Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students and school facilities. You can anonymously report information to Safe Schools Maryland via a mobile app available for download through the Apple App Store or Google Play, online at www.SafeSchoolsMD.org, or by calling 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233). Trained technicians will respond to reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Click on the title to access the link. Click on the link.
At its monthly meeting tonight October 16, 2018, the Board of Education approved a change in the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar. November 21 will now be a half day of school with early dismissal instead of a day with the school system being totally closed. Three inclement weather days were built into the calendar at its approval date of August 21. We have missed two days already because of inclement weather and high water on many of the roads. A statement on the original calendar indicates November 21, January 21, February 18, April 18 and May 27 are potential make-up days. If we miss more than three days that were built into the calendar, we have to show local effort by using one of the aforementioned days. We cannot get a waiver on other days if we have not shown local effort. Given the fact the school system has been closed an average annually of 6-7 days for the last number of years, the Board made this decision to be proactive.
Randi Merritt is a veteran teacher who presently teaches language arts, reading and social studies at Somerset Intermediate School. She is the October 2018 recipient of the statewide Digital Learning Showcase. She is being recognized for her willingness to support student learning through her work using Google Classrooms. Brian Cook, Ed.D. is the Professional Development Chair for the Maryland Society for Educational Technology. Regarding Mrs. Merritt he said, "Your willingness to support student learning through your work using Google Classrooms at Somerset Intermediate is second to none. Your drive to use digital resources has raised the level of each of your students. MSET is proud of your passion and drive to transform education through technology."
Each Month the Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University (MCCE@SU) picks one of the Best Practices from a Character Education award winning school to share with you. Greenwood Elementary School has been recognized as an outstanding school in Maryland for October 2018 in fostering and maintaining the Development of Character Education. Click on title for more information.
The Marching Jags are holding a Sub Sale! Community members’ orders may be picked up from the WHS Band Room on Thursday, November 1st between 6:30-9:00 PM. Somerset County Schools employees subs will be delivered in the morning on Friday, November 2nd. All subs are 13 inches and come with mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion (all in separate bags). Additional condiments will be available at pick-up. Checks need to be made out to Washington High School. We will not be taking orders after Monday, October 29th! Please make sure your orders are in on time!