Final Meeting for Superintendent’s Advisory Council

On Wednesday, April 5, Dorchester County Public Schools (DCPS) Superintendent Dr. Henry Wagner invited all past and current members of his Superintendent’s Advisory Council for a final meeting and thank you luncheon. This Advisory Council was one of a variety of initiatives Dr. Wagner pledged upon becoming superintendent of DCPS in 2010 to promote the mission of the school system. The Advisory Council has been a diverse group of Dorchester business, community, government, and faith-based leaders who have provided vitally important counsel to Dr. Wagner on a wide range of issues. At the final gathering, Dr. Wagner extended his sincere gratitude for all of the contributions of this esteemed group. He credited them with many of the leadership insights and innovations that have helped to advance the school system in so many ways. Included in the positive outcomes that have been fostered by this group have been an exponential increase in volunteerism, a steady rise in scholarship dollars, a corresponding rise in graduation rates, and a virtual closing of the “graduation rate gap” between African American and white students.

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Congratulations to Sandy Hill Elementary

Congratulations to Sandy Hill Elementary School for being the first elementary school in Dorchester County to participate and publish in Maryland EXCELS! EXCELS is a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) that recognizes quality in early childhood and school-age programs in Maryland. Child care and school age programs are eligible to participate. Maryland EXCELS recognizes the accomplishments of Sandy Hill’s early childhood staff in providing high-quality early education for Pre-Kindergarten and kindergarten students. After intensive documentation of their instructional practices, Sandy Hill was able to publish their rating on September 28, 2016. Maryland EXCELS awards ratings through five progressive check levels that define a pathway to excellence. When a program joins Maryland EXCELS, the program has made a commitment to continuous quality improvement. Sandy Hill was able to publish with an initial Quality Rating Level 4. Congratulations are in order for the PreK and Kindergarten teams, as well as the entire Sandy Hill Elementary School community (Sandy Hill Judy Center, administrators, coaches, parents, etc.) for supporting these efforts. For more information on Maryland EXCELS, contact Donna Greenleaf, Coordinator of Early Childhood at greenleafd@dcpsmd.org or Marybeth Johnson, Quality Assurance Specialist for Maryland EXCELS at maryb.johnson@mayland.gov or visit the website at www.marylandexcels.org.

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Choptank Elementary School Recognized

Choptank Elementary School Recognized by the Kids Helping Kids Organization Emma Pinkett, Principal and Kawana Webb, School Social Worker for Choptank Elementary School, traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, to accept an award on behalf of the school’s stakeholders. Choptank Elementary School was being recognized by the Kids Helping Kids Organization for donating canned goods to the Organization to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Schools from every county within the state were represented. Choptank Elementary School was recognized for collecting the most amount of food, in pounds, for Dorchester County. The school Student Ambassadors collected total of 1,897 pounds of canned goods. To learn more about Dorchester County Public Schools please visit http://dcps.k12.md.us/.

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2016 Seniors Collect $5 Million in Scholarships

For the second year in a row, Dorchester County Public School graduating seniors have garnered more than $5 Million in scholarships! To date, the combined total is $5,134,812 with more expected to be added to the tally. Sixty-four percent of the 266-member cohort will be attending a two or four-year institution of higher learning in the fall, with another 4% having been accepted into technical or trade schools. Nine percent have committed to military service, with the balance of the group entering the workforce while they consider future educational plans. For more information on Dorchester County Public Schools please visit dcps.k12.md.us.  

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DCPS Science Fair

Dorchester County families and Dorchester County Public School (DCPS) staff came together to celebrate students in grades 6, 7, & 8 for their accomplishments at the DCPS Science Fair and STEM Festival.  For the first time, a STEM Festival component was incorporated into the festivities; the STEM Festival event served as a kickoff to the announcement of winners.  The STEM Festival activities were courtesy of our very own DCPS Project Lead The Way teacher, Mr. Ji Park, who teaches at North Dorchester Middle School; and Discovery Education representatives, Mr. David Robbins and Ms. Cynthia Marbley. This year, the criteria were much more STEM-focused – honing in on students’ ability to solve problems and work as a team.  Middle school students were allowed to work on their own or as a group.  Students were rewarded for their hard work, for each grade level was awarded a first place prize in the individual category, as well as a first place prize in the group category.  This year’s first place winners were awarded the ultimate STEM prize, a brand new tablet.  The project of the year recipient also received gift cards to purchase STEM apps and a case for her new tablet.  Science …

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Students Spend a Day in Annapolis

The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (LBCM) was pleased to welcome two Dorchester County students from Mace’s Lane Middle School, ZaMiera Page and Ta’Breon Sampson to Youth Day in Annapolis, held on Saturday, February 27th. The students were accompanied by Afterschool Program Coordinator, Ms. Terrell Sample and 5th grade teacher at Choptank Elementary, Ms. Jennifer Lake. The theme for the day was “Youth Matter: Embracing and Elevating our Future” The event, chaired by Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes serving District 37-A for Dorchester and Wicomico Counties, was an opportunity for students to learn about and share experiences and priorities with members of the LBCM. Students were able to interact with legislators while engaging “hands on” in a mock process of introducing bills in committee, voting on them, and preparing to pass them into laws. Students took a tour of the State House and office buildings and attended a panel comprised of distinguished leaders with varied careers from education, law, medicine, to entrepreneurship. The students were pleased to see a familiar face as Dr. Lorenzo Hughes served as one of the panelists for careers in education.

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