Award Year: 2020

Etta J. Wilson Elementary School

14 Forge Road
Newark, DE, 19711-7619

(302) 454-2180

Mrs. Natalie Birch, Principal at time of Nomination

Christina School District

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To give every student opportunities to learn in an academically challenging, safe, equitable and nurturing school environment. We pledge to value parents, caregivers, and families as partners in educating our students to learn, live and lead in the 21st century and beyond.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 22%
  • White: 56%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 6%
Wilson Awesomizers

Wilson Awesomizers

At Etta J.Wilson Elementary our students are successful due to a multitude of factors. Our first priority is creating a safe, nurturing, and caring environment in which our students can thrive. We accomplish this through our school-wide Positive Behavior Support program. The PBS program has been highly effective in addressing the majority of our students needs through Tier 1 instruction. At Wilson, we have four school-wide expectations. The four PBS expectations at Wilson are to Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Manage Yourself, and Follow Directions the first time. We spend the first few weeks of school, teaching these expectations in every classroom at our school. We teach the students what it looks like, sounds like and feels like when these expectations are followed. Students are recognized for their outstanding behavior monthly through grade level PBS reward celebrations. In addition, students are also recognized school-wide at our Quarterly Awards Ceremonies and with a Pizza with the Principal lunch.

We recognize that our students have varying levels of needs academically, socially and emotionally. At Wilson, we have developed a Targeted Intervention Committee that meets to discuss academic, behavioral and attendance concerns for students not responding to our Tier 1 PBS program. This targeted team is facilitated by our school counselor and consists of administration, teachers, the Educational Diagnostician, the Academic Dean and the Psychologist. This team works together to analyze data and to determine interventions designed to improve the students' educational experiences. The plans are implemented and monitored by the team. Adjustments are made to a student's plan if a student is not responding to the intervention. A few examples of our interventions include Check-In Check out, Mentoring, Social Skills Instruction and a Chill Zone in every classroom (Rest and Recovery). There is a strong data collection component to this work.

I am most proud of the teamwork and collaboration among the Wilson faculty and families. Wilson has a strong PTA and together, we provide extracurricular opportunities for our students. Wilson is also a No Place for Hate School. Being a No Place for Hate school enables us to challenge antisemitism, racism and bigotry in all forms. Finally, Wilson would not have received this recognition without the amazing, talented and dedicated teachers. Wilson teachers work tirelessly during Professional Learning Communities, lesson planning and analyzing data, to provide the best instruction possible in order for their students to succeed at the highest levels possible. At Wilson, we truly have a team approach to teaching and learning.