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Welcome Central Elementary Students!
8/5/2015 - First Student Day - KINDERGARTEN
8/6/2015 - First Student Day - GRADES 1-5

Welcome Central Elementary School Students!

We look forward to seeing all of you at Central Elementary.

The first student day for kindergarten students will be on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

The first student day for students in grades 1-5 will be on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

Where the Stars Shine!!
Special School Board Meeting
There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in the Board room at the District Office. This meeting will begin promptly at 5:00 PM
Attention Parents of incoming SIMA and Beginning Band Students:
The Band directors are working on instrumentation and need some information from you! Please fill out the attached questionaire to help determine what instrument your child will be playing this year. Questionaires should be submitted no later than July 27. Results of the questionaire will be posted on the middle school website by August 3rd. In addition, a hard copy of these lists can also be found at the Seaford Middle School office at that time.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lisbeth Baker (LBaker@seaford.k12.de.us, 629-4586 ext. 3100) or Mrs. Stacey Hartman (Stacey.Hartman@seaford.k12.de.us, 629-4586 ext. 3102) before the July 27 deadline.

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Seaford School District Announces Hiring of Head Football Coach

Just weeks after announcing that longtime coach, Jerry Kobasa has taken the helm of Seaford Athletics, the district announced today the hiring of Dwayne H. Henry as the Head Football Coach for the Seaford Blue Jays.

Prior to becoming the head coach at Seaford, Dwayne served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Coppin State University. During his tenure at Coppin State University, Dwayne developed a comprehensive strategic academic success plan for student athletes and as a result the school was awarded NCAA grant money in excess of one million dollars to assist student athletes at the university.

Dwayne also served as the Athletic Director at Eagle’s Nest Christian Academy while serving as offensive coordinator for the Sussex Technical High School football team. He also previously coached football at Smyrna High School.

Dwayne has also coached at the NCAA Division 1 collegiate level for his alma mater, Delaware State University, as offensive backfield coach and offensive coordinator. During his coaching tenure at DSU, they won two MEAC Championships and in 1990 the team led the entire nation in rushing for NCAA Division IAA.

Dwayne played college football while at Delaware State University, where he was a four year starter as a halfback. During his senior campaign he guided the team to its first ever MEAC Championship and a #12 ranking in the entire country. Dwayne was a teammate of former San Francisco 49’ers All-Pro wide receiver John Taylor at DSU. Dwayne currently holds the Delaware State University football record for the longest touchdown run from scrimmage.

Dwayne has been a familiar face in Delaware football since high school having played at Smyrna High School earning first team All-State honors as a running back during his senior year.
Seaford School District Welcomes Jerry Kobasa as New Athletic Director

The Seaford Blue Jays are excited to announce that Jerry Kobasa will be donning the blue and gold as the newly hired Athletic Director for the Seaford School District. Most recently the boys’ basketball head coach at Wesley College, Coach Kobasa totally rebuilt the men's program at his alma mater to one of the best in the Nation. A long-time respected fixture in Delaware sports, Kobasa took a team that had just two winning seasons in 17 years before his arrival and took them to the NCAA Tournament four times in the last six seasons.

Joining the Blue Jays in Seaford is an exciting opportunity for Kobasa who says he is looking forward to assuming the athletic director position. “I am extremely pleased to be joining the Seaford School District staff as their Athletic Director. Seaford has such a rich history with their athletes and coaches. Our goal is to bring that level of pride back to the Seaford community. I believe the Seaford Administration is committed to making this happen and I am excited to be part of that effort.”

Kobasa's athletic resume is impressive. After a star-studded football and baseball career at Wesley, he served as offensive back and quarterback coach at both Wesley and Delaware State University before accepting basketball and football coaching positions at Smyrna High School. Coach Kobasa has been associated with prominent national coaches such as Bob Huggins (West Virginia), Mike Brey (Notre Dame) and Frank Martin (South Carolina).

In 1995, he became the head basketball coach at Sussex Tech. In 2004, Coach Kobasa was named the State Coach of the Year for the second time. He has earned Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year honors three times and has been selected as the coach of a team in the Blue-Gold High School All-Star Game three times. At Sussex Tech, he won four Henlopen Conference Northern Division crowns and four Henlopen Conference Championships. He guided the Ravens to the state tournament every year and earned two final four finishes. His teams ranked in the top 10 in the state final basketball rankings in eight of his ten seasons.

Now the winningest coach in Wesley Division III history, Kobasa's college teams have produced three All-Americans, three conference players of the year, three conference rookies of the year, six ECAC All-Star selections and 11 all-region honors. The Wolverines have had a first team all-conference player in all but one of his seasons.

Inducted into the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, Kobasa is also a former member of the Wesley Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition to chairing the Board of Directors of DIAA, he has been a member of the Board of the Blue/Gold All-Star Basketball game, is the former chair of the Henlopen Conference Boys Basketball Committee, and is a member of the State Girls' High School Basketball Tournament Committee. Kobasa was reappointed to the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association by the Governor of Delaware as a public member in June of 2007. He is a former long-time member of the Delaware Secondary Schools Athletic Association Board of Directors (the organization that preceded DIAA), the Milford Boys and Girls Club Board, and is a former President of the Henlopen Conference and the Henlopen Basketball Coaches Association. He is also a former President of the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association. In April he was inducted into the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame.
Site Based Collaborative Community Youth Education Awards

Over the last three-years Delaware Nature Society, National Wildlife Federation and Seaford School District have benefited from the first NOAA/B-wet grant to be awarded in Delaware. The Delaware Nature Society brought partners, faculty, students and the community together with a common goal: to connect to our local environment and the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

During the first year, over 2,000 students planted Schoolyard Rain Garden Habitats at Blades, Frederick Douglass, Central and West Seaford Elementary Schools. Testing the soil, identifying the water flow and comparing the plant roots of native species provided students with a living laboratory to study the ecosystem, as well as, construction design of a storm water run-off system. Each unique habitat is an outdoor resource, an opportunity for curriculum extensions and authentic learning in the school community.

The opportunity to reach students over the following two years provided stronger connection with teachers and their students. In 2012-2013 over 800 students in grades 2, and 7 have mapped their habitat, wielded butterfly nets, collected aquatic invertebrates, tested water quality and determined the health of their local habitat and watershed. Additional programs in 2013-2014 reached 1,400 students. "Exploring Ecosystems encouraged fifth grade students to compare the plant and animal diversity between the garden and plant ecosystems and "Schoolyard Birds" invited second graders to be citizen scientists.

This final year, our programs will connect first grade students to water through "Reptiles & Amphibians" and eight graders will "Canoe their Watershed". Over 1,700 students will have experienced connections to classroom study, the natural world and have been introduced to the value of stewardship and sustainable practices to protect water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Funding for this program was made possible through a collaborative grant with National Wildlife Federation, NOAA BWET.

The pictures were taken at Chapel Branch where seventh graders tested water quality and determined the health of their local habitat and watershed.
SHS Girls Consider STEM Futures

A group of Seaford High School girls recently had the unique opportunity to spend part of the day meeting with female scientists and technicians at the Perdue Innovation Center in Salisbury. The girls quickly realized that research and development is critical to ensuring high quality food that reflects consumers' needs and interests. Senior Food Technologist, Candice Schroepfer, had the girls consider how a new product evolves from idea to the market as they toured the facility and discovered the roles of the other scientists and specialists at the facility. Considerations involved the processes for cooking, safety, ensuring product consistency, feedback from consumer testing, production and cost considerations, packaging, nutrition & labeling, and marketing.

The students took the role of panelists in a sensory test of a new product just coming on the market. The groups ratings of the features and flavor were calculated by question providing insight into ensuring the product pleases the eyes, nose, and palate. All are hoping the new Mac & Cheese Chicken Breast Wedges come to their stores soon!

A highlight of their experience at the Perdue Innovation Center was interacting with staff in a simulation involving a "customer" request for an Italian style marinade for nuggets. Each team worked to develop a tasty marinade formula that reflected building background of "how a marinade works", the USDA labeling regulations for "Italian style", flavor profiles, ingredient percentages, and precise measurements. Creativity was discovered to be a key element of food science! Each team's unique marinade product was put to a taste-off.

This opportunity was made possible through a school-community grant developed through Girl Scouts to introduce high school girls to STEM fields. "Imagine Your STEM Future" helps girls learn about, and meet, female scientists. This visit to the Perdue Innovation Center is an outreach of this initiative. Why girls? Research shows careers in STEM fields are growing 5 times faster than any other. However, girls are half as likely as boys to be interested or confident in STEM fields-despite having similar abilities. Thanks to Perdue for sharing their researchers and development roles at their facility and helping to expand these students' career visions
Congratulations Soroptimist Winners!

Four SHS students were presented with awards from Soroptimist International of Seaford Delaware.

Shania Trammel: Youth Forum Winner and Scholarship Winner

Trung Tin Pham: Scholarship Winner

Susan Velasquez Perez: scholarship winner

Hannah Doyle: Violet Richardson Award Winner
Congratulations Central Student Winners!

Two third grade students from Seaford Central Elementary were winners in the statewide writing contest sponsored by the DSEA. The title of the contest was "Heroes Who Inspire." Both winners submitted power point presentations in the computer technology category. Winning first place was Delaney Larrimore and third place was Faith Smith.

Pictured left to right: Bob Digennaro (3rd grade teacher), Delaney Larrimore, Faith Smith, Evelyn Maddox (Library Specialist) and Anna Morgan (Computer Specialist)
SMS Spanish 2 Classes Share Projects with Spanish Immersion Students

The Seaford Middle School Spanish 2 classes recently completed a mini unit about children's stories. During this unit, students learned how to write in the past tense. As a culminating project, each student wrote and illustrated a short children's book in Spanish.

On the morning of Friday, May 15th, the Spanish 2 students traveled to Blades Elementary School to read their original Spanish children’s stories to a kindergarten buddy in the Spanish immersion program there. Afterwards, the middle school students enjoyed a presentation of Spanish songs from the kindergarten students.
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