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Teachers are trusted to manage classrooms, from grades to discipline. But when parents are unhappy with a teacher’s decision, they’re sometimes taking advantage of the system, according one local teacher.
At Indian River High School, students aren’t getting equal treatment when parents demand that the administration intervene, said physical education teacher Wendy Megee.
This year, 10 students of all ages won college scholarships from the Indian River High School Alumni Association.
The group far surpassed their original goal of awarding four IR Pride Scholarships, which were presented to college students and to recent high school graduates at their Aug. 1 meeting.
Five recent grads won the $1,000 IR Pride Scholarship; four alumni won the $500 IR Pride Scholarships for Current Alumni; and one grad won a special memorial scholarship of $3,150.
The award celebrates school spirit, beyond the usual academics or athletics.
The Indian River School District recently announced its adult education course offerings for the fall of 2016. They can now be viewed online at irsd.net.
Fall 2016 courses for youth include:
• Babysitting Course by Delaware Safety Council (ages 11-16): Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17-18, 5-7 p.m., $50, Southern Delaware School of the Arts library. Advance registration required.
The Bethany Area Repertoire Theater (BART) has been providing stage performances to the area for three years, and last week the theater company’s goal of funding scholarships for area students bore fruit.
BART awarded scholarships to three students, all recent graduates from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, during a ceremony at BART’s home stage at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Friday, July 23.
Robert Ravida, chairman of BART’s scholarship committee, said BART’s intention from the beginning was always to fund arts scholarships with the proceeds from ticket sales for its plays, which are performed on the Dickinson Parlour Theatre stage by an ever-growing group of volunteers from within the community.
Scores from the 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment, released by the Delaware Department of Education on July 21, revealed that the percentages of Indian River School District students who were proficient in English language arts (ELA) and math were higher than the overall state averages, district officials announced this week.
The Indian River School District is continuing to produce new episodes of its “IRSD Spotlight” podcast. The episodes can be accessed free of charge through iTunes, soundcloud.com, the district website at irsd.net and several mobile podcast apps.
Kelsey Elise Murray and Mikaela Brosnahan, incoming juniors at Indian River High School, recently returned from representing their school and the state of Delaware at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.
Administrators and teachers in the Indian River School District will receive child sexual abuse prevention training this summer through a special program sponsored by the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.
Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the fourth and final marking period in the 2015-2016 school year.
Students receiving High Honors were:
The Delaware Department of Education this week announced the new U.S. Department of Agriculture policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price for meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and After School Snack Program.
Headmaster Dr. Barry Tull recently congratulated the students who made the Worcester Prep Term 4 Headmaster’s List for the 2015-2016 school year.
Students on the Headmaster’s List earned an average of 93 percent or above in their major subjects and had no grade lower than 76 percent in any subject. Local students named to the list included:
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.
Miller wins LB 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.
The staff of the South Coastal Library is inviting teens to participate in their 2016 Summer Reading Program, with sign-up now under way.
When 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.
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.
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).
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.
‘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
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.
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.
As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations, Beebe Healthcare has published an illustrated children’s book titled “Beebe’s Big Birthday.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.