Welcome to William D. Kelley School!

Dear W.D. Kelley Community:

Welcome back! Or, if you are new to our W. D. Kelley family, welcome and thank you for choosing our amazing school for your child’s education. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer and are ready to start a new school year on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Last school year was filled with lots of fun learning experiences and student successes. Here are a few of our favorite memories:

  • 95% Attendance – 33.7% of our students came to school 95% or more days. This is an increase from 2018.
  • The lowest suspension rate in 5 years! Meaning that 98.7% of students were NOT suspended. Let’s make that 100% by June 2020!
  • ELA and Math Benchmarks showed increases in student performance!

Assistant Principal Osei and I are already gearing up for an incredible new school year. Our teachers have attended training sessions to better help all students learn and grow. Mrs. Hudgins is updating student files and ordering new materials. Our hard-working Mr. Fuller, Ms. Boyd and the general cleaning staff have spent the summer beautifying our school. Lastly, Mrs. Ransome and Ms. Gwinzetta are preparing to serve your children delicious, healthy and free breakfast and lunch each school day. Every scholar will receive a new school shirt and book bag on the first day of school, as we ring the bell for the start of the year!!!

We’re also delighted to welcome a few new additions to our staff, including Mr. West (climate manager), Mrs. Redden (counselor), Mr. Hook (music), Mr. Rogers, Ms. Grose and Ms. Higgs joining our awesome middle school team!

We will continue to our STEM prep, the Kimmel Center Residency Program (4th & 5th grade), and SUPER excited for our new writing intensive program for our K-3 scholars taught by Mrs. K. Clark in her new role as SBTL! Lastly, we will have the Second Step Program for all scholars!

Be sure to visit www.philasd.org for important back-to-school information such as how to get a Philadelphia School TransPass and a list of vaccines your child will need to attend school. I also want to invite you to attend our Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 5- 7p.m. This will be a great time to meet teachers and other families, and learn more about the awesome, new school year.

The Kelley family look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and working with our families and community to support high-level learning. As always, please feel free to reach out to me at 215-400-7370 with questions or concerns. Together, we can make this school year our best one yet!

In service to the Kelley community,

Crystal M. Edwards,