MARCH 3, 2022

Dates to Remember

March 8 - Board of Education Meeting 7 PM 
William Penn Innovation Center & live-streamed on
March 11 - Staff Development - NO SCHOOL
March 17 - End of 3rd Marking Period
March 24 & 25 - NO SCHOOL, Pre-K to 12th-grade family conferences 

Dates to Remember at William Penn

  • March 18 - Jazz Festival
    (Featuring William Penn Jazz 1 & 2, Middletown, Appoquinimink & UD Jazz 1)
    6-9 pm in Gym I at WP
    $10 adults, $5 children & senior citizens. 

  • March 19 - William Penn Indoor Invitational
    5-9 pm in Gym 1 at WP
    $10 adults, $5 students & senior citizens 

  • May 6 - Prom at DuPont Country Club

Please fill out the interest form by clicking here and we will be in contact with you to share more information!! This form will be used to select candidates for participation in a formal application process.

Submissions will close on March 8th at Noon

Please contact Ms. McCoy ( if you have any questions.

Covid 19 Updates

Governor John Carney has announced the mask mandate in Delaware for public and private schools and child care facilities ended at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 1st. The announcement is consistent with new masking guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and with current downward case trends. 

As of Wednesday, March 2, 2022 masking is optional for students and staff in school buildings and on school buses.  If for any reason,  staff members or students feel more comfortable continuing to wear a mask, they are encouraged to do so. 

Families may visit for more information on Colonial’s updated health and safety protocols.

Colonial Partnership with Take Care Delaware

Colonial School District is committed to supporting the physical and emotional well-being of our students.  We have a number of employees and contracted agencies who are available to help.  If your child needs additional support, we encourage you to contact your school counselor to discuss your concerns so that we can work together to support your child.

As an additional layer of support to our students, we are pleased to announce a partnership with Take Care DelawareTake Care Delaware is a program that notifies the district administration when a student has been at the scene of a traumatic event that involved local law enforcement.  By providing this notification, schools are able to monitor and provide additional support to the student when they return to school.

The Take Care Delaware notification provides no details of the event to district administrators. Rather, law enforcement sends a simple message “Take Care Delaware” with the student’s name to the district administration.  The district administration makes the building administrator and school counselor aware of the alert and asks that information only be shared with those that need to know.  School staff has been trained to simply monitor if the student appears to need additional support.

For more information on the Take Care Delaware Program, please visit

She's Colonial's Behavioral Health Professional of the Year!

Say congrats to Devon Stockton who was named Colonial's 2023 Behavioral Health Professional of the Year. Devon, who is a therapist at George Read Middle School, has demonstrated a commitment to supporting the behavioral health needs of the students and staff in her building as well as promoting equity for all students and staff across Colonial Nation.
This is the first time Delaware is recognizing Behavioral Health Professionals of the Year thanks to a bill passed by the General Assembly.
Congratulations to all of our staff who were nominated
  • Ariana Salter, Carrie Downie Elementary School
  • Carolina Arias, William Penn High School
  • Chimezie Akunne, Wallin School
  • Christina MacKerchar, Colonial Teacher Learning Center
  • Debi Kelly, Southern Elementary School
  • Donna Robinson, Pleasantville Elementary School
  • Dr. Andrew Capone, William Penn High School
  • Erin Miller, William Penn High School
  • Gloria Huynh-ba, William Penn High School
  • Heidi Hildick, Leach School
  • Jay Green, McCullough Middle School
  • Jean Boyer, Wallin School
  • Jenee Walker, Colonial District Office
  • Jessica Smith, George Read Middle School
  • Jignasa Wedell, Pleasantville Elementary School
  • Kay Currier, William Penn High School
  • Kelly Soliman, William Penn High School
  • Keri Young, George Read Middle School
  • Kim Reid, Castle Hills Elementary School
  • Latoya Furrow, William Penn High School
  • Lisa Gale, Southern Elementary School
  • Lori Yacucci, Wilbur Elementary School
  • Molly Perdue, Eisenberg Elementary School
  • Ms. Keri Young, George Read Middle School
  • Sarah Hoffmann, New Castle Elementary School
  • Saul Montanez, Wilmington Manor Elementary School
  • Shaheda Pine, Gunning Bedford Middle School
  • Shannon Potter, William Penn High School
  • Sums Wydell, Pleasantville Elementary School
  • Tonya Bailey-Smiley, McCullough Middle School
  • Tracy Tilghman, William Penn High School
Thanks to all for what you do to support the children in Colonial!

Honey, You need to Taste This!

This past year Penn Farms had the opportunity to sell honey to Liquid Alchemy Beverages. They make mead and cider (honey wine) and have been supporting Penn Farm's CSA  (Community Supported Agriculture) for many years. Colonial Nation is honored that they chose Penn Farm and our honey this year to make their first Flower Mead. Farm Manager Toby Hagerott will be there with samples of our honey produced by bees raised on our student-run farm. Come and show your support to a great little venue and it looks like Ennis BBQ will be there at 3 pm. For more information, look HERE on their Facebook Page.
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