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.