Sussex Academy Weekly Update

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Middle School

Grades 6-8: On February 22 the middle school will be hosting its annual rewards day to celebrate our awesome students.    In order to participate, students must not have received any disciplinary action that resulted in an in-school or out of school suspension for this school year and must have earned school cash to use to purchase an event “ticket” (and permission slip) for the activity of their choice.  This year’s choices include:  bowling, ice-skating, trampoline park, Escape Room, team sports activities, and painting.  Each team will be holding an auction where students will have an opportunity to purchase a spot for an activity, using school cash earned this school year.   Students will be bringing home information and a permission slip for the selected activity.


High School

Grades 9-11:  If your child is interested in attending any of the service academies (Naval Academy, West Point, Coast Guard, Air Force Academy), I encourage you to check out Senator Carper's Service Academy Night on February 21 from 6-8:00.  Applying to an academy is a complicated process, so I encourage you to attend!  Call Senator Carper's office at (302) 674-3308 or contact Mrs. Fees if you have questions.

Grades 9-11:  SAHS will once more be taking a summer bus trip to visit lots of colleges!  An interest meeting will be held for students in grades 9-11 during activity period on March 5.  Destinations, cost, and timing will be determined at the meeting. Contact Mrs. Fees with any questions.

Grades 9-12:  The 2nd Annual "Seahawk Showcase" will be held on March 1 at 7pm.  Come see the wide variety of acts performed by our high school students and staff!  $5 tickets will be sold at the door, plus a canned good or personal care item (soap, shampoo, etc.).  All proceeds benefit Grass Roots Rescue, a local pet shelter, and the pantry for needy students at Del Tech. Sponsored by SA's National Honor Society chapter.  If high school students would like to perform in the show, an application form is due by February 20 to Mr. Marine or Mrs. Fees.  A run-through of acts will be on February 21 after school, or students may submit a video.

Grade 9: Each year, the HOBY organization sponsors a local leadership and service workshop just for freshmen.  CLeW (Community Leadership Workshop) is a FREE one-day opportunity will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 - 4:30 at Sussex Tech.  Everyone who would like to attend is welcome to sign up - students should message their name, email, and phone number to Mrs. Fees no later than February 28.  Bring your own lunch; snacks, drinks, guest speakers, and activities are provided.  A t-shirt is available for purchase the day of the workshop for $10 (optional).

Grade 9: 
PSAT 8/9 will be offered to all freshmen on March 27 at Sussex Academy.  This test is optional but strongly encouraged since it provides an excellent practice for the SAT college admissions test that will be taken junior year.  The cost is $10.  More information and registration will be available in mid-February.  

Grades 10 - 11:  All students who qualify academically for National Honor Society will be hand-delivered letters late next week inviting them to apply. Meeting the academic requirements is only the first step to NHS membership; there is an extensive application also required in order to also demonstrate service, leadership and good character.  Completed applications are due no later than March 11 to Mr. Marine or Mrs. Fees.


Grade 10: The PSAT 10 will be given to all sophomores on March 27 at Sussex Academy.  This test is required by the State of Delaware, so please do not schedule appointments on this day.  Students will be registered by the State; there is no cost to families.

Grades 11-12:  Parents: Students in Honors Literature 11/12 will need a HARD COPY of The Stranger, by Albert Camus (translated by Matthew Ward), no later than March 1. ONLY the Matthew Ward translation will be allowed for use, and a hard copy is required for this text. ISBN-13: 978-0679720201, ISBN-10: 9780679720201

Grade 11:  The SAT will be administered on March 27 at SA during the school day, and preparation is strongly recommended.  SAT prep options include a Tuesday afternoon class at SA, a Saturday morning class at the Lewes library, Khan Academy, or any other reliable book or test prep program, including Revolution Prep.  Students were given a handout with information; copies are still available outside Mrs. Fees' office.

Grade 11
: College Information Workshop for junior parents/guardians.  Get information, resources, support, and advice on how to navigate the college application and financial aid process.  Mrs. Fees will host the same workshop on two nights, Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 - 8:00 and Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30- 8:00 (pick the night that works best for you).  Contact Debbie Fees, Academic Counselor, with questions:

Grade 11: The SAT will be given to all juniors on March 27 at Sussex Academy.  This test is required by the State of Delaware, so please do not schedule appointments on this day.  Students will be registered by the State; there is no cost to families.  These scores may be used for college admissions, so strong preparation is important.

Grade 12:  PROM SPONSORS-We are looking for sponsors for the 2019 Sussex Academy Prom. If you are interested in sponsoring the dessert table ($800) please contact Mrs. Messina at  Sponsorship does not have to be full amount.  Each individual and/or business that sponsors will be included on sponsor signs. 

Grade 12:  Every senior should have received a Delaware Scholarship Compendium, a book with hundreds of scholarships for Delawareans.  Additional copies are available outside of Mrs. Fees' office.  Students may also wish to create accounts with and which are excellent sources for scholarship searches!








School Information

Sussex Academy Arts Festival:  SA will host an Arts Festival on May 11, 2019 from 11am to 3pm.  If you know a crafter/vendor that may be interested in participating, please share the flyer. SA-CrafterVender Application.19 2

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 Uniform Swap has been rescheduled to March 23. A new Sign Up Genius will be out shortly

The School Store is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:20-2:45 pm and select Fridays for all lunches (except 2/8)

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

Discount Cards for Sussex Academy will be for sale in March! More information is coming!

BOX TOPS!  We need them, we raised over $800.00 with our Fall collection! Let's see if we can get to $1000.00

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

Shell We Bounce Fundraiser-March 15 anytime from 2-11pm.  See flyer for details. Shell We Bounce

Upcoming Important Dates:
Discount Card Sales Begin-March 1
Box Tops Contest Begins-March 1
PTO Parent's Meeting-March 13-5:30pm-SA Library
Box Tops Contest Ends-March 14
Shell We Bounce Fundraiser-March 15
Uniform Swap-March 23



Sports Booster Club

We are looking for parent volunteers to serve as team liaisons for high school Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis and Boys Tennis. Those interested or requiring additional information should email

The Winter 2019 edition of Seahawk Sports (formerly know as the high school sports programs) is now available! These full-color, glossy photo books capture the action from this season for Swimming, Indoor Track, and Boys and Girls Basketball. They also include individual athlete and team photos. Proceeds from the publication of our 3 issues of Seahawk Sports each year (Fall, Winter and Spring) fund annual college scholarships awarded by the Sports Boosters Club to two graduating senior athletes. Applications for the scholarships will be available mid-March. Pick up your copy at the next swim meet or remaining home basketball games for just $10. Students can also purchase one by stopping by Mr. Bastianelli's office during the school day. Copies will also be available at all winter sports banquets.



Annual Appeal: WE NEED $38,000 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

Sussex Academy Bowties are Here!  SA Bowties are available for $15 each.  A minimum of 50 must be ordered.  Please complete and return the attached order form. SA-Bowtie order form

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


Sussex Academy Sports

Thursday, February 21 

6pm Men's State Swimming Preliminaries @ UDE.  


Friday, February 22

No Events


Saturday, February 23 

11am Women's State Swimming Championships @ UDE (Top 16 from Preliminaries)

11-1pm MS Futsal in MS gym.

6pm Men's State Swimming Championships @ UDE  (Top 16 from Preliminaries)


Sunday, February 24 

No Events




February 22, 2019-Middle School Rewards Day

February 22, 2019-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

March 1, 2019-Grandparents & Grandfriends Day for 6th Grade Students

March 1, 2019-Seahawk Showcase-7pm

March 1, 2019-PTO Discount Card Sales and Box Tops Contest begin

March 8, 2019-Middle School Production of The Lion King Jr.-7pm

March 9, 2019-Middle School Production of The Lion King Jr.-7pm

March 13, 2019-PTO Parents Meeting-5:30pm-SA Library

March 14, 2019-PTO Box Tops Contest Ends

March 15, 2019-No School-In Service

March 15, 2019-PTO Shell We Bounce Fundraiser-2 to 11PM  (see flyer in PTO section)

March 23, 2019-PTO Uniform Swap

April 4, 2019-High School Production of Grease-7pm

April 5, 2019-High School Production of Grease-7pm

April 6, 2019-High School Production of Grease -1pm

April 6, 2019-High School Production of Grease-7pm

April 13, 2019-Prom

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

May 11, 2019-Sussex Academy Arts Festival 2019 11am to 3pm

May 31, 2019-Commencement-6pm

May 24, 2019-Early Dismissal-12:55pm

May 27, 2019-No School-Memorial Day

May 31, 2019-Commencement

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

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

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

March 20, 2019

April 17, 2019

May 15, 2019

June 19, 2019

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