Cal­en­dar up on school web­site

Record Observer - - SCHOOL - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The fi­nal ap­proved school cal­en­dar for Queen Anne’s County pub­lic schools 2017-18 school year is avail­able on the QACPS web­site. Although stu­dents likely do not need the re­minder, school will not be­gin this fall un­til Sept. 4 for stu­dents in grades 1 through 6, all fresh­man and 5th graders at Sudlersville Mid­dle, Sept. 6 for grades 7-8 and 10-12 and at SMS 6-8, and Sept. 7 for pre-k and kinder­garten.

The cal­en­dar also high­lights the mark­ing pe­ri­ods end dates for all four semesters for mid­dle and high school and the end dates of each trimester for ele­men­tary.

In ad­di­tion, Sudlersville Ele­men­tary School zone will be able to of­fer three full day Pre-K classes for the 2017-2018 school year, as a re­sult of be­ing awarded a Pre-K Ex­pan­sion grant by the Mar yland State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. El­iz­a­beth Miller, Co­or­di­na­tor for the Judy Cen­ter Part­ner­ship of Queen Anne’s County said QACPS with the Judy Cen­ter ap­plied for the grant and were just in­formed last week they were the re­cip­i­ents.

The goal of MSDE is to help school dis­tricts move to a uni­ver­sal pre-k pro­gram, how­ever the grant was aimed at qual­i­fy­ing schools and SES was the only one in Queen Anne’s to meet the cri­te­ria of Level V Ti­tle I, ex­plained Miller. Un­der Ti­tle I, 65 per­cent of SES stu­dents qual­ify and re­ceive free or re­duced lunch, and a Level V pro­gram in­di­cates the cur­rent preschool pro­gram meets the high qual­ity stan­dards set forth by the state. The grant was very com­pet­i­tive, said Miller, but they are ex­cited to be able to of­fer 60 full day slots, com­pared to last years 40 half day.

The grant also al­lows for greater eco­nomic di­ver­sity in con­sid­er­ing which ap­pli­cants are se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram, while still con­sid­er­ing scholas­tic need, she said. Two new teach­ers and two class­room as­sis­tants will also be added un­der fund­ing from the grant.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

From left, Gavin, Ryan and Chase en­joy some play­time at the Judy Cen­ter, lo­cated in Sudlersville Ele­men­tary. Gavin will be ready to en­ter kinder­garten next year, says his care­giver, and the Judy Cen­ter has helped him pre­pare for that next step.

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