Organization Meeting – July 9, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. The Philadelphia Board of Education for the School District of Philadelphia will hold its first public meeting on Monday, July 9th at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Auditorium (2nd floor) of the School District of Philadelphia’s Education Center at 440 N. Broad Street. During the meeting, members will elect officers and address other general business. Members of the public who wish to speak during the Board of Education should call (215) 400-4180 by 10 a.m. on Monday, July 9.
Updated Jun 21
"Some 200 area homeowners aired their concerns and questions about the proposed relocation of the Ad Prima Charter School from its Frankford campus to 8034 Thouron Ave., directly across the street from the F. S. Edmonds Elementary School, during a more-than-three-hour public meeting. The session was called by the visibly angry Ninth District Councilwoman Cherelle L. Parker. She said she was never contacted by the Philadelphia School District or the charter school about the late May lease signing nor the School Reform Commission’s approval after 'public' meetings at the end of April. Parker said she only learned about this when angry homeowners and Edmonds parents contacted her office asking why they were not aware of the public meetings, open houses or relocation of the charter school to their neighborhood."
"Is Strawberry Mansion High School closing? It depends whom you ask. The Philadelphia School District says no. Officially, it describes what is happening at the hulking complex at 31st Street and Ridge Avenue as a 'gradual phase-out' of a neighborhood high school program that 'is no longer sustainable.' The building will remain open, with alternative programs locating there beginning this fall, and others landing in 2019 that will give the 2,000-plus high-school age young people in the neighborhood a viable educational option close to home. Don’t tell that to Tanya Parker, a neighborhood resident who shows up at events in a black 'Forever Mansion' T-shirt. She’s among a group of activists who believe the school has been deliberately ignored, starved of resources, and then blamed for failing to attract students."
There are five in-person registration sessions coming up if you'd like to enroll in Pre-K for September 2018. Spread the word! "The School District of Philadelphia accepts Pre-K applications year-round at 440 North Broad, Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 4:00 PM. Throughout the year, The Office of Early Childhood offers special events to accommodate location and time. Pre-K Onsite Registration events provide a wonderful opportunity for families to register their children for Pre-K at a neighboring school."
"More than 70 people – parents, grandparents, teachers, educators, library staff, and residents – packed the conference room at the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave. in Germantown, on May 18 to meet with members of Mayor Kenney’s appointed Philadelphia School Board, which will replace the School Reform Commission on July 1, 2018. Attendees said the new school board needs to be more transparent, develop a master plan to implement policies to address issues, establish basic facility standards, change the current format for board meetings to include more community decision-making involvement, increase partnerships between the schools and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department."
The 8th Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl takes place Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at XFINITY Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue. The event will feature restaurants presenting their versions of Philadelphia’s best burger, taco takedown and cutthroat cocktail competition. The event funds literacy programs through technology in underserved neighborhoods of the Philadelphia School District. Tickets are available at www.phillyburgerbrawl.com.
"Five teens were shot in two separate incidents in the city Friday night, including a 17-year-old girl who was killed, police said. The fatal shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Carlton Street, near Simpson Street, in West Philadelphia. Police Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said two gunmen fired at least 22 shots at someone who was on Carlton Street, but police do not know who that target was. The teenage girl, who was standing on Carlton, was shot in the neck, leg, and side, Walker said. She was taken by police to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. A 17-year-old male friend was shot in the right thigh and taken to Penn Presbyterian. Another male friend, 15, was shot in the left thigh and taken by private vehicle to Lankenau Medical Center. Both were in stable condition, Walker said. The girl’s mother had been sitting on her front steps on the 300 block of North Simpson Street, which faces Carlton, and heard the shots, Walker said."
Fox Chase students Gabriel and Lydia from Mrs. Depasquale's class won 2nd and 3rd place in the 2018 Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest! Congratulations, Lydia and Gabriel!
"Philadelphia students and teachers combined art and history to honor one of Philadelphia’s forgotten heroes Monday. About 200 students gathered, 100 at a time, in the City Hall courtyard to paint roughly half of a 6,000-square-foot mural dedicated to Octavius Catto, who made history in civil rights activism and sports in 19th-century Philadelphia. The finished mural will cover the east facade of the Universal Institute Charter building near 15th and Catharine streets in South Philadelphia. The painting project was part of an event celebrating the end of the city school district’s professional development initiative to help middle and high school teachers incorporate the Catto’s life into their lesson plans. Throughout the school year, the district offered five workshops covering various aspects of Catto’s legacy. The goal is to teach students about the history of black and brown people, as well as to inspire activism, said Shaquita Smith, the district’s social studies curriculum specialist."
Volunteers from the community, Friends of H.A. Brown, the East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA) and Kensington’s Henry A. Brown School, a school with K-8 students, have dedicated time and effort into restoring the playground at the corner of Firth and Emerald streets, which is just a short, half-block walk from the school. 'The mayor was great at identifying areas throughout the city to have parks and to originally put these structures in for the community to use,' said the school’s principal, Connie Carnivale, 'but unfortunately I don’t think Parks and Rec has a schedule for upkeep, so a lot of it depends upon the neighbors to do the upkeeping.'”
Beginning next week, the new Board of Education will host “listening sessions” across the city. Students, parents, educators, and residents are invited to come talk about the future of our schools. We encourage you to attend at least one session and share your views about the challenges and opportunities facing public education in Philadelphia. Registration is suggested but not required. All are welcome. Childcare, homework help, and refreshments will be available at each event. Members of the Board of Education will attend the sessions. Each event will begin with an opening presentation, followed by group discussions and a closing activity. Listening session dates, times and locations: Dobbins CTE High School 2150 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132 Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 PM South Philadelphia Library 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19145 Saturday, May 5, 2:00 PM Blackwell Regional Library 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19139 Thursday, May 10, 6:00 PM Coleman Regional Library 68 W. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144 Friday, May 18, 6:00 PM Northeast Regional Library 2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19149 Wednesday, May 23, 6:00 PM Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Mayor’s Office of Education at (215) 686-0333.
Happy Wednesday, Philly! Just a quick plug this morning for The Monkey & The Elephant, a coffee shop at 28th and Girard. "The M&E Program is a job and life skills program that seeks to equip youth who’ve aged out of foster care with the tools necessary to make the transition to self-sufficient adulthood. Youth engaged in the M&E program are surrounded by a community of supportive adults that they can rely on both during and after their time in the program. Participants are employed at the M&E cafe while participating in the program."
Pulling this announcement from a Fishtown discussion group and public school parent Micah Hanson. Awesome news for Hackett. "We learned about a week ago (and were okayed to release the news yesterday) that Horatio B. Hackett Elementary School has been chosen as the site for the Philadelphia Eagles Playground Build. The Philadelphia Eagles made the announcement to the students and staff yesterday at Hackett. Principal Kimmel, the Hackett staff, Friends Of Hackett and many tremendous partners have been working for 5 years to revitalize this barren asphalt yard. The Philadelphia Water Department has already committed $1.3 million to construct a massive stormwater management system including rain gardens and other elements (construction start TBD). The PTSSD granted the funds for the decorative gateway now ornamenting the entrance at York and Sepviva. This latest news from the Eagles will allow us to realize a large portion of the rest of the plan. Details are evolving, but the Eagles will provide play equipment, surfacing, a turf field, and other accessories while the Mural Arts Philadelphia will be installing a mural covering a significant chunk of the building facing the yard. This will all happen pretty quickly so expect big changes soon!"