July 24, 2016 |
Starting Saturday, middle and high school students in Pennsylvania can be criminally charged for hazing their peers, as new state regulations go into effect following several high-profile incidents at local schools. The state's anti-hazing law had applied only to college students, but in May, Gov. Wolf signed a bill extending its penalties to seventh through 12th graders. The changes kick in just in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year, and about five months after Chester County officials revealed a culture of hazing at Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.
January 7, 2013 |
Hundreds of anxious parents packed the auditorium as their children lined hallways and swarmed around teachers in classrooms, clutching sheet music and instruments. The mission: Excel at a Saturday morning audition, wowing teachers to be selected for the hypercompetitive Girard Academic Music Program, one of the city's few magnet schools at the middle-school level and the only one specializing in music. The South Philadelphia middle and high school also has a strong academic curriculum and always attracts many more applicants than it can accept.
January 6, 2013 |
Hundreds of anxious parents packed the auditorium as their kids lined hallways and swarmed around teachers in classrooms, clutching sheet music and instruments. The mission: excel at a Saturday morning audition, wowing teachers to be selected into the hypercompetitive Girard Academic Music Program, one of the city's few magnet schools at the middle school level and the only one specializing in music. The South Philadelphia middle and high school also has a strong academic curriculum, and always attracts many more applicants than it can accept.
November 18, 2012 |
The Cherry Hill Board of Education will vote Monday night whether to ratify a tentative two-year contract agreement with district professional and support staff that increases instructional time for middle and high school students by a half-hour a day and increases elementary teachers' time in school by the same amount. Members of the 1,070-member Cherry Hill Education Association approved the contract Thursday by a sizable majority, said union president Martin Sharofsky. The increase in middle and high school instruction time, which will be added to the beginning of the school day starting next fall, amounts to about 14 additional days, the district said in a statement.
June 26, 2012 |
TWO CANDIDATES vying to be the school district's next superintendent come from different backgrounds. One is a Latino immigrant, who has worked in the Midwest and West, with a penchant for crunching numbers. The other is African-American, with degrees in educational leadership, whose jobs have taken him to the South and the Mid-Atlantic. Both men, Pedro Martinez, 42, and William R. Hite Jr. , 50, will be in Philadelphia this week for public forums at district headquarters.
October 16, 2011 |
Without ever cracking a book, students in Bucks County's Pennsbury School District are learning a new subject this year: marketing. Starting three weeks ago, the 16 elementary, middle, and high schools are being adorned with - some say defiled by - advertisements as large as 5 by 10 feet. By month's end, 47 should be in place. Ultimately, 218 are to appear on walls and floors, and shrink-wrapped over lockers, locker-room benches, even cafeteria tables. In what administrators say is a first in the Philadelphia area and probably the state, the Pennsbury school board signed a contract with a national advertising agency that could boost the district's battered budget by as much as $424,000, while giving the firm's clients access to the habitat of 10,950 children, tweens, and teens.
October 12, 2010 |
The cheers started, then swelled, as Casey Caruso, wearing a broad-brim hat festooned with small, dangling fruit replicas, grabbed a mike in the cafeteria at Great Valley Middle School. "The veggie ladies are back," she told her lunchtime audience of 360 sixth graders. As Caruso and her partner, Trudy Skibbe, walked between tables, eager hands reached out to grab the treats they were serving: slices of butternut-squash pizza, cooked with onions, rosemary and olive oil, and topped with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
December 17, 2008 |
Philadelphia's public charter schools have been under fire lately. First were revelations last spring that two of the city's 60 charter operators paid themselves outlandish salaries. More recently, the Philadelphia School District released a report claiming that charters cost the district $105 million annually. The writing is on the wall: The Philadelphia School District has declared war on charter schools. That's a shame, because the evidence shows that charters are the only public schools without selective admissions policies that can teach hard-to-reach urban adolescents.
December 17, 2006 |
The staying power of 12- to 18-year-olds often eclipses their spending power, leading to charges of loitering. To combat this issue, Mayor Tom Grady and Narberth Borough have unveiled Gnarbucks (or gNarbucks, depending on whom you ask), a coffeehouse for middle and high school students. Housed in the Narberth Community Theatre building at the United Methodist Church of Narberth, Gnarbucks held its inaugural gatherings Dec. 1 for middle schoolers and Dec. 2 for high schoolers.
October 8, 2002 |
Seventh grader Jasmine Russell admired her teacher last year - the way he yelled "Code 9" to bring the class to a standstill, the way he talked about the importance of knowing one's culture, the way he wrote on the blackboard. Now, she wants to be a teacher just like him, and she might get a chance to before the year is out. The Beeber Middle School student is enrolled in a new program that offers students a taste of the teaching profession. The program will culminate with a chance for students to design their own lessons and deliver them to younger students.