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Submitted photo Students and staffers at The Jefferson School stand in a crowded hallway at their Georgetown location. They are now constructing a new school to house the 150-plus students an- ticipated in the coming years. Jefferson School constructing new building to house students The Jefferson School, the only accredited private, independent day school in Sussex County, has recently grown and progressed to the point that they are construct- ing a new school in order to be able to house the 150-plus stu- dents and 21 staff members school officials anticipate in the coming years. From its initial class of nine kindergarten students in 1992, the population has grown steadily to 77 students in grades prekinder- garten through seven for this school year, and that number was due to limitations in space, not to a lack of applicants. There is cur- rently a waiting list in some grades. It is anticipated that the new school will be able to accommo- date a doubling of the population next year, and that it will serve students up through eighth grade. Enrollment has increased, even without a marketing effort, to the point that parents are now en- rolling infants who will not begin their education as three-year-olds until the 2001. Part of the success of the school is reflected in the satisfaction that parents seem to have with the edu- cational program as indicated by the low turnover in students. For instance, of the three students who left the :program last year, two of them left because their families relocated to another state. The sta- bility of the program indicates a high level of satisfaction and is helpful to the constancy of the school program. Academically, students are far- ing well. For the first time, stu- dents who of first-, third- and fifth-grade age were tested with a total battery of standardized and performance-based tests last school year. The results yielded an aggregate average of 89 percentile on the Stanford Achievement tests in the areas of reading, spelling, math problem solving and math computation. This result was achieved by stu- dents who had very limited test taking skills and on a test that has been standardized on a huge pop- ulation of school children in the public and private sector. ADOPT A HIGHWAY CLEAN UP OCT. t3 4.00 PM Submitted photo HBO Fro adopts highway Parents, staff and students from H.O. Brittingham Elemen- tary School pose with safety vests and trash bags during the PTO Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up. The group cleaned up their designated section, a stretch of Mulberry Street in Milton. A total of 28 volunteers turned out for the afterschool event on Oct. 13. CAPE GAZETTE, Thursday, December 24 - December 30, 1998 - 39 Del Tech offers technology for leaders course Kindergarten through college- level teachers who want to learn more about using technology in the classroom can sign up now for spring classes in the Educational Technology certificate program at Delaware Technical & Communi- ty College, Owens campus. Regis- trations will be accepted until classes begin, but early registra- tion is encouraged as class sizes are limited. The program includes a four-credit introductory certifi- cate designed for teachers who have limited knowledge of educa- tional technology and an 18-credit advanced certificate. Participants in the advanced certificate courses must first earn the introductory certificate or demonstrate the re- quired skills for advisor approval. Introductory certificate classes teach basic computer system setup and operation, word processing, database, spreadsheet and presen- tation software skills, and the use of Internet, e-mail and electronic library services. Daytime, or evening classes are available and begin Jan. 25. Advanced certifi- cate courses focus on a hands-on, practical approach to develop pro- ficiency in technology to enhance teaching and learning. Classes be- ing offered this semester explore the educational technology design proces and Internet. Evening classes begin Jan. 20. For details, call Beverly Roupp at 855-5987. Announcement of Public Hearing Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education Capital Improvement Referendum The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, January 7, 1999, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Milton Middle School. The purpose of the hearing is to receive comment regarding the possibility of building two (2) new middle schools and adding an addition to H.O. Brittingham Elementary School. Groups such as the PTA, PTO, citizen groups, etc., will be given first opportunity to speak and may reserve a place on the speaker's agenda by contacting the Superintendent's Office three days prior to the meeting. Individuals will be given the second opportunity to speak. Individuals may reserve a place on the speaker's agenda by contacting the Superintendent's Office three days prior to the meeting. Others wishing to speak will be given the opportunity to speak on a first-come, first-served basis on the evening of the hearing and should register their interest to speak with the recording secretary the evening of the hearing. Written comments are welcome. Written com- ments received in the Superintendent's Office three days prior to the hear- ing will be duplicated in the exact form received and distributed to the Board of Education before the hearing. Sunday Hours: 8:30 AM-5:30 PM Located on Church Street in Rehoboth. Turn off Route One by Delaware National Bank and the Company Store. Must be 18 years of age to participate. Families are welcome! 1st Sunday of every month beginning January 3, 1999 Tel: 302-227.8018 May 2, 1999 Date: "A scholarship fund is available to help subsidize membership and/or program fees for those who demonstrate financial need.