Education Briefs Spring 2020

May 20, 2020

Indian River school board approves calendar changes

The Indian River School District Board of Education recently approved a series of changes to the 2019-20 school district calendar. The last day of school for seniors will now be Friday, June 12. The last day of school for students in preschool through 11th grade will be Friday, June 19. Remote learning activities necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue through these dates. The last day for teachers will be Wednesday, June 24.

The board approved new dates for school graduation ceremonies as follows: Indian River High School Wednesday, June 17; Sussex Central High School Thursday, June 18; and Howard T. Ennis School Friday, June 19.

It has not yet been determined if these ceremonies will be conducted virtually or in person. Plans will be communicated to parents in the coming weeks.

All dates are subject to change depending on future directives from the State of Delaware in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sussex Academy ranked fourth among Delaware high schools

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Sussex Academy high school fourth in the state for the second consecutive year. U.S News publishes the Best High Schools rankings to identify the top-performing public high schools in the United States. Rankings are based on the performance of all students on the state assessments in reading and math, performance of underserved students, graduation rate and the degree to which Sussex Academy prepares students for college. Sussex Academy is a public charter, tuition-free school. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, Sussex Academy will have a main campus and an elementary school campus, both in Georgetown. The school will serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade. All grades are fully enrolled. For more information, email

Indian River district updates meal service locations and times

The Indian River School District has announced the latest locations and times for its meal service program as of April 20.

Grab-and-go meals will be available from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the following locations: Indian River High School front entrance; Phillip C. Showell Elementary parent pickup area; Millsboro Middle School bus parking lot; Georgetown Elementary School front entrance; North Georgetown Elementary bus parking lot; Long Neck Elementary bus parking lot; and Lord Baltimore Elementary parent drop-off and pickup area, accessed via the Route 26 entrance.

Meals are free of charge and available to children 18 and under. Students will receive two meals on Monday and Wednesday, and three meals on Friday. Children do not have to be present at the distribution sites for families to receive meals. However, the district asks that parents/guardians be respectful and only pick up meals for the children in their households.

Delmarva Christian School among 2020 Best Schools in America 

Delmarva Christian Schools announced it has been recognized as a 2020 Best School by Niche.

This year, Delmarva Christian Schools is ranked No. 1 in both Sussex and Kent counties, and No. 5 in Delaware. According to Niche, many different factors were considered when tabulating the rankings earned by Delmarva Christian Schools.

“We are so proud of our students and staff for earning this national distinction,” said DCS Interim Head of School Matt Kwiakowski. “While we continually strive to make Delmarva Christian a wonderful place for students to learn and grow through ongoing professional development opportunities for our staff and strong leadership support from our Board and administration, we consider it an honor to be recognized.”

Delmarva Christian Schools – one school, two campuses, three programs – endeavors to mature young people to be biblically minded, well-educated, critical thinkers as they seek to discover their life calling.

To see Delmarva Christian’s profile and the full list, go to For more information on Delmarva Christian Schools, go to or call 302-856-4040.

Local students travel to London with Cedar Crest College

Cedar Crest College students recently  traveled to London as part of the Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition, a guaranteed study-abroad program. In the spring semester of their sophomore year, students participate in a series of classes to prepare them for the trip. Then they spend 8-10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activities. This year they traveled to London Feb. 29 to March 7. Participating local students include Madison Maksymow of Lewes and Jade Shomper of Rehoboth Beach.

Lewes resident earns honors at Clark University

Clark University announced that Phyo Phyo M. Thu of Lewes has been named to second honors on its dean's list for the fall semester. To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Sussex Tech business students win top honors at states

Sussex Technical High School students recently won top honors at the statewide conference of Business Professionals of America, a career-technical student organization which prepares members for careers in business, finance and other related fields. Lizbeth Cortez-Galindo, a junior from Milford, won first place in payroll accounting and third place in basic office systems and procedures. Turner Lee, a senior from Seaford, and Cameron Veazey, a senior from Laurel, won second place in presentation management (team). Daniel Rubini, a sophomore from Harbeson, won second place in basic office systems and procedures. Trinity Kelso, a junior from Millsboro, won fourth place in business law and ethics. Cameron Veazey also placed in the top six for human resource management. Amith Tatineni, a sophomore from Lewes, placed in the top six for interview skills.

These winners are eligible to compete at the national BPA competition.

Sussex Tech’s business, finance and marketing career-technical area area gives students direct, hands-on experience with running in-school businesses as well as a practical grounding in soft skills like public speaking, organization and team management. Students gain a firm foundation in business topics and can complete specialties including accounting or marketing management.

Sussex Tech electronics students earn FCC ham radio licenses

Electronics students at Sussex Technical High School recently earned their federal amateur radio operator technician-class licenses, a new step along their career pathway. 

Eight sophomore students earned the Federal Communications Commission certification, which allows them to operate an amateur or “ham” radio station and communicate with other operators worldwide.

Earning their licenses were Shaun Stanton, Milford; Kenneth “Jack” Morris, Milton; Austin Drace, Seaford; Alexander Horan, Milton; Chase Horton, Millville; Jack Blatz, Laurel; Bonnie “Abby” Gerhardt, Greenwood; and Callum Neely, Selbyville.

“Amateur radio is a great entry into the world of radio frequency engineering, as well as a useful asset in emergency communications for the community,” said Sussex Tech electronics teacher Anthony Carmen, himself a licensed ham radio operator.

Volunteers from the American Radio Relay League, Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, and Sussex Amateur Radio Association assisted with training and preparing students for the licensing exam.

Salisbury University awards scholarships

Salisbury University’s School of Social Work announced $70,000 in scholarships awarded. Generated from a revenue-sharing program, the awards were distributed to 40 graduate and 20 undergraduate candidates and range from $500 to $2,000. Local recipients include Sydney Smyk of Milton, Shelby Wright of Georgetown, Nhiya Harmon of Delmar and Alexa Lynn Shoultes of Selbyville. Scholarship recipients must be social work majors who are currently enrolled, have demonstrated financial need and have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Unico Foundation offers scholarships

Applications are open for Unico Foundation scholarships. Four undergraduate scholarships are available in the amount of $6,000 each. Graduate scholarships for students matriculated at an accredited college or university are available in general studies, medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy, nursing, literary scholarships, study abroad, engineering, Italian studies, science, fine arts and more. For more information and applications, go to

Reunion organizers seek Cape High Class of 1970 contact information 

Planning for the 50th reunion is underway for the Cape Henlopen High School Class of 1970. Organizers want to make sure everyone is invited. To send classmates’ contact information, email Tony Podraza at

Lefty’s accepting applications for 2020 scholarship

The Lefty’s Alley & Eats monthly Young Citizen Award and Annual Scholarship recognizes and rewards individuals who demonstrate the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and character in their homes, schools, and communities.

Each month, Lefty’s selects one area senior to receive a lane-side party for 10 at Lefty’s to celebrate their achievement. Each monthly recipient is considered for a $1,000 scholarship which will be awarded in May 2020.

Any area senior who exhibits strong leadership in school and community is encouraged to go to to apply for Lefty’s Young Citizen Award and Scholarship.

Kindergarten registration underway in Indian River district

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year is underway in Indian River School District for children who will be 5 years old on or before Monday, Aug. 31. Parents can register their child by presenting an original birth certificate, proof of immunization, proof of residency and the required district registration forms to the child’s home school. To obtain a district registration packet, go to and follow the Registration link under the Parents & Students tab. Parents can search Delaware’s school locator website to see which school their child will be attending. The district will also hold a series of kindergarten registration sessions from Monday to Thursday, April 6 to 9. Parents are encouraged to call the school in advance to schedule an appointment.

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