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Update for 3/26/2021

Dear Senators,

I love highlighting just a few of the wonderful things happeningSenator Update here in Senator Nation in each of these updates and my heart has been filled as we spotlight the Dover High School Unified Basketball Team who won the DIAA State Championship on Saturday, March 13th!  We are so proud of the sportsmanship demonstrated by all of the teams that participated.  And there is more exciting news—we broke ground for the construction of our two new interconnected Middle Schools, which will open in the fall of 2023!

Our district is filled with exemplary examples of what it means to be a Senator, so take a moment to get to know our wonderful Capital staff in each of the highlights within this update.

We are looking forward to the warmer weather where children can play outside safely and enjoy the benefits of exercising in open spaces. Please enjoy Spring Break while staying safe, healthy and happy as we move forward with hope and encouragement for even greater things to come!

Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson

Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson
Interim Superintendent


  • National Certified Nurses Day - March 19, 2021 was National Certified Nurses Day. We honor and thank the nurses in our schools who are nationally certified. 
  • Teacher Highlights - Get to know Mrs. Chrystal Hall, South Dover Elementary’s 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year  
  • Empowering Capital Families - Capital’s Student Services offers a virtual information event each month.  Come learn about Mental Health Resources on April 15.
  • COVID Reminders - Remember these tips to help continue to stop the spread of COV

Dover High School Unified Basketball Team wins State Championship!

Congratulations to our Dover High School Unified Basketball Team!  On Saturday, the Team won the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association’s State Championship.  They beat Indian River 33 to 15!  Dover went into the tournament ranked #2 and Indian River was #3. Our Senators held a small lead after the third quarter and pulled away from Indian River in the fourth quarter for the championship win!  Dover also won the Unified Football Championship in December, making the unified basketball championship their second title this year!  Great job, Senators! 

Dover Unified Basketball Team Unified Championship Scoreboard

Update on the Two New Interconnected Middle Schools

A Groundbreaking Ceremony for the two new interconnected Middle Schools was held on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 10 am. Dignitaries, administrators and members of the community attended. Rolling Thunder, the Dover High School drumline, opened the ceremony with their inspiring performance. Interim Superintendent Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson addressed the group and gave credit to all who helped make the construction of the two new middle schools possible.  The Central Middle School Chorus sang, led by Choir Director Ms. Heather Akers. Interim Assistant Superintendent Adewunmi Kuforiji invited our distinguished guests to participate in the actual groundbreaking. The weather was lovely and the event was one that will be remembered as the start of a new era and a fulfillment of Capital’s referendum and Strategic Plan to “Meet the Needs of the Whole Child.”

Capital School District Administrators

Capital School District Administrators pose for a quick photo!

Rolling Thunder, Dover High School's drumline
The Dover High School drumline, Rolling Thunder, opened the ceremony with a performance.

Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson at Groundbreaking Ceremony
Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson, Interim Superintendent, spoke during the Groundbreaking Ceremony

sign showing Middle School drawing
The sign with a drawing of the interconnected middle schools on the Pat Lynn Drive property

Central Middle School Chorus
The Central Middle School Chorus performed during the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Two New Interconnected Middle Schools

Dignitaries participate in the groundbreaking ceremony
Mayor Robin Christiansen, Councilman Roy Sudler, Councilman Ralph Taylor,  Councilman Gerald Rocha, Representative Bill Bush, Council Fred Neil, Dr. Wilma Mishoe, and Senator Trey Paradee join in the groundbreaking

Capital staff at the groundbreaking ceremony
Mr. Paul Dunford, Mr. Ben Wells, Mr. Jim Mark, Mr. Charles Sheppard, Ms. Shan Green, Ms. Mary Cooke, Dr. Sylvia Henderson, Mr. Ade Kuforiji break ground

Mr. Elliot Hardin takes last dig Last dig at the groundbreaking
Mr. Elliot Hardin, Supervisor of Capital’s Building and Grounds, uses heavy machinery to take the final dig during the Ground-Breaking Ceremony

Click here to see the entire Groundbreaking Ceremony on Facebook.

National Certified Nurses Day Nationally Certified Nurses Day

Friday, March 19, 2021 was National Certified Nurses
 day. We honor and  thank the Nationally Certified School Nurses in Capital School District – Nurse Audrey Mayan at Kent County Community School at Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Nurse Crystal Sheets at Kent County Secondary ILC, and Nurse Faye Unger at South Dover Elementary School!  Thank you for all the great things you do for Capital School District!


Nationally Certified Nurse Audrey MayanAudrey Mayan, MSN, RN, NCSN
Kent County Community School/DAP

Audrey Mayan was born and raised in Delaware. A Dover High School graduate, she has been a nurse for almost 23 years and a school nurse for almost 14 years. In addition to Dover High, she graduated from Del Tech and then Wesley for a master's degree in nursing/health & wellness promotion. Besides school nursing, Nurse Mayan works as a relief RN on the Women’s Services/Mother-Baby unit at Bayhealth, Kent Campus.  She is a mother to two grown boys, a lover of the outdoors, dogs, the beach, summer, cooking, random day trips and live music.  “Being a school nurse for KCCS/DAP,” she said, “is the best job ever, working with awesome kids and staff.”

Nationally Certified Nurse Faye Unger Faye  R. Unger MSN, RN, NCSN
South Dover Elementary School Nurse

Faye Unger has been with Capital School District for 19 years and is currently with South Dover Elementary School . “I love Capital!” she said. Nurse Unger is from Milford, Delaware and has lived in Georgia where she got nursing experience mostly in pediatrics. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BSN and from Wesley College with a MSN. She is a Nationally Certified Nurse. “Best Career Ever!” she told us.

Nurse Unger is changing her name to Eisenbrey in June.  She is getting married!  Congratulations, Nurse Faye R. Unger, on your upcoming wedding! 


Nurse Sheets, KCSILC
Crystal B. Sheets BSN, RN, NCSN
Kent County Secondary ILC

Crystal Sheets is in her 5th year at the Kent County Secondary, ILC program in Capital School District. She is also employed at Bayhealth Medical Center. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing and is working on a Masters degree at Cambridge College. 

Nurse Sheets is married, and her husband is also a nurse. They have 2 sons and are raising their nephew so they have 3 boys! She loves animals, the beach, Disney, and to travel.  She and her husband have been on a medical mission to Africa and look forward to doing more in the future! 

Get to know Principal Melissa White  

Fairview Elementary School Principal Melissa has always lovedMelissa White, Principal of Fairview Elementary to learn. She enjoys synergizing and collaborating with others. “Being a principal allows me to work with my colleagues to bring powerful learning experiences to students,” she said. “It also allows for doing the same with staff and developing teacher leaders.”

When asked how she got to where she was today, Ms. White told us that her path was a non-traditional one. “My undergrad degree is in accounting. I always enjoyed volunteering in my daughter's classrooms and left feeling very fulfilled when I worked with students. I went back to school to get my teaching degree. I taught 8th grade math for 10 years and then worked as the math coach for grades 5-8 for 2 years and then interviewed for my current position. This is my eighth year and I love coming to work each day and working with the staff and students at Fairview.” Principal White finds that she stays motivated during this time period to make sure the staff continue to do their best and support their students and families. “It is also important for me to support the staff as well. It is very important for us to take care of ourselves so we can give our best. We cannot pour from an empty cup.” 

Melissa White, Principal of Fairview ElementaryOne of the most valuable lessons she has learned is how resilient and how interdependent we are. “We are not an island unto ourselves and cannot do life alone—we need each other.” On a personal note, she is so proud of her two daughters (who happen to be part of Senator nation as graduates) and their families. “I am proud to be a part of Senator Nation and to be the principal at the elementary school that I attended as a child. I am truly blessed to work with the best staff and families. I continue to learn and grow from working with them every day.”

When asked what is the one thing she wants every child to learn and know at Fairview Elementary School, she said, “If I could pick one thing, I want them to know that they can do anything they dream and want to do. It does not matter where they live, what their families look like, or what anyone tells them they can or cannot do. They are full of possibility if they only believe and do the work to pursue their dreams.” 

Teacher Highlight - Mrs. Chrystal Hall, South Dover Elementary School 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year

Meet Mrs. Chrystal Hall!  “Hello Senators! It is an honor to be SouthMrs. Chrystal Hall Dover’s Teacher of the Year! I am super excited to represent our school and the Capital School District.” This is Mrs. Hall’s 14th year as an educator. “I have a passion for teaching and working with children. I strive for my classroom to be a fun and engaging environment for my students that fosters a love for learning and keeps them wanting to come back each and every day. I treat my students as if they are one of my own, and I believe you teach from the heart and not just from the book.  I feel that it’s important to build the social and emotional connections with our students before we can truly build on the academics.” She said that South Dover has really reinforced this mindset in her, and it is from the collaboration and connections that she has made there with her fellow colleagues and all of her students that has helped her to learn, grow and thrive as a teacher. 

“I knew from my elementary years that I wanted to become an educator.  I had an amazing teacher in elementary school that truly changed and helped shape my life.  Coming from a divorced household, my father was my rock. At the early age of 9 years old, I lost my father in a car accident.  It was an absolutely devastating time in my life. Losing a parent at any age is difficult, but so early on is extremely hard for a nine year old to comprehend and emotionally work through.  Amongst all of that, my sister and I learned that we may be in foster care and up for adoption. My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Kelly, was there to support me every step of the way in one of the toughest years of my childhood.” She said that Mrs. Kelly attended her father’s funeral and was never more than a few feet away. “She spent her lunch hours with me to talk through my feelings, and she scheduled visits with my grandparents to spend additional time with me.  She created a safe and secure relationship with me that helped me work through such a hard time in my life and I am forever grateful for her to this day! She had shown and taught me that one caring teacher can truly change a child’s life in the best possible way. She made me realize that I want to be that person for other children that she was for me.  That one caring teacher that will never give up on a child, that will support them through anything that they may be going through, and will help them be the best versions of themselves.” Mrs. Hall loves teaching because of those connections that she is able to make with her students and their families. “I love those moments when you get to see the excitement when the lightbulb goes off and a student grasps a new concept! I love the singing and dancing, the hugs and 'I LOVE YOUs”', and the pure joy that the kids show because they are just excited to be there." She also loves the collaboration with her Kindergarten team.  “We could not possibly do all of this without each other…it truly is a team effort and I appreciate each and every one of them. Teamwork makes the dream work. If you love what you do, then it will surely shine through!”


North Dover Elementary Artists in the Classroom

Wondering what’s happening in school? This month is Youth Art Month, created to showcase and bring awareness of art education in schools!  Take a look at the video slideshow below for a sneak peek at these North Dover artists!

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Empowering Capital FamiliesEmpowering Capital Families Information Series

Capital School District’s Student Services is offering a monthly virtual information series! Topics have ranged from housing to community resources. These will be interactive Zoom sessions so come with your questions and comments on the featured topics! Join us on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1 pm.  The focus of this session will be Mental Health Resources.  Mrs. Lawanda Burgoyne, Supervisor of Student Services, will give a presentation on Youth Mental Health - Awareness and Support.  Click on the following link on April 15 to join the virtual discussion:

DeSSA Testing

As we move into the last marking period of the school year, we will begin administering our annual state assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Although this year has been like no other, these assessments will provide us with valuable information about our students’ learning strengths and needs moving forward and will also provide you with information about your child’s academic progress. This information, along with other classroom data, will be used to help us ensure we are meeting the needs of each student as we plan for summer and fall programming. 

Your child’s school will be reaching out in the coming weeks to let you know the dates and times in which they will be testing. Students participating in the hybrid model will complete the state assessments on the days in which they attend in-person learning at school. Students that are participating in remote learning at home will be scheduled to come into the school to complete the assessments. Schools will be reaching out to remote families with additional scheduling details. Transportation may be provided as needed for remote students on the days that they are scheduled to come into the school to test.  

Thank you so much for your continued involvement and support as we move into the home stretch of this unprecedented school year. 

Top Tips for Keeping Our Senator Nation Safe and Healthy 

Capital Nurses urge everyone - if you are not feeling well, stay home and away from others and schedule an appointment with your primary care provider as needed! 
Families should also complete the student health screener each day before sending students to in-person learning. Capital School District follows established cleaning protocols against COVID-19. High-touch surfaces (stair rails, doorknobs, push-bars on doors, bathrooms, etc.) are wiped frequently using an EPA-approved cleaning and disinfecting agent from the EPA’s List N as approved for COVID-19 use.

Supplies are provided to each classroom: 

  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Extra Supply of Masks
  • Glove Supply

Additional ways to help prevent the spread:

  • Don’t go to work/school if you are sick.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces often.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated space.
  • Add your phone to the COVID-19 fight – Download the COVID Alert DE app.
  • Answer the call from DPH’s contact tracer – the phone number they call from is 302-446-4262 or your caller ID will say DE PUBLICHEALTH.

Get tested for COVID-19 – you can, even with no symptoms.
To find testing locations, visit

Please note most test sites now require a call for an appointment for testing or pre-registration.

For information on Delaware on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit

Student Success Guide
School Based Mental Health Teams
Meal Delivery Information
What Delawareans Can Do to Stop the Spread
Social and Emotional Wellness Consideration Reopening Plan
Information from the State of Delaware about testing
Information on COVID-19 Vaccine


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