A.I. DU PONT HIGH SCHOOL
NEWSLETTER December 2004
The ONLY school in Delaware chosen by NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE as one of "America's Best!"
is the operative word in the AI High Library this year.
After five years of successful experience at Dickinson, I
elected to change to AI High. I bring twenty-seven years
Extreme Library Makeover
of experience in
K-12 libraries in Ohio and Delaware, and have witnessed
many changes in the world of information over the years. From The Principal Pg. 2
The NEW SAT Pg. 3
Since electing to transfer from Dickinson High School, I
have undertaken an “extreme makeover” in anticipation Band Boosters Pg. 4
of our upcoming renovation. With the help of my library Tiger Boosters Pg. 6
aides, we have updated the physical facility, added
Homecoming Floats Pg. 8
seating space, and removed many outdated materials.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of several hundred Swim Team Pg. 10
new books. An important emphasis of mine is the After-Prom Pg. 11
encouragement of reading for pleasure. One of the best
ways to entice students to develop this habit is by The Mousetrap Pg. 12-13
providing books that interest them. My motto at Reflections Contest Pg. 7, 14
Glasgow and at Dickinson was, “If you build it, they will Calendar Pg. 15
come.” Sure enough, our circulation grew and interest in
books and reading grew. My goal is to build a dynamic
and user-friendly library at AI High.
Over the next few months my goals include:
1. Working with classes to facilitate research by
collaborating with teachers on projects.
2. Order new and interesting items with high student
appeal: young adult fiction and graphic novels.
3. Create a Biography Section of books profiling
4. Enhance our magazine subscriptions to improve
5. Update our online database (OPAC).
With our “open door” policy, we are seeing a rise in
usage. Students are welcome to use our resources from
7:15 a.m. and throughout the day. On Tuesdays and
Thursdays, we offer after-school hours until 4:00 p.m.
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302-651-2626 Phone 302-651-2757 Fax Linda Natali, Editor/E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 2
THE PRINCIPAL Teacher
Over the past few weeks our school has experienced some
A MESSAGE FROM
of the most important moments of public relations in the last
ten years. First, The Middle States Accreditation Process took
place from November 3rd- 5th and began with a fantastic
reception at the Mendenhall Inn. Many staff, students, and
parents took time out of their “day off” to welcome the visiting The following
team in style! Our speakers made clear to the team that we
are proud of our school and are receptive to their opinions and
merchants graciously donated
thoughts. The next two and a half days of visits went every bit goods to the PTSA Teacher Appre-
as well. The visiting team was treated to AIHS class and
hospitality as they met with many of us to discuss our school’s
ciation Breakfast held in October:
On Friday afternoon, Dr. Kuchar, Chairperson of the visiting
Einstein Bros Bages
team, presented an oral report to several of our staff. His
remarks were flattering and validate much of what we already
know. In fact, at one point he commented, accreditation is not
Bernie Kenny, ShopRite Stores
an issue at this school, it’s simply a matter of going from great Butch McCracken,
to greater.” The team was impressed with our students in
terms of conduct and how concerned our students were with
the well being of the staff! Commons ShopRite
Additionally, November 4th’s Choice Open House was
equally impressive. In spite of terrible weather, we attracted
more than 500 people from our community to “shop” for next
year’s high school. Here again, this function served as a
validation for us who are proud of what we have and what we
offer. The school was clean, teachers were eager to talk about
their programs, and we all seemed to be on our A-game. One The A.I. duPont All-School
Newsletter is published
of our counselors commented, “The school is operating at 220
approximately five times yearly
volts tonight.” We have much to be proud of — for example, by a cooperative effort of
Saturday morning, as I was coaching my son’s five year old Band Boosters, Tiger Boosters
soccer team, a parent of one of my players remarked to me and PTSA. Questions, com-
that she had attended our Friday night football game and ments or suggestions may be
commented “What a great environment you guys have up sent to Linda Natali, Editor, at:
In closing, report cards were issued November 16th. If you Articles for publication should
be submitted via e-mail or
have general questions or need a consultation, please feel
placed in the PTSA mailbox in
free to give me a call. the school office. Approximate
publishing deadlines are as
January 14, 2005
E-mail: Jeffrey.Lawson@redclay.k12.de.us March 15, 2005
June 9, 2005
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 3
The New SAT
contributed by Jason Wallace, Student Editor
I recently was afforded the oppor-
THE NEW SAT ~ the new sat ~ THE NEW SAT~ the new sat
The SAT has undergone major revisions in the
tunity to produce material relat-
past year. The “new” SAT replaces the “old” SAT
ing to our high school and its
"community." beginning in March 2005. The new exam is different
in several significant ways, including the content
At first I thought that community tested, the types of questions asked, and the way it
referred to the physical presence is scored. The purpose of this article is to explain
inside and outside of the high school these important changes.
building. How would I manage to
convey that concept? Thankfully, a The biggest change in the new SAT is the
friendly teacher-parent, enlightened inclusion of a writing section, which is comprised of
me as to the real meaning of com- multiple-choice questions as well as a written essay.
The multiple-choice questions test the student’s
My report reflected the community ability to identify sentence errors and make
of A. I. High School with emphasis on improvements in sentences and paragraphs. The
parent involvement. Almost everyone essay prompt tests the student’s ability to write a
has heard of Band Boosters, PTSA, and short, cohesive essay on a general topic.
Tiger Boosters. (listed alphabetically
for political correctness.) These Another change is that the verbal section is not
three groups are run by volunteer called the verbal section anymore. Its new name is
parents, many of whom are active in the critical reading section. The analogy questions
all three groups and more.
have been taken out and have been replaced by
Nowadays everyone has a schedule short reading passages with the same kinds of
that runs from here to tomorrow. comprehension questions administered with the
And yes, there are evenings and longer reading passages. The sentence completion
days I admit to pondering the questions from the “old” SAT remain.
thought of "skipping" that meeting or
event and taking a break. But for The math section has also been changed with the
me at least, I take a step back and addition of some more difficult questions. These
consider the fact that most of the questions will cover math concepts typically taught
parents who are counting on me to
in algebra 2 classes. Also, the old quantitative
"do my part" are the backbone of
this wonderful community at A. I. comparison questions, which required a comparison
duPont High School whose faces you of a quantity in column A to a quantity in column B,
see day and night at the school. have been eliminated. They have been replaced
They help keep our school function- by -- you guessed it -- harder multiple choice and
ing in many ways. grid-in questions.
Community not only means those The scoring of the “new” SAT has also changed.
around us, more importantly, it The new writing section is scored on a scale of 200-
means those within! Thanks to
800. The math and critical reading sections are
everyone in OUR community who
keeps our school functioning at its
also each scored on a scale of 200-800. Therefore,
best 24/7! the composite scores on the new test are 600-2400,
instead of the 400-1600 on the old SAT. A 1600 is
Linda Natali no longer a perfect score, a 2400 is!
Visit them on the web at www.collegeboard.com
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 4
EYE OF THE TIGER CLUB (100+)
Mike and Julie Hazuda
Pam and Michael Brown
Lori Ann Johnson Ford
Greetings fellow Band Boosters;
Steve and Natalie Bomberger
Maxine and Dick L’Abbee
It’s hard to believe that the school year, and especially the Mack and Nancy Wathen
Marching Band season are disappearing so quickly. I’m pleased to Enzo and Linda Natali
tell you that the year is going well for the Band Boosters, and for Bob and Sandy Ashby
that we owe thanks to many. First, my thanks to you. We have 110 Hoopes Fire Prevention Co.
families who are members of the Band Boosters. This is the
second year that we’ve had over 100 families join! As great as TIGER PAWS CLUB ($50+)
those membership numbers are, there are still 167 families who Harley and Lorna Stein
have not yet joined, and I take that as a challenge. Membership in Marta Blackhurst
Band Boosters is so important because it provides a basic level of Jeff and Debbie Fetterman
Tom and Cathi Thomides
financial support that we use to meet the needs of the band and
David and Connie Beattie
the kids. If you haven’t yet joined us, please take the opportunity Todd and Karen Toulson
to do so. We appreciate Debbie Kenaley’s leadership of our Bob and Janice Wright
membership efforts. Bob and Kathy Andrzejewski
Peter Wlock and Mary Rappel-Wlock
Most of you have had the thrill of seeing the Marching Band’s field Dennis and Elizabeth Nollen
show this year. Band Boosters thanks Hoopes Fire Prevention
Prev Craig and Sue Stephenson
Company for their support in making the Chattanooga Choo Choo
pany Pete and Liz Schiffer
come to life. Hoopes has generously provided fire extinguishers Bo and Vera Cornish-Palmatary
and refills of CO2 to put that extra touch in the show. Willis-Edgerton Family
Brett and Holly Davis
Jim and Susan Woods
Gift wrap season is here. This is the largest single fundraiser that Kathy and Matt Drysdale
we do each year and it’s a big effort that requires us all to pitch in. Barry and Martha Bogdan
We really need your help. If you haven’t yet signed up to do one or
more shifts at the gift wrapping booth at Concord Mall, please call PATRON MEMBERS ($30)
Pam Willis (998-1212) and sign up now. I will be out there several Diana Earnest
shifts this year, and Mr. Parets even joins us. If Mr. Parets and I Jim and Eileen Malin
can wrap gifts well enough that people will contribute money to the Bart and Sara Ruiter
band for it, then anyone can do it! Mimi Boudart and Don Callendar
Terri and Don Pippins
I also want to thank the Griffin family for making the trek to Kristin DeMesse
Montreal to retrieve the gong that was left behind after the Judy Baldino
competition last spring. The gong would have been extremely Dee and Steve Burnett
expensive to replace. Mitchell and Kate Kuhns
Rob and Leslie Wagner
Finally, there are 302 students enrolled in the band program this
year! This includes marching, senior, jazz and freshman bands. PATRON MEMBERS (continued))
Jessica and Dave Rollins
Any way you can help the Band Boosters serve the needs of the
Roger and Kay Jolly
band would be greatly appreciated.
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Band Boosters President
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Continued from page 4 Library Makeover Continued from page 1
Dale and John Sarapulski Tom and Diana Ralston
Alice DiStasio Students may also access the
Bill and Mary Hutchins
Heidi and Mike Riesenberger library during their lunchtime as
Diane and Andy Perrella well as during study halls.
Carol and Stephen DiSabatino
Dave and Robin Haack Please feel free to contact me if
Terri Lamborn Manning and Chuck you have any questions.
Manning Cathy Donovan
Mark and Lynette Russell Hugh and Kim Flanagan
Hiro and Pat Kizuka Suzanne Smith
Debbie Bermingham Suzanne.Smith@redclay.k12.de.us
Steve and Elizabeth Griffin 651-2626
Margie and Bob Stewart
Donna Benge Ann Exline-Starr
Joe and Tammy Daley Monica Anderson Home Computers:
Karen Egeberg Sheila Wilson Trouble Saving/Printing?
The Condie Family Rebecca Tome
Cheryl Burns Dorothy Hutt If your student has a paper due and your
Rosemary and Mike Ginzberg Bruce and Lorna Boyd printer suddenly runs out of ink, jams, or
John Hoffman Rosella Porro decides to be obstinate, do not panic!
Diane Goodman One easy solution is to have the student
e-mail it to him/herself as an attachment.
Mike and Sharon Hilgart ALUMNAE & GRANDPARENTS Once at the school library, he/she can ask
Scott and Kay McLean A. I. Burridge for permission to access the e-mail
Denise and Robin Waters Ben Rollins message and print the document.
Kevin and Debra Kenaley Bob and Ruth Ann Chynoweth
Linda and Dave Reifschneider Ray and Ellie Daley We have Microsoft Word on all of our
computers. If your home computer has a
different word processing program, please
FAMILY MEMBERS ($10+) help your student save the document as a
Ed and Bonnie Wise Word or text file. These will translate
Linda and Mike Fordham here, others will not.
Alan Davidson Another important point to emphasize is
Ginny Will not waiting until the last minute. If the
Jim and Paulette Kugler project is completed a day or so before
Eileen and Keith Dawson the deadline, we can address and solve
Fred and Gayle Gshweng any technology issues and avoid any
trauma and late penalties.
Jim and Debbie Englehart
The Bonsall Family
Darryl and Kate Lorenz
Laura and Michael Whalen
Kent and Michelle Jordan
Mark and Kim Stump
Sharon and Steven Scotolati
Jon and Susan McPheeters
Michael and Cindy Funk
Mary Winchester Vollendorf
Robert and Joyce Kane
Erv and Kathy Francis
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 6
Thank You, Involved Wanted:
Parent! The Special Education
From the Tiger Athletic Boosters
Department is in need of a
Thanks for making our concessions run so replacement copy of
smoothly. We have been doing very well "Hooked on Phonics."
with your participation, and I hope you
enjoyed your part in helping our student-
athletes succeed and have met some nice If anyone wishes to
people along the way.
donate the box,
On behalf of our board members I wish to old-fashioned version of
extend our appreciation for your time and "Hooked on Phonics,"
involvement in our athletic events.
please contact Nancy
Our last concession for Fall will be on November 27th when we host the New Surma.
Castle County Football League championships.
We would like to extend an invitation for all parents and students to participate in
this Winters Tiger Classic for Wrestling here at A.I. We will be using the email@example.com
cafeteria to provide refreshments to the athletes and their fans. This will prove to
be the largest indoor athletic event that A.I. has ever had, and your help will
ensure that it is successful. This event takes place December 27-28, 2004 with
matches starting at 9:00am and running into the evening. With most parents PARENTS: DID YOU KNOW ?
traveling with the band to London, we surely need your support. Contact one of
the Tiger Athletic Booster board members to find out how you can help.
STUDENT DUES ARE
Also, many thanks to those who participated in the landscaping around our COLLECTED BY EACH
new sign. CLASS --
Our board members this school year are as follows:
Jim Keena - President - (302) 633-6068; mailto:James.Keena@comcast.net SOPHOMORES $10
Mike Christopher - VP of Fields JUNIORS $15
Joe Daley - VP Administration
Dee Burnett - VP of Concessions
Bob Stuart - Treasurer
Buckley Condie - Secretary TOTAL $50
We are very proud of A.I.’s student athletes.
DUES PAY FOR EXPENSES
Girls Volleyball (20-4) does it again with their Flight A and Blue Hen AND ADD TO THE CLASS
Conference Titles! Ranked and seeded 6th in the state, they have made it past TREASURY TO DEFRAY
the first round of the State tournament vs St. Thomas More. Congratulations
Lady Tigers! COSTS FOR PROM IN
JUNIOR AND SENIOR
Girl’s Cross Country ends it season (8-2) ranked 7th in the state with Jackie YEARS.
Reifschneider (2005) placing 5th at the Lums Pond State Park run in a time of
STUDENTS MAY PAY DUES
Boy’s Cross Country ends it’s season (5-4) ranked 9th in the state with Andy TO THEIR CLASS TREASURER
Riesenberger (2006) consistently coming in with the top five runners. AND CAN PAY FOR
He came in 4th at the Bellevue State Park run with a time of 16:26,
3rd at the Brandywine Creek State Park run in 17:37, ALL FOUR YEARS AT ONCE,
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WHICH WOULD AMOUNT
TO A $50 PAYMENT.
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 7
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1st at the Lums Pond State Park run in 17:26,
and 5th in the White Clay Creek State Park run with a time of 17:35
Boy’s Soccer (8-7-1) ends with another winning season!
Field Hockey (7-7-2) turns in a winning season with a relatively young team.
Cheerleading with it’s largest team this century (17 ladies) will be sending
Margie Sterner (2008) to the Thanksgiving Day parade. She was selected by
a panel of judges as one of our best to represent A.I. during their stay at the
West Chester University Cheerleading camp.
Football (5-5) Turns in its best season since 1996 and ends off on winning
Website Updates on AIHigh.com
http://www.AIHigh.com is not just a sports scheduling website anymore. In
conjunction with PTSA, Band Boosters and A.I. Administration, Tiger Athletic REFLECTIONS
Boosters (by the efforts of Bob Stuart (our Treasurer)) has updated our website
to include events for other school events including, Band Trips, School Plays,
PSAT schedules, and more. We are working smarter and together to make the
most of our volunteer time while helping the school and keeping people
informed up to the minute. We hope you visit it often. "A Different
I plan on publishing our Mission statement and Bylaws and All Conference and
All-State athletes since 2000, and Where are they now?, very soon. Our Links Kind of Hero"
section is updated with some of our team websites, like Wrestling, Girls
Basketball, and Football, as well as other useful school related websites. We
hope to have Band Trip information up to date for Flight Departures/Arrivals. Arts areas:
This an additional way to keep one another informed.
Softball Boosters Musical Composition
Congratulations to the parents of Softball for organizing their own booster Photography
organization. If you have a daughter that plays softball and would like to help
out, contact Steve Burnett @ Burnett10@aol.com VisualArts
Offer still stands!
If you would like to use your professional expertise to help Tiger Athletic
Boosters meet it goals or would like to help in some of upcoming fundraising Participation in the
activities like Gift Wrapping at the Concord Mall, please contact any of our Reflections Program is
board members. There are several project’s that we would like to complete.
Dugouts for Softball, Weight Room and Equipment, and lights for the Baseball
organized by school grade.
field. Student works are critiqued
against others in the same
Membership is good, but has reached an all-time low for A.I.. Please consider grade division. This allows
joining, we will be sure to invest your dues back to the student-athletes! recognition and judging of
As Fall Sports come to a close we would like to encourage you to support our
artworks by appropriate
Winter Sports programs and attend as much as you and your family can. It developmental age and skill
Again, many thanks to you (the involved parent) for making the choice to
support our student-athletes.
Entries are due by January
10th. An application form is
Kindest Regards, on page 14.
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Junior Class Float
2nd Place Winner
Freshman Class Float
3rd Place Winner
Senior Class Float
4th Place Winner
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 9
Tigers Swim Team To Create a Big Splash!
Team To Crea
As the fall sports leagues, or those who simply enjoy they work hard in the pool, they play
season comes to the water. Six of our girls qualified equally hard when they’re finished!!”
an end, let’s not for individual events in states last
forget that at A I, year. This year the Tigers welcome back
swimming is as A s h l e y
much fun in the On the boys side, senior captain Hendrickson as
winter as it can be during summer Steve Hilk looks to take command in an Asst Coach,
vacation!! But, because we always backstroke this year, with juniors who worked with
practice and compete at locations Ryan Malin & Mike Seabold leading Mrs. D. a few
away from A I, many times in the the sprinters. At Delaware States last years ago, but left
world of basketball, wrestling, and year, Steve finished 7th in Backstroke to pursue her
winter track, our swimmers and and 4th in 500 yard freestyle, and is Masters Degree. Joining her is our
divers are forgotten!! looking to improve those spots in very own Joe Manlove, who will help
February! The addition of some round out a great coaching staff.
A I Tiger swimmers and divers are talented swimmers this year will help
already practicing and anxiously round out the tiger relays and make So, if you like the water, Charter pool
await their first meet on December them even more competitive. is where you should go. That’s where
4th, this year against Caesar Rodney. the team trains, and they’ll welcome
A team that was looking for The Tigers are still looking for you with open fins. If you’re not a
swimmers a few years ago, has divers…especially guys…WE CAN swimmer, try going to a swim meet
grown to a mighty force of over 75 TEACH YOU…no experience (McKean’s our home pool) to
athletes this year, creating a different necessary!! Any gymnasts out support your classmates…you may
challenge - having enough room in there???? be surprised how much fun they can
the pool to practice!!! be to watch! Find a captain and get
Kathy Drysdale, more commonly some more information.
At Delaware State Championships known as Mrs. “D,” is beginning her
last February, we saw some 7th year as Head Coach, and is very Girls Captains: Danielle Cannata,
outstanding performances from our proud of her swimmers and divers. Anne Loeslein, Katie Swain
swimmers and divers alike. For the “We have an awesome group of
girls team, current senior Sarah athletes, each offering something Boys Captains: Steve Hilk, Ryan
Horstmann, and captain of our special to our team. We have grown Malin, Grant Russell
divers, finished an impressive first in tremendously over the last few years,
the state. On the swimming end, in large to kids who have learned how Diving Captain: Sarah Horstmann
junior Kristine Drysdale led the Lady to “race” just since beginning high
Tigers with 3rd and 6th place finishes school! We have many new faces this
in the 200 yard Individual Medley & year, and I’m looking forward to
100 yard Backstroke respectively. getting to know all of them better.
Both Sarah and Kristine train year The swim team is a very social
round, Sarah at Westchester group…the boys and girls teams train
University and Kristine with Delaware together, have meets together and
Swim Team. Although they train year socialize together. Saturday
round, that is not the norm. Most of brunches is a common sight, a game
A I’s team is comprised of athletes of water polo, a holiday dinner, or the
Superbowl party…and I can’t forget
who have only swum in summer
Wednesday wings at McGlynn’s…if
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 10
What is the After Prom?
AfterProm \‘af-tYr‘präm\ n: 1. a party held at A.I. following the prom for Juniors and Seniors
2. a drug and alcohol-free event sponsored by the PTSA.
By definition alone, you’d never know that the AfterProm is the most eagerly anticipated event of the year for A.I.’s Juniors and Seniors.
T his is no ordinary party!
• Picture walking into the school where the gym lobby has been transformed into a scene out of Disney World
• Imagine a gigantic inflatable obstacle course and a mechanical bull filling the gym, inviting you to challenge your friends
• Dream of a crowd of your best pals cheering you on while you belt out your favorite tunes on the Karoke machine
• Envision a diner, complete with a counter and red vinyl barstools, and moms dressed up like waitresses serving you scrumptious
• Take a crack at the games in the “casino” – and come away with a prize
• Pose with your sweetheart or friends at the fabulous photo op
• Battle your buddies in a game of pool, air hockey or skeeball – even get a group together for a game of volleyball!
All of this and more takes place at the A.I. Afterprom. As a parent, one of the most important things you should know is that this is an
excellent solution to prevent drinking and driving after the prom - the kids are in a safe, chaperoned, fun environment with their friends.
This year’s Prom and AfterProm will be held on Saturday, May 14. The best part is you can help throw the party without even cooking,
cleaning, or chaperoning!
How? Make a contribution – all of this fun for your kids costs them less than a night at the movies, and once they’re in, everything is
included – no extra out-of-pocket money is needed! But we need your support to put it all together! Your donation will be gratefully
acknowledged in the PTSA newsletter and displayed prominently at our “Wall of Honor."
Thank you in advance for your support! Questions? Feel free to call one of the Steering Committee members:
Terri Pippins: 239-8553 Heidi Riesenberger: 235-0323 Julie Hazuda: 239-5221
Sandy Ashby: 234-4570 Debbie Kenaley: 234-0159 Jessica Rollins: 239-9562
Yes! I will support the AfterProm with my tax-free donation in the amount of:
! $15-$24 ! $24-$49 ! $50-$99 ! $100-$249 ! $250 +
Friends of Tigers Tiger Paw Patron Tiger Spirit Patron Eye of the Tiger Patron Blue/Gold Patron
Checks should be made payable to A.I. DuPont PTSA AfterProm and addressed to:
A.I. duPont AfterProm Committee, c/o Julie Hazuda, 1626 Snuff Mill Rd., Hockessin, DE 19707
Please call me to help work on the AfterProm!
Phone and/or email address: ____________________________________________________________
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 11
Great Reads for Teens Gossip Girls – Cecily von Zeigesar
A series of now 6 books are catty,
With the Holidays approaching, a book is a gift that your student can open backbiting, and exaggerated, and also
again and again. Here are a few suggestions from the AI Library Staff. A gift candid.
card to a favorite bookstore is another welcome option!
For those who like to look at Life
For the Sports Fan:
in a different way:
Beyond the Game: The Collected Sportswriting of Gary Smith — Gary
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
Powerful stories of the experiences
This Dickinson High grad is an award-winning writer for Sports Illustrated. the men of Alpha Company endure
during their tour in Vietnam.
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream – H.G. Bissinger
A portrait of high school football mania in Odessa, Texas. Now a major film. Life of Pi — Yann Martel
The story of a 16-year-old, a 450-
It’s Not about the Game: My Journey Back to Life – Lance Armstrong pound Bengal tiger and the boy’s
Cycling phemon writes powerfully about life, death, family, setbacks and adventure, survival, and ultimately,
Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton – Walter Payton The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
A story of seemingly unbearable
The voices of “Sweetness”, his family and many fellow football players combine
tragedy is transformed into a
in a heartfelt portrayal of an inspirational man. suspenseful, touching, even funny
novel about family, memory, love,
For the Sci Fi/Fantasy Fan:
Fi/Fantasy Fan heaven, and living.
The Further Chronicles of Conan- Robert Jordan
Three Conan stories detail adventures of the problematic hero and his quest
for good to vanquish evil. SENIOR DATES
Return Engagement (Settling Accounts Trilogy, Vol. 1) – Harry November 24 - deadline for cap
Turtledove and gown orders (After this date
In this volume of alternative history, the author combines elements of the Civil the cost will be $30)
War and World War II with disturbing results.
December 21 - no more cap and
Sandman: The Dream Hunters – Neil Gaiman gown orders will be accepted
Graphic novel which retells a haunting Japanese trickster tale. Check out other
Gaiman works of fiction (Neverwhere) and graphic novels. February 12 - Senior Ball at the
Hotel du Pont
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adam
All five of the novels in one volume follow the hilarious adventures of Arthur March - Senior Pictures taken in
Dent as he hurtles through the galaxy and tries to save Earth. the gym
May 13 - all correspondence work
Some essential Chick-Lit: must be handed into the guidance
Durable Goods/Joy School/ True to Form—Elizabeth Berg
This trilogy tells Katie’s coming of age story and includes the death of her May 19,20,23 - Senior exams
mother, a distant father, a first romance, and the power and pain of
friendships. May 25 - Exam makeup day
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants/ Second Summer of the May 26 - Senior Banquet at the
Sisterhood / Girls in Pants – Ann Brashares Hockessin Firehall
Four friends share a pair of jeans that represents their friendship, struggles,
and personal triumphs. May 27- Graduation rehearsal in
the high school auditorium
June 4 graduation (Saturday) at
3:00 PM - Bob Carpenter Center
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 12
MOUSETRAP: The Interview
Mike Woods recently interviewed A. I. High graduate
Lindsey Taylor who is directing "The Mousetrap"
Mark your calendar to attend on December 11th & 12th
What is it like to return to A.I. as director after being a
Deadline It’s great. It feels like a very natural thing to do for me. People used to always
All ads should be turned in by joke that I would be back eventually. It feels like coming home after a long trip.
December 17th! All ads submitted
after then must include a late fee: How long have you been involved in drama and what are
No baby ads will be accepted after I first started professional theatre when I was 10. But it’s always been a passion
January 7, 2005. of mine. I started directing 6 years ago. It’s tough to just name a few experiences,
but my best experience would probably be this past summer. I was in Madrid,
Spain for a month on a theatre program over there. It was the most fun I’d had in
theatre in a long time, plus it was all in Spanish.
Full Page (9½” x 7¾”)
Half Page (4¾” x 7 7/8”)
How is your perspective different now that you are in an
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authority position at AI instead of a student?
Make Checks payable to A.I. YEAR- Well now I get to see things from a different point of view. When I was in high
school and directing, I didn’t get into the administrative side. Now I see things
BOOK and please put your child’s that I wouldn’t have even thought of as a student. Plus it’s fun watching the cast
name on the check. Send ads and have a blast and explore new techniques in acting. It’s just a role reversal in a
payment to: manner of speaking.
Yearbook Baby Ad
Baby Ad What made you decide to come back to A.I?
c/o Cathy Phillips, Well really, it was Jeff Lott. He called me and asked me if I would be interested in
A.I. duPont High School directing this year’s fall play.
50 Hillside Road
Wilmington DE 19807 Tell us a little about The Mousetrap?
Well, it’s a murder mystery. There is a couple who own a guest house and on their
grand opening there is a murder in London, and the murderer is on the loose. I
can’t tell you what happens, you’ll have to come see the show for that!
Please make sure to include the following
Tell us about yourself and what else you are doing in your
- Pictures that are not cut out or damaged with
your child’s name or address on back. life?
- Message and any other writing you want. Right now I’m finishing up my last semester at the University of Delaware. My
- Check written to A.I. Yearbook in the proper majors are Spanish and Theatre Production. In January I’ll be moving to London
amount with your child’s name on it. to get my master’s degree in theatre education. After that, who knows!
- Brief diagram or suggested layout (optional)
- Send your ad in on a CD or disk formatted for
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 13
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 14
REFLECTIONS CONTEST APPLICATION FORM - Due January 10, 2005
Submit entries to Susan Woods, PTSA Mailbox (e-mail Swoods3257@aol.com)
Calendar of Events (For sports dates & times visit www.aihigh.com)
CALENDAR DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ALL DATES PUBLISHED HAVE BEEN COMPILED BY SUBMISSIONS OR PREVIOUSLY
ESTABLISHED RECURRING MEETING DATES. CHANGES AND UPDATES MAY BE SUBMITTED VIA E-MAIL TO THE EDITOR
(LNATALI@COMCAST.NET) FOR INCLUSION THE NEXT PTSA NEWSLETTER CALENDAR
Band Uniform Wear & Care
11/15 Mon Newsletter Deadline
11/18 Thur Band Boosters Meeting 7:30 PM √ Band Uniforms must be profes-
11/24 Wed Band Trip to Phila Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade sionally dry cleaned. No part of this
11/25 Thur Thanksgiving (No School) Boscov’s Parade uniform (except gloves and suspenders)
11/26 Fri Thanksgiving (No School) / Concord Mall Parade rept. 8:30 AM can be placed in a home washing
12/4 Sat SAT Test Date (registration due 10/29) machine or dryer.
12/6 Mon Tiger Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
12/8 Wed PTSA Meeting 7:00 PM √ Never make any alteration on
12/9 Thur In Service Pre K-12 (No School) your uniform. Band Boosters has a
12/10 Fri In Service Pre K-12 (No School) comittee which will do this on your
12/16 Thur Band Winter Concert 8 PM instructions. Use new safety pins for a
12/24 Fri Winter Vacation "quick fix" or emergency.
12/26 Sun Band leaves for London Publishing deadlines for the
12/27 Mon Winter Vacation 2004/2005 school year are as √ Whether wet or dry, uniforms
12/28 Tue Winter Vacation must be hung on molded hangers immedi-
follows: ately after use. Do not fold or "dump" it
12/29 Wed Winter Vacation
12/30 Thur Winter Vacation in a trunk or car seat.
12/31 Fri Winter Vacation January 14, 2005
1/2 Sun Band returns from London √ Never put your bare hand on the
March 15, 2005 feather plume; carry it by the wire clip.
1/3 Mon School Reopens
Tiger Booster Meeting 7:00 PM June 9, 2005 Return plume to the plume box after
1/12 Wed PTSA Meeting 7:00 PM every event.
1/14 Fri Newsletter Deadline
1/17 Mon Martin Luther King Day (No School) √ Uniform pants are not Levis.
1/18 Tue PIP (No School) They are designed to fit very high on the
1/20 Thur Band Boosters Meeting 7:30 PM waist. Do not let them ride on the hips.
1/22 Sat SAT Test Date (registration due 12/20) The pant cuff DOES NOT touch the shoe.
2/7 Mon Tiger Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
2/9 Wed PTSA Meeting 7:00 PM √ Do not wear long pants under
2/17 Thur Band Boosters Meeting 7:30 PM your trousers and do not wear a printed
2/21 Mon Presidents’ Day (No School) t-shirt under your jacket, unless the
3/7 Mon Tiger Booster Meeting 7:00 PM design is turned inside. White t-shirts
3/9 Wed PTSA Meeting 7:00 PM only!
3/12 Sat SAT Test Date (New Test) registration due 2/7/05
3/15 Tue Newsletter Deadline √ Never leave any part of the
3/17 Thur Band Boosters Meeting 7:30 PM uniform laying around -- especially the
3/18 Fri Spring Musical hat and plume. These can and will be
3/19 Sat Spring Musical taken when you are not paying attention.
3/25 Fri Spring Vacation through 4/1/05
4/4 Mon School Reopens √ The value of the uniform is
Tiger Booster Meeting 7:00 PM $465. You are responsible for its safe
4/13 Wed PTSA Meeting 7:00 PM return, dry cleaned at the end of the
4/21 Thur Band Boosters Meeting 7:30 PM year.
4/22 Fri In Service Pre K-12 (No School)
5/2 Mon Tiger Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
5/7 Sat SAT Test Date (New Test) registration due 3/25/05
5/11 Wed PTSA Meeting 7:00 PM
5/12 Thur Band Spring Concert 8 PM
5/30 Mon Memorial Holiday (No School)
6/4 Sat Sat Test Date (New Test) registration due 4/29/05
6/5 Mon Tiger Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
6/9 Thur Newsletter Deadline
Last Pupil Day
6/10 Fri Last teacher day
6/13 Mon Weather Contingency
6/14 Tue Weather Contingency
Have a nice summer !
A.I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL PTSA NEWSLETTER December 2004 PAGE 16
The FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Lead-
ers of America) organization will be conducting
their annual coat and blanket drive beginning
and through Ministry
December 1st through the 20th. The Ministry of
Caring will distribute all donations to the needy in
Wilmington. The drive is being organizaed by club
Wilmington. drive by
president Megan Francis.
Drive Tax receipts will be available. Please bring all
to room 133.
donations to room 133.
Elected Officers for Year:
FCCLA Elected Officers for the 2004-2005 School Year:
Vice President Ta
Secretar y ompa
Historian Ruthy Sepulveda
Congratulations to Winners of PTSA Open
House Door Prizes
Gift Certificate to McGlynn's Pub
Gift Certificate to Brandywine Brewing Co.
AI PTSA Name
$ 10.00 per family City Zip Code
Student Name Homeroom # Teacher
Student Name Homeroom # Teacher
____ HOW MANY A portion of membership goes to National PTA. Bring this form to
open house or clip and mail it with a check to the address on the bottom
Clip and return this left-hand side of the form.
By Mail: Additional donations accepted.
A.I. duPont PTSA 100% of your donation stays at A. I. High School.
A.I. duPont High School
50 Hillside Road
Wilmington, DE 19807 Additional Donation: _______________________
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information available, check out
The official, “unofficial” website of A. I.
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Thanks, Gift Wrap Volunteers!
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Brittany Malooly Janice Wright Linda Reifschneider Natalie Bomberger erri
T Lamborn Manning
Cathy Donovan Jann Rodriguez Linda Natali natasha Sacharok erri
Cheri Abernathy Jeane Goodman Linda Forham Nicole Frerichs erry
Dave Reifschneider Jessica Rollins Lindy Condee Pat Graham om
Dave Rollins Jill Malooly Lisa Sierer Paul Parets om
Debbie Kenaley Jill Beringer Lisa Frerichs Rachel Chiquoine on
Debbie Fetterman John Sarapulski Liz Schiffer Roger Jolly Vera Cornish Palmatary
Debbie Englehart Joseph Case Lorina Dryden Rosella Porro Veronica Dennison
Denise Waters Joyce Kayne Lynne McIntosh Sandie Reinicker Walt Diehl
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Diane Perrella Julie Hazuda Margaret Getz Sandy Duperon
Dick L’Abbee’ Julie Kaeding Margie Stuart Sara Ruiter ADD YOUR
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Donna Benge Karen Lenow Mary Campbell Shaun Snyder
Doreen Spacht Karen Slaugh Mary Rappel-Wlock Sheila Wilson VOLUNTEERING
Elizabeth Griffin Kathy Andrejewski Mary Hutchins Sheila Wilson TO GIFT WRAP
Erv Francis Kay Jolly MaryAnne Rodriguez Sheryl Shannon
Fran Cooke Kay McLean Maureen Arsola Soula Christopher
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Jack Siebold Laura Sarapulski Mike Hazuda Tammy Daley
Jane Buddenbohn Laura Whalen Mimi Boudart Taylor Hadley
The monthly issue of Guidance Highlights is sent home with all junior and senior students and will also be available online as part of
A. I.’s webpage at www.k12.us/aiduponths. Copies of the current issue are always available to any student or parent in the guidance
office. The guidance highlights include: guidance resources available to students and parents; important dates to remember for such
things as financial aid deadlines and scholarship information; S.A.T. registration deadlines; scheduled college visitations and much
more. The phone number for the guidance office is: 651-2631.
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