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Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Frankford High

I am excited to reach out to you today to share that we will be hosting a free COVID-19 Vaccine clinic here at Frankford High School next Wednesday, July 21st. Our Partners from CityLife Health will be providing the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to any member of the Frankford Community ages 12 and above. This includes parents, grandparents, and siblings of Frankford students. The clinic will run from 8AM to 3PM and will be located in the gym. You can enter on the Oxford Avenue entrance. The second shot will be administered on Wednesday, August 11th. In order to receive a vaccine you must register beforehand through this vaccine link.

I am equally happy to share that our partners will also be providing sports physicals to all of our student athletes. If you are a student athlete and want a physical  you will also need to register through this sport physical link.

Please check for more updates and additional information on our social media accounts:

Facebook: @FrankfordHighSchool – Instagram: @Frankfordhs – Twitter: @FrankfordHS

Dr. Michael J. Calderone, Principal
Frankford High School
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Crime Talk Tops Frankford Civic Meeting for June

Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University appeared at the Frankford Civic Association meeting on June 4th to bring some reality to the discussion about crime in Frankford.  Since crime has been an ongoing theme of the civic meetings in the past, his attendance was welcome.

The crowd of about 20 regulars listened attentively to his presentation.  He is an engaging speaker and has a wealth of expertise beyond the academic world.

  • On the Philadelphia police – maybe not the best but they are getting better compared to where they were.  They have moved from just responding to 911 calls to planning and deploying police where they will be needed.
  • Demands on the police are far greater than they can meet so choices have to be made.  There is never enough funding for manpower and equipment.
  • Foot patrols, which everyone loves, can be effective in a limited area but every man you take out of a patrol car slows down response time overall.
  • We need some creative ideas to shut down the drug corners.  We are not going to stop people from using or selling drugs with policing.  There has been success in other parts of the country by re-engineering the places where drugs are sold to make it less attractive for that place to be used.  Block through traffic where drugs are sold to people in autos etc.
  • Surveillance cameras do prevent certain crimes but they tend to be non violent in their nature.  A guy who is going to steal a car will look around to see if anyone is looking.  The other guy who is high and with a gun will shoot you no matter who is watching.

Also on the agenda was Michael Calderone Principal of Harding Middle School at Torresdale and Wakeling.  An issue was raised at the last Civic meeting about the long time, ongoing construction project at the school.  The job has dragged on due to problems in properly replacing Terra Cotta tiles on the roof line.  The result is that a scaffold and fence has been up around the school keeping the grass from being cut and attracting trash.

After being contacted by Pete Specos, President of the Civic Association, Calderone immediately double-checked the stone on top to make sure it wouldn’t fall. Once it was deemed safe, they removed the fence and cleared the brush that was growing around it. He added that they do appreciated the letter, that it helped them move forward, and invited residents to please just call him whenever they have concerns.   Residents appreciated his prompt action.

The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on Thursday July 2nd at 7 PM at St. Marks Church 4442 Frankford Avenue.



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Harding Middle School Teacher Awarded “A Day Made Better Award”

Ms. Weldon and the team from Office Max

Monday, October 1st, Warren G.Harding Middle School teacher Ms. Kate Weldon was surprised with almost $3000 dollars worth of supplies from Office Max.

Ms. Weldon was nominated for the “A Day Made Better” contest last year and was selected from a pool of over 80 other deserving nominees. An entire team from the local Office Max (Cottman and the Boulevard location) came to Harding Middle School today to surprise Ms. Weldon (and her class) with all of her new supplies.

It truly was a day made better for a group of wonderful students, an amazing teacher, and a great school!  Michael  Calderone, Principal, would like to thank again store manager Silvaro Rojas and all of the employees and customers at Office Max for making this day possible!