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Parent Representatives Needed for School Advisory Council (SAC):

posted Sep 18, 2017, 3:02 PM by Mike Hoffberg

The Masterman SAC is seeking 4 Parent Representatives and 1 Community Representative to serve for the 2 year period October 2017-September 2019.


The SAC is a peer-elected collaborative team composed of Masterman parents, principal, teachers/staff, students and community members. Masterman’s SAC champion the work for improved student achievement, effective teaching, parent and community engagement in the educational process, and communication and support between home and school. Masterman’s SAC has input into important decisions about how our school operates.  SAC members vote on budget and staff decisions and help ensure compliance with School District Policies.


In the past, the SAC conducted the search for a new principal. This year, the SAC members hope to continue addressing issues of diversity, school policies, and projects that impact our students and school.


The 2017-2018 SAC meetings are:

2017: September 19, November 21, December 19

2018: January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19.


The deadline to submit your application for a SAC Representative is

Monday, September 25, 2017.


Candidates should submit the following information to

Karen Simmons @ (267-549-8021)

(Name, Address, Cellphone Number, E-mail, Student’s Name and

Grade, and a Short Bio, explaining why you want to serve on the SAC )

Additional information regarding SACs can be found at the following link:


Note: If we have more applicants than the number of available positions,

your BIO will be included on the Election Ballots.


SAC Election Timeline

9/11-9/25 SAC Application Period Open

9/28-10/6 Ballots Distributed & Voting Period

10/9-10/13 Candidates Notified

10/17 SAC Meeting

For questions and additional information, please contact:

Karen Simmons @ or

Maria Yuen @

Strategic Planning Meeting on September 11th

posted Aug 24, 2017, 5:04 AM by Mike Hoffberg   [ updated Sep 2, 2017, 7:48 AM ]

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  

The Masterman Home and School Association is looking forward to a successful year and it is at this time that we look toward developing our goals for the year ahead.  We are proud to have so many interested and connected families at Masterman and we are pleased to invite all families to participate in our first Strategic Planning Meeting on September 11th.  

The purpose of the HSA is to promote cooperation between home, school and community; provide a voice for parents to become involved; coordinate efforts for the growth, education and development of children and raise funds to further those goals.  In order to effectively support our purpose and visions for this school year we encourage you to join us at the Strategic Planning Meeting. 

At this meeting we will determine key areas which will help to comprise the financial budget for the upcoming school year.  All present will be invited to participate in the process.  We value and welcome your ideas.  Refreshments will be provided.  Unfortunately, childcare is not available at this event. If you would like to share any thoughts or ideas in advance of the Strategic Planning Meeting please email Judy Mester, HSA President, at

You can find the HSA calendar on our website at  We hope you will attend as many open meetings as possible this year.  It is a great way to be connected and informed about the many efforts our HSA contributes to the Masterman community.

We look forward to seeing you on September 11th , 6 – 8 pm, 4th floor cafeteria, and throughout the school year!


posted Jun 9, 2017, 4:43 PM by Mike Hoffberg   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 4:45 PM ]


We are once again kicking off our annual Legacy Fund drive as we approach the end of the year. The Legacy Fund, which is a Principal discretionary fund used for targeted needs of the school, allows us to maintain many of our academic programs by providing much needed resources that supplement our school’s operating budget. At the beginning of June, you received a letter and donation form in the mail, but you can also find it here.  We hope to designate some of the funds to air conditioners. As you know, quality learning cannot take place in a space that heats up to 90 degrees in the spring. We were able to raise $3000 at the Auction towards this goal, and recently, an anonymous donor generously committed to a challenge gift of $5,000 towards our air conditioning goal, but only if we can match the $5,000 by June 28th.  Providing air conditioners for most of the classrooms will cost $20,000, which includes units and installation. We need your help! Please use the donor form to make a contribution to this year’s Legacy Fund Drive or use the Paypal link below to make a credit card donation. If you would like your donation to be go toward the challenge gift, please note that in the box for special instructions. Thank you for your help and support!

Masterman Home and School 2017 Elections:

posted May 31, 2017, 3:54 PM by Mike Hoffberg

The Masterman Home and School Association Board is pleased to present the ballot for the 2017 HSA Officer elections. Our many thanks to all of the candidates who are willing to donate their time and effort to make Masterman an even better school for our students.

There are six positions to be filled: President, Vice President 1, Vice President 2, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. There is one candidate for the following positions: President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary and Treasurer. There are five candidates for the two Vice President positions. When voting, please select up to two candidates for Vice President.

Ballots are available in the Masterman School office, and can also be downloaded from the Masterman Home and School website,

To vote, please print and complete the ballot and place it in an envelope. Seal the envelope and write on the outside of the envelope: Masterman Ballot and your student’s name and grade/section. Please do not put any identifying information on the ballot itself, and please be sure to write your student’s name and grade/section on the sealed envelope. Envelopes without this information will be discarded.

A ballot box will be in the Masterman School office through Friday, June 9th at 3 p.m. You may drop the ballot off yourself or send it in with your student. Election results will be announced Tuesday, June 13th.

Thank you very much for your help, cooperation and your vote!

Denise A. Connery

Masterman HSA President 

6th Annual Laps for Education

posted May 9, 2017, 7:07 PM by Mike Hoffberg   [ updated May 9, 2017, 7:09 PM ]

Members of the Masterman community, including students, teachers, parents and alumni can run or walk laps (1/4 mile) around the school to raise money for Masterman Clubs, Activities and Athletics.

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017

Rain date: Fri., June 16, 2017

Time: 8:30-2:38

·      Registration: Thursdays, May 25th, June 1st  and June 8th from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Masterman in the main hallway near the patio doors; $20 for all participants. A completed waiver form must be submitted at time of registration.

·      DAY OF REGISTRATION IS $25 so register early!

·      Participants seek pledges in advance, based on the number of laps they commit to complete, or flat pledges.

·      Please submit registration fees and pledges on Thursday, May 25th, June 1st or June 8th, at the registration table on the first floor in a sealed envelope labeled with your name, section, and amount collected. We would like to avoid same day registration or collection.

·      100% of the money you raise will go to the middle school or high school activity, club or team that you designate. Please be specific and make sure you write MS for middle school & HS for high school when listing your group. You may select one or two groups to receive your funds. If you do not allocate your money it will go to the general Laps for Education Activity fund.

·      Participants are encouraged to raise $100.00 by using the pledge sheet on the back form. Advertise your participation to your classmates, family members, social media networks, etc.

Thank you for your support!

Registration Form is Below:

Staff Luncheon - May 26th -

posted Apr 19, 2017, 5:51 PM by Mike Hoffberg

Dear Masterman families,

Our annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon will take place on May 26, 2017. This is a potluck event to thank our wonderful teachers and staff for going above and beyond every single day for our children. In order to provide food, raffle baskets and token gifts to the staff, we rely on help and generosity of our families.

We are organizing this effort by using SignUp Genius. It will help us avoid overlapping efforts and unmet needs. You don't need to create an account in order to sign up, just your name and email address. Please go to this web link to sign up for anything you can contribute:

If you have any questions, please contact one of the committee co-chairs listed below.

Thank you!

Natasha Andjelkovic

Barbara Dallao

Rayshawn Johnson Story from Philadelphia Tribute:

posted Apr 14, 2017, 4:18 PM by Mike Hoffberg   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 4:20 PM ]    - 

Masterman student accepted into eight top U.S. colleges

When Rayshawn Johnson would tour college campuses, he made his mother a promise that he would bring back a pennant from each school. College and university banners adorn the walls of his room, his mom Jessica said.

“When he came back, the pennants had to go on the wall and we made a vision,” Jessica Johnson said. “Everyday (Rayshawn) woke up and had a vision of where he wanted to go. That was part of the process. Making a claim, never saying you can’t.”

Now a graduating senior at Julia R. Masterman Middle and High School at 1699 Spring Garden St., letters of acceptance from all eight of the distinguished colleges he applied to now fill his wall as well.

The 18 year-old been accepted into four liberal arts colleges, three Ivy League schools and one Historically Black College, University. They include: Yale University, Brown University, Morehouse College, University of Pennsylvania, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Swarthmore College and Orberlin College.

He received a full academic scholarship to attend Morehouse, but his heart has led him to his first choice, an Ivy League school that has an acceptance rate of just six percent.

“There is no question about it, I love the community,” said Johnson of Yale University. “I like the city of New Haven (Conn.) and I like the programs that Yale has to offer.”

Johnson plans to double major in political science and finance. He has a 3.97 grade point average and is the president of his school’s African American Cultural Committee, vice president of the Peer Counseling Group, a member of the Student Government Association, a volunteer mentor and tutor in the city’s library’s and a member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.

“I’m religious,” Johnson said. “A lot of the messages we receive at church are about having a special calling and a special gift and discovering what you’re gift is so that you can be a contributing member to the world. I found through various avenues that my gift was teaching kids and being a mentor and a person they could look up to.”

At school, his teachers and counselor helped guide him and wrote letters of recommendation for his college applications. He credits his parents, Rayshawn Sr. and Jessica Johnson, as the driving force behind his success. He lives at home with them and his 15 year-old brother Raymir, a ninth grader who also attends Masterman.

Since eighth grade Johnson’s goal has been to attend Yale, said his mother, a proponent of public education.

“We all have to do our jobs, it’s been a partnership,” Jessica Johnson said, noting the family’s faith in God comes first. “You’re 50 percent responsible (administration and school), but the other 50 percent should be on us (me, my husband and Rayshawn).”

It was his cousin Anthony Phillips that took him to visit some colleges campuses. Phillips said no student is without flaw, but his cousin strives for perfection.

“I think he is going to go very far,” Phillips said. “His parents really raised him well.”

Ultimately, Johnson would like to receive his doctorate degree because as he said “it’s always going to be in the back of my mind, what I’m doing and what I’m doing it for.”

He wants to remind young people that they can do more outside of sports and arts.

“We’re not encouraged to use our brains,” Jackson added. “I think we’re the most intelligent, Black childrean especially, but young people in general. I just want to use my gifts to uplift the urban community that I think has helped me to get to the place where I am right now.”

Post Auction Items On-Line (and still available):

posted Apr 8, 2017, 2:12 PM by Mike Hoffberg

Thank you to the Masterman Community for making the 2017 Spring Into Auction a huge success. Masterman Online Auction for our remaining and new items will start today at 7pm and last until 7pm on Monday, April 17th.


An invitation has been sent to the existing users in the system. Please use your existing email id or sign up to bid on the items.


Sign up Page:

Online Catalog:

Masterman Robotics wins first place!

posted Mar 14, 2017, 5:43 AM by Mike Hoffberg

This last weekend, the Atomic Dragons robotics team was at a tournament at the Westtown school in the western suburbs.  The team competed against 31 other teams from the area.  Ranked second going into the final rounds, the Masterman team won the tournament in a thrilling buzzer beater in the final match.  We are very proud of our students for their dedication, hard work, and technical expertise.

Congrats to Mr. Perkins and Ms. Smith as well!

Masterman is #1 in the state for SAT scores!

posted Mar 6, 2017, 3:36 PM by Mike Hoffberg

"Nineteen of the Top 25 highest-scoring schools on the college admissions test are located in the five-county Philadelphia region, and for the 16th consecutive year, Julia R. Masterman High School students posted the highest average SAT score – 1978 – in the state. (The education department has reports on its website dating back to 2001.)"

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