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harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:39 pm
harryfinster April 6, 2014 at 02:42 pm
here is a local school in your area that far outranks phoenixville you will see yourRead More superintendent has twisted the numbers to make phoenixville look better the only true thing he said was phoenixville has no place to go but up,because it certainly couldnt go lower
bitdls April 17, 2014 at 11:30 pm
hey harry and scammer i think you should cool things down this fight is getting a little rowdy
Deb Nyman March 28, 2014 at 11:09 am
Agree with Art!
Limeport Resident March 28, 2014 at 11:25 am
Seems futile to punish others if students will get health care and protection of their futures. I amRead More pretty sure that existing IRS laws would require minimal or no tax and in some cases, where eit comes into play, a refund by the IRS. The question is how will colleges react.. Drop sports so that more can be spent on FB? The present schools affected probably will not make big changes because education is important there and money is not a great issue. It is the schools that are nothing more than minor league teams for the pros that will adjust most if ruling becomes universal. NFL is non profit, baseball is a protected monopoly, because Americans want to be able to watch the sport and occasionally go to a game. Most of profit for NFL is capital gain so tax is not really an issue except when using loopholes to sell the team.
When will there be a ruling that requires the Varsity football & basketball student athletes toRead More attend classes and pass tests on their own. Only a % of these big school athletes are smart enough to earn a legitimate college degree...
Kaos8 March 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm
OK, so I have read a bunch of these articles to get a better idea of this Common Core curriculum, IRead More did not understand it, since I do not have kids in school yet. I agree with getting kids to think better and smarter. Many of these ideals, of participating, ask questions, use common sense (think before you talk or act), etc- where instilled in me in school. I was in honors/excellerated classes my whole life- I was good at math, science, and arts/music and sports without having to work real hard at it- hence me being put in Honor/excellerated classes to "push " me more. My sister- is really smart as well, however- she REALLY had to work at it- she is currently an Art Teacher and really excells at the arts (as runs in my family- some members are very well established artists, where my father's side is more into science/math and have really excelled in their fields). I feel that if you lump all these kids into the same curriculum - someone is going to suffer. You cannot treat or even teach students the same way. Not everyone is capable of learning in the same manner. Some kids are art/music oriented and some are Math/Science oriented (it completely is a left brain/right brain thing)- therefore you must be able to allow them to get to their best potential in the best way that they learn. This standardized testing sounds to me that any way you cut it, some of these kids are going to get left behind. THe one article I read was about teaching kids to think differently, ask questions, respect, etc..that is great- but when I was growing up that is stuff that teachers were already teaching and also instilled at home in the family environment. If I am still not understanding this correctly maybe someone can explain it to me a little better.
Country1st March 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm
As of 11/13, MA hadn't adopted it -- but you're right -- I just checked it and they've adopted it.Read More And thanks for the website -- I"ll check it out. The point is -- this is a new curriculum -- it's not financed -- and if they want to be fair, they should start requiring the kids who are in kindergarten to be able to pass it by the time they graduate, not the class of 2017.
Country1st March 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Here's a good sign: http://time.com/36779/indiana-drops-common-core-education-standards/ This is aRead More very big deal -- hopefully, PA will follow suit
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 05:12 pm
No.
sarah connor March 31, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Its a yes or no question...again with the opinions and sarcasm YES...!
Karen Toth March 31, 2014 at 09:14 pm
America was founded on debate of opinions, and the right to do so in a public forum. ..
Rita Diani March 15, 2014 at 03:14 pm
speaking of colleges and their shady ways, does anyone know the date the Middle States, WCCC'sRead More accrediting agency, is visiting them this week?
harryfinster March 15, 2014 at 04:31 pm
http://www.scribd.com/doc/55863184/phoenixville2p
M March 16, 2014 at 09:46 pm
There were many egregious miscalculations. All who made them need to pay the price personally:Read More Penn state officials, Sandusky, anyone who knew and did not report. The Catholic Church now requires all mandated reporters, i.e. anyone who has knowledge or strong suspicions of abuse against children/young adults MUST contact police first, then Bishop. Let this case be a lesson to all who might be tempted not to report. Make THEM pay the price both financially and morally. "Look at the collateral damage to the Paterno family, and all the rest of the staff on the periphery. Look at the lost trust. Most of all, look at the lives of the victims who'll be scarred the rest of their lives." But the victims can become survivors and go on to live good lives, overcoming through therapy and the compassion of those around them.
harryfinster March 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm
http://www.scribd.com/doc/55863184/phoenixville2p
Leigh March 10, 2014 at 07:29 am
Yeah nabob - we don't need to hear the truth! Shame on you!
ROBERT J? HADLEY March 11, 2014 at 11:00 am
Joe let Jerry go in 1998, then let him loose on Camus till he was convicted. Joe knew, but he wasRead More JOE and no one could touch him. PSU claims to not be state school, but employees are under state retirement system, Jerry getting 56k a year, joes wife is getting 110k per year.
Helen Gricks February 12, 2014 at 06:43 am
It's a big state. I think NH is one of the best schools around. My kids were well prepared forRead More college. Patch, do you have a % for local schools.
Richard February 12, 2014 at 06:59 pm
Agreed Helen, PR has 1 or 2 score perfect on their SAT's every year and they have excellent APRead More scores! The teachers and students do an excellent job preparing for Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics at Pine-Richland
Kevin Brutschea April 1, 2014 at 11:37 am
What all public schools need more than anything else the return of discipline. That is the onlyRead More difference regular schools and Charter Schools is discipline. CS's cherry-pick the students accepted for enrollment. Any discipline issues, and your kid won't get in.
Screen shot of video frame from Keystone Oaks "Roar" video.
James Hughes October 4, 2013 at 09:19 am
The story of a school taking the initiative of actually making a video showing some school pride,Read More kids being kids and (gulp), having fun. While your passion for Ms. Perri's music is clear, give the students credit for their work instead of just instantly saying they have "Zero chance of winning". Again, good luck KOHS students. Ignore the haters and stay the course. You should be proud.
Vicki October 5, 2013 at 03:21 pm
I Love it!! Especially since Stephen put this together basically at the last minute. My daughter isRead More in this with her Cheer Squad!! I just love the pride her fellow students have in their school...I have watched this over and over and can't get enough of it..JOB WELL DONE STEPHEN! There willalways be haters, apparently Malcolm has a problem with Keystone Oaks or is just jealous because his school couldn't come up with a great video like this one!! Good luck KO!! And thank you James Hughes..they should be proud!!
Malcolm Johnson October 5, 2013 at 09:39 pm
James, Vicki, perhaps I was a little harsh in my assessment. I have a child in the KO district andRead More I Love Dormont. If the purpose of the video was to have some fun and highlight some of the cool people at KO High then I agree wholeheartedly that is an enjoyable and fun video to watch. Here is my point, the video has been entered into a competition against, probably 100's of other schools that would like to also win the concert appearance, etc. Some of the schools are going to go all out to win with very elaborate storylines and themes that fit the ROAR message. Here is a concept off the top of my head. A small group of HS Kids are seen picking up trash in the downtown area. Some other kids and some adults from the area see this and a slow but glowing trickle of people join in. By the end of the song, the whole community is joining in and the one Kid, thematically featured throughout, has found his or her "Roar" and are now not only picking up trash but coordinating a larger effort. The song is playing, kids are lip-synching, and a real connection to the meaning of the song is made. Believe me, this is not a brilliant concept by any means, but it is a concept and I think a few schools are going to go all in and make really wonderful videos. So, do you want to just look good and get a few hundred youtube likes or do you want to go all-in and win this darned thing? I guess that is my point.
Credit: Ellington-Somers Patch
Daniel Camarco October 4, 2013 at 01:30 pm
I graduated from high school 11 years ago. In high school and middle school I remember having tonsRead More of homework, especially in high school. But, not in elementary school, up through 5th grade. Doing a lot of homework every night was miserable and I think having less would have been better.
Kim Butler August 27, 2012 at 08:42 pm
Mr. Ihrig, Thank you for your many years of service. Celebrate and enjoy being 90 years young!
Pamela Ihrig Fonseca October 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm
The gift that kept on giving...After Art (my father)recieved his high school diploma and thisRead More article hit the internet his story was featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune and Pittsburgh Post Gazette newspapers. We celebrated his 90th birthday at the Brentwood VFW Post 1810 with two cakes, one for his birthday and one for his graduation. The entire family, all four generations, got to visit the old family homestead on Marylea Ave where we had lived from 1959 to 1989. In lew of presents, Art recieved $900 which he donated to the VFW for veteran's care. On Labor day a Channel 4 TV reporter tracked Art to his apartment and interviewed him for the 11 O'clock news. After appearing on the 11pm, morning and noon news, Art was contacted by a Dormont High classmate and invited to their 70th High School Reunion in December. He plans to attend! Thank you to everyone for you caring words. Pam (Ihrig) Fonseca
Erin Faulk October 31, 2012 at 12:01 am
Pam, thank you so much for sharing. Art has a wonderful story and I am honored to have had theRead More opportunity to write it. I'm glad to hear that he and your family are doing well. Please stay in touch and keep us updated!
Keystone Oaks School District logo. (Photo Credit: James Cromie/KOSD)
Mike Johns September 10, 2013 at 07:09 pm
Wonderful topics! Would love to hear what the superintendent has to "chat" about but IRead More have to work during the day. Any chance this session could be moved to a PM session?
Erin Faulk September 11, 2013 at 10:52 am
Hi Mike, last year the superintendent held multiple sessions like this. This particular session isRead More part of the Partners in Learning Program, and I don't know yet if he's planning to hold others. Here is Dr. Stropkaj's page on the KO website: http://kosd.org/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=452 Might be worth contacting him or the district to find out. I will contact them also and see if there are any plans for this.
Susan Wuenstel November 20, 2013 at 07:11 am
Hi - not sure if anyone will read this, but the superintendent chat was a way for parents of theRead More special ed population to have a conversation with Dr. Stropkaj, so each school year the Partners in Learning group tries to schedule one meeting where Dr. Stropkaj attends and lets the audience know what's new in his world, and then fields any questions that parents/families may have. In an effort to reach more parents (some of whom work at night), we scheduled this parent chat during the day. Next year, I will attempt to schedule this in the evening. The Partners in Learning group is a parent/school district initiative that offers support and information to families dealing with challenges of educating children with a variety of specialized needs. Your child does not need to be in special ed to attend meetings, and the meetings are open to all district residents. Any more questions? Please let me know! Thanks - Susan Wuenstel (one of the parent coordinators)
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