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Emotional Wellness in Colonial

by Dr. Carlton Lampkins, Ed.D. Over the past two years, the Colonial School District has been on the “cutting edge” of school-based mental health.  We started by integrating our middle school behavioral health consultants, provided by the State of Delaware’s Division...

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Happy Summer!

by Superintendent, D. Dusty Blakey Ed. D. As we begin planning and preparing for the 2016-2017 school year, it is also a perfect time to reflect on the accomplishments of the school year that just ended. We are excited to share with our community, updates on our...

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Read to Feed Tour

When Malcolm Washington and Wesley Visser were given their senior class projects with a requirement to do something that impacts the community, these leaders in an organization called Future Farmers of America (FFA) at William Penn High School (WPHS) knew exactly what...

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Let’s Dance!

Some wore tiara crowns on their heads while others wore cowboy boots on their feet; after all, the theme of this year’s prom at Leach was “Denim & Diamonds.” “We like to keep the prom as unique as our students,” said Assistant Principal Ginny Schreppler. This prom...

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Do the Right Thing

Erik Jones knows how difficult it is for students coming from working class families on tight budgets to have all of the extras that other students may have at school because Jones was once one of those kids. He grew up along New Castle’s Route 9 corridor and attended...

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William Penn Students Host Dr. Seuss Night

Like most typical libraries, the main floor of the New Castle Library was silent on a chilly March evening, but downstairs there was a hub of activity.  William Penn High School (WPHS) students turned out to host a Dr. Seuss birthday party for local children in grand...

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William Penn Partnership in Historic New Castle Grows

Don’t be surprised to see more Colonial School District students at various locations in Old New Castle. Administrators and teachers want to make use of the treasure trove of educational opportunities in the historic town by partnering with businesses and the New...

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It’s an ACE for William Penn Students

For the first time, William Penn High School (WPHS) students participated in a national mentoring program called ACE; that’s Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. The after-school program had 16 students enrolled in its inaugural year. Last March, the students...

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Another First at William Penn

Thanks to yet another ground-breaking class added to William Penn High School’s (WPHS) curriculum, 23 students did something no other high school students in the region did; they became certified phlebotomists. WPHS’s Allied Health program is the first in the area to...

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William Penn Wows Chamber Members

Students and teachers fill the halls of William Penn High School (WPHS) every day but rarely do business leaders decide to spend their social time at schools. That’s just what happened last May when the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC) held a social mixer...

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From the Board President

by Joseph T. Laws, III   The end of the school year always marks a time of reflection for me. As President of the Colonial Board of Education, I am compelled to ask what have we accomplished as a district? What new challenges do we face, and how can we better serve...

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Fall 2015

Celebrating Excellence

It had all the makings of a typical high school pep rally. William Penn’s dancers and JROTC drill team thrilled the crowd and music blared throughout the gymnasium. But, no one was cheering for a sports team at this pep rally. Instead, Principal, Dr. Brian Erskine and...

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District Adopts New Teacher Evaluation Plan

    Colonial School District administrators and teachers made groundbreaking strides by collaborating on a new system to evaluate classroom performance by teachers. The Colonial Teaching and Learning Framework (TLF), the first in the state constructed by a district,...

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Colonial Addresses Concerns about Assessment

By Dr. Franklin Read, Director of Curriculum and Instruction   In the spring of 2015, Governor Jack Markell held a news conference at William Penn High School to announce the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) and all school districts must complete an assessment...

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Another Colonial First!

By Dr. Carlton Lampkins Colonial School District was the first school district in Delaware where family crisis therapists were placed.  These professionals were the first to serve as school-based, social-emotional resources in schools. Since this groundbreaking...

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What Would You Do?

She is a 17-year old high school student. He is 27. He raises his voice at her, takes away her cell phone and gifts he paid for because she is late. He demands the teen get on her knees and begs for forgiveness. A theatrical group called ARTFusion played out the...

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Southern Hospitality on Veterans Day

Last November Marlow Woodfin taught her students at Southern Elementary School all about Veterans Day, but she soon came to an unsettling realization. “After teaching my students about Veterans Day and why we acknowledge it every year; most of them had no idea why we...

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Inaugural Hall of Fame was a Hit!

It was a night to be remembered; one filled with nostalgia, pride, and good old-fashioned fun, reminiscent of the days when “Penn Pride” was at a fever pitched high.  The first-ever Hall of Fame Dinner Dance was a reunion of old classmates for some and a chance to...

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The Power of We Works!

Ten-year-old Jonathan Paxson can’t stop smiling, and despite her grief, neither can Erin Chaump, a first-grade teacher at Wilbur Elementary School. Erin’s father, a quadriplegic for the last five years, died last September at the age of 63.  Left with wonderful...

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Reading Assist Institute Launches Pilot Program

Like any principal, Doug Timm is concerned about all of his students at Carrie Downie Elementary School, but thanks to a new pilot program he can scratch one of his top worries off of his list…struggling readers. For the first time in its history, the Reading Assist...

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Colonial Nation Shows the Holiday Spirit

Christmas was a slam dunk for 18-year old Dexter Crockett, thanks to teachers and administrators who wanted to make the holidays special for the William Penn student with a disability. Crockett, a senior, confided to English teacher Vinnie O’Donnell that he wasn’t...

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Telling our story

by Superintendent, D. Dusty Blakey Ed. D. Happy New Year!  The beginning of 2016 is a perfect time for me to remind readers in our district about existing programs and initiatives, while sharing my vision for new ventures that will strengthen what we fondly call...

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Cooking for the Christi Awards

The Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) has been holding its signature event called the Christi Awards since 1991, when actors Ossie Davis and his wife Ruby Dee were honored. Since then, the formal indoor event has evolved, with this year’s celebration taking place...

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Culinary Arts Students Mix It Up with Seasoned Citizens

Chef Kip Poole is always thinking of new ways to keep his Culinary Arts students engaged. Catering public and private events keeps his students busy enough, and so does having them prepare and serve food at events sponsored by the district, but Poole wants his...

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Summer Feeding Program Fills a Need

The sight of the bright red van meant one thing to children living in Willow Chase, Pine Valley, and Galloway Court apartments, along with those playing in Coventry Park…lunch time! For the first time the Colonial School District took it’s federally- funded summer...

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Farm Day Showcase was a Show-Stopper

The boiled eggs on popsicle sticks covered with tasty seasonings were certainly different for visitors to see and sample at William Penn High School’s (WPHS) cafeteria during lunchtime, but taking a look at the chickens who hatched those eggs in a hen house behind the...

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I’m Ready for Kindergarten!

William Penn High School (WPHS) is usually filled with hundreds of teenagers, but that wasn’t the case when the district sponsored a kindergarten carnival and registration night last November. It was a night of fun for children who frolicked on moon bounces, got their...

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Students Explore Health Care Careers

Veronica Sacco thinks she wants to be an occupational therapist after she graduates from William Penn High School (WPHS), but after attending the 2nd Annual Health Care Services Career Day, Sacco knows she has options-lots of them. Dozens of representatives from the...

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Summer Camps… Summer Fun!

From creating spaceships made from sleds, skate boards, and duct tape, to making electronic mazes, children who attended Camp Invention at Wilbur Elementary School did it all and had a blast! This was the first year for the camp which was held for 1st to 6th graders....

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College application week

Seniors at William Penn High School (WPHS) all skipped English class one day during the first week of November, but no one got in trouble. That’s because all of the students used the 90-minute time slot to participate in College Application Week. This is the third...

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From the Board President

by Joseph T. Laws, III   With the start of 2016, I encourage you to reflect on 2015 in the Colonial School District, while thinking about the remainder of the school year that lies ahead. I am proud of our achievements in and out of the classroom. Have you noticed the...

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Colonial Wins Big at State-Wide Conference

Hat’s off to Colonial Nutrition Services Division for being recognized at the annual Delaware School Nutrition Association (DSNA) Conference held at Dover High School March 28, 2015! Those singled out for outstanding work were: Karen Gilbert - DSNA Non-member of the...

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LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT:

Dear Colonial Families and Staff, In June 2011, after a collaborative process that included input from district administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other key stakeholders, the Colonial School District adopted a bold strategic plan to guide our future. Our...

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A Message from the Board President – Joseph T. Laws, III

In a few short weeks we will be bidding farewell to our students for the summer. Where has the time gone? For the Colonial School District it has been a whirlwind school year. We have accomplished much, and yet have an ambitious “to do” list for the future. The...

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Redesign of Middle Schools is Underway

The plans are new, bold and still evolving, but Colonial School District officials are excited about the changes to come for the district’s three middle schools. Over the next three years the middle schools will begin the process of being redesigned to reflect the...

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