Three IRSD schools land state recognition for academic achievement

Selbyville Middle School receives its 2017 Recognition School banner.

GEORGETOWN – Selbyville Middle School, Georgetown Middle School and Georgetown Elementary School were among 19 schools statewide honored for their students’ academic achievements.

At a special ceremony on Jan. 16, the Delaware Department of Education named 15 schools, including the three from the Indian River School District, as 2017 Recognition Schools.

Georgetown Middle School receives its 2017 Recognition School banner.

Each school will receive an $8,000 award. Funding for the awards comes from the state’s School Improvement funds. Additionally, there were four Schools of Continued Excellence that were honored as Recognition Schools last year and had outstanding performance again this year.

IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele and representatives from all three honored schools were in attendance at the ceremony, which was held at Allen Frear Elementary School in Camden.

“I congratulate the students, educators and families whose hard work and support led to these achievements,” Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting said. “These school communities have provided educational programs and created school cultures that allow students to thrive. We must learn from what is working well in these buildings and replicate these successes across our state.”

Recognition School awards were created by legislation passed by the Delaware General Assembly in 2009. The awards are given to schools whose students are performing at an exceptionally high level, particularly those schools with large percentages of students coming from low-income households, or to schools that have succeeded in closing the achievement gap for groups such as low-income students, students from minority groups and students with disabilities.

Georgetown Elementary School receives the 2017 Recognition School banner.

The winning schools have discretion in deciding how to spend their award money to benefit their students and school as a whole. Each school will appoint a committee consisting of administrators, teachers, support staff and parents to determine how the award will be used.

“Selbyville Middle School is most appreciative of being named a 2017 Delaware Recognition School for Exceptional Performance,” SMS Principal Jason Macrides said. “This honor serves as evidence of the strong support from the Selbyville community and the tremendous dedication and hard work of the students, faculty and staff in making Selbyville Middle School a model of middle level academic excellence in the State of Delaware.”

This is the first Recognition School honor for Selbyville Middle School. Georgetown Elementary School and Georgetown Middle School were previously recognized in 2013.

“Georgetown Middle School staff and students are thrilled to receive this recognition from the state,” GMS Principal David Hudson said. “The GMS vision is to provide a rigorous learning environment where students succeed, excel and embrace 21st Century skills to become lifelong learners. The GMS staff and school community form a cohesive team that does whatever it takes to ensure that students succeed and ultimately fulfill our school vision. We are grateful that the state has chosen Georgetown Middle School and we feel it is awesome that the hard work of our students, as well as our staff, parents and community members is being recognized.”

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