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This Week in Red Clay March 29, 2021

In this issue:

Congratulations to Red Clay's Newest Building-Level Teacher of the Year Winners | Students and Staff Celebrate #SELDay | A Message from Red Clay Schools | Discover Red Clay K! | Important Dates and Spring Break Reminders

Congratulations to Red Clay's Newest Building-Level Teacher of the Year Winners

Congratulations to our newest building-level Teacher of the Year winners! On March 26 Red Clay school leaders, staff and students joined together to announce the 2022 Teacher of the Year winners, surprising the winners with flowers, balloons, and supportive messages.

  • Mary Adam, an English teacher at First State School
  • Beth Blohm, a middle school science teacher at Conrad Schools of Science
  • Lowell Buford, a special education teacher and 11th-grade AVID teacher at Thomas McKean High School
  • Lindsey Bulla, a 7th-grade English language arts teacher at Skyline Middle School
  • Alexia Cordrey, a 4th-grade teacher at Forest Oak Elementary School
  • Heather Dunbar, a preschool special education teacher for the Red Clay Early Years Program
  • Meaghan Echeverria, a 1st-grade teacher at Richey Elementary School
  • Nicholas Fillioe, a middle school health and physical education teacher at Cab Calloway School of the Arts
  • Kylee Holliday, a social studies teacher at Alexis I. du Pont High School
  • Ashley Jones, a kindergarten teacher at Richardson Park Elementary School
  • Ashley Kellar, a special education teacher for The Meadowood Program
  • Peter Kelly, a 7th-grade science teacher at Brandywine Springs School
  • Rebekah Lewandowski, an autism specialist at Henry B. du Pont Middle School
  • Matthew Marion, a music teacher at Linden Hill Elementary School
  • Samina Miles, a 1st-grade teacher at Evan G. Shortlidge Academy
  • Shayna Moon, a 1st-grade teacher at Highlands Elementary School
  • Melissa Morris, a 3rd-grade math teacher at Warner Elementary School
  • Jennifer O'Neill, a library media specialist at Heritage Elementary School
  • Christine Paoli, a 2nd-grade Spanish immersion teacher at Marbrook Elementary School
  • Jill Peddrick, an English learner teacher at William C. Lewis Dual Language Elementary School
  • Shayla Perkins, a 6th-grade social studies teacher at Stanton Middle School
  • Erin Rivera, a 5th-grade teacher at North Star Elementary School
  • Alexis Storm, a 1st-grade teacher at William Cooke Jr. Elementary School
  • Leah Thompson, an 8th-grade English language arts teacher at Alexis I. du Pont Middle School
  • Bridget Wilson, a technology and library teacher at Anna P. Mote Elementary School
  • Kristin Zerbe, an English language arts teacher at The John Dickinson School
  • Denise Zuniga, a 4th-grade special education teacher at Austin D. Baltz Elementary School

Stay tuned for more announcements about the 2022 Teacher of the Year Award as Red Clay will select finalists for the districtwide title later this year.

Students and Staff Celebrate #SELDay

Red Clay schools joined others around the country in celebrating the second annual International Social-Emotional Learning Day (SEL) on March 26. At Richardson Park Elementary School, for example, students and staff took a "chalk walk" around the school, posting positive imagery and writing messages of encouragement on the brick walls. They continued with a walk through the neighborhood where they delivered dozens of smiley face balloons, positive messages and SEL resources for friends and neighbors.

A Message from Red Clay Schools

We stand in solidarity with our Asian and Asian American communities during this time of national distress. We believe it is imperative to present ways for our community to recognize and speak up against anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) violence, racism, and injustice.

Below are some recommended resources to help foster critical conversations, build knowledge, and facilitate dialogue for this pressing historical moment. Thank you to our educators in the Office of Equity & Strategic Partnerships and the Office of Curriculum & Instruction for offering these suggestions to staff and families.

There's been a rise in anti-Asian attacks. Here's how to be an ally to the community. You may be wondering what you can do to help Asian and Asian American communities amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans. (via Newsela)

Classroom Resources and Tips to Address Anti-Asian Discrimination Anti-AAPI violence is on the rise. (via We Are Teachers)

Addressing Anti-Asian Bias Amid the pandemic, Asian American people continue to experience racism, violence and harassment. These resources can help you teach the historical precedents for this moment, introduce ways for students to recognize and speak up against coronavirus racism, and start conversations with even the youngest learners about recognizing and acting to address injustice. (via Learning for Justice)

Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress Cultivating hope through acts of affirmation. (via Psychology Today)

Discover Red Clay K!

Save the Date for Fun Virtual Events on April 29

Red Clay welcomes new students and families for the 2021-22 school year!

Tune in to our virtual events on April 29 to learn all about Red Clay's outstanding kindergarten programs. Meet kindergarten teachers and staff, take a virtual tour of our elementary schools, see inside a kindergarten classroom, and discover how easy it is to register your youngster for kindergarten with Red Clay.

Each of the following schools will hold virtual events at 4:15 PM and 5:30 PM on April 29 via Zoom:

  • Austin D. Baltz Elementary School
  • Brandywine Springs School
  • William Cooke Jr. Elementary School
  • Forest Oak Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Highlands Elementary School
  • William C. Lewis Dual Language Elementary School
  • Linden Hill Elementary School
  • Marbrook Elementary School
  • Anna P. Mote Elementary School
  • North Star Elementary School
  • Richardson Park Elementary School
  • Richey Elementary School
  • Evan G. Shortlidge Academy

Stay tuned for more details about these events.

Important Dates and Spring Break Reminders

  • Wednesday, March 30: End of 3rd Marking Period
  • Thursday, April 1: Start of 4th Marking Period / Professional Development Day - Schools Closed
  • Friday, April 2: Spring Break - Schools & Offices Closed
  • Monday, April 5: Spring Break - Schools & Offices Closed
  • Tuesday, April 6 - Friday, April 9: Spring Break - Schools Closed
  • Monday, April 12: Instruction Resumes

We wish students, staff and families a safe, healthy and relaxing Spring Break. As you prepare to resume classes on April 12, please be sure to read Superintendent Green's recent message for important announcements about the fourth marking period, including calendars for Red Clay on Campus and Red Clay Online.