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Latest Roundup of Highlighted Events (November-January)

Through Friday, Dec. 13

Nominations Open for Wicomico Teacher of the Year

Celebrate a great teacher with a nomination for Wicomico Teacher of the Year! Nominations will be taken through Dec. 13 for 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year. Anyone in the community may seek recognition for an educator quickly and easily using the online nomination form at https://tinyurl.com/TOYWCBOE2020. That page can also be accessed through the home page of Wicomico Schools (www.wcboe.org), under Quick Links.


Most nominations will be made online. Paper forms will be available for those who prefer to submit a nomination that way. Check with a school or the Wicomico Schools main office at 2424 Northgate Drive in Salisbury. For more information, please contact comments@wcboe.org or 410-677-4465.

The Wicomico Teacher of the Year Recognition Program annually receives nominations from parents, students, the community and colleagues to recognize outstanding teachers in each Wicomico school. All nominated teachers are congratulated and celebrated at the school level. To be eligible for recognition as a semifinalist in the Wicomico Teacher of the Year Recognition Program, a teacher must be currently tenured in Wicomico Schools with at least five full years as a full-time teacher in Maryland.

Wicomico Teachers of the Year model teaching excellence, and include past finalists and winners at the state level. Wicomico is proud to have on its staff three Maryland Teachers of the Year: Bonnie Walston (1994), then a resource teacher at Parkside High School and now the Director of Special Education; Aaron Deal (2004)l, then a computer education teacher at Salisbury Middle and now the Supervisor of New Teacher Induction and Educational Technology; and April Todd, who was named both Somerset and Maryland Teacher of the Year and is now a middle school Thinking and Doing (TAD) teacher for Wicomico Schools.

From among all eligible nominees for each school, a semifinalist will be selected to represent the school. Semifinalists for Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be challenged in a public speaking exercise called the Fishbowl. They will later be interviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges, and they will be scored on a writing prompt. On March 26 during the Teacher of the Year Banquet at The Fountains in Salisbury, semifinalists and many other nominees will be celebrated. The finalists at the primary, intermediate, middle and high school levels will be named, and the 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be announced.

 

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.

 

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

 

Thursday, Dec. 12

Mid-Term Progress Reports sent home with students

 

Thursday, Dec. 12

Wicomico Schools at Wreaths Across America Program

Veterans Memorial Outside Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

Several groups from Wicomico County Public Schools will be taking part in the Wreaths Across America Ceremony organized by Perdue Farms Inc., at 10 a.m. Thursday Dec. 12 at the Veterans Memorial outside the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The Wicomico High School band under the direction of Mark Pages, students from Charles H. Chipman Elementary, and a Wicomico High School JROTC honor guard will participate in the ceremony.

 

Friday, Dec. 13

Last Day for Nominations for Wicomico Teacher of the Year

Celebrate a great teacher with a nomination for Wicomico Teacher of the Year! Nominations close on Dec. 13 for 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year. Anyone in the community may seek recognition for an educator quickly and easily using the online nomination form at https://tinyurl.com/TOYWCBOE2020. That page can also be accessed through the home page of Wicomico Schools (www.wcboe.org), under Quick Links.


Most nominations will be made online. Paper forms will be available for those who prefer to submit a nomination that way. Check with a school or the Wicomico Schools main office at 2424 Northgate Drive in Salisbury. For more information, please contact comments@wcboe.org or 410-677-4465.

 

Dec. 13-15

“12 Angry Jurors” Presented by the Wicomico VPA Theatre Production Program

Wicomico High School Auditorium

Wicomico County Public Schools presents a joint performance of “12 Angry Jurors” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The show is directed by Ken Johnson and is presented by students in the Wicomico County Visual and Performing Arts theatre production program at Wicomico High School. “12 Angry Jurors” is based on the movie by Reginald Rose, adapted by Sherman L. Sergel, and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill. This show is supported, in part, but a grant from The Donnie Williams Foundation. Tickets $8 (children 5 and under are free). To reserve tickets please call 410-430-8318.

 

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

 

Thursday, Dec. 19

Last Day of School for Delmar Elementary Students Before Winter Break

The last day of school for Delmar Elementary students before the holiday break will be Thursday, Dec. 19. Delmar Elementary students will be off Friday, 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 Friday, Dec. 20 and Thursday, 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 Friday, 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. If you have any questions, please check with school administration or the front office, 410-677-5178.

 

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.

 

Thursday, Jan. 2

Schools and Central Office Reopen from Winter Break

 

Friday, Jan. 3

Delmar Elementary Students Return from Winter Break

Delmar Elementary students will return to school from the winter break on Friday, Jan. 3. This is one day later than other Wicomico students, due to the school’s renovation project. This schedule change will allow Delmar Elementary 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.) If you have any questions, please check with school administration or the front office, 410-677-5178.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15

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. 15 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury. Open Door Sessions throughout the 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. Feb. 19, March 18, April 15 and May 20. 410-677-4495

 

Monday, Jan. 20

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Schools and Central Office Closed

 

Friday, Jan. 24

End of 2nd Marking Term (Report Cards Distributed Jan. 30)

 

Monday, Jan. 27

Professional Day, Schools Closed for Students

 

Thursday, Jan. 30

Report Cards Distributed from 2nd Marking Term

 

Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.

Winter Commencement of Evening High School

At Prince Street Elementary

 

 

News You Can Use from the Community

 

Text Alerts Available from Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services

The Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services is offering text notification services through its Communicator System. The system would automatically notify registered users of important information in the event of an impending or occurring emergency. To receive these notifications to your cell phone, please register the phone with Emergency Services: Go to http://www.wicomicocounty.org/ES and select the section entitles “Sign Up for Cell Phone Emergency Alerts.”

 

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:

 

-Dec. 6 Parents Night Out by the Mardela SGA

-Jan. 18 All-County Orchestra Auditions for middle and high school musicians

-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

 

-Nov. 24 Algonquin Trail Cleaning Day, Presented by Eastern Shore Chapter of International Mountain Bicycling Association

-Various dates Nov. 29-Dec. 22 City of Salisbury Ice Skating on the Riverwalk

-Dec. 2 Annual Fruitland Christmas Lighting, 6:30-8 p.m.

-Dec. 5, 6, 7 Santa’s Wonderland at Oak Ridge Baptist Church

-Dec 6, 7, 8 Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre presents the Nutcracker

-Dec. 11 Preparing for Parenthood Free Seminar