Keeping Up With Colonial!

Sports Fields dedicated to Legendary William Penn Coaches-click to view.

Welcome to the Board of Education!

Jalisa White is the newest member of the Colonial Board of Education. She met with Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Menzer and others as she toured schools. WE welcome her!

William Penn's Prom 

As usual, the prom was a head-turner and students had a great time!  

Congrats to the Class of 2023!

There were lots of smiles at the graduation ceremony for seniors. 476 students left William Penn for college, trade schools, the military, or the workforce. A full gallery of photos can be viewed at 


Just like the big kids, students in Colonial's Early Education Program (CEEP) had a prom. The little Colonials were downright adorable, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nneka Jones(top left) couldn't help but take a spin on the dance floor along with the rest of the staff!

Reading Assist Helps Eisenberg Students Soar!

Berg Nation hosted a news conference for the Reading Assist program to celebrate student achievements. Eisenberg was chosen because students made great strides thanks to the program.  Governor John Carney, U-S Senator Chris Coons, and DE Secretary of Education, Dr. Mark Holodick were among those in attendance. Check out the progress scores. Wow!

More News About the Big E 

When Eisenberg's student leadership team, called "The Big E" was invited to tour the Delaware General Assembly, State Secretary of Education, Mark Holodick decided to join them. He presented the students with the school's Recognition Award banner earned for student achievement. The kids were happy to take it back to the school where it will proudly hang. 

Add Pleasantville to the List!

Mark Holodick, State Secretary of Education, also stopped by Pleasantville to present the school with its own banner. The Recognition School banner will hang in a prominent place so everyone knows student performance rose and the teachers worked hard to close the achievement gap while serving students with special needs.

Career Day at Wilbur

More than 30 parents came to share their careers with 4th-graders at Wilbur. It was great to see so many careers represented because the Wildcats are going places after they graduate!

Wilbur Wildcats Inspire Lawmakers

Students in Ms. Vitti's 4th-grade class testified on the House floor about a proposal they'd like to see become law. House Bill 119, sponsored by State Rep. Kevin Hensley was written after he visited the class and listened to their research about the dangers of second-hand smoke. The students want to ban adults from smoking in vehicles when children are in them. The bill passed the House and is headed to the Senate. The students also got some media attention. Click this link for a story aired on DETV. 

Plant Sale Grew and Grew!

This year the student-run plant sale soared because it was the first year students grew more than 11,000 plants & veggies!  The sale raised $6,000 which will go back into the program. Way to grow!

The Wall That Heals

A check for $12,543.74 was presented to the Friends of Delaware Veterans. It represents money raised by donors who came to see The Wall that Heals traveling display last year at William Penn. The proceeds support Vietnam vets. Special thanks go out to William Penn teacher and committee chair Nora Hutchinson and her committee for bringing the display that attracted thousands of visitors to WP. (Pictured from left to right- Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Menzer, Social Studies teacher & committee member Andrew Erickson, Former Deputy Principal & committee member Jim Zimmerman, Dave Skocik, Friends of DE Veterans, teacher & committee chair Nora Hutchinson, secretary and committee member Merlyn Burns, WP alum & committee member Dave Tiberi).

Penn Farm Day

6th-graders visiting Penn Farm got to see the NCC County Mounted Patrol officers with their horses Zeep and Wrangler.  Ag-related activities are always included along with visiting the chicken coop & tasting goodies made with the chicken's eggs by culinary arts students.   Penn Farm Day even made the news! Click THIS LINK  from 6ABC.

Penn News Kids go to DC

When U-S Senator Chris Coons toured the Penn News studio at William Penn he was so impressed he invited students to DC to see the congressional TV studio. The kids loved getting some hands-on lessons from the Senate studio staff. 

The Knights Knew What to Do!

The plant containers in front of the Administration Building were in need of the T-L-C so Integration A students at George Read lent their green thumbs. Thanks for helping to beautify the area named in honor of Barb Brokaw, a beloved receptionist who passed away. Barb loved gardening and clearly so do these students!

Another William Penn Coach Makes Top Honors!

Say congrats to baseball coach Kyle Hitchens for being named Coach of the Year! 

Say Congrats to One of our Best!

Michelle Reutter, from the John G. Leach School, has been named the 2024 Colonial School District Teacher of the Year (TOY)! She will be honored at a state banquet where one Delaware Teacher of the Year will be named in the Fall. Good Luck! Here are the other Building TOY's:
Carrie Downie Elem: Margaret Murray

Castle Hills Elem: Erin Sanna

Eisenberg Elem: Emily Mallon

New Castle Elem: Javana Rhodes

Pleasantville Elem: Angela Jackson

Southern Elem: Katrina Gopez

Wilbur Elem: Courtney McVey

Wilmington Manor Elem: Emily Cooper

Colonial Virtual Program: Leanne Redrow

George Read Middle: Amy Rapp

Gunning Bedford Middle: April Bullen

McCullough Middle: Paige Morris

William Penn High: Zachary Watchilla

Colonial Early Education Program: Marissa Ranauto

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