The August issue of our electronic newsletter, The Appoquinimink Report, is out. We hope you'll take a moment to read this important back-to-school update and consider forwarding a copy to your friends, neighbors and relatives!
The Army JROTC program at Appoquinimink High School will be providing a moving tribute to 9/11 heroes at their first football game of the 2015 season (AHS vs. Polytech), happening September 11, in Jaguars Stadium. We're pleased to offer members of the armed forces, law enforcement and fire department free admission with valid I.D. A printer-friendly flyer with more information is available here.
Meet The Teacher Night Events
Events are planned for: Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Grade 6 and Grade 9 students and their families. Click on this story for a list of times.
Superintendent's Welcome Back Event: Recap
Thank you to all the new families (nearly 400 people) who turned out for the Superintendent's welcome event and Q&A session on August 24 at Alfred G. Waters Middle School. A copy of Mr. Burrows' presentation is available here for those of you who could not join us.
This fall, the companies that operate school buses in Delaware are facing a driver shortage (see the News Journal coverage on Aug. 17). We hope a proactive appeal to parents, staff and the public may be the solution. READ MORE...
Teacher Aide form for AHS students
Seniors may elect to be a aide for the office or teacher if there schedule allows. The attached two forms need to be completed, signed by a parent and returned to the 2nd floor Guidance Office.
Early Out Forms
Seniors may elect to have an early out if they meet the requirements. The attached form should be completed, signed by a parent and returned to the Guidance Department on the 2nd floor. If the student is dropping a class to have an early out please also complete the 'Request for Schedule Change' form in addition to the 'Out After Agreement' form.
Attached you will find a copy of our Welcome Back to School Newsletter. This includes important information and dates that will help us start the year in a positive way. Please read through the information we have provided and if you have any questions feel free to give us a call.
On August 24, the Superintendent will host his annual New Parent Orientation. This district-wide event is for parents who are new to our school system and/or have a child entering school for the first time. Your printer-friendly postcard invitation appears below.
A Message about the Home Access Center (HAC)
The Home Access Center (HAC) is taken offline over the summer for maintenance, including the important work of entering class codes and schedules for the upcoming year. It will go back online on August 24, at 8 a.m.
Please note that Elementary Schools communicate classroom assignments at their "Meet The Teacher" events. If, for any reason, your family is unable to attend, please contact your child's school following the event and the secretary will be happy to share that information.
Please be sure your child completes the assignment for the building/grade he or she will be entering in the Fall. District-wide reading assignments have been established for Grades 1-5. At the secondary level, the assignments vary by school. If you have any questions, please contact your student's school.
State Fair Awards
The Delaware FFA held their annual Awards Ceremony on July 31. Among the students and teachers honored: Debbie Kirk (Redding Middle) was named Delaware's Agriscience Educator of the Year; Jeff Billings (Middletown High) received Delaware's Outstanding Young Member Award; and David Townsend (Middletown High) was recognized as our first National FFA Officer Candidate! We had three 1st Place Teams, three 2nd Place Teams, and a number of Top 10 individual placements. Open this story for more information about the award winners.
Summer Staff Transitions
This month we're pleased to announce several school-based promotions and moves among the administrative team at the Appoquinimink School District.
Registration for student parking for the 2015-2016 school year will take place during the week of July 20th. Seniors may drop off their applications to the main office between 8am and 3:30pm on Monday, July 20th, and Tuesday, July 21st. Juniors may drop off their applications in the main office between 8am and 3:30pm, on Wednesday, July 22nd. Seniors will be given precedence. If there are parking spaces remaining once the Seniors have received theirs, consideration will be given to the Juniors. To be considered for an AHS parking permit, students must be members in good standing. Please be advised that applying for a parking permit does not mean a student will automatically be issued one.Those students who are approved for a parking permit can pick them up from the AHS main office on Monday, August 10th, and Tuesday, August 11th between 8:00-3:00pm.
This fall, we will be welcoming two interns to our Spanish Immersion Program through the Amity Institute. Native speakers, who are also fluent in English, they will be learning about the education system in American Schools while providing cultural experiences to students & families in the Immersion Program at the Townsend Early Childhood Center. We are looking for host families for these two young ladies for a 6-12 month stay. This is a wonderful opportunity for a Townsend or TECC family, or an older student or community member who would benefit from the opportunity to hone their conversational skills.
Workshop: Supporting Your Child's Self Esteem
The University of Delaware Center for Disability Studies invites you to join them for a workshop where parents, teachers & caregivers can learn strategies to support their children’s social skills needs. Topics include: promoting optimistic thinking, responding to teasing and bullying, and flexibility in social situations.
FY16 Preliminary Budget Presentation
Finance Director Dr. Chuck Longfellow presented a copy of the District's Preliminary Budget for fiscal year 2016. Open this story if you'd like to view a printer-friendly version.
We're trying to build our mentoring program for young people. If you can give us just 30 minutes once a week when school is in session, you can help unlock a young person's potential. Having a supportive adult (or teen) to talk with about school has been proven to: boost self-confidence, improve study habits, and increase coping skills & resilience. We will provide free training and background checks, coordinate the process of pairing you with a deserving student, and make sure the relationship proves to be rewarding to you both.
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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