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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (N/AIDHC) hosted 100 teachers and staff from St. Georges Technical High School for a staff professional development day in late August. New Castle County Vo-Tech School Board President Yvette Santiago is the Nemours’ Director of Operations for Delaware Valley Government Relations, and in that role, works to create opportunities for student learning. The St. Georges’ visit was focused on building literacy across all spectrums of career and academic content areas. Staff members were divided into three groups for tours in the morning based on their career and academic focus: the Construction and Facilities Trades group toured the new hospital building, main electrical room and central utility plant; the Culinary and Hospitality group toured the Sodexo dining area, their main retail and production kitchen and the patient production kitchen; the Allied Health Fields group toured the Emergency Department and the Center for Sports Medicine. In the afternoon, the faculty viewed the Resilience documentary, which highlights the impact of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress on health.

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Did you know that employment opportunities in all aspects of the construction and mechanical fields are among the fastest growth sectors in the economy? High-paying jobs are abundant to those who enter the skilled trades. To hear about these opportunities, the needs of local employers, and how NCC Vo-Tech students are preparing to enter the workforce, watch the video presentation below!

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School begins Monday, August 28th, in all four NCC Vo-Tech high schools, but each school has different grades attending on August 28th and August 29th. See below:

Grades 9 and 12 attend at Delcastle, Howard, and St. Georges on August 28th.

Grades 9 and 10 attend at Hodgson on August 28th.

Grades 10 and 11 attend at Delcastle, Howard, and St. Georges on August 29th.

Grades 11 and 12 attend at Hodgson on August 29th.

All grades (9 through 12) attend at all schools on Wednesday, August 30th.

Schools are closed on Friday, September 1st. Schools and Offices are closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.

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Below is the proposed new board policy #219 Physical Restraint in accordance with 14 Del. C. §4112 F available at:


Please note this policy is a Department of Education requirement.

The Board of Education at its meeting on July 24th approved to have the proposed new policy posted for a public notice period with the intention of being considered for approval at the August 28th board meeting. Please email any comments or concerns regarding policy #219 Physical Restraint to the address below:

NCCVT District Office

1417 Newport Road

Wilmington, DE 19804

ATTN: Michele Marra

All comments and concerns need to be postmarked no later than August 18, 2017. Thank you.

#219 Physical Restraint

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Wilmington Mayor, Mike Purzycki has awarded $30,000 in academic scholarships to twenty-four high school seniors, six of whom are NCC Vo-Tech graduates! A ceremony was held on Thursday, July 6, in the City Council Chambers for the students and their families. Each graduate became eligible for the Mayor’s award by being a Wilmington resident, attaining a 2.5 GPA or better, demonstrating service and leadership, writing an essay and providing references, among other requirements.

Scholarship Recipients:

From St. Georges, Jaelyn DeJesus won a $2,000 scholarship.

From Delcastle, Tamia Abuwi won a $1,750 scholarship; Maya Knox-St. Paul and Nikai Morales each won a $1,000 scholarship.

From Hodgson, Kenanna Hill and Derek Stanford each won $1,000 scholarship.

“It is one of the greatest pleasures of my job to be able to support young people who are eager to continue their education goals and rank among the City’s best and brightest. It is an honor for me to be with them and their families,” said Mayor Purzycki.

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NCC Vo-Tech students brought home the medals and the recognition from the National SkillsUSA conference held in late June in Louisville, Kentucky. Sarah Buehler, a 2017 graduate of the Delcastle Technical High School Sheet Metal Fabrication program, took first place in the Sheet Metal competition. Tyler Lord, a 2017 graduate of St. Georges Technical High School HVAC program, won second place in the HVAC competition. Howard’s Kimani Jackson, also in the Class of 2017, was selected to sing the National Anthem at the conference opening, before more than 15,000 students, teachers, and business partners who attended from across the country.

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The Delaware Chief School Officers Association (DCSOA) has named long-time Delaware educator and NCC Vo-Tech Superintendent Vicki Gehrt as the 2017-18 Delaware School Superintendent of the Year. She will represent Delaware at the annual school superintendents association conference in Nashville in February when the National Superintendent of the Year will be announced.

“Dr. Gehrt is a highly valued colleague and a leader. Not only does she advocate for what is best for Delaware’s students, schools and teachers, she is focused on the State’s long-term economic prosperity by ensuring a well-educated workforce,” said Dr. Matt Burrows, President of DCSOA and Superintendent of the Appoquinimink School District.

Gehrt has been the NCC Vo-Tech Superintendent since August 2011. Prior to that, she was assistant superintendent of Kennett (PA) Consolidated School District from 2006 to 2011, and served for five years as superintendent of the Bensalem (PA) Township School District. Previous to her time as a school leader in Pennsylvania, she spent 30 years as a Delaware educator, starting first as a teacher in the Appoquinimink School District before joining the NCC Vo-Tech district, where she worked for 22 years serving as an assistant principal, director of instructional services, and assistant superintendent. She also served as an interim superintendent for the Brandywine School District in 2000.

Gehrt earned her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Delaware, where she was named Outstanding Education Alumni of the Year in 1995. She has been an adjunct professor in both the masters and doctoral programs at Wilmington University.

Gehrt said she is most proud of her ability to move school districts forward with improvements in student achievement and in closing achievement gaps. She has also been instrumental in facilitating and encouraging the use of technology as an integral instructional tool for all learners. She was one of the four superintendents that helped spearhead the BRINC Consortium, an organization of Delaware school districts that focuses on personalized and blended learning, access to technology, and collaboration.

She has served as President of the DCSOA and is a member of the Longwood Rotary Club, serving as its Secretary. She is a member of the New Castle County Chamber and the Delaware State Chamber, serving on its Partnership Board. She is a member of the Delaware Pathways Steering Committee, serves on the Kennett Education Foundation board, and is Chairperson of the Jinishian Memorial Program that provides financial support to serve needy Armenians in the Middle East.

“I am proud to represent not only the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District, but also the thousands of educators across the state as the Superintendent of the Year,” said Gehrt. “Public education faces many challenges, from policy changes to funding concerns. As school leaders, it is our responsibility to quiet the noise, set high expectations, then assure that our teachers have the resources necessary to teach, so our students can learn,” she said. “Like all of my fellow Delaware educators, I am committed to working together and sharing best practices to benefit all of the students we serve.”

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