Conrad Bi-Weekly Memo November 10, 2023

Principal's Message

We have successfully concluded the first marking period, and there's a lot to celebrate! From our traditional homecoming festivities to our annual food drive, we've checked off all the boxes. On top of that, we've started weaving in some new traditions, such as the middle school "welcome back" dance and our RW leadership academy

Coming up next Tuesday is our Choice Open House night (6-8pm), where we'll welcome prospective students and their families. Followed by Parent/Teacher Conferences during the week of November 20th.

As we ease into the Thanksgiving season, I encourage everyone to take a moment to unwind, recharge, and enjoy precious moments with loved ones. It’s a perfect opportunity to reflect on life’s blessings.

Mission- Conrad Schools of Science… teaching life science and life lessons in a kind and inclusive environment, inspiring students and improving the world.

Vision- Conrad Schools of Science will empower students to achieve their goals and impact the community.


Master Calendar

Save the date!

  • Friday, November 10th- School Closed- Veteran's Day
  • Monday, November 13- MS Winter Sports Tryouts- Family ID needed ASAP.
  • Tuesday, November 14- Choice Open House- 6-8pm
  • Tuesday, November 14- AP Exam Registration Deadline
  • Tuesday, November 14-Thursday, November 16- Food Drive Reward Dress Down Days!
  • Friday, November 17- Wounded Warriors Dress Down Day Fundraiser- Students $2
  • Wednesday, November 15- Picture Retake Day
  • Monday, November 20-Tues Nov 21- Parent/Teacher Conferences-School Closed
  • Monday, November 20-Friday, November 24- No School- Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 8- School Closed- Professional Development Day
  • Wednesday, December 13- HS Band/Chorus Concert-6:30pm

Choice Open House

The Red Clay Choice Season is November 6th through January 10th. If you know of a family who is considering Conrad for their child/children, please encourage them to visit Conrad's Website for information, as well as to follow our Instagram and Facebook accounts as it will give them a look into our "Conrad Way”, and ask them to join us on the 14th.

Urgent: AP Exam Registration

Attention all students taking AP courses: Please review the links below concerning AP exam registration:

You MUST be registered in AP Classroom for us to order you an exam so if you are not registered in your class you must get that done ASAP.

The AP registration form and payment are due by November 14th. Registration forms and payments other than PayPams can be given to Mrs. Coughlin or Mrs. Pando in the Guidance Office. Acceptable payment methods include PayPams (preferred way), cash (exact), or check. If you receive free or reduced lunch, complete the Fee Waiver Agreement form and return along with the registration form. If you have any issues with making your payments on-time or in full please come see us in the counseling office.

It is crucial that all deadlines are adhered to so we can ensure that all students have their exam(s) ordered on time. Any exam ordered after 11/14 will incur a $40 late fee, PER EXAM. This also applies to students submitting a fee waiver after the deadline.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at all: Mrs. Coughlin: kirsten.coughlin@redclay.k12.de.us; Mrs. Pando: moira.pando@redclay.k12.de.us

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will be held November 20-21. Email your students' teachers to make an appointment for Monday, November 20th (7:30am-2:30pm) or Tuesday, November 21 (7:30-11am) or drop in on Monday from 2:40-6:15pm (MS in the library, HS in the cafeteria).

Fast Track Letters

Fast Track Letters should be arriving this week! Keep an eye on the mail!

8th Grade Parents and Guardians, Welcome to the school choice season for the 2024-2025 school year, extending from November 6, 2023, to January 10, 2024! Please take advantage of this opportunity to select the perfect high school for your child. For students that have demonstrated success in our middle school program, keep an eye out for our "Fast Track" letters arriving via mail this week! For those students who are not "fast-tracked" into our high school program, but still aspire to join Conrad for high school, don't worry! You can apply through the choice process. We'll be conducting internal interviews on January 17, 2024, during the exploratory block.

Academic Support Program

The Red Wolves After School Academic Support Program is designed to provide opportunities for middle and high school students in need of academic support, while fostering positive social interactions among students within their school and learning community. Middle school and high school students will have the opportunity to work with teachers for extra support in all subject areas. The program will begin on Wednesday, November 8th. This program runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:15-4:15, and will wrap up on March 27th. Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity to sign their student up on a monthly basis. Please use the link below to sign your student up for our November & December Dates. English link – https://forms.gle/5KmbQuRCVTiNj1NJ6 Spanish link - https://forms.gle/C6PWGMvjgWi45L6PA

MLK Voice 4 Youth Competition

Scholarship Opportunities

iReady Parent Portal

For the first time, we are turning on the Parent Portal for I-Ready. This portal will open on Monday, October 23rd. The attached letters are a step by step guide to access I-Ready scores and reports. District Report Code: Y3R81L

Family Letter (English) (Español)

Guide to understanding the reports (English) (Español)


Holiday Ornaments for Sale

We have a terrific opportunity to offer this beautiful wooden ornament. The Conrad Schools of Science PTO has partnered with Lew Wilson Art to bring you this ornament. The cost is $19.95 (& this includes shipping & personalization). The Conrad PTO will receive 20% of sales. The deadline to order yours is December 13th. Use the QR code above or go to www.lewwilsonart.com to order yours!

Box Tops for Education

Please consider downloading the Box Tops app and choose Conrad Schools of Science PTO as the school to benefit. Then just snap pictures of your receipts of qualifying items. If you don't know what the qualifying items are, there's a list on the app or you can snap a picture of the receipt and it will tell you. We receive quarterly checks from this worthwhile program.

Thanks for your continued support! It’s appreciated!! Should have any questions, please feel free to contact Jamie Gilley at jmgilley27@gmail.com. Make sure to follow us on Social Media via the links below to keep up to date on all of our events.


Class of 2024

Yearbook Senior Ads

The High School Yearbook is currently on sale. Parents, honor your senior with a personalized message with photos in the yearbook.


Jostens came to Conrad On Wednesday, September 20th to discuss Graduation Materials, including Save the Dates, Invitations, Cap and Gowns, and other traditional materials. The students brought home information for families to explore together.

Senior Trip

The Senior Class Disney Trip is scheduled from Sunday, May 26th to Thursday, May 30th, 2024. This Disney trip is an incredible opportunity for our seniors to celebrate with their fellow graduates. I have planned an exciting itinerary that includes visits to two different parks each day, allowing students to explore the magic of Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Magic Kingdom to the fullest. They will enjoy thrilling rides, savor delicious cuisine, and have a blast with their friends in the days leading up to their graduation.

  • Total Cost: $1350 per person including:
  • Non-stop flights from Philadelphia to Orlando and back
  • Transportation from the Orlando airport to the Disney Resort
  • 4 nights at the Disney All-Stars Resort
  • 3-day Premium Park Hopper Plus pass
  • 2 meal vouchers per day (lunch and dinners with drink and dessert)
  • 1 souvenir refillable cup
  • Price Based on: Quadruple occupancy (4 people per room)
  • Double Occupancy Option: Available at $1540 per person

Payment Schedule:

  • November 9, 2023
  • December 7, 2023
  • January 12, 2024
  • February 9, 2024
  • Early Payment Discount: If you pay the full trip amount on November 9, 2023, you will receive a $50 discount, making the trip even more affordable!

Checks should be made out to Conrad Schools of Science. Cash and money orders are also accepted. All payments will get a receipt.

School Happenings

A special visitor

Senator Spiros Mantzavinos visited Conrad on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 to tour of the facilities, speak with Ms. Todd-Dixon about Conrad’s programming and visit classrooms.

Peek into our classrooms

6th grade pre-algebra students doing a positive and negative integers practice challenge. Students were given 30- various operation problems to solve in 5 minutes. They were challenged to not only answer all the problems but solve them correctly.
AP psychology students sharing objects from their lives representative of the seven perspective of psychology and eating crickets during our research methods unit in AP psychology
Microbiology was starting their skill unit by learning how to stain different microbes. The students were working on their gram staining summative by gram staining 6 unknown bacteria. The students wear the appropriate clothing that would be worn in a Bio Safety lab to learn the process.
Senior Nursing students learn patient care skills.
PT 2 students practice taping skills
AP Stat students put Barbie to the test

Wellness Center

Flu Shots are available through the in-house Wellness Center! Schedule your appointment today!

Conrad Schools of Science has an On-Site Wellness Center which is staffed with a Family Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority, a Registered Dietician, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Should you need any further information, don't hesitate to contact the Wellness Center at 302-992-5532.



FFA and Blue Gold Students enjoying their annual hay ride

HOSA/ Blue Gold Discount cards on sale now!

HOSA and Blue-Gold are still selling discount cards. Only $10 each and they are good through 10/31/2024!

HOSA Updates/ Upcoming Events

Veteran clothing drive - HOSA is collecting clothing to support Veterans now through November 15th. Please send any donations to Mrs. Allen (room 112) or Mrs. Crowe (room 325).
  • HOSA competitors have chosen their events for this competition season and are beginning to prepare for the State Leadership Conference in the spring.
  • 2023-24 Officer Team: Co-Presidents Eva Sommers and Jada Troiani (seniors, nursing) and Vice President Peyton Kott (junior, PT)

High School Yearbook Order is now open!

Don't wait to buy your yearbook! Prices go up to $85 after 12/15.

Want to make the yearbook even more special for your senior? A yearbook ad is a loving tribute to your student, personalized with your own sentimental message and a cherished photo, or photo collage. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’ll last forever. Act now- ad prices increase by $25 after 12/1. (*Purchasing a senior ad does not include a yearbook. Yearbooks are sold separately.)

Yearbooks and senior ads can be purchased here.

Class of 2026 Fundraiser

Spring Break Trip to Peru!

Exciting news! Students have the opportunity to travel to Peru during spring break. Educational travel exposes students to new people, places, and cultures which in turn expands their knowledge of the world and their knowledge of themselves. That’s why we are thrilled to bring this opportunity to your family and our community. Last day to sign up is December 10th - there are limited spots available so don’t miss your opportunity to reserve your seat.

You must register using this link

This trip will fill up fast, so please click below to learn:

  • How this opportunity will benefit your child
  • What we’ll see and do on our trip
  • Everything that’s included in this experience
  • How your child can earn academic credit
  • How we’re keeping this safe and affordable

Helpful Links:

Clubs and Activities Resource

Here is a Google Resource breaking down the Clubs and Activities offered here at Conrad for both Middle and High School Students. This document is currently being updated by the Clubs and Activities Advisors, but it is a great resource to use to get your child involved here at school.


Conrad has a Broadcasting Team that helps promote the events taking place in our classrooms, hallways, and on campus! Our student-led team create timely content that keeps our community informed and entertained! Click below to check out this week's video of field trip to Goldey Beacom College to work with drones.


Fall Sports

Conrad Athletics would like to thank everyone for a fantastic Fall 2023 season and looks forward to an excellent start to our Winter Sports (HS tryouts started 11/6); MS sports being week of 11/13- make sure if your student wants to participate that they have a current physical and Family ID uploaded before 11/13.

Make sure to come out and support our Boy's Soccer Team as they play Wilmington Friends in the Quarterfinals of the State Tournament on Saturday at 1pm at Friends and our Cross Country Team as they send 14 athletes to compete in the State Tournament at Brandywine Creek State Park on Saturday at 1:40 (girls) and 3pm (boys). Let's go, Redwolves!

Varsity Softball Coach- Please join us in welcoming Dave Hoffman, Conrad’s Varsity Softball Head Coach. Coach Hoffman comes to us with 20+ years of coaching experiences in both travel and high school. We are looking forward to him building a program and continuing our winning tradition. WELCOME TO CONRAD, COACH HOFF!!

Sports Boosters

The Conrad Sports Boosters is an organization comprised of Parents, Coaches, and the Athletics Department. They meet once a month to discuss and organize support for all of our Middle and High School Athletics Programs. We encourage anyone to come out and take part in the conversation to support our student athletes.

The next meeting will be Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 in the Library.

Conrad Athletics Website

Stay on top of Schedule Updates for all of our Sport Programs and changes due to weather. Please check the website for updates on weather instead of calling the main office. We also encourage you to use the apps of communication for your respective team as coaches will often communicate updates through those services. Winter sports are starting! Please make sure to submit a physical and fill out FamilyID forms.


If you have any questions, please contact Pat Williamson (Athletic Director) at patrick.williamson@redclay.k12.de.us or any of the coaches listed below.

  • MS Girls Basketball- Coach Bolinski joseph.bolinski@redclay.k12.de.us
  • MS Boys Basketball- Coach Williams zane.williams@redclay.k12.de.us
  • MS Cheerleading- Coach Logullo kathleen.logullo@redclay.k12.de.us
  • MS Wrestling- Coach Brainard matthew.brainard@redclay.k12.de.us
  • HS Cheerleading - Heather.Blake@redclay.k12.de.us
  • HS Indoor Track - Katrina.Holloway@redclay.k12.de.us
  • HS Boys' Basketball - Christopher.Mclean@redclay.k12.de.us
  • HS Girls' Basketball - rachelk.grimes@redclay.k12.de.us
  • HS Swimming - Stephanie.seifred@redclay.k12.de.us
  • HS Wrestling: matthew.brainard@redclay.k12.de.us

Athletics Social Media

Follow Conrad Athletics on the IG, Twitter, and Facebook! By following these accounts, you will see updated DIAA info, sport announcements, and student athlete features/celebrations! You do not want to miss out! Follow Conrad Athletics today!


For alumni information, contact Patti Caudell Reinbold (class of 1969) at kerrpatti@aol.com or 302-981-7077 or visit: Facebook Website

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