Hawk Highlights

New Beginnings

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Dear Hawk Family,


I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing, and productive summer with family and friends. I sincerely hope that you were able to rest and recharge and prepare yourself for the upcoming school year. I know that our staff is excited to have each of our students back on campus as full-time students as we learn and grow together during school year 2021-2022!


All indicators point to an engaging and productive school year. Over the summer, our team of educators has worked arduously to prepare to serve our students. We have scheduled students' courses, upgraded technology, enhanced classrooms and career areas, ordered classroom materials and supplies, received donations from business partners, and provided professional learning for our staff. We are ready to welcome our students back on campus in late August.


To ensure the back-to-school transition is successful, please take time to thoroughly review the information contained in this newsletter. As you read, you will learn about the St. Georges vision, mission, and core values. The vision clearly outlines our ideal, the mission clearly states what we will do for our students, and our core values are our guiding principles. Also, you will meet our assistant principals and several staff members. Finally, you will become informed about the staggered start of the school year to know your child's first day of school, receive a transportation update, and more.


Once again, I can assure you that our staff is excited to embark on a meaningful learning journey with our students through school year 2021-2022.


Chad Harrison, Ed.D.

Principal, St. Georges Technical High School

Welcome Messages to Students

Click to Listen to Staff Members Welcome Students to St. Georges

Vision, Mission, Core Values

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Vision

The St. Georges community will cultivate an equitable environment that prepares all students to capitalize on opportunities and navigate challenges throughout their lives.


Mission

The St. Georges community will strive to equitably develop the whole student through continuous professional learning, accountability, reflection, and relationship building so all students can experience success throughout their lives.


Core Values

  • Be Compassionate (always): Be kind, understanding, positive, and respectful to everyone we encounter through encouraging words and actions - even if they do not reciprocate.

  • Be inclusive: We will value each individual, their uniqueness, and embrace diversity.

  • Be supportive (of each other, our students, and our parents): Foster an environment of support by actively choosing to lend a helping hand to students, colleagues, and the community.

  • Challenge one another (to take risks and grow professionally): Fearlessly innovate and challenge boundaries so that we are providing students and educators with every opportunity to learn and grow.

  • Hold each other accountable (to high expectations with feedback and follow-through): Work hard with integrity and embrace feedback to ensure each of us is contributing to the mission and striving to reach our vision.

Equity and Inclusion

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"The Diversity and Inclusion Committee members, District Diversity and Equity Coordinators, and administration are focused on taking the 2021-2022 school year even further in an effort to build on the foundation laid last year. During the 2020-2021 school year, we partnered with Delaware State University, University of Delaware, The Howard Group, Equity and Beyond, and Dr. Rod Carey in our professional development and learning opportunities.


This year, the goal is to continue these types of partnerships and to continue the critical conversations. We also want to align our work and answer questions such as, "What does it look like in my classroom and curriculum?" The district has developed a strategic plan focused on ensuring all students receive an equitable education including equitable CTE opportunities through partnering with our business partners. The student group, the FaM (Forever a Moment), will continue to assist students in being stronger advocates, leaders, and facilitators as they build on their successful inaugural year. The 2021-2022 school year is an important step to continuing to grow as a school community and beyond."


Tairen McCollister

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, St. Georges Technical High School



First Day of School Schedule

St. Georges will launch the school year with a staggered start to ease students' transition into the school year and provide our staff members increased opportunities to interact with our students on their grade's first day of school. The staggered start schedule is below. You will notice that each grade level has its own first day of school. When students arrive at St. Georges in the morning of their first day of school, they should report directly to the gymnasium. Students will have the opportunity to get to know other students in their grade level with a team building activity. Following the team building activity, students will follow their normal bell schedule and visit all of their classes for a short period of time. Towards the end of the day, students will report to the lecture hall for a class meeting. Students will be dismissed from the lecture hall.


St. Georges Technical High School Opening Schedule


  • Thursday, August 26th– Seniors Only
  • Friday, August 27th – Juniors Only
  • Monday, August 30th – Sophomores Only
  • Tuesday, August 31st – Freshmen Only
  • Wednesday, September 1st – All Students Attend
  • Thursday, September 2nd- All Students Attend
  • Friday, September 3rd – No School/Offices Open
  • Monday, September 6th – Labor Day/School & Offices Closed

News You Can Use

  • New Student Orientation: Our orientation for all freshmen and sophomores that are new to St. Georges this school year is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, August 25th. Please mark your calendars! Format and details will be communicated as soon as they become available.
  • Student Schedules: Students and parents can review class schedules on Home Access Center starting August 18th. Please double check your schedule the evening before your scheduled first day of school for any late changes to your schedule. Instructions for logging onto Home Access Center will be mailed by August 16th.
  • Student Breakfast and Lunch: Nutrition Services is very excited that again for the 2021-2022 school year, due to Covid-19 waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture, all students will receive free breakfast and free lunch, regardless of meal benefit status. A student may add funds to cafeteria accounts by cash or check with any cashier in the cafeteria. Parents may also add funds to student cafeteria accounts with a credit or debit card using our cafeteria software vendor payment system PAYPAMS. Money goes directly into your student’s account. No more lost money! Create an account and find out more at www.paypams.com.
  • Student Activities: Please check our website frequently at https://stgeorges.nccvt.k12.de.us/ Take time to become familiar with the links, such as Student Services, on the main menu. Valuable information for underclassmen and seniors is updated regularly.
  • Wellness Center: The St. Georges Wellness Center is open to students for appointments!

    Call 302.449.3370 or you can schedule appointments in Schoology. Wellness hours are Monday through Friday 8 am- 3 pm. To be eligible for services, students must register at https://redcap.christianacare.org/surveys/?s=TL3CYWFAX8

  • All Call Communication System: You will be receiving communication via our All Call system throughout the school year. Typically, a voice All Call is followed by a corresponding email message. Please take the time to listen to all messages. If you happen to miss a voice message, please check the email address that we have on our records to review the message.
  • Transportation & Bus Stops: Starting this school year, the District will no longer be mailing bus stop information. The expectation will be for parents and students to check Home Access Center (HAC) starting August 18th for bus stop information. Instructions for logging into Home Access Center will be mailed by August 16th.
  • St. Georges Turf: St. Georges is getting new turf on our football field. Although this might impact the first few weeks of practice, we are certain that the field will provide a superior playing surface for all of our athletes once completed!
  • Classroom Supplies: Over the first several days of school, students will get information about lockers and required supplies for their classes. If a student has any questions about any required items, they can reach out to their teacher individually.
  • Bell Schedule: On a typical school day, students should arrive at their first period class by 8:05 am. First period starts promptly at 8:10 am with the school day ending at 3:00 pm. Lunch schedule is determined by fifth period teacher. Students will learn their assigned lunch period the first day of school. Please see the complete bell schedule below.

Athletics Update

"We are excited to begin our 2021-22 sports season with our new and returning student athletes and their families. We want to make sure that all interested students are able to participate on our opening date for preseason practices and tryouts on August 16th. In order to do so, all student athletes must be cleared and have a DIAA physical on file at the school that has a Date of Clearance on or after April 1, 2021. The updated form can be found on the DIAA webpage or our sports website at www.hawkssports.com. You can also find pertinent sport specific information such as team schedules, team information, and coach’s contact information. It is our hope that we have upcoming seasons that resemble more of a “normal” landscape for our student athletes to compete in and one where we can have spectators at our contests without restrictions. Please continue to practice effective preventative health strategies that will mitigate injury or illness risks to all of our community members both on and off campus. We are also looking for parents willing to serve as volunteers in a variety of ways to help create the best environment around our athletic programs. Please contact me with any questions or interest in serving. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you at our events!"


Respectfully,

Mark Robinson, CAA, MS, MEd., ATC, CSCS, NASM-PES, ITAT

Alumni Spotlight

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Nah’Shon Hyland, St. Georges Class of 2019, was selected in the first round, 26th overall, by the Denver Nuggets during the 2021 NBA draft. Nah’Shon is a great example of someone who overcame adversity and worked hard to achieve his goal of playing professional basketball. During his tenure at St. Georges, Nah’Shon took the Hawks to two final four appearances in the DIAA Boys Basketball Tournament and scored 1,947 points. For additional details, please visit https://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/what-hyland-adds-to-nuggets-073021

Things to Celebrate

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  • Action Hardware donated over $15,000 in materials to St. Georges Technical High School’s construction trades programs. Items included switches, outlets, light bulbs, nails, screws, fasteners, ropes, and chain accessories. These items will be distributed to the construction trades instructors at the beginning of the school year and will be used for learning activities throughout the school year.


  • Congratulations to our Career & Technical Student Organization national winners. Sabrina Fairley and Imani Wulff-Cochrane placed 5th place in the United States during the National Educators Rising Competition vs other Early Childhood Education students throughout the country. Web & Print student Eric Morales placed 4th in the nation in Job Interview Skills. These students are great examples of a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed.
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Meet the Assistant Principals

"It is an honor to be a part of the St. Georges team. For eleven years, I taught sixth grade in Pennsylvania. I also served one year as the Athletic Director at Garnet Valley Middle School. I spent four years as an assistant principal and Athletic Director at Avon Grove High School in the Avon Grove School District. Currently, I am entering my 9th year at St. Georges as an Assistant Principal. I received my bachelor’s degree from Neumann University (Elementary K-­-6). I obtained my master’s degree in Instructional Leadership at Cabrini College. In 2016, I acquired a doctorate in Administration and Policy at the University of Delaware. Believing that it takes a village to raise a child, my goal is to build upon the positive and supportive culture that exists within St. Georges. I believe that all students can succeed, and through the collaborative efforts of the educational community, become productive members of society. We have the power to prepare our youth to make our world a better place. Working together with all community stakeholders, we can ensure that all students will learn and grow." ~Jim Connor, Ed.D.

"I am honored and privileged to have been chosen to serve as an assistant principal at St. Georges Technical High School. I am a native of Ghana in West Africa. I have been involved with St. Georges as a Carpentry Instructor for the past 13 years. Prior to that role, I was an instructor at Wilmington Job Corps for about 2 years, and was in construction, serving as the site superintendent for over 10 years. I supervise our ninth grade Careers & Transition program and our sixteen outstanding CTE programs. I received my Associate’s Degree from Accra Polytechnic, Ghana, as well as my Bachelor's of Science in Career and Technical Education and a Master's of Science in School Leadership from Wilmington University. My educational philosophy is that we have been given an opportunity to change the direction of young lives for the better and we should capitalize on this opportunity and make magic happen for these young minds." ~Frank Hanson, M.Ed.

"It is a pleasure and honor to join the St. Georges administrative team. After teaching English for 12 years in Pennsylvania, I moved into administration. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education in English from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. I earned both a Master’s in Literacy and Doctorate in Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University. I believe in the power of literacy and the purposeful harnessing of instructional technology to support learning for all. Like my colleagues, I also espouse a collaborative environment as the foundation for a positive learning environment." ~Sarah Olsavsky, Ed.D.

Information from District Office

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, August 25th- New Student Orientation (mark your calendar)
  • Thursday, August 26th– Seniors Only
  • Friday, August 27th – Juniors Only
  • Monday, August 30th – Sophomores Only
  • Tuesday, August 31st – Freshmen Only
  • Wednesday, September 1st – All Students Attend
  • Thursday, September 2nd- All Students Attend
  • Friday, September 3rd – No School/Offices Open
  • Monday, September 6th – Labor Day/School & Offices Closed