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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.
Seaford High School BPA Attends National Conference

Students from the Seaford High School Chapter of Business Professionals of America along with their advisor, Mr. Robert Schumacher, attended the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, May 5 through May 10. This was made possible by their work at the State Leadership Conference in February along with work done all year long. Three students, Tiffany Mendible, Trung Tin Pham and Tuyet Kha Nguyen received Ambassador Awards at the conference and were 3 of only 700 in the country receiving these awards. The awards are given for outstanding community service in seven different categories. A minimum number of points must be earned in the categories and this is a culmination of their hard work through all four years of high school. Other students attending the trip included Joe Salkowitz and Billy Pruitt who competed against the best in the nation. Students competed in a number of events including Computer Animation and Administrative Services Research and a number of open events. Top finishers included Joe Salkowitz who finished 16th out of over 600 in the Management, Human Resources competition. Tiffany Mendible also placed 39th out of over 350 in Parliamentary Procedure concepts. In most contests we were able to place our competitors in the top 50% which is a tremendous showing.
The highlight of the trip was that the Seaford High Chapter received four chapter level awards, the most of any Delaware school. Three of the awards were presented for Environmental Action, Special Olympics and Marketing/Public Relations as these students work strongly with our community to make it a better Seaford and surrounding areas. The chapter held a campaign to alert students of the dangers of distractive driving, sold pink Seaford gear to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and donated monies to the Delaware Special Olympics. All of these and much more allowed us to attain our fourth award which is the Quality Chapter Distinction Award. Seaford was 1 of 47 schools in the country to receive this award and the only school from Delaware receiving this recognition. Finally, Mr. Robert Schumacher was recognized as a certified advisor after completing a series of courses aimed in educating on all aspects of BPA. Seaford BPA would like to thank all of the teachers and administration at Seaford High School for their support of our programs this year and also a big thank you to our corporate sponsors who helped to get us to Nationals in Anaheim: Craig Technologies, Scott's Furniture. IG Burton and Delaware Digital.
Seaford High School JDG Attends Anti-Drug Youth Conference

Students from the Seaford High School Jobs for Delaware Graduates class attended the 2nd Annual Anti-Drug Youth Conference in Rehoboth Beach on Thursday, May 7th, sponsered by Sussex Action Prevention Coalition of Kent Sussex Community Services. With the goal of promoting healthy living to strengthen wellness within the student community, the Anti-Drug Youth Conference offered prevention workshops addressing cultural competency, bullying, suicide and substance abuse in a fun, music-filled environment. Some of the students won prizes such as T-shirts and gift cards, but all of them were winners for participating in the event!
Spanish Immersion Spots Still Available for Kindergarten for the 15-16 School Year
Spanish Language Immersion is an opportunity for your kindergarten student to learn a world language through immersion study, starting at a young age, and will give them an advantage in our increasingly competitive world. Part of each day will be taught in English and part of each day will be taught in Spanish. Language skills will be critical for their success throughout school and into their work life. There are limited seats available in this exciting program, so please contact Kelly Hageman or Catherine McMahon at 629-4587 for more information and to enroll your student.

Inmersión en el idioma español es una oportunidad para que los estudiantes de kindergarten aprender un idioma mundial mediante inmersión estudio, a partir de una edad temprana, y les dará una ventaja en nuestro mundo cada vez más competitivo. Parte de cada día, las clases se impartirán en inglés y una parte de cada día, las clases se impartirán en español. Las habilidades de lenguaje será fundamental para su éxito en la escuela y en su vida laboral. Hay pocos asientos disponibles en este programa, de modo que póngase en contacto con Kelly Hageman o Catherine McMahon en 629-4587 para más información y para inscribirse el estudiante.
Seaford School Sweep the "School Breakfast Challenge" Awards

As part of the first school breakfast challenge, the Delaware Department of Education and the Food Bank of Delaware have awarded the following:

BE as the 4th place winner in the category highest increase in participation from 2013-2014.

FD as the 3rd place winner in the category highest increase in participation from 2013-2014.

HS as the 1st place winner in the category highest increase in participation from the 2013-2014.

WS as the 3rd place winner in highest participation category.

MS as the 4th place winner in highest participation category.

The overall cash winnings for Seaford School District was $7,000 dollars.

Pictured at the awards ceremony:

Terry Carson, Principal, Gwen DiCarlo, Cafe Manager, Denise Jacono, Principal, Sherri Smith, Cafe Manager, Julie Kirby, Cafe Manager, Krissy Jennette, Principal, Julie Gianguilio, Principal, Michelle Huffman, Cafe Manager, and Patty Cunningham, Director of Nutrition Services.
Join us for a FREE Family Paint Night!

Please RSVP by May 14th - see photo for details!
Secret Garden Spring Art Show

The Seaford School District Art Department is planning another event to showcase student artistic talent on May 29 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Act Two Florist in Seaford. This outdoor venue is sure to please both adults and students alike. The art show will include works from all six Seaford School District schools, a scavenger hunt with prizes, a Gyotaku fish printing station, and refreshments. Come out and support the arts!
Seaford High School Plans Commencement Ceremony

Graduation ceremonies for the class of 2015 will be held on Friday, June 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bob Dowd Stadium at Seaford High School. In the event of inclement weather, graduation ceremonies will take place inside in the Madden Auditorium.

Admittance to graduation is by ticket only. Graduation tickets will be distributed to 2015 graduates at graduation practice on Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be color-coded: blue, tan and white. In the event of inclement weather, blue tickets will be honored for auditorium seating. Tan tickets will be honored for seating in our gymnasium for a televised broadcast of our graduation ceremony. White tickets will not be honored in the event of inclement weather. Seating and accessibility for the handicapped are available in both the stadium and auditorium. Advance reservations are required for handicapped seating. Please contact Connie Halter at 302-629-4525, ext. 2520 by Friday, May 29, if you will need this accommodation. A decision concerning the weather will be made by 10 a.m. on Friday, June 5 and a notice will be placed on the school’s webpage at www.shs.seafordbluejays.org, facebook, twitter and the SHS schoolway app.

Seaford High School is pleased to announce that Mr. Omari Scott Simmons will be the guest speaker at this year’s ceremony. Omari Scott Simmons is Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law and a nationally recognized expert on education policy. His writing explores education policy, and he frequently lectures on the topic to academic and nonacademic audiences across the country. He is founder and Executive Director of the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), a grassroots nonprofit organization that promotes higher education access for vulnerable students. Professor Simmons has helped hundreds of talented students attain their higher education goals. Professor Simmons is a MERIT Scholar and is actively involved in the MERIT program in Sussex County.

For further details, please check the school’s website at www.shs.seafordbluejays.org.
FFA Plant Sale

The Seaford FFA will be holding their spring plant sale starting May 4th until supplies last. Come and check out a range of flowers and herbs. Sale hours are from 8-5 each day until supplies last.
Congratulations to Middle School Honor Choir Members!

Seaford Middle School is proud to share the names of their chorus students who participated in the Sussex County Honor Choir this year.

They are (l to r): Shamaya Young, Noelle Kuhoric, Athena Sammons, and Sophie Hanenfeld.
Frederick Douglass Elementary School Sponsoring Health Fair

See the attached flyer for more information about then May 28th event.
SHS Performing Arts Department Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Show times: May 1-2 at 7pm and May 3 at 3pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for just $7 for adults and $5 for students.

The "Pandemonium" is coming to the Seaford High School Madden Auditorium! May 1-2 at 7pm and May 3 at 3pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and you can purchase them at the door.

Join us as we see the trials and tribulations of the competitive world of the Spelling Bee. Meet Leaf Coneybear, Olive, Rona, Vice Principal Douglas Panch, Trish Mahoney, Marcy, Barfee, Chip, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre and see them all vie to be crowned this year's champion! So take your "Magic Foot" and get a move on! You definitely don't want to miss this show!

Also, be sure to 'Like' us on Facebook! SHS Fine Arts Department

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPExCRhEy9N
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO HONOR 81 MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2015 FOR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
The top students from the Class of 2015 graduating from Delaware’s public district and charter high schools will be honored Monday, April 27 at the annual Secretary of Education’s Scholars Dinner at Dover Downs Hotel in Dover.

The students’ accomplishments will be celebrated by the some of the state’s political and education leaders, their families, district superintendents, the heads of charter schools and the principals who chose them. The number of scholars from each school is based on enrollment and students are selected based on both their academic records and community service.

“These young people have worked hard to excel inside and outside of the classroom,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said. “Not only have they challenged themselves with rigorous courses but they have balanced these academic demands with school leadership, community service and employment obligations. This is an opportunity to celebrate their hard work and outstanding accomplishments.”

The state has named Secretary of Education Scholars every year since 1984.

The 2015 Secretary’s Scholars from Seaford High School are:

Tuyet-Kha Nguyen and Trung Tin Pham
SIMA is back for 2015-2016!
We are pleased to announce that the Seaford Instrumental Music Academy will return for the 2015-2016 School Year. If you would like to apply, please read and complete the attached application. If you are interested, but would like to know more, please join us for a Parent Information Meeting on May 13 at 6:30 PM in the Seaford HIGH School Presentation Room, located adjacent to the main lobby. Please note that space is limited and all applications must be received by no later than Friday, May 15.
Important - Change to Calendar
The 29th of May, previously scheduled as an inservice day will instead be a day for student attendance in an effort to recoup student hours lost to winter weather.

Please mark your calendars now! Students WILL attend May 29th.
Teacher of the Year Winners

It is my pleasure to share with you the nominees for the Seaford School District Teacher of the Year.

Scott Woodring – Seaford Middle School
Ashley Adlam-Hernandez – Blades Elementary
Alison Smolecki – West Seaford Elementary
Nicole Callaway – Central Elementary
Kathi Adams – Frederick Douglass Elementary
Chuck Ivins – Seaford High School

After today’s interview panel and the scoring of the written portion, I am pleased to announce that our three finalists are:

Kathi Adams
Ashley Adlam – Hernandez
Scott Woodring

We will be announcing the winner at our end of the year staff event – date TBD.


Congratulations to all 6 nominees and to our 3 finalists!
Seaford High School Senior Wins Gates Millennium Scholarship

Seaford High School is beaming with pride and proud to announce that Senior Richard Lamontagne is one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the Class of 2015. Richard was selected for this prestigious award from over 57,000 applicants. He is the first student from Seaford High School to ever receive this award. This prestigious award will cover all unmet needs for Richard’s undergraduate and graduate studies. Richard is to be commended on his strong leadership, community service and academic achievements and is recognized as a Leader for America’s Future.
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District Calendar

Upcoming Events

***Change to Calendar*** There will be school for students! (Traditional and Balanced Calendars)
Date: Today
School Board Regular Meeting (originally workshop)
Date: Jun 2
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: District Office Board Room
Walk Down Memory Lane
Date: Jun 3
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Seaford High School
Senior Awards
Date: Jun 3
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Seaford High School
Seaford High School Commencement Ceremony
Date: Jun 5
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Bob Dowd Stadium