Keeping Up With Colonial

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Wilbur Wildcats are Wild about Reading!

Wilbur kicked off February's I Love to Read month by revealing its 4th annual One School, One Book!  Every member of the school community got in on the action- that included students, staff, cafeteria, and custodial workers, as well as bus drivers. Everyone received a copy of "Gooseberry Park" by Cynthia Rylant and everyone committed to reading one chapter a night, with families promising to read to each other.  Every day students got an opportunity to answer trivia questions. What an awesome shared reading experience! 

Wilbur Gets a Huge Look at the World

Thanks to a non-profit organization called Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation, students got to see an inflatable globe of the world from the outside and the inside that is 19-feet tall and 22-feet in diameter."Students don't understand the vastness of the earth and this helps them see that," said visiting instructor Dottie Burkley. The third-grade students in Sharon Harding and Ryan Gould's class thought the geography lesson was out of this world!.

Wilmington Manor-Small School, Huge Heart! 

When  Samantha Casson (top), a third-grade teacher at Wilmington Manor, was diagnosed with leukemia, her school family wanted her to know she wasn't in a battle for her health alone. Teachers Alexis Vanover (left) and Jessica Hitchens (right) organized a loose change fundraiser with a goal of raising $2,020, and even had T-shirts made for the staff that say "#samstrong." In one week the students and staff raised more than $1,000  and surpassed their goal by raising more than $2,300. Wow, that's a lot of loose change and a lot of love! 

Leach Black History Door Decorating Contest

Teachers got points for creativity, neatness, theme, and for incorporating their students in the school's Black History Door Decorating Contest. Clearly, judging a winner wasn't easy!

Southern Salutes Black History Month

A door decorating contest was also held at Southern Elementary School with lots of creative and informative submissions. In addition, students created a living Blacks in Wax museum when they dressed like the person they portrayed and with a tap on the hand gave oral presentations about famous African Americans when visitors stopped by. What an awesome way to make Black history come alive!

McCullough's Black History Production

Students held a talent show with special Black History presentations and even had a special visit from Eisenberg Elementary School's Drumline. Way to go Mustangs!

Pleasantville Presents Black History Reports

First-grade students in Ms. Christy Wyatt's class gave oral presentations about famous African Americans to family and friends while also displaying the handmade posters they created for all to see. Great job!

William Penn Alum Honored at Delaware Tech

Attorney Wali Rushdan II, a proud graduate of William Penn, was honored at Delaware Technical Community College's Black History program where he attended before graduating from the University of Delaware and Rutgers Law School. Rushdan is pictured with Colonial Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Menzer on the left, and former Deputy Superintendent Dr. Carlton Lampkins, on the right. Congrats!

Hands Shape the Future at Wilmington Manor

The parent of a student who is an educator and activist made a Black History presentation at Wilmington Manor.  Willie Kelley, affectionately called Mr. Will by students, showed a video about Nelson Mandela and talked about Mandela's efforts for peace. The students then painted peace signs. Mr.Will painted each child's hand to add to a community art project he created himself. The finished product is a gift to Ms. Bree Williams' kindergarten classroom. 

Gunning Bedford's Performance is a Hit!

Once again Gunning Bedford students wowed crowds when they hit the stage with this year's production of the Wizard of Oz. The acting, singing, hand-made props, and costumes all left the audiences amazed that middle school performing arts students could pull off such a wonderful production. Big thanks go out to Nicole Dinkins and all of the other teachers, staff, and volunteers who helped make the musical play a  huge success. Bravo! 

At George Read, It's All for a Good Cause

What's it take to help raise funds for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico? Just a few cream pies in the face and lots of generous students and staff. This fun and games raised $253. The Knights did a noble job!

Operation Hair Care

Thanks to a community partnership with Paul Mitchell the School Delaware, designated elementary students received free salon services by cosmetology students at the school. In addition, students from William Penn received hands-on instructions and learned about career opportunities in the hair-care industry. The Power of WE means going beyond the classroom to benefit our students!

Legislative Breakfast-Healthy Food & More

Colonial lawmakers were invited to a breakfast prepared by George Read Middle School students. While waiting for omelets and other tasty dishes, William Penn's Allied Health students provided blood pressure checks, EKG's and drew blood samples (State Rep. Sherry Dorsey-Walker on left, Senator David McBride on right). William Penn is the only high school in Delaware that runs a program where students can become certified phlebotomists while in high school. It was a great way for legislators to learn about the great programs in Colonial while getting a delicious meal!

Gunning Bedford Hits Broadway

Students spent the day in the Big Apple so they could see "Hamilton," the biggest hit play of all times. The kids loved the experience, along with teachers and chaperones.

A Playground for the Farm!

Engineering students at William Penn completed an unusual project- they created playground type toys for the school's farm animals. The chickens and goats are in hog heaven!
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