Christmas Craft Bazaar
Christmas Craft Bazaar and sandwich sale, Saturday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Delmar Church of God of Prophecy, U.S. 13 and Dorothy Road (three miles north of the state line). Phone 875-7824 or 846-0410.
Delmar Christmas Parade
Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. - “Celebration of Our Nation.” Applications are available; call 846-3336 or 410-430-6566. The raindate is Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.
‘Sounds Like Christmas’
“Sounds Like Christmas,” Dec. 17, 18, 19, Delmar Church of God of Prophecy, U.S. 13 and Dorthy Road, 7:30 p.m. each night, free admission. Phone 875-7824 for more information.
Delmar recognizes academic excellence
The Delmar Board of Education meeting was held on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the District Offices in the High School Complex. In addition to logistical issues, the board recognized the continuing improvement in academic excellence in both the Junior and Senior High Schools.
Sixteen Delmar Junior and Senior High Students were named Michael C. Ferguson Scholars for the 2004 school year based on DSTP performance.
This annual award is presented to the students with the highest raw scores on the standardized test.
This year Delaware awarded “573 scholarships for $1,000 each to 479 students statewide who have attained high scores in reading, mathematics and writing on the March 2004 Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) in grades eight and ten” according to a Department of Education Press release.
The winning Delmar students were: Chelsea Best and Thomas Wikoff, for both reading and writing; Kristen Brannock, and Ronshaya Cannon for writing; Katie Connor, Jacquelyn Keenan, Shauna Lynch, Megan Reed, Kevin Ricketts, Karen Skarson, Kaitlyn Smith, Eddie Turner, and Hien Vo for Reading; and Melanie Raum, Jimmy Wong and Justin Young, for Math.
Another educational highlight was the SAT score returns for the Class of 2005. The average class scores were 503 verbal and 523 math making the class cumulative average 1026; 59 points higher than the state average and 9 points higher than the national average.
Higher SAT scores notwithstanding, the Wicomico County Board of Education will not sign on to a plan to build an additional school in Delmar.
Dr. George Stone, the Delmar Superintendent, related that he had a conversation with Dr. Charlene Cooper-Boston, the Wicomico County superintendent, and that she indicated that they would not be considering the issue this year.
Dr. Stone said that “It will take three to five years to complete new school construction,” and worried that by that time it would be an emergency, prompting a Board discussion about all the new development on both sides of the state line.
Expansion of the middle school, however, has been approved. The plans were displayed at the board meeting.
They include eight new classrooms and a cafeteria. Dr. Stone suggested the board discuss a possible financial shortfall in the construction because of skyrocketing materials cost.
The board approved a new policy regarding incoming home school students. Home school students who do not complete all of their high school education in a traditional school will be ineligible for Salutatorian or Valedictorian honors at graduation.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.