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November 16, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
AN UNDERFUNDED New York City middle school is the main focus of "Brooklyn Castle," the uplifting documentary story of how a chess program transforms the lives of inner-city students. Director Katie Dellamaggiore profiles Intermediate School 318, where teacher Elizabeth Vicary's after-school chess program had such a powerful effect on children that it became part of the curriculum and produced national champions. What becomes of a program so demonstrably successful and obviously effective?
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September 12, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Melissa Shang's transformation from a quiet Chester County fifth grader into a national disability advocate began with a battle over a doll. Born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neurological disorder that causes muscular atrophy in her legs and arms, Melissa wanted to see herself in her favorite toy. Almost three years ago, when she was 10 and her sister, Eva, was 17, they started a widely shared online petition asking the maker of American Girl...
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April 9, 1989 | By Lini S. Kadaba, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inside Nancy Lynn's sixth-grade classroom at the Warren G. Harding Middle School, students' reports - many decorated with crayon-colored covers - hang from a clothesline along a back wall. Glossy cutouts about magnets and electricity cover a strip of wall above the blackboard. Pictures of fall leaves - brown, orange, yellow - spruce up Lynn's bulletin boards. When the bell rings to signal the end of class periods, her students usually stay put. But just beyond her door, a flood of older students - seventh and eighth graders - pour into the hallway, clanging lockers and chattering among themselves as they rush along to their next classes.
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January 21, 1988 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
A proposal to reorganize the Ridley School District by creating a middle school in the junior high building and moving ninth-grade students to the high school was presented to parents last week. Superintendent John Cochran told the 200 parents who attended a meeting at Edgewood Elementary School last Thursday that an administrative team has been studying the middle-school concept for more than a year and the research indicates that such a reorganization would be best for the district.
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October 24, 1991 | By Sharon O'Neal, Special to The Inquirer
Phoenixville school board members have approved a plan that will create a middle school made up of grades five through eight, despite parent demands that the vote be delayed. Superintendent Carolyn Trohoski said the reorganization, which changes the junior high school into a middle school, needs to be in place by next September to reduce crowding in the district's four elementary schools. There are 1,848 pupils in grades one through six, 670 in junior high grades seven through nine and 548 students in the high school.
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September 10, 1987 | By Bill Tyson, Special to The Inquirer
The Ridley School District should turn its junior high school into a middle school, moving ninth-grade students to the senior high school, Superintendent John S. Cochran has recommended. Cochran made the suggestion to the school board at its meeting Tuesday night after he reviewed studies presented by two district administrators. Cochran told the board that he wanted the district to implement the middle- school plan by September 1989. Under Cochran's proposal, the district's seven elementary schools would house kindergarten through fifth grade.
SPORTS
September 5, 2008 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pervis Ellison is perhaps the area's most recognizable middle school coach. The former 12-year NBA veteran is the coach of the New Beginnings Academy's middle school boys' basketball team. New Beginnings, which has students in kindergarten through 12th grade, is a new school in Chester. "It's not my intention on being a coach," said Ellison, who resides in Voorhees, Camden County. "I'm just giving back, so to speak. I just wanted to help the best way that I could. " The 41-year-old Ellison, who sought the position, said he will not get paid for coaching.
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September 9, 1990 | By Paul Davies, Special to The Inquirer
Consultants for the Downingtown Area School District recommended building a new middle school although it would cost $4 million more than if the district renovated a junior high. The Heery Program Management Inc. of Bala Cynwyd expected a new middle school to cost $15.4 million. Renovating and converting Lionville Junior High into a middle school was estimated at $11.4 million. The direct cost to the district would vary for either project, depending on the state reimbursement, consultant Stuart Lacy said Wednesday at a work session of the school board.
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June 4, 1989 | By Lini S. Kadaba, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite some community and parent protests earlier this year, the Northeast will get a new high school and new middle school this fall under the final phase of a grade-reorganization plan announced Wednesday. The Samuel S. Fels Junior High School in Oxford Circle will become a senior high school over a three-year period. Starting this fall, the school will add 10th grade. The Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Castor will become a middle school with sixth- through eighth-grade students.
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April 27, 1989 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
The Tredyffrin Easttown school board approved the appointment of D. Allen Wolstenholme as the principal of Tredyffrin Easttown Intermediate School at a meeting Monday night. Wolstenholme has been acting principal at the school since September. The appointment becomes effective July 1. The board also accepted the resignation of John Reilly, a teacher at Valley Forge Elementary School. Superintendent George Garwood said Reilly served 15 years as a classroom teacher and 12 years as director of personnel.
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September 13, 2016 | By Jamella and Bryant Miller
OUR 13-YEAR-OLD daughter is just starting eighth grade at Penn Wood Middle School in the William Penn School District near our home in Delaware County. Her favorite subjects are science and math. But her school cannot support 21st-century science and math programs. In past school years, there were no textbooks for students to take home, so she would bring home worksheets that were not very challenging. There were no fancy robotics or technology programs. And the average size of her classes ranged from 28 to 35 students.
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September 12, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Melissa Shang's transformation from a quiet Chester County fifth grader into a national disability advocate began with a battle over a doll. Born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neurological disorder that causes muscular atrophy in her legs and arms, Melissa wanted to see herself in her favorite toy. Almost three years ago, when she was 10 and her sister, Eva, was 17, they started a widely shared online petition asking the maker of American Girl...
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August 7, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
In the past school year, 70,000 face-painted, tutu-wearing, dancing students raised more than $5.5 million to fight childhood cancer, the fund-raising group Four Diamonds announced Friday. The students, most of them either in middle school or high school, raised the money through programs modeled after THON, Pennsylvania State University's annual dance marathon. Mini-THON has raised has raised more than $23 million since 1993, according to a news release from Penn State. The money raised goes for clinical care of pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Children's Hospital and for research at its College of Medicine.
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July 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County middle-school teacher was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two teenage girls, authorities said Wednesday. Jason Gattuso, 39, of East Fairwood Drive in Chalfont, Bucks County, was a social studies teacher at Springfield Township Middle School, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said. Gattuso was interviewed Monday and admitted to having sex with the girls, who were 14 and 15 years old, according to the criminal complaint filed by Springfield and Whitemarsh police.
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July 27, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
When his father turned 70, Anthony Renzi III knew just what his birthday present would be. "He bought two seats from Shibe Park," his father, Anthony Jr., said. "He said, 'One is for grandpa and one is for you,' " though his grandfather was long gone. The seats from the old ballpark are now in Anthony Jr.'s family room. And whenever he watches the Phillies on TV, that's where Anthony Jr. sits. On Friday, July 22, Anthony Renzi III, 39, of Bensalem, who retired due to illness earlier in July as an AT&T sales manager there, died of a cerebral infection at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
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May 28, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
Best friends since grade school, Neshaminy High School seniors Parker Minotti and Tyler Marks decided in middle school what they would do when they grew up. Join the military. The two 18-year-olds stayed true to their dream. Marks is headed to the Marines. Minotti has signed up for the Army and will enter the U.S. Military Academy at West Point after a year at the Academy's prep school. They were among 11 Neshaminy students honored Thursday for their decision to join the military after graduation, with seven going into the Army and four into the Marines.
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May 27, 2016
A Radnor Middle School student who was riding a bike near the Wayne school was struck by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon, police said. The boy was taken by medics to Paoli Hospital, Radnor Township Police Lt. Chris Flanagan said. "We believe the child will be fine," said Flanagan, who declined to give further information on the child, including his age and injuries. The accident happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Midland and Louella Avenues, by the middle school, in Delaware County.
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May 15, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Question: My spouse and I are at a complete impasse about my son's starting kindergarten this fall. He has a late August birthday, so he can go this year at 5 or wait until next year. My son is smart and well-behaved and academically will probably be fine. I want to wait a year so that he will be more mature; spouse is adamant that we do not. At the heart of the issue: Spouse thinks we should make the decision based on our son right now. I think we should base the decision on what will likely be best for him in middle school, high school, etc. We really truly do not care about sports.
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May 9, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
John-Paul Dean wasn't supposed to compete in the April 19 meet to clinch a ChesMont League American Division track and field championship for Kennett High School unless he absolutely had to. The day before, the 18-year-old senior had struggled to get through practice following three days of chemotherapy at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. His doctors wanted him to rest whenever possible. That was a bitter pill for John-Paul, a team captain. Kennett hadn't won the championship in a quarter century, but had gotten close for three years running.
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