Dear Family and Friends of Simpson Elementary,

Welcome to W.B. Simpson Elementary School – home of the Caesar Rodney Riders!  Our school is named after William B. Simpson.  He was the Superintendent of the Caesar Rodney School District from 1938-1961.  W.B. Simpson Elementary is one of six elementary schools in the Caesar Rodney School District serving grades 1-5.  W.B. Simpson continues to be a Delaware public elementary school serving the small towns of Camden and Wyoming.  It is a true community school with a diverse population of approximately 550 students.  The Kent County ILC also is part of W.B. Simpson Elementary.  It serves about 50 students from the entire Kent County.  This gives W.B. Simpson at total school population of 600 students. 

At Simpson, teachers in grades 2-3 and grades 4-5 loop with their students.  That means that your child has the benefit of building a relationship with the same teacher and group of peers for two years, eliminating transitions, thus providing more time for targeted intervention and acceleration for those that need it. 

W.B. Simpson was awarded as a Recognition School in 2013 for exceptional performance and/or closing the achievement gap.  Although there is always room for improvement, we are meeting the federal and state proficiency targets for reading and mathematics. 

Here is a quick breakdown for reading/language arts from the spring 2014 DIBELS (grade 1) and DCAS (grades 2-5) assessments:

Grade Level

Assessment

Percent of Students Meeting or Exceeding Grade Level Standards in Spring 2014

1st Grade

DIBELS

78%

2nd Grade

DCAS-ELA

80%

3rd Grade

DCAS-ELA

83%

4th Grade

DCAS-ELA

87%

5th Grade

DCAS-ELA

90%


Simpson also does well in mathematics.  Here is a quick breakdown for the mathematics from the spring 2014 DCAS assessment.  Please note that there is not a standardized math test for first grade.

Grade Level

Assessment

Percent of Students Meeting or Exceeding Grade Level Standards in Spring 2010

2nd Grade

DCAS – Math

88.75%

3rd Grade

DCAS – Math

84%

4th Grade

DCAS – Math

87%

5th Grade

DCAS – Math

90%

 

Because of our dedicated staff and involved PTA, W.B. Simpson Elementary is a great place to grow and learn.  Our Positive Behavior Support (PBS) system creates a safe and nurturing environment for all students.  Each month, there is a kick-off assembly focusing on a P.R.I.D.E. characteristic or showing the P.R.I.D.E. characteristics in special situations (like on the playground, school bus, or hallway.)  School-wide expectations are then taught and reinforced by all staff members.  Students earn “PRIDE Bucks” for demonstrating the P.R.I.D.E. principles.  They are Positive, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy.  With their PRIDE Bucks, students can purchase incentives such as bookmarks, stuffed animals, special rewards, gift certificates, or a spin of the prize wheel.  For 100 PRIDE Bucks, students can attend monthly PBS celebrations like Movie Day, Gingerbread Houses, Pajama Party, and Beach Party.  Each marking period, there are special awards ceremonies acknowledging achievement in all content areas, citizenship, and attendance. 

W.B. Simpson is also building a foundation as a Responsive Classroom school in which each classroom community starts the day with a Morning Meeting that sets a positive tone for learning, sets high expectations for teaching and learning through critical thinking, positive interaction and collaboration, and the recognition that social-emotional learning influences academic success.

For over four decades, W.B. Simpson has been an outstanding elementary school in the greater Dover area.  With a special emphasis on using best practices in classroom instruction and promoting a positive school atmosphere, W.B. Simpson continues to be a special place for kids to grow and learn.  We encourage you to see for yourself the dedicated teachers and smiling children’s faces that make-up the Simpson family.  Please feel free to contact either Mike Kijowski (Principal) or Jennifer Martin (Assistant Principal) to schedule a tour of the school, and to talk about your child’s future at W.B. Simpson Elementary School.   

Sincerely, 

Mike Kijowski                                        Jennifer Martin

Principal                                                 Assistant Principal

W.B. Simpson Elementary School © 2014 302-697-3207 Fax:FAX: 302-697-4963 5 Old North Road, Wyoming, DE 19934
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