April 2019

Keeping Up With Colonial

Click the arrow to see a feature story about a special micro-business at William Penn, and a new fruit tree orchard at Penn Farm!

Showing Support in Blue

Students, staff, and administrators at William Penn High School wore blue to show their support for Autism Awareness Day. Colonial Nation cares!

STEAM Showcase was a HUGE Success!

This year's STEAM Showcase had the largest turnout ever- about 1,600 students and their families came to William Penn to see projects made by students from all Colonial schools...handmade electric guitars, robots, art and more was showcased. It was a great night for all!

Dress for Success!

Teachers and students participated in Professional Dress Day at William Penn. Mascot, Billy Penn tried to get in on the action even though his outfit was a bit dated!

It's Book Fair Time!

Students from Southern (top) and  Pleasantville (bottom) got to pick out their favorite books. Some brought money from home, while Deborah Armstrong from United Way of Delaware (top right)  was among those who stopped by to make a purchase for the students she mentors in the Ballard Reading Buddies program at Southern. Our kids love to read!

It's All in the Science at Wilbur

More than 40 scientists from a variety of fields came to Wilbur to share their professional backgrounds with students. The kids were exposed to jobs they never knew existed and participated in many fun, hands-on activities. Providing access and opportunity is the Colonial way!

Colonial Night at the Route 9 Library

Once again, the Route 9 Library opened its doors exclusively for Colonial. District and community vendors were on hand and the Gunning Bedford Steel Drum Band entertained the crowd. Colonial's own Atiya Chase (top left) held two reading sessions for the book she co-authored called "I Love Your Brown" which is available at Barnes and Noble. McCullough students and staff showed off their STEAM projects. It was a night packed with something for everyone!

Castle Hills Kids Changing Cancer

Students at Castle Hills Elementary School joined 10 other schools in the district that are participating in the Pennies for Patients Fundraising campaign. Students collected loose change to help children suffering from cancer. Fred Higgins, a music teacher at Castle Hills, has a three-year old daughter named Emily who has been named the Leukemia and Lymphoma Girl of the Year. Emily Higgins is taking chemotherapy for Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The William Penn Dance Troupe came to the school to help kick off the campaign!

A Man with a Special Heart

When teacher Maryanne Payne put up a Facebook post asking for equipment donations for students at Leach School participating in the Special Olympics, she had no idea one single man would fulfill that request and more. Ed Ward not only purchased soccer equipment for the Special Olympics, he also purchased everything on the “wish list” for the school’s physical education program. That’s not all, Ward personally delivered all of the items to the school and asked to meet the students who would be using them. The students with special needs at Leach depend on special people like Ed Ward. Ward is pictured with Leach's Teacher of the Year, Frank Hughes on the bottom left. Thanks, Mr. Ward!

College Bound For Sure!

Congrats to Anissa Cartagena! This Commander in ROTC and Senior Class Vice President at William Penn has received 28 college acceptance letters and $850,000 in scholarship offers and financial aid. The only thing left for this Colonial to do is decide which college offer to take- Way to go!

Wilmington Manor says Thanks!

Students at Wilmington Manor have brand new benches for outside class activities thanks to the students from William Penn. Why go to a store to purchase something when our own students can make it themselves? Penn Construction Tech students are always willing to  fill a need in the district and our community while getting hands-on experience!

Wilbur Wildcats Whoop it Up!

Wilbur held a pep rally to get students in grades 3-5 excited about taking the Smarter Balance state test. Not only did kindergarten and first graders cheer on the students, Delaware State University's Drumline did too...the kids loved every beat. Thanks DSU!

Gunning Bedford Scores with Flyers

Bob "The Hound" Kelly visited Gunning Bedford Middle School to talk to students who participated in a computer-based program that shows kids how STEM relates to the game of hockey. Kelly was a member of the Stanley Cup winning teams in 1974 and 1975. The kids loved learning about the STEM-related hockey program, and meeting a living legend who gave them autographed hockey pucks!

We Got the Shot!

When State Senator Nicole Poore hosted an event for Jobs for Delaware Grads in Dover, she called on Colonial students to take photos. Graphic Arts students from Gunning Bedford and William Penn handled the assignment like pros!

Social Studies Bowl

Teams from each of Colonial’s elementary schools participated in the 6th Annual Fourth Grade Social Studies Bowl.  The event has been sponsored by the New Castle Historical Society in a partnership that provides Colonial students with opportunities to learn more about historic New Castle and local history.  Students demonstrated what they have learned about history, civics, economics, and geography in their social studies class.  Congrats to Southern Elementary School as this year’s winner! Special thanks to the teachers who worked with each team and special congrats to all  students who represented their school with great sportsmanship and hard work!


William Penn Students Face the Challenge!

The US Army came to Penn to conduct the High School Challenge. The fitness activities promote physical heath and team building skills, while giving students the opportunity to have positive interactions with military personnel. It was tough, but Colonials are tougher!
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