Graduation “Gap” Between African American and White Students Virtually Eliminated Overall Graduation Rate Rises Slightly On Tuesday, January 24, Maryland graduation rate data for the cohort of 2016 were presented to the Maryland State Board of Education. The overall graduation rate of the Dorchester County cohort of 2016 rose from 86.2 to 86.5%. Of even greater significance is the virtual elimination of the graduation “gap” between African American and White students. Specifically, this gap shrunk from 16.47% in 2011 to 0.44% in 2016! This progress towards gap elimination represents significant and encouraging progress with respect to the first and most…
DORCHESTER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS-MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT TASK FORCE PRESENTS:“PARENT SUMMIT”January 12th - Delmarva Community Services 2450 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge, MD 216136:00- 8:00 PM * Download the document below for more information.
Move! It's in our DNA: the human body is made to MOVE, not to sit still all day, every day. Our earliest ancestors were "hunter-gatherers," in motion daily, looking for food. The most successful of these early humans were those who excelled at this ability to move around - and they were the ones who survived to pass their DNA down the millennia to us. We, however, are NOT out every day hunting and gathering. To read more, download the document below.
The 2017-2018 School Calendar was approved at the December 15th Board of Education meeting. Please download the document below to view.
Dorchester County Public Schools- Minority Achievement Task Force Presents: “Parent Summit” January 10th - Hurlock United Methodist Church 112 N Main St, Hurlock, MD 21643 6:00- 8:00 PM January 12th - Delmarva Community Services 2450 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge, MD 21613 6:00- 8:00 PM For more information, download the flyer below.
Dear Dorchester Colleagues and Community Members, On December 15, 2016, I informed the Board of Education of Dorchester County in executive session of my decision to retire as Superintendent of Dorchester County Public Schools effective July 1, 2017. I make this decision because of compelling personal, family, and professional considerations – and with a variety of mixed emotions. Simply stated, it is time for me to embark upon the next enterprises of my life and career.
Dorchester County Public Schools is pleased to announce “Youth Mental Health First Aid” trainings as part of the Project AWARE grant. This training is an 8-hour public education program designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.). As noted on the Youth Mental Health First Aid website, the training “introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.” For more…
December's Wellness Newletter is reminding you of GERM WARFARE. The folks who work in your school restaurant wash their hands all the time! And YOU should wash your hands anytime you think they might be dirty. It's one of the easiest ways to fight germs and stay healthy! To learn more good ideas, download the document below.
2016 is the third year that Dorchester County Public Schools has held the Superintendent’s Holiday Card Contest. Students from across the school district in grades K-12 create and submit works of art with a holiday theme that are considered for the cover artwork for Dr. Wagner’s holiday card. This year’s winner from Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, sophomore Kimberly Larimer, submitted a Maryland-themed holiday blue crab holding lights on a trotline. This image is both representative of our county and our holiday traditions. All student winners will be publicly recognized with their artwork at the January 19th meeting of the Board…
With respect to student cell phone procedures, the Board reviewed the recommendation of the Policy Subcommittee and heard additional testimony from student leadership before approving the latest draft for first reading. The policy is available for review. Please download the policy below.