On Saturday, we were proud to attend the 2nd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, "Endless Possibilities: Embrace, Encourage and Empower," hosted by the Middletown Odessa Townsend Delaware Chapter of the NAACP.
Summer Enrichment Camps: Register now through June 8!
This year, Appoquinimink has created a series of fun, week-long enrichment camps for students entering Grades 7-10. They include: Computer Science, Forensics, Graphic Design, Agriculture, Sports Marketing, Culinary Arts and Fashion Design (a course called Up Cycle That T-shirt). Camps meet from 8:30-11:30, Monday through Thursday. Fees are just $50/week. Click on this story for a copy of our brochure, detailed descriptions of each session and a registration form.
AHS held Decision Day on May 1st. Seniors were recognized for their post-graduation plans during lunches and were given a backpack from the Delaware Department of Education & an Appoquinimink H.S. cupcake (provided by Chef Baker and his Food Prep classes).
We're pleased to honor the students from AHS and MHS who have been named valedictorian and salutatorian of their schools. Please click on this link for a brief introduction to each student, accompanied by their photos.
May 12, School Board Recording Now Available
Last month, the Appoquinimink School District began making recordings of the School Board Meeting available to the public. A recording of the May 12, session can be found under the BOARD button on our website.
The Delaware Chamber of Commerce, “Superstars in Education” Program honors schools and educators who have implemented and sustained a creative, unique program, or a teaching practice that shows measurable results and raises student achievement. This year, Appoquinimink High Teacher James Sekcienski was honored for his Computer Science Pathway. Open the link below to hear an interview with James and Principal Keisha Brinkley.
Student Government Nominations
AHS Student Government will taking nominations for President, V.President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Forms can be found outside of Mr. Welsh's room D203. Forms are due Friday May 15th.
Thank you to everyone who came out to vote in the School Board election on Tuesday. We enjoyed strong voter turnout. The eventual winner was Michelle Wall with 609 votes. Michelle will be sworn in at the July 14, 2015 Board of Education Meeting. If you wish to attend, the session begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Marion E. Proffitt Training Center, located at 118 S. Sixth Street in Odessa.
We're updating the strategic plan for our school district. Your participation is vital! Please take 5-minutes to share your thoughts about our programs and services, help identify areas for improvement, and tell us how we can expand education and accelerate achievement. A link to the online survey is available below.
On April 21, we lost a treasured member of the Appoquinimink Family when AHS Science Teacher & Cross Country Coach Brian Conley lost his brave, 28-month battle with cancer. A devoted family man, Brian left behind a wife, Dawn, and two young children - John and Bryce. ASD staff and students are joining together for a fundraising effort that will establish a scholarship for Brian's sons.
The Delaware Association of School Librarians (DASL) has named Jodie Klein Delaware's 2015 School Librarian of the Year. Jodie, who works with children at Silver Lake Elementary, was recognized for her innovative efforts to collaborate with colleagues, teach information literacy skills, encourage a love or reading, and provide access to quality programming during the summer via "Words on Wheels" the Bookmobile program she pioneered.
On April 28, Appoquinimink honored its Building Teacher of the Year winners at a gala dinner and named our District-wide ambassador for the upcoming school year. She is Amanda Chas, a talented Theatre Arts Educator at Middletown High. A copy of the awards program, containing photos and information about all 16 nominees appears below.
Congratulations to our 2015 Scholars
Since 1984, the Secretary of Education has honored top students from Delaware's public high schools at an annual Scholars Banquet. The 2015 event took place on April 27, at the Dover Downs Hotel. Please help us congratulate the five inspiring teens from Appoquinimink Schools who were named 2015 Scholars: Esme Li, Amanda Meadows, Rachel Mulderrig, Joy Muthami, Lavinia Sanches. Their accomplishments were celebrated by the some of the state’s top political and education leaders, their families, district superintendents, and the principals who chose them. For more on each student, read the accompanying article.*
Talented artists from every school and grade will be showcased at our 2015 Student Art Show. The Opening Reception is happening on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Gilbert W. Perry Center for the Arts in Middletown.
MMS Vendor & Craft Fair / Saturday, April 25 / 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
More than 100 vendors and crafters will be represented; and there will be discounts, special prizes and giveaways. Children's entertainment includes two inflatable bounce houses, face painting, crafts, a petting zoo and pony rides! A helicopter will make a special visit and families can tour inside. When you get hungry they've got chicken, pizza, hotdogs, fries, drinks, and snacks (smoothies, popcorn, funnel cake, water ice, pretzels...).
2015-16 School Calendar Approved
On April 21, Appoquinimink's Board of Education approved the 2015-16 proposed calendar. A 14-page, "month at a glance" version is attached. Later this month, we'll boil that down to a one page (2-sided) version and post to school and district websites.
Governor Jack Markell, award-winning CEO Mark Stellini (Assurance Media), UD Computer & Information Sciences Professor Terry Harvey, and the Department of Education's Chief Academic Office Michael Watson joined Superintendent Matt Burrows at Appoquinimink High on April 22, to announce Delaware's first Pathways to Prosperity grants, given to high schools offering new, intensive education and training in key fields.
Welcome to Appoquinimink High School, home of the Jaguars!
I am very excited about the upcoming year. It is the sixth anniversary for our school (which opened in 2008) and also marks my sixth year as an administrator at AHS.
During that time, we’ve grown from a community of 1,050 learners to nearly 1,600. We have experienced success in the classroom and earned recognition in the arts, sports and numerous co-curricular organizations. Twice, we have been selected by the College Board for the National AP Honor Roll (2012, 2014), and this year we were named one of the nation’s top high schools by U.S. News & World Report.
Achievement, Honor and Service are the mission of AHS and we attempt to promote this every day in every way. I am looking forward to continuous advancement of this mission with the AHS students, staff, parents and community.
Please look forward to be on the lookout for our “Welcome Back” newsletter at the beginning of August. It will contain important information to help with the transition back to school.
In the meantime, please have a safe and relaxing summer.
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