Wilfredo Cruz is seated in the back of his 8th grade English class, scanning the room.
When he spots another student with his head down, Wilfredo whispers the boy’s name, trying to get his attention.
Last year, this would have been the start of trouble. As a 7th grader at John B. Stetson Middle School, Wilfredo would often simply walk out of class to wander the halls. He was suspended multiple times and given detention countless others, for offenses ranging from writing graffiti on school property to fighting to bringing a BB gun to school.
Thu. Dec. 2. Parents and Community: What Do We Really Want to See in Our Schools? 6-8 p.m. First District Plaza, 3801 Market St. Join the conversation about what educational programs and resources students need for success in the School District. The District is formulating a facilities master plan to re-examine the best use of its schools. For information, call 215-400-5627 or visit www.philasd.org/fmp.