Somerset County School District

Somerset County Schools will be closed Friday, Feb. 27th. Twelve month employees and ten month custodians should report on a 2 hour delay.

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School Breakfast Participation Impacts Student Performance

School Breakfast Participation Impacts Student Performance On Wednesday, March 25, Somerset County Public Schools will Hear the Maryland Crunch! Hear the Maryland Crunch! is a huge apple crunching event that is happening all across the state. Held on Maryland Day, Hear the Maryland Crunch celebrates the successful School Breakfast Programs across the state. Hear the Maryland Crunch! aims to reduce childhood hunger by making sure that all students have access to school breakfast. Research shows that children who eat a nutritious breakfast at school are less likely to experience food insecurity, are better able to learn, exhibit better behavior at school, consume a healthier overall diet,demonstrate improved academic performance, and are less likely to be late to or absent from school. By increasing access to the School Breakfast Programs, we can help our children to be healthier and to perform better in school. Unfortunately, thousands of students in Maryland don’t have access to the School Breakfast Program. However in Somerset County Schools, all students can receive a free breakfast and a free lunch. Nearly 80,000 more meals have been served at this date compared with last year. This is a direct result of the school system's participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) starting in August 2014. Maryland Hunger Solutions states, "Students who participate in school breakfast show improved attendance and behavior, as well as decreased tardiness, perform problem-solving tasks, have improved memories, have fewer visits to the school nurse, and perform better on standardized tests."
Midterm Progress Reports to be Distributed on March 6,2015

Midterm Progress Reports to be Distributed on March 6,2015 Due to the inclement weather which has resulted in the cancelation of school, Midterm Progress Reports will be distributed to the students on March 6, 2015, instead of February 27 as was previously scheduled.
Seven Teacher of the Year Candidates Named for 2015-Once Again the School System has a Strong Slate of Candidates

Seven Teacher of the Year Candidates Named for 2015-Once Again the School System has a Strong Slate of Candidates Somerset County Public Schools is in its 28th year of participation in the state Teacher of the Year (TOY) Contest. Each year schools are asked to choose their respective Teacher of the Year. Those individuals compete on a local level. An Elementary Teacher of the Year and a Secondary Teacher of the Year are chosen after the process. From those two, a county TOY is named to represent the school system on the state level. This year's nominees are, as usual, strong educators who make a significant difference in the lives of their students. They are Jeremy Holland, art teacher at Crisfield Academy and High School; Vestina Davis, social studies teacher at Washington Academy and High School; Jeff Hale, special education teacher at J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center; Susan Finlayson, Grade 2 teacher at Woodson Elementary School; Tania Cunningham-Smith, special education teacher at Somerset Intermediate School, Debbie Whitney, Kindergarten teacher at Princess Anne Elementary School; and Melodi Power, media specialist at Greenwood Elementary School. The Elementary, Secondary and overall Teachers of the Year will be announced at the school system's annual gala on March 20 at the Henson Center at UMES.
GES/PAE Capacity Issue Parents Meeting Held-Thursday, February 12-6:00 PM at GES

GES/PAE Capacity Issue Parents Meeting Held-Thursday, February 12-6:00 PM at GES Somerset County Public Schools officials held a public meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday February 12, 2015, in the cafeteria at Greenwood Elementary School. Parents from Greenwood and Princess Anne Elementary were encouraged to attend. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss capacity issues which include overcrowding conditions at PAE and the potential changes that may take place for the coming school year 2015-2016. Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Tom Davis had said, "I hope many parents will attend and no decision has been made on how the capacity issue will be addressed. We need parent knowledge and input." Seventy-five parents, students, staff and community members were at the meeting. President of the Princess Anne Town Commission Garland Hayward, local NAACP President the Rev. Charles Bagley and Board of Education Chairman Warner Sumpter were also in attendance. To date a joint staff meeting with the two schools and a follow up survey have been conducted. At the meeting on Thursday, information was shared. Input was sought. Subsequent to the meeting a parent survey will be placed online. A paper and pencil survey was made available to parents at the meeting who did not have online access. The paper survey can be obtained from the offices at GES and PAE. A joint staff meeting will be held on March 5, 2015 at GES to discuss survey results and a joint parent meeting will be held sometime between March 10 and March 12 to discuss parent surveys results. Mr. Davis indicated that the goal is to share recommendations with the Board at its monthly meeting on March 17 for study purposes and then to hear from the Board as to their decision at their meeting on April 21.
FY 2016 Budget Survey

FY 2016 Budget Survey SCPS is beginning its budget planning for FY 2016. Parents, students, community stakeholders and employees are asked to complete a brief ten question survey about aspects of the school system that drive budget decisions. Please complete the survey. Your input is important. Click on the title to find the link.
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