December 23, 1990 |
England is more than 2,600 miles from Kuwait, but it is still too close for comfort for the Haverford school board. The routine board approval of an overseas field trip became an item for serious deliberation last week amid the threat of a military conflict in the Persian Gulf region. The board was divided over the trip and, after brief discussion, expressed "apprehension" over its approval. They pushed back their final ruling to next month's board conference meeting. John Meehan, principal of Haverford Senior High School, asked the board last Tuesday at their monthly conference meeting to approve an advanced placement history class trip to England over the school's spring vacation.
January 30, 2001 |
Fifth-grade teacher Donna Lucido called U.S. Space Camp officials back in September even though she figured they would never accept her class. She kept calling because, well, her class really wanted to go. "They said, 'Here's an 800 number,' " she said. "And wouldn't it set a bad example if I didn't try?" Two months and 18 calls later, she had worked out a deal. Her class at Edgewood Elementary School in Lower Makefield will go to Space Camp in Titusville, Fla., in May. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Keristen Gaber, 10, a class member.
May 28, 2003 |
"Olney High - Live on forever. " As the last words of our school song echoed in the room, we began joyfully saying our goodbyes. Another high school reunion had passed; we had celebrated our 50th anniversary. Young and hopeful, we graduated from Olney in 1953, the year Dwight Eisenhower became president, Dumont was still a TV channel, and Philadelphia boasted both the Phillies and the Athletics baseball teams. We were 423 graduates that January 22. Five decades later, 20 had been lost to places unknown and 43 had died; we mourn them.
June 18, 2003 |
Brittany McGhee and Azsherae Gary are mad about being deprived of their eighth-grade graduation ceremony. "We were going to look nice," Brittany, 14, said. "We were going to wear cap and gowns and all. " Instead, FitzSimons Middle School in North Philadelphia will be refunding the cost of the caps and gowns and not allowing any of the graduating students, who number about 140, to walk down the aisle on Thursday. School district officials said it was for good reason. According to a letter sent by the school to students' parents, an "overwhelming number" of students - at least 60, according to school officials - misbehaved on a June 6-8 class trip to Baltimore and Washington.
June 5, 1995 |
It was a warm night, about a quarter before 11 on the eve of the annual sophomore class trip to Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa., when the two teenagers headed to the Wawa down the street. Mark Jagielski, 16, needed provisions. A fresh hoagie and a bottle of Snapple in hand, he and Timmy Campbell shuffled along the dark shoulder on Tuckahoe Road that led home. Mark walked closer to the road, a few strides from the cars that whizzed by, their headlights piercing the night. Shattering glass interrupted Timmy's voice.
March 19, 2008 |
A longtime assistant principal at Cherry Hill High School East was found dead yesterday morning in his office, where he had gone after returning late the previous night from chaperoning a senior class trip to Walt Disney World. Leonard Terranova, 65, died of natural causes, officials said. News of his death stunned the school of 2,200 students, where Terranova worked for more than 30 years. People who knew Terranova ? a tall, broad-shouldered man who wore a perpetual smile ? described him as warm and funny, with a knack for remembering names and making people feel good about themselves.
February 16, 1995 |
When the Council Rock girls' basketball team hosts its Class AAAA District 1 game tonight against Haverford High, all the Indians will be there. But for the last few weeks, the prospect of playing the district opener shorthanded was very real. The five Council Rock seniors on the team - Lori Mastropietro, Jen Poll, Meg Colton, Dominique Dunphy and Carly Seiler - will leave tomorrow morning on a class trip to sunny Florida. All district games were scheduled to be played tomorrow and Saturday, and the players fully expected to miss the game.
April 21, 2016 |
A Central New Jersey school superintendent was out for a run with his dog when he was struck and killed by a student's car early Tuesday, prompting all schools in the Mercer County district to close. Robbinsville Superintendent Steven Mayer, 52, was running around 6:15 a.m. when he was hit on Robbinsville-Edinburg Road near his home, authorities said. Acting Police Chief Chris Nitti said a 17-year-old Robbinsville High School student was driving the vehicle that struck Mayer.
April 22, 2016 |
President Andrew Jackson, slaveholder and killer of Indians and Englishmen, please step to the back. Harriet Tubman, African American abolitionist and leader of the Underground Railroad, come up front. On Wednesday, the federal Treasury Department announced the switch that's coming to the $20 bill, with the nation's seventh president losing his spot - a change that brought reaction from political leaders, schoolchildren, academics, and numismatists in Philadelphia and elsewhere. "I can't think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman," tweeted Hillary Clinton.
October 18, 1987 |
The Downingtown School District should be proud of about 300 seniors who staged a walkout last week in protest of a canceled class trip to the nation's capital, Superintendent Ronald W. Gray told the school board. Gray's comments came at the board's meeting Wednesday, a day after the student protest. The students met with Gray and senior high principal Levi Wingard for about an hour Tuesday morning after the walkout to discuss the trip, which, along with a senior brunch, had been canceled.