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March 11, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nan Weinberg's son, a fifth grader at James Johnson Elementary School in Cherry Hill, had been convinced that he wanted to go to Beck Middle School next year. " 'I don't even want to think about Rosa,' " Weinberg recalls her son, Cole, saying, dismissing his other option for middle school in the district. After attending an open house at Rosa International Middle School, however, he changed his mind. "He just felt more comfortable there," Weinberg said. He couldn't get too excited, though.
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March 9, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two area teenagers - a Downingtown High School East senior and a Cherry Hill High School East ninth grader - won honorable mentions in C-SPAN's national StudentCam competition, contest officials announced Thursday. "What's the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?" was the question students were asked to answer for this year's contest. Alexander Merker of Downingtown East asked President Obama to address Iran and nuclear weapons in his winning documentary video, Iran and America NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Downingtown High School East senior and a Cherry Hill High School East ninth grader - earned "honorable mention" in C-SPAN's national StudentCam competition, contest officials announced today. For this year's contest, students were asked to answer the question: "What's the most important issue the President should consider in 2013?" Alexander Merker of Downingtown High East asked President Obama to address the issue of Iran and nuclear weapons in his documentary video, "Iran and America NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Karie Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey asked about 600 Philadelphia middle school students Wednesday to raise a hand if they had ever seen a Phillies game. Nearly everyone in the auditorium did. He noted that a packed Citizens Bank Park holds about 44,000 people, then asked the students to imagine an additional 16,000, for 60,000. That, he said, is the number of U.S. students each day who stay out of school because they are being bullied. "Now that's a big crowd," he said. Casey (D., Pa.)
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Wissahickon school board voted Monday to close an elementary school despite fierce opposition from parents, local officials, a state legislator, and a federal civil rights investigation. By any measure, Mattison Avenue Elementary in Ambler is an outlier. It serves only grades K-3, an antiquated model that complicates the district's operations. Students have to transfer to another elementary school in fourth grade and to middle school in sixth grade. The outdated building serves only 176 students, and has a single room doubling as gym and cafeteria.
SPORTS
January 16, 2013 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
It took Coley Ricci less than 11 minutes to score the 14 points she needed Tuesday night to become the fifth player in Garnet Valley girls' basketball history to reach 1,000 points. The other 986? Well, those took almost four seasons of playing point guard for the Jaguars, four seasons of District 1 playoff appearances, and four seasons of facing Central League rivals. But after Ricci received a standing ovation and was hoisted off the bleachers by her friends after the 55-30 triumph over Haverford High, all she wanted to know was where and how her older sister Gina, currently going to school at Penn State-Altoona, had hid from her earlier in the day. Gina Ricci, a standout softball player when she was at Garnet Valley, was a surprise guest for Coley, who also had her parents, aunts, uncles, and many friends in the stands for the Jaguars' senior night.
SPORTS
January 16, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It took Coley Ricci less than 11 minutes to score the 14 points she needed Tuesday night to become the fifth player in Garnet Valley girls' basketball history to reach 1,000 points. The other 986? Well, those took almost four seasons of playing point guard for the Jaguars, three seasons of District 1 playoff appearances, and four seasons of facing Central League rivals. But after Ricci received a standing ovation and was hoisted off the bleachers by her friends after the 55-30 triumph over Haverford High, all she wanted to know was where and how her older sister Gina, currently going to school at Penn State-Altoona, had hidden from her earlier in the day. Gina Ricci, a standout softball player when she was at Garnet Valley, was a surprise guest for Coley, who also had her parents, aunts, uncles, and many friends in the stands for the Jaguars' senior night.
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MONROE, CONN. - For her son's first day of school since last month's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, Sarah Caron tried to make Thursday as normal as possible. She made his favorite pancakes, and she walked the second-grader to the top of the driveway for the school bus. But it was harder than usual for her to say goodbye. "I hugged him a lot longer than normal, until he said, 'Mommy, please,' " she said. "And then he got on the bus, and he was OK. " Her 7-year-old son, William, was among more than 400 students who escaped a gunman's rampage that killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14. On Thursday, the returning students settled in at their old, familiar desks but in a different school in a different town.
NEWS
December 22, 2012 | By Katie Zezima, Associated Press
NEWTOWN, Conn. - The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community - and the nation - to its core. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gathered with other officials in rain and wind on the steps of the Edmond Town Hall as the bell rang 26 times in memory of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The gunman killed his mother before the massacre, and himself afterward.
NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A different type of match was made this week in the Philadelphia region's Jewish education community - and the product of the union will be named the Robert M. Saligman Middle School of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. On Tuesday night, the boards of the Perelman Jewish Day School and Barrack Hebrew Academy met separately and approved merging their programs for grades six through eight. After this school year ends, Perelman's Saligman Middle School will move from its Melrose Park location at the Mandell Education Campus on Old York Road to a building that will become the new middle school on Barrack's 35-acre campus in Bryn Mawr.
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