January 4, 2013 |
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.
December 22, 2012 |
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.
December 20, 2012 |
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.
December 14, 2012 |
Pottsgrove Middle School was evacuated this morning because several students were hospitalized after passing out, but investigators found no environmental hazard in the building. A call about medical emergencies at the school, located at 1351 N. Hanover St., came in shortly after 10:15 a.m., according to Montgomery County dispatchers. The Pottsgrove School District said three students fainted during a choral practice. As medical responders were treating those students, others reported that they felt light-headed or dizzy.
November 16, 2012 |
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?
November 16, 2012
"BROOKLYN CASTLE" director Katie Dellamaggiore says the public school chess prodigies in her documentary have gone on to be just as successful as the film promises. One of the movie's middle school stars, Rochelle Ballantyne, is now shopping for colleges as she bids to become the first female African-American chess Master. She has her sights set on Philadelphia. "She submitted an application to the University of Pennsylvania, and that's her first choice," said Dellamaggiore, who made Ballantyne one of the young subjects of the documentary, which chronicles the way a budget-strapped New York City public school produces scholastic chess champions annually.
November 10, 2012 |
The mood was tense, but the music was beautiful. Officials at GAMP - Girard Academic Music Program, the city's elite public magnet school for gifted musicians - have been notified that they will lose the yellow school buses that transport middle school students from points around Philadelphia to the school at 22d and Ritner Streets. So on Thursday night, dozens gathered in the GAMP auditorium for a concert and rally to voice their displeasure to the Philadelphia School District.
October 10, 2012
I WAS NEVER a fan of the whole anti-bullying hysteria that has whipped so many adults into a frenzy over the past couple of years. I say "hysteria" because it sometimes seemed that even garden-variety mean-spiritedness along the lines of "I know you are, but what am I?" was being turned into a hate crime. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule in the social-media maze of tweeting, Facebook-ing and YouTube-ing. And yes, some of what passes for juvenile joking is much more sinister, especially in the Lord of the Flies group- thuggery scenario common to middle school.
October 6, 2012 |
A North Philadelphia charter high school is set to add a 635-pupil middle school to its burgeoning population by next year, thanks to a $2 million grant from the Philadelphia School Partnership. Esperanza Academy, founded in 2000, already serves 750 students in North Philadelphia's Hunting Park neighborhood. About 17 percent of the majority-Hispanic student body speaks English as a second language, and while anyone in the city can apply to attend Esperanza, the school largely serves lower-income students in and around Hunting Park.
September 26, 2012 |
Powel Elementary, a tiny K-4 public school in West Philadelphia, has long been regarded as an oasis in its neighborhood - a safe and strong school where children achieve. But parents often worry: With a dearth of good post-Powel options, what happens after children finish fourth grade? They got a boost Monday when the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) awarded Powel a grant to plan to add a fifth grade and develop a brand-new middle school modeled after Science Leadership Academy (SLA)