November 7, 2015 |
Fels junior running back Jahmir Bohannon might be cursed. The 5-foot-10, 155-pounder is almost as fast as they come, but he has a penchant for getting caught from behind just short of the end zone. Bohannon was caught inside the 5-yard line twice Thursday in Fels' 26-14 nonleague victory against Mastery Charter North at the South Philadelphia Super Site. After he was caught at the 2-yard line in the fourth quarter, Fels coach Bill Harrigan bellowed from the sideline. "That's two or three you owe me now!"
October 24, 2015 |
Boys' Latin's Javon Oglesby-Rice was flat on his face on the grass at West Philadelphia with the football at least 35 yards away. It wasn't exactly the most athletic pose a player could strike on a football field, and one of his coaches couldn't help but give him a ribbing. "I thought you were an athlete," Warriors assistant Mario Dattilo joked. Oglesby-Rice had tripped and fallen en route to attempting another punt block. The Boys' Latin players were all smiles Thursday night after they came from behind to defeat Mastery North, 22-13, and earn their first Public League AAA victory this season.
August 28, 2015 |
BEFORE LAST night's game with the Mets, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was asked what he anticipated from his newly acquired starting pitcher, Jerad Eickhoff, making only his second major league start after coming over in the Cole Hamels trade. "I'd like to see the same thing he did in Miami," said the manager. "Pound the strike zone, use all his pitches, throw all his pitches for strikes, keep the ball down. Today we're going to find out if he can repeat that. "Everybody has bad starts.
August 27, 2015 |
Mastery Charter Schools has been awarded $1.5 million from the Philadelphia School Partnership to help it turn around the Frederick Douglass Charter School in North Philadelphia. The grant from the partnership's Great Schools Fund was scheduled to be announced Wednesday - the first day of school for students at Douglass and at Mastery's 14 other campuses across the city. "We're delighted to have the support of the Philadelphia School Partnership and to get the resources we need to provide the best quality education for the children at Frederick Douglass," said Scott Gordon, CEO of the nonprofit Mastery Schools.
June 20, 2015 |
The Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus called forward 86 students at its Thursday commencement ceremony at Temple University as Khalilah Harris, the keynote speaker, urged the seniors to make names for themselves. The Class of 2015 is "an unnamed generation blessed with the opportunity to claim their names and how they will be labeled," said Harris, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. After honoring the victims of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting with a moment of silence, Harris spoke to a predominantly African American audience of graduates, friends, and family about the importance of avoiding labels and creating one's own success.
June 4, 2015 |
SENIOR Alexa Moore remembers when, as an underclassman, she'd watch Mastery Charter School seniors cheer on the next chapters in their lives, college, military service or trade schools. "When you're up there watching, you kind of get bored because you're not the person that's celebrating," said Moore, 18, who will soon graduate from Mastery Charter School/Lenfest Campus. Yesterday it was her turn and that of about 564 other Mastery seniors to embrace their new chapters at the annual Mastery College Signing Day held at Temple University's Liacouras Center.
May 22, 2015 |
THE SCHOOL Reform Commission last night approved the opening of a new KIPP charter school and transferred management of a failing charter to Mastery. KIPP West Philadelphia, which was one of 34 charter applications denied in February, submitted a revised application last month to address concerns about governance, qualifications of staff and the proposed opening date. The SRC voted 3-1 to grant it a three-year charter for grades K-4, beginning in 2016. The school was approved for 200 students in the first year and may enroll up to 375 by 2018-19.
May 22, 2015 |
Mastery Charter Schools is poised to take over another former Philadelphia district school. The School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether Scholar Academies can hand over management of the Frederick Douglass School in North Philadelphia to Mastery. The district's charter school office will recommend the change beginning with the 2015-16 academic year. Scholar Academies asked Mastery to consider managing the school a little more than two weeks ago after the district's charter office said it would not recommend renewing the school's operating agreement because Scholar Academies had not delivered the academic improvement it had promised five years ago. Douglass, a former district elementary school at 2118 W. Norris St., was among the first low-performing district schools converted to Renaissance charters under the academic-turnaround program developed by then-Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman.
April 3, 2015 |
BOXES HAVE BEEN built for Anthony Hardy Williams: Privileged. Pro-charter. Pro-fracking. "Dark money" sponge. He's not liking any of them. Some say the state senator was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. That means, politically, he got a huge boost from his father, Hardy Williams, a state senator who was part of a rising black class in the 1960s that broke the stranglehold of a white-led, paternalistic Democratic Party. Ed Rendell called Hardy "the godfather of independent African-American politics in Philadelphia," working out of his Wynnefield base.
March 25, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOL OPTIONS Expanding hope for kids in Camden Growing up in Camden, I was no stranger to the public schools, and until this year my daughters went to our local school in North Camden ("Camden schools chief touts his achievement," March 16). Now three of them attend Mastery's North Camden Elementary, right up the street. The other week, I attended a neighborhood meeting hosted by the schools superintendent, Paymon Rouhanifard. He presented a dire reality, but also put on the table the possibility that schools like Mastery could partner with existing schools so that more families could have access to a quality neighborhood school.