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What’s Happening in Colonial Nation

Important Update from Superintendent Dr. Menzer

August 13, 2020

New Back-to-School Dates

 July 30, 2020

Technology Help

Colonial Clippings

August 18, 2020

Learning Materials and Device Distribution

We are excited to begin the 2020 – 2021 school year.  In an effort to ensure that all families are prepared for the remote start of this year, Colonial School District is holding two learning materials distribution events.


Thursday, August 27th and Thursday, September 3rd from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. 


All families should plan to visit Gunning Bedford Middle School or William Penn High School on Thursday, August 27th and Thursday, September 3rd from 4:00pm until 7:00pm to pick up the following:


  • Reading materials needed for online instruction
  • Math materials needed for online instruction
  • Addition learning materials being provided by the Colonial School District
  • Exchange damaged or non-working computers
  • KN students and students new to the district can pick-up a district device
  • Students in 1st grade that may have received a District Ipad in the Spring should exchange it for a Chromebook.
  • Any student that chose to use their own device in the Spring, but would now like to use a District device can pick one up.


We look forward to seeing all our families on one of these evenings.  Please help spread the word to friends and family that also have students in the Colonial School District.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Device Deployment

A device deployment has been scheduled for students who need a Chromebook or need to swap out a defective Chromebook. The deployment dates are:

  • Thursday, August 27 from 4-7PM
  • Thursday, September 3 from 4-7PM

Two Locations:

  • William Penn High School 
  • Gunning Bedford Middle School

How do I stay updated?

  • Check your email for Colonial Clippings every week
  • Follow us on Social Media (see below)
  • Check our website for updates

*If you need to update your contact information, please reach out to one of our secretaries (See Contact Us page for email addresses)*


8:19AM: Doors open
Students are considered late after 8:40AM

3:19PM: Dismissal
Early dismissals/change in dismissal ends at 3PM


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New Castle, DE 19720

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Jeanette Ousey

Transportation Union President Jeanette Ousey is proud to represent the 100 bus drivers who transport Colonial’s students to schools, but she says the drivers and aides do much, much, more. Ousey, who started out as an aide in 2004 and began driving in 2019, wants families to know that drivers intentionally try to start the day off right for their young passengers.

“When you see a child walk out of the house, you know if they’ve had a good morning or a bad morning by looking at their faces, and you can turn that around when they get on the bus.”Ousey says drivers and aides see many children who come from less than desirable homes so they do their best to help with the reward being a smile or a hug from them.“As a former aide, I can’t tell you how many kids I’ve helped with their homework or quizzes.

A lot of people don’t know where these children come from or what they go through in their struggles. We see that we know that,” Ousey says.Ousey hopes families realize drivers go out of their way for students, often spending time in their lunchroom making up goody bags with treats to distribute on the buses. When they learned seniors would not have traditional graduation, the drivers and aides worked together to produce a video complete with a drone shot of the buses decorated and lined up to form 2020.“We just wanted to be able to show the kids that we were proud of them since they couldn’t walk. We wanted them to know we cared.”Ousey praises her union members and the entire district for the work done to assist students through the pandemic.“That’s the Power of WE, it’s teamwork, pulling together to do what you’ve got to do to get the job done!”

Jeanette is #WhoWEAreCSD
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Webinars to Support Home Learning
We understand that the transition to learning at home can be both new and challenging at times for you and your child. With this in mind, we want to ensure you have the supports you need to support your child in their Colonial School District virtual school experience.

This is why we have partnered with Insight Education Group to provide you with a series of no-cost webinars titled How to Become an Effective Home Learning Coach™.

In the 90-minute Zoom interactive webinars, you’ll learn the “secrets of the trade,” including just-in-time practical ideas for helping your child be successful.

For more information on the sessions, please see this brochure. Seats are limited so sign up today!

To register:
Code: Colonial2020 (There is no cost for Colonial School District parents, guardians, or caregivers when you use this code.)
Zoom Tutorial Link:
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On Monday, September 14th, students will receive two (2) lunches and two (2) breakfasts as there will be no meal delivery on Tuesday, September 15th due to professional development.

WE are constantly updating routes and times for delivery. For the most up to date routes, locations, and times for food delivery, check our website at

Please grant us some grace during this initial start of the program, our times are estimates and we will be working out the kinks. There are also two links for parents on the district website to email transportation and nutrition services directly:
Regarding Transportation and stops:
Regarding Meal Services:
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How to Get...
If your student is still in need of school supplies (paper, pencils, or books), you can visit your child’s school office to pick them up. Please contact your child’s school to learn more about available dates and times for pickup.

Principal Contacts:
Carrie Downie – Doug Timm:
Castle Hills – Janissa Nuneville:
Eisenberg – Dave Distler:
New Castle – TeRay Ross:
Pleasantville – Amina Baaith:
Southern – Jeff Gibeault:
Wilbur – Beth Howell:
Wilmington Manor – Lindsay DiEmidio:
George Read – Nick Wolfe:
Gunning Bedford- Dan Bartnik:
McCullough- Bill Johnston:
Leach – Kristina Lamia:
Colwyck Pre-K – Katrina Daniels:
Wallin – Kevin White:
William Penn – Lisa Brewington:

If your student is in need of a device, a replacement device or needs help with devices please visit:

If you need help accessing remote learning, please visit and learn more about this great online resource for students and families.
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