Education


Revel named to Muhlenberg College’s Fall 2018 Dean’s List

Justin Revel of Millsboro was named to the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Fall 2018 semester. To earn that academic achievement, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the term.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a private,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:25am

Race to support ‘Coach Nic’ Scholarship at Sussex Tech

On Saturday, March 9, Sussex Technical High School will host its inaugural 5K Race for Coach Nic.

The proceeds from the race will support the scholarship created in honor of the school’s former social studies and history teacher, who was...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:01am

Sponsors sought for 5 in support of Sussex Tech athlete scholarship

Sussex Technical High School is hosting the first-ever Race for Coach Nic 5K on Saturday, March 9, with proceeds to support the Lou Nicoletti Scholarship for a track-and-field athlete, as well as benefiting the cross-country and track-and-field...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:53am

Young women can compete in Girls Go CyberStart Challenge

Delaware Gov. John Carney and Chief Information Officer (CIO) James Collins last week announced that Delaware is again partnering with the SANS Institute on an initiative to empower high-school girls by providing an opportunity for them to...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:41am

Lapenna named to Clemson University Dean’s List

Lauren A. Lapenna of Selbyville has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2018 semester, the university announced this week. Lapenna is majoring in psychology.

To be named to the Dean’s List at Clemson, a student...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:38am

IRSD to host career fair

High-schoolers invited to College & Career Fair

All high-schoolers in Indian River School District are being invited to a College & Career Fair on Feb. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.

Parents and students can speak with representatives from various colleges and...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:27pm

Read Aloud Delaware volunteers and staff stock the new Little Free Library on N. Bedford Street in Georgetown with children’s books. Joining in the unveiling are, from left: Bob Kotowski, who built and donated the library; Carol Johnson, a Read Aloud volunteer and team leader; Jeanne Brennan, Sussex County and State Board of Directors member; and Stacy Penaranda, Sussex County coordinator.

Little Free Library unveiled to celebrate World Read Aloud Day

When Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library in 2009, he may have never dreamed that there would eventually be more than 75,000 of the small book exchanges in 88 countries around the world.

The latest in Sussex County was unveiled...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:57am

Coach Joseph moving on to next chapter in life

Take a bow, B.J. Joseph.

The head basketball coach at Indian River High School watched his team upset then-division-leading Milford on Tuesday, Feb. 12 — the final game for Joseph in a 27-year coaching career, the last 22 being the head...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:55am

The Selbyville Middle School Lego Robotics Team poses for a photo with their Lego robots.

SMS shoots for the stars with robotics win, asking for public support

Selbyville Middle Schoolers have been on a space mission all winter. They’ve designed an autonomous robot to help with humankind’s mission to Mars: moving satellites into orbit, angling solar panels toward the sun, moving supplies by the cartful...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:36am

161 Layton – Front Entry

SEA Studio Architects get Merit Awards

SEA Studio Architects of Bethany Beach was recently honored with two Merit Awards for design excellence by the Delaware American Institute of Architects at their bi-annual awards program on Jan. 24. SEA Studio’s 161 Layton and Cardinal residences...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:28am

JMC Elementary inducts first National Honor Society students

A total of 60 John M. Clayton Elementary School students recently had the distinction of being the first Indian River School District elementary students to be inducted into the National Honor Society.

The fourth- and fifth-graders were...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:12am

Most Blessed Sacrament students work with robotics

Fourth-grade students at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School work on the final stages of their robotics lesson. MBS is a STREAM school, emphasizing science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics in the curriculum. Grade-level...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:40am

A Night to Shine

Ocean View Church of Christ, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, held its third annual ‘A Night to Shine’ event on Friday, Feb. 8. The event provides a prom-like experience for special needs kids.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:56am

Pictured, from left, are: front row, Kingsley Giardina, Isabella Labin, Lucca Martin, Sloane Kremer, Mykolas Doyle, Peter VanDalen and Marshal Hidell; middle row, Priya Garg, Avrum Gudelsky, Amalia Gjikuria, Jace Zervakos, Nora Rafinski, Nirlep Dhorajiya and Graham Knowlton; and, back row, WPS pre-kindergarten teachers Jennifer Hoen and Erika Phillips.

Pre-K class turns lesson into fundraiser to adopt a polar bear

Erica Phillips’ and Jennifer Hoen’s Worcester Prep pre-kindergarten class invited the school’s Lower School students to pay $1 to wear pajamas to school on Jan. 25 as part of a fundraiser to “adopt” a polar bear.

The class came up with the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:43am

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Student Council members, from left, Sean McCrystal, Casey Gabbard, Brendon Bradford, Tatum Vorsteg, Grace Short and Isabell Ashley, gather the donations to the group’s recent coat drive.

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School holds coat drive

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Student Council held a coat drive. Students were asked to give new or gently worn coats, scarves, hats and gloves to be donated to the Seton Center in Princess...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:30am

Hoke to study in New Zealand this spring

Shelby Hoke of Millsboro is one of 29 Lebanon Valley College students who will participate in an immersive experience by studying away during the Spring 2019 semester. Hoke will be studying in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The program is located...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:22am

Riddle named to fall 2018 Honor Roll

Nathanael Riddle of Millsboro was one of more than 300 University of Dallas undergraduate students named to the fall 2018 Honor Roll for earning a semester GPA of 3.0-3.49. Riddle’s major is undeclared.

The University of Dallas, located in...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:20am

Staff at the Jefferson School accept a $400 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. Pictured, from left, are: Head of School Connie Hendricks; Daniel Megahan, senior account executive for Toshiba Business Solutions; Beth Toney, the school’s director of Curriculum & Instruction and math teacher; and Bill Nelson, environmental science coordinator at the school.

Jefferson School receives STEM grant

As part of an investigation of speed, force and velocity, seventh- and eighth-graders in the pre-algebra class at the Jefferson School will take part in a boat-building project, thanks to a $400 STEM (science, technology, engineering and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:17am

Worcester Prep seniors commit to colleges

These 13 Worcester Preparatory School seniors have already committed to attend the college of their choice. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Hailee Arrington (American University), Molly McCormick (College of Charleston Honors College),...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:11am

Jan Seitz reads Peggy Parish’s ‘Amelia Bedelia’ in her classrom at East Millsboro Elementary School during World Read Aloud Day on Thursday, Jan. 31.

You don’t have to be a strong reader to love books

Winged keys hang from the ceiling. A wizard’s hat sits in the corner. The teacher is holding a magic wand and a great novel, and her students are spellbound.

At East Millsboro Elementary School, second graders celebrated World Read Aloud...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:30pm

Accepting the grant at Lord Baltimore Elementary School are, from left: Mia Lambert, Kristian Victor, Lord Baltimore Assistant Principal Barkley Heck, Mark Cappo, Meredith Goldman, Chloe Kishel, Chase Mutz, Ben Miller and Lord Baltimore Principal Pam Webb.

Two IRSD schools receive $500 grants from ExxonMobil

Lord Baltimore and Phillip C. Showell elementary schools have each received $500 grants from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance for the purchase of classroom supplies for math and science. The grants were sponsored by Cato Gas & Oil and...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:26pm

DTCC communications students, from left, Chris Parker, Madison Griffin and Cassidy Clark get career advice from Phillies Social Media Representative Tim Stoeckle during the College Winter Summit at the Wells Fargo Center.

DelTech communications students participate in Phillies’ College Winter Summit

Students from Delaware Technical Community College’s communications technology program recently went behind the scenes of the baseball business while attending the Philadelphia Phillies’ College Winter Summit at the Wells Fargo Center in...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:49am

The cast of the Sussex Technical High School performance of “Godspell” rehearses in the school’s Commons area.

Sussex Tech drama students to put on ‘Godspell’ for spring musical

The Sussex Technical High School drama program is set to perform the musical classic “Godspell” at the Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach, running Feb. 14-17. Tickets are on sale now.

Featuring an updated score and lyrics by Stephen...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:47am

Robinson-Guy named to College Dean’s List

Alixandra Robinson-Guy of Millsboro was recently recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2018 Dean’s List, with Honors.

Highest honors are earned for a semester grade point average of 3....

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:44am

Breaking news: IRSD referendum fails, 55-45 percent

 The 2019 referendum has FAILED in Indian River School District, by roughly 55-45 percent. The unofficial count was 3866-3202 voting against the Major Capital Expense question and 3836-3124 voting against the Current Expense...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 8:36pm

Breaking news: IRSD referendum fails, 55-45 percent

 The 2019 referendum has FAILED in Indian River School District, by roughly 55-45 percent. The unofficial count was 3866-3202 voting against the Major Capital Expense question and 3836-3124 voting against the Current Expense...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 8:36pm

Brannon named to Dean’s List at Penn State

Delaney Brannon of Selbyville was named to the Dean’s List at the Pennsylvania State University for the fall 2018 semester. Full-time undergraduate students at Penn State must achieve a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA to be eligible for Dean’s List...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:11am

Knapp awarded UF endowed scholarship for 2018-2019

Thea Knapp of Millsboro was recently awarded an endowed scholarship at the University of Findlay for the 2018-2019 academic year. Knapp was awarded a scholarship from the International Center Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Located in Findlay...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:10am

Local students named to Dean’s List at UD

A number of local students have been named to the University of Delaware Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester. They include: Brooke Mitchell of Selbyville, Amanda Beam of Fenwick Island, Ashlyn Calhoun of Millsboro, John Douds of Selbyville,...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:09am

Shevock confirmed to serve on DelTech Board of Trustees

Nancy Shevock was nominated by Gov. John C. Carney and confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 16 as the newest member of the Delaware Technical Community College Board of Trustees.

Shevock currently serves as chairman of the board of directors...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:03am

SCHS announces first-quarter honor roll

Sussex Central High School in Millsboro recently announced its Honor Roll for the first marking period in the 2018-2019 school year. Students named to the list included:

• Seniors with High Honors — Aiden Abbott, Zachary Ables, Ortiz Ailon...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 8:57am

Seniors invited to IRSD daytime referendum meetings

Indian River School District will host several more public meetings to inform the public about the Feb. 5 referendum:

• Jan. 16 — Georgetown Middle School, 6 p.m.

• Jan. 23 — Indian River High School, 6 p.m.

• Jan. 30 — Lord...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:53pm

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