John Story Jenks Elementary School circa 1960's

The 1957 Graduating Class of John Story Jenks School

1957 Class
This Photograph Was Contributed by Cheryl Massaro, Class of 1960
Row #2 (rear) James Harbison Louis Filippi Sandra Logan Lance Horwitz Mary Psichos Jeff Baxter Warren Barbour Merry Rowan Richard Manser Sandra Bencivengo William Krauth
Row #1 (front)     Jane Teague Lois Nelson Joseph J. Siner Robert Sykes Jean Wieland Marion Stroup Elaine Galfand Carol Massaro  

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Mary (Psichos) Schmeidel entry:
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Hi, my name is Mary Schmeidel (formerly "Psichos") and I was in the 1957 graduating class at John Story Jenks. I recently visited Philadelphia and met up with an old friend, Sandy Bencivengo, who told me about your web site. How great it is to look back and remember the good times as well as see what's happening today. Sandy gave me a newspaper article from 2006 that had a picture of your class and my 1957 class picture (that I still have) and thought you might want the names of all the students for that year. Here goes -

Front row, from left: Jane Teague, Lois Nelson, Joseph J. Siner, Robert Sykes, Jean Wieland, Marion Stroup, Elaine Galfand, and Carol Massaro.

Back row, from left: James Harbison, Louis Filippi, Sandra Logan, Lance Horowitz, Mary Psichos, Jeff Baxter, Warren Barbour, Merry Rowan, Richard Manser, Sandra Bencivengo, and William Krauth.

I left the Chestnut Hill area in 1967, off to Southern California where I lived for 36 years and am now in Denver,Colorado. I visit Philly often and it is always fun to take a ride though Chestnut Hill and drive past the school - still looks pretty much the same except for all the playground equipment.

It is so nice of you to keep up your Internet site for all of us to enjoy.

My sister was part of the 1955 class and her name is spelled incorrectly - she's in the back row, 2nd from Left and her name is Elaine Psichos. I asked her if she remembers the two girls you need names for - but it hasn't come to her yet, will let you know if she remembers.

Thanks Again


Michael Stevenson entry:
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This is a wonderful photograph of the Class of '57 who do very well to define the era. All of the student look as though they could have been celebrities. There clothes are awesome and a pleasure to see is grassroots reality. Special thanks to Cheryl Massaro for the contribution of this photograph which is a John Story Jenks treasure. Can't wait to hear the names! -ms
Jean Wieland Spears entry:
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Dear classmates-
What fun to see this wonderful picture of our class- we were really an involved
and enthused class. Some of the things we did to our eighth grade teachers still
brings a smile to my face- all these years later.
The girls in the class were required to make those dresses for graduation in home
economics class- that's why five of the dresses were the same style. 

I went on to teach eighth grade social studies
for almost 28 years before becoming an a public school administrator.  I retired
from public school and I am currently a education professor at Monmouth University
in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
When my mother passed away in March of this years I was very pleased to have members
of the class of 57 stop by Ruth's prior to the funeral and several more called later
in the day- what wonderful support after more than more than forty years- thank you 
to those members of our class and their family members that were thoughtful enough to
reach out at that time.  Many of you were very kind to my mother in her declining
years and I am very grateful.
We need to plan a reunion!   Jean Wieland Spears 
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