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October 27, 1995 | Inquirer photos by Tom Gralish
About 2,800 fifth graders (and some fourth graders, too) came to the Academy of Music yesterday for a special concert of new and old music. Among the players was one almost as young as the students: Violinist Karen Sinclair, 15.
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February 16, 2005 | By Christopher Paslay
For students and staff at schools around the state, February means more than groundhogs or dead presidents' birthdays: It marks the start of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams. The PSSA is a series of state-mandated tests that measure student performance in the basics - reading, writing and mathematics. The tests also serve as the major tool for documenting a district's academic achievement. Schools not meeting predetermined standards are subject to public criticism and sometimes are overhauled.
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June 20, 1986 | By Jan Hefler, Special to The Inquirer
The Pennsauken Board of Education, by a 7-1 vote, last night rejected a proposal to lengthen the school day at the high school and middle school, a plan that was aimed at improving scores in the state-mandated proficiency test. Instead, the board approved another plan that will offer extra math instruction to middle school students in need of remedial help. John Ritchie, prinicipal of the middle school, said board members opted for the second plan partly because they felt it would be more effective in improving basic skills.
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May 5, 1994 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Saturday classes for high school students had a short but successful run last weekend at Octorara Senior High School. Seventy percent of the students in grades nine through 11 braved the fog to make it to school by 8 a.m. Saturday, school officials said this week. Classes ran until 12:15 p.m., with one 15-minute break. The students had to make up four hours of instructional time after the district fell short of the 990 hours for secondary students required to get state financing.
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April 9, 2004 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the late 1970s, when inflation was rampant and memories of Watergate and the Vietnam War were still raw, Pat Toomey spent part of each school day in a high school history classroom quietly seething. It was the teacher who got under his skin. Too many lectures were about capitalism's failings, corruption in Washington, or how America was no better than the Soviet Union. None of it squared with Toomey's patriotic take on U.S. history or his budding conservative ideology. "I felt we were a great, great country, a great civilization," said Toomey, 42, who has represented the Lehigh Valley and parts of Montgomery County in the House of Representatives since 1999.
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February 14, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
ANOTHER severe snowstorm, another day of missed instruction. Repeat. The pattern this winter has been unbearable, especially for school administrators. Officials at Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, however, found a way to break the cycle. Principal Bill Brannick and the school's academic board yesterday rolled out Cyber Snow Days, a pilot program aimed at offsetting missed instruction days by having students complete assignments electronically at home.
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September 5, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Our daughter came into the room to model her outfit, a sweet top and circle skirt, as she might for one of her first days of elementary school. Except it's not. It is her last first day of school. She is thrilled. We are, decidedly, less so. As a friend said of her son over the weekend, "He's still a junior until school starts. " And then school starts, a moment of annual delight that has been rendered bittersweet. This is our second child, our last. Her brother left two autumns ago. The parting was easier knowing she was still around.
NEWS
November 23, 2012
The Cherry Hill Board of Education and its teachers agreed to a new contract this week that extends the school day for middle and high school students. To better understand why, simply do the math. Beginning in September, the school day will begin 30 minutes earlier for secondary students. Elementary teachers will also report a half-hour earlier to prepare before their students arrive. The additional time adds up. Thirty minutes more every day for 180 days is the equivalent of about 14 days in additional classroom or preparation time.
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January 5, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Children returned to classes yesterday for the first time since four classmates and 12 other people died in a Christmastime massacre, and one school official described the day as "so close to normal it's scary. " "Just super" was the way high school principal Lloyd Herrick said the 1,150 pupils in the district seemed to be coping in the wake of the slayings of 16 people, all but two from one family. Ronald Gene Simmons Sr., 47, has been charged with two of the slayings. He is expected to be charged with the other 14, all members of his family.
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July 11, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Jersey Department of Education approved applications Wednesday for two new "Renaissance" schools in Camden, a move expected to lead to new school buildings in the Cramer Hill and Whitman Park neighborhoods. Mastery Charter Schools and Uncommon Schools will join the already approved KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy project. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Camden School District to offer a high-quality education to Camden students," Barbara Martinez, a spokeswoman for Uncommon Schools, said in an e-mail.
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June 13, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
DURING ASHNA Blackston's sophomore year at Martin Luther King High in East Germantown, she got out of school later than her peers at other schools. For many teenagers, it would've been a nuisance, but the extra time allowed Blackston to get tutoring, dig into her studies and develop a closer relationship with her teachers. "You could learn more in the classes. We had more time for the teachers to work with us one-on-one," recalled Blackston, now a senior. "It was helpful. " King was part of the second set of Promise Academies - the district's turnaround model ushered in under the late Arlene Ackerman's Renaissance Schools Initiative to turn around failing schools.
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May 23, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 7-year-old student died suddenly after becoming ill at a city public school on Wednesday. The child, a first grader at Jackson School in South Philadelphia, experienced a medical emergency and appeared to stop breathing. Classroom staff administered CPR and called 911, and the child was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead. "It's shocking, and it's tragic, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family," said School District spokesman Fernando Gallard.
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May 15, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Saturday morning, teenagers around the region will be sleeping in, working out, heading to a job, hitting the mall - all the weekend things teenagers do. But not Cherry Hill's seniors. At 8 a.m. Saturday, they'll be at school. And believe it or not, it was the students' decision. To satisfy the state's requirement of a 180-day school year, and to avoid the logistical nightmare of rescheduling graduation, the district opted for Saturday school to let seniors make up some of the year's snow days.
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May 9, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
MULLICA HILL Following what could have been the start of her last days cleaning the halls of the Pioneers, Lina Scarpaci wore a bright yellow sweater. "I try to be positive," the 50-year-old custodial worker at Clearview Regional High School said Wednesday night of her cheerful attire. "That's all I can do. " Scarpaci, who has been in her position for 25 years, was one of 14 custodial workers at the district's middle and high school whose jobs remained in limbo until Wednesday night, as school officials mulled privatizing the work to help balance a $37.8 million budget.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
A staffer assigned to quell violence at a Philadelphia high school was knocked unconscious in what one union official called the worst assault since a Germantown High School teacher's neck was broken in 2007 by a student. Alphonso Stevens, known as a conflict-resolution specialist, suffered a fractured skull, concussion, and other injuries. The incident happened Friday when students were changing classes at Bartram High School. A 17-year-old student got into a verbal exchange with Stevens then grabbed him by the arm "and pushed him into the wall," said Raven Hill, a district spokeswoman.
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March 12, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
TWO NORTH Philadelphia schools that were awarded grants last year to create their own turnaround models are revealing their plans to the community. James G. Blaine Elementary and William D. Kelley Elementary will become district-run turnaround schools in September. The schools will keep their principals, unlike Promise Academies - another district-run turnaround model - but teachers must reapply for their positions, with no more than half being brought back. After receiving additional students due to nearby school closings, both schools won a $1.5 million grant in July from the Philadelphia School Partnership, a controversial nonprofit group that funnels philanthropic dollars to schools.
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March 11, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Dontaye is a happy, affectionate 13-year-old who smiles a lot, has abundant energy, and loves to explore his surroundings, typically at a run. He is socially engaged, and enjoys playing with other children his age and going out to eat during trips with them and the staff of his foster-care facility. His favorite activity is playing with wagons and cars that make sounds. He also likes arts and crafts, and dancing. Dontaye is nonverbal but has various ways of making himself understood and communicating his needs.
NEWS
March 8, 2014
Raising all boats One implication of the decline of Philadelphia's middle class is that changes must be made to encourage middle-income people to remain in the city ("Philadelphia needs to stop loss of middle class," March 2). Another is that we must address the conditions that increased poverty - not just as a moral imperative, but as a necessity for the city's well-being. The recently formed Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity is crucial to meeting this goal. Attracting jobs is a prerequisite, but not enough.
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March 3, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The call went out two Thursdays ago, tweeting its way around the hallways of Moorestown High School: Everyone download Yik Yak. The reference was to a new social-media application growing in popularity elsewhere in the country but still largely unknown here. Its allure? For one thing, it's anonymous. On Friday, posts started flying. It got ugly. Hurtful, even hateful, comments were made about specific students and faculty. Content included sexual references and crude remarks.
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