December 19, 2015
TRENTON A bill that would require grade school students to get at least 20 minutes of recess a day was approved by the Assembly on Thursday. If it wins full legislative approval, the law would apply to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. If possible, recess would be held outdoors. "In addition to giving children time to recharge during the school day, recess allows students to develop their social skills and get some physical activity," said Assemblyman Joseph A. Lagana (D., Bergen)
November 18, 2015 |
Cheltenham High School was in a "lockout" with increased security Monday after learning that a former student now attending a Maryland college might have retrieved a gun from his parents' home. However, officials at Washington College in Chestertown said the student, Jacob Marberger, had made "no direct threat" against the campus. Police in Maryland and Pennsylvania identified Marberger as a missing person and had no warrants for his arrest. "We received notification early this morning from the parents of sophomore Jacob Marberger that he had returned home and retrieved a firearm," the college said in a notice to students posted early Monday.
November 6, 2015 |
Most American 8-year-olds are intimately acquainted with chicken fingers. That breaded-and-fried staple is "kid-friendly" at least in part because of its detachment from the actual chicken - there're no bones or skin or anything that calls a bird to mind. Some people believe bringing farm animals to the kids will actually make them better eaters and more informed food shoppers down the line. And the third graders at Friends School Haverford are more connected to chickens than most kids.
October 31, 2015 |
The firm that has struggled to fill Philadelphia's substitute-teaching vacancies said Thursday that it will pay more in an effort to attract more workers. Source4Teachers will now pay certified teachers who previously worked for the school system $160 per day, up from $110. Long-term certified subs will make $200 per day, up from $140. For those new to the system, the rates jump to $140, $160, or $180 per day, depending on subject area taught, from $110, $125, and $140. The Cherry Hill-based firm was awarded a two-year, $34 million contract to manage substitute services beginning in September.
October 15, 2015
EVERY SO OFTEN, my husband and I review our finances and revise our goals. We dig deep into the numbers, often resulting in a reduction in our spending, an increase in our savings or both. Sometimes things are going so well that no changes are needed. With our current work schedules, the start of a new school year and volunteer ministry work, we haven't been able to complete our budget re-examination process, which takes several hours. As we live in this incomplete state of analysis, I've been uneasy because I always like to have a current bird's-eye view of our finances.
September 29, 2015 |
James, 9, loves showing off his artistic skills, in particular drawing, his specialty. He also enjoys almost any physical game, but his favorite is hide-and-seek, which he plays with his 8-year-old sister, Emily. Outgoing and friendly, James is becoming more expressive in communicating. He likes going to school, especially art class. Emily is carefree, with an easy laugh. Playing dress-up, painting her nails, and creating crafts are just a few of her favorite activities. Animals, particularly dogs, are important to her; she is very fond of Buddy, the poodle in her foster home.
September 22, 2015 |
On the second day of school, the superintendent was welcoming students back to their classrooms when he was taken aback by one boy's greeting. "My parents want you fired," the boy said. James Wigo, head of the Rose Tree Media School District, tall and with a shaved head, pointed his finger at the student and "aggressively and loudly" told him to sit down and be quiet, according to his mother. Wigo threatened to send the boy to the principal's office and promised he would be back at the school day after day to keep an eye on him. The pupil who drew Wigo's wrath is 6. He is starting first grade at Indian Lane Elementary School.
August 30, 2015 |
Waffiyyah Murray doesn't often come across a kid who doesn't want to ride a bike. But parents are often concerned about safety, especially in congested parts of Philadelphia. Nationwide, the number of students walking and biking to school has steadily declined, from 41 percent in 1969 to 13 percent in 2001, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Meanwhile, the number of children who go to school by car nearly tripled, from 20 to 55 percent. Murray, 30, has a psychology degree from Temple University and was born and raised in Philadelphia.
April 21, 2015 |
EXAMS ARE around the corner for city students, and nearly every teacher is squeezing in as much instructional time as humanly possible. Not so much at Olney Charter High School, whose charter operator, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania, has pared back instruction and parent-teacher conferences so staff can attend mandatory meetings to hear what a union would mean for the North Philadelphia school. It's unclear what the cost would be to taxpayers. Unidentified outside consultants will run the informational meetings - some union advocates describe them as an "anti-union" tactic - today, Wednesday and April 28. The aim is "to assist you in making an informed decision on this matter," school board president Frederick Ramirez wrote in an email.
April 1, 2015 |
THERE WAS A PLAN. And then there was real life. An expected walkout of students yesterday at North Penn High School was thwarted by principal Burt Hynes, who pointed out to students that such an action would violate school rules. A group of students had planned the walkout to support the female students involved in a nude-photo scandal that has rocked the Lansdale, Montgomery County, school. North Penn officials confirmed Friday that they were investigating allegations that some North Penn students had shared nude or suggestive photos and videos on the file-sharing site Dropbox.