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Newark, MD, November 2, 2016– The Showell Elementary Replacement School project moves forward today following the Worcester County Commissioners’ approval of $1.6 million for school design plans on Tuesday.

“I am very pleased that the hard work and dedication of the County Commissioners, Board of Education (BOE) members and our staff have brought us to this point,” County Commissioner President Madison J. Bunting said,” where we have now approved the proposed Showell Elementary School (SES) Replacement project with a conceptual design that will meet the needs of the students at an affordable cost to Worcester County.”

The County Commissioners unanimously...

By: Odtis Collins, Coordinator of Food Services

Next week, Worcester County Public Schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week.  This year’s theme, “School Lunch: Show Your Spirit”, challenges students, staff and school officials to come together to show just how much school spirit they have for school lunch.  It’s also a perfect time to recognize the important role each food and nutrition staff member plays in creating healthy meals and nourishment for students, staff and our communities. 

Did you notice I said “food and nutrition staff member”, not cafeteria staff?  Since the inception of National School Lunch Week, which was...

Newark, MD, September 30, 2016– At a special Board meeting Friday, the Worcester County Board of Education appointed Mr. Louis H. Taylor as the next Superintendent of Schools for Worcester County.

“I want to begin by saying thank you to the Board of Education for entrusting me with the job of working side-by-side with the faculty and staff of this amazing school system as the Superintendent of Schools,” Taylor said at the meeting. “It is my responsibility to live up to the trust you have displayed in me as this compact is focused around our greatest asset – our children....

Seventh grade students at Pocomoke Middle school enjoyed an innovative lesson in argumentation during a visit by Dr. Jay Imbrenda from Salisbury University’s Education Specialties Department. Working in close collaboration with seventh-grade teacher Mrs. Hanna Poist, Poist and Imbrenda designed a lesson by adapting techniques from a research-based approach that Dr. Imbrenda originally used with high school students. Throughout the lesson, students built arguments around the question of whether they would rather have really comfortable shoes or a really comfortable mattress. They focused on generating strong support for their claims and articulating clear principles to guide their reasoning.

The lesson...

Newark, MD, September 28, 2016– Worcester County students once again far exceeded state averages on the latest PARCC results released yesterday. Worcester also leads the state in college and career readiness in five of the assessments administered last year in all counties.

In English/Language Arts (ELA), 58.2 percent of all students in grades 3-8 combined scored at a level four or five, a jump of 4 percentage point over last year’s scores, and nearly 20 percentage points above the state’s average in the same grade levels. At the high school level, 52.3% of Worcester County students demonstrated college and career...

Newark, MD, September 22, 2016– The Worcester County Board of Education has announced the names of the two finalists for the next Worcester County Superintendent of Schools. Each finalist will participate in a “Day in the District” experience next week. Members of focus groups that will participate in interviewing the finalists learned the names of the finalists after an orientation and preparation meeting on Wednesday, September 21.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D., West Virginia’s State Superintendent of Schools. Martirano has been an educator for more than 30 years with a wide range of educational and
  • ...

Pocomoke City, MD – Sept. 9, 2016 —The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Pocomoke Elementary School a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy.  This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

Mr. Michael Browne, Principal of Pocomoke Elementary School, shared: “With the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Pocomoke...

By Jerry Wilson, Superintendent of Schools

The opening days of school feature students arriving with backpacks stuffed with notebooks and unsharpened pencils, teachers in classrooms with freshly decorated bulletin boards, and students with new clothes meeting old friends. It’s a refreshing time of the year, filled with promise and excitement.  

In these early days of the new school year, some students begin heading toward academic trouble when they miss too many days of school. Across the country, as many as 7.5 million students, and last year in Worcester County 50 students, miss nearly a month of school every year—absences...

Newark, MD, August 16, 2016– The Worcester County Board of Education has approved the conceptual plan, education specifications and construction cost estimates for the Showell Elementary Replacement School at its meeting today.

With the Board’s approval, the Showell Elementary Replacement School will be included in the school system’s annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The conceptual plans will be presented to the Worcester County Commissioners in November with a request for funding to proceed with full design of the replacement school.

 “One of the major priorities from our school community is the construction of the Showell Elementary Replacement School,” Superintendent Dr....

Newark, Maryland, August 12, 2016 –Worcester County Public Schools is proud to announce that Snow Hill Middle School’s sixth grade will participate in a national, groundbreaking personalized learning program in partnership with Summit Public Schools.

During the 2016-2017 school year, the middle school will utilize Summit Basecamp, a free program that provides teachers and schools across the country with the resources to provide personalized learning to students.

Personalized learning helps students become self-directed learners, building the habits, mindsets and behaviors that lead to academic and personal success with direction and support from our teachers, who...