Somerset County School District

News and Announcements

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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Sherwin Williams in Crisfield Continues to Demonstrate Generosity to the School System

For several years, Sherwin Williams and its employees have donated hundreds of dollars worth of school supplies and materials each year to students and staff. In addition to the several student items, Sherwin Williams donated legal size paper, binders and bulletin boards to the staff this year. Materials will be distributed by the Student Services department within the next few work days. For years, Sherwin Williams Community Outreach Program has gone above and beyond.
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Health Fair to be Held at Washington Academy and High School on September 29.

On Friday September 29th SCPS will be hosting a Health and Wellness Fair for all staff at the WHS gym. Staff attending Techxpo and UDL PD have visiting times built into their PD schedules. Staff members that are not attending those PD activities are welcome to attend the fair any time between 10am and 2pm. Please note, parking is limited and you should carpool if possible. The most parking options will be available from 11-noon and you are encouraged to attend during this time if possible.
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Three Somerset Intermediate Educators Have a Productive Inservice at the Naval Academy-Emphasis on Science

STEM Educator Training (SET) Sail Workshops are offered on-site at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Training focuses on the use of project-based learning in topics such as engineering design, chemistry, physics, math, robotics, programming, biology, and SeaPerch. The one-day workshops are offered each year in September and February. Three Somerset Intermediate educators Pam South, Megan McGillen and Pat Benner participated in the fall opportunity on Saturday September 9. Mrs. Benner is presently on-loan to NASA at Wallops. Click on the title for more information.
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Supervisor of Instructional Technology Jill Holland has announced the Pending Fall Techxpo set for September 29.

For the first Tech Tip Tuesday you'll find the attached schedule for this year's Techxpo. For anyone who doesn't know, this is our conference style technology professional development that is presented by our very own talented SCPS teachers and staff. As your principal may have told you already, the Techxpo date, September 29th, is a busy day. Look for start, end, lunch, and UDL times from your principal who has the schedule. Click on the title for more information.
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