Sussex Academy Weekly Update

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Middle School

Grades 6-8:   Wednesday, 10/17: Tourist Day; Thursday, 10/18: Athlete or "Math"-lete Day; Friday, 10/19: Color Wars (6-Red, 7-Blue, 8-Purple)

Grades 6-8:  Middle School Monster Mash Carnival.  October 19.  6:30-9pm in Middle School multi purpose room.  Ticket are $5-will include game tickets and can be purchased during middle school lunches on October 17, 18, 19.  Volunteers and donations are needed:

Grades 6-8: 
Students who have significant community service are encouraged to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.  Go to for application and directions.  Students must submit completed application to Mrs. Fees no later than November 6 to be considered for our school's nomination.  Students then compete at the state and national levels for monetary awards up to $5000. 

Grade 7: Talented 7th graders and their families are encouraged to attend the Academic Challenge Information night on October 29 at 5:30 pm at Del Tech in the Carter Partnership Center, room 529.  This county-wide program helps to provide accelerated programs in math and English beginning in 8th grade.  A flyer will be sent home with all students next week.

High School

Grades 9-12:Service Learning Trip to Dominican Republic April 2019 A few slots are still available. Contact Señor Smith for info:

Grades 9-12:  Wednesday, 10/17: Tourist Day; Thursday, 10/18: Athlete or "Math"-lete Day; Friday, 10/19: Color Wars (9- green; 10- yellow; 11- pink; 12- white). Don't forget the homecoming games and bonfire!!
Saturday, 10/20: Dance in cafetorium from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale for $20 each on Monday, Oct. 8 during lunch. Student must have a completed guest form (available on school website) and copy of photo ID to buy a ticket for a guest. SA students may buy tickets at the door.

Grades 9-12: Parents are invited to hear guest speaker Peter van Buskirk, former college admissions officer, speak to our students about college admissions on October 31 from 9:30 - 10:30 and/or 1:30 - 2:30. The morning presentation focuses on college goals and how to reach them; the afternoon session dives into the admissions process.  His presentations should be lively and insightful!

Grades 9-12: Students who have significant community service are encouraged to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.  Go to for application and directions.  Students must submit completed application to Mrs. Fees no later than November 6 to be considered for our school's nomination.  Students then compete at the state and national levels for monetary awards up to $5000. 

Grades 9-12: A College Financial Planning workshop will be held on November 14 at 6:30 in room 306.  The Delaware Charter School Network is sponsoring an education financial planner to give tips and advice to help save and pay for college.  Free one-on-one appointments can be scheduled later for those who attend.

Grade 12: All seniors and their parents will need to submit the FAFSA (available at to receive any kind of financial aid.  If you would like help completing this form, SA is hosting a FAFSA Completion workshop on November 27 at 6:30. The experts at Stand By Me Delaware will be available to help you confidentially complete this important form. RSVP link will be provided, and you will need to bring specific information with you.  

 Grade 12: To help celebrate your senior's success and milestones, we are offering an opportunity for you to create a recognition ad in this year's yearbook.  This opportunity allows you to create an ad that will be part of your student's final SA yearbook celebrating your pride in your student's success as a graduating member of the 2019 Class.  Please visit to show your pride and support our school at the same time.  The last day to order is November 30.  If you have questions, you can contact Ms. Mews, yearbook advisor.  


School Information

The Sussex Academy Strategic Planning Committee invites you to attend a Town Hall Meeting to explore the Idea for Excellence, Growth and the Evolution of Sussex Academy.

The Schedule for the Town Hall Meetings:

Wednesday, October 24      6:15-7:45pm          Rehoboth Beach Library

Monday, October 29                               6:15-7:45pm          Laurel Library

Tuesday, October 30                             6:15-7:45pm          Milford Library

Tuesday, November 13                          7:15-8:45pm          Sussex Academy

Thursday, November 15                         6:15-7:45pm          South Coastal Library (Bethany Beach)

HOMECOMING 2018:  Chaperones needed! The Homecoming dance is Saturday, October 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Sussex Academy cafetorium. Please contact Sara Messina to volunteer to chaperone at  We also need refreshments for the dance.  Please sign up here

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.

Sussex Academy Outreach:  Sussex Academy Open Application period is November 5, 2018 to January 10, 2019.  If you would like to help distribute information about these dates to your church, service organizations, family, friends, colleagues…please email

Refreshment Committee:  Families we are looking for a committee that will help provide special occasion refreshments. Throughout the year Mr. Anderson will host breakfast,  lunch, or meetings with student groups and/or special guests.  Our goal is to be able to reach out to our Refreshment Committee to provide the food for these occasions.  Food can be purchased, homemade, paid for with a gift card. If you have interest in helping please email Once a committee has been created-additional information will be provided.

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.


Big Thanks to all that came out for Paint Night on Thursday Evening.  The PTO raised over $400.00.  Pictures will be posted soon. Thank you to the Crooked Hammock and Paint Nite for holding a fun event!

 Hurry UP!! Spirit Wear Store closes on October 17!  Orders can be placed on line at or you can turn in the order form that was emailed home on October 11.  These items are only offered 2 times a year!

 The School Store Is Open on Tuesday and Thursdays during Clubs (2:20-2:50) and Fridays during lunch periods.  We have amazing new items for sale including apparel, accessories, and school supplies!  

 We held our first Parent PTO Meeting 9/26/18 and will be contacting all those interested in assisting on committees! We look forward to a wonderful and successful year!



Sports Booster Club

Last week - we talked about the heavy lifting in Sports Boosters, and how we need help from all of the parents who have kids participating in high school sports. That hasn't changed! Still need the help. Tick tock. 

But it's time to hand out some Kudos for this Fall so far!   It's not an exhaustive list, but it's a good start!

  • Mums Maven - Lori Alvarez - for making sure all of the orders were logged, vouchers printed and distributed. Priceless help.
  • Horsey Heroes - Lisa Kwan, Suzayn Mooney, Elizabeth Curry, Leigh Ann Burke - getting people to turn their unsold tickets in is not a glamorous job (let alone getting people to sell them!) Plus, props to Jason Moshier, Stacie Loftus and Kristy Anthony for spending the better part of a Saturday afternoon at the OC Inlet selling tickets to meet our volunteer requirements for the year.
  • Sports Program Superstar - Steve Bastianelli - he takes all the pictures. ALL OF THEM! This is in addition to his day job! BOOM!
  • Concessions Champions - shout out to Lisa Kwan, Suzayn Mooney, Leigh Ann Burke again - along with Lori Ewing - who have gone ABOVE AND BEYOND their roles to make sure concessions is bringing in the cash for the kids in Field Hockey, Soccer and Volleyball. And a really big round of applause if you worked more than a couple of the shifts or donated food items. We need more of that. From everyone.

TA DA! Fall Sports Programs have arrived. And they look awesome. Want one? An Alexander Hamilton will get you your very own copy. That's $10 for those who didn't understand that reference. Pick them up at the concessions stands, Mr. Bastianelli's office, year-end banquets or whenever you see a Sports Boosters person walking around (just kidding, don't do that last one). They are great keepsakes and grandparents love them, just saying. Quantities are limited, so first come first serve!

Out of Gas. This update is due a day earlier than we thought, so that's all we got! Don't forget, the next meeting is October 24th at 6 p.m. in the weight room next to the gym.

We lied. One last thing. Go to the Homecoming games on the 19th!!!!! Peace.



Annual Appeal: The 2018-2019 Sussex Academy Annual Appeal will run until June 30, 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

Fall Fling: 
The Sussex Academy Foundation will host Fall Fling on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 6-10pm at the Nassau Valley Vineyards.  The event will include country line dancing (with instructor), dinner catered by Bethany Blues, raffles, auctions, fire pit and more! Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple and can be purchased by sending a check to the school or ordering online at

Sussex Academy Aquatic Center

For Aquatics Center information/registration for programs email


Sussex Academy Sports

Tuesday, October 16 'Fictional Character Day'

4pm HS Varsity Soccer host Delmarva Christian.

4pm HS Varsity Field Hockey @ Sussex Central.  Bus departs 2:45pm. Return approx. 5:30pm.  

5:15pm HS JV Field Hockey host Laurel.  *follows Delmarva Christian vs Laurel varsity game on 2nd turf field. 

4/5:30pm HS Volleyball @ Cape Henlopen. Bus departs 3pm. Return approx. 7:30pm.  (JV followed by varsity)


Wednesday, October 17 'Tourist Day'

4pm HS Cross Country host Sussex Central & Sussex Tech. 

4pm MSoccer host Delmar.

4pm MField Hockey host Delmar.

4pm MVolleyball host Millsboro.

Thursday, October 18 - 'Athlete/Mathlete Day'

3:45pm HS Varsity Field Hockey @ Dickinson.  Bus departs 1pm. Return approx. 7:30pm. 


Friday, Ocotober 19 - 'Color Day'  Purple (Grade 8), Blue (Grade 7), Red (Grade 6) White (Seniors) Pink (Juniors) Yellow (Sophomores) Green (Freshman)

4pm MS Soccer host Mariner.

4pm MS Field Hockey host Mariner.

4pm HS Cross Country host Early College HS & Salisbury School for 'Senior Day'. 

4/5:30pm HS Volleyball host Lake Forest.  (JV followed by varsity)

5:30/7pm HS Soccer host Sussex Central.  (JV followed by varsity)

8:45pm - Bonfire

Saturday, October 20 

Homecoming Dance

Winter and Spring Athletes Notice

All winter and spring athletes need to take note of this change.  No one will be allowed to practice or tryout for a winter or spring sport unless their name is on the Cleared Physicals List or they hand the coach a completed and properly dated physical form.  It is your responsibility to check the list from Mr. Bastianelli or Erin.  Please take care of this NOW.






October 15-19 Spirit Week!!

October 19, 2018-Homecoming Games and Bonfire

October 19, 2018-Middle School Dance-6:30 to 9pm MS Multipurpose Room

October 20, 2018-Homecoming Dance

October 24, 2018-Sports Boosters Meeting-6pm-SA Weight Room

October 26, 2018-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

November 5-9, 2018-School Closed-Fall Break

November 5, 2018-Open Application Begins

November 12, 2018-School Closed-Veterans Day

November 13-15, 2018-School Tours for Incoming 6thand 9thGrades

November 13, 2018-Middle School Information Night

November 14, 2018-High School Information Night

November 16, 2018-Middle School and Undergraduate School Picture Make Up Day

November 16, 2018-Fall Fling (New Fundraiser for Sussex Academy)

November 21-23, 2018-School Closed-Thanksgiving Break

December 20, 2018-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

December 21, 2018-No School-In Service Day

December 24-31, 2018-School Closed-Winter Break

January 1, 2019-School Closed-Winter Break

January 10, 2019-Open Application Ends

January 16, 2019-Lottery for 6thand 9thGrades

January 21, 2019-School Closed-Martin Luther King Day

January 25, 2019-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

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

October 17, 2018

November 14, 2018

January 16, 2019

February 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

April 17, 2019

May 15, 2019

June 19, 2019

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