Stephen Decatur School K-8
3500 Academy Road
Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.
Message from the Principal
Dear Decatur Family,
We are so proud of the fact that Stephen Decatur School is building a strong tradition of success for students, as reflected in its ability to make Adequate Yearly Progress for 5 consecutive years. Our students’ academic achievement with our school’s strong academic program provides every one of our students with the knowledge and skills essential for their success, and supports their development as lifelong learners. Although we enjoy an excellent reputation within the local community and beyond, we are always striving for improvement in order to best serve our students, academically, socially and emotionally.
We are a neighborhood school that realizes that building strong relationships between the school and the community is essential to our students’ success. We, at Decatur School, cherish our diverse community where all of its members are valued. We offer an exciting, educational program within a caring and supportive environment. We truly believe that all children can learn and use inclusive practices to ensure that our students reach their fullest potential.
We welcome parental involvement and encourage our parents to become active members of our wonderful Home and School Association. We are looking forward to many successful events this year. The bond that is forged between the home and the school working together is priceless and helps our students to thrive in all areas of school life. The Decatur Staff is dedicated to helping students become happy, healthy productive citizens in the community. To that end, we welcome our parents with open arms and encourage them to get involved in this endeavor.
Thank you for visiting our website. We are looking forward to an outstanding school year. With the help and support of all stakeholders, we are hoping that this will be Decatur School’s best year yet.
Ms. Genevieve E. Endy-O’Kane
Philly TEC Showcase 4/10/15
Philip Parkinson was determined to get his note-taking app in the App Store.
Parkinson, a fifth grader at Stephen Decatur School in the Northeast, got rejected twice. But finally, on the third try, Apple accepted it. One month later, he won first place in the elementary school coding category at the School District’s first annual TEC (Technology Expo and Competition) Showcase.
That’s where we met him last week, at the showcase, held at School District HQ.
Parkinson, 11, of Parkwood in the Far Northeast, is pint-sized and awfully polite. When the School District’s Chief Information Officer, Melanie Harris, came over to tell him that the competition’s judges were “blown away” by the caliber of his app, he shook her hand and said, “It’s an honor to meet you.” (Harris said she downloaded Philip’s app, Quickie Notes, that day.)
It was his grandfather, Bill Zebrowski, SEPTA’s Chief Information Officer, that got him interested in tech. Zebrowski told Philip about online education site Lynda.com, which Zebrowski’s team at SEPTA had used for some projects, so Philip bought a subscription of his own — with help from his parents, he said. (We met Phil’s father, who works as a plumber, at the School District that day, too.)
He said he built the app because he didn’t like Apple’s Notes app. Also, Lynda had a tutorial focused on building a note-taking app with Swift in Xcode. It took him about six months, and his computer teacher, Melanie Channick, let him work on it during computer class and also lent a hand. He plans to add more features.
We asked him if his friends were coders too. “No,” Parkinson said. “They think I’m a god. ”His father laughed. “So do I.”
Points of Pride