Somerset County School District

Student Services Supervisor Tracey Cottman to the right receives School Champion Award.

Deal Island Elementary School is well maintained.  Comptroller Peter Franchot will recognize the school on Monday December 12.

The Somerset County delegation shown with TOY Kolby Noble at the Teacher of the Year Gala.

Waterman and Deal Island Elementary School custodian Roy Kelly was the 2015 Somerset County Public Schools Custodian of the Year!!!!

Parents, students, and staff enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at JMT.

Princess Anne Elementary Assistant Principal  George Klein having his beard shaved during United Way Assembly at the school.

This is the JMT Health Occupations I class, learning about infection control.

PAES participates in a mystery pie eating contest.  Principal Cortney Monar "chows down"  on what could have been key lime pie or banana pudding pie with crab meat.  All for United Way.

CAHS 8th Grade Math Students attend Math Day at Salisbury University!

At Deal Island Elementary School this auditorium/cafeteria/gymnasium is well maintained.

WES Assistant Principal Terra Taylor being taped to the wall.  Funds were raised for the 2016 United Way Campaign.

Halls at Deal Island Elementary School are good indicators as to why the school will be presented with the Silver Hammer Award for maintenance and custodial upkeep.

PAES Cortney Monar talks to her students about how well they did  in fund- raising activities for United Way. 

JMT Construction instructor Joe Webster and his students in front of the picnic tables they recently built.

CAHS teacher and coach Logan Webster met State Board member Barbara Shreeve on November 4.

Automotive students at JMT raise money for SkillsUSA  by washing several vehicles.

DARE Officer Scott Carew teaches GES students. Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a substance abuse prevention education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior.

Deputy Superintendent Tom Davis at the left with Ashley Walters and Melodi Power of GES and Shelton Handy and Matthew Brady of WAHS.  Each school won a grant from the Community Foundation on November 10.

A lot of "elbow grease"-  a lot of funds for SkillsUSA.

Leadership Team at Greenwood Elementary School!!!

Baseball players from UMES engage Greenwood Elementary students in reading.

Attached is a photo of HOPE Club members at WAHS choosing presents for the Angel Tree project through Social Services.

Cafeteria line at Deal Island Elementary School.

This vehicle is getting the "royal treatment" and the students are raising money for SkillsUSA.

Princess Anne Elementary School Assistant Principal George Klein shown before he had his beard shaved as part of a  2016 United Way Fundraising incentive.

Left to Right- CAHS Assistant Principal Jeff Hale, State Board Member Barbara Shreeve, 8th grade science teacher Richard Warren, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen B. Salmon, Principal Chantal Russum and Superintendent Dr. John Gaddis.

State Superintendent of Schools Dr.  Karen Salmon "talk shop" with Principal Chantal Russum and Assistant Principal Jeff Hale at CAHS.

CAHS 8th grade mathematics students in the foreground with their peers from around the Shore at Salisbury University's Math Day.

Dr. Gaddis. Ms. Russum and Dr. Salmon speak with CAHS  school nurse Lynne Brumley about recent SADD initiatives at the school. 

Students in the JMT Automotive class washed several vehicles today December 2 to raise money for the school's participation in SkillsUSA.

Top Award on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Supervisor of Student Services Tracey Cottman has won the School Champion Award.  This award was presented by the Eastern Shore Mental Health Coalition. 

Safe and clean schools are a good place to learn.

Mr. Richard Warren's 8th grade science class at Crisfield Academy and High School preparing for a laboratory class.

Fathers, sons and daughters gather at first Dads at Work evening event at Woodson Elementary on November 7.

Mr. Richard Warren's 8th grade science class at Crisfield Academy and High School.  Students developed molecular models out of varied materials.

PAEs Assistant Principal George Klein participated in a mystery pie eating contest at a United Way Assembly at the school.

Chari Jones has been named Coordinator of Student Services for Somerset County Public Schools. She served for a number of years as school counselor at Washington Academy and High School.

 GES students wear hats during Red Ribbon week to "put a lid on drugs and bullying!"

Thanksgiving dinner at JMT.

CAHS 8th grade mathematics students at SU Math Day.

 State Superintendent of Schools visited Crisfield Academy and High School on November 4.  She is shown at the left and is accompanied by school Principal Chantal Russum and Superintendent Dr. John Gaddis.

JMT Skills USA Chapter Officers and Faculty Advisors at Skills USA Maryland Leadership Conference in Ocean City November 3.

Practicing for a Holiday Concert at Deal Island Elementary School!!!

Greenwood Assistant Principal Dorothy Bell-Jackson with returning GES student early the first day of school.

This  Princess Anne Elementary School student had her art chosen to be hung at a student exhibition at The Walter's Art Museum in Baltimore.

PAES Principal Cortney Monar after being pelted with water balloons  filled with colored water and the clean shaven Assistant Principal George Klein.  The school raised and donated $13,635.46 for the 2016 United Way Campaign.

Washington Academy and High School students wear pink ribbons and raise memorial funds in honor of Angelina Pinkston from CAHS.

UMES Hawks baseball team has volunteered to come to Greenwood Elementary School and read to the students.  Pictured with the team are Principal Ashley Walters and Assistant Principal Dorothy Bell-Jackson.

Somerset Intermediate School National Junior Honor Society Officers present a check to members of the Somerset County Humane Society in the amount of $150.00.

PAES United Way Assembly on November 18.  Principal Cortney Monar has no less than 300 water balloons with colored water thrown at her during the incentive program.

Working to raise money for JMT SkillsUSA!!!

Congratulations Mr. Gray.  Mr. William Gray becomes Acting Principal of Washington Academy and High School on Monday November 28, 2016.

State Superintendent of Schools visited with  students at Crisfield Academy and High School. Dr. Gaddis and Director of Schools Tracie Bartemy are shown in the background.

Princess Anne Elementary faculty and students combined to raise and donate $13,635.46 for the 2016 United Way Campaign.

News & Announcements

Board of Education Meeting-Friday December 9

The Somerset County Board of Education will meet on Friday, December 9, 2016, at 10:00 AM in Conference Room A at the Central Office. The meeting will initially start as an Open Session but will immediately enter into an Executive/Closed Session to carry out a quasi-judicial function.

Projected Academic Calendars

On November 15, 2016, the Board received two 2017-2018 Draft Academic Calendars. The Board will study the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar with the start after Labor Day for potential action at its next Board of Education meeting on December 20. Click on the title for more information.

Chari Jones Named Coordinator of Student Services for Somerset County Public Schools

Former Washington Academy and High School school counselor Chari Jones has been named Coordinator of Student Services for Somerset County Public Schools. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology and a Master of Education degree in counselor education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Click on the title for more information.

Supervisor of Student Services Wins Top Award

Veteran social worker and Somerset County Public Schools Supervisor of Student Services Tracey Cottman is well-known and respected as a strong advocate for students. Ms. Cottman recently won the prestigious School Champion Award from the Eastern Shore Mental Health Coalition. This award is given to recognize an individual who is providing "steadfast leadership and commitment in creating a school climate where all students will succeed". There was one nominee from each of the 9 counties. Ms. Cottman was chosen for this award from individuals representing the nine Eastern Shore of Maryland counties. Click on the title for more information.

State Comptroller Peter Franchot to Present Silver Hammer Award to Deal Island Elementary School for Excellence in Building Maintenance

State Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit Deal Island Elementary School on Monday, December 12, 2016, at 1:00 PM to present the Silver Hammer Award. The Comptroller established a special recognition, the "Silver Hammer Award”, for schools that have demonstrated a commitment to fiscal responsibility through superior school maintenance. Click on the title for more information.

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 High School students and staff look at the attached Upward Bound Flyer,
For more information please contact
Mr.Dwayne Barnes
410-651-7772 or 410-651-6458

Mark your calendars: The Lower Shore Performing Arts Company will present A Christmas Carol at the Washington Academy & High School in Princess Anne on Dec 9,10, 11,16, 17, &  18.  This Christmas classic is Charles Dickens’ beloved tale of a bitter old miser who learns compassion when visited by ghosts on Christmas Eve. Performances are at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for seniors 65 and older, military, and children 12 and under. For more information, see

Upcoming Events

A Christmas Carol presented by the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company
Date: 12/11/2016, 2 PM 4 PM
Location: WAHS
Alt-MSA Science
Date: 12/12/2016
Location: Grades 3-10
Silver Hammer Award Ceremony
Date: 12/12/2016, 1 PM 3 PM
Parent Teacher Conferences
Date: 12/12/2016, 4 PM 6 PM
SADD Cookoff CAHS Cafeteria
Date: 12/12/2016, 6 PM 8 PM