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16 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Jan. 6, 2005 Furbush is new assistant principal at Tech Sandra Furbush of Dagsboro has been named an assistant principal by the Board of Education at Sus- sex Technical High School. She fills the vacancy left by Allen E (A.J.) Lathbury Jr. who was re- cently named the school's princi- pal. Furbush has taught Social stud- ies at Sussex Tech since 1992 and has been cOntent manager for the department. Last year, she was named "Pre- serve America History Teacher of FURBUSH the Year" for the State of Delaware by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Delaware State University and the Department of Education. Earning teaching degrees from Salisbury State University, Furbush has presented numerous work- shops for the Southern Regional Education Board's High Schools That Work conferences. She is a member of the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Educa- tion's Exploring the Past - Securing the Future Histo- ry Project. Furbush was honored by being named the 2000 Teacher of the Year for Sussex Technical School Dis- trict and the 2000 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. She also received the VICA Outstanding Achievemettt.,- Award in 1998.  ........ Briefly Lewes resident earns national certification Lewes resident Mary Norton is one of seven teachers to attain a National Board Certification in the Indian River School District. She is one of 45 teachers in Delaware to complete the volun- teer and rigorous certification process this year. Norton earned her certification in Early and Middle Childhood/ English as a New Language. She teaches fourth and fifth grades at North Georgetown Elementary. "It's a good self-evaluation process," said Norton. "It made me, eamine my teaching meth- ods'.ihe also acknowledged that she is glad its over and agreed with other teachers' assertions that the process is more difficult than obtaining a master's degree. The two-phase process includes building a portfolio on good teaching practices and a series of writing exercises at an assessment center, which can take teachers up to an entire school year to com- plete. "Those people are the lead- ers of the school," said Jim Hud- son, principal of North George- town Elementary. "They're peo- ple who want to see the best possi- ble instructional techniques used with our students." Norton, originally from Illinois, moved to her home off Robin- sonville Road in Lewes in 1989. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Montclair State in New Jersey and a master's in ESL from the University of Delaware. Parenting tips offered at seminar series Parenting for the New Millenni- um, a six-week, group-based course meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 13, at Lewes Pres- byterian Church, Kings Highway, Lewes. The course will be facili- tated by teacher and motivational speaker RoseAnn Matthew. For information and cost, call 945-6241. Mentors needed for area schools Volunteer mentors are being sought to help students in both Cape Henlopen and Indian River school districts. Volunteers meet for one hour a week with a stu- .dent, and both teachers and par- ents report seeing significant im- provements in children involved in a mentoring program. Free mentor training is avail- able to elementary and middle school mentors at sites in George- town and Lewes. For more infor- mation, call Creative Mentoring toll-free at 877-202-9050. Censorship forum set Jan. 21 in Dover Delaware's chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, in conjunction with the Delaware Humanities Forum, the Delaware State Teachers Associa- tion, the Delaware Association of Supervision and Curriculum De- velopment and the Eastern Shore Writers Association, will sponsor a forum, Censorship in American Education, at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21 at the Delaware State Teachers Association office in Dover. University of Delaware profes- sor Joan Delfattore will be the featured presenter. VFW sponsors patriotic art contest for students The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW sponsors the Young Ameri- can Creative Patriotic Arts Award contest each year for high school students. The contest provides an opportunity for students to ex- press their patriotism through their art. Students must be in grades 9-12 and must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring ladies auxiliary. Home schools students are also eligible. Student deadline for local en- tries is March 29. For more infor- mation and contest rules, call 644- 1189. Nominations sought for annu DSEA awards The Delaware State Education Association is now accepting nominations for its annual Human and Civil Rights award. This award is presented annually to someone who has made a lifetime of important contributions to the human and civil rights of Delawareans. The award will be presented May 5 at the Rollins Center at Dover Downs. The gala evening also includes an inspirational speaker and winning student work - both writing and art - on the theme of celebrating diversity. The deadline for nominations/portfolios for the Hu- man and Civil Rights Awards is March 4. For a copy of the nomi- nation form and award guidelines, visit dsea.org/aboutdsea/aboutd- sea.html and click on awards. Punkin Chunkin : scholarships available The Punkin Chunkin Associa- tion is now accepting applications for scholarships. All completed applications must be returned to the Punkin Chunkin Association by March 31. Eligible applicants are any high school senior attend- ing an accredited Sussex County high school, any high school sen- ior who was listed on the machine registration form entered in the most recent Punkin Chunkin, or any student currently enrolled in a postsecondary school or college who graduated from an accredited Sussex County high school. The student should be majoring in agri-seience, mechanical technol- ogy, engineering or other Punkin Chunkin-related field. For more information or to get an application, visit the website www.punkinchunkin.com/appli- cation.htm. .... ..a.r.,..:..!..*...:.:.,..J.-. ..... 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