April 26, 2016 |
Zymir is a friendly, outgoing 12-year-old with a brilliant smile. His many interests include traveling, camping, driving remote-control cars, and playing guitar. He also enjoys cooking, so he was delighted to have the opportunity recently to visit a bakery, where he spent time with the owner and expressed his creative side in making and decorating cupcakes. Zymir prides himself on his fashion sense and style and always tries to wear what is hip and cool. Enrolled in the sixth grade, he is very bright and is proud when he receives an A on his report card.
March 19, 2012 |
THE CITY HAS STRUGGLED for years to redevelop the once-glorious Divine Lorraine hotel, a vacant, graffitti-covered, modern-day ruin viewed as the pivotal obstacle in the rebirth of North Broad Street Now, developer Eric Blumenfeld is feverishly working with a local artist to turn the land behind the hotel - and the Divine herself - into a centerpiece that would reimagine both art and public education in the area just north of Center City....
October 18, 2011 |
The roof leaks badly. Parts of the building are shut off because of water damage. There is asbestos contamination on the fourth floor, and chunks of plaster scattered on the beautiful, crumbling second floor of the auditorium. Furness High, built in 1914, would cost $26 million to repair or $51 million to replace, and that's money the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District doesn't have. While it may land on a list of district buildings slated for closure, Furness' growing academic success means that the school could be around for years to come.
November 8, 2010 |
In a Central High School science lab - with her teacher and 30 classmates huddled around - freshman Mjaan McIvor pointed a camping lighter toward a single marshmallow Peep. The jack-o'-lantern-shaped Peep was sitting on top of an inch-tall stand and inside a six-inch metal cylinder with a beaker of water placed above it. After some difficulty igniting the lighter, McIvor succeeded in setting the Peep on fire. It was a visual, personal, hands-on science experiment - the kind of interactive approach that teacher K.D. Davenport believes will leave her students with a deeper understanding of nutrition.
April 30, 2010 |
Inside the science lab, the visitor leaned forward, listening to teenagers describe their work - a biodiesel project, a windmill, distillation systems that may be used to purify water in Sierra Leone someday. The world's most famous tech geek turned philanthropist had lots of questions for the students at Science Leadership Academy (SLA) - how long does that take to boil water? Why did you use this material? What's better about metal? "It's great to see people doing hands-on science," Bill Gates said after the presentations were over.
September 18, 2009 |
Cole Hamels stood in the doorway of Allen Pinkney's Stetson Middle School classroom yesterday morning, eyes fixed on a music teacher belting out an aria. "Amazing," the Phillies pitcher whispered to his wife, Heidi. When Pinkney finished, the couple cheered and clapped. "I brought my husband to see you, Mr. Pinkney," Heidi Hamels said. Then, turning to Cole, she added: "I told them you sing like a dead bird. " The room erupted in laughter, but it was pretty clear that no one minded Cole Hamels' lack of singing skills.
March 13, 2005 |
A trail of first graders holding tightly onto petri dishes followed Sister Mary McNulty down the halls of St. Ephrem School in Bensalem. "She's great. She takes us to the science lab," young scientist Nolan Crane said. "She says 'hi' to us in our classroom. " After the recent lesson on bacteria, St. Ephrem's principal popped into a sixth-grade class stymied by division of decimals. She worked through a problem with them, then said, "I will be back to see if you have it up here," pointing to her head.
April 17, 2003 |
The people of Lead are big fans of neutrinos. Each of the last two Mays, they have celebrated Neutrino Day, raising banners in honor of the mysterious subatomic particle. They selected a Miss Neutrino. "I even make a neutrino pizza," said Jeff Snedeker, owner of the PizzaLab restaurant and auto-body shop. (It's topped with sun-dried tomatoes and olives.) "We're probably the only town in the world where everyone knows what a neutrino is," said Phyllis Fleming, manager of Lead's historic opera house.
March 10, 2002 |
A model student, the daughter of a Nobel Prize-winning virologist and a federal judge, stands accused of burning down a science lab, an act that prosecutors say was motivated by anger after receiving a B- grade in a lifetime of A's. For the last two months, teams of high school students from across Pennsylvania have been arguing this case of a disgruntled achiever in the fictional realm of Temple County before bona fide judges, with local lawyers...
March 7, 1999 |
Many of the students at the Coriell Institute Science Fair fidgeted as they stood next to their poster projects and cast nervous, sideways glances at approaching judges. Though their awkward appearance revealed their young age, the breadth and scope of the experiments conducted by these 350 students pointed to their sharp wits and budding intellects. Nearly 70 judges paced the Camden County College gymnasium yesterday, taking in research and experiments conducted in areas such as botany, engineering, mathematics and medicine.