DOE School Profile
Student Handbook & Code of Conduct
Title I Information
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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.
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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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
Elise Sharp 4/5 intensive
Brittany Toler-McNeill, 3rd-5th Grade Counselor
Shelby McLearie, K-2nd Grade Counselor
Dominique Spencer, Secretary
Ariana Salter, Nurse
Eileen Novelli, Speech & Language
firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 1010 Room 101
Janet Halliday, Special Education Coordinator
email@example.com ext. 3050 Room 305
Olivia Aquino, School Psychologist
Melissa Ringler, Physical Education ext.1050
Colleen Hoban, Library/Tech ext. 2390
Deanna Daly, Art ext. 1070
Margaret Murray, Music/Band/Chorus ext. 4010
Michelle Wolfe, Math Coach ext. 5030
Jennifer Klima, ELA Coach ext. 5030
Doug Timm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grade Levels: K-5
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
- 8:45 AM Doors to school open **
- 9:00 AM School day begins. (Students are late after 9:00)
- 3:30 PM School day ends / Dismissal