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.
The Notebook is continuing to celebrate the release of each print edition with a happy hour for Notebook members and readers to mingle. The May 18 happy hour at City Tap House, 39th and Walnut St., was timed to coincide with the Education Writers Association annual national seminar, hosted this year by the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.
The Notebook celebrated 17 years of publishing with its annual Turning the Page for Change event on June 7, giving awards to student journalists and celebrating the continued work of dedicated individuals and organizations to support quality and equity in Philadelphia schools.
Three hundred activists, students, teachers, administrators, parents, city and District officials, and others came to the annual celebration, which was held once again at the University of the Arts’ Hamilton Hall.
On June 7, the Notebook family will come together again at our annual “Turning the Page for Change” celebration. It’s always a great party and I hope you’ll be able to make it. I’ve been thinking some about the Notebook’s accomplishments since we partied last June, and I decided to start a list. It’s not complete but it’s what's on my mind — and I hope you’ll add to it.
Notebook accomplishments 2010-11:
This year is the eighth time the Notebook community has come together in June to celebrate and generate critical financial support.
In 2005, I worked on the second Notebook June event. This was the year after the Notebook’s 10th anniversary celebration, and our goal that year was to transition from a one-time bash to an established, annual affair. And we succeeded. In the years since, the tradition has blossomed, with lots of creative and fun features emerging along the way.
“I'm Benjamin Herold, reporting for the Public School Notebook and WHYY News.”
If you tune in to FM station WHYY, several months ago you began hearing from the Notebook. The Notebook took to the radio this year in a partnership with WHYY and its site NewsWorks to bring our in-depth education reporting to a new audience. Teaming up has allowed the Notebook and NewsWorks to bring you important education news stories: Hope Moffett, Martin Luther King High, and the budget crisis. You heard about them all from us first.
On June 7, the Notebook community will gather to celebrate 17 years of independent publishing for Philadelphia's education community. This is the third in a series of blog entries exploring the exciting growth we are experiencing.
I was a parent in the School District of Philadelphia for 19 years. Like many parents, I struggled to find a voice in my children's school. In the mid-'90s I became active in Home and School, and eventually became the parent leader of a site council. One memory that stands out for me was going through the annual trauma of budget cycles and possible cuts. Would our school budget be cut? Would our school be forced to eliminate an elective next year? What was happening to other schools?
It was around that time that I started reading the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.
“Where’s My Notebook?” by Ron Whitehorne, distributor and Notebook board chair
On June 7 the Notebook community will gather to celebrate 17 years of independent publishing for Philadephia's education community. This is the second in a series of blog entries exploring the exciting growth we are experiencing.
I had just swung a bundle of 100 copies of the latest edition of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook on to the office counter at Forrest Elementary School in the Northeast. The school security guard came in right behind me. “Where’s my Notebook?” she exclaimed. “Put them right out here on my desk, I’ll make sure all the parents get one. I tell them the Notebook tells the truth!”
On June 7 the Notebook community will gather to celebrate 17 years of independent publishing for Philadelphia's education community — and a year of exciting growth.
In recent months, one of the most striking areas of growth has been the use of our website.