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Over 85% of Delcastle students have completed the Chromebook deployment process! For the students who have not completed the process, here are the procedures as well as links to all documents and forms necessary for completion.

Step One – Get the two physical forms from the library

  • Students should go to the library and get the white deployment form and the yellow nurse’s card.
  • Those two forms should be taken home and completed. Both forms require a parent signature.
    • Do NOT worry about parent ID – student ID will be used for in-school deployments.

Step Two – At home, read all of the documents and complete the five online forms.

Step Three – Determine How You are Making Payment

  • The insurance payment for the Chromebooks is now $35.00.
  • Insurance will go up to $45.00 on 9/8/2018 and to $55.00 on 9/15/2018.
  • Payment can be made electronically via PayPams (link below) or in cash at school.

Step Four – Return Forms to School & Make of Verify Insurance Payment

  • Once students have completed steps 1-3, they should take the white deployment form and the yellow nurse’s card to Ms. Tina Ramsey.
  • Ms. Ramsey will collect the two forms and either take the insurance payment or verify the payment if it was made prior or online.
  • After giving Ms. Ramsey the forms, the student will go to class.

Step Five – Deployment

  • Over the course of the school day that the paperwork has been submitted, the completion of all online forms will be verified.
  • If there are problems, the student will be called down and any issues will be reviewed so that they can be fixed.
  • If everything is complete, the Chromebook will be assigned to the student.
  • Students will be called to the library when their Chromebook is ready.
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August Newsletter

August Newsletter

New Format

Dr. Hayes has gone digital with his quarterly newsletter. We hope you enjoy this new format as well as all of the exciting Delcastle news stories. The newsletters also include important school and district information. You can access the newsletter via the link below. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

August 2018 Newsletter

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Deployment Dates

  • Deployments will begin during business hours on August 1st for families who have completed all of the required forms and payments.
  • This announcement will be updated with additional signup links regularly, so please check back regularly.
  • All appointment must be made via the linked SignUp Genius. Please do not call the school to make an appointment.

Before You Sign Up

  • Complete all forms listed in the “Chromebook Updates & To Do List” Announcement. There are FIVE forms and one payment that must be made before your appointment.
    • Parent Chromebook Form
    • Student Chromebook Form
    • Parent Handbook Form
    • Student Handbook Form
    • Military Form (everyone completed this form even if no one in your family is in the military).
    • Insurance Payment
  • Make sure that both the student and a parent/guardian of record are available for the appointment. Bring photo ID with you.

When You Arrive at School

  • Arrive five minutes before your appointment.
  • Have photo ID ready.
  • Be prepared to complete your 2018-2019 medical form.

SignUp Genius Links – Please do NOT Sign up for an appointment until you have completed ALL 5 Online Forms

Upcoming Deployments:

Wednesday, August 29th (3:00 – 7:00) – ALL GRADES WELCOME

Sign up Here for An Appointment

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Chromebook Deployment Preparation

The following provides information about the upcoming Chromebook deployment process. There are many links throughout the article. All links appear in orange for easier identification. Please call the school at 302-995-8100 with any additional questions.

Timelines

Chromebooks will be ready for distribution beginning in August. Please continue to visit the website for updates regarding distribution dates, times, and procedures. It is important to note that both the student and the legal parent/guardian MUST be present for the summer Chromebook deployment dates. Detailed information about the Chromebook initiative and links to the documents you need to review can be found on the Chromebook Page for your review. Please visit the page and review and complete all information.

Completing your forms before the deployment process begins will help the process move as efficiently as possible. In an effort to consolidate the number of times and places you receive sign-off forms this school year, we have made most of the forms accessible electronically. They are listed and linked below.

Forms

Below are the FIVE forms that need to be completed before the school will deploy a Chromebook to a student. Some of these forms are found on the Chromebook page of the website as well. Parents will need a valid email address to complete their forms. Student medical information forms will not be electronic this school year and will need to be completed during the deployment process.

AUP and Chromebook Agreements (Forms 1 and 2)

Once you have read the Acceptable Use Policy and the Chromebook User Agreement located on the Chromebook page of this website linked above, both parents and students must complete the following:

Parent User Agreement or Parent User Agreement(Spanish)

Student User Agreement or Student User Agreement (Spanish)

 

Student Handbook Agreement (Forms 3 and 4)

The 2018-2019 NCCVT Student/Parent Handbook is currently available online. Students will also receive individual copies of the handbook. Please review the Student/Parent Handbook on the linked page. The page contains both English and Spanish versions of the handbook. Once parents and students have both reviewed the handbook, they both must complete the following:

Parent Handbook Agreement or Parent Handbook Agreement (Spanish)

Student Handbook Agreement or Student Handbook Agreement (Spanish)

 

2018 – 2019 MILITARY-CONNECTED YOUTH STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE FORM (Form 5 – ALL families complete this form, even if no one in the family is in the military. There is a “Non-Applicable” option that you can choose on the form.

Every year the state asks parents to complete a Military-Connected information form. Parents must complete one of the below forms

Military-Connected Form or Military-Connected Form (Spanish)

Insurance

The $25.00 annual insurance fee can be paid via PayPams which is the same system the district uses for our school lunch accounts. In PayPams, please find the link for your student’s grade and make your payment in that link. Parents with students in multiple grades will need to go to the appropriate account for each student. For families who do not wish to pay electronically, they can make their payment in cash at Delcastle. The school is open Monday – Wednesday from 7:00 – 5:00 and Thursdays from 7:00 – 4:30 during the summer. Credit cards and checks are not accepted at the school.

 

Covers

Both the Dell 3190 (senior computers) and the Dell 5150 (freshmen, sophomore, and junior computers) are drop rated. However, we encourage families to invest in covers for their devices for two reasons.

  • Primarily, covers will help protect the computer from cosmetic damages such as scratches that occur as the computer is used throughout the day.
  • Secondly, students are able to customize and personalize a cover with their name, graphics, stickers and other identifiers making their laptop easily identifiable as well as unique.  Please remember that student may not put anything (sticker, writing, label, etc.) directly on their Chromebook.

Having reviewed and tried a variety of cases for both devices, we have located a snap-on case that fits both models. We have verified the fit for both the Dell 3190 as well as the Dell 5150. We will order these and carry them in the school store.  They can also be ordered directly via the following link:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G6G1GC6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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All rising 9th and 10th-grade students have summer assignments that must be completed before the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Specifics about the assignments for each grade are detailed below.

Grade 9

All rising 9th-grade students have two summer assignments they must complete before the start of the school year in August:

  • Students must log onto Schoology, access the math course we have set up for students, and complete all work in the course. Follow the below link to “A Beginners Guide to Using Schoology 2018” for step-by-step instructions on how to access your Delcastle Schoology accounts. Please note that if you had access to Schoology in middle school, the login process for Delcastle will be different as the access website and the login credentials (username and password) will be new for your high school account.
    • If you follow the linked directions are are not able to successfully log into Schoology, please contact Delcastle and ask to speak to Dr. Olsavsky.
    • There will be two math instructors monitoring the course who will be available to answer any questions. Directions on how to message those teachers from within Schoology are provided in the handout linked below.
  • Students must read the memoir Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The book will be used throughout the ELA 1 course.
    • If you have questions about the summer reading, you may message Dr. Olsavsky via Schoology and she will answer any of your questions.

A Beginners Guide To Using Schoology 2018

Grade 10

All rising 10th-grade students have one summer assignment:

  • Students must read the memoir Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The book will be used throughout the ELA 2 course.
    • If you have questions about the summer reading, you may message Dr. Olsavsky via Schoology and she will answer any of your questions.
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Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It is with sadness that I share this information – we received word that Makayla Johnson, a 10th-grade Technical Drafting student, died unexpectedly on Friday night. Our prayers, thoughts, and sympathies are with her family and friends.

Her passing will be announced at school in the morning. School counselors and psychologists will be available to meet with students for the next two days. Tuesday is the end of the school year for Delcastle students and staff. If you think that your child needs additional help, please contact a mental health professional or contact the Delaware Child Priority Response Crisis Service, at 1-800-969-HELP (4357).

Linked please find information which can help answer questions you may have about how to address the issues of an unexpected death with your son or daughter.

Critical Incident Brochure

https://www.wilmingtonde.gov/home/showdocument?id=6946

These are the actions that Delcastle Technical High School is taking:

  • Counseling services for students
  • Parent contact for any student who requests counseling
  • Updates to school website with Crisis Service Information

I have expressed the Delcastle community’s heartfelt sympathy to the Johnson family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Thank you,

Clifton Hayes, Ed.D.

Principal

Delcastle Technical High School

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Dear NCC Vo-Tech Parents/Guardians,

During the past few weeks, we have heard with horror about the deadly assault on students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We mourn those who died and have such compassion for their families, classmates, teachers, and the greater community. Current national debates questioning policies on the purchase of automatic weapons, access to mental health services, and the effectiveness of school security plans should prompt all school leaders to once again reevaluate their safety procedures, methods of communication, and community expectations for response. I want you to know we have taken time to do just that in all NCC Vo-Tech high schools in recent days.

We continue to ask our students and their families to be vigilant and to report any situations that cause them concern. We ask students to please first tell an adult if they hear or read something – swift reporting to those in authority is exactly the right thing to do so that we can respond quickly and appropriately to protect their safety and minimize any potential risk. Though we are in a new era where cell phones and social media apps provide instant communication, sometimes in the rush to communicate, unsubstantiated information is forwarded, posted, and commented upon that can contribute to spreading false rumors. Doing so is often disruptive to the very school community we are trying to protect.

Our schools work closely with local law enforcement. Whenever a threat is made and we become aware of it, police immediately begin to investigate. If the threat is not considered credible, they advise schools to proceed as normal. If additional measures are called for, we implement those recommendations and communicate that information to you as soon as we can.

Thankfully, most threats are not credible; nevertheless, we take each one seriously and follow a clear process with our law enforcement agencies that always places student safety as the first priority.

Lastly, I ask that you continue conversations with your child about his or her online social activity – ask questions, set expectations, and stay informed.

On behalf of our students, our employees, and our board of education members, I want to thank you for being an important partner with us in nurturing your child’s educational success.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding your school’s safety plans, please do not hesitate to contact me or your school’s principal.

Thank you.

Victoria C. Gehrt

Superintendent

New Castle County Vocational Technical School District

1417 Newport Road

Wilmington, DE 19804

302-995-8051

Si desea su correspondencia en espanol, por favor llame al 995-8036.

(If you desire this correspondence in Spanish, please call 995-8036.)

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We received information this morning from local law enforcement that a threat was made on social media against New Castle County Vo-Tech schools. Law enforcement is investigating and they have determined that our buildings are safe to continue normal operations today. As always, we remain vigilant in our security efforts and in our commitment to communicate important information to you.

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