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The wait is finally over. The Delcastle Drama Club will be presenting the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on May 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2017. It is the first musical to hit the Delcastle stage since the theatre department performed Grease in 1997!

A program note says that the time of the action is “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

We hope you will join us for this monumental show. It is surely a family-friendly production, so bring the kids!

Tickets are available for purchase @ delcastle.ludustickets.com. Tickets purchased online are $8 for adults, $6 for students, and $3 for children under 12. When you buy online, you will be able to reserve your seat! Tickets will also be sold at the door prices at the door are ($15/adults, $10/students, $5/children under 12).

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, starring Ryan Nagowski (’17) as Charlie Brown, Amanda Santiago (’17) as Lucy, Ziayre Ruff (’19) as Schroeder, Trey Bruton (’18) as Linus, Piper Edge (’18) as Sally Brown, Victoria McMahon (’20) as Snoopy. Also starring Alexa Archer (’19) as Woodstock, Leigh Bauder (’17) as Peppermint Patty, Brielle Stephens (’19) as Frieda, Christina Colatriano (’19) as Marci, Rob Williams (’19) as Franklin, and Kaitlyn Negron (’20) as The Little Red-Haired Girl. YAGMCB is directed by Mrs. Elena Brenner. Technical direction by Anthony Tiberi, Jr. and Nelson Ayala.

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The goal of this student recognition program is to celebrate Delcastle students who achieve high level of academic and social excellence. The ROAR award give school-wide recognition of students who:

1. Display Respect for Self and school community
2. Take ownership of their own improvement
3. Know that the right Attitude will take them far
4. Are Responsible with their future plans

At the end of every marking period, all students who meet the following criteria will receive a ROAR award certificate and a choice of small prize:

• Earn a 3.00 or above GPA for the marking period
• No discipline write-ups for the marking period
• Only one excused absence for the marking period

Students will be encouraged to use social media to tell Delcastle’s story because we have the hardest working staff and outstanding students. Delcastle is truly an amazing school.
Do your best to earn the ROAR award and become part of the Cougar Roar Club!

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Congratulations to the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year Mrs. Lisa Henderson. Mrs. Henderson fondly remembers many of her own teachers because of what they did for her self-confidence inside and outside the classroom. The content is not what she recalls; instead, the firm voice yet loving heart, the rigor, the kindness and interest shown, the high expectations, and the time for personal reflection. Mrs. Henderson is proud to be a composite of the educators who touched her life, and hopes that years from now her students too will remember how she encouraged them to be their better selves. Thanks for all that you do Mrs. Henderson!

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SkillsUSA Winners

SkillsUSA Winners

       Congratulations to all of our students who competed in the 2017 SkillsUSA Competitions. Our students won 71 medals of which 24 medals were gold. This summer all of our gold medal winners will represent the state of Delaware and Delcastle at the National SkillsUSA Competitions in Louisville, KY. Special thanks to all of our teachers who prepared our students to perform at a very high level. Please see the detail listing of the winners at the end of the newsletter.

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The Delcastle Drama Club provided its Cougars with yet another year of entertainment. Many have heard about Dr. Hockersmith’s recent retirement. This is true but surely did not hinder the group’s ability to ensure a performance of entertainment and quality. Luckily Mrs. Brenner, the Director, with the help of Mr. Tiberi and Mr. Ayala, was able to hold the fort down and began preparing for yet another show.

This year’s fall play Almost, Maine, was about relationships between various individuals with many awkward and comical twists and turns along the way. It took place around modern day in the unusual town of Almost, Maine. The people of this small town had quite the story to tell.

In the past, Delcastle Drama Club used to participate in the “Delaware Drama Competition” until it came to an end when the event was no longer being hosted. This was an event that helped to recognize groups of great talent. Delcastle was very successful in taking home the majority of the winnings each time. A dry spell crept upon the club for a few years until their performance in March 2016 of William Fishers Here Come the Brides. This performance was a huge success that pushed the club back on its feet.

There are many young actors and actresses who have shared Delcastle’s stage for years. For much passion and effort in what they do, one actor and one actress from the cast has been chosen for special recognition. Actress Alyssa White is a senior at Delcastle High who has been able to overcome many obstacles and still come to show much devotion and intensity toward her roles. Alyssa has found motivation and inspiration from her grandmother. After graduation, she plans to attend Del-Tech for two years for Human Services on a SEED scholarship. Actor Ryan Nagowski, also a senior at Delcastle, has shown much potential and even helps to keep the group somewhat sane. He has been in Drama Club for three years and takes pride in making people smile and putting on a good show. The show that inspires him the most is Shrek because he was able to bond very well with the cast.

In conclusion, the performances in December were very successful. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators enjoyed the evening performances as well as the school performance. Stay tuned for the spring musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown scheduled for the first weekend in May.

Cast Leads: Cast Understudies:

Alexa Archer

D’ante Green

Piper Edge

Dannia Pommer

Kaitlyn Negron

Ashlie Cabalza

Kimberly Jeffery

Serena Levy

Ritzy Curry

Kalli Morris

Brielle Stephens

Ryan Nagowski

Christina Colatriano

Kenneth Oliver

Bruce Rodriguez

Ziayre Ruff

Alyssa White

Rob Wiliams

Tech & Crew:

Anthony Tiberi, Jr.

Nelson Ayala

Kayla Wiley

Samantha Collins

Christian Cortez-Ward

George Grimes

Najaquan Hopkins

Kimberly Jeffrey

Samantha Miller

Athaninia Moore

Aicha Pierce

Andrew Stofa

Devin Saienni

Amanda Santiago

Zamyra Sibbley

Joe Stansell

Sam Uzele

Christina Marie Colatriano , Class of 2019

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Last spring, Saint Anthony of Padua Grade School contacted Mr. Kevin Thomas, Co-op Coordinator at Delcastle, with a request for Delcastle to possibly assist them with some projects at the school. Mr. Thomas went to Saint Anthony’s and saw that they needed a railing in the gym, basketball storage racks, and installation of a concession stand door that was broken. He could see safety was a top concern and how important these repairs would be in helping to keep Saint Anthony of Padua safe for its students.

In view of this, Kevin assigned the construction and painting of the railing to Mr. Dan Edelen (Welding) and Mr. Tony Tiberi (Auto Body). Mr. Edelen had his sophomore students draw the design and the juniors and seniors constructed and installed the railing.

“We knew how important fixing the railing was,” said Mr. Dan Edelen. “Kids coming out of the gym could jump or fall off of the ledge, which is approximately four feet down. We are trying to address and help aid in the area of safety to all who use this area. We want to get rid the risk of a fall hazard.” Bradley Abrams, Jarrett Cole and Jorge Tinoco all chipped in to help. “It was a great learning experience,” said Mr. Dan Edelen. “The work that the students did was very beneficial. It was a nice change from the daily welding that they do. They were able to use their minds and use that in the fabrication on building. We hope that there are more opportunities for the future to help out and give back to the community in any way possible. It truly was an honor.”

While this was done, Scott Bosold’s (Plumbing) students repaired the basketball holder. The welds in the basketball holder were cracked, so the students helped to cut the pipe off, regrind it smooth, and use their “Mig Machine” to re-weld it. Next, the students needed to cut the bagpipe off, grind that down, and clear coat the welds. If this wasn’t completed, the basketball holder would rust. After this, the students painted the basketball rack back to its original color, flat black. Finally, the students had to do a field test to make sure that the welds would hold and so that there were no leaks. The field test consisted of putting 120 basketballs on the rack to make sure that the rack would hold up. Sure enough, the basketball rack held up. With the basketball rack new again, the students loaded up the rack and got it back to Saint Anthony’s.

Many sophomores and juniors worked on this project. John Gebhart, Nick Sensabaugh, Joe Grendzinski, Jared Young, Kelvin Amaya and Aaron Gaines all assisted in this process.

“We were all glad to help out with something that needed fixing up. The students were passionate about giving their all and we are happy that we all pitched in to do some good,” said Mr. Scott Bosold.

“It was an awesome experience helping out another school,” said Nick Sensabaugh. “Seeing what the rack looked like when it came in comparison to when we finished was pretty exciting. It looked 100 times better. It was nice to know that I had a part in fixing that rack.”

“It was so nice to help out in any way that I could during the duration of this project,” said Kelvin Amaya said. “It allowed me to help out the school and that’s what matters the most.”

In addition, Kelvin Amaya and Jorge Tinoco installed the door.

After completion of the projects, Saint Anthony’s sent a letter of gratitude and appreciation to the Delcastle teachers and students. The collective efforts of everyone involved made these projects a success. The career areas of Welding, Auto Body, and Plumbing all hope to do more projects like these and help to spread more of the “Cougar Volunteer Spirit”! As of right now, the Welding career area intends on fabricating an additional railing to secure another location at Saint Anthony’s this spring. Great job Cougars!

Tyler Ross, Class of 2018

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On October 19th in theAspira auditorium, ASPIRA and the Spanish department held a presentation celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The presentation was open to any teachers and their students to see the presentation. In addition, some of the parents of the students presenting joined the audience to support and watch their kids.

The Aspirantes each individually impersonated a famous influential Hispanic or tradition of cultural significance like the quinceañera. Each student had a power point slide they made to give a visual to the audience about the person they chose.  Feedback was given from the audience, that our fellow member of ASPIRA, Alondra Avila (2017) brought Selena back from the dead. Aneliz Ordorica (2018) spoke about La Quinceañera and the significance it has the Hispanic culture. We also had a cultural presentation that was made by two different community dance groups: Comparsa de Temimilcingo Morelos and Ballet Folklórico Xochiquetzal. Some of the members of these dance groups are Delcastle students themselves. Did you hear about how at the end of the Chinelos performance students from the audience joined them up on stage and danced along with them? It was like a party on stage! It was a very fun and enjoyable experience not only for
ASPIRA but for the audience as well.People

We would like to thank the teachers who brought their students down, and also the parents and grandparents who came out to support and watch their children perform.

By Jacqueline Gutierrez, Class of 2018

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       Six Delcastle students competed at the HOSA’s first International Leadership Conference. The event was held in Nashville, Tennessee, between June 22-25, 2016. Many speakers and exhibitors were present including the following: U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H, Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., and Brad Montague creator of “Kid President.” Various other interactive exhibitors from the armed forces, colleges, universities, as well as biomedical companies like Pfizer, and IBM were present. HOSA, in celebrating 40 years of Future Health Professionals, inaugurated its first year with an international inclusion. Delcastle had 5 members from the class of 2016, and one member from the class of 2017. This was the largest number of students that qualified for the National competition in Delaware HOSA in Delcastle history. Besides the persistence of the students, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Conley, and Mrs. Spencer helped prepare the students for the competitions. The Delcastle students and the competitions they competed in are as follows:

  • Jasmine Littlejohn (BMS class of 2016) and Kiara Morris (BMS class of 2017) both competed in “Community Awareness”
  • Joselis Gonzalez (MA class of 2016) competed in “Healthy Lifestyles” and advanced to the second round of competition
  • Inayzha Wallace (MA class of 2016) who was also a state officer competed in “Job Seeking Skills”
  • Elena Valente (MA class of 2016) competed in “Medical Photography” and advanced to the second round of competition
  • Renek McDonald (BMS class of 2016) competed in “Pathophysiology
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Once again, it’s that time of the school year at Delcastle where every student is going out to shop for semi-formal attire for Homecoming. However, this is not the only reason why they all get excited, but also for the events before the Homecoming Dance begins. Spirit Week and Pep Rally are always when students and teachers get excited. This year’s themes for Spirit Week are the following:


October 10th, 2016

Character Day


October 11th, 2016

Nerd Day


October 12th, 2016

Twin Day


October 13th, 2016

Throwback Thursday


October 14th, 2016

Pep Rally!

Class Color Day

Freshman: Navy Blue

Sophomores: Gray

Juniors: White

Seniors: Black

This year, both the Pep Rally and the football game will take place on October 14th . When Pep Rally is over, students will be allowed to walk all the way to the football field and cheer on our football team for their game against Mount Pleasant. There are some exciting changes planned for the football game; during halftime, there will be 1 float that will be passing through the track field. After the float, convertibles carrying the senior Homecoming Court will drive onto the field and the court will be announced.

Don’t forgot to get a Homecoming Dance Ticket for Caribbean Carnaval before October 15th; tickets will not be sold at the door. The winners of the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the dance.

Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself this entire week since it’s all about having fun.

Katie Hernandez, Class of 2018

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