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December 4, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lesson for the day was about rhythm, but first-grade teacher Mindy Nguyen wasn't using music alone to impart the concept. Nguyen read a poem and showed a painting depicting life in a city, then fired probing questions at the 21 youngsters sitting on the floor around her. Can you hear how the city sounds? What feeling does it give you? What does the color red in the painting tell you about the city? If they didn't quite get the connections she was trying to make about rhythm, they were learning a slew of new vocabulary words and an important educational lesson: Art is more than just pretty pictures.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
POLICE MADE a major break yesterday in a disturbing sexual-assault case involving four middle school students. Late yesterday afternoon, investigators arrested two 13-year-old boys who allegedly coerced an 11-year-old schoolmate at William Tilden Middle School into performing a sexual act on them earlier this month and filmed the encounter, a law-enforcement source said. Afterward, police said, the teens posted the video online. The boys - whose names are being withheld because they are minors - are being charged with rape, indecent assault, unlawful restraint and related offenses, the source said.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the recess bell rings at Cooper B. Hatch Family School in Camden, dozens of youngsters rush outside, bursting with energy. But there is no place for them to play, at least not yet. Built in 1924, the school occupies a block in the city's Parkside neighborhood. Missing from the neatly kept grounds is a playground. Hatch is one of two schools in Camden without a playground. With no place else to go, Hatch students raced downstairs onto a slightly muddy grassy field for recess after lunch on a recent morning.
SPORTS
October 3, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When an NFL or big-time college quarterback leaves a game with a concussion - or doesn't leave it, like Michigan's quarterback last weekend - everyone is watching. Everyone follows his progress. What about the girl who was hit by a soccer ball five years ago and had to stop playing her sport? What's the rest of that story? "I struggled and lost a lot," said Julia Mills, a senior at Central Bucks High School East. Her tale starts when she was in seventh grade, on Oct. 3, 2009.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As New Jersey's state teacher of the year, Delsea Regional's Kathleen Assini has had experiences she wouldn't trade. Traveling. Shaking hands with President Obama. Spending time with inspiring educators from all over the country. But when she returned to the classroom in September, it wasn't like coming back to toil after a fabulous vacation. It was coming home. "It was neat being out among all those amazing people," Assini, 58, said, "but I feel more real and more me being with the kids.
NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A top Philadelphia School District magnet will expand next fall, and the Philadelphia School Partnership, a deep-pocketed nonprofit, is footing part of the bill. A $147,000 PSP grant will help pay for Carver High School of Engineering and Science in North Philadelphia to add seventh- and eighth-grade classes next September, officials announced Thursday. The investment in Carver - announced along with a $246,000 grant to the Friere Charter School to fund a strategic plan and new assessment systems - means that PSP has now distributed $35.4 million to grow high-performing city schools of all types.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ONE OF THE city's top magnet high schools has been awarded a grant to expand next September. George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, which serves 750 students, will receive $147,000 from the Philadelphia School Partnership to add seventh and eighth grades, officials said. The new middle school will serve an additional 120 students and be closely aligned to Carver's science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum, a/k/a STEM. "Students at Carver High School are learning and achieving at high levels, and the school's leadership team believes they can offer this excellent education to younger students," Jessica Pena, PSP's director of the Great Schools Fund, said in a statement.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WHEN EMILY McCann, 15, walks into school Monday morning for the first time this fall, she isn't sure what to expect. "We already only had one secretary in the office last year, so I don't know if there will be one at all," said McCann, a sophomore at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts. "The teachers are probably going to end up having to clean the bathrooms. " That uncertainty indicates how things have gone from bad to worse for the financially distressed district.
NEWS
August 30, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, athletic officials say they care more about blocking head injuries than blocking free kicks. The private Main Line school on Thursday banned middle school soccer players from heading the ball - the first school in the nation to do so - and also said most high school athletes will wear sensors to measure both the frequency and intensity of blows to the head. "We've seen a growing trend of injuries in our students, severe head injuries," said athletic director Mark Duncan.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IN A SUMMER of gloom and doom, could there be some good news for the Philadelphia School District? The district delayed a vote last night on a policy that would eliminate TransPasses and tokens for 7,500 high-school students who live between 1 1/2 and 2 miles from school. Superintendent William Hite said the district is in talks with SEPTA and the city to resolve the issue. "We are working with several partners, and we think and are hopeful that we will have a solution to that and there's more to come, so stay tuned," Hite said during a School Reform Commission meeting.
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