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Posted on 10/26/2016

Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools


Friday, Oct. 28

Countywide casual day to support the WCEA College Scholarship Fund

All Wicomico schools and offices


Friday, Oct. 28

4th annual Classics for a Cause Concert

Asbury United Methodist Church, Salisbury

The 4th annual Classics for a Cause concert, featuring instrumentalists and vocalists from James M. Bennett, Wicomico and Parkside high schools, Bennett and Wicomico middle schools, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and Worcester Preparatory School, will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury. The concert features youth artists performing to support the arts for other youth, and will end with a dessert reception. This year’s performers are instrumentalists Christopher Sajadi, Christy Sun, Gia Bautista, Maya Natesan, Erin Welch, Hannah Hoang, Sara Sadjadi, Matt Disbrow, Ava Bautista, and Jon Adams, and vocalists Zoe Sheller, Rachel Bailey and Alison Sahler. Youth Executive Production Committee members are Nik Moondra, Maya Natesan, Luke Murphy, Matt Disbrow, Jon Adams, Zoe Sheller, Christy Sun, and Rachel Bailey. Tickets for this talent-packed night are $10 adults, $8 SWAC members/seniors/veterans, $5 students, and free for children under 5. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at, or call 410-543-2787. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council’s mission of supporting arts in the community."


Saturday, Oct. 29

“Walk to the Shipyard” for First Home Varsity Football Game

James M. Bennett High Athletic Complex

James M. Bennett High students, staff, families and alumni are invited to meet the varsity football team at the school at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 to “Walk to the Shipyard,” the Clippers’ new home athletic field. This is an opportunity to celebrate the first varsity football game to be held in the new Shipyard stadium. Come dressed in your finest JMB attire, meet at the tennis courts at 11 a.m., and walk to the Shipyard with the team. Stay and cheer them on in their game vs. the Stephen Decatur Seahawks. Admission to the game is $5.


Monday, Oct. 31

End of 1st marking period. Reports cards distributed Nov. 7.


Tuesday, Nov. 1

Professional Day

Schools closed for students


Wednesday, Nov. 2

Free Flu Shot Clinic for Wicomico Public Schools Students Ages 4-11

Delmar Elementary School

The Wicomico County Health Department and Wicomico County Public Schools are partnering to support healthy children by offering a series of free flu shot clinics for children ages 4-11 in Wicomico Schools. The first flu shot clinic will be at Delmar Elementary Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 2:45-6:30 p.m. Students ages 4-11 from any Wicomico school may receive the flu shot at this or any of the other clinic locations, regardless of which school the student attends. Other flu shot clinics will be held at:

Willards Elementary, Nov. 3, 2:45-6:30 p.m.

Wicomico County Health Department, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fruitland Primary, Nov. 9, 3:45-6:30 p.m.

Westside Primary, Nov. 10, 3:45-6:30 p.m.

Wicomico County Health Department on West Carroll Street, Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 3

Next Class of Parent University Series Offered by Wicomico County Public Schools

Wicomico Public Library, Downtown Location

This year Wicomico County Public Schools is offering a new family engagement option called Parent University. It will consist of monthly events (except for December and January) as well as the fall and spring family engagement conferences.  The next Parent University session is Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Wicomico Public Library Entrepreneur Room in Downtown Salisbury.  Aaron Deal, 2004 Maryland Teacher of the Year, will speak about making corrections (discipline) that connect students to success. Call 410-677-4529 or 410-677-4453 to register, or register by email: or Child care is provided during the event and the library’s Homework Help Center is open to support students. Additional information on the Parent University schedule is online:


Thursday, Nov. 3

Deadline to register for Dec. 3 SAT

Please visit guidance counselor for information


Friday, Nov. 4

Concerts for Children, Featuring the High School Orchestra Students of Wicomico County

Parkside High School Auditorium

The High School Orchestra Students of Wicomico County will present two free Concerts for Children on Friday, Nov. 4. The concerts will be at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 4, in the Parkside High School Auditorium. The concerts are free for children and school groups to attend, but reservations are required.

The program will include: The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edward Grieg, Sabre dance by Aram Khachturian, Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Mussorgsky, and music from The Little Mermaid by Alan Menken. Orchestra students from James M. Bennett High and Wicomico High will perform at 9:30 a.m., and Parkside orchestra students will perform at 1 p.m.

Children from public schools, private schools, daycare centers and the community are invited to attend. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Burton at


Friday, Nov. 4

Deadline to register for Dec. 10 administration of ACT

See guidance counselor for information


Friday, Nov. 4

Annual Harvest Fest

Mardela Middle and High

From 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, the Mardela Middle and High School Chapters of the National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society will sponsor the Annual Harvest Fest at Mardela Middle and High School. This event is for children fifth grade and younger (age 11 and under) with an accompanying adult. The public is invited to attend this fun and safe alternative to going out on Halloween night. A $5 donation per child is requested, and adults are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult to take part in the event. 410-677-5142


Saturday, Nov. 5

SAT Administration for students who registered by Oct. 7 deadline


Monday, Nov. 7

Report card distribution for 1st marking period


Tuesday, Nov. 8

General Election Day

Schools and Central Office closed


Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

Mardela Middle and High PTA Veterans Day Program

Mardela Middle and High

The Mardela Middle and High School PTA is honored to present its annual Veterans Day Program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in the school cafeteria. A wonderful speaker will share his experiences, and there will be band and choral presentations. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend to help honor veterans. 410-677-5142


Saturday, Nov. 12

Family Engagement Conference

Held at James M. Bennett High

The 5th Family Engagement Conference - "Making Stronger Connections:  Family, Schools & Community" – kicks off American Education Week in Wicomico County Public Schools. It will be held on Saturday Nov. 12 at James M. Bennett High School, 300 College Ave., Salisbury.

Sponsored by Wicomico County Public Schools, this year the conference is also supported by local businesses and community organizations such as Salisbury’s Promise. Dr. Donna Hanlin, Superintendent of Schools, will give the keynote.  Mr. Jake Day will lead a workshop “Meet the Mayor:  Q & A.” The conference is designed to promote family engagement and provide information for families to help their children be successful students and to help families create loving and stable homes. There are more than 20 workshops and free child and youth care is available for children, ages 3 - 12. The free conference includes breakfast and a chance to win door prizes from area businesses and organizations.

Workshops have been created for parents with children of various ages -- elementary, middle and high school students.  New this year are workshop titles - ‘I Want to Hire Your Child’ (tips for parents to prepare their youth as they interview for their first job); Stop! Think! (strategies to help students respond well to frustrating situations); and “ParentSpeak” (parents share ideas and tips for raising their children). Back by popular demand are workshops such as building comprehension skills in early learners, preparing for college, and bringing out the best in boys.

Parents who attended the 2015 Family Involvement Conference urge their peers not to miss this event.  One parent said, “I loved how presenters reminded us how important we as parents are to our children; they all brought energy and passionate.  I kept wanting more time in each session.”

Parents may register in one of three ways:

  • Go to Wicomico County Board of Education’s website, and click on the Family Engagement Conference button.Then Click on the link (to the left) that says:Register Online here.
  • Download the Registration Form (Microsoft Word document) at that same location, select workshops, and return the completed form to your child’s school.
  • Use the registration form that will be sent home to parents of elementary students in mid-October.Complete and return to the school.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Faye Wilson 410-677-4529,

Beth Sheller 410-677-5813,

Maria Curtis 410-677-5918,


Saturday, Nov. 12

STEM Saturday

Salisbury Middle School

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Saturday classes will be offered throughout the 2016-2017 school year for students in grades 4/5 and 6/7/8. The next STEM Saturday will be held Nov. 12, with students in grades 4-5 exploring “Science Behind Winning: Logic or Luck, Games & Probability” and middle schoolers working on “Amazing Paper Tricks: The Magic of Paper.” 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 2016-2017 flyer at For information contact Gretchen Boggs at 410-677-4504 or

STEM Saturdays will also be held:

Dec. 10: There will be no STEM Saturday on this date because it is the day of the First Lego League Junior Showcase for elementary and First Lego League Regional Tournament for middle school. Check with your teacher for more information on how to sign up.

Jan. 7: “Chromatography: What Makes Up a Mixture” for elementary, and “Roller Coaster Physics” for middle school. At Salisbury Middle School.

Feb. 11: “Ready, Set, Aim: Building a Catapult to Demonstrate a Lever” for elementary, “SumoBots: Design/Compete with a Sumo Wrestling LEGO Robot” for middle school. At Salisbury Middle School.

March 11: “Magnetism: Electricity’s Mysterious Cousin” for elementary, “Geocaching: Exploration Using a GPS” for middle school. At Salisbury University.

April 8: “The Sun, Moon & Stars: Our Night Sky and Celestial Bodies” for elementary, at Parkside High, and “Plant the Planet” for middle school. At Parkside High School.


Nov. 14-18

American Education Week

Wicomico County Public Schools

Wicomico Schools will welcome thousands of visitors Nov. 14-18 during American Education Week. Each school will share information on its visitation schedule. All students will bring home an American Education Week letter with Approved Visitor Form on Oct. 27. Parents and guardians should fill out the Approved Visitor Form with the names on anyone allowed to visit a student during American Education Week, then return the form to the school office by Nov. 9. We look forward to having our students welcome their visitors during American Education Week!


Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.

Monthly Meeting of Wicomico County Board of Education

Board of Education Auditorium

The November meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Board of Education Auditorium at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. (The Board usually meets the second Tuesday of each month, but this meeting was moved to the third Tuesday due to schools being closed and the General Election being held on the second Tuesday.) The agenda will be posted at; 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: The meeting will also be aired on PAC 14. 410-677-4561


Thursday, Nov. 17

5th Annual Pathways Night

Wor-Wic Community College

The 5th Annual Pathways Night will be held at Wor-Wic Community College on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6-8 p.m. in the Fulton-Owens Hall. Nearly 400 students and parents attended last year to meet with colleges and employers and to attend seminars on planning that next step after graduation, or even for the senior year of high school. There will be businesses and the One Stop van to even help parents get employment.

Juniors and seniors: Do you have a plan for success after high school?  Do you know the first steps down that path?  To ensure a great first step, come join us for the 5th Annual Pathway to Success Night at Wor-Wic Community College on Nov. 17. That night, various local employers, local employment agencies, local college institutions, local support agencies, and representatives from the branches of the military will be present to provide information to all parents and students to assist young people in making informed decisions about their lives after high school.  Seminars on Financial Aid,  Dual Enrollment, Naviance, and the MD Workforce Exchange will be available. Come and enjoy some light refreshments, door prizes, and a wealth of information all in one spot. 


Thursday, Nov. 17

Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night

James M. Bennett High Clipper Galley

The first Wicomico County Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Clipper Galley of James M. Bennett High School. The Board will recognize outstanding students, staff, schools, programs and community supporters.


Nov. 23-25

Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Schools and Central Office Closed; Schools and Offices Reopen Nov. 28



Opportunities to Support Our Students and Schools


Westside Schools’ PTA Discount Cards Available

Westside Primary School and Westside Intermediate School are currently selling discount cards for $10 each. Proceeds from the sale of the cards go directly to the schools to benefit students.  PTA funds for the two schools help lower costs of field trips for students, help pay for assemblies to broaden students’ life experiences and background knowledge, help cover subscriptions for magazines with current nonfiction text for students, and help fund field day as well as student incentives. The card often pays for itself the first time you use it in one of the restaurants. Please email at Westside Primary or at Westside Intermediate about getting a Westside card. (Staff members may arrange to have a card sent through the Pony Mail to them.) Westside Schools thank you, in advance, for your support.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Fundraiser in Honor of Student Natalie Insley

Red Roost

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Red Roost Crabhouse & Restaurant is hosting a fundraiser in honor of Natalie Insley. Natalie was a James M. Bennett High student who died in a car accident before the start of her senior year. There will be an art auction at 7 p.m. featuring artwork donated my Art 3/4 students, as well as prints of Natalie’s artwork. A portion of each table’s check and all proceeds from the artwork will benefit the Clippers Choose Love initiative and a scholarship in Natalie’s name. This is the restaurant’s last night of the season, and reservations are highly recommended. Please call (410) 546-5443.


Wednesday, Nov. 2

Dine to Support the Mardela High School Boys Soccer Team

Buffalo Wild Wings, Salisbury

Present a Buffalo Wild Wings flyer for the Mardela High School Boys Soccer Team fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 2 for 20% of your bill to support the team. See any team member to get a flyer or check with the school, 410-677-5142.


Thursday, Nov. 3

Quarter Auction to Benefit MMHS Class of 2022

Mardela Middle and High

A Quarter Auction to benefit the Mardela Middle and High School Class of 2022 will be held in the school cafeteria on Thursday, Nov. 3. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the auction will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will purchase a numbered paddle at the door for $10, and can increase their chances of winning by buying up to three additional paddles for $3 each. Contact Dana Baker at 410-967-0024 for tickets.


Saturday, Nov. 5

Bingomania to support Mardela Middle and High Bands

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

Bingomania, the Eastern Shore’s largest bingo cash prize event, returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Saturday, Nov. 5. Doors open at 5 p.m. for early bird games and regular games begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission to Bingomania includes all regular and special games, including the Jumbo Jackpot Game. Regular game payouts are $500 while special games will pay out $1000. The Jumbo Jackpot Game pays a maximum of $10,000 depending upon attendance. Increase your chances of winning and help a local food bank at the same time by bringing three non-perishable food items to the event. Those who do will receive three additional cards for the first early bird game.

Tickets are $45 per person in advance and $55 per person at the door, fees may apply to ticket prices. Tickets are on sale now at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, MD; M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.), online at and by phone at 410-548-4911. All proceeds benefit the Mardela Middle and High School Bands. For more information contact the Mardela Band-Aides at 410-677-5170. Other dates this year: Feb. 4, May 13. See more at:


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Quarter Auction Fundraiser for Wicomico Middle School Band

The Wicomico Middle School Band Boosters has planned a Quarter Auction for Saturday, November 12th with proceeds supporting the Wicomico Middle School band program. The 4th annual Quarter Auction will be held on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Salisbury. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $10 at the door. Extra paddles $4 each or 3 for $10.  Event activities include the Quarter Auction, homemade food, drinks, and fun. The event planned as a night for the entire family to enjoy. Please contact for flyer or information. Tickets available from any band member or contact the school at 410-677-5145.


News You Can Use


Mayor Day, Salisbury Police Wish Citizens a Happy Halloween, and Provide Tips to Ensure a Fun, SAFE Time for All

It’s that time of year again, and the City of Salisbury is gearing up for a memorable, safe Halloween for 2016.  Trick-or-treat times within City limits are 5-8 p.m.

Halloween is fun for ghosts, goblins, and people of all ages—but the most important thing on Halloween is the safety of your family.  Mayor Day and the Salisbury Police Department have a few tips to ensure this Halloween is a memorable and SAFE evening for everyone:

MOTORISTS: If you will be driving in or around Salisbury on the night of the 31st, please be alert and look out for the additional pedestrians which trick-or-treating brings to the streets.  Please drive safely near pedestrians and watch for people running from house-to-house in neighborhoods.  If you remember one thing, let it be this: SLOW DOWN.

PEDESTRIANS: If you or your little ghouls plan on trick-or-treating this year, please watch for cars, and make sure to cross streets at designated crosswalks when they are available.  Also, please make sure that your group is wearing bright or reflective clothing, and at least one grown up is carrying a flashlight or other light source.

When trick-or-treating, never enter a stranger’s house, and never accept a ride from anyone without your parents’ permission.  Only accept unopened store bought treats, and inspect all of your treats in a well-lit area at home before eating them.

If Halloween isn’t your speed, try one of these other safe, family-friendly options and enjoy the end of October with some sweet treats!



When: Friday, October 28th, 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Where: Parkway Church of God

600 Edison Rd. Salisbury, MD 21801

Admission: FREE

Information: 410-845-0416


Salisbury Jaycees’ Treat Street

When: Monday, October 31st, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Plaza, Salisbury

Admission: FREE

Trick-or-treating limited to children ages 11 and under, please.


General Election Ballot Question A: Local Referendum on the Wicomico County Board of Education – Election and Appointment of Members

Early voting for the Nov. 8 General Election is now underway. The ballot includes Question A: Local Referendum on the Wicomico County Board of Education – Election and Appointment of Members. Information on the ballot question and links to documents related to the referendum are posted online for the community to review at

The seven members of the Wicomico County Board of Education are currently appointed by the Governor of Maryland, with local input. The referendum on the November General Election ballot presents three options for choosing future Board members, as outlined in Senate Bill 145 (signed into law on April 26, 2016, by Gov. Larry Hogan,

Option 1 - Retain the current appointed Board system in which the Governor appoints the members of the Board.

Option 2 - Change to an elected Board, with five members elected by voters within the voters' council district and two at-large members elected by all voters of Wicomico County, effective with the November 2018 election.

Option 3 - Change to a combination of members who are elected and who are appointed, with five members elected by voters within the voters' council district, effective with the November 2018 election, and two members appointed by the Wicomico County Council from a list of nominees proposed by a school board nominating commission.

Early Voting for the 2016 General Election will take place Oct. 27-Nov. 3 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The General Election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. at polling places throughout Wicomico County. Additional information on the election is available online:

Family Portal Open for the 2016-2017 School Year

The Family Portal for parents/guardians and students in grades 3-12 opened Sept. 15 and will remain open until noon on the last day of school. Family Portal will provide information to parents and guardians and students on grades, assignments, attendance and other details.

To use the Family Portal, go to and click on the Family Portal box on the lefthand side. All passwords from the previous school year have been reset, for security purposes. Instructions are below for logging in for the 2016-2017 school year. Please check with your student’s school if you have any questions about using Family Portal or wish to discuss the information you find there about your student.

Family Portal for Parents/Guardians:

Login ID: student’s full last name (all lower case, special characters and spaces removed, not to exceed 14 characters) + first initial of student first name + the last 4 digits of the student’s Social Security Number.

Password: Student’s 5-digit lunch number (available from your student, or call the school). This is temporary; the parent will choose a new password the first time they log on. 

Example: Your student is John A. Smith-Jones with the social security number xxx-xx-1234. John’s lunch number is 98765. The login id will be smithjonesj1234 and the temporary password is 98765.

Family Portal for Students:

Login ID: student’s last name (all lower case, special characters and spaces removed, not to exceed 14 characters) + first initial of student first name + the last 5 digits of the student’s local ID number (printed on student schedules and report cards).

Password: Student’s 5-digit lunch number. This is temporary; the student will choose a new password the first time they log on. 

Example: Student John A. Smith-Jones with the local Student ID number 110098765 and lunch number 23456.  The login id will be smithjonesj98765 and the temporary password is 23456.


Maryland State Parks Will Honor Every Kid in a Park 4th-Grade Passes for the 2016-2017 School Year

Governor Larry Hogan has announced that all 72 Maryland State Parks will honor the federal Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can access State Parks, as well as Federal sites, for free. Passes for the 2016-2017 school year go live on Sept. 1. Visit  to obtain a pass and find federal parks to visit, for both families accompanying individual 4th graders as well as for field trip experiences for 4th grade classes. The pass grants entry for the student and three accompanying adults - or an entire car for drive-in parks - at more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and marine sanctuaries.  The website also offers educators and parents activities, trip planning books, safety and packing tips, and other helpful information. To find Maryland State Parks, go to: