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Wizard of Oz Performance at SHS on February 12th and 13th!

We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz! Don't miss this performance by the Seaford High School Performing Arts Department on February 12th at 7pm and February 13th at 2pm AND 7pm at the Seaford High School Madden Auditorium.

Presale tickets are $6 and can be ordered online at http://m.bpt.me/event/2491414.
Or tickets will be for sale for $8 at the door.

So grab your kids, bring your family and friends to see this awesome production being put on by some very dedicated and hard-working students! We will see you on the yellow brick road!
Public Meetings on School Reconfiguration

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, the Seaford School District will be holding the first of four public meetings related to the District’s reconfiguration plan for its elementary schools. The meeting will take place at 7:00 pm in the auditorium at Central Elementary School.

Parents, staff, and community members who wish to provide input on how reconfiguration should occur are encouraged to attend. Three additional meetings will be held during the month of February:

Thursday, February 18 at 7:00pm in the West Seaford Elementary School Cafeteria

Tuesday, February 23 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Frederick Douglass Elementary
School Media Center (Translators will be available)

Wednesday, February 24 at 5:00pm in the Blades Elementary School Cafeteria
(Translators will be available)
Seaford School District to Participate in 5Essentials Survey
The Seaford School District will soon join the Delaware Department of Education to administer the 5Essentials Survey, which is part of DOE’s new Delaware School Success Framework.

The 5Essentials Survey is an opportunity for teachers, students and families across the district to share their voice and have a role in improving their schools. Between January 19 and March 18, 2016, teachers, students and families will be asked to take a 20-minute survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s climate and learning conditions.

The parent/family survey is comprised of approximately 26 questions. The responses from the parent/family survey do not affect schools’ performance on the 5Essentials and are meant only to complement the teacher and student data. The parent survey is available for all families who have a child attending a school in the Seaford School District.

The surveys became available at https://survey.5-essentials.org/delaware on January 19, 2016.

Research has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to make substantial gains in improving student reading and math than schools that were weak on three or more of the Essentials. Strength on components within the Essentials also correlated with increased teacher retention, student attendance, college enrollment and high school graduation. 5Essentials results will be made available to administrators and the public in May.

DOE has produced state, district and school-level report cards of education performance in alignment with federal requirements but will launch a new accountability system in the 2015-16 school year. One of the major components of that system is the inclusion of a state survey of students, teachers and families that is geared towards providing a more comprehensive picture of school performance including environment, social-emotional learning indicators and perception data.

For more information visit: http://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/2571

Click the headline link above to access the survey link online and the DOE website.
Seaford Middle School Mural Project Reveal

As part of a generous collaboration with The Freeman Foundation, Seaford Middle School participated in a "Paint Week" Mural Project. Students painted during December and the final project was revealed on January 19th in the SMS Cafeteria.

Click the headline above to view the Mural Reveal Video!
Request for Members for Citizen Budget Oversight Committee
In an effort to promote fiscal transparency and community involvement, the Seaford School District has established a Citizen Budget Oversight Committee. In accordance with provisions of the Delaware Code, Title 14, Section 1508, the Seaford School District is requesting Citizen Budget Oversight Committee members (http://delcode.delaware.gov/title14/c015/index.shtml).

Applications are available in the main office of all schools and the District Office as well as on the District’s website (www.seafordbluejays.org). Completed applications should be mailed or delivered to Joanna Adams, Seaford School District, 390 North Market Street Extended, Seaford, DE 19973 by January 29, 2016.

**Click the Headline above for additional information and for application.
Five Seaford Teachers named to the State Common Core-focused Dream Team
Forty-five educators have been named to the Delaware Department of Education’s 2016 Delaware Dream Team, including five teachers from the Seaford school District. Representing Seaford are Jacky Allman (Frederick Douglass), Tara Backus (Seaford MS), Kristin Brent (Central), Kim Marquis (Blades), and Courtney White (Central).

According to the Department of Education, these talented educators were nominated by their districts and charter schools to participate in an intense math and leadership-focused professional learning opportunity that will strengthen the Common Core State Standards in Delaware. This is the third year educators have participated in the Delaware Dream Team led by LearnZillion, a digital curriculum and professional learning provider.

**Click the headline above to continue reading the rest of the article.
Frederick Douglass Elementary Winter Concert Rescheduled

The Winter Concert for Frederick Douglass Elementary has been rescheduled for Monday, February 8, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Seaford High School.
Seaford High School Students Honored at December 21, 2015 Board Meeting

The following students received Certificates of Excellence from the Seaford Board of Education at the December 21, 2015 Board Meeting:




2016 All-State Choir
Kaitlyn McKinney, Grade 10
Joshua Crumpler, Grade 10
Michaela Brodie-Willey, Grade 12

All Conference Honors
Pierre Madeus, First Team All South Boys Soccer
Antonio Ambrosino, First Team All South Boys Soccer
Cristian Villalobos, Second Team All South Boys Soccer
Louis Guerrier, Second Team All South Boys Soccer
Walensky Albert, Honorable Mention Boys Soccer
Yeliz Kurt, Second Team All South Girls Field Hockey
Elizabeth Oliver, Honorable Mention Girls Field Hockey
Matthew King, Honorable Mention Boys Cross Country
Hannah Doyle, Honorable Mention Girls Cross Country
Zaire Frisby, Honorable Mention Football
Matthew King, Academic All Conference
Gillian Cannon, Academic All Conference

The Seaford High School Football Team was also awarded the Delaware Football Officials Association Sportsmanship Award.

**Click the headline above to view pictures from the Board Meeting.
Embassy of Spain Representative Visits West Seaford and Blades Elementary

An Embassy of Spain Representative visited the Dual Language Spanish Immersion Programs at both West Seaford and Blades Elementary Schools today. The Seaford School District is proud to partner with the Embassy of Spain through a program that provides visiting teachers to build international educational alliances and support the development of global citizens.
SchoolWay Application Notifications

We are a weather aware school and use SchoolWay as one way to notify our community of weather related announcements. If you have not had a chance to download the free app from the app store, do it today! You will receive instant push notifications from our district and/or schools. See www.myschoolway.com/seaford for more information.

Click the Headline above to access the link to the Seaford School District SchoolWay Application.
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District Calendar

Upcoming Events

Schools Closed: President's Day (Traditional & Balanced Calendars)
Date: Feb 15
Board of Education Meeting
Date: Feb 16
6:00 PM
Location: Board Room- District Office
Board of Education Workshop Session
Date: Mar 7
6:00 PM
Location: TBD
Board of Education Meeting
Date: Mar 21
6:00 PM
Location: Board Room- District Office
End of 3rd Quarter (MP3) (Traditional & Balanced Calendars)
Date: Mar 23