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05/05/14 - National Teacher Appreciation Week

05/07/14 - National School Nurse Day

05/12/14 - Mid-Term Reports Issued

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Worcester County Public Schools does not discriminate in admissions, access, treatment, or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion or disability.

Stephen Decatur Middle School

Stephen Decatur Middle School (SDMS), a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a National School of Excellence, is located in Berlin, Maryland, just minutes from the beautiful beaches of Ocean City. We have approximately 620 students in grades 7 and 8. The seventh and eigthth grades have four teaching teams of approximately 80 students each. We are fortunate to be a Professional Development School through Salisbury University, training many highly qualified student interns as future teachers. Our school has been recognized on numerous occasions for various achievements: success with state testing, Principal of the Year by the Maryland Student Government Association, State Technology Education Teacher of the Year, and Maryland Teacher of the Year. We are fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Eight of our teachers are Nationally Board Certified. SDMS offers students a wide variety of activities that include band, chorus, SGA, Drama, Digital Media, STEM classes, National Junior Honor Society, Builders Club, and various after school academies.

School Profile

Mission Statement
The mission of Worcester County Northern Schools, a diverse and growing community, is to provide a rigorous, sequential, and balanced curriculum for all students to become responsible lifelong learners. This will be accomplished through instructional excellence in partnership with family and community in a safe, caring, and well-maintained environment. We will recognize the uniqueness of each student's role as a productive citizen in an ever-changing world.

School Highlights and Awards
In 2012-2013 SDMS received the MSDE Kids Helping Kids Award for donating over 1087 pounds of food (NJHS). In 2009, SDMS was recognized as a National School of Excellence. Last year, SDMS gave over $5,600 to numerous charities. SDMS is home to a Siemens Stem Institute Fellow, a WMDT "Teacher Who Makes a Difference", and the 2006-2007 Maryland Teacher of the Year.

After School Programs
After School Academy, National Junior Honor Society, Student Government, Builders Club, STEM classes, SADD

Parent Involvement Opportunities
Volunteering, Accreditation For Growth Planning Team, SIAC

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Principal
Ms. Lynne Barton
Assistant Principals
Mr. Mark Shipley and Extended School Administrator Mrs. Theresa Torpey
Guidance Counselors
Mrs. Clare Davy and Mrs. Cherie Townsend
Address
9815 Seahawk Rd.
Berlin, MD 21811
Phone
410-641-2846
Fax
410-641-3274

Website

 www.sdmsmiddle.com
Grades
Grade  7 and Grade 8
School Day
Begins at 7:30 AM; Ends at 2:45 PM
Enrollment
630 students
Staff
49 Teachers,10 Educational Assistants, 5 Food Services, 1 Nurse, 3 Secretaries, 1 Media Specialist, 6 Custodians, 1 Instructional Technology Coach
School Built
1997
Total Size
90,000 sq. ft.
Portable Classrooms
9
Site
35 acres
Teacher to Student Ratio
1:20

 

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