June 27, 2015 |
One of the city's top high schools just got more support for its newest venture, a middle school launching in the fall. Carver High School for Engineering and Science, which is expanding to serve 120 seventh and eighth graders in September, has been awarded $200,000 from the Philadelphia School Partnership, officials announced Thursday. That's on top of a $147,000 grant that PSP, a deep-pocketed nonprofit, already awarded to Carver to fund planning for its middle school. The newest award will support more planning as the school develops at 16th and West Norris Streets, principal Ted Domers said.
June 26, 2015 |
GEORGE WASHINGTON Carver High School of Engineering and Science, one of the city's top magnet schools, has received a $200,000 grant to aid its middle-school expansion in September. Officials said yesterday that the grant, courtesy of the Philadelphia School Partnership, will enable the school to enroll 120 students in grades 7 and 8. Specifically, the school will purchase 120 Google Chromebooks for a one-to-one student-laptop ratio, engineering kits and other materials. The money will also pay for professional development.
May 6, 2015 |
Gloucester City celebrated a long-awaited groundbreaking on a new middle school Monday. Expected to open in September 2017, the 122,000-square-foot school will have about 685 students in grades four through eight. It will house 27 general classrooms, eight special education rooms, three science classrooms, a cafetorium with stage, a gym, a media center, a computer lab, offices, and outdoor recreation facilities. "It's going to be such a tremendous academic asset," said Superintendent Joseph Rafferty.
April 24, 2015 |
Putting on a show probably was never this difficult for the teen thespians at Cedarbrook Middle School. This, after all, is the Cheltenham Township school that has tackled The Laramie Project and other challenging pieces of theater. But last year, the Cedarbrook cast and crew became a troupe without a stage, displaced because of an insidious interloper. Mold had invaded their classrooms, and officials closed the school. "It was hard to say goodbye," said Robin Rosenberg, Cedarbook's longtime show director.
April 16, 2015 |
SASHEIKA DUFFUS is pleading to rehire counselors and teachers. Mayegan Brown is advocating for more administrators. Now the two 11th-graders have a chance to be heard - or read or seen - thanks to a campaign launched yesterday by Mayor Nutter called "Students Speak!" that allows students to submit a written or video essay on the need for full and fair funding in the city's public schools. "Education is about these young people," Nutter said in announcing the initiative at A. Philip Randolph Career Academy in Nicetown during a joint news conference with Superintendent William Hite and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan.
April 6, 2015 |
The things that drive Kiara Lynn Garcia are dark: her father deported, an uncle shot dead, money worries that color things at home. But Kiara's presence is all light: a sunny smile that warms her whole face, a bubbling curiosity and love of learning, a bone-sure determination that her current circumstances will not dictate her future. "She's got a lot of gifts to unleash on the world," said Ann-Therese Ortiz, a mentor who has known Kiara for four years. Currently, the 12th grader at Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts is all in on a project she conceived and is executing largely on her own: a flea market to raise money for her classmates' senior-year expenses.
March 20, 2015 |
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.
March 20, 2015 |
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.
March 5, 2015 |
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 Daaé, the female lead in Phantom of the Opera - at 21. (This, after landing Phantom 's national traveling tour at 19.)
January 14, 2015 |
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.