Carper visit DHS on opening day
Gov. Thomas R. Carper welcomed back students on the first day of school at the new
$19 million Delmar High School building last week.
With students, parents, teachers and school officials present, Carper signed a
proclamation declaring that September is Parental Involvement in Schools Month
throughout Delaware. He presented the proclamation to Anne Altimus of the Delaware
Parent Education Resource Center, which provides families and educators with the
knowledge and resources to help families become an integral part of children's
"Thirty years of research has shown that parental involvement in education is the
single most accurate predictor of children's academic success," said Carper.
"Students whose parents are not involved are more likely to drop out of school.
This is an exiting day for the Delmar School District as students become prepared
for the new millennium in this state-of-the-art facility."
Delmar's newly-constructed school replaces a facility built in 1928 and will house
965 students, grades six to 12. The new building features 550 Internet connections,
central air conditioning and heat, seven computer labs and two gymnasiums.
Enhancing technological capabilities for statewide students has been a priority for
Carper, with Delaware becoming the first state in the nation to wire every public
school classroom for Internet excess. In May, Carper also signed educator
accountability legislation, culminating years of education reform and months of
negotiations among education stakeholders.
This year, Delaware's Standardized Testing Program scores ranked the Delmar School
District in the upper echelon statewide. The district's eighth graders placed
first, second and third in writing, mathematics and reading respectively. Delmar's
tenth graders placed third statewide in both reading and writing and seventh in
Class of 1990 planning reunion
Delmar High School's class of 1990 is planning its 10-year class reunion to be held
in November 2000.
Organizers are trying to contact all classmates. Anyone who has not been contacted
or who knows someone who may not have been contacted may call Roger Martinson at
Paradise Tanning, 302-846-0611.