Somerset County School District

News and Announcements

American Education Week @ Washington Academy and High School- Extracurricular Day on Thursday, November 16 and Community Leader Day on Friday, November 17

Washington High principal Chantal Russum said, "Thursday, November 16 is Extracurricular Day and we will have displays set up in our lobby from 9 am on showing our visitors what we do outside of the classrooms."
She also said, "As you know this is American Education Week and it is a week to let others see how we shine at Washington Academy and High School. We are sponsoring Community Leader Day at our school. We would like to welcome you for a visit and for some lite refreshments from 9 to 10:45 am on Friday November 17."
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The Sixth Annual Tri-County College/Career Pathways to Success Night to be Held

The 6th Annual Tri-county College/Career Pathways to Success Night was held at Wor-Wic Community College during American Education Week, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15th. It took place in the Fulton-Owen Hall. This event for high school students from the Lower Shore, and their families, provided the opportunity to meet with local employers, colleges, armed forces, fire and police departments and non-profit agencies. Click on the title for more information.
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Crisfield Academy and High School to Hold Quarter Auction for Fundraising Purposes

Crisfield Academy and High School will be sponsoring a Quarter Auction on Thursday, November 30 at the Crisfield Elks #1044 beginning at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6 pm. There will be 70 games, Chinese auction, and 50/50 drawing. Admission is $5 which includes one paddle, and additional paddles will be on sale for $5 each. Proceeds benefit the Senior Class and United Way. Click on the title for more information.
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Somerset Intermediate School and Crisfield High School Students join Forces with the Membership of Elks Lodge #1044 and American Legion Post #16 to Honor Our Veterans

One hundred to two hundred veterans will be honored at a special breakfast today, Friday, November 10 starting at 9:00 AM at the Crisfield Elks Lodge # 1044. This is a joint effort on the part of the Elks Lodge and American Legion Post #16. Students from Somerset Intermediate School will share essays they have written with the men and women in attendance and the Crisfield High School Honor Band will play a series of patriotic songs. Somerset Intermediate students write their essays for the privilege of serving our veterans. Students from both schools will sit down and have breakfast with these brave men and women. SIS students greet the veterans as they come to the tables, talk with them, and when it is time to serve breakfast the students serve all who are there and then get their breakfast and return to their table of veterans. The student participation will take place within the context of the service clubs’ program of honoring our veterans. Students from both schools have participated for nearly a decade in this important activity. Click on the title to read more.
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Student Artwork to be displayed at Princess Anne Elementary School

On Friday, November 10 at 10am artists from Amused Studios are coming to Princess Anne Elementary School to hang a tile mural on the front of the school. Art teacher Sarah Perdue said, "Students participated in painting tiles with myself and artists from Amused Studios. The mural will read "PAES Makes Us Happy." I am super excited that student art will be featured on the outside of our building as a positive welcome to all students, families, and guests."
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J.M. Tawes Groundbreaking was Held on Tuesday, November 7.

Federal, state and local dignitaries were on hand with parents, students, school system staff, and community members to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new J. M. Tawes Career and Technology Center. Over 150 people were in attendance. Land is already being cleared for the project which is due to be completed by September 2019. Tawes Culinary Arts students, SkillUSA students, Criminal Justice students and Teacher Academy students were involved in welcoming our guests in a professional manner. Click on the title to see related photographs.
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STEAM Activity was held at UMES on November 8 from 5:00 PM- 7:30 PM. It was very successful.

The 3rd annual Maryland STEM Festival event at UMES was held on the evening of November 8. It was very successful with over 300 students and parents in attendance. Parents and students were encouraged to be involved in this interactive program. This year’s event is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, AGRICULTURE, and Math) Night was held in a NEW location on the UMES campus- The Engineering and Aviation Sciences Building! Click on the title to read more information and photographs.
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Read the Most Recent Student Services Newsletter

Much like all of our departments, Student Services performs multiple important functions. Read this attached newsletter to have a better understanding of this department and catch up on news in the important area of Student Services. Click on the title of this article and then click on the link to read the newsletter.
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Sarah Perdue was recognized at Maryland's Annual Teacher of the Year Gala.

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) held its 27th Annual Teacher of the Year Gala at Martin’s West in Baltimore on Friday October 27. The gala was held to honor the contributions of all 24 local Teachers of the Year. Among the 24 teachers was Somerset County’s Sarah Perdue who teaches art at Princess Anne Elementary School. Perdue earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and graphic design in 2004 at Salisbury University in Salisbury. She also holds a bachelor's degree in psychology. In 2007, she earned a Master of Arts degree in art education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne. She was accompanied to the event by family, friends, UMES officials, and Somerset County Public Schools educators, administrators and officials.
Joshua Carroll, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher at Anne Arundel County’s South River High School, was named the 2017-2018 Maryland Teacher of the Year.
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SCPS Media Specialists Meet Renown Author

Somerset County Media Specialists from Greenwood Elementary, Somerset Intermediate, and Woodson Elementary met renown author Kwame Alexander at the 2017 Maryland Association of School Librarians Conference. Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, New York Time Bestselling author of 21 books, and recipient of the 2015 Newberry Medal for his book The Crossover. Along with meeting authors of this caliber, the primary focus of the conference is to provide continuing education activities and professional development events for school librarians. ​(left to right Kwame Alexander, Pheadra Spencer, Melodi Power, Pamela South)
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