JUNE 11, 2020

Class of 2020 will Walk!

It won’t be the traditional ceremony that William Penn has held over the years, but a drive-by ceremony will celebrate the Class of 2020. On June 25th (Rain Date: June 26th ) graduates will receive their diplomas and be able to do a celebratory “walk” across the front steps of William Penn High School as their name is called. After they “walk”, the graduate will pose for a professional picture taken by LifeTouch. The professional picture is of the graduate only. Graduates must arrive dressed in their caps and gowns and be riding in a vehicle with their family where the family must remain.   Read more at http://www.colonialschooldistrict.org/williampenn/graduation-2020-update/ Remember, on Saturday, June 13th a formal virtual ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. To view go to Youtube.com/c/WilliamPennTV.

Enjoy Colonial's Virtual Art Show

Every Spring, the Colonial School District showcases the creativity of both Colonial art teachers and students through the Annual Art Show. The Colonial Art Show has become a valuable tradition for our community and remains one of the most well-attended events during the school year. Although the schools are closed right now, the Colonial School District wanted to find a way to showcase and celebrate the commitment of the students and staff through a virtual art celebration. Please enjoy these selections from across our district, and thank you for your commitment and involvement in our Visual Art program
To view, click the link below: http://www.colonialschooldistrict.org/blog/2020-artcsd-virtual-art-showcase/

Lots to Do at Leach!

Students at Leach have been participating in lots of activities. The school hosted a virtual Special Olympics and “Quarantine Super Heros Day” where the kids dressed as essential employees. The students had a blast!

Summer Send-Offs & Pick Ups

Wilbur celebrated with all fifth-graders moving on to middle school. Today the students had a virtual dance with Carrie Downie Principal Doug Timm as a guest DJ. Tomorrow, administrators, teachers, and staff will stand in the back parking lot of the school for a “Clap-Out”- they will clap and wave goodbye to the fifth-grade Wildcats in a drive-by parade. This alternative send-off sounds like a lot of fun!
All schools will be doing similar send-offs for students picking up their belongings during the week of June 15th. Check school Facebook pages or www.colonialschooldistrict.org for dates and times for pickups. 

A Pleasant Place to Visit

Students at Pleasantville wanted to show how recycling really works. Click the link and you’ll see why! https://youtu.be/drl4s-ynXWM

Need Help Keeping them Busy?

We realize keeping our students occupied at home isn’t easy, especially if you are working from home. Below are some multi-age activities, games, and DIY projects.

Action for Healthy Kids-https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/healthy-activities-to-do-at-home/

Cooking with Kids-https://cookingwithkids.org


Philly Museum Virtual- https://phillystylemag.com/visit-phillys-favorite-museums-thanks-to-virtual-gallery-tours

To Register for the Above

Visit nccde.beanstack.com to participate in Summer with the Library 2020. Check out the virtual calendar of events at delawarelibraries.libcal.com/calendar/virtuallibraryevents

He's Hanging Up His Hat

Master Corporal Rich Collins has been a Delaware State Trooper for 27 years, 12 of which he spent as a School Resource Officer  (SRO) at William Penn High School. Collins admits he heard plenty of negative comments about Penn even when he himself was in high school but says,” It’s a very positive place. Once I got inside the building I realized the reputation was definitely exaggerated.” Collins, who is due to retire, has spent the last days of his assignment as an SRO escorting the Grab and Go school bus that drops off meals in neighborhoods along the Route 9 Corridor and in  Riverside. Instead of sitting in his vehicle waiting for the bus to move from one location to another, Collins always got out and carried the bags of food for young children and the elderly. “He doesn’t have to do that, he goes out of his way to help others and we’re going to miss him,” said nutrition services worker Elizabeth Williams. Collins will also be missed at William Penn where he kept a watchful eye over students and staff,  “Rich was an awesome SRO. He always made time to meet with a parent or student that needed his support,” said Deputy Principal of Operations Jim Zimmerman.  Collins is grateful for his long term assignment as an SRO at Penn. “ I’ve always considered the staff, teachers, and counselors just a big family who are there for the kids and each other. I’m going to miss the students.” While Rich Collins won’t walk the halls of William Penn as an SRO again, he will always be considered family, after all, Once a Colonial, Always a Colonial!

Thank you, Mst. Cpl. Collins for representing Who We Are!  

Colonial Clippings Moves to Once a Week

During the summer months, you will now get Colonial Clippings every Thursday instead of twice a week. We hope you continue to enjoy learning about what’s going on in and around our school district!

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