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Student Journalism Awards 2012

By Noreen Neal on Jun 1, 2012 02:37 PM

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is glad to announce the winners of the 2012 Student Journalism Awards! Every year the Notebook recognizes and honors the best work of Philadelphia's high school newspaper writers and editors.

This year, 12 high schools entered the competition. The winners will be presented their awards at our annual Turning the Page for Change event on June 12.

Liberty Bell Project - life... and the pursuit of happiness

By Samuel Reed III on Jun 10, 2010 02:47 PM

Believe it or not schools can be the most undemocratic and uncreative spaces.

The Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership (PAEP)  and the National Liberty Museum have developed an exciting program entitled “Let Art Freedom Ring” that infuses democracy, character education, and art making.

“Let Art Freedom Ring” seeks to reinvigorate students’ civic mindedness and artistic muses through 12 sessions. During the sessions students explore themes related to liberty, study Philadelphia’s role in shaping our democracy, and collaborate with resident artists to create a 6', 3-d interpretation of the Liberty Bell.

Beeber: An ArtsZone hub

By Samuel Reed III on Apr 22, 2010 12:39 PM

Community partners, business leaders, artists, parents, and students of Beeber Middle School will meet on April 28th at 5 p.m. to plan for a newly launched Art Zone. The program was established in collaboration with ArtsRising, a comprehensive youth initiative supported by the Philadelphia Education Fund, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and Fleisher Art Memorial.

Beeber is one of the five inaugural ArtsRising ArtZone hubs. ArtsZone hubs are geographical areas anchored by schools that are linked integrally to their surrounding neighborhoods and arts resources within communities and the larger city. Other inaugural ArtZone hubs will be located at:

  • Warren G. Harding Middle School
  • John B. Stetson Middle School
  • Grover Washington Middle School
  • C.A.A. Baldi Middle School

What follows is a guest blog contribution written by Precious Lee, an 8th grader at Beeber Middle School. She is one of Beeber’s leading student journalists. She has written about her views on art and the launching of the ArtsRising ArtsZone hubs.

Please spread the word about Beeber's ArtZone and encourage Precious with comments and questions about what role art should play in schools.

You bring out the Latin-Caribbean in me...

By Samuel Reed III on Dec 8, 2009 02:22 PM

Why should I teach a predominately African American class about Latin-Caribbean culture?

My school, like many schools in Philadelphia is racially isolated. Consequently, tensions exist regarding meeting the School District’s expectation of promoting multicultural studies.

Teachable moment: Private swim club vs. day camp

By Samuel Reed III on Jul 21, 2009 01:58 PM

Like it or not, the Huntingdon Valley Swim Club debacle provided some in the mainstream media and blogosphere an alternative to the over-coverage of the King of Pop post-mortem.

When I first heard the news on the earlier broadcasts, I told myself that the media likes to blow things out of proportion - that's how they increase viewers and attract advertisers. As my big sister says, “There's always 3 sides to a story.”  I didn't want to pass judgment. I wanted to hear the facts to make sense of the case.

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