June 16, 1997 |
McDonald School, McDonald School, It's where we learn the Golden Rule. What did you do when you left elementary school? Slip your favorite teachers a card and a hug, thanking them for being nice? Maybe a little celebration in front of the steps, happy to be "growing up" and moving on to middle school? Can you even remember that far back? It's a safe bet that McDonald Elementary student Heather Siegfried will remember her school for quite a while - and vice versa.
August 29, 1998 |
Adele Pollock Kaplan, 81, a charity worker, champion bridge player and writer of her high school song, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at Abington Memorial Hospital. She had resided in Elkins Park for more than 35 years. A native of Philadelphia, Mrs. Kaplan graduated as valedictorian from Simon Gratz High School, where she wrote the school song. She attended Temple University on scholarship and studied piano at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. For decades, she wrote newsletter articles for the Ashbourne Country Club in Cheltenham, poems for friends on special occasions, and letters to pen pals and celebrities around the world.
April 3, 2011
Stacy Schwab is a fifth-grade teacher at the John Hancock Demonstration School in Northeast Philadelphia On a recent morning, as the second bell rang promptly at 8:28, I walked out the door into a schoolyard full of about 500 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, all socializing quietly in lines. My eyes were immediately drawn to the spot where the sun was shining on a small group of first graders standing near the flag waiting to lead the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance.
April 27, 1987 |
Oscar Eiermann, 79, of Woodbury, a professional classical pianist, died Friday at his home. He began playing the piano and the organ at the age of 8 and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 1939. For five years, he was a concert pianist and played at Carnegie Hall in New York several times. He also made musical tours of the United States, Canada and Mexico. He accompanied well-known singers on their tours, played on several radio programs and on the Philco Show, a weekly half-hour television program.
February 2, 1989 |
It's just a stained, raggedy, weatherbeaten white sweatshirt. Two discolored stripes around the right sleeve. A well frayed collar. Splotches of paint down the front. It doesn't matter. It's still the first one off the hook just about every weekend. Like a baby's security blanket, it's always there. Like that blanket, the shirt is also very special. What makes it special is the four faded blue letters across the front. WEST, it reads. One time, when the letters were bright and new, a man, wearing his West shirt, was taking a sunset walk on a South Jersey beach.
April 16, 1986 |
With the help of two well-dressed schoolboys, a frail 91-year-old Moorestown woman scratched the soil with a gleaming silver spade last week to help make way for the Moorestown Friends School's new $1 million hall. "Oooommmmph," said Lydia B. Stokes as she cleared a small square with the help of two Moorestown students, David Jefferds and Michael Brenner. And the deed was done. Soon other hands will be digging in the same spot, which is the future site of Stokes Hall. The hall will link the upper and lower buildings of the campus and will house two science laboratories, administrative offices, a faculty center and a library.
January 27, 1992 |
Enos S. Andrews, 88, an educator whose philosophy of dedication and perseverance made him an institution at Reynolds Elementary School, died Friday in a Mount Airy nursing home. "He would tell his students, 'Start where you are and with what you have and make something of it!' " said his daughter, Gertrude A. Baker, who followed her father into a career in education. "And in 44 years working in the public schools, he was never late and never absent," she said. For more than 40 years, Mr. Andrews was a fixture at Reynolds Elementary, first as a science teacher and, for the last decade of his career, as an administrative assistant.
December 16, 1992 |
The Goretti Girls of South Philly went ga-ga. The guys at Neumann were smiling like saints. The Little Flower girls in Hunting Park blossomed. And so it went, from West Catholic to Northeast - the city's Catholic high schools were spared the fiscal ax of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. None will close, none will even merge. It was "a glorious moment," said the principal at St. Maria Goretti High School for Girls, which won't be merged with St. John Neumann, as had been proposed.
May 28, 2003 |
"Olney High - Live on forever. " As the last words of our school song echoed in the room, we began joyfully saying our goodbyes. Another high school reunion had passed; we had celebrated our 50th anniversary. Young and hopeful, we graduated from Olney in 1953, the year Dwight Eisenhower became president, Dumont was still a TV channel, and Philadelphia boasted both the Phillies and the Athletics baseball teams. We were 423 graduates that January 22. Five decades later, 20 had been lost to places unknown and 43 had died; we mourn them.
March 23, 2000 |
With only seconds left on the overtime clock, our pep band director called out a school song for us to play for the fans. Reluctantly, we stood, sullen with the loss facing us. I picked up my saxophone and we started to play to the stands. That's when I smiled. Before us, section upon section of Temple basketball fans, wearing cherry and white, all on their feet, singing their hearts out to the Temple fight song. That is what sportsmanship is all about. Temple University was represented wonderfully in Buffalo by fans who stand by their team, especially in a game like Sunday's playoff loss to Seton Hall.