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Weekly Newsletter 10-27-23

Published on Friday, October 27th

*Revolution School Bulletin Board*

Watching: There will be a partial lunar eclipse of the full Hunter’s Moon on Saturday — here’s how to see it.

Planning: Our Costume Contest and Halloween party starting at 1:30pm on Tuesday, October 31.

Appreciating: the Philadelphia Phillies and how far they made it this season!

This week’s spotlight is on our Revolution Students and Sydnie Schwartz! The two day Bake Sale, held in the lobby of our building, raised $795 for our SDLC fundraiser! In total, we have now raised $2,378 toward our $5,000 SDLC goal by November 29th. Stay tuned for our next SDLC fundraiser!

🍎 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.

Planning for a Potential SEPTA Strike

Earlier this month, the members of the Transit Workers Union 234 (TWU) voted to approve a potential labor strike. The mass transit union’s contract is set to expire at midnight on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 and could impact service as early as Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Revolution School will remain open and keep you informed about alternate travel methods.

Please sign up for our Student-led Parent/Advisor Conferences (in-person) — Friday, November 3. Schedule your student-led meeting with their advisor to check in on Quarter 1 progress and set some goals for Quarter 2!

Dirk’s Advisory

Joel’s Advisory

Patrick’s Advisory

Syd’s Advisory

Student Trip to Drexel — Thursday November 2

Revolution School students have the opportunity to attend Drexel University’s annual StartupFest this Thursday, November 2. This year’s event focuses on the role that AI technology places in the startup ecosystem. Students will depart from Revolution School at 8:30 am and return to school for dismissal unless they have confirmed with their parents that they can stay for the Proving Ground MarketPlace from 2 to 5 pm. Highlights include: Max with Max Live, Hands on workshop with Max, and Rising Starters High School Pitch Competition. If you have questions, please reach out to Roger Lee, Director of Entrepreneurship and Future Ready Engagement:

Support our 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.

Help Make a Difference! Text 1M to 91999

Introducing the Online Revolution School Store — Show Your Revolution Pride!  

We are excited to share that we are partnering with Sideline Sports to offer families and friends of Revolution the opportunity to purchase Revolution Merch! Go Renegades!

Math Lab

We’re pleased to report that Katherine Taylor is hosting a very successful weekly math lab! This highly individualized math enrichment program is designed to support student success. For more information, click here!

Tuesday October 31 — Costume Contest and Halloween party starting at 1:30pm

Thursday November 2 — Revolution Family Association Meeting, 7:45am–8:30am. 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!

Thursday November 2 — Student trip to Drexel University

Friday November 3 1/2 day | Student-led Family Conferences.

Wednesday 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.

 Help Make a Difference!  Text 1M to 91999

Wednesday November 15 — What Every Parent Needs to Know Now about Paying Less for College at 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

Students in US History reenacted the Constitutional Convention through role play. Our convention included representatives from groups who were not invited to the actual Convention. Students remained in character and learned about the importance of compromise in finalizing the constitution. Presently, we are reading the actual constitution to give students insight into the partisan nature of the actual document produced in 1787.

9th and 10th grade students in Revolutions & Citizenship completed their videos analyzing different aspects of our quarter 1 fieldwork expeditions, “Interviewing Religious Leaders.” Student topics included, “views on religious objects,” “use of water for rituals,” “God’s soul,” and “comparative views on poverty and prosperity.” Please ask your ninth or tenth grader to show you their video!

The Dance Class elective students pose in between their practice with instructor Roger Lee!

The Student Leadership Council hosted a Minute-to-Win-it competition. (Girls vs boys. The girls won.)

Chess match!

Laptop time!

Sarah Huffman is a professional journalist with She joined several history classes over the past few weeks to teach about interviewing in preparation for the students’ video projects. She also came in to give feedback and support as students finished their projects.

Fieldwork through the lens of Poverty to Prosperity

The 11th and 12th graders visited University of Pennsylvania to learn about Cell & Gene Therapy at Perelman School of Medicine.

The Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)

For the second year, Revolution School will send 5 students to the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a 2000-student, national conference the week after Thanksgiving. The conference runs Wednesday, November 29 to Saturday, December 2 in St. Louis.

Upon returning to Revolution, attendees will share about their conference experience and host workshops for the school. 

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.

Interesting Articles and Resources

  • Teens Spend Average of 4.8 Hours on Social Media Per Day Gallup
  • If We Truly Care About Teen Mental Health Steve Shapiro’s blog
    BQI is hosting a free webinar with Steve Shapiro on November 8. Learn more and register here.
  • Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 pm EST How 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, how to be a non-anxious presence and will leave with effective strategies to use with children ranging in age from tots to teens. Use this link to register to watch the program live. The same link will be used after the program to access the Zoom recording.

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