Education


Howard T. Ennis School students held a ribboncutting for their new thrift store, ‘Thrifty Eagle’ on Friday, Jan. 4.

Ennis students open ‘Thrifty Eagle’ shop in Frankford

Frankford has a new shopping spot, run by the students of the Howard T. Ennis School.

The public can find secondhand clothing and household accessories for a reasonable cost at the Thrifty Eagle, a retail thrift store located at the G.W....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:27pm

Officials have been trying to make it safer for children to get on and off buses, both locally and nationally.

State, national officials beg drivers to stop passing school buses

Are you going to be the reason a child doesn’t come home from school today? Or tomorrow? Or next week?

Between a U.S. rash of bus-stop related accidents this autumn and Delaware’s pedestrian fatalities this winter, drivers and pedestrians...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 3:11pm

Banking on those real-world skills

The Del-One Federal Credit Union is teaching high-schoolers how to run their own banking kiosk at Indian River High School. Starting in January, students in the business pathway will serve as part-time bank tellers in the high school cafeteria,...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:55pm

WPS first-grade angels close the show with the fifth-grade nativity scene. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Clara Collins-Ellingsworth, Jack Hornung, Taj Sands, Nonda Gjikuria, Leo Galles, Aadish Maharjan; middle row, Keller Hoch, Liam Doran, Charlie Rutter, Estelle Damouni, Lea Jaoude, C.J. Labin, Sarah Brasure; back row, Sadie Kremer, Emmy Givens-Grevey, Elena Kappes, Lilly White, Isabella Rice; and, center, fifth-graders Priya Haldar and Michael Hebert as Mary and Joseph.

WPS Students Ring in the Season with Two Holiday Concerts

Families and students from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 kicked off the season with two Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) annual traditions.

On Dec. 7, Lower School Music Director Joanie Brittingham introduced a performance, “The Good...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:18am

Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band to perform at Peach Bowl Parade

More than 100 members of the Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band were set to march and perform in the Peach Bowl Festival Parade and other events this week in Atlanta.

The band was scheduled to perform at the College Football Hall of...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:15am

New books were delivered to Epworth Preschool in Rehoboth Beach, but will also be circulated to many other Read Aloud Sussex County locations.

BHHS Gallo Realty delivers books to Read Aloud Delaware

The goal of Read Aloud Delaware, a statewide agency that works to promote literacy, is: “Every preschool child in Delaware should be read to one-on-one.” To help achieve that goal, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty held an autumn new-...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:41am

Students in Stephanie Syphard's first grade class were joined by members of the Home and Garden Club at The Refuge at Dirickson Creek on Thursday, Dec. 6 when the club presented the school with a check to be used for maintenance of the school's garden. Shown with the class are, back row from left, Principal Allisa Booth, club president Pamela White, club vice president Sandy Murphy, club secretary Nancy Scheffey, club treasurer  Ramona Bourque and Vice Principal Bennnett Murray.

Garden club donates funds for elementary school garden improvements

The garden at John M. Clayton Elementary School might be a little drab for the next few months, but with a recent contribution from a local garden club, students have more “green” with which to improve it.

The Home & Garden Club at The...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:57pm

IRSD Adult Education offers winter/spring courses

The Indian River School District’s Adult Education course offerings for Winter/Spring 2019 can now be viewed online at community.irsd.net.

Youth courses on offer include:

• Driver’s Education: Feb. 4, Feb. 5, Feb. 6, Feb. 7, Feb. 11...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:40pm

SDSA creates Walk of Fame

In the late 1990s, the Southern Delaware School of the Arts created waves as a magnet school for the Indian River School District. Now, SDSA wants to “recognize some of our former students and celebrate their contributions to society, as well as...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:36pm

Proposed Sussex Tech policy puts emphasis on transparency

According to Dan Shortridge, public information officer for the Sussex Technical School District, in the interest of greater transparency and openness, the Sussex Technical Board of Education is considering a freshman admissions policy that he...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:34pm

Sussex Tech announces honor roll students

A number of Sussex Technical High School students were recently named to the honor roll for the first marking period of the 2018-2019 academic year. In all, 555 students were recognized at the school’s honor roll breakfast, with the local...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

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WPS students place in 2018 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Art Contest

A number of Worcester Preparatory School art students in grades 1-12 recently placed in the 2018 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show Art Contest, which is designed to connect student and canine through artistic expression.

Students in Lower...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:15pm

Arts in the art school

Expect color and kookiness when John Donato straps on his paint-covered overalls. The public was invited to visit on Dec. 10 during his weeklong tenure at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. The Moving Pastels Project lets people create their...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:10pm

School board to vote on referendum plans

Numbers are falling into place in the Indian River School District as its Board of Education steps closer to public referendum for a new school and upgrades to four more.

But it could cost less than they originally anticipated, even a few...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:52pm

WPS students inducted into National Honor Society

The Charles R. Jenkins Chapter of the National Honor Society at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) inducted 36 new members on Thursday, Nov. 8. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Annika Larsen (Ocean City, Md.), Quinn McColgan (Millsboro),...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:26pm

Attending the 76ers event were, from left: back row, Edward Deleon, Lauren Moon, Brayden Ostan, Tristin West, John Krytsis, Educational Lab Specialist Chelsea Wootten, Lester Fair, Jana Ruark, Carson Williamson, Kylie Brown and Howard Mumford; front row, Safi Furlow, Department Chair Rob Rector and instructor Jessica Farley.

DelTech communications students get behind-the-scenes tour of 76ers

Students from Delaware Technical Community College’s Communications program were recently treated to an exclusive tour of the in-house marketing and broadcasting areas of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The tour was presented by Wyatt Yearout,...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:55pm

From soccer skills and silliness to being a good sibling, these ILC students wrote what makes them special.

Uniquely you: LB celebrates special ed

Indian River School District celebrated Special Education Week with different activities in each building.

“Historically it was always a hush-hush thing,” said Kayla Bollinger, a special education coordinator.  “Now I think it’s important...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:56pm

Local students showed off their literacy skills at the Southern Sussex Rotary Third Grade Spelling Bee on Oct. 25.

These third graders were already the best of the best, having been chosen to represent their classrooms from John M. Clayton Elementary School, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Phillip C. Showell Elementary School and Southern Delaware School of...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:04am

Delmarva Christian Schools to hold Nov. 3 open house

Delmarva Christian Schools (DCS) on Nov. 3 will host an open house for prospective students considering enrolling at Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) or Delmarva Christian Milton Campus (DCMC) for the 2019-2020 school year. The open house...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 10:56am

IRSD partners with $tand By Me to offer free scholarship workshop

The Indian River School District is partnering with $tand By Me to host a free scholarship workshop and fair on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Indian River High School in Dagsboro.

The workshop is aimed at helping high school...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:33pm

Noeh Rayne won a free book at the Family Reading & Math Night at the Phillip C Showell Elementary School.

The school that reads together…

Phillip C. Showell Elementary School invited parents into the classroom for the Title I Family Reading & Math Night on Oct. 10.

After pizza and the book fair, PCS staff revealed the “One School, One Book” novel of the year: “The World...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:02am

Mediacom offers scholarships to high school seniors

Mediacom Communications is offering $55,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program is in its 18th consecutive year, and Mediacom’s investment will award $1,000 World Class...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Giving students hands-on education is a hallmark of the program.

Kids head outside for hands-on education, assisted by Green Grants

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, with the help of a Green Grants award from the Delaware Nature Society and Delmarva Power, will bring the classroom outside for local students this fall, through the James Farm Education Program.

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Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:32am

IRSD to launch SafeAbility Program during Special Education Week

 The Indian River School District announced this week that it will be adding the SafeAbility Series as a new component to school safety initiatives that addresses what officials called one of its most critical populations — students with...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:29am

VFW offering scholarships, hosting contests for students

VFW Auxiliary 7234 in Ocean View is holding a number of contests and scholarship competitions for students.

The Patriot’s Pen essay contest, for students in Grades 6-8, has entries due Oct. 31. The Voice of Democracy audio essay contest,...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:28am

Selbyville Middle School earns Blue Ribbon School honors

Selbyville Middle School was recognized nationally for academic excellence this week. SMS was one of three Delaware schools to earn the National Blue Ribbon School honor for 2018. It was named an “Exemplary High Performing School.”

“This...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:37am

Sussex Tech Teacher of the Year gets students to perform

On a recent weekday afternoon, Anthony Natoli’s English class was outside of the classroom. Instead, students were sitting in a circle in Sussex Technical High School’s commons area, roleplaying the Salem witch trials of the 1690s and simulating...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:08am

SCHS Take Two Drama Club announces its 2018-2019 schedule

The Take Two Drama Club of Sussex Central High School had a banner year in 2017-2018. Rising junior Emily Gutierrez represented Sussex Central as an actress at Delaware’s Governor’s School in July, while graduating seniors James Mangin and Tanaye...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:06am

Optimist Club offers opportunities for high school students

The Optimist Club of Sussex County is offering three opportunities for high school students this upcoming school year. The Optimists’ mission is to provide hope and positive vision by bringing out the best in youth, local communities and...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:16am

PIC to teach parents about education services, IEPs, 504, ADHD

As children begin a new school year, the Parent Information Center of Delaware (PIC) is helping parents navigate special-education services.

PIC will host four free workshops in October, at the Frankford Public Library. Parents can learn...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:21pm

SCHS show an open secret, still making waves

Sworn to secrecy in the press, Sussex Central High School can only publically say that their fall theater production will be a big deal.

But rumblings have made their way around town. More importantly, anyone can just ask.

“It was...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:20pm

It’s that time of year again... School starts Tuesday!

The 2018-2019 school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4, for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical High School.

Sussex Tech held its freshmen orientation before the start of school,...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:06pm

IRSD to loosen funds, plans prelim $158M budget for 2019

School choice will change, lunch prices will not

School budgeting is tricky, since districts won’t know how much money is coming until the official “unit count” of students in September.

But, for now, the Indian River School...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Guest Column: Troopers offer safety tips for a safe school year

The Delaware State Police would like to offer safety guidelines for a great beginning to this new and exciting school year. With the start of school in the next few weeks, thousands of Delaware’s precious children will ride a school bus every day...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:17pm

The Indian River High School boys’ cross-country team trains on the beach in Bethany Beach. The boys hope to improve over last year.

Boys look to improve, girls want to repeat last season

It was a little over 10 years ago that then-Indian River High School soccer player Kelsey Minyon, looking to improve her speed on the soccer field, suggested to coach Frank Ryman that the school needed a cross-country team.

Ryman spoke to...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:21pm

Karlie Smith during her four years at East Carolina University. Smith just took a job at the University of Georgia as a digital media production assistant.

Where are they now? Karlie Smith

A successful scholastic and collegiate career on the softball diamond has come to a close for Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith.

After four stellar seasons wearing the green-and-gold of IRHS, Smith ventured south to East...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:09pm

Located northwest of Millsboro, the Godwin School was renovated over many years and finally added to the National Register of Historic Places.

After decades of work, Millsboro schoolhouse a national historic site

“It’s a pretty setting for a school, isn’t it?”

Golden morning sunlight slips through the shadows of tall trees and fresh-cut grass, where Margaret Mitchell stands beside a historic one-room schoolhouse.

Sitting quietly beside the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:16pm

Sami Mumford takes a swing while playing for Salisbury University.

Where are they now? Sami Mumford

It was just over a year ago that Sami Mumford had played her final game as a member of the Indian River High School softball team.

Mumford’s efforts on the diamond helped take the Indians all the way to the DIAA semifinals and an overall...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:01pm

Business skills training on offer at bilingual finance lecture

Many people have great ideas for a business, or skills that they can sell. But what is the next step for financing that business venture?

The Frankford Public Library will host a free lecture, “Access to Capital: Growing Your Business,” on...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:17pm

Business skills training on offer at bilingual finance lecture

Many people have great ideas for a business, or skills that they can sell. But what is the next step for financing that business venture?

The Frankford Public Library will host a free lecture, “Access to Capital: Growing Your Business,” on...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:13pm

Delaware shelves Regulation 225

After two drafts and thousands of public comments, the State of Delaware has scrapped the proposed Regulation 225, originally intended to prevent discrimination against school children based on gender and other protected characteristics.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:04pm

Millsboro Middle School is one of many schools scrambling to carve classrooms from other existing spaces, including the library.

School district scrapes classroom space from thin air

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Indian River School District is practically clawing at the walls for some breathing room.

At Millsboro Middle School, that means losing the library for a little while.

“We are...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:02pm

IRSD fleshes out admin crew as finances improve

When the Indian River School District implemented a challenging budget for 2017-2018, district officials asked for one year to get back on their feet. Now, the clouds are parting and they’re loosening the purse strings.

In addition to...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:08pm

Indian River School District announces new administrators for 2018-2019

Indian River School District officials recently announced the district’s annual shakeup in administrator assignments.

Some people have left for other opportunities. The district also decided to fill four more positions this year: one...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:05pm

MERR volunteers to count dolphins at 37 various locations on Saturday

The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute Inc. (MERR) will be conducting its Annual Dolphin Count on Saturday, July 21, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The count helps determine the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin population in the...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:27pm

Millsboro Verizon store to give away school supplies

Sixth annual effort takes place Sunday

TCC, the largest authorized Verizon retailer in the U.S., is hosting its sixth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway on Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. Local families are being encouraged to visit the Millsboro store, located at 28665 DuPont...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:26pm

Ocean View’s Smith graduates from East Carolina University

Karlie Smith of Ocean View graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from East Carolina University during spring commencement exercises May 4 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Fireworks capped off a new format for ECU’s 109th spring...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:47pm

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offering enrichment programs

Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI), with classes scheduled for Sept. 4 to Nov. 19 in Dover, Lewes and Ocean View.

Nicknamed “OLLI,” the University of Delaware...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:54pm

Stacy Penaranda was recently named county coordinator of Real Aloud Delaware.

Penaranda takes the lead at Read Aloud Delaware in Sussex County

Stacy Penaranda of Lewes has spent a career being devoted to children. In May, the Lancaster, Pa., native took the helm at non-profit Read Aloud Delaware in Sussex County as the county coordinator.

“Service and children,” explained...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:45pm

Girardi graduates from Virginia Military Institute

More than 370 cadets received bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Military Institute during the commencement ceremony May 16. Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed the Class of 2018 in VMI’s Cameron Hall.

Graduating cadets...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:42pm