Sussex Academy Weekly Update

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Middle School

Grades 6-8: This is a reminder that all students in grades 6-8 will be involved in Smarter Balanced Testing from April 10 – May 23.  A letter was sent home in January to inform you of the following testing dates: 

 Grade 8:   April 10 – 18 (math and ELA), May 20 – 23 (science)

Grade 7:   April 30 – May 17 (math, ELA, social studies)

Grade 6:   May 9 – May 17 (math and ELA)

 Please assist us in helping your child to perform their very best by avoiding scheduling appointments during the testing times listed.   Students who miss a testing session will be required to make-up the test at another date or time.

    The Middle School Science Department is looking for parents and friends who are willing to assist as judges on the day of the Middle School Science Symposium (May 2 from 3 to 5 pm).  Times could be adjusted to accommodate your schedule.  No experience is necessary!  If interested, please contact your student's science teacher or email

    High School

      Grades 9-11:  SAHS is once again sponsoring a Summer College Tour!  If your child is even somewhat interesting in attending this enriching and fun experience, please complete the survey with your child so that your input can be used to plan the trip.  Please contact Debbie Fees ( with questions.  Link to Google Docs survey: 

      Grade 9:
       9th Grade Game Night Fundraiser-May 16 (PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE) from 6-9pm in the middle school multipurpose room.  Parents are needed to support this event.  Volunteers, and donations of prizes and refreshments are needed.  If you can help, please email Carly Miller or Sally Cole

      JUNIOR CLASS FUNLAND FUNDRAISER!!!!  We are kicking off a fundraiser for the junior class to sell Funland tickets. The cost for the tickets is the same as if they were purchased at Funland, but SA gets to keep 20% of the money. The sales goal for each student is to sell 5 books of tickets (they are available in packs of 50 or 100). Order forms will be distributed on April 18 to 11th grade homerooms. Please the turn in the bottom of your order form and money (cash or check) to Mrs. Messina or Mrs. Moore by Friday, May 3rd. Tickets will be delivered to you the next week in time for Funland's opening weekend!

      Grade 11:  The Class Fundraiser, Jungle Jims reduced priced tickets will be held from April 1-April 30.  Tickets will be distributed on May 28.  The proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit their prom, senior gift and senior trip.  

      Grade 11: The School Day SAT is over, and scores will be sent to the students' College Board accounts in about 3-4 weeks.  It is recommended that all college-bound juniors take the SAT two or three times.  Students must self-register for all future SAT's through  Deadline is May 3 to register for the Saturday June 1 SAT.  Sussex Academy is not a testing site for Saturday SAT's.  Fee waivers are available for families who qualify for lunch benefits; students should see Mrs. Fees for a code before registering.

      Grade 11:  Class of 2020 Senior Portraits will be taken on May 28 and 29 at Sussex Academy

      Grade 12:  Commencement is scheduled for 6pm on May 31 in the cafetorium.  A 2019 Graduation Ticket Request Form has been emailed and is due to homeroom teachers by 3pm on April 30.  If you did not receive the email, please contact Gina Derrickson at







      School Information

      Know anyone with AutoCad Skills:  We are looking for someone to help with the Balloons Over Sussex event.  If you know of someone, please have them contact Gina Derrickson


      May 24, 2019 School is closed

      June 3, 2019 All Grades dismissed at 12:55pm

      June 4, 2019 All Grades dismissed at 12:55pm

      June 5, 2019 All Grades dismissed at 12:55pm

      June 6, 2019 All Grades dismissed at 12:55pm (Last day for grades 6, 7, 9, 10, 11)

      June 7, 2019 Moving Up Ceremony for Grade 8-9am

      Looking to Borrow Trees and Plants:
       SA is looking for trees/plants/flowers for stage decorations for commencement (May 31) and gym decorations for our 8th grade moving up ceremony (June 7).  If you (or someone you know) is available to lend the school these items, please email

      Sussex Academy FaceBook Page:  Please keep in mind that FB is blocked in the school building.  If you are in need of information, please contact the school directly and do note send a FB message. 

      Parent Pick Up:If picking up a student before 4pm please use main entrance location. If pick up time is after 4pm please use the gymnasium entrance in the back of the school.  PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL STUDENTS NOT PARTICIPATING IN A SUPERVISED AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY MUST BE PICKED UP BY 3:30PM.  ANY STUDENT WAITING FOR PICK UP AFTER 3:30PM IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND AFTER SCHOOL CARE.

      Bus/Parent Pick Up Changes:  Please call the main office (302) 856-3636 by 2pm to request a change to your student’s end of the day transportation.



      The PTO  is still selling discount cards! Ask at front desk how you can purchase some!! $10.00 per card.
      Participating Businesses

      Bella Capri-Georgetown 

      Bethany Beach Books-Bethany 

      Bella Terra Landscapes-Ellendale

      Waves Car Wash-Lewes

      Nicolas Pizza-Rehoboth 

      Sweet Frog-Rehoboth 




      Sweet Serenity-Seaford


      TSS Smith & Sons Produce-Bridgeville

      Frozen Farmers-Bridgeville 

      J & J Bagels-Georgetown 

      Amity Cafe- Greenwood

      Dairy Queen-Millsboro 


      Dicks Sporting Goods 


      The School Store is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:20-2:45 pm and select Fridays for all lunches 

      HS Students: can wear spirit wear over uniform Monday-Thursday, Fridays Any Spirit wear-Athletic Apparel-School Store Apparel, with their uniform bottoms

      MS Students: Fridays Any Spirit wear-Athletic Apparel-School Store Apparel, with their uniform bottoms

      A Paint Nite is scheduled for May 30-details will be provided soon!

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



      Sports Booster Club



      Annual Appeal: WE NEED $23,000 TO MEET OUR $60,000 GOAL!! PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A CONTRIBUTION TODAY. The 2018-2019 Sussex Academy Annual Appeal will run until June 28, 2019.  All funds raised from this year’s Appeal will be applied to the purchase and/or upgrade of school technology.  With all middle school and high school students utilizing computers, this is a very important campaign.  Please send contribution, IN ANY AMOUNT, to Sussex Academy, 21150 Airport Road, Georgetown, DE 19947, attention Gina Derrickson or make an online contribution at

      Jungle Jim's Discounted Tickets:  The Class of 2020 will be selling reduced Jungle Jim's Tickets (42" or taller) for $28 each.  Sales will run until April 30.  See attachment for details. Please contact an SA Junior or email to purchase your tickets! Class 2020 Fundraiser

      Sussex Academy Pop Sockets:
      can be purchased for $5 each at the front desk. 






      Sussex Academy Aquatic Center

      For Aquatics Center information/registration for programs email

      Spring Break Swim Camp-April 22-26 for ages 4 to 12. Camps run 10am to 2pm with an option for extended hours. Please email for details and pricing. 2019 Spring Break SPLASH Camp-7

      Lifeguard Certification and Lifeguard Recertification Classes:  next class is scheduled for April 26.  Please email for additional information and registration. April Lifeguard Certification Class 2019

      Sussex Academy Sports

      Wednesday, April 17

      3:30pm Volleyball open gym if space available

      4pm MS Soccer @ Woodbridge.  Bus departs 2:45pm.

      4pm MS boy’s Lax host Smyrna.

      4pm MS girl’s Lax @ Smyrna. Bus departs 2:15pm.

      4pm JV Baseball @ Polytech.  Bus departs 2pm.

      6pm Sports Booster meeting in weight room.


      Thursday, April 18 

      4pm HS women's JV Lacrosse host Lake Forest on Turf 1.

      4pm men's Tennis at Dover.  Bus departs 2pm.

      4pm women's Tennis host Dover @ Village of 5 Points.  Bus departs 2:30pm.

      4:15pm Baseball vs McKean @ Sports @ the Beach.  Bus departs 2:45pm.

      5pm HS women's Soccer @ Woodbridge. Bus departs 3:15pm.

      5pm HS men's Lax @ Woodbridge. Bus departs 3:15pm.

      Friday, April 19

      No Events


      Saturday, April 20 

      No Events


      Sunday, April 21

      No Events




      April 19-28, 2019-No School-Spring Break

      May 1, 2019-Senior Destination Celebration-8:30am

      May 2, 2019-Sports Booster Club Meeting-6:30pm

      May 16, 2019-9th Grade Game Night Fundraiser-6-9pm

      May 24, 2019-No School

      May 27, 2019-No School-Memorial Day

      May 28, 2019-Class of 2020 Senior Portraits-SA

      May 29, 2019-Class of 2020 Senior Portraits-SA

      May 30, 2019-PTO Paint Nite

      May 31, 2019-Commencement-6pm

      June 3, 2019-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

      June 4, 2019-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

      June 4, 2019-Incoming 6th Grade Orientation-1:30-3:30pm

      June 5, 2019-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

      June 6, 2019-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

      June 7, 2019-Moving Up Ceremony for Grade 8-9am

      June 28, 2019-Last Day to Contribute to the SA Annual Appeal

      July 1-5, 2019-School Closed

      July 12, 2019-School Closed

      July 19, 2019-School Closed

      July 26, 2019-School Closed

      August 2, 2019-School Closed

      August 9, 2019-School Closed

      August 16, 2019-School Closed

      August 26, 2019-First Day of School for Grades 6 and 9

      August 27, 2019-First Day of School for Grades 7, 8, 10, 11, 12

      August 30, 2019-School Closed

      September 2, 2019-School Closed-Labor Day

      September 14-15, 2019-Balloons Over Sussex

      September 16, 2019-No School-In Service Day

      September 18, 2019-Middle School Open House

      September 19, 2019-High School Open House

      September 30, 2019-School Pictures for Middle School and High School

      October 11, 2019-No School-In Service Day

      October 12, 2019-Treasures in Trunks (Fundraiser)

      October 19, 2019-School Choice Open House

      October 21, 2019-No School-In Service Day

      October 25, 2019-Middle School Monster Mash

      November 1, 2019-Homecoming

      November 2, 2019-Homecoming Dance

      November 4, 2019-Open Application Period Begins 

      November 8, 2019-No School-Inservice Day

      November 11, 2019-No School-Veterans Day

      November 14-17, 2019-Fall Theatre Production

      November 15, 2019-Make Up Picture Day for Middle School and High School

      November 25-29, 2019-No School-Fall Break

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

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

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

      January 8, 2020-Open Application Period Ends

      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 for Grades 6 & 9

      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

      May 15, 2019

      June 19, 2019

      September 18, 2019

      October 16, 2019

      November 20, 2019

      January 22, 2020

      February 19, 2020

      March 18, 2020

      April 22, 2020

      May 20, 2020

      June 17, 2020

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