Brandywine School District Board Meeting Recap August 2023

The Brandywine School District's Board of Education held its Regular Monthly Board meeting on Monday, August 21, 2023.

Tribute to former BSD Board Member Karen Gordon

The State of Delaware honored former Board of Education member Ms. Karen Gordon with a General Assembly Tribute for her more than 35 years of dedication to the Brandywine School District. School Board President, Mr. John Skrobot, presented the tribute to Ms. Gordon. Ms. Gordon's service included 27 years as a Librarian in the Brandywine School District until her retirement in 2013. She was a member of a number of District and State committees and was appointed to the Professional Standards Board during the ten years prior to her retirement. She was chosen as the Delaware State School Library Media Specialist of the Year in 1996 and was a Fulbright Teacher to Japan in 1998.

Secondary Calendar Update

Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Kenny Rivera, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Michelle Kutch, shared with the Board of Education two changes to the current school year calendar (2023-2024). These changes impact December 13, 2023, March 6, 2024, and May 3, 2024, for secondary students only. The changes shift December 13, 2023, and May 3, 2024, to asynchronous instruction for all students in Grades 6–12, and March 6, 2024, to asynchronous instruction for students in Grade 12 only. March 6, 2024, is the district SAT/PSAT day for students in Grades 9–11.

High School Spanish Immersion Program

Assistant Superintendent Kenny Rivera presented high school continuation plans for Brandywine School District's Dual Language Immersion program. Currently, BSD offers a Spanish Language Immersion Program at three elementary schools: Claymont, Lancashire, and Maple Lane Elementary Schools. This program provides some of the district's youngest learners with an opportunity to learn and engage in two languages and cultures, English and Spanish, during the school day. In 2021, the first cohort of BSD immersion students progressed to 6th grade, where they continued their immersion studies at Talley Middle School. During the 2022–2023 school year, over 700 students in the district were enrolled in the BSD Dual Language Immersion Program. Mr. Rivera further presented plans to continue the Dual Language Immersion Program at Brandywine High School for the 2025 and 2026 school years and an eventual plan to expand the program to Concord High School and Mount Pleasant High School starting in the 2027 school year.

Summer Work in BSD Schools and Facilities

The Brandywine School District Director of Facilities and Operations, Mr. John Read, shared information regarding the work and maintenance completed at every school in the District. Examples of projects completed this summer included maintenance of Mount Pleasant High School's exterior, P.S. duPont Middle School's Auditorium seating, Maple Lane Elementary School's classroom floors, and much more.

Superintendent's Report

Superintendent Lincoln Hohler presented his monthly update during the meeting, here are a few highlights from that report.

Summer Programs

This past summer, the Brandywine School District offered a plethora of summer programs for our students, including Extended School Year, Summer Camps, Bridge Programs, and more. Thanks to the hard work of each staff member involved in our Summer Programs, each of the programs that our students participated in was a resounding success.

Summer Graduation

On August 17, 2023, BSD celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2023 Summer Graduates. A total of 30 students graduated and can now be called proud Alumni of the Brandywine School District. We are so proud of their accomplishments and congratulate them on their hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

Summer SORA Reading Challenge

Lindsay Li, an upcoming P.S. duPont Middle School student who has won BSD's SORA Reading Summer Challenge! Although she was required to read at least 100 minutes a week to be eligible for the grand prize drawing, Lindsay read over 27 hours during the four-week contest.

New Staff Orientation

On August 15, 2023, and August 16, 2023, BSD welcomed over 60 educators to BSD’s 16 Great Schools and 1 Strong Community at our New Staff Orientation! Our newest staff members learned about BSD’s instructional focus, family and community engagement, commitment to equity, technology, school safety initiatives, and much more. They are part of the best. They are part of the Brandywine School District.

Back To School 2023 Website

Whether you are brand new to the Brandywine School District or are returning for another year, we have created a Back-to-School Hub as a resource with information for a smooth start to the new school year! Visit brandywineschools.org/BackToSchool2023 to find information about the First Days of School, Elementary Take A Peek Night, Kindergarten and 1st grade bus preview event, school-year calendars, Open House calendars, School Supply Lists, School Hours, School Dress codes, and first days of school pictures.

First Days of School

First Days of School Signs

As our staff and students return from summer break and begin the 2023-2024 school year, we are asking them to celebrate and share their "First Day of School" photos. First Day of School signs have been created and customized for each staff member for the year they are beginning with BSD and for students with their school and grade for the 2023-2024 school year. Staff and students can then share their photo on BSD social media with the hashtag #Proud2bBSD or submit the photos to us via an online submission form. The printable signs and submission form can be found online @ www.brandywineschools.org/BackToSchool2023

The next Brandywine School District Board of Education Meeting will take place on Monday, September 18, 2023, at 7 p.m. at Brandywine High School. More information can be found here.

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