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Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Fundraiser Night for Charles H. Chipman Elementary

Buffalo Wild Wings, Salisbury

Present a paper copy of the flyer for the Wednesday, Jan. 16 fundraiser for Charles H. Chipman Elementary for 20% of the proceeds of this Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser to go to Chipman School. Fundraiser is for both dine-in and carry-out, anytime on Jan. 16. Please check with the school for more information or a flyer, or look for the flyer on the Chipman and Wicomico Schools Facebook pages.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Superintendent’s Open Door Session

Office of Wicomico County Public Schools, Northgate Drive, Salisbury

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin will hold a Superintendent’s Open Door Session from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury.  Open Door Sessions throughout the 2018-2019 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent to 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. Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 and May 15. 410-677-4495

 

Thursday, Jan. 17

Traffic Advisory: Beaglin Park Drive

Delmarva Veteran Builders will be affecting the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Beaglin Park Drive, from 810 Beaglin Park Drive to 901 Snow Hill Road, in order to tap into the existing water main running down Beaglin Park Drive. The work will be performed from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and will be completed by Jan. 18 barring any unforeseen complications. Please expect delays due to traffic pattern modifications. Access to 810 Beaglin Park Drive will be maintained. Emergency vehicles will be able to pass during this time.

 

Thursday, Jan. 17

Eastern Shore Literacy Association Membership Meeting

The Salisbury School

The Eastern Shore Literacy Association (formerly the Eastern Shore Reading Council) invites educators to attend the Jan. 17 membership meeting from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at The Salisbury School. Following refreshments from Chick-fil-A and information on ESLA events including the Young Author’s Contest, Wicomico Schools’ Technology Coach Carmon Molnar will present on ways to implement technology effectively in the classroom. All grade levels and subject areas will benefit from this presentation. For information please contact Shannon Vaughan, President of the Eastern Shore Literacy Association and a Grade 1 teacher at Charles H. Chipman Elementary, at svaughan@wcboe.org.

 

Monday, Jan. 21

Martin Luther King. Jr. Day

Schools and Central Office closed

 

Monday, Jan. 21

Annual Youth Activity for Martin Luther King. Jr. Day

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

The Salisbury High School Association presents a host of activities for students of all ages on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Annual Youth Activity in honor of the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme is “Keep Your Dreams Alive.” Activities include a fashion show, performances by school and community groups, free breakfast, and door prizes. Bus schedules to take students to the event will be posted around the community and online. This event runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon and is open to all students on the Delmarva Peninsula. Please bring canned goods for the Maryland Food Bank. For information please call Rosemary Hudson (410-742-8524), Wanda Downes (410-742-2749), Phyllis Hardy (410-742-1575) or Edward Henry (443-944-2953).

 

Jan. 22-24

Auditions for “Mamma Mia!”, the All County Musical

Auditions for the All County Musical, “Mamma Mia!”, will take place Jan. 22-24 for students from all four high schools. Auditions will be from 3-5 p.m. each day, and students are welcome to audition at any of the locations. Choose Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the James M. Bennett High chorus room; Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Parkside High chorus room; or Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Wicomico High chorus room. Please see your school’s chorus teacher for more detailed audition information.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Information Night

Wor-Wic Community College

Members of the Class of 2018 and 2019 and GED graduates can learn more about the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship at an Information Night on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The event will take place in Wor-Wic Community College’s Guerrieri Hall (Room 101) at 6 p.m. Information will be provided on eligibility and requirements for this new scholarship offer for Fall 2019. Visit www.worwic.edu to RSVP. For information, please contact Amanda Messatzzia, Director of Student Success, at amessatzzia@worwic.edu or 410-334-2993.

 

Jan. 23-25

High School Mid-Term Exam Schedule

Mid-term exams for high school students will take place on the following schedule:

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Exams for periods 6 and 7

Thursday, Jan. 24: Exams for periods 4 and 5

Friday, Jan. 25: Exams for periods 1, 2 and 3

Makeups on school schedule.

 

Friday, Jan. 25

End of 2nd marking term; report cards distributed Feb. 1

 

Monday, Jan. 28

Professional Day: Schools closed for students, open for teachers

 

Monday, Jan. 28

State of the Schools Luncheon, with Address by Superintendent

Parkside High School

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will present the 2019 State of the Schools luncheon Monday, Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Parkside High School. The luncheon will be an opportunity to hear an address by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin. She will discuss achievements and areas in need of improvement throughout the county, as well as plans for success in the future. Her presentation will be followed by a Q & A from the audience. The event will be catered by the Wicomico County CTE students in the Culinary Arts program. Full tables are available for sponsors at $300. A single ticket is $25 for SACC members and $35 for future members. To register, visit salisburyarea.com or call 410-749-0144.

 

Monday, Jan. 28

Wicomico County Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Program Winter Recital

Bethesda United Methodist Church, Salisbury

The Wicomico County Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program is proud to present a Winter Recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 406 N. Division St., Salisbury. VPA vocalists and instrumentalists will perform solos from the Baroque through Modern music periods. VPA is open to juniors and seniors from all Wicomico County high schools, by audition. Graduates of the VPA program have been accepted to some of the finest music colleges in the country. The recital fulfills part of the performance requirement of the VPA program. Admission is free and the recital is open to the public.

 

Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.

Evening High School Winter Commencement

Prince Street Elementary

 

Saturday, Feb. 2

Parkside CTE Open House/Local SkillsUSA Championship

Parkside High School CTE

It’s Maryland Career and Technology Education Month, and on Saturday, Feb. 2 the Career and Technology Education Department at Parkside High School will host the annual local SkillsUSA Championship competition and CTE Open House. Everyone is welcome to come out and see the competition and the many exciting things happening in the CTE Department to prepare students for college and career.

Career and Technology Education in Wicomico County Public Schools includes 24 programs, including 19 located at Parkside High CTE, three business pathways and Teacher Academy of Maryland at each high school, interactive media, and computer science. CTE truly offers preparation for college and career, with many graduates going on to 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, technical training programs, military careers, or the workplace.

This day with competitions and an open house is an excellent opportunity for prospective students from middle and high school to visit CTE programs with their parents, and for members of the community to come in and learn more about CTE. The competition will be held at Parkside High School from 8-11 a.m. with an awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the school auditorium. Please visit at any time during the competition for the open house. 410-677-5144

 

Monday, Feb. 4

Fundraiser Night for Wicomico County Destination Imagination

Chipotle South

Let someone else do the cooking on Monday, Feb. 4, while supporting creative students in Destination Imagination. From 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, your food purchases at the Chipotle on South Salisbury Boulevard will help support Wicomico County Destination Imagination and the Wicomico teams that qualify for Global Finals in Tennessee. Just show the cashier the flyer on your phone, or tell the cashier that you are there to support DI, and 33% of sales during that time period will go to Wicomico DI.

 

Feb. 5-7

Evening High School Registration

Building E, Wicomico High School

Register for classes in the spring semester of Wicomico Evening High School from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 5-7 in Building E (EHS Office) of Wicomico High School, off Long Avenue. Classes will begin Monday, Feb. 11. Students attending any Wicomico County high school during the day and wishing to attend Evening High School must bring a “blue form” completed by the guidance counselor. Students transferring to Evening High School need to bring in a birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization record, transcript, and two proofs of residency (utility bill and rent/mortgage statement). A student interested in enrolling in Evening High School must be able to graduate in the academic year they turn 21 years of age. Please contact Evening High with questions, 410-677-4537.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Birth to Five Playgroup: Wicomico Public Libraries (Main Branch)

The February Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be held at the main branch of the Wicomico Public Libraries, in Downtown Salisbury, on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Playgroups take place on the first Wednesday of the month, at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted. The schedule of 2019 playgroups includes Fruitland Fire Department (March 6), Trooper 4 at the Salisbury-Wicomico County Regional Airport (April 3), community helpers at Salisbury Fire Department Station 16 (May 1), and Salisbury Zoo (June 5). 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.

 

Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m.

First Wicomico County Board of Education Public Budget Hearing

Board of Education Auditorium, 101 Long Ave., Salisbury

 

Feb. 8-10 and 14-17

JMB’s 21st anniversary Rock & Roll Revival

JMB Auditorium, Salisbury


Tickets are now available for James M. Bennett High School's showcase of Clipper talent, the 21st anniversary James M. Bennett High School Rock & Roll Revival. Shows will be Feb. 8-10 and 14-17. This year’s show theme is “Rockin’ the Movies,” with great songs from many eras and genres, as featured in famous films.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday night show and $20 for the weekend shows. Almost all shows sell out, so it’s best to secure your tickets early.

Tickets are now available at the Bank of Delmarva branch on Eastern Shore Drive, and online at https://jmbrockrollrevival.ticketleap.com. There is a small service fee for online ticket purchases. Tickets may also be purchased in the JMB Auditorium Box Office from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday starting Jan. 5.

For ticket or show information, please e-mail jmbrocknroll2019@gmail.com, or call 410-726-3211. Check out show news on Facebook and Twitter at JMB Rock & Roll Revival, and on Instagram at jmbrocknroll


Students sing, dance, play in the band, and work in many areas behind the scenes to put on this highly successful show at the James M. Bennett Auditorium. Show directors are Dory and Bob Hayman. More than 120 students are involved in the show, and many staff members and parents also take part in making the show a success. Net proceeds benefit the JMB PTSA, which puts the proceeds to great use to support the entire school.

 

Saturday, Feb. 9

STEM Saturday

Salisbury University

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 Feb. 9 at Salisbury University, with students in grades 4-5 exploring “Who Uses Math?” (hint: everyone) and middle school students engaging in “CheMagic: Fun Experiments and Demos with Chemistry”. 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:

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 Prince Street Elementary 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, Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The February meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 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

 

Monday, Feb. 18

Presidents Day

Schools and Central Office closed

 

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Superintendent’s Open Door Session

Office of Wicomico County Public Schools, Northgate Drive, Salisbury

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin will hold a Superintendent’s Open Door Session from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury.  Open Door Sessions throughout the 2018-2019 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent to 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. March 20, April 17 and May 15. 410-677-4495

 

Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett Auditorium

An Awards & Recognitions Night for outstanding students, staff, programs, schools and partners of Wicomico County Public Schools will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium in Salisbury. Honorees will receive invitations to the awards night. A program will be posted a few days before the event. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Saturday, March 2

7th annual Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bee

University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne

A spelling champion from each Wicomico County Public School with students in grades 4-8 will compete with other Lower Shore spellers in the 7th annual Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bee Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne. (Makeup date is March 9, if needed.) Schools will conduct classroom and school bees to name a champion and an alternate by Feb. 15.) The Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee will take place in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, and is open to the public. Classmates, teachers and other supporters are invited to attend. In the event of bad weather, please check a special new website: www.umes.edu/bee or monitor UMES News Facebook for any last-minute changes or announcements.

 

Wednesday, March 6

SAT School Day Administered for 11th Graders; Delayed Arrival for Other High School Students

All Wicomico County High Schools

The Wicomico County Public School System is pleased once again to offer juniors the SAT School Day at no cost in all Wicomico County high schools on Wednesday, March 6. All 11th grade students will automatically be registered and will have the opportunity to test for free during school hours March 6 at each of our high schools. The school system is committed to administering the SAT to all 11th graders as a measure of the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013. High school students who are not taking the SAT on March 6 will have late arrival that day; additional details will be posted soon.

 

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.

 

Saturday, March 9

Destination Imagination Eastern Region Tournament

Salisbury Middle School

Wicomico County Public Schools will participate in the Maryland Eastern Region Destination Imagination Tournament on Sat., Mar. 9 at Salisbury Middle School. The Eastern Region includes teams from eight Eastern Shore counties, including many from Wicomico Schools. Teams compete at the Regional Tournament to earn the right to advance to the March 30 Maryland State Tournament at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Qualifying teams at the state level earn the right to advance to represent the state of Maryland at Global Finals in May at the University of Tennessee.

Destination Imagination (DI) is a student-centered, technology-friendly, international organization for kindergarten through college students. It teaches life skills and expands imaginations through team-based creative problem solving. Destination Imagination emphasizes STEM / STEAM skills, creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.

The DI Program has two team components. The first component is the Instant Challenge. These challenges spark and quickly capture the team members’ imaginations as they attempt to solve a challenge on the spot. Students learn creativity skills, divergent and convergent thinking skills, risk taking, time awareness, cooperation, and how to have fun with their team members along the way. The second component is the Central Challenge. Teams use art, technology, performance, and real world relevance as they tackle one of six different challenges each year. The team solution takes months to complete. Each challenge contains scoring elements that will be carefully judged by trained appraisers.

 

Saturday, March 23

Wicomico Schools Teacher Recruitment Fair

James M. Bennett High

The Wicomico County Public Schools Teacher Recruitment Fair is set for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 23 at James M. Bennett High School. Wicomico County Public Schools is looking for people who want to make a difference in the lives of our students. We offer competitive starting salaries, excellent new teacher support, and technology and instructional resources. Some candidates will interview and receive job offers on the spot! Our highest need areas are Mathematics, Science, World Languages and Special Education, but we anticipate openings in all content areas for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information, contact Patty Adkins at padkins@wcboe.org or 410-677-5250.

 

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.

 

Vintage Yearbooks Available

James M. Bennett High

James M. Bennett High is offering “vintage” yearbooks for many of the years from 1991 through 2017. Please contact the school at 410-677-5141, or email Deb Sebach at dsebach@wcboe.org. Prices and available years are below.

$10: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996- 2004, 200

$20: 2007-2009

$40: 2010, 2011

$60: 2012-2014

$70: 2015-2017

 

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.