Indian River School District

Boys and Girls State students take over County chambers

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: High school juniors from across Sussex County filled Sussex County Chambers last week as part of the American Legion's Boys and Girls State program.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: High school juniors from across Sussex County filled Sussex County Chambers last week as part of the American Legion's Boys and Girls State program.About 40 high school juniors filled the Sussex County Council chambers last Thursday, April 16. They were not in chambers to request a grant or make public comment on a proposed ordinance, but rather as representatives of Girls and Boys State.

Boys and Girls State are programs through the American Legion, offering high school juniors the opportunity to become part of the operation of local, county and state government.

“The national organization requires them to be a member of the junior class, becoming seniors in the fall,” explained Lyman Brenner, chairman of Delaware Boys State. “The state of Delaware has added, too, that they must be in the upper third of their class academically.”

Boys State has existed in Delaware since 1946, and those who wish to participate may be recommended from their school, previous Boys and Girls State participants, American Legion posts or military service academy nominees.

School district candidate Goldman hits the campaign trail

As a young father, Coastal Point • Submitted  : Gregory “Greg” Goldman is one of three candidates running for the Indian River School District's District 4 candidate.Coastal Point • Submitted : Gregory “Greg” Goldman is one of three candidates running for the Indian River School District's District 4 candidate. wants to be involved in his children’s education and give a voice to other parents. That’s part of his reasoning for entering the Indian River School Board’s 2015 election.

Goldman is one of three candidates for a single District 4 seat, representing Frankford, west Dagsboro and points east. (Two candidates have already withdrawn from the race.)

“I noticed, on the school board itself, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of representation from people with families, with the children in the school district,” he said.

Goldman expects to spend the next 20 years as an IRSD parent. The Ocean View resident has 4-year-old twins and a 1-year-old baby.

“The girls will be enrolling in kindergarten a year from this fall. I wanted to start getting involved,” said Goldman, who moved to the area in 2008.

“I think that there needs to be more involvement from parents,” he said. “I think the future of the school district needs to have a voice from parents.”

Although he’ll be a new district parent, “Experience is not necessarily the most important thing. It might be time for a new voice, since it seems a lot of people on the board have been on the board a long time,” Goldman said.

No injuries in Millsboro school bus fire

Special to the Coastal Point • Brittany Young: This bus caught fire on the morning of Monday, April 13, on Careys Camp Road.Special to the Coastal Point • Brittany Young: This bus caught fire on the morning of Monday, April 13, on Careys Camp Road.Smoke was pouring from its engine just before a school bus caught flames near Millsboro on Monday, April 13.

East Millsboro Elementary School’s bus No. 64 had already picked up two students at 6:45 a.m. when it turned onto Careys Camp Road (located off Route 24, west of Route 113).

According to the 41-year-old female driver, the engine suddenly cut out, so she pulled off the roadway.

When she smelled smoke and saw flames coming from the engine, she hustled the students off the bus to a nearby house, where the authorities were called.

There were no injuries to her or the two children, ages 9 and 11.

“The bus driver did a great job getting the students off the bus and to safety,” said David Maull, Indian River School District spokesman. “She did exactly as she was trained to do and took the kids out of the back exit.”

Sussex Central serious about mock trial

Coastal Point • Submitted  : Sussex Central High School is rocking the Mock Trial. The 2015 team includes (front row, from left) Coach Tom Murphy, Helen Gonzalez, Hallie Smith, Holly Williams, Anya Klimitchev, Attorney Coach Ashley Bickel, Coach Helen Elliott, (back row) Faith Kinsler, Derya Sen, Danny Keenan, Charlie Megginson, Nathan Greenlee, Bryce Molnar, Devon Lynch, Maaz Nasir and Emily Ritter.Coastal Point • Submitted : Sussex Central High School is rocking the Mock Trial. The 2015 team includes (front row, from left) Coach Tom Murphy, Helen Gonzalez, Hallie Smith, Holly Williams, Anya Klimitchev, Attorney Coach Ashley Bickel, Coach Helen Elliott, (back row) Faith Kinsler, Derya Sen, Danny Keenan, Charlie Megginson, Nathan Greenlee, Bryce Molnar, Devon Lynch, Maaz Nasir and Emily Ritter.

“The courtroom is a stage,” a judge once told a local mock-trial team. If that’s the case, then Sussex Central High School is putting on a show. SCHS was the top-ranking public school at the 2015 Delaware State Mock Trial Competition, earning sixth place behind five Wilmington-area private schools and among 24 teams total.

Annually, teams are judged at the New Castle County Court House by a panel of attorneys and other legal professionals. Actual justices preside over the mock-trial courtroom.

A relatively young team, SCHS worked hard for four months, as well as the previous four years.

“Five years ago, we were ranked 25th in the state,” noted coach Helen Elliott.

On average, the school has improved by five spots every year, including taking 11th place in 2014.

Each school has two teams: plaintiff and defense. Both halves compete against other schools in the courtroom, arguing a pre-written case.

IR Alumni group returns with food and ‘FUN-raiser’

The Indian River High School Alumni Association will be hosting its annual 'FUN-raiser' this weekend.The Indian River High School Alumni Association will be hosting its annual 'FUN-raiser' this weekend.The Indian River High School Alumni Association’s third annual “FUN-raiser” on Saturday, April 18, will allow alumni and their supporters to celebrate green-and-gold with a night of all-you-can-eat food, music, prizes, cornhole games and a return of the IRHS Alumni license plates, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Frankford Fire Hall, the use of which has been donated by the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company.

Attendees will be able to fill up on homemade pit beef, hot sausages, mac’n’cheese, the Tribbitt Family’s Famous Clam Chowder and desserts. Drinks are free, including beer, wine and soda.

Guests will be able to bid for “Chinese” and live auction items. They can bring up to three canned goods for the local food pantry or animal shelter and receive up to 3 “Chinese auction” tickets.

This is the one night each year to get Indian River alumni license plates, with the Indian chief logo designed by IR students. With the winning bid, people can drive around with their lucky number, graduation year, wedding anniversary or other combination, or get a gift for a soon-to-be-graduate. The number list is online at www.IRHSalumni.com.

Tickets cost $30 in advance, available from many alumni members or at IndianRiverAlumni@gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Teoli throws hat in the ring for school board

Education is simply “my background,” Judith “Judy” Ladd Teoli said. “It’s what I spent my life doing.”

She’s now turning that lifetime into momentum for her campaign for Indian River School Board’s 2015 election. Teoli is one of four candidates for a single District 4 seat, representing Frankford, west Dagsboro and points east.

Cordrey brings life to the classroom at Indian River High School

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Jennifer Cordrey laughs with her senior students at Indian River High School.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Jennifer Cordrey laughs with her senior students at Indian River High School.On a typical day, a gray furball runs circles around Jennifer Cordrey’s classroom at Indian River High School.

Baloo the bunny is one of a menagerie of ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, fish and a chinchilla that live in Cordrey’s room. Leopard geckos are coming soon.

“There’s always been some kind of animal running around,” Cordrey said of her agricultural-science classroom.

Bringing life to the class, Cordrey was named IRHS Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.

Cordrey has taught “agri-science” — an umbrella term for animal science, horticulture, pre-veterinary science, landscaping, turf management and more — at IRHS for 14 years.

“I’ve always had a knack for animals,” said the woman who once wanted to be a veterinarian. But a college professor planted the seed of teaching in her head, and it blossomed.

That, in turn, led to Indian River’s greenhouse of flowers, pond of fish and classrooms of animals. The diversity of life teaches students to handle unique creatures. They learn the responsibility, but also compassion, needed in raising animals.

Welcome to the show: IR Variety Show returns this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.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.”

SMS teacher makes a difference at her home school

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Kelsea Dell hopes to make a difference in her students’ lives at Selbyville MIddle School, starting with giving them ownership of their ‘textbook.’Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Kelsea Dell hopes to make a difference in her students’ lives at Selbyville MIddle School, starting with giving them ownership of their ‘textbook.’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.”

District 4 school board race draws a crowd

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).

IR students Gonzalez, Hall present research at HOSA event

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.

Kids ask questions, get messy at Sussex County Science Fair

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.

IRHS announces honor roll for second marking period

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:

IRSD seeks candidates for school board seats

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.

School board election nears, and four seats open

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.

Quarter Auction aims to help make IR prom affordable

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.

Science simmers for Selbyville second-graders

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Corey Dietrich teaches second graders how to build a mousetrap race car at Selbyville Public Library, in preparation for the Phillip C. Showell Science Fair.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Corey Dietrich teaches second graders how to build a mousetrap race car at Selbyville Public Library, in preparation for the Phillip C. Showell Science Fair.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.

School board approves sex-ed curriculum

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

Ready for the new state test? IRSD hosts information session

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.

Star students stand out at Indian River High School

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.

Having ‘the Talk’: School district to host public forum for sex-ed curriculum

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.

Indian River School District to host teacher recruitment fair

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.

SDSA Honor Society pitches in, serves community

Coastal Point • Submitted: Southern Delaware School of the Arts honor society members pitched in and collected canned foods to help those in need. They also wrapped gifts for homeless teens at One Coastal in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • Submitted: Southern Delaware School of the Arts honor society members pitched in and collected canned foods to help those in need. They also wrapped gifts for homeless teens at One Coastal in Bethany Beach.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.

IRHS feeds those who fought for our freedom

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Student council members load boxes of food that Indian River High School students and staff donated to the Home of the Brave veterans shelter. Pictured, from left, are: junior Jared Ryan, seniors Clayton Hardy and Alison Jennings, freshman Olivia Garvey, and juniors Sofia DiGirolamo, Sami Mumford and Meghan Paulus.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Student council members load boxes of food that Indian River High School students and staff donated to the Home of the Brave veterans shelter. Pictured, from left, are: junior Jared Ryan, seniors Clayton Hardy and Alison Jennings, freshman Olivia Garvey, and juniors Sofia DiGirolamo, Sami Mumford and Meghan Paulus.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.