January 30, 1994
With two months of winter ahead, it's time for parents, educators and public officials to put behind them weeks of second-guessing and emotional Sturm und Drang and put children's educational needs first. January's unprecedented storms - since Christmas, there's been one roughly every five days, the National Weather Service says - forced record numbers of school closings and an administrative dilemma. How should schedules be arranged so that children are in school for the required number of days this year?
July 12, 1987 |
Downingtown school officials plan to hold a hearing Wednesday on the $3 million plan to renovate Beaver Creek Elementary School. Although the plans to add eight classrooms, a music and art room, and a library are estimated to cost about $1 million more than expected, the board last week voted 7-1, with one abstention, to approve the project. Board member Nancy Glenn voted against the project, saying that earlier this year, the board had been told that it would cost approximately $2.2 million.
October 30, 1988 |
The Interboro Latch Key Program will begin serving youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade on Nov. 14. Superintendent Edmond O. Sacchetti announced during the Interboro school board's meeting Wednesday that the after-school care program had been approved by the Interboro Board of School Directors. The program had been proposed in August by board President Susan P. Jacobs. "There is a growing need in our community for after-school care, and we want to provide that care for our residents for as low a cost as possible without placing any additional costs on our taxpayers," Jacobs said during an earlier meeting.
November 23, 1996 |
Marie C. Beucler, 61, a retired high school teacher for the William Penn School District in Delaware County, died of heart failure Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. She was a lifelong resident of Merchantville, N.J. Miss Beucler taught English at the district's Pennwood High School in Lansdowne from its inception in 1982 until retiring in April. She also was the National Honor Society adviser there. She previously taught for 10 years at the former Yeadon Junior and Senior High School, Moorestown High School in Moorestown, N.J., and at Bok Vocational-Technical High School and Kensington High School, both in Philadelphia.
April 17, 1987 |
Amid the usual lunchtime clamor in the North Penn High School cafeteria on Wednesday, Michele Thinnes, a senior, was mulling over a colorful jar full of pina colada, blueberry and other exotic-flavored jellybeans. "Four-thousand, two hundred and sixty-one jellybeans," she guessed as the number of jellybeans in the large glass jar, and then she handed a quarter to Robert Baranick, 17, keeper of the gourmet-flavored globs of glucose. If Thinnes' guess was closest to the actual number, she would win what looked to be a lifetime supply of the holiday candies.
March 31, 1991 |
You're a kid. It's time for the family vacation. You know what that means. Sleeping in late. Sand castles. Thunder Mountain. Homework. Whoa. Back up a minute. Homework? This is supposed to be a holiday, right? Not necessarily. Especially if your family's vacation doesn't jibe with school holidays - which, according to area school districts and travel agencies, is something that's happening a lot these days. "When we were youngsters, our parents would never have thought of taking you out of school," said Sister Barbara Foy, principal at the School of the Holy Child in the Drexel Hill section of Delaware County.
August 15, 1990 |
School holidays could be eliminated and spring break cut short if the new addition to Pemberton Township High School is not completed by the school district's scheduled opening day on Sept. 6, officials said. But Superintendent Robert J. Moore said he was "very optimistic" that the expansion would be finished by the deadline; officials will know for sure by today. "This will give us some leeway in knowing how this is going to all turn out," Moore said. "It will give us time to get things in order and inform everyone about the projected day for opening.
August 1, 2000 |
While others still slept, before the principal had even arrived, and as a work crew smoothed out the last bit of parking lot asphalt, parents and children yesterday began flocking to the new, three-story school building at B Street and Olney Avenue. It was the first day of classes for 700 middle-school children enrolled at the School District's first "year-round" school. "I look forward to it, the whole idea: uniforms and keeping them in school a little longer, because by August their minds go to mush," said Michelle Wallace, whose daughter Kendra, 10, is starting sixth grade.
September 23, 2012
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May 5, 1993
ABOLISH ALL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, A PASTOR SUGGESTS So Philadelphia's Muslims want public schools closed in observance of their holidays? One is tempted to say, "OK, we'll do that when the Islamic nations close their schools for Jewish and Christian holidays. " But that would be too easy. In fact, why shouldn't school holidays be set aside for any cult or sect that can raise enough adherents to make a fuss about official "oppression" or "discrimination"? Who has the right to refuse them?