March 5, 2019        e-Newsletter

Real-world STEM experience


Thanks to our ongoing partnership with the University of Delaware, our eighth-grade students spent two days immersed in hands-on, STEM-related activities at the College of Health Sciences and College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.


Among the many highlights of the trip to UD, which took place on Feb. 25-26, our students participated in the "GoBabyGo!" program at the STAR Campus, adapting three toy cars for children with significant mobility issues. Within two hours, the eighth graders worked collaboratively with UD students to customize each of the vehicles to the needs of the specific child, including electrical components, steering mechanisms and appropriate seating.


Our students also visited the university's insectary, where they learned about entomology and had the chance to handle tarantulas and scorpions! A trip to the Human Performance Lab saw the eighth graders trying a number of physical tasks in the Athletic Research Laboratories. Additionally, a truly engaging presentation took place in the Interprofessional Education Simulation Lab, where actors work with health care education students to enhance their learning and to give them a more realistic training experience.


Again, Independence leads the way in providing college experiences for middle school students, including time to interact with the UD students. Many thanks to Alyssa Benjamin, Pipeline/Affinity Program Coordinator, for coordinating the field trip.


Please visit to browse our diverse variety of camp options in one of three easy ways:

  • By category
  • By grade level
  • By week

Spots for many camps are filling up fast, so don't delay - make your plans today!



Admission Information Sessions

The Admission Office is hosting a series of Information Sessions for parents interested in learning about our program. The next one, focusing on Middle School (grades 5-8), will take place next Wednesday, March 13 at 8:30 a.m. Please help us spread the word. Registration can be found here.


Lost & Found

Lost & Found items will be on display in the rotunda until Friday, March 15. After that date, any remaining items will be donated.


Re-enrollment contracts now past due

Re-enrollment contracts for the 2019-20 school year, along with deposits, are now past due. The contracts can be found in your My BackPack account.


Please email Donna Sentman, Admission Manager, with any questions. Thanks!


Don't miss the race! Get your tickets now for Independence's annual Auction & Gala, "A Date at the Derby," on Saturday, April 13 at Deerfield Country Club in Newark. 


Can't attend the event but still want to contribute? We welcome all kinds of donations for the silent auction, including restaurant gift cards, event tickets, experiences, etc. Please email Sandy August, Development Director, for more details.

Student Dance Party

Sponsored by The Independence Physical Education Department

This Thursday, March 7
6:30-8:30 p.m. | Multi-purpose room
(Pick up and drop off outside the multi-purpose room in Loop B)


**This event is for Independence students in grades 1-5 ONLY**


Registration is available by clicking here or on the disco ball graphic.


Cost is $10 per student, with payment to be made at the door the night of the dance (cash only, please). If you have any questions about this event, please contact Heather Horsey, Athletic Director, at 302-239-0330 or

We look forward to dancin' the night away!


  • Reading to and making crafts with our youngest learners.
  • Cleaning the building and school grounds.
  • Baking treats for our hard-working plant staff.
  • Organizing the lost & found.
  • Creating cards for sick children in the hospital.

These are just some of the activities our Middle School students participated in during the Character Development Program's Community Service period on Feb. 28. CDP, a highlight of our Leadership Curriculum, offers grades 5-8 many exceptional opportunities to live out Independence's mission of developing students who possess an exceptional spirit for learning, leadership and citizenship.




3/7 - End of Trimester 2


3/7 - Fourth-grade Mini Society Business Session I


3/7 - Student Dance Party for grades 1-5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (multi-purpose room)


3/8 - In-service day (school closed, Extended Day open)


3/14 - Third-grade Young Writers' Scholarship Writing at 3:15 p.m.


3/15 - Middle School Dance for grades 6-8 from 7-9 p.m. (gym)


3/18 & 3/21 - Board Presidents Scholarship Writing from 3-4:15 p.m.


Click here for the 2018-19 calendar at a glance.

Click here for the full 2018-19 school calendar.

The Independence School Night


Opening Day

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Frawley Stadium
Wilmington Blue Rocks vs. Salem Red Sox

Game starts at 6:35 p.m.


Come cheer on the Blue Rocks AND our third-grade students, who will be performing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

A block of tickets has been reserved for an evening of fun. Please click here for the online registration form, which must be completed by Friday, March 22.


A group of more than 35 Independence students and parents spent the evening of Feb. 28 at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark packaging and distributing food to local senior citizens in need. Thank you to the SGA for organizing this fun night of giving back to our community!


Team Orion, consisting entirely of fourth graders in their first year of Indy Robotics, competed in a First State FIRST LEGO League qualifying event on Feb. 15 at Aspira Academy in Newark.


Team Orion, composed of Richie Howe, Kaden Li, Lucas Pan, Jack Shahan, Trent Woodland, Kevin Xiao and Akhil Yaddanapudi, participated in a research project involving protecting astronauts from the harmful effects of radiation by using water and liquid human waste as a shield. Jerry Xiao and Zhiying Zou coach Team Orion.


Following a two-month unit on Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," eighth-grade English students spent time during Black History Month learning about famous speeches and public speaking events in American history. To prepare for their Capstone Project Presentations, they looked at primary sources and analyzed, among others, Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" speech, which was delivered in 1851 at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. The day before in-class Capstones, students worked in pairs to understand and perform their own section of MLK's famous speech, channeling the emotion and significance of that day.

The Independence School

1300 Paper Mill Road | Newark, DE 19711

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