Education Briefs Fall 2019

September 18, 2019

Cape High seeks alumni info for 50th class reunion

The Cape Henlopen High School class of 1970 is planning a 50th reunion and would like to make sure everyone is invited. To share information, contact Tony Podraza at

Student loan applications for high-needs educators due Oct. 1

Delaware educators who work in high-needs districts or content areas are eligible to apply for this year’s High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment program. Created under Gov. John Carney’s leadership, Delaware’s educator student loan repayment program provides eligible educators with up to $2,000 a year to repay their student loans. Educators who work in certification areas for which Delaware has a shortage or educators who work in Delaware high-needs schools are eligible to apply.

Educators can apply for the loan repayment program online through 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1. To apply, go to

Scores rank Sussex Academy No. 1 middle school in Delaware 

Sussex Academy middle school students secured the state’s highest scores on the Smarter Balanced math and English language arts assessment tests. Statewide, the test results indicated that 53 percent of Delaware students are proficient in English language arts while 44 percent are proficient in math. Sussex Academy middle school students are 93 percent proficient in English language arts and 90 percent proficient in math. “I couldn't be more proud of my students and dedicated staff. Sussex County often takes a back seat to both Kent and New Castle counties, and the work we are doing at Sussex Academy proves that kids in Sussex County are as equally capable and talented as their northern county peers,” said Eric M. Anderson, head of school. Sussex Academy is a public charter, tuition-free school in Georgetown serving students in grades 6-12.

Delaware's top youth volunteer applications due Nov. 5

Delaware students in fifth to 12th grades are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months.

To apply, go to Applications are due by Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle and high school students. Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 130,000 middle and high school students across the country at the local, state and national level.

Delaware's top youth volunteers of 2019 were Harrison Barnes, 18, of Bridgeville, who founded a nonprofit organization called GearUp that promotes bicycle riding as a way for young people to overcome personal challenges, and Shelby Farris, 14, also of Bridgeville, who creates pre-printed greeting cards and encourages people across the country to color them and send them to veterans, hospital patients, the elderly, grieving families and others who need a little cheer in their lives.

After-school program has openings in Lewes

The Lewes After School Program recently announced available openings for students. The program is housed and supported by Lewes Presbyterian Church and has been in operation since 2004. It follows the Cape Henlopen School District calendar and serves students in grades one to five. LASP offers fun and challenging activities that support topics learned during the school day. The program includes healthy snacks, small-group homework help, one-to-one reading and math help, recreation, arts and crafts, technology, and more.

Cost is $50 for five days per week; first week’s tuition is due at registration. LASP accepts Purchase of Care, and scholarships are available. It is licensed as an after-school program for school-age children by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing.

For more information about enrolling a child, contact Teresa Lockerman, program director, at 302-645-5345 or