September 9, 2015 |
One real pleasure of being a longtime viewer of Philadelphia's theater scene is watching talented young students grow from bit-part standouts to full-fledged leading men and women. Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard, co-artistic directors of Lightning Rod Special and graduates of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training's inaugural class, break out big time with Underground Railroad Game , a funny, poignant take on racial politics as embodied by a pair of middle school teachers.
August 28, 2015 |
IF YOU remember offensive tackle Jonathan Martin at all, it's likely because he was the guy bullied by Dolphins teammate Richie Incognito in 2013. Martin, drafted by Miami out of Stanford in 2012, played for the 49ers last season, and was with the Panthers when he retired in July due to a back injury. Turns out he was hurting in other ways, too. Yesterday, the 26-year-old Martin reached out to others who've been bullied in an insightful essay on Facebook. He started by writing he wasn't accepted by others in high school because he "was neither black nor white.
August 26, 2015 |
An investigation by Haddonfield School District engineers has revealed structural problems at J. Fithian Tatem Elementary School and the high school's main gymnasium and cafeteria that require stabilization. The buildings will be safe for use this school year, but some students and functions will have to be moved or rerouted, Superintendent Richard Perry said Monday. About $1.4 million in reserve funds is being used to address the problems, but to permanently correct the issues at the high school, the district will have go to a bond referendum to seek the needed funds, he said.
August 22, 2015 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission moved Thursday night to block a proposed charter school's new application and to sell two unused buildings. Esperanza Elementary Charter School first came before the SRC in the winter, hoping to open a school in North Philadelphia. It already operates a charter high school and middle school in the area. The SRC turned down the application in February and denied it again Thursday, saying that although Esperanza has excelled at the high school level, its performance has been uneven for middle school.
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.