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NCC Vo-Tech Schools open for students on Monday, August 29! Look for specific days for different grades on individual school websites.  Parent Night for all schools is Thursday, Sept. 22. Annual Open House is Sunday, Nov. 6.
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Students from NCC Vo-Tech dominated the annual summer program at the University of Delaware for budding entrepreneurs. EntrePrep Summer Institute is sponsored by the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship and enables high school students to design and operate their own business during the week as a way to gain valuable real-business experience. To read a local article on the camp, visit:
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image2Delcastle Technical High School hosted 99 – that’s right, 99 – middle school students in late June for the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District Summer Career Camp. Campers chose between the “Build Your Future” Construction Trades Camp and the “Increase Your App-Etite” Information Technology Camp, where they spent four days trying out high tech tools, making projects, programming, and deconstructing computers. To read a local article on the camp, visit: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2016/06/23/tech-and-trade-summer-camp-readies-kids-careers/86244228

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The Delaware Senate approved the appointment of Gerald Allen, NCC Vo-Tech Director of Personnel and School Operations, to a 3-year term on the Delaware Professional Standards Board at a confirmation hearing on May 11. Mr. Allen was recommended by Gov. Jack Markell. The mission of the board, which is comprised of school teachers, administrators, school board members and parents, is to assure competence and promote excellence among professional educators to meet the needs of the community of learners in the state.

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The 2017 NCC Vo-Tech Summer Career Camp will be hosted June 20-23 at Delcastle Technical High School for rising 7th and 8th grade students who live in New Castle County. Students can choose between the Construction Technologies Camp, Build Your Future!, or the Information Technology Camp, Increase Your App-Etite!.
Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and includes school bus transportation. For a registration form and more information, visit http://www.nccvt.k12.de.us/career-programs/summer-career-camp
Camp will fill quickly, so register as soon as possible!
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Delcastle, Hodgson, Howard, and St. Georges made it into the Top 10 list of Delaware high schools with the best food, according to the Niche K12 Annual Ratings survey. St. Georges was ranked 63 out of the Top 100 schools in the nation! The rating provides a comprehensive assessment of the food offered by public high schools, and takes into account key factors such as the average expenses per student, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the quality of the food. See full article here

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DE Secretary of Education Steve Godowsky will honor 83 top students from the Class of 2016 at the annual Secretary of Education Scholars banquet April 25. The students’ accomplishments will be celebrated by some of the state’s political and education leaders, who will be joined by their families, district superintendents, heads of charter schools and principals. Students are selected by their principals based on both their academic records and community service.

Students from NCC Vo-Tech are: Amoi Miller, Sasha Reddy and Jonathan Wright from Delcastle; Ayana Brown and James Fitzgerald from Hodgson; Jeremiah Bluntson and Eric Nahe from Howard; and Anthony Immediato, Brandon Kuligowski and Jennifer Vorn from St. Georges.

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5K4A5401John F. Lynch, Jr., a member of the NCC Vo-Tech School District Board of Education for 33 years, received the Delaware School Boards Association 2016 Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s annual dinner on April 13. Lynch is likely the longest-serving member of a public school board in Delaware history.

Currently serving as board vice president, he was board president from 1992-2014, and was first appointed to the board in 1983 by Gov. Pierre S. duPont. Over the years, he has led many initiatives and helped transform the district into a nationally recognized education system.

“I don’t think I should receive credit for the years of accomplishments made by all the great folks we have in NCC Vo-Tech School District,” Lynch said. “…I am just one more person trying to help a great educational system do its job.”

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From: NCC Vo-Tech School District Superintendent Vicki Gehrt, the NCC Vo-Tech Board of Education,and Howard Principal Stanley Spoor:

Today was a difficult day for the Howard school community, and we are most thankful to report that our students were able to experience a day of collective care, support, and instruction amid their emotions and grief regarding the death of classmate Amy Joyner-Francis. Her family and friends remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Student attendance today was strong, with 90% of the students present.

Meetings for Howard parents, and not for the general public, have been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, both beginning at 7 p.m. in the Howard auditorium. Tuesday is for parents of students in grades 10 and 11; Wednesday is for parents of students in grades 9 and 12. We have scheduled two nights in order to accommodate the number of parents who may wish to participate. The auditorium only holds 650, and we have more than 900 students. This is not a public meeting, and parents will be signed in at the door.

The Howard community has received an outpouring of offers of help, support, and resources, and for that we are grateful. Howard students and staff have greatly benefited from the expressions of concern. As the days and weeks progress, we will surely reach out to utilize many of those resources. We have a full complement of assistance at this time. For any additional offers of help, we ask that you contact the NCC Vo-Tech Office of the Superintendent at 302-995-8050.

In order to address negative and speculative communications being posted on social media sites, we must again reiterate that we have no further information to share regarding the initial altercation, as it is still under investigation by the Wilmington Police Department. We cannot control the timeline of that work. We ask the community to respectfully consider that fact.

Please note that students are off on Tuesday in observance of the Delaware Primary Election, and will return on Wednesday to continue a regular schedule.


Kathy K. Demarest, Public Information Office

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It is with great sorrow that we must report that a Howard High School of Technology student died today at AI DuPont Hospital as the result of injuries she sustained from an altercation this morning at the school.

This is not only an unspeakable tragedy for her family, but also for the school, and the entire community.

We express our prayers and deepest sympathy to her family, who need your support and sensitivity at this time.

These are the details we can provide at this time:

  • A few female students were involved in a physical altercation at approximately 8:15 am this morning, in a main floor girls bathroom, just at the time classes began for the day.
  • A 16-year-old female was seriously injured. No weapons were involved.
  • Emergency services were contacted and were on the scene within minutes.
  • The student was airlifted to AI duPont Hospital by helicopter, where she later died at the hospital from her injuries.
  • Wilmington Police are currently conducting an investigation.
  • We have sent automated calls to all parents of Howard students throughout the day to keep them informed, and will continue to do so.
  • As this is an ongoing investigation of the Wilmington Police Department, further information and details will be provided by them.

We are shaken but stand ready to provide support and care to the family, to Howard students and staff, and to all of those affected by this senseless act. We ask that you do the same.

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