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This petition is to save The Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia Pa.
On Jan 18th Comcast Inc announced plans to build a shopping complex, a hotel and possibly apartments at the where The Spectrum currently sits. The Spectrum has stood for over 40 years and have been host to Flyers 76ers Pahantoms hockey as well as thousands of concerts and over entertainment events over the years.
No other arena in Philadelphia history, has had more championships won it in. It is up to the fans to save The Beloved Spectrum. The Spectrum is still a viable and usable commodity. If The Spectrum is demolished there will many events lost to other venues and either other cities.
There is no way events that are currently held at The Spectrum can be fit in scheduling at The Wachovia Center. It is impossibly at events will be lost. It will be a scheduling nightmare. This means for example if The Flyers are in the playoffs in May when the circus annually comes, The circus will be not be able to come to Philadelphia because there wont be The Spectrum and The Wachovia Center will be booked.
There is also the factors of lost jobs. The people who work at The Spectrum have done so for years and even when The Wachoiva Center was built they were still assigned to The Spectrum. These employee's will be without jobs. The Wachovia center is already staffed with enough concession workers. Most of all The Legacy and History that was made behind the walls of The Spectrum is in jeopardy.
By Signing this petition you hereby state you support and want The Spectrum to stand and not be destroyed. The Spectrum is a historical landmark. Our voices will be heard.
The plan of this petition is to get enough signatures and present Comcast with it to show them the outpouring of respect and love we have for this building and to save it.
This petition is to find out how many people are dealing with Autistic Spectrum Disorders on their own or with little outside support from local authorities.
As many of you already know, Steveston secondary school is closing down beginning September 2007 and is merging with the existing Charles E. London Secondary School to form Steveston-London Secondary School (or SLSS).
One issue in hot debate is whether or not the enrichment program Spectrum currently offered in Steveston is going to be continued in the new school, since London does not have an enriched program currently. As a student in the program and will graduate by June 2007, my point of view stands with least bias, as whether or not the program will continue will not affect me in the future, as well as the fact that I have first hand experience towards the program and the offerings and experiences Spectrum has offered.
Why you should sign this petition:
I feel Spectrum is indeed a worthwhile program since the program provides a positive environment where students may excel better at core subjects. Since most students are capable in motivating themselves towards achieving academic excellence, the teachers may spend less time on some parts of the curriculum. Some people may say that only a select group of students are getting the better of all education, however, this is not the case as the teachers are essentially the same, as many of the teachers teach other classes in the same grade as well. Also, the core subjects are taught over a longer period of time-over the span of 10 months-instead of 5 months of the same subjects and not having that course until the next school year. Spectrum also establishes a friendly learning environment for the students to be comfortable in achieving more and spending less time getting to know new people-which results in barriers or conflicts between peers. Some may argue that this is not a benefit-however; I think that the other two blocks Spectrum students spend outside of Spectrum in one semester allows plenty of time to meet new friends and acquaint with them.
Spectrum also provides an annual trip to various outdoor locations located in North America for students to get acquainted with the nature side of education-thus providing a more complete understanding of the world around us. Outdoor education allows students to gain first hand experience in topics that may not be taught within the school system.
Some Common Misconceptions of the program are that Spectrum students have an extremely high ego and Spectrum students are naturally smarter than regular students. However, neither point is correct as Spectrum students are not chosen because of their intelligence but are chosen for their motivation to work without being told so. Being within the Spectrum community does not mean students will naturally receive extremely high marks-the same amount of work is required to be put in. Not being inside the Spectrum program does not mean students will naturally fail, as there are students outside of spectrum that excel above some students in spectrum
Although many students and parents think that Spectrum students are naturally better and more superior just because they are in Spectrum. This is not true either as Spectrum students, as mentioned earlier are only more motivated to do their work, not because they are any better or superior than anyone else.
If the Spectrum program is to be eliminated to the near future, many questions are to be raised. For example, Basketball teams in schools are limited to around one dozen students. Typical tryouts have a turn out of 2 or 3 times the amount that they can accept-thus they must cut down and disappoint 20 students. Should Basketball teams be eliminated from the school system as well?
Lastly, if the consensus is clear, the teachers, staff and administration should follow what the public wants-regardless of their own view of this issue. One purpose of an educator is to give the most unbiased information to the student. An analogy we can use is the restaurant, if the restaurant serves bad food, no one would come back and soon enough, the restaurant would be out of business. In the same sense, the school is like the restaurant and the students are the customers, we as a public school should offer variety of choices to all students-allowing them to choose whether or not they participate in the enrichment programs-otherwise, students may just attend another school with enrichment programs instead.
February 28, 2007
We have recently learned that existing students who attend Spectrum Elementary who reside in Vintage Ranch are considered to be moved out to the new school #28.
Vintage Ranch students and their families who attend Spectrum Elementary have been with the school since its inception. We are the founding families for Spectrum Elementary School. We are outraged that our families' children are going to be considered to be transferred to the new school.
Spectrum Elementary has grown and is established today because of its families and students' contribution along with the incredible principal Mr. Hallock and his staff/teachers. We have all worked diligently over the past three 1/2 years to raise funding for school's necessary equipments, landscaping, books, and necessary materials such as sun shades for play ground structures.
We have formed a bond within our school community which is enviable compared to any other school. After solidifying our place in a school where we believed that our children will graduate from, we are now threatened to vacate our rightful place.
At a meeting which held place at Spectrum Elementary on February 22, 2007, all but one person was happy with the new boundary proposed which included East of Gilbert, South of Williams Field, West of Val Vista, and North of Pecos. Many people left feeling secure and safe that the outcome would be guaranteed and that the new boundary made most logical sense. And now after a Board meeting held on February27, 2007, someone brought up the idea that only Vintage Ranch will be carved out to be sent to the new school, and this is based solely on number 150 which will fill up the new school. This idea is preposterous because it doesn't take many important factors into consideration.
First of all, this will destroy our kids and families' relationships and undermine our community as a whole. Secondly, this will single out our community among the "Ranches" and devalue our property value. It is a fact that income, education, and property value are correlated to excellency of schools. If Vintage Ranch is linked to a school where the demographics are vastly mixed with apartment community and town homes, this will definitely drag our property values down.
We believe that the new school being built should be reserved for students who will reside in housings that are currently in construction as well as people who live closer to the news school which would be East of Val Vista and South of Pecos.