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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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.
NEWS
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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May 4, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
Should New Jersey middle and high school students have a later start to their morning? The state Department of Education opened public debate on the possibility Monday at the first of three forums on whether the starting time for public schools should be pushed to 8:30 a.m. Only three people showed up for a hearing at Camden County College in Blackwood, where a panel was set to hear testimony for three hours. The panel left after two hours without hearing any testimony, because the three people came to hear the debate, not to offer comment.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
IF ANY presidential candidates want to "Make America Great Again!" I know some wise souls who can tell them how. These sages are all underage, by the way. But you know what they say about kids: Out of the mouths of babes comes brilliant, simple advice that usually stuns the powerful, because it's not about pumping up wealth or ego. But it can carry us farther than greed or swagger ever will. The advice comes via students at three Philly public schools whose recent projects get to the heart of what makes for a healthy, resilient, thriving society: Compassion and kindness.
NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
With her friendly smile, firm handshake, and stylishly oversize glasses, it's hard to imagine Eva Haydu, 17, not fitting in, let alone feeling unbearably sad. Yet not long ago, that was so. She didn't want to go to school. She gave up running track; she was too stressed, too easily tired. She was taken to a hospital because she felt like hurting herself. Some people at Gateway Regional High School "didn't understand how it feels to have anxiety," the junior said. "I was depressed.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Lisa Haver
IF YOU READ the paper or listen to the news, you probably have some opinions about the issues facing the Philadelphia School District. You know that Harrisburg's repeated slashing of education spending and its failure to come up with a fair and permanent funding formula continue to take a toll. Adding to that problem are questionable district priorities, which have resulted in: * More than 160 teacher vacancies, leaving at least 5,300 students without a full-time teacher this year.
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March 30, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
Moorestown Friends School has launched an ambitious campaign to raise funds for a program that has been covering tuition and other costs for low-income students from Camden. The elite Burlington County school has already received contributions totaling nearly $3 million toward endowing its Camden Scholars Program, Head of School Larry Van Meter said. "I am extremely grateful to these lead donors for making such significant commitments to our school and to the Camden Scholars Program," Van Meter, an alumnus, said in a statement Monday.
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