Saturday, April 30, 2011

Smedley Allied Health Youth Court Awards Luncheon

Carolyn High (Climate Manager), Greg Volz (Stoneleigh Foundation), Gene Foehl (Pres. of the Unity Center), Joyce Wells (CUSD Superintendent), and Justin Sheppard (Youth Court Teacher)

Parents and dignitaries were gathered today at the Chester Student Center to give special recognition to students for their service and their roles as the founding members of the Youth Court program at Smedley Allied Health High School. While Chester High Youth Court has been in operation since 2007, Allied Health Youth Court is a new program that started for this 2010-2011 school year. In the fall, the students underwent training to operate the youth court. In January, they started to process disciplinary cases from the administration. From Swarthmore College student volunteer Shilpa Boppana, “Considering that none of the students have any experience running a youth court, have any senior youth court leaders, and the fact that they are all freshmen and sophomores, they've been doing an amazing job so far.” Allied Health Youth Court operates during 1st period and is an elective for students. 

Students who were honored pictured with Chester Upland School District Superintendent Joyce Wells and Youth Court Teacher Justin Sheppard:

Ashay Payne

Aishona Jackson

Crucita Vazquez
Shaquita Scott
Kadeem Greenwood
Britteny Whitfield
Jabree Harris
Devine Wallace
Te'shawna Miller
Students who were also honored but not present for the luncheon:
Brianna Palmer
Calvin Jones
Marcos Hernandez
Sabrina Smith

Congratulations to all the honorees for a job well done.

For more on Youth Court see the 2 part series posted on this blog in December

Also check out the Youth Court Blog:

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Youth court opens doors for Chester teens


Friday, April 29, 2011

Event Reminder for April 30th

There may be a lot more going on in Chester on Saturday, April 30th but here are the events that were posted on this blog:

Kings & Queens Empowerment Breakfast
& Anti-Violence Youth Rally 
Chester City Hall 
Breakfast is Free
(Posted Monday April 25, 2011)

Spring Book & Bake Sale
Crozer Library
620 Engle St
Chester, PA
(Posted Saturday April 23, 2011)

Choices 7th Annual Mother, Daughter Tea Party
& Woman of the Year Awards Ceremony
Widener University
Lathem Hall
13th & Potter Sts.
1:00 PM
Donation $25 Adults/ $15 Youth
(Posted Thursday, March 31, 2011)

Smedley Allied Health High Youth Court Luncheon
Chester Student Center
9th and Kerlin Sts.
Chester, PA
(Posted Friday, April 29, 2011)

Smedley Allied Health High Youth Court Luncheon Invitation

Invitation from Swarthmore College Student Shilpa Boppana:

…I'm the leader of a group of Swarthmore students who has been working with students in the Smedley Allied Health High Youth Court program. We have been visiting the students' classroom since September of last year, working with them on their public speaking, writing, critical thinking, and other skills… 

 We are having a luncheon on Saturday, April 30th from 12-1 pm at the Chester Student Center (at 9th and Kerlin, across the road from the Sunoco gas station) to honor the Youth Court students' service to their school and their roles as the founding members of their Youth Court program. We are hoping to have the students' family members there as well as teachers, school administrators, CUSD administrators, and community leaders present to support the students and see them recognized for their hard work...These students in the Youth Court program have done a fantastic job so far, and we hope to encourage them to continue!

Toby Farms and CUSA students learn about Finances

I was just amazed by this story. I guess you are never too young to learn about money but this much information. Wow! I am impressed. Where do I sign up for these sessions…
Here is the report from John Kopp at delcotimes:
Rick Salameda a branch manager for the Citibank in Media, stopped by Toby Farms Elementary School as part of National Financial Literacy Month. Citibank officials also hosted sessions at Chester Upland School of the Arts.
“It was fun,” student Niajera Carter said. “We have other visitors come in to talk to us. It was interesting that somebody came from the bank.”

Salameda presented a lesson that discussed savings accounts, checking accounts, certificate of deposits and interest.
Salameda then fielded questions from the students, which led to conversations about mortgages, counterfeit money, savings bonds and credit and debit cards.

The students also wanted to the value of a gold bar, how the bank keeps track of the money in one’s account and whether fourth graders could gain credit cards.

When Salameda informed the class that a person must be 18 years old to sign up for a credit card, the students, naturally, expressed their disappointment.
For complete details on this story go to:
Toby Farms students learn about finances (With Video)


Science and Discovery High School Teacher Honored

Tahira Jones, 10th-grade geometry teacher at Science and Discovery High School, was named the “Best Teacher Under The Sun” by Sun East Federal Credit Union. She was awarded $500 from Sun East which also gave another $500 to Science and Discovery.
For complete details on the story go to:
Chester teacher honored (With Video)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gov. Tom Corbett to visit Pennsylvania’s Largest K-8 Charter School

Press Release From Chester Community Charter School:

Representatives of media outlets are invited to visit the East Campus Gymnasium of Chester Community Charter School (, at 302 East 5th Street, here, on Friday, April 29, 2011, from 2:45pm to 3:45 pm, as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett visits the school as part of his administration’s ongoing review of the effectiveness of public and charter schools across the Commonwealth.

Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), with nearly 2700 students currently enrolled, and hundreds of additional young people on its waiting list, is the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania. The school’s student PSSA scores consistently rank among the highest in the Greater Philadelphia area, and CCCS has achieved AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in the assessments done by the State’s Department of Education, in each of the past two years.

The Governor’s visit will include an opportunity for him to meet with CCCS students, faculty members and administrators and to take a tour of the school’s East Campus.

For additional information, and to confirm your attendance, please contact A. Bruce Crawley at

To follow up on this event go to:
Corbett calls Chester Community Charter one of the models for school choice
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chester Business Association Mock Interview at Chester High School

Principal Dr. Darla Hammond
Chester High School’s Library was a buzz this morning. The school held mock interviews for seniors which were sponsored by the Chester Business Association. The purpose of the event was to help prepare seniors for their future by practicing interview skills with local businesses. 
Although the mock interviews were for practice and not for a real job, the experience could lead to a real job. Students were asked to prepare themselves as if attending a real interview. Students were required to have a completed resume, dress for success by looking professional, and go to the interview prepared with the right attitude. 
The Interviews
The interviewers gave valuable feedback that could help students when they go out for real jobs.
Elaine Green from Chester Education Foundation interviewing senior Shaionna Stovall
Tamika Friend from T.D. Bank interviewing a senior
Senior Alexis Luke being interviewed
Senior Brian Foster being interviewed
Karita Morgan from Chester Education Foundation HR interviewing Senior Jamar Saunders

Here are a List of CHESTER  BUSINESS ASSOCIATION’s Members:
Advanced Enviro Systems
Alliant Insurance Services, Inc 
American Red Cross, Chester-Wallingford
Beneficial Savings Bank
Big Sky Management
Binnacle Reinvestment Group
B&S Deli/Sunoco
C & H Industrial Services, Inc.
Chester Economic Development Authority
Chester Microenterprise Partnership
Chester-Jensen Company
Chester Spirit Newspaper
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
F.B. Cross & Son, Inc.
Frank's Refreshment Services
Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Co
Habitat for Humanity
Hardware & Supply Co. of Chester
Health Mats Company
Holefelder Brothers
Village Green Mobile Home Community
Interstate Auto Electric
Kenneth P. Barrow, Realtor, Ltd.
Kyj's Bakery
Laran Bronze
Law Offices
Linderman Group Architects, Inc.
May's Water Ice
Mount Pleasant Community Development Corp
New Age Concepts
Republic Services of PA, LLC
Star Vista
Ultimate Wash Auto Detailing
Visual Sound, Inc.

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