September 13, 2016 |
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.
September 12, 2016 |
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...
August 7, 2016 |
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.
July 29, 2016 |
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.
July 27, 2016 |
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.
May 28, 2016 |
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.
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.
May 15, 2016 |
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.
May 9, 2016 |
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.