Monday, April 26, 2010

Hispanic Awards 2009-2010

Several Cab Calloway students received special recognition on Saturday, April 24, at the Hispanic Community Awards Ceremony.

Theadora Cordero (12 grade): New Castle County Honorable Mention, Art
Jasmine Lopez (11th grade): New Castle County Art Award
Jacob A. Sackett-Sanders (12th grade): New Castle County Academic Award
Julia Melendez (12th grade): Honorable Mention, Female Hispanic Student of the Year. Julia also performed a jazz dance during the ceremony, to showcase the talents of Hispanic students.
Araidna Figueira (12th grade) was a nominated for the New Castle Country Art Award

Delaware Speech League results

Cab Calloway students participated in a Delaware Speech League Competition last Saturday, April 24, at Conrad Schools of Science, and took home the following awards:

Jacob Sackett Sanders (11th grade): 1st place, Literature Trivia; 1st place Extemporaneous Speaking; 2nd place, Social Studies Trivia; 2nd place, Memorized Poetry; 2nd place Prose Script

Ashley McNeill (12th grade): Honorable Mention Science Trivia; 3rd place, Literature Trivia; 2nd Place, Memorized Poetry; 2nd Place, Poetry Script

Jasmine Lopez (11th grade): 1st place, Memorized Poetry; 1st place, Poetry Script Presentation


Cab Calloway Spirit Night this Thursday!

Please join us this Thursday, April 29, for the "First-Ever Cab Calloway Spirit Night at Rita's Water Ice", hosted by Rita's located at 7313 Lancaster Pike, in Hockessin (near the PAL Center).

Come to Rita's between 6pm and 9:30pm to discover some of Cab's fabulous teachers scooping your water ice while you eat and enjoy listening to Cab's talented singers: the Imagination Players, CCSA Vocal majors and minors, H.S Musical Theatre Class and the Jazz Chords.

Special appearances will be made by some of Delaware's local pageant winners.

You will also have a chance to win one of our fabulous giveways!!

Cab Calloway will earn 20% of all profits made during this time, and all proceeds benefit enhancing the school lobby and upcoming projects.

Thanks for your continued support, and we'll see you at Rita's!

Cab Calloway PTSO

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Google recognizes Cab math students!

Congratulations to our top male and female math students in grades 11 and 12! They were honored by GOOGLE for their hard work and efforts! GOOGLE provided each student with a brand new laptop, carrying backpack, and software programs! Thanks to GOOGLE, we are thrilled to be able to provide these laptops to our students in recognition of their dedication to their studies! Congratulations to:
Senior, Adam Brown
Senior, Marilyn Cole
Junior, Brittany Fay
Junior, Jacob Sackett-Sanders

Super athletes!

Congratulations to Collin Megee, a 6th grade student at Cab. Collin was selected for the Delaware Olympic Development Program for soccer. The Delaware ODP team consists of 20 players selected from soccer clubs and schools statewide. The team represents Delaware in the 1997 age group in Regional soccer competition.

Cab Calloway's Brandon Ross broke the school record in the 200 meter dash this past Saturday at the Keith Burgess Invitational track meet at Lake Forest High School. The former (Charter school) record for the 200 meter dash - 22.0 seconds; the NEW school record - 21.85 seconds.
The school record had not been broken since 1999. Brandon's name will now go on the track and field wall of fame until someone else takes a crack at it.
Congratulations Brandon!

Congratulations to Cab student, Kristin Cardamone, grade 7 (visual), who placed first with her CYM track relay team in the 4x-100 out of 12 teams and is headed to the Penn Relays on Friday, 4/23/10 at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, with a time of 55.08 seconds.

Ms. Franklin: History Teacher of the YEAR!

More GREAT news from the world of Social Studies!

The University of Delaware History Department has selected Holly Franklin of Cab Calloway School of the Arts to receive their History Teacher of the Year award. This award, given annually to an outstanding Delaware history teacher, recognizes teaching excellence and contributions to the improvement of history instruction in the state.

Ms. Franklin was recognized the annual honors banquet on April 15th.

JazzChords Singing and Singing and Singing...

Check this schedule and plan to listen to the JazzChords, if you can!

Thursday, April 29 - PTSO Fundraiser at Rita's Water Ice in Hockessin, 7 - 9pm
Wednesday, May 5 - (Olde) New Castle House Tours, 5pm
Saturday, May 8 - Mothers Day Concert at New Windsor Apartments, 3pm
Wednesday, May 19 - Concert for 8th Vocal Music students coming to CCSA in high school, 6pm
Saturday, May 22 - US Governor's Conference luncheon for the Governors' wives, hosted by Karla Markell at Nemours Mansion, 11:30am
Monday, May 24 - Jazz Under the Stars; Vocal Edition, 7pm
Saturday, June 12 - Italian Festival, 3 - 5pm
Friday, June 18 -UD June Lecture Series at Arsht Hall, 11am
Saturday, June 19 - 2010 Delmarva Chicken Festival in Dover, Time TBA

Red Clay Music Festivals

Red Clay is proud of the students and teachers in the performing arts programs throughout the district. The general music experience begins in kindergarten, and the instrumental training starts in fourth grade. Throughout the years, the music teachers’ goals are to prepare students to be creative and artful performers and life-long appreciators of music.

To support those goals, the district is establishing an annual music festival series for students and the community. By definition, the festival will be a celebration of students’ performances in instrumental and choral music. Students will benefit from the festival series by learning the musical selections and receiving feedback from renowned guest adjudicators. Both the community and students also will benefit as musical listeners.

The first festival of the series was held on April 20th and showcased the high school bands, including Cab Calloway's Wind Ensemble. University of Delaware Professor Heidi Sarver was the guest adjudicator.

For the 2010-2011 school year, there will be a fall festival for middle schools followed by a spring choral festival for high schools. Each Red Clay music festival will be free to the community.

To extend the benefits beyond the students and the audience, voluntary donations will be taken at each festival. All contributions will be given to the Red Clay Education Foundation.

Red Clay invites the community to attend each of these festivals to celebrate our students’ musical talents and accomplishments.

Fashion Weeks at Cab

Cab Calloway Fashion Club is teaming up with our DFRC Committee to hold our first ever Fashion Week!!

High School Fashion Week will be during the week of April 26
Middle School Fashion Week will be during the week of May 3rd

Fashion Week is an opportunity for high school students to have fun being fashionable while also contributing to a charitable cause, DFRC (The Delaware Foundation Reaching Children with Intellectual Disabilities). Prizes will be awarded to the winner each day and an overall male and female “Fashionista” will be crowned at the end of the week (for both middle school and high school)!!

Fashion Week Activities:Monday – Best Shoes
Tuesday – Best Formal Attire
Wednesday – Best Accessories
Thursday – Best Casual/Party Attire
Friday – Best “Get Up” The urban dictionary says, “Get Up” - ones apparel or outfit directed to look good!!

Vocabulary Words the Mazz Way

Our Cab Calloway Teacher of the Year was featured on channel 10’s The Teacher Says, with Aditi Roy last Monday, April 19, recognizing Joey’s innovative and creative approach to teaching vocabulary.

If you missed the segment on TV last Monday, you may also find information about it at the following: (Search for The Teacher Says…..)

Or on Face Book – “NBC 10 News Today”

Congratulations to Mr. Masiello and his students!

Cab Students win Delaware Duck Stamp Contest

High School Art Teacher Mr. Hanel reports:

Our own Yuchen Li earned 1st Runner Up in the Grade 10-12 Division, and future CCSA student Maria Ji not only earned 1st place in the Grade 7-9 Division, but also received Best in Show meaning that her piece goes to DC to compete nationally for the Federal Youth Duck Stamp competition.


Delaware's New Assessment System (DCAS)

This is the last year for the state test, DSTP. Replacing DSTP will be Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS). DCAS will be given on a computer. Students will have more than one opportunity to take the tests throughout the year. One benefit to online testing is that results are received immediately.

To prepare for the new state tests, Cab Calloway students will be taking field tests at selected times from April 26 – June 2. The purpose of field testing is to give the state feedback on test items. Students will not receive scores. Students will be testing in the following subjects:
· Reading- Grades 2-10
· Mathematics- Grades 2-10
· Social Studies- Grades 4 and 7
· Science- Grades 5, 8, and 10

During school, students will complete a tutorial and training test to practice online testing skills, such as using a mouse or keyboard and using online tools. Families can also try the tutorial and training test at To use the training test, a free Mozilla Firefox browser must be installed on the home computer. A link to download Mozilla Firefox is on the website with the training test. Please be aware that the training test is not grade-specific. Questions are grouped by elementary, middle, and high school levels. Therefore, some questions may be easier or more difficult based on the student’s actual grade.

For more information on DCAS visit the State’s website at the link above or the District’s website at

Senior Countdown

The senior final exam days are scheduled for May 25, 26, 27, and 28. These are FULL DAYS for seniors.

The schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday, May 25th Regular Class Day for seniors (and all) – final review day
Wednesday, May 26th Regular Bell Schedule – Seniors will take the first half of their final exams in class on this day.
Thursday, May 27th Regular Bell Schedule – Seniors will take the second half of the final exams in class on this day.
Friday, May 28th Regular Bell Schedule – Seniors would come in for make up exams as needed.
(Noon show that day as well – INTO THE WOODS – for all school.)

Seniors will be finished at that point. They need to return to school on Thursday, June 3rd for graduation rehearsal in our theatre – 9:00 AM. Seniors also need to attend dress rehearsal at The Grand Opera House at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 4th.

Commencement will be held on Friday, June 4th at 7:00 PM at The Grand Opera House.

Cab Athletes at Twilight Relays

The Boys and Girls Track teams competed in the Twilight Relays at Caravel Academy on Friday. The girls placed 3rd and the boys placed 4th. The girls were led by a school record setting performance in the Distance Medley relay. Meredith Steenkamer, Lexi Santer, Kayleigh Skinner and Julie Macedo ran the 4th fastest time in Delaware state history. The team of Amanda Rickert, Kendall Savage, Elise Braun and Kristin Weiher won the 4 by 1600 relay. Caressa Reeves and Taylor Hawk won the shot put relay. Caressa also teamed with Rose Porter to win the Discus Relay.
Boys winners included the 4 by 100 team of Brandon Ross, Jarrett Ross, Jabari West and Varun Sridhar; and the 4 by 800 team of Nolan Weaver, Eric Staats, Chris Rinschler and Logan Brady.

Eat Wild Wings and support Eighth Grade

Come join us as “Cab Calloway’s 8th Grade Finale Dance” takes over:

Buffalo Wild Wings, Limestone Rd
2062 Limestone Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19808
Wednesday, May 5th


(10% of all proceeds donated to Cab Calloway 8th grade)

Chill at Rita's with Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway School of The Arts Spirit Night
When: Thursday, April 29th
Time: 6PM to 930PM
Where: Rita’s Water Ice of HOCKESSIN (across from Commerce Bank)
Special Prizes throughout the night!

Come join us and celebrate with Cab Calloway School of Arts for a COOL Night out benefiting the PTSO. Performances by Jazz Chords, Middle School Vocal Majors, Cabs Musical Theater Class and The Imagination Players. Special Appearances by Miss Teen and Jr. Teen All American, Miss Delaware Teen All American, and Miss New Castle County. Celebrity Scoopers include Mr. Beam, Ms. Valcarcel, Mr. Clarke, Mr. Massielo, and Mrs. Curry-Lambert .

Be there! Aloha!

7313 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 302-235-0520

Financial Literacy Challenge

From Mr. Killheffer:
On April 29th, the following students will be representing our school at the State of Delaware Financial Literacy Challenge at UD. If they win, they will go on to represent Delaware and Cab Calloway at the nationals at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in Missouri on May 19th and 20th. Good luck!
Chelsea Cox
Haley Evans
Andrew Zaldivar
Matthew Zaldivar

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sports Physicals for Next Year

Sports Physicals for 2010-2011 School Year Start April 1.

Sports physicals for the new school year may be performed on or after APRIL 1, 2010. You can schedule an appointment with your family physician or at the Wellness Center (651-2100).
All forms must be completed before you make an appointment. Please fill out the DIAA Sports Physical Forms. If your child is not registered at the Wellness Center yet, please complete the Consent and Registration forms.

Calendar Drawing Competition

The results of the annual Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts College Art Scholarships and Excellence in Drawing Calendar Competition have been received.
Please Congratulate the following students when you see them.

Scholarship Awards

Julian Stankiewicz $500.00
Tiffany Rishel Droke $300.00

Calendar Selections for 2011

Yuchen Li
Catherine Muldowney
Maxx Moss
Tiffany Droke

Certificates of Merit

Kasey Bonk…….Brochure
Brittany Fay

Cab Student at Lincoln Center

Halle Burns took first place in the statewide Shakespeare Competition on February 28 at the University of Delaware, so she is going to compete at Lincoln Center and her drama teacher Stephanie Smith gets to study Shakespeare at the Globe this summer! Please congratulate them both when you see them.

Sanford Robbins, director of UD's PTTP and REP company, complimented the Calloway School performances all around and Halle, in particular. It was an awesome experience!

National Scholastic Art & Writing Award Finalists from Cab Calloway

This past March, professionals in the Visual and Literary Arts reviewed approximately 10,000 regional Scholastic gold keys, awarding 1400 National Gold and Silver Medals to the most talented students in the nation. These students are invited to an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall, participate in workshops led by some of the county’s most renowned artists, filmmakers, and writers, and attend an exhibition reception honoring them in New York City’s Carnegie Hall June 9-10.

Founded in 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in grades 7 through 12. Each year, ambitious students throughout the United States, Canada, and American schools abroad submit more than 150,000 works of art and writing to be evaluated by creative professionals, educators, and scholars.

Aubrey Arnold, grade 8, “The Black Paper Bag”, Poetry, National Silver Medal
Amy Su, grade 8, “Zombies”, Short Story, National Silver Medal
Kelly Nolte, Sophomore, “The City”, Short Story, National Silver Medal Ryan Kirk, “Conformity Essay”, Humor, National Silver MedalART AWARDS:
Tiffany Droke, Senior, “Me, Myself, and I” triptych, Painting, American Visions Medal; the Alliances highest honor Theadora Cordero, Senior, “Hunter”, Painting, National Silver Medal

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bend it Like Tyus!

Congratulations to Cab 7th grader Tyus W. who has been selected to train with an Olympic Development Soccer Team. During this training she will receive personal training from some of the top trainers in the region/nation. This is an honor for her to be chosen - there were over 2000 girls in her age group (born in 1996), and only 60 players were selected. Tyus was the only player chosen from Delaware. Way to go Tyus!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bring those Acme receipts in NOW!

A message from Michelle Spencer, who manages the PTSO's Acme receipts program:

All good things must come to an end. I am sad to pass along that Acme has decided to discontinue the Tape Saver Program and "refocus their efforts on other key issues facing our communities, namely hunger, health, and nutrition." This means that all Acme receipts must be collected, counted, and submitted by April 30, 2010. Please send in all ACME receipts to school no later than April 16th.This works with our spring contest, so be sure to submit your receipts (as well as boxtops and labels) in a bag or envelope marked with your students name and grade. Unfortunately, this cuts our product incentives earnings drastically, so if anyone has another suggestion on how to earn free money for our school, please contact Michelle Spencer We are still collecting Zingo's receipts as well as BOXTOPS, soup labels, and ink cartridges.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Red Clay Calendar changes

The Red Clay Consolidated School District’s calendar has been revised for the end of the school year due to school cancellations for inclement weather. Additional adjustments will be communicated should it be necessary to close schools again.
This information is shared in follow-up to the State Board of Education action taken on March 18:
Friday, May 14, 2010
This will be a full day for all schools.
Monday, June 7, 2010
This will be a full-day for students in grades K – 11.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This will be a full-day for students in grades K – 11.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This will be a full-day for students in grades K – 11.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This will be a full-day for students in grades K-11.
This will be the last day for students enrolled in the 3- and 4- year old program.
Friday, June 11
This will be a full-day for students in grades K-11.
This is the last day for students
Monday, June 14
This will be a teacher in-service day.
Tuesday, June 15
This will be a teacher in-service day
Wednesday, June 16
This will be a teacher in-service day
This is the last day for Para-professional
Thursday, June 17
This is the last day for teachers.
* District in-service day schedules for the week of June 14-17 will be distributed to all RC staff on April 15, 2010

Calendar update--Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony

A message from Sam Golder, Red clay's Director of School Operations:

Due to the end of the year calendar changes the 8th grade graduation ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CCSA's First Ever Reunion!

The deadline to get tickets to the first ever Cab Calloway Reunion is March 31, 2010. If you would like to attend, you can purchase tickets online by visiting the Web site here: (Mrs. Swann was the first teacher to purchase tickets!!)
Reunion Details:
Saturday, April 17, 2009
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
WYRA Boat House
500 E. Front Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Ticket Prices
$60.00 each; $100.00 per couple
21+ Over
R.S.V.P. & Ticket Purchase Deadline is March 31, 2010

Payment is accepted via check or credit card (small fee applies if paying online). Ticket price includes open bar, heavy hors d'ouvres and entertainment. A portion of each ticket will go towards start-up funds for the CCSA Alumni Association.
Menu scheduled to include:
Slider Sandwiches (Pulled pork barbecue; Turkey and whole cranberry sauce; Fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula and pesto), Mini quiche (Spinach and cheese; Ham and cheese), Baked Brie and sautéed apples in puff pastry, Cheese fondue with fresh vegetables and bread, and Assorted cheeses, hummus, and grapes served with crackers. Vegan options will be available. Menu subject to change.

Silk and Bamboo

There is still time to get complimentary tickets for the Friday evening performance of Chai Found. We are being treated to a really high quality accomplished group of performers who have played all over the world in contemporary as well as traditional styles.

For more information, see the school website.

Spring flower beds--mulch!

Calling any parent who might have a connection with a mulch company - Cab Calloway School of the Arts is looking for mulch for their flower beds and trees around the school this spring. We'd be most happy to provide a letter indicating a tax-deductible donation should anyone have the means to help our school in that way! Thank you so much.

Spring Fling

NJHS is sponsoring the Spring Fling on 3/26/10. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, 3/17 - 3/26. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets cost $5.00 for CCSA students and $6.00 for guests. Also, we will be selling raffle tickets for $1.00 each. Ticket sales will take place during Middle School lunch.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Super Swimmers!

Congratulations to the following CAB students were honored this week at the Delaware High School All State Swimming and Diving banquet:
Lexi Santer
Annie Walker
Chris Gardner
Andrew Brant

Thursday, March 4, 2010

DSTP Testing soon

Reminder to everyone: DSTP testing begins next Wednesday, March 10. Students in grades 2-10 will take the Math portion on March 10-11 and the Reading portion on March 15-16.

Students in grades 11 and 12 need to report to school by 11:30 a.m. on testing days. If you have a 4th period CSW class, you are strongly encouraged to report to school by 10:20 a.m. and attend your Charter class!!! (CSW plans to dismiss from testing between 10:00 and 10:30

If an 11th or 12th grade student doesn't have a way to get to school late on testing days, then they should report to school at the normal time and spend the morning in the theatre with Mr. Gardner.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Footloose! Performance Update

As of Friday, February 26 at 4:00pm, Friday and Saturday performances WILL take place as scheduled. See you there!

Looking for the flyer with performance details? Click here!

Cab Students Jazzed at Disney World

Cab Calloway's JazzChords Choir and Jazz Lab Band returned from Disney World this past Monday with some great memories. JazzChords director Marty Lassman reported on the trip:

This was the first plane flight for some students. This was a great, positive, first experience for them. They experienced the joy of checking bags, airline security checks and, for some, the loss of baggage by the airline.

This long weekend needed to have educational experiences but there also needed to be time to experience ‘the happiest place on earth’ and there was a wealth of time for both!

Some students swam in the hotel’s pool when we first arrived on Thursday afternoon; it was in the low 60’s but the pool was heated. Others rushed to the park for two hours until our opening ceremonies where we were introduced to the three vocal judges, three instrumental judges, three instrumental clinicians and four young professional performers. Disney does things right! These were nationally known - some internationally known - clinicians and performers. Then all the judges, clinicians and performers presented a concert and our students were overwhelmingly inspired by their playing and singing. One student said to me, "You tell us when we improvise, to sound like a sax or a trumpet or a trombone. Now I get it!"

Because our hotel was on the Disneyworld campus, we were able to take advantage of extended hours in the Magic Kingdom that night with fewer crowds and shorter lines!

Friday began with the JazzChords performing for the judges while the Jazz Lab had some free time in the park. We also stayed to listen to a jazz choir from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Following that, the JazzChords had time in the park while the Jazz Lab performed. Both groups had a few free hours ion the park and some singers took advantage of the fabulous American Idol Experience where they went through the same process that the participants on American Idol do. Several of our students got as far as the semi-final round!

Friday night, we attended a private reception where we ate wings and egg rolls and listened to and danced to one of the Disney professional ensembles playing standard jazz tunes. Following that, we were led to a private area to see the spectacular Images of Earth firework spectacular at Epcot. Epcot was open to us late that night so again we had shorter wait lines at rides.
Saturday was intense with workshops. First the vocalists, brass, rhythm and woodwinds had their own clinics. Next, our students attended a ‘conversation’ with the young professional artists where they could see what path their lives took and our students could ask questions of them. Finally, there was a jam session with the professionals, clinicians and our students. Asher Denberg (9) and Gregory Dexter (8) were chosen as the pianist and drummer for the entire session! Several of our students were able to ‘jam’ (improvise) with such greats as Dr. Willie Hill, Chris Vadala and these up and coming professionals. At the end of the session, Butch Miles gave Greg a private drum lesson on brush technique. Wow!

After an afternoon in the park, we gathered one last time for the evening awards ceremony. The awards look like ‘platinum’ records ... but with Mickey Mouse ears! Dr. Cannon and I were congratulated by Mickey himself, Asher won an award as the outstanding accompanist and Darrell Patterson won an award as the outstanding vocal soloist.

This was an amazing and incomparable educational experience for me and our students. Based upon the student and parent chaperone reaction to the educational and fun aspects of this trip, we are certainly going to repeat the experience as soon as possible!

BPA state winners

And the results are in from Wednesday's BPA state competition in Dover. Congratulations to the Cab Calloway teams winning medals:

  • Web Team 1st Place: Reilly Megee, Nik Eastburn, Brianna Jeffreys

  • Career Research Team 1st Place: Bryn Black, Jessica Fogal, Brittany Quimby

  • Prepared Speech 3rd Place: Nate Fox

  • Extemporaneous Speech 1st Place: Cara Fantini

  • Computer Literacy 5th Place: Nik Eastburn

  • Business Communication 5th Place: Bryn Black

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cab students win Scholastic Writing Awards

Congratulations to the following students who earned Gold Key recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2010.
  • Ryan Kirk
  • Emily Desmond
  • Kelly Nolte
  • Jacob Sackett-Sanders (2 Gold Keys)
  • Aubrey Arnold
  • Reilly Megee
  • Amy Su

Each year, more than 165,000 works of art and writing are submitted to The Awards. Only 10,000 students earn Gold Keys as decided by leaders in the creative industries.

Cab student performs in Willy Wonka Junior

Come to Saint Edmond's Academy on March 26, 27, or 28 for the school production of "Willy Wonka, Junior" and prepare to be impressed and entertained. This uplifting stage production is sure to warm the hearts of children of all ages and is great family entertainment. The 51 cast members, featuring boys and girls from Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania, and including Cab sixth grader Maren Billy, are in process of learning songs, dances, lines, and blocking to create another memorable production. Saint Edmond's Academy has a long history and reputation for excellence in musical theatre. This production continues the tradition with professional set/lighting design, stage
management, accompanist, choreographer and music and stage directors.
The principal cast is made up of experienced performers including a number
of All-State singers. Tickets (Adult $10; Student/Senior $7.50) are
available at the door, but advance purchase recommended.

Contact Deborah DeHart/Elaine Reilly,
Saint Edmond's Academy,
2120 Veale Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
302-475-5370, ex. 241.

Cab students perform with OperaDelaware

The OperaDelaware Youth Program’s upcoming production of DISNEY’S MULAN, JR. features Noemi Perez, Tiffany Droke, Jameson May, David Petka, Elizabeth Quinones, Kathleen Reeve, Madison Shockley, Leann Umeroglu, Amy Vresics, and Emma and Madeline Driban, students at Cab Calloway School of the Arts!

The production is at The Tatnall School's Laird Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Friday, March 5th, 2010 and 4:30 & 7pm on Saturday, March 6th, 2010. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seating. Please contact Sara Tantillo at (302) 658-8063 ext 3253 to purchase tickets! For more information, see OperaDelaware's website.

School Spirit Day!

Tomorrow is School Spirit Day! We are supporting the Pearce Q. Foundation, raising funds for kids who have been diagnosed with cancer.

If you don't know our own Pearce Quesenberry, a 7th grader, you've got to meet her. She is extraordinary! She and her family have faced such challenges in the last 730 days, and they are now dedicated to helping other families who face the challenges of beating cancer!

If you would like to learn more about the foundation, please visit the website of the foundation:

Please feel free to wear jeans tomorrow (teachers) and/or a crazy hat (teachers/students). There are students from the NJHS who are assigned to collect all donations from students during homeroom tomorrow to the main office.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Girls on the Run coming to Cab

What is Girls on the Run?

Girls on the Run is a life-changing learning program for girls in grades 3-8. The program combines training for a 5K (3.1 mile) running event with healthy living education. The program instills self-esteem and strong values through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships and physical training – all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff and community.

This spring we will introduce the program to Cab students for the first time. We will open up registration to 6th grade girls. The program will have two coaches with a team maximum of 14 students.

If we get a strong interest for next spring we will open up the program to 6th and 7th grade girls and have two teams.

Please visit our website for registration and details about the program. Registration opens February 22 online.

Important Dates:

Tuesday March 30: first Girls on Track practice

Tuesday/Thursday: 3 to 4:15pm practice

Saturday June 5: Race Day!

If you have questions, please contact Alice Kamen, parent and coach (

Cab students attend BPA competition

Good luck to Mrs. Cleveland's Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club as they prepare to head to Dover for their state competition this Wednesday, February 24. This year, twenty-three middle school students have entered various events including Excel, keyboarding, speeches, Career Research, Web Team, Extemporaneous Speaking, Graphic Design.

All students will compete in the following open events: Business Fundamentals, Business Communication, Business Math, Computer Literacy.

Winners at the state level advance to national competition, held May 5-9, in Anaheim, California.

Footloose! The Musical

Footloose: The Musical Directed by Marjorie Eldreth! Like the 1984 Kevin Bacon film that inspired it, Footloose follows the story of Ren, who moves with his mother to a small town where dancing is prohibited by law. Teens will be teens, of course, so Ren ends up at odds with the town and especially the local minister, Reverend Moore. Along the way, the characters sing familiar songs from the movie ("The Girl Gets Around," "Holding Out for a Hero," "Let's Hear It for the Boy," "Almost Paradise," and of course the title tune), and new songs as well.

Thursday Feb. 25, Friday Feb. 26 and Saturday Feb. 27 all at 7 PM

Tickets are $10 (only $8 for students and seniors)

Tickets can be reserved by calling Cab at (302) 651-2700 or by emailing
Footloose Dinner Theatre - Great Deal - Reservations needed Now!!!

A special deal before the SATURDAY (5 PM) evening performance! The price of $37.00 includes dinner and the show! Our lobby will be transformed into a casual dining spot with round tables and catering by Short and Sweet Café in the Cannery. You know how good their food is!

Menu details and signup form

CCSA on Facebook

There are several ways to interact with CCSA on Facebook. Simply type Cab Calloway School of the Arts into the Search Box to find them.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Haiti fundraiser

Enjoy yourself and help raise money for the Delaware Medical Relief Fund for Haiti at the same time. Check out the Rock-N-Blues for Haiti at the Cranston Heights Fire Hall this Sunday, February 21, from 3:00-7:00pm. Click here for the flyer.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Footloose Dinner Theatre

Mark your calendar for the spring musical--Footloose! This year, you can make the evening complete by attending the "Footloose Dinner Theatre" event on Saturday, February 27, beginning at 5:00pm. Eat, then enjoy the show which begins at 7:00pm. For an order form and menu, click here!

AP Exam Registration

This note is for parents of AP students from Mrs. Rigby:

All students taking an AP class received their AP exam registration form and the AP Bulletin for Students and Parents in their AP classes about two weeks ago. Just in case this information didn't make it home, you can access the AP Bulletin for Students and Parents at Good luck with those exams!

Young Choreographers Showcase

Auditions for the Young Choreographers Showcase will be March 8th, 9th and 10th - sign-up for an audition time outside room 246 (MS Dance).

The Performance dates are March 31st and April 1st. Please see Mrs. Warburton-Phibbs for more information.

Cab Calloway at "Sunday with Shakespeare"

If you'd like to see CCSA senior Pierre Theron perform a chilling monologue from Titus Andronicus or catch a scene slice from Hamlet, directed by Shannon Clark, or The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Lindsay Reed and Alysia VanLooy, stop by UD on Sunday, February 28th and join us for a little Shakespeare.

"Sunday with Shakespeare" will be held from 1 to 5 PM at the Thompson Theatre in the new Roselle Center for the Arts on Amstel Avenue at the University of Delaware. The event is free and open to the public.

A Teachers Workshop will be held at 11:30 am: Dr. Halio and PTTP's Leslie Reidel will provide you with an hour of Professional Development at 11:30 AM. All you need to do is show up at the Thompson Theatre. If you can, stay for the Sunday with Shakespeare program starting at 1 pm." There will be refreshments at intermission.

The event will combine the statewide Shakespeare Competition, featuring individual students performing monologues and reciting sonnets, with the former New Castle County Shakespeare Festival, featuring troupes of actors performing scenes. Both will be viewed by an audience of their peers and from UD's REP (Resident Ensemble Players) Company who will serve as judges for the Competition and commentators for the Festival. The performances will be interspersed with entertainments by the day's Master of Revels, Christopher Davis, the Renaissance Man.
Sponsoring organizations include: Delaware Humanities Forum, Delaware Branch of the English-Speaking Union, the theatre program at the University of Delaware, Padua Academy and the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, and the Cab Calloway School Fund.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Snow Day!

All weekend activities in Red Clay are cancelled (February 5, 6 and 7). We will send notification of rescheduled events when we hear of them. School closes on February 5th at 1:00 PM for Cab Calloway.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mr. Masiello's class learns vocabulary!

We all know those Cab sixth grade students have impressive vocabularies, thanks to their wonderful English teacher, Mr. Masiello. Ever wonder how they learn all those challenging words? Take a look; NBC TV 10 in Philadelphia posted this video clip of an English class learning vocabulary words by using music and movement: Audacious!

Cab Calloway support for Haiti

Maya Shapira, a 6th grade student at Cab Calloway is Dr. Nadiv Shapira's daughter. He just returned from Haiti on the DE Medical Mission team. A video of their trip created for the Wilmington News Journal is available at

Mrs. Shapira reports:
A 20-member medical team from Delaware spent a week treating earthquake victims in n the coastal town of Jacmel, Haiti, where the town's only hospital lay in ruins. We are sending out our second medical team this Wednesday. More medications and medical supplies are needed. If you can get them to me or to the location listed below by Tuesday evening that would be great. If that is too soon, don't worry, we will be sending teams continuously, for as long as we can.

Wish List Donation for Delaware Medical Relief Team

Please look at the below list and consider any donations for Delaware Medical Relief Team.

Children's Medication
Prescription Meds
Anti-Inflammatory/Pain Medication

Medical supplies—everything from disinfectant and bandages to operating room supplies and surgical equipment
Mosquito netting and plastic sheet
Ziploc bags – S, M & L – for pills
Garbage clear bags
Sharpie pen
Cleaning gel/Hand sanitizer
Tents/sleeping bags

Casting supplies (fiberglass)
Trauma shears
Electrocautery pens
1% Lidocaine
Debridement kits
Suture removal kits
Surgical Masks
Needle drivers
Ortho sets

Supplies can be dropped off at:
First State Surgery
1000 Twin C Lane, Suite 200
Newark, DE

2102 Wind Lane,
Wilmington, De

Cash donations (or checks made out to DE Medical Relief Team Fund) can be dropped off or mailed: Premier Physicans, 410 Foulk Rd, Suite 200B, Wilmington, DE 19803

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Shoes 2 Share for Haiti

As most of you are aware, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday January 12th near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince causing a serious loss of life and catastrophic destruction. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation in the last century.

Shoes2Share International is immediately initiating Operation "THERE", which stands for "The Haitian Earthquake Relief Effort". Your generous gift is urgently needed today!
  • Shoes (especially work boots and sneakers)
  • Socks & Under Garments
  • Infant Products
  • Medical Supplies
  • Blankets
  • Bottled water, powdered milk and rice
  • Generators, flashlights and batteries


Monday, January 25, 2010

Assessment Day Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who sent or brought in donations for Assessment Day on Saturday! Once again, we had a wonderful response from our Cab families! We had many parents and assessing students visit the Hospitality Room. They were very grateful for the snacks, water, and coffee.
Thanks also to the parent and student volunteers who worked in the room throughout the day!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Red Clay College Fair next week!

The Red Clay Consolidated School District will host the 1st annual Red Clay College Fair on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at Conrad Schools of Science from 6:15PM to 8:15PM in the school gymnasium.

This free event is designed for secondary students and their parents to learn about planning for higher education and/or training after graduation. Red Clay counselors will facilitate informational sessions on selecting a school, the application process, and financial aid. Representatives from regional colleges, universities, and technical schools will be available to provide information about their programs and distribute brochures and other materials.

Click here for more information

Summer Opportunity--BOA Student Leader

If you are a student with a passion for improving your community, Bank of America would like to help you turn that passion into action. They are looking for leaders who are high school juniors and seniors in the US. As a Student Leader, you will participate in:
  • An eight-week paid internship at a nonprofit/charitable organization
  • A week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July, 2010) to gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills

As a Bank of America Student Leader, you will participate in an all-expense paid week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in July 2010. This leadership development program will provide you with valuable perspective on civic, social and business partnerships as positive forces of change within our communities. The Student Leadership Summit is directed by the Close Up Foundation , the nation's leading civic education provider.

The combination of your summer internship experience at a nonprofit and leadership development through the Bank of America Student Leadership Summit will develop your skills and strengthen your understanding of how to build on your commitment to improving your community.

Please click on the below link to apply:

The application deadline is 2/17/2010!

Note from Mrs. Rigby: This program is in its third year! In the past, we have been lucky enough to have three Cab Calloway students selected to become Bank of America Student Leaders, one of which is a current senior, Ashley McNeill. All of my students, who have participated, just raved about the program and the valuable experience and knowledge they gained. If your child is interested in applying, I know Ashley is willing to answer any questions they may have.

Friday, January 15, 2010

One-Act Play Festival

Don't miss a very entertaining set of short shows by our wonderfully talented 7th and 8th graders:

A Simple Task by Alan Haehnel -
Empie has a simple first assignment at her new job: Retrieve a box of merchandise for the Boss. But what do you do when the box is blocked by a parade of confusing characters, your boos keeps changing identities and your whole career starts to feel absurd?

Excuses, Excuses by Alan Haehnel -
For Norma, hope springs eternal. Even though she has been assigned to direct a group of complete misfits in a theatrical project, even though virtually every attempt at organizing them has met with failure, even though the curtain has opened and still nobody knows what to do, Norma is certain something will work out. She is absolutely right while being absolutely wrong. Nothing does work out, but by the end of the show, the audience is rolling in the aisles over the hilarious events that happen while nothing is being accomplished. Welcome to Dysfunction Junction, where not getting there is all the fun!

Hard Candy by Jonathan Rand
Job applicants at Banff Enterprises will do anything to claw their way up the corporate ladder. In a fast-paced series of hilarious interviews, the new recruits try every trick in the book - from bribery, nepotism, and the Old Boy Network to blackmail and mind control.

The Audition by Don Zolidis
A new theatre teacher is bringing a production of A Chorus Line to the high school. Though the hopefuls range from shy to outrageous, from diva-like to determined, everyone has a chance to step into the spotlight. A hilarious and heartbreaking look at the madness of auditioning and the actors who brave the process for that perfect part.

Tickets are $10 - Adults, $8 - Child/Student/Senior, $5 - Each for group of 10 or more.
We hope to see you there

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cab hosts Delaware Speech League Tournament

The first annual Delaware Speech League Tournament was held at Cab Calloway School of the Arts on Saturday, January 9, 2010 in the school library from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Students from five area schools competed in categories including: dramatic poetry script presentation, extemporaneous speech, social studies trivia, literature trivia, memorized poetry presentations, memorized prose/monologue and science trivia, math trivia--no calculator (Algebra I through Calculus), and dramatic monogoue with script.

Cab Calloway School of the Arts and Sanford School tied for 1st, Salesianum placed 2nd, and Tall Oaks and Pencader Charter both received Honorable Mentions in the Delaware State Speech League 1st Tournament of 2010. The next tournament will be held at Conrad.

The Award for Most Personable Student at the Event went to Pencader student, Nelson Roland. Most Valuable Volunteer Award went to Cab Calloway’s Shannon Clark.

Complete competition results:

Dramatic Poetry Script Presentation:
  1. Sydney Rubin, Cab Calloway
  2. Jamila Mustafa, Cab Calloway
  3. Justin Grant, Pencader Charter

Honorable Mention: Danny Coburn, Sanford School and Beth Comeau, Cab Calloway.

Extemporaneous Speech Competition:

  1. Jacob Sackett Sanders, Cab Calloway
  2. Danny Coburn, Sanford School
  3. Jerrod MacFarlane, Salesianum

Honorable Mentions: Nelson Roland and Pencader Charter and 11th grader Andre Sumiel at Sanford School.

Social Studies Trivia Competition:

  1. Danny Coburn, Sanford, Eamon Schotterback, Salesianum ,and Jacob Sackett-Sanders, Cab Calloway (three-way tie)
  2. Jamie Lock and Brendan Fitzgerald both of Salesianum, (two-way tie)
  3. Josh Katz, Sanford, and Sean Kerrigan, Salesianum (two-way tie)

Honorable Mention: Sanford’s Mary Mecca and Jerrod MacFalane from Salesianum.

Literature Trivia Competition:

  1. Eamon Schlotterback, Salesianum
  2. Brandan Fitzgerald, Salesianum, and Jacob Sackett-Sanders, Cab Calloway (two-way tie)
  3. Marcin Cencek, Cab Calloway, and Jamie Luck, Salesianum (two-way tie)

Honorable Mentions Abraham: Ross of Cab Calloway, Matt Zaldivar of Cab Calloway, and Mary Mecca of Sanford.

Memorized Poetry Presentations:

  1. Sydney Rubin, Cab Calloway
  2. Jasmine Lopez, Cab Calloway
  3. Ashley McNeill, Cab Calloway

Honorable Mentions: Place Halle Burns of Cab Calloway.

Memorized Prose/Monologue Presentations:

  1. Halle Burns, Cab Calloway
  2. Tatiana Lofton, Cab Calloway
  3. Jasmine Lopez, Cab Calloway

Honorable Mention: Cristina Roegel of Sanford School and Mary Mecca of Sanford School (tie).

Science Trivia Competition:

  1. Josh Katz, Sanford
  2. Matt Zaldivar, Cab Calloway
  3. Daniel Barker and Jacob Sackett-Sanders, both of Cab Calloway (two-way tie)

Honorable Mention: Danny Coburn of Sanford School, Marcin Cencek and Andrew Zaldivar of Cab Calloway.

Math Trivia-no Calculator (Algebra I though Calculus):

  1. Danny Coburn-9th grade, Sanford School with a perfect score
  2. Daniel Barker and Marcin Cencek, both of Cab Calloway (two-way tie)
  3. Jacob Sackett-Sanders, Cab Calloway

Honorable Mention: Josh Yoon, Tall Oaks

Dramatic Monologue with Script:

  1. Lydia Stinson, Tall Oaks
  2. Josh Katz, Sanford
  3. Danny Coburn, Sanford

Honorable Mention: Megan Palmer and Jessie Mitchell, both of Tall Oaks.

Friday, January 8, 2010

International Night at Cab Calloway--January 14

This coming Thursday evening is International Night in our Foyer. Come share a meal with other 6th grade parents and students and share in an evening of cultural dance. This is a Pot Luck supper. You are encouraged to bring a dish from you own cultural background to share (for about 4-6 people). Paper products, refreshments will be available.

For more information please contact Mrs. Warburton-Phibbs at

Scholastic Art Award winners

Cab Calloway received 24 Gold Key Awards, 24 Silver, and 13 Honorable Mentions, definitely the most successful showing yet at the Delaware Scholastic Art Awards. For all the details and a peek at some of the winning artwork, see the article on the Cab website.

Gold and Silver work is currently on view until February 12th at the University Gallery in the library at Delaware State University, Dover. Generally, the gallery is open 9-3, but calling ahead is always suggested: 302.857.6697.

The Scholastic Art Gallery Reception (11:00-12:30) and the Awards Ceremony in the Arts & Humanities building (1:00-3:00) will be held at Delaware State on Saturday, February 13, 2010

Junior All-State Band Winners

Congratulations to the following members of the JazzLab for successfully auditioning for the Delaware All State Junior Jazz Band:

Robert Jaquette - alto sax
Thurston Brevett - tenor sax
Kati Lockwood - tenor sax
Erin Gallagher - baritone sax
Will Esterling - trombone
Asher Denburg - piano
Greg Dexter - drums

And, as if that's not enough, the following students successfully auditioned for the Delaware All State Junior Band:

Erin Gallagher - alto sax
Arthur Wang - clarinet
Emily Shumosic - clarinet
Kati Lockwood - clarinet
Sarah Greendoner - clarinet
Thurston Brevett - tenor sax
William Esterling - trombone
Asher Denburg - mallets
Greg Dexter - percussion


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Chris Millison, YoungARTS Finalist!

Congratulations to senior Chris Millison who learned recently that he is a YoungArts finalist.

As a finalist, Millison has won an all-expense-paid trip to Miami, Florida, next week (January 11-16) for YoungArts Week and individual cash awards ranging from $1000 to $10,000. Panelists select up to 150 students each year as YoungArts Finalists and bring them to Miami for YoungArts Week for master classes, showcase performances, exhibitions, enrichment programs, and final adjudications.

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.

YoungArts is National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’s core program. It provides recognition and awards to young artists across the country. It is the only organization that encourages and recognizes artistic excellence in the literary, visual and performing arts, including dance, cinematic arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

Each year, approximately 6,000-8,000 students register for the YoungArts program and approximately 10 percent receive cash awards.

Eat Pizza; Support the Middle School Band!

Support the CCMS Jazz Band this Wednesday night at Grotto’s Pizza. Use the attached coupons when ordering and 20% of your total bill will be donated to the CCMS Jazz Band. Vouchers are good for dine-in and take-out only, and cannot be handed out at the restaurant the night of the event.