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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 The outdated building serves only 176 students, and has a single room doubling as gym and cafeteria.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, 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.
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.
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.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Emily Babay and Jessica Parks, Breaking News Desk
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
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.
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