July 8, 2016 |
Joel Legatt, 33, loves his job teaching math at Northeast High School. But he says the day-to-day life of a classroom instructor is like being an emergency-room doctor performing triage - minus the life-and-death situations: So much to do, and no time to sit back and think. That's one of the reasons Legatt and three Northeast colleagues are excited to have been selected for a coveted fellowship program at Stanford University designed to keep talented young high school educators from leaving the field.
May 11, 2016 |
At the first citywide roundtable on schools, students outlined a litany of problems: a lack of resources, cuts to art and music programs, violence inside and outside some schools, and a systemwide lack of access to clean, safe drinking water. "We come from different schools, but we share the same issues," Morgan Bacon, a student at Masterman High School, told city officials and School Reform Commission Chair Marjorie Neff during the session in City Hall. The event, which was organized by several City Council members and Mayor Kenney's Office of Education, drew dozens of students from individual schools, as well as those involved with activist organizations such as the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change.
May 8, 2016 |
Authorities have apprehended two suspects and are seeking a third in an attack outside Northeast High School this week that left a school police officer with a broken jaw. Philadelphia police said Friday that Roger Millington, 19, and a juvenile had been taken into custody in the Monday incident. Millington, who police said is homeless, and the juvenile, whose name was not released, were both charged with aggravated assault and other offenses. Police also are asking for the public's help in finding the third suspect in the attack, Edwin Burgos, 23, whose last known address was the 600 block of West Huntingdon Street.
May 5, 2016 |
A school police officer's jaw was broken and a colleague also was injured Monday when they tried to stop a group of adult men from fighting with students near Northeast High School in Rhawnhurst, Philadelphia School District spokesman Fernando Gallard said. "The police officers were there to protect these students and did a fantastic job," Gallard said. "They were very brave to take this on, and it resulted in them getting injured. " According to Gallard, Northeast High students were waiting for a SEPTA bus at Cottman Avenue near Castor Avenue around 3:30 p.m. when they were approached by a group of men who wanted to fight them.
April 14, 2016 |
CAPA's annual musical is in financial trouble. Again. The Music Man opens Wednesday night at CAPA - Philadelphia's High School for Creative and Performing Arts - on South Broad Street, but the home and school association is scrambling to cover the $60,000 production costs. "It's a dilemma we face every year," principal Joanne Beaver said Tuesday as students were preparing for a full dress rehearsal in the school's 350-seat auditorium. "It's not the typical high school musical," said Beaver, who is in her second year at the helm of the performing-arts magnet.
November 25, 2015 |
IT WAS HARD to leave Randi's Restaurant when Raphael Paris was on the piano. "If he knew you were leaving, he would play your favorite songs, ensuring that you would stay a bit longer," said longtime friend and fan, Jim Pauley. "Raphael knew his crowd, what music would move them," said Pauley, a Philadelphia police sergeant. The fans who crowded Randi's in the Far Northeast when Raphael was playing on Fridays and Saturdays were not just customers. They were friends. "Friends who came from many different neighborhoods," Pauley said.
October 21, 2015 |
Seven weeks into the school year, thousands of Philadelphia schoolchildren have yet to be assigned permanent teachers. On top of a substitute-teaching predicament that leaves hundreds of jobs unfilled every day, the Philadelphia School District - with 190 vacancies - has created a crisis, "either through neglect or incompetence," union president Jerry Jordan said Monday. At Northeast High School alone, 1,815 students are affected by 11 unfilled teaching jobs and three vacancies created by long-term medical leaves, most of which were known about months ago, officials said.
April 27, 2015 |
The former Northeast High School track and field teammates who crowded around tables at the Penrose Diner on Thursday ran faster and jumped higher in the old days. In the 1950s, the group of African American athletes raced on cinders, not turf, and represented a then-all-boys school at Eighth and Lehigh that was actually miles from "the Northeast. " And though none of these men ever won the coveted watches or medals that go to the top runners at the Penn Relays, the three-day extravaganza at Penn's Franklin Field still serves as a unifying setting for their annual pilgrimage.
April 9, 2015 |
A Northeast Philadelphia man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in last year's execution-style slayings of three men in Lawncrest during a drug robbery. Cori Thompson, 22, announced his decision during a brief appearance before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter. The charges against Thompson - three counts of murder, conspiracy, robbery and burglary and multiple gun counts - now proceed to trial in Common Pleas Court. Thompson, of the Castor section of the Northeast, was charged in November in the Feb. 13, 2014, slayings of Keurlin Charles, 25; Vander Freemont, 34, and Brian Williams, 25. Charles and Freemont, who lived in the house in the 6300 block of Martins Mill Road where the bodies were found, were each bound hands and feet with duct tape and shot once in the back of the head.