Learning Points

Breakfast fundraiser to raise funds for Lighthouse Christian

To help raise funds for its Learning Assistance Program, Lighthouse Christian School will be holding its annual spring breakfast fundraiser this weekend.

Elementary schools to host open houses for immersion program

John M. Clayton and East Millsboro elementary schools will host a series of open houses for their Spanish-immersion programs on May 4 and May 5. Parents interested in enrolling their child in the program next year may visit the schools on either day to tour the immersion classrooms. No appointment is necessary.

Only kindergarten students will be selected for the program in 2016-2017.

Harris inducted into Who’s Who Honors Program

Stevenson University student Corrin Harris of Millsboro has been inducted into the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, a national honors program, the university announced this week. There were a total of nearly 170 Stevenson students honored this year.

DelTech teams with Accent on Travel for escorted tours

Delaware Technical Community College and Accent on Travel, in conjunction with Collette Vacations, are offering escorted tours designed to be educational, cultural and fun. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Delaware Tech’s Kids on Campus program, by providing scholarship opportunities.

IRSD academic enrichment program receives grant

The Delaware Department of Education has awarded four new 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program grants under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including one to the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension 4-H at the Indian River School District’s Phillip C. Showell Elementary School and Hickory Tree Center (also, John M.

Students named to Sussex Academy Honor Roll

Sussex Academy recently announced the names of students who named to the school’s Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2015-2016 school year. They include:

• Sixth-grade Distinguished (A) Honor Roll — Michael Daniello, Emily Simon.

Students named to Worcester Prep Headmaster’s List for Term 3

Worcester Preparatory School Headmaster Barry Tull recently congratulated the students who made the Worcester Prep Term 3 Headmaster’s List for the 2015-2016 school year.

Williams brings learning to the youngest of students

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill : Wanda Williams poses with some of the toys she uses to teach Kindergarten at East Millsboro Elementary School. Williams was recently named the school’s Teacher of the Year.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill : Wanda Williams poses with some of the toys she uses to teach Kindergarten at East Millsboro Elementary School. Williams was recently named the school’s Teacher of the Year.Wanda Williams has taught kindergarten through third grade for more than 38 years, but kindergarten is by far her favorite age group. Williams, East Millsboro Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, said she enjoys being part of molding the littlest students into lifelong learners.

“Even though they may have had preschool,” Williams said, “we really set their foundation for them in kindergarten.”

Williams’ classroom is clearly designed to foster students who are thinkers and questioners. In fact, the first thing they encounter inside her colorful classroom is a wall loaded with questions, for which they are encouraged to seek answers.

Gone are the days, Williams said, when kindergarten was all about coloring within the lines and learning to get along with others.

“Kindergarten is a whole different ballgame now,” she said.

At the beginning of each school year, Williams said, she has some students “who don’t even know how to hold a pencil.” Many need help with basic skills. By the end of the year, those kindergarteners will be writing not just words but sentences. Lots of sentences, in fact — “six, seven, eight sentences,” she said with a smile.

Each day’s lesson in Williams’ classroom, her 22 students have lessons in math, science, social studies, mathematics, reading and writing. While that might sound kind of dry and not much fun for 5- and 6-year-olds, Williams explained that they still get to move around a lot and that lessons are packaged in ways that capture the students’ attention and imagination.

Report highlights local school ‘beating the odds’

A report released this week looks at how three high-needs Delaware schools are “beating the odds” by supporting strong instruction and student learning through effective educator support, collaboration and evaluation practices.

McDowell honored at Alvernia University

Top students at Alvernia University received awards at the annual Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 17. David McDowell of Millsboro earned the Award for Excellence in Social Media Marketing from the English & Communication Department in the College of Arts & Sciences.

IRHS, SCHS to implement National Academy of Finance curriculum next year

Indian River and Sussex Central high schools will implement a new finance and accounting curriculum for the 2016-2017 school year, district officials announced this week.

Turlington inducted into Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Shamia Turlington of Millsboro was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Turlington was initiated at Clark Atlanta University.

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

JMC’s Grise named IRSD Teacher of the Year

Melissa Grise, a fourth-grade teacher at John M. Clayton Elementary School, is Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.

The announcement was made at the district’s annual Teacher of the Year celebration on April 15 at the Clubhouse at Baywood Greens. Grise was chosen as the district’s overall winner from a pool of 16 candidates — one from each school.

Sussex Central is leading county to mock trial greatness

Coastal Point • Submitted: There’s no reason to mock this award-winning Mock Trial team from Sussex Central High School. The team recently won second place in the 2016 Delaware State Mock Trial Competition in New Castle County.Coastal Point • Submitted: There’s no reason to mock this award-winning Mock Trial team from Sussex Central High School. The team recently won second place in the 2016 Delaware State Mock Trial Competition in New Castle County.Sussex Central High School has proven that public schools can lead the state in a prestigious academic competition. This year, SCHS won second place in the 2016 Delaware State Mock Trial Competition.

That’s the highest a Sussex County team has ever advanced in the competition’s 25-year history.

Mock trial puts students in a real courtroom to argue either side of a fictional, but realistic, case.

This year’s fictional criminal trial involved a police officer accused of murder. During two days at New Castle Courthouse, the goal isn’t to win the actual case, but to prove mastery of courtroom proceedings, as judged by real attorneys and justices.

Every team has the same cast of characters, and they compete by arguing different sides of the case against other schools, before an actual Delaware justice. Each student attorney questions one witness from each side.

Indian River only school district without 2016 election

The Indian River School District will not hold a school board election in 2016, as only one candidate registered for each seat that was up for election this year. The incumbents were uncontested, so their new terms will begin on July 1.

Gerald “Jerry” Peden will begin a four-year term in District No. 2 (north Millsboro and southern Georgetown).

IRHS to perform ‘Spirit of the Radio’ show this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th at 7:00pm.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th at 7:00pm.It’s springtime, and Indian River High School musicians are ready to put on a show. They’ll raise the curtains for the annual IR Live! on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19.

The 2016 show is called “Spirit of the Radio” and organized “as though somebody is on a car ride and they’re listening to the radio,” said director Nathan Mohler.

Students will be masters of ceremonies, but as disc jockeys, in this revue-style show.

They’ll perform about 24 different acts, including singing, some dance, flag work, instrumentals, mock radio station interviews and more. Performers will lead audiences through old rock, new pop music and even big-band.

The many musical acts whose music is represented — which include Joan Jett, Sarah Bareilles, Josh Groban, Led Zeppelin, Adele and Echosmith — are interlaced with short radio commercials (“That’s the spice to the show,” Mohler said.)

Millsboro Middle School students win 10 awards at science fair

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Millsboro Middle School won 10 science fair awards March 7, with wins by (from left) Conell Bradner, Mackenzie Crozier, Ben Koly and Tessa McDonough. Below, submitted photo, Bradner stands with his project, ‘How Does the Shape of a Windmill Blade Affect its Function?’Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Millsboro Middle School won 10 science fair awards March 7, with wins by (from left) Conell Bradner, Mackenzie Crozier, Ben Koly and Tessa McDonough. Below, submitted photo, Bradner stands with his project, ‘How Does the Shape of a Windmill Blade Affect its Function?’Millsboro Middle School brought it’s A-game to the science fair this week.

Four MMS students won 10 prizes at the 24th Annual Sussex County Science Fair, held March 7 at Delaware Technical Community College.

Conell Bradner, Mackenzie Crozier, Ben Koly and Tessa McDonough were four of about 60 Sussex students competing for 45 prizes. Winning projects on March 7 revolved around music, moon phases, tsunamis, salinity, acid rain, food science, catapults, bacteria and more.

“I hadn’t really been in a science fair, before so I just wanted to test it, see what I can do,” said first-timer Bradner.

“It’s fun to be involved,” Crozier said.

“If you put enough work in, it’ll pay off,” said McDonough, who won a 2015 award, too.

Lions to award three scholarships to IRHS graduates

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club recently announced that, again for 2016, the club will award three scholarships to eligible graduating seniors of Indian River High School. Each recipient will receive a one-year scholarship valued at $1,500, toward their freshman year of college.

IRHS Leo Club helps with community needs

The Indian River High School’s Leo Club strives to present the community’s youth with opportunities for maturity and involvement through leadership, service and experience. In recent months, the Leo Club has supported the community by aiding neighboring schools and assisting those in need.

IRHS students earn honor roll for second marking period

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the second marking period in the 2015-2016 school year.

Students receiving High Honors were:

Scholarships

BART announces scholarship in the arts

The Bethany Area Repertory Theater (BART) this week announced the availability of applications for its 2016 Scholarship in the Arts. An eligible applicant must be a graduating high school student in Sussex County who plans to pursue a higher education degree in the arts. Completed applications are due April 1 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Carper celebrates school wellness centers with IRHS visit

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper invites IRHS students to share their own experiences about the school Wellness Center.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper invites IRHS students to share their own experiences about the school Wellness Center.Besides the classrooms and gymnasiums, most Delaware high schools have the equivalent of a regular doctor’s office. Wellness centers became widespread in Delaware about 20 years ago, under now-U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s governorship. So Carper toured Indian River High School’s wellness center and met with health staff from across the state on Feb. 17, during National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month.

Teenagers get help with mental and physical health at school wellness centers, staffed with nurse practitioners from local hospitals.

“We live in a very different age today. … We all have different baggage that we carry,” said IRHS Principal Bennett Murray.

Coming from all socioeconomic backgrounds, kids need the wellness center for many reasons.

Bingo! IR Band Boosters to host fundraiser Friday night

It’s time to break out those bingo daubers, at the 8th Annual Bingo Fundraiser, hosted by the Indian River High School Band Boosters.

Players can get the thrill of being in a speedy game of bingo on Friday, March 4, at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall, all while supporting the band. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and games start at 7 p.m.

Lego Maniacs

SMS building Lego robotics club to compete statewide

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School's First Lego League team, the ‘Block Busters,’ shows off their robot, ‘The Terminator.’ Not pictured is James Cook.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School's First Lego League team, the ‘Block Busters,’ shows off their robot, ‘The Terminator.’ Not pictured is James Cook.They might have named their team robot “The Terminator.” They might have a “team snack,” and it might be popcorn. But chances are, you probably aren’t as smart as these fifth graders — at least, not when it comes to Lego engineering.

The “Block Busters,” made up primarily of Selbyville Middle School students, is currently in the midst of their inaugural year as members of the First Lego League (FLL), going up against other schools from across the state in Lego-based robotics competitions.

According to coach Chester Boggs — who’s been involved with FLL for nine years — while his squad might be young, so far this season they haven’t looked much like rookies. In fact, the team nearly tripled their score from the first scrimmage of the season to the second and appears on track to add more points at the FLL Challenge.

“We’ve come a long ways,” said Boggs. “We were looking at 129 points the first scrimmage, and they were over 327 at the tournament. They’re on track to be somewhere in the 450 to 490 range.”

District needs new schools to address overcrowding

One problem to address: three new schools for voter approval

Students are squeezed into conference rooms and shuffled into auditoriums. Teachers are working out of boxes instead of classrooms.

The Indian River School District just needs more space.

District officials have dreamed about a new school for several years, but now they’ve got four new schools on the brain, plus two major additions.

‘Under’ the spotlight: SCHS original musical digs into mysterious deaths

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Ponce de Leon would be jealous. The Fountain of Youth was discovered in a new musical, opening soon at Sussex Central High School.

In March, the Take Two Drama Club will debut an original show, “Under,” created by two school district teachers.

The zany comedy was written by David Warick, SCHS drama teacher, with music and lyrics by Eric Tsavdar, Selbyville Middle School music teacher.

In the show, after discovering an elixir of life in Florida in the late 1950s, a billionaire secretly builds the town of Under. Real-life celebrities known for mysterious deaths or disappearances came to this underground utopia.

Here, Marilyn Monroe has become warm and nurturing, Billie Holiday is a wise woman, and James Dean is still cool.

“They have their talent, but they don’t have an audience,” Warick said. “We come in at a time where there’s a lot of problems.”

IR Multicultural Art Festival to warm the mid-winter

Art and music will be on display as Indian River High School hosts a lively new concert, mid-winter and mid-week. The Multicultural Art Festival & Concert are free to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Dagsboro high school.

Guests can arrive at 6 p.m. for the fine-art exhibit, then be seated for the 6:30 p.m. band and chorus concert.

Millsboro Middle School student picked as a top youth volunteer

Millsboro Middle School student Will Kenney, 13, of Delmar and Micah Freer, 18, of Wilmington were recently named Delaware’s top two youth volunteers of 2016 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

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