Monday, April 29, 2013
Several local schools did well at this past weekend's Penn Relays.
Several local high schools participated in this weekend's Penn Relays. Here are how some of the school's fared in a couple of events provided by the Penn Relays website. Germantown High School's best finish was in the girls' 4x400 relay for the Philadelphia public schools. That team finished fourth, and the team members are: Jahneya Mitchell, Savannah Patterson, Zipporah Brooks, Kayla Foster. The Germantown High boys also finished 14 in the 4x400 relay for the Philadelphia public schools. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy finished second in the Prep School 4x400 relay. The members of the team are: Drew Davis, Bridget Lipp, Julia Reeves, Brooklynn Broadwater. Martin Luther King High School's best finish was 19 in the 4x400 relay for the …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Germantown High School will be closed by the Philadelphia School District.
Saturday, March 9
The following is a press release from the Philadelphia School District. The School Reform Commission (SRC) approved Thursday several program relocations, mergers and consolidations along with the closure of 23 schools as part of District’s commitment to better align programs and resources with student needs. The District began work in 2010 on developing a long-range Facilities Master Plan to standardize grade configurations, increase school utilization and reduce excess building capacity. Last December, the District initially recommended 37 schools for closure. As a result of extensive community feedback and comments, more than a dozen recommendations were modified in February. The District’s final recommendation was to close 29 buildings…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Councilwoman Cindy Bass spoke about the closing of Germantown High School at a civic meeting in January.
With the future of Germantown High School and 36 other city schools still up in the air, councilwoman Cindy Bass told the Chew-Belfield Neighbors Club that she "still fighting" to keep her district's schools from closing. "We know the financial situation for the school district is bad," she said. "We understand that some schools might have to close, but let's do what makes sense." Citing concerns about neighborhood violence and children walking long distances outside of their neighborhoods, Bass said that she favored finding alternative solutions to closing neighborhood schools outright, including the possibility of using existing buildings to house several elementary schools at the same time. "We want to revitalize our commercial corridor…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
"No superintendent anywhere wants to move into a place ... and recommend that 37 schools close." - Superintendent William Hite.
The Philadelphia School Distrcit has released video of a public meeting held at Martin Luther King High School in which school and police representatives discuss the decision to reccomened the closing of 37 district schools, including Germantown High School. Superintendent William Hite said that the closings were reccomended for a number of reasons, including an opportunity to readjust the district's resources. "We have seats for 53,000 students who are not being educated in our schools," he said. "The money could be better used on different resources for students ... and at the end of the day, whatever the vote is, we have to shift our focus from 'why shouldn't these schools close' to 'how can we come together.'" Watch the full video of …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The alumni association has a vigil planned for Thursday.
With the future of Germantown High School up in the air, the school's alumni association is taking steps to make sure people get a chance to say their piece. The Germantown High School Alumni Association is holding a public meeting at the high school on Tuesday, Dec 18 at 6 p.m. to allow supports of the school to speak in its defense, according to a statement from association president Vera Primus. "Interested parties must attend so the school district heads our united voices saying 'it's not going to happen on our watch,'" she said in a release. Primus said that the association was working with State Representative Stephen Kinsey as well as "other organizations and community groups" to lobby the district to keep the school from closing. "…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Jenks Elementary School not impacted by public school plan.
Two Chestnut Hill-area schools will change in the 2013-14 school year, including one closure, if the proposed restructuring plan from the School District of Philadelphia takes effect. However Jenks Elementary School will remain unchanged. The big blow is the closure of the neighborhood high school, which recently became a Renaissance school. Ninth to 11th grade students from Germantown can transfer to Martin Luther King Promise Academy or Roxborough High School next fall. Additionally, students presently enrolled in special programs—like the Culinary Arts, Commercial Advertising Art, and Business Technology Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs—will be relocated to King Promise Academy. In addition to hosting Parkway Northwest, …
In total, 37 facilities will close citywide; many other changes planned.
Three Mt. Airy-area schools will change in the 2013-14 school year, including one closure, if the proposed restructuring plan from the School District of Philadelphia takes effect. The big blow is the closure of the neighborhood high school, which recently became a Renaissance school. Ninth to 11th grade students from Germantown can transfer to Martin Luther King Promise Academy or Roxborough High School next fall. Additionally, students presently enrolled in special programs—like the Culinary Arts, Commercial Advertising Art, and Business Technology Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs—will be relocated to King Promise Academy. Leeds currently operates as a seventh and eighth grade facility, in addition to hosting the …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A slow-motion look.
It was an emotional scene at New Covenant Church on Tuesday as Germantown High School graduates walked back down the aisle, diplomas in hand. Here's a slow-motion video from that scene.
There was lots of joy at New Covenant Church Tuesday.
"Keep it moving," said John Chapman, a Germantown High School graduate, as he spoke to the school's Class of 2012 on Tuesday at New Covenant Church. The keynote speaker was one of several to espouse a positive message at a graduation that saw students burst into spontaneous peals of joy during a ceremony that lasted about two hours. Here are photos from the event.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The student was arrested Tuesday and will be treated as a juvenile.
A Germantown High School student was charged with five felonies in connection with a sexual assault that police said took place at the school Friday morning. Police said the alleged incident—which they are classifying as a rape—took place near the school's basement. The student, who is a teenager, came into the Special Victims Unit Tuesday morning with a family member to turn himself in. Police Capt. John Darby said the five felonies included rape, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful restraint, sexual assault and false imprisonment. He was also charged with four misdemeanors, including indecent exposure, indecent assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. According to NBC10, neither student—the two freshmen …