The December Board of Education Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at George Read Middle School.
Welcome to the Colonial School District located in New Castle, Delaware. Colonial is a grades K to 12 public school district. The district vision is Every Student College and Career Ready. By the time your child graduates from the Colonial School District, he or she will have the competitive edge over other Delaware high school students to enroll in post secondary institutions, obtain scholarships, and have licensed certificates to apply for a variety of jobs and careers throughout Delaware and the nation.
October, 10, 2013 Important Notice:
Colonial Families, last night this message was communicated to parents and guardians at George Read Middle School by way of an Alert Now Call. Today letters will go home with every student, with a posting also put on the district website as we make every effort to keep all informed:
As you are aware, staff members have been searching the backpacks of children entering the school due to a threat m...ade regarding the safety of students and staff. To date, there have not been any additional threats or heightened concerns, but the investigation by Delaware State Police is ongoing, and we are cooperating fully. Upon the advice of legal counsel and because the safety of our students is of upmost importance, the following new procedures will be implemented immediately:
• There will be increased police presence.
• Although backpacks, book bags, purses, instruments, athletic equipment etc. will be allowed, students will not be able to carry them throughout the building effective immediately. Students will be allowed to go to their lockers at designated times throughout the day. Students are strongly encouraged to have combination locks, as the school/school district will not be responsible for lost items. Combination numbers must be turned into the main office/teachers with the student’s name before being placed on assigned lockers.
• Lockers will be subject to random searches at unannounced times by administrators, as is permitted by law and Colonial’s Student Code of Conduct (page 15).
• Jackets, hoodies, coats, etc. must remain in the students’ lockers.
A public meeting will be held Monday, October, 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the George Read auditorium to address any questions, concerns, or comments. A State Police School Resource Officer will be on hand, as well as Colonial administrators and staff.
We ask parents to speak with their children about safety at school and encourage them to report any suspicious activity to their teachers or school administrators. Sadly, in this day and age, enhanced security has become a necessary expectation. We need any help that you may be able to provide, as well as your full support and cooperation.
Dorothy Linn, Ed.D
Colonial School District Superintendent
For Immediate Release
October 9, 2013
New Safety Precautions at George Read Middle School
Public Invited to William Penn’s Homecoming and 3rd Annual Fall Festival
A 5k walk/run, a parade, carnival games, a moon bounce, a chili and wing cook-off, and of course, an exciting football game! All these activities and more are planned for Saturday, October 12th as William Penn High School (WPHS) celebrates its Homecoming and 3rd Annual Fall Festival.
“We’ve planned the whole day for families wishing to enjoy some old-fashioned fun without spending a lot of money. The Colonial School District really is one big family so we are really looking forward to everyone coming out for a good time,” says organizer Loveita Moffett.
This year the Colonials will take on the top ranked Middletown Cavaliers at 1 p.m. All alumni band members are invited to dust off their instruments and join the current Marching Band in the stands. Before kick-off, activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. Here’s a run-down of the day:
- 7:30-8:30 a.m.- 5K registration
- 8:30 a.m. – Kids Fun Run
- 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.- 5K Walk/Run
- 10:00-11:00 a.m.-WPHS Homecoming Parade
- 10:30-11:30 a.m.-High school & middle school extra-curricular activities, elementary school bike decorating contest, WPHS honors Marching and Symphonic Band alumni, Homecoming Court, yard sale
- 11:00 a.m.- Chili & Wing Cook-off Competition
- 11:30-1:00 p.m.- carnival games, student group performances, WPHS Autograph session, moon bounce (weather permitting), face painting
- 12:40 p.m.- Alumni Band members invited to play with current WPHS Band in the stadium
- 1:00- Game time & crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen!
The Cook-Off competition will pit Penn’s own Culinary Arts students against top professional chefs in the area. For a $5.00 entry fee, the public can have a taste and cast votes along with a panel of judges. For the carnival, families can purchase five tickets for just $1.00.
“Every year the Homecoming celebration and Fall Festival gets bigger and better,” says Moffett. “We hope Mother Nature will bring us a beautiful crisp Fall day, but if not, plans have been made to move activities inside to the gyms.”
A letter from our Superintendent:
August 26, 2013
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! We are very excited about the upcoming year and are looking forward to many great activities and achievements with our students.
We have Open Houses scheduled in September and hope you all are able to attend to gather critical information regarding the expectations for your child this school year. The following is the schedule for all schools:
Elementary Schools and Leach School- September 9, 2013, 6:30pm
Middle School- September 11, 2013-7:00pm
William Penn High School and Wallace Wallin School-September 12, 2013-7:00pm
Our Operations Division has been working throughout the summer to prepare our schools for the first day of school, as well as our Nutrition Services Division. Breakfast for all students will begin on the second day of school, with lunch served on the first day. Students who were on free and reduced lunch last year will continue to be served as free and reduced until October 11, 2013. Parents must re-submit applications by this date to be re-considered. All forms have been sent home to families in our Back to School mailer. If you need an application and do not have one, all schools have free and reduced application forms located in the office.
Any weather related information to affect school opening and/or closing can always be found on the Colonial website as well as an Alert Now phone call will be sent to every student home. Remember, Hurricane Sandy was just last year!
I wish everyone a successful school year! I look forward to meeting many of you at our Town Hall meetings this year as well as our monthly School Board meetings.
Dorothy Linn EdD
Colonial School District
Bullying Prevention Contact
Delaware Department of Justice
Bullying Prevention & School Crime Contact (Ombudsperson)