Downingtown School Board and teachers agree to a three-year contract


AST CALN >> The Downingtown Area School District board members and the Downingtown Area Education Association on Thursday reached an early agreement on a new three-year contract. The school board unanimously approved the agreement at a special board meeting on Thursday. The current contract expires on Aug. 31, 2017. “Negotiating this new contract with the […]

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Congratulations to our Local High Schools on National Rankings!

US News & World Report High Schools

Of the nation’s 21,000- plus high schools reviewed by U.S. News & World Report, nine from Chester County received medals with Conestoga High School leading the way. Partnering with the California based nonprofit, RTI International, schools meeting certain criteria based on items, such as academic performance and graduation rates, had the chance to earn a […]

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Schools wrestle with opting out of Common Core


Across Pennsylvania, an increasing number of parents are refusing to allow their children to take state standardized tests. The Common Core is a national educational initiative that details what K–12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and four territories have […]

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Chesterbrook students turn faculty into sundaes


WEST GOSHEN >> In a celebration of National Reading Month, the Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School students set out to read for thousands of minutes during February. For achieving an astounding 100,000 reading minutes, the students had the thrill of turning their principal and some teachers into human sundaes, complete with all the appropriate toppings. “It […]

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Downingtown school district to review bus routes


EAST CALN >> Downingtown Area School Board members recently agreed to enter into a contract with Transfinder to evaluate all transportation routes for the school district. Richard Fazio, finance director for the Downingtown Area School District, said they are reviewing the bus routes with Transfinder to analyze and “maximize the efficiency of the route design.” […]

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Exton Elementary students coordinate donation drive

Exton Elementary

Coordinated by the student council, students at Exton Elementary School recently participated in a school-wide donation drive that benefitted local community outreach programs. Each grade was assigned a specific non-perishable food item (granola bars, macaroni and cheese packets, instant oatmeal, etc.) to donate as part of this community service project, which the school called Warm […]

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Downingtown to continue using ‘SafeStop’ app


DOWNINGTOWN >> The Downingtown Area School board members last week agreed to another one-year contract to use an app called “Safestop.” The app allows parents to stay informed about their child’s school bus arrival and departure times. SafeStop bus locator app, an innovative mobile app, connects the district’s parents and its school officials with information […]

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Wolf signs 2-year halt in Keystone Exams’ graduation mandate


HARRISBURG >> A requirement that Pennsylvania students pass the Keystone Exams to graduate high school is on hold for at least two years, although Gov. Tom Wolf says that doesn’t mean he’s against testing or accountability. The Democratic governor on Wednesday signed a bill putting the tests’ graduation requirement on ice until the 2018-19 academic […]

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3 Downingtown schools donate socks to ‘Joy of Sox’

Cheer Socks

DOWNINGTOWN >> Three Downingtown school communities joined together to donate socks to the non-profit organization, Joy of Sox, which will give the socks to the homeless. The Downingtown West High School cheerleaders collaborated with students from West Bradford Elementary and Downingtown Middle School, according to organizers, for a service project. The students presented 1,344 pairs […]

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