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Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 28

Free Four-Week Childbirth Class

For Families in Beaver Run/WELC and Pemberton Attendance Areas

A free Baby on the Way Childbirth Class will be offered over four Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday, Nov. 28 for families living in the Beaver Run/Wicomico Early Learning Center and Pemberton attendance areas, through the Judy Center Grant. Classes are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at the Wicomico Birth to Five Office, 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. To pre-register, please contact Brooke Barnes, Family Service Coordinator, at 410-677-5809 or bbarnes@wcboe.org. For more information, please contact Trina Tilghman-Dix, Program Coordinator, 410-677-5250 or trdix@wcboe.org.

 

Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.

Deadline for Non-Public Second-Graders to Register for InView Cognitive Abilities Test

The annual InView Cognitive Abilities Test will be administered Dec. 5 and 6 for all 2nd-Grade students of Wicomico County Public Schools, in their schools. InView assesses cognitive abilities including verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning. The results of the assessment will be utilized to help determine students’ eligibility to participate in the Magnet Program, an accelerated and enhanced learning program for students in grades 3 through 5.  In addition, the results will be used to determine student eligibility for the Gifted and Talented program.

Parents and guardians of 2nd-Grade students who are not currently enrolled in Wicomico County Public Schools, and who would like their child considered for the Magnet Program and/or Gifted and Talented program for the next school year, must register their student in advance to take the two-day Inview Cognitive Abilities Test on Dec. 5 and 6. To register, please email Ms. LaShaunda Smith (lasmith@wcboe.org) or Ms. Ruby Brown (rubrown@wcboe.org) or call 410-677-4400 by 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

For students not currently enrolled in Wicomico Schools, this testing will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on both days in the Wicomico Schools Central Office at 2424 Northgate Drive, Suite 100, Salisbury. Students must be registered by 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in order to take the InView. These are the only dates the InView Test will be given this year, and InView results are required for Magnet and Gifted and Talented consideration.

 

Thursday, November 29

Parent University: Girls & Emotional Bullying

At Prince Street Elementary 

Are you a parent or guardian of an elementary or middle school girl, and looking for ways to deal with girls bullying girls, girl drama, and cyber bullying?  Please join us for a free Parent University workshop on Girls & Emotional Bullying on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. at Prince Street Elementary to hear about not only the “how” and “why” but also things you can do to address these situations with your child. Childcare will be provided for children ages 4 and older. Please register by calling 410-677-4453 or emailing msheller@wcboe.org.

 

Saturday, Dec. 1

SAT administration for students who registered online by Nov. 2 deadline

 

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Birth to Five Playgroup: Bowling with Santa

Southbound Alley

The December Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be Bowling with Santa at Southbound Alley on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Playgroups take place at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Playgroups are free to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult and some activities require a signed parent/guardian release of liability to participate. To sign up for a playgroup event, please contact Kelly at 410-677-5250 or ksoscia@wcboe.org.

 

Dec. 5 and 6

InView Cognitive Abilities Test

All 2nd-Grade WCPS Students, and Registered Non-public Students

The annual InView Cognitive Abilities Test will be administered Dec. 5 and 6 for all 2nd-Grade students of Wicomico County Public Schools, in their schools. InView assesses cognitive abilities including verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning. The results of the assessment will be utilized to help determine students’ eligibility to participate in the Magnet Program, an accelerated and enhanced learning program for students in grades 3 through 5.  In addition, the results will be used to determine student eligibility for the Gifted and Talented program.

Parents and guardians of 2nd-Grade students who are not currently enrolled in Wicomico County Public Schools, and who would like their child considered for the Magnet Program and/or Gifted and Talented program for the next school year, must register their student in advance to take the two-day Inview Cognitive Abilities Test on Dec. 5 and 6. This testing will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on both days in the Wicomico Schools Central Office at 2424 Northgate Drive, Suite 100, Salisbury. Students must be registered by Nov. 29 in order to take the InView. This is the only time the InView testing will be given this year, and InView results are required for Magnet and Gifted and Talented consideration. To register, please email Ms. LaShaunda Smith (lasmith@wcboe.org) or Ms. Ruby Brown (rubrown@wcboe.org) or call 410-677-4400 by 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

 

Friday, Dec. 7 (please pre-register by Nov. 30)

Parents Nights Out to Benefit Toys for Tots

Mardela Middle and High

Mardela Middle and High will have a Parents Night Out to serve parents of children ages 4-10 on Friday, Dec. 7 at the school. Please pre-register for this Student Government Association benefit for Toys for Tots by Nov. 30: https://goo.gl/forms/9XXUvNeiVSw4XLKt2. Cost is $10 for one child, $18 for two children, $25 for three children, and $6 for each additional child. Drop-off will be from 5-5:30 p.m. and pick-up will be from 8:30-9 p.m. While parents enjoy dinner out or shopping, children will enjoy a craft, pizza, decorating, and a movie. Children should bring a sleeping bag and pillow for movie watching. Parents will sign a waiver at the door.

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

STEMtastic Saturday: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Jr FLL Showcase, WeDo Workshops

Salisbury Middle School

This year’s FIRST LEGO League STEMtastic Saturday will take place on Dec. 8 at Salisbury Middle School. The FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that day, for registered teams only. The Jr. FIRST LEGO League Showcase will be from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and is open to the public to see. From 9-10 a.m. that day, the Wicomico Public Libraries will offer WeDo Workshops; space is limited, please register in advance by contacting Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-4504 or gboggs@wcboe.org. Concessions will be available for purchase.

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

ACT administration for students who registered online by Nov. 2 deadline

 

Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 12:30 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The December meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the Board of Education Auditorium at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. The Board will immediately vote to go into closed session at that time, and will reconvene in open session at 1:30 p.m. The agenda will be posted online: Go to 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. The meeting will also be aired on PAC 14. 410-677-4561

 

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Mid-Term Progress Reports sent home with students

 

Thursday, Dec. 20

No School for Delmar Elementary Students

Delmar Elementary students will be off for the holiday break starting Thursday, Dec. 20, one day earlier than other Wicomico County students, due to the school’s ongoing renovation project. Delmar Elementary is delighted with all the improvements that are being made to the school. During the winter break the project will enter a new phase, and it will be time to move some classrooms between the main building and portable building. In order to do that, staff will report but students will not be in the building on Thursday, Dec. 20 or Wednesday, Jan. 2, which are school days for other Wicomico students. Delmar Elementary students will return to class one day later than other Wicomico students, on Thursday, Jan. 3. This schedule change will allow the school to have only staff in the building while classrooms are being packed, moved and set up. Delmar Middle and High School students were already scheduled to be off on the days the Delmar Elementary students will now be off, so the timing will work well for families with children in both schools. If you have any questions, please check with school administration or the front office, 410-677-5178.

 

Dec. 21-Jan. 1

Winter Holidays

Wicomico County Public Schools

Wicomico schools will dismiss at regular time on Thursday, Dec. 20. (Delmar Elementary School students will not attend on Thursday, Dec. 20, due to the moving of classrooms for the school’s renovation project.) Schools will be closed for the winter holidays from Friday, Dec. 21-Tuesday, Jan. 1, reopening on Wednesday, Jan. 2 (except for Delmar Elementary students, who will return Thursday, Jan. 3.)

During the winter holiday break, the Central Office and school offices will be open Dec. 21, 26, 27 and 28.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 2

No School for Delmar Elementary Students

Delmar Elementary students will not be in school on Wednesday, Jan. 2. They will return to class one day later than other Wicomico students, on Thursday, Jan. 3. This schedule change will allow the school to have only staff in the building while classrooms are being packed, moved and set up. (Delmar Elementary students were off for the same reason on Dec. 20.) Delmar Middle and High School students were already scheduled to be off on these two days, so the timing will work well for families with children in both schools. If you have any questions, please check with school administration or the front office, 410-677-5178.

 

Friday, Jan. 4

Deadline to register for Feb. 9 ACT

Registration is done online; check with school guidance office for more information

 

Saturday, Jan. 12

STEM Saturday

Salisbury Middle School

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Saturday classes will be offered throughout the 2018-2019 school year for students in grades 4/5 and 6/7/8. The next STEM Saturday will be held Jan. 12 at Salisbury Middle School, with students in grades 4-5 exploring “Density and Buoyancy: Penny Boat Challenge and Density Divers” and middle school students engaging in “Robotics Challenge: Escape the Maze!” All STEM Saturdays will take place from 10 a.m.-noon. Locations will vary.

STEM Saturdays are free for Wicomico County students in grades 4 through 8. Anyone interested in attending a STEM Saturday event must pre-register, and early registration is recommended as the courses fill up early. For a detailed schedule and registration form, please visit https://md50000151.schoolwires.net/Page/610. Contact Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-4504 or gboggs@wcboe.org for more information.

STEM Saturdays will also be held:

Feb. 9: “Who Uses Math?” (hint: everyone) for elementary and “CheMagic: Fun Experiments and Demos with Chemistry” for middle school. At Salisbury University.

March 9: “Junk Yard Robotics: Creating Robots from Trash Can Throwaways” for elementary and “Rockets to the Rescue: Become an Aerospace Engineer for the Day” for middle school. At Salisbury Middle School.

April 6: “Plant the Planet: Techniques for Growing Plants from Seed” for elementary and “Junk Yard Robotics: Creating Robots from Trash Can Throwaways.” At Parkside High School.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Presentation on Mardela Middle and High Feasibility Study

MMHS Cafeteria

Wicomico County Public Schools and Mardela Middle and High School invite the public to attend a presentation on the MMHS Feasibility Study at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the MMHS cafeteria. The presentation will cover the study’s conclusions and potential options for the future.

 

Thursday, March 7

College Decision Time

James M. Bennett Auditorium

Seniors (and parents and guardians): You completed your applications. You finished your essays, letters of recommendation, and college admission tests. You have begun receiving acceptances. Now comes the exciting part: Decision Time! For some this will be easy, but for others, choosing between two or three great options can be a bit stressful. College Placement Consulting will review some tips to help you make your choice. This College Decision Time session will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium. For information: msheller@wcboe.org.

 

Opportunities to Support Our Students and Schools

 

Through Jan. 17

Schwan’s Cares for Parkside High Class of 2020

Shop online from more than 300 high-quality foods from now through Jan. 17, and a percentage of your order can be contributed toward the Parkside High School Class of 2020 fundraising goal. Go to schwans-cares.com/c/40276. Click the "Shop Now" button and Parkside High Class of 2020 will earn up to 20% cash back each time its flash-frozen food items are ordered from Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. for delivery right to your door. There are no subscriptions. Order at your convenience.

 

Panera Bagel Strips to Support FIRST LEGO League

Support the FIRST LEGO League teams of Wicomico County Public Schools by purchasing $10 Panera Strips. Each strip has six coupons good for a total of 18 bagels. Contact Gretchen Boggs at gboggs@wcboe.org, 410-677-4504, or x65449.

 

Discount Cards Available, with discounts at local businesses:

 

Westside Schools PTA, $10. Your purchase of a card will help fund the many PTA activities on behalf of students of Westside Primary and Westside Intermediate. Check with either school in person or on Facebook, or with Westside Schools PTA on Facebook. Email inquiries: stacey.m.harr@gmail.com

Mardela Middle and High Class of 2021 Discount Cards, $10. Valid through August 2019. Get one from a member of the Class of 2021, or contact ravens20@rocketmail.com.

James M. Bennett High Band Cards, $10. Your purchase of a card will help the JMB Clippers Marching Band with the expenses of the 2018-2019 competition and parade season. Check with any band member or band booster, or contact fundraising chairperson Sheila Loar at 410-603-8988 or mdloars@comcast.net.

Parkside High Band Cards, $5. Your purchase of a card will help the Parkside Marching Rams with the expenses of the 2018-2019 competition and parade season. Check with any band member or Parkside Band Booster, or stop in Parkside’s main office to purchase a card. 410-677-5161

Wicomico High Band Cards, $5. Your purchase of a card will help the Wicomico High Marching Band with the expenses of the 2018-2019 competition and parade season. Check with any band member or band booster, or email wihibandboosters@gmail.com.

 

Approved Flyers

 

Flyers submitted by school and community groups for posting to Wicomico County Public Schools are posted to this page once approved: https://www.wcboe.org/domain/160. Please visit that page to view flyers and to submit requests for posting flyers and/or banners.

These approved flyers are currently posted on our website, and have also been shared on WCPS social media:

 

Dec. 6, 7, 8 Santa’s Wonderland at Oak Ridge Baptist Church

Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker