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Senior Legacy Project
The WP Senior Legacy Project will set the stage for students to perform an authentic, meaningful investigation of the community, leading to responsive ideas, and ultimately committing some ACTION PLAN(s) to resolve whatever the students’ investigations find. Here is an overview of the Senior Legacy Project for incoming seniors.
UD Summer Writing Camp
The Delaware Writing Project (DWP) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware is offering engaging summer writing camps for students in all grades and academic levels. Check out the brochure and for more information, contact Colleen Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delaware's New Standardized Testing System
The Common Core State Standards, the objectives of what each child is expected to learn by the end of each grade, increase the complexity and rigor of what students are expected to learn. In response, the assessments of what each student is learning are being revised. The new assessment system is called Smarter Balanced Assessment System, it replaces the DCAS. Read more about it here.
05/02/2014 to 05/05/2014 - Creative Arts Festival
Location: Main Lobby and other locations in school
Cost: Dinner - $10, Other events free
Friday, May 2, 2014 – Gala Evening, Celebrating the Fine Arts; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Event cost: $10 per person
SHOP our silent auction and raffle events to benefit Colonial ARTS programs SAVOR complimentary Hors d’oeuvre and Shirley Temple bar from Penn Bistro APPRECIATE our fine arts programs: Jazz Choir, Small Theatre, Steel Band, Soloists, Jazz Band, Artist participation, Photo Booth and much, much more.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – Friends & Family Creative Arts Day; 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Event cost: FREE
A variety of events (listening and hands-on for both children and adults) that include: Colonial instrumental and choral groups, Digital media, face painting, canvas painting, print making, karaoke, theatre production, cooking classes, art workshops, Art show display, Garageband on the MAC computer and much, much more.
Monday, May 5, 2014 – District Art Show; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Event cost: FREE
Annual district art show to showcase our young, talented artists. Special performances by the Penn Steel drum, percussion, and color guard ensembles.
Download our flyer for more information.
School Day SAT April 16th, 2014
William Penn Juniors are participating in the second annual School Day SAT on April 16th, 2014. This test will be administered at William Penn in the E2 and W2 wings of the building. Students will partake in the 5 hour test and then be provided lunch in Cafeteria II. We recommend that you encourage your student to take advantage of the free online SAT course, offered to them from the College Board. Information about the free online resource was given to them during their electronic registration appointment. All test takers should have a #2 pencil, graphing calculator, admissions ticket and photo identification. We are required to verify their identification. Finally, we recommend that all students get plenty of sleep the night before the test, eat a good breakfast that morning and leave cell phones at home. If a phone rings during testing, it could cost a student their scores! This policy applies to any prohibited digital and/or electronic device such as a BlackBerry, iPod, MP3 player, camera or other photographic equipment, and/or separate timers of any kind. Test Takers are permitted to bring small snacks and drinks to be consumed during the 5 minute breaks. We want to wish our students the best of luck!
New! SAT Prep course on Khan Academy
The College Board and Khan Academy will work together to create world-class supports for students for FREE specifically designed around the revised SAT. Until 2016, however, Khan Academy will offer SAT test-prep for free focused on the current SAT. On Khan Academy’s website (https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat), you and your students will find a full length practice exam and real SAT questions explained in simple terms via short videos.
William Penn Staff Reunion
March 21, 2014. Come join the fun! See more in our flier.
Financial Aid Awarness Month at William Penn
January 29th- January 30th – Delaware Alliance and WPHS Counseling Staff to assist seniors with FAFSA in the school computer labs. Students and parents made appointments with their school counselors to receive assistance with completing their FAFSA application.
Step 1: Introduction
Step 2: Complete Delaware Alliance Intake form (Paper version)
Step 3: Complete FAFSA
Step 4: Financial exit survey
SAT Practice Test for Juniors
Kaplan Test Prep is offering the opportunity for all Juniors to take a practice SAT on Saturday March 15th @ 8am. If you would like the opportunity to brush up on testing taking skills or preview material for the real SAT please see your School Counselor to sign up. The practice test is a great study tool to prepare for the school day SAT in April!
Resources for Literacy
Literacy skills include reading, writing, speaking, listening. They are the foundation of all learning. William Penn’s literacy initiative places the highest emphasis on developing the literacy skills that will enable your child to succeed in the 21st Century. We invite you to join us. Together we can support the development of your child’s literacy skills and educational outcomes. Here is a list of links to help your student improve literacy skills. NEW! Summer update added!
Attention all WP Alumni
Recently we have received correspondence from a 1972 William Penn Graduate. He expressed great pride in his experiences at Wm. Penn and had many great things to say about our website. It started us thinking... we would love to hear from you more! We are seeking your input by either emailing us or filling out this brief survey. We are hoping to increase communication with our alumni and spread the good news about our school and its programs.
Penn Pride - Reasons We're Proud
In addition to the letter mentioned above, other comments and the dedication of our custodial staff has made us all proud to be a part of the William Penn Family. Read more about it here.
Town Hall Meeting - Rescheduled for February 11th at McCullough Middle School
The Town Hall presentation will be given at our next school board meeting scheduled for February 11th at McCullough Middle School. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. There will be an opportunity for your questions and comments. We hope to see you there for the presentation called, “Colonial: Moving to the Next Level!” For more details, see our letter.
Download the William Penn Mobile App now!
Keep up with all of the who, what, when and where for William Penn High School on the go with the William Penn High School mobile app! It's free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, so download it now! Find out more about it.
January is Financial Aid Awareness Month
William Penn High School is proud to announce January as Financial Aid Awareness Month. In conjunction with Delaware College Application Week, we as a school and a community want to increase family and student awareness of the financial aid process associated with post-secondary education. William Penn High School is partnering with Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement to work with our senior families. Please review the January schedule of events below:
School Store is open!
The William Penn School Store is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15-3:45. Get your William Penn Swag now. Find out more at our School Store webpage.
Common Core Standards
Common Core State Standards, better known as CCSS, are foundation on which schools across the country are building student success. Parents, please read these overview documents (Math and ELA) to gain an understanding of the impact and scope of the CCSS on how and what your child is learning at Penn.
Check out the new High-Tech William Penn
See what's playing on the big screen TVs right now...
Crises are, by their very nature, unpredictable. They can affect individuals, small groups or the entire school community. Crisis response may require a broad range of interventions and services. Our Campus Security Plan provides a guideline to staff in times of crisis, but we also rely on their common sense and good judgment. Our Crisis Guidelines provide staff with a procedure to follow in case of a crisis. Read more about our Security Drill and the phone call home to parents.
By the time a student graduates from William Penn High School, we want them to have the ability to read, comprehend, and write about complex texts commonly found in college and careers. Learn more about the common core and our literacy initiative.
Beat the Bell!
Learn about our lateness policy here.
Learn about our Technology Policy
Find out more information, including an informative video, here.
Colonial Fall Festival - Thank you for a great day!
Find out more here.
College Information Sessions
Find out more here.
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Welcome to Colonial Nation!
It gives me great joy to tell you about all the time and energy that our staff has recently put into our academic programs at William Penn, preparing our current and future students to become college and career ready—a statement that we do not take lightly. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, we are transforming the high school, such that students will enroll into specific degree programs. Students can choose from 19 different academic, all within one of our three colleges: STEM, Business, and Humanities. All students will start a four year degree program, with all classes focused on their major and ending with an internship with a local business. Specific information can be found in our course catalogue.
I think what excites me most, is that all of our high school students will experience learning beyond the classroom. Regardless of whether your child goes to college, or enters the workforce or military, they will have the necessary skills to be successful and competitive. William Penn High School offers more opportunities, more advanced placement classes, and more certification programs than any other high school in New Castle County, Delaware. That’s really important to us. We want to give your child the best opportunity to compete for college and careers. As you peruse our website, you will see specific examples of the increased rigor that William Penn has to offer, making your child’s high school experience one that they will never forget. To parents of all grades, we look forward to serving the needs of your child at William Penn High School, whether your child is in eighth grade or in kindergarten.— Jeffrey Menzer, Ed.D., Principal of William Penn High School.