2019

News List

  • March

    Sanford Scouts Seen as Pioneers

    The face and name of the Boy Scouts of America have seen some dramatic changes recently, and Sanford students, faculty, and parents are playing a role in implementing them in the state of Delaware. With the rebranding of its iconic program’s name to Scouts BSA, the organization opened its membership to include single-gender troops for both boys and girls.
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  • Students Establish Club to Bridge Educational Gaps

    In a TED Talk last year, Nia Naylor '20 shared her thoughts on the value of getting young people, especially those of color, more invested in their personal education. Working with Upper School science instructor Heather Foucault-Camm, Naylor helped to establish the Bridge Club with the specific intention of having Upper School students help younger students bridge educational gaps and better prepare for their middle and upper school experiences.
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  • Congratulations to Gatorade Delaware POY Jyare Davis. Photo courtesy of Ted Rosenthal, Izmaddy Studios.

    Jyare Davis Named Gatorade Delaware Boys Basketball POY

    The Gatorade Company today announced that Sanford School junior Jyare Davis is the 2018–19 Gatorade Delaware Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Davis is the fourth Gatorade Delaware Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Sanford School.
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  • History Comes Alive in Morning Meetings

    Upper School senior class officers have a long tradition of conducting the morning meeting held before the start of class each day. The months of February and March also saw two clubs, the Feminist Club and the Diversity Alliance Club assume leadership roles in those morning meetings.
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  • Diversity and Inclusion Workshops Enlighten and Inspire Faculty

    In the fall when Upper School Head Abbi Smith sent out a survey to gather ideas for upcoming professional development for the faculty, she was not surprised to see the topics of microaggression and implicit bias emerge at the top of the list. Nor was she at a loss as to how to try and address those issues, as she knows a former colleague who focuses her time and talents to work on diversity, inclusion, and acceptance issues.
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  • Sanford Middle School Science Instructor Beth Whipple (standing) shares her expertise during the LLI ATLANTIC Conference in Washington, DC.

    Science Instructors Share Ideas and Approaches at Conference

    Upper and Middle School educators Jim Barnaby, Heather Foucault-Camm, and Beth Whipple were presenters at the recent LLI ATLANTIC Conference, held on February 15 and 16 in at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. The topic of their talk, Making Effective Arguments with the CER Framework, instructed teachers on the implementation of the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) Framework in their science classrooms.
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  • February

    Seniors Sing their Way to All-State Recognition

    In mid-November Smyrna High School and Smyrna Middle School hosted the All-State Chorus auditions. Each student was required to learn an audition song and perform it before a panel of judges, competing against “the best of the best” chorus students from the entire state. This year, Sanford Upper School seniors Katie Bruxelles, Chris Keiser, and Willilam Zimmer earned medals which designate them as All-State honorees.
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  • Junior Garners Accolades, Awards, and Scholarships

    Asia Blackwell ’20 continues to dance her way to recognition. Her performances in November, 2018 at a dance convention held in Tysons Corner, VA earned her a $20,000 scholarship to the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
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  • Sanford Scores at Lessons from Legends Event

    Last year a group of organizers, including Sanford alum and current parent Nai-te Watson '89, University of Delaware alum Tyrone Perry, Rob Turner, and Rob Moore, established an organization called Delaware Middle School Basketball Explosion. They run an annual basketball event in February that brings the best Delaware middle school basketball players together for a one-day, three-game tournament. It is a time to showcase the upcoming talent and give a preview of what is on the horizon for high school basketball in the state.
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  • Johnston Honored for Philanthropic Work

    When Grace Johnston '19 decided last year to dedicate her time and talents towards fundraising efforts for Delaware’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), she did so for all the right reasons. She was not interested in accruing service hours to boost her college applications; she acted because she is deeply concerned about the lives of so many, including young people, who are affected by blood disorders.
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  • Dr. Blackwell (right) joins Dr. Evelynn Ellis, Dartmouth College's vice president of institutional diversity and equity. Photo courtesy of  Eli Burakian, Dartmouth College.

    Blackwell Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

    Dr. Ray Blackwell, Sanford parent, former Sanford trustee, and the chief of cardiac surgery and surgical director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Christiana Care Health Services in Newark, Delaware, recently added another honor to his long list of accomplishments. As a two-time graduate of Dartmouth College, 80 and MED ’87, Dr. Blackwell was recognized on January 31 at a campus ceremony, where he was presented with a lifetime achievement award from his alma mater for his tireless work as a leader and mentor in his field.
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  • January

    Angst Movie Opens Dialogue about Anxiety

    On Thursday, January 17, students in grades 7–12 attended a special screening of the movie, Angst, an IndieFlix Original documentary that was created to help break the stigma around anxiety and open up discussion about mental health.
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  • Williams Tapped to Conduct in Virginia

    The students of the Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School in Manassas, Virginia, will be treated to the talents of Sanford’s Clint Williams, chair of the performing arts department.
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  • Sanford Alumna Helps Women Make Movies

    Katrina Medoff ’09 has been working as an actor, writer, and producer in New York City, and recently, she added founder and co-director to her list of accomplishments.
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  • Sanford's LEAD student participants were (left to right) Nai'te Watson, Dylan Hendrix, Josh Staman, Nia Naylor, Lena Farrell, Gigi Fotakos, Julia Trask, and Lucy Madron.

    Students and Faculty Take the LEAD in Diversity Conference

    Tanya Graham, Sanford’s assistant director of admission, was among a group of faculty/staff from seven local schools who planned and implemented the first LEAD conference, which was hosted by Tower Hill School on November 9, 2018.
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