Somerset County Public Schools posts bus routes for 2015-16 school year

The Somerset County Board of Education has announced that all schools will

open for students on Monday August 24, 2015.

Adjustments may have to be made after the opening of school because of overloading, safety and efficiency. Pupils are urged to be at their bus stop EARLY on opening day, after which a definite schedule pattern will be established. The Board of Education has announced a walking distance of one mile for elementary pupils and one and one-half miles for senior high school pupils. Please note: Students in grades 1-5 residing in Crisfield Somers Cove Units # 201-280 will walk to and from school. All PK & K students will be provided transportation. All Intermediate School Students are eligible to be transported. The school day will begin at 7:25 a.m. for high school students; 7:30 a.m. for 6th & 7th Intermediate School while the elementary schools will begin classes at 8:40 a.m.

Pre-kindergarten children attending school in the morning will ride regular buses to school. The morning session will dismiss at 11:40 a.m. The afternoon Pre-kindergarten sessions will begin at 12:40 p.m. and students will return home on their regular afternoon buses.

Public schools art show opens, runs through May 15

WESTOVER — For several years, one of most anticipated events of the year in Somerset County Public Schools has been the school system’s Art Show which showcases student art from elementary school through and including high school.

Several hundred creations will be on display tonight (Monday, April 27) at the Board Conference Room at the J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center and will continue to be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday up to and including Friday, May 15.

UMES to host fifth graders for Career and Health Fair

WESTOVER — For the last several years all 5th grade students in Somerset County Public Schools have traveled to UMES for a special health and career day, and they will be back on the Princess Anne campus Friday, May 8.

The program will start at 9:05 AM in the Student Center. Supervisor of Elementary Student Services Renee McLaughlin will introduce individuals and provide the overview. The students will be welcomed by UMES President Dr. Julliette Bell, followed by remarks of encouragement from Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Gaddis.

Career planning software known as Naviance will be explained by WAHS school counselor Chari Jones.

Top teachers selected as Teacher of the Year nominees

WESTOVER — Somerset County Public Schools is in its 28th year of participation in the state Teacher of the Year (TOY) Contest. Each year schools are asked to choose their top teacher and those individuals compete on the county level. An Elementary Teacher of the Year and a Secondary Teacher of the Year are chosen after the process. From those two, a county TOY is named to represent the school system on the state level.
“This year’s nominees are, as usual, strong educators who make a significant difference in the lives of their students,” said school spokesman Leo Lawson.

Somerset Teacher of the Year honored in Annapolis with her counterparts from across the state

WESTOVER — Crisfield Academy and High School foreign languages teacher and state Teacher of the Year Finalist Anna Breland recently spent the day in Annapolis on January 22, 2015, being honored by state government officials. She and the other 23 local 2014 Teachers of the Year had a full itinerary.

During this annual Teacher of the Year Day the honored educations visited the floors of the Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates for special tributes and took part in an education briefing with State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery. Later each local Teacher of the Year met with their Senator and Delegate.

Ms. Breland said, “All Teachers of the Year were invited to have dinner on January 21 in Café Normandie. The next day, January 22, we had a short briefing in the morning and we were led to the State House where we were honored by the House of Delegates and the Senate. We were given a very warm welcome. Dr. Lowery called every TOY’s name in the House where we received a standing ovation.

WHS and CHS students heading to Costa Rica

WESTOVER — Twenty-one students — 11 from Washington High School and 10 from Crisfield High School — will be traveling to Costa Rica from Feb. 13 through Feb. 21 as an overseas extension of their Spanish language classes.
Foreign language teachers Anna Breland (CHS) and Andrea Jaggers (WHS) along with WHS art teacher Scott Smith will serve as chaperones. Breland and Jaggers, both Teachers of the Year at their respective schools and Breland a state finalist for the title, have been involved with excursions like this since 2011. In 2013 they took a group to Puerto Rico. This trip was approved by the school board in February 2014.
According to Mrs. Breland, students will explore San Jose (the capital of the country), will visit Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenal Region, Monteverde Carara, Central Pacific Coast and Sarchi, Additionally, students will plant a tree in the rainforest, be active participants of the folklore each evening, visit local schools, write reports, prepare video logs (diaries) in the target language, try unique foods and explore the country’s flora and fauna.