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.
Indian River High School recently celebrated Students of the Month for March and April of the 2015-2016 school year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Local OM team fundraising for World Finals
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.
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
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.
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).
The Indian River School District has pulled its longtime chief financial officer out of the office.
To help raise funds for its Learning Assistance Program, Lighthouse Christian School will be holding its annual spring breakfast fundraiser this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wanda Williams has taught kindergarten through third grade for more than 38 years, but kindergarten is by far her favorite age group. Williams, East Millsboro Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, said she enjoys being part of molding the littlest students into lifelong learners.
“Even though they may have had preschool,” Williams said, “we really set their foundation for them in kindergarten.”
Williams’ classroom is clearly designed to foster students who are thinkers and questioners. In fact, the first thing they encounter inside her colorful classroom is a wall loaded with questions, for which they are encouraged to seek answers.
Gone are the days, Williams said, when kindergarten was all about coloring within the lines and learning to get along with others.
“Kindergarten is a whole different ballgame now,” she said.
At the beginning of each school year, Williams said, she has some students “who don’t even know how to hold a pencil.” Many need help with basic skills. By the end of the year, those kindergarteners will be writing not just words but sentences. Lots of sentences, in fact — “six, seven, eight sentences,” she said with a smile.
Each day’s lesson in Williams’ classroom, her 22 students have lessons in math, science, social studies, mathematics, reading and writing. While that might sound kind of dry and not much fun for 5- and 6-year-olds, Williams explained that they still get to move around a lot and that lessons are packaged in ways that capture the students’ attention and imagination.