Latest Roundup of Highlighted Events for Wicomico Schools
School Events, Fundraisers and News for Wicomico County Public Schools
Posted on 01/24/2018

Jan. 24, 31

American Sign Language Classes

We have a full class of people eagerly starting 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 are taking place from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17, 24 and 31 at the school system building at 101 Long Ave. in Salisbury.

 

Jan. 26, 30, 31

High School Mid-Term Exam Schedule

Mid-term exams for high school students are scheduled as follows:

Friday, Jan. 26: Periods 6 and 7

Tuesday, Jan. 30: Periods 4 and 5

Wednesday, Jan. 31: Periods 1, 2 and 3

 

Friday, Jan. 26

Countywide Casual Day for Wicomico Mentoring Project

Wicomico County Public Schools

Employees of Wicomico County Public Schools are invited to participate in a countywide casual day to support the Wicomico Mentoring Project on Friday, Jan. 26. January is National Mentoring Month and the Wicomico Mentoring Project is celebrating the wonderful volunteer mentors that we have working with our children who are in need of the extra attention and guidance they provide. We are also delighted to welcome the Foster Grandparent Mentors Program to the mentoring project. Employee donations will help the Wicomico Mentoring Project provide much needed resources (i.e., school supplies and student incentives) for our volunteers to pass along to the students they mentor.

 

Monday, Jan. 29

Professional Day; No School for Students

 

Monday, Jan. 29

2018 State of the Wicomico County Public Schools Event

Parkside High School

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the first annual State of the Schools event at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29 at Parkside High School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin and her team will present a comprehensive program to educate and inform business leaders about the current reality in our school system, our vision for the future, and ways that the community can support the school system in achieving its vision. As part of this presentation, Dr. Hanlin and her team will share our Annual Report, Achieve! 2.0, and basic information about our budget needs. There will also be a question-and-answer session. Registration is required for this chamber event, which will include luncheon served by Culinary Arts students of the Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education.

 

Monday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

The Greene Turtle Fundraiser for Westside Schools PTA. Present flyer to support the Westside Schools PTA, and 20% of your check will go to this organization which supports two schools.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 5-9 p.m.

Chipotle South (1016A S. Salisbury Blvd.) Fundraiser for James M. Bennett High Class of 2020. Show flyer on paper or on phone, or just tell cashier you’re there to support the JMB Class of 2020. Chipotle will donate 50% of sales from this event.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 31

End of 2nd Marking Term; Report Cards Distributed Feb. 7. (Please note that these are new dates, due to the five days schools were closed by winter weather.)

 

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser for Parkside High Class of 2019, all day Wednesday, Jan. 31 for dine in and take out. Must present voucher at time of payment. Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 20% of sales from this event to Parkside High Class of 2019.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 4-8 p.m.

Chipotle South (1016A S. Salisbury Blvd.) Fundraiser for Destination Imagination teams in Wicomico County Public Schools. Show flyer on paper or on phone, or just tell cashier you’re there to support DI. Chipotle will donate 50% of sales from this event. The money raised will help with travel and competition costs for DI teams that qualify for Global Finals.

 

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

Winter Commencement for Evening High School

Prince Street Elementary

 

Thursday, Feb. 1, Texas Roadhouse fundraiser for James M. Bennett High Drama Club
Support the JMB Drama Club by presenting the fundraising flyer with your dine-in or carry-out meal at Texas Roadhouse anytime from 4-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Texas Roadhouse will donate 15% of total food and beverage purchases to the Drama Club. See any Drama Club member for a flyer, or email cgmurray@wcboe.org.

 

Monday, Feb. 5 at James M. Bennett High, Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Wicomico High

Auditions for the All-County High School Production of “Seussical the Musical”

Open to all High School Students in Wicomico County Public Schools

All-county musical auditions for “Seussical the Musical” will be held in the chorus room from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 at James M. Bennett High and Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Wicomico High. (There are no auditions at Parkside High due to renovations.) Students from any school may attend either audition. Wicomico’s all-county musical will be presented in the Wicomico High School Auditorium May 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. Please contact Director Ken Johnson (kejohnso@wcboe.org) for more information.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Board of Education Public Budget Hearing

Board Auditorium, 101 Long Ave., Salisbury

 

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Report cards distributed for 2nd Marking Term. (Please note that this is a new date, due to the five days schools were closed by winter weather.)

 

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Birth to Five Playgroup: Crown Sports Center, Fruitland

The February Birth to Five Playgroup event for Wicomico County children ages birth to 5 will be held at Crown Sports Center in Fruitland on Wednesday, Feb. 7 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 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.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Positive Parenting Strategies: A Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs

101 Long Ave., Salisbury

Parents can sign up to learn from the experts at this free session on Positive Parenting Strategies: A Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs, to be held Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the school system building at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. Parents of children with special needs may often find themselves asking questions like “How can I help my child be less frustrated?” or “Why can’t we get out of the door on time in the morning?” Dr. Holly Hatton, a Special Education Supervisor with 24 years in Special Education and a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, and Andrea Greiner, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who has worked in Wicomico Schools for the past seven years, will share their insight and expertise. Parents will leave this workshop with many practical, tried-and-true techniques that they can easily use at home to help alleviate family stress and support their student’s success. It will also be a great opportunity to share, laugh and brainstorm with other parents. Please RSVP by calling 410-677-4493, or call Holly Hatton at hhatton@wcboe.org.

 

Friday, Feb. 9

Deadline for Students to Register for March 10 SAT

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

 

Feb. 9-11 and 15-18
JMB’s 20th anniversary Rock & Roll Revival
James M. Bennett Auditorium, Salisbury

Tickets are available for James M. Bennett High School's annual showcase of Clipper talent, the 20th anniversary James M. Bennett High School Rock & Roll Revival. Shows will be Feb. 9-11 and 15-18. This year’s show theme is “My Generation,” with great songs from five decades of music.

Students sing, dance, play instruments, and work in many areas behind the scenes to put on this highly successful show at the James M. Bennett Auditorium. More than 120 students are involved in the show, close to 10% of the students of JMB. Many staff members also participate. Net proceeds benefit the JMB PTSA, which supports the entire school. Show directors are Dory and Bob Hayman.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, and then 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday night show and $20 for the weekend shows. Almost all shows sell out, so it’s best to secure your tickets early. Tickets are available at the Bank of Delmarva branch on Eastern Shore Drive, and online at https://jmbrockrollrevival.ticketleap.com. There is a small service fee for online ticket purchases. The 20th anniversary show shirts and 2018 DVDs may also be purchased at this link.

For ticket or show information, please e-mail jmbrockandrollrevival@gmail.com or call Margaret Engler at 410-726-3211. Check out show news on Facebook at JMB Rock & Roll Revival.

 

Saturday, Feb. 10

ACT Administration for students who registered online by Jan. 12 deadline

 

Saturday, Feb. 10

STEM Saturday

Ward Museum

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 Feb. 10 at the Ward Museum, with both elementary and middle school students exploring “Fascinating Flying Animals: The Physics of Flight.” 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:

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.

 

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. 20: Geography, Language & Culture

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

March 10, at Salisbury University: Ethnic Groups & Zodiac Signs

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

 

Saturday, Feb. 10

Parent/Child Valentine Dance

Nelson Memorial Church, Hebron

The Westside Schools PTA will host a Parent/Child Valentine Dance from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at Nelson Memorial Church in Hebron. This dance is open to all Wicomico elementary-age children. Tickets are $25 for a couple (parent/child), and $10 for each additional child and $15 for each additional adult. The dance will feature a live DJ, food (dinner, dessert and beverages), fun activities, and the chance to purchase Valentine keepsake photo packages. All tickets must be purchased by Feb. 1; tickets will not be sold at the door. Westside Primary and Intermediate students can turn in the registration form and payment at school. For children from other schools, please mail the registration form to Westside Schools PTA, 8000 Quantico Road, Hebron MD 21830. Tickets may also be purchased online with an additional fee on the $25 parent/child registration at http://westsideschoolspta-valentinedance2017.eventbrite.com. Need a flyer? Send us a message through the Westside Schools PTA Facebook page, or email us at westsideschoolsPTA@mail.com.

 

Thursday, Feb. 15

Dual Enrollment Info Night

Wor-Wic Community College

Don’t miss the chance to hear how starting college in high school through dual enrollment could help save thousands of dollars on college costs. Wor-Wic Community College will hold a Dual Enrollment Info Night for high school sophomores and juniors and their parents at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in Guerrieri Hall 101 at Wor-Wic. Reserve a seat for this popular event by contacting Richard Webster, Director of Admissions, at rwebster@worwic.edu or 410-334-2896. The event will include taking a campus tour, hearing from a past dual enrollment student and parent, learning how dually enrolled students can earn high school and college credit at the same time, and even starting the enrollment process for the fall semester. This will be an excellent chance to start thinking ahead to next year’s schedule, in advance of scheduling at the high schools.

 

Saturday, Feb. 17, from 8-10 a.m., Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to support Pittsville School Band Boosters
Eighth-grade band students will serve at the breakfast. Tickets available now through Feb. 7 at $8 per person, or $4 for children under 10. Tickets may be purchased from Pittsville Band students, or contact Jessica Smith at 410-677-5811 or jesmith@wcboe.org. Now accepting donated items for a silent auction that will take place during the breakfast; please contact Jessica Smith or Ken Dasher (kdasher@wcboe.org).

 

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

 

Wednesday, March 7

SAT Testing Day for All WCPS Students in Grade 11

All Wicomico County high schools

All juniors in Wicomico County Public Schools will take the SAT free of charge on Wednesday, March 7, as part of their preparation for readiness for college and career. Only students taking the SAT will report to school at the usual time that day. Other high school students will have a delayed reporting time that day, with a second bus run. Additional details will be provided closer to the testing date.

 

Friday, March 9

Deadline for Students to Register for April 14 ACT

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

 

Saturday, March 10

SAT Administration for students who registered online by Feb. 9 deadline

 

Thursday, March 29

Professional Day; No School for Students

 

Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2

Spring Holiday Break

Wicomico Schools and Central Office Closed

 

Friday, April 6

Deadline for Students to Register for May 5 SAT

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

 

Saturday, April 14

ACT Administration for students who registered online by March 9 deadline

 

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.

 

Wednesday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett Auditorium

 

Thursday, May 3

Deadline for Students to Register for June 2 SAT

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

 

Friday, May 4

Deadline for Students to Register for June 9 ACT

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

 

Saturday, May 5

SAT Administration for students who registered online by April 6 deadline

 

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.

 

Monday, May 28

Memorial Day Observed

Wicomico Schools and Central Office Closed

 

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

 

Saturday, June 2

SAT Administration for students who registered online by May 3 deadline

 

Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett Auditorium

 

Saturday, June 9

ACT Administration for students who registered online by May 4 deadline

 

June 13, 14, 15

Makeup Days for Wicomico Students and Schools

Wicomico County Public Schools will make up three of the five of the missed school days from the January winter storm by having school on the designated makeup days of June 13, 14 and 15. All three days will be two-hour early dismissal days, and Friday, June 15 will be the last day of the 2017-2018 school year. Please note that June 8, 11 and 12 are now full school days rather than early dismissal days. (Wicomico Schools is seeking a state waiver for the two snow days on which there was a state, county and City of Salisbury state of emergency; more information will be shared once the school system has received a response on the waiver request.)

 

Friday, June 15

Deadline for Students to Register for July 14 ACT

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

 

Saturday, July 14

ACT Administration for students who registered online by June 15 deadline