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WIN Program

WIN Program

Beginning at the end of the first marking period, ninth and tenth grade students with a 2.75 grade point average or better can attend the Delcastle College Access Program, Project WIN (What I Need).  The purpose of Project WIN is to provide students with a comprehensive post-secondary plan to properly prepare them for college life.  The goal of the program is to improve the post-secondary success trajectory for all students.  The Project WIN team uses a number of best practices to promote higher student achievement through the use of technology, SAT prep, test taking strategies, mentoring, and a host of practices associated with “college readiness” reform.  Project WIN sessions are held every Monday from 3:00 – 5:45pm in the library.  A snack is provided for all those who attend as well as a 6:00 bus for students who do not drive.

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Allen Sylvester, our new Teacher of the Year, is an outstanding Social Studies Instructor, an advocate for students, a gracious humanitarian and a huge team player. He stated, “Observing my peers is how I learned about teaching. I saw greatness is various mentors that were the keystones to my success as an educator.”

Mr. Sylvester was adamant in wanting to express his utmost respect and admiration of his peers, particularly Delcastle’s amazing Teacher of the Year Nominees, Marty Baeriswyl, Brian Heeney, Bonnie Lane, Tara Saladyga and Whitney Singer. Allen feels that each of the six candidates for T.O.Y. were equally deserving and are essential to Delcastle’s critical mission to provide high quality education and to support our students on their pathways toward excellence.

Throughout his reign as T.O.Y., Mr. Sylvester wants to use this opportunity to foster teamwork in our building as we all are faced with the tremendous challenges that are a result of the changing landscape of education including our growing student population and increases in class sizes, accepting and meeting the challenges of the Common Core
and increasing rigor and fostering critical thinking along with competing not only in the local and regional educational markets, but moreover, competing in a global educational market. Mr. Sylvester envisions teamwork and confidence as integral to our future as educational leaders.

In the classroom, Mr. Sylvester focuses on providing all of his students with strong foundations and he believes that hooking students into understanding the value of education is crucial; in this way, Mr. Sylvester is able to channel his students’ energy in a positive manner that allows the students to continuously improve academically. Allen is already planning professional development sessions for Delcastle correlated to each season that he believes will make a positive impact on the Delcastle culture. Allen doesn’t believe that he has all the answers, but he does believe that by sharing ideas and remaining positive, Delcastle, as a team, can continue to grow and to make a huge impact on our students and our profession. Mr. Sylvester stated, “It is my philosophy that you can learn from everyone in the building.” In closing, Mr. Sylvester believes that all educators at Delcastle can be their best selves contributing 100% of their efforts by being open to growing professionally and sharing our talents.

Congratulations, Mr. Allen Sylvester, 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year!

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National Competitions

National Competitions

Over the summer, 26 students represented Delcastle as part of Team Delaware at the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, our students competed against nearly 6,000 students from around the country. We are most proud to report the top 10 national finalists for SkillsUSA 2015:

Skills USA

  • Sheet Metal – Jonathan Perez – (Gold Medal)
  • Welding Sculpture – Anthony DeAngelis (Gold Medal)
  • Automotive Service – Shawn Deel (Silver Medal)
  • Building Maintenance – Joshua Lowe (7)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology – Bailey Matthews (8)
  • Screen Printing Technology – Brittany Jennings (9)

In addition, students traveled to Anaheim, California to attend the national Business Professionals of America (BPA) competitions and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competitions. Jamie Garcia, Sophomore, won 1st place in Keyboarding and Victoria Campos, Sophomore, won 5th place in Keyboarding! Also, Joselis Gonzales made it to the second round of her HOSA competition.

All of the students spent hours of preparation to compete, and their success is a reflection of their hard work. Congratulations to all!

HOBY

HOBY, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, is an organization that promotes leadership, service and innovation among America’s youth. Students who are selected to participate in the program receive unique training in leadership, service-learning and motivational-building experiences. Eddy Sainmervil, an 11th grade Chem Lab student, was one of four students chosen to represent HOBY at the National World Leadership Congress in Chicago this summer.

National Competitions

The Delaware Health and Social Services Division recently sent recognition certificates verifying that five Delcastle students have served 90 hours volunteering outside of school in their communities. Their service efforts with non-profit organizations that are not affiliated with advocacy or political programs have earned the students a credit. Dr. Hayes recognized the students: Tamia Abuwi, Brianna Greenlea, Christopher M. Leago, Inayzha Wallace and Keuiana Walls.

If you have students interested in this volunteer program visit www.volunteerdelaware.org for information about state approved volunteer opportunities. Congratulations to the students for their selfless efforts and dedication to their communities.

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For the forth-consecutive year, Delcastle Technical High School has been awarded a national Bronze raking by U.S. News and World Report. Delcastle is one of eight Delaware schools that received this national recognition and the only school in the NCCVT District to be recognized. U.S. News calculates these rankings based on student performance on state assessments in English and Mathematics as well as student to teacher ratios and evidence that the schools are serving diverse student populations. The ranking, according to U.S. News, is based on two principles. “… that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators” (Perera, 2015, p. 1). Our staff should be very proud of our successful efforts in educating a diverse student population many of whom are on free and reduced lunch as well as encouraging all of our students to continuously improve academically.

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