Education


The eyes of a nation: IR band marches in DC parade on Monday

Indian River High School Band is packing their bags for perhaps their most exciting performance ever: the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 27,

The parade will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. around the country...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 3:41pm

Southern Delaware School of the Arts-iversary

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

Southern Delaware School of the Arts celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 11. Since opening in the fall of 1999, SDSA has served Indian River School District students, kindergarten through...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Sussex Tech students named to honor roll

A total of 472 Sussex Technical High School students were recently named to the honor roll for the third marking period for the 2018-2019 academic year. Local students who were recognized included:

• From Bethany Beach, Evan Davis,...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:55am

Local students among those named to Delaware College Scholars

Delaware College Scholars (DCS) recently announced its newest cohort of students (Cohort 6) slated to begin its program this June.

Local students from Sussex County who have been selected include: Tatyana Alexis, Sussex Central High School...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:50am

Indian River High School highlights third quarter honor roll

Indian River High School in Dagsboro recently announced the Honor Roll for the third marking period in the 2018-2019 school year. Students honorees were:

• Seniors with High Honors — Robert Argo, Shelby Bacon, Riley Blatzheim, Bailee...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:46am

MBS announces second-trimester scholastic achievement

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School recently congratulated a number of students who scholastic recognition in the second trimester:

• Sixth grade, Danaya Arzadon, Katherine Erickson, Isaiah Failla, Theresa Hayes, Sophie Maskell, Sean...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:46am

Guzman recognized on Cedar Crest College’s Spring 2019 Dean’s List

Cedar Crest College recently congratulated dozens of students who were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring semester of 2019. Among the students recognized is Guadalupe Guzman of Selbyville.

The Dean’s List recognizes students who have...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:40am

Kraushaar honored during Albright College award ceremony

Sarah Kraushaar of Ocean View was honored during Albright College’s end-of-year Honors & Awards Ceremony on May 5. A graduate of Indian River High School, Kraushaar earned the Ellery B. Haskell Memorial Award for Religious Studies. Kraushaar...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:39am

Ashmore named to Dean’s List for Spring 2019

Sarah Ashmore, a resident of Bethany Beach, has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester, the college announced this week. Ashmore is majoring in journalism and is a member of the Class of 2021. The requirement...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:39am

Sussex Tech marks Peace Officers Memorial Day

To mark Peace Officers Memorial Day last week, Sussex Technical High School invited representatives from local law-enforcement agencies to attend a brief flag ceremony honoring fallen police officers. Sussex Tech’s JROTC cadets performed the...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:33am

Six Selbyville Middle School students won prizes from the Lord Baltimore Lions Club in the group’s drug-free poster contest, designed to encourage youth to avoid illegal and non-prescribed drugs. Pictured celebrating the honor, from left, are: LBLC President Janet Bauer, winning SMS students Samantha Ciociola, Isaac Smith, Taylor Conaway, Collin King, Gina Garcia and Shanyla Hanley, and SMS Principal Jason Macrides.

SMS students win drug-free poster contest

The Selbyville Middle School PTO, in partnership with the administration of Selbyville Middle School and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, recently sponsored a drug-free poster contest to promote awareness of the dangers and permanent damage to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:32am

DelDOT Delaware Bridge Design Competition third-place award winners include, back row, DCHS freshmen Noah Culver, Aaron Brown and Michael Hart, and second-place award winners, front row, Isabelle Donihue, Gavin Catron and SarahAnne Smith.

DCHS students win awards at DelDOT bridge design competition

On Wednesday, May 1, Delmarva Christian High School physical science teacher Tiffany Haley and her ninth-grade physical science students traveled to Woodside to participate in DelDOT’s Second Annual Delaware Bridge Design Competition. Later that...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:29am

Attendees at a previous year’s Artisans Fair shop for works of art from Delaware and surrounding states.

Artisans Fair to bring fine art, food and more to Lord Baltimore

The 12th Annual Artisans Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, which means Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will be bursting at the seams with arts and crafts inside and out, as well as a farmers’ market outside.

The...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:25am

Selbyville library’s summer reading, free lunch program set to begin

The Selbyville Public Library is set to launch their annual Summer Reading Program on June 1 and will start serving free lunches on June 10. The programs, aimed at helping to bridge the summer learning gap, and provide convenience and ease to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:43am

SDSA students Ellie Merrick, left, and Ava Strong and put their art skills to the test, winning prizes in the 2019 Delaware Arbor Day Poster Contest.

SDSA students win state Arbor Day poster contest

Southern Delaware School of the Arts produced two winners in the 2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest hosted by Delaware Forest Service.

Ellie Merrick, a fifth-grader from Selbyville, was Delaware’s overall state winner for 2019.

Ava...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:31am

IRSD referendum re-do defeated by 65 votes

Local elections prove that every vote truly counts. More than 9,000 people voted in the May 7 Indian River School District referendum, which was defeated by only 65 votes.

The unofficial tally was 4,643 to 4,578. After failing in February...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:01pm

Southern Delaware School of the Arts students perform a dance show earlier this school year. SDSA will celebrate 20 years of educating students in the arts.

SDSA set to celebrate 20 years of arts-based education

In the fall of 1999, what was once the old Selbyville Middle School reopened with fresh paint and new chairs to house the Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

“A group of parents, administrators and the board really wanted to build a...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:44pm

Teacher Katherine Bennett wants kids to be themselves, even if that means a little extra chatter in the classroom.

Bennett creates an open learning environment at PCS

Katherine Bennett doesn’t mind that her students are talkative. That just means they’re comfortable expressing themselves.

“I want them to be real with me, not stuffy or controlled,” she said. “Good learning doesn’t happen in that...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:26am

Delaware Tech to host commencement ceremonies May 14

Delaware Technical Community College will hold its 51st annual commencement ceremonies on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13, 14 and 15, for its campuses in Dover, Georgetown and Wilmington, respectively.

On May 14, Del Tech’s Jack F....

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:13am

Beers earns Honors at Fairleigh Dickinson

Rachel Beers, of Selbyville, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus, located in Madison, N..J, has been named to the Honors List for the Fall 2018 semester.

To qualify for the Honors List, a student must carry a 3.5...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:11am

School of Nursing to host babysitting course this summer

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare will once again host its babysitting course this summer. The one-day course is designed to teach teens the characteristics and qualities of a good sitter, about child development and...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:07am

Fredrikson inducted into Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Karin Fredrikson of Selbyville was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society. Fredrikson was initiated at Clemson University.

Fredrikson is among approximately...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:57am

Jamaar Drummond and Da’Jah Baines

A Golden Promenade

Coastal Point • Photos by Tyler Valliant

Indian River High School students made an elegant entrance to the 2019 prom. The night’s theme was ‘Golden Gala.’ The event’s grand march was held May 4 in Ocean City, Md.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:33am

Referendum results were announced just after 8 p.m. at Indian River Educational Complex.

BREAKING NEWS: IRSD referendum re-do defeated in nearly 50/50 split

Over 9,000 people voted in the May 7 Indian River School District referendum, which was defeated by 65 votes.

The unofficial tally was 4,643 to 4,578. IRSD had proposed a temporary tax increase for new...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:36pm

Millsboro Middle School’s Arthur Henry was named Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year.

‘My job is to light the fire’

Millsboro Middle conductor wins IRSD Teacher of the Year

At Millsboro Middle School, Arthur Henry believes that celebrating diversity has made his band students grow into better people, while becoming better musicians. That attitude helped him earn the honor of Indian River School District’s Teacher of...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:13pm

Frankford library moving forward with new leadership, staff

At an open house event at the Frankford Public Library earlier this month, visitors were greeted by new faces at every turn.

That’s because the library’s staff is totally new — from the director to part-time employees. The board of...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:50am

Catherine ‘Cathy’ Dorey loves teaching the youngest of IRSD's students

Dorey builds foundation for learning at Carver Center, offers tips to parents

Catherine “Cathy” Dorey loves to see the spark of learning. And she gets to see it daily, as the Teacher of the Year for G. W. Carver Educational Center.

Dorey works with the very youngest children at Indian River School District’s early...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:26am

Zachary Hurley thanks a business partner from Redner’s Warehouse Market.

Ennis students learn life skills, one job at a time

Sometimes the best education comes through experience. Howard T. Ennis School students benefit every day from the work experience that Sussex County employers provide. As they prepare for a more independent future, students paused to thank the...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:31am

Left to right, Tom Foglesong, Mark Record, Theresa Gabbard and Representative Wayne Hartman.

Knights of Columbus recognizes MBS Educator of the Year

The Knights of Columbus, Council #9053, awarded Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Guidance Counselor, Theresa Gabbard, with their 2019 Educator of the Year Award during a ceremony held on Monday, April 15. Gabbard’s colleagues and family...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:09am

Bullis accepted to Delaware Valley University

Zachary Bullis of Millsboro has been accepted for admission at Delaware Valley University, the university announced this week.

Delaware Valley University is an independent, comprehensive university with more than 1,000 acres in Bucks and...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:29am

Grise Memorial Scholarship to be granted to local student

The Preceptor Omega Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter this spring will be granting the 23rd Howard D. Grise Memorial Scholarship to a qualified high school graduate. 

Candidates must reside in the Indian River High School attendance area and...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:28am

Lions to offer information on youth program

Lions Clubs leadership in District 22D will offer a special information session on a social-emotional program for youth on Saturday, May 4, at the Dewey Beach Clubhouse, located at 115 McKinley Street, Dewey Beach. The program will provide an...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:22pm

After coaching executives through the Great Recession, Jeff Bunting became a teacher after realizing that young people needed even more help.

Bunting teaches real-world skills at Indian River

Jeff Bunting teaches high school now, but at the height of the Great Recession, he was helping “six-figure-salary guys” navigate unemployment.

“We’ve got folks with master’s degrees and 20 years of corporate-level experience that can’t...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:20pm

IRSD accepting nominations for ExCEL program

The Indian River School District announced this week that it is now accepting nominations for its ExCEL program.

ExCEL is a district-wide gifted program for the Indian River School District’s academically-talented children. The program...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:19pm

Tech health students win 14 awards at state competition

Eight Sussex Technical High School students are headed to the national HOSA—Future Health Professionals championships after victories at the state competition recently. A total of 20 Tech students took home 14 awards as teams or individuals,...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:17pm

Preston Automotive Group donates vehicle to Sussex Tech Adult Education Division

The Sussex Technical School District’s Adult Division recently received a vehicle donation from Boulevard Ford Lewes, a division of the Preston Automotive Group, to help with its automotive technician apprenticeship program.

“This gift...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:17pm

Robert Oliver, left, and Rich Glorioso, right, honoro participants in the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School including, from left, Sandra Pawlowska, Julia Carlson and Mia Diehl.

Knights of Columbus sponsor Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest at MBS

The Knights of Columbus, Bishop Burke Council, recently sponsored their annual Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest for eighth-grade students at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Berlin, Md. The topic for the essay was, “How does my family...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:12pm

Lewes foreign-policy class hosts noted speakers

The University of Delaware’s lifelong learning program in Lewes hosted a series of guest speakers presenting wide-ranging discussions on international issues currently facing the U.S.

Addressing hot-button topics such as terrorism,...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:13am

IRHS presents “Legally Blonde: The Musical!” Abby Wilson (center) plays “Elle Woods,” the perky sorority girl who gets serious and goes to Harvard.

IRHS to present ‘Legally Blonde’ musical

Indian River High School student actors, singers, musicians and crew are currently rehearsing for the school’s 2019 musical production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical!”
There will be three performances: Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., a...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:35pm

From left, Horatio Garcia-Korosec of Del-One, Luke Morgan, Victoria Gee, Veronica Nran-Nock of Del-One and Brooke Weaver get last-minute software tutorials at the Del-One satellite branch in IRHS.

Student-run bank opens at Indian River

It’s lunchtime at Indian River High School, and few students notice as teacher Jeff Bunting emerges from a new set of glass doors, until he shouts across the room:

“Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention? The Del-One...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:47am

Ready for business? About one-third of Indian River's BPA students earned spots to the national conference in California in May.

IRHS students rock BPA state competition

One day, these kids could make great business employees — or executives. This year, a bunch of Indian River High School students have qualified for the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference, May 1-5 in Anaheim,...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:42am

IRHS celebrates second-quarter honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the second marking period in the 2018-2019 school year. Now halfway through the year, students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Robert Argo, Shelby Bacon, Patrick...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:39am

School board candidates’ forum to be held in Frankford

It’s time to hear what the candidates stand for. The Indian River School District board election is coming in May, and the public can attend a candidates’ forum on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at Frankford Public Library.

Geographically...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:49pm

Christy Taylor speaks to the Shore Dems at Cripple Creek Country club about a proposed charter school in the Georgetown area, and about her brother, Bryan Stevenson, author of the book ‘Just Mercy’ which is also the subject of an upcoming HBO film.

Proposed charter school would focus on area’s under-served youth

Although many in the area know Christy Taylor as a music instructor and musician, her speech to the Shore Democrats on Wednesday, March 20, centered on a different passion.

Taylor — who has taught music in the Indian River School District...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:08am

DCHS students Alice Xu and Abby Agapito display the 120-numbered Anatomy & Physiology test that they completed with time to spare, and in which they placed 11th in the state and first in Sussex County in the 2019 Science Olympiad.

DCHS students score high in Science Olympiad

On Saturday, March 2, Delmarva Christian High School students Abby Agapito, Jessie Sun, Alice Xu and Jasmine Zhang participated in the 2019 Science Olympiad competition held at Delaware State College in Dover.

With 56 teams across Delaware...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:24am

Packed hallways at Selbyville Middle School are the norm, according to school district officials.

Voters will decide how long IRSD students are in portable classrooms

Selbyville Middle School and two other schools will begin using modular classrooms this autumn. If voters pass the May 7 referendum for new construction, then students should only be using outdoor classrooms for about five years. If not, that...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:49am

FORGE launches new programs

FORGE Youth & Family Academy, now located in Pittsville, Md., is launching new programming for local youth. The organization’s mission is “to break the cycle of bad choices,” and the organization has implemented new programs to help...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:08am

Autism Delaware scholarships applications due April 15

Autism Delaware is now accepting applications for three scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year: the Autism Delaware Daniel & Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship, the Autism Delaware Adult with Autism Scholarship and the Autism Delaware Autism...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:56am

Elaine Maggioli, seventh-grade science teacher, celebrates a science fair award with winner Martin Cosgrove of Seaford and Dennis Bartow of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays.

Sussex Academy student receives science fair award

Sussex Academy seventh-grader Martin Cosgrove recently received a certificate and monetary award from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays for his Sussex County Science Fair Project, “The Effect of Moon Phases on Bacterial Level in the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:46am

One of the osprey prepares the nest last spring atop Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.

Osprey to be diverted from LB rooftop back to original home

Lord Baltimore Elementary School students and staff loved watching a pair of osprey raise their family atop the old building last year. But it’s time to say goodbye, and it’s for the birds’ own good.

Last spring, two ospreys built a nest...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:24am