District and School Accomplishments
District and School Accomplishments
Posted on 12/03/2019
Updates - 2019-2020

Millsboro Middle School was named a Delaware State Winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Under the guidance of teacher Sarah Betlejewski, seventh- and eighth-grade students developed a program to address ticks and the spread of Lyme Disease. The school received $15,000 in technology and classroom supplies and the chance to compete for the national grand prize.

John M. Clayton Elementary School and Georgetown Middle School named Delaware Recognition Schools for 2019.

East Millsboro Elementary School, Lord Baltimore Elementary School and Southern Delaware School of the Arts earn Exceeds Expectations ratings on 2019 Delaware School Success Framework.

Jennah Truitt of Lord Baltimore Elementary School wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 2018. 

School Accomplishments

Lord Baltimore Elementary School
1.) Meaningful Economics Team did well at May Competition
Testing   3rd Grade- second place, 4th Grade- second place
Production – 5th Grade  - third place
Problem Solving – 3rd Grade - third place
2.) Five students were County Fire Prevention Winners
3.) David Miller- 4th Grade- LB National Geography Bee Winner
4.) LB received a $500 grant for math and science programs from Cato Gas and Oil as part of the Exxon Education Alliance program.
5.) Dr. Bunting awarded Exceeds Expectations Banner
6.) Jennah Truitt (Kindergarten teacher) nominated for PAEMST Award (November)
7.) Recipient of the Reimagining Grant 2018-2019

Phillip C. Showell Elementary School
1.) At Phillip Showell we participated and did well in our first year of VEX robotics. We also received an Exxon Mobile donation to further build the program moving forward. 
2.) We had a great year with our “Boys With Purpose” program. These young men did community service (free car wash, raising money for a family affected by cancer, staff hot chocolate at the holidays) and led two dinners- one date night with their moms and one where they hosted 5th grade fathers and daughters. 
3.) Our One School, One Book initiative went very well in its first year. We read two books from the Humphrey series and engaged students and their families with fun family nights, trivia questions and activities via schoology. 

John M. Clayton Elementary
1.) Opportunity Grant Recipient
2.) Reimagining Grant Recipient
3.) Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished Launch School
4.) National Elementary Honor Society - 1st Induction
5.) Carl M. Freeman FACES Grant - Mentoring Program
6.) Sussex County Council Grant - Mentoring Program
7.) Donations for art supplies from Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour, Bethany Beach Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Boardwalk Festival and Rehoboth Art League - Art
8.) Sussex County Fire Prevention Essay and Poster Winners

North Georgetown Elementary School
1.) Recipient of Opportunity Grant that allowed us to run an after school program for 100 students beginning in October through April three days a week. 
2.) Recipient of Reimagining Grant that allowed us to provide in house professional development for all staff based on the needs of our students. 
3.) Participated in the third year of My Very Own Library. This partnership with Scholastic and United Way provided 10 free books to all of students throughout the school year. With this partnership, we had three parent involvement nights throughout the year focused on literacy at home. 
4.) Partnership with Harry K Foundation and Georgetown Rotary to open a food pantry in our school. We served families in the Georgetown area each Friday. 
5.) Partnership with LEAP where six dogs and their owners came in weekly and a group of students read to them to build confidence in the area of reading.
Long Neck Elementary School
1.) Recipient of Reimagining Grant, which allowed us to provide in house professional development for all staff, based on the needs of our students. 
2.) Recipient of a Grant Through Delaware Arts which funded the new school mural 
3.) Long Neck was named a Recognition School by the Delaware Department of Education
4.) Long Neck earned a school rating of “Exceeds Expectations”

East Millsboro Elementary School
1.) 2018 DE DOE –Delaware School Success Framework “Exceeds Expectations”
2.) Optimist Club – EME Alpha Club – first Elementary School Charter organization in the State of Delaware (and tristate area)
3.) Linda Mitchell – 43 year employee of East Millsboro – inducted into the SCHS Hall of Fame
4.) Sussex County Volunteer Fireman’s Association – 4th grade student County Essay winner 
5.) Basic Special Education Block Grant Funding – EME was one of three schools in the district to receive this grant to provide staffing support for our Basic Special Education Students. 
6.) DE DOE Reimagining Professional Learning Innovation Grant award recipient - $17,269.60
7.) Robotics Club – started first EME Robotics Club After-School Program. 

Georgetown Elementary School
1.) Collected over 2,000 items for the annual Sussex County Caroling on the Circle Holiday Food Drive
2.) Navigated a major health issue while partnering with IREC and Delaware state health officials
3.) Held quarterly Knight (award) assemblies to honor students’ achievements
4.) Held an annual ELL report card night for parents of first grade students (Nov. 2018)
5.) Hosted a literacy night and Donuts for Dads/Muffins for moms to connect with parents/families and promote literacy
6.) Implemented daily “morning meetings” in every classroom as part of Responsive Classroom training
7.) Partnered with IREC and DOE on the Reimagining Professional Learning Grant activities which consisted of lesson studies in the Bridges and Benchmark programs
8.) Provided grade level teachers in grades 1-5, four ½ day planning sessions to analyze data and create lesson plans
9.) Provided small group support for EL and struggling students through funding provided by the Opportunity Grant
10.) Provided counseling services in connection with Delaware Guidance and Psychological Associates of Delaware through funds provided by the Opportunity Grant
11.) Mentored approximately 40 students 
12.) Hosted the State of Delaware Vex IQ Robotics Championship on Saturday, March 2, 2019
13.) Provided staff with ongoing SIOP/EL professional development 
14.) PTO hosted our annual spring festival on May 18, 2019

Howard T. Ennis School
1.) Established over 20 community/business partner relationships increasing the number of job sites for the students.
2.) Re-opened the Thrifty Eagle Company at the George Washington Carver School.
3.) Kindergarten Readiness testing indicated 90% percentile in Preschool (typical peers) 

George Washington Carver Academy
1.) Captain Planet Ecosystem Materials for our Learning Garden
2.) Quiet Resorts Grant $2450 for Courageous Hearts Equine Therapy
3.) TangerKids Grant: $2450 for Courageous Hearts Equine Therapy
4.) FACES Grant Freeman Foundation- Learning Garden partnership with John Donato
5.) Pets in the Classroom Grant $150
6.) United to End Bullying Grant $1000
7.) Paws for People- Dogs that visited one time per week for therapeutic support 
8.) Service Learning Projects/Partnerships:
o Botanical Gardens in Dagsboro, DE- will really start 2020 school year
o Soup Kitchen in Ocean City, MD- monthly volunteer with secondary students
o Mountaire: Volunteered to fill the boxes for Thanksgiving 
9.) Partnership with Selbyville Middle School and Phillip C. Showell for Specials and Exploratory classes for GWC students.
10.) Partnership with IRHS and SCHS for satellite hub classrooms.

Selbyville Middle School
1.) VEX Robotics 1st place in Technology Student Association, VEX Design Award, State of Delaware VEX Robotics Skills Champion.
2.) Student named a Carson Scholar 
3.) Students named to All State Chorus 
4.) Students named to Sussex County Junior Honors Band 
5.) SMS named a National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performance (1 of 2 Title I public Middle Schools in the country to earn this distinction)  

Georgetown Middle School
1.) DeSSA Growth and proficiency
a. ELL Growth
b. 74% of growth targets met
c. Overall proficiency growth exceeded goals
2.) 2017 Delaware Recognition School
3.) Adoption of a co-teaching ELL model
4.) Kayleigh Domingo finished third in the open event at the state BPA competition and qualified for national BPA competition
5.) Soccer team completed its seventh straight undefeated season.
6.) David Hudson served as the principal representative on the ASCA national counselor of the year selection committee and had an article highlighting the GNS school counseling program published in the June/July ASCA School Counseling national magazine
7.) Maribel Roblero Ventura won 1st place in the State of Delaware math Poster Contest for 6th - 8th grade students in the state

Millsboro Middle School
Building Wide Initiatives
1.) Initiation of the “Maker Space” in remembrance of Dennis Tripp
2.) Inaugural year of MMS Robotics Team
3.) MMS was honored last fall as a Delaware Recognition School for academic achievement growth

1.) Football Team Henlopen North Co-champs Champs 6-1
2.) Boys track  (10-2) second place in Jim Blades invitational 
3.) Softball second place in the Henlopen North 8-1

1.) Website design team placed 5th in the state

1.) 22 students attending Delaware State Convention
2.) 3rd Place-Chapter Code of Conduct
3.) 5th Place Jr Floriculture- 4th Place Individual
4.) June CDE Week:
5.) 1st Place- Forestry

Southern Delaware School of the Arts
1.) Celebrated our 20-year anniversary on May 11th. We welcomed our inaugural class of Walk of Fame members from our alumni. 
2.) Exceeds Expectation Rating from DOE
3.) 55% of students met growth targets on DeSSA tests
4.) 100% promotion rate for 8th Grade students going into 9th grade.
5.) Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners
Ellie Merrick (5th) – State Winner for all elementary school
Ava Strong(4th) – Sussex County Winner for Grades 3-4
6.) Overall Winner of the Mountaire Farms Thanksgiving Food Drive as a school, and as a homeroom (Mrs. Webb’s class).
7.) Sam King (Kindergarten)- Delaware State Fire Prevention Poster Contest – Third place in the state
8.) At the Meaningful economics competition, students earned the following honors in various categories
4 – Fourth place 
1 – Third place
3  - First place
9.) Show Choir performed National Anthem at Shorebirds game on June 7th
10.) Show Choir earned an Excellent Rating at Festival of Music held at Kings Dominion.
11.) Show Choir performed at the Return Day celebration in Georgetown on November 8th
12.) Jazz Band earned an “Excellent” Rating at Festival of Music held at Kings Dominion.

Sussex Central High School
1.) More students met both SAT CCR Benchmarks this year that every before (73 meeting both, 20.2%)
2.) Class of 2019 accumulated over $4,000,000 in Scholarships and Awards (to date)
3.) One student was selected as a Gates Scholarship Winner
4.) State Championship in Football
5.) State Finalist in Boy’s Track and Field
6.) Football State Coach of the Year
7.) Track State Coach of the Year
8.) 22 All-State Athletes
9.) 13 Top 3 TSA Winners
10.)   3 Delaware Secretary of Ed. Scholars
11.)   6 Top 5 FFA State Convention winners
12.)   2 Educators Rising National Qualifiers
13.)   WBOC Mountaire Farms Scholar Athlete
14.)   2 2nd place finishers in the BPA State Leadership Conference
15.)   1 All-Eastern Symphony Orchestra member
16.)   1 All-Eastern Band member
17.)   1 First Chair in All-State Treble Chorus 
18.)   11 All-State Mixed Chorus and Treble Chorus members 
19.)   8 Sussex County Senior Honors Band members
20.)   6 Sussex County Junior Honors Band members

Indian River High School
1.) Highest school-day SAT scores in IRHS history
IRHS Math Mean: 481 IRHS Reading/Writing Mean: 492 IRHS Total Mean: 973
Delaware Math Mean: 467   Delaware Reading/Writing Mean: 481   Delaware Total Mean: 948 
2.) Over $1 million in scholarship funding awarded to IRHS Seniors for post-secondary education
3.) 1st female West Point appointment for IRHS
4.) 85% of IRHS Seniors college bound; 5% military service; 10% direct workforce 
5.) Launch of IRHS Computer Science pathway for Cybersecurity 
6.) Opened Del-One Bank operated by IRHS students.  First school in Sussex County to have student run bank.
7.) IRHS students earned trips to national competitions in the following CTSO organizations:
-Business Professionals of America
-Health Occupations Students of America
-Educator’s Rising
8.) IRHS Marching Band selected to represent Delaware in the National Memorial Day Parade (Washington DC)
9.) 4 IRHS students selected to represent Delaware in the All Eastern and All-National Choir/Band ensembles (Pittsburg Pa, Orlando, Fla)
10.) IRHS Men’s Volleyball team won the state championship

IRSD Early Learning Center
1.) STAR Level 5
2.) Moved Pre-Kindergarten to north and south site
3.) Blended and braided funding to sustain pre-K (tripled the amount of students served)
4.) Early learning portal with on-line screening and application process
5.) Streamlined registration process
6.) 619 Grant $32,000 (specialists)
7.) 619 Grant $32,000  (Childfind Coordinator)
8.) ECAP Grant $252,560
9.) Freeman Stage Music $2,500

District Accomplishments
1.) Selbyville Middle School named National Blue Ribbon School for 2018
2.) John M. Clayton Elementary School named Project Lead The Way Distinguished School for 2019
3.) Sussex Central High School – Division I state football champion, 2018
4.) Combined Indian River and Sussex Central high school bands win First Place for Best Youth Group in Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019
5.) Colin Crandell (IRHS) – Delaware Swimming Coach of the Year, 2019
6.) John Wells (SCHS) – Delaware Division I Football Coach of the Year, 2018
7.) 23 IRSD students named to Sussex County Junior Honors Band for 2019
8.) 26 IRSD students named to Sussex County Senior Honors Band for 2019
9.) Howard T. Ennis School opens Thrifty Eagle Store at G.W. Carver Center
10.) Indian River High School opens student-run Del-One Credit Union branch 
11.) Long Neck Elementary School and Millsboro Middle School named State Recognition Schools for 2018
12.) 17 IRSD students named to 2019 Delaware All-State Mixed Chorus and Treble Chorus
13.) SafeAbililty program launched at Howard T. Ennis School
14.) Jennah Truitt of Lord Baltimore Elementary School named finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
15.) John M. Clayton Elementary School implements new Honor Society chapter
16.) Hundreds of thousands in energy savings through district ESCO project
17.) Deployed new IP phone systems to LB, JMC, SCHS, HTE and PSE
18.) Installed battery backup & power management solutions to network infrastructure at the majority of sites at an 80% discount via the federal eRate process
19.) Closed 5372 technology work orders from June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019. 
20.) Upgraded our fleet of approximately 3000 PCs to the Windows 10 Operating System and Office 2016
21.) Updated and consolidated server infrastructure. Reduced the number of physical servers needed by well over 50% (and still shrinking). Implemented a backup system for servers from surplus hardware gifted by another district. 
22.) Continued to grow our infrastructure of open-source imaging, ticketing and inventory software, eliminating any cost to outside providers.
23.) Refined our process for Smartboard and AV installation, performing all installs in-house. 
24.) Set up a process to expedite Chromebook repairs with a centralized parts delivery depot. 
25.) Implemented a single-sign on solution and automatic rostering for several district apps such as Dream box, Benchmark and Achieve 3000. Sign on for K-1 iPads is now available via a scan-able barcode (Clever Badges) 
26.) New Ennis school design progress with staff input
27.) ESCO contract and Bond passage.
28.) Building Operator Training (hosted at SCHS) for District 
29.) Bermuda grass project completed first year
30.) New monitoring system and provider (Anaconda) projected savings and increased information. Training. 
31.) New temporary bus lot at SCHS as in house project. 
32.) Training on leadership at two Chief’s mtgs. Speakers were Selbyville PD Larry Corrigan and next meeting Captain-State Police/General-National Guard Mike Berry
33.) Training on mold and recognition (Servpro and Sussex Environmental) for chiefs.
34.) Secured the deed for property to build the new Howard T. Ennis School
35.) Launched new IRSD Nutrition Services Website and Mobile App.
36.) Initiated Wellness Committee
37.) Qualified for the USDA “Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant” (FFVP)  =  $227,365.58
38.) District was awarded $2,163,500 as part of the Project Delaware Grant to help with mental health