February 28, 2013 |
Children who eat breakfast in school do better in math and miss fewer class days, according to a new national study released Wednesday. "The simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health, and economic futures," the study concluded. The report was created for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America through its No Kid Hungry campaign. The study, called "Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis," was done pro bono by Deloitte, an accounting consulting firm that also performs community-service work.
February 22, 2013 |
Math, Civics & Sciences boys' basketball player Malik Starkes has been suspended for the rest of the season by District 12 for arguing with an official after Saturday's loss to Vaux in the Public League Class A final at Southern, his coach said. Coach Dan Jackson said that Starkes also was suspended from Public League play for next season by District 12 chairman Robert Coleman. Jackson said school officials met with representatives from District 12 earlier this week. The junior guard started for MC&S and averaged 8.4 points.
February 20, 2013 |
MATH, CIVICS & Sciences Charter lost more than a basketball game Saturday in the Public League quarterfinals. Due to misbehavior, one of its top players has been removed from the squad. Robert Coleman, the Pub sports czar, said he and MC&S' administration reached an agreement on guard Malik Starkes - he'll no longer play for the Mighty Elephants, nor for any school in the PL. The problem began with one-tenth of a second remaining in MC&S' 62-61 loss to Roberts Vaux. Noticing that Starkes was complaining to an official about a call that sent star guard Rysheed Jordan to the foul line, MC&S coaches removed him after the first free throw.
February 18, 2013 |
No representatives from Temple, UCLA, or St. John's were spotted at Southern during Saturday night's Public League Class A championship game. But the three finalists for Rysheed Jordan's services will no doubt hear about his last-minute heroics. With 0.1 second remaining, after missing his first attempt from the free-throw line, the prized recruit calmly buried the second to give Roberts Vaux a 62-61, come-from-behind victory over stunned Math, Civics, and Sciences. With 10.7 seconds to go, the 6-foot-3 phenom hit two foul shots to forge a 61-61 tie. That was followed by his steal in front of the MC&S bench.
February 18, 2013 |
Dan Jackson has "youngest coach" in one of his e-mail addresses. It refers to when he took over the Math, Civics & Sciences boys' basketball program seven seasons ago, at age 19. It doesn't begin to explain what he went through to get there. Except for the year when he started college, Jackson has been at Math, Civics & Sciences in one role or another since the eighth grade. Before that, starting with the fifth grade, he attended three private schools. He got kicked out of all three.
February 12, 2013 |
Do you remember that the secant function has vertical asymptotes? Neither did I, but it came right back to me when I listened to the soothing tones of Robert Ghrist. He is a mathematics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, but since January, his audience has grown exponentially: 48,000 people in more than 62 countries. Ghrist is spreading the gospel of calculus through an online education service called Coursera, and he scored a big vote of confidence last week when a higher-education umbrella group said the course deserved official college credit.
January 28, 2013 |
The Inquirer's No. 1 ranked boys' basketball team found itself in some trouble Sunday at the FamJuice City Classic. But an overtime session turned out to be nothing that undefeated Math, Civics & Sciences couldn't handle. The Mighty Elephants turned away No. 9 Martin Luther King, 80-71, at Ben Franklin High School in the marquee game of the one-day showcase. Raquan Brown Johnson's three-pointer for Martin Luther King with four seconds left in regulation forced overtime. In the extra period, the Mighty Elephants took advantage of being in the double bonus to outscore Martin Luther King, 17-8.
January 23, 2013 |
Math, Civics & Sciences cracked the national rankings on Tuesday as the visiting Mighty Elephants topped Del-Val Charter, 65-57, in a Public League Division A boys' basketball game. Jeremiah Worthem scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead MC&S, now ranked No. 15 in the country by MaxPreps.com. Math, Civics & Sciences 17 11 23 14 - 65 Del-Val Charter 13 18 9 17 - 57 MC&S: Tyheem Harmon 3, Tyrese Hester 8, Britton Lee 12, Louis Myers 2, Jeffon Powell 1, Malik Starkes 12, Maurice Stevens 3, Shafeek Taylor 5, Quadir Welton 6, Jeremiah Worthem 13. DC: Dashon Giddens 14, Karl Lewis 1, Antwan Scriven 4, Jamir Taylor 10, Darius Wallace 3, Clayton Wolfe 10, Hassan Young 15.
January 9, 2013
EVERY NEW superintendent releases a plan soon after taking office - a blueprint for how things will be different this time as he attempts to turn around our struggling schools. Superintendent William Hite's action plan for city schools, released Monday, calls for higher SAT scores, early literacy and placement of more students in advanced math. But his plan has something that recent superintendents haven't included in theirs: an acknowledgment that money is a problem. As he explains, "The School District of Philadelphia does not have the luxury to set its education agenda without regard for financial implications and sustainability, nor can it be successful if financial decisions are divorced from educational impact.
January 6, 2013 |
A veteran African American math teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy has filed a racial-discrimination suit that alleges he was unjustly fired and defamed when school officials said he sent inappropriate text messages to a female student. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court last month, alleges that Priscilla G. Sands, president of the private school, abruptly terminated Arthur "Chuck" Matthews in September over texting she had learned about from others, even though the young woman and her parents said the messages contained nothing improper.