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Highlighted Events in Wicomico County Public Schools

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan: The Future of Maryland’s Public Education System

Wor-Wic Community College

The future of Maryland’s public education system will be addressed at a public event on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Dr. William "Brit" Kirwan, Chair of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, will be speaking at the Wor-Wic Community College Guerrieri Hall Auditorium from 6 -7:30 p.m. The event will highlight significant education policies and funding reform affecting Maryland schools.

The event is open to all and is being sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Greater Salisbury Committee, Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury University, , Wor-Wic Community College, Wicomico County Public Schools, Somerset County Public Schools and Worcester County Public Schools. For additional event information please visit http://bit.ly/KirwanES or contact Heather Mahler at hmahler@cfes.org.

In 2016, the Maryland General Assembly and Governor Hogan established the Kirwan Commission to review and recommend any changes needed for the current public education funding formulas (known as Thornton Formulas). In addition, the Commission is tasked with making policy recommendations will enable Maryland’s K-12 public schools to perform at the level of one of the best preforming systems in the world.

Dr. Kirwan retired as the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland in 2015, a position he held since 2002. Dr. Kirwan also served as President of the University of Maryland from 1989-1998, after teaching at the university for 34 years. He was President of The Ohio State University from 1998-2002.

 

Thursday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct. 11

Homecoming Game and Dance

Parkside High School

The Parkside High homecoming football game will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Wicomico County Stadium against Easton High School. The Homecoming Dance will take place at Parkside High School from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.

 

Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12

Homecoming Games and Dance

Mardela High School

The Mardela High Homecoming varsity soccer games will be played on Friday, Oct. 11 at home. Mardela Middle and High School is very excited to be having Homecoming in its home soccer stadium for the very first time. Girls play North Dorchester High 4 p.m., boys play Washington High 6 p.m. Mardela High Warrior Marching Band and Bandfront will take the field in between the two games. Mardela PTA Homecoming Bonfire follows the boys’ soccer game. The “Met Gala” Homecoming Dance will take place in the MMHS Warrior Café from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets will be sold during lunch shifts Oct. 4-9, at $15 each.

 

Saturday, Oct. 12

STEM Saturday

Salisbury University

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Saturday classes will be offered throughout the 2019-2020 school year for students in grades 4/5 and 6/7/8. The first STEM Saturday will be held Oct. 12 at Salisbury University, with students in grades 4-5 “Exploring Conductivity” and middle school students “Exploring Potions.” 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://webapi.wcboe.org/storage/flyer/files/akaaCV4WCb5pFepldZVhpvZ1TzXVMy9J5PKhopz7.pdf. Contact Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-4504 or gboggs@wcboe.org for more information.

STEM Saturdays will also be held:

Nov. 9: “It’s a Dirty Job: Soil Analysis Techniques” for elementary, and “Diving into DNA: What Makes You, You!” for middle school. At Salisbury Middle School.

Dec. 14: There will be no STEM Saturday on this date because it is the day of the FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament and other events. Middle school students: Please check with your school about signing up now for a FIRST LEGO League team.

Jan. 11: “Star Struck! Objects and Phenomena in Space” for elementary (Parkside High planetarium) and “Airborne Science: Wallops Missions” for middle school (Parkside High).

Feb. 8: “Colorful Chemistry: Dazzling Color-Related Activities” for elementary and “Stormwater Management: Impact of Stormwaters on Water Quality” for middle school. At Salisbury University.

March 14: “Pi Day” for elementary and “Cooking & Chemistry” for middle school. At Parkside High School.

April 4: “How Does Your Garden Grow?” for elementary and “Straw Bridge Challenge: Exploring Compression and Tension” for middle school. At Salisbury Middle School.

Another option for middle schoolers: Coding Class (must register for entire series): Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 14, April 4, all held at Salisbury University.

 

Saturday, Oct. 12

2019 Delmarvacade of Bands, Hosted by Parkside High Band and Band Boosters

Wicomico County Stadium

One of the most exciting and uplifting nights of the marching band season is coming up Saturday, Oct. 12, when Parkside High School and the Parkside Band Boosters present the 2019 Delmarvacade of Bands at Wicomico County Stadium. Bands from throughout the region will compete in four categories, depending on the number of instrumentalists in the band. James M. Bennett (6:15 p.m.), Wicomico (6:30 p.m.) and Parkside High (6:45 p.m.) are all in Group 3-Open this year. Host Parkside will perform in exhibition, not competing for placement but performing for a score. (Makeup day is Oct. 13, if needed due to weather.) Delmarvacade of Bands is expected to draw several thousand people to the stadium. Bands will compete starting at 5 p.m., with each band performing the kind of field show people are accustomed to seeing at halftime of football games. Admission to Delmarvacade of Bands is $8. A program detailing the participants, with a score sheet to keep track of how the bands are doing, is $5. For information please contact Parkside High Marching Band at 410-677-5161. 

 

Monday, Oct. 14

Parent University: Supporting My Child with Reading (Elementary)

Pinehurst Elementary

 

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Deadline for Students to Register for May 2020 AP Testing

Online through MyPaymentsPlus

Signing up and paying for one or more AP tests is a new, two-step process that must occur online between Sept. 24 and Oct. 15 for the May 2020 testing. First, students must sign up through their College Board AP class join code to have access to each AP class he or she is taking. The second step is to pay for each AP test online using MyPaymentsPlus. Links with directions are on the Board of Education website under “For Students” then “AP Exam Registration” at https://www.wcboe.org/domain/2238. You must pay for AP exam fees online by using the online payment system, MyPaymentsPlus. Please note that tiered payment amounts based on FARM status for the AP Exam fees will be accommodated when online payments are made on the MyPayments Plus website.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 16

PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Testing) for All 10th-Graders, Some in 9th and 11th

All Wicomico County High Schools

PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Testing) will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16 for all Grade 10 students, with Wicomico County Public Schools covering the cost of the test for these students. Some Wicomico students in grades 9 and 11 will also take the PSAT, if they signed up with a school counselor and paid $17 for the exam.

On Oct. 16, 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 by 11:15 a.m. Bus riders will be picked up on a special second run approximately three hours after their usual pickup time, and families should contact bus drivers for second run pickup times. ATEX, JROTC, AM VPA and AM CTE will not be held that day. Students will not travel to other schools for Latin. The school schedule after the PSAT testing will be periods 4-5-6-7.

Please note that in case of any type of weather delay, there would be only one bus run and it would occur at the usual time for a 1-hour or 2-hour delay, with all students reporting to school on the same schedule. The planned PSAT testing would then take place in the afternoon.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 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, Oct. 16 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury.  Open Door Sessions throughout the 2019-2020 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent to express concerns, offer ideas, 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. Nov. 20, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 18, April 15 and May 20. 410-677-4495

 

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Parent University: College Essay & Financial Aid Support on FAFSA (high school seniors/parents)

James M. Bennett High

 

Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18

Homecoming Game and Dance

Wicomico High School

The Wicomico High homecoming football game will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Wicomico County Stadium against Stephen Decatur High School. The Homecoming Dance will take place at Wicomico High School from 8-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in the cafeteria.

 

Friday, Oct. 18

Maryland State Education Association Convention

Schools Closed for Students and Most Staff (Central Office and School Offices Open)

 

Saturday, Oct. 19

Pathfinders for Autism Lower Shore Mini Conference

Board of Education Building, Salisbury

Registration is open now for the Pathfinders for Autism Lower Shore Mini Conference on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (registration check-in begins 9 a.m.). The conference will be held in the Board of Education building at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. Hope C. Odenwalt, M.S., Human Development Center will speak on ASD and Coexisting Conditions. The presence of coexisting conditions or additional discorders can make the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders very complex. However, correct diagnoses may facilitate the treatment and management of all the disorders present – ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Substance Abuse, Tourette’s Syndrome, etc. Mini conference hosted by Family Support Services of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset public school systems. Register: https://pathfindersforautism.org/lower-shore-mini-conference-2019/

 

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Parent University: Navigating the IEP Process & Understanding What a 504 Plan Provides

(Elementary, Middle, High)

Glen Avenue Elementary

 

Thursday, Oct. 24

Parent University: Opioid Awareness (for all grade levels)

James M. Bennett High

Parent University presents a Substance Misuse Parent Information Night and Resource Fair from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at James M. Bennett High. Topics include Vaping Facts in Teens, Prescription Medications Misuse, Marijuana Facts in Teens, and Hidden-in-Plain Sight Resources. Please join us for an important parent information night to begin open conversations in our homes about substance misuse in teens. The Wicomico County Intervention Team Resource Trailer will be on site along with other valuable community partners. For more information please contact Christy Glushakow at cglushako@wcboe.org.

 

Friday, Oct. 25

Happy Harvest Night Trunk or Treat

Parkside High CTE Parking Lot

The SkillsUSA chapter of Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education will host a Happy Harvest Night with Trunk or Treat on Friday, Oct. 25 in the Parkside CTE parking lot, 1015 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury. Decorating will take place from 5-5:30 p.m., judging will be from 5:45-6 p.m., and Trunk or Treat will take place from 6-7 p.m. Canned good donations for the Maryland Food Bank will be accepted. This is a free community event for families. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. Costumes are welcome, but not required (no masks and no clown costumes, please). 410-677-5144

 

Saturday, Oct. 26

Homecoming Game and Dance

James M. Bennett High School

The James M. Bennett High Homecoming football game will be played at noon Saturday, Oct. 26 at the JMB Shipyard against Queen Anne’s County High School. The Homecoming Dance will take place at James M. Bennett High School from 7:30-10:30 p.m. that night.

 

Saturday, Oct. 26

ACT administration for students who registered online by Sept. 27 deadline

 

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Parent University: Social & Emotional Wellness for Kids

(Elementary, Middle, High)

West Salisbury Elementary

 

Friday, Nov. 1

Children’s Orchestra Concerts

James M. Bennett High, Parkside High

The popular Children’s Concerts by high school orchestra students at James M. Bennett High and Parkside High are back on Friday, Nov. 1, and the event is going to be bigger than ever this year. Due to overwhelming interest from the community, the James M. Bennett High Orchestra will entertain more than 1,100 children at two shows in the JMB Auditorium, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Then at 1 p.m. in the Parkside High Auditorium, the Parkside High Orchestra will perform for an audience of about 784 children. A few seats remain for these shows, so please email sburton@wcboe.org if you would like to bring young children to this free event for the community.

 

Saturday, Nov. 2

SAT administration for students who registered online by Oct. 3 deadline

 

Monday, Nov. 4

Parent University: Early Childhood Education (Prekindergarten-Kindergarten)

Fruitland Primary

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6

End of 1st marking term

Report cards distributed Nov. 12

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Parent University: Understanding My Child’s Report Card (Elementary)

Pinehurst Elementary

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Birth to Five Playgroup: Coco’s Funhouse

The November Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be at Coco’s Funhouse in Salisbury on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. Playgroups take place at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. The next Playgroup will be at South Bound Alley for Bowling with Santa (Dec. 4). 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. We are unable to accommodate family- or center-based childcare programs. To sign up for a playgroup event, please contact Kelly at 410-677-5250 or ksoscia@wcboe.org.

 

Friday, Nov. 8

Deadline for Students to Register for Dec. 7 SAT and Dec. 14 ACT

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

 

Friday, Nov. 8

Professional Day

Schools closed for students during this professional day for teachers

 

Saturday, Nov. 9

The Great STEM+ Expo

At Salisbury Middle School

As part of the month-long Maryland STEM Festival, Salisbury Middle School will host The Great STEM+ Expo from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, for students of all ages and schools. This is a chance to engage in STEM+ exploration through hands-on activities, guest speakers, demonstrations of cool technology, and tables on STEM-related opportunities in our schools and community. (Businesses, organizations and schools that would like to be part of The Great STEM+ Expo should contact Dr. Chad Pavlekoich at cpavleko@wcboe.org.)

 

Saturday, Nov. 9

STEM Saturday

Salisbury Middle

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Saturday classes will be offered throughout the 2019-2020 school year for students in grades 4/5 and 6/7/8. The next STEM Saturday will be held Nov. 9 at Salisbury Middle School. Elementary: “It’s a Dirty Job: Soil Analysis Techniques.” Middle school: “Diving into DNA: What Makes You, You!” 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://webapi.wcboe.org/storage/flyer/files/akaaCV4WCb5pFepldZVhpvZ1TzXVMy9J5PKhopz7.pdf. Contact Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-4504 or gboggs@wcboe.org for more information.

STEM Saturdays will also be held:

Dec. 14: There will be no STEM Saturday on this date because it is the day of the FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament and other events. Middle school students: Please check with your school about signing up now for a FIRST LEGO League team.

Jan. 11: “Star Struck! Objects and Phenomena in Space” for elementary (Parkside High planetarium) and “Airborne Science: Wallops Missions” for middle school (Parkside High).

Feb. 8: “Colorful Chemistry: Dazzling Color-Related Activities” for elementary and “Stormwater Management: Impact of Stormwaters on Water Quality” for middle school. At Salisbury University.

March 14: “Pi Day” for elementary and “Cooking & Chemistry” for middle school. At Parkside High School.

April 4: “How Does Your Garden Grow?” for elementary and “Straw Bridge Challenge: Exploring Compression and Tension” for middle school. At Salisbury Middle School.

Another option for middle schoolers: Coding Class (must register for entire series): Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 14, April 4, all held at Salisbury University.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Report cards distributed for 1st marking term

 

Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The November meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 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 7 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

 

Thursday, Nov. 14

Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett Auditorium

The first Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night of the 2019-2020 school year will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium. Details on honorees will be available closer to the date.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Parent University: Helping My Child Deal with Trauma (Elementary, Middle, High)

Pinehurst Elementary

 

Wednesday, Nov. 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, Nov. 20 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury.  Open Door Sessions throughout the 2019-2020 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent to express concerns, offer ideas, 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. Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 18, April 15 and May 20. 410-677-4495

 

Nov. 27-29

Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Schools and Central Office closed Nov. 27-29 for Thanksgiving holiday break. All schools and offices reopen Monday, Dec. 2.

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

SAT administration for students who registered online by Nov. 8 deadline

 

Wednesday, Dec. 4

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. 4 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. We are unable to accommodate family- or center-based childcare programs. To sign up for a playgroup event, please contact Kelly at 410-677-5250 or ksoscia@wcboe.org.

 

Thursday, Dec. 12

Mid-Term Progress Reports sent home with students

 

Saturday, Dec. 14 (snow date Jan. 11)

STEMtastic Saturday: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Other Events

(No STEM Saturday this month)

 

Saturday, Dec. 14

ACT administration for students who registered online by Nov. 8 deadline

 

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 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. 10 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

 

Dec. 23-Jan. 1

Winter Holidays

Wicomico County Public Schools

Wicomico schools will dismiss at regular time on Friday, Dec. 20. Schools will be closed for the winter holidays from Monday, Dec. 23-Wednesday, Jan. 1, reopening on Thursday, Jan. 2.

During the winter holiday break, the Central Office and school offices will be open Dec. 26, 27 and 30.

 

Please check out the Wicomico Schools’ eBulletinBoard to view approved flyers from our schools and community, and to submit requests to post flyers and banners:

 

-Oct. 23 Pittsville Elementary and Middle Chipotle South fundraiser night for PBIS

-SkillsUSA chapter at Parkside High CTE: Oct. 25 Happy Harvest Trunk or Treat Event

-Mardela Middle and High Nov. 2 Golf Tournament to benefit cross country and girls soccer

-Nov. 9 The Great STEM+ Expo at Salisbury Middle, for students/families of all ages

 

-FIRST LEGO League 2019-2020: Teams forming in middle schools, tournament Dec. 14

-STEM Saturdays for grades 4-8 during 2019-2020 school year

-Pemberton Playgroups for children birth through age 4 and their parents/caregivers

-Beaver Run Playgroups at WELC Campus for children birth through age 4 and their parents/caregivers

-Active Parenting class for parents/caregivers of children birth to age 5

 

-University of Maryland Extension Open House at new Wicomico County Extension building, on Oct. 8. Open to entire community, educators invited to come see what Extension has to offer.

-Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge Oct. 12 Open House

-Oct. 12 Women Supporting Women 18th annual Walk for Awareness

-Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show Art Contest (deadline Oct. 12)

-Oct. 12 Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, with “Quack or Treat” from 2-3 p.m.

 

-Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services “Fall Festivities” Oct. 29 at Entrepreneur Center of Wicomico Public Libraries

-Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay: How to Join

-Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism: Doran’s Karate Academy