Delcastle Technical High School

Preparing Students To Be Career & Post Secondary Ready

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Quarterly Newsletter - Summer

Back to School Principal Letter

Dear Delcastle Families,


Today is a great day to be a Cougar! On behalf of the Delcastle staff, I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2021-2022 school year. Prior to the start of the school year, we will continue deploying Chromebooks (computers) to all of our 9th-grade students through our 1:1 initiative. It is imperative that parents/guardians complete all of the paperwork for this process. All information including the required paperwork can be found in this newsletter and on the school website (delcastleths.com). Please check the website regularly for updated information regarding this initiative and others.


This has been a busy summer. We are excited about some of the new school improvements that we have received over the summer such as a new gym, media center, scoreboards, sound system, CTE equipment, a complete ventilation system for wielding, window graphics, and other building enhancements.


We are committed to Serve, Empower, and Transform our students over the next four years as "We S.E.T. Students Up for Succes!" Each day our students will connect to demonstrate, learn, and build their learning. With a collaborative effort from parents/guardians, the school community, and business partnerships we will create strong Castle Connects essential to helping our students achieve their post-secondary aspirations.


This newsletter will provide you with some of our summer highlights, important information, and various changes. Again, welcome to Delcastle, and here’s to a fabulous school year.

Our Focus

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OPENING CALENDAR

August

16, 17, 18 - New Teacher Orientation

21 - DSWA Recycling Event, Delcastle Parking Lot, 8am-2pm

23, 24, 25 – Professional Development Days

25 – New Student Orientation, 6:30 p.m.

26 - Seniors Only

27 - Juniors Only (Seniors Asynchronous Learning)

30 – Sophomores Only (Seniors Asynchronous Learning)

31 - Freshmen Only (Seniors Asynchronous Learning)



September

1 - All Students Attend; Underclassmen Pictures

3 – No School/Offices OPEN

6 - Labor Day/CLOSED

Guidance Office

Secretaries:

Ms. Wise-Bowen (302) 995-8081

Mrs. Wynn (302) 995-8080


Counselors:


All 2021/22 Incoming Freshman

Mr. Wells 995-8087


Grades 10, 11, 12 Assignments by Career Program

Ms. Brooks (302) 995-8083

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Mrs. Denhardt (302) 995-8040

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Mr. Hawthorne (302) 995-8086

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Ms. Jenkins (302) 995-8082

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Ms. Taylor (302) 995-8169

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Welcome New Assistant Principals

Mrs. Adrianne Quarles, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Adrianne Quarles returns to Delcastle Technical High School after twelve years of serving at our sister schools. She started her career in education at Delcastle in 1997 where she taught English in the C-Wing until 2004. In addition, she was a school counselor at Delcastle from 2004-2009.


Mrs. Quarles began her administrative career as an assistant principal at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School where she served from 2009-2013, and then she continued in that same role at St. Georges Technical High School from 2013-2021.


“I am honored and elated to come back home to Delcastle, where my love for vocational and technical education began. The most rewarding part of my job is to see the students learning and growing each and every day through the wonderful and innovative technical experiences. I also believe in educating the whole child. Thus, in all of the buildings where I have served, I have always made it a point to interact with the students on a daily basis by greeting them by name and making connections with them. This is a way for me to build a positive and professional rapport with students, and it also shows students that I care about their educational and personal well-being. I look forward to doing this as well at Delcastle.” --Adrianne Quarles


Mrs. Quarles has earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in Non-Teaching English and English Education from Delaware State University, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Delaware State University, along with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and administrative certification from Wilmington University.

Mr. John Greenly, Assistant Principal

Mr. Greenly comes to us from our sister school, Howard High School of Technology, where he has served as an assistant principal for the last eight years. Prior to that position, Mr. Greenly spent sixteen years in the Colonial School District as a seventh-grade classroom teacher of English and Social Studies. He also served as a student advisor at William Penn High School for two years before coming to NCCVT.


“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Hayes and the amazing staff at Delcastle Technical High School. I look forward to getting to know the students and their families as we all look to exit this Worldwide Pandemic into what promises to be an amazing school year. I am very excited about the prospects of a year where we can get back to the business of providing our students with world-class academic, career, and technical programs that will help them succeed in life after high school.”


Mr. Greenly earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations at the University of Delaware and his School Administration and masters degree in Elementary Education at Wilmington University.

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2021 USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award

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National SkillUSA Competitions

2021 SKILLSUSA AWARDS AND RECOGNITION


Alan Quiroz-Saldivar was a top 9 finalist for the Sheet Metal contest going into the national competition. Alan went on to win First Place!


Luca Teoli from Sheet Metal was a top 9 finalist in Employability Application Process going into the national competition. Luca went on to win Third Place!

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Instructional Technology Supports

Transportation Information

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. A link to HAC can be found on all school websites by clicking the “Quick Links” tab on the main menu.


Once logged in, click on the on the Registration icon.


On the Registration page you will find the bus number, the stop time, and the stop location information.


Additionally, parents will be notified of any updates through our all call system with directions to re-check the HAC account.


If you have any issues accessing your HAC account, or you do not have a device to access this account, please contact your school's guidance office.

Delcastle -302-995-8080

Hodgson – 302-834-7234

Howard -302-571-5421

St. Georges – 302- 449-3619

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School Breakfast & Lunch Information

School Breakfast & Lunch Information


Free Breakfast & Lunch for all students!

Nutrition Services is very excited that again for the 2021-2022 school year, due to COVID19 waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture, all students will receive free breakfast and free lunch, regardless of meal benefit status. Please contact the Nutrition Services Office if you have any questions or need assistance. Meal Benefit Forms are available in the school guidance office, in the cafeteria, or at www.nccvtns.com.


Student Meal Account Payments

A student may add funds to cafeteria accounts by cash or check with any cashier in the cafeteria. Checks are accepted until May 5th; cash is accepted any time. Any money left on a student’s account is carried over to the next school year.

Parents may also add funds to student cafeteria accounts with a credit or debit card using our cafeteria software vendor’s 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.

Questions?

Contact the Nutrition Services Office at 302-995-8066 or 302-995-8021. Or visit us online at www.nccvtns.com for menus, nutrition information, and other resources.

Meal Benefit Forms

Join the Delcastle PTA Today!

THE DECASTLE PTA


Welcomes you to the 2021-2022 School Year

and invites you to join an active and engaged group of Parents


Meetings will be held the Third Tuesday of each Month at 6:00pm,

beginning September 21, 2021


Become Active with Delcastle


For more information you may contact:

Warren Howell

Parent and Community Engagement Coordinator - 302.995.8106 - warren.howell@nccvt.k12.de.us


PTA®

Every child. One voice®

Parent Notification - Release of Student Information

Requests for student directory information - which is limited to a student's name, home address, and telephone number - are routinely received by our school from colleges, military recruiters, financial aid programs, and similar organizations. On occasion, and at the expressed approval of the principal, we do make this information available. Parents who do not wish to have their son’s/daughter's name included on student directory listings can elect to do so by logging into the Home Access Center (HAC) at https://hac.doe.k12.de.us/homeaccess/ using your parent password or you may notify the school in writing. Please send your notification to the Guidance Office or email John.Greenly@nccvt.k12.de.us.


The New Castle County Vocational Technical School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or covered veteran status in employment, admission to, or participation in its programs, services, and activities, in accordance with state and federal laws. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs.

The District offers additional services to students with limited English language skills or with disabilities so that they may benefit from these programs.

This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated school district compliance coordinators:


School Admissions/Programs: Terri Villa, Director of Student Services and District Programs

Special Ed/Section 504/ESL: Dr. David Jezyk, Supervisor - Programs for Exceptional Children

Employment/Discrimination (Title IX): Gerald Allen, Director - School Operations

NCC Vo-Tech School District

1417 Newport Road

Wilmington, DE 19804

Tel: (302) 995-8000

Title I Information

Title I is a federal program that provides funds to meet the needs of at-risk students. Delcastle participates in the Title I Program.

School districts that receive Title I funding are required to create a Parent Involvement Policy. The NCCVT School District Parent Involvement and Partnership Guidelines is found with other important information in the Student/Parent Handbook (pp. 97-99). Parents are encouraged to offer feedback on this policy. That feedback and any other Title I questions may be directed to:

· At Delcastle; Assistant Principal Michael Kittel 995-8096 and John.Greenly@nccvt.k12.de.us

· At District; David Jezyk (302) 683-3760 and david.jezyk@nccvt.k12.de.us

Also as part of Title I, a School/Parent/Student Compact must be in effect. This Compact, which is an agreement outlining process and procedures, describes the responsibilities of Delcastle parents and students. Please read this Compact, located below, with the understanding of how it will benefit your child and his/her future goals.

School Responsibilities

Delcastle Technical High School will:

Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive an effective learning environment that enables the students to meet the state’s student academic achievement standards as follows:


  • Delcastle provides a fully inclusive environment where students who have additional needs are educated in the general education setting.
  • Supports are built into the general classrooms for students with identified learning needs and with a language barrier.
  • Late transportation is provided two days each week after school where students have access to their teachers in order to reinforce skills or make up assessments.
  • A variety of staff who understand the social and emotional needs of adolescents are available to students.
  • READ180, curriculum that is designed for struggling readers, is utilized in English classes.


Be available for parent-teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.


  • Parents are recommended to directly contact the specific teacher for questions about their child’s performance in a certain class.
  • · For overall student performance, parents are requested to contact the school counselor who can arrange a face-to-face meeting at the parent’s convenience.


Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.


  • Teachers enter grades on the online Home Access Center (HAC) that gives parents timely information on how their child scored on tests and assignments.
  • In the middle of each report card cycle, interim grades are available in order to give parents information on the grade that the student would be earning if the marking period was over at that time.


Provide parents reasonable access to staff.


  • The guidance office at Delcastle is the nerve center where parent communication is ongoing. In this office are located: school counselors, administrators, special education team leader, ESL bilingual paraprofessional, Co-op Coordinator, and support staff.
  • All teachers and administrators are easily available by email and by phone.


Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities


  • Parent should contact the child’s school counselor in order to observe classroom activities

TITLE 14 EDUCATION DELAWARE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE 1

Supporting Youth Mental Health & Encouraging Resilience

Come learn about youth mental health with this free awareness presentation!

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English & Spanish District & School Required Notifications

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