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Welding torches, electrical switches, drills, hammers, copper tubing, sheet metal, pipe fittings, and the all important safety glasses were components of campers’ week at Built Your Future, the NCC Vo-Tech Summer Construction Camp for middle school students held in late June.

Hosted by Delcastle Technical High School, 75 students from across New Castle County used the tools of the construction trades to make projects in different disciplines such as carpentry, electrical trades, HVAC, plumbing, sheet metal fabrication, and welding. Associated Builders and Contractors of Delaware members donated construction materials for activities that were led by construction trades teachers from NCC Vo-Tech career programs.

Construction camp girls

Construction camp boys

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More than 60 teachers from Delcastle, Hodgson, Howard, and St. Georges, have fanned out throughout New Castle County this summer conducting Freshman Home Visits with the families of 1,300 incoming 9th grade students.

The program is designed to welcome students and their families to the school district, provide information, and begin to establish the vital parent partnership which is so important in supporting a high school student’s education experience. An additional goal of the program is to help students and parents make the transition to the high school environment. Parents and students have the opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed, informal setting without having to attend a group meeting at the school. Feedback from parents has been extremely positive. “The fact that they take the time to come and visit us tells me the school is serious about wanting to include parents, and that they really care about my child,” said one Howard parent. “It is a good way to start off.”

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Howard High School of Technology is one of 15 schools from across Delaware to win honors as a 2014 Reward and Recognition school for exceptional student performance as measured by the state assessments. Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy announced the winning schools on Nov. 18 in three separate celebration events, one in each county.

Howard hosted the New Castle County event, where principals from Brader, Wilson, and West Park Place elementary schools in the Christina School District, and Newark Charter and Odyssey Charter schools accepted awards on behalf of their schools. Howard Principal Stan Spoor said he was proud to accept the honor, which comes with a $50,000 unrestricted prize for the school.


Howard students and staff, along with Secretary of Education Mark Murphy (left), School Board member Madeline Johnson (center), Howard Principal Stan Spoor, and School District Superintendent Vicki Gehrt (right) pose with the Recognition School Award banner.

“I am sorry if I sound like I am bragging, but when it comes to our teachers and students, I can’t brag enough!” Spoor said that the school’s achievements start with a committed faculty. “Their energy, enthusiasm, and passion is infectious and inspires everyone around them,” Spoor said. “Our students have bought in to the importance of achievement. Their performance is evidence of their commitment to their education.”

Howard is one of only 2 high schools among this year’s 15 winning schools. St. Georges was named a Recognition School in 2013, and Delcastle won in 2011

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Conversation on Social Media & Children with Patricia Dailey Lewis

Conversation with Brian Mitchell and Ashley Sorenson of Howard High School of Technology

Conversation with Howard and St. Georges students about their vo-tech experience.

Conversation with Nicole Bowe, St. Georges’ Teacher of the Year.

Conversation with Nick Mottola, Supervisor of Nutrition Services.

View past videos by clicking the links below.

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Barclays Bank is sponsoring a college-themed motivational event for the entire Howard student body on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27 and 28, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Howard Takes the MIC: Motivate Inspire Change offers a half day of activities (each grade level participates in a half-day session) which include presentations from college admissions officers, an Alumni Advice panel, and one-to-one mentoring from hundreds of Barclays employees. Olympic Gold Medalist Anthuan Maybeck is the featured speaker for each session.

Dr. Spoor observes Mr. Sajed discussing college plans with a Howard student.

Dr. Spoor observes Mr. Sajed discussing college plans with a Howard student.

This event is part of Barclays’ global Make a Difference initiative committed to reaching 5 million youth to help them succeed. Barclays has representatives on Howard’s Academy of Business and Finance Career Advisory Board, and serves as a co-op site for Academy students.

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The Back Story:  An education reporter from US News and World Report  contacted NCC Vo-Tech School District and said, “I am doing a story on vo-tech programs and your school district came up as one that has been successful.”

Now that’s a great way to start a conversation!

To read the story, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2014/10/20/vocational-high-school-programs-an-option-for-teens

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NCC Vo-Tech’s Annual Open House events at Delcastle, Hodgson, Howard, and St. Georges will be Sunday, Nov. 2 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Meet academic and career instructors, tour the schools, talk with current students who will share their own success stories!  Applications will be available Nov. 3 for 8th grade students seeking admission for 9th grade.

Postcard OH 2014

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HVT IM students Carney

Delcastle teachers from the Construction/Mechanical/Transportation career programs along with Hodgson’s Academy of Manufacturing and Industrial Mechanics/Millwright programs joined regional employers for a night of information exchange Sept. 24 for a “Blue Tech” Fair, sponsored by Delaware Congressman John Carney.


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JoePro20StarfishJoe Pro, the district technology support specialist who manages the district computer service help desk, received the district Starfish Award at last night’s school board meeting. The Starfish Award candidates are nominated by coworkers, and should be employees who demonstrate efforts that go above and beyond, those whose contributions make an extraordinary difference. (more…)

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