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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
October 15, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
  "It's called "leveling" – the process the Philadelphia School District uses in mid-October to shift teachers based on enrollment fluxes. In the past, the district often hired more teachers to resolve problems of overcrowded classrooms. But this year, when schools already are understaffed and the district has no money for more hires, planned teacher transfers are causing an uproar citywide. For example, at A.S. Jenks, a high-performing K-4 elementary school in South Philadelphia, the threatened loss of a third-grade teacher means every grade except kindergarten will have "split grades" - classrooms made up of students from two grades.
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NEWS
September 7, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Emma Morgan-Bennett isn't sure whether she wants a career in the humanities or the hard sciences, or a piece of both. So the Swarthmore College freshman decided to use her first semester to explore. She'll take biology, introduction to education, and Spanish. Oh, and costume design. "Because, why not?" said Morgan-Bennett, 18, of New York City. It's the kind of academic comfort and freedom that Swarthmore tries to encourage by having all first-semester freshmen take their classes pass/fail - or credit/no credit, as Swarthmore likes to call it. Under the policy, professors share grades with students so they know how they did, but no A, B, C or D ever appears on an official transcript.
SPORTS
September 2, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
For the first time in eight years, finding 53 players to fill the Eagles' final roster has been arduous. In the past, the trimming of players before cut-down day has seemingly left worthy candidates off the list. It is, of course, a subjective enterprise. Those Eagles teams that once appeared deep ultimately didn't meet expectations. But coach Doug Pederson's first squad does look light, particularly at running back, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, and in the secondary.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Aramark was one of three major food-service companies to receive a passing grade, barely, for seafood sustainability in a report issued Tuesday by the enviromental organization Greenpeace. Aramark and its biggest competitors, Sodexo USA and Compass Group USA, were the only three firms of 15 surveyed by Greenpeace to participate fully in the analysis, which looked at the companies' policies on wild and farm-raised seafood, labor practices of suppliers, traceability, and other factors.
NEWS
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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