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School's open: What happened on your first day?

By Anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 01:13 PM

Today is the first day for students in the 2011-12 school year. Welcome back!

For West Philadelphia High this school year brings a new building. Acting Superintendent Leroy Nunery, Mayor Michael Nutter, Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, West Philly High Principal Mary Dean, and others gathered at the new building this morning for a ribbon-cutting.

Across the District, schools opened with fewer resources than last year, but the District reported last week that all teacher vacancies were filled. What is the staffing situation like at your school? How is your school adjusting to the budget cuts?

Local Patch sites covered the first day of school at Germantown High School, which is now a Promise Academy; Lingelbach Elementary; and J.S. Jenks Elementary.

WHYY/NewsWorks has a photo slideshow of students in Northwest Philly trekking to school through the dreary weather. Do you have first day of school photos? If so, email them to us and we'll post them here.

Last week the District posted a welcome video from Nunery, School Reform Commission Chair Robert Archie, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' President Jerry Jordan, and Robert McGrogan, president of the principals' union. What would you like to see District leaders do in this new school year?

Let us know how the first day went for you here in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Comments (13)

Submitted by Brian Cohen (not verified) on September 6, 2011 5:23 pm

The first day of school was wonderful for me. I got to be ridiculous in front of 160 students over the course of 7 hours. I had chats with a few kids who were shy and drew out some smiles. I taught students how to quiet down appropriately in order to respect each other. And I got to play the toilet-paper-end-of-the-world ice breaker game!

Submitted by Erika Owens (not verified) on September 7, 2011 10:17 am

That's great! That's neat you're able to connect with the students so quickly. The photo of your classroom made me want to get my butt back to school. Maybe one day.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 6, 2011 6:38 pm

WE had 4 teachers NOT show at all and had not notified the school at all. It probably happened in LOTS of schools.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 6, 2011 6:51 pm

As one of "The 300" I hope it did. I wish it didn't, for the students' and schools' sake, but I hope hundreds of people didn't show up so that those of us sitting at home today who WANT to be there can come back asap.

I do not understand how people didn't bother to say they weren't coming, knowing that their colleagues are laid off and waiting for recall.

Submitted by Paul Socolar on September 7, 2011 12:03 am

As of tonight, there are now a dozen vacancies showing on the District's updated vacancy list ... most are just one per school

I don't know how long it takes for a no-show's job to be posted, but based on past history, it seems reasonable to assume that there are dozens more openings more still to be posted from no-shows and from people who leave after a few days.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 7, 2011 8:21 am

Yes, they will all be called soon. Blame it all on Ackermania. Pray it never happens again.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 6, 2011 7:28 pm

Ackermania has caused usually normal people to behave very badly. You'll be called back soon and I'm glad for you.

Submitted by Teachwhocares on September 6, 2011 8:28 pm

I had a great day at my school We have a new principal who is lovely. Everyone was happy. The students were happy and the staff was happy. It was a great day for all! My hope is that it continues throughout the school year.

Submitted by Erika Owens (not verified) on September 7, 2011 10:22 am

Great to hear even the dreary weather didn't dampen (ha...ha) the first day!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 6, 2011 8:06 pm

Vincent Hughes is a GREAT person--truthful and diligent unlike Nutter et al.

Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on September 6, 2011 11:29 pm

I was told Hughes and Blackwell have offices at the new West Philly HS. If yes, why? Since it is a "promise" academy, West Philly will get more money. There are many "sharks" looking for contracts. How much "oversight" will Hughes and Blackwell have over who gets the contracts? Conflict of interest......

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 6, 2011 8:14 pm

I would LOVE to see the SRC disbanded, Archie go to jail, Nunnery fired, Gamble, Porter and Evans lose their charters and a fresh set of folks headed by Heidi Ramirez, Helen Gym and Pedro Ramos take over. Throw the garbage out.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 7, 2011 8:36 am

Same old crap---won't change until people demand it by any means necessary.

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