Cheetah Channel delivers daily news

Six students stand in front of a screen that reads, "Cheetah Channel, thanks for watching"

Move over, Anderson Cooper. Delaware Community School fifth graders are reporting news to their school community every day, online, from the Cheetah Channel!

Each day at around 9:10 a.m., classrooms tune in to the newscast via a Google Meet. From the Cheetah Channel, a team of two anchors and a weather reporter introduce the day and themselves, recite the pledge of allegiance, announce birthdays, and provide any updates on the lunch menu. They also report special news about schoolwide activities like the contest to give a name to the school’s cheetah mascot or progress on “One School, One Book.”

The news team also consists of tech-savvy students who design the slides that serve as the background for the anchors and provide general troubleshooting assistance.

Not just anybody can be on the Cheetah Channel news team. Students must indicate, in writing, why they think they would be a good member of the team. Their attendance needs to be good and they need to show up to school on time. And they need to demonstrate the 3Bs each day – Be safe, Be respectful and Be responsible.

The Cheetah Channel news team is composed of fifth graders in Mr. Kinney and Ms. Kimball/Ms. Mitchell’s classes. In alphabetical order, they are Jermaine Boone, Mathias Govan, Husna Hamdard, Sa Nay Htun, Jamar Johnson, Ma Ner Moo and Jaivian Rhoades.

The Cheetah Channel’s faculty advisers are English as a New Language teacher Jane Robertson and reading teacher Diane Groezinger. The channel has been broadcasting since April 11.