Friday, April 26, 2013

COMMUNITY ARTS MEET & GREET



CHESTER CITY HALL Community Room
1 E 4th St Chester, PA 19013
                                    Friday May 3, 2013 at 5:30- 8:30 pm

The public is invited to join Chester Arts Alive! (CAA) for their 1ST Annual “COMMUNITY ARTS MEET & GREET” EVENT (CAMG) on Friday May 3, 2013 5:30-8:30 pm at Chester City Hall Community Room, 1 E 4th St Chester.  This is an event for the community to come together and stand together for the arts.  Local artists and arts organizations, media, and civic community are amongst those attending this event.

The CAMG event provides an opportunity for the community to meet and greet each other, local and regional artists, as well as participate in an educational and artistic enrichment experience.   This event will also further expose the community to the importance of the arts and the impact it has on their children and all who live in Chester. The evening festivities will include live entertainment, light refreshments, a visual arts display, and much more.  The performing Artists include the “RAISING KANE” BAND, Vocalist ASHLI RICE, PRIME.AMC (Dance), “Spoken Word”.  The Visual Art Displays will be presented by “I CAN I WILL” Youth organization, Chester renowned Artist Van Buren Payne with art work from the Chester Senior Center, and Café Entertainment Sound & DJ.  Community and surrounding artists are invited to come on board with Chester Arts Alive! And become a part of its artist registry to build capacity for programming in the Chester community.  Attendees can also bring business cards, promotional materials, CD’s, etc. to the event.

Chester Arts Alive is dedicated to bringing arts & culture to the city of Chester by assembling artistic partnerships that support, promote, facilitate, and coordinate, the delivery of arts and cultural opportunities and educational programming for all people in the city of Chester. Local CAA collaborating organizations are Community Arts Center (Wallingford) and Hedgerow Theater (Rose Valley).  

This event is funded, in part, with a grant received from the City of Chester through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program.  For more information call 571.214.9678 or chesterartsalive1@gmail.com and visit us on the web at www.chesterartsalive.org  Photos will be sent in separate email. This is an Adult Networking Event.              

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Coming Up at Crozer Library



The J. Lewis Crozer Library in Chester invites you to free programs this May. Please register for all programs by calling Kim at (610) 494-3454, x204 or emailing crozerlibrary@gmail.com. Crozer Library is located at 620 Engle Street in Chester.

Are you ready to get your license? Or are you a parent worried as your teen starts to drive? Attend a Teen Driving Seminar with Defensive Driving Academy on Tuesday, April 30th, from 6:30 to 7:30p.m. to get your questions answered.

The Friends of the J. Lewis Crozer Library will host an Art Auction Fundraiser on Thursday, May 2nd, from 5:00 to 7:30p.m. featuring reproductions of paintings created by local artists. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the J. Lewis Crozer Library in support of programming and special projects at the library.

Art on Avenue of the States returns with another free, fun art class. On Tuesday evening May 7th from 6:00 to 7:30p.m., join local artist Catherine Quillman in creating unique Cards and Book Covers. All ages are welcome; children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Digital Photography 101 will be offered on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. featuring local photographer Bob Colameco from the Delaware County Camera Club. Finally learn how to take great photographs with your digital camera or on your cell! Also discover fun ways to share your pictures online.

Join us for Crozer Library’s first Read.Watch.Discuss program on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. Watch the film adaptation of Steve Lopez’s The Soloist, the tale of troubled musician Nathaniel Ayers. Then join a brief discussion comparing the book and film.

Need money for college? On Thursday evening, May 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30p.m., learn How to Pay for College. Whether you’re a student or parent, rich or poor, you owe it to yourself to learn how the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) can help you with college planning, financial aid, and the dreaded FAFSA form!
 

CHS Talent Show

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Long day at Chester High School as the usual parent teacher’s conference ended with a talent show. Students and staff performed in the auditorium and showed off their various talents in acting, singing, rapping, and dancing. Talents received instant feedback from the audience when the host kept asking, "What did you think?" Technical difficulties extended the show. Congratulations to those brave souls who dared to try.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chester Upland School District Parent Summit


Seventeen's Pretty Amazing Cover Star

National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Encourages Girls/Young Women, ages 12 - 22, to Submit Applications for
SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE'S NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT
'PRETTY AMAZING' COVER STAR

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist Carly Rae Jepsen Helps Judge the Real Girl Competition,
Presented By Neutrogena®
With the distinction of being Seventeen's first Models Editor of African descent, NCNW Bethune Program Development Center Director, Janice Ferebee, is encouraging members, sections (Community-Based, Youth and Collegiate), and, national affiliate organizations to have their girls and young women, between the ages of 12 and 22, submit applications for consideration.  Let's show the world how "PRETTY AMAZING" our girls are!  Make sure the submissions are creative, and add video if you have something amazing to share. 
 
PLEASE CONTACT JANICE FEREBEE IF YOU DO SUBMIT SO THAT SHE CAN LET SEVENTEEN KNOW (jferebee@ncnw.org).  
 
Seventeen magazine, the fashion and beauty authority for 13 million teen girls, launches the third annual 'Pretty Amazing' contest. The magazine begins its search for the ultimate real girl to appear on the magazine's October 2013 cover. Seventeen's Pretty Amazing cover contest, presented by Neutrogena®, is open to all teen girls in America who are inspirational, creative, and talented and have an amazing story to tell. Read full Press Release!
 
Girls nationwide can enter the contest until April 30, 2013. For more information, including contest rules, advice, and inspiration, visit http://www.seventeen.com/prettyamazing.
 
 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mayor's Annual Scholar Awards Dinner

Mayor's Annual Scholar Awards Dinner
"Recognizing Academic Excellence, Community Service, and Collegiate Attainment"
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW!! 
 Click here to get started.
Purpose
The Purpose of this awards dinner is to recognize those students in Chester, who in addition to academic excellence, have demonstrated diverse talents through their contributions and service to their community and school.  To qualify for an award, students in grades 8th thru 12th must be Chester Residents, enrolled in Chester Upland School District or attend a Charter, Private or Home School in Chester.
* Note, students who live in Chester, but are enrolled in public, private charter or home schools outside of Chester, are not eligible for this award.*

Eligible students must also meet one of the three criteria areas.
Students may apply for more than one criteria area.
Please carefully read through all criteria.

Criteria Areas
Criteria 1 Academic Honor's
  • Grade Point Average : 3.2 (or higher) for three consecutive quarters (Please provide proof)
  • Letter of Recommendation: Typed recommendation letter from a teacher, guidance counselor, community leader, mentor or spiritual leader. (Letter should be addressed to: City of Chester Scholarship Committee)
Criteria 2 Community Service
  • Proven outstanding service in the community, school or likewise. (Submit documentation from your service site(s) outlining the number of hours served and the type of service.)
  • Letter of Recommendation: Typed recommendation letter from a teacher, guidance counselor, community leader, mentor or spiritual leader. (Letter should be addressed to: City of Chester Scholarship Committee)
Criteria 3 Scholarship (High School Seniors Only)
  • Grade Point Average : 3.2 (or higher) for three consecutive quarters (Please provide proof)
  • Letter of Recommendation: Typed recommendation letter from a teacher, guidance counselor, community leader, mentor or spiritual leader. ( Letter should be addressed to: City of Chester Scholarship Committee)
  • Proven outstanding service in the community, school or likewise. (Submit documentation from your service site(s) outlining the number of hours served and the type of service.)
  • Proven acceptance into a 4 year college/university, to begin in the fall semester of 2013. (Submit documentation of acceptance)
  • Typed single spaced essay (500 word or more) on your career aspirations, and how you plan to impact your hometown, with the skills you acquire through college.

All application materials need to be submitted no later than 4:30 pm 
Friday, May 10, 2013.
Please submit all information to the attention of:
 Mrs. Joy Clark-Taylor, City Hall, 1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA 19013.
NO LATE APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Please call Mrs. Joy Clark-Taylor at (610) 447-7724 with any question.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Name Change for Chester High School



"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet," Shakespeare said it best perhaps. No, sometimes no amount of name change can change the stigma that comes with certain things. But there is nothing wrong with a valiant effort.

The last piece of news I heard was that Stetser and the Administration building was sold to Widener and that Widener will lease the buildings back to the Chester Upland School District to use. Chester High School students were rumored to move to Showalter and the Administration building to move to the high school along with STEM and a ninth grade academy. As Receiver Joseph Watkins refines his plans for the district, here is the latest to come out of a public meeting on Thursday. This information was not yet posted on cusdrecoveryplan but on delcotimes. 

Chester High School will be renamed the Chester Upland Education Center and house several programs for students: Pre-K classes, community child care, alternative education, early childhood development, all seventh and eighth grade classes, the ninth grade academy, and 10th through 12th grade classes.

The administration building will close and relocate its administrators to the high school.  

Chester Upland School of the Arts (CUSA) will close.

STEM High School program will move from the Smedley building to the Showalter building.

Stetser, Main Street, and Toby Farms elementary schools will remain open, operating as K-6 schools.

Columbus Elementary School closed in December will remain closed.

The schools will add art, music, and technology.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Watkins said. “We’re going to make it work.”
 
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