Lord Baltimore Elementary School got a distinguished visitor Oct. 3 when Lt. Gov. Matt Denn visited to see just what makes a Delaware Recognition School. Denn visited each of the state’s 17 winners, also including John M. Clayton and Phillip C. Showell elementary schools. The honorees were deemed to have made outstanding progress or closed the achievement gap in 2012. Long Neck Elementary was also a School of Continuing Excellence.
“I like to see — obviously, they’re doing really well with their kids, and it’s helpful. We want all our schools do well,” Denn said.
The Indian River School District has been well represented in the awards, which began in 2010, he added.
“They’re obviously doing a good job. It’s a nice way to recognize schools,” Denn said. “It’s nice to see in the classroom.”
Accompanied by new Principal John Turssline and Assistant Principal Melissa Oates, Denn visited the classrooms of Mary Kreger, Wendy Murray, Mona Murray, Whitney McMillon and Paulette Brochet. He witnessed fifth-grade math lessons and kindergarten phonetics, plus a computer program that creates random writing prompts for children to write short stories.
Denn noted that the fifth-graders “have a very well thought-out, organized reading program” that is unique in including self-study.
Each Delaware Recognition school receives $50,000 in prize money, which Denn said goes toward technology, teacher bonuses, tutors or whatever the school needs. Lord Baltimore invested in wireless Internet access.
The 2013 academic achievement winners will be announced in a few weeks.