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January: The Month of the Suburban Child

This month, National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign is centering on the Suburban Child. Last week, National PTA President Otha Thornton traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the Suburban Agenda Caucus and discussed ways to increase support for suburban children. Next week we will continue the conversation in a webinar on Jan. 28—featuring Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institute—where we will share promising models and recommendations to more effectively address poverty at the metropolitan scale. National PTA will also award a copy of Elizabeth Kneebone’s book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America to one webinar attendee. Today, suburbs are home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in

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DELAWARE STUDENTS EARN ALMOST 300 FERGUSON SCHOLARSHIPS

  The Delaware Department of Education will award 299 Michael C. Ferguson scholarships of $1,000 each to 284 students statewide who attained high scores on the 2013 Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) reading and mathematics tests in grades 8 and 10. Six eighth grade students earned two scholarships, and 138 earned one scholarship. In the 10th grade, nine students earned two scholarships, and 131 students earned one scholarship. “Through hard work and perseverance, these students have exceled,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said. “I congratulate them and am glad that, through these scholarships, the state can support their continued studies.”

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First State FIRST Lego League Championship

FirstStateLegoLeague First State FIRST Lego League Championship Tournament Nature’s Fury!!! Open to the public!!!   For more information on First State Lego League visit www.firststatefll.org

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ECG Heart Screening Event

ECG Heart Screening Event at Springer Middle School on Saturday January 25 from 8am – 4pm.  It will be open to ANY and ALL students in Middle School and High School. The screenings are FREE. We must cap at 350 screenings. FIRST COME….FIRST SERVED. The mission of HEART IN THE GAME is to create awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in children and young adults through the formation of community access programs in 1) ECG Screening 2) CPR Training and 3)  AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Training. Our goal is to screen every middle school and high school student in Delaware….for

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ALERT: 01/22/14 Reflections Drop-Off Postponed

Due to the inclement weather, the Reflections drop-off scheduled for Wednesday, January 22 from 10 – 11:30am has been postponed.  Submissions can still be brought to the Delaware PTA office on January 28th from 5:30 – 7pm.   A new daytime drop-off will be determined shortly.   Any questions please contact Terri Carpe terri.carpe@delawarepta.org  or Vanessa Gallaher vrlovessg@yahoo.com.  

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ADDENDUM TO DPAS-II REPORT OUTLINES ADMINSTRATOR EVALUATION RESULTS

Delaware’s Department of Education today released results from the administrator evaluation addendum to its “Continuous Improvement” report. The November report covered the results from “Year One” of the state’s revised evaluation system, the Delaware Performance Assessment System (DPAS-II).  The report shows progress in the overall implementation of administrator evaluation with an increased focus on student achievement. In 2012-2013, student improvement was weighted more heavily in administrators’ overall ratings than in previous years. This revision highlighted the meaningful variation between various components of the system and reinforced that better implementation by school leaders is needed in the years ahead. The state’s

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HODGSON, DELMAR STUDENTS TO REPRESENT DELAWARE AT SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

Two students will represent Delaware as delegates to the 52st annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C., in March. Secretary of Education Mark Murphy selected Tiddy Mauti, a Hodgson Vocational Technical School senior, and William Bounds, a Delmar High School senior, as the First State’s delegates. U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons announced the names. Both delegates serve as their senior class presidents. Mauti also is state president of Delaware’s Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)  association, National Honor Society president and a supporter/volunteer for numerous nonprofits and charities, including Special Olympics, Stockings for Soldiers, Relay for Life

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