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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.
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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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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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July 18, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"WISH I Was Here" is a Kickstarter comedy about a guy who needs a good swift kick-start in the rear. Zach Braff raised $3.5 million from online donors to fund the movie, the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff) - a jobless, rather shiftless young father who pursues his dream of being an actor thanks to the subsidy of his hardworking wife (Kate Hudson), as his disapproving dad (Mandy Patinkin) looks on. Braff's script describes a cutesy world in which one's own dreams, and the self-centered pursuit of them, are paramount.
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June 27, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying stricter federal nutrition guidelines are too much to swallow, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District has decided to remove its 1,300 high school students from the program that is to go into effect next school year. In deciding last week that the students would not join the 31 million across the country who get free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, the district said its own food policies were healthy enough for its high schoolers. The district's middle school and four elementary schools will still participate.
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May 2, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
NEARLY 200 parents turned out yesterday at a Nicetown elementary school for a vote that should determine whether it will remain a traditional public school or be run by a charter operator. Parents and guardians at Steel Elementary cast secret ballots in the school's foyer from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., as the School Advisory Council cast a separate vote. The League of Women Voters of Philadelphia served as an independent monitor and tallied the results, which are expected to be announced today by the school district.
NEWS
April 27, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER A vacant 1930s-era school is about to gain new life as an upscale apartment building in the City of Chester, according to a Chester Upland School District official. The Wetherill School, a classic stone building on East 24th Street, recently was sold at auction for $200,000 to Best Homes Co. of Glenolden, which plans to undertake the conversion, Chester Upland Solicitor Leo A. Hackett said Thursday. Two other vacant school district structures also have been auctioned. "That building is a fortress," he said, adding that the project would be a massive undertaking.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHELTENHAM The Cheltenham Township school board has dropped its plan to relocate two-thirds of its middle school students to Gratz College and will move them instead to sites in Cheltenham and Springfield Townships. The Montgomery County district has been scrambling since fall to find alternative classrooms for the 750 students at Cedarbrook Middle School, which is plagued by mold and expected to be uninhabitable by spring. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the board approved a plan to lease space in the old Pathmark building on Ivy Hill Road in Springfield Township, and at St. Joseph Parish on Waters Road in Cheltenham.
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January 29, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brooklawn School Superintendent John Kellmayer has a simple wish list for his crowded, one-building Camden County district: more space. Kellmayer hopes that he has made a strong-enough case to persuade voters Tuesday to approve a $1.9 million bond proposal to convert a nearby former Catholic church into a middle school. The district spends thousands of dollars annually to send its special-education students outside the district because it has no space. At Alice Costello Elementary School, a classroom is inside the gym. The art and music programs share a classroom, and music lessons are taught on the stage.
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January 17, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
STRAWBERRY MANSION RAP star Meek Mill , who was court-ordered to take etiquette classes to improve his behavior, has been such a prized pupil he wants to advance his knowledge of manners beyond the rudimentary please and thank you. According to TMZ.com, Meek was ordered to take the etiquette classes last year after violating his probation in his 2008 gun possession case. Meek's lawyer said the rapper passed his courses with flying colors and folded napkins - salad forks, soup spoons, door holding, etc. - and is now expert in dressing for success and social media communication.
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December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHELTENHAM Cheltenham School District officials announced a plan Monday to close Cedarbrook Middle School as early as Jan. 27, splitting its 750 students among four other campuses in the township. The school board will vote Tuesday night on a contract with Gratz College to house half of Cedarbrook's students. The school is split into six teams, each with about 125 students. Two eighth-grade teams and one seventh-grade team will go to Gratz. One seventh-grade team will go to Elkins Park Elementary, and another to Cheltenham Elementary.
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October 24, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cheltenham residents suggested Tuesday that the school district raze the township's moldy middle school and move Cedarbrook students to a new building. "My option would be to take down that building," Elizabeth "Betty" Cataldi said to applause at a packed public meeting at the district's administration building. Cataldi, 69, a former Cheltenham school board member, was one of nearly 100 people who listened to district officials mull over four potential contingency plans addressing the school's chronic mold issue.
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October 13, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHELTENHAM The Cheltenham School District could abandon Cedarbrook Middle School as early as January because of mold, officials said Friday. By Monday, the problem will have closed 11 classrooms and the cafeteria at the school in Wyncote, where 700 students attend seventh and eighth grades. The district is considering four options to address the issue, three of which involve moving students to another location while a new school is built. The fourth option is to refurbish the 62-classroom school 10 rooms at a time.
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