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Chartered by the Red Clay Consolidated School District • April 2012
THE CHARTER SCHOOL OF WILMINGTON
N E WS L E T T E R
SPRING BREAK SET FOR APRIL 5-16
Spring Break will start at 12 noon on April 5. Classes will resume on Monday, April 16.
CHARTER FUND - WE ARE AT $131,000 AND AT 29% PARTICIPATION!!!
Have you contributed to the Charter Fund yet – we are currently at $131,000 with a participation rate of 29%. It’s not too late to give. It is important for every family to participate in this campaign so our participation rate is strong to attract future grant opportunities. To make a donation by credit card, go to our website, www.charterschool.org.
SENIORS RETURN APRIL 17 FROM SPRING BREAK
CSW seniors were given an extra vacation day over Spring Break and will not report back to classes until Tuesday, April 17. Enjoy your extra time, Class of 2012!
APRIL 18 SAT DAY FOR JUNIORS
There is no school on April 18 for freshmen, sophomores and seniors. Our juniors will be taking the free SAT here. This SAT administration is funded by the Delaware Department of Education in association with the Federal Race to the Top Program. It is the only official SAT held at CSW. The School-Day SAT Initiative is designed to offer juniors “an exciting opportunity to test in the familiar surroundings of their local schools during school hours.” Scheduling information will be shared with the juniors at a later date.
CHARTER FUND MATCHING GIFTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
If you have made a donation to the Charter Fund, check with your company to see if they will match your gift! You just need to complete an additional form. It’s an easy way to double your gift to us!
VOLUNTEER JOB FAIR ON APRIL 19
What is your child doing this summer? Volunteering and giving back to our community is an important part of your child’s success in school. Many colleges require community service. The Parent Association is hosting our annual Volunteer Job Fair on Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the gym. The nonprofits that attended last year included Delaware Nature Society, Ronald McDonald House, Hagley Museum, American Lung Association, Brandywine Zoo, Compassionate Care, Division for the Visually Impaired, Food Bank of Delaware, Sunday Breakfast Mission, Winterthur Museum, and West End Neighborhood House. If you would like more information regarding the Volunteer Fair, please contact Vishala Sridhar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY HOSTING LARGEST AP EXAMS PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
During our AP testing in May, some of the testing will take place at Wilmington University. This is an upgrade from our gym. We will need help from parent volunteers to help this process go smoothly. More formal invitations will go out soon, but if you are available on testing days, let us know by signing up online on our website.
FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE CHARTER INFORMATION, CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE: www.charterschool.org
OUR MISSION The mission of The Charter School of Wilmington is to engage highly motivated high school students with an interest in math and science by providing a challenging college preparatory curriculum in a safe, friendly and nurturing environment that integrates practical learning opportunities, sets high expectations, develops social responsibility and promotes a global perspective.
MORE NEWS IS YOUR CHILD RETURNING TO CSW NEXT YEAR?
The course book for the 2012-2013 school year has been released online and students will be completing course selections for next year. If your family is moving or you will not be re-enrolling your child at CSW, please let Student Services know or your guidance counselor so we can begin considering transfer applicants for the 2012-2013 school year.
GRADUATION 2012 – TICKET SALES START APRIL 1
The Charter School of Wilmington’s commencement ceremony will be held in the Grand Theatre at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. The 2012 exercises will take place Saturday morning, June 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. Admission is by ticket only. Theater doors will open at 10 a.m. You must have a ticket to be admitted into the theater. Please keep in mind that all seating is first come, first served. Additional tickets may be purchased directly from the Grand Opera box office beginning April 1, 2012. The box office hours are from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will be priced at $20 each and are available on a first come, first served basis. No more than 4 additional tickets may be purchased by any family until May 1, at which time any remaining tickets may be purchased in any quantity from the Grand.
CHARTER TRANSFER ADMISSIONS 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR
CSW will accept transfer students in grades 10 and 11 on a space-available basis for the 2012-2013 school year. All applicants are required to take a Transfer Student Placement Test on April 28, 2012 at CSW. Our test will focus on Math and English. No calculators are permitted. Students will also be asked to write a brief essay. Applicants who perform well on the Placement Test will be invited for an interview by Charter Administration to determine if they are academically qualified to enter our program. Interviews will be scheduled May 16 – June 1. Check our website for details on our transfer requirements.
MOE TEAM WITH CSW STUDENTS TAKES TOP HONORS
Charter students combined skills with 28 other students from 10 schools to form Team MOE 365 (Miracles of Engineering). They competed at the Lenape FIRST Robotics District Competition March 24 -March 25 and their team MOE 365 become the event champions (out of 40 teams). They also received the Engineering Excellence Award which celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature or features. The team now qualifies for the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship at Temple University on April 12. Kudos to Kevin Lee, Jesse Zhou, Nicole Morken, Alex Szostek, Juliana Panarello, Jenna Brown, Anqi Cong, Ruyan Chen, Ollie Hanes, Katie Deputy, Joel Rice, Jeremy Gross, Sueann Wang, Grant Wing and Chris Lin.
APRIL BOARD MEETING
The April Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m.
INCOMING FRESHMEN CHALLENGE TESTING ON APRIL 28
The Challenge Tests for incoming freshmen will be held on April 28. An email reminder will be sent to our new freshmen after Spring Break.
JEFFERSON AWARDS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Please consider nominating a student you know for the Jefferson Award for Public Service. The nominee should be a student who has dedicated his or her time to extraordinary community service commitments locally, nationally or globally. The nomination form is included in this newsletter.
WOUNDED WARRIOR RUN ON MAY 26
CSW’s Patriots Club will be hosting The Wounded Warrior Run on Saturday, May 26, from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington. Registration materials and deadlines are included in this newsletter.
CSW Students Excel in Science Competitions!
Congratulations to the following students who participated in science competitions in Delaware and around the nation.
New Castle County Science Expo – March 2012 Seven Charter students competed at the New Castle County Science Expo and walked away with trophies! Emma Barnes won first place in Zoology. In Environmental science, Jason Liu and Martin Kurian (team), Jaimie Carlson, and Rob Jaquette took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Achille Tenkiang won first place in Chemistry. Jason Liu and Martin Kurian were awarded the “Best of Show” award in Theoretical Science for the second year in a row. Achille Tenkiang and Emma Barnes were named finalists in the 2012 Delaware BioGENEius Challenge. Delaware Science Olympiad Tournament – March 2012 Charter’s Science Olympiad A/B teams placed first and second in the state tournament on March 3. Charter took first prize in 17 of the 23 events. These students will represent Delaware at the national competition: Makinde Ogunnaike, Nathan Buxton, Matthews Lan, Lucy Wang, Uthsav Chitra, Kyle Plusch, Stephen Burcat, Martin Kurian, Claire Yang, Bohan Wei, Alan Wang, Joseph Xu, Karthik Siva, Jerry Ding, and Jason Liu. Kudos also to our second place team! Members include: Edward Bao, Lizzy Biener, John Connolly, Jasper Lee, David Liu, Jennifer McFarlane, Drake Rivera, Christian Song, Nikolas Theopold, Daniel Wang, Gordon Wang, Evan Xue, Kevin Ye, Kathy Yuan and Julie Zhu. Glenn Heffner and Rose Lounsbury are the team coaches. The Roots 2012 Young Futurist – March 2012 Achille Tenkiang was named as one of “The Roots 2012 Young Futurists” - an annual list spotlighting the top 25 young African Americans leaders and innovators of the future. He won by creating a working microbial fuel cell that converts mud into electricity in his parents’ garage. He also founded a nonprofit, Roots Scholarship Fund, to provide educational opportunities for children in Cameroon. National Neuroscience Brain Bee – March 2012 Praneeja Matta placed 6th in the National Neuroscience Brain Bee. The goal of The Brain Bee is to motivate students to learn about the brain, to capture their imaginations, and to inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical brain research.
Full Name of Individual NOMINATED Name of NOMINATOR Street Address State Zip City
Students In Action
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TRENDING NOW: SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA
Have you ever heard of synthetic marijuana? Chances are your teen might know about it. Also known as “K2”, “Aroma”, “Blaze”, and “Spice,” the use of this drug is on the rise in the United States. A November 2011 report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that nearly 1 in 9 high school seniors had gotten high on synthetic marijuana in the past year. More and more teens are showing up in emergency rooms across the nation with side effects caused by this dangerous drug. Many ER physicians are unfamiliar with the symptoms because it is still a relatively new drug and there is very little information in the medical literature.
What is synthetic marijuana?
Synthetic marijuana is made of a blend of plant and herbal materials (blue lotus, bay bean, pink lotus, red clover, dwarf skullcap and others). These materials alone are not the problem. What makes this drug dangerous is when it is sprayed with chemicals. This makes the drug toxic. It then mimics the effect of cannabis. It does not show up in routine urine tests. Synthetic marijuana can produce a greater affect with smaller doses due to its heightened ability to bond to the teen brain’s cannabis receptor. These two factors make it very attractive to teens.
Where is it sold?
Synthetic marijuana is usually sold in little packets as potpourri or incense in convenience stores. At least 39 states, including Delaware, have already taken steps to ban the sales of synthetic marijuana. In March 2012, the federal DEA extended its ban on at least five chemicals used to make this drug.
Symptoms of use and major concerns
Teens that show up in emergency rooms or make calls to poison control are exhibiting symptoms that are unlike those of natural marijuana. The symptoms of synthetic marijuana are more urgent and include high blood pressure, heavy sweating, inability to speak, heart palpitations, muscle rigidity, increased aggressiveness, and convulsions.
One of the major concerns with this drug is the long term effects that are now presenting themselves. Synthetic marijuana is particularly destructive to teenage brains as they are still undergoing massive growth. When brains are exposed to the toxins in this drug, normal development and connections within the brain are altered. Cognition problems, memory loss and psychosis are all side effects of long-term consequences.
Parents and teachers need to be aware of this new drug and the possible impact on the health of our adolescents. Educating ourselves and our children is key to the prevention of abuse of this drug. Karen Micale, RN, MSN, NCSN
Get the Facts
What is meningococcal meningitis?
Meningococcal disease, which includes meningitis, is a serious bacterial infection that strikes between 1000 to 2600 Americans each year. Although rare, meningococcal disease can cause meningitis (swelling of the brain or spinal cord) or meningococcemia (blood infection). Vaccination has been available for decades and is a safe and effective way to help protect against this potentially devastating disease.
What can happen if you get meningococcal meningitis?
Although rare, meningococcal meningitis is serious and can potentially cause death of an otherwise healthy young person within 24 hours. About 10 percent of people who get meningococcal meningitis will die. Up to 1 in 5 survivors are left with serious medical problems, including:
• Amputation • Brain
of arms, legs, ﬁngers, and toes
Who is at risk for getting meningococcal meningitis?
Preteens and teens are at greater risk for getting meningococcal meningitis and are more likely to die compared with other age groups. Death rates from meningococcal meningitis are up to 5 times higher in teenagers and young adults (15 through 24 years of age) compared with other age groups.
• Deafness • Kidney
How can you help prevent your child from developing meningococcal meningitis?
Vaccination is safe and effective and the best way to help protect preteens and teens from meningococcal meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading medical groups recommend meningococcal vaccine for:
• Preteens • College
How do you get meningococcal meningitis?
Meningococcal bacteria are spread from person to person through close contact. Common everyday activities (eg, sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, kissing, or living in close quarters) can put even healthy preteens and teens at greater risk for getting meningitis. That’s why vaccination is so important.
and teens 11 through 18 years of age
freshmen living in dormitories
2 through 10 years of age who are at increased risk or if elected by their health-care providers and parents
What are symptoms of meningococcal meningitis?
Meningococcal meningitis can be hard to recognize, especially in its early stages, because symptoms are similar to those of more common viral illnesses. But unlike more common illnesses, the disease can progress quickly and may cause death within 24 hours. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, vomiting, exhaustion, and/or a rash.
Vaccination is available for people 2 through 55 years of age who wish to reduce their risk for contracting the disease. Every health-care visit is an opportunity to talk to your child’s health-care provider about vaccination for meningitis and other diseases. Ask your child’s school nurse about meningitis prevention or call your health-care provider to schedule a vaccination appointment. Visit VoicesOfMeningitis.org for more information about meningococcal meningitis and vaccination.
C enter for B ehavioral H ealth S tatistics and Q uality
National Survey on Drug Use and Health
February 17, 2011
Young Alcohol Users Often Get Alcohol from Family or Home
Annually, an estimated 709,000 youths aged 12 to 14 (5.9 percent) drank alcohol in the past month according to combined 2006 to 2009 data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Almost all of these adolescents (93.4 percent) received their alcohol for free the last time they drank, and 44.8 percent (about 317,000) got the alcohol for free from their family or at home (Figure). These results suggest that family members can play a direct and important role in reducing young adolescents’ access to alcohol, preventing not only underage drinking but also the early onset of other associated behavioral health problems. For more information on SAMHSA’s efforts to prevent underage alcohol use, see http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/.
Payment and Source of Most Recently Used Alcohol among Past Month Alcohol Users Aged 12 to 14: 2006 to 2009*
6.6% Paid for Alcohol 19.6% Free–Underage Person 44.8% Free– Family/Home
15.7% Parent/Guardian 13.9% Other Adult Relative 15.2% Took from Home
13.5% Free–Unrelated Adult 6.8% Free–Took from Someone Else’s Home
* Percentages were computed after excluding respondents with missing payment or source information.
Source: The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The survey collects data by administering questionnaires to a representative sample of the population through face-to-face interviews at their places of residence. The Data Spotlight may be copied without permission. Citation of the source is appreciated. Find this report and those on similar topics online at http://oas.samhsa.gov.
PARENT ASSOCIATION NEWS TOWN MEETING ON APRIL 17 - TEEN DRINKING & DRIVING
The Charter School of Wilmington and the CSW Parent Association would like to invite all Charter parents and students to a Town Hall meeting on teen drinking and driving on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. With our Prom only weeks away, it is important to educate both our students and parents on the dangers of drinking while driving. Studies show when both the student and parent are listening together to this presentation, the results are far more positive. Please join us for this meeting in the CSW/Cab Calloway Theatre. Please come and get enlightened on this ongoing issue with our teens! We strongly recommend that you and your child attend this Town Hall meeting together. If you have any questions, please contact Yvonne Johnson at email@example.com.
PARENT ASSOCIATION NEWS AND APRIL MEETING
The regularly scheduled April Parent Association meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 321. Nominations for Parent Association officers will be taken at that time. The Parent Association would like to thank all the CSW parents and staff for their support of Casino Night. It was a wonderful evening full of fun and prizes. A very special thank you goes to our hard working organizers: Monique Evans and Kathy di Girolamo and their team. It would not have been possible to have such a successful event without their many hours of planning and hard work!
NOTICE OF ELECTION CSW PARENT ASSOCIATION 2012-2013
The annual election of officers for the CSW Parent Association will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 321. All members are invited to cast votes for the positions of President, President-Elect, Vice-President- scheduling, Vice-President-at large, Secretary and Treasurer. If you are interested in running for any of these offices, please contact Nominations Chair Roger Titter at RTitter@aol.com.
Casino Night 2012
Thank you to everyone who helped make Charter’s Casino Night a success! We had just over 300 attendees and the feedback we received was that everyone had a good time, enjoyed the wonderful food from Taqueira Morolean, the baked goods provided by all the fabulous Charter bakers and a lot of people went home with some pretty cool prizes. Car Raffle
The car raffle sold out in the first few minutes of the evening since only two tickets remained. Thank you to everyone who supported Charter by purchasing a ticket! The Holden family won the new 2012 Honda Civic. They are the parents of incoming freshman Louisa. Congratulations!!
Special Thanks to Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Baldwin
A special thank you to Governor Markell and Mrs. Markell for their generous offer of two “Lunches with the Governor” and to Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Baldwin who have graciously offered to prepare the lunches. Our wonderful Charter staff manned the bars and provided libations for all during the evening. Thank you for making it so fun for all of us.
We had a special surprise visitor…the Eagles SWOOP flew in to do a few live auctions of some fabulous Eagles memorabilia. Thank you to SWOOP for your time and zeal and to the Eagles organization for donating the auction items.
Thank you to the chairs of the committees who made this event come together. They put in many hours to make it fun and successful. • Charles di Girolamo—Bank • Anne Connelly – Thank you Co-chair • Rachel Harad- Graphics • Kim Hoeschel – Car Raffle • Joanne Johansen-Food • Cathy McAdams – Packaging and Presentation • Cheryl Potocki – Decorations • Claudia Shannon – Thank you Co-chair • Shelli Smith—Volunteer Coordinator • Monica Song - Finance • Karen Sowden – Bars
A big thank you to the wonderful Charter staff who were so instrumental in taking care of all the little details and keeping us on track…Jed Desmond, Maria Fiscella, Regina Fody, Suzanne Mussachio, Lynn Procak, Dan Saggione, Linda Schuman and Donna Urban. And finally, thank you to the Charter students, alumni and friends who spent the afternoon and evening handling whatever was needed from setting up tables to ticket sales to sound system issues. Much appreciation to Kristen Bastiani, Kylie Crane, Kevin di Girolamo, Maggie di Girolamo, Grant Evans, Alex Patellis, Andrew Patellis and Grant West. We will have the financial report soon and will announce it at the next Parent Association meeting on April 4. The goals of the Casino Night committee were enthusiastically met. A fun night was had by all and we earned money to fund projects for our students. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN! Monique Evans & Kathy di Girolamo Casino Night Co-chairs
A big thank you to all of our volunteers who came early, stayed late, wrapped packages, baked desserts, made programs, made decorations, decorated, solicited for prizes, cleaned up afterwards... basically everything that we asked them to do. We didn’t have a big list of volunteers this year so those that pitched in really pitched in and we are so grateful for your involvement, your smiles and encouragement.
The following businesses and parents sponsored the event with generous monetary contributions:
Anesthesia Services, P.A Bruce and Monica Song Charter Parent Association Officers Delmarva John Song Masley Enterprises,Inc. Mitchell Energy Management Quality Chiro-Care, Inc Salon Rispoli Synerfac Technical Staffing
We couldn’t have offered the fabulous array of prizes without the support of our community partners and businesses. Please remember to acknowledge their generosity by patronizing their businesses.
33 West Restaurant Andreas Italian Store Anesthesia Services, P.A Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Baltimore Ravens Barb & Jonathan Wiechecki Barnes & Noble Betsy Fearnow Bill and Joanne Johansen Body-Mind-Spirit Massage Boyd’s Flowers Brandywine Brewing Co. Brandywine Zoo Brio Restaurant Bruce & Monica Song Bruce &Cindy Rechsteiner Café Reve Café Riviera California Sun Tanporium Carol Massih CSW Parent Assn. CSW Parent Assn. Officers Chelsea Tavern Cheryl Potocki Chris and Annette Pic Chrissy Donahue Cool Springs Bar and Grill Corrective Chiropractic Costco CSW Sports Boosters Culinaria Currie Hair Salon Debbie Baker Deerfield Wine Delaware Art Museum Delaware Center for Creative Arts Delaware Museum of Natural History Delaware Seed & Garden Supply Delaware Symphony Delaware Theater Co. Delmarva Diver Chevrolet Domaine Hudson Dover Art League Eclipse Tanning Fil Dooley Five Guys-Hockessin Forney’s Too Frank Pagliaro-Frank’s Wine Mart Friendly Gift Shop Gateway Gardens Gentle Palm Karate Academy Governor & Mrs. Jack Markell Hagley Museum Harry’s Savoy Harvest Market Heart and Home Shop Hockessin Athletic Club Hockessin Bookshelf Hockessin Business Association How Do You Brew? James & Cathy McAdams Jeff O’Conner Joe and Kelly DePaulo John and Lisa Sullivan JFC Landscape & Design John Perrone John Song Johnny’s Dog House Joseph & Penny Rathmanner Kathy & Charles di Girolamo Kennett Square Country Club Kevin and Danielle Sullivan Kim Hoeschel Lasting Looks Hockessin Lisa Chase Longwood Gardens Lori Sitler & Stephen Cordano Lynn Squared Home Repair Maggie DiGirolamo Mario Rispoli Masley Enterprises, Inc. Mi Jung Choi & Ha Young Seo Michael Christopher Mitchell Energy Management Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Baldwin Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Biehl Mr. & Mrs. Charles di Girolamo Mr. & Mrs. James McAdams Mr. & Mrs. Michael Rickert Mr. & Mrs Ron Evans North Star Pool Old Country Garden Overture Padi Panera Bread Pat & Donna Nicholson Patty Pepe Pep Boys Perfect Cup Peter & Allison Chen Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Flyers Pizza by Elizabeths Prices Lanes Pro-spray Pest Control, Inc. Quality Chiro-Care, Inc. Queen Theater--Hal Read Rachel Harad Regina Bevel & Steven Bouchard Regis Hair Salon Robert Fry Ron and Monique Evans Rush Uniform Sakthi Vel Salon II Salon by Dominic Salon Pasca Self Indulgence Day Spa Senator Tom Carper Sherri Ciancutti Synerfac The Back Burner The Big Picture The Colby Restaurant Group The Melting Pot The Soap Bar The Well Marketplace Towne & Country Salon Tri State Liquors Tumbling Dice Ulysses American Gastro Pub Vinnies Café White Clay Creek Country Club Wild Birds Unlimited Wilmington School of Rock Winterthur
CSW After Prom 2012
Picking Up and Purchasing After Prom Tickets for May 4
If your child purchased a Prom ticket, the cost of the After Prom is included in the ticket. Your child still needs to pick up their tickets. We will be selling After Prom tickets for those who want to attend the After Prom, but are not attending the Prom. The cost is $10.00. We will be selling and distributing already purchased tickets on Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27, Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1, during lunch. If you have any questions, contact Yvonne Johnson at yvonne_johnson @verizon.net.
after prom prizes still being accepted
Our Prom is fast approaching. The Parent Association hosts an After Prom in the school immediately following the Prom. It is a very extensive project and we need your support. Please help by sending in gift cards (by April 25) or a check to help with door prizes. We are looking for $15 iTunes cards, gift cards from Wawa, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Best Buy, Amazon, and/or movie tickets, just to name a few suggestions. If you are willing to help with this, please contact Yvonne Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your gift cards into the Main Office (by April 25) and mark the envelope “After Prom Prizes.” We appreciate your continued support! This event provides a safe and controlled atmosphere for our students after our Prom.
after prom volunteers needed
If you are able to help us create another dazzling After Prom, come out on May 4 and lend a hand - there are many jobs to do. If you are willing and able, we need you! We will begin setting up at 2:30 p.m in the lobby. Please arrive about 1:00 p.m. to help move items from the trailers and move them to the lobby. We especially need freshmen and sophomore parents to help between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to allow our junior and seniors parents to be at home with their child to take pictures. If you can volunteer that night, contact Karen Harris at email@example.com.
shout out for after prom decorations
The Decorating Committee will meet on April 21 in the Lobby from 8:00 a.m. –12:00 noon. Please join us! Even if you are not an artist, we could use your help! For more info, email Debra Paraskiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also help by checking the After Prom wishlist on the CSW website. This list will help the Decorating Committee get the school in ShipShape for After Prom. You can help us keep our costs in line and have a great time shopping.
food and drink donations requested
Please keep an eye out for more information about food and drink donations in your weekly email from CSW!
Thank you very much for your support.
ATHLETIC NEWS SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR NEXT YEAR
Students who are planning on doing fall sports, remember, you will need a new sports physical for next year. According to DIAA guidelines, athletes may start getting their physicals for next year starting APRIL 1, 2012. Sports physicals for all fall sports are due AUGUST 1, 2012. Please return all completed physicals to the school nurse.
HELP US REFURBISH OUR WEIGHT ROOM!
Do you have any fitness equipment collecting dust? Donate it to CSW for our weight room – you get a tax deduction and our athletes will get stronger! Here is Our Wish List: • Large mirrors • Low weight dumbbells (5-15 lbs) • Curl bench • Treadmills, Elliptical Machines, Stair Machines, Stationary Bikes • Stereo System • Disinfectant bottles, Wall-hand sanitizers
Volunteers are also needed to supervise the weight room before and after school from 6:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Email Chris Eddy at email@example.com if you need CSW to pick your equipment up or if you want to email a picture of your items before you donate them.
SPORTS SCHEDULES ONLINE
Sports schedules for all CSW sports can be found on www.forcessports.com.
CARDIO AND WEIGHT ROOM REFURBISHMENT
W HEN ? Spring Break: Wed. 4/11, Thurs. 4/12, Fri. 4/13 W HO ?
All volunteers welcome!: students, parents, friends!
H OW ? Sign up in the GYM!
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO REFURBISH THE
CSW WEI GHT ROOM !
COUNSELING UPDATE SATs, ACTs and SAT IIs
Students may register online for the SAT at collegeboard.com. Please remember to code in Charter’s high school code number 080164 when registering so that the CSW office receives an official copy of the score report. Also, for a fee, students can order the Question and Answer Service, which allows them to receive their test back, their reported answers and the answer key for certain months only. Registration for the SAT II: Subject Tests, which some colleges require for admission, is also available on collegeboard.com. These are one hour tests so students can take up to three in one day. Seniors should remember to list their colleges on the registration form or shortly after the test date. This way, they can ensure that colleges will most likely receive their scores electronically within two weeks from the test date. Otherwise, it will take longer for the college to receive your score. If possible, do not wait until the fall of senior year to send your scores. Some colleges are now using the earliest date your scores are received to indicate your interest level to that college. It can be in the student’s best interest to utilize the four “freebie” mailings offered by College Board or ACT when registering for each test. Some colleges with October Priority deadlines will require all scores to be received by that date! Students may also register for the ACT, an achievement test used for college admissions, which they should take with the writing portion. Registration is available online at actstudent.org. There are also many reputable colleges that have decided to make standardized testing optional for admission purposes (not always for scholarship purposes.) This list can be found on fairtest.org. Always check the college’s website for further guidelines. There is a wonderful website at prepmatters.com which lists the testing requirements for over 150 colleges. The College Board’s site will do the same in a different format. Students who qualify for 504 testing accommodations and have not seen their guidance counselor should do so. College Board and the ACT require that accommodations be in place at the high school several months prior to the request for SAT/ACT testing. Additional paperwork is required for requesting non-standard testing for any College Board or ACT program. Current freshmen and sophomores who might qualify for extended time or other accommodations for PSATs next fall need to see their guidance counselor this spring.
Juniors or seniors interested in playing sports at a Division I or II college should go to NCAAclearinghouse.net and register online so their academic eligibility can be determined. When registering, please select Docufide as the method of transcript delivery. An official transcript will need to be requested by the student and mailed from the high school. After that initial request, final transcripts for both junior and senior years will automatically be sent to the Clearinghouse for all NCAA registered juniors and seniors. Students should also have their SAT or ACT scores officially sent from the testing service.
SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION
Senior boys must register with Selective Service when they turn eighteen or they may pre-register now if they like. Without this registration, no boys will be eligible for federal funding for college including the Pell Grant, work study or federally subsidized student loans. Students may register on the web at www.sss.gov or through the FAFSA form.
ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET
The state of Delaware has an agreement with many southern states wherein Delaware residents accepted into a major not offered at a Delaware public college can receive in-state tuition to that southern state university. More information can be found at doe.state.de.us/dheo. Please note that the state of Delaware often has grants available through financial need for students at colleges outside the state. Qualifications may differ per state.
Amtrak is offering a “Buy one, get one half price” deal when parents and students purchase tickets in order to visit colleges. Tickets must be purchased seven days in advance. Additional children may travel at a 50% discount. This offer is through the calendar year with a few black out dates. For more information, go online or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges is an excellent source for college researching. A rather new website supported by current college students which reflects their honest opinions about colleges is unigo.com. Another new site is whatwilltheylearn.org, which measures knowledge gained on campus in key academic disciplines.
Don’t forget that the state of Delaware offers a full two year scholarship for any Delaware resident who enrolls in an Associate’s degree program, either at Del Tech or the University of Delaware. Students must have received their high school diploma (2.5 GPA), attend college upon high school graduation, not have committed a felony, and completed the FAFSA (whether or not they have need). No additional forms are needed for the SEED scholarship if applying to the University of Delaware. Del Tech has a one page SEED scholarship form on their website. Our state legislature has also authorized full tuition scholarships for students enrolling at Delaware State University right after high school. For the INSPIRE scholarship, students must have a 2.75 GPA upon graduating high school. They also must complete the FAFSA and have had no felony convictions. While on campus, they must complete ten hours of community service each semester.
National and regional college fairs are held throughout the year. The following websites are useful in searching for these: www.nacac.org, www.pacac.org, and www.ctcl.org. Students wishing to research colleges outside the U. S. can check out the following: www.aauc.au (Canada), www.studyintheuk.org or www.britishcouncil-usa.org. Although the statewide college fair in Delaware does not take place until October, there are some regional fairs in the area. The Main Line College Fair will be held May 1 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Villanova University’s Pavilion Arena (estimated attendance 5000). More information can be found on pacac.org. The Colleges That Change Lives tour will stop in Bethesda, MD on May 20. Log onto clcl.org for additional information.
NET PRICE CALCULATOR
Federal mandate now states that all colleges must offer a net price calculator on their website. This provides the family with a “best faith estimate” of what their out-of-pocket expenses will be for the student’s first year in college. This estimate should include loans and any potential merit scholarship.
The Delaware Scholarship Compendium, printed and distributed by the DE Postsecondary Commission, is available on doe.state.de.us/dheo. Please note that a database of many scholarships is listed on the Guidance Department’s website as well. Announcements are made in homeroom and emailed to students as well. Students should always check their CSW email for scholarship-related announcements. Students are also encouraged to register on additional scholarship sites listed on our college counseling website. As a member of the National Consortium of Schools Specializing in Math, Science, and Technology, Charter enjoys high visibility among colleges who are looking for students from math/science high schools. Some colleges have scholarships specifically designated as NCSSSMST, including Illinois Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (potential full tuition or full ride), New College of Florida (formerly the Honors College of UCF), New Jersey Institute of Technology (potential out of state discounted tuition) and Florida Institute of Technology (minimal $15,000 merit scholarship).
COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE & SCHOLARSHIP LETTERS
Copies of all acceptance letters should be given to the guidance office. This includes any college to which a student has been accepted, not just their final choice. If a student receives scholarship offers from colleges that already accepted him/her, please bring a copy of the letter to Maria Fiscella in guidance. Any official acceptance or scholarship letters can also be sent to Maria as email attachments. This includes copies of scholarship offers from organizations, companies or the state of Delaware. Any documentation of gift aid based on financial need should also be brought into the office. For graduation purposes, the guidance office documents the types of gift aid offered to Charter students. Please do not wait until May. Submit these as soon as possible. For seniors still looking for additional options, NACAC’s update of colleges and universities still accepting applications from qualified students can be found on www.nacacnet.org in early May. This is known as the Space Availability Survey. At this point, many colleges using the Common Application may still be accepting senior applications as well. Any senior who is waitlisted from their preferred college should see Ms. Maslar or Mr. Mitchell only if the student is interested in remaining on the wait list.
SUMMER COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Charter files all summer program and research opportunities received on the College Counseling website. Some application deadlines are quite early! Some programs are tuition or room/board-free or scholarships are available based on need. Check our website for current listings sent to Charter or the individual college’s website. The University of Delaware holds a summer college for highly motivated juniors and sophomores each year for five weeks. This year it will be held from July 7 - August 11. Students live on campus and earn up to seven credits by taking freshmen level courses. The Summer College experience has in the past coincided with the regular second summer session offered on campus. This allows for a broader selection of courses for students enrolled in the program. For more information, visit the website at udel.edu/summercollege or call 831-6560. Current juniors and seniors who aspire to teach math or science can apply for a University of Delaware summer internship through their Project Smart program. Students must have a 2.7 minimum GPA with the potential of attending the University of Delaware. Interns receive a stipend of $1,500. The selection of students is limited based on federal funding so those interested students should contact Kathy Melvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at www.projectsmart.udel.edu for more information. The United States military academies host leadership summer seminars designed for students who are potential recruits. Admission is competitive. Juniors can log onto the individual websites to learn more about the application process. Deadlines are earlier than usual and selections are made on a rolling basis so it is best for students to apply early. Only students who are interested in applying to the military academies should consider attending. For any student specifically interested in the Air Force Academy, feel free to contact Dean E. Bray, Lt. Col, USAFR, our local AF Liaison Officer, at email@example.com. Those interested in attending West Point can contact Stephan Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. If interested in the Naval Academy, students can contact Bill Soer at email@example.com. These gentlemen can help advocate for Delaware applicants and will walk students through the process so they can be as competitive as possible within the admissions pool. The timing of submitting the pre-candidate questionnaire can be critical to determining one’s eligibility for being admitted into the qualified applicant pool. Students might need recommendation letters prior to junior summer from their English, math and science teachers of the same year.
Drexel’s LeBow College of Business is sponsoring two summer programs focusing on careers in both business and economics. Their “Camp Business” runs from July 9-19 or July 23-27. Their“Economics Institute”runs from July 2327. Current sophomores and juniors can apply. The deadline is June 1. For more information, visit their website at www.lebow.drexel.edu/camplebow.
STATE FUNDING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Seniors who have a diagnosed disability of any sort can apply for state funding through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. This state organization can assist students in diverse ways so that a college education is affordable, along with any accommodations for the disability. For more information, contact 761-8275.
COLLEGE COUNSELOR APPOINTMENTS
Mr. Mitchell (x251) and Ms. Maslar (x206) are currently meeting with juniors in their history classes about the college application process. Students or parents are encouraged to make an appointment with either college counselor. The student MUST request a separate meeting first prior to any parent meeting. Please note that there are no summer hours for college counseling appointments! Any junior who did not attend our Junior College Admissions Program on March 12 should have received their family information packet in homeroom later that week from their guidance counselor.
PEOPLE TO PEOPLE - APRIL 9 DEADLINE
9th through 11th graders that demonstrate outstanding scholastic merit, leadership potential, and exemplary citizenship, are welcome to nominate themselves for the 2013 People to People Leadership Summit. If selected, travel and participation in the summit may be necessary. To learn more about the People to People summit, please visit www.peopletopeople.com/leadership. The deadline for nomination is April 9. Please see your guidance counselor if you are interested.
NEMOURS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
On Sunday, May 6, the 4th annual “Here we go 5K (Run/ Walk)” and Family Fun Day takes place at 1:00 p.m. throughout the beautifully blooming grounds of Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The event concludes with refreshments and an educational fair for families and children on the grounds of A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Please contact Ashleigh Greenwood at 302-651-5963 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering for this great event.
HEALTHCARE CAREER DAY ON MAY 11
The University of the Sciences is hosting a Discover: InDemand Healthcare Careers Day. The faculty at the University of Sciences will deliver information on the most indemand careers in healthcare, why the market is prime for you as students, and illustrate each profession to provide a visual understanding of these careers. The admissions counselors will also be available to provide recommendations on the preparation for these careers and the appropriate path one should pursue in high school and college. Friday, May 11, 2012 - 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. University of the Sciences McNeil Science and Technology Theater 600 S. 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
TROOPER WEEK APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The Delaware State Police & American Legion are accepting applications for the 41st Trooper Youth Week starting Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29. This is a week long live-in academy sponsored by the Delaware State Police and American Legion of Delaware designed to give high school students who are sincerely interested in law enforcement an opportunity to experience the rigors of training that police officers receive at the Delaware State Police Academy. High school seniors, juniors, and sophomores are encouraged to complete an application. This can be done by contacting Master Corporal Andrea Boone of the Delaware State Police at the Training Academy by email at email@example.com or telephone 302-6725459. All completed applications must be submitted to Master Corporal Andrea Boone via the DSP Academy located at 1441 N. DuPont Hwy Dover, De 19901 no later than Monday, May 21, 2012.
USC / Chevron Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Camp 2012
What: Where: When: Who: USC / Chevron Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Camp 2012 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA July 15 – 20, 2012 (Sunday – Friday) Frontiers of Energy Resources is seeking enthusiastic and academically outstanding high school juniors who are interested in a future in the energy industry. Passionate High School Science and Math Teachers are also encouraged to apply.
Chevron Corporation has come together with USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering collaboratively to host a summer camp for High School Juniors and High School Science and Math Teachers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Camp offers a preparatory, interactive training program focusing on various energy resources including fossil fuels, solar, biofuel, wind, nuclear energy, and information technologies for energy efficient operations. This unique program is designed to introduce exceptional high school juniors and as many as 5 high school science or math teachers to the opportunities and career possibilities available in the global energy resources industry.
Individuals who are selected on a competitive basis will attend summer camp without charge. All materials, supplies, reference books, notebooks, housing, and meals will be provided. However, all participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from USC. Students will develop problem solving techniques as well as team building skills. Attendees will receive a full college experience by living in a residence hall and eating in a dining facility. Teachers selected will receive a stipend in addition to tools and resource materials for their classes. How to Apply: All interested individuals are encouraged to apply online at: http://cisoft.usc.edu/uscchevron-frontiers-of-energy-resources-summer-camp/. Students must submit a sealed teacher recommendation, upload an unofficial transcript, and compose a statement of purpose with their application. Teachers are required to compose a statement of purpose with their application. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 27, 2012. Selections will be announced on Friday, May 18, 2012. For more information contact: Juli Legat Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies USC Viterbi School of Engineering 3710 S. McClintock Ave. RTH 311 Los Angeles, CA 90089-2902 T: 213.740.1076 F: 213.740.1077 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support the Wounded Warrior Project
Race Day: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Saturday, May 26, 2012 All Saints Cemetery
6001 Kirkwood Highway Wilmington, DE
For More Information visit: www.charterschool.org/
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Pre-Registration must be postmarked on or before: May 7 is $15.00 Registration postmarked after: May 7 is $20.00 Please make Payment to and mail Registration form to: The Charter School of Wilmington ATTN: Patriots Club 100 North DuPont Rd., Wilmington., DE 19807
In the memo line of your check, please write: Patriots Club – Warrior Run
Race Location: All Saints Cemetery, Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 8:00-10:00 AM
Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________________ Home Phone: (_____) _____ - __________ State: __________ Zip Code: __________
E-mail Address: ____________________________________
Are you running with a team? If so, please provide the team’s name: ____________________________________ Age: __________ (Minors under the age of 18 must have parental / guardian consent). Circle T-Shirt Size (Adult S M L)
Release and waiver (Please Read and sign) I know that running is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I also know that, there could be traffic on the course route; therefore, I assume the risk of running in traffic. I also assume any other risks associated with running this event including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, and the effects of weather and conditions of the road. I understand I am solely responsible for my own safety while traveling to and from or participating in this event. Knowing these facts and inconsideration of your acceptance of my entry, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, or anyone else who might sue on my behalf covenant not to sue, and waive, release, and discharge the sponsors or contributors to this event, any race officials, volunteers, the city and police agencies, their representatives successors or assignees from any and all claims of liability for death, personal injury, or property damage of an y kind or nature whatsoever arising out of, or in the course of my participation . The release form and waiver extends to all claims of every kind or nature whatsoever, foreseen and unforeseen, known and unknown. The undersigned further grants full permission to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings, or another record of the event for any purpose. Minors will be accepted with a parent’s signature. ________________________________________ _________________________
Runner’s Signature ________________________________________ Parent / Legal Guardian for minors under Age 18
Date _________________________ Date
Race Location: All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE
If you have had any changes to your address, phone number(s) or internet providers recently, please complete the form below and mail it to: The Charter School of Wilmington, Main Ofﬁce, 100 North DuPont Road, Wilmington, DE 19807 STUDENT NAME: _______________________________________________________________________ GRADE: _________ STREET ADDRESS: ________________________________________ DEVELOPMENT: ________________________________ CITY: __________________________________________________ STATE: _______________ ZIP: _______________ HOME PHONE: ___________________________ BUSINESS PHONE: ___________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________________________________________________
Starting in October, parents will receive the monthly parents newsletter by email. This helps the environment and decreases our printing expenses. If you would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter in the mail, please complete the form below and mail it to: The Charter School of Wilmington, Main Ofﬁce, 100 North DuPont Road, Wilmington, DE 19807 STUDENT NAME: _______________________________________________________________________ GRADE: _________ STREET ADDRESS: ________________________________________ DEVELOPMENT: ________________________________ CITY: __________________________________________________ STATE: _______________ ZIP: _______________
W H O TO C A L L t
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION – 651-2727
Charles W. Baldwin President Dr. Sam Paoli Vice President Jed Desmond Chief Financial Officer Donna Urban Director of Admissions and Development Attendance Linda Schuman Sharon Bryant Counselor Jon Gillespie Counselor Mary Maslar College Counselor Ryan Mitchell College Counselor Holly Schaefgen Counselor Karen Micale Nurse Pat Liberato Director of Technology Chris Eddy Athletic Director Cathie Kennedy Department Head, Foreign Languages Rosemary Basquill Department Head, English Steve Satalino Department Head, Math Tom Fleetwood Department Head, Science Dr. David Brown Department Head, Computer Science Stephanie Messinger Department Chair, Social Studies Stewart Wilson Department Head, Driver’s Ed, Physical Ed & Health
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Irwin Becnel, Jr. Chair, Community-At-Large Representative . . . . . . . . . . . 239-4295 John T. Stacy DuPont Representative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 695-3633 Gloria Godson Delmarva Power Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 454-4603 Henry Clampitt Parent Representative. . . . . . . . . .email@example.com Robert Fry, Jr., Ph.D. DuPont Representative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 774-2421 Patrick J. Cowan, Ph.D. Ashland Inc. Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 995-3129 Brian Magee Verizon Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215-351-6051 Diane Ruth Parent Representative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 998-3196 Robin Lober Faculty Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-2727 Pamela Ridgeway Community Representative New Castle County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 631-0467
The Charter School of Wilmington 100 North DuPont Road Wilmington, DE 19807 302.651.2727 www.charterschool.org
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