Saturday, May 25, 2013
The President of the West Chester Area School District Board tries to put some distance between the board and one outspoken Board Member.
The President of the West Chester Area School Board is trying to put some distance between himself, the board and comments made Thursday by one board member who ripped into leadership of the District's teachers union. Heidi Adsett issued a press release Thursday blasting the leadership of the West Chester Area School District Education Association for sending an email to the rank and file calling on teachers to "work to contract" after June 30. District teachers have been working under the terms of their old contract which expired on June 30, 2012. Adsett included a copy of the email she was criticizng in her press release (which was sent from Adsett's private email account but) which originally indicated it was on official school …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
An outspoken member of the West Chester School Board issues a scathing attack on the union representatives and some union members.
As the long-protracted teacher's union contract negotiations remains stalled, one member of the school board is going on the attack against a representative of the West Chester Area Education Association and some of its 900 members. School Board member Heidi Adsett sent a press release to Patch Thursday morning tearing into the teacher's union leadership. In December of last year, StopTeacherStrikes.org announced Adsett has been named the vice president of the grassroots organization that aims to make education in the state "strike-free." FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2013 Heidi Adsett West Chester Area School Board Director Media Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Heidi Adsett condemns teacher Union “Work-To-Contract” intentions and seeks …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Find out who'll give the addresses at local college graduations for the Class of 2013.
Here are the Class of 2013 undergraduate commencement speakers for some Philadelphia-area colleges, in chronological order. Information is obtained by the schools' websites unless otherwise noted. Valley Forge Christian College, Friday, May 3: Pastor Mark Batterson Penn State Brandywine, Saturday, May 4: David H. Lipson Jr., a 1978 Penn State graduate and the president of the company that publishes Philadelphia Magazine St. Joseph's University, Saturday, May 11: Elisabeth A. Hagen, a 1991 graduate and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Undersecretary for Food Safety Chestnut Hill College, Saturday, May 11: Mary Louise Quinlan, author of “The God Box: Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love, and Letting Go” Rosemont College, Saturday, …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
See where area high schools ranks among the magazine's top 2000 US public high schools.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek has ranked B Reed Henderson High School at 807, Bayard Rustin High School at 932 and West Chester East High School at 1036 out of 2000 the magazine ranked in the country. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about West Chester High School's ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek considered …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Student critics throughout the region honor the best of high school theater at the Cappies.
After a walk down the red carpet it was on to honors inside for high school performers from the West Chester area Sunday at the 2013 Cappies Awards. The annual awards honor student actors, technicians, musicians, designed and theater critics in the greater Philadelphia region. 37 public and private schools in the city and surrounding counties are nominated and awarded by student theater critics. The critics themselves are also among the award nominees and winners presented with trophies. Before the show at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center at Upper Darby High School, nominees walked the red carpet in formal wear and in some cases in costume from shows and musicals presented during the current school year. Honors for Students from …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sunday night is the biggest of the the year for area high school actors, musicians and designers and crews.
West Chester Area High School students will be walking the red carpet and keeping their fingers crossed Sunday night at the eighth annual Philadelphia Region Cappies. The Cappies are like the Tony Awards for high school theater and high school theater critics. Students from 37 public and private high schools are participating in this year's awards show which will be presented at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center at Upper Darby High School. Not only are actors, musicians, set, sound and costume designers honored the Cappies honor student theater critics. Since October 236 critics have written 1,240 reviews that have been evaluated by teachers. The best reviews have been published in more than a dozen local newspapers and online. And…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Running, relays and lots and lots of cheering mark a day of fun and competition for West Chester Area School District elementary schools.
They were running for time, school pride and glory on the Henderson High School track Thursday in West Chester. Fourth and fifth grade teams from East Bradford, East Goshen, Sarah W. Starkweather, Westtown-Thornbury, and Mary C. House elementary schools competed in their annual track field day. Other district elementary school district schools compete other days of the week.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The West Chester Area School Board balanced the budget in part by using $4.4 million from the district's fund balance.
The 2013-14 school year could be a good one for local taxpayers, as the West Chester Area School Board approved a preliminary budget on Monday night that includes no tax increase, The Daily Local News is reporting. According to the paper, the final budget should be adopted at the school board meeting on May 28. Under the new budget, Delaware County homeowners within the district will see their taxes fall from 13.78 mills to 13.62 mills, while taxes on Chester County homes will hold at 18.67 mills. According to the paper, in order to keep taxes at this level, the district will use $4.4 million from its fund balance. The budget passed 8-1, with Sue Tiernan the sole opposing vote. Read the full story here.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Check out which schools from Greater Philadelphia are considered the best, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Several Philadelphia-area high schools—including Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Radnor High School in Radnor, Lower Merion High School in Lower Merion and Great Valley High School in Malvern—have made U.S. News and World Report’s list of 2013’s Best High Schools. More than 150 schools from Pennsylvania made the list, released Tuesday. U.S. News and World Report looked at more than 21,000 public schools across the country, according to its website. It “implemented … [a] comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those that are college bound, and that it must be able produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The festival will feature student produced shorts.
This coming Saturday, West Chester University is hosting LoOSenING Our Minds—a student produced feminist and queer film festival. According to The Quad, WCU’s student newspaper, the festival’s films will run from 10 to 15 minutes and will cover different aspects of what they call the queer experience. (Queer, the festival’s organizers note, shouldn’t be understood to mean strictly gay, but rather as a catchall term that covers any lifestyle apart from the mainstream. To this end, the films will, according to paper, “either send a message, tell a story, or portray what is happening to alienated students.”) LoOSenING Our Minds will be held at the university’s Sykes Student Union Theatre and is free and open to the public. Student shorts will…