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Light It Up Blue Ceremony Wednesday April 1, 2015, 6:30 at Gateway Park, Seaford, DE

The month of April is Autism Awareness month. We support Autism Speaks by “Lighting It Up Blue.” This campaign is designed to color the world blue in an effort to increase awareness of the challenges faced by people with autism. Awareness is the key to funding research for a cure and helping develop treatments that provide opportunities for people with autism to thrive in this world. Even more importantly, awareness leads to acceptance of people with autism, and their differences, by others. Given that one in 68 children are now being diagnosed with autism, just imagine how many community members have children, family members, or close friends that are affected!

Our Delaware “Light It Up Blue” committee is successful in lighting up schools, University of Delaware, Legislative Hall, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, City of Seaford, Seaford School District, Gallery 107, St. John’s Church, Soroptimist Your Sister’s Closet, Nanticoke Automotive, Penco’s Elegant Designs, Hertrich Family of Dealerships, and other local businesses. April 1, 2015, 6:30pm, the City of Seaford will have a lighting ceremony at Gateway Park.

Thanks for helping us shine a light on autism the month of April.
For more information visit autismspeaks.org/LIUB, Autism Delaware or
Carlyle and Marcia Windley,

mlwindley@comcast.net
cw20@comcast.net
CONGRATULATIONS!

The Seaford School District is proud to announce the following school level winners for the 2016 Teacher of the Year.

These 6 teachers will now compete for the title of Seaford School District's Teacher of the Year. The district winner will be announced in May/June.

Seaford High School - Mr. Chuck Ivins
Seaford Middle School - Mr. Scott Woodring
Blades Elementary School - Mrs. Ashley Adlam-Hernandez
Central Elementary School - Mrs. Nicole Callaway
Frederick Douglass Elementary School - Mrs. Kathi Adams
West Seaford Elementary School - Mrs. Alyson Smolecki
Stand by Me” FREE Financial Planning Workshop!

SEAFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL
April 16th 6:00—7:00 PM

Join us to learn about the “Stand by Me” financial empowerment program and to sign up for FREE one-on-one financial coaching!!

Refreshments and Door Prize Drawings

RSVP to Val Turner
SMS Community School Coordinator
302-629-4587, Ext. 3136
Seaford School District Welcomes Chef to School Program

Seaford Nutrition Services is very excited to announce the Chef to School event held at Seaford Senior High School on March 26, 2015.

The project was a collaboration with Otherside Produce, the District’s produce vendor. Robbie Lister, owner of Otherside Produce, initiated the event to highlight the efforts of all the Sussex County schools to provide and incorporate nutritious fruits and vegetables into their menus.

The Chef pairings allowed restaurant Chefs to work alongside the individual school’s nutrition team. The Chefs have received the National School Lunch regulations and will be incorporating those regulations into their creative menu planning.

The goal of the project was to create menu items that are creative, cost effective, sustainable, and student preferred.

We are so pleased to welcome Chef Lion Gardner, from the Blue Moon Restaurant in Rehoboth, as our Chef pairing. It was a pleasure to have him in our kitchen!
Supporting Parents w/ Exceptional Children - March 30th

Seaford Parents - K-12, if you are a parent, grandparent or guardian who has a student with exceptional needs (IEP, Health Plan, 504, etc.), please plan on attending this event. We have heard your concerns and want to help offer our support. We have partnered with our Community Schools project to bring resources here for you. We have various agencies who will be here to help provide their information and services to help with OUR students.

Come prepared to get help and support.

So far the following agencies will be in attendance!

Parent Information Center
Stand by Me
LaRed
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Division of Disability Determination Services (DDDS)
Easter Seals
Children's Beach House
Special Olympics
Legal Aid Society
Connections: Promoting Safe and Stable Families
Delaware Guidance Services (DGS)
DE Autism Society

3/30/15 RSVP By 3/27/15 to Kim Simmons at SMS ksimmons@seaford.k12.de.us OR
629-4587 ext. 3525

Agenda

5:30-6:00 Dinner
6:00-6:20 Q & A
6:20-7:00 Resources


Day Care will be provided for those families who need it. Please contact SMS if you wish to take advantage of this service.
Way to Go SHS Culinary Students!!!
We are very pleased to report the following results from yesterday's FCCLA State Competition. FCCLA's scoring system is based on point ranges with a minimum score of 70 to qualify for a medal.

Silver Medals:
Yeliz Kurt - Cake Decorating
Madison Evick- Cake Decorating
Da'Sha Adams- Cake Decorating
Brendon Liberti- Appetizer

Bronze Medal:
Kathryn Meixner- Sports Nutrition

Additionally Yeliz Kurt was appointed as a State Officer for FCCLA so she will be representing the state at National Conference this year as well as representing Seaford High School at the state level throughout next year.
SMS and SHS Potential Athletes
If your student is interested in playing sports next school year, our Nurses and Athletics Department are asking that you get their sports physical done prior to the end of this school year! Any DIAA sports physicals done after April 1st will clear your student for the next school year. Please set up an appointment after April 1st with your student’s doctor or with our school wellness center. The Wellness Center can be reached at 629-0884 to schedule appointments for current high school students. If your student’s physical is not due according to insurance schedules, you can still take the DIAA form to your provider for them to complete as long as it is dated April 1st or later. All DIAA physical forms should be turned in to your school nurse after completion. If you have any questions, please call your school nurse at 629-4587. Extension 2575 is the High School Nurse and extension 3575 is the Middle School Nurse. Thank you.
Seaford High School Blue Jay Pageant
The Student Government Association invites you to the Annual Seaford High School Bluejay Pageant on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. Come out and celebrate the crowning of Miss Seaford Bluejay and Mr. Seaford High. Enjoy a variety of musical acts performed by the students of Seaford High School. We might even have a surprise staff performance. It's Seaford High School's “Night to Shine”. Ticket prices for the pageant will be available at the door for just $4 for adults, and $3 for students. All proceeds benefit the SGA student scholarship fund. Please see the attached flier for details. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s pageant.
Results Are In From The Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Competitions
Agriculture Communications- 5th place Team
Sierra Snigier- 6th place Individual
Katelyn Chambers
Alissa Mann

Agriculture Sales- 8th place Team
Nicholas Coulbourn- 15th place Individual
Justin Gray
Richard (Levin) Williams
Matthew (Troy) Paulsen

Floriculture- 12th place Team
Zenobia McIvor
Sabrina Motta
Gillian Cannon
Megan Ricks

Extemporaneous- Nash Richardson 8th Place
Seaford BPA Recognized at State Conference
On March 10th, 2015, 16 members of the Seaford High School Chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) attended the State Leadership Conference in Dover, DE.

We are proud to announce the results of our trip as 5 of our students have now qualified to attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA on May 6th to May 10th. On top of that our Chapter won awards for Outstanding Community Service, Safety Awareness, Environmental Action, Marketing and Public Relations and work with the Special Olympics of Delaware.

Our chapter received the most chapter awards in Delaware!! At Nationals, our Advisor Mr. Schumacher, will also be recognized for completing the local chapter advisor certification series.

Our winners were:
Tiffany Mendible- Ambassador Award Winner
Trung Pham- 2nd place Administrative Support Concepts, Ambassador Award Winner
Tuyet-Kha Nguyen- 2nd place Administrative Support Research, 5th place
Parliamentary Procedure Open, Ambassador Award Winner
Joe Salkowitz and William Pruitt- 1st place Computer Animation Team
Joe Salkowitz- 3rd place Marketing, Management and Human Resource Concepts
Sen. Carper’s Office Now Accepting Student Applications for U.S. Service Academy Nominations
WILMINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is now accepting applications for U.S. service academy nominations from Delaware students. Sen. Carper encourages those interested in attending the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or U.S. Military Academy to apply for a nomination through his office.

“I urge young Delawareans that wish to give back to their country, gain valuable leadership skills, and receive an excellent education to consider applying to be a Service Academy nominee,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “Students accepted into these programs are given a unique opportunity that will guide them well in their future.”

To be considered for a congressional nomination, students must meet all of the general requirements of their academy of choice and submit an online application (as well as an application to the academy), along with supporting documents, to Sen. Carper’s office by Oct. 15, 2015. Applications can be found by going to carper.senate.gov and clicking on “Service Academy Nominations.”

Requirements:
• Citizenship: U.S. citizenship, or having obtained it by graduation
• Residency: Delaware residents only
• Congressional nomination: U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Military Academy
• Age: at least 17, but not older than 23 by July 1 of entering year
• Marital Status: unmarried, not pregnant, no legal obligation to support children
• Academics: must complete SAT-I or ACT examinations
• Physical: must meet academy physical requirements and medical examination
• Morals: must be of strong moral character

For more information regarding the application process, please go to carper.senate.gov or contact Laura Wisler, Kent County Director, at (302) 674-3308 or academy@carper.senate.gov.
Seaford Teacher is IEducate Finalist - Please vote!!!
Seaford's very own Kathy Dulis (SMS media specialist) was nominated for the iEducate Delaware award earlier this year, and has been chosen as a finalist. The winners of the $2000 award are selected through a voting process. You can vote each day. We would be very grateful if you could vote for Kathy to help her win! If selected, the $2000 will be used to bring more resources (informational resources) to our middle school.

The link to vote is:
http://www.ieducatedelaware.org/2014-15/
25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee is coming May 1-3!
Check out the video!
Rescheduled Due to February Snow - Sankofa African Dance Company

Community Schools Presents: Sankofa African Dance Company

When: Thursday March 19, 2015

Where: Frederick Douglass Elementary

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Free Admission!
2014 Friend of Seaford Education Award Announced

The Friend of Seaford Education is an annual award given by the Seaford Board of Education. The award is given to a person or organization/business who has made positive contributions to the students and/or staff of the Seaford School District over the past year or over a number of years.

This year Hoober Inc. is the recipient of this award.
Here are some excerpts from the nomination:

“Hoober has been a big supporter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Seaford School District in general. They have made numerous donations as well as serving on several committees - including one to select new officers for the FFA program. Alan Quillen along with other Hoober employees support many of the FFA functions through their attendance. They donate the use of their conference room when needed for FFA functions. Hoobers is always willing to help out in any way possible.”

Alan Quillen is shown accepting the award on behalf of Hoobers from Board President, Mike Kraft.
Seaford Culinary Students Score Big!

The Seaford School District Culinary Program placed at 3rd in today’s Delaware’s ProStart®competition. The Delaware ProStart® Student Invitational is a chance for students from all over the state who participate in their high school ProStart® program to compete against their peers. Only one team (formed of 2-4 students) from each school can participate in each of the competitions.

The culinary competition tests students on their skills taught in the program. Teams are given 60 minutes to prepare a three course meal and present to top industry chefs and educators. The state competition winners are given the opportunity to compete at the national level.

Each student on the Seaford team earned $4,500 in scholarships. Seaford Students earned a total of $22,500 in scholarships for continued studies.
Seaford Schools open 2-hours late Monday, March 2nd
The Seaford School District will open two-hours late this morning, Monday, March 2nd. There will be no morning Pre-K. Breakfast will not be served this morning, so please make sure your child has a healthy breakfast at home. Please drive carefully. 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).
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