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CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, October 2 - SCH(,, )L & EDUCATION October 8, 1998. 47 Bob Bowden photos Cape Henlopen High hosts open house; band update given Cape Henlopen High School held an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 23, which included wellness center tours, displays in the lobby and remarks from the principal, as well as an opportunity for parents to get to know the teachers, administrators and courses of study. Above, Tony Pratt and Wendy Carey, whose children Jamie and Elizabeth are students, acquaint themselves with guidance counselor Steve Denver. Below, members of the Cape Henlopen Jazz Band perform for those gathered at the open house. The Cape Henlopen Band and Chorus is continuing its fundraising efforts as they prepare to embark for London, having been invited to march in the annual New Year's Day Parade. With a goal of $350,000, they have raised $173,253 to date through a variety of activities. Upcoming fundraisers include a booth in the Lewes Chamber of Commerce tent during Boast the Coast on Saturday, Oct. 3, where they will sell raffle tickets for the Mare's Bears Quilt Shop angel quilt, Bellinger's Jewelers' Cape Henlopen Lighthouse Collexion pendants and Beanie Babies. Also a number of restau- rants plan benefits, including Capriotti's on Long Neck Road, Friday, Oct. 2, with 10 percent of total day's sales donated; The Buttery, Second Street, Lewes, with a special dinner on Wednes- day, Oct. 7, when a portion of a $30 per person dinner (reservations necessary at 645-6451) will be donated; Lazy Susan's on Route 1 near Lewes, will donate 10 percent of gross revenue on Wednesday, Oct. 14; and the Dewey Beach Club on Route 1, with 5 percent of gross revenue donated on Mondays, Oct. 19 and 26. An Autumn Craft Fair is slated for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Satur- day, Oct. 24, in the Cape Henlopen High School cafeteria; a few vendor spaces are still avail- able by calling 947-1789. Wilmington College to host open house in Rehoboth on Oct. 14 Wilmington College will host an open house and reception at its newly renovated facility on Rehoboth Avenue. The public will be given the opportunity to hear about plans for educational programs at the new site. The event will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Rehoboth Beach Convention Cen- ter as the new facility is not yet completed. The new building is expected to be open by January. At the open house and recep- tion, Wilmington College officials will be at the convention center to talk with visitors about upcoming programs, including the credit and n0ncredit courses that will be offered at the Rehoboth site. Col- lege President Audrey K. Dober- stein will also discuss the history of Wilmington College. The college will kick off its beach-area offerings with the first of a series of seminars on topics of local interest. The seminars will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Brighton Suites Hotel, Wilmington Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. The first seminar will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20, and will be pre- sented by CNN foreign/national correspondent Ralph Begleiter on the topic of "Instant News: How Has It Changed Our Word?" The second will be held Tues- day, Nov. 10, on "Saving Our Beaches - Is it Worth the Cost?" This seminar will be presented by John Hughes and Tony Pratt of the Delaware Division of Soil and Water Conservation. The final seminar of this series will be offered by Delaware State Police Sgt. Lewis Briggs II and Maj. Joseph Forester on "Crime Prevention and Safety." Although the college is still col- lecting data on the kinds of pro- grams in demand by the Rehoboth Beach community, possibilities for noncredit courses in the new building include computer opera- tions, business management and Spanish. Cape high offers Wednesday evening guidance hours In order to accommodate par- ents and students who may have difficulty scheduling a guidance conference during the school day, the Cape Henlopen guidance counselors will hold Wednesday evening office hours in October and November and will resume evening hours January through April. Counselors will be available from 4 to 7 p.m., according to the schedule. A schedule for second semester will be available in Janu- ary. Parents and students should take note of the four special informa- tion nights, which began with Senior Information Night on Sept. 30 and continues with Junior Information Night, Oct. 7; Sopho- more Information Night, Oct. 14; Continued on page 48 Heading off to high school presents new challenges When children are little, they run home after a long day at school, whip open the backpack and show you all of their papers. My counter tops wouldn't appear complete without papers every- where. There are all manner of papers: handwriting, phonics, graphing, math facts and holiday crossword puzzles and word finds. As a parent, it is reassuring to have this paper trail. It keeps me informed about what is going on inside the classroom and the school. During the middle school years, there is a fair amount of paper that comes home. Essays and work- sheets that are more advanced and polished. Notes from teachers jot- ted inside the planner, and notices SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese of special events. The Elks Soccer Shoot-Out, the PTO, fundraisers and field trips. All paper, all pur- poseful. When my child reached high school, a brick wall developed. No more cute papers, no informative sheets, no schedules of upcoming events. Nothing. I feel left out, in the dark, a parent moving blindly through the freshman year. Con- versations with this freshman bear no fruit. It's usually, "Mom, I know what I'm doing. Don't wor- ry about it." Worry about it? For 14 years of his life, my job as a parent has been to worry about it. Now what? I decided to develop hew strategies. Here's my new plan. Talk to other parents. I pursue this With vigor. Pity my friends who have students in high school. Their phones will be ringing off the hook. I find it most time-effi- cient to call a veteran parent and get a straight answer about a con- cern. Call the teacher directly. Most of my questions are relatively sim- ple and I think it is essential to touch base with the teacher now and then. Noting the time frame for the marking periods, I am scheduling a phone call a couple of weeks before the end of the grading peri- od, to touch base and to be kept informed. Attend booster and PTO meet- ings. At the freshman picnic, a dis- tinguished panel of veteran par- ents told us to stay involved. OK, I'll be there. The Band Boosters have already nabbed me. Anybody want to buy a raffle ticket? Can- dle? Poinsettia? Last week I attended the high school's open house. I'm feeling a little better now. I have memories of friendly teacher faces, cold rigid desks and the "Viking Ven- tures," the student newspaper, to help me. As I read this wonderful tome, I realized that this paper would be my salvation. The little guys bring home tons of paper, but in high school, all that was needed was a concisely worded, student-written newspa- per. My confidence is restored. Hey! They should mail these to all parents. How do I get a subscrip- tionl Go ahead, ask me a question about block scheduling. Diane Saicnni Albanese is a parent and a teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District and at Delaware Tech in Georgetown.