June 25, 2010
Although each of the small schools that opened in 2006 reported high graduation and college-acceptance rates, a poor showing by students at the High School of the Future on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment [PSSA] tests in 2008-2009 is cause for Superintendent Arlene Ackerman to say that there would be major changes there next year. Ackerman said that she's not talking about changing the school's leadership - the school had four principals by the time the Class of 2010 began its junior year - but that the district needs to "give lots of attention to the School of the Future moving forward.
September 6, 2011 |
Formally opening the year for 151,000 Philadelphia public school students, dignitaries gathered Tuesday at the brand-new West Philadelphia High School to urge the students to take advantage of the opportunities in front of them. Inside the $66 million school's cavernous auditorium, a DJ and a circus performer warmed up the crowd of students in blue blazers. Then the dignitaries took over. "We're about getting an education!" shouted State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.).
March 10, 2014 |
First off, it's difficult to think of the South Jersey Group 1 boys' basketball finalists as small schools when one center is 6-foot-10 and an opposing big man is 6-9. What makes Monday's final between visiting Pitman and Schalick so interesting is that it dispels the myth that small-enrollment schools play on a lower level. While nobody is saying these teams would win the larger-enrollment groups, those who follow South Jersey basketball would insist it wouldn't be out of the question, either.
February 5, 1999 |
Two football leagues are better than one. That is what Catholic League principals decided yesterday when they voted to split the league into two divisions, composed of big schools and small schools, next season. By a 15-2 vote, the principals accepted a recommendation by athletic directors to divide the league based on male enrollment. A champion will be crowned in each division. The composition of the two divisions won't change for two years, at which time teams could switch, based on enrollment.
January 21, 2005 |
Imagine working at a company that has more than 1,000 employees, and where you have had eight bosses in the last six years. Imagine that many of those who direct your work are inexperienced and lack training, and may not even know your name. And imagine fearing for your safety inside your antiquated office building and during the commute. Now you have a sense of what many young people endure each day in Philadelphia's comprehensive public high schools. In such environments, it is no wonder that more than 20 percent of the students are absent each day or that fewer than half of all ninth graders stay four years through graduation.
April 27, 2006 |
The West Catholic girls' track team is one of the biggest uncertainties heading into the 112th running of the Penn Relays. Are the Burrs capable of advancing to a fourth consecutive high school girls' Championship of America 4x400 appearance? Can they sweep the small schools and Tri-State 4x100 titles for a third straight season? "I think we will be OK," said Burrs coach Lenny Jordan. "We are not going to back down from anybody. " Jordan's squad will get a better idea of where it stands after today's action.
October 9, 1998 |
Last week, they ran with the entire state. This week, it gets a little more personal. In a bit of a sectional preview, cross-country runners will gather for the South Jersey Open tomorrow at Kingsway. The first of six varsity races will start at 2:50 p.m. There are a few key differences between the South Jersey Open and the sectionals. First, this week's meet is divided into three groups. Sectionals are raced in four groups. Second, some of the top teams and top runners will take this weekend off or go elsewhere.
February 5, 1999 |
You are permitted to exhale. Realignment based on enrollment for Catholic League football is totally, completely, firmly in place. Yesterday, by a large majority, the league's principals voted to accept a plan that had been formulated last month and approved by the athletic directors. Joanne Walls, president of the principals' group, said the vote was 15-2. Realignment will begin with the 1999 season and will result in the crowning of two champions. There will be no playoff mixing between large and small schools.
April 17, 1994 |
Despite yesterday's early rain, the runners at the West Deptford Relays for girls took their marks and never looked back. Ocean City, powered by Megan Hartman, Mary Beth Wendorf and Shelly Solheim, captured the Division II team championship as the Red Raiders showed why they remain a Cape-Atlantic League powerhouse. "We practice in the wind and the rain all the time at the Shore," Ocean City coach Mike Naples said, "and we think that that prepares us well for these kinds of days.
April 22, 2007 |
Sandra Ruffin-Pearson picked up a disturbing rumor last December from her students at Vaux High in North Philadelphia: A local gang was planning some kind of trouble and possibly targeting Vaux. It helped that the veteran principal knew every one of her students by name. " 'Keep it out of my school,' " she remembers telling a group of the housing-project tenants, some former students. " 'Do whatever you need to do, but do not bring it into the building.' They said, 'All right, Ms. Pearson.