News and Announcements

Board Approves Change in the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar

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.
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4th Annual Maryland STEM Festival to be held at UMES

The fourth annual Maryland STEM Festival will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 5:00 PM-7:30 PM at UMES at the Engineering & Aviation Science. Complex. Activities include Robotics, Flight Simulator, STEM Career Information, Virtual Reality Goggles, 3 D Printing, Electronics Demo. STEM/STEAM Activities and more! Our students and parents have actively participated in this event during the last four years.
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The 7th Annual Tri-County Pathways Night to Be Held at WOR WIC

The 7th Annual Tri-County Pathways Night will be held at WOR WIC Community College on November 14, 2018 from 5:30 -7:00. It will be held in the Fulton-Owen Hall. Participants will be able to meet with representatives from Local Colleges/Employers/Military/Police/Fire/Nasa Wallops Island and adult agencies for individuals with disabilities. We will also be holding several break out sessions covering a number of topics such as Financial Aid, Dual Enrollment/College Scholarships/Naviance and some breakout sessions to meet the needs of student’s with a disability. This has been well-attended throughout the years and has proven to be successful.
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Somerset Intermediate School teacher Randi Merritt's Work Recognized

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."
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Greenwood Elementary School Recognized for Best Practices.

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.
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WAHS Fundraiser

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!
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Community Baby Shower to Be Held

Princess Anne/Crisfield: The Somerset County Judy Center and its partners will be hosting a Community Baby Shower and luncheon on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Princess Anne Elementary School and on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Crisfield Public Library. Both of these events will take place at 10:30 am. The Community Baby Shower is open to all parents-to-be and parents of babies 6 months and younger. This event will feature presentations about car seat safety, the importance of reading to babies, safe sleeping, and other health related topics for new parents. The event will also include baby/pregnancy photographs, fun baby shower games, giveaways, door prizes and more. Babysitting will also be available. The Judy Center Partnership works with families to help ensure that all children enter school ready to learn! For more information or to register for this event, call the Somerset County Judy Center Partnership at 410-651-1275.
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Kara Curtis of Hertrich Honors Teacher of the Year Dr. Richard Warren Jr. Gives a powerful Speech

Good Afternoon everyone! I’ve been waiting for this day for a while. We’ve rescheduled a couple times for reasons out of everyone’s control, most recently for the hurricane, so just getting here is an accomplishment.
But seriously, I’m grateful and frankly just so excited to be here with you today to celebrate Dr. Warren’s amazing accomplishment of becoming Somerset Teacher of the Year and finalist for Maryland State Teacher of the year.
o I’d like to start by asking all of the students and staff in the room a question.
o How many of you can think of at least one thing you’ve learned from Dr. Warren?
o Now, how many of you think you are better, a better student, a better teacher or a better person, because you’ve had class with him or because he is your coworker?
o As I expected, that is the majority of the people in the room.
o (I would expect it even if you didn’t raise your hand, that it would be the majority of people in the room)
It takes a lot to be a great teacher. It takes a lot of time and a lot of commitment. So students, next time you think your homework is taking forever, just know that your teachers are probably spending twice that amount of time making sure everything is set up for your favorite science experiment, reviewing lesson plans, and making sure assignments are graded. Click on the title for more information.
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Dot Day at Deal Island Elementary School Helps Instill Confidence in a Budding Artist.

Deal Island Elementary School special subjects teacher Jennifer Jones said, "On September 19, we celebrated International Dot Day which is based on the book by Peter Reynolds "The Dot" which is about a little girl who does not think she can draw until an Art teacher convinces her that all you have to do is start with a dot. The little girl is celebrated for her small drawing and inspires her to draw more art and encourage others around her to do the same. Our school took that idea and incorporated dots into all of our lessons, our clothes and more. We embraced how using a small dot can inspire a bigger idea and to make a mark on the world. "
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Washington High Alumni & Friends -Quarter Auction-October 6

Proceeds will benefit the Washington High Alumni & Friends’ mission of “Building pride in our students, in our school, and in our community enabling graduates to become productive, responsible adults.” Immediate needs that will be addressed include the funding of teachers’ classroom essentials, teacher appreciation activities and the funding of student academic and athletic necessities, such as clothing and school supplies.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: 6:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
Location: Washington High School
Admission: $5.00 (includes first paddle)
Additional paddles - $5.00 each
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