Beloit Daily News: For the third time in four years, the Delavan-Darien School District has received the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
Delavan-Darien is one of four percent of districts across the nation receiving the award in 2017. It is one of 23 districts in Wisconsin to receive the honor, given to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The district earned the award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. It did not apply for the award in 2015.
Delavan-Darien offers general music for all elementary school grades, string instrument instruction starting in fourth grade, band and percussion instrument instruction, and a variety of choir, orchestra and band courses for middle and high school students.
Walworth County Today: In today’s digital era, computer skills are a must in the job market,so Delavan-Darien High School will now offer students the opportunity to become Microsoft Office Certified, allowing them to prove they are career ready with some of most-used computer software applications on the sales market.
“So many positions in today’s job market demand that students have these essential application skills,” said Cindy Yager, the district’s director of careers and occupations.“Having this certification done while in high school puts our graduating students in a much better position vs. their peers from neighboring districts who were not afforded this excellent opportunity for career readiness. It’s another tool in our toolbox that will prepare our graduates with desirable 21st Century skills in a highly competitive job market.”
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is partnering with Microsoft and offering grant funding so DDHS students in business education courses can take the Microsoft
Certification tests free of charge. Students can take the test after they have completed appropriate coursework and training.