The life of Steve Frederick will be remembered Saturday. Frederick passed away last Saturday at the age of 66. He was instrumental as band director in bringing the North Penn High School Marching Band to national prominence. Davis Giersch, who will conduct the music tomorrow, was with Steve during his last moments and someone in the room asked………..
“Steve, what song would you like to hear, we’re talking about Steve Frederick. So you’re thinking he’d like to hear Stars and Stripes. His response was Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog. So even up to the very end, his sense of humor was always there.”
Giersch was a guest on the AM-Edition this morning with Darryl Berger. Tomorrow’s tribute to Steve Frederick gets underway at North Penn High School at 2pm. A special gathering will be held for family and friends before the ceremony.
A teacher in 21st century learning is coming to the Pennridge School District from China to talk to teachers at a cost of 38-hundred dollars, a move that was passed at the Scholl Board’s July 29th meeting. Dr. Yong Zhao is a global leader in 21st century teaching. Zhao is expected to talk to Pennridge teachers during a August 28th lecture about involving more creativity in classroom. Board member David Thompson visited a conference and heard doctor Zhao speak and was impressed by Zhao’s ideas on education. however, thompson acknowledged that many of Dr. Zhao’s methods fly in the face of the common core curriculum, which is being fazed in at a number school district’s across the county. Dr. Zhao is a leading education reformer in china.
National education standards called, Common Core is being implemented in the Souderton School District. Superintendent, Frank Gallagher.
“We are implementing or aligning the Common Core standards, so we’re working on implementing Common Core in our language arts curriculum and math curriculum right now ad then eventually our social studies curriculum.”
Gallagher rejects claims by some conservative groups that says Common Core is a way of dumbing down public education. Gallagher says common core has become something of an educational boogie man.
Montgomery County State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, member of a select committee on school safety, says several hearings were held across the state to address the issue of various strategies in keeping schools safe from violence, but the possibility of arming teachers failed to connect with those who attended the hearings.
“In conversations that I’ve had with friends, there are school board directors or teachers or workers in schools, nobody seems to be advocating arming teachers.”
Daley, a guest on the security advisors on radio Monday says, a report on the hearings will be presented to the house in September. The select committee was set-up as a result of state house resolution 53, which established the committee to investigate and make recommendations concerning safety and security in public schools