Public, Archdiocesan schools to dismiss early on Friday, Sept 9 due to heat

Posted on 08 September 2016 by

The school year has just begun, but we have our first early dismissal due to lingering hot weather. The School District of Philadelphia has announced that all public schools will dismiss at noon on Friday, Sept. 9 due to the high temperatures forecasted for tomorrow (the temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s). All after-school activities including all athletic programs and professional development classes scheduled for Friday are also canceled as well. All District early childhood centers will remain open as per their regular schedule.

All Archdiocesan schools will also dismiss at noon this Friday.


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Schools, city services focus of public meeting in Cobbs Creek on Thursday

Posted on 09 March 2016 by Mike Lyons

The West Philly chapter of ACTION United is holding a public meeting on Thursday, March 10, to discuss improvements to schools and city services in the Cobbs Creek section.

ActionUnited“We need to come together to fight for the services and institutions our neighborhood needs,” Chinara Bilaal, an ACTION United member, said in a statement. “From streets and schoolyards to vacant lots and homes, we’re getting ignored. We need to make our voices heard as a group.”

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Sayre Morris Recreation Center (5835 Spruce Street). Light refreshments will be served.

Members of ACTION United in West Philadelphia organized last week’s rally calling for improvement of safety on and around the property of West Philly’s Andrew Hamilton Elementary School located at 57th and Spruce Streets.

Thursday’s meeting will be the first public meeting of this new group.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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Weigh in on the “state of our schools” at tonight’s education town hall in West Philadelphia

Posted on 07 March 2016 by

City Council is hosting a series of community town halls throughout Philadelphia starting this week to identify the priorities of struggling schools.

The first one will be held tonight (Monday, March 7) in West Philadelphia, at Sayre High School (5800 Walnut St.), beginning at 5:30 p.m. Parents, educators, and other concerned community members are invited to join Councilwomen Helen Gym and Jannie Blackwell to weigh in on what students need.

Years of budget cuts have left most public schools without basic, essential services. The number of teacher vacancies has grown and there is also serious shortage of core staff, including nurses and counselors, which is leaving students without critical support. About 95 percent of Philadelphia’s 149 elementary schools lack a functioning library.

These meetings are meant to highlight the community priorities for spending and needs in their schools. A report will be published after the town halls to demand how the District needs to prioritize spending in District schools.  Continue Reading

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Schools closed Monday after weekend storm

Posted on 24 January 2016 by

Due to the snow storm that occurred over the weekend, all city public schools will be closed Monday, January 25, the Philadelphia School District has announced. All early childhood and after school programs and all administrative offices will also be closed.

Visit the District website at for updates.


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Huey one step closer to becoming a charter; final vote in March

Posted on 22 January 2016 by Mike Lyons

The School Reform Commission voted last night to move three public schools, including the Samuel B. Huey School (52nd and Pine) one step closer to becoming charter schools.

Parents from Huey and two other schools, John Wister and Jay Cooke, protested the vote, which passed 4-1. SRC Chair Marjorie Neff voted against the measure.

Under the plan, Global Leadership Academy Charter School would take over Huey. A final vote is scheduled for the March SRC meeting.

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Public school breakfast, lunch menu for January 2016

Posted on 03 January 2016 by

Winter break is over for Philadelphia public school students, who are heading back to school on Monday, Jan. 4. Click on the images below to view breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus to be served in Philadelphia public schools in January 2016. Click here if your school uses the Satellite menu.

January 2016 K-8 breakfast, lunch and dinner menu


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