Current News and Info

  

HB Outdoor Classroom: Sat June 2, 2018

Please help our PTA build an outdoor classroom.

Please get your family together and join us for our Community Build Day on Saturday June 2nd at 9AM and put your mark on this exciting project!

We are hoping to construct tables (simple measuring, sawing etc), a "mud" kitchen (framed around wooden pallets), and an outdoor easel (4x4 posts framing a plexiglass board).  We also have some very cool seating projects (tree stumps that will need to be sanded and tires that will be painted).

In addition to muscle and creativity, we’re hoping volunteers may also be able to bring an assortment of tools…

power screw driver
jigsaw
circular saw
paint brushes
portable generator
belt sander and/or orbital sander
horses (wooden, not the farm animal!)
squares & levels
anything else in your tool box

Sign up here!

 

Save the Date: 10/19/18 Empty Bowls Dinner

We are excited to announce HB du Pont Middle School’s first ever Empty Bowls fundraising event to be held on Friday October 19, 2018.  

The Empty Bowls Event is designed to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity in our community while raising funds to support the West End Neighborhood House.  We serve a simple meal of donated soup and bread from local restaurants and cafes.  Attendees view the handmade bowls created by our talented student body and receive one as a reminder of the families in need living in our community.  For more information email hbdupontpta@gmail.com.

Check back for links to sponsorship info, donation forms and tickets.

 

HB PTA has been awarded a $250 grant from Delaware PTA!

The PTA applied for and was recently granted a $250 grant from the DE PTA.  This grant supports Family Engagement and Arts in Education and will support our Family Pasta Night on March 22, 2018.  This grant will make our Family Pasta Night more affordable for our HB families, so that more families can participate in this fun and delicious event.  Thank you Martha Helojoki for her amazing grant writing!

 

Box Tops - Enter to win a prize!

The Winter Games begin in February and it's time to go for gold with box tops! Bring in your cut, valid Box Tops and help our school earn cash! For each bag of 50 box tops brought in between February 1-15, you will be entered to win a prize! Be sure to put the student's name and grade on the bag/envelope and put it in our collection box in the cafeteria!

 

OPSPARC - Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion & Research Challenge

This contest is open to 3-12th graders and begins in October.  
How the challenge works?
Students will investigate NASA technology and Spinoff technology. To display their research and ideas, students will use a combination of text, images and videos to create a Glogster Multimedia Poster. This poster will be submitted and the student(s) ideas will be shared with NASA.

This is not a PTA sponsored program however, one of our PTA representatives was told about this exciting challenge and wanted to share this info with our HB duPont families.

Please go to the website for more info https://nasaopsparc.com/

Contact Opspark at https://nasaopsparc.com/contact-us/

OPSPARC flyer

 

Amazon Smile

Did you know that HB PTA can earn 5% of your Amazon purchases each time you shop? Designate HB PTA as the recipient through smile.amazon.com. Then each time you shop, log in through Amazon smile. Remember to use the link on your desktop, laptop, phone, tablet...everywhere!! Thank you!!

 

HB DuPont Middle School PTA recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence

Congratulations to H.B. duPont Middle School PTA for being 1 of 141 local PTAunits across the country earning the 2017-2019 School of Excellence designation from the National PTA School of Excellence Program! This recognition celebrates the recipient’s year-long commitment to engage families in the school improvement process. The School of Excellence Program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to engage more families in student success and school improvements, while creating stronger family-school-community connections.

We are so proud of the work H.B. duPont PTA is doing. Earlier this year we reported several other national and state awards that H.B. duPont PTA received.

This is the first time Delaware has ever had a PTA unit earn multiple awards/grants within the same school year. The fact that H.B.duPont has achieved this incredible accomplishment is indicative of their ongoing commitment to the mission and vision of PTA in serving their students and school community. Each program that H.B. applied for is designed to enhance family engagement, stronger schools and an increased focus on Arts appreciation in the schools.

HB and our PTA will be recognized at the October Red Clay School Board meeting 7 PM, October 18th at Cab Calloway School of the Arts Auditorium.  Please come support HB!

Great things happen when you are a part of HB’s PTA!!!

 

HB Spirit Wear

The HB Spirit Wear online store is open!! 

 

Front Marquee Sign Update:

The sign is finished and functioning!  Make sure to check it for important school information.

 

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.

 

'Reflections' 2017/18 Theme "Within Reach"

Reflections 2016/17 Winners:

Literature:
Janelle Javier
Jordan Ormsby
Jake Hannum
Daniel Steenkamer
Louis Hu
 
Photography:
Olivia Ormsby (2 entries)
Shayla Modi
Amrutha Veeramachineni
Grant Lutes
Ava Stiner
 
Visual Arts:
Ainsley Fischer
Samantha Uy
 
Dance Composition:
Sareena Modi
 
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. 

PTA 2017/18 Reflections Contest WINNERS

The State level winners for Reflections have been announced. 
Congratulations to Morgan Covelli and Mariyam Sharoyan!  Their literature entries won Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to Sareena Modi.  Her entry was the winner in the photography category and will be moving on to the National Competition.  

These students’ accomplishments will be honored at the Reflections Award Ceremony on Saturday, April 28th at St. Georges Technical High School (time TBD).   Their entries will be displayed for all to admire.

The theme for next year (2018-2019) will be ”Heroes Around Me.”  Some information is already available on the national PTA website at pta.org/home/programs/reflections.  Additional rules and documentation should be available at delawarepta.org under the Reflections tab by June 2018, allowing students to work on their submissions over the summer if they choose.  

Thank you to our PTA, teachers, and administration for supporting the Reflections Contest. A big thank you to all of the students who participated in the contest.  Continue to express yourselves through the arts!  

Click here for the entire list of all of the winners.