Keeping Up With Colonial

Click the arrow above to view a story about a teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty, and another about a special night at William Penn.

She's a Big Winner!

Eleven-year old Kiara Davis broke the high jump record at the Colgate Women's Games in New York. The 5th-grader is a Wilbur Wildcat. Hear her roar!

Thanks Home Depot!

Kindergarten students at Castle Hills learned how to make bird feeders thanks to employees from the Home Depot store in Christiana. Teachers, staff, parents, and grandparents helped out too. Everybody had a great time!.

You Can't Beat Learning When It's Fun!

Second graders at Castle Hills were dressed to operate as they pretended to do surgery on contractions. Thanks, Ms.Hertsenberg for thinking outside the box...that's what our teachers do best in Colonial, and kids can't get enough of creative lesson plans!.

Howdy Southern Sharks!

Western Day was a big hit at Southern. Cowboys and cowgirls came in all sizes. Yipee! 

Wilbur Welcomes Four-Legged Friends

Students from Wilbur got to learn about what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. Representatives from the SPCA brought puppies to the school who melted everyone's hearts.

Student Author

A William Penn student, who has a had a life long passion for writing,  self-published her book through Kindle Direct Publishing. Rachel Gray, a Creative Writing student and 11th grader at William Penn, authored her book “The Random Thoughts We Share” with the help of her teacher Mr. Becker. The book covers the thoughts and topic of mental health among teenagers like herself.
“My goal in writing this book is to get my voice out and to be heard and let people know they aren’t alone.” Rachel plans to continue her writing after high school as a way to help others and also plans to join the military.
She will be recognized at the February 12th Board of Education meeting to be held at McCullough Middle School at 7:00p.m where she will be selling her book for $10...come and get your signed copy!

A McCullough Mustang Races to the Rescue

When Jahlil Fell realized so many people were going without necessities he decided to start a clothing drive at school. The 7th-grader, with the help of a mentor from the Boys and Girls Club, collected more than 700 articles of clothing in just one week! Everything, from coats to other cold weather gear, was bagged up and delivered to the Clothing Bank of Delaware. Way to go Jahlil, thanks for showing kids can make a difference in this world!

Wilmington Manor Students Have a Better View

Thanks to a non-profit agency called Vision to Learn, 15 students from Wilmington Manor received brand new glasses at no cost to their families. Earlier in the year a Vision to Learn mobile van came to the school so an optician could examine students. The children got to pick their own frames out of more than 125 choices. The kids not only feel better about themselves, but now that they can see perfectly they should do better academically. Vision to Learn is another community partnership that is an example of Colonial's Power of WE!

A Rising Star!

Read all about it in Delaware Today Magazine. Tiana Sirmans, a 3rd-grade Pleasantville student, is one of a few students in the nation picked to be a Kids Time magazine reporter. Tiana, age eight,  is also featured regularly in children segments on Good Morning America, and has been featured many times on local TV and radio. This pint-size go-getter even spent the MLK holiday job shadowing at WDEL and WSTW where she was interviewed live on the air about her aspirations to be a red carpet reporter. Way to go!.

Gunning Bedford Student Takes it to the Top

Eagles fever may be over but Evan Lightfoot, a 6th grader at Gunning Bedford Middle School is still hot about the officiating in the game against the Dallas Cowboys that dashed all Super Bowl hopes.Evan wrote a letter to the commissioner of the NFL and included clips of bad calls for both teams. With the help of his science teacher, John Arent (right), and Constable Carl Bond (left), Evan called WIP radio where his letter was read on the air. The radio host told Evan he would make a great lawyer, but Evan said he wants to be an NFL referee or President of the United States! 

Leadership Summit

The district hosted a Leadership Summit that  brought student leaders from Colonial's eight elementary schools together for a day of problem-solving, collaborating, and doing other exercises to teach them to do exactly what their T-shirts said-"We Lead!" 

County Executive Visits William Penn

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyers stopped by to see the Coded by Kids program in action. The pilot program is more proof that Colonial offers students access and opportunities to prepare them for post graduate college and careers.

Wilbur Celebration

Students celebrated their mid-year progress with the Imagine Learning personalized computer program used by English Language Learners in the district.  Students received  certificates with their growth achievements.  Three students received special recognition from the Imagine Learning Company for their outstanding usage and completing the whole curriculum up to 6th grade even though they are in elementary school!  Wilbur has 159 students in the program.

Cancer vs. Coaches

William Penn held a special fundraiser to raise awareness and help fund cancer research. By selling wristbands and hosting basketball games with students and coaches, the school raised $1,239.Cancer survivors were honored at the games. Other schools in the district supported the campaign by selling the wristbands because that's the way we do things in Colonial Nation!
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