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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
Reaching Out to Our Hispanic and Haitian Community Members and Families

In our ongoing efforts to connect with and involve parents, the following informational sessions for parents have been scheduled. Facilitated by Mr. Mark Phelps, Associate Principal at Seaford Middle School, these sessions will offer the opportunity to communicate with school officials in both Creole and Spanish.

Topics to be explored: ‘How to support your students’ academic success,’ Community Schools, Linguistic Resources, Q & A session.

Church: Iglesia de Dios Maranatha
Date: Sunday, Jan 11, 2015
Time: After 12pm service
Location: 24620 German Rd. Seaford, DE
Presenters: Mark Phelps / Val Turner

Church: Eben-ezer Haitian Church
Date: Saturday, Jan 24, 2015
Time: After 11am church service
Location: 26988 Bethel Concord Rd, Seaford, DE
Presenters: Mark Phelps / Richard Destine
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!
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.
Join Us for Our Winter Concerts and Celebrate the Season!
December 9th – Seaford Middle School Chorus – 7:00 at Seaford Middle School
December 10th – West Seaford Elem. Grades 3-5 – 7:00 at West Seaford
December 11th – Central Elem. Grades 3-5 – 7:00 at Seaford Middle School
December 15th – Frederick Douglass Elem.– 6:30 at Seaford Middle School
December 17th – SHS Band and Chorus – 7:00 at Seaford High School
December 18th – Seaford Middle School Band and SIMA - 7:00 at Seaford High School
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
News From Blades Elementary

We recently gathered together to honor our students in grades 2-5 for their first marking period successes. Students received certificates and charms for Honor Roll (all A's and B's on their report card) and outstanding attendance (3 or fewer attendance entries through October 31).

In addition, each teacher chose 2 students from their class to receive an award for being a positive influence in the classroom, through excellent behavior and a willingness to help others. This behavior really personifies Rachel's Challenge, so this was a very special award.

We had an excellent turnout for these assemblies and were pleased to see so many of our families join us to support their children. The best part of the day was watching the students cheer on their classmates as names were called to receive awards. We are so very proud of our students here at the BEST elementary school!
Frederick Douglass' Fourth Grade Project Chosen As Recipient of Signers' Award

Representatives from the Department of State recently judged 27 projects completed by students throughout the state of Delaware. We are proud to announce that fourth grade students from Mrs. Somers, Mr. Jones, Mr. Hurlock and Ms. Branco's classes were chosen as the Richard Bassett Signers’ Award winners!!

Many other schools in the state of Delaware participated in this competition, including Booker T. Washington Elementary, East Dover Elementary, Lake Forest Elementary, Richard A. Shields Elementary, Star Hill Elementary and Calvary Christian Elementary.

What a huge honor to be selected as a winner in this competition. Way to go fourth grade at Frederick Douglass!!!!
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 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.
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.

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District Calendar

Upcoming Events

Winter Intersession (Balanced Calendar only)
Date: Dec. 22 - Dec. 23
Winter Break - Schools Closed
Date: Dec. 24 - Dec. 26
Winter Break - Schools Closed
Date: Dec. 29 - Jan. 2
Student Day for ALL Students (Traditional and Balanced Calendars)
Date: Jan. 5
School Board Workshop Session (Tentative)
Date: Jan. 6
Time: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location: District Office Board Room