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