Indian River School District

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.

BREAKING NEWS: Bomb threats called in to four Delaware schools

The Delaware State Police are currently investigating bomb threats that they said were called in to four area schools this morning.

Police said the first incident occurred around 11:09 a.m. this morning, Monday, May 23, when an unknown male suspect allegedly called East Millsboro Elementary School, located at 29346 Iron Branch Road, Millsboro, and advised that a bomb was at the school.

Beam named state Gatorade Player of the Year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Brooke Beam has collected just about every individual accolade there is to collect during her storied soccer career.

The senior forward has earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors every year since arriving at Indian River High School for her freshman season. As a junior, she was named to the state’s Top XI list. And, recently, she became the Indians’ all-time leading scorer, as the first soccer player in school history to eclipse the 100-goals mark.

But there was still one thing that Beam hadn’t accomplished — something that she’d made a personal goal ever since stepping foot in the gym at IR some four years ago, a starry-eyed freshman looking up at banners for legendary IR athletes Jamie Jarmon and Caitlin Forte.

Little did she know then that one day she’d have a banner of her own hanging in the rafters, as last Tuesday, Beam became only the third athlete in Indian River High School history to be named a Gatorade Player of the Year.

Lord Baltimore sees no injuries in minor electrical fire

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Firefighters load unused hose onto a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company truck after a small fire at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Friday, May 6.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Firefighters load unused hose onto a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company truck after a small fire at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Friday, May 6.A recent school fire only resulted a few hours of lost instructional time.

Lord Baltimore Elementary School suffered a small electrical fire on Friday, May 6, at 11:52 a.m. in a heating panel on the second floor of the school.

With those wires mostly producing smoke, it was barely a fire, said Indian River School District spokesperson David Maull.

“It was producing smoke on the second floor, so they went ahead and evacuated the building and called the fire department,” Maull said.

The fire was extinguished by the time the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived.

Hundreds of students stood outside in a light but persistent rain. But they were being ushered into the gymnasium by 12:15 p.m.

Indians roll Sussex Academy 9-0 on Senior Night

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: From left to right, seniors Madi Mercer, Davina Baine, Brooke Beam, Marias Mateo-Matias, Aline Check-Guzman, Kayla McCarra, Emma Engel, Emma-Lee Merrick and Hope Pearce gather on senior night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: From left to right, seniors Madi Mercer, Davina Baine, Brooke Beam, Marias Mateo-Matias, Aline Check-Guzman, Kayla McCarra, Emma Engel, Emma-Lee Merrick and Hope Pearce gather on senior night.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team’s seniors have definitely seen their fair share of firsts since their days starting out at the River Soccer Club.

As eighth-graders, they put together Selbyville Middle School’s first-ever undefeated season for girls’ soccer. When they got to the high school, they helped win the girls’ program’s first Henlopen Conference championship as sophomores. Then, as juniors, they made history again as the first girls’ soccer team to make it all the way to the state championship game.

While they’re hoping to add another first to the list and finally bring home the title as seniors, on Thursday, May 6, they took the field at Indian River High School soccer stadium like they have plenty of times before — only, this time, it would be their last.

“It’s bittersweet having our last game here ever for high school,” said senior Kayla McCarra after Senior Night ceremonies and the 9-0 win over Sussex Academy.

“There’s so many good memories that we’ve made on this field together,” said a teary-eyed Emma Engel, with a laugh. “I’ll cry if I start talking about it, so somebody else say something.”

Cape snaps IR baseball win streak

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman Grant Argo makes a play at third against Cape on Tuesday, May 10.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman Grant Argo makes a play at third against Cape on Tuesday, May 10.Headed into their Tuesday, May 10, matchup against Cape Henlopen, the Indian River High School baseball team was riding a three-game win streak. A 19-4 victory against Laurel and comebacks against Seaford and Woodbridge had the Indians looking to keep things rolling.

Fresh off a state championship appearance last season, Cape’s Vikings had other ideas, however, keeping the IR bats at bay and notching a 6-0 victory.

“They battled today,” said head coach Chris Megee of his Indians squad. “That’s a good team. That’s a team that was in the state championship last year and really didn’t lose too many people.”

After jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, a seasoned Cape squad tacked on runs throughout the game, pushing the lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth and adding three late scores to cap the shutout.

Vikings slide past Indians in 6-4 comeback

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman catcher Grace Snyder gets ready to make the tag on Cape junior shortstop Sara Lallier on Tuesday, May 10.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR freshman catcher Grace Snyder gets ready to make the tag on Cape junior shortstop Sara Lallier on Tuesday, May 10.The bats were hot for the Indian River High School softball team during their matchup against Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, May 10. But as the game went on, the Vikings’ bats were hotter, as they came back to take down the Indians 6-4.

“After the first inning, we chose to revert back to chasing the pitcher’s pitches, instead of using the philosophy of hitting our own, and that hurt us,” said head coach Erika Brittingham of the late struggle at the plate.

“I knew they had a few good hitters. We all knew that coming in. We knew they were a good hitting team, but so are we,” added junior shortstop McKenzie Collins. “We just made some mistakes that we shouldn’t have.”

Sophomore pitcher Marley Evans got the start in the circle, getting a quick three outs on four Cape batters to close the top of the first inning.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

BREAKING NEWS: 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.

IRSD plans to build three new schools and more

The Indian River School District has changed its wish list into a to-do list. The IRSD Board of Education voted on April 7 to begin planning for three new schools, one major addition, renovations to several buildings and a study of all athletic fields.

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.