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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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 26, 1996 | By Jennifer Inez Ward, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In an unanimous vote, the Neshaminy school board approved the appointment of Ronald Daggett as principal of Neshaminy Middle School. Beginning July 1, Daggett will replace Ward McMasters, who is retiring. McMasters has been the middle school principal for six years. For Daggett, now an assistant principal at Neshaminy High School, the appointment to run the 782-student school caps a long career in the district. "I'm excited," said Daggett, 52. "It makes it extra special that the school board and the community has faith in me as a leader.
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SPORTS
March 20, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE CROWD was long gone, the game long over, the gym quieter than a library. But there we were, my wife and I with our only daughter, the basketball star, sitting on a table while a trainer tried to determine whether a trip to the hospital was in order. She had banged her head again on the unforgiving planks of a high school gym, undercut by a smaller player no doubt encouraged by her coach to get in front of her and draw the charge. It rarely worked but was sometimes called anyway by referees who always seemed to me overly sympathetic to short kamikazes.
FOOD
March 20, 2015 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
As I drove into the parking lot of Roberto Clemente Middle School in North Philadelphia to start my cooking classes there, my competition was staring me in the face: a giant Burger King sign. The restaurant is not even a minute's walk from the school. Trying to convince kids to cook healthy meals in a fast-food world is hard enough. But with Whoppers wooing them across the parking lot? There ought to be a law! If I needed confirmation that these students, like so many other American middle schoolers, were eating this junk, I got that pretty quickly: My five eighth-grade girls answered a questionnaire about what they eat for dinner and how often they eat fast food.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2015 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
Julia Udine was terrible at sports. She was loud, always singing and dancing. So at age 3, her mother put her in a ballet class to learn some discipline while using her body. She found her calling. What started as a once-a-week hobby developed into five 90-minute ballet classes a week - plus performances. She added singing when she was 10, and though she didn't start acting lessons until high school, she appeared in school and regional plays starting in middle school. Now, the Voorhees native is on Broadway playing Christine DaaƩ, the female lead in Phantom of the Opera - at 21. (This, after landing Phantom 's national traveling tour at 19.)
SPORTS
January 14, 2015 | BY TYLER R. TYNES, For the Daily News
THE LIGHT BLUE stands at Tom Gola Arena hummed from the boisterous devotees screaming at the top of their lungs. There was barely any time left. He had to make his move in 4 seconds. The inbounds pass popped into his hands. Three dribbles, then another step to halfcourt and the release flowed from his fingers as quickly as his flight from the baseline. Forty seven feet later, Jordan Price had his first big moment at La Salle University: a buzzer-beating, midcourt prayer answered in the 40th minute.
SPORTS
December 22, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trai Greer has high expectations for his younger brother, Corey. "He's going to be better than I am," Trai Greer said. Someday, Corey Greer might be a more accomplished player than his older brother and could even approach the level of the siblings' famous father, former Middle Township and Florida State star Lamar Greer. But for now, Middle Township's unquestioned leader is Trai Greer, a senior who sparked the Panthers to an impressive 50-38 victory over Gloucester Catholic in a clash of Top 20 teams on Saturday at the third annual Jimmy V Showcase at Schalick.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A BUCKS COUNTY town is embroiled in a sex-tape scandal involving middle-school pupils. Earlier this week, administrators at Franklin D. Roosevelt Middle School were notified that pupils were circulating a cellphone video depicting "sexual conduct" between two children, said Lt. John Godzieba, acting chief of Bristol Township Police. It was unclear last night if the kids depicted in the video are pupils at the school. As part of their inquiry, Godzieba said, investigators confiscated 10 cellphones from pupils at Roosevelt, on Veterans Highway near Winder Drive in Bristol.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lesson for the day was about rhythm, but first-grade teacher Mindy Nguyen wasn't using music alone to impart the concept. Nguyen read a poem and showed a painting depicting life in a city, then fired probing questions at the 21 youngsters sitting on the floor around her. Can you hear how the city sounds? What feeling does it give you? What does the color red in the painting tell you about the city? If they didn't quite get the connections she was trying to make about rhythm, they were learning a slew of new vocabulary words and an important educational lesson: Art is more than just pretty pictures.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
POLICE MADE a major break yesterday in a disturbing sexual-assault case involving four middle school students. Late yesterday afternoon, investigators arrested two 13-year-old boys who allegedly coerced an 11-year-old schoolmate at William Tilden Middle School into performing a sexual act on them earlier this month and filmed the encounter, a law-enforcement source said. Afterward, police said, the teens posted the video online. The boys - whose names are being withheld because they are minors - are being charged with rape, indecent assault, unlawful restraint and related offenses, the source said.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the recess bell rings at Cooper B. Hatch Family School in Camden, dozens of youngsters rush outside, bursting with energy. But there is no place for them to play, at least not yet. Built in 1924, the school occupies a block in the city's Parkside neighborhood. Missing from the neatly kept grounds is a playground. Hatch is one of two schools in Camden without a playground. With no place else to go, Hatch students raced downstairs onto a slightly muddy grassy field for recess after lunch on a recent morning.
SPORTS
October 3, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When an NFL or big-time college quarterback leaves a game with a concussion - or doesn't leave it, like Michigan's quarterback last weekend - everyone is watching. Everyone follows his progress. What about the girl who was hit by a soccer ball five years ago and had to stop playing her sport? What's the rest of that story? "I struggled and lost a lot," said Julia Mills, a senior at Central Bucks High School East. Her tale starts when she was in seventh grade, on Oct. 3, 2009.
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