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Pocomoke Middle School

Pocomoke Middle, a multiple award winning school, is located in the southernmost town on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Worcester County. The school is unique in that it provides an elementary program for students in grades four and five, and a middle level program for students in grades six, seven, and eight. The mission of the Pocomoke City Schools works hand-in-hand with Pocomoke Middle School's vision, which is rather pointedly stated as, "No Throw-away Kids!" The vision is fully realized through the dedication and commitment of the school community, who continue to regard the potential failure of any student as unacceptable. For the past eleven years, the staff has used the kid friendly theme, "Respect + Responsibility = Pocomoke Pride!" on a daily basis to reinforce the academic and behavioral expectations for students. Our school motto is "Perseverance, Motivation, Succeed." Pocomoke Middle School received full accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in Spring 2004, and again in 2010.

School Profile

Mission Statement

The Pocomoke City Public Schools, an enthusiastic rural learning partnership of parents, educators and community agencies, empowers all students to meet rigorous academic standards and to develop into responsible, involved, life-long learners who can excel in their endeavors, contribute positively to their society, and fulfill their personal dreams.

School Highlights and Awards

The 2010-11 school year began with Pocomoke Middle School being featured on NBC's Today Show as a rural school that exemplifies the challenges a typical rural middle school faces, along with the great innovative programs/approaches being implemented in order to overcome those challenges and achieve at higher rates! Mid-way through the year, PMS was selected to receive the 2011 John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts School of Excellence in Arts Education Award. June 2011 brought the announcement that PMS had been named an International Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education. In 2009, Pocomoke Middle School was selected to be highlighted on the National Department of Education Doing What Works website and to be a National Reference site for Scientific Learning Corporation. In 2008, PMS was named one of ten NASSP Breakthrough Schools in the country. In addition, the school has received recognition as a PBIS (Positive Intervention and Support) Exemplary School, Maryland Character Education School, National Schools of Character Semi-finalist, National High Flying School, and Governor's Green School. Other honors include National Character Education Partnership Promising Practices Citations, MASCD After-school Program of Excellence and Character Education Program of Excellence, Maryland Community Forest Council and the Maryland Forest Service Silver Award, and Governor's Family Fitness Gold Certificate of Achievement. PMS was also one of nine high achieving/high poverty middle schools to participate in a national study of effective schools.

Special Programs

Arts Immersion; Full Inclusion; Mentoring; Wellness Counseling; Brave Bucks; Grade Level Orientations/Transitions; Student Faculty Advisory Board; Environmental/Water Safety Program; Teacher Cadets; Quarterly Recognition; Honors Nights; Tech Fest; Science Fair; Geography Bee; Spelling Bee; Intervention Courses/Software, including SOAR, Fast ForWord, Success Maker, Study Island, and Bridges to Algebra; Accelerated Reader.

After School Programs

Pocomoke Pride Academies provide intervention, enrichment, recreation, and club opportunities, including but not exclusively, Math, Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA); Builder's Club; Engineering Club; Robotics; Yearbook; SADD; Just for Girls; Mentoring Young Men for Excellence; and Intergenerational Reading.

Parent Involvement Opportunities

Volunteer Program, Parent and Community Involvement Action Team, Scohol Improvement Advisory Council (SIAC), PTA, Pocomoke Pride Advisory Committee, Student of the Month Program, Grade Level Quarterly Recognition Assemblies, Moms/Dads/Grandparents to Lunch, Ice Cream Social, After-school Parent Activities, Parent Conferences in conjunction with Family Activities, Dads and Sons Night, Moms and Daughters Night.

 

Principal
Mr. Todd Hall
Assistant Principals
Mr. Bryan Perry and Extended School Administrator Mrs. Faye Williams
Guidance Counselors
Mrs. Stephanie Covington and Mr. Mike Stone
Address
800 Eighth St.

Pocomoke, MD 21851

Phone
410-632-5150
Fax
410-632-5159
Website
Grades
Grade 4 through Grade 8
School Day
Begins at 8:00 AM; Ends at 3:10 PM
Enrollment
464 students
Staff
56 Teachers, 9 Educational Assistants, 7 Food Services, 1 Nurse, 3 Secretaries, 1 Media Specialist, 1 Curriculum Planner, 2 Instructional Coaches, 1 Technology Coach, 5 Custodians
School Built
1970
Total Size
87,600
Site
21 acres
Teacher to Student Ratio
1:16 (Grades 4-5); 1:16 (Grades 6-8)