Education


Sam Riggins and Thomas Blackiston sit in front of all the items donated to Kind to Kids.

IR students get free ride with Give Back scholarship

Thomas Blackiston is a rising senior at Indian River High School, and Sam Riggins is a rising junior at Indian River High School. When each was in the ninth grade, they and about five other Indian River students learned they were the lucky...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:08pm

Students from the Indian River High School Class of 2018 enjoy the happenings at their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 29.

‘Don’t stop here, Class of 2018’

Graduation sends 180 IRHS students into the world

Look out, world. The Class of 2018 is coming for you.

A weekend of torrential thunderstorms, followed by a morning fog and power outages cleared into a perfect spring night, just in time for Indian River High School’s graduation on Tuesday...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:32pm

Local art students show a handful the talent produced at IRHS, including, from left, Liliana Guido, Megan Magoon, Olivia Garvey, Brooke Hoban, Jasmine Rodriguez Gonzales and Brianna McGee.

IR art students designing their futures

Artwork on display in Dagsboro

Walking in, one is surrounded by faces, some stoic, others laughing. Straight ahead is a kaleidoscope of sunsets. Around the corner, an astronaut struggles in the tentacle of a space monster. A fish and panda bear calmly gaze in opposite...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:14pm

Jennah Truitt certainly has a way with children. She’s already the godmother for several friends, and she was recently named Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year.

Truitt makes learning fun for LB kindergarteners

Kindergarten is the first formal schooling that many young children experience. Jennah Truitt remembers that when welcoming kids to their first-ever day of school.

“I really try to make learning fun,” Truitt said. “This is their first...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:09pm

JMC PTO to host My School Color Run

The John M. Clayton Elementary School PTO will host their first-ever My School Color Run 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, May 5, at the Indian River High School cross-country trail on Armory Road in Dagsboro from 8 to 11 a.m. The...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:57pm

Patricia Oliphant stands in front of the Sussex Academy logo, representing a school which she helped along since its early days.

Sussex Academy’s Oliphant reflects on career in education

Looking back on a career in education spanning 51 years, starting as an English teacher and ending as the executive director of Sussex County’s only charter school, Patricia Oliphant sums it up like this:

“I’m a person that, I’ve got to be...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:08pm

Indian River High School students and IRHS Leo club members Hannah Gentry, Ashley Morales and Hailey Hudson pose for a photo in the school.

IRHS Leo Club members volunteer at community events

Indian River High School’s Leo Club has had 188 members during the 2017-2018 school year, with 99 of them being newly inducted members.

In order to be considered an active member, each student is required to volunteer in at least two...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:07pm

IRHS students named to school’s honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the third marking period in the 2017-2018 school year. Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Jessica Beaston, Peyton Beebe, Delaney Brannon, Ryan Burbridge,...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:05pm

IRSD voters choose school board incumbents

The Indian River School District’s Board of Education will keep the same lineup for 2018 to 2019. Three incumbents kept their seats in the May 8 elections, according to unofficial results from the Delaware Department of Elections’ Sussex County...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:16pm

It’s a wonderful spring for Sue Keefer, who won Teacher of the Year at G.W. Carver Academy and whose nonprofit just dug a new well in Africa.

Frankford teacher a wellspring of love and learning

Sue Keefer was away from the office when she received news about winning Teacher of the Year at George Washington Carver Academy. And she wasn’t just out of town. Keefer was out of the hemisphere.

But her trips to the Democratic Republic...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:02pm

Indian River High School seniors Michael Corcoran and Helen Davis made their choices official last Thursday for where they will be moving on to in the fall.

Davis, Corcoran make their college choices

Signing day for student-athletes is always a special time, and last Thursday, May 3, was no different for a pair of Indian River High School seniors, Helen Davis and Michael Corcoran. Surrounded by family, friends and coaches, the duo each made...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:03pm

IR school board candidates have their final say

Residents get to help decide the future of the Indian River School District this month, as the IRSD school board election will be held Tuesday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only two of the district’s five geographic voting districts have...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:13pm

Courthney White of North Georgetown Elementary, front-center, who was honored as IRSD Teacher of the Year, gathers with the other building winners from the school district. (Not pictured is building winner Mallory Anderson.)

North Georgetown’s White wins IRSD Teacher of the Year

Being an educator is no easy feat, and the Indian River School District this week celebrated the teachers who bring passion and skill to the classroom every day.

Courtney White of North Georgetown Elementary School was honored as the IRSD...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:11pm

Breakfast to raise funds for Lighthouse Christian students

This weekend, people can celebrate Mother’s Day early while also helping raise scholarships funds for Lighthouse Christian School, at the annual Learning Assistance Program breakfast fundraiser.

“Basically, this allows help to families...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:55pm

SDSA students win annual SDSA poster contest

Fourth-grader Samantha Geidel, left, and Amelia Meyer, Grade 5, love making art at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. This month, their hard work paid off, as they won prizes in the annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest sponsored by the...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:05pm

Former Indian River High School baseball coach Howard Smack leads the boys during an indoor practice in 2010.

Former IRHS teacher, coach receives kidney donation

There are more than 200,000 cases of kidney disease each year in the United States, according to medical professionals. Many times, those affected can live their lives with treatments and a change in lifestyle. However, there are those that have...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:55pm

IRHS will send its first VEX Robotics team to worlds this month.

Battle of the bots

SMS and IR headed to world robotics competition

Robots are heading to Louisville, Ky., with their human masters close behind. Six teams will represent the Indian River School District in the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship this month.

The district has made major strides in robotics...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:16pm

Two Millsboro women compete for school board seat

With Indian River School District School Board elections around the corner, two Millsboro women have thrown their hats into the ring to represent IRSD’s District 3.

Dana Probert and Leolga T. Wright are competing to serve the voting...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:22pm

Riddle named to Honor Roll at University of Dallas

Nathanael Riddle of Millsboro was one of more than 300 University of Dallas students named to the fall 2017 Honor Roll for earning a semester GPA of 3.0-3.49. Riddle’s major is undeclared.

The University of Dallas, located in a...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:32am

Sussex Tech honored for leadership in service

The Jefferson Awards—Deloitte Students in Action (SIA) program announced this week that Sussex Technical High School has been selected as the Delaware Recipient for Outstanding Service by a High School and will represent the State of Delaware at...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:00am