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ABOUT US

New Castle Elementary School is located just on the outskirts of Old New Castle. The school was built in 1929 and housed the original William Penn High School, New Castle Middle, and The New Castle School. Therefore, our school building is rich in history and has many memories for families in the New Castle area. Also known as “The Castle”, our school has the motto- “We will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that every student is successful every day!” The population is culturally diverse, serving multi-racial/multi-ethnic children. New Castle Elementary provides a plethora of services that are geared toward the individual learner. Students are provided an individual learning program based on the instructional data that is taken from a variety of measures. Academic programs are designed to meet the needs of varying ability level.

 

New Castle School opened its doors for the first time as an elementary school on August 26, 2013.

There is an ultimate goal for students this school year. That goal is to grow toward becoming leaders, not only in the academic setting but also in the community. With the guidance of the book, The Leader in Me by: Stephen R. Covey, Sean Covey, Muriel Summers and David K. Hatch and their classroom teachers, New Castle Elementary students will set goals, monitor their goals, conference with teachers and parents to communicate his/her preferences regarding learning and take ownership of events in school such as the Honor Roll and Student of the Month assemblies.
Our schools is equipped with the most up to date technologies such as SMART televisions, I-Pads, SMART Boards, Chromebooks, Laptops, Apple TV’s, Document Cameras and Amplification Devices that are used on a daily basis to provide the best instruction possible for NCE’s students.
Students are immersed in technology in all grade levels with a weekly technology course. At the Kindergarten level students work on the basic computer skills. Fifth graders create visual presentations and research information for a variety of projects.
Everyone (Staff and Students) in NCE practices healthy eating habits on a daily basis for free through a Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program Grant.

Staff

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.
Nameemail and extensionroom
Winnie Zhu
Winnie.Zhu@colonial.k12.de.us
X2192
001
Melissa SchurbonMelissa.Schurbon@colonial.k12.de.us
X2193
002
Kaitlyn HeadleyKaitlyn.Headley@colonial.k12.de.us
X1061
106
Rebecca OlsonRebecca.Olson@colonial.k12.de.us
X1071
107
Nameemail and extensionroom
Jingyi Wu
Jingyi.Wu@colonial.k12.de.us
X1051
105
Thomas Reist Thomas.Reist @colonial.k12.de.us
X1101
110
Tracy Barnes
Tracy.Barnes@colonial.k12.de.us
X1121
112
Samantha HegganSamantha.Heggan@colonial.k12.de.us
X1191
119
Amy ArlingtonAmy.Arlington@colonial.k12.de.us
X1141
114
Nameemail and extensionroom
Katonna MorrisKatonna.Morris@colonial.k12.de.us
X1171
117
Emily RidallEmily.Ridall@colonial.k12.de.us
X1181
118
Kingsley ColbyKingsley.Colby@colonial.k12.de.us
X1201
120
Katie BarrettKatie.Barrett@colonial.k12.de.us
X2121
212
Erin GrosskurthErin.Grosskurth@colonial.k12.de.us
X2131
213
Nameemail and extensionroom
Xiaolin Huang
Xiaolin.Huang@colonial.k12.de.us
X2051
205
Chanell RogersChanell.Rogers@colonial.k12.de.us
X2061
206
@colonial.k12.de.us
X2071
207
Charmanie DavisCharmanie.Davis@colonial.k12.de.us
X2081
208
Nameemail and extensionroom
Jennifer McConnellJennifer.McConnell@colonial.k12.de.us
X2021
202
Melanie Prince Melanie.Prince@colonial.k12.de.us
X2031
203
Tainikka SaundersTainikka.Saunders@colonial.k12.de.us
X2151
215
@colonial.k12.de.us
X2111
211
Stephanie HartStephanie.Hart@colonial.k12.de.us
X2111
2111
Marcia WaltonMarcia.Walton@colonial.k12.de.us
X2195
004
Nameemail and extensionroom
Ivana WelchIvana.Welch@colonial.k12.de.us
X2011
201
Joseph GleasonEmily.Ridall@colonial.k12.de.us
X2141
214
Shayna SykenShayna.Syken@colonial.k12.de.us
X2151
215
Dana OsbornDana.Osborn@colonial.k12.de.us
X2001
200
Marcia WaltonMarcia.Walton@colonial.k12.de.us
X2195
004
NamePositionemail and extensionroom
TeRay RossPrincipalTeray.Ross@colonial.k12.de.us
X2011
Main Office
Marc EmerickAssistant PrincipalMarc.Emerick@colonial.k12.de.us
X2101
210
Noemi TorresSecretaryNoemi.Torres@colonial.k12.de.us
X1001
Main Office
Tanya AviolaGuidance CounselorTanya.Aviola@colonial.k12.de.us
X1021
Main Office
Megan Mueller Special Education CoordinatorMegan.Mueller@colonial.k12.de.us
X2196
005
Thomas WinklerOccupational Therapist
Thomas.Winkler@colonial.k12.de.us
X1132
Mentor Office
Lachelle SmithBehavioral SpecialistLachelle.Smith@colonial.k12.de.us
X1041
104
Amy DavidsonNurseAmy.Davidson@colonial.k12.de.us
X1231
Nurses office
Courtney Waters-Stroman Family Support TherapistCourtney.Waters-Stroman@colonial.k12.de.us
X1031
103
Ingrid Carr PsychologistIngrid.Carr@colonial.k12.de.us
X2196
005
Li Li LinImmersion Coach001A
Stacey Treut Reading Interventionist
Stacey.Treut@colonial.k12.de.us
X1082
108A
Mary Anthos
Reading InterventionistMary.Anthos@colonial.k12.de.us
X122
1221
Mary McLaughlinReading InterventionistMary.Mclaughlin@colonial.k12.de.us
X122
1221
Katie Kerrigan Math InterventionistKatie.Kerrigan@colonial.k12.de.us
X1151
115
Mary Kay DeCampli
Math InterventionistMary.Decampli@colonial.k12.de.us
X1151
115
Donna BeckELLDonna.Beck@colonial.k12.de.us
X1091
109
Samantha StemmELLSamantha.Stemm@colonial.k12.de.us
X1091
109
Audrey BoneyCommunities in SchoolsAudrey.Boney@colonial.k12.de.us
X1133
Library
NamePositionemail and extensionroom
Donna Fesmire
MusicDonna.Fesmire@colonial.k12.de.us
X1111
Music Room/111
Stephanie HuffTechnologyStephanie.Huff@colonial.k12.de.us
X1131
Library/113
Savannah Harvey ArtSavannah.Harvey@colonial.k12.de.us
X2197
Art Room/Behind Stage
Krisinda AlbertoPhysical EducationKrisinda.Alberto@colonial.k12.de.us
X1111
Gym
Mary Lou ZentPhysical EducationMarylou.Zent@colonial.k12.de.us
X1111
Gym
Kerry SchusslerBandKerry.Schussler@colonial.k12.de.us
X1111
Music Room/111

General Info

Principal: Teray Ross (teray.ross@ colonial.k12.de.us)
Assistant Principal: Marc Emerick (marc.emerick@ colonial.k12.de.us)

Grade Levels: K-5

Phone 302-323-2880

Location

903 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720

School Hours

  • 8:15 AM Doors to school open **
  • 8:30 AM School day begins.
    (Students are late after 8:30)
  • 3:15 PM School day ends / Dismissal

Our Principal

” We are looking forward to a wonderful school year for all of our Scholars!  Please help us by encouraging your child to do their absolute best each and every day.  Should you ever have a question or need assistance, please feel free to contact the school or your child’s teacher.

TeRay Ross

Principal

CHINESE IMMERSION

Language immersion is an educational approach in which students are taught the curriculum content through a second language. Students receive math, science, or social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish or Chinese. Because of the teaching strategies used, students are able to develop literacy skills in both English and the target world language while attaining academic achievement that is at or above their grade level. In addition, students will develop a world cultural sensitivity

How does it work?

In the classroom, students benefit from two highly-qualified educators – one for each language. An English-speaking teacher will provide instruction in in certain subjects for half of the school day. Students will then transition to a Chinese or Spanish-speaking teacher who will deliver lessons in the second language. Immersion students follow the same curriculum, in all content areas, that all students follow in any Colonial elementary classroom.

The Immersion Teacher will speak entirely in Chinese and communicates using a range of strategies including pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, drama, etc. Young learners are adept at acquiring language in meaningful contexts. After a brief period at the beginning of the year, students will be encouraged to speak only in their new language during that portion of the day

Why Chinese?

Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world. The Mandarin dialect is the official language of China and Taiwan and is widely spoken in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia. According to the most recent US census, Chinese is actually the third most spoken language in the United States.

China is the heir to the traditions of one of the world’s richest and most ancient cultures and is the world’s second-largest economy. According to a Bloomberg study of the most important languages for international business, Mandarin Chinese ranks first after English. China’s economic, political and cultural impact in the next few years will have a significant impact on the world. As business relationships deepen between Delaware and China, having skills to communicate in Mandarin will be an invaluable economic advantage.

What does a day in Chinese Immersion look like?

The kindergarten day is divided into halves. Half of the day spent in the English classroom, half in the Chinese classroom:

Subjects taught in the English Classroom:
• Language Arts
• Social Studies
• Bridging Lessons

Subjects taught in the Immersion Classroom:
• Math
• Chinese Literacy
• Math
• Science

Who can participate?

The Chinese Immersion Program is open to any Delaware resident. Families who wish to enroll an incoming kindergarten student must complete a  “School Choice” application (click here to download). A lottery will be held to determine admission if requests exceed capacity.