Revel named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College

Justin Revel of Millsboro was named to the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Spring 2018 semester. Students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for the academic achievement.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a private,...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:41pm

Callaway targeting school readiness as EMES top teacher

“It’s almost like an alien traveling from outer space and you have to show them how to do everything,” said kindergarten teacher Dara Callaway.

That is how the East Millsboro Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2018 likes to describe...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:53pm

IRSD teacher wins award for mathematics and science teaching

Indian River School District teacher Christa Ferdig has been selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is for the year 2016.

Ferdig was previously a fifth-grade...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:17pm

The Indian River School District awarded scholarships to nine graduating seniors who have agreed to come back and teach in the District after graduating college.

School district wins grant for ‘home-grown’ teachers

What if a school could hire teachers who already know the area? They’d know the population, they’d know the challenges, and they’d know that Sussex County winters are quiet. Most of all, they’d know they love it.

This year, the Indian...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:32pm

Members of the first Tri-M Music Honor Society group in at least 30 years pose for a photo on stage.

IRHS (re)welcomes music honor society

Students who go excel academically and musically have a new opportunity to celebrate that work at Indian River High School, with the rebirth of their Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Although inactive for at least 30 years, the IR chapter is...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:37pm

Federal funding for UD Sea Grant program takes major step

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), the first Delaware senator in more than four decades to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced last week that he had secured funding for environmental programs critical to Delaware in the Commerce...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:06pm

IRSD reluctantly enters the busing business, hires drivers

Delaware’s shortage of school bus drivers has finally left the Indian River School District feeling stranded.

Until now, the IRSD has hired bus contractors to transport thousands children to school, athletic activities and field trips. But...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:20pm

Indian River school board to discuss club financing

In 2017, taxpayers approved a referendum that gave Indian River School District more money for various needs, including student organizations. Local students are constantly winning state competitions and earning a spot at national’s.


Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:16pm

The FORGE crew celebrated the opening of the program’s new location with an open house on Saturday, June 16.

FORGE academy finds itself a new home in Pittsville

Three months, ago, FORGE Youth & Family Academy was in limbo, having been turned down by the Town of Selbyville in its attempt to move its youth center into a vacant property in the town.

A lot can change in a few weeks.


Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:15pm

Richard Syphard has teaching in his blood — and now he is the Millsboro Middle School Teacher of the Year.

MMS’ Syphard has a history in local schools

Chemical weapons. Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad. Civil Rights. The purpose and power of government. International trade. Information sources. The U.S. Constitution.

Sounds like an average day’s news coverage, right? Well, yes. But it’s...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:10pm

UD Dean’s List students announced for Spring 2018

A number of local students have been named to the University of Delaware Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.

They include: Mariann Agapito of Millsboro, Madison Bacon of Selbyville, Josh Barrow of Ocean View, Amanda Beam of Fenwick...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:59pm

IRHS celebrates Honor Roll students for spring

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the final marking period of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Kealey Allison, Peyton Beebe, Delaney Brannon, Mikaela...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:03pm

Riley Murray’s speech-making skills earned her a trip to the Educators Rising national conference in Orlando, Fla. Now she’s fundraising to make that happen.

Murray headed to conference in its first year at IRHS

Riley Murray figures that teaching is the only job she’s ever considered. Both of her parents are in education (her mother, Dana, teaches at Millsboro Middle School, and her father, Bennett, is an assistant principal at John M. Clayton Elementary...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:04pm

Indian River High School graduate Helen Davis will be attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy starting later this summer.

Davis training for a life on the sea

By Maria Counts
Staff Reporter


While many 18-year-olds are spending their summer vacation working in local businesses, in between trips to the beach, Helen Davis is spending precious time with family… and working out.


Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:14pm

Kelly Namorato is the fourth- and fifth-grade ILC teacher at Phillip C. Showell Elementary. Showell’s Teacher of the Year for 2018, she starts each day with a morning meeting in which she passes around this giant ‘knot ball’ signifying that the holder can say whatever is on his or her mind.

Namorato gets the ball rolling for ILC students

Kelly Namorato starts each school day with her 14 students by allowing the fourth- and fifth-graders in her class to check in with each other. The tool she uses to “get the ball rolling” for the school day is, literally, a ball.

She uses a...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:10pm

Sam Riggins and Thomas Blackiston sit in front of all the items donated to Kind to Kids.

IR students get free ride with Give Back scholarship

Thomas Blackiston is a rising senior at Indian River High School, and Sam Riggins is a rising junior at Indian River High School. When each was in the ninth grade, they and about five other Indian River students learned they were the lucky...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:08pm

Students from the Indian River High School Class of 2018 enjoy the happenings at their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 29.

‘Don’t stop here, Class of 2018’

Graduation sends 180 IRHS students into the world

Look out, world. The Class of 2018 is coming for you.

A weekend of torrential thunderstorms, followed by a morning fog and power outages cleared into a perfect spring night, just in time for Indian River High School’s graduation on Tuesday...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:32pm

Local art students show a handful the talent produced at IRHS, including, from left, Liliana Guido, Megan Magoon, Olivia Garvey, Brooke Hoban, Jasmine Rodriguez Gonzales and Brianna McGee.

IR art students designing their futures

Artwork on display in Dagsboro

Walking in, one is surrounded by faces, some stoic, others laughing. Straight ahead is a kaleidoscope of sunsets. Around the corner, an astronaut struggles in the tentacle of a space monster. A fish and panda bear calmly gaze in opposite...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:14pm

Jennah Truitt certainly has a way with children. She’s already the godmother for several friends, and she was recently named Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year.

Truitt makes learning fun for LB kindergarteners

Kindergarten is the first formal schooling that many young children experience. Jennah Truitt remembers that when welcoming kids to their first-ever day of school.

“I really try to make learning fun,” Truitt said. “This is their first...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:09pm

JMC PTO to host My School Color Run

The John M. Clayton Elementary School PTO will host their first-ever My School Color Run 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, May 5, at the Indian River High School cross-country trail on Armory Road in Dagsboro from 8 to 11 a.m. The...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:57pm

Patricia Oliphant stands in front of the Sussex Academy logo, representing a school which she helped along since its early days.

Sussex Academy’s Oliphant reflects on career in education

Looking back on a career in education spanning 51 years, starting as an English teacher and ending as the executive director of Sussex County’s only charter school, Patricia Oliphant sums it up like this:

“I’m a person that, I’ve got to be...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:08pm

Indian River High School students and IRHS Leo club members Hannah Gentry, Ashley Morales and Hailey Hudson pose for a photo in the school.

IRHS Leo Club members volunteer at community events

Indian River High School’s Leo Club has had 188 members during the 2017-2018 school year, with 99 of them being newly inducted members.

In order to be considered an active member, each student is required to volunteer in at least two...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:07pm

IRHS students named to school’s honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the third marking period in the 2017-2018 school year. Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Jessica Beaston, Peyton Beebe, Delaney Brannon, Ryan Burbridge,...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:05pm

IRSD voters choose school board incumbents

The Indian River School District’s Board of Education will keep the same lineup for 2018 to 2019. Three incumbents kept their seats in the May 8 elections, according to unofficial results from the Delaware Department of Elections’ Sussex County...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:16pm

It’s a wonderful spring for Sue Keefer, who won Teacher of the Year at G.W. Carver Academy and whose nonprofit just dug a new well in Africa.

Frankford teacher a wellspring of love and learning

Sue Keefer was away from the office when she received news about winning Teacher of the Year at George Washington Carver Academy. And she wasn’t just out of town. Keefer was out of the hemisphere.

But her trips to the Democratic Republic...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:02pm

Indian River High School seniors Michael Corcoran and Helen Davis made their choices official last Thursday for where they will be moving on to in the fall.

Davis, Corcoran make their college choices

Signing day for student-athletes is always a special time, and last Thursday, May 3, was no different for a pair of Indian River High School seniors, Helen Davis and Michael Corcoran. Surrounded by family, friends and coaches, the duo each made...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:03pm

IR school board candidates have their final say

Residents get to help decide the future of the Indian River School District this month, as the IRSD school board election will be held Tuesday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only two of the district’s five geographic voting districts have...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:13pm

Courthney White of North Georgetown Elementary, front-center, who was honored as IRSD Teacher of the Year, gathers with the other building winners from the school district. (Not pictured is building winner Mallory Anderson.)

North Georgetown’s White wins IRSD Teacher of the Year

Being an educator is no easy feat, and the Indian River School District this week celebrated the teachers who bring passion and skill to the classroom every day.

Courtney White of North Georgetown Elementary School was honored as the IRSD...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:11pm

Breakfast to raise funds for Lighthouse Christian students

This weekend, people can celebrate Mother’s Day early while also helping raise scholarships funds for Lighthouse Christian School, at the annual Learning Assistance Program breakfast fundraiser.

“Basically, this allows help to families...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:55pm

SDSA students win annual SDSA poster contest

Fourth-grader Samantha Geidel, left, and Amelia Meyer, Grade 5, love making art at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. This month, their hard work paid off, as they won prizes in the annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest sponsored by the...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:05pm

Former Indian River High School baseball coach Howard Smack leads the boys during an indoor practice in 2010.

Former IRHS teacher, coach receives kidney donation

There are more than 200,000 cases of kidney disease each year in the United States, according to medical professionals. Many times, those affected can live their lives with treatments and a change in lifestyle. However, there are those that have...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:55pm

IRHS will send its first VEX Robotics team to worlds this month.

Battle of the bots

SMS and IR headed to world robotics competition

Robots are heading to Louisville, Ky., with their human masters close behind. Six teams will represent the Indian River School District in the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship this month.

The district has made major strides in robotics...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:16pm

Two Millsboro women compete for school board seat

With Indian River School District School Board elections around the corner, two Millsboro women have thrown their hats into the ring to represent IRSD’s District 3.

Dana Probert and Leolga T. Wright are competing to serve the voting...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:22pm

Riddle named to Honor Roll at University of Dallas

Nathanael Riddle of Millsboro was one of more than 300 University of Dallas students named to the fall 2017 Honor Roll for earning a semester GPA of 3.0-3.49. Riddle’s major is undeclared.

The University of Dallas, located in a...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:32am

Sussex Tech honored for leadership in service

The Jefferson Awards—Deloitte Students in Action (SIA) program announced this week that Sussex Technical High School has been selected as the Delaware Recipient for Outstanding Service by a High School and will represent the State of Delaware at...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:00am