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: Cape Gazette TUESDAY, JULY29 - THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014 21 While many elementary-aged students were busy planning their summers, a group of fifth-graders from Rehoboth Ele- mentary School was still working hard on a science project. In- spired by the environmental mantra, Think globally, act lo- cally, students participating in the STEAM grant program made an early morning trip to the beach June 8 in order to tackle a year-round problem - keeping local beaches free of litter. Lt. Gov. Matt Denn's Acceler- ated Academic Education Grant finances the STEAM program. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Participating students received STEAM-en- riched instruction including a challenge-based learning oppor- tunity that inspired the students' innovative approach to a global problem by first tackling a local problem and then conjuring up possible solutions. Collaboratively, RES fifth- graders investigated a local problem, collected data, and then agreed upon on a way they could help their school com- munity. They sought to decrease the amount of litter polluting the local aquatic ecosystem. After collecting data, their next step was to sharpen their interview- ing skills and pose a possible solution to the problem by meet- ing with Rehoboth Beach City SUBMITTED PHOTO REHOBOTH BEACH CITY Manager Sharon Lynn, back left, and Mayor Sam Cooper met with Rehoboth Elementary fifth-graders to discuss the beach cleanup process. In middle row are students Erin Morrissey, Maggie Mitch- ell, Riley Klopp, Emily Monigle and Molly Lingo; seated is student Nina Gracie. RES fifth-graders gave up a summer Sunday morning to clean up Rehoboth Beach between Wilmington and Baltimore avenues. Holding some of their haul are (I-r) Zoe Davis, Nina Gracie, Quinn McCullough, Maggie Mitchell, Trey Mitchell (seated), Molly Lingo, Thomas Weeks, Riley Klopp, Rebecca Wood and Erin Morrissey. Manager Sharon Lynn and May- cups, toys, and soda cans, they rare. They presented Lynn with standards, which identify sci- or Sam Cooper during the school also found broken chairs, used possible solutions, such as us- ence and engineering practices, day.The students presented their diapers, cigarette butts, and dis- ing social media to make more will enable my students to be beach cleanup solution with facts carded towels. Their total haul people aware of the problem fully prepared for college. The and possible remedies, using a for the day was approximately and perhaps inventing a new ma- standards are a perfect match foX video that they created. 105 pounds of human-generated chine that will pick up even the this type of hands-on approach. The City of Rehoboth Beach debris that may have ended up in smallest pieces of litter discarded The team building and scientific permitted the fifth-graders to the ocean, on the beach, exploration we did for this activ- host a beach cleanup June 8. The After meeting with Lynn that Fifth-grade teacher Jacquie ity engaged them in higher-order students were greeted by city morning and reporting their Kisiel said, "Lt. Gov. Denn's Ac- thinking. When you make the employees David Hood and Wil- success in collecting as much celerated Academic Education learning fun and experimental, liam Frasier. After being outfitted garbage as they could find, the Grant provided the opportunity the fear factor is gone. They with gloves and bags, the stu- students began to brainstorm for my students to fully cultivate learn that it's aprocess to design, dents dug in. Not only did they ways to prevent such items from and embrace the Next Genera- build, and imProve on your origi- dispose of paper plates, plastic being on the beach in the fu- tion Science Standards. These nal models." DCHS welcomes new staff for 2014-15 school year RICH RIDDLE HIRED AS TRAINING Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown an- nounces a trio of new hires to supplement its already outstand- ing staff. The additional staff is a move toward providing a stron- ger foundation in curriculum, counseling and communications. Matt Kwiatkowski joins DCHS as director of instruction. Kwi- atkowski most recently held the Math Department chair at Dumbarton Middle School in Baltimore County. He was named Teacher of the Year for the Northwest area of Bal- timore County and received multiple state assessment com- mendations, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge. Kwi- atkowski's role will be to provide a support system for students and teachers through curriculum development. "My main goal is that the curriculum would help students understand God's plan for their lives, and how they can glorify him," Kwiatkowski said. Terri Smith, newly named life calling counselor, moves to Delmarva Christian from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes where she served as a college counselor. Smith, a member of WOLC and the Manna magazine. the Delaware School Counselors There he worked as creative Association, hopes to show stu- director, enhancing radio, print dents that a rewarding life is not and web communications for the simply measured by the prestige ministry. Willey's responsibilities of the college a student attends, will include communicating the "I want each student to under- current progress of the school in stand they are uniquely gifted, light of its founding mission and and called by God for a purpose, future vision as well as reaching They each have gifts for serving out to supporters of the school's others. I want them to live a life calling. Willey hopes to show worthy of the calling they have how God has been and continues received," said Smith. to be the foundation of Delmarva Joe Willey was hired as the Christian High School. That DCHS director of story. Willey God's story is the DCHS story. comes to Delmarva Christian For more information visit from Maranatha Inc., home to NEW HIRES AT Delmarva Christian Smith, and Matt Kwiatkowski. SUBMITTED PHOTO High School are (I-r) Joe Willey, Terri COORDINATOR AT SUSSEX TECH SUBMITTED PHOTO SUSSEX TECH ADULT Division announces the hiring of Rich Riddle as the new industrial training coordinator. Riddle assumes the duties filled for the past 13 years by Bill Feher, who recently retired. Riddle brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having served previously as a part-time counselor, coordinator and adjunct instructor in the Sussex Tech Adult Division for seven years. "1 am excited to take on the duties and responsibilities of industrial training coordinator with the Sussex Tech Adult Division," said Riddle. "1 look forward to working with local employers and businesses to help them meet their contract training needs as well as continuing to expand our nationally recognized apprenticeship programs/' A business or industry in themarket for contract training or appren- ~, ticeship training can contact Riddle at the Sussex Tech Adult Division in Georgetown by calling 302-856-9035. : |I :l it Ii I II 1: I ]I i II III Ii