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Weekly Newsletter 1/26/24

Published on Friday, January 26th



Fun Fact: January was named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. February’s name is believed to stem from February, an ancient festival dedicated to ritual springtime cleaning and washing.

Congratulations to Gré for gaining admission to his first choice college,  University of the Arts, with a generous merit scholarship.

January Birthdays: India Lockridge: January 9, and Carolyn Arosell, January 26.


Chinese New Year 2024: Chinese New Year 2024 falls on Saturday, February 10th, 2024, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 24th, 2024. Chinese New Year marks the transition between zodiac signs: 2024 is the Year of the Dragon; 2023 the Year of the Rabbit. And check out Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Philly!


Join us in welcoming Corina Deng from Curtis Institute of Music!

We now have a 3D Printer — soon to be used by our Coding & Robotics students.


2023-2024 Academic Calendar

2023-2024 Schedule Q2

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


Cousin Mike’s Lunch Online Pay Portal

We are excited to continue partnering with Cousin Mike’s family-owned business on Tasty Tuesday lunches. Please sign your child up for the $8 lunches using the Cousin Mike’s link rather than paying Sydnie. 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.


Pre-college summer opportunities with financial aid!

The Coalition for College works to expand college access to communities that have been historically under-represented. This list of affordable summer programs at colleges and universities is very helpful. Participating in a pre-college summer program is a great way to further explore your interests, get a taste of what it is like to be a college student, visit a college campus, and even boost your academic profile.

Important Dual Enrollment Information for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Families

Any student who wishes to enroll in a course for the spring semester should set up a meeting with Jeanne to ensure all enrollment tasks are complete. Questions? Please contact

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.

2024 College Counseling Zoom for 11th Grade Families with Joel: on February 1st, please join College Counselor Joel Dankoff at 7pm. Families are invited to join Joel to discuss the college application process, financial aid, and scholarships.


Thursday February 1 2024 College Counseling Zoom for 11th Grade Families with Joel Dankoff. 7pm

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

Friday February 16 — No school | Professional Day

Monday February 19 — No school | Presidents’ Day

Tuesdays, February 6 – April 23 — The 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.


9th & 10th grade students are studying Conflict-resolution in history class. This week students took on historic characters to attempt to negotiate and resolve an actual conflict that happened in Ancient Greece. Students incorporated a framework to help resolve their conflict — which allowed them to look at conflicts in history not just as a series of wars, but as moments when leaders had a range of choices to meet their groups’ needs.


The conflict analysis framework has real-life applications, and helped students differentiate the interests, beliefs, emotions, and identities of groups in conflict. Through role play, students learn to use negotiation skills to deal with opposing interests, and to address underlying grievances that perpetuated the conflict.

11th & 12th Fieldwork: on Thursday, our cohort heard from Don Lizaire, a reentry case manager at Broad Street Ministry. A few of our students even got to role play a mock appointment with Mr. Lizaire.

Students attended a youth paint day for the Futures Without Guns mural at the Science Center after school Thursday with muralist Rachel Reyes-Vazquez.




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