Summer Learning in Wicomico Schools
Learning is in High Gear This Summer in Wicomico Schools, for Students of All Ages
Posted on 07/10/2017
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You might think that with students and teachers off on break schools would be quiet this summer, but there are great learning activities going on all over Wicomico County Public Schools to provide enrichment and to help students be prepared as possible for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Here’s a roundup of all the summer learning activities happening in Wicomico Schools, starting with our youngest learners and working up to students in high school.


Summer Playgroups are being offered at Charles H. Chipman Elementary for children birth-5 in the Chipman/West Salisbury Elementary attendance areas. Playgroups started June 27 and will continue through Aug. 3 (see schedule below). Each topic is offered twice, with the content expanded for the second session. The playgroups meet 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information families may contact Allison Ford at 410-677-5814 or  

June 27: How Do Birds Make Our World a Better Place?

June 29: How Do Birds Make Our World a Better Place?

July 11: How Does Weather Affect Us?

July 13:  How Does Weather Affect Us?

July 18: How Do Seeds and Plants Help Us?

July 20: How Do Seeds and Plants Help Us?

July 25: Why Are Bugs Important to Our World?

July 27: Why Are Bugs Important to Our World?

Aug. 1: How Are Fish Alike and Different from Bugs?

Aug. 3: How Are Fish Alike and Different from Bugs?


Summer Prekindergarten Extended Program (PEP) takes place June 26-July 27 (Mondays-Thursdays) to support the ongoing learning of 2016-2017 Prekindergarten students who are now headed to Kindergarten. This program is taking place at Charles H. Chipman Elementary, Pemberton Elementary and Wicomico Early Learning Center for students who live in each school’s attendance area and who attended the school’s Prekindergarten program during the school year. Summer PEP is a five-week half-day program for students entering Kindergarten program in the fall  The program goal is to build positive self-concept by expanding confidence in academic and social skills.  The staff will utilize a developmentally appropriate approach in meeting the needs of each student. Small class sizes will be maintained.


Summer BLAST (Bringing Learning Around Summer Time) takes place at East Salisbury Elementary and Glen Avenue Elementary June 26-July 27 for rising 1st and 2nd grade students. The program provides hands-on, engaging project tracks in the areas of STEM, Art Integration, and organized recreation and teambuilding activities, continuing the learning many students are doing at the Summer Scientist Academy.


Summer Scientist Academy (SSA) is taking place at Fruitland Primary, Northwestern Elementary, North Salisbury Elementary and Willards Elementary June 26-July 27. In this newly formulated approach to elementary summer learning, students who will be in 2nd to 5th grades this fall are discovering solutions to “real life” engineering problems through the Museum of Science, Boston campus, hands-on Engineering is Elementary curriculum. Students will visit the refurbished planetarium at Parkside High School and strengthen their math skills using the computer based Redbird Mathematics program, developed by Stanford University. The SSA includes both students who need remediation and students attending high achiever programs. Prior to this year, elementary summer school was held at a single site in Salisbury and it drew about 165 students. This year’s camp, with a new curriculum, four locations, and after-camp options to extend the day, has drawn about 500 students. The SSA provides the option for extended care for families through its own programs and by partnering with CROWN Sports Center, the Wicomico County Recreation and Parks, and the YMCA.   


Summer LEAP (Learning Enrichment & Achievement Progress) provides hands-on, engaging project tracks in the areas of STEM, Art Integration, and organized recreation and teambuilding activities. The goal of program is prevent summer learning loss and provide additional summer learning opportunities for students in the afternoon, after the Summer Scientist Academy. Summer LEAP is offered at Fruitland Primary, North Salisbury, Northwestern and Willards elementary schools, which are the locations of the Summer Scientist Academy for students going into 2nd to 5th grades.


Camp ASPIRE took place June 26-July 7 to provide an enriching summer camp opportunity for students in grades 3-8 from Families in Transition. The students were engaged in project-based learning opportunities over two weeks in subjects such as English Language Arts, communications, and math. Students also enjoyed a field trip to the Beyond the Limits ropes course and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where they topped off the experience with a 4D IMAX Coastal Predators movie. The camp was held at Salisbury Middle School, and concluded with a rousing musical and showcase to celebrate students’ successes and experiences.


SL@M Summer Program (Summer Learning at Middle School) takes place June 26-July 27 at Salisbury Middle for students who will be in 6th Grade in the fall. SL@M provides hands-on enrichment and middle school transition activities to help bridge the adjustment to 6th grade. Students engage in project tracks in the morning such as nutrition/cooking, art, music, STEM, and physical education which incorporate middle school skills and then recreation, field trips and middle school transition activities such as goal setting, peer pressure, working with locks, and skills in the afternoon.


Middle School Enrichment STEM Camps will provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for some middle school students (grades 6-8 in the 2016-2017 school year) who meet the FARM qualifications and have a 2.5 or higher GPA. These STEM Camps will take place, at James M. Bennett High:

July 10 -14: Going Green - Designing a Green Community

July 17-20: Renewable Energy - Energy Resources & Our Carbon Footprint

July 24-27: Robotics - Using Robotics in Our Environment


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides summer learning opportunities for some secondary English Language Learner students served by the English as a Second Language Program. This summer program is designed for secondary ELL students, particularly at the middle school level. Classes will meet at James M. Bennett High in the morning from July 10-Aug. 3, Monday-Thursday.


Chinese Exchange Camp is being hosted by Wicomico County Public Schools July 7-18, with middle school students and teachers visiting from China. Local families are hosting 50 Chinese students while they are in Salisbury for instruction and enrichment. Some Wicomico English Language Learner high school students and host families are also participating. Classes will take place at James M. Bennett High July 10-14, and will include topics such as Orientation to Maryland, Money and Shopping Tips, police and fire departments, team building, craft projects, food production on the Eastern Shore, Delmarva wildlife, space exploration at the Parkside Planetarium and cookie baking at Parkside CTE Culinary Arts, and a closing dance party with American music. Enrichment destinations in the community include the ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury Zoo, Delmarva Discovery Center, and Assateague Island National Seashore for kayaking and seining. The exchange camp will also include meetings and discussions for WCPS administrators and teachers and university partners with Chinese teachers and administrators.


RISE UP is a transitional summer program to assist students who might have struggled in 8th Grade to be ready for the transition to 9th Grade and high school. This program is held at James M. Bennett High June 28-July 14.


GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is partnering with Wor-Wic Community College and Salisbury University to offer a series of college and career prep camps for GEAR UP students, who are now rising 10th graders at James M. Bennett, Parkside and Wicomico high schools.

June 26-29: Acoustic Engineering - “Sound” engineering principles applied to music at JMB

July 10-12: “Skills” camp: Surviving and making the most out of high school at JMB

July 24-27: Leadership Camp for selected students at JMB

July 31-Aug 4: Enchant II: Interdisciplinary enrichment camp at SU

Aug 7-10: PSAT Prep and other test taking strategies at Wor-Wic


RISE UP Summer Program is taking place at James M. Bennett High June 28-July 14 for rising 9th-Graders who will start high school in the fall. Students have the opportunity to perform 20 hours of service learning, and to participate in transition teambuilding and orientation activities.


Secondary Summer School takes place daily at James M. Bennett High for middle and high school students from throughout the county. Summer school began June 27 and will continue through Aug. 4. Secondary summer school programs include Remedial Credit Summer School for middle and high school, and original credit classes in Honors Chemistry, Honors Algebra II, and Honors Geometry. Students who enroll in an original credit summer course can make room in their schedule for special programs like JROTC, CTE and VPA, and expand the number of math, science and/or AP courses they can take.