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Weekly Newsletter 1/19/24

Published on Friday, January 19th

🎂 January Birthdays: India Lockridge (1/9), and our new staffulty member Carolyn Arosell (1/26)

👏 Thanks to Roger Lee for his leadership and talent in 2023. He has helped to successfully launch our REVchat initiative, Future Ready, and our elective series. Roger will remain a member of the Revolution community and we all wish him well in his future pursuits.

❄️ Winter is here! Celebrating Philly’s first snow day in nearly two years!

The Student Library

We have updated the student library complete with book reviews and recommendations from our summer reading! If you have new or gently used books, we would be delighted to add them to our collection!

🍎 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

2023-2024 Schedule Q2

🏫 2023-2024 Advisors: Families, please reach out to your child’s advisor with any questions.

It’s time to sign up for our Q2 Student-Led Parent Conferences! 

Q2 Report cards will be released on Wednesday, January 24. To review your student’s progress, please book a conference with advisors here:  

Dirk’s Conferences

Joel’s Conferences

Patrick’s Conferences

Sydnie’s Conferences

Cousin Mike’s Lunch Online Pay Portal

We are excited to continue partnering with Cousin Mike’s family-owned business on Tasty Tuesday lunches. Starting in 2024, please sign your child up for the $8 lunches using the Cousin Mike’s link rather than paying Sydnie via Cashapp/ Venmo. This link will allow you to create a login for you and your child. Students can then log in and select their individual meal choice in following weeks (make sure to select “dine-in” when prompted). Use this link every Wednesday to select a meal by Friday night for the following Tuesday.

9/10 Wellness

The Future Ready course for 9/10 students ends with Q2. For the second half of the year, students will have an extended Wellness block, and we will also be featuring a Health/Wellness Speaker Series with experts from our community.

11th Grade Test Prep

As our 11th grade students prepare for SATs this spring, Patrick Cassidy will use the Wellness block to work with 11th grade students on SAT prep starting next week! Students will not only brush up on their content skills, but will also learn test-taking strategies to boost their scores. 11th grade students will still keep their Planet Fitness memberships and can use the gym after school or on the weekends.

Electives

The second semester brings a new Elective Series!

  • Students currently in Dance will begin Creative Writing featuring Christina Poulin from Cosmic Writers. Students will kick off the class with a unit on Urban Fantasy writing.
  • Students currently taking Steam Robotics and Coding will continue to Steam Robotics and Coding Part II. We are excited to be adding a 3D printer for use in this course in the second half of the year!
  • Students who have registered for dual enrollment through CCP will use their elective time to work through their courses.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art’s Free After-School Studio Art Program: Registration is open for PAFA’s free Spring afterschool art program! Do you want to learn more about oil painting or illustration? Just a few blocks from Revolution School, PAFA’s program offers two free 10-week college level art courses taught by their faculty — all art supplies are provided! Portfolio review and guidance on the art school application process is available for those who want to pursue art education. Additional discounts are available if the student wishes to register for an additional class, or wants to apply for a special Summer Academy scholarship. Learn more about PAFA’s after school program here.

  • Exploration of Oil Painting, Feb 6-April 23 on Tuesdays from 4-6pm | Register here
  • Illustration, Feb 8-April 25 on Thursdays from 4-6pm | Register here

College Funding Webinar: We are providing our 9th-12th grade families with a no-cost, no-obligation professional College Funding Evaluation because we know how important the financial piece of college planning is, and that it starts as early as 9th grade. We highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to ‘stress-test’ your current funding plans. Create your complimentary SMARTTRACK Parent account. If you already have an account, bookmark this page to login anytime. One parent account per household.

Students at Museums in Philly (STAMP):  free admission to museums! Through STAMP, any Philadelphia high school student can visit 20 museums and cultural sites for free. Just show your high school student ID and enjoy the STAMP discount. Click here for the list of participating museums.

January 24–28Student-Led Parent Conferences. Advisors are reaching out to help schedule your conference. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jeanne@revolutionschool.org.

Friday January 26 — half day for Parent/Student Conferences

Tuesday February 6Please join us for the inaugural science fair, Revolution Revelations, from 1:40-3:40 pm. Parents, families, and community members: we are counting on you to visit this special exhibition. For more information, contact Katherine Taylor at katherine@revolutionschool.org

Friday February 16 — No school | Professional Day

Monday February 19 — No school | Professional Day

Tuesdays, February 6 – April 23The Exploration of Oil Painting free series taught by PAFA, 4–6pm (see the opportunities section for more details). Register here.

Thurdays, Feb 8 – April 25 — The Illustration free series taught by PAFA, 4–6pm (see the opportunities section for more details). Register here.

Fieldwork: 9th/10th Grade 

9th and 10th grade Future Ready students visited Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA). They were able to ask questions during the law and arts career panel discussion with the Executive Director and a volunteer lawyer from PVLA.

Fieldwork: 11th/12th Grade 

US History students visited the Union League to explore the artwork and the archives. They were able to hold a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and a Civil War musket. They read from the only handwritten account of Lincoln’s assassination, and viewed actual propaganda pamphlets from the 1860s.

Interesting Articles and Resources

Do you have news or announcements that you want to share with the school community? Is there information you’d like to see featured here? Please share your ideas with georgia@revolutionschool.org.

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