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School Based Wellness Center
Student Handbook & Code of Conduct

Student Handbook: Click here to download a pdf
Code of Conduct: Click here

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.
For more information click here

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: Science
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.

Social Studies
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.

English/Language Arts
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.

Fundraising Options for Carrie Downie

Here are a few links to some interactive learning games and activities online! These activities are fun and educational for students of various ages! DreamBox! Carrie Downie has purchased DREAMBOX LEARNING’S MATH PROGRAM, an online, Intellegent Adaptive Learning(tm) program that helps all students achieve better, faster math proficiency!  Your child can access DREAMBOX LEARNING from any computer or iPad, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using this link: https://play.dreambox.com/login/n9en/carriedes
Thinkfinity Thinkfinity is a great collection of websites that provide educators, parents, and students with learning activities. There are lesson plans, supplemental activities, games, homework help, and much more!  The subject areas include: language arts, visual arts, math, science, history, geography, economics and a few more! http://www.thinkfinity.org
Student Portal Clever – clever.com

General Info

Kristina Lamia (kristina.lamia@colonial.k12.de.us)

Grade Levels: K-5
Phone: 302-323-2926
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

School Hours

  • Bus Drop Off: 8:45 am
  • School Office Open: 8:00 am- 4:30 PM
  • Student Hours: 8:55 am-3:35 pm
  • Bus Departure: 3:50 PM
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TiffanyAndersonMath Interventionist2072070
Kelli Batten2nd Grade1041040
Victoria (Torri)BennettK Teacher2042040
AkirahBussey3rd Grade3033030
Eugenia (Gina)CartagenaSecretaryMain Office2360
Robin Cebenka5th Grade5065060
MikaelaDiamond3rd Grade3043040
EliseDiazK Teacher2032030
Helen Downs EL Teacher 3013010
JuliaFarnan2nd Grade1021020
MelissaFicklin PE Teacher
Catherine (Kate)FlanaganArt Teacher 1071070
TeishaFooksCenter for Child Development1011010
Lauren FoxSLP3053050
NadalyeGarlin4th Grade5015010
KaylaHengemihleMath Coach5035030
ColleenHobanSTEMBrary TeacherLibrary
TiShawnaHuffReading Interventionist2072070
Sarah Kise1st Grade2062060
KristinaLamiaPrincipalMain Office2620
StephanieLarson4th Grade5045040
BrendaLatchfieldNutrition Services
DawnManloveReading Specialist3013010
ElyseMarsh2nd Grade1031030
ScottMcDowellSocial Worker2012010
BriannaMooreK Teacher2022020
MargaretMurrayMusic Teacher4014010
Bianca Nagy5th Grade5055050
Jessica (Jess)O'NeillSEC 1061060
KhalicePayne4/5 Intensive1081080
Jessica Pierre-LouisNemours1011010
ColleenQuinnReading Specialist2072070
JavanaRhodesELA Coach5035030
KayanRiley-DavisMath Interventionist2072070
ShanekaRosembert1st Grade2082080
MaryRothReading Interventionist2072070
ArianaSalterNurseNurse's Office2370
Theron TraylorParaprofessional5015010
KateWallsNutrition Services
Dianna WambachPsychologist1051050
HaileeWick3rd Grade3023020
LeonWilsonStudent AdvisorMain Office2610
ChristinaWinns5th Grade5075070
KerryZeager4th Grade5025020