Ram Report: athlete ambassadors, published poets, senior opportunities

Volleyball team at the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Photo: David Lee
Volleyball team at the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Photo: David Lee

Athletes from various sports teams traveled to Pulaski Elementary School to read and interact with first graders on Friday, Oct. 17. Chaperoning the event were librarian Debbie Supplee, football coach Donavon Alderman, and lacrosse coach Brett Townsend. Student-athletes who participated were: Jessica Alfaro, Isaiah Archie, Brandon Austin, Jermain Banner, Andrea Becerra, Jerome Blakeney, Maya Brooks, Deon Chin, Evelyn Clement, Angel Contee, Gudelia Cruz-Ortiz, Maria Cruz-Ortiz, Monica Cruz-Ortiz, Lizbeth Cruzatta-Ayala, Shalir Flemming, Wanya Gibson, Sarah Gotthold, Christine Holness, Brian Jones, Emily Jones, Edward Major, Brianna Martinez, Sharif McCormick, Eliana McCray, Sara Mittnight, Malich Murray-Wallace, Maddie O’Neill, Dominique Pizzo, Collin Porter, Cameran Pottinger, Gavin Reeder, Tyairra Rider, Alexis Romeo, Michael Ross, Nymera Sessoms, Joslyn Sims, Shakeela Slade, Bailey Smith, Paige Smith, Emily Stultz, Samantha Summerlin, Kyle Thomas, Karrelin Torres, Elijah Townsend, Luis Vazquez, Daniel White, and Ronizah Winfield.

Members of the volleyball program participated in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s along the Wilmington riverfront on Saturday, Oct. 18. Combined with money raised from last spring’s boys’ volleyball alumni match and this year’s donations, the Dickinson Volleyball Rams raised almost $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants for the walk included coaches David Lee, Shana Hairston, and Jane Zippe-Putscher; as well as players Xandria Deleon, Sarah Gotthold, Emily Jones, Emily Ragan, Rebecca Richardson, Joelle Wilkins, manager Joey St. Pierre, and a number of parents.

Students in Kristin Zerbe’s English class had their poems published in the east coach poetry anthology A Celebration of Poets. The periodical issued by Creative Communication includes works from Brandon Garrison, Harshil Patel, Dominique Pizzo, Cameran Pottinger, and Dawnysha Wilson.

A representative from American Beauty Academy visited on October 30 to speak with prospective students. Centenerary College will be visiting on Friday, November 7 at 9:15am. See your guidance counselor if you’re interested in attending.

Friday, October 31 is an inservice day. There is no school is session for students. There is no school this Tuesday as well for Election Day.


Writer Honored, College Reps Visit, Spirit Week Begins

The school will be sponsoring a canned and non-perishable food drive until Friday, October 24. Donations will be accepted in the auditorium lobby each morning, and those who donate will earn their class ‘spirit’ points towards Spirit Week competitions and a chance to win free homecoming tickets.

Junior Makaya Goicuria was selected by English teacher Kristen Zerbe as Writer of the Month of September in Zerbe’s Creative Writing class.

A representative from Capitol College visited on Thursday, October 16 to speak to prospective students. A representative from Lincoln University will visit this Tuesday at 9 a.m. Interested students should see their guidance counselor for more information.

After school activity buses will begin to run every A-day at 4:15 p.m. Previously, activity buses were only provided on B-days.

Spirit Week begins today. Check posters around the building for each day’s theme. The homecoming game will take place on Friday, October 24 at 7 p.m. against Howard and the homecoming dance will be held on Saturday, October 25 in the gymnasium.

Marching Band Schedule Announced — Band Camp Next Week

JohnDickinsonMarchingBandWilmingtonPassing along this information from Mr. Jufer:

Band Camp 2014 Important Information

Time: August 11th-14th, 9AM-3PM

Place: Dickinson High School

Instructors: Band – Mr. Matthew Jufer, Percussion – Mr. Devin Fletcher,  Colorguard – Ms. Samantha Rash

To Bring:

  • Instrument, if you are not using Dickinson’s equipment
  • 1 or 2 inch three-ring binder for music and drill
  • Water bottle
  • Sneakers (marching in anything but sneakers is dangerous and doesn’t look great!)
  • Packed lunch, if you are not purchasing lunch
  • Comfortable outdoor attire

Rehearsal will be both outside and inside. We are going to do our best to ensure we are not practicing outside, during the hottest part of the day, for extended periods of time. This is why it is important our marchers bring a water bottle and dress appropriately. We’re going to have a great show year, so definitely expect to have a good time!


Dickinson has agreed to offer DART passes for students that have transportation issues for band camp. You may pick these up in the office on Friday, August 8 before 3:30 or on Monday when band camp starts.

See you on the 11th at 9AM!

Dickinson Marching Band 2014 Schedule

ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. You will be notified  in advance if changes occur.


8/11 9:00AM – 3:00PM Band Camp

8/12 9:00AM – 3:00PM Band Camp

8/13 9:00AM – 3:00PM Band Camp

8/14 9:00AM – 3:00PM Band Camp


5:30-7:00 pm all dates

8/27, Wednesday

9/3, Wednesday

9/8, Monday

9/10, Wednesday

9/15, Monday

9/17, Wednesday

9/22, Monday

9/24, Wednesday

9/29, Monday

10/1, Wednesday

10/6, Monday

10/8, Wednesday

10/13, Monday

10/15, Wednesday

10/20, Monday

10/22, Wednesday

10/27, Monday

10/29, Wednesday

11/3, Monday

11/5, Wednesday


September 5th 6:00PM Home Game DE Military Academy

September 13th TBA University of Delaware Band Day

September 19th 6:00PM Home Game McKean High School

October 3rd 2:00PM Home Game Mt. Pleasant High School

October 11th, Away Game Hodgson Vo Tech

October 17th 6:00PM Home Game St. George’s Tech

October 24th 6:00PM Home Howard High School of Tech

October 31st  6:00PM Home Tower High School

November 7th Home Brandywine High School

Questions? Email Matthew.Jufer@redclay.k12.de.us


Drama Club to Perform “Alice in Wonderland”

Alice_in_WonderlandThe Drama Club will perform the spring play “Alice in Wonderland” at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow in the auditorium. Tickets are $2 and up at the door.

Two short student-written plays also will be showcased during the event. Freshman Arleen Opio will perform the lead role of Alice. Come out and support the arts at JDHS!