Parent Activism

Funeral Arrangements for Andre Shuler

posted Mar 18, 2013, 11:13 AM by Clara Jerez

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Viewing: 3:00 to 6:30 PM

Hollen Funeral Home

3160 Grant Ave., Phila., PA

Services following : 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Bethel Church

903 Franklin Mills Circle, Phila., PA

Parents are strongly advised to accompany their children if they choose to attend.

Parent Letter

posted Mar 15, 2013, 1:09 PM by Clara Jerez

Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School 

1699 Spring Garden St. 

Philadelphia, PA 19130 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of a member of our school community, eighth grader, Andre Shuler who died on March 14, 2013.

A sudden loss like this can have an effect on students. For that reason, we hope that you will listen to your son or daughter as well as discuss with them their feelings and reactions to this tragedy. Sudden death is always painful to understand, and your child may experience signs of stress. These include:

• inability to concentrate

• irritability or increased aggression

• isolation and withdrawal from normal activities and friends

• guilt

• fearfulness and worries

• changes in sleep or appetite

Counselors from the school will be available at the school for several days to talk with students who are experiencing stress. If you have concerns about your child, please call one of the Masterman counselors, Claudia Gard, (215) 299-3640, Heather Marcus, (215) 299-3641 or Gilda Abney at (215) 299-7363.

On behalf of the Masterman community, I am extending our sincere condolences to the family of Andre on this sad occasion. We will continue to inform you of the school's steps in supporting students and their families. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or information that you would like to share.


Marjorie G. Neff


Are you still finalizing your weekend plans?

posted Mar 13, 2013, 9:27 AM by Clara Jerez

Please join us this Saturday for a fabulous evening with members of the wonderful Masterman community of parents, teachers and staff! Appetizers, dinner, beverages, a scrumptious dessert buffet, music by our talented students, auction items galore for your bidding pleasure, in beautiful and historic Girard College Founders Hall. A bargain at only $30 per person for tickets in advance!! ($40 at the door) All proceeds benefit our school and our students. Click here for the ticket form.

For a peek at the fabulous auction items that are still being donated daily, like our MHSA facebook page and check out the 2013 Auction Item Catalogue for a list of items donated as of Monday, March 11th.

Volunteers still needed! If you would like to volunteer to help this Saturday, please contact Denise Connerty,

Auction to Achieve!

posted Feb 15, 2013, 1:59 PM by Clara Jerez   [ updated Mar 6, 2013, 12:10 PM ]

There is still time to buy your tickets to the Masterman Auction on march 16th. 
Mail it in or drop it off in the school office.

Masterman Auction on Facebook

posted Feb 1, 2013, 11:19 AM by Clara Jerez   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 11:29 AM ]

March 16: Auction to Achieve

Saturday, March 16, 7-11 pm, Girard College. Click Here for more info. 

For Updates on Masterman's Auction to Achieve


LIKE us on Facebook at

Enter the "Like Our MSHA Page" Contest.

posted Jan 28, 2013, 1:59 PM by Clara Jerez

"Like" Masterman Home & School Association on Facebook by January 30, 2013, and be entered in a raffle to win Four Tickets for The View show in NYC on Monday, February 4, 2013! If you want to keep up to date with MHSA and the Auction to Achieve on March 16, and can be in NYC on Feb 4th, this is a great opportunity! Please note that the show producers suggest that one arrive early, as there is no guarantee that there will be enough seating for all - first come, first served. Visit: and LIKE MHSA! Winner will be notified on Wednesday, January 30.

College Planning Seminar

posted Jan 24, 2013, 6:20 AM by Clara Jerez

The College Planning Seminar for Juniors and their Families will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 6:00 - 7:30 in the Masterman auditorium. Guidelines & information regarding the college planning process will be discussed. All juniors and their families are invited to attend. 
Visit the Counseling Department's HS webpage for information and more opportunities.

New Safety Procedures

posted Jan 22, 2013, 12:31 PM by Clara Jerez

January 17, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In the wake of Sandy Hook and the recent incident at the Bryant School, we have reviewed our safety plan and district safety polices. As a result of the review we are implementing the following changes:

Effective immediately, all grade 5-8 students who have an early dismissal must be picked up by a parent.Please make sure that you have a photo ID to present to the office staff. No students will be released to other than a parent or guardian unless the person is on the emergency contact form and we have verified this arrangement.

All students, in gr. 5-12 must have a note that states the reason for the early dismissal, time, date and signature of a parent or guardian. All early dismissals will be permitted only at the discretion of the principal.

We are scanning all visitors to our building including parents.

This weekend, an intercom system will be installed on the 17th Street door, which will allow us to monitor entrance to the building at times when our School Police Officer is unavailable. Hopefully, it will be operational by Tuesday. Please be patient with us as we work with this new system.

Next week, we will be reviewing safety procedures with students.

I appreciate your understanding of the inconvenience that this extra security may create. We want to do our best to insure your children’s safety.


Marjorie G. Neff


Please Confirm your Email in Edline

posted Nov 27, 2012, 5:36 PM by Clara Jerez

Important Note to Parents/Guardians

If you have not confirmed your e-mail address, teachers cannot reply to/send you messages. Directions on how to confirm your email address can be found on "How to Get Help" under Site Help on the left side of this screen.

Advertise in Masterman Directory

posted Sep 17, 2012, 1:56 PM by Clara Jerez   [ updated Oct 1, 2012, 6:04 PM ]

The Masterman School Directory, published by the HSA, is a great resource for parents and students. It contains contact information for each student, which is invaluable for coordinating transportation, verifying homework and contacting other families in the Masterman community. The directory also contains a school calendar, class rosters, contact information for the staff and other useful information. 

The directory is supported in part by advertisements - If you would like to place an ad in the directory, or can suggest a business that may be interested in doing so, please let us know!

Chair: Sam Garst -
Advertising: Kathy Philips -
Graphics/Production: Andrea Hemmann -

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