northgate Drive, Salisbury
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin will hold her first Superintendent’s Open Door Session from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury. Open Door Sessions throughout the 2016-2017 school year will provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent. People may express concerns, offer comment, or ask questions on any issue involving Wicomico schools. No appointment is needed. Each visitor will have approximately 15 minutes to meet with the superintendent. Follow-up sessions will be held if there are more visitors than there is time on the scheduled night. Open Door Sessions are also scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19 and May 17. 410-677-4495
Monday, Sept. 26
Fall Banquet of the Eastern Shore Reading Council
The Salisbury School: Middle School Commons
The Eastern Shore Reading Council’s Fall Banquet on Monday, Sept. 26 will feature author Priscilla Cummings (Chadwick the Crab series, Red Kayak, and other titles) as guest speaker. The banquet will take place in The Salisbury School: Middle School Commons. The social time begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and presentation at 6:45 p.m. The event is $20 for ESRC members, $25 for nonmembers, and $17 for students. To sign up to attend, please contact Teresa McCain ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the ESRC is included in a brochure also available at that email address. To become a member online, visit https://application.somirac.org/memberregistration/.
Opportunities to Support Our Students and Schools
Saturday, Nov. 5
Bingomania to support Mardela Middle and High Bands
Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
Bingomania, the Eastern Shore’s largest bingo cash prize event, returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Saturday, Nov. 5. Doors open at 5 p.m. for early bird games and regular games begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission to Bingomania includes all regular and special games, including the Jumbo Jackpot Game. Regular game payouts are $500 while special games will pay out $1000. The Jumbo Jackpot Game pays a maximum of $10,000 depending upon attendance. Increase your chances of winning and help a local food bank at the same time by bringing three non-perishable food items to the event. Those who do will receive three additional cards for the first early bird game.
Tickets are $45 per person in advance and $55 per person at the door, fees may apply to ticket prices. Tickets are on sale now at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, MD; M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.), online at www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org and by phone at 410-548-4911. All proceeds benefit the Mardela Middle and High School Bands. For more information contact the Mardela Band-Aides at 410-677-5170. Other dates this year: Feb. 4, May 13. See more at: http://www.wicomicociviccenter.org/events-listings/bingomania-1#sthash.h4OHqXaz.dpuf
News You Can Use
Family Portal Now Open for the 2016-2017 school year
The Family Portal for parents/guardians and students in grades 3-12 opened Sept. 15 and will remain open until noon on the last day of school. Family Portal will provide information to parents and guardians and students on grades, assignments, attendance and other details.
To use the Family Portal, go to www.wcboe.org and click on the Family Portal box on the lefthand side. All passwords from the previous school year have been reset, for security purposes. Instructions are below for logging in for the 2016-2017 school year. Please check with your student’s school if you have any questions about using Family Portal or wish to discuss the information you find there about your student.
Family Portal for Parents/Guardians:
Login ID: student’s full last name (all lower case, special characters and spaces removed, not to exceed 14 characters) + first initial of student first name + the last 4 digits of the student’s Social Security Number.
Password: Student’s 5-digit lunch number (available from your student, or call the school). This is temporary; the parent will choose a new password the first time they log on.
Example: Your student is John A. Smith-Jones with the social security number xxx-xx-1234. John’s lunch number is 98765. The login id will be smithjonesj1234 and the temporary password is 98765.
Family Portal for Students:
Login ID: student’s last name (all lower case, special characters and spaces removed, not to exceed 14 characters) + first initial of student first name + the last 5 digits of the student’s local ID number (printed on student schedules and report cards).
Password: Student’s 5-digit lunch number. This is temporary; the student will choose a new password the first time they log on.
Example: Student John A. Smith-Jones with the local Student ID number 110098765 and lunch number 23456. The login id will be smithjonesj98765 and the temporary password is 23456.
Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Page Program
Wicomico County seniors may now apply for the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Page Program. Interested students must be seniors and at least 16 years old, and must submit an application by Oct. 7. Please check with your school for more information.
This program provides students with a valuable, hands-on experience regarding the day-to-day intricacies of the legislative process in the state of Maryland. Each year, 120 student pages and 36 alternates are selected by local school systems to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Page Program. Selected pages work for two non-consecutive weeks at the State House in Annapolis and are assigned to either the House of Delegates or the Senate and perform duties such as run errands, distribute materials on the floor, and obtain additional legislative materials as necessary.
In Wicomico, a Student Page Interview Committee of teachers, parents, and students from each of the county’s high schools will interview the top two page applicants from each school. These applicants will be students who meet the academic requirements and have expressed an interest in government and politics. The interview committee will meet Oct. 19, and following interviews will recommend two pages and an alternate to represent Wicomico County. The President and Speaker of the Maryland General Assembly will notify students who are accepted into the Page Program by Nov. 15.
Maryland State Parks Will Honor Every Kid in a Park 4th-Grade Passes for the 2016-2017 School Year
Governor Larry Hogan has announced that all 72 Maryland State Parks will honor the federal Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can access State Parks, as well as Federal sites, for free. Passes for the 2016-2017 school year go live on Sept. 1. Visit https://www.everykidinapark.gov/ to obtain a pass and find federal parks to visit, for both families accompanying individual 4th graders as well as for field trip experiences for 4th grade classes. The pass grants entry for the student and three accompanying adults - or an entire car for drive-in parks - at more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and marine sanctuaries. The website also offers educators and parents activities, trip planning books, safety and packing tips, and other helpful information. To find Maryland State Parks, go to: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/parkmap.aspx.
Thursday, Sept. 29
Mid-term progress reports sent home
Saturday, Oct. 1
SAT administration for students who registered by Sept. 1
Friday, Oct. 7
Deadline to register for Nov. 5 SAT administration. Juniors and seniors should visit the guidance office for information.
Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 p.m.
Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education
Board of Education Auditorium
The October meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Board of Education Auditorium at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. The agenda will be posted at www.wcboe.org; click on the BoardDocs box (left side of home page) to view the agenda. The meeting will be livestreamed and will also be viewable after the meeting: https://www.wcboe.org/leadership/board_of_education/watch_board_meetings. 410-677-4561
Friday, Oct. 14
Countywide Casual Day to Support the Eastern Shore Reading Council
All Wicomico schools and offices
Wednesday, Oct. 19
PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Testing) for all Grade 10 students; students in grades 9 and 11 may also take the PSAT by signing up in advance and paying for the exam. Wicomico pays for all Grade 10 students to take the PSAT. Please note: On Oct. 19, only those students who are taking the PSAT will arrive at school at the usual time. Students who are not taking the PSAT should arrive at high schools between 10:35 and 10:45 a.m., with bus riders being picked up on a special second run. Families should contact bus drivers for second run pickup times. ATEX, JROTC, VPA and AM CTE will not be held that day. Parkside students will not be transported for Orchestra that day, and Wicomico High will not be transported for Latin I or II or Orchestra.
Friday, Oct. 21
Professional Day/Maryland State Education Association Convention
Schools closed for students
Saturday, Oct. 22
ACT administration for students registered by Sept. 16
Friday, Oct. 28
Countywide casual day to support the WCEA College Scholarship Fund
All Wicomico schools and offices
Monday, Oct. 31
End of 1st marking period. Reports cards distributed Nov. 7.
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Schools closed for students
Tuesday, Nov. 8
General Election Day
Schools and Central Office closed
Monday, Nov. 7
Report card distribution for 1st marking period