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December 18, 1988 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
The Interboro school board has adopted a district homework policy setting suggested amounts of work for students at every grade level. The intent of the policy is to emphasize that the board believes homework reinforces lessons taught in the classroom, said school board member Susan Jacobs. School board President John Costello said that while it was not mandatory that teachers follow the homework policy to the letter, he hoped they would follow the spirit of the new rule. "I'm sure most of the teachers will basically follow this policy while still being able to have academic freedom," Costello said.
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June 2, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A YEAR AFTER laying off teachers and appointing a new leader, Girard College could soon undergo an even more dramatic change - the elimination of its residential program. The Philadelphia Board of City Trusts is scheduled to vote Monday on a strategic plan that would ax housing and alter the grade configuration at the free boarding school established by industrialist and philanthropist Stephen Girard in his 1831 will, according to alumni. Board spokesman Kevin Feeley would not discuss the details of the plan, but said the proposed changes are due to financial woes experienced by the Girard Estate, which also supports several charities, and the need for major renovations at the walled 43-acre North Philadelphia campus.
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June 5, 2013 | BY JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writer moritzj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
FOR 165 YEARS, the high stone walls along Girard Avenue from Ridge to College have sheltered the students of Girard College from hard circumstances like those from which they had come. Now, under the strain of shrinking funds and the millions needed to repair the aging campus, the walls no longer will serve the same function - at least not full- time. The North Philly boarding school, founded and sustained by the estate of early-American banker Stephen Girard, will consolidate into a day school for grades 1 through 8 beginning in 2014, in what administrators say is only a temporary fix to relieve the school's financial woes.
SPORTS
December 12, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
THE DEQUAN Jackson Story is one of inspirational triumph. And while, yes, these words are being published in the sports section, and the endeavor in which he specializes is basketball, don't assume Jackson was once some horrible player who has blossomed into an All-American. His triumph can be traced to classrooms. As he wound down his middle school years, thanks to a nudge from his mother, Renee Henson, Jackson applied for admission to Murrell Dobbins Tech. "Sorry," he was told, "your grades aren't good enough.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | BY JAD SLEIMAN, Daily News Staff Writer sleimaj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
UPPERCLASSMEN at Saint Joseph's University's Haub School of Business found out precisely where they stood among their peers when a mass email sent from the dean's office March 6 accidentally included a spreadsheet of their grade-point averages. Officials said Tuesday that the extensive report card hitched a ride on a solicitation for an internship in Italy that went out to nearly 500 undergrads. University Provost Brice Wachterhauser sent out an apology to students and faculty Tuesday, calling the leak an "internal human error," and emphasizing the school's commitment to privacy.
NEWS
October 9, 2015
D EAR ABBY: Six months ago my brother told me he vapes. At first I didn't think much of it. Because I pride myself on how well I keep secrets, I haven't told our parents. But now his grades have started sliding, and I wonder if there's a connection. He's going into his senior year of high school and his graduation is on the line. If vaping has had an effect on his grades, it might be best for me to tell our parents and figure things out from there. I don't know what the right choice is. What should I do?
NEWS
June 21, 2011
LIFE DOESN'T depend on the grades a student receives, yet students and their parents spend a lot of time worrying and talking about grades. Grades are significant in determining what academic program will be appropriate and are used to check progress in meeting academic goals. Receiving good grades is important, but learning based upon individual capacities is more important. It could answer the questions: Should I study more? Do I need to concentrate more in school? Am I in the right program?
NEWS
October 25, 1991 | by Leigh Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer
It's impossible to think about school without thinking about grades. But school officials in Philadelphia and other big cities are doing just that - questioning whether grades, particularly failing grades, help or hurt kids. Kids who don't do well, who fail classes or get left behind, are most likely to drop out of school, educators say. "There's hardly a kid who's been helped by an F," says Sam Husk, a national expert on urban education. "When you give them an F, you label failure right across their chest, and they don't forget it. Ever.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Priscilla Sands, the longtime top administrator of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, announced Wednesday that she will step down at the end of this academic year to become head of a private school in Los Angeles. After 19 years in Chestnut Hill, Sands said, she is leaving to lead the Marlborough School, a school for girls in seventh through 12th grades. Sands became head of Springside in 1996. When Springside merged with Chestnut Hill Academy, the adjacent boys' school in 2011, she became president of the coed school.
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August 1, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
High school students in the Lower Merion School District will be catching a bit of a break this coming year: It will be easier to ace tests, and not as easy to flunk them. Under a new grading policy, a score of 90 will be enough for an A, down from the traditional cutoff of 92. At the other end of the measuring stick, a failing grade now will be 59 and under, instead of 64. What's behind the grade-point pick-me-up? Some Lower Merion parents complained that the decades-old system of eight points per letter grade - falling out of favor nationwide as districts adopt the more forgiving 10-point scale - could cast their children in an unfair comparative light when they apply for colleges and merit scholarships.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood. A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed that the remark was "racist," the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment. The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy's mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities.
REAL_ESTATE
June 12, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
A reader recently complained that I spend more of my time writing about real estate than about fixing up things. I write for the Real Estate section, and news articles elsewhere follow my byline with the words real estate writer . I guess he doesn't get past my name on those. Rather than spend this June day droning on about some topic or another, I'll just present a bunch of "real estate" facts and let you choose what you want to read. Before I do, a home tip for the reader: When embedding a nail, a hammer works almost all the time.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
Patients at four Philadelphia-area hospitals suffered a worse-than-expected rate of complications after hip or knee replacements in 2014, according to a new study from a Pennsylvania state agency. Just one, Bryn Mawr Hospital, reported fewer complications than expected following knee replacements. The information, compiled by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, is designed to help consumers evaluate providers of the popular surgeries. Pennsylvania hospitals replaced the hips or knees of more than 56,000 patients that year, up more than 40 percent from a decade earlier.
SPORTS
May 3, 2016
NFC EAST EAGLES (C-) 1 (2) Carson Wentz QB North Dakota St. 3 (79) Isaac Seumalo C Oregon St. 5 (153) Wendell Smallwood RB West Virginia 5 (164) Halapoulivaati Vaitai T Texas Christian 6 (196) Blake Countess CB Auburn 7 (233) Jalen Mills S Louisiana St. 7 (240) Alex McCalister DE Florida 7 (251) Joe Walker LB Oregon Domo's Take: Moving up and selecting Wentz was a bold move. I'm just not sure whether it was a smart or necessary one. Six of the Eagles' draft picks were in the bottom 101 selections.
SPORTS
May 3, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Grading a draft can be a futile activity in the hours after Mr. Irrelevant is announced, but for the Eagles, there is only one grade that eventually will dictate how they did this year. That's the one for quarterback Carson Wentz, whose performance will always be the barometer for how this eight-man draft class is remembered. Because the Eagles invested so heavily in Wentz with the No. 2 pick and the team is expected to take a patient approach with his development, the Eagles might not have a single Day 1 starter or major contributor from this year's haul.
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DEAR ABBY: My daughter is in fifth grade at a very small, rural school. She's outgoing and makes friends easily. My problem is, when she comes home from school, she tells my husband and me about the conversations the other fifth-grade girls are having. Most of them involve boys. However, recently the conversations are about sex and things these girls say they want boys to do to them, which include rape. My husband and I are appalled. My daughter knows that it's not appropriate to discuss these topics, but she is forced by these girls to listen.
SPORTS
February 12, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
GRADING A TEAM at the All-Star break when it has posted an 8-45 record? Why does the image of throwing chairs off the Titanic to prevent it from sinking come to mind? The progress on the court over the two-plus seasons of The Process has been snail-like. But if you break it down over the past 22 games, there has been some progress. Much of it has to do with the Dec. 24 return of Ish Smith, who has a way of making players around him better. Coach Brett Brown believes that, while Smith has been a reliable asset, the defense has improved during that time frame, also.
NEWS
February 5, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
In the years before the interstate highway system was built, coast-to-coast car travel could be exhausting. But when Elizabeth Thorpe Donahue accompanied her husband, Frank L., from South Jersey to his 1942 Navy assignment in California, they drove. And when he was assigned to operate a patrol boat off Hawaii, her son Frank L. Jr. said, "already pregnant with my sister, she drove alone back to New Jersey. " On Friday, Jan. 29, Mrs. Donahue, 95, of Medford, a fourth-grade public-school teacher in Cherry Hill from 1959 until she retired in 1986, died at the retirement community Medford Leas.
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