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Seaford School District Closed 2/26
The Seaford School District will be CLOSED today, Thursday, February 26th. Any after-school programs and evening activities including sports have also been cancelled for today. Please stay safe. Thank you.
Time is running out...nominate your candidate for Teacher of the Year before March 9th!

March 2nd - March 25th - Youth Art Show - Featuring the Seaford School District

Gallery 107 - Downtown Seaford
Teachers Learn Much From Student Projects

Good teachers rely on student feedback to improve their instruction. On Feb. 7, two Seaford High School students shared their insights on a class project with a cadre of first-year teachers in UD’s Alternative Routes to Certification (ARTC).
Sankofa African Dance Company Coming to Frederick Douglass - - FREE SHOW!

See the attached picture and flyer for details.
Come for Coffee at SMS!

See the flyer and photo for details.
Join SMS for a Fun Filled Math Night!

See the attached flyer and photo for details.
Seaford Middle School Students Make Junior County Band

Congratulations to these students and their directors!

Left to Right: Joanna McCoskey (Co-Director), Cline Broussard*, Sydney Reinhart, Jaina Hershey*, Andranae Butler*, Tatiana Santiago, Ged Pearson*, Kelsey Fowler*, and Stacey Hartman (Co-Director). Ged Pearson was also selected for All State Band.
* denotes former SIMA
Frederick Douglass Elementary Community Schools Upcoming Events

Feb.12th - Begins Free Zumba Class Thursday’s 5:30 -6:30 in gym.

Feb. 23rd, 24th-Basic Defensive Driving Class 6:00pm- 9:00pm in Library
Get 10% discount off your Liability Auto Insurance for 3 years.

Feb. 26th -Advanced Defensive Driving Class 6:00pm -9:00pm in Library
Get 15% discount off your Liability Auto Insurance for 3 years.
To take Advanced Class you must have already completed basic class

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR EACH OF THE ABOVE ACTIVITIES
COST FOR DEFENSIVE DRIVING CLASS IS $5.00
ALL MONEY TURNED INTO SCHOOL MAIN OFFICE
MUST REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 9, 2015
Seaford High School Holds “All Star” Pep Rally

Seaford High School hosted an "All Star" Pep Rally on Friday, January 30 to celebrate the end of the first semester and the accomplishments of both athletic and academic all-stars in the school. Twenty-nine students were honored during the pep rally. Principal Terry Carson presented each of the students with flowers and a balloon while the student body cheered for the success these individuals have brought to Seaford High School. Those receiving awards were as follows:

Amri Jones - Blue/Gold Football
Darius Deshields - Blue/Gold Cheerleading
Samantha Cotten- Broke SHS female 500 yard freestyle record with a time of 6:03:38 previous held by 2003 graduate Tara Potter. State Swimming Qualifier
Antonoio Ambrosino - 1st Team All Conference Soccer
Pierre Madeus & Chris Hernandez - 2nd Team All Conference Soccer
Peterson Janvier - All Conference Honorable Mention - Soccer
Hannah Henderson - All County Band
Michaela Brodie Willey, Jacob Lee, Zachary Marine - 75h Anniversary of Nylon Essay Contest Winners
Dwayne McConnell, Jonathan Jackson, Cassidy Davis-Palmer, Meagan Yazzie - 75th Anniversary of Nylon Art Winners
Sierra Snigier - HOBY Ambassador for 2014 - 2015
Richard Lamontagne - State of Delaware Veterans of Foreign Wars Cadet of the Year
Nash Richardson - United States Naval Academy Appointment, National Winner of the Collegiate Zippy Open Rifle Competition, Voice of Democracy Essay Winner
MeKenna Richardson - Veterans of Foreign Wars Democracy Essay Winner, National Winner of the Collegiate Zippy Open Rifle Competition
Tin Pham - Horatio Algier National Scholarship Winner, Regional Finalist Elks Scholarship Award
Rebecca Zachry - Voice of Democracy Speech and Essay Contest Winner
Shania Trammell - Voice of Democracy Speech and Essay Contest Winner
Brianne Gray - Seaford High School Poetry Out Loud Representative
Abby Phillips - Seaford High School Poetry Out Loud 1st Alternative
Courtney Eskridge, Sarah Ruark, Stacey Ackerman, Zion Williams - Sussex Federal Credit Union Economic Project Winners
Tuyet-Kha Nguyen - Regional Finalist in the Elks Scholarship Award
SMS Drama Club Presents: Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka, Jr.”

Seaford Middle School proud to announce that our annual musical will be the beloved tale of a factory filled with fanciful characters, wide-eyed children, and chocolate! Performances will be March 26 and 27 at 7:00 PM, and March 28 at 2:00 PM. Tickets will be $7.00 at the door with children under 3 entering for free. Advance tickets can be purchased at the discounted price of $5.00 each by completing the attached form and sending it to our middle school. Community members wishing to make a donation is support of our production may contact Mrs. Stacey Hartman at Seaford Middle School.
“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination; Living there you’ll be free, if you truly wish it to be.” – Willy Wonka
State Launches New Text Message Program
The state’s program to provide high school seniors and their families information and reminders about important college application and enrollment deadlines launched last week.

In December, the state announced that high school seniors and their parents may sign up to receive text messages from the Delaware Department of Education’s Higher Education Office to support the college application and transition to college process. More than 4,000 seniors have signed up so far, and both students and parents now can sign up to receive messages.

To sign up:
o Students (seniors): Text “Student” to (302) 262-8866
o Parents: Text “Parent” to (302) 266-2525

Every year, many high school seniors who have applied to college, completed their financial aid information and were accepted to college never show up for the first day of classes in the fall. It is a national problem affecting an estimated 10 to 15 percent of college-intending high school graduates, according to research conducted by Benjamin Castleman (University of Virginia) and Lindsay Page (University of Pittsburgh), national experts on this phenomenon known as “summer melt.” For students from low-income families and those who would be the first in their family to attend college, the figure is even higher. To support more Delaware students to start their freshman year of college as planned, the Delaware Department of Education is partnering with Page and Castleman and with the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration to provide all Delaware students and their families help in the college application process.

Students and parents who sign up will receive two to three text messages per month between January and August. During the first several weeks of outreach, the messages will focus on providing support to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For students who choose Delaware colleges or universities, later messages will provide their schools’ specific details about key college transition tasks. Those planning to attend out-of-state schools will receive more general information and reminders. While similar efforts have been undertaken at a smaller scale elsewhere, such as in regions of West Virginia, Delaware will be the first to implement at a statewide scale.

Participating students and parents will have the ability to respond to the text messages to seek additional help and support. A team of DOE Higher Education Office and UD’s Institute for Public Administration responders will be available to follow up with guidance and information.

This effort is made possible through generous financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
SHS BPA Conducting Winter Outerwear Drive
As winter is upon us, the Seaford Business Professionals of America club is looking to help out. We are currently holding a coat drive to benefit local shelters in our area. We will accept gentle used Coats, Gloves and Hats along with other warm weather gear such as sweatshirts. What a great opportunity to not only clean out your closet but to also help those that may be in need in dealing with the harsh cold that winter brings. We are accepting items at Seaford High School in the main office as a box will be placed there. You can also visit the school store after school hours from 2:30-2:45 if you would like to drop things off and also check out some great Seaford gear! Thank you and be safe this winter!!
Dates Set for Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016 School Year
Attention all parents and guardians - we will be holding Kindergarten Registration in the Frederick Douglass Gymnasium on Monday, March 30, Tuesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 1. All registrations are done by appointment. Please call 302-629-4587, ext. 1500 to make an appointment for your child. Your child must be five on or before August 31st 2015 and reside within the Seaford School District in order to be enrolled. Please pass this notice along to friends and family members that have kindergarten-age students in the Seaford School District.
Want to know more about the flu?
See the attached Flu Fact Sheets - available in English and Spanish
SMS Students Compete in Geography Bee

Congratulations to those students at Seaford Middle School who were selected to represent their grade in the Geography Bee preliminary rounds. Students were selected based on their scores on a geography test. The first rounds of the competition were then held in grades 5,6,7, and 8.

The top students from each grade in those rounds compete this Friday evening at 6:00 pm at SMS to determine who represents our middle school at the state level.
Good luck! Those students competing Friday are:

8th graders= Noah Covington, Hayden Smith, Athena Sammons

7th Graders= Cameron Drace, Gage Wheatley, Nayelis Gonzalez

6th Graders= Nick Phillips, Jahmir Brown, Cody Dimes

SIMA= Kaycie Wingate

6th grade winners are shown here - click to see winners for other grades
SMS 8th Graders Welcome Special Guest

Mrs. Simmons, Principal, shared from Seaford Middle School: "SMS 8th students welcomed Junior Bernard as a guest speaker today. He spoke to our students about the importance of believing your dreams can come true. Special thanks to Mr. John Barr who helped arrange him to come to our school. What a great opportunity for our students!"
SMS Students Present Reports on the History of Nylon

Students in Mrs. Emily Genshaw Humphrey’s Honors Language Arts class at Seaford Middle School wrote essays about the impact of nylon and the DuPont Company on the history and development of Seaford. Based on the quality of their essays, students were selected to share their writing before an audience of Seaford Historical Society (SHS) Members, their classmates, and City of Seaford officials.


L to R – Back Row – William Sammons (DuPont Retiree and student grandparent), Scott Davidson (DuPont Retiree and SHS Member), Teresa Wilson (SHS Member), Ellen Wright (SHS Member), Bonnie Van Tine (SHS Member), Seaford City Councilman, Dan Henderson, and Seaford Mayor, David Genshaw

L to R – Front Row – Student Readers: Tania Laurent, Carly Cannon, Hayden Smith, Regan Sammons, Zoe DiGennaro, Elvis Perez – Mazariegos, Rob Mitchell, and Kelsey Fowler
Seaford Launches New Mobile App

Our district launched our new mobile app on Friday. We are trying to get the word out so that we may attract as many subscribers as we can so we can assure that our parents/students will have up to date access to district and school information.

For Apple/Android: Go to the Apple App Store/Play Store & search for SchoolWay.
Download, register, select DE and the Seaford School District

Get Connected Blue Jays!
Looking For Seaford Students Who Are Giving Back To Their Community!
What’s your BIG idea to make a difference? The Jefferson Awards and Seaford's Mayor, Mr. Genshaw, want to hear from students about what they are doing to give back in the community!

Any youth project or service efforts (individual, group, team, school, etc) from summer 2014 to January 31, 2015 can be submitted online at http://lead360.jeffersonawards.org/ to be honored by Mayor Genshaw at a recognition ceremony in April.

Any questions can be addressed to Alison Wade a.wade@jeffersonawards.org or 302-295-0532
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District Calendar

Upcoming Events

National School Breakfast Week
Date: Mar 2 - Mar 6
School Board Meeting (Rescheduled from February 17th)
Date: Mar 3
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: District Office Board Room
School Board Meeting
Date: Mar 17
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: District Office Board Room
Blue Jay Pageant
Date: Mar 21
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Seaford High School
End of 3rd Marking Period (Balanced Calendar only)
Date: Mar 25