2019

  • April

    April 2019

    2019 Fine Arts Festival

    On March 23rd the Archmere Academy Fine Arts department showcased our students' artistic accomplishments with a wonderful exhibition of their creativity. The Art Department invited Gregory Barna ’93 back to Archmere to recognize him for his fantastic accomplishments in the film industry. The Michael Curcio scholarship was also awarded to Meghan Presta ’20 for her incredible portfolio presentation. The evening also highlighted a showcase of vocal and instrumental artists who performed masterfully to end this wonderful festival. Thank you to all who attended the event and hope to see you next year!

    For pictures of the Festival, click here.

    Math League Awards

    This month, at the Math League Invitational competition in Dover, Archmere's 9th grade team earned 2nd place in the State. The team consisted of freshmen Nick Zhu, Ben Wei, Simi Edeki, Ryana Rajesh and Mandy Jiang. Nick Zhu '22 also won First Place as an individual at the Invitational. 

    In cumulative math meet rankings, Nick Zhu '22 earned Individual First Place for the region, and Ben Wei '22 earned 3rd place in the region.

    For Invitational pictures, click here.

    Science Department Trip Spring Break 2020

    The Science Department has once again designed an incredible trip for next April 9-16, 2020Experiential Learning: Marine and Terrestrial Science in Belize. Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America and is adjacent to the 2nd largest coral reef system in the world. Students will hike and explore terrestrial tropical ecosystems (lowland savanna, tropical savanna and tropical rainforests) while staying at the internationally recognized Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center. The zoo contains only injured or orphaned native wildlife. Students will join research teams and/or participate in a service project for conservation at the zoo. Students will snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef including 2 marine reserves while staying on Tobacco Caye in the Caribbean Sea. Students will visit the Smithsonian Institute Research Station on Carribow Caye and learn about current marine research. 

    Science Department trips always have expert naturalist guides from the region who are both incredibly knowledgable about the plant and animal life but also have great interpersonal skills. Other Science Department trips have included Kenya, Fiji, Kenya, Egypt, New Zealand, Alaska and most recently, Costa Rica. 

    A $250 deposit will insure the student's spot on this trip. The price for the trip is $3100 which includes air transportation, all accommodations, entrance fees, all activities, meals and beverages, travel insurance. Please contact Dr. Christy for other details. jchristy@archmereacademy.com or 798-6632 ext 736.  
     
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  • March

    March 2019

    Archmere Students Compete in American Mathematics Competition

    In February, forty nine Archmere students participated in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) by taking a math test (non-calculator) focused on improving the problem solving skills of our nation’s students. Students who score in the top 2.5% on the AMC-10 test and in the top 5.0% on the AMC-12 test are invited to compete at the next level of the competition. Nicholas Zhu ’22 and Andrew Shi ’20 were in this group and have been invited to take the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) in March. The AIME is a three hour, fifteen question exam where each answer is an integer number between 0 and 999. Congratulations to both students on this accomplishment!

    Speech and Debate Team Set to Compete at National Level


    The Speech and Debate team competed at Cab Calloway last weekend for the opportunity to represent Delaware at the NCFL's (National Catholic Forensic League's) National Championship in Milwaukee over Memorial Day weekend. Five of the seven Archmere students competing earned that right:
     
    Seth Bale '19: Oratorical Declamation (performing a speech given by another person) (Seth is also the alternate in Oral Interpretation of Literature)
    Amanda Treston '22: Oral interpretation of literature
    Monica Onishi '19 and Rohit Mathur '21: Duo Interpretation of Literature
    Owen Phillips '21: Student Congress (parliamentary debate--as the alternate in Lincoln-Douglas debate, Owen moves on in Congress) 
     
    Their next competition is the First State Speech and Debate Championships, held on April 13th in Middletown, DE.

    AP World History Creates Caricatures


    Last week, Bill McGowan's AP World History class created "Funko Pop" Caricatures of late 18th/early 19th century historical figures. The students researched and developed their caricatures, and were given a blank template to use to develop their ideas. In addition, they had to design two other important people that their caricature would be associated with and provide a brief biography of their historical figures.

    For pictures of the class project, click here.

    Record Number of Archmere Students Compete in TEAMS Competition

    This month a record 51 Archmere students on 7 different teams competed in the Annual State TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) Competition, held at Archmere on March 5th. TEAMS is a STEM Competition where students work together to solve engineering challenges in creative ways by applying their math and science knowledge. This year’s theme, ‘Engineering the Brain', led students to write an essay on a way to improve the quality of human life through artificial intelligence. A student favorite, the design/build part of the competition, had students devise a simulated mechanism to rescue a bear that had fallen into a hole. Our students are looking forward to an invitation to the National TEAMS Competition in Washington D.C. this June.

    For pictures of the competition, click here.

    Interdisciplinary Field Trip to the Delaware Art Museum

    On Wednesday, March 20th, the Archmere Women Writers, Short Stories, Social Justice, Photography and the American Civil Rights classes all took an interdisciplinary Social Justice in Art field trip to the Delaware Art Museum. The students were supervised by their respective class instructors: Mrs. Karen Linton, Mr. Tim Dougherty, Ms. Kathryn Hudson, Mr. Tom Mengers, Ms. Kate Huffman and Mr. Bill McGowan. 

    For pictures of the field trip, click here.

    Lisa Blunt-Rochester Keynote Speaker at Archmere's Model UN Conference (AUKMUN)

    On March 16th, Archmere hosted its annual Model UN Conference (AUKMUN). Model United Nations is a student simulation of the proceedings of the United Nations. Roughly 100 students listened to House of Representative’s Lisa Blunt-Rochester explain what motivated her to run for office and get elected as the first black woman in Delaware during the conference's Opening Ceremonies. 

    Mental Health Club Kicks Off Compliment Chain

    On Tuesday, March 26th, the Mental Health Club held a student-run assembly to educate about mental health issues and encourage the importance of seeking help. They concluded the assembly by kicking off a compliment chain. After the assembly, each student received a handwritten personalized compliment from a teacher. Students also received two notecards to pay it forward and keep the chain going. We hope the compliment chain will continue to spread positivity and caring throughout our school this week!

    To view the Compliment Chain video, click here.
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  • February

    February 2019

    Freshman English Students Start to Focus on Research Papers

    Freshman English students are in the library this week researching poets from around the world. Students are using a combination of print sources and databases such as JSTOR, The Literary Reference Center, and UDlibsearch. They will use this research to support their own interpretations of a writer's poetic work.

    Art Students Celebrate Black History Month

    For Black History month, Ms. Kate Huffman and Ms. Maia Palmer's art students studied Mark Bradford, El Anatsui, and Chakai Booker. They are working to create their own abstract artworks out of recycled/repurposed materials. The artworks all need to reflect a story, or a message, or a concern.

    Masterclass Broadway Workshop

    On Monday, April 8th from 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Archmere's Drama Club will be hosting Andrew Chappelle, the current principles understudy for the Broadway smash hit, Hamilton. The workshop will take place on Archmere's stage and is reserved for students of Archmere Academy. There are only fifty spots in this first come, first serve opportunity. The cost is $40. If you have any questions or would like to attend, please email Mr. Brian Manelski.

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  • January

    January 2019

    Michelle Midgley Chosen to Speak at American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Conference

    World Language and Culture Teacher Ms. Michelle Midgley was recently invited to present a 30 minute session at the 101st annual American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Conference. The conference, which will take place in San Diego, California, from July 8-11, will offer 250 sessions and special events for approximately 800 attendees. Ms. Midgley's session will be a 30 minute presentation called: “Authentic Resources: Where they are and how to use them.” In this presentation she will teach attendees where to find authentic resources (anything made for Spanish speakers by Spanish speakers) and how to integrate them into their daily teaching. In this way, students learn not only the language and its specific colloquialisms, but also the culture of different Spanish-speaking countries.

    2019 Summer Driver Education Program at Ursuline Academy 

    Ursuline Academy is offering a Driver's Education program this summer that includes 30 hours of classroom instruction along with the 14 hours of in-the-car driving instruction and observation. Students must attend an orientation at Ursuline to confirm their driving schedule. The June class option is June 10-13, 2019 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. The July class will be held July 8-11, 2019 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Only one class is required and driving may extend beyond these dates. To register, contact Chanteea Harmon at 302-853-1448 or email her at Chanteea.harmon@sussexvt.k12.de.us. For information contact Mike Walsh at: mwalsh@archmereacademy.com. To register online, click here.



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