Incoming Freshmen Newsletter

Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School August 2021

Welcome to Hodgson Vo-Tech's Virtual Tour

Welcome to Hodgson - Home of the Silver Eagles!

Hello Silver Eagles,

Welcome to Hodgson Vocational Technical High School. We are very excited you will be attending Hodgson. We know you will do GREAT things while you are here. Please make the most out of the outstanding opportunities you are provided by attending Hodgson. You can make these four years the best and most rewarding time in your life! We created this newsletter to provide you important information to get you thinking about the up-coming school year. Please take a moment to read through this entire newsletter.

Home Access Center and Schoology Log-On Information

This information will be mailed home in the next week along with a Letter from the Principal. Students will receive a school-issued Chromebook the first day of school.

Student Schedules

All 9th grade students will receive their schedule at New Student Orientation night on August 25th. Student schedules will be available in Home Access Center starting on August 23rd. As stated above, you will receive the logon information in the mail soon. Supply lists for courses will be provided the first day of school.

Bus Stop Information

Beginning this year, in an effort to save resources and take cost saving measures, the Transportation Office will no longer mail bus stop information cards to parents. Bus stop information for the 2021-2022 school year will be posted in the Home Access Center (HAC) on Wednesday, August 18. Students and parents will be able to view their most up-to-date bus information by logging into HAC (Link for HAC) . A link to HAC can be found on the Hodgson school website by clicking the “Quick Links” tab on the main menu.

Staggered Start to the School Year

This school year students will start one grade level per day. The schedule is below:

August 26th - 12th grade students only

August 27th - 11th grade students only

August 30th - 10th grade students only

August 31th - 9th grade students only



September 3rd - No School for Students - Labor Day Holiday

September 6th - No School for Students - Labor Day Holiday

September 7th - School Resumes - All Students Attend

COVID Protocols

Our district administration and state leaders are determining the specific COVID protocols we will follow at the start of the school year. When those are finalized, we will communicate that information on our Website, through a school message home to families and on Schoology.

Dr. Jones, our Superintendent, will upload a Town Hall Recording on August 10th on the district website. Additionally, a LIVE Town Hall Meeting will be August 18th. More information about these events will be located on our website or the district website at LINK FOR DISTRICT WEBSITE.

As we get closer to the school year starting, visit our website HODGSON to stay current on up-to-date information. Do not hesitate to call the school at 302-834-0990 with any questions.

Your Proud Principal,

Dr. Colihan

Save the Date- Ninth Grade Orientation Night -

Wednesday, Aug. 25th, 6-8pm

2575 Glasgow Avenue

Newark, DE

Starts at 6:00pm. Enter through the Gymnasium. One parent per student. All participates must wear a mask when entering the building. You will be provided a class schedule, cafeteria number, map of the school. Other groups you can speak with include the Administrative staff, Wellness Center, Cafeteria, Athletics, Special Education Services, Guidance Office and PACE and Equity Coordinator.

More Information to come soon!!

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Incoming freshmen, the Class of 2025, will be receiving school issued devices. Deployment of these devices will take place on the first day of school - August 31st for all 9th grade students only. Every 9th grade student will receive a school issued device during their first period CTE class. Families can begin the process by completing the online paperwork and insurance payment in advance of deployment. For these forms, please use your student’s full name as it appears in eSchool, (first.last) and their current ID number. Please use the number zero if you don’t know your student’s ID number. Forms and links for payments can be accessed by following these steps:

Click the link below for directions to log onto Schoology and How Schoology works!

Assistant Principals

This is YOUR Chance, Silver Eagles!

First! A Clean Slate for 9th Grade Students

You are NOW entering High School. A chance to start new, with high expectations for yourself. Whatever happened in middle school can be a distant memory. Take advantage of this chance to start over, with new teachers and students. Hodgson has students who attend from all over New Castle County. They attend for the same reasons: to have an exceptional school experience, learn a trade and become a Silver Eagle. Always remember - we are #HVTSTRONG!

Second! A Career Choice

During your freshman year, you will have the opportunity to rotate through career programs to determine which Career and Technical program is best for you. Make sure you take time to learn from and make connections with your instructors. Towards the end of the year, you will go through a selection process called Re-Application. We will explain more about this process once school gets started.

Third! Memories to Last a Lifetime

The times you have in high school will stay with you your entire life. Make the most out of your time at Hodgson. Join a club or get involved in sports. Form positive relationships with fellow students, teachers, counselors and administrators. Keep your options open when it comes to opportunities, friends, and extra-curricular activities. Take part in student activities like Spirit Week, homecoming and other events. There’s a reason you chose to attend Hodgson - make the most out of your decision!

Finally! Reach Out for Help

Our Hodgson administrators, instructors, counselors, learning support coaches, para-educators, student advisors, school nurses and Wellness Center are ready to help and support you during the school year. Do not hesitate to reach out if you need extra help on an assignment for class or having some emotional issues or feelings.

Medical Forms!

For all incoming students to attend school at Hodgson, it is VERY important you have the appropriate forms completed by your medical doctor. Click the button below for more information.

Visit our Wellness Center!

Our School-Based Health Center is now opened and practicing safety measures for COVID-19. School-Based Health Centers, often referred to as “Wellness Centers”, are comprehensive primary healthcare facilities located within the schools, where any student who is enrolled at the school may access services regardless of their family’s income or health care coverage. Multidisciplinary teams of professionals provide a wide range of services including sports physicals, reproductive health care, physical exams, immunizations, mental health services, and nutrition services. Students must register with the School-Based Health Center in order to access services. To register with your School-Based Health Center, please complete the registration form on this link. To schedule an appointment or ask questions, please call Hodgson School Based Health Center at (302) 832-5400.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at Hodgson Vo-Tech

We are excited to announce that our Parent and Community Enrichment Coordinator (PACE), Jarrod Garnett, will be our new DEI School Coordinator. His role will include working with our FAM group and developing our school DEI Goals for the 2021-2022 School Year. Mr. Rahsheem Hollis, Assistant Principal, will continue as the DEI Supervisor.

This school year, our faculty will continue to participate in school and professional development around equity and inclusion through meaningful professional learning with guided conversation activities and support from Equity and Beyond through Delaware State University with Mr. Ernest Blackwell and Lori Hayes Speaks. Our DEI teacher committee will continue to meet to explore and discuss how diversity, equity, and inclusion are related to our school community.

In the spring of 2021, Hodgson students participated in a student group called The FAM - Forever A Moment. This group will continue and welcome all students to participate in student training and cultural recognitions. Through the formation of this group, we are also pleased to celebrate the creation of Hodgson's Infinity groups - Ladies Club, Black Student Union, Latinx Unidos, Christian Club, and Pride Genz. After the 2021 School year, the final FAM group meeting of the year, each group came together to share their work over the course of the year. A Student leader from Ladies Club, Black Student Union, Latin X Unidos, Christian Club, and Pride Gen Z all had a chance to share a short presentation. This was an opportunity to hear about the goals they set out to accomplish, the ideas and topics they covered in their meetings, and the final results of the work they completed. They all did an amazing job, and congratulations to all involved.

We look forward to next school year to have more students participate in our ongoing work around Equity and join a group they would like to be affiliated with and participate in with fellow Silver Eagles!

Silver Eagle Student Life

Student Activities, Groups and Organizations

ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) Student Chapter

B Positive Club

Benchmark Club (Yearbook)

Blue/Gold Club

Christian Club

The FaM- (Forever a Movement)

HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America)

Ladies Club

Latinx Unidos

National Honor Society

Pride Genz

Skills USA

Spirit Week/Homecoming Activities Club

Student Council

Students are encouraged to join student organizations!!

Hodgson Sports

Message from Athletic Director, Coach Collins

Congratulations and welcome to the home of the Hodgson Silver Eagles. Hodgson has a very proud tradition of athletics, winning 23 State Championships and 93 Conference Championships! We look forward to you joining this tradition as one of our student athletes. At Hodgson, we offer 18 different sports to choose from throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Within this mailing, you will find information on physicals, listings of all of our offered sports, and most specifically, information on our fall sports programs that begin August 16. Welcome to the family and I hope you consider trying out for one of our athletic teams!

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2021 NFHS Virtual National Student Leadership Summit

Tuesday, Aug. 10th, 3pm

Virtually Online

The NFHS is excited to announce the second year of its virtual student leadership initiative – the National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS). The NSLS will focus on relevant and contemporary issues facing high school students who are participating in interscholastic athletics and activities.

The virtual event allows student leaders to hear from a variety of experts and two featured speakers. By targeting specific topics, each participant will learn skills such as how to develop and maintain healthy relationships with classmates, teammates, coaches, adult leaders/sponsors, and officials.

Mental health will be a specific focus as coping strategies are shared. Students will learn conflict resolution techniques and how to be better communicators with their peers and adults. Another topic gaining relevance and popularity is “brain mapping.” These young leaders will learn the value of perspective and inclusion as well. Participants will explore the benefits of being more inclusive of their fellow students and how to develop a better frame of reference for decision-making and reactions.