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HAPPY SUMMER 2022!

CLASS OF 1982 WILDWOOD REUNION -JULY 23, 2022
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CONGRATULATIONS 156th GRADUATING CLASS
CLASS OF 2022!
Welcome Frankford's New Alumni

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113th PIONEER AWARD CEREMONY
ROBERT CRAVEN - MAY 11, 2022

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2021
113th Pioneer
Award Winner
Robert E. Craven
Class of 1966
Pioneer Ceremony 
May 11, 2022  10 a.m.

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"If I could go back to freshman year at Frankford, I'd be in school every day and work hard."

LAQUANA NAGBY, CLASS OF 2016
ASSOCIATE DEGREE, LAKAWANA COLLEGE 2018, Pennsylvania State University, (Abington) - Current Pursuing B.A. in Communications

"Because of my grades in freshman year, I couldn't go straight to a Division 1 college.  Instead, I had to attend a junior college."

FKD NEWS & STAFF PROFILES - AT A GLANCE

 

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JROTC - ARMY INSTRUCTOR
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FRANKFORD'S BRIGHT SOLAR FUTURES ACADEMY
RIBBON CUTTING ON CBS3

 
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Press conference announcing a $5 million grant awarded to the Philadelphia Education Fund. 

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A federal college-access program, available at five Philly schools, to expand to Frankford High with

$5 million

 

by Kristen A. Graham

Updated 

Dec 1, 2021

A college access program will now serve almost 2,000 students at Bartram, Frankford, Furness, Kensington Creative and Performing Arts, Roxborough and Olney Charter high schools.

 

When Mirranda Cunningham was younger, she didn’t think she wanted to go to college.

Now the teen, a strong student at Frankford High, thinks of higher education as a path to a better life. And soon, she will have a road map for how she can get there someday.

Thanks to a $5 million U.S. Department of Education grant announced Wednesday, the Philadelphia Education Fund will expand a college-access program that provides full-time, in-school guidance, one-on-one advising, and campus visits, as well as other offerings over the course of students’ high school careers.   

 

The program offered by the nonprofit, which provides education services and scholarships for Philadelphia schools and students, will serve nearly 2,000 kids — 500 at Frankford.

The college access model exists at five city schools — Bartram, Furness, Kensington Creative and Performing Arts, Roxborough, and Olney Charter.   It will now expand to Frankford, a large, high-needs high school where Cunningham, a junior, and her classmates will have access to resources beginning in January.

Farah Jimenez, Education Fund CEO, reminded students gathered in Frankford’s auditorium Wednesday of something her immigrant parents told her after they fled Cuba penniless — education is the only thing nobody can take away from you.  “Education remains life’s most durable good,” Jimenez said.

 

For Michael Calderone, Frankford’s principal, the outside resources are a game-changer, a way to start students thinking as freshmen about what comes after high school, whether it’s college or career.

“It’s going to serve these kids in ways you almost can’t dream of in these current budget situations,” said Calderone. “It’s an opportunity for our kids, and one that’s long overdue.”

Frankford, with nearly 1,000 students, has four counselors who are “so overburdened responding to mental health and trauma issues,” especially in this pandemic year, said Calderone. Removing some of the college and career piece from their plates will positively affect students on multiple levels, he said.

WE'RE LIVE ON FKD TELEVISION!

 

 

A Chat with Adam Anderson, New Director
of Frankford High School Television


Five Years Ago, A Rumor

About Frankford Closing

Adam:  That couldn't be further from the truth.  We're growing.
We've added eight teachers,   Enrollment has gone up.    When you bring back stuff that make things important to kids, it gets them to come into the building. 

 

Today's students want to learn more than the normal things--english, math, history.  They want to delve into art, music, culinary, photography...  These type of classes get them here and drive them to keep coming back.  When they started crunching programs in the 1970s & 1980s, school got harder for kids to stay in the building.  With the TV station, I get to showcase this new programming surge.

FKD-TV Gets Green Lit

A few years ago I applied for a PTSD grant to get cameras and equipment.  The teacher who was supposed to get the grant, left the school, so it fell into my lap.  I started doing film classes.  I talked about doing episodes and recording.  This year, they created my position, Director of Frankford High School Television, and I was happy to take it on.

 

I'm transforming my photography and film classes into learning how to produce shows and record events.  I teach five classes, three Photographic Media 1, where students learn how to photoshop, create graphics, and learn the basics of photo camera, video camera and animation. Photographic Media 2--along with the above, we focus on video production and a daily news broadcast. 

 

This year, they're learning how to use the cameras, create shots, composition, and we added aditional video skills in order to produce news content. 

 

Photo Media 3 has the same features, but with additional independent projects.  Some of the independent projects include:  Creating pun jokes episodes.   We also interviewed Ms. Blackman, Director of Equity and Inclusion.  They recorded some events through Blackman.  For example, she coordinated the Snipes episode.  Snipes Sneaker Company came out and did a demonstration with a local Artist, Jay Coreano, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).  He demonstrated how to create a painting on a sneaker.

CLASS OF 1971 50TH REUNION   OCTOBER 2021

 
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What's Covered on FKD-TV?

Our news episodes are weekly announcements and upcoming events twice a week.  We plan to produce more content, more often in the near future.  We're not able to produce formatted news content yet, but whenever there's an event, our camera crew covers it.

 

Our goal is to produce a five-day weekly news broadcast.  We're trying to make connections with people who are in the broadcast field.  I've talked to representatives from 6ABC, CBS3 and NBC10.  I'm trying to get them here to talk to students about the field, how to get into it, daily challenges, etc.  I'm hoping we can do some field trips to see how they operate.

 

EDITORS NOTE:  If there are alumni, who work for local stations mentioned above, or New York or DC broadcast markets and would like to pay-it-forward with a talk, a tour, or possible intersnhip contact Adam Anderson at:  aanderson2@philasd.org  

 

Dreaming of  a Late Night Set

A lot of kids are coming into it at entry-level and are excited about learning how to video record and edit and want to join.  We've  had 12 TVs installed.  We produce slide shows, Instagram and Tick Tock projects. 

 

We have the following:

Four video cameras for news content

Five cameras for photography

33 desktops

Final Cut Pro on Apple

All computers have iMovie and a few  Photographic Media #2 and #3 have Final Cut Pro on Apple.  We have a broadcasting system called Sling Studio.  You can watch Sling TV everywhere.  

We use this device to record the news, then export it out and record it on YouTube.

Our Eyes on Fundraising

We want to fundraise so we can get T-Shirts for Media #2 & #3 students, and furniture and accessories for the set, along with new (more shallow) computer desks, to get more editing space.

 

I'm in the process of using my carpentry skills to build a set in the classroom.   We have some walls up.  We'll have an 8 foot long and 5ft bottom in an L shape and build a whole second wall .  So we can have a couch and plants, to make it look like a Late Night Television  set.

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CLASSES OF 1975 & 1976  45TH JOINT REUNIONS

 
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CLASS OF 1970 50TH REUNION

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112TH Pioneer Award Ceremony & 37th Annual Frankford High School & Friends Christmas Party,

 

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CLASS OF 1981  40TH  REUNION

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CONGRATULATIONS
FRANKFORD HIGH SCHOOL 155TH GRADUATING
CLASS OF 2021

 

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A Pandemic Didn't Stop You from Arriving to Your Destination with Grace and Determination.

 
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Obituary of Francis X. Donohoe

FRANCIS X (Frank) DONOHOE of Linfield, PA, formerly of Philadelphia and Glenside, PA and Ocean City, NJ, died June 5, 2021 at the age of 87 following a brief illness.

Frank was born in Philadelphia, PA August 22, 1933 to the late Hugh A and Katharine (Gaughan) Donohoe and was pre-deceased in his youth by his brother, Hugh J Donohoe.

 

Frank attended Saint Athanasius grammar school before graduating from La Salle College High School (1951) and La Salle College (1955) and later earned a Master’s Degree from Saint Joseph’s University (1969). 

Mr. D’s life’s work was teaching, including 25 years at Frankford High School in Philadelphia, PA, 8 years at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, PA and 25 years at La Salle College (Evening Division) in Philadelphia, PA. Whenever he was asked what he taught, his answer was always, “Kids.” As such, he leaves behind a legacy as teacher and mentor in thousands of young lives.

 

Dad’s avocation was raising his five kids on love of God, love of family, Big 5 basketball doubleheaders and Notre Dame football. His quiet strength and determination were the perfect complement to Mom’s unfailing energy, enthusiasm and patience. In his later years, he liked nothing more than to spend time with family, make sure everybody had his or her favorite beverage, tell a story, share a word or two of wisdom and maybe sing a song…as long as there was a quiet place to hide when the silliness got out of hand.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Lou (White) Donohoe; sister Mary Gail Dwyer of Cherry Hill, NJ; daughter Katharine Truitt (Stephen) of Swarthmore, PA; son Patrick Donohoe (Allison) of Schnecksville, PA; son Dr. Michael Donohoe (MaryEllen) of Eagleville, PA; daughter Eileen Hedrick (Ron) of Collegeville, PA; daughter Theresa McDougall (Scott) of Farmington, MI; (11) grandchildren and (12) great grandchildren; (10) nieces and nephews and (24) great nieces and nephews; and family of the heart too numerous to count.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation made in Frank’s memory to La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, PA or Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, PA.

 
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CLASS OF 2021
COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

Community College of Philadelphia
Arcadia University
Arizona State University-Tempe
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Community College of Philadelphia
Holy Family University
Immaculata University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
La Salle University
Saint Joseph's University
University of the Sciences
The Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Temple University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Widener University
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Gannon University
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Neumann University
Point Park University
Wilkes University
York University
IUP
Delaware State
Georgia State
Morgan State

ALUMNI PARTICIPATION
AT FRANKFORD

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Spearheaded by Tamiko Ward, Class of 1987 and Alumni Association board member -- there is a plan underway to get more alumni involvement with current Frankford students.   "I met with Principal Calderone about almini participation at the school.  The possible areas of involvement is:  mentoring, career day panelists and club/sports support."

Unfortunately, October 8th's Frankford Alumni Meet & Greet will be rescheduled in the future.  Frankford-Alumni.com and Frankford's Alumni Association Facebook Page will keep you updated on future events, th alumni/student involvement plan and this incredible opportunity to pay-it-forward. 

 

 

We Scream...We all Scream for easy-to-make
home-made ice cream in 2022...  Yum!

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No-Churn Coffee-Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

You only need 5 ingredients (plus a pinch of salt) to make this ultra-creamy, no-churn ice cream. Better yet, you can have a batch mixed up and ready to freeze in just 15 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Get the Recipe: No-Churn Coffee-Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

Cherry chocolate       Ice Cream

If you’re ready to take your ice cream-making skills to the next level, this decadent recipe is for you. Between the rum-spiked cherry syrup and the rich, from-scratch chocolate custard, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to tackle new techniques. Better yet, your hard work will be rewarded with an ice cream so crave-worthy you’ll wish you had made a double batch!

 

Get the Recipe: Cherry-Chocolate Ice Cream

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No-Churn mango Lassi Ice Cream

Lassi is a refreshing yogurt-based drink from India that's often blended with fruit and spices. There are many variations, but mango is among the more common. Here, we take the traditional lassi flavors and blend them in a food processor to make a super-fast, super easy ice cream that doesn't require an ice cream machine.

Get the Recipe: No-Churn Mango Lassi Ice Cream

 

 

 

sweet corn  Ice Cream

The secret to ultra-sweet-and-silky homemade ice cream is probably already in your pantry. Believe it or not, creamed corn gives this frozen treat an extra dose of deliciousness. After you make the creamed corn custard on the stovetop, blend until smooth. That way there won’t be any kernels in your finished ice cream.

 

 

 

Get the Recipe: Sweet Corn Ice Cream

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Here are some more ways to beat the summer heat.

2022  Summer Fashion  Trends
 

HEATWAVE SUMMER DRESSES

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CONGRATULATIONS 112TH
PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT
2020 AWARD WINNER

JOHN "JACK" 
PURDY
CLASS OF 1952

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 Jack moved from Scranton, PA to Philadelphia in 1939. He attended Wilson Junior High and then went on to Frankford where he ran track and played varsity baseball and basketball for two years. Jack was “All Public” two years in a row for baseball. During his time at Frankford he was also a member of the “Ye Monks” fraternity.

 

Throughout his school years, Jack played for numerous sandlot sports organizations. He played on the first PAL Team in the 27th District. In 1951 he was presented with the Inquirer award for winning the Baseball Federation championship of Philadelphia.

 

In 1953 Jack signed with the Milwaukee Braves until he was called to duty by the US Marine Corp. While stationed at Camp Lejeune for two years he played baseball and football. Upon returning from duty he resumed his professional career with the Braves. Through the ‘60’s into the ‘80’s Jack played for and managed local teams. At the same time, he scouted and ran try-out camps for the Phillies, as well as coaching local football organizations.

 

From 1991 until 1997 Jack coached baseball at Bucks County Community College and then moved on to coach at Council Rock High School for six years.  Over his years as both player and coach, he helped teams win numerous championship honors. In 2011 Jack was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Jack has also served as President of the Lower Bucks American Legion. He worked for Western Electric and AT&T for 38 years where he became President of the CWA (Communication Workers of America) Union Local.

 

Top Consumer Technology Trends in 2022

1. Rise of the Domestic Robots - Amazon's Astra

Astra can act as a roving security bot, keeping an eye out for people who shouldn’t be there, as well as an "Alexa on wheels," coming to find you when you have calls or alerts. It also has a personality so it can keep you company or just provide general entertainment. Other robots that are either hitting the market or appearing as prototypes will offer help with household chores, healthcare monitoring for the elderly who live alone, or serve an educational purpose.  

2.  V.R./A.R. & the Internet Senses

Engage with digital content and services online traditionally involves stimulation of two of our senses – sight and hearing. Moving forward, both manufacturers and content providers will look to engage us through touch, taste, and smell to create truly immersive consumer experiences. Much of this will take place in virtual reality environments (VR), where new devices will let us smell and feel experiences, meaning that they will seem increasingly “real” and interactive. Videogame Phasmophobia involves hunting ghosts, with the terrifying innovation that players can feel themselves being touched or grabbed by ghouls and apparitions, if they are wearing a haptic suit. Both VR and augmented reality (AR) consumer devices will proliferate during 2022 – Oculus is reported to have sold close to two million of its Quest 2 headsets during 2021, meaning more content producers will be motivated to bring their games and experiences to VR.

BEST GLAMPING IN THE u.s.

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Little Raccoon Key - Georgia

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Asheville Glamping - Asheville, NC

 

If pitching a tent, crawling into an itchy sleeping bag, then sweating and swatting mosquitoes all night is not your idea of fun--then Glamping may be for you.

How does this sound?  Daily complimentary breakfast or breakfast bar, chef prepared mills, air conditioning, queen/king bed, an en suite bathroom with soaker tub.  If that doesn't make you cry out smores, add daily housekeeping, morning coffee and spa treatments. 

 

Welcome to the wonderful world of Glamping! 

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Dunton River Camp - Dolores, CO

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Mendocino Grove, Mendocino, CA

CLASS OF 2020

"ASK YOURSELF HOW CAN I BE BETTER TODAY, THAN I WAS
YESTERDAY?..."
 
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CLASS OF 2019

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.   Involve me and I learn. 

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TEACHER HIGHLIGHT

school district of Philadelphia

Watch  and learn how  Marcel Reynolds, a special education teacher in Autistic Support, prepares her students for life after high school.

Jahri Evans, Roman Harper & Marco Garcia & 
were inducted into the 
Saints Hall of Fame

The media selection committee of the Saints Hall of Fame has selected guard Jahri Evans...6 feet 4, 318 pounds, he's one of the most decorated offensive linemen in franchise history. He played 11 seasons with the Saints from 2006-16 after being drafted in the fourth round in 2006 out of Bloomsburg.  

Among his accolades were five consecutive selections to the Associated Press All-Pro teams, including four consecutive first-team honors from 2009-2012.

New Orlean Saints

Mount Fuji

As We Travel Along the Rocky Shore of Life, this talented group of musicians, including Class of 75 alum, Leslie Aita (top left), reminds us, there's still beauty to embrace.  Enjoy!

FRANKFORD'S  

CULINARY AWARD-WINNING PROGRAM

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Frankford High School is known for many things, especially its Culinary Arts Program. It is an award winning program that has been featured in a documentary and on Rachel Ray.

 

Students in this three-year program will have hands-on training in cooking techniques, baking skills, and restaurant service.  Each part is supported by theoretical knowledge.

The program exposes students to different cuisines from around the world and uses equipment found in both large and small-scale restaurants.

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Holiday Destination

CLASS OF 1981 20TH REUNION

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Class of 1972 
50th Reunion Brunch

Sunday,
October 9, 2022
12-4 p.m.
$50 per person

Brookside Manor of Somerton Springs, 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville, PA  19053
For more info. 

Contact:  Rose Ann Taylor-Scheswohl @ 215 514-7217or
Marianne Knappick-Zinck
@ 267 885-4510

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55th Reunions of Classes  1966, 1967 & 1968

Date:  Wednesday,

October 29, 2022

Brookside Manor at

Somerton Springs, 

Time:  noon to 4 p.m.

Price:  $60 per person

Delicious Buffet

Open Bar

Dessert

Music and Dancing

Letters will go out early August.

Reunion Committee Members:

Susan Dutill Klakowicz

Ron Stagliano

Janet Master Wittmer 

Dave O'Neal

50 Bustleton Pike,

Feasterville, PA  19053

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Class of 1965 
55th Reunion

 

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Saturday,

October 22, 2022

Noon to 5 p.m.

Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs

Mary Ann Portone

frankfordreunion@ verizon.net

215 624-7853 

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Saturday,

November 12, 2022

4-8 p.m.

Ashburner Inn

8400 Torresdale Ave.,

Phila., PA  19136 

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