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Weekly Newsletter 11/10/23

Published on Friday, November 10th

Pondering: “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land.”— Helen Keller. When we focus on the positive and have hope in ourselves and the world, amazing things can happen.

Celebrating: The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Nov 2–Nov 12.

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and when it comes to holidays, this one has it all. In one wonderful day, we get the opportunity to practice gratitude, enjoy delicious food, and gather with the people we love. Let’s focus on gratitude this month!

🍎 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

2023-2024 Schedule Q2

🏫 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.

Thanks to all for the very successful First Quarter Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences. Your partnership is a hallmark of Revolution School, and we  look forward to an equally positive second quarter.

Please help us meet our Fall 2023 Revolution Membership Drive goal of 100% participation from our Revolution Families by November 15, 2023. Please know it’s not the amount of your donation — any contribution you provide sends a message to the community that we are all in this together! Our annual membership drive funds a wide range of Revolution School activities that help our students and our school thrive. 

Help Make a Difference! Text 1M to 91999

Beable Contest — Read to win a $20 gift card

Revolution School and Beable are hosting a competition: the student who reads the most in November will earn a $20 gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts! The winner will be announced November 21.

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.

National Native American Heritage Month — the month of November

Saturday November 11 — Veterans Day

Sunday November 12 — Diwali

Monday November 13 — World Kindness Day

Wednesday November 15, 7pm — What Every Parent Needs to Know Now about Paying Less for College. Best for parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. Register now for this webinar.

Wednesday November 22–Monday November 27 — Thanksgiving Break


In the second quarter, students in all grades will continue to explore our grand challenge, Poverty and Prosperity, and they will do so through the lens of our Future Ready programs. 

  • 9th and 10th grade classes will visit organizations to explore career possibilities and trends across industries. They will learn how these organizations address poverty in Philadelphia and provide pathways in the workforce for young people. Through a series of reflections and surveys, students will identify potential industries of interest, and we will analyze this data across our whole cohort seeking trends and connections with our students.
  • 11th and 12th grade will tour, apply and complete the pre-admissions testing for Community College of Philadelphia, not only making dual enrollment an option for all students but also learning how CCP can provide a cost-efficient pathway for college and other certification programs. They will also visit several 4-year colleges to help students discern programs they may wish to pursue after Revolution School.

Arts & Business Council Tour

Students toured the Arts and Business Council to learn more about how the Arts and non profit organizations impact the economic development of Philadelphia.

Community Meeting: Jobs for the Future

Farrah Farnese — previously at PYN and now a VP at Jobs for the Future — presented interesting information to our students regarding work trends utilizing data not yet released to the public!

Photography Club

There is one week left in the Photography Club! Here, Gre’ Green shares his environmental portrait with our instructor, UArts student, Jaedyn Taylor. Gre’ chose several scenes from his favorite video games for his pieces. Final critiques of student work will be Monday, November 13.

Camelle Wilkins leads World Wednesday and presents Mayor Cherelle Parker’s goals for Philadelphia!

Environmental Science students complete a water-testing lab in preparation for a fieldwork trip to the Wissahickon.

Learn with Leaders: AI and ML Bootcamp

Cultivate your acumen in Python, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. The AI and ML Bootcamp is 2-weeks of power-packed skills in Python, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning under the guidance of qualified student mentors. The program allows high school students to learn in-depth about structuring the algorithms and utilizing codes to formulate their own Fake News Detector. To apply for the program: Click Here!

College & Future Ready Opportunity

To assist our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade families with the financial piece of college planning, consider attending Smarttrack’s College Funding Initiative webinar, What Parents Need to Know Now about Paying Less for College. Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm.  This will help families start thinking strategically about how you’ll cover – and reduce – your share of future college costs. Pre-registration is required – Click here. 

The Photography Program in the School of Art at the University of the Arts is pleased to announce a Call for Entry for their Spring 2024 Juried Photo Exhibition, A Sense of Place.

Celebrating the creativity of regional high school students, they invite applicants to submit lens-based work that expresses their interpretations of 

  • Community
  • Personal Sanctuary
  • Home

Selected photographs will be showcased in the Photography Program Gallery, located in Center City, Philadelphia from April 13–May 4.

Students are to submit up to three individual entries, along with a completed permission form with parental/guardian consent for those under the age of 18. After the selection process, students have the option to mail/drop off their work at UArts. For students who do not have access to printing facilities or who are unable to deliver/mail their printed photographs to the university, the Photography Program will provide free inkjet printing. Eligible winners will receive scholarship awards to study in their 2024 Pre-College Summer Institute Art, Media & Design program; award amounts go up to the full cost of tuition. Senior students will be eligible for alternate prizes.


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
  • 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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