Upcoming Events and Activities in Wicomico Schools
Latest Roundup of Events and Activities for Wicomico Schools
Posted on 01/16/2018
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 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. 16 (rescheduled from Jan. 9 due to schools being closed that day) in the Board of Education Auditorium at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. The agenda is posted online: Go to www.wcboe.org; click on the BoardDocs box (left side of home page) to view and print. 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

 

Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 4-8 p.m.

Chipotle South (1016A S. Salisbury Blvd.) Fundraiser for Bennett Middle Literacy Initiatives. Show flyer on paper or on phone, or just tell cashier you’re there to support the Bennett Middle School Literacy Committee. Chipotle will donate 50% of sales from this event.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 17

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, Jan. 17 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury.  Open Door Sessions throughout the 2017-2018 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent to express concerns, offer comment, 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. Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16. 410-677-4495

 

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. There is currently a waiting list for this series of classes.

Through Jan. 22

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. 12, 16, 18 and 22. 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. 18 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


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

UMES Take a Kid to the Game Event

University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne invites all area children to attend the Jan. 20 home basketball games against North Carolina A&T State University for the annual Take a Kid to the Game event. Children 12 and under have the opportunity to experience the women’s and men’s college basketball games for free with purchase of an adult ticket. The women tip off at 2 p.m. followed by the men at approximately 4 p.m.

Tickets for this special game, are available now and can be purchased online at umestickets.com. One paid adult admission covers up to 10 free children’s tickets. Children who are over the age of 12 are also eligible to receive a complimentary admission but must fill out a separate registration form for the NCAA and are not eligible for the prizes. To register please visit www.easternshorehawks.com and click Fan Zone on the top of the page. For more information, contact G. Stan Bradley at 410-651-6499 or at gsbradley@umes.edu

This is the 21st year in a row that Maryland Eastern Shore has hosted The Take A Kid to the Game program, which aims to entertain while promoting an active lifestyle. Children who register will receive a voucher for free food & drink and be eligible to participate in games and contests. Children can also receive free balloons, stickers, make their own posters and pose for photos. Games, contests, play areas and more will also be available to the children, as well as inflatables thanks to Parties, Etc.

New this year will be a Teddy Bear Toss: Fans who would like to participate can bring new stuffed animals to donate as part of the event at halftime of the men’s game. Adults who bring a stuffed animal for donation will receive half-price admission to the games and will have a chance to throw their donations into bins placed at midcourt. If one of the stuffed animals lands in a bin, the fan who threw it will win a prize. If multiple people make a shot during a single halftime, a shootout will take place to determine the winner.  All donated stuffed animals will be donated to the Somerset County Judy Center.  The Somerset County Judy Center partners with school and community-based agencies, organizations, and local businesses to increase the number of children in Somerset County who enter school with the readiness skills needed to succeed.

 

Saturday, Jan. 20, 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 (rescheduled from Jan. 6 due to snow), 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

 

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.

 

Jan. 26, 30, 31

High School Mid-Term Exam Schedule

Mid-term exams for high school students are now 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

 

Monday, Jan. 29

Professional Day; No School for Students

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 now 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.

 

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.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 1:30 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 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the Board of Education Auditorium at 101 Long Ave., Salisbury. The agenda is posted online: Go to www.wcboe.org; click on the BoardDocs box (left side of home page) to view and print. 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. 19

Presidents Day: Schools and Central Office Closed

 

Wednesday, Feb. 21

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. 21 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury.  Open Door Sessions throughout the 2017-2018 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent to express concerns, offer comment, 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 21, April 18 and May 16. 410-677-4495

 

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

 

Wednesday, March 21

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 21 in the Wicomico County Public Schools building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury.  Open Door Sessions throughout the 2017-2018 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent to express concerns, offer comment, 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 18 and May 16. 410-677-4495

 

Thursday, March 29

Professional Day; schools closed for students

 

Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2

Wicomico Schools and Central Office closed for spring holiday break

 

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.

 

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

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

 

Saturday, June 9

ACT Administration for students who registered online by May 4 deadline

 

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