Sussex Academy Weekly Update

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Middle School

Browseabout Book Fair:  December 10-12 from 9am-2pm in the SA Library Quiet Room.  Will feature young adult literature.

Grades 6-8:  MS Dress Down Day to benefit the Giving Tree. Friday, December 13.  Students can donate $1 to homeroom teacher (by December 12).  (Donations of $2 or more are greatly appreciated!!) dress down giving tree

Grades 6-8:  Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

    High School

      Grades 9-12:  Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

      Grades 9-12:
        World Language Student Showcase-March 14-Del Castle, DE.  Additional information to be released soon.

      Grades 11-12:  College Student Panel-January 7, 2020

      Grade 11:  All juniors are invited to sign up for a free full-length practice SAT on Saturday, January 25 from 8:30 - 1:00, sponsored by Revolution Prep.  At the end of the practice test, students will use their phones to instantly scan-and-score and get valuable feedback about strengths and weaknesses.  Juniors will be signing up for the test with Mrs. Fees during class visits this week and next week. The State of Delaware requires that all juniors take the SAT on Wednesday, March 4 at Sussex Academy.  Since these scores may be used for college, practice and prep are strongly encouraged!  See attached page for some suggested prep options (the SA prep class is full).Please note that after March 4, all SAT administrations occur on various Saturdays at another local high school.  Students will need to register at for the Saturday SAT (the State of Delaware registers them for the March 4 test).

      Grade 11: Senior Portraits.  May 12 and 13 from 8am-3:30 each day.  Middle School Gym.

      Grade 12:  Senior Trip MANDATORY Meeting-January 8, 2020-6pm-Room 208.

      Grade 12:
       Destination Celebration 8:30am-May 1






      School Information-Many ways to help those in need during the holiday season

      January Breakfast and Lunch:  Orders are open until December 16.

      Sussex Academy Open Enrollment:  
      Incoming 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th graders can apply online ( between November 4, 2019 and January 8, 2020.  School tours will be available on Tuesdays (November 5-January 7) between 9am-11am-by appointment only.  Appointments can be made by emailing  School tours will NOT be scheduled after January 7, 2020.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the school tour.

      Grade 9 Soup and Sock Drive:  Pop top soup cans and socks can be dropped off in homerooms until December 12.  The items are being collected for Code Purple.

      The Green Team Club Coat and Winter Gear Drive:  Donations of gently used coats, hats and gloves can be dropped of in Mrs. Sherman's room (201) until December 20.

      Supply Drive:  There are  bins  located in Mr. Schaefer's room and by the library. The cause is to support the Division of Substance and Abuse and Mental Health and those in need. Please donate any of the following. . .
      - Toohbrushes
      - Toothpaste
      - Body Wash
      - Shampoo
      - Deodorant

      The 20th Annual Giving Tree will run until December 13th. Each year our school 'adopts' families from our Sussex Academy community who are experiencing financial strain. We provide each family with a set of household items in the hopes that money otherwise devoted to those ‘needs’ could be used instead to provide a few ‘wants/wishes’ for the holidays. Trees are located in the Middle School wing near Mrs. McLaughlin's room/Phoenix hallway and Everest hallway near Mrs. Kay/Mr. Oliver’s rooms. Each tree is covered with paper 'leaves' listing typical household items – toilet paper, toothpaste, kitchen cleaner, batteries. Anyone interested may take a leaf and bring in that item to the designated boxes next to each tree. Cash/coin donations can also be given to Mrs. McLaughlin Room 605 or Mrs. Kay Room 404 . All monies raised will be used to purchase gift cards to further support our 'families.' Please contact Mrs. McLaughlin at if you are interested in making a larger donation or purchasing items in bulk. Throughout the years the support of this holiday program has brought unexpected joy and gratitude; please consider participating in whatever manner you can. Any questions please contact Mrs. McLaughlin  

      SGA Annual Food/Gift Drive:  9th and 10th Graders will be collecting non-perishable food items and dropping off in homerooms.  11th and 12th Graders will be collecting monetary donations.  The Drive ends on December 19 and each homeroom will provide gifts for 3 children.


      Interested in joining the SA PTO?  Please email

      Holiday Shop will be open during activity and lunch periods on December 11-13 and from 5pm-7pm during the basketball game on the 12th.  If you are available to help please sign up

      School Store Hours

      High School- on B Days during Activity Period

      Middle School- every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month during all MS lunches starting 11 am to 1 pm. In case Friday is no school, the store will be open one day before, meaning Thursday.

      Any questions or suggestions about the PTO please send an email to



      Sports Booster Club

      The 2019 Holiday Fundraiser:

      It is that time of year!!  Let the Holiday decorating begin!  Support the Sussex Academy Sports Boosters by purchasing your Fresh Holiday Wreaths and other items from Lynch Creek Farms.  
      This is a new vendor this year so be sure to check it out.   Sports Boosters will received 15% of all proceeds.  Orders can be placed online and the items are shipped directly to you.   You can even pick your deliver date!Lynch Creek Fundraiser_new
      Order directly via the link below:  

      Performing Arts Booster Club




      Countdown to Winter Break Raffle: Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets and will be sold during all lunch periods.  If you would like to purchase tickets (and not tell your student) you can send your money in to the front office to my attention (include a note with your raffle item selection).  We will do the drawing on the morning of December 19.  Raffle items include:

      Item 1

      Waves $100 Gift Card (hat, t-shirt & stickers)

      $50 Wawa Gift Card

      Item 2

      Sephora $30 Gift Card

      Specialty Updo-Village Salon & Spa

      Kylie Jenner Lip Collection (5 piece mini set)

      Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

      Two Faced Cocoa Contour Palette

      Item 3

      $100 Gift Card from Jostens

      (This can be used for the current junior class when ordering graduation items for next year OR for the current sophomore class when ordering class rings next year)

      Item 4


      Item 5

      Subway $15 Gift Card

      Panera Bread $15 Gift Card

      SoDel $50 Gift Card (Fish On, Bluecoast, Crust and Craft, Papa Grande’s Catch 54, Lupo, Matt’s Fish Camp, Northeast Seafood Kitchen, The Clubhouse at Baywood)

      Starbucks $15 Gift Card

      Chick-fil-a $10 Gift Card

      Lefty’s $50 Gift Card

      Item 6

      $100 Visa Card

      Please see our wish list SA_Wish List_1119  Donations can be made by sending a check to Sussex Academy or online at






      Sussex Academy Aquatic Center

      December Calendar Dec Calendar (12-07)

      For Aquatics Center information/registration for programs email


      Sussex Academy Sports

      Tuesday, December 10

      4/5:15pm - HS women's basketball at Woodbridge.  Bus departs 2:45pm

      4:30/5:45pm- HS men's basketball host Woodbridge.  

      Wednesday, December 11

      2pm - Indoor Track @ Worcester County Recreation Center.  Bus departs 12pm.   

      3:30pm HS Swimming at Lake Forest.  Bus departs 2pm.

      4/5:15pm - MS basketball at Woodbridge.  Bus departs 2:45pm.


      Thursday, December 12 

      4:30/5:45pm - HS women's basketball at Lake Forest.  Bus departs 3:15pm

      4/5:15pm - HS men's basketball host Lake Forest.  


      Friday, December 13

      3:30pm HS Swimming host Polytech.  

      4:30pm - HS women's basketball host Laurel.  Varsity only.

      4:30/5:45pm - HS men's basketball at Laurel.  Bus departs 3:15pm.


      Saturday, December 14 

      No events


      Sunday, December 15

       No events


      December 10, 11, 12, 2019-Browseabout Book Fair in the SA Library Quiet Room.  9am-2pm daily.

      December 11-13, 2019-PTO School Store Holiday Shop-Activity and Lunch Periods

      December 12, 2019-PTO School Store Holiday Shop-5 to 7pm (during basketball game)

      December 17, 2019-School Tours 9am-11am by appointment only

      December 17, 2019-MS Winter Concert-7pm

      December 18, 2019-HS Winter Concert-7pm

      December 20, 2019-Ugly Holiday Sweater Day (all students, faculty and staff)

      December 20, 2019-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

      December 23-31, 2019-School Closed-Winter Break

      January 1-3, 2020-School Closed-Winter Break

      January 7, 2020-College Panel for Juniors and Seniors

      January 7, 2020-Alumni Party-3:30pm-5:30pm

      January 8, 2020-Open Application Period Ends 4pm

      January 8, 2020-MANDATORY Senior Trip meeting-6pm-Room 208

      January 15-21, 2020-Senior Trip

      January 17, 2020-No School-In Service

      January 20, 2020-No School-Martin Luther King Day

      January 22, 2020-School Lottery 

      January 25, 2020-Practice SAT Test for Juniors-8:30am-1pm-SA

      January 31, 2020-Seahawk Showcase (NHS sponsored)

      February 3, 2020-No School-In Service 

      February 3, 2020-Open Enrollment Begins

      February 7 & 8, 2020-Student Theatre Production

      February 14, 2020-No School-In Service

      February 17, 2020-No School-President's Day

      March 4, 2020-SAT and PSAT Testing for grades 9-11

      March 6 & 7, 2020-Middle School Theatre Production

      March 13, 2020-No School-In Service

      March 13, 2020-Open Enrollment Ends

      March 20, 2020-Grandparents Day for 6th Grade

      March 27, 2020-No School-In Service

      April 4, 2020-Prom

      April 10-19, 2020-School Closed-Spring Break

      April 23, 2020-NHS Induction

      April 30, 2020-High School Theatre Production-Chicago

      May 1, 2020-Senior Destination Celebration

      May 1 & 2, 2020-High School Theatre Production-Chicago

      May 2, 2020-Sussex Academy 20th Anniversary Gala-6pm-Fort Miles Museum

      May 12, 2020-Class of 2021 Senior Pictures-8am-3:30pm-MS Gym

      May 13, 2020-Class of 2021 Senior Pictures-8am-3:30pm-MS Gym

      May 19-20, 2020-Spring Concerts

      May 22, 2020-No School

      May 25, 2020-No School-Memorial Day

      May 26, 2020-Athletic Awards

      May 27, 2020-Last Day for Seniors

      May 29, 2020-Commencement (pending)

      June 10, 2020-Last Day-12:55pm Early Dismissal

      Sussex Academy Executive Board Meetings

      The Sussex Academy Executive Board meetings are scheduled for 4pm in the Sussex Academy conference room. The meetings are public and Sussex Academy families are invited to attend

      December 18, 2019

      January 22, 2020

      February 19, 2020

      March 18, 2020

      April 22, 2020

      May 20, 2020

      June 17, 2020

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