Setting the Stage for Success

Setting the Stage for Success
Posted on 09/17/2015

By Dr. Jerry Wilson, Superintendent of Schools

As we opened our doors to the over six thousand five hundred students across Worcester County last week, our school community was buzzing with excitement as we all look forward to another excellent year for all students.

Each year, our outstanding team of educators strives to provide your child with the highest quality educational experience, and 2015-2016 looks to be another exceptional year.

Following years of preparation, Worcester County Public Schools has fully transitioned to the Maryland College and Career Readiness (MDCCR) standards, and students have completed the new state assessments, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC). While PARCC results will not be available until later this year, we are confident that the results will provide a more accurate picture of where students stand on the path to College and Career Readiness and how we as educators can help each child succeed.

Part of preparing each student for success is personalizing learning. One way WCPS is accomplishing this goal is through the digital conversion. In 2015-2016, students at all age levels throughout the county will have more access to digital devices as part of their learning. The digital conversion launched the Teach. Learn. Connect. (TLC) platform this year for students and teachers to have individualized workspaces. Additionally, the Class of 2019 has become the first class to receive a 1:1 device – a laptop – for learning during a series of deployment events across the county, a trend we expect to continue until all high school students have devices.

As a result of new standards and the greater use of digital devices, students will have more opportunities for personalized learning. Integrating the use of programs, such as the guidance tool Naviance, will help engage our students as they continue to learn, grow and make connections to their goals for the future. 

In addition to continued updates to curriculum and instruction, WCPS in partnership with the County Commissioners is currently upgrading our infrastructure. Great progress is seen every day as construction at Snow Hill High School draws near completion, and new gymnasium floors at PMS, BIS, SHMS and the SDHS high school bleachers have been completed for student use this year.

As we move ahead in preparing all students for College and Career Readiness and innovating for excellence, we welcome your partnership to assure that all children are prepared, motivated and ready for success!