Education


IRSD changes school choice decisions a week before school

After making a major statement at their last meeting, the Indian River School District is backpedaling. The school board rejected a stack of school choice applications in July, but in August accepted most of them, and more.

In many cases,...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:36pm

School district new finance director

It took a few tries, but the Indian River School District has hired a new Director of Business. Tammy Smith was set to begin her duties on Sept. 10.

Smith most recently worked in the private sector, and was previously employed in the...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:23pm

Constitution Day poster contest seeks entries

The Major Nathaniel Mitchell Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution will celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17. In connection with the event, they are sponsoring their annual poster contest to celebrate Constitution Week. Winners will...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:40pm

Carper encourages students, recent grads to apply for fall internship

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) this week highlighted the Sept. 6 deadline for applications to intern in his Delaware and Washington, D.C., offices.

The paid internship program in Carper’s office is an opportunity for students and recent...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:39pm

Children’s book ‘My Name is Aida’ arrives at local stores

“My Name is Aida,” an illustrated children’s book about one of the most controversial issues of the day, has arrived at the Delmarva beaches. The story, about an unaccompanied minor who came to the United States as a young child, is now available...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:15pm

Sussex Tech seeks replacement of 60-year-old school

The Sussex Technical School District has spent millions of dollars renovating a 60-year-old school building. They have added wings, piecemeal, over the decades, and they still have some students in 20-year-old “temporary” classrooms. Moreover,...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:32pm

Financial Peace University program offered at Salem United

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) will start a session at Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville on Sept. 17, running nine weeks, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday.

“Millions of people have gone through Dave Ramsey’s...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:59am

Volunteers and dignitaries celebrate the work already accomplished as they continue pressing toward a community center.

'What we knew in our hearts'

Richard Allen School added to National Register

This summer, when a 96-year-old schoolhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places, it was a celebration of community, but also a reminder that Delaware long resisted racial equality for schoolchildren.

In Georgetown, the...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:42am

Indian River School District to host open houses

Schools in the Indian River School District will host a series of open houses during the months of August and September.

Open houses are designed to allow students and parents to meet teachers and staff, view class lists and tour school...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:36am

Delaware State police launches annual Operation BACKpack Project

The Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit has established a program to assist elementary school-aged children in need with the necessities for school. Troopers are asking for help with any donations to fill each child’s back-pack with...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:35am

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!

Coastal Point Photos • Tyler Valliant

The River Church hosted a back-to-school-bash on Saturday, August 17.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:59am

IRSD locks down school choice in nearly all schools

School choice is not a guarantee.

Indian River School District officials made that statement loud and clear in July, when the school board rejected school choice applications to all but three schools.

With that shift, if families...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 1:40pm

Mountaire awards $70,000 in scholarship funds to students

Mountaire Farms, the nation’s sixth largest chicken producer, recently awarded 28 students with $2,500 scholarships to help them pay for college. Children and grandchildren of employees, growers and grain suppliers are all eligible for the...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:11pm

Sussex Montessori announces Lisa Coldiron as head of school

Lisa Coldiron of Bethany Beach is serving as the inaugural Head of School for the new Sussex Montessori School, starting Aug. 1.

Represtatives of the school said Coldiron has deep community ties to western Sussex County through her work as...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:32am

Carney signs Insurance Data Security Act into law

On Wednesday, July 31, Gov.  John Carney signed House Bill 174 (“HB 174”) into law. 

Titled the Delaware Insurance Data Security Act, this law is based on an NAIC Model Act, which establishes a comprehensive regulatory framework requiring...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:43am

Looking back a little bit on half of a century

I’m 50.

Well, that wasn’t so bad. I kind of thought it would be tougher to spit that out than it was. Let’s do it again: I’m 50. Yeah, no problem at all. 

I half-expected my fingers to crumble to dust as soon as they made contact...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:42am

Wind tech researcher to speak at UD in Lewes

A researcher from the Center for Research in Wind (CReW) at the University of Delaware will discuss how recent innovations in wind technology can lead to a more environmentally-sound energy future for Delaware at the final Ocean Currents lecture...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:19am

New council members keeping eyes on community

People of this community saw a significant change in their representation on Sussex County Council last fall when newcomers Doug Hudson and John Rieley moved into the seats of former councilmembers Rob Arlett and George Cole.

Cole was the...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:40pm

Recent Sussex Tech graduate Tabitha Harris of Milford got hands-on experience toward her career goal of working as a large-engine diesel technician while working at a Dover auto shop during her senior year.

Sussex Tech adds senior Career Capstone experience

 

Sussex Technical High School this week announced a new work-based capstone experience for its incoming freshman class, part of a transformation of the school’s award-winning career and technical education program.

Beginning with...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:59am

Kraushaar named to Albright College Dean’s List

Sarah Kraushaar of Ocean View has been named to the spring 2019 Dean’s List at Albright College. A graduate of Indian River High School, Kraushaar studied religious studies, with a minor in Holocaust studies, during the spring semester. To be...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:49am

Lewes Creative Writers’ Conference to be held Aug. 17

The 12th Annual Lewes Creative Writers’ Conference will be held at the Lewes Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshops on a variety of writing-related topics will be offered throughout the day.

In addition to...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:13am

Young Environmentalists receive awards at state fair

At the Delaware State Fair last week, Gov. John Carney and DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin honored two dozen Delawareans and groups of all ages for their environmental leadership, innovation and dedication.

“This afternoon, we recognized a...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:09am

Sussex Tech names final quarter of honor roll students

More than 460 students at Sussex Technical High School were named to the honor roll for the fourth marking period for the 2018-2019 academic year. Local students named to the list included:

• Bethany Beach — sophomore Evan Davis.

•...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:06am

South Coastal AARP awards scholarships to Furman, O’Shields

The road to college recently became a little easier for two Indian River High School (IRHS) graduates. The South Coastal Delaware Chapter AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) awarded Grace Furman and Abigail O’Shields each a $1,500...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:05am

IRSD receives more than $2M in state grant funding

The Indian River School District has received three grants from the State of Delaware totaling more than $2.2 million, district officials announced on July 15. The grants will provide funding for professional learning activities for teachers and...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:20am

Sussex Tech is the first local school district to use the state-sponsored Rave Panic Button mobile app, shown here during a test in the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.

Sussex Tech adds safety mobile app for emergency situations

In an emergency, Sussex Technical High School educators can now notify each other and 911 simultaneously. The Sussex Technical School District is one of the first districts to take advantage of a state-wide offering of an emergency-response...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:17am

Children learn about the box turtle from Meghan Rhode of Assateague State Park.

Fenwick storytime events keep kids interested

The Barefoot Gardeners Children’s Storytime visited Fenwick Island Town Hall on Wednesday, July 10, as 20 children participated in a meet-and-greet with Ranger Meghan Rhode from Assateague State Park, who introduced the children to several of her...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:38am

Kindergarteners Jack Parks, Camille Leslie, Gavin Dennis, Hunter Harrison and Matthew Evangelista, front row, enjoy time with the kindergarten teacher team of Brittany Flurer, Heather Dennis and Kelley Burton, back row.

WPS adds second section of kindergarten, extends after care hours

Worcester Preparatory School recently announced the addition of a second section of kindergarten to the Lower School for this fall. The two classes will be led by the teaching team of Kelley Burton and Heather Dennis, along with kindergarten...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:35am

Sussex County is transforming technical education with a renewed focus on careers

Tabitha Harris has known for years that she wants to work as an auto technician. So she came to Sussex Technical High School, where for three years she studied in our auto tech program and earned top-level certifications.

Over the last...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:05am

Frankford library to teach kindergarten readiness in August

Families rounding their final summer before kindergarten can breathe a little easier. The Frankford Public Library is hosting a kindergarten readiness program to help kids and parents face the unknown.

The K-Club will meet for four weeks,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:45am

Donovan awarded degree from Kutztown University

Reilly Donovan of Millsboro has been awarded a bachelor’s degree in geography/globalization from Kutztown University, the university announced this week. Kutztown University conferred degrees for nearly 1,300 students for the Spring 2019 semester...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:22am

Osher offering programs throughout county this fall

Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) with classes scheduled for Sept. 3-Nov. 18 in Bridgeville, Dover, Lewes and Ocean View.

Nicknamed “OLLI,” UD’s lifelong...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:01pm

IR graduate Gavin Smith sets his sights on veterinary training at Delaware Technical Community College.

IR grad seeking support for college veterinary training

All those graduation cards that talk about “resting on your laurels” — that’s a nice idea, unless the recent graduate has a goal to reach and doesn’t want to waste time reaching it.

Gavin Smith didn’t take a break after graduating from...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:57pm

Local students among Delaware College Scholars graduates

On June 16, parents, faculty and supporters gathered to celebrate as 36 rising college freshmen graduated from the Delaware College Scholars (DCS) program.

“Each of you has truly accomplished something impressive,” remarked the graduation’...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:18pm

Revel graduates from Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg College celebrated its 171st commencement on May 19. During the ceremony, which was held on the College Green, 502 students were awarded their undergraduate degrees, including Justin Revel of Millsboro, who graduated magna cum laude...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:16pm

Schrock earns degree from Albright College

A graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, Hannah Rose Schrock of Millsboro has earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing while minoring in digital media, at Albright College.

Albright’s Class of 2019 consists of 395...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:17am

Lapenna named to Clemson University President’s List

Lauren A. Lapenna of Selbyville has been named to the President’s List at Clemson University for the spring 2019 semester, the university announced this week. Lapenna’s major is psychology. To be named to the President’s List, a student must...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:16am

Evans graduates from JMU

James Madison University announced this week that Laura Evans of Millsboro was among the 3,700 students who received degrees during the university’s May 2019 commencement exercises. Evans graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences....

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:11am

Morris named Alvernia University student ambassador

Tyzhir Morris of Millsboro has been named a student ambassador at Alvernia University for the 2019-2020 academic year. Morris is majoring in early childhood education, pre-K-4, with special-ed pre-K-8, at Alvernia.

The Student Ambassadors...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:03am

Taite Daisey graduates from College of Charleston

Taite Daisey of Frankford graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public health from the College of Charleston during the college’s spring 2019 commencement on May 10-11. Daisey was among more than 1,700 bachelor’s degree and master’s degree...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:01am

Education Briefs

Shockley completes service trip to Peru

Rylee Shockley of Millsboro is one of nine Lebanon Valley College students who completed a week of service in Peru in May. Shockley, a graduate of Sussex Technical High School, is pursuing a bachelor...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:00am

Seashore State park launches educational programs

Staff at Delaware Seashore State Park are geared up for another jam-packed schedule of educational programs this season. The park, which includes the Indian River Inlet, extends for 6.5 miles between Dewey and Bethany beaches. Park staff have...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:51am

Kuharich graduates from University of Alabama

Kelli Elizabeth Kuharich of Selbyville recently received a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama. UA awarded some 5,716 degrees during spring commencement May 3-5.

UA offers its students...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:39am

School district re-starts process to build new school

It’s just the first step of many, but the Indian River School District has made the first movement toward the referendum process for building a new school.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the IRSD Board of Education will decide to host a...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:56pm

Grace Snyder will follow four generations of her mother’s family into U.S. military service. She is the first female IRHS grad to attend West Point.

IR grad takes her game to West Point

Grace Snyder had to buy men’s boots for school this autumn. The West Point supply store doesn’t carry women’s sizes.

For the next four years of college, she’ll be wearing a uniform, as 17-year-old Snyder was accepted to the U.S. Military...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:58am

IRHS students finish strong on honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the fourth and final marking period in the 2018-2019 school year. Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Robert Argo, Shelby Bacon, Riley Blatzheim, Bailee...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:55am

Three local students awarded degrees at Widener University

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 1,100 graduates in a ceremony Friday, May 17. Commencement was held at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

The commencement speaker was former U.S. Congressman and past...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:53am

Grace Kemp won the inaugural SDSA Distinguished Dragon award.

Kemp named SDSA’s first Distinguished Dragon

Sometimes, the best leaders aren’t center-stage. But they can deliver a great pep talk behind the scenes. Grace Kemp of Millsboro proved that in June while finishing eighth grade at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. She won the inaugural...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:50am

IRSD turns to operational and reserve funds to function

The Indian River School District is brainstorming temporary financial solutions until the public approves a permanent fix.

To build a needed new school, the district had hoped to use state funds and a local tax increase. Since the local...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:19am

FI Lions award $15K in scholarships to IRHS seniors

Each year, the Fenwick Island Lions Club sets aside, as part of their annual budget, funds to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding seniors of Indian River High School.

“To choose the recipients of the scholarships is always a...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:41am