April 2014 -- Serviam Girls Academy

The April DSEA School Spotlight winner is Serviam Girls Academy for their outstanding performance in the Toshiba and NTSA Exploravision National Science Competition.

The 7th and 8th grade Girls from Serviam placed in the top 1% of the 5,000 projects submitted to the contest — ranking them with the top rated schools in the entire country! Their efforts earned them an honorable mention, making them the only Delaware school to receive this distinction!

Hats off to Serviam Girls Academy for demonstrating that ANYTHING is possible when hard work, dedication, perseverance, and a positive attitude are shared through their faith in themselves and one another.

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Runner Up: Cab Calloway

Even though the focus at Cab Calloway is arts that didn't stop them from earning 2nd place in math and science DCAS in the school district!

The contribute to the community, Cab Calloway invites all the elementary schools that can pack in their gym to their performances so they can see that everyone has a gift and can shine!

March 2014 -- EastSide Charter

EastSide Charter School (ESCS) was founded as a community school in 1997 to serve low income students in urban Wilmington. 87% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch. 92% of students are African American and 8% are Hispanic. The school had academic struggles and did not make the State’s, “Adequate Yearly Progress” for a 5 year period until 2010. Following a leadership change the summer of 2011, the school has implemented cultural and academic changes that have resulted in an incredible turnaround in academic performance.

From 2010 to 2013, ESCS had the largest academic growth rate among all 21 Delaware Charter Schools according to the State’s Academic Performance Ranks. As a result of these outstanding results, Dr. Lamont W. Browne, the Head of School, was named one of the five Award Winning School Leaders of the Year in Delaware by the State Board of Education!

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Runner Up: Howard High School of Technology

At Howard High School of Technology, a class started a mentoring program that meets 1-2 times a week at Prestige Academy. Their mission is to make sure their mentees stay motivated in school and remain on their best behavior.

Having heard the claim that:

"Jail and prison contractors base the size of there new facilities off of the test scores and behavior reports of 3rd grade male minorities"

Howard High is working hard to change that statistic.

Runner Up: Newark High School

It has made it's students succeed and achieve their goals for college. Newark High School has also stepped up to help a student from Africa to go to school, and has even paid for her college!

February 2014 -- St. Georges Technical High School

Hats off to St. Georges for skillfully balancing community involvement with academic success!

St. Georges' long standing commitment to the B+ Foundation involves an annual Pep Rally and "Hawk Fest" where they play games and raise money to fight childhood cancers. The entire school sponsors Nathan who has been battling osteosarcoma and metastatic bi-lateral lung cancer.

The school was recently recognized with a $50,000 grant as a result of their exceptional performance on the 2013 student DCAS assessment. St. Georges was in the Recognition School category for non-Title I schools, and is one of only 3 high schools among the 17 winning schools!

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December 2013 -- Concord High School

The students in Concord's Engineering Design Lab have been participating in the Ability One Design Challenge since September. The challenge is a national competition among high school and college students to design assistive technologies that make people with disabilities more productive in their workplace environment.

The students took a field trip to Service Source, a non profit organization in the city of Wilmington that employs people with disabilities. Service Source teaches their employees the technical skills as well as social skills needed to work in a real job outside of Service Source.

After visiting the facility the students identified 4 jobs that needed assitive technologies that would make the employees safer, healthier, and more productive. The students split into 4 groups, each group focusing on 1 job and each group designed a prototype that we took back to Service Source for the employees to test.

Time studies were taken by each group to see how much more productive, if any, each employee was now that they were using the new assistive technology device designed for them. In all four groups the employees showed gains in productivity when using the devices.

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Congratulations to the students in the Engineering Design Lab and the teachers at Concord High who support them on this awesome achievement!

Runner Up: Central Middle School

Central Middle School has been helping out the community for the past 4 years with their Senator in Action group run by Al Roach and Joan Engel. They have helped with Hurricane Sandy, raised money for Special Olympics Delaware, provided food to local homeless shelters, provided Thanksgiving meals to homeless in Dover, DE, and donated blankets to keep newborns warm and to senior homes to use as lap blankets.

Their work was recognized this year as part of the National Youth Services Challenge initiative.

While making all of these contributions to the community, Central Middle School also achieved the 2013 State Education Goals in performance, attendance, and participation!

Runner Up: Room 8/Mrs. Mims' class at Pleasantville Elementary

To start off American Education week, Governor Markell visited their classroom. He joined as they Mystery Skyped with a class in Arizona and exchanged clues with the other class until they guessed each other's location. Governor Markell spoke to the class in Arizona and gave a proclamation about American Education Week!

Runner Up: Providence Creek Academy

Worked hard to improve the community for everyone!

November 2013 -- Frederick Douglass Elementary

You just can't beat Frederick Douglass for enthusiasm and going the extra mile to promote learning and build school spirit! In November, the students and teachers of Fredrick Douglas:

  • Teachers and students dressed up during the day and that night as their favorite book characters for Family Reading Night. The 2nd grade teachers even coordinated and went as characters from Charlotte's web! They hosted a book fair, provided treats in the cafeteria, and opened the class rooms for reading and crafts.
  • To celebrate students who earned super behavior in the first marking period, they also hosted a Fall Bash that included hayrides, making popcorn skeleton hands, paper pumpkins, and turning a teacher into a mummy!
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Congratulations to the teachers and students at Frederick Douglass Elementary who are working hard together to make everyone succeed!

Runner Up: Cumberland Regional High School

As one of 31 "UGotBrains" Champion Schools in New Jersey, CRHS is taking action through the "Teens Dying to Drive" program to make sure these teenagers are prepared to be safe, responsible drivers before hitting the road.

Runner Up: Boys and Girls Club of Vineland

These enthusiastic, community oriented students go to the Veterans home and perform at holiday events. The Veterans absolutely enjoy seeing the kids dance, step and sing!

Runner Up: Appoquinimink High School

Despite a challenging record, the cheer team has managed to keep fans coming to the games! Congrats to the cheer team and the AHS band for their huge contribution to spirit and their dedication!

Runner Up: Fairy God Sisters of Delaware

The Fairy God Sisters of Delaware are a Delaware State University group whose mission is to heal a hurting humanity. So far they have participated in the School Daze in the City of Wilmington, a can food drive at Delaware State and the Sock Hop Drive, which collected over 300 pairs of socks that will be distributed to the homeless in November along with hot meals.

October 2013 -- New Moyer Academy

On Friday, September 27th, 15 students from The New Moyer Academy worked with the Delaware Center for Horticulture and planted trees around the school. The activity was made possible by a grant the group won from the TD Bank Green Fund to help plant trees in areas that have a low percentage of trees.

KISS 101.7 and DSEA are proud to recognize this these students and the New Moyer Academy for making the time and investing the effort to improve the community for everyone!

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