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February 16, 1989 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
If one ball club has been puzzling to Delco Christian's basketball team this season, it has been Keystone Conference rival Cedar Grove Academy. On Tuesday, the visiting Titans dumped playoff-bound Delco for the second time this season, 62-56, in a game. This time Cedar Grove (3-8 in the league, 8-12 overall) - which won the first meeting, 60-57 - used excellent offensive balance in claiming the victory. Senior guard Dan Curbison led the effort with 17 points, and teammates Reggie Parks (16 points)
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June 20, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1995 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nick Lowe is laying his heart on the line. The veteran British pub-rocker, new-wave hit maker and producer has always been a superb song craftsman and master ironist, armed with a wicked wit and irresistible hooks. But this time, without getting too serious, he's singing it like he means it. Lowe's new sincerity was in evidence at the sold out Theatre of Living Arts on South Street on Saturday night. Early on, he pleaded earnestly on "Lover Don't Go," his heartfelt vocal warmed by Geraint Watkins' surging soul organ; for the first encore, he sang the gorgeous "Shelley My Love" solo, his naked devotion unadorned.
NEWS
July 12, 1994 | By Connie Langland, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Adrienne Nastasi has made a stop on her way to her senior year at Bristol Borough High: summer school. "I fell behind," Nastasi said. "It was my mistake. I should have come in after school and done the work. If I had, I wouldn't be here now. " It's not that Nastasi flunked applied chemistry. She got an incomplete, and that notation will stay on her record until she turns in missed work and scores 80 or better on makeup tests. At Bristol High, teachers have raised the standard.
NEWS
April 12, 2016 | By Encarna Rodriguez and Amy Brown
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission has to go. It has to go because, no matter how much we respect the commissioners who serve this body, the fate of the schools should be decided by elected officials accountable to the people and the communities they serve. It has to go, because it has clearly failed to deliver the financial stability that justified its creation 15 years ago (an impossible task to begin with but one the SRC has accepted as its charge, nevertheless). It has to go because, as John Wister Elementary School shows, it is ripping apart some of the very communities on whose behalf the commissioners are supposed to make their decisions.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Martha Woodall and Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
Amid intense pressure from all sides, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night to approve five new charter schools from among the 39 applications at the end of an often tumultuous evening. The successful applicants were offered three-year charters with a long list of conditions. SRC Chairman Bill Green said the charter operators and the commission have until May 31 to agree on terms. The approved plans came from existing nonprofits that have operated successful charter schools in the city for years: KIPP, Mastery, Freire, Independence, and MaST.
NEWS
March 12, 2009 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The two most successful charter operators in Philadelphia - Mastery and KIPP - want to expand and hope to be part of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's plans to change the district. Mastery's chief executive officer, Scott Gordon, called Ackerman's Imagine 2014 draft calling for converting more troubled district schools into charters "a breakthrough opportunity. " The proposal is so promising, he said, that Mastery had halted talks with school officials in Washington, Baltimore, New York, and elsewhere.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
By Scott Gordon In 2010, the School District of Philadelphia announced its Renaissance charter initiative, a bold plan to turn around persistently low-performing schools. The district empowered a number of parent groups to select charter providers for their failing neighborhood schools. Three of those parent groups chose Mastery. The student achievement results from those schools are now in. In just two years, PSSA scores in math soared an average 26 percentage points and reading scores climbed 17 percentage points.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A statewide grassroots education group, frequently and oftentimes fiercely critical of the state's charter school laws, is questioning whether Camden's process of bringing two more Renaissance schools to the city violated state statute. On Monday, Save Our Schools, founded in 2010, sent a letter to Commissioner David C. Hespe at the Department of Education raising concerns over promotional materials sent home with students last week detailing Mastery and Uncommon Schools. The letter to the commissioner also took issue with the district's application of the Urban Hope Act, which created district-hybrid schools.
NEWS
December 19, 1991 | By Stephen C. Row, Special to The Inquirer
New Hope-Solebury has taken a bold new step in experimental education, state Department of Education representative Jean diSabatino told the school board Monday night. Speaking to more than 30 residents, parents and the newly installed school board, diSabatino praised New Hope-Solebury for participating in a drastic restructuring of education through a program called the Coalition for Essential Schools (CES) The plan puts less emphasis on a broad-based survey of all disciplines and a greater emphasis on mastery of skills employing a variety of disciplines.
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April 12, 2016 | By Encarna Rodriguez and Amy Brown
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission has to go. It has to go because, no matter how much we respect the commissioners who serve this body, the fate of the schools should be decided by elected officials accountable to the people and the communities they serve. It has to go, because it has clearly failed to deliver the financial stability that justified its creation 15 years ago (an impossible task to begin with but one the SRC has accepted as its charge, nevertheless). It has to go because, as John Wister Elementary School shows, it is ripping apart some of the very communities on whose behalf the commissioners are supposed to make their decisions.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - A tearful Rodney Ross walked slowly to the stands and embraced his mother, Nadine, after he and his Mastery North teammates received their second-place medals. "When the game ended, after the final bell, reality sank in," the senior guard said. "I've been here for four years. It's hard knowing it's over. " The Pumas stayed close in the first half, but unraveled with eight third-quarter turnovers and bowed to District 7's Aliquippa, 68-49, Saturday afternoon in the PIAA Class 2A boys' basketball final at the Giant Center.
SPORTS
March 19, 2016 | By Rick O, Columnist
Talent-filled Roman Catholic aims to repeat, and relative unknown Mastery North looks to make history Saturday at Hershey's Giant Center. Defending state champ Roman (26-4) takes on District 8's Taylor Allderdice (28-1) for the PIAA Class 4A championship at 8 p.m. In its first title game appearance, Mastery North (27-3) faces District 7's Aliquippa (29-0) for top Class 2A honors at 2 p.m. Class 4A Allderdice, also looking for its first crown, has won 24 straight games since a 71-63 loss to Kennedy Catholic, a Class A finalist, on Dec. 19. The Pittsburgh-based Dragons traveled to the Philly area to open the season.
SPORTS
March 17, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
For the third consecutive year, the PIAA Class 2A girl's basketball championship game will feature Neumann-Goretti. Thanks to a 52-26 win over Dunmore on Tuesday at Freedom High in Bethlehem, the Saints will have the chance to defend their state title. Alisha Kebbe scored eight of her 18 points in the final quarter, in which her team didn't surrender a point. Morgan Lenahan scored 13 points thanks to three three-pointers and Chyna Nixon posted 12 points. Neumann-Goretti takes on Bishop McCort at the Giant Center in Hershey on Friday at noon.
SPORTS
March 14, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
Mastery North rode on the backs of Daeqwon Plowden and Rodney Ross in its 75-67 win over Trinity on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 2A basketball tournament. Plowden led all scorers with 29 points and Ross added 20 points in the game played at the Geigle Complex in Reading. The Pumas will play Camp Hill in the semifinals Tuesday, with place and time to be determined. Elsewhere at the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals, Conwell-Egan fell to Camp Hill, 60-57. Vinny Dalessandro led all scorers with 25 points, and LaPri McCray-Pace scored 21 points for the Eagles.
SPORTS
March 7, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Ayanna Mazyck lost her freshman year of high school basketball to bad grades. She lost the chance to play her sophomore season after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during preseason. Her junior year? The grades are up, and the knee has a brace. Subsequently, she has jumped at the chance to finally be on the court, and has made some noise with the Mastery Charter North girls' team. The latest installment in a solid season was Mazyck's big-time performance in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs at Southern on Saturday.
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
How do you talk about private lives in public? New music fulfills its mandate when it's a sounding board for making better sense of modern life. Much of The Crossing's retrospective concert, Reprise 2, Sunday at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill went a step further: In the opening piece, Kile Smith's imaginative settings of Paul Celan's poems in Where Flames a Word address the listener directly - on matters you'd hesitate to discuss among friends....
NEWS
February 8, 2016
Watching the proliferation of charter schools in Philadelphia and across America reminds one of the monotone pronouncement of the part-robot, part-human Borg as they conquer planet after planet in Star Trek : "Resistance is futile. " The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools says the number of charter students has increased sixfold in 15 years to nearly three million. They attend more than 6,800 public charter schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia. California ranks first, with 1,234 charters; Pennsylvania is 10th, with 175. More than 400 new charters opened this school year, but 270 others closed for various reasons - a reminder that charters, like traditional schools, vary in quality.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | JERRY T. JORDAN
ONE OF the reasons I fight so hard for traditional public schools is simply that I believe in what they can be. I believe in their potential, just like I believe in the potential of every single student that walks through the doors each morning. And why do I believe? It's personal: I'm a proud graduate of Philadelphia's neighborhood schools. As an African-American male and a lifelong Philadelphia resident, my success was not because I "picked myself up by my bootstraps. " My schools were places of learning.
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