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School Based Wellness Center
Student Handbook & Code of Conduct

Student Handbook: Click here to download a pdf
Code of Conduct: Click here

Letter About School Safety


Our Vision, Mission, and Core Beliefs

We, the Dolphins, are a community that prides ourselves in the academic risks that we take, the challenges we accept, and the support we provide each other in order to unlock the full potential of our 21st century learners to succeed in an ever changing world.

Technology Empowerment Community #cddolphins

At Carrie Downie, we believe that together we can achieve more. Staff, parents, and students work as a team to help everyone be successful! One of the ways we ensure success is by promoting ABC behavior!

At Carrie Downie Elementary School, the rules are based upon our philosophy of reinforcing and recognizing positive contributions of students and staff.  We follow the principles and practices of Responsive Classroom.

Master Based Learning

By the year 2020 all students in K-5th grade will be assessed based on standards.  This is a different approach to providing feedback and promoting growth.
For more information click here

Carrie Downie Elementary School utilizes curriculum programs that will help our students reach their full academic potential.
Click the heading to visit the official website for each curriculum program.                                                            

Investigations in Number, Data, and Space: Math
Investigations is the math curriculum that Colonial School District uses. It is a K-5 program that was developed at TERC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This program intends to children of different ages and backgrounds understand the foundations of number and operations, geometry, data, measurement, and early algebra. This website provides helpful tools for teachers, students and parents, including access to the curriculum by grade level and math content, as well as a “For Families” section.

A lot of our curriculum is stored in a Learning Management System entitled Schoology in 2nd – 5th grades.

FOSS: Science
FOSS (Full Option Science System) is the inquiry based science curriculum that Colonial School District uses. The website has a great deal of information about the science kits, along with games and activities organized by grade level. There is an information section for parents and teachers, along with articles and newsletters.

Social Studies
Reading, writing, speaking, and listening curriculum is provided for staff and students through our learning management system called Schoology.  It follows the progressions of Common Core.

English/Language Arts
This writing model uses common language for teachers and students to communicate about the various characteristics of writing and establishes clear examples of what good writing looks like. The traits taught include ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation.

Fundraising Options for Carrie Downie

Here are a few links to some interactive learning games and activities online! These activities are fun and educational for students of various ages! DreamBox! Carrie Downie has purchased DREAMBOX LEARNING’S MATH PROGRAM, an online, Intellegent Adaptive Learning(tm) program that helps all students achieve better, faster math proficiency!  Your child can access DREAMBOX LEARNING from any computer or iPad, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using this link: https://play.dreambox.com/login/n9en/carriedes
Thinkfinity Thinkfinity is a great collection of websites that provide educators, parents, and students with learning activities. There are lesson plans, supplemental activities, games, homework help, and much more!  The subject areas include: language arts, visual arts, math, science, history, geography, economics and a few more! http://www.thinkfinity.org
Student Portal Clever – clever.com


Our school is staffed by highly qualified teachers who are passionate about their profession. The staff has been trained by some of the top educational consultants in the United States. In addition, teachers receive professional development opportunities monthly to enhance their ability to keep up with the demands and changes in the greater society.


Rosa Trotter
Ext. 2020
Room 202

Kelli Batten
Ext. 2030
Room 203

Victoria Bennett
ext. 2040
Room 204
Mrs. Bennett’s Website

Sarah Kise
ext. 2060
Room 206

Mrs. Kise’s Website

Stacy McMullen
ext. 1080
Room 108
Mrs. McMullen’s Website

Heather Czajkowski
ext. 2080
Room 208

Ellen Truckley
ext. 5070
Room 507

Lashanda Wooten
ext. 5050
Room 505

Michelle Lacombe
ext. 5060
Room 506

Kerry Zeager 

ext. 3040
Room 304

Brynn Michalcewiz
ext. 3030
Room 303

Robin Cebenka
ext. 3020
Room 302

Elise Sharp 4/5 intensive
ext. 3010
Room 301

Elyse Marsh
ext. 1030
Room 103

James Neal
ext. 1040
Room 104

Jasmine Lewis
ext. 1020
Room 102

Elise Sharp 4/5 intensive
ext. 3010
Room 301

Brittany Toler-McNeill, 3rd-5th Grade Counselor
brittany.toler-mcneill@colonial.k12.de.us ext.5003

Shelby McLearie, K-2nd Grade Counselor
shelby.mclearie@colonial.k12.de.us ext.2640

Dominique Spencer, Secretary
dominique.spencer@colonial.k12.de.us ext.2360

Ariana Salter, Nurse

Eileen Novelli,
 Speech & Language
eileen.novelli@colonial.k12.de.us ext. 1010 Room 101

Janet Halliday,
Special Education Coordinator
janet.halliday@colonial.k12.de.us ext. 3050 Room 305

Olivia Aquino, School Psychologist

Lisa Bachman, Occupational Therapist
Jennifer Wilhelm, ELL

Christine Murphy, Reading Specialist
christine.murphy@colonial.k12.de.us ext. 2070 Room 207

Colleen Quinn, Reading Specialist
colleen.quinn@colonial.k12.de.us ext. 2070 Room 207

Dawn Cousins, Reading Interventionist
dawn.cousins@colonial.k12.de.us ext. 2010 Room 201

Melissa Ringler, Physical Education ext.1050


Colleen Hoban, Library/Tech ext. 2390


Mrs. Hoban’s Website

Deanna Daly, Art ext. 1070


Ms. Daly’s Website

Margaret Murray, Music/Band/Chorus ext. 4010


Michelle Wolfe, Math Coach ext. 5030


Jennifer Klima, ELA Coach ext. 5030




General Info

Kristina Lamia (kristina.lamia@colonial.k12.de.us)

Grade Levels: K-5
Phone: 302-323-2926
Fax Number: (302) 323-2929

Carrie Downie Pledge

I am a smart, special, valuable person.
I respect myself and my school.
I challenge myself in all I do.
I am proud to be a Dolphin and proud to be me!


1201 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720

School Hours

  • Bus Drop Off: 8:45 am
  • School Office Open: 8:00 am- 4:30 PM
  • Student Hours: 8:55 am-3:35 pm
  • Bus Departure: 3:50 PM


I can’t believe this day has come. Moving from Carrie Downie to William Penn to be a Student Advisor. I have loved my 14 years with the dolphins and hope that you all have a restful and perfect summer! #cddolphins #colonialnation #powerofwecsd

First Grade Fun Day! #cddolphins @stacy_mcmullen @ColonialSDstrct 🖐🏼hand ❤️ 🤚🏾🤚🏽🤚🏿🤚🤚🏻 🎨

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First Grade Fun Day! #cddolphins @stacy_mcmullen @ColonialSDstrct 🖐🏼hand ❤️ 🤚🏾🤚🏽🤚🏿🤚🤚🏻 🎨

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