9th Grade Academy

Class of 2022




Academy Expectations

Homework Tips

Resources and Services


Wellness Center Link

Student Handbook Link

21st Century Link

Fantastic 4 Bus Link  

Clubs and Activities Link

Home Access Center Link

Schoology Link


Family Action Plan: 9th Grade (Link below) https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/for-parents/parent-action-plan-9th-grade


As you embark upon the next phase of your education, please know that you  are in very good company.  You are becoming part of our 9th Grade Academy. The mission of the 9th grade academy is to inspire and advance academic achievement for all students through excellence in teaching, learning and equitable practices. Students will be challenged to be successful, caring, life-long learners and active members of the global community. 


Mrs. Melissa Tooles         melissa.tooles@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Shinita Freeman         shinita.freeman@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Shannon Howell         shannon.howell@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Carolyn Palmer         carolyn.palmer@capital.k12.de.us 
Mr. Julius Robinson         julius.robinson@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Joanne O'Connor         joanne.oconnor@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Denisha Klins         denisha.klins@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Emily Chick         emily.chick@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Danielle Campagnini        danielle.campagnini@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Brittany Cole         brittany.cole@capital.k12.de.us 
Mr. Joseph Fuller         joseph.fuller@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Jennifer Holden         jennifer.holden@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Sharma Poonam         sharma.poonam@capital.k12.de.us 
Mr. Joseph Serrano         joseph.serrano@capital.k12.de.us 
Social Studies 
Ms. Dianne Beck dianne.beck@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Leann Ferguson         leann.ferguson@capital.k12.de.us 
Ms. Laura Hudson         laura.hudson@capital.k12.de.us 
Mr. Rudy Simonetti         rudy.simonetti@capital.k12.de.us 

Self Determination 

The SDLMI was designed to enable teachers to teach students to self-direct their own learning; that is, to enable students to become causal agents in their lives. That’s not to say that students won’t still need support - we all do. The purpose of the SDLMI is to provide a teaching model that enables teachers to support students to become more effective at initiating and self-regulating action toward goal setting and attainment. 

Being self-determined means
acting or causing things to happen in your life.

Choice making
Decision making
Goal setting
Self management

Academy Expectations

Students will attend class daily, and be prepared to work at the start of class. A student is considered TARDY if not seated when the bell rings for the beginning of class. A student is considered ABSENT if a class, or a significant portion (10 minutes or more) of a class is missed.
All students are members of the Dover High School learning community. They are expected to show respect for themselves, and for their fellow students at all times, inside and outside of the classroom. This includes:
Always giving your individual best effort
Being quiet and listening when others are talking
Respecting school property, and the property of others
Remaining seated during class presentations by teachers or students
Using appropriate language (no swearing or put-downs, in any language)
The Dover High School staff is dedicated to providing a supportive environment for student learning. Ultimately, responsibility for that learning belongs to the student. In addition to the expectations above, all Hale students are expected to show responsibility for their own learning by:
Asking for help, especially from their teacher
Doing their own work (see Cheating, below)
Supporting other members of their learning community, both students and staff
Cheating is taking credit for any work that is not your own. No credit will be given for work that is other people's work. This can include copying on a test, copying homework, and plagiarising (copying from a published author without giving them proper credit). In the case of homework or tests, both persons will lose credit for the work.
Homework Tips
Homework plays an integral part in academic success at Dover High School. As students strive to manage the details of their lives more independently,parents may feel uninformed about homework and schoolwork. We hope this information helps in responding to some of the following often-heard statements regarding homework:

"I don't have any homework."

Homework is assigned daily. It can include reviewing notes, reading, reading and responses, written assignments, projects and preparation for quizzes and tests.

"I don't have to do the homework because I do well on the tests."

All students are expected to complete homework on a daily basis. Daily homework is a significant part of your student's learning and grade. 

"All I have to do is study for a test."

The emphasis at Dover High School is on learning the work as well as doing it.Tests are challenging and require preparation. Students should review all book notes, assignments, quizzes and reading handouts in studying for a test. Key words and phrases may be highlighted, reviewed, and flash cards can be prepared.

Resources and Services 

Early Dismissals & Absences   
Students may be dropped off anytime between 7:00-7:25 am; any time after 7:25 am is considered late (tardy).  Tardies not supported by the required documentation are defined as UNEXCUSED.
Student pick-ups before 2:25pm are considered early dismissals.
When students miss school, their absences are considered unexcused until a note is presented. The note must be brought to the office within three days of the absence or the absence will remain unexcused (see below).

Ways to Communicate: excused absence, tardy, and/or early dismissal to the school
Email: DHSattendance@capital.k12.de.us
A handwritten, detailed note with specific day and date of the absence, tardy, and/or early dismissal. A maximum of 12 days can be excused by parent written note. The following are excusable: specific illness, death in the family, specific family emergency, suspension from school, religious holidays, and/or exclusion by school nurse.
A professional note from a doctor, dentist, health care provider, mental health service, etc. All of these notes are excusable.

What can happen if your Child has too many absences? 
School will contact home (beginning at 3 unexcused absences).
Guidance Counselor will contact student/parent & may refer them to the Student Intervention Team for assistance.
Student mentor may be assigned
Truancy Proceedings will begin:
Extracurricular privileges will be denied (may include athletics)
Extra time may be required
Students under 16 will be required to have a parent / student conference with the district’s visiting teacher
Students over 17 will be referred to the Dover High School attendance committee. 

What can happen if your Child has too many tardies to school?
Community Service Hours Tardy Proceedings will begin:
o   5   UE Tardies = 30 minutes           
o   10 UE Tardies = 60 minutes
o   15  UE Tardies = 90 minutes
o   20 UE Tardies=120 minutes
 Attendance Link 

Wellness Center Link
Student Handbook Link
21st Century Link
Fantastic 4 Bus Link  
Clubs and Activities Link
Home Access Center Link
Schoology Link
Family Action Plan: 9th Grade 


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