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Seaford Students and Staff Attend Statewide Transition Conference

Seaford students: Janiese Drayton, Shy’Diazea Dixon, and Keyaira Cornish are pictured here with Seaford High School staff members Virginia Hastings and Chuck Ivins at the Statewide Transition Conference held in October in Dover.
Seaford High Renovation Wins Another Award

The Delaware Associated Builders and Contractors group held their annual awards banquet on November 20th. The Seaford High School was recognized with a Merit Award for the General Contractor’s Richard Y Johnson’s construction effort results an Excellence award for the Mechanical System/HVAC which was installed by Ralph G. Degli Obizzi and Sons. The attached picture shows Dean Johnson of Richard Y Johnson, Roy Whitaker, Chief of Buildings and Grounds for Seaford School District, Brian Zigmond, StudioJAED Project Manager, and Paul Langan, ABC Chairman.
Seaford High School Culinary Department Offering Breakfast With Santa

The event will be held in the Seaford High School Café
Saturday, December 20th from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
$10 adults $6 children – includes sit with Santa, breakfast buffet, and omelet station.

Picture with Santa available by digital media students

Call (302) 629 4525 x2051 to contact Ms. Russell for questions

Tickets will be sold by SHS Culinary Students and at the Seaford Chamber of Commerce Office

See attached flyer for additional information.
Celebrating Educational Support Professionals Day - November, 19th

Our thanks to all of the staff members of the Seaford School District who support our students each day!
SEAFORD BLUE JAY ACTIVITY BUS NOW AVAILABLE!!

Beginning Monday, November 17, 2014, there will be an after school activity bus running from the Middle School and High School each Monday through Thursday. This bus is available to all middle and high school students attending after school activities or athletic practices and events. The bus(es) is currently scheduled to leave the schools at 4:45 PM and again at 6:45 PM. They will take student to specific hub locations throughout the district.

Parents are asked to fill out a request form and submit it to the school office. Parents will be contacted by the driver, who will give them the location and approximate time of their student’s drop off. Please note that times may change based on the number of students taking advantage of this opportunity.

So sign up today! We urge anyone interested to turn in your request ASAP. Request forms are available in the school offices and through athletic coaches.
Central Elementary Announces Their Fire Prevention Essay Winners

1st A’miah Horsey
2nd Katie Crockett
3rd Ashley Adams

All three are from Mrs. Baldwin and Miss Gillespie’s 3rd Grade Class.
A’miah’s entry will go on to the state level.

In the photo left to right Katie, A’miah and Ashley
Congratulations!

Maria-Paz Suarez Vasquez was the winner of the Veteran’s Day “Thank a Vet” letter writing contest at Central Elementary. She is a student in Mrs. Laurie Phillips' 5th Grade Class.
Report Cards Are Coming Home!

Report cards for the first marking period are coming home today (11/12/14) for students at Blades, Frederick Douglass, and West Seaford Elementary Schools.

Reports cards for Seaford Middle School students will be coming home with your child on Friday (11/14/14) in their Friday Folder.

Seaford High School mailed their report cards on Monday (11/10/14). Check the mail today!
Notice of Public Meeting
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
The Seaford School District Board of Education will hold a public meeting for the purpose of consideration of a waiver to the provisions of 14 Delaware Code §1705(A) (a) requiring any kindergarten or grades 1-3 public school classes to have no higher ratio of teacher to students than 1:22 by the last school day in October of the current school year. This ratio is only to apply to a class where students are instructed in core academic subjects of English/Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. A local school board may waive this subsection after voting to waive it at a public meeting noticed for that purpose. Any school board seeking such a waiver shall do so on or before December 1st of each year.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Ashok Champaneria Board Room, 390 North Market Street Extended, Seaford, DE 19973. Citizens may present written or oral comments on the matter under consideration by the Board of Education. Procedures related to the public forum portion of the meeting include 1) Citizens who wish to address the Board shall complete the “Public Participation Form for School Board Meetings” (available at the Seaford School District office at 390 North Market Street Extended during regular business hours or at the time of the meeting) and present it to the presiding officer prior to the start of the meeting; 2) Citizens may address the Board of Education by seeking recognition from the presiding officer. When recognized, citizens shall first state their names and the topic upon which they would like to speak; 3) The presiding officer may limit the time for comments.
WHAT: A public meeting of the Seaford Board of Education
WHEN: 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 November 2014
WHERE: Ashok Champaneria Board Room, 390 North Market Street Extended
WHY: Consideration of a waiver of the provisions of 14 Delaware Code §1705(A) (a) for West Seaford Elementary School, Blades Elementary School, Frederick Douglass Elementary School and Central Elementary School
Activities Bus Offered For SMS and SHS - Sign Up Today!

Just a reminder to parents that the District would like to offer transportation to middle and high school students who participate in after school activities which include school sponsored clubs and athletic practices. This service will be available on Mondays thru Thursdays. While these busses will not be able to drop students off at their residences, they will be transporting students from the after school activity to pre-determined drop off sites or “hubs”. If you are interested in having your student participate in this service, you can complete a permission form which can be found on our District website, our Facebook page, or you can contact your child’s school. Once a permission slip is received, the students will receive information about their bus assignment, time of departure from the schools, and the hub to where they will be transported. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact Susan Messick of Transportation at 302-629-6191.

ACTIVITY BUS ROUTE # 1

MEARS HEALTH CENTER – 200 Rawlins Drive
CLEARBROOKE DEVELOPMENT (Entrance), 8846 Elks Rd
WESLEY CHURCH – 22025 Atlanta Rd
CRESTFIELD DEVELOPMENT (Entrance)- 209 S Paula Lynne Dr
RELIANCE or GETHSEMANE CHURCH – 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd
UP COUNTRY TRLR. PARK - 26886 Walker Rd
SAVE-A-LOT – 543 N Shipley St
Return to SHS

ACTIVITY BUS ROUTE # 2

BLADES PARK – 900 S Arch St, Blades
JOHNSON’S DEVELOPMENT ENTRANCE- 27180 Williams Ave.
TODD’S MOBILE HOME PARK ENTRANCE – 9515 Myer Ln.
PINE RIDGE MOBILE HOME PARK – 28038 S Pine Ridge Dr.
MOBILE GARDENS ENTRANCE – 25658 S Parkway Rd
COOL BRANCH MHP ENTRANCE – 482 Long Branch Rd
DELUXE DELI IN CONCORD - 11092 Church Rd
MIDDLEFORD DELI – 10056 Middleford Rd
Return to SHS
STATE SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON NEW ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM
The Delaware Department of Education is seeking public input on a new accountability system.

A survey, available here, seeks feedback on what the public would like measured and reported on the state’s public school accountability report card. And the department will host three town halls in November to gather public feedback on the state’s new approach to reporting school performance and its submission of a waiver for renewed flexibility from the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The new accountability system will have two parts. Part A includes metrics that we know to be critical to measure for public schools, and that align with federal accountability. This includes student proficiency and growth on state tests, college and career readiness benchmarks, chronic absenteeism rates, and on-track to graduate measures.

The state recognizes there are additional measures that are critical to Delaware residents. Part B will include those measures, as informed by the survey results.

“We need to hear from parents and community members about what information is important to them,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said. “This is about providing relevant and transparent information so our families can make the school decisions best for their children.

The survey will be open through December 31, 2014.

The Town Halls are scheduled for:
• 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 5 at the Carvel State Office Building at 9th and French streets, Wilmington
• 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 12 at the John Collette Education Resource Center, 35 Commerce Way, Dover
• 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 19 at the Sussex County Council Chamber, 2 The Circle, Georgetown

Staff from the department will present the state’s proposed new accountability system and outline the process for renewal of the ESEA flexibility waiver. Time will be devoted to answering questions and seeking public comment on both topics.

Please open this story for a link to the survey.
Superintendent Shares Ebola Information
Dear Seaford School District Community:

Over the past several weeks the media has been doing a great deal of reporting on the Ebola virus infection. The constant reporting makes it seem as though there are more cases than currently exist. Delaware has no cases of Ebola. While there are no cases of Ebola in our home state, there may be a number of questions regarding Ebola. The purpose of this letter is to help you to know where to turn for answers to questions you might have regarding Ebola.

Attached you will find a letter from the Delaware Division of Public Health and a fact sheet on Ebola. The information emphasizes the Ebola virus is only transmitted by patients who have symptoms and the risk of getting the disease through normal, everyday contact is low. Although the risk is low, it is important to prepare for any potential situation. This preparation will include establishing practices and procedures that our schools will take to ensure we can immediately recognize a potential case and handle the situation through the cooperation of the Division of Public Health.

Flu season and other respiratory illnesses are common during this part of the year. Many of the symptoms of the flu and other illnesses are similar to Ebola. It is important to remember that many viruses, including Ebola, can be killed through careful hand washing and alcohol-based sanitizers. Please reinforce thorough hand washing with your child. If symptoms do develop call your health care provider.

If you wish to discuss a suspected case you may contact Division of Public Health at 888-295-5156 Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. or 302-744-4700 after 4:30 p.m., weekends and holidays. If you have general questions on the Ebola virus you may contact the Center for Disease Control at 1-800-232-4636.

Questions regarding your specific school may be directed to the building principal.

Your cooperation and support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,


David P. Perrington
Superintendent
STATE ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF SECOND COMMON CORE-FOCUSED DELAWARE DREAM TEAM
The Delaware Department of Education today announces the 40 members of its 2014-15 Delaware Dream Team. This talented group of educators will participate in a lesson study-inspired professional development program run for the second year by LearnZillion, a standards-aligned digital curriculum and professional learning provider trusted for Common-Core guidance by over 520,000 teachers around the country.
Secondary Students Offered After School Transportation

The Seaford School District will be offering transportation to middle and high school students who are participating in after school activities which include school sponsored clubs and athletic practices.

This service will be available on Mondays thru Thursdays, and we look to begin on Monday, October 13. While these buses will not be able to drop students off at their residences, they will be transporting students from the after school activity to pre-determined drop off sites or “hubs”.

If you are interested in having your student participate in this service, please complete the information from that was sent home with our secondary students so that we can best determine the locations of the drop off hubs. Once these hubs are established, the students will receive information about their bus assignment, time of departure from the schools, and the hub to where they will be transported.

The registration form is attached below.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office of your student’s school. Seaford Middle School: 302-629-4586, or Seaford High School: 302-629-4525.
Seaford High School Supporting Staff Member

Seaford High School is working as a team to help one of their own! See the mock up of the shirt that they have created to help raise funds for an SHS teacher as he battles cancer.

Shirts are $15 and proceeds from the shirt sales go directly to assist his family as he incurs expenses in his fight against this disease.

Shirts can be purchased at the school store between 2:30-3 daily or at the three home games that we have coming up in October.

Any specific questions can be directed to the store director: rschumacher@seaford.k12..de.us.
Get your Seaford gear at SHS!

Did you know that there is a school store in Seaford High School called "Wingin' It"? You can get your Seaford gear for gifts or for you! For October they are featuring Blue Jay items in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. 100% of the profits from sales of pink merchandise will be donated on behalf of the SHS affiliate of the Business Professionals of America to Breast Cancer Research.

Tees-$12
Long Sleeve-$15
Hoodies-$25
STATE TO NAME 2015 TEACHER OF THE YEAR FROM AMONG 20 NOMINEES

Twenty Delaware teachers have been nominated for the honor of being named Delaware’s Teacher of the Year for 2015.

Selected from among the 9,000 public school teachers in the state, the nominees each represent one of the state’s 19 school districts or charter schools. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the annual awards banquet. The reception begins at 5 p.m. at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover. The program begins at 6 p.m. with the winner named at the end of the night. Funding for the award ceremony is made in part by grants from Voya Financial and Hope Street Group.

See more...
Parent Information Center of Delaware - Fall Workshops at Frederick Douglass Elem.
Please see the attached flyer for additional information and specifics on how to register.
Seaford Employee Recognized at DACCTE Awards

Congratulations to John Barr for his recognition by DACCTE (Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education) for exemplary service and contributions to the field of career and technical education in Delaware for 2013 at a ceremony in June.

"Outstanding Contribution by an Individual”
John C. Barr, Business & Community Liaison
Seaford Senior High School
Seaford Will Move to Community Eligibility for Nutrition Services
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is the newest opportunity for schools to provide Free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP also allows schools to reduce Administrative costs related to collecting and processing applications as well as tracking students based on meal eligibility status. CEP is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) and becomes available to eligible schools on July 1, 2014.

See the attached flyer for more information.
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District Calendar

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Holiday Break - No School for Students (Traditional and Balanced Calendars)
Date: Today
School Board Workshop Session (Tentative)
Date: Dec. 2
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: District Office Board Room
Blades Concert
Date: Dec. 4
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: High School
Middle School Chorus Concert
Date: Dec. 9
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
West Seaford Winter Concert (Grades K-2)
Date: Dec. 10
Time: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM