Friday, December 11, 2009

More to Enjoy this Season

The following Cab Calloway students will be performing Carousel Performing Arts Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania's production of Babes in Toyland.

Samantha Swanson
Davina Wooley
Elyssa Issel
Kylie Navarro
Ariel McHone
Noemi Alexa Perez
Maya Roche
Lucy LaSorte
Veda Wooley

Show will be at Oxford High School, Oxford, PA.

Still the Season for Performances

Cab Calloway students Jennifer and Jessica Lamonica, Lily Gates, and Joe Hetterley (Charter) perform in Wrapped of Love at the Historic Everett Theater in Middletown opening tonight!

Wrapped in Love: A Musical Revue About the Gift of Love

Friday, December 11 and 18, 2009 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 12 and 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 13 and 20, 2009 at 3:00pm
Location: The Everett Theatre
Street: 47 West Main Street
City/Town: Middletown, DE

Set in Middletown, it follows the story of the Hill's during a difficult holiday season. Jim Hill, the father of the family, has lost his job due to the down turn of the economy. He has moved across country to take a job.

Judy Hill, the mother, learns disheartening news that she has been diagnosed with cancer. The Hill's children have difficulties adjusting to their new way of life. And finally, Judy's mother Charlotte has to deal with the pain of watching her family struggle through these difficult times. Along the way they meet a volunteer that helps the family find joy through the holidays. The show provides moments of hilarity with many supporting characters.

Thankfully, their town provides many positive opportunities to the family. The family learned the greatest gifts come from people with compassion. While this holiday season may not bring the most expensive gifts - The greatest gift is a community wrapped in love.


All donations collected after the performance will benefit the charities we feel help wrap Middletown in Love:

  • The Boys and Girls Club
  • The M.O.T. Big Ball Marathon
  • Middletown Relay for Life
  • The Jean Birch Senior Center

Please bring a canned good or unwrapped to to any performance to assist our cast with giving back to those in need this holiday season.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Military Christmas Concert

Brooke Sinko, a 10th Grade vocal major with Cab Calloway, will be performing the National Anthem at the Military Christmas Concert at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington on December 16th at 7pm.

Brooke's father was deployed to Iraq on Saturday 11/28 for twelve months.

Want to attend the concert? Here are the details...
11th Annual Holiday Concert
Delaware National Guard
287th Army Band

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

Performances by
William Penn High School Symphonic Band
Delaware Military Academy Chorus

Free concert; all are welcome
*We are accepting Non-perishable foods for the
DE Food Bank in support of the DNG “War on Hunger”

Free parking*
Doubletree Hotel Parking Lot
700 King Street
*Bring your parking ticket to the concert
In the lobby, you’ll receive a coupon to pay your parking fee

Point of contact ~ LTC Len Gratteri ~ 326-7010

Cab students at Times Square

So, the middle school took a trip to New York last week, and by all accounts had a lot of fun.
We have a clip of the students in Times Square singing 'Minnie, the Moocher on Youtube!

Watch it - not from school, of course, at:

The Season for Performances

"Tis the season! Cab choirs, bands and performance groups are busy this month performing. For example, check out the news from Mr. Lassman's JazzChords and middle school choirs:

The JazzChords sang at the Arden Gild Hall on Saturday for the University A Cappella Festival. Also on the program were The Deaftones from the Westminster Choir College, Off the Beat from the University of Pennsylvania and The Tigertones from Princeton University. The Jazzchords held their own and one attendee said that we were her favorite. Nice!

Monday night, the 6th grade Vocal Music Majors will sing at The Lorelton, 2200 W. 4th Street, Wilmington at 7pm.

Wednesday night is Grotto Pizza Night. Eat at Grotto Pizza on Delaware Avenue, present our coupon, and 20% of your bill comes back to CCSA to help finance the Jazz Lab Band and JazzChords’ trip to DisneyWorld to compete in a national jazz competition.

Friday night, the JazzChords perform at Senator Carper’s Toys-for-Tots. Bring a toy for a child, meet Senator Carper, eat some awesome free food and listen to the JazzChords from 6-8pm at Arsht Hall, University of Delaware Campus in Wilmington, right across from Tower Hill School on Route 52.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cab student is YoungArts finalist

Cab senior Chris Millison recently learned he was a finalist in the 2010 YoungARTS program, sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. His position has earned him an all-expenses paid trip to Miami, Florida in January for a week of master classes, showcase performances, exhibitions, enrichment programs, and final adjudications. Only 150 finalists were selected from an initial applicant pool of nearly 6,000, so Chris' achievement is pretty impressive!

The youngARTS Finalists are the only students eligible to receive the White House designation of Presidential Scholars in the Arts. At the conclusion of youngARTS Week panelists nominate 60 youngARTS Finalists and 20 are ultimately selected as Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Finalists also qualify for cash awards ranging from $1,000-10,000.

Learn more about the YoungARTS program at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts website!

A shout-out to Cab singers!

Congratulations to our vocal music students and their teachers! Delaware All-State Chorus auditions were held in Middletown last Saturday, and twenty middle school students and thirty-two high school students were selected for the 2010 All-State Chorus! Find complete details at the Delaware Music Educators' Association website.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Got new shoes? Shoes 2 Share!

You know those shoes that you just bought but they don’t fit anymore? Well now you can donate them to Shoes 2 Share! People in other countries who cannot afford shoes are getting diseases, which are causing AMPUTATIONS and DEATHS!! By donating like new shoes that are comfortable and easy to walk in, you could be saving lives!

The bin to put your shoes in will be located by the main office! Thank you!

Shoes 2 Share shoe drive is organized by the National Honor Society. For information contact Elissa Seward!!

Watch out for traffic!

Due to complaints from community members and surrounding businesses as well as parents at both Cab and Charter, patrolmen from the DE State Troopers will begin enforcing traffic laws and issuing citations as warranted beginning Monday, Nov. 16. Per instructions from Captain Pulling of the DE State Troopers, I am sending this email to make you aware that all traffic laws will be enforced. As we have done in the past, we encourage you to pull through the parking lot and drop off at the score board. This may require an adjustment to the time you leave your home, however, it is ultimately safer for you and your children and that is the primary concern. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, patience and support.

After-Prom party plans

Attention to all Junior and Senior Parents, it is time to start thinking of the After Prom Party. If you would like to help brain storm and create and terrific After-Prom Party for your son or daughter please contact Pamela Droke at A suggestion box has been in the school for the students to give their ideas. Hopefully, it will help in creating an after-prom that the students will really want to come to and have activities that they would enjoy doing.

The first meeting will be posted soon. Watch for it and please come be a part of creating a memory for your child.


Pamela Droke

Friday, November 6, 2009

Box Tops and Soup Labels

Here's a "win-win" contest! Box tops, soup labels and grocery receipts all earn cash for Cab Calloway School, and the PTSO is running a contest to bring in more of each. The student in each grade who brings in the most items wins a free "Cabby Wear" t-shirt, and the top donor earns a $50 Happy Harry's gift card. For more details, see the flyer!

Cab student performs at Walnut Street Theatre

Planning to see "Oliver" at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre this fall? If you go, watch for seventh grader Julyza Commodore! For more information about the production, see the full story at the Walnut Street Theatre website:

Picture Retake Day next Thursday

Picture retake day will be on November 12th from 8:00 - Noon. If your student wishes to have retakes he/she will need to sign up in the guidance office by 2:30 PM on Tuesday, November 10th. The first picture package must be returned to the photographer in order to have retakes taken.

Students wishing to order pictures for the first time will need to have the order form and money with them when they are photographed. Order forms are available in the guidance office and on-line at Credit Card orders may be done on-line also and be placed 7 days prior to the picture day and 24 hours after.

ALL students who have not had their picture taken yet will need to have it taken for the yearbook and student ID's. I do have a list of those students and they will receive a pass to go to the auditorium.

NJHS supports "Stockings for Soldiers"

Here's a message from the Cab National Junior Honor Society:

Please Help Us To Send Some Holiday Cheer To Our Troops.

Our brave Troops in Iraq & Afghanistan would love to receive a special Christmas stocking from Home. We all can let them know that we are thinking of them while they are away from their families for the Holidays. These Christmas stockings are being sewn and decorated by many area volunteers. We need your help to fill them up. Thank You for helping to spread some Holiday Cheer to our wonderful men and women in the military. Snack Size or Individually package items fit best in the stockings.

**Suggested Items to donate**
Christmas candy, gum, fruit roll-ups & gushers, cracker jacks, Beef Slim Jims, pretzels, lemonade & flavored drink mixes, individual flavored teas, hot drink mixes, commercially packaged Trail Mix, nuts, cookies, (Sorry, no home-baked items), Ramen soup, small cans of tuna, lasagna, Beefaroni, canned fruit, or any SMALL size of anything else to eat. Pocket games & puzzles, DVD movies, music CD's, current magazines, Beanie Babies, AT&T phone cards, paperback books, dominoes, disposable cameras, lip balm, foot powder, SMALL sizes of toiletries & lotions, crew socks, hand & foot warmers, fly swatters, & a Holiday Greeting Card with your messages of Support & Friendship . If you include your return address, email or snail you might hear back from the soldier who receives your card. (NO soap products, please!)

The homeroom that collects the most items for the soldiers will receive Dunkin Donuts.
Please bring all donations before November 20th, 2009.
Stockings For Soldiers Non-Profit status pending 501(c)(3) Tax # 27-0604668

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Learn about DCAS (new state test)


The Parent Association of CSW and the PTSO of Cab Calloway is proud to offer parents an opportunity to hear about our new state test DCAS. This assessment is replacing the DSTP. We are thrilled to have Nancy Doorey, formerly with the State Board of Education, and a testing expert, present an overview of DCAS. Please join us in the school auditorium on Monday November 9, 2009 at 6:30pm. If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact Yvonne Johnson at Hope to see many of you there!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Making College Affordable

Mark your calendar for November 2. Cab and Charter are teaming up to offer students and parents a presentation on making college affordable. It all happens at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. For more information, see this flyer!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Principal for a Day

We welcome Mr. Marke Dickinson, Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Brand at AAA Mid-Atlantic, to Cab Calloway. He will be visiting as our "Principal for the Day" this Thursday, October 29. While at Cab, Mr. Dickinson will meet with student government and honor society members from the middle and high schools, visit classes, and meet with teachers.

Jazz Assembly this Thursday

On this Thursday (10/29), our school will have a special guest for an afternoon assembly. Following opening performances by the high school's award-winning JazzChords (Lassman) and the middle school's JazzLab (Cannon), Denis DiBlasio will be performing along with his student led JazzLab from Rowan University. For those who don't know who he is, here's a brief biography about Denis.

After receiving his masters degree from the University of Miami, Denis DiBlasio joined the big band of legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, serving as Maynard's Musical Director for five years. During this time he honed his virtuosity on the baritone saxophone and flute as well as a prodigious scat-vocal technique, and developed formidable composing/arranging skills. His scores have been published by Kendor, William Allen, Kjos, Doug Beach and Hal Leonard, and his several books on jazz improvisation and scat-singing are available through Kendor, Houston and Jamey Aebersold Publications. He is currently Director of the Jazz Department and conducts the Jazz Lab Band at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

As a clinician for the Yamaha Musical Corporation, DiBlasio has taught and performed all over the United States; his "education as entertainment" style has also taken him to Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan. His unique combination of positive motivation and witty sense of humor ensures an atmosphere where "making music is fun" and students are encouraged by his fearless risk-taking attitude that communicates the message: "Mistakes are valid - if you learn something from the attempt." This approach keeps Denis extremely busy, in constant demand and often booked up to a year in advance.

The sheer joy of spontaneity, intensity, and depth of expression all come together in the jazz artistry of Denis Diblasio.

See you at the assembly.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cartoonists Alert!

Ever wanted to become the next Matt Groening or Jeff Smith? Cab students have the chance to learn the art of cartooning with Dr. Susan Cathcart. Dr. Cathcart will hold classes on Monday afternoons in November (November 2-23) from 2:45-4:15pm.

Want more details? Print the permission slip, bring in the materials fee and plan to have fun! The class is limited to eight students--first come, first served. Sign up today!

Cab student wins Poetry Slam

Congratulations to Cab junior Sydney Rubin, who came in 3rd place at the second annual Delaware Literary Connection Poetry Slam at the Deer Park Tavern in Newark, DE this past Saturday, October 17th. She has submitted this poem to the CAB literary magazine, so watch for the magazine if you missed her performance!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Visit the Family Resource Fair


The Red Clay Consolidated School District Consolidated Grant Parent Advisory Council (CGPAC) will host the 3rd annual Red Clay Family Resource Fair on Saturday, November 21st at Conrad Schools of Science from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This free, fun-filled family event is designed for students, their families and the community to enjoy time together and to gather strategies and information that helps students succeed in school. Over65 exhibits will be provided by Red Clay staff, and representatives from local community agencies. The goal of the event is to educate students, parents and the community about the resources available through the district and in the community that support student achievement.

The Family Resource Fair will be held in the gymnasium and will include exhibits, displays, demonstrations, and resources. There will be games, give-a-ways and refreshments, and something fun and informative for everyone. For more information check the Red Clay website <> or contact Chris Miller, Parent Involvement Coordinator at 552-3815 or<> .

Friday, October 16, 2009

Career Day at CCSA--can you help?

Cab's middle school guidance counselor Dale McKenzie is organizing a "Career Day" presentation at school on Tuesday, December 8, and she's issued a call for about 20 Cab parents who would be willing to spend 45 minutes talking with our students about their career. Can you help?

We are looking for 20 parents who would be willing to spend 45 minutes talking with our students about their career.

Date: Tuesday December 8
Arrival 1:00
Presentation 1:30
Depart 2:30

Students will need to know the answers to the following questions….

Visuals are always welcome…

How long have you held your job?
How did you get your job?
How did you become interested in this career?
What kind of education did you need after high school?
What courses would be beneficial to take during high school?
What do you do in a typical day?
What is the most interesting about your job?
Can you describe a challenge you faced on the job and how you solved it?
How hard is it to get a job in your field?
What is the salary range of someone working in your profession?

Please contact Mrs. McKenzie at to confirm your visit and provide your email for further communications.

PTSO finds "Free Money" for Cab Calloway

Here's a message from our active PTSO:

For those of you who did not attend our first PTSO meeting, I wanted to let you know that the budget was approved for this year. With everyone's support, we hope to have a wonderful year. Are you wondering what the PTSO does for your school? With the approved budget, the PTSO will provide funding and support to our parents, teachers and, most importantly, our students for the following:
  • Academic competitions
  • Community Service
  • Copy/Printing
  • Health and Wellness
  • Instructional Support
  • School Support
  • Staff Support
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Technology

In order to pay for all of these programs, we need your support. One very easy way to help reach this goal is by participating in the Acme, Zingo, Target Receipts and Box Tops for Education Programs. Just send in your register receipts and box tops. We will take care of the rest. Many schools make over $5000 per year simply by sending in these receipts. All your child needs to do is drop the items in the box in the office.

Another easy way to earn "FREE MONEY" is through the Matching Gifts program that many employers have. Bank of America, ING, and I am sure many other companies, have programs in place that will match a donation you make to our school. If you make a $50 donation to Cab Calloway apply for the matching gift, your employer will make a $50 donation to Cab Calloway. Please take the time to check with your employer to see if they participate in this wonderful program.

Bank of America employees: Registering for a match online is simple and is the fastest way for Cab Calloway to initiate the processing of your matching grant. Matches can be registered online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at:

ING Direct employees: Obtain the form titled Community Matching Gifts Application. Fill out Part 1 of the form and then send it to me (Betty Dunn, Treasurer) so I can fill out Part 2. I will send it to ING to fill out Part 3.

If you plan to contribute to Cab through a simply donation, please consider applying for the matching gifts program.

Middle School Conferences October 22

Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 2:50 –6:20 PM. Please contact the team leader to schedule a conference time – 302-651-2700 or:

Vocal Concert features Middle School Performances

The Middle School Vocal Music students will present their first concert of the year on Thursday night (Oct. 22) at 7:00pm in the Cab Calloway Theater. The concert will last an hour (or less) and will feature performances by several classes singing Renaissance pieces. In addition, our 8th grade Vocal Majors and Minors will be wearing Renaissance garb.

It is one of the very few times - maybe the only one - this school year that all the Middle School Vocal Music classes will perform in one concert. You are, of course, welcome to join us. October 22 is the night of parent conferences for the middle school, so plan to stay for the concert!

Monday, October 12, 2009

College Night at the Bob

From Mrs. Rigby, high school counselor:

Don't miss the New Castle County School Counselor Association's College Night on October 20, 2009 at the Bob Carpenter Center. Click the link for a complete list of attending colleges.

This is an extremely worthwhile event and I encourage students in grades9 - 11 to attend!! Attending college fairs is a great way to gather information and talk to representatives from a variety of schools.

Tips on attending a college fair (taken from

With so much information about colleges and universities available through a quick Internet search, today's tech savvy kids sometimes wonder whether there's any good reason to go to a college fair.

Yes, there are plenty. Here's what you can tell them:

If you're just beginning your college search, attending a fair is the most efficient way to scout out a wide variety of schools in a short amount of time. And if you've already narrowed down your list, you'll have the opportunity to really hone in on your top choices. "Unlike what you'll find on websites and in brochures, you can be sure that you'll be getting the most up-to-date and accurate information, coming from someone authorized to speak for the school," says Andrew Sison, chair of the college fair committee of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

But with so many institutions represented at the typical fair-literally hundreds of schools are participating in the October 4 fair at the Nassau Coliseum <> -it can be easy to wander the aisles in a fog and come away with a pile of brochures and a debilitating case of information overload. These tips will help you make the most of the day:

Know before you go.Think in advance about what you hope to accomplish. Perhaps you're uncertain about what kind of school is best for you: A 2-year or 4-year college? Big or small? Close to home or far away? (Investigating a bunch of each will help you figure it out.) Or maybe you're further along in your search and have several options in mind. Either way, find out what schools will be at the fair and make a list, in order of priority, of those you want to visit. But be sure to leave a little time to stop by some random booths that catch your eye. Who knows? You might actually discover a perfect school that isn't even on your radar.Bring a small notepad. Come armed with a list of questions for school representatives. Don't bother with ones that can be easily answered on a website, such as the number of students or the course offerings.Instead, dig deeper with queries like: What makes your school different from other colleges? How would you describe the type of students who do best there? What's the school's teaching philosophy? Also get specifics about programs or activities that especially interest you. Make sure to take notes to refer to later on in case you're overwhelmed by too much information.

Get up-close and personal.If you already know your top schools, try to meet their representatives."Fairs can be hectic, but you sometimes can make a meaningful connection," says Sally F. Rubenstone, senior advisor for College Confidential, an admissions website. Ideally, you should talk to someone on the school staff, rather than a student or an alumni representative.Introduce yourself and ask what you can do to maximize your chances of admission. If you make a good impression, this person may remember you when your application comes in. (A quick aside about putting your best foot forward: Dress nicely! No need for heels and pantyhose or a jacket and tie, but definitely lose the shorts, ripped jeans, and the KISSt-shirt.)

Divide and conquer.Parents should attend the fair along with their kids and take advantage of workshop sessions on financial aid, admissions requirements, and so on. They should also check out schools, but it's a good idea for families to split up. "In addition to letting you cover more ground, you'll minimize a teen's mortification factor, like when Mom corners a representative from Cal Tech to extol her son's kindergarten Lego creations," says Rubenstone.

Follow up. Afterwards, don't just toss those brochures in a corner of your room.Sort through them and review your notes. Re-assess your impressions about various colleges, and then go to for links to help you further investigate the schools that would be best for you.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Halloween Magic Dance!

Middle school students, don't miss the first dance of this year. It's Halloween Magic time, and it's in the Cab gym on Friday, October 23, from 7:00-9:30pm. Halloween costumes are optional, but there will be category judging, so check through your closets and drawers and create a winning look!

Admission is $5 (payable by October 21!) and a non-perishable food item for the food bank. The dance is sponsored by the middle school BPA (Business Professionals of America), and offers a great opportunity to spend time wtih friends and meet new friends.

Non-Cab students may attend, but the Cab student inviting the guest must complete and turn in a guest registration form by October 21. Guest tickets also cost $5.

Want more information? Read all the details, and print a guest registration form. Don't forget to have an adminstrator from the guest's school sign the form!

Celebrate! Dance to the music! See you at the Halloween Magic dance.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Prudential Spirit of Community

Here's a message from Cab's Guidance Department:

If you've made a difference by volunteering in your community over the past year, you could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, May by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award!

Middle school applicants should turn their completed applications into Mrs. McKenzie no later than November 2, 2009. High school applicants should turn their completed applications into Mrs. Rigby no later than November 2, 2009. A selection committee will then choose one student applicant at the middle and high school level to represent Cab Calloway at the State level of the competition.

Please read the information sheet for more specific information about applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cab Back To School Open House Wednesday!

You are cordially invited to attend our 2009-2010 Back to School Night! It will be held on Wednesday, September 30th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Back to School Night is an opportunity to follow your student’s daily schedule, and spend ten minutes in each class learning about the class requirements for this school year. We’d love to see you! Please keep in mind that Back to School Night is not designed for students or for individual parent conferences. Thank you in advance for being respectful of all of our parents!

At this year’s Back to School Night – please make sure you visit the following locations when you have a moment:

The cafeteria – meet some of our cafeteria staff, and sample some of the food choices your students will have this school year.
The library – check out our renovated space, including three computer labs that are open to all classes on a sign up basis; AND visit our Book Faire that is being hosted in our library through October 2nd.
The lobby – Chat with our PTSO, and find out all that our amazing PTSO does for our school and for your students! Refreshments are available in our lobby compliments of our families who donated to our PTSO. In addition, the Wellness Center staff will be available – our WC offers a variety of services for all students who are members in grades 7 – 12 – don’t miss this opportunity! Several clubs will also be available in the lobby.
The Nurse’s Office, the Guidance Office, and the School Administration – the school nurse and our guidance staff will be available in their offices. In addition, the school administration will be available in the main office.

We hope to see you there!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Travel to New York City with Cab community!

Here's a great bit of information from Middle School Vocal Music teacher Mr. Lassman:

Tickets for Middle School students and their family to see 'Wicked' sold out last Spring. Now, for those who don't have tickets to 'Wicked,' we are offering another show for that same date. We will be going on Thursday December 3 to see the fabulous show, 'Billy Elliott.' The music is by Elton John and the show won 10 (TEN!) TONY Awards. The cost is $150 per person. All students received permission slips to see 'Billy Elliott' but you can get another one at

We will leave CCSA as early as we can after 8:30am. Each family will have the day to spend in Times Square as they wish but we will make suggestions for things to do and see. At 7:30pm, we will gather to see the show which starts at 8:00pm. After the show (10:45pm) we will again get on our coach buses and return to CCSA at about 1:15am. Students who go will be excused from school (it is a field trip) on that Thursday.

This is a trip that is annually attended by a LOT of students and parents. Last year we took 465 people on the trip and received many emails saying what a great day it was!

We fully expect this trip to sell out. Return your forms and checks to Mr. Lassman, ASAP. Contact Mr. Lassman at 302-651-2701 x 226, or visit his website (

Friday, September 18, 2009

Back To School Open House

Cab's Back To School Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, from 6:30-8:30pm. Back To School Open House offers parents the opportunity to meet their student's teachers and hear about plans for the academic year in each course.

Book Fair visits library

The Scholastic Book Fair comes to the library September 23-October 2. Don't forget to stop by the library and browse!

Cab Middle School students are scheduled to visit the fair as follows: 6th grade: September 24; 7th grade: September 29; 8th grade: October 1. High school students are invited to drop in anytime. Fair hours are 7:20am-3:00pm daily, and also during Charter's Back To School Open House on September 24, and during Cab's Back To School Open House on September 30.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cab students excel at BPA

Cab Calloway School of the Arts middle school brought home top honors and recognition for the Red Clay School District and the State of Delaware at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference held in Dallas Texas June 17-21. Nine State Winners attended conference workshops and competed against over 3,000 students nationwide. They were accompanied by teacher Jenn Peters and parent coach Angie Barker.

The BPA Club at Cab Calloway is dedicated to developing professionalism and leadership through club activities, competitions and state and national leadership conferences. Club advisor is Business teacher Nancy Cleveland and the chapter president is Noah Henry.

Cab winners at the National Conference were:

Business Math: Finalist Reilly Megee
Business Communications: First place Samuel Katz, Finalist Reilly Megee, Finalist Sharnelle Anthony
Computer Literacy: Third Place Samuel Katz, Finalist Reilly Megee, Finalist Nik Eastburn
Prepared Speech: First Place Sarah Barker
Extemporaneous Speaking: Second Place Natalie Lane, Finalist Sharnelle Anthony, Finalist Veronica Hanus
Web Design Team: First Place Reilly Megee, Brianna Jefferies, Nik Eastburn
Career Research Team: Second Place Sharnelle Anthony, Miranda Garrett, Veronica Hanus

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Senior Portraits Info

Due to construction, senior portraits scheduled for August 22 at Cab will now be taken at AI DuPont Middle School located at 3130 Kennett Pike.

Scheduled sitting times remain the same. The August 29 sittings will take place at Cab.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Odyssey of the Mind

Come and have fun by joining the Odyssey of the Mind program at CCSA!

Odyssey of the Mind is a program that encourages students to find solutions to open ended problems by utilizing creative problem solving methods.

Each year, five new competitive problems are presented and teams up to 7 students spend months working toward solutions.

During the competition in early March, teams present their solution in the form of a performance to a panel of volunteer judges. Part of the competitions also requires the team to solve a spontaneous problem, in which they are given an issue to resolve on the spot, which is also part of their score.

Teams are lead by parent volunteers and they worked for several months toward their solution. The solution to the problem is usually presented in the form of a performance and may involve any of the following activities: building hand made props, designing and building a backdrop, design and building technical devices, developing and writing that will represent the solution to their problem, making costumes for the performance.

The skills learned by the students while preparing for their competition includes brainstorming ideas, compromise and working with limited resources, thinking out of the box, team building. It teaches things student don't always learn in a classroom setting.

For more Information on this program, you may contact Joslyn Morris at, who is the Odyssey of the Mind teacher coordinator and HS Spanish teacher at Cab and/or Helga Kuhlmann at, who is the Odyssey of the Mind parent coordinator.

This program is open at Cab for MS and HS students.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Strings major offered at Cab

Cab Calloway will be offering strings as a major this year in both middle and high school. Ms. Ayers will be team-teaching with two graduate students from the University of Delaware who are certified music educators and strings players. The HS strings class will be comprised of both Cab and Charter students. Any student interested should contact the school to request a schedule change. We will be working collaboratively with the University of Delaware, the Calloway Fund Board, and Red Clay to expand this program in the coming years. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive orchestra program at Cab Calloway School of the Arts!

In addition to offering strings as a major, the following programs will be offered after school for grades 9-12.

After School Programs
  • String Quartet program for advanced string students (Grades 9-12)
  • Strings class for intermediate level (Grades 9-12)

We may also be able to provide an after school strings class forinterested middle school students based on interest and participation.

Middle school students currently enrolled have 3 options:

  1. Take strings as a major and a minor (you would have strings 5 days a week).
  2. Take strings as a major with a different minor (you would have strings 3 days a week).
  3. Take strings as a minor with a different major (you would have strings 2 days a week). This is where all previous students are currently enrolled.

If you have not already done so, please contact Dr. Hocking and let him know which option you prefer. Expansion of the major in the middle school grades for this school year will be based on interest of students.

Friday, June 5, 2009

National art recognition for Brittany Fay!

Congratulations to Cab 10th grader Brittany Fay! Her drawing (see a detail from her drawing at left) was named a NATIONAL gold medal winner in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2009. Brittany received her gold medal at Carnegie Hall in New York City last Thursday, June 4. For a complete list of Cab's regional winners in the contest, check this out!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Summer Theatre Opportunity

The Little Mermaid, The Grand, Wilmington, DE Open to Ages: Kindergarten to 12th grades The Little Mermaid (with Missoula Children's Theatre) Audition Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10 am. Performance Date: Saturday, August 1, 2009 10 am and Noon The baby grand theater Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Directors. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition. This is a group audition - no advance preparation is necessary, but a smile never hurts. To learn more about Missoula Children's Theatre visit their website: Visit: for more details. Good Luck!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jazz Under the Stars--Vocal Edition

The last 'school' concert this year will be presented on Monday, June 1 in the lobby. It is called Jazz Under the Stars; Vocal Edition (although we will not be outside).

Our featured guest group is the Jazz Lab Band at 7:00. The JazzChords of Calloway take the stage at 7:30. This will be a night of fabulous performances of jazz music. We expect many alumni to come and hear their 'old' choir.

Admission is free but we will gladly accept donations and there will be giveaway chances for donators. We will also have light refreshments for sale. We also will have a slideshow of previous JazzChords events.

Featured singers that night will be Stephen Piergrossi, Liz Richards, Dennis Conner, Alex Groff, Lily Ozer, Mike Hinkle and Tariq Jackson - with a special guest appearance by Dr. Carlton Cannon - although there will be many other singers with written and improvised solos. Please come and enjoy a fabulous evening.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Broadway visits Cab

Broadway pianist/composer Jimmy Roberts visited Cab Calloway recently to present a master class to vocal and drama students. Read the full story as it appeared in the Community News recently!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chelsea Cox shoots a gold!

This past weekend, the day after the Prom, Chelsea competed in a the North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) 119th Spring National, in the Artillery event in Winchester, VA. Her team came in first and all team members won gold medals.

N-SSA competition results are available at:
3rd Maryland Artillery fielded 3 cannon teams. Team #1 came in 8th; Team #2 came in 5th, and Team #3 (Chelsea's team) came in 1st!!
The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) was formed in 1950 to commemorate the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The N-SSA promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation and display of Civil War materials. The N-SSA works to accomplish these goals by conducting skirmishes; competitive, live firing of these Civil War firearms and artillery.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Help for After-Prom party?

The After Prom Committee stills needs additional help. If you are able to donate time or food (i.e. snacks).
We are in need of parent volunteers to assist with the After Prom. We need help with decorating, chaperoning and clean up. We also could still use any throw pillows that you are either willing to lend or wish to get rid of.
Please let us know if you are able to sign up for any of the following:
Right after school: 2:30 - 6:30.
This includes helping to unload the decorations from vehicles, decorating the foyer and other areas.
Second shift: 6:30 - 10:30. We really could use some assistance during this time since most of our committee volunteers have juniors or seniors attending the prom and may not be available until after 7:00.
This would include food table set up.
Chaperoning: 11:30 - 3:00
We have several areas that need help. This includes manning the food table, the give away table, the entrance and foyer, the movie areas, the dance area, and the theater. We will need some floaters.
Clean up immediately after from 3:00-4:00.
If you can only volunteer for a couple of hours, that would still be most helpful. We need at least 15 parents during the After Prom. Please let me know your availability by Monday, May 4th.
Thank you from the After Prom Committee.

Activity buses stop running May 28

You heard it here first! May 28 will be the final day for Activity Buses. Students will be responsible for their own transportation for activities held after May 28.

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Spring Concert

Cab Calloway
School of the Arts
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
CCSA Auditorium
Hope you can join us!

NJHS Denim Drive

Cab Calloway National Junior Honor Society is collecting old jeans and other denim clothing to donate to COTTON.FROM BLUE TO GREEN.®. This denim drive recycles jeans into UltraTouch™ natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, which is used to help build houses in places that have been damaged by hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.

How to help:

1. Collect as many old denim jeans or clothing as you like.
2. The denim must be used.
3. The denim can be any brand.
4. The denim can be any color or size.
5. Place the used denim items in the containers in the front lobby.


It takes about 500 pairs of jeans to recycle enough denim to insulate one average-size U.S. house. Let’s try to collect as many used denim items as possible!

Asbestos abatement

Here's a message from Red Clay's Manager of Facilities and Maintenance George McDowell:

In our district’s continuing efforts to keep you informed and involved in your child’s school, we would like to provide you with some information regarding asbestos abatement at the Wilmington Campus (Cab Calloway School of the Arts and the Charter School of Wilmington).

As you may be aware, many of our schools were built when asbestos was a commonly used material and schools often contain asbestos in floor tiles or floor tile glue. In this condition, asbestos poses virtually no health or safety threat, unless it is broken down or disturbed. Every six months the district brings in professional engineers to inspect the status of asbestos. If at any point the existing material is disturbed, we immediately begin the process of having it removed. In addition, during the construction process, we routinely remove old asbestos material and replace it with modern construction materials.

We are at a point in the Major Capital renovations at Wilmington Campus where we will be removing the old asbestos containing tiles in several classrooms during the last weeks of May.

Regardless of the nature of the material, we always take a high level of precautions when removing it. First and foremost, WE DO NOT REMOVE ASBESTOS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. All abatement work is accomplished during the night; we do not wish to disturb your child’s education. In addition we exceed all of the industry standards for removing and containing this product. It is disposed of immediately after being removed from the school.

If you have any questions concerning this removal, you may feel free to contact the project manager from Batta Environmental at 737-3376. If you have any questions concerning our district wide asbestos management program, feel free to contact our office at 892-3284. Thank you for your time and attention.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Parade set construction

For the Cab production of Parade, a gorgeous musical about a tragic episode in history, we are down to the last few weeks and we have some set pieces to build and WE NEED YOU!

Here are the build dates for next week which will focus on wood construction of platforms, walls and other pieces for the stage. If you know anyone handy with tools please send them in on
Monday and Wednesday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Cab Auditorium May 11 and 13.

Parade is a project of the Musical Theater class at Cab, but includes many cast members from the 9th and 10th grade as well. Mark your calendars, the show is May 22 and 23! For more information, see the poster on the school website.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Flu update

H1N1 Update on Monday, May 4, 2009
Red Clay Opens Influenza Information Telephone Hotline

As of 2 p.m., Monday, May, 4, 2009, there have been no new reported cases of the H1N1 influenza in Red Clay schools. The count still stands at two probable cases of the flu: one at the First State School within the Wilmington Hospital and one at Baltz Elementary School. These are not confirmed cases. Baltz has been closed through Wednesday for precautionary reasons, based on the Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
All other schools in the district are open and operating normally. Red Clay is taking extra precautions for cleaning schools and will wipe down surfaces twice daily. Medical authorities have said that the virus lives only a few minutes outside the body. The district is working closely with state officials to monitor the situation. Please keep in mind that all symptoms seen in Delaware have been mild.
To keep parents and the community informed, Red Clay has created a telephone information hotline that can be reached at (302) 992-7977. This message will be updated on a daily or as needed basis throughout the week. Thank you.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Learn to Hip Hop

Here's a great opportunity for current Cab students brought to you by former Cab students! Jessica Petrucelli and Amanda Bennett are offering to teach hip-hop in five easy lessons, beginning May 11. If you're interested, fill out the registration form and return to Dean Rumschlag with your payment ($7 per session, or $25 for the entire series--a bargain!). First come, first served!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hispanic Student Recognition Program

Andrew Zaldivar and AJ Melendez were recognized at the 24th Annual Hispanic Student Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, April 25th at Dover Downs.

Andrew Zaldivar was named Delaware's outstanding Outstanding Hispanic Student of the Year at the high school level. Zaldivar is currently a junior at Cab Calloway High School, where he maintains a current GPA of 4.421. Described as a “natural leader and the best his generation has to offer” this young man excels in everything he does, has already been recruited by top universities (including Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania) for his excellence in academics and football. Aside from his success in the classroom, which includes maintaining A’s in several AP and Honors courses, he has lettered in football, lacrosse and wrestling. A member of the Blue Hen 1st Team All-conference for football, he has placed first in the 189 lb weight class at the Blue Hen Conference Wrestling Tournament, is captain of the football and lacrosse teams and serves as Student Body Vice-President. In addition to his academic and athletic awards, he has also been recognized for his work in cinematography and is an active volunteer in his community.

A. J. Melendez won the Athletics Award for New Castle County, and received honorable mention in the category of Arts for New Castle County. Melendez is currently a senior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts and has a currently holds a 3.75 GPA. For the past 7 years, he has been a voice major and has performed in many musicals such as “Les Miserables” and “West Side Story.” He even won third place out of thousands of vocalists on the nationally televised program “American Idol Juniors” in 2003! This year’s Honorable Mention recipient is also very involved in academics and sports, runs track and field and plays for the varsity football team. When he’s not busy with school and sports, he volunteers as the head coach of a powder puff football team and serves as a mentor at the West Center City Childcare Center. His peers have recognized him for the Outstanding Hispanic Achievement Award, saying they are “consistently impressed by his dedication and commitment to becoming the best that he can be,” and describe him as “a well-rounded young man who has certainly proven himself as a scholar, an artist, an athlete and a wonderful human being.” He will also be the first of four siblings to go on to college, and plans to major in business or sports management this fall.

The Hispanic Student Recognition Program (HSRP) is hosted by the Latin American Community Center, Inc. (LACC). This special event recognizes and acknowledges high achieving Hispanic Delaware students in academics, sports, school-community service, science-technology and the arts.
All nominees who attend the ceremony are presented with a commemorative medal and category winners are also recognized. Only two high school and two middle school students (female and male) are selected as Outstanding Hispanic Student of the Year. These students must excel in all categories to receive cash prizes, trophies, and medals.

Girls' State nominees

This year’s nominees for Girls’ State from Cab include juniors Mariah Matthews, Ashley McNeill, Elaine Liu and Dana Steele. They will spend the week of June 21-27 at Wesley College in Dover studying local, county and state government processes by setting up miniature governments. Congratulations to

Zaldivar, Cole bound for Summer Seminars

Two Cab students are among a select group of men and women from around the nation and world to attend U. S. military Summer Seminars this summer. Summer Seminars are fast-paced six-day experiences at each of the military academies for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school and are considering applying for admission to that academy after graduation.

Andrew Zaldivar and Marilyn Cole, both Cab juniors, will participate in the U. S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program. In addition, Cole will participate in the Air Force Academy Summer Seminar program.

Summer Seminars teach prospective applicants about life at the academy, where academics, athletics and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders. Zaldivar and Cole will live in a campus dormitory, eat in the dining hall, participate in academic and leadership workshops and experience a variety of other activities on campus.
Zaldivar plans a career in aerospace engineering, and Cole wants to be a pilot.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Afroflow visits Cab

Afroflow, a performance group featuring hip-hop, spoken word, free style, soul music, African drumming and interactive dancing, visited Cab Calloway this afternoon. They performed in the black box theatre for Mr. Masiello's sixth grade and creative writing students.

Afroflow appears this Saturday at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, courtesy of a partnership with the American Cancer Society. The group has been touring the country this year to speak out against tobacco advertising aimed at the youth population. Performing artists include Mike-E, Kenny Watson, DJ Invisible and Sowandé Keita.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Common Wealth Winners

Congratulations to seniors Liz Richards and Sandra Igou! They were selected as two of the four winners of the 2009 Common Wealth Writing Award, and now have the opportunity to meet the winners of the Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service at a gala on Saturday, April 25, at the Hotel DuPont.

This year's Common Wealth Award winners are actor and director Kevin Spacey, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, astronaut and lunar explorer Buzz Aldrin and novelist Don DeLillo. They are being honored for their contributions in the fields of dramatic arts, mass communications, science and literature, respectively. The Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service is sponsored by PNC Bank Delaware.

The writing contest is open to any Delaware high school student who has an interest in meeting the Common Wealth honorees. Students submit a creative writing entry explaining which honoree they would most like to meet and why. Liz Richards wrote her essay about Kevin Spacey and Sandra Igou wrote about Don DeLillo.

As winners, Richards and Igou and their parents are invited to the Common Wealth Awards press conference, banquet, and awards ceremony. They will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the honorees and be acknowledged at the dinner before hundreds of invited guests and local dignitaries. Their English teacher Lisa Coburn is also invited to attend the awards ceremony.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Musical Theatre Master Class

On Friday, April 24th, Mr. Jimmy Roberts, who composed the music for “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” the longest running off-Broadway show, will be visiting our school, working with our musical theatre students, presenting a master class for some vocal and drama students, and will then perform for our students in the afternoon!

Parlais en Francais, anyone?

On Tuesday April 7, Linda Letson’s French 2,3,and 4 classes met French students for the first time, in the Cab library. Thanks to the wonder of Skype and a particularly resourceful American teaching assistant, Kaori Tomaru from New York, they spoke live to students at the Lycee Sonia Delaunay in Cessons, France. Talk about excitement! The French computer system is about 5 years behind ours, and they found proof positive that it really works. Both schools are humming with excitement about the “beautiful” students at the other school. As of now, we will have another face-to-face Tuesday April 28 at 8 am (2 pm their time).

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Free Ride!

Congratulations to Jordanna Wagner, who won the "Ridin' in Style High School Limo Package" sponsored by the Delaware Federal Credit Union. The prize is a three-hour limo ride to the senior prom, and Jordanna was one of two Delaware seniors selected by random drawing on April 3. Way to go, Jordanna!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Art Accolades!

The following students submitted drawings that were chosen to be published in the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts Excellence in Drawing Calendar:
Brittany Faye
Kasey Bonk
Haley Evans
Mileeka Ruffin

Erin Kalloo received the first place DFVA senior scholarship award in the amount of $1500.

Maxx Moss was selected for the Cynthia Swanson Award which amounts to free instruction from the artist.

DFVA Merit Awards for Excellence in Drawing were earned by:
Francesca Reyes
Catherine Muldowney
Jillian Goodman
Nicole Penn
Kala McKelvey

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Brittany Faye received a gold medal in the National Scholastic Art Awards and will be recognized at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 4th. She is the only Delawarean to receive a gold medal this year!

Check out the complete list of Cab winners from the Delaware Scholastic Art and Writing Contest, and view a slide show of student artwork at:

Band wins in Myrtle Beach

Congratulations to the members of the High School Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble for their outstanding performances this past weekend at the Fiesta-val Myrtle Beach Music Festival. The Concert Band received the second place trophy with the rating of excellent.

The Jazz Ensemble received the first place trophy with a rating of superior. This is the 10th consecutive superior rating for the Varsity Jazz Ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble also received the trophy for outstanding brass section.

Junior Ryan Kirk was awarded an outstanding jazz soloist award.

Congratulations to all students who participated.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Senior Social April 4

Cab Calloway's senior class is hosting Cab Calloway’s first senior social next Saturday, April 4th at Klondike Kate’s on Main St. in Newark. Tickets have been open to students for the past 2 weeks, and now we are opening spots to our favorite teachers! The price is only $10 for a delicious buffet and quality time with the senior class. We have plenty of spots left for teachers, and I would love to see as many of you there as possible, so if you are interested, please contact me in person or through email at We need money for tickets ASAP though, so please RSVP promptly.

Again, the tickets are $10 for April 4th, 7-10 PM
Klondike Kate’s
158 E. Main St.
Newark, DE 19711

Cab student in the spotlight!

After eleven months searching for the best local talent, The Grand in Wilmington, DE has whittled down 100 acts and over 250 contestants to 20 finalists in the IN THE SPOTLIGHT competition. On April 5 at 7:00 PM, these 20 talented acts will take the stage in one last performance to be named the IN THE SPOTLIGHT Grand Prize winner and student Chris Millison, Cab Calloway junior, is part of the finale!

This is a once and a lifetime opportunity for them to perform on the legendary main stage, a stage which has been host to performers such as The White Stripes, Kathy Griffin, Bonnie Raitt, Third Eye Blind, k.d. Lang, Queen Latifah and Bill Cosby...and win fabulous prizes!!

Student rush tickets are available with student ID for $10. $15 General Admission. For more information visit

For any questions about this year's finale or next year's competition, contact Melissa Hart at 302.658.7897.

Blood Drive at Cab

The National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive in conjunction with the Blood Bank of Delaware. Students and faculty can donate blood during the school day on Tuesday, April 7.

Dual Enrollment options next year

A representative from the University of Delaware visits Cab Calloway on Tuesday, March 31 to inform the juniors of the learning opportunities being offered to them during the 09-10 school year through Dual Enrollment Opportunities at the University of Delaware.

Qualified Delaware high school students will have the opportunity to earn both UD and high school credits concurrently through UD Online. Students can enroll in one or more of four designated online courses offered by the university. High school students learn with other UD students in courses taught by university faculty. Their choices for the 09-10 school year are as follows: Principles of Biology with Lab, Philosophies of Life, Nutrition Concepts, and Human Heredity and Development.

The cost of each course is $545 (this is a 40% savings)

The juniors will also be informed about their option of taking E-110, which is the required English course for every UD student, next year in conjunction with our traditional Honors English 12 course.

For more information, contact Guidance Counselor Kimberly Rigby.

National Honor Society Inductees

This morning, the Cab Calloway chapter of the National Honor Society inducted the following new members:
11th Grade
Marilyn Cole
Samantha Gartley
Jennifer Kelman
Victoria Konkiel
Emily Koriaken
Julia Melendez
Lily Ozer
Veronica Szfranski
Nicolette Tuono
Stephanie Vernier
Kelsey Visnanski
Nolan Weaver

10th Grade
Sarah Driban
Brittany Fay
Joe Graf
Tatiana Lofton
Emily Nowak
Francesca Reyes
Nicole Stevenson
Jacob Sackett-Sanders
Carrie Weidman

Congratulations to the newest National Honor Society members!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cab students in West Side Story

Sixteen Cab students will be performing in the Delaware All-State Theatre's production of West Side Story at the DuPont Theatre in June. Senior Sarah Nowak was chosen as the student director for the production, and seniors A. J. Melendez and Cassidy Bonilla star as Bernardo and Anita from the Sharks.

Delaware All-State Theatre was established in program for elementary, middle, and high school students in Delaware. Every June, talented students from all schools in Delaware and the immediate surrounding area are given the opportunity perform on the world famous DuPont Theatre stage in Wilmington, Delaware. Hundreds of student performers from over 50 schools auditioned for the sixty parts in West Side Story. Congratulations to all the Cab students who were selected as part of the cast and crew!

Cab Calloway gets greener

The PTSO Recycling committee purchased four recycling bins for bottles/cans. The bins are placed in the lobby (2), next to the outside cafeteria trash can (1), and in the office (1 for bottles/cans and a separate one for paper).
In the fall of 2009, with the completion of school renovations, a Delaware Solid Waste Agency (DSWA) recycling center will be set up in the school's parking lot.
Help us keep our school cleaner and our landfills smaller! Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Cab Calloway School Fund Scholarships

The Cab Calloway School Fund offers CCSA students currently in 7th through 11th grades an opportunity to compete for scholarships that enhance and support their arts education.
To qualify, an applicant must have:

  • Financial need
  • Good academic and artistic standing
  • Teacher recommendation

All students who meet these requirements are welcome to apply. Applications and instructions are available at our school's website:

A limited number of application forms will be available at the Guidance Office for families who do not have access to a computer. The Guidance office also has some pre-addressed envelopes for applications and recommendations that can be used by any applicant.

No Application Packages will be mailed to your home.
Application DEADLINE: April 3, 2009

Arts and Smarts Gala--April 24, 2009

We’d like to extend a special invitation to you and your friends to a spectacular event this spring! This event is designed as one of extraordinary entertainment, but also provides an opportunity for our school to share our success with the community. Additionally, this is an important fundraising event in support of our school!

The Cab Calloway School Fund (a 501c3 that supports our school) in partnership with the Cab Calloway School of the Arts invite you to our third Gala, "The Arts and Smarts Extravaganza,” on Friday April 24, 2009 at the Baby Grand. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with performances by CCSA students and local professional musicians and will include an intermission reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. In addition, the evening will honor Tina Betz, the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Wilmington, for her commitment to the Arts in our Community. Tickets are $75/person and are tax deductible. Monies raised will be used to help fund various programs at our school.

BPA Competes and Wins!

Cab Calloway School of the Arts sent their BPA club to the Delaware State Business Professionals of America Competition in Dover in February. The BPA Club members are: Sharnelle Anthony, Miranda Garrett, Veronica Hanus, Sarah Barker, Veronica Slater, Natalie Lane, Eevry Goren, Leann Umeroglu, Kelsey Shivery, Jessica Szymanski, Devin Lloyd, Erin Kelleher, Brianna Jeffreys, Reilly Megee, Nik Eastburn, Sam Katz, Victoria Welch, Jonah Green, and Noah Henry.

Sarah Barker won 1st place for Prepared Speaking, Veronica Hanus, Sharnelle Anthony and Miranda Garrett won 1st place for Career Research Team, Sam Katz won 3rd place for Spreadsheets, Reilly Megee, Nik Eastburn and Briana Jeffreys won 2nd place for Web Team, Sharnelle Anthony won 1st place for Extemporaneous Speaking, Natalie Lane won 2nd place for Extemporaneous Speaking and Veronica Hanus won 3rd place for Extemporaneous Speaking. Miranda Garrett won 1st place for Computer Literacy, Business Fundamentals and 3rd place for Business Communications, Sam Katz won 3rd place for Computer Literacy and 2nd place for Business Fundamentals and Erin Gallagher won 4th place for Business Communications. All medal winners qualify for National Competition in Dallas Texas in May.

Club officers are Noah Henry as President, Veronica Hanus as vice-president, Leann Umeroglu is secretary and Veronica Slater is Treasurer. The chapter advisor, Nancy Cleveland and co-advisor Angie Barker accompanied the club to the competition.

Joe Corbi Fundraiser

Cab Calloway PTSO will be conducting a Joe Corbi’s Fundraiser online to raise funds for our school. We will be conducting our online sale from April 1st thru April 22nd and will receive our delivery on April 30, 2009 between 2 – 7 PM downstairs in the back cafeteria.

For more information and a shipping discount code, please visit the Cab website.

Cartooning Class Offered at Cab Calloway

Here's an exciting introductory opportunity for current Cab students from local cartoonist Susan Cathcart. Interested students can find more information and a registration form on the Cab website. The first class begins April 20, and is limited to eight students.

“Being able to draw is not a gift, not a talent. No.
It is doing it; and liking what results. It’s the liking what results that I seek to encourage.”

-- Susan Cathcart, Cartoonist

Car Pool help from RideShare Delaware

There are only a few short months of school left. However, with spring comes a new sports season and increased transportation demands. Let RideShare Delaware’s School Pool program help with your transportation needs.

The School Pool program is a free carpool matching service for families whose children attend school within the state of Delaware. Parents fill out a short application form, describing their transportation needs. The RideShare staff will then enter this information into the School Pool database and attempt to match them with a family looking to share the ride. If matches are found parents will receive a list of potential carpool partners. They are then free to contact these individuals to set up a carpool.

Give School Pool a try during this busy season. School Pool may be the answer to your transportation needs.

To register for School Pool or for more information contact RideShare Delaware 1-888-RIDE-MATCH or visit

Calendar changes due to snow days

This news from Red Clay Consolidated School District:

District Calendar Information for the End of the Year: The last pupil day has been moved from June 8 to June 10 as students missed two days in March; March 2 and 3, due to inclement weather. The last teacher day will be June 11.

All grades will meet the number of hours as required by the State .

June 10 and 11 are weather-related contingency days. In the event the district misses less than two days, the calendar will be shortened by the appropriate number of days. Any additional days lost because of bad weather or forced closings will be made up with the cancellation of the following in-service day: February 2. If additional days are needed, above and beyond the two weather-related contingency days and the in-service day listed, they will be added at the end of the school year, so the total school year for teachers does not exceed 188 days, and the student year does not fall below 1060 student hours.

Sports Physicals!

All athletes playing sports need a sports physical, starting April 1. Please schedule your appoointment with the Wellness Center as soon as possible.