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44 CAPE GAZETI, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 SCH(. )L EDUCATION ative writing anything but 'Child's Play' at Milton schools Rosanne Pack photos Above, four H.O. Brittingham Elementary School students received recognition in the recent Child's Play Touring Theatre presentation at Delaware Tech College Owens Campus. The work of Alexandra Magee, front, was chosen to be performed, and (l-r) Alex Albanese, Randy Orth and Patrick Kranz received honorable mention awards. Below, Milton Middle School students are ready to set off for a theatre experience where they will see some of their own work performed by Child's Play Touring Theatre. Students pic- tured are (l-r) fourth row, Sonny Orcutt, Taisha Henry and Joseph Hurd; third row, Dominique Lambert, Eric Boyd, Dennis Hicks, Adam Stover and Cedric Mumford; second row, Donald Fulmore, David Strail, Shontara Duncan, Dominique Kee, Sarina Lewis and Leann Cordle; first row, Joshua Jordan, Matthew West, Jacob Tartal, Sarah Miller, Kimberly Nagle, Jessica Rotach and Nicole Lodish. By Rosanne Pack If "The play's the thing," then Milton must be the place. Young playwrights seem to be cropping up like wildflowers in the halls of schools in Milton. Of 10 works chosen to be per- formed in Delaware by the profes- sional traveling theatre group, Child's Play Touring Theatre, three are written by Cape Hen- lopen School District students who attend, school in Milton. Dominique Kee and Nicole Lodish from Milton Middle School and Alexandra Magee from H.O. Brittingham submitted works that are now being present- ed by Child's Play as the group tours schools throughout the Unit- ed States. Each year, Child's Play accepts stories and poems written by chil- dren and chooses some to trans- form into plays, songs and poems for performance. Approximately 2,400 students from Delaware and Pennsylvania submitted original works to the Chicago-based tour- ing group. From those, the works of Kee, Lodish and Magee were selected to be performed and four elementary and eight middle school students were recognized with honorable mention certifi- cates. Those honored with certificates are Alex Albanese, Patrick Kranz and Randy Orth, H.O. Brittingham and Matt West, Joshua Jordan, Sarah Miller, Jacob Tartal, Kim- berly Nagle and Jessica Rotach. In Delaware, Children & Fami- lies First agency sponsored the creative writing project and coor- dinated the submission of written works. The nonprofit social ser- vice organization also selected a representative sample of the sub- missions to be reprinted in the pro- gram book for performances that took place in Delaware. Milton Middle School students Mary McManaman, Jordan and Nagle had their work included in the program. Every student who submitted written work was listed in the program. Magee, a second-grader, won honor with her piece, "The Girl Who Frowned Too Much." The Child's Play troupe used masks and a narrator to dramatize the sto- ry of a little girl who frowned so intensely that she couldn't eat her breakfast or even a ham and cheese sandwich. Her mother used the universal parental admonish- ment, "Your face will get stuck like that!" However, even a little girl who can't remember how to smile will respond to a birthday cake, and Continued on page 45 Cape Henl0 )en School District menus The Cape Henlopen School District Menu for the week of March 16-20 includes the following: Elementary and middle schools: Monday, March 16 - Chicken nuggets or cheeseburger on bun, or sandwich choice; choice of two sides, including potato surprise, sea- soned peas, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. Tuesday, March 17 - Ribs on a bun, hot dog on roll, or sandwich; choice of two sides, including baked beans, sauerkraut, fruited jello with topping, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. Wednesday, March 18 - Hot ham 'n' cheese, Italian sub or sandwich choice; choice of two sides, including vegetable soup, frozen juice bar, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. Thursday, March 19 - Fish on a bun, Caf6 Special Surprise, or sand- wich choice, choice of two sides, including macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, diced carrots, fresh fruit, orange and apple juice. Friday, March 20 - Baked chicken pieces, pizza or sandwich choice, choice of two sides, including mashed potatoes, broccoli bites, fruit mix, orange or apple juice. The Southern Del;iware School of Arts a high note There is a new kid on the block. The Southern Delaware School of the Arts is about to begin. It has been called a magnet school because it will attract students from all over Sussex County even though the school building is located in Indian River School District. The school remains a public school and will not require any private fees. Based on the Delaware choice plan, students may choose the Southern Delaware School of the Arts because of an individual interest in the arts. Lois Hobbs, Indian River's dis- SCHOOL JOURNAL trict superintendent, has promoted the idea for the school and a com- mittee of interested people have guided its development. The school will offer students a new twist on traditional education. This goes a long way toward rec- ognizing that children learn better in a variety of different environ- ments. Educators can come together and create a new type of school based on student creativity. The educational program will integrate art, music and drama with English language arts, math, science and social studies. The focus will be on active learning. What does it mean to integrate instruction? There are basic con- cepts that are routinely taught in elementary school. To integrate means to teach units of study through well-developed themes. Reading/writing units could use art themes and extensions to teach the basics. The teachers will be chosen for their demonstrated expertise in the basics and in the arts. There will be teachers of dance, movement, instrumental, vocal, visual arts such as painting, and sculpture and theater. The teaching and educational program will come together to give stu- dents opportunities for develop- ment of creativity. Student appli- cations for the school are due by 4 p.m. on March 17. There will be a parents' and students' information session on Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m., at Indian River High School or call 436-1070, Ext. 121, for an application. Welcome to the new kid on the block! As we dis- cover that our diversity is our strength, this may be just what we need to serve students better. Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and an educator in the Cape Henlopen School District and at Delaware Tech. Diane Albanese