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Friday, February 5: Appoquinimink Schools & Office will open 2-hours late today
Our half-day, AM Preschool Program has been cancelled. The Superintendent has reconfirmed that we will be opening schools/offices after the 2-hour delay.
Help Us Congratulate our Counselor of the Year Nominees

This week, the Delaware School Counselor Association, New Castle County Chapter, announced their Counselor of the Year. Although none of our staff won, we did have the distinction of having more faculty nominated for the award – 9 – than any other school district. Please help us give them a hand.
AP Studio Art Show & Silent Auction: February 12

Appoquinimink High School is hosting their third annual AP Student Art Show and Silent Auction on Friday, February 12 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibition features a range of media showcasing the diverse talents, backgrounds and inspiration of our Seniors. We hope you'll join us. Open this story for a printer-friendly invitation to the show.
STEM Mixer: February 8 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

The Delaware Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education will be hosting a STEM Mixer at Appoquinimink High School on February 8.
Academic Common Market Offers In-State Rates to Qualifying Students
Did you know that 100+ colleges provide in-state tuition to eligible Delaware residents pursuing majors not offered at the University of Delaware or Delaware State University through the Academic Common Market (ACM)?
Board of Education Meeting: February 9, 2016
Click on this story for a copy of the agenda. Our Board Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Marion E. Proffitt Training Center, located at 118 South Sixth Street in Odessa. These meetings are public. We hope you'll join us.
Morning Announcements
Please select the link below for AHS daily morning announcements.
PSAT Results
Students will receive a paper copy of their PSAT Results in Advisory on Wednesday, February 3rd. Students will also receive a handout to help you understand the results. The PSAT is an excellent tool to prepare for the SAT and a good indicator of future SAT performance. 9th & 10th grade students will take the PSAT again on Wednesday, February 24th. 11th grade students will take the School Day SAT on Tuesday, April 12th. You can also login to your College Board account to view your results. Students can link their College Board account with Khan Academy to receive Official SAT Practice for free!
Notice from the Superintendent
Wednesday night, an important message from Superintendent Matt Burrows was sent by email and voicemail to the address on file for parents and staff. A copy appears below. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your building principal.
Challenge Yourself with a Race: May the Fourth Be With You!

Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00pm
Silver Lake Park in Middletown, Delaware
AHS Band Fundraiser
Please come support Appoquinimink High School Band "Mattress Fundraiser". It will be held at Bunker Hill Elementary on February 6th from 10:00am-5:00pm.
News Alert: The January / February issue of our newsletter has arrived

The latest issue of our electronic newsletter, The Appoquinimink Report, emailed this evening. We hope you'll take a moment to read this important update and consider forwarding a copy to your friends, neighbors and relatives!
Fire Drill Update
We would like to thank all of our students and staff for an efficient fire drill today. Everyone moved out of the building and into their evacuation places quickly and quietly. Today's drill was completed four minutes faster than our average time! Well done everyone!
Trauma and the Impact on Learning

During National Mentoring Month, we're joining forces to educate parents, students and the public about the power of mentoring. On January 20, Delaware Deputy Child Advocate Eliza Hurst joined a group of 50 Appoquinimink mentors and staff to deliver an important training on Trauma and the Impact on Learning. It's powerful information for anyone who has, or works with children, teens and young adults. We hope you enjoy it!
Due to the impending snow storm, the SATs scheduled for Saturday, January 23 at Appoquinimink High School, will be postponed. The test will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 20. For further information, please visit and to print your new registration ticket.
Fire Drill
AHS will be conducting the required monthly fire drill this afternoon approximately 1:40 pm. All students and staff will be out of the building at that time until the conclusion of the fire drill.
10-Year Master Facility Plan Presentation

At the January 12, 2016 Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Matt Burrows presented a report to the School Board detailing the long-range plan developed by the Building Utilization Committee, an ad hoc group convened to address capital (bricks and mortar) needs in the district. Findings reflect the fast-paced enrollment growth we are experiencing, and the most recent data available from WILMAPCO, a federally-mandated metropolitan planning organization for Cecil County, MD and New Castle County, DE.
Get the facts about Head Lice and be vigilant!

Head lice have been around for over 15,000 years, yet they continue to stump healthcare professionals, annoy parents, and escape eradication. That's why we have phrases like: "This is lousy," "I'm a nit picker," and "Let's go over this with a fine-toothed comb." Since the problem isn't going away, the best way to deal with it is get active in detection and prevention efforts at home. Get into the habit of checking your child(ren) regularly for head lice. We recommend that you check younger children (ages 3-11) once a week, and more frequently as needed. Read more...
10-Year Long Range Facility Plan
At the January 12, 2016 Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Burrows offered a look at the Building Utilization Committee's recommendations for a 10-Year Master Facility Plan. A copy of that presentation appears below.
Service Academy Information Night

On February 17, Senator Tom Carper will be hosting his annual Academy Information Night. Representatives from all five of the Academies (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) will be on hand to answer questions regarding the qualifications to apply and the application process itself. For a flyer about the event, click to open this story.
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Vision Statement

Appoquinimink High School is a school committed to fostering personal growth through positive character development and the use of state of the art tools and practices to enable students to make a positive impact on today’s global society.

Mission Statement
Achievement - Honor - Success

Promote an engaging learning environment every day in every classroom. Honor students’ unique strengths and needs.

Model positive character attributes. Recognize acts of integrity and leadership.

Increase students’ awareness of the global society . Emphasize the individual’s role in the community

Board of Education Meeting
Date: Feb 9
7:00 PM
Location: Marion E. Proffitt Training Center
School Board Meeting
Date: Feb 9
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Appoquinimink Training Center
Schools & offices closed; Holiday-President's Day
Date: Feb 15
Conferences, Grades 9-12 (evening only)
Date: Feb 24
Conferences, Grades 9-12 (evening only)
Date: Feb 25

Welcome to Appoquinimink High School, home of the Jaguars!

I am very excited about the 2015-2016 school year. It is the seventh anniversary for our school (which opened in 2008) and also marks my seventh year as an administrator at AHS.

During that time, we’ve grown from a community of 1,050 learners to over 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 last year we were named the number one high school in Delaware by U.S. News & World Report. We are also the home of the 2015 Baseball State Championship Team!

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.

I take great pride in the fact that I am the principal of AHS because of our amazing student body, our dedicated teaching staff and our supportive parents and community.

Keisha Brinkley


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Report Bullying

To report bullying, harassment or other suspicious activities, click on the life preserver logo. Families also have the option of contacting the Delaware Department of Justice Bullying Prevention & School Crime Contact at 1-800-220-5414.

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