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Monday, October 31, 2016

Latest News from Wicomico County Public Schools

Wicomico Public Schools
October 31, 2016
State Superintendent

Mardela Middle and High School welcomed State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen B. Salmon for the school's Maryland College Application Campaign events on Oct. 18. Mardela staff and students did a great job of sharing how the school supports students and families in preparing for the next step after high school graduation.

At Wicomico High School, interested seniors sat down for interviews with Salisbury University Admissions staff during on-site admissions day. That afternoon, school administrators, guidance staff and SU Admissions visited classrooms to give students the good news that they had been admitted on the spot. See it happen in this heartwarming video.

Congratulations once again to Wicomico Teacher of the Year Christy Briggs of Bennett Middle, shown here with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin at the Maryland Teacher of the Year Gala. As a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Briggs is hailed as one of the state's top educators.

Know a great Wicomico County teacher? Nominations for the next Wicomico Teacher of the Year will open Nov. 14, just in time for American Education Week!

Wicomico County Public Schools is currently seeking input on two draft calendars for the 2017-2018 school year. One draft calendar has a pre-Labor Day start and the other calendar has a post-Labor Day start. To view the draft calendars and a comparison of dates, please visit the Calendar Input page. Input will be collected through Nov. 4 by email to or voicemail message to 410-677-5251. The Board of Education is expected to begin the process of reviewing and adopting a 2017-2018 school calendar soon, so that the school system gives school families plenty of notice of the dates in next year's school calendar.

Family Engagement Conference
A host of great events are going on all the time in Wicomico County Public Schools, Read all about highlighted events for Wicomico students and families on our website. Some key dates coming up:

Oct. 31: End of 1st marking period
Nov. 1: Professional Day, schools closed for students
Nov. 3: Free Parent University class at Wicomico Public Library on handling discipline to support student success. Free child care and homework help available. 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 7: Report cards distributed
Nov. 8: General Election, schools and Central Office closed
Nov. 9: Approved Visitor Forms for American Education Week due back to schools.
Nov. 12: Family Engagement Conference
Nov. 14-18: American Education Week
Nov. 17: Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night, Clipper Galley of James M. Bennett High

Board of Education meets Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

Board of Education Building
The Wicomico County Board of Education will meet in the Board of Education Office at Mt. Hermon Road and Long Avenue, Salisbury for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Board of Education meetings are now livestreamed, and are also archived on BoardDocs alongside the agenda and aired on PAC 14.


Anonymous said...

If the governor has mandated classes start after labor day. Why are they drafting a calendar starting before labor day? Once again the local boe can't do what is right.

Anonymous said...

1:22 I agree somone needs to be put in their place here.

Anonymous said...

After hearing people fussing, the local districts can request a waiver from this mandate.