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Weekly Newsletter 2/25/24

Published on Sunday, February 25th



February Birthdays: Jane Shore: 2/9; Dirk Parker: 2/21; Katherine Taylor: 2/23; Justine Hoffman: 2/25

🧡 Black History Month is an annual celebration (every February) in the United States that recognizes the history, culture, and contributions of Black Americans.

Spirit Week continues: The Student Leadership Council invites everyone to participate in Revolution Spirit Week. Here is the full schedule beginning Monday Feb 26: Monday: Twin Day/ Uniquely You! Tuesday: Throwback Day Wednesday: Dress Like a Teacher Day Thursday: Character/Celebrity Day Friday: Pajama Day.


UPenn film Students Élan and Miraya came to kick off the 9th and 10th grade film unit. They talked to students about story arcs and analyzed a few short films. Students worked in small groups to brainstorm a short film of their own!

11th and 12th grade students traveled to UArts to continue their work for the I Wish to Say… project. Their collaborative designs were printed on the Heidelberg offset ink printer and will serve as the inside cover of their books.


2023-2024 Academic Calendar

2023-2024 Schedule Q3

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


This Week’s Field Work Details — Thursday Feb 29

9th/10th grade students will be going to the Discovery Center! Students are leaving early for fieldwork in order to arrive at 1pm. Please pack a lunch to eat at school prior to leaving.

11th/12th grade students will be visiting the PA Prison Society in the afternoon. Students will have their normal lunch period and can choose to pack or buy.

Philly Defenders Visit — Monday Feb 26

On Monday Feb 26, the Philly Defenders will visit and bring brunch from Victoria’s Kitchen for the students midway through their study hall. During the usual Chemistry and Voices in Literature blocks, the Defenders will host a youth listening session, asking students about four main topics: mental health, gun violence, police, and education. The insights the Philly Defenders gather from our students and other local schools on their listening tour will inform a community initiative that our students will be invited to help plan and execute.

9th/10th Grade Speech Day — Tuesday Feb 27

The Voices in Literature students have been working on their persuasive issue speeches and will be presenting them to the whole school! We will have a special schedule to accommodate this.

Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts — Wednesday February 28

Jeanne will be taking interested students to view the Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts at 2:30 pm at The Bourse. Please keep a lookout for a signup sheet early next week!

Health and Wellness

We are excited to announce our Spring Speaker Series: Health Matters 2024. During select Wellness periods, we have invited local professionals to join the 9th and 10th graders in classroom discussions and activities based on the following topics: mental health, drug and alcohol awareness, sex education, nutrition, and self-advocacy.

February and March Speakers:

February 26: Clara Pritchett. Topics include body acceptance, self-worth, eating disorder risks and prevention, body positivity, and mental health.

March 3: Jamie O’Leary Topics include anatomy and physiology, and cultural messages around sex.

March 13: Jamie O’Leary Topics include healthy/unhealthy relationships, consent and body autonomy, and advocating for yourself in a relationship.

March 18: Jamie O’Leary Topics include safe sex/contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and healthcare.

There will be more speakers in April and May! In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Katherine at with any questions or concerns.


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.

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

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

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.


Monday February 26-March 1 — Revolution Spirit Week continues! Here is the day by day breakdown:

Monday: Twin Day/ Uniquely You! Tuesday: Throwback Day Wednesday: Dress Like a Teacher Day Thursday: Character/Celebrity Day Friday: Pajama Day.

Monday February 26 — Philly Defenders Visit (details above in Announcements)

Tuesday February 27 — 9th and 10th Grade Speech Day (details above in Announcements)

Wednesday February 28 — Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts at The Bourse. Please keep a lookout for a signup sheet early next week!

Friday March 1 — Revolution Family Association will be hosting First Friday Coffee at 8:30 AM.

Friday March 1 — I Wish to Say… at the Kimmel

Students will be collecting data before the 2pm matinee performance — they will type (using typewriters) what those in attendance wish to say to the next president and use the blurbs as a resource when printing their books.

Thursday March 7 — Carver Science Fair

Revolution students will be traveling to Temple’s campus on March 7th to compete against other high schools in the area.


Grades 9 and 10

Our students traveled to Temple University for a collaboration with the College of Public Health. Students learned about various programs within the College of Public Health and received a campus tour!

Grades 11 and 12

Our students visited the Defender Association of Philadelphia to learn about their work in criminal justice, police reform, and child advocacy.



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