Calendar up on school website
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.
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.