Highlighted Events for Wicomico Schools, This Weekend and Beyond
Check Out What's Happening in Wicomico Schools This Week, Next Week and In the New Year
Posted on 12/15/2017
Friday, Dec. 15

Nominations Due for 2018-2019 Wicomico Teacher of the Year

Now is the perfect time to nominate a deserving teacher for special recognition. Teacher of the Year nominations will be taken through Friday, Dec. 15.  Anyone in the community may seek recognition for a current tenured teacher in Wicomico Schools who has taught full time in Maryland for at least five complete years. What does it mean to a teacher to be recognized? Hear from a few of our former Teachers of the Year in this short video.

Nominations may be made online, quickly and easily, at https://tinyurl.com/toy2018-19. The form is accessible on mobile devices, too. Schools may make some paper nomination forms available during and after American Education Week. The forms are available at the Wicomico Public Schools main office at 2424 Northgate Drive in Salisbury, or to download from the Teacher of the Year page on the Wicomico Schools website. For more information, please contact Laura Bounds, 410-677-4398 or lbounds@wcboe.org.

Friday, Dec. 15

Entries Due for Eastern Shore Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest

Open to All Students Grades 2-12

Are you a student in grades 2-12 who has a great poem or short story? Be sure to ask your teacher for information on how to enter the Eastern Shore Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest. Entries are due by Friday, Dec. 15.


Friday, Dec. 15

Entry Deadline for Jan. 20 Wi-Hi Basketball Alumni Showcase

Wicomico High Gym

A Wi-Hi Basketball Alumni Showcase for former Wi-Hi basketball players will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20 in the school gym. The entry deadline for teams is Dec. 15. The entry fee is $150 per team, and each team can have up to 12 players. Alumni Showcase T-shirts will be provided for players. All participants must have played basketball at Wi-Hi for at least one season, must be 18 or older, and cannot be current high school students. Games will begin at noon. Fans are invited to come watch the games and see all the “old heads.” Admission will be $5 for ages 7 and up. Contact Doug King (dking@wcboe.org) for registration form and information.


Dec. 15-16

49th annual Parkside Holiday Wrestling Tournament

Parkside High School

The 49th annual Parkside Holiday Wrestling Tournament will be held Dec. 15-16 at Parkside High, with 14 teams from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Wrestlers from all four Wicomico County high schools will participate. This tournament is unofficially the oldest and longest running (in consecutive years) regular season wrestling tournament in the state of Maryland. Times are 3-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.  Tournament Director is Burt Cashman and Boutmaster is BIll Duck. Contact Burt Cashman for information at bcashman@wcboe.org.  


Saturday, Dec. 16

VEX Robotics Tournament hosted by Wicomico County Robotics Club

Parkside High School

The Wicomico County Robotics Club will host its first VEX Robotics Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Parkside High. The community is invited to attend to see two dozen robotics teams in action. This is a VEX "In the Zone" event for all teams in the Eastern Shore/Delaware area. Best time to see the teams in action will be during the qualification matches from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Finals will take place from 2-2:30 p.m., and awards will be at 2:45 p.m. Each team’s competition challenge lasts for three minutes. Competition will be in the cafeteria. Parking is in the bus parking lot, or the parking lot at the corner of Schumaker and Beaglin Park Drive.

In addition to the Wicomico County Robotics Club team based at Parkside High School (with students from other public, private and home schools in Wicomico County), the tournament will feature teams from Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt, Hereford High in Parkton, Digital Harbor High in Baltimore, Loyola Blakefield in Towson, South Hagerstown High, Chesapeake Math and IT Public Charter School in Laurel, Md., Team Titanium Wrecks from Snow Hill, Chesapeake Science Point from Hanover, Md., and Friendship PCS Collegiate from Washington, D.C. More information is available online: https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/RE-VRC-17-4288.html


Sunday, Dec. 17

Bookfair to Benefit the Middle School Thinking and Doing (TAD) Program

Barnes & Noble, Salisbury

Let your purchases help support the middle school Thinking and Doing (TAD) Program of Wicomico County Public Schools during a Bookfair at Barnes & Noble from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Online purchases at bn.com Dec. 17-21 can also support the middle school TAD Program; just enter the Bookfair ID number 12273538 at the bottom of the payment page at checkout. A portion of net sales from the bookfair will be contributed to the middle school TAD Program.


Tuesday, Dec. 19 and Tuesday, Jan. 2

No School for Parkside High School Students Due to Renovation

Parkside High School students will not report to school on Tuesday, Dec. 19 (the last day for Wicomico students before winter break) or Tuesday, Jan. 2 (the first day back from winter break) to allow time for classrooms to be moved from downstairs to the newly renovated space upstairs. On those two days, CTE students from other schools will still report to their CTE classes, however Parkside CTE students will not be in attendance for either Parkside or CTE classes those two days. Everyone’s patience is appreciated during the ongoing and much-needed renovation work at the school.


Tuesday, Dec. 19

City of Salisbury Afternoon Treat at a Bus Stop

Howard and Winder Streets, Salisbury

The City of Salisbury is partnering with the Salisbury City Police Department to host another pop up tent at a local school bus stop on Tuesday, Dec. 19 as students head home for the holiday break. Join Officer Bull, Amber Green, Youth Development Specialist with Salisbury Housing and Community Development, and friends from the Wicomico Partnerships for Families & Children as we pass out hot cocoa and candy canes. This welcoming committee will be at the bus stop on Howard and Winder Street in the Pinehurst Elementary area as approximately 30 students come off the bus at about 3:30 p.m. City staff and volunteers will be there around 2:30 pm to set up the tent and treats. Parents and youth in the area are invited to join in! 410-341-9550


Tuesday, Dec. 19

Fundraiser to Benefit James M. Bennett High Class of 2019 SGA

Chipotle, South Salisbury

Dine in or get carryout at the Chipotle at 1016A S. Salisbury Blvd. between 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, and half of your purchase will be donated to the James M. Bennett High Class of 2019 SGA. Just bring in a copy of the flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier as you’re checking out.


Thursday, Dec. 21

Fundraiser to Benefit Beaver Run Elementary

Sweet Frog

Make a purchase at Sweet Frog in Salisbury from noon-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 and 20% of your purchase could go to support Beaver Run Elementary School. Just bring in a copy of the flyer, or show it on your smartphone.


Dec. 20-Jan. 1

Winter Holidays

Wicomico County Public School System

Wicomico schools will dismiss at regular time on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Schools will be closed for the winter holidays from Wednesday, Dec. 20-Monday, Jan. 1, reopening on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

During the winter holiday break, the Central Office will be open Dec. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. Please contact school offices to check on their status for those days.


Wednesday, Jan. 3

Birth to Five Playgroup: Beachbounders Gymnastics Gym, Fruitland

The January Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be held at Beachbounders Gymastics Gym in Fruitland on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. Playgroups take place at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. The schedule of playgroups the rest of this year includes Crown Sports Center (Feb. 7), Trooper 4 helicopter at Salisbury airport (March 7), Ward Museum (April 4), Kindred Spirits Farm (May 2), Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department (June 6), and Salisbury Zoo (Aug. 1). 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, Jan. 4 and Friday, Jan. 5

Delayed Opening Days for High School Students Not Taking PARCC

All Four High Schools

Thursday, Jan. 4 and Friday, Jan. 5 will be delayed opening days for high school students who are not taking a PARCC exam on those days. (Schools are communicating with students who will take the PARCC exam.) On Jan. 4 and 5, the first bus run will be at the usual time, and will only be for students taking the PARCC test.  The second bus run is for all other high school students, and will be approximately three hours later than the normal time.  The second bus run should arrive to schools by 10:45 a.m. 

In case of a delayed opening on those days due to weather: If there were a 1-hour or 2-hour delay, there would only be one bus run and all students would arrive at the same time. The PARCC test would be administered in the afternoon to students needing to take it.


Saturday, Jan. 6

STEM Saturday

Salisbury Middle School

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Saturday classes will be offered throughout the 2017-2018 school year for students in grades 4/5 and 6/7/8. The next STEM Saturday will be held Jan. 6 at Salisbury Middle School, with students in grades 4-5 exploring “Density and Buoyancy: Penny Boat Challenge & Making Density Divers” and middle school students engaging in “Robotics Challenge: Escape the Maze!” All STEM Saturdays will take place from 10 a.m.-noon. Locations will vary.

STEM Saturdays are free for Wicomico County students in grades 4 through 8. Anyone interested in attending a STEM Saturday event must pre-register, and early registration is recommended as the courses fill up early. For a detailed schedule and registration form, see the STEM Saturday 2017-2018 flyer at https://www.wcboe.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_3063478/File/Departments/STEM/STEM%20Saturday%20flyer%202017-18%20FINAL.pdf. For information contact Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-4504 or gboggs@wcboe.org.

STEM Saturdays will also be held:

Feb. 10: “Fascinating Flying Animals: The Physics of Flight” for elementary and middle school. At the Ward Museum.

March 10: “Designing a Habitat: Homes for Our Animal Friends” for elementary, at the Salisbury Zoo; “Alice I: Programming and Creating Characters with Alice” for middle school, at Salisbury University.

April 7: “Good Vibrations: The Physics of Sound” for elementary and “Be a Weatherbug: Predicting Weather and Disasters” for middle school. At Salisbury Midde School.


Saturday, Jan. 6, Feb. 10, March 10, April 7

Chinese Language & Culture Series

Various Locations

Start the new year by learning something new in the school system’s Chinese Language & Culture Series, for students in grades 7-10 and their parents. Each summer Wicomico Schools hosts students from China to give them the opportunity to experience American culture. This series will provide the chance for American students to learn more about China. Learn elementary Chinese and various aspects of China’s rich history, traditions and culture. This series is free. Advance registration is required. Contact Gretchen Boggs at gboggs@wcboe.org or 410-677-4504. Plan to attend all four sessions, which will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on these Saturdays (various locations):

Jan. 6, Salisbury Middle School: Geography, Language & Culture

Feb. 10, Wicomico Public Libraries Downtown Branch Room 4: Customs, Celebrations & Holidays

March 10: Ethnic Groups & Zodiac Signs

April 7, Chuar Restaurant: Explore mealtime language and etiquette and sample true Chinese food


Jan. 8-18

Author Residency: Jennifer Keats Curtis

East Salisbury Elementary

Jennifer Keats Curtis, award-winning author and University of Maryland graduate, will be working with 3rd-grade students and teachers at East Salisbury Elementary School Jan. 8, 10, 16 and 18. She will be sharing her passion for research and writing as she spends a day in each of the 3rd-grade English Language Arts classrooms. Students will learn about research techniques, the writing process and how to share their own creative ideas. This learning opportunity will be provided with Title I funding. All 3rd-grade students will receive an autographed copy of Ms. Curtis’s book, Baby Owl’s Rescue.  Each English-Language classroom will get a variety of her books to supplement classroom libraries. Ms. Curtis will also share strategies and ideas to promote writing at home with families at a Parent Strategy Workshop on Jan. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. All East Salisbury students and families will be invited to meet Jennifer Keats Curtis and purchase one of her books. 410-677-5803


Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The January meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 in the Board of Education Auditorium at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. 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, Jan. 15

Schools and Central Office Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Jan. 17, 24, 31

American Sign Language Classes

Start the new year with free American Sign Language classes taught by Joann Willey, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing for Wicomico County Public Schools. Classes will take place from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17, 24 and 31 at the school system building at 101 Long Ave. in Salisbury. To reserve your spot, please call 410-677-5250 or email padkins@wcboe.org.


Saturday, Jan. 20

STEMtastic Saturday: FIRST LEGO League Tournament and More

Salisbury Middle School

This year’s FIRST LEGO League STEMtastic Saturday will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Salisbury Middle School (This was rescheduled from Sept. 9 due to snow.). The FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that day, for registered teams only. The Jr. FIRST LEGO League Showcase will be from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and is open to the public to see. From 9-10 a.m. that day, the Wicomico Public Libraries will offer WeDo Workshops: Introduction to Simple Robotics for ages 5-11. Please register by contacting Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-4504 or gboggs@wcboe.org. Concessions will be available for purchase.


Saturday, Jan. 20

Wi-Hi Basketball Alumni Showcase

Wicomico High Gym

A Wi-Hi Basketball Alumni Showcase for former Wi-Hi basketball players will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20 in the school gym. The entry deadline for teams was Dec. 15. All participants must have played basketball at Wi-Hi for at least one season, must be 18 or older, and cannot be current high school students. Games will begin at noon. Fans are invited to come watch the games and see all the “old heads.” Admission will be $5 for ages 7 and up. Contact Doug King (dking@wcboe.org) for information.


Friday, Jan. 26

End of 2nd Marking Term; Report Cards Distributed Feb. 2


Monday, Jan. 29

Professional Day; No School for Students


Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.

Winter Commencement for Evening High School

Prince Street Elementary


Friday, Feb. 2

Report cards distributed for 2nd Marking Term


Tuesday, Feb. 6

Board of Education Public Budget Hearing

Board Auditorium, 101 Long Ave., Salisbury


Feb. 9-11, 15-18

20th anniversary James M. Bennett High Rock & Roll Revival

James M. Bennett Auditorium

This year’s showcase of JMB rock talent will take place Feb. 9-11 and 15-18. This will be the 20th JMB Rock & Roll Revival, a tradition so strong that February has been named JMB Rock & Roll Revival Month by the City of Salisbury. This year’s theme is “My Generation: A Musical Journey Through Time.” Tickets will go on sale after New Year’s, and you’ll want to lock in your seats early for this music extravaganza.


Monday, Feb. 19

Presidents Day: Schools and Central Office Closed


Feb 24, March 10

GEAR UP Active Learning Workshops

Salisbury University

Students will work with SU professors to participate in inquiry and problem-based learning experiences that are creative, hands-on and relevant to real-life problems and solutions. These Active Learning workshops will help GEAR UP students achieve College and Career Readiness in Mathematics and English, as well as engage them in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning experiences. Each workshop will focus on different content. Transportation may be available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Workshops are open only to 10th graders at JMB, PHS and WHS. Contact Jackie Leggett for more information: jleggett@wcboe.org.


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

Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett Auditorium


Saturday, April 21

Prom for Mardela High, with Grand March at the school at 6 p.m. and prom at a location to be determined at 8 p.m. Details to come.


Saturday, April 28

Prom for Parkside High, 8-11 p.m. at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. After Prom at Crown Sports Center, midnight. Details to come.


Saturday, May 19

Prom for James M. Bennett High, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Grand March 6 p.m. and Prom 8-10 p.m. After Prom from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Crown Sports Center. Details to come.


Saturday, May 19

Prom for Wicomico High, Grand March in the Wicomico High Auditorium 6:30 p.m., dance 8-11 p.m., location to be determined. Details to come.


Thursday, May 31

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

Prince Street Elementary


Friday, June 1

Commencement for James M. Bennett High School, 7 p.m.

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center


Saturday, June 2

Commencement ceremonies, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

10 a.m., Mardela High

2:30 p.m., Parkside High

7 p.m., Wicomico High