May 2018

"Keeping Up With Colonial"

Click the arrow below to view two stories about how the Colonial School District is building bridges with local law enforcement to keep students, staff and the community safe.

They're Winners!

Tiana Sirmans, a second-grade student at Pleasantville, and Aniyah Wallace, an eighth-grade student from Gunning Bedford, were honored as civil rights awardees by the Delaware State Education Association for their submissions in a "Stand Up! Speak Up for Someone Else" art, writing and digital media contest. Congrats for making Colonial proud!

Happy Mother's Day!

Wilbur students enrolled in Colonial's Spanish Immersion program treated their moms, guardians or grandmothers to a special pre- Mother's Day tea. The kids sang songs in Spanish and English, gave their loved one a potted plant and lots of hugs!

Penn Farm Day

Colonial's sixth-grade students got to spend a day at the farm doing hands-on activities and tours. The students planted vegetables that will end up being consumed in school cafeterias and during the summer break when the district's Summer Feeding Program begins. The kids also got to pet goats and chickens which was a first-time experience for some. Everyone had a great day down on the farm!

Southern Spirit

Baseball fans wore their favorite jerseys to school on Spirit Day. Southern's students and teachers love the once-a-month theme days. One day next month don't be surprised when everyone looks a little silly because it will be Mix-Match Day!

Heart in the Game

Students at McCullough also had a great time at a health fair sponsored by an organization called Heart in the Game. Students with permission slips received free EKG check-ups,while others got an up-close look at a paramedic truck and had plenty of questions about doing the job. They also visited health-related vendors; one showed how much sugar is in some of the food and drinks kids, what a shock! WDEL radio covered the event- spreading good news about things that happen in Colonial Nation.

Animals are Therapeutic!

Students at John G.Leach School got a special treat from a special miniature horse. "Mini Cooper," a therapy horse from a non-profit organization called All Riders Up visited the school so students could pet him and even watch him do a few tricks!  Meanwhile, over at William Penn High School "Quella," a seeing eye dog in training with Guiding Paws of Delaware, stopped by Karen Ferrucci's animal science class so students could help her trainer, Kim Smythe, get her used to being around people in public places. Students of all ages loved the animals, especially since they are trained to help others.

Colonial's Teacher of the Year!

William Penn chemistry teacher Mark McKenzie is the 2019 District Teacher of the Year! McKenzie has worked in the district for four years and has proved to be an outstanding teacher, mentor, and leader of the Relay for Life team for the district; a labor of love he does in honor of his wife, a breast cancer survivor. 
Other building-level Teachers of the Year are:
Sarah Kise-Carrie Downie 
Karin Elentrio- Castle Hills 
Paul Rothbart-Eisenberg
Tainikka Saunders- New Castle
Angela Jackson-Pleasantville
Paige Morris-Wallin
Stephanie Alexander-Southern
Sophie Podoiski - Wilmington Manor
Kristie Campbell-Wilbur
Caitlin Best-George Read 
Desiree Norwood-McCullough
Jennie Tacchi-Leach
Alexandra Hudes-Gunning Bedford
Colonial Early Education Program-Maryann Koziol

Student Leadership Day

Student leaders from all of Colonial's elementary schools met at William Penn High School for a one-day workshop, the last in a series held this year. The kids learned to follow the "Leader in Me" concept during the school year and spent time sharing how the program has made them better students and citizens. Colonial, creating leaders one child at a time!

2018 Art Show was Another Showstopper!

Hundreds came out to William Penn High School to view artwork done by students from every school in the district. The items showcased were simply amazing because Colonial kids are filled with talent!

Castle Hills is Filled with Authors

All 640 students at Castle Hills Elementary School and their teachers wrote and illustrated their own fiction and non-fiction stories that were then bound with self-illustrated cardboard covers. The students took a gallery walk down the hallways stopping along the way to read each others books and even took time to write positive comments about them. The gallery walk was a great sharing and caring experience for all. Way to go Castle Hills!

Flyers Score at Gunning Bedford

The Philadelphia Flyers shared a computer-based STEM program with students at Gunning Bedford this year that challenged them to learn things about hockey-related issues like the freezing temperature of game-time ice. The program ended with a visit from Bob "The Hound" Kelly, a former player who was a member of both of the Stanley Cup teams in 1974 and 1975. A team representative talked to the kids about the importance of learning and being a good person. Signed hockey pucks and T-shirts were given away during the assembly.

That's so Sweet!

Nutrition services workers got together for a dessert social that included lots of goodies, smiles, and pink T-shirts. The shirts, which read "Bee Strong Paula" are in support of Nutrition Services Supervisor Paula Angelucci (top left). Paula has been bravely fighting breast cancer, and she attended the social with a promise to return to work very soon....that news was the cherry on the top!
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