April 17, 2015

CSD News
A weekly newsletter from Christina School District
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Congratulations to Irene Skelly of Wilson Elementary School
2015 Christina School District Nurse of the Year!

Superintendent Williams, District Lead Nurse Karen Kleinschmidt, and Senior Director of Special Services Lisa Lawson paid a surprise visit to Wilson Elementary School on April 14, to personally congratulate school nurse Irene Skelly, for being selected as the 2015 Christina School District Nurse of the Year!  Also pictured are Wilson Elementary principal Natalie Birch and assistant principal Charles Priestley.

Irene holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. She began her career in school nursing in 1996 at Shue-Medill Middle School, and has been the elementary school nurse at Wilson since 2005.  In her role as school nurse, Irene has been an advocate for wellness for both students and staff through her support of health education, illness prevention and appropriate referrals. 

She has coordinated staff and student influenza clinics, organized a weekly student dental clinic through Delcastle Dental, and has served as START coordinator. As the Wilson Garden Coordinator, she helped write a $5,000 grant to start the Wilson Wellness Garden, and partnered with Healthy Foods For Healthy Kids to promote the school wide garden effort that aligns with the science curriculum and promotes healthy eating and "giving back" to the community. Extra garden produce is donated to the Food Bank of Delaware. Irene has developed and contributed to numerous programs and activities at Wilson that promote health, wellness, and nutrition. 

Congratulations to Irene for earning this outstanding honor!

Congratulations to the Christina School District Teachers of the Year for the 2015-2016 School Year!

Schools and programs in the Christina School District have completed the process of choosing a Teacher of the Year for each building for the 2015-2016 school year. These teachers will now be eligible to be selected as the Christina School District Teacher of the Year. The Christina School District Teacher of the Year will then be eligible to earn the title of Delaware Teacher of the Year. The Delaware Teacher of the Year is chosen each fall by the Delaware Department of Education from a pool of teachers representing each district in the state. Congratulations to all of these outstanding teachers, and good luck in the next selection process.


Stephanie Weekes, Bancroft Elementary School

Meghan Farrell, Brader Elementary School

Wendy BellBrookside Elementary School

Karen Brady, Downes Elementary School

Peter Antony, Elbert-Palmer Elementary School

Tara Lynch, Gallaher Elementary School

Timothy Leland, Jones Elementary School

Dawn Picollelli, Keene Elementary School

Gina Rexrode, Leasure Elementary School

Lethia Asare, Maclary Elementary School

Sarah Sozio-Kennard, Marshall Elementary School

Barbara Dutton, McVey Elementary School

Christine Martin, Oberle Elementary School

Mark Kannengieszer, Pulaski Elementary School

Nicole Esquierdo, Smith Elementary School

Rhondale Coleman, Stubbs Elementary School

Lindsay Susi, West Park Place Elementary School

Arden Miller, Wilson Elementary School


Daniel Marcin, Bayard Middle School

Amy Mayer, Gauger-Cobbs Middle School

Helene Ross Williams, Kirk Middle School

Danna Principati, Shue-Medill Middle School



Andrew Beadenkopf, Christiana High School

Dr. Patrick Costigan, Glasgow High School

Michael Albertson, Newark High School

Amanda Biggers, Sarah Pyle Academy

Anne Hohler, Christina Early Education Center
Kyle O'Shea, Delaware Autism Program
Greyson Rudovsky, Delaware School for the Deaf
Meredith England, Networks Program

Brookside Elementary School's Erica Varites
Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Erica Varites from Brookside Elementary School is one of three Delaware teachers receiving a Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education.  This award honors excellence in teaching and leadership at the K-12 level.   Erica was also the winner of the Geography Teacher of the Year award last year from the Delaware Geographic Alliance.  A conference and award ceremony will be held in Washington, DC in August.  

To learn more, please visit: http://www.ncge.org/2015-award-winners 
News this Week from the District
Board Approves 2015-2016 District Calendar

The Christina Board of Education approved the 2015-2016 District Calendar at its April 14 meeting.  

To view or print the 2015-2016 District Calendar, which lists all of the approved days for holidays, professional development, parent conferences, early dismissal and more, please click here.

2010 Christiana High School Graduate Claire Groft
Explains How #WeAllWin When We Support Public Education

View Claire's video:  https://youtu.be/vCJbIM0gw80

Get Involved in the Referendum Effort!

Attention Parents, Teachers, Staff and Community Members: 


Please LIKE the Referendum Facebook page:



Please FOLLOW the Referendum on Twitter:



Please VISIT the Referendum website:



Please VIEW Referendum videos on our YouTube page:
Page Name: "Christina, Charter, Choice: We All Win" 



We are trying to get as many members of our community involved in this important effort.  Please ask questions, share information, and get involved.  

DEMEC Awards Newark High School for Outstanding Participation in Demand Response 

The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) congratulates the Christina School District's Newark High School for its outstanding participation in the 2014/2015 Demand Response Program Year.  Christina School District received a cash incentive for reducing their energy consumption during high energy use hours last summer.   


How it works is simple.  Customers typically consume the most energy during the summer months.  On especially hot days the regional grid becomes strained as customers demand more energy.  In an effort to reduce the strain, large energy consumers are incentivized to reduce their energy use during peak hours when energy is most expensive. 

Annual District Art Show Opening Reception
April 22 ~ 6:00-8:00 p.m.  

Gauger-Cobbs Middle School
50 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713

View photo album from last year's event!

STEM Expo & Title I Parent Conference
April 25 ~ 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Christiana High School
190 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713

The 3rd Annual STEM Expo & Title I Parent Conference will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Christiana High School, 190 Salem Church Road, Newark.  The event will include parent workshops, resources to support families, and a Kids Zone.

The STEM EXPO will showcase various student exhibits and include STEM focused competitions, demonstrations, and interactive events.   In addition, we will recognize our student's achievements in the areas of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.   

We are excited to have both events take place in conjunction with each other again this year.  This event provides a perfect forum to inform Christina School District families of all the resources that are available in our area.

Fifth Annual Transition to Adult Life Fair
April 29 ~ 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Christiana High School
190 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713

The fair is designed for students from middle school to 21 years of age who are receiving special education services.  The event will include career tables for students to talk to local business people about different jobs and college tables to address accommodations in classes.  There will also be many other tables available for conversations about life after high school.  

CSD Fifth Annual District-wide College Fair 2015
April 30 ~ 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Glasgow High School
1901 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19702

  • Talk one-on-one with admissions counselors  from colleges, career and trade schools 
  • Short college planning workshops for middle and high school families  - get answers to your questions about the college process from a panel of Delaware college admissions representatives from 2-year and 4-year programs, financial aid professionals, a school counselor, and Department of Education staff  
  • Find out what resources are available for students with disabilities
  • Seniors and their families can get one-on-one help with their FAFSA forms
  • Get information about Financial Aid, Scholarships, and other ways to pay for college 
  • Learn how AVID and Aspira can help you on your path to college  
  • Light refreshments for all attendees
Transportation is available for families living in the City of Wilmington.  A bus will depart Bayard Middle School, 200 S. DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE at 5:20 pm and leave Glasgow High School at approximately 7:45 pm.

*NOTE:  If you plan to ride the bus, you must reserve seating in advance by calling 302-552-2625.  Middle school students must be accompanied by an adult.  High school students do not need adult escorts.

For more information, contact Ms. Skovronski at 302-631-4700 x14313

EVENT FLYERS:  English / Spanish
NEW BOARD MEETING DATE:  Christina Board of Education May General Business Meeting Now Scheduled for May 12 

At its April 14 Board of Education meeting, the CSD School Board voted to reschedule its Tuesday, May 19 General Business meeting to Tuesday, May 12 at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, 50 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713.  The General Business Meeting Public Session will begin at 7:30 p.m. [more]

Are You a Budding Film Producer?
Enter the "Check Out MyPlate" Video Contest!

School Nutrition Association has partnered with the USDA to form a MyPlate Strategic Partnership. The result, a video contest for kids! The "Check Out MyPlate" video search is challenging kids across the country to submit a short video (approximately 60 seconds or less) about how to eat healthy using MyPlate and get moving with their favorite physical activity. Entries are due by April 30, 2015.   For more information visit http://www.checkoutmyplate.com 

News this Week from Preschool Programs Preschool
Christina Early Education Center Preschool
Registration Now Open!

Christina Early Education Center's preschool registration is now open.  Registration forms will be accepted at the following schools at the times specified.  

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Christina Early Education Center, 620 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark, DE 19713

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bancroft Elementary School, 700 N. Lombard Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Elbert-Palmer Elementary School, 1210 Lobdell Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Pulaski Elementary School, 1300 Cedar Street, Wilmington, DE 19805
Stubbs Elementary School, 1100 N. Pine Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Financial assistance is available on a limited basis. Please call 302-454-2720 for more information or visit the Christina Early Education Center website at www.christinaeec.org.
News this Week from Elementary Schools ES
Two CSD Students Receive Top Honors in DSEA "Heroes that Inspire" Art Contest  

Two Christina School District elementary school students have recently been selected winners in the 2015 DSEA Human and Civil Rights Task Force Art Contest entitled "Heroes Who Inspire."  Congratulations to: 
  • 1st place:  Gia Rivera, Grade 3, Marshall Elementary School (Teacher/Advisor: Claudia Martin)
  • 3rd place:  Camille Scott, Grade 1, Maclary Elementary School (Teacher/Advisor: Kim Georgette)
An awards banquet will be held on May 7 at the Dover Downs Rollins Center.

McVey Hosts Third Annual Leap into Learning Night 

On April 15, McVey Elementary School held its third Annual Leap into Learning Night in conjunction with the Kindergarten Showcase.  Seventy-five people attended the event with Kindergarten through grade 5 students, who came to enjoy an evening of fun and learning with lots of hands-on activities. The evening included a scavenger hunt to help the students navigate all the various classrooms.  The students and families enjoyed activities such as owl pellet dissection, fruit loops graphing, exploring force and motion, building ramps and swings,  designing and building a pedestal, fraction action math, energy and water conservation presentations and activities, a book swap in the library and many more.  The activities focused on math and science skills through all grade levels.   A fantastic night was had by all.

Senate Hearing on Proposed Gray Fox Legislation Will Be Held at McVey Elementary School on April 20  

Paul Sedacca's fourth grade students at McVey Elementary School will welcome the Delaware Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Control Committee to the school for a hearing on proposed legislation that will allow the State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to create a hunting season for Delaware's official state wildlife animal, the gray fox. Sedacca's fourth grade class in 2010 helped pass successful legislation naming the gray fox as Delaware's official wildlife animal. Now, five years later, Sedacca's current students are opposing the measure that would allow hunting of the fox in Delaware, and the sale of its pelt. House lawmakers voted through the measure last month. Should the Senate committee release the measure Monday, it would head to a floor vote at a later date. The gray fox issue is the only item on the agenda. The hearing will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the McVey Elementary School auditorium.



Stubbs Elementary School Named 2nd Place Winner in School Breakfast Challenge  

Stubbs Elementary School was recently named the 2nd place winner in the Food Bank of Delaware's first-ever school breakfast challenge. As part of the first Breakfast Challenge, the Delaware Department of Education and the Food Bank of Delaware looked at October 2013 and October 2014 data to determine schools that are making great strides to increase access to breakfast for Delaware school children!  As the 2nd place winner, Stubbs will receive a check in the amount of $2,000 at the "Coming Together" Conference to be held on May 4 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.  Learn more:  http://www.fbd.org/comingtogether

Upcoming Events at Stubbs
Elementary School
  • Friday, April 17, 10:00 am-12:30 pm:  "4th Annual Spring Career Fair" at Stubbs Elementary School.  Your new career is waiting.  Professional business attire only. No jeans, yoga pants, shorts, or t-shirts.
  • Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am-3:00 pm:  "How to Manage Your Child(s) Asthma" at Stubbs Elementary School.  This asthma education program is designed to give children ages 6 to 12 and their families more self-confidence and necessary knowledge and skills needed to control asthma.  Please call Mr. Livingston at 302-428-4175 Ext. 103 to RSVP to attend the session and receive a Healthy Homes Basket filled with supplies for Spring Cleaning.  Lunch will also be provided for children and families.  
News this Week from Middle Schools MS
Bayard Middle School 8th Graders Visit JA Finance Park

Over forty Bayard Middle School (BMS) 8th grade students participated in Junior Achievement (JA) of Delaware's Finance Park program on April 2.  JA Finance Park helps students build a foundation upon which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit. Middle school is an ideal time to start conversations about credit. JA Finance Park is an interactive marketplace where students in 7th-8th grades can make personal finance decisions in simulated real-world situations.

Kirk Teacher Named 2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Congratulations to Kirk Middle School's Business Education/Computer Technology Instructor Gail Morris for her recent selection as the 2015-2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.  Gail was one of seventy educators selected for this award and the only recipient from Delaware.   

The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program is a year long, free professional program designed to foster and reward a community of highly engaged, tech-savvy K-12 educators who are effectively using digital media and technology in their classrooms to help further student engagement and achievement.  

Click here to learn more about Gail and the other 2015 Local PBS Digital Innovators: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators/

Kirk Middle School Hosts "Rest for the Test" Event

On April 14, Kirk Middle School held a kick-off event for students starting the Smarter Balanced testing period.  The "Rest for the Test" event allowed student to dress down in PJs and participate in a pep rally which included "scooter ball."  The event was a fun day for all involved.  

Shue-Medill Middle School Participates in the Science Olympiad

On March 21, the Shue-Medill Middle School Science Olympiad team participated in a statewide competition in Dover.  The following students were recognized for their outstanding efforts:

Seth Lutman, 2nd place, "Robo Cross"
Samir Chowdhury and Tony Zheng, 4th place, "Crave the Wave"
Katie Thompson and Alexa Lankford, 5th place, "Write It, Do It"
Jessica Smith and Lucy Xu, 5th place, "Bridge Building"
Madison Bailey and Kaitlyn Ozor, 6th place, "Write It, Do It"
Olivia Rivera and Kaitlyn Ozor, 6th place, "Bridge Building" 

News this Week from High Schools HS
"Glasgow Cares" Hosts Egg Hunt for REACH Students

"Glasgow Cares," a group made up of approximately 100 Glasgow High School students led by GHS Athletic Director Jeremy Jeanne, hosted spring activities and an egg hunt for all REACH elementary school students on April 2.  Together the students participated in an egg hunt, face painting, dancing as well as lunch.

NHS Students' Art Work on Display at Newark Arts Alliance

Congratulations to the thirteen Newark High School art students who have art displayed in the Newark Arts Alliance juried art show, Young at Art. The students are Katlyn French, Ellie Fruehstorfer, Alayna Hammond, Aneige Hatfield, Anthony Hewitt, Isabel Idsardi, Virginia Milham, Julia Murphy, Cassie O'Quinn, Alysa Portagallo, Serena Sacher, Nethra Shankar, and Julia Waters. A drawing by Anthony Hewitt won 1st place in the high school division. The reception and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main Street, Suite 102, Market East Plaza, Newark, DE 19711.

Learn more about the Newark Arts Alliance:  http://www.newarkartsalliance.org/

NHS Drama Club Presents..."Alice in Wonderland"
April 16, 17 and 18

Newark High School
750 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711

April 16, 17 and 18:  7:00 p.m.
April 18:  2:00 p.m. matinee

All tickets are $10/each
News this Week from Special Programs SP
i DEAF NEWS Stops by Delaware School for the Deaf

i DEAF NEWS is a weekly news broadcast via the internet providing news specifically related to the deaf community.  Deaf news reporters, Seth Gerlis and Carletta Gentile, stopped by Delaware School for the Deaf (DSD) as part of their project "News Anchor for a Day." The broadcast includes interviews with Hailey and Gavin, both sophomore students at DSD. 

DSD was honored to be part of this national news segment.  Check out the video: http://ideafnews.com/2015/04/04/news-update-4-04-15/
Christina in the News ITN
The Race to Save the World / Enoch Lee Memorial Run
April 15, 2015; DelawareOnline  

The Race to Save the World / Enoch Lee Memorial Run honors the life -- and the vision -- of Lee, a 2011 Newark High graduate who was a University of Delaware senior when he died in a car accident last October.

The perpetually upbeat Lee had friends by the hundreds. His Twitter bio -- "I wanna save the world. I'm a musician trying to become a doctor" -- inspired the name of Saturday's 10K run.  It begins at 9:00 a.m. at Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark on Possum Park Road with a course through Middle Run Valley Natural Area.  [more]

Senate hearing on gray fox will be at elementary school
April 14, 2015; DelawareOnline 

It seems like the fourth graders in Paul Sedacca's class will get to have their say.  On Monday, the Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Control Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on proposed legislation that allows the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to create a hunting season for Delaware's state wildlife animal, the gray fox.  [more]

Timing supercritical for Newark tech firm's next move
April 12, 2015; DelawareOnline  

The key to turning an innovative concept into a successful product can depend almost entirely on timing.  Just ask Newark High School alumni Kenneth James, founder of Supercritical Fluid Technologies, a Newark-based company that has experienced the benefits of having the right idea at the right time, as well as the setbacks that result from breakthroughs arriving a little too late. [more]
CPU Parent Events & Activities CPU
Christina Parent University Presents  Christina Parent University

APRIL 20, 2015 ~ 6:00-7:30 P.M.
Drew Educational Support Services Center, Parent Resource Center, 600 N. Lombard Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
EVENT FLYERS:  English / Spanish
APRIL 29, 2015 ~ 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Christiana High School
190 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713
May 6, 2015 ~ 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Two Locations:
Sarah Pyle Academy, 501 N. Lombard Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Newark High School, 750 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711
EVENT FLYERS:  English / Spanish
May 7, 2015 ~ 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, 50 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713
May 12, 2015 ~ 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Drew Educational Support Services Center, Parent Resource Center, 600 N. Lombard Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
EVENT FLYERS:  English / Spanish
Community Partners  CP
Newark Community Resources Fair to be Held on April 17
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Are you having trouble paying property taxes? Putting food on the table? Making needed repairs to your home? Paying your mortgage? Getting your medical needs addressed?  This event is for you!  State, local and non-profit agencies will be attending this fair sponsored by Councilwoman Lisa Diller to give you information about how area agencies can help to meet your needs.  [more]

Delaware DigiGirlz Day ~ May 6
Register Today!

The Delaware Department of Technology and Information, the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Center for Educational Technology and Microsoft Corporation are pleased to host Delaware's 2015 DigiGirlz event on May 6 at Wilmington University's New Castle campus. 

This exciting program is available free of charge for Delaware girls in the 8th and 9th grades and their teachers.  The event will highlight career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Register today, seats are limited.

Click here to more information and to register.

Calendar Reminders Calendar

Thursday, April 16
  • 7:00 pm:  Newark High School Spring Musical, 750 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711
Friday, April 17
  • 10:00 am:  Spring Career Fair for Eastside Community Program, Stubbs Elementary School, 1100 N. Pine Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • 7:00 pm:  Newark High School Spring Musical, 750 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711 
Saturday, April 18
  • 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm:  Newark High School Spring Musical, 750 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711
Monday, April 20
  • 6:00 pm:  CPU Presents...Social Security Benefits, Drew Educational Support Services Center, Parent Resource Center, 600 N. Lombard Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 [more]
Wednesday, April 22
  • 6:00 pm:  Annual District Art Show Opening Reception, Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, 50 Gender Road, Newark, DE, 19713  [more
Thursday, April 23
  • 7:00 am-3:00 pm:  Annual District Art Show, Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, 50 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713
  • 7:00 pm:  Shue-Medill Middle School Spring Finale - Mega Bands at Newark High School, 750 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711
Friday, April 24
  • 7:00 am-3:00 pm:  Annual District Art Show, Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, 50 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713
Saturday, April 25
  • 8:30 am-3:00 pm:  3rd Annual STEM Expo & Title I Parent Conference, Christiana High School, 190 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713  [more]


Questions or comments regarding the CSDNews may be directed to the Christina School District Public Information Office at 302-552-2670 or [email protected]