September 22, 2015 |
Seventy-seven students are jammed into Lisa Zeiger's first gym class at Mastbaum High School. The second class isn't much better - there are 71. The third goes down to 68. Zeiger, a veteran Philadelphia teacher, calls it her "managed chaos. " Under the blue-and-red banners commemorating championship Mastbaum Panthers teams, she sets up "stations" - students shooting baskets, tossing a football, playing volleyball, but some bored, hot kids just sit on the bleachers by the end of the class.
May 23, 2014 |
An eighth-grade student at a Mount Laurel middle school collapsed and died in gym class Wednesday during a leisurely football toss. The Mount Laurel School District did not name the Harrington Middle School student who died. Classmates, including one who witnessed the tragedy, detailed the heartbreaking day. During sixth-period gym class, around noon, the student was playing catch with a football outside, another student in the gym class said. Suddenly, the young man dropped to the ground.
May 5, 2013
Mike Lupoli's dyslexia nearly derailed his academic career. When he was in sixth grade, his school principal, unaware of his handicap, cautioned him not to consider college. Lupoli disregarded that warning. "I had to work a little harder," he says, "but I graduated with honors. " For the last 19 years, Lupoli, 56, has been a phys-ed teacher at Sabold Elementary School in Springfield, Delaware County. He believes his dyslexia has proved a professional advantage that has enabled him to contribute to the well-being of his youthful charges.
March 29, 2013
The Washington Township Board of Education rejected a proposal to eliminate 2.5 teaching positions Wednesday as part of the broader introduction of its $143 million budget for the 2013-14 academic year. The board had proposed to cut physical education teaching positions and reduce gym class from five days a week to four to save $130,000. But it reversed course after a throng of teachers protested the measure at a budget meeting last week, arguing that reducing phys ed would adversely affect at-risk and struggling students who benefit from the close attention of teachers on that fifth day. To offset the costs of keeping the gym teachers on staff, the board eliminated proposed renovations for a performing arts center, among other things.
February 28, 2013 |
A proposed conservation center that would serve as a bird and wildlife sanctuary, as well as help city schoolchildren gain a better understanding of science and nature sounds like a wonderful project with which few people could find fault. But the National Audubon Society and Outward Bound Philadelphia's proposed East Park Leadership and Conservation Center would be built on publicly owned land in Fairmount Park, and some city residents question whether the center would provide enough free public access.
February 6, 2013 |
For about two weeks, the heat was out in much of Huey School in West Philadelphia, staff said. As of Monday, it still was not operational in the gym, cafeteria, and many classrooms. With temperatures hovering around freezing, "you can see your breath in the air," said a teacher, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal. On Tuesday morning, after a reporter's call to the Philadelphia School District, the heat was fixed. Chanice Savage, a spokeswoman for the district, said that the work was completed Tuesday morning, but that the principal reported that at no time was classroom heat nonoperational.
January 30, 2013 |
WHEN A GUY is having a strong senior basketball season and that school's roster from the previous campaign doesn't list his name, these days the question is automatic: "You must be a transfer. Where'd you go before?" Breaking news!! De'Andre Williams wasn't stolen. This is his fourth year at Northeast and, finally, he's getting a chance to show his stuff. Strut it, even! "I tried out every year. They always cut me," Williams said. "My grades were never the problem. They just didn't think I could play.
November 11, 2012 |
In the 2008 football season, Franklin's Steve Garrett, wearing No. 88, lined up at tailback for a trick play and fired a fourth-down scoring pass to slotback Marquis White, normally the tailback. It was the first pass of his varsity career and gave the Electrons a 12-6 OT win over Roxborough. Why, you might ask, was Garrett given this opportunity? . . . Because, earlier that same day, he'd been spotted firing a Nerf ball in a gym class! "One of my fellow teachers told me, 'That kid has a really strong arm,' " said coach Ken Geiser.
October 31, 2011 |
Bad things happen to good teams. The best ones bounce back. Pennsauken turned adversity to its advantage, responding to its first loss of the season with perhaps its best performance of the season. Quarterback Manny Cortez fired three more touchdown passes and ran for 174 yards as Pennsauken rolled to a 40-8 victory over Washington Township in a West Jersey Football League interdivision game on Sunday. Senior running back Marques Thornton ran for two touchdowns, and Anthony Sweet caught six passes for 85 yards, kicked four extra points, and made an acrobatic interception for Pennsauken (6-1)