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Winter 2017 Edition Now Available!

Middle School Make-Overs are a Hit!

At Gunning Bedford Middle School, students are taking ballet in the school’s new dance studio with a teacher who happened to be trained at the world-renowned Julliard School. At George Read Middle School, students taking Culinary Arts in the school’s new kitchen are...

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United Way of Delaware Unites with Volunteers to Help Colonial

Andrew Dzurita used to sit behind a desk writing news releases and other marketing materials for the 87’ers basketball team before taking a new postion out of state. But, before the start of the school year he found himself sitting in a tiny chair suited for a child...

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Professional Development for All!

It was another first for the Colonial School District. More than 150 paraprofessionals attended a Para-Fair with workshops led by 16 different presenters. When the paras weren’t in workshops of their choice, they visited the gym at Southern Elementary School where...

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Special Olympics Hoopla

“Let the games begin!” With that, Colonial Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey kicked off Delaware’s Special Olympics games hosted at William Penn High School (WPHS). Many schools from New Castle County sent students with physical and intellectual disabilities to...

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Welcome to the New Wallin School

Danae Barry considers the Wallin School to be a lifesaver for her son Anthony. Before coming to Wallin, Barry says Anthony experienced years of problems at school; saying at one point, he got straight F’s  on his report cards, and she was called almost every day to...

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A Special Salute to Veterans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs1jaj_XBNo Colonial Schools were closed on Veterans Day last November, but that didn’t stop students at Eisenberg Elementary School from inviting vets to a special program planned the day before the holiday. The veterans started their...

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

On rainy days, students at George Read Middle School couldn’t help but get their feet wet.  The sidewalk in front of the school consistently flooded, with puddles too large for walkers to even jump over. Principal Holly Sage knew she had to do something; so like most...

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Thinking Outside of the Box

They are called Innovation Spaces. Two classrooms at Castle Hills Elementary School no longer have traditional desks for students and a teacher. Instead, children will find comfortable, colorful cushions on the floor and work stations filled with everything from old...

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Preschool Prepares!

On any given day children ages three to five are engaged in learning at the John G. Leach School with certified teachers and highly trained paraprofessionals. Some youngsters are identifying letters for the first time, while others are learning to spell their names,...

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Alumni Announce Scholarship Fund

by The New Castle H.S. DE Alumni Association The New Castle H.S. DE Alumni Association, (Est. 1914) is proud to announce that the group is now up and running and will be establishing a scholarship fund for the school year ending 2017.  To honor the student or...

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Citizen Support

by Karen Ross As a member of  the Colonial Citizens Financial Oversight Committee,  I would like to take this opportunity to explain why supporting the upcoming February 28th Colonial School District  referendum is so important to our community. The Colonial Citizens...

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From the Board President

by Joseph T. Laws, III In this edition of the Colonial Reporter, you will find many stories about the great things our students and staff are doing, and yes, information about the February 28th referendum. To quote Benjamin Franklin, “In this world, nothing can be...

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Dear Colonial Nation

I first want to thank you for the prior investment that you made in supporting our last referendum. Colonial Nation is stronger today because of that investment. Because of your investment in us, along with the commitment of our dedicated staff, we are in the midst of...

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William Penn Innovation Center: The possibilities are endless

William Penn High School continues its commitment to rethinking education.  Five years ago, phase one was dedicated to restructuring the school into three college academies: STEM, Business, and Humanities. After a proven increase in both student enrollment and...

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Colonial Students Help Drive Message Home

It will cost drivers in Delaware twice as much in fines if they are caught driving and texting or talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device. Governor Jack Markell signed the bill into law with the help of students from William Penn High School (WPHS) who...

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William Penn Students Aspire to Join Health Field

The Third Annual Health Sciences Day held in November attracted more than 150 juniors and seniors from William Penn High School (WPHS) to The Colwyck Center. Teacher Melissa Hanley says the reason why is simple: “They’ll always have a job! If you look at any job site,...

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Colonial Opens Doors for Access to Success

Thanks to a grant from the Delaware Department of Education (DOE), the Colonial School District was awarded a grant totaling $52,000 from the state’s College Access Fund.  The district was one of nine in Delaware to receive the state funding for the 2016-2017 school...

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