March 2019

Keeping Up with Colonial

This month's edition features a story about William Penn's Blood Drive and Chinese Immersion coming soon to the high school. Click the arrow below  to view!

Spread the Word to End the Word at Leach

Staff and students at Leach wore T-shirts to support the "Spread the Word to End the Word" movement. The motivation for the campaign is driven by a united passion to promote the positive contributions people with intellectual disabilities make to their communities. The movement also has a call to action that was displayed at Leach. Supporters are asked to take a pledge to end the use of the R-word and promote kindness, respect, and inclusion. The shirts were worn with pride at Leach!

Planting Seeds of Friendship at Wilbur

Students in Ms. Cassetta's 4th grade class got a visit from their pen pals at the C&D Senior Center. The students have been exchanging letters all school year, but this visit was extra special because everyone met in person. That's not all, the seniors taught the kids how to plant flowers and herbs in pots to take home. Wilbur Wildcats making memories!

  Southern Surprise!

As part of National School Breakfast Week, these students randomly won a chance to have a special nutritious breakfast the cafeteria manager. It was a great way to start their day and to remember the importance of eating breakfast which is served free every day, along with lunch at all Colonial schools.

Board Meeting Greeters are Great!

At the February Board of Education meeting students and staff from the Colonial Early Education Program (CEEP) made a special presentation to the board, as all schools do on a rotating basis each month. Along with the informative presentation, CEEP students served as greeters to those attending the meeting. The little ones did a great job!

A Better View at Carrie Downie

The Vision to Learn van is making its way to schools in the district. At Carrie Downie, 14 students received eye exams, and if deemed necessary the children will receive a free pair of eye glasses from the non-profit organization. The children love visiting the van, especially since they get to pick out their very own frames!

And the Winner is ...

The Colonial Transportation Division held a Chili Cookoff to support its union. The winner, taking home bragging rights, is driver Patty Cantrell who makes a mean pot of hot chili on those cold snowy days!

Blacks in Wax Comes to Southern

Students at Southern created their own Blacks in Wax museum. Students dressed as famous African Americans and stood idle until someone came around to hear their impressive biography. Top left to right students dressed as Rosa Parks, Ella Josephine Baker, and Michael Jackson.  Bottom left to right- Frederick Douglas, Derek Jeter, Jackie Robinson and Will Smith. What a great, fun way to bring Black history to life!

Science Fair at Leach

Students at the Leach School held a Science Fair that was open to children from Colonial's Early Education Program (CEEP) and a group of Eisenberg students. Administrators like Dr. Jon Cooper, Director of Student Services, judged each exhibit but all appeared to be winners!

Train...Just in Case!

Safety and Security Specialist John Barr held an active shooter training session for teachers to show them how to be prepared for armed intruders. The program called ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter and Evacuate) is used nationwide. This hands-on training session taught teachers how to use tactics like barricading doors. The training took place during a recent Professional Development Day, designed to benefit teachers, staff, and students.

JDG Job Fair

Hundreds of students from William Penn and Wallin attended the Jobs for Delaware Graduates Job Fair. Some were looking for part time employment, but many were thinking about post graduate plans. The most important part- Colonial's are thinking ahead!

Reading and Rockin' with Rocky at Colwyck!

Rocky Bluewinkle, the mascot for the Blue Rocks, came to visit children in Colonial's Early Education Program. Rocky's partner read a book while getting the students involved. The preschoolers had a ball!

Leadership Day at New Castle Elementary

Students at New Castle invited visitors, many of whom are police officers, to their school to see how they've adopted the Leader In Me program. The students showed how they make leadership decisions by embracing the seven Leader in Me habits that will make them better students and citizens. Leading the way makes Colonial Nation an exceptional place to teach, learn and live!

Getting the Scoop!

Tiana Sirmans, a fourth-grade student from Pleasantville, interviewed former 6ABC Anchor Lisa Thomas Laury at the Brandywine Rotary luncheon. Tiana, one of the few students in the country chosen to be a reporter for Kid's Time Magazine, interviewed the first African American female anchor in Philadelphia about her career, her devastating illness that forced her to retire, and her book, "On Camera and Off: When the News is Good and When it's Not." Thomas Laury gave Tiana one piece of professional advice as a student pursuing journalism- "Don't give up, you can do it. The only boundaries between you and what you can accomplish is yourself!" 

Secretary of Education Visits Colonial

Delaware Secretary of Education, Dr. Susan Bunting, toured Southern Elementary and  Gunning Bedford Middle Schools. Bunting was impressed with the schools, the students, teachers, and the principals. Delaware's top educator had nothing but praises for the Colonial School District!
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