Somerset County School District

The Board of Education has voted to make changes in the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.  Scroll down to News and Announcements to read the results.

News and Announcements

Ewell Elementary School Student Writes A Timely Poem for Our Veterans

"Thank You"
Thank you my friend,
For my country you defend.
You must have been very brave
Because bad guys came at you like a tidal wave.
You are worth more than gold
For battlefields you patrolled.
You are the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Marines,
You have ridden in plane, boat and submarine.
You are a star,
And never forget where you live and who you are.
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December 2016 Teacher Who Makes A Difference Announced January 25, 2017

Princess Anne Elementary School reading teacher Kelly McLaughlin was asked to stop her class momentarily around 10:30 a.m. on January 25. Her class was joined by another section of students who have her as a teacher as well. The Principal and Vice Principal were on hand. A reporter from Channel 47 came in the door and announced that Ms. McLaughlin had been selected as WDMT TV 47's a Teacher Who Makes a Difference. Administrators, colleagues and students were thrilled with this selection. Principal Cortney Monar said, "This is positive news." Click on the title to access the link to WDMT TV's website showcasing Mrs. McLaughlin.
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Troy Brittingham, Jr. is a New Board of Education Member.

Troy Brittingham, Jr. is the newest Board of Education member of the Somerset County Board of Education representing District 4. He was sworn-in at the Board's monthly meeting on January 17, 2017 by Clerk of the Court Charles Horner. Mr. Brittingham is a 2006 graduate of Crisfield Academy and High School having obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Towson University. He presently is working at WBOC TV as an accountant and has served in a financial capacity as Secretary to the Bless Our Children Committee and Treasurer to the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. In addition, Mr. Brittingham has completed the coursework to become a Tax Associate with H&R Block. Click on the title for more information.
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Exciting News from the Students at Ewell School

Aiden Bradshaw, 2nd grade, won the Box Tops for Education Race for the first half of the year. He brought in over 100 Box Tops!

Faith Corbin, 4th grade, entered a poetry contest earlier in the year. Her poem "Much More Than Wind" has been registered by The America Library of Poetry and will be published in their poetry book "Imagine" that will be released this summer!
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Scripps National Spelling Bee-Begins in the Local Schools

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will sponsor a regional spelling bee on March 4, 2017 that will send a young person from the lower Eastern Shore to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington in May 2017. The inclement weather date will be Saturday, March 11, 2017. Somerset County Public Schools will have spelling bees in seven of its schools. Each school winner will participate in the Regional Spelling Bee at UMES. Click on the title for more information.

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Projected Academic Calendars

Parents and Staff,
Look at the three projected Academic Calendar Drafts 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 attached to this article. Click on the title for more information and to take the short survey.
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Washington High Students Experience Sophisticated Mobile Science Lab

Science students at Washington Academy and High School are in the process of continuing to learn about science and exploring STEM careers as they visit the large mobile lab parked on the south side of the building during the entire week of January 2-January 6. This MdBioLab is a custom-built mobile laboratory that has hosted more than 100,000 students and their teachers across every school district in Maryland, increasing awareness of science careers and attitudes toward science. Click on title for more information.
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SkillsUSA is An Important Organization at J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center

SkillsUSA is a professional organization that is designed to be run by students, for their own growth and benefit. SkillsUSA members develop into well-rounded people with technical, academic and employability skills that will help them get a job and have a successful career.
For the first time in many years J.M. Tawes has elected officers into a local chapter. This fall those members attended the Fall SkillsUSA leadership conference in Ocean City. There were over 400 students from around the state of Maryland participating in the conference. The Keynote Speaker was the Maryland Superintendent of Education Dr, Karen Salmon. Click the title for more information.
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