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Weekly Newsletter 10-13-23

Published on Friday, October 13th

October Birthdays: Patrick Cassidy (10/2), Kai-Lang Yang (10/7), Amelia Holmes (10/12), and Sudan McNair (10/20)!

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series and advance to the National League Championship Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Let’s hear it for our wild card boys! Go Phils! ⚾

Things to do in Philly this Fall — Check out this great list in The Philadelphia Citizen

Congratulations to the Revolution Fundraising team! $1,208.50 was raised through popcorn sales to support the SDLC. Special shoutout to Camelle for selling $870 in popcorn, and thanks to Chrisma, Camille, Amelia, Michael, Symphony, Mae, and Don for your fabulous fundraising efforts!

🍎 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

2023-2024 Schedule Q1

🏫 2023-2024 Advisors: Families, please reach out to your child’s advisor with any questions that you may have as we begin the new year.

Support Fall 2023 Revolution Membership Drive! Please help us reach our goal of connecting with every family at Revolution School to raise $5000 with 100% participation by November 15, 2023. Our annual membership drive funds a wide range of Revolution School activities that help our students and our school thrive. Membership is open to families, staff, students, and alumni! Donations are welcome from absolutely everyone. Please share this link with friends and family.

Suggested annual donation for each family is $200, but larger amounts are greatly appreciated. To donate by check, please make it payable to Revolution School and send it to: Revolution School, 230 South Broad Street, Floor 19, Philadelphia , PA 19102.

Help Make a Difference! 

UArts Open House 

With the connections this week at University the Arts, several students have asked about college programming. UArts Dean, Sheryl Oring, who joined our Zip Code Collage Making workshop, shared the following details for the upcoming UArts Open House. 

“UArts Fall Undergraduate Open House is an opportunity for juniors, seniors and transfer students — and up to two guests — to learn about UArts programs. Sessions about our academic programs will run multiple times, so students and guests can learn about several areas, meet faculty and current students, find out what makes our curriculum and community unique, and see our studio facilities.” — Dean Sheryl Oring

Campus and residence hall tours will also be available, and visual art, design and film students can receive preliminary feedback on their portfolio. UArts Fall Undergraduate Open House will take place on Saturday, October 21st, 2023 from 9am – 1pm. Click this link to register!

Math Lab

We are excited to announce that Katherine Taylor is hosting a very successful weekly math lab! This highly individualized math enrichment program will begin next Thursday and is designed to support student success. For more information, click here!

Saturday, October 14 — National College Fair, 11am – 3pm. All high school students and families are welcome to register for this free event. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall B
1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Thursday October 19 — Revolution School Potluck, 5:30–7:15 pm. Our first potluck of the year, hosted by the Revolution School Family Association (RFA).

Please join us for the Revolution School Fall Family Potluck! Families & Community Members are encouraged to bring a favorite dish that represents their culture or a dish that they simply enjoy. Past favorites have included African samosas, sushi, rice and beans, spaghetti, lasagna, pasta, slow cooker meals, and burritos. Please RSVP with the number of family members attending and your contribution.

Saturday October 21UArts Open House, 9am–1pm (see above in Announcements for registration)

Friday October 27 — School Closed for Professional Development; End of Quarter 1.

November 2 — Revolution Family Association Meeting, 7:45–8:30 am. All families are members of the RFA and are invited to join this monthly meeting. Rachel Schendler (Mae’s mom) at and/or Katie Kelly (Caroline’s mom) at welcome your emails with any questions and/or ideas!

November 3Student-led Family Conferences

November 15 — Support the Fall 2023 Revolution Membership Drive!  Please help us reach our goal of connecting with every family at Revolution School to raise $5000 with 100% participation by November 15, 2023. Our annual membership drive funds a wide range of Revolution School activities that helps our students and our school thrive. Membership is open to families, staff, students, and alumni! Donations are welcome from absolutely everyone. Please share this link with friends and family.

November 15 — What Every Parent Needs to Know Now about Paying Less for College, 7pm.  If you have a college-bound student currently in 9th–12th grade, save the date for a very important parent-education webinar. Early preparation is often key to ensuring your child’s college options without sacrificing your financial well-being. Attend this live Zoom event from the privacy of your home. Register Now and Save the Date!      

“This event is geared toward parents of 9th, 10th, & 11th grade students. I personally found it very helpful for financial planning for my own children who are both in high school.”  –Joel

CJ Gross Visits Revolution School & Parkway Central Library

The Revolution school hosted CJ Gross, author of What’s Your Zip Code Story? for a whirlwind of gatherings that started with a dinner with REV graduates on Monday and culminated with an evening conversation at the Free Library’s Skyline Room.  

Over pizza and conversation on 10/9, REVChat youth leaders and alums from the Class of 2023, Sodd, Tas A., and Tas AR, facilitated a powerful conversation that connected zip codes to the future of work.

On the morning of 10/10, student leaders from Revolution School conducted an interview with CJ asking questions about applying key themes from his book in places working to innovate in education like Revolution, ending with their favorite question, “What’s on your playlist?” 

The UArts Zip Code Collage making workshop turned out 18 UArts students who joined in the visualization of identity, neighborhood and origin stories. WHYY News Reporter Vicki Camacho interviewed several Revolution and UArts students and will be releasing her news report on the collaboration in the next few weeks.

In the evening, parents, educational leaders, and community members joined us at the Parkway Central Library for an interview with Fox 29’s Quincy Harris and award winning author, CJ Gross, followed by a community conversation.

In math, students discussed population growth, President Biden’s efforts toward student debt relief, and recent efforts to raise the minimum wage through the lens of mathematics.

Roger Lee leads the 9th and 10th grade students through Future Ready Class.

Grade 9/10

Our students visited the St. Luke’s Epiphany church a few blocks away from school.


Grade 11/12

During field work at the Franklin Institute, the students participated in two chemistry-based demonstrations. 1: States of matter through the lense of liquid Nitrogen and 2: chemical reactions with explosive results (the major chemical components for combustion).

Voice Lessons for Parents & Caregivers with Wendy Mogel, Parents Series, is now available to watch. Use the link below to access the Zoom recording of the 9/28 program. The recording for this program will remain live through December 2023. Parent Series: 9/28: Voice Lessons for Parents & Caregivers – Zoom Recording Access Link.

November 30 at 7:30 pmHow to Raise a Self-Driven Child with Ned Johnson.

Join author and expert Ned Johnson to learn why fostering a healthy sense of control is so important for childrens’ intrinsic motivation, success, mental health, and happiness. Parents and caregivers will learn how to pivot from manager to parent consultant, and how to be a non-anxious presence. Attendees will gain effective strategies to use with children ranging in age from tots to teens.

The Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)

For the second year, Revolution School will send 4-6 students to the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a 1600-student, national conference the week after Thanksgiving. The conference runs Wednesday, November 29 to Saturday, December 2 in St. Louis. Students who attend will engage in affinity groups, identity workshops, speaker keynotes, and a conference talent show. Revolution faculty and staff are currently finalizing the attendees from students who expressed interest following the conference info session last week.

Class of 2023: Join the Alumni Council!
We are humbled and proud to welcome our new Revolution alums to our newsletter! The Revolution School Alumni Council proudly welcomes you. Our Alumni Council has 13 members. As a new tradition and growing group, we encourage all Revolution graduates to participate in all alumni activities. We would love to get updates about what you are up to, photos and news about your adventures. We welcome any and all updates, thoughts and/or suggestions on how we may best serve you, our Revolution Alums, and growing community. Revolution plans to host two alumni events/meetings this year, and we would love you to join us with the planning! Please email if you are interested.

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