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Important Information
            Staff Update:  1/5/23
Dates to Know:
Staff Development: 1/13/23
Schools and Offices closed: 1/16/23
Equity Event: Community, Connections, and Conversations: 1/19/23

An update from Colonial School District Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Menzer in regard to the events of January 10, 2023 at William Penn High School.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to what the video that was posted last night.  Here is the link for it:

Reminders from the Health and Wellness Division
We want to recognize that that incident that occurred at William Penn may have had an impact on anyone connected to Colonial Nation.  Please take a moment to reflect on your feelings and reach out to support if you need it.  Everyone nationwide has access to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline.  This can be accessed by calling or texting 988.  You can also get support through a chat through this link.

Additionally, staff have access to ComPsych for additional mental health support.  More information regarding ComPsych can be found here.
Finally, we want to continue to remind everyone in Colonial Nation about the importance of “saying something” when you “see or hear something.”  Staff, students, and families have the opportunity to anonymously report concerns through the StopIT application.  Information on StopIT can be found on the Colonial School District Website.  This tool can be accessed through a mobile app as well as by visiting the link on your school’s website.  The access code you will need to enter is Colonialreporting. 

Little Bit of Self-Paced Learning…

Want to know more about improvement science?
Like “self-paced” professional learning?

Like to watch short YouTube clips? TikTok’s? Blogs? TedTalks?
Try this…. Click the link to open a Self-Paced Slideshow about Improvement.

Like it?  Register for a Virtual Hour to chat about it more!
Monday 1/23/23 DSC#107839
Snow Hours/Stipend – your choice!

From the PLC workgroup (teachers)

Q: PLC… verb? noun?
A: It’s the people

PLC = Professional Learning Communities
It’s the people… not the process.

The last few months, the PLC workgroup has worked to gain some common language.
WE Lead with a commitment to Continuous Improvement within Colonial systems.
We believe collaboration is essential for problem solving.

Challenge yourself to consider the verbiage – language matters.
In Colonial, we are a PART of a PLC.  The group that problem solves together.

Equity ERA: Engage-Reflect-Act

  • Engage: Check out this podcast series from Elena Aguilar, “What to Say When Someone Says Something Racist” – here is another great episode – Compassion, Curiosity and Boundaries(about 24 min)
    • Each week we will share the next podcast! Tune into the series with us!
  • Reflect: How do you respond when you hear something racist? What do you wish you would do (or had done) something differently?
  • Act: Check out Elena’s guide for What To Say  When You Hear  Something Racist and try a strategy.

Congratulations to Our Equity Practitioner Program (EPP) Cohort 6 on their “Graduation”!

Pictured left to right: Crystal Lancour (EPP Coordinator for Colonial), Beth Twardus (previous EPP graduate), Rose Minio (EPP6), Cianna Betts (EPP6), Khalice Payne (EPP6), Sarah Hoffman (EPP6), Courtney Waters (EPP6).

Behavioral Health Professional of the Year Award
Do you know a Colonial staff member who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? The Behavioral Health Professional of the Year Award is given to a school employee whose position is health care practitioner or social or human services provider who offers services for the purpose of improving an individual’s mental health, such as

  • School counselors
  • School social workers
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • School psychologists
  • School nurses

If you have questions, please email Cheri Woodall, Supervisor of Health and Wellness, at  
Last day to nominate a Colonial staff member for the Behavioral Health Professional of the Year is Friday, January 13, 2023.  Please use this link to submit your nominations.