September 26, 2014 |
BACK AROUND 2010, the Philadelphia School District's expectations of its schools to perform well on state standardized tests were "intense" and "unrealistic," according to two former administrators. They had been principals of two district schools - Communications Technology High School in Eastwick and Edward W. Bok Technical High School in South Philadelphia - when each grabbed pencils to change their students' answers, from wrong to right, on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams, according to two grand-jury presentments.
September 12, 2014 |
AND THE award for the top pitcher in the Phillies' minor league system goes to . . . . . . A 27-year-old reliever with 30 career big-league appearances under his belt who was pitching in the independent leagues two years ago. That's not an indictment of Luis Garcia, who had an excellent season as the closer at Triple A Lehigh Valley, where he saved 22 games and allowed just five earned runs while striking out 52 and walking 16 in 46 2/3innings (that's...
August 29, 2014 |
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
August 25, 2014 |
Susan McHugh-Ringiewicz walked into the dorm room and sized it up: Three beds. Three desks. Three chairs. Two closets. Three girls. "And a lot of stuff," said the respiratory therapist from West Chester, who was moving her daughter, Kerry, into the University of Delaware on Saturday. Would everything fit? "We're still trying to figure that out," she said. With larger-than-expected freshmen classes, the University of Delaware in Newark and Rowan University in Glassboro are requiring more students than ever before to triple up in dorm rooms designed for two. That can make for a tight squeeze - and some parents and students are less than thrilled.
August 22, 2014 |
THREE WEEKS after Rais M'Bolhi was brought in to be the Union's goalkeeper of the future, we still await the Major League Soccer debut of the two-time World Cup participant. That day could still be several weeks away, meaning Zac MacMath is likely to garner a few more starts in goal over the final 10 games of this regular season. The Union (6-6-9) prepared this week as if MacMath would start Sunday's 8 p.m. home game against Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose Earthquakes (6-9-7).
August 6, 2014 |
Union goalie Zac MacMath has started every game for the last two years, but his role soon will change. When the Union signed two-time Algerian World Cup goalie Rais Mbohli last week, interim manager Jim Curtin said that the 28-year-old keeper would be the starter as soon as he was in game shape. Mbohli didn't make the trip to Kansas City for Friday's 1-1 draw. It's possible he could get his first start in the Union's next Major League Soccer game, Saturday against the Montreal Impact at PPL Park in Chester.
August 6, 2014 |
A teacher at KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy has won a national teaching award. Dayna Perry was one of 10 teachers nationwide whom the KIPP Foundation honored for excellence in teaching Friday night in Houston during the annual conference of the national charter school network. Winners were selected based on their track records in improving student performance, commitment to helping students succeed, and leadership in the classroom and their schools. Each will receive $10,000.
July 4, 2014 |
A city teacher has surrendered his teaching license in connection with a test-cheating probe. Radovan Bratic, formerly a math teacher at the Military Academy at Elverson, gave up his credentials, state officials reported this week. Bratic, 52, surrendered his license over allegations that he "violated the integrity and security of the PSSA by engaging in multiple PSSA testing administration violations over the course of multiple years," according to the state Department of Education.
June 20, 2014 |
Mark Geiger served as the referee of a marquee World Cup matchup Wednesday as Chile defeated Spain, 2-0, in Rio de Janeiro. Before Geiger was selected to officiate on soccer's biggest stage, the resident of Beachwood, Ocean County, excelled in something else entirely. Geiger was an award-winning math teacher. An instructor at Lacey Township High School, Geiger won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009. He taught at all levels, from basic skills classes to Advanced Placement courses.
May 31, 2014 |
The 20th annual All City Classic, featuring the area's top high school boys' basketball talent, will tip off at 6:30 Friday night at Girard College. The showcase includes three games, organized by grade. The junior game will feature Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones and the Math, Civics and Sciences duo of Samir Doughty and Mike Watkins. Jones, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 16 points last season. The athletic dunker has scholarship offers from Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and others.