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52 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June.9--June I, 2000 SCHOOl_, EDUCATION ( Rehoboth Elementary PTO photo Nelson is Cape Teacher of the Year Rehoboth Elementary School kindergarten teacher Roxanne Nelson, left, was chosen in May as Cape Henlopen School District's Teacher of the Year. She will represent the district next fall in the statewide Teacher of the Year selection. When asked why she became a kindergarten teacher, where she has served most of her 24 years as a teacher, Nelson replied: t think it's where you can make a big differo ence." Rehoboth Elementary School PTO president Lisa Evans congratulated Nelson by saying: "We in the PTO are so glad Roxanne Nelson chose Rehoboth Elementary to receive her contribution to the future." 'Strengthening F June 20 in Cape Finding time together can be a very difficult time for families in the new millennium. While this is a common problem, the Strengthening Families Program offers a solution. Cape Henlopen School District-area families, enrolled in the Strengthening Families Program will meet once a week for seven weeks to enjoy each other's company and to make their families stronger. Each evening session lasts two hours. For one hour youth from 10 to 14 discuss their goals, ways to handle stress, and strategies for resisting drugs, alcohol and tobac- co. At the same time, their par- amilies' begins :00,2hool district ents/caregivers discuss ways to set limits and to provide loving disci- pline. During the second hour, youth and adults practice their new skills together. The Strengthening Families Program includes games, role playing and videos as a platform for learning. Supported by a State Incentive Grant, the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension provides the program at no cost to families. There are still openings for fam- ilies in the Cape Henlopen School District in the following sessions: Strengthening Families I, June Continued on page 53 Jim Cresson photo Lewes Middle School inducts Junior Honor Society members Sixty-six seventh- and eighth-grade students were inducted, May 17, into the Frederick D. Thomas Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society at Lewes Middle School. Shown above holding eandles and giving the National Junior Honor Society Pledge are new inductees (first row, l-r): Scott Myers, Megan Funk, Laura Frech, M.E. Fischer-Scrivo, Jackie Comere, Caroline Cleary, Amanda Clarke, Bonnie Chandler, Sam Cashdollar, Jacob Cody Burton, Jaime Bunting, Catherine Bradley, Richard Borl, Andrew Benson, Danny Baker and Jackie Allman. Second row (l-r): Christian MeDowell, Melissa Mathena, Jay Marsh, Courtney Lerah, Jenna Kulp, Amanda Kotarba, Kathryn King, Jaime Kelley, Shane Christopher Jensen, Brittany Jackson, Jonathan Hurst, Ashley Holton, Danielle Hillanbrand, Katherine Hazzard and Amber Gallery (Kristi Anne Geschwindt is not shown. Third row (l-r): Reid Martin Whitehair, Kasie Elizabeth Warrington, Jacki Warren, Christopher Wang, Amanda Thomas, Mallory Steele, Lauren Shelalis, Jennifer Sechrist, Lindsey Roth, Madalyn Riggins, Matthew Reuther, Mitchell Reichner, Taylor Reemsnyder, Stoven Parseghian, Sarah Palmer, Sarah Murray and Laura McIlvain. Fourth row (l-r): Ginger Wilkinson, Danielle Shiflett, Steven Pringle, Ryan Palmer, Laura Michelle McKeown, Lydia Howard, Graeeanna Enzinger, Anthony DiGiuseppe, Michael Danz, Megan Couchman, Drake Chandler, Michael Burton, Lauren Brittingham, Andrew Bradley and Garrett Atz. Existing members of the National Junior Honor Society at LMS are (fifth row, l-r): Betsy Hicks, Leanne Hazzard, Erica Haley, Alessandra Glorioso, Bennett Galvacky, Kelsey Fleming, Marten Elder, Katharine DeV'flbiss, Gina D'Amico, Gregory Collins, Dan Cochran, Andrew Campanelli, Erin Cahill, Nieole Brestel, Joshua Barkauskie and Austin Andrews. Existing members in the sixth row (l-r) are: Katie Wright, Josh Woertz, Sasha Tunnell, Kellie Tappan, Timothy Storck, Kurt Stephens, Christopher Smith, Brittany Sheldon, Abigail Sadler, Nicole Rhoades, Liz Purnell, Brian Lee, Kimberly Kneipp, Lindsay Keffer, Alton Joseph, Matthew Husbands and Amanda Hildebrand. Officers of the LMS National Junior Honor Society are: Clarissa Chenoweth, president; Jesse Billings, vice president; Casey Layton, recording secretary; Briana Rovinski, corre- sponding secretary; Sarah Slacum, treasurer;, and Clare Nowakowski, historian. School's out - now is the time for some creative parenting School is officially over today. June 9 is the last day for students in Cape Henlopen. The euphoria will last about a week, and then the children will begin snapping at each other and parents, complain- ing that there is nothing to do. They have exhausted their repertoire of things considered fun. Fun is renting movies, stay- ing up late, playing with friends (but not outside if it's too hot) and eating everything that is refriger- ated or in a cardboard box. Time for some creative parent- ing. Children need help in balanc- ing out their time in summer. A good approach is to plan with them, giving them a lot of free- dom with some specialty camps thrown in for good measure. This serves many purposes. Sending a child to camp extends their expe- riences and friendships. It sepa- rates siblings, therefore cutting down on the arguing, and gives SCHOOL JOURNAL DIANE ALBANE',;E parents a break. Rehoboth Art League offers a variety of summer camps that are designed to tap into the creative side of children. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is a camp for kids ages 9 to 12 that will pres- ent an opportunity for children to develop drawing techniques creat- ed by Dr. Betty Edwards in her popular book of the same title. Pottery classes will focus on hand-built and wheel-built tech- niques. Other classes include exploration of painting, collage and sculpture. School board awards The school board routinely gives out awards to students who have achieved some success in a variety of endeavors. Last month, they handed out over 90 awards to a standing room only crowd in the Cape Henlopen High School library. The students seemed a lit- tle stunned to be there. Some were dressed up in their Sunday best; others had been hauled off the baseball field to attend the cer- emony, still in their team shirts. Board members June Turansky and Estie Class and superintend- ent Dr. Andy Brandenberger seemed pleased to be able to rec- ognize so much talent. Turansky said it was the part of the job she liked the most. One thing is cer- tain: many families were drawn into the school board process by offering awards at the school board meeting, and that is a good thing. Many awards were given for the Science Olympiad and the region- al Science Fair. This year, one Cape team took first place in the Odyssey of the Mind contest. The team includes Jennifer Betts, Laura Betts, Joseph Cooper, Josh Cooper, Emma Glasscock and Kiran Peri. They will compete in the World Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. Good luck! The Delaware Press Association gave Beth Redden, Linsday Morris and Amanda Messick top honors for journalism in the Viking Ventures, the Cape Henlopen High School newspa- per. Sam Cashdollar received the highest accolade with his VFW essay on veterans. He was hon- ored by the veterans and also with a visit to Sen. Joe Biden in Washington, D.C. Biden liked Sam's idea to create a week to honor veterans, so he introduced legislation in. Congress to initiate this special week. Not only is Cashdollar in the Congressional Record, he is thought of as a young person with big ideas. Sam's teachers and parents must be very proud of him. Giving certificates to students at a school board meeting is a meam ingful way for the community to take time to recognize individual and group achievement, and to encourage academic excellence. Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District.