Education


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

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.

...

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