Learning Points

Millsboro library prepares for annual book sale

The Friends of the Millsboro Library are preparing for their annual book sale. This year’s sale will take place on two weekends, July 29-30 and Aug. 5-6. A preview night for members will take place on Thursday, July 28.

Organizers noted that, each year, the sale has been extremely successful because of the thousands of books the public has donated.

‘She made us feel happy when we came to school’

Miller wins LB Teacher of the Year

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Amanda Miller teaches reading, writing — and respect — as Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Amanda Miller teaches reading, writing — and respect — as Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year.Surrounded by small desks and chairs, Amanda Miller lights up when she talks about teaching.

Her joy and professionalism combined to make her Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.

“You only need to spend a short time with Mrs. Miller to learn that she cares very deeply about being an educator and strives to give her very best to her students each and every day,” according to Principal Pam Webb.

“Teaching isn’t just reading, writing and arithmetic anymore. We teach respect and socialization and how to get along with others … so time can be a challenge, fitting all those things in,” Miller said.

Summer events for teens and tweens at the South Coastal Library

The staff of the South Coastal Library is inviting teens to participate in their 2016 Summer Reading Program, with sign-up now under way.

From Houston to Michigan: IR Hall of Fame inductees ask grads to serve others

Coastal Point submitted • Vincent E. MumfordCoastal Point submitted • Vincent E. MumfordWhen students graduate from high school, they have decades of life still ahead of them. Indian River High School is again honoring alumni who have made the IRHS family proud with the 2016 Hall of Fame inductions.

Usually, there is just one inductee each year, but this year, two alumni were honored for their service to the community: Vincent E. Mumford (1983) in sports leadership and V. Graig Temple (1993) in emergency services.

“We are looking for high standards and representation up there, so to see two this year is incredible,” Principal Bennett Murray said at the May 25 graduating senior awards night. “There’s so many great Indian River High School alumni — not only in our area, but throughout the nation and world — giving back in [many] ways,” Murray said.

The Indian River High School Alumni Association re-started the Hall of Fame in 2013, honoring grads who have made significant achievements their professional lives and noteworthy contributions to society. They hope that will help inspire the next generation of students.

Oneschuk rocks the halls at SDSA

Coastal Point • Submitted : Always happy with her guitar, Melody Oneschuk is always ready to rock at SDSA, where she won Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.Coastal Point • Submitted : Always happy with her guitar, Melody Oneschuk is always ready to rock at SDSA, where she won Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.In what other school would rock band be part of the curriculum?

In the music department of Southern Delaware School of the Arts, Melody Oneschuk marvels that she gets to teach rock-and-roll to middle-schoolers.

Her school and students have marveled right back, as Oneschuk won SDSA Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.

“[Music] was always just a big part of my life,” said Oneschuk, who realized that teaching fed her desire for music and a steady paycheck.

And she still gets to rock out. SDSA’s ensembles include jazz band and rock band, both of which perform in the community. Twice Removed is the student rock band that plays classic rock, a genre twice removed from the current generation, she said. Spring shows have included tributes to the Who and the Beatles.

She said she loves teaching rock band. It gives kids “the chance to play popular music and have kids play instruments they normally wouldn’t, like guitar or drums.”

At Salisbury University, Oneschuk played clarinet for her music-education major, but she fell in love with the guitar. Years of piano training helped her learn the chords, she said.

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).

Hats off to the Class of 2016

Hundreds of smiles, and a few tears, filled the football stadium at Indian River High School’s 47th commencement on May 30.

Principal Bennett Murray congratulated the 193 graduates of the Class of 2016. In that diverse group, everyone is going somewhere different: 86 percent to post-secondary schools, 2 percent into the military and 11 percent into the workforce.

NYT-bestselling author Lippman to visit Bethany Beach

‘When my brother was eighteen, he broke his arm in an accident that ended in another young man’s death. I wish I could tell you that we mourned the boy who died, but we did not. He was the one with murder in his heart and, sure enough, death found him that night. Funny how that works.
‘It happened at the lake. Wilde Lake.’
— from ‘Wilde Lake’ by Laura Lippman

Warner ‘put on this earth to work with kids’

Coastal Point • Kelsey Magill: Brendan Warner gets a little work done at Sussex Tech. He has dedicated much of his life’s work to helping area children.Coastal Point • Kelsey Magill: Brendan Warner gets a little work done at Sussex Tech. He has dedicated much of his life’s work to helping area children.Leaning back at his desk in Sussex Technical High School’s entryway, as Brendan Warner greets students and parents coming to and from senior project presentations for the school’s graduating class, it’s obvious that he’s well-known and respected within those walls.

Warner and his family moved to Sussex County from the Washington, D.C., area in 1968, when he was in third grade. One of the first Roman Catholic families to move to the area, Warner said he and his family stuck out from the get-go.

“My brothers and I — when we came, we had long hair, bell-bottom pants,” he said.

Looking back, Warner recalls growing up in a different world. He remembers when “the Beach Treat was the place where everyone hung out” and going to the old rec center, where a dollar could get a few ping pong games for you and your friends.

Osher in Lewes announces new classes for June

Course registration is open at the Osher Lifelong Learning in Lewes for the four-week June session, which runs Monday, June 6, through Thursday, June 30. Forty classes are on the schedule, with a wide selection of topics.

Beebe publishes children’s book for 100th anniversary

As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations, Beebe Healthcare has published an illustrated children’s book titled “Beebe’s Big Birthday.”

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.

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