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IRSD CFO to retire amidst school district audit

Audit began around time of Miller’s administrative leave

After being placed on administrative leave, Indian River School District’s longtime chief financial officer has announced his retirement from the district. That announcement came amidst the news that the IRSD is undergoing a financial audit by the Delaware State Auditor of Accounts, R. Thomas Wagner Jr.

Save those Box Tops. It’s easy money for schools

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Box Tops like these are an easy way to get money to your favorite local school.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Box Tops like these are an easy way to get money to your favorite local school.Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it’s often found on cereal boxes.

Local schools are making easy money through Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. People just need to clip the labels from specially-marked grocery products and drop them off at their favorite school. The box tops are redeemable for money or gift vouchers.

“You’d be surprised how much those little box tops help,” said teacher Jennifer Hitchens, who keeps a collection jar on her desk at Selbyville Middle School.

“It’s what we use for everything,” Hitchens said, such as field trips, learning supplies or holiday gift-giving for students in need.

American Wetlands Month features research, special programs

This month, DNREC is observing American Wetlands Month with ongoing efforts to restore wetlands, raise awareness of their values and benefits, and encourage actions to protect them.

Beyond books: Frankford library wins for innovation

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Frankford Public Library staffers, from left, Trina Coyle, Cindy Givens, director Rachel Wackett and Jessica Bowman gather to celebrate their recent award.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Frankford Public Library staffers, from left, Trina Coyle, Cindy Givens, director Rachel Wackett and Jessica Bowman gather to celebrate their recent award.The Frankford Public Library staff is working to reduce adult illiteracy and teach kids technology. On the way, their groundbreaking innovation has earned them the 2016 Library/Institutional Award for 2016 from the Delaware Library Association.

For director Rachel Wackett, the peer-nominated award “recognizes the fact that we’re being very progressive with the types of programming we’re offering … particularly with technology and STEAM.” Wackett has aligned the library programming toward basic literacy, creativity and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

The library staff has found new ways to interact with their community, said nominator Sarena Fletcher, an administrative librarian at the Delaware Division of Libraries.

Roadarmel inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Austin Roadarmel of Selbyville was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Roadarmel is pursuing a degree in biological science at the University of Delaware.

Beebe offers CPR classes for consumers and medical professionals

The American Heart Association (AHA) has reported that, each year, more than 735,000 people in the United States suffer a heart attack. Of those, about 120,000 die.

Fenwick Lions award $12,000 in scholarships to IRHS seniors

Each year, the Fenwick Island Lions Club sets aside a significant percentage of its annual budget in order to recognize the achievements of outstanding seniors at Indian River High School. But, this year, the Lions had a particularly difficult time deciding the recipients, they said, as a result of tight funds and an extraordinary group of applicants.

Indian River High School names Students of the Month for March, April

Indian River High School recently celebrated Students of the Month for March and April of the 2015-2016 school year.

IRHS seniors awarded scholarships at Music Awards

On Thursday, May 19, the Indian River High School Music Department held its annual Music Awards ceremony in the IRHS auditorium. At the ceremony, two graduating seniors were awarded scholarships totaling $3,000.

DCHS Royal Ensemble performs at Carnegie Hall

Nearly a dozen Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) students had the opportunity to participate in an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) National Honors Choir Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, April 25, in New York City.

Dietrich finds his calling to become Showell’s Teacher of the Year

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Corey Dietrich poses in his classroom at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville. Dietrich was named 2015/2016 Teacher of the?Year at the school.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Corey Dietrich poses in his classroom at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville. Dietrich was named 2015/2016 Teacher of the Year at the school.Corey Dietrich went to Penn State University to study criminal justice.

During the summer of his freshman year, though, his career path took a bit of a turn.

Like many college students, Dietrich took a job at a summer camp, where he worked for his former high school wrestling coach. There, he discovered that he really enjoyed working with children — and his wrestling coach recognized that Dietrich was good at it.

“He was looking at me like, ‘Why are you studying that?’” Dietrich said of his coach’s thoughts on his original major. Dietrich, too, saw that he needed to change his major.

Now 15 years into his teaching career, Dietrich was named Teacher of the Year at Phillip Showell Elementary School in Selbyville last month.

Wilkinson brings a business brain to the classroom

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Stephanie Wilkinson was recently awarded Teacher of the Year for Indian River High School. Wilkinson teaches business at the school.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Stephanie Wilkinson was recently awarded Teacher of the Year for Indian River High School. Wilkinson teaches business at the school.Stephanie Wilkinson was 25 years old when she opened her first business.

Now she’s bringing that experience to the classroom every day, as Indian River High School’s business teacher and its Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.

“Every day, I bring in something that I did at the store,” Wilkinson said. “They understand it better when … you bring live examples.”

Before embarking on a teaching career, the IR grad owned All Out Sports for 13 years.

As a young business major and athlete, Wilkinson always loved sports, but the closest athletic shops were in Dover and in Salisbury, Md. She decided the Bethany Beach area should have one, too.

IRHS alumni eligible for Pride Scholarship for Current Alumni

After a successful Beef & Brew fundraiser last month, the Indian River High School Alumni Association will offer more scholarships to current college students. The application for the scholarship is due by Wednesday, June 1.

Art imitates life in Clear Space’s ‘Spelling Bee’

“I certainly can relate to the idiosyncrasies of students and teachers!” said Carissa Meiklejohn, one of four performers appearing in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” who can draw on their day-to-day experiences as they enact their roles.

IRSD to offer summer hockey camp

The Indian River School District Community Education Department is offering a Summer Field Hockey Camp for girls ages 8-14 at Millsboro Middle School from Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23. Sessions will be held each day from 8 to 11 a.m.

The registration fee is $25 for those who sign up by the May 27 deadline. Late registration costs $35.

SMS teacher explains future of science education in Delaware

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Selbyville Middle School’s Teacher of the Year,  Jennifer Hitchens, is helping to lead the state in a shift in teaching philosophy.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Selbyville Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Hitchens, is helping to lead the state in a shift in teaching philosophy.The future of teaching won’t just be about teachers giving answers. It’ll be students actively asking questions.

At Selbyville Middle School, inside Jennifer Hitchens’ sixth-grade classroom, the learning experience is flipped. That’s because she’s piloting the new Next Generation Science Standards for the State of Delaware. She was also recently named the SMS Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.

Hitchens is helping Delaware to shift from traditional teaching, where the teacher is a “master” who passes along knowledge. Instead, under the new model, the teacher is a guide, walking the educational path with children.

“If you present a kid with a phenomenon that’s interesting to them,” Hitchens said, they’ll be invested in learning it. That’s a far cry from the traditional classroom lecture.

Showell’s Carey named Delaware School Counselor of the Year

Cheryl Carey of Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville has been named the 2016 Delaware School Counselor of the Year.
The award was given in March by the Delaware School Counselor Association. Prior to winning the overall state award, Carey was named Elementary School Counselor of the Year in February by the DSCA.

Five IRHS freshmen awarded full scholarships at UD

Five freshmen from Indian River High School have been awarded full scholarships to the University of Delaware by the Give Something Back Foundation (GSBF). The announcement was made to the students on April 15 by GSBF, a nonprofit organization that provides mentors and scholarships to help Pell Grant-eligible students go to college and graduate in four years, debt free.

Coffee filters and creativity

Local OM team fundraising for World Finals

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Jumping for joy: Indian River’s winning Odyssey of the Mind Team included, from left, Kayla Harant, Olivia Hudson, Ethan Rakes, Trinity Kelso, Kaila McCabe and Madison Johnson.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Jumping for joy: Indian River’s winning Odyssey of the Mind Team included, from left, Kayla Harant, Olivia Hudson, Ethan Rakes, Trinity Kelso, Kaila McCabe and Madison Johnson.
The Indian River School District will once again represent Delaware in a worldwide creative problem-solving competition.

Six students will continue the district’s proud tradition of competing in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals this month at Iowa State University, from May 25 to 28.

The team coached by Jennifer Perry took first place in the state competition for the “Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends” category for Division II (middle school).

The winning team included Kayla Harant, Madison Johnson and Kaila McCabe of Selbyville Middle School; Olivia Hudson and Ethan Rakes of Southern Delaware School of the Arts; and Trinity Kelso of Millsboro Middle School.

IRHS heads to 50th anniversary BPA national competition

Coastal Point • Submitted: The IRHS Business Professionals of America showed their skills at this year’s state conference. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Madison Baker, David Clark, Morgan Bartholomew and Hayden McWilliams; and, back row, James Brannon, Jake Elliott, Griffin McCormick and John Wharton.Coastal Point • Submitted: The IRHS Business Professionals of America showed their skills at this year’s state conference. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Madison Baker, David Clark, Morgan Bartholomew and Hayden McWilliams; and, back row, James Brannon, Jake Elliott, Griffin McCormick and John Wharton.Most students won’t graduate from high school with award-winning skills in PC troubleshooting, payroll accounting or financial management. But Indian River High School students won nine awards in such professional skills at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference in Dover in February.

Coached by Stephanie Wilkinson and Jeff Bunting, eight of them were eligible to national competition May 5-9 in Boston.

IRHS winners included:

• First place, Video Production Team — Madison Baker and Morgan Bartholomew

• First place, Financial Math & Analysis — Hayden McWilliams

• Second place, Economic Research — David Clark

• Second place, Interview Skills — John Wharton

• Second place, PC Troubleshooting — Jacob Elliott

• Second place, Payroll Accounting — David Clark

Atkinson smooths student transitions at G.W. Carver Academy

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Karen Atkinson was recently named G.W. Carver Academy’s Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Karen Atkinson was recently named G.W. Carver Academy’s Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.In recognition of her work toward her goal to help students strive for success, Karen Atkinson was named G.W. Carver Academy Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.

For Carver students, success might mean returning to their home school, settling into a comfortable routine or, sometimes, just getting through the day.

Carver is an alternative school in Frankford, focusing on individual K-12 students’ academic, behavioral and personal needs in the Indian River School District.

Atkinson helps them transition back to their home schools or to graduation. After working through the Carver program (eight weeks minimum, with individualized support, counselors and behavioral specialists) students can’t just drop back into the old routine.

IRHS, BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser June 11

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).

Questions arise over IRSD financial officer’s leave of absence

The Indian River School District has pulled its longtime chief financial officer out of the office.

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.

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