Current News and Info
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon: May 3, 2017
Please join us in supporting HB's awesome teachers and staff by contributing to this year's TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON. We are asking for desserts and raffle items (gift cards, gift baskets, certificates for services or restaurants). Thank you for helping to support the amazing staff at HB! Any questions, contact Holly Gilmartin (email@example.com) or Stephanie Clatworthy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HB Garden Construction: May 20, 2017
Our PTA helped HB be one of 45 schools nationwide to receive a $3000 grant from Annie’s Garden to build a garden for our school. The garden will be utilized by FCS classes, the Meadowood program, and activity blocks. Hopefully everyone will get to enjoy it at some point during their time at HB if only to taste the fruits of our labor! Now we need to get the garden built. We will have a build day Saturday May 20th from 10 am-4 pm. We will need some folks for the heavy lifting and who can bring, and use, power drills. Students are welcome to volunteer. If you can only come for part of the time that is fine too just let us know when you will be there.
School of Excellence
It is time to touch base and re-evaluate how our school has done so that we can submit our final report on the success of our National PTA School of Excellence Action Plan. This summer we will find out if HB duPont Middle School will receive the special distinction as a National PTA School of Excellence and be the only school with that designation in the state of Delaware.
From our initial survey the areas that were brought forth that we needed to work on were mostly in the communication area.
Our action plan contained:
1. Increased communication with parents regarding what the school is doing to assist with transition of grades (5-6th, 7-8th, 8th-9th)
-Informing 5th grade parents about counselor visits to feeder schools
-Posting dates and encouraging 7th graders to begin attending school choice open houses in preparation for 8th grade applications
-Informing parents of 8th graders about high school presentations by the counselors, timing of visits by feeder High schools for class selection.
2. Improved communication with the construction of a new digital Marquee sign (should be completed before school is out)
3. New school office to contain welcoming signs in both English and Spanish (construction completed for the fall)
4. With interior of building scheduled to be painted this summer improve numbering of rooms and hallway directional signage.
PTA Meeting- May 16th 7 PM in the Library
We will be voting on board member positions for the 2017-2018 school year. If you wish to run for a board position or learn more about the positions, please contact Ann Pollock at email@example.com
8th Grade Transition to High School
Vo-Tech assignments are being mailed/emailed 2/24. Parents can contact the HB Counselors if they haven't heard yet.
Choice Acceptance Deadline is March 17th
McKean High School will be at HB March 28th for the information session and passing out of course selection booklets for all students attending there next year.
McKean will come again on April 4th for students to have individual meetings and actually select courses.
We will let you know when AI has set their dates for info sessions and course selection for incoming freshman.
The Charter School of Wilmington is having their Incoming Freshman Orientation March 21st from 6-7PM
Family Pasta Night Update:
Our second annual Family Pasta Night was a hit! We doubled our attendance from last year, with approximately 230 dinners served. The cafeteria was transformed into an Italian bistro, featuring live entertainment all evening from members of the HB choir. Our dessert table included cookies baked by HB’s Family & Consumer Science (FCS) students. Thank you to everyone that planned, volunteered, donated desserts, performed, and joined us for dinner and the book fair. This event raised approximately $1,200 for the HB PTA, but its true purpose was to increase family engagement. What a great community we have at HB!!
Book Fair Update:
The Scholastic Book Fair was attended by all HB students during their ELA classes. Students also shopped before school, at lunch and on last-chance Friday. The fair sold over $3800 in books and other items, with the PTA earning $900 to fund programs for all students. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who assisted with the fair throughout the week. An extra special thank you to Ms. Delgado for allowing us to overtake the library for the week.
Box Tops News:
Thank you to all who sent in (and continue to send in ) box tops. We will earn over $180 this spring to support our school. The following students were entered in our raffle (some multiple times) for every 50 box tops sent in: Grant Lutes, Grace Wooten, Hannah Steenkamer, Nathaniel Gysling, Jailyn Matthews, Nicole Bandelato, Charlotte Pollock, Aiden Huber, Sam Coffey, and Kody Pharis. We truly appreciate all who participate in this program. Our raffle winners, each earing a $10 Wawa gift card are Sam Coffey and Jailyn Matthews! Congratulations and keep collecting those Box Tops and Zingos receipts!
Front Marquee Sign Update:
PTA has paid our portion of the sign in conjunction with the district, and HB and the sign is in the works. PTA’s portion was $7,000 We used $4,000 from Warrior Fund Earnings, $1,000 New Castle County grant from Congresswoman Kilpatrick and a $2,000 donation from Max Rodriquez. The permit has been submitted to the county and we await it’s approval and good weather to begin working on the sign.
Olivia Ormsby (2 entries)
Sareena was also the winner of the Theme Search contest at the State level. Her entry has been submitted to the National Level for judging.
Congratulations to all of you for your winning Reflections Entries. Good luck at the state level. The State PTA will be contacting you if your entry is chosen to move on to the national level.
Breakfast Vending Machines
The Nutrition Department is pleased to announce the arrival of a brand new breakfast vending machine! This vending machine will be located at the main doors in the back of the building and will dispense full breakfasts at no charge to the students. The students simply enter their birthday and student ID number and then select which breakfast they desire, then can enjoy it in their first class. We are really counting on the students to be responsible and careful to clean up any mess they may make while eating, and not to eat near their Chromebooks or other electronic equipment.
Of course, the students can still come to the cafeteria and select their breakfast, this is just another way that HB is making breakfast available to everyone. Cash is not accepted in this machine, and only one breakfast per day per student will be dispensed. We are also urging all students with a food allergy to continue to come to the cafeteria and get their lunch from the staff so that they can ensure they are eating foods that are safe for them.
The machine will be available to use on Monday, November 28. It will be on every school day from 7:00am until 8:30am. Please look for a Nutrition Department staff member to be available to assist the students during the first week of its operation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Stacey Buchanan, cafeteria manager at 302.239.3425.