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Latest Roundup of Highlighted Events from Wicomico Schools (January-July)

Friday, Jan. 17

Deadline to Pre-register for Jan. 22-23 InView Cognitive Abilities Test

For 2nd-Grade Non-Public Students

The InView Cognitive Abilities Test will be administered Jan. 22-23 for 2nd-Grade non-public students who would like their child considered for the Magnet Program in Wicomico County Public Schools for the next school year. 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 sit for both days to complete the full assessment. Parents and guardians of current nonpublic 2nd-Grade students must register their student by Friday, Jan. 17 to take the two-day Inview Cognitive Abilities Test on Jan. 22-23. To register or to ask questions, please contact Ms. LaShaunda Smith at 410-677-4533 by 4 p.m. Jan. 17.

InView assesses cognitive abilities including verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning. The results of the assessment will be utilized to help determine each student’s appropriate academic placement, including eligibility to participate in the Magnet Program, an accelerated and enhanced learning program for students in grades 3 through 5, and the Gifted and Talented (TAD – Thinking and Doing) program.

 

Friday, Jan. 17

Open House to View TAD Program Lot #10 Development Plans

Downtown Branch of Wicomico Public Libraries

Students in Wicomico County’s Elementary TAD (Thinking and Doing) gifted and talented program are once again involved in a unit of study that includes regional planning and architecture decision-making and skills. Students are enthusiastically engaged in real-life problem-solving challenges as they create detailed plans for Parking Lot #10 in Downtown Salisbury. The students worked in teams to prepare proposals, which include schematics, blueprints and landscaping plans, site, and environmental plans, and have been presenting their ideas to architects from various architectural firms in our community.

Since planning a new property for the Downtown Salisbury area is a community endeavor, participants in the TAD Program look forward to showcasing their projects at the 3rd Friday event on Friday, Jan. 17.  There will be about 20 plans on display and approximately 150 students at the Downtown branch of the Wicomico Public Libraries for an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. Families, community, and members of the school community are invited to view the projects and discuss them with students.

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Auditions for New All-County Orchestra

Mardela Middle and High

Auditions will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at Mardela Middle and High for the new All-County Orchestra, a showcase of musical excellence and collaboration featuring the top string musicians in the county. Wicomico County Public Schools is proud to offer this new musical opportunity, thanks to support from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Please see your school’s orchestra teacher for more detailed audition information.

 

Monday, Jan. 20

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

 

Monday, Jan. 20

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Youth Activity

Presented by the Salisbury High School Association

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

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, Jan. 20. 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.

 

Jan. 21-23

Auditions for the All County Musical, “The Addams Family”

Various Locations

Auditions will be held Jan. 21-23 for the 2020 All County Musical, “The Addams Family,” which will be performed in the Wicomico High School Auditorium April 24-26. Auditions will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each of these days: Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the Wicomico High chorus room; Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the JMB chorus room; and Thursday, Jan. 23 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, Jan. 24th if needed. For all four high schools: Please see your school’s chorus teacher as soon as possible for audition details and documents.

 

Jan. 22-24

High School Mid-Term Exam Schedule

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

Wednesday, Jan. 22: Exams for periods 6 and 7

Thursday, Jan. 23: Exams for periods 4 and 5

Friday, Jan. 24: Exams for periods 1, 2 and 3

 

Jan. 22-23 (Deadline to Pre-Register Jan. 17)

InView Cognitive Abilities Test

Registered 2nd-Grade Non-Public Students

The InView Cognitive Abilities Test will be administered Jan. 22-23 for 2nd-Grade non-public students who would like their child considered for the Magnet Program in Wicomico County Public Schools for the next school year. 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 sit for both days to complete the full assessment. Parents and guardians of current nonpublic 2nd-Grade students must register their student by Friday, Jan. 17 to take the two-day Inview Cognitive Abilities Test on Jan. 22-23. To register or to ask questions, please contact Ms. LaShaunda Smith at 410-677-4533 by 4 p.m. Jan. 17.

InView assesses cognitive abilities including verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning. The results of the assessment will be utilized to help determine each student’s appropriate academic placement, including eligibility to participate in the Magnet Program, an accelerated and enhanced learning program for students in grades 3 through 5, and the Gifted and Talented (TAD – Thinking and Doing) program.

 

Thursday, Jan. 23

Quarterly Meeting of the Wicomico Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee

101 Long Ave., Salisbury

All parents are invited to attend the next quarterly meeting of the Wicomico Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Please attend this advisory committee meeting to learn about special education programs, supports for students with special needs, and how they are funded by federal, state and local governments. The meeting will be held at 101 Long Ave., the former school system main office. Come hear about the initiatives and the challenges of serving diverse learners in Wicomico County. For more information, please contact the Office of Special Education at 410-677-4493.  Hope to see you there!

 

Friday, Jan. 24

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

 

Saturday, Jan. 25

Community Baby Shower for Beaver Run/Pemberton Families Served by Judy Center

Details to come

The Wicomico County Judy Center Early Learning Hub is planning a Community Baby Shower on Saturday, Jan. 25 for families in the Beaver Run Elementary and Pemberton Elementary catchment areas that are served by the Judy Center. The baby shower will take place at Christian Community Center at C5 in Salisbury from 10 a.m.-noon. For families attending, there will be games, resources, a free gift tote, and the chance to win themed baby shower baskets. Companies and organizations are invited to be part of this event as an exhibitor, vendor and/or donor. The Judy Center’s goal with this event is to provide our local families with information, resources, and programs that our area has to offer, so information, materials, and activities geared toward pregnancy, childbirth, infants, and family wellness are welcome.  A limited number of exhibitor spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To exhibit or reserve a vendor space for the baby shower, please call 410-677-5250 or email jfusco@wcboe.org. Please contact us by Jan. 10.

 

Monday, Jan. 27

Professional Day; Schools closed for students, open for staff

 

Monday, Jan. 27

Employee Wellness Fair

All staff members of Wicomico County Public Schools will have the opportunity to attend an Employee Wellness Fair being held at James M. Bennett High that day. Watch for more details from the Wicomico County Public Schools Wellness Committee. Right now, employees have the chance to sign up to donate blood that day at the Wellness Fair. The Blood Bank of Delmarva is entering anyone who donated blood in December 2019 or donates in January 2020 into a drawing for a trip for two to Cancun, Mexico.

 

Monday, Jan. 27

State of the Schools Luncheon, with Address by Superintendent

Parkside High School

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and Wicomico County Public Schools present the 2020 State of the Schools luncheon Monday, Jan. 27 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. The event is open to the public and will be catered by Parkside High 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 contact LeVita Bragdon at lbragdon@salisburyarea.com or 410-749-0144.

 

Thursday, Jan. 30

Report cards distributed for 2nd Marking Term

 

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

Evening High School Winter Commencement

Parkside High Auditorium

 

Saturday, Feb. 1

Parkside CTE Open House/Local SkillsUSA Championship

Parkside High School CTE

February is Maryland Career and Technical Education Month, and on Saturday, Feb. 1 the Career and Technical Education (CTE) 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 Technical 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

 

Feb. 4-6

Evening High School Registration

EHS Office – Schumaker Complex (by Parkside High)

Register for classes in the spring semester of Wicomico Evening High School from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 4-6 in the EHS Office of the Schumaker Complex, 916 S. Schumaker Drive (by Parkside High). Classes will begin Monday, Feb. 10. 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. Questions? Please contact Evening High at 410-677-4537 or your high school guidance counselor.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Birth to Five Playgroup: Main Library

Downtown Salisbury

The February Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be at the main library in Downtown Salisbury on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 10:30-11:30 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.

 

Feb. 7-9 and 13-16

James M. Bennett High Rock & Roll Revival Presents “Best Summer Ever!”

JMB Auditorium, Salisbury

Though it’s winter, we won’t have long to wait to enjoy the “Best Summer Ever.” The James M. Bennett High School Rock & Roll Revival will showcase the sounds of summer this February in seven “Best Summer Ever” shows at the JMB Auditorium, Feb. 7-9 and 13-16.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday night show and $20 for the weekend shows. Almost all shows sell out, so plan to secure your tickets early.

Rock & Roll Revival is a 22-year tradition at James M. Bennett High School. Students sing, dance, play in the band, and work in many areas behind the scenes to put on this highly successful show at the JMB Auditorium. Show directors are Dory and Bob Hayman. More than 130 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.


Tickets for the 2020 Rock & Roll Revival are available now at the Bank of Delmarva on Eastern Shore Drive in Salisbury, during bank hours. Tickets and merchandise are available online at any time at https://jmbrockrollrevival.ticketleap.com. Tickets and merchandise may also be purchased at the JMB Auditorium box office on weekends: 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Jan. 11, 18 and 25 (Saturdays), and 2-5 p.m. Jan. 12, 19 and 26 (Sundays). New this year: Rock & Roll Revival swag bags with exclusive beach towel, and interactive wristbands.

For ticket, merchandise or show information, please e-mail jmbrockandrollrevival@gmail.com, or call 443-735-0711. Check out show news on Facebook and Twitter at JMB Rock & Roll Revival, and on Instagram at jmbrocknroll.

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

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 next STEM Saturday will be held Feb. 8 at Salisbury University. “Colorful Chemistry: Dazzling Color-Related Activities” for elementary, “Stormwater Management: Impact of Stormwaters on Water Quality” for middle school. (Middle schoolers who have registered for the entire Coding Class series will be continuing with the next session of the series at Salisbury University.) All STEM Saturdays take place from 10 a.m.-noon.

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:

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.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 11 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. 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

 

Monday, Feb. 17

Presidents’ Day; Schools and Central Office Closed

 

Wednesday, Feb. 19

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. 19 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. March 18, April 15 and May 20. 410-677-4495

 

Wednesday, Feb. 19

11th annual Elementary Oratorical Competition

At Prince Street Elementary

The 11th annual Elementary Oratorical Competition for 5th-Grade students representing East Salisbury, Pinehurst and Prince Street will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Prince Street Elementary from 5:15-6:30 p.m. The students will compete in this opportunity to write and recite their own original speech. They will select from three topics and share their thoughts for 3-5 minutes. Various representatives of Wicomico Schools and the community will serve as judges as they listen and score students in various categories. Each of the nine student competitors will receive a medal and prize for their participation. The top three winners will each win a trophy and cash prizes. In addition, the 1st place winner and his or her family will also be treated to an awards banquet with the secondary Oratorical winners, hosted by The Optimist Club of Salisbury. A donation from The Optimist Club of Salisbury helps to make this event possible. Tana Ellis, a new Optimist Club member, continues to coordinate and organize this annual public speaking opportunity for elementary students.

 

Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Wicomico County Public Schools and Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett Auditorium

A Wicomico County Public Schools and Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night for outstanding students, staff, programs, schools and partners of Wicomico Schools will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium in Salisbury. Honorees received invitations to the awards night. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Friday, Feb. 28

Mid-Term Progress Reports Sent Home

 

Saturday, Feb. 29

Teacher Recruitment Fair

At James M. Bennett High

Attention businesses!! Want to advertise for free? Wicomico Schools will have a Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m.-noon in the James M. Bennett High cafeteria. Last year 100 potential teacher candidates attended this event. This is a great opportunity to talk to future school system employees and let them know about your business. There is no cost for vendor participation, just email padkins@wcboe.org for a form to register, or to ask questions.

 

Saturday, Feb. 29

Destination Imagination Eastern Region Tournament

Salisbury Middle School

A number of Wicomico County Public schools will participate in the Maryland Eastern Region Destination Imagination Tournament on Sat., Feb. 29 at Salisbury Middle School. The Eastern Region includes -- teams from throughout the Eastern Shore, including teams from Wicomico County Public Schools. Teams compete at the Region Tournament to earn the right to advance to the Maryland State Tournament at University of Maryland Baltimore County on March 28. Qualifying teams at the state level earn the right to advance to represent the state of Maryland at Global Finals in May.

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. DI school facilitators in each school coordinate the DI program at their school and helping to guide teams and their parent team managers. The DI Program has two team components. The Instant Challenge showcases the team members’ creativity and problem-solving skills 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.

 

Wednesday, March 4

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 to them in all Wicomico County high schools on Wednesday, March 4. 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.  All 11th grade students are automatically registered and will test during school hours March 4 at each of our high schools. Only students taking the SAT will report to school at the usual time of 7:45 a.m. on that day. High school students who are not taking the SAT will have late arrival on March 4. These students should report to school by 11:15 a.m. A second special bus run will deliver students to their school by 11:15 a.m.; please check with bus driver for estimated pickup time. Schedule starting at 11:15 a.m. will be periods 4-5-6-7. There will be no AM JROTC, AM CTE, AM VPA or ATEX.

 

Wednesday, March 4

Birth to Five Playgroup: Adult and Me Yoga

Olympia Fitness, Salisbury

The March Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be “Adult and Me Yoga” at Olympia Fitness in Salisbury on Wednesday, March 4. 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.

 

Saturday, March 7

8th 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 the87th annual Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bee Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne. (Makeup date is March 14, if needed.) Schools conducted classroom and school bees to name a champion and an alternate. 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.

 

Saturday, March 7

2020 Lower Shore Transition and Advocacy Conference

Fulton Owen Hall, Wor-Wic Community College

The 2020 Lower Shore Transition and Advocacy Conference is fast approaching. This free event for older high school students with disabilities and their families is designed to provide the knowledge and linkages to ensure a successful transition to work and independent living after high school. The combination of local employers, food, local and state agencies, door prizes, community service providers, transition students and housing specialists will guarantee a fun day of learning what is coming after high school and how to prepare for it.

Keynote speaker will be Carol Beatty, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities. In addition to breakout sessions on a variety of topics relevant to young adults, there will be panel discussions on housing and employment. This tri-county event (Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester) will be held from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 in the Fulton Owen Hall of Wor-Wic Community College. Continental breakfast and a box lunch will be provided for all who register online by March 1: https://charturcourse.eventbrite.com. Later online registrations and walk-in registrations the day of the event will be accepted but won’t be guaranteed lunch.

 

Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m.  

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

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

 

Saturday, March 14

STEM Saturday

Parkside High

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 March 14 at Parkside High, with “Pi Day” for elementary and “Cooking & Chemistry” for middle school. (Middle schoolers who have registered for the entire Coding Class series will be continuing with the next session of the series at Salisbury University.) All STEM Saturdays take place from 10 a.m.-noon.

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.

The final 2019-2020 STEM Saturday will be on April 4: “How Does Your Garden Grow?” for elementary and “Straw Bridge Challenge: Exploring Compression and Tension” for middle school. At Salisbury Middle School.

 

Monday, March 16

Professional Day; Schools closed for students, open for staff

 

Tuesday, March 17

College Fair & Summer Engagement Expo 

At James M. Bennett High School

Parents and students of all grade levels can plan to attend the College Fair & Summer Engagement Expo on Tuesday, March 17 for an evening of summer learning opportunities and college planning. Both events will take place at James M. Bennett High School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 17. The Summer Engagement Expo will be in the cafeteria, while the College Fair will be in the main hallway. For more information, please contact Beth Sheller, msheller@wcboe.org or 410-677-4453.

Summer Engagement Expo: This district-wide ‘walk-in/walk-around’ Summer Engagement Expo is designed to provide resources to families for continuing their children’s social and academic success during the summer; many summer programs and camps will be represented and will provide flyers.

College Fair: More than 30 colleges and universities will have representatives at our College Fair, so it’s the perfect place for students from middle and high school to explore college options. Find out about the college application process, identify colleges that you may be interested in applying to, learn what qualifications colleges expect their students to have in order to be admitted, and more. 

 

Wednesday, March 18

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, March 18 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. April 15 and May 20. 410-677-4495

 

Thursday, March 26

Wicomico Teacher of the Year Banquet

The Fountains in Salisbury

The 25 semifinalists in the running for the honor of 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be celebrated at the Wicomico Teacher of the Year Banquet on Thursday, March 26 at The Fountains in Salisbury. The new Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be announced that night. Close to 300 outstanding educators, including past teachers of the year and current nominees for Wicomico Teacher of the Year, will attend. After a gathering time at 6 p.m., the program and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include the announcement of the 2020 Friend of Education, winner of the McCain Foundation Rising Star Award for second-year teachers, performances by Wicomico students, the farewell address of 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Shane Morton of Delmar Elementary, and the announcement of the new Teacher of the Year by about 9 p.m.

 

Friday, March 27, in the morning

Celebration of new 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year

At the Teacher of the Year’s School, Location and Details TBD

 

Wednesday, April 1

Birth to Five Playgroup: Trooper 4 Helicopter

MSP Aviation Hangar, Salisbury-Wicomico County Regional Airport

The April Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be the Trooper 4 helicopter in the Maryland State Police Aviation Hangar at the Salisbury-Wicomico County Regional Airport on Wednesday, April 1. 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, April 2

End of 3rd Marking Term; Report Cards Distributed April 8

 

Friday, April 3

Professional Day

Schools Closed for Students, Open for Teachers

 

Saturday, April 4

STEM Saturday

Salisbury Middle

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Saturday classes have been offered throughout the 2019-2020 school year for students in grades 4/5 and 6/7/8. The final 2019-2020 STEM Saturday will be held April 4 at Salisbury Middle: “How Does Your Garden Grow?” for elementary and “Straw Bridge Challenge: Exploring Compression and Tension” for middle school. (Middle schoolers who have registered for the entire Coding Class series will be continuing with the next session of the series at Salisbury University.) All STEM Saturdays take place from 10 a.m.-noon.

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.

 

Wednesday, April 8

Report Cards Distributed for 3rd Marking Term

 

Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13

Spring Holiday Break: Schools and Central Office Closed

Schools will dismiss at the regular time on Thursday, April 9. Wicomico schools and Central Office will be closed Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 for the spring holiday break, and will reopen at the regular time on Tuesday, April 14.

 

Tuesday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The April meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 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, April 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, April 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. An Open Door Session is also scheduled for May 20. 410-677-4495

 

April 17-26

42nd annual Wicomico County Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Student Art Show

Wicomico Public Library, Downtown Salisbury

The 42nd annual Wicomico County Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Student Art Show, featuring more than 1,500 works from students in every Wicomico school, will be on display at the Wicomico Public Library in Downtown Salisbury April 17-26, during library hours. Art teachers have selected 20 to 50 pieces per school, including paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture, to represent the creative efforts of Wicomico students. The artwork will be installed throughout the library. Students whose artwork has been selected for the art show will attend an invitation only opening reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, along with their family members. The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours through April 17-26. For information about the Wicomico County Student Art Show, please call Dr. Jeffrey Baer, Supervisor of Fine Arts, 410-677-4573.

 

Friday, April 17

4th annual Wicomico Schools Wellness and Literacy 5K and Family Walk

Pemberton Historical Park

Employees, families and community members: Save the date for the 4th annual Wicomico Schools Wellness & Literacy 5K and Family Walk, to be held at Pemberton Historical Park on Friday, April 17. Details to come from the Wellness Committee of Wicomico County Public Schools.

 

Tuesday, April 28

Primary Election; Schools and Central Office Closed

 

Wednesday, May 6

Birth to Five Playgroup: Salisbury Zoo Scavenger Hunt

The May Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be “Scavenger Hunt” at the Salisbury Zoo on Wednesday, May 6 (start at swings). 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, May 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Wicomico County Public Schools and Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett Auditorium

A Wicomico County Public Schools and Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night for outstanding students, staff, programs, schools and partners of Wicomico Schools will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium in Salisbury. Honorees will receive invitations to the awards night. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Friday, May 8

Mid-Term Progress Reports Sent Home

 

Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m.  

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

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

 

Wednesday, May 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, May 20 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. 410-677-4495

 

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day Observed

Schools and Central Office Closed

 

Thursday, May 28

Spring Commencement for Evening High School, 7 p.m.

At Prince Street Elementary

 

Friday, May 29

Commencement for Parkside High, 7 p.m.

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

(Mandatory Parkside High practice at Civic Center 9 a.m. Thursday, May 28.)

 

Saturday, May 30

Commencement Ceremonies, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

10 a.m., Wicomico High

(Mandatory WiHi practice at Civic Center 12 p.m. Thursday, May 28.)

2:30 p.m., James M. Bennett High

(Mandatory JMB practice at Civic Center 9 a.m. Friday, May 29.)

7 p.m., Mardela High

(Mandatory MMHS practice at Civic Center 12 p.m. Friday, May 29.)

 

Wednesday, June 3

Birth to Five Playgroup: Salisbury Fire Department Tour

Station 16, Salisbury

The June Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be “Salisbury Fire Department Tour” at Station 16 in Salisbury on Wednesday, June 3. 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, June 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Wicomico County Public Schools and Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett Auditorium

The school year’s last Wicomico County Public Schools and Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night for outstanding students, staff, programs, schools and partners of Wicomico Schools will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium in Salisbury. Honorees will receive invitations to the awards night. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Saturday, June 6

Administration of SAT for students who registered

 

June 8, 9, 10

Early Dismissal Days

Wicomico Schools will dismiss two hours early on June 8, 9 and 10.

 

Tuesday, June 9 at 12:30 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The June meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 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, June 10

Last Day of School

Wednesday, June 10 will be the last day of the school year for students, instructional assistants and nurses.

 

Friday, June 12

Last Day for Teachers

 

Saturday, June 13

Administration of ACT for students who registered

 

Wednesday, June 17

Final Report Cards Mailed

 

Friday, June 19

Last Working Day for 10-Month (220-Day) Employees

 

Tuesday, July 14 at 6 p.m.  

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The July meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 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

 

Saturday, July 18

Administration of ACT for students who registered

 

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:

 

https://www.wcboe.org/domain/160

 

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

-Feb 7-9 and 13-16 James M. Bennett High Rock & Roll Revival

-Feb. 12 Wicomico County Destination Imagination Fundraiser at Chipotle South

-Feb. 29 Pittsville Band Boosters Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast

 

-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

 

-Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Bike and Walking Trail Cleanup

-MRC Spring Baseball for Western Wicomico

-Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism: WYBL Youth Drop-In Basketball (middle and high), Eastern Shore Elite Volleyball Academy Instructional Program

-Wor-Wic Community College: Adult Education Program, Take the Mystery Out of SAT Prep