Kudos to Paula Angelucci!

Nutrition Services Supervisor Paula Angelucci was recently honored with the “First Chance” award issued by First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney. The award honors leaders and teams that stepped up to the challenge of feeding children in the state when school buildings had to close last March because of the pandemic. “School-based food services represent our front line of defense against childhood hunger and in support of the nutrition essential to healthy development and learning,” said First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney. “When school buildings had to close, it took a wide range of teams comprised of dedicated, creative, determined individuals to devise and implement plans to continue to feed our kids. We are so very grateful for their extraordinary work, which they are still doing, on behalf of the children of Delaware. We are proud to recognize these leaders and teams with First Chance awards for extraordinary service to Delaware’s children during the pandemic.”

Colonial Nation thanks Angelucci for her dedicated leadership and her team of Nutrition Services workers who have provided more than 4,800 meals on a daily basis thanks to the help from our equally dedicated transportation workers. The Power of WE feeds Colonial students!

Did You Miss the ESPY Awards?

No worries!  Take a look at the link below for the first annual ESPY awards.  Like the Teacher of the Year Awards, this program honors a support person in each school who does outstanding work that is recognized by their peers. The Delaware Department of Education sponsors the ESPYs, and one winner from each district will go on to a state competition where one person will be named the Delaware ESPY Winner of the Year. We congratulate all of the building-wide winners featured in this presentation and wish our top winner, Holly Wiedenmann, a paraprofessional at Southern, lots of luck at the upcoming state competition. Click the link:

Hands Across the 9

Members of Colonial Nation turned out to show support for an event called “Hands across the 9 on Saturday, Oct 3rd. Using a 6-foot rope for social distancing, people lined up along Route 9 in New Castle and connected the ropes for 7 minutes and 20 seconds, part of the 19720 zip code. The event was a show of unity and support for the communities along the Route 9 corridor.  Many Colonial students live along Route 9, so Colonial School District administrators, teachers, students, and staff were proud to attend. The Power of WE is at work in our community! 

WE Are Making the Virtual Academy Work!

Yes, Virtual Learning can be more challenging than traditional classroom instruction for students, teachers, families and/or caregivers but here’s some good news!
  •  60% of families agree/strongly agree that Virtual Academy is meeting the needs of their child.
  • 55% of families responded that the time spent is ‘just right’.
  • 60% of families report that communication from teachers or teacher instruction in Zoom is what’s making it successful.
    Here’s what some of our families have said on social media and/or emails:

    “My son's teachers are doing an excellent job. Their ability to manage such a large class (broken up into 4 groups) and keep up with all planning and preparation. There is nothing else they can do to enhance our experience. These teachers are wonderful.”

    “My daughter is receiving an exceptional learning experience so far with amazing teachers who make it very easy and accessible for both students and parents. Enhancing is not needed on our end! Thank you for all the hard work that has been put into everything and continues to be done to keep our children safe.”

    “I'm struggling to work from home and support my kindergartener. There is quite a bit of parent involvement needed. However, his teachers are AMAZING, flexible, and he really enjoys it. It's going better than I expected it to.”

    “My daughter is doing exceptionally well with the Virtual Academy learning & I feel this is a well-planned out and excellent option! No enhancement needed.”

Wilbur Student is a Published Author!

Wilbur Wildcats have good reason to roar with pride!  Kenneth Johnson, Jr, a 4-grade student at the school is a published author. Kenneth wrote a financial literacy children’s book entitled 3 Little Piggy Banks. He was also featured on Fox29 TV. Click the link below to see the interview and learn how to get a copy of the book.  WE support our students!


William Penn Teacher Earns Top Honors...Again!

The Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC) has honored William Penn Social Studies teacher Christina Marsett with the 2020 Geographic Information System (GIS) in Education award.  This recognition honors an educator who has been instrumental in furthering the use of digital data, internet mapping services, or GIS in Delaware.  Christina is also William Penn’s Teacher of the Year and a William Penn alumni. “Christina Marsett ensures that our students have access to the most innovative tools and resources to help solve complex geographic issues. Her students are empowered to be critical thinkers and evaluate strategies to make a difference. She helps ensure that our students truly embrace and define the Power of WE in their community! “ says Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Nicholas Baker   

Pleasantville Teacher Featured in Article

Lisa Mims, a fifth-grade teacher who loves sharing her love of technology, is quoted in the article below about an online learning competition called Math Hoops! Read it by clicking the link below.


Virtual Pep Rally at Wallin

Wallin Principal Kevin White applauds his staff for getting creative about keeping students engaged. The school held a virtual pep rally that was filled with fun activities and recognitions of students for great attendance. Way to go!

Southern's Spirit Day

Students, teachers, and staff at Southern showed their team spirit by wearing the jerseys of their favorite sports teams. Spirit Day is always fun...even virtually!

Colonial Educators-This Video is for You!

Here’s an inspirational message to Colonial educators- Our American Heroes. Colonial Nation loves and needs you!
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