Indian River School District

Immigration a hot topic at IRSD school board meeting

The tribulations of the nation’s Southern boarders have reached up to pinch Delaware this week as the Indian River School District Board of Education discussed the impact of immigration on local schools.

Indian River warily steps toward new health curiculum

It took some persuading, but the Indian River School District will now begin planning a new health curriculum. The district’s school board unanimously OK’d the purchase of a six-book HealthSmart program and formation of a committee to write the district’s new health curriculum.

Indian River School District lowers property tax rate

Property owners will keep a few dollars in their pocket after the Indian River Board of Education voted recently to reduce the school district’s property tax rate by 5 cents. The tax rate for the 2015 fiscal year decreased from $2.743 to $2.693 per $100 of assessed value.

Students named to honor roll at Indian River High School

Indian River High School recently announced its final honor roll for the 2013-2014 school year. Receiving High Honors for grades between 93 and 100 were:

Kids get a ‘Hahn’ up at Carver Academy

During a long school day, any physical activity can be a welcome break. That’s why Robert “Bob” Hahn makes physical education a positive thing at G.W. Carver Academy, where he was named Teacher of the Year this year.

“I’m here to teach them to try to keep themselves physically fit, find things that they like to do to keep them active and try to keep them out of trouble,” he said.

IRSD rejects free lunch for all students in some schools

The Indian River School Board of Education this week discussed, and ultimately rejected, a free meals program. Funded by the U.S. government, students could get free breakfast and lunch though Community Eligibility Provision, regardless of economic necessity. The CEP aims to feed children in high-poverty areas.

Art teacher brings ‘Moore’ opportunities to SDSA

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Jamie Moore discusses the permanent artistic risks stuents take by painting bricks at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, where she was named Teacher of the Year.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Jamie Moore discusses the permanent artistic risks stuents take by painting bricks at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, where she was named Teacher of the Year.Jamie Moore’s day begins at 4 a.m., when she takes time to write nine different art lessons for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. But that’s OK. She’ll get to watch those 450 students blossom over time at Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

“That’s the advantage of having such an age range. The little ones see what big kids do,” Moore said. “I get to grow them. And not many people get to do that.”

Even with decades of experience, Moore’s enthusiasm and new ideas earned her recognition as SDSA’s 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year.

“I teach creative thinking and problem-solving,” she said. “SDSA affords me the chance to be a risk-taker.”

Moore gets more class time than typical art teachers. But she also lets kids do great things.

“I think if kids are given an opportunity and a place to feel free … they’re just being themselves, and themselves are pretty interesting.”

Bollinger is back home in Lord Baltimore

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Fourth grade teacher Kayla Bollinger was recently awarded Lord Baltimore’s Teacher of the Year award.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Fourth grade teacher Kayla Bollinger was recently awarded Lord Baltimore’s Teacher of the Year award.Kayla Bollinger may only be in her 20s, but kids have long looked up to this Teacher of the Year.

“When I was younger, everyone referred to me as ‘Mom.’ I would go to different events with my parents, and the kids were just drawn to me,” said Bollinger, labeling herself calm and soft-spoken.

Now teaching fourth grade at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Bollinger has transferred that motherliness to her own new family and that calm to the classroom.

“What I like about her classroom atmosphere is there’s always a sense of calm in her room. You always walk in and just go ‘Ahh,’” said fellow teacher Donna Smith. “Not too over the top and out of control … and the kids seem so happy.”

But don’t let the tranquility fool you. Bollinger stays sharp, always thinking ahead.

IRHS Hall of Fame adds 1987 grad to rolls

This year’s Indian River High School Hall of Fame inductee is a doctor, mother, fundraiser and cancer survivor. She was also voted “Most Likely to Study on a Thursday Night” in college.

Consistency and community are the most important things to 2014 inductee Devi Enerio-Ellant, Class of ’87.

IR parents will be checking their emails more often

Children are less likely these days to lose important paperwork in their backpacks, since the Indian River School District is offering a new paperless information system. Parents will now receive promotional literature in the form of emails, instead of the traditional paper fliers.

Indian River High School graduates 45th class in Dagsboro

Dark clouds may have pushed Indian River High School’s graduation indoors, but that couldn’t stop the joy of 230 graduates, along with their families, friends, teachers and administrators, on May 27.

“You really made this school and community proud,” said former principal Mark Steele, attending his first graduation as assistant superintendent of the Indian River School District.

IR students climb STEM to architecture and engineering

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Joseph Ciriello presents a real toy car and the 3D computer model at Indian River's STEM class.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Joseph Ciriello presents a real toy car and the 3D computer model at Indian River's STEM class.Many of today’s K-12 students are preparing for jobs that don’t even exist yet. As technology catapults forward, Indian River High School is pulling the lever with a pre-engineering pathway for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Only two years old, the four-year STEM pathway is aimed at preparing students for a new level of technology and design in their college and careers.

“I like creating things,” said freshman Joseph Ciriello, who joined STEM after being inspired by a family friend who works in mechanical engineering. In the design-heavy course Introduction to Engineering Design, he’s ready to start building, but the students are first learning the computer programs that will propel them to the next step.

Comolli brings passion to teaching at Indian River High

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Indian River High School’s Diane Comolli recently earned Teacher of the?Year at IRHS. Comolli compared winning the honor to an Oscar of the teaching world.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Indian River High School’s Diane Comolli recently earned Teacher of the?Year at IRHS. Comolli compared winning the honor to an Oscar of the teaching world.When Principal Bennett Murray tried to congratulate Diane Comolli for winning Teacher of the Year at Indian River High School, he couldn’t actually reach her. Students were eagerly swarming the English teacher’s classroom.

“I went down there to congratulate her after I had made the announcement via the PA system. I couldn’t get to her because her students were congratulating her and giving her hugs. Her kids were just as proud of her as we were,” Murray said. “I thought that spoke volumes that the students took time out of their schedules to congratulate her.”

“I was overwhelmed,” she said. “There are such fabulous teachers in this building. Just to be considered … is an honor. I guess, if you’re a teacher, that’s an Oscar!”

“I was so glad and honored to represent what is good about this building,” she said. “Indian River demonstrates each day what’s good about public schools.”

Teaching 10th-grade English, she sees students of all abilities, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I have a passion for all kids. They all deserve to learn. They all can learn, no matter what circumstances they come from,” said Comolli, adding that she feels she can approach multiple needs and learning styles.

“I got that from advertising. I talk to my audience in a way they’ll listen. … In high school, that’s especially important,” she said.

IR board OKs Ennis improvements, tables new middle school

The Indian River School District Board of Education this week dusted off a conversation it began two years ago: considering a new middle school.

Collins, Hudson keep IR school board seats

Voters kept the same lineup for Indian River School District’s Board of Education this year, as the incumbents in District 5 will retain their seats. The district, which includes the Selbyville area, will be represented by incumbents Doug Hudson (183 votes) and W. Scott Collins (151 votes), who beat challenger Bobbi Barends (40 votes) in the May 13 election.

From band to Beahan: Principal of the Year is at SDSA

Coastal Point • Submitted: Don’t let this photo fool you. Rather than sit at a desk, Neil Beahan prefers visiting classrooms or working with teachers at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Beahan was recently recognized as Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for his efforts.Coastal Point • Submitted: Don’t let this photo fool you. Rather than sit at a desk, Neil Beahan prefers visiting classrooms or working with teachers at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Beahan was recently recognized as Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for his efforts.Neil Beahan usually saves paperwork for afternoons or weekends. That’s because the principal of the Southern Delaware School of the Arts wants to be with students as much as he can.

“I try to stay out of the office as much as humanly possible,” said Beahan, visiting classrooms and teacher meetings to know what’s going on. Plus, with “three times as many concerts” as other schools, SDSA families see Beahan afterhours, too.

He doesn’t put in those long hours for an award, but that didn’t stop Beahan from being named Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for 2014 by the Delaware Association of School Administrators.

“Under Neil Beahan’s guidance, Southern Delaware School of the Arts has become one of the highest-performing schools in the state of Delaware,” wrote Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting.

He has been part of district for 33 years, starting as a teacher.

Student musicians bringing ‘Movie Magic’ to IRHS

Coastal Point • File Photo: The cast of a previous Indian River High School ‘Movie Magic’ show dons masks for ‘Masquerade.’Coastal Point • File Photo: The cast of a previous Indian River High School ‘Movie Magic’ show dons masks for ‘Masquerade.’Indian River High School is ready to put on a show and, this time, students looked to the “silver screen” for inspiration. In fact, the IRHS Music Department has two shows planned in the next weeks — the “Movie Magic” Stage Band show May 16 and 17, and the IR Band and Chorus Concert on May 20.

The Stage Band features IR’s top musicians and singers. Past audiences have even asked Music Director Mark Marvel, “Are you sure those are children?” because they’re so talented, he said.

“Movie Magic” is a review of top songs from decades of film, leading from the DeLorean of “Back to the Future” to the bow of the Titanic.

The show swings from the poignant “Somewhere” from West Side Story to the bawdy “Master of the House” from “Les Misérables.”

Lord Baltimore welcomes return of flashing school-zone lights

This is one traffic light people are happy to see: Lord Baltimore Elementary School once again has flashing yellow lights in the school zone, alerting drivers to the 20 mph speed limit during pick-up and drop-off periods.

IRHS students to ‘prom’enade along Bethany boardwalk

Indian River High School students will enjoy an elegant beachside stroll on Saturday, May 10, as the school for the first time hosts its prom Grand March on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach.

“What’s better than to bring out hundreds of kids on the most festive night of the year?” said Diane Comolli, IRHS teacher and class advisor.

Lord Baltimore gets another temporary assistant principal

Lord Baltimore Elementary School is close to finishing a school year that has seen much administrative job-hopping. The school now has a new assistant principal in Woody Long, who is finishing the school year in place of Gary Brittingham.

School board elections for District 5 set for May 13

Elections for District 5 seats on the Indian River School District’s School Board are set for Tuesday, May 13. Three candidates are vying for two seats: incumbents W. Scott Collins and Doug Hudson, and challenger Bobbi Barends.

Selbyville Middle School teacher loves being a RAD ‘mom’

Tanya Evans always keeps an eye on her sixth-grade students, in the classroom and in the hall at Selbyville Middle School. She’s teaching them to be better learners and better people. As students gain more freedom in middle school, Evans watches to ensure they’re growing in a positive way. She also keeps an open ear in the RAD (Ready And Determined) team hallway, where she teaches English language arts.

District wins two Superstars in Education awards

The Indian River School District recently received two Superstars in Education Awards from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. The “Peer to Peer Observation” program at Georgetown Middle School and the district’s “BRINC: Linking to the Future” program were among the 2014 Superstars winners announced in April.

Indian River High School students named to honor roll

The following Indian River High School students recently received honors for their grades during the most recent marking period of the 2013-2014 school year.

Earning High Honors were:

School board gets good news on school construction

After some delay and “jumping through hoops” to get various permits, the Indian River School District made some concrete progress this month. More than a year since the February 2013 referendum was approved, the IRSD finally opened bids this month to find itself $49,000 under budget to renovate three school buildings.

IRHS students take business prowess to national conference

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Six Indian River High School students were recently named to the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Pictured from left are: Corinne Hitch, Charles Wayne, Yosef Knight-Nieves, Hannah Davis, Marissa Fox and Reilly Scott.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Six Indian River High School students were recently named to the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Pictured from left are: Corinne Hitch, Charles Wayne, Yosef Knight-Nieves, Hannah Davis, Marissa Fox and Reilly Scott.Look out, world, for these future business leaders — Indian River High School students earning several spots at this week’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

IRHS brought home state trophies in six team and individual events. Students who earned a spot at nationals included Marissa Fox, Yosef Knight-Nieves, Reilly Scott and Charles Wayne (first place, Small Business Management Team); Hannah Davis (first place, Prepared Speech); and Corinne Hitch (second place, with a $750 scholarship, Entrepreneurship).

Led by staff advisors Stephanie Wilkinson and Jeff Bunting, the IR students will pop back to school for one day after spring break, then travel April 30 to May 4, representing Delaware in leadership and business seminars, workshops and networking opportunities, as well as some sightseeing perks.

Nationally, BPA gives middle school, high school and college students real-world business training, including finance, management, marketing and more. More than 1,100 students entered the Delaware competition.

Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Jennifer Nettles to star at Freeman Stage

Big things are on the horizon for the Freeman Stage at Bayside. Whether people want to rock out or relax, they’ll have plenty of options when the Freeman Stage hosts 10 national recording artists among nearly 50 performances this season.

IRHS BPA to host Spring Egg Hunt on April 12

The Indian River High School chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) will hold a Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Indian River High School football field.

‘Rarely quiet, but always productive’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Homeworkopoly is one many perks in Heather McCabe's classroom.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Homeworkopoly is one many perks in Heather McCabe's classroom.For Heather McCabe, there’s “nothing better in life than teaching a child to read … leveling the playing field” for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The fifth-grade classroom of the Teacher of the Year at Phillip C. Showell Elementary is always busy. But it’s a relaxed atmosphere, so children feel comfortable enough to make mistakes and learn from them.

For children, the key to success is “to know that you love them and it’s a safe place.”

She uses fun activities to lead children through structured and rigorous classwork.

“Lot of standing on chairs and singing,” McCabe said. “If you agree with someone, stand on your chair.”

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