August 1, 2016 |
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.
June 30, 2016 |
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.
June 12, 2016 |
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.
May 4, 2016 |
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.
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.
May 3, 2016 |
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.
March 4, 2016 |
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.
February 12, 2016 |
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.
February 5, 2016 |
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.