Keeping up with Colonial
In this month's edition of Keeping up with Colonial: Colonial staff participate in an important simulation, and the Power of WE shines as a bus driver and a local group of carpenters make a big impact on a local family. Click the arrow to view.

Wilbur Students Get a Special Visitor

Staff Sargent Jerome Rulewicz spoke to Ms. Kempner's class at Wilbur  about the importance of the military, the different branches of the military and their role, and more specifically – the Air Force. He told stories of how he joined and about his own deployment. The students made their own airman out of construction paper and wrote thank you letters. Sgt. Rulewicz delivered them to real life airmen. The second graders loved asking him questions and hearing more about what he did because learning is what Wilbur Wildcats want to do every day!

William Penn Cadets are Ready to Serve

15 Cadets from William Penn High School participated in a six-day Cadet Leadership Course at the Delaware National Guard Bethany Beach Training Site in June, along with Cadets from five other Delaware high schools. This basic training-style indoctrination incorporated many of the challenges today’s Air Force Airmen face as they enter the military.  From the 5 a.m. wake-up, until lights out at 9 p.m. the cadet’s days were packed with challenges and learning opportunities including physical training which began only a few minutes after wake-up. The real life experience was a real wake up call for the students who are serious about joining the military.

Southern Tribute to September 11th

It was a red, white, and blue day at Southern as students, teachers, and staff paid tribute to the fallen on September 11th...a teachable moment for our kids.

Wilmington Manor Pays Tribute Too

Patriotic colors were also everywhere around Wilmington Manor as students and staff wanted to show their pride in our country on September 11th.

Patriot Day Ceremony at William Penn

Members of the JROTC held a formal ceremony to commemorate those who died on September 11 2001. The student-run ceremony included the presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem, Taps, and a moment of silence. A photographer and reporter from the News Journal were on hand to cover the special tribute.

More JROTC News

William Penn students traveled to the National Harbor in Maryland to attend a conference featuring the latest innovations in air power, space, and cyber capabilities. They also got a chance to bond with airmen. It was a great experience!

News that's Music to William Penn's Ears!

Thanks to the persistence of Construction Technology teacher, Mac Emerson, William Penn was awarded $2,500 from the STEM Guitar Institute for its acoustic guitar building program. The funds will be used to pay for the tools needed to make the guitars. Students plan to sell the guitars and put the proceeds back into the Construction Technology program. The kids already make and sell electric guitars. After the award money arrives in November, the program will really be strumming along!

Growing Together at Eisenberg

These second-grade students from "The Big E" began preparing the soil in the school's vegetable beds for planting. Other students will plant seeds, and all of the students will have a hand in caring for, and harvesting the garden. The best part is they will get to eat the healthy results of their labor!

Community Partnership at Work

Thanks to a generous Wilmington company named BNY Mellon Assets, more than 50 boxes containing hundreds of two and three inch binders were donated to the district. That's how the Power of WE helps to benefit students and staff! 

Penn Farm Day

It was a great day to spend time at Penn Farm. Eighth-grade students did all kinds of farm and STEM-related activities. All seemed to enjoy planting garlic and just getting their hands dirty like anyone would who tends to a farm. Colonial happens to have the largest student-run farm in the country and uses the food harvested in our school cafeterias, culinary arts classes, and events, along with sharing some with the community.

Governor's Annual Construction Expo

Students from George Read, Gunning Bedford, and McCullough Middle Schools got real hands-on experience at jobs in the construction and construction-related industries. The kids had a blast at the Governor's Annual Construction Expo and learned the sky is the limit!

Check Out Pleasantville's Starring Student!

Pleasantville's Tiana Sirmans is on the cover of the annual edition of the Wilmington and Brandywine Valley's Travel issue, but that's not all...the fourth-grader was a special guest on NBC's Kelly Clarkson show because of all of her work as a local and national student reporter. The Newark Chapter of the NAACP will give Tiana an award next month for all of her outstanding achievements. Way to go!

New Castle & Eisenberg Students Say Thanks!

When two Macy's employees wanted to donate stuffed backpacks to students, Colonial's District Visiting Teacher Jenee Walker, who works part-time at the department store, knew exactly what to do. She advised her Macy's friends to make their donations to a class at New Castle and Eisenberg Elementary Schools. The students were thrilled to pick out their backpacks to jumpstart the new school year. The Power of WE works in many ways, even at Macy's!

More Donations!

Thanks to the New Castle Moose Lodge students at Southern, Gunning Bedford, and Wilbur got boxes of items students and teachers need the most. Many of the generous donors have children who work in the district  as teachers and staff, along with grandchildren who are students. Thanks for thinking about Colonial!

All Hands on Deck at Carrie Downie 

 Every student and staff member painted their handprint on a huge display board at the school with a powerful symbolic message-"We are all in it together and we are all accountable." What a great reminder for everyone!
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