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Wicomico County Consolidating Magnet Program at North Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- All students in the intermediate Magnet Program for high performing learners from Wicomico County Public Schools will be served at North Salisbury Elementary School starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

According to public school officials, Wicomico County’s Magnet Program is designed to meet the needs of elementary students in Grades 3 through 5 who are identified through specific criteria as high achievers. This group of students requires teaching strategies that focus more on the higher levels of cognitive learning processes in order to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and challenge them to perform at a level appropriate with their innate ability.

The consolidation of all Magnet classes at one school will allow for better delivery of instruction, improved collaboration among Magnet teachers, and more efficient and effective use of classroom space at both Pemberton Elementary and North Salisbury Elementary, said Dr. John Fredericksen, Superintendent of Schools.

Since its creation in the 1980s, the Magnet Program had served high performing learners at North Salisbury Elementary. In 2002, with the completion of a major renovation project at Pemberton Elementary, the Magnet Program was reorganized into two regional centers, at North Salisbury and at Pemberton Elementary.

This school year, the total Magnet Program enrollment was 230. There are 151 students at North Salisbury and 84 at Pemberton.

Officials said the overall enrollment in the Magnet Program has changed over the years, leading to fewer classes and smaller class sizes, particularly at Pemberton. They said that at the same time, the enrollment in Pemberton’s traditional school has grown dramatically.

“Pemberton is looking forward to having four additional classrooms to better balance class sizes for its growing prek-grade 5 population, and North Salisbury is excited to have a greater number of Magnet students and teachers,” said Dr. Margo Handy, assistant superintendent for instruction and student services. “It will be a stronger, unified program with more effective delivery of instruction and more consistency in sizing of classes.”

Parents and guardians of current Wicomico second-grade students will receive a letter regarding the student’s eligibility for the Magnet Program with the student’s final report card, on June 13.

North Salisbury Elementary will hold a Magnet Program parent meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, June 16.

Parents/guardians of current second-graders who may enroll in Magnet and parents/guardians of current Pemberton Magnet students in grades 3 and 4 are encouraged to visit North Salisbury for this meeting to meet teachers, see the layout of the building, and have their questions addressed.

For information please call (410) 677-5807.

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