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Principal's Message: Week of 1.20.2020


> The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: is Monday, January 20th. Schools and central office closed.

> The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Youth Activity: All students from the area (Maryland, Delaware and Virginia) are invited to take part in The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Youth Activity presented by the Salisbury High School Association at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Monday, January 20th. There will be performances by praise groups, choirs, motivational speakers, and church and school groups. The event includes free breakfast and door prizes. Please bring a canned good to donate to the Maryland Food Bank. Free bus transportation is provided, and schedules will be posted in libraries, schools, the media and Facebook. For information please contact Rosemary Hudson at 410-742-8524, Wanda Downes at 410-742-2749, Phyllis Hardy at 410-742-1575 or Edward Henry at 443-944-2953.

> Parent Notes for Absences: Parents/Guardians must submit a written explanation within 5 school days of the student’s return to school from an absence due to illness. This written explanation does not constitute the basis for a lawful absence but can be used to assist in the determination process. Parents/guardians will be informed if the absence is determined to be unexcused/unlawful. Written explanations submitted beyond 5 school days from the student’s return to school will be placed in the student’s attendance file, however the absence will be coded as unlawful.

> End of 2nd Marking Term: Friday, January 24th.

> Professional Day: will be Monday, January 27th. School closed for students, open for staff.

> Caps and Gowns: We have a lot of potential graduates who have still not ordered their cap and gown from Jostens.  The price is now $49.95 plus shipping and handling and 6% tax.  Please order your cap and gown as soon as possible.  The price will go up again and continue to go up the closer we get to graduation.  If you are using a cap and gown from a former Wicomico High School graduate, please bring it to your school counselor as soon as possible to make sure it is the correct one. 

> New Bell/Lunch Schedule:  Beginning January 28th there will be a new bell and lunch schedule.  The new bell schedule will not affect the start or end time of the school day.  The new schedule will enable the school to add a lunch shift which will lower the number of students on each lunch shift, which will allow students additional time to get through the lines and open up more seating in the cafeteria.  The new schedule will be as follows:

Period 1                7:45-8:40                                     

Period 2                8:45-9:35                                      

Period 3                9:40-10:30                                   

Period 4                10:35-12:00                                 

                                      Lunch 1- 10:30-10:54                

                                      Lunch 2- 10:52-11:16                

                                      Lunch 3- 11:14-11:38                

                                      Lunch 4- 11:36-12:00                

      Period 5                12:05-12:55                                 

      Period 6                1:00-1:50                                      

      Period 7                1:55-2:45                                      

> Auditions for the All County Musical, “The Addams Family”: Auditions will be held January 21st-23rd for the 2020 All County Musical, “The Addams Family,” which will be performed in the Wicomico High School Auditorium April 24-26, 2020. Auditions will take place from 3:30-5:30 pm each of these days: Tuesday, January 21st in the Wicomico High chorus room; Wednesday, January 22nd in the JMB chorus room; and Thursday, January 23rd in the Parkside High chorus room. Students may audition at their own school or one of the other audition locations. Callbacks will be on Friday, January 24th if needed. For all four high schools: Please see your school’s chorus teacher as soon as possible for audition details and documents.

> Special Education Information Session: On Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00 pm, The Wicomico Special  Education Citizens Advisory Committee will be holding their quarterly meeting and invites you to join them to learn about special education programs, supports for students with special needs and how they are funded by federal, state and local governments.  Come out to 101 Long Avenue, the former board of education office, to hear about the initiatives and the challenges of serving our diverse learners in Wicomico County.  For more information, you may contact the Office of Special Education at 410-677-4493.  Hope to see you there!

> Prom Dresses & Accessories: The Prom Promise Project is a non-profit organization that provides everything a girl needs for prom free of charge: gown, shoes, purses, jewelry. The girls only need to have their school ID to be admitted to the event which is being held at Parkside High School on February 22nd, from 9am-3:00pm.

> Yearbooks: are still on sale for $70. Only 18 more yearbooks remain, and once they are sold out, no more will be available. Order your 2020 yearbook by February 1st to guarantee! Order online at or students can pay with cash/check to Ms. Ault in ME-3.