District seeks participants for advisory council

The School District of Philadelphia is accepting applications for its 2018-19 Parent and Community Advisory Council. As part of the 12-member council, members are expected to serve a full-year term for the duration of the school year following their appointment.

Additionally, members will meet twice a year with the Board of Education, produce a yearly report to share with the board, develop an action plan, and provide feedback by serving as a link between school communities and the board, among other responsibilities.

To be qualified for the council, applicants must be a resident of Philadelphia, at least 18 years of age and be affiliated with a Philadelphia district school or charter school. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Applications can be found online at https://www.philasd.org/schoolboard/parent-community-advisory-council/.

Lincoln welcomes visitors to Fall Open House

Lincoln University, an HBCU at 1570 Baltimore Pike in Chester County, hosted a Fall Open House on Friday. High school students, prospective transfer students and guidance counselors were welcomed to attend.

Attendees learned about the college’s 30 plus academic programs, scholarships and the financial aid process, student life, participate in student-led campus tours, meet with admission counselors, along with faculty and staff.

Delaware State Univ. enrollment record at 5,000

Delaware State University, a historically Black college in Dover, Del., has reached record-breaking enrollment for the sixth consecutive year, the college announced last week. A total of 4,872 students have enrolled for the 2018-19 academic school year.

“Delaware State University has continued to grow year after year because we have continued to innovate and have become much more strategic in how we attract and retain students,” said university President Wilma Mishoe. “This year’s success builds upon past efforts to improve recruitment, enrollment and retention. It is certainly an ongoing process and is absolutely necessary if we are going to meet our goal.”

The college said enrollment increased 5 percent over last year’s enrollment of 4,648. The university’s goal is to reach 5,000 students by the year 2020.

Reasons the college provided for the increase included the implementation of a strategic enrollment management and team; the Early College High School at the college, where high school students averaged 53 credits and could enroll as sophomores; the summer bridge program, which allows newly admitted students to earn a full semester of college credits during the summer; and securing the state-sponsored INSPIRE scholarship, which helped increase the number of new in-state freshmen.

Chester charter schools’ costume parade

About 500 second- and third-graders from Chester Community Charter Schools’ East Campus participated in a Costume Character Parade on Wednesday. To participate, students had to earn 100 Curiosity Hall Dollars with good behavior, strong class participation and wearing school uniforms and complete a book report, among other things.

“So much excitement filled the halls of Curiosity Hall, as students, teachers and staff showcased their favorite characters,” Timika Mills, principal of the Curiosity Hall Campus, said in a statement. “Teachers involved their scholars by having them re-enact scenes form various stories.”

Trophies were awarded for best second- and third-grade costumes, as well as for best support staff costume.

Gesu School celebrates 25 years

Gesu School, the city’s first independent Catholic elementary school that serves pre-K through eighth-grade students, observed 25 years with a celebratory Mass on Oct. 27.

The Rev. Raymond Donaldson spoke at the event, which included a procession with the original faculty members and Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who co-direct Gesu School. The Gesu School at 1700 W. Thompson St. strives to provide a quality, innovative education for children to empower them to break the cycle of poverty and violence. Nearly 450 students attend the school.

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