Wicomico schools fare well in new state ratings

Wicomico County schools received an excellent report card from the Maryland State Department of Education, with two-thirds of all schools earning four of a possible five stars. The grades were awarded under a new measurement system only revealed this fall. They affect all public schools in Maryland. Graded were all 10 elementary schools, and the […]

Wi-Middle teacher donates kidney to stranger

There aren’t many days Jeff Lynd and Kelly Sowatsky don’t talk, exchange a quick hello by telephone, check on each other. Their friendship began, then deepened, after Lynd, in a selfless act he downplays, donated a kidney to Sowatsky, a Columbia, Pa., resident who, sick and in need of the organ, held up a sign […]

Bennett sophomore wins $10,000 scholarship

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development has announced the 2018 Davidson Fellows. Among the honorees is 15-year-old Marvin Li of Salisbury. Li won a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for his project, “A Support Vector Machine for Satellite Remote Sending of Optically Complex Coastal Waters.” He is one of only 20 students across the country to […]

Photo Gallery: Kickoff event opens school year

Wicomico County teachers and staff members started the 2018-2019 school year with a kickoff event hosted by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin. More than 2,400 employees from throughout the school system crowded the Civic Center for a Staff Kickoff Rally and 150th birthday celebration for public education in the county.

One On One, Aug. 23, 2018: Superintendent Donna Hanlin

Dr. Donna Hanlin begins her third year as the leader of the county’s 14,600-student public schools system. In an interview for PAC 14, the Salisbury native and career educator outlines her goals and expectations for the school year that begins next week.

William Turner: Why pre-kindergarten matters

This past year, the Wicomico County Board of Education, requested resources to fully fund countywide pre-kindergarten classrooms from the County Executive and County Council. During the meetings that followed there was discussion of the importance of pre-k education and the effects it has on children’s preparedness to come to kindergarten “ready to learn.” The state […]

Wicomico school leaders prepare for school year

Leadership teams are in place in all Wicomico County Public Schools, which will open for most students on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Administrative teams for each school and program in Wicomico County Public Schools are listed below, with changes underlined. Students in grades 1-6 and grade 9 will attend school on Sept. 4. (Exceptions: All grades […]

Fresh Start designed to get school year off right

Backpacks, back-to-school supplies, haircuts – even hot dogs – will be given away at the first Fresh Start: A Wicomico County Community Back-to-School Event on Sunday, Aug. 26. Set for noon to 5 p.m. at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Fresh Start will also provide information about community services and prizes. Some 4,000 students […]

Wicomico DI teams do well in national competition

Destination Imagination teams from Wicomico High School, Parkside High School, Bennett Middle, Fruitland Intermediate and North Salisbury — along with 50 other Maryland teams — performed well as they competed with 1,400-plus teams and 8,000-plus students from around the world at the University of Tennessee. Wicomico teams presented some awesome technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisation […]

Photo Gallery: Mardela High School 2018 Commencement

The Mardela High Class of 2018 participated in commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 2, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The class includes 85 graduates, with 47 percent of them graduating with Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude distinction, the highest percentage in the county. Eighty percent of the class is […]