Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of the children, parents and community that we serve by:
-providing an enriching and nurturing environment in which all children feel safe, lovable, and capable;
-providing experiences that address individual abilities, learning styles, and emotional needs; and encourage children to treat others with respect and kindness.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Jason Payne
Welcome to Major George S. Welch Elementary school, a K-5 school located on Dover Air Force Base in the Caesar Rodney School District. The namesake of our school was one of the few pilots who got off the ground at Pearl Harbor and distinguished himself by shooting down four Japanese aircraft during the attack. He was honored in ceremonies at the White House by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in May of 1942.
Welch Elementary offers an array of programs for our students. Some of those include Girls on the Run, Odyssey of the Mind, Math Club, Student Council, Dance Club and Safety Patrol just to name a few. These programs enrich our students by providing opportunities for them to explore interests that they would like to develop.
The Welch Elementary School staff meets regularly in Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) to discuss building issues, to collect data, and to analyze data in order to drive instruction. Teacher’s review student work and share effective instructional practices. They review units, and coordinate approaches to grade level issues. Through these PLC’s we have developed programs to meet the needs of all of our students.
Our school could not be as successful as it is without the support of our parents. We have an active PTA who does various activities throughout the year. We have school volunteers who help out in classrooms. And most importantly we have parents who provide the necessary support to their students at home so that they can reach their true potential.
On behalf of the staff at Major George S. Welch Elementary School, I feel privileged to be able to provide a quality education to those families who are actively serving our country. I am extremely proud of our outstanding students, our dedicated and experienced staff members, and our supportive families. I thank you in advance for your support and look forward to your participation this school year.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Jean Miclette
As the assistant principal, I would like to welcome you to Major George S. Welch Elementary! Welch is located on the housing side of Dover AFB, and we are a K-5 school in the Caesar Rodney School District, which this year, is celebrating its 100th year of excellence. For our positive behavior support system, we practice the FISH Philosophy (Be There, Play, Make Their Day, and Choose Your Attitude) to help foster making good choices each day.
The city of Dover and the state of Delaware offer lots of opportunities for families to explore and enjoy the surrounding area, as we are located within a two hour and thirty minute radius from cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York City. In addition, there are also great beaches and places to visit along the coast and near the Chesapeake Bay.
Welch Elementary believes in a strong connection between home and schools, offering many events throughout the year to bond as a family, learn more about how you can better support your child at home, and strength connections between home and school. Welch parents have supported their children more than ever this year, by attending many of the school Passport functions, such as Hotdogs with Heroes, MRE (Math, Reading, Eating Nights, Reading and Math Night), Kindergarten Snack and Share, Chorus and Band concerts, Parent Teacher Conferences, and PTA meetings, just to name a few. I am so proud to be the assistant principal of such a wonderful school.