Indian River School District
Teens are running the show at Indian River High School’s Variety Show, for one weekend only, March 27 and 28.
“We hope to continue to maintain that high level” of performance that the community is used to “and provide nice entertainment for the public,” said IRHS Music Director Nathan Mohler.
The musicians are getting creative, with a drum line, sax quartet and rocking Bruno Mars finale. There’s even an acoustic cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”
The lineup ranges from music to stage routines, including a comedy game show. Musical renditions include a variety of genres: country (Aaron Lewis), R&B (Whitney Houston), pop rock (One Republic), Christian music and more.
Most of the acts have live accompaniment from a 27-piece pit band.
“We have a very good variety,” Mohler said.
The student performers also decided what they wanted to put on stage, choosing their own songs and acts.
“I’ve always felt, in the music world, a performer’s gonna get more out of it [based on] what they put in,” Mohler said. “If they’re doing what they want, they’re gonna care more about it… harbor that same passion and intensity.”
Kelsea Dell wouldn’t want to do anything else besides teach eighth-grade math at Selbyville Middle School.
“Even though it can be challenging, with the hormonal changes that goes on between sixth and eighth grade … they’re a super-cool group of kids. It’s fun,” Dell said.
After teaching her first year at SMS, she spent four at Millsboro Middle School and has come home to be named Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016 at her own alma mater.
“I wouldn’t do anything else. I graduated from this district,” Dell said. “I loved Millsboro Middle, [but] this is where I came from. … I wanted to get back home.”
Now, her former teachers are her SMS colleagues.
“That’s the good thing about this area,” she said. “It’s so small — even when you come back, in education they still remember you.”
Editor's Note: After filing for the election, candidate Lloyd Evan Elling withdrew from the race after the Coastal Point deadline.
The Indian River School Board’s 2015 election looks like a very off-kilter game of musical chairs. Five candidates are running for one position in District 4 (Frankford, west Dagsboro and points east).
The future of medicine was on display at the A.I. DuPont Hospital in Wilmington last Friday, in an event organized by HOSA-Future Health Professionals (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America) that included Indian River High School seniors Krystal Gonzalez and Montanyah Hall, who presented their research on achondroplasia.
Do video games alter our awareness of time? Does your gender affect your memory? Which is stronger: bamboo or phragmites?
These are just a few of the questions students asked for the 2015 Sussex County Science Fair.
Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the second marking period in the 2014-2015 school year.
Students receiving high honors (grades 93 to 100) included:
Election season is approaching for the Indian River School District’s Board of Education.
Four seats are up for election this year: two seats in District 1 (northern Georgetown), one seat in District 2 (north Millsboro to south Georgetown) and one seat in District 4 (Frankford, west Dagsboro and points east).
Each term is for five years, ending June of 2020.
Four seats on the Indian River School District’s Board of Education’s will be up for grabs during a May 12 election, and the deadline to file for one of those seats is right around the corner on March 6.
Editor's Note: The Quarter Auction is rescheduled again for Friday, March 13. The inclement weather date will be March 27.
The mission continues to plan a more affordable prom. The junior class of Indian River High School will host a Quarter Auction on Friday, Feb. 20, to raise funds for the prom.
It’s science fair season, and Phillip C. Showell Elementary School recently hosted a Science Night to get students in the mood. Second-graders and their parents attended a special presentation at Selbyville Public Library, where they learned how to create an experiment.
“We’re exactly one month out from the Science Fair,” said Corey Dietrich, a second-grade teacher.
So it’s time to start brainstorming.
Dietrich’s class had created a homemade car, powered by a mousetrap (don’t worry, parents — he adjusted the safety snapping mechanism). He explained the entire process, from the first hypothesis to building a car, as well as collecting and organizing data.
There will be live judging for the first time at the March Science Fair. So kids will present their projects and answer questions, rather than leaving their project in an empty gym for judges to see.
For months, Indian River School District officials have plodded through the divisive topic of how to teach Human Sexuality to 600 ninth-graders each year. This week, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a new sex-ed curriculum for high school. (The middle school curriculum process has yet to begin.)
The people speak
Every year, public school students take a comprehensive state test. And, as the Indian River School District prepares to use the newest version of that test, parents and guardians can learn more, at a pair of public forums set for this week.
Whether the students earned stellar grades or just gave their best in the classroom, Indian River High School wants to celebrate its Students of the Month.
Although the Indian River School District has finished the first leg of the sex-education marathon by drafting a new high school curriculum, the next hurdle looms, with a public forum. Fulfilling a promise made to the public by district officials, the forum is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Millsboro Middle School.
The public is welcome to attend.
The Indian River School District, in partnership with Academic Partnerships LLC, will host a teacher recruitment fair on Feb. 21 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Md.
For students in the National Junior Honor Society, even the most special celebration is an opportunity to help others. After wrapping up a successful canned food drive, the Southern Delaware School of the Arts Honor Society held a fancy holiday dinner — and wrapped gifts for homeless teens.
“I just feel helping out people who don’t have what the average human should have [is important],” said Zachary Ables, an eighth-grader. “It’s such a great thing to be helping out those children.”
The dinner at One Coastal was meant to celebrate the hard work the Honor Society had already done in the fall. The group consists of 16 eighth-graders. Besides dressing up and enjoying a buffet with their families, they giftwrapped the hats and gloves they had purchased for 75 teenagers at the Hope & Life Outreach (HALO) homeless shelter in Salisbury, Md.
“I was really proud of them,” said Amy Hughes, teacher and Honor Society advisor. “They’re just so into it.”
Ables said the students were impressed with their guest speaker, who fundraises to donate items for HALO.
Student council members are helping their classmates give back this holiday season. Indian River High School recently finished its second annual food collection for Home of the Brave, a Milford nonprofit helping homeless veterans transition to more stable homes and jobs.
“It feels like you’re doing something,” said senior and Council President Clayton Hardy. “This is meant to feed a veteran’s home.”
“They serve our country, so we have to give back on some level,” senior Alison Jennings said.
Regarding the most basic of human needs, junior Sami Mumford expressed the root of the problem: “I don’t like to be hungry,” she said simply.
Staff advisor Frank Shockley helped the students organize the food drive. Last year, he said, it was “really nice” to deliver the food in person and meet the facility director and some vets.
“They actually helped us unload. They were very thankful, a very nice group of individuals,” Shockley said.
He described the donations building, which serves the homeless:
“When they finally find a home for them,” the veterans “go shopping” to fill their homes with furniture and food.
“It’s the nice thing to do,” said junior Sofia DiGirolamo of the effort.
Selbyville Middle School has taken leadership to the next level, as local students fill four of five positions on the state student council (Delaware Student Council Association).
“We have had a great run of leadership at the state level in the student council,” Superintendent Susan Bunting has said. That’s due to help and encouragement of SMS advisor Patricia Jennings.
This year SMS students swept the entire council, aside from the presidency, held by Jordan Ide of Smyrna Middle School.
SMS councilmembers include Vice President Dominic Patille, grade 8, Secretary Gabrielle “Gabby” Tierney, 7th, Treasurer Chloe McCabe, 7th, and Historian Maddie Weber, 8th.
Half the battle was showing up, the students said. Statewide, only a few middle school delegations could break away from regular classwork to participate in elections.
The young leaders heard speeches by Delaware’s First Lady, Carla Markell, plus Carrie Hart of Volunteer Delaware.
One controversial novel will remain on bookshelves at a local high school after students and adults spoke in favor of retaining access to “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” and against censorship.
Sussex Central High School had suddenly removed the novel from library bookshelves, student Bryce Molnar had reported at the November meeting of Indian River School Board.
Indian River High School this week announced its honor roll students for the most recent marking period in the 2014-2015 school year. Among the students receiving high honors were:
When her coworker hit the ground during the Nov. 12 lunch hour, Wendy Webb’s training and quick thinking may have saved a life.
It was lunchtime at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts when chief custodian Glen Timmons collapsed in the cafeteria.
His heart had stopped.
“Everyone heard a loud bang, and he was down on the ground,” said Principal Neil Beahan. “Wendy Webb was there very quickly.”
She and other staff members had trained for situations like this. The SDSA response team assembled immediately.
“Glen was not responsive, so we shocked him and did some compressions,” Beahan said. “Slowly and surely, Mr. Glen came back to us, and by the time the paramedics arrived, he was a lot more coherent.”
“We do AED drills every year for a purpose, and it’s to make these kind of situations reactive,” Beahan said. “And it worked perfectly.”
Students interested in applying for several special programs in the Indian River School District for the 2015-2016 school year are required to submit state school choice applications and district supplemental forms, officials reminded students and their parents this week.
For more than eight years, members of the Cripple Creek Bridge Club have raised money in order to donate Christmas gifts to local needy children. Judie Davis said they work with Phillip C. Showell Elementary School to find local children in need.
“Every year they have a huge list of families who are needy,” said Davis, noting that the families are screened by social services.
The club raises money in November, through donations from club members, and later purchases gifts.
“For each child there is a list of wants and needs,” said Davis. “We do the ‘needs’ first, and then a few of the ‘wants.’”
Club member Carolyn Corrigan praised Davis and Aimee Marvel for their involvement in organizing the effort each year.
“They collect all the coupons they can find in order to get the most for our money and make the children happy with both fun and useful gifts. Then, they organize each child’s gifts on a table and pair things together so each child will have the same number of packages,” she said. “Judie and Aimee go above and beyond.”
When families arrive at the new Indian River School District’s Food Pantry, they don’t have to bring tax statements or financial papers.
“If they’re here, they’re hungry,” said Michele Murphy. “They do have to complete Food Bank paperwork, but there’s no proof that’s required.”
As IRSD Parent Center coordinator, Murphy helps many families with anything from college planning to free clothing.
Located within the G.W. Carver Educational Center in Frankford, people can select 30 free pounds of food items and 5 pounds of personal products.