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Weekly Newsletter 2/9/24

Published on Friday, February 9th



Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14.

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. In celebration of Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, we will be having a potluck lunch on 2/14. Please sign up for your dish at the front desk!

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!


Congratulations to Jayden Johnson, Bronze Medalist at the Liberty Bell Judo Tournament!


2023-2024 Academic Calendar

2023-2024 Schedule Q3

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


I Wish to Say. . . a collaboration with University of the Arts (permission slip needed)

As part of the English curriculum, 9th and 10th graders are currently writing persuasive speeches about an issue they find important, while 11th and 12th graders are currently studying issues of justice in the criminal justice system.

In collaboration with University of the Arts, we are offering our students the opportunity to translate their English curriculum studies into a visual and public art opportunity!

These students would be participating in Sharyl Oring’s I Wish to Say. . .project. In this project, the artists sit behind typewriters and ask participants what they wish to say to the next president of the U.S. The resulting letters are then used to create handmade prints, booklets, and exhibitions. To allow your student to participate in the first round of the project as participants, please complete this permission form and return it physically or scan and email it to

Student Leadership Update

Thank you to our Student Leadership Council for organizing a fun day for our students on Wednesday February 14 to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Black History Month! There will be a student potluck lunch and a movie (vote here for which one). Students: please sign up for your dish at the front desk!

MAP Testing: February 12–15

Starting on Monday February 12th, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or tablet. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students.

It will be doubly important that your child arrives at school on time and ready to do their best on these tests.  We are reaching out to partner with you so that our students can achieve their best results on the exams.  


MAP Growth tests are unique and adapt to your child’s responses to measure your child’s knowledge. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of where your child is on their learning journey— regardless of whether they are on, above, or below their grade level.

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, teachers can identify students with similar scores in similar skills and topics and then plan instruction accordingly.

MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students in the same grade and subject with the same starting performance level. Each school year, students in grades 9 through 12 take the series of tests three times.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about MAP Growth, visit

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.


ISACS Parent Series (Zoom): Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm.

Please join us as we welcome author and educator Rosetta Lee. Young people bear witness to challenging or traumatic events in current news, media, and local communities. They are often trying to process thoughts, feelings, and reactions without explicit help and guidance — thereby increasing their confusion and anxiety. As adults, we have a natural instinct to protect our children from harsh realities while also preparing them to navigate this complex world — is it possible to do both?

What are ways to talk about identity, difference, and justice in age-appropriate ways? How do you reinforce your family’s values without instilling disrespect for other perspectives? How do you coach young people toward authentic and respectful dialogue across differences? Engage in these questions and more! There will be time for Q&A. The webinar will focus on grades K-8 but will be valuable to parents of children of all ages.

Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30 PM –
Zoom Registration Link

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.


Tuesday February 13 ISACS Parent Series with author and educator Rosetta Lee on Zoom, 7:30pm (details above in Opportunities — limited space, register now).

Wednesday February 14 — Student Leadership Counsel hosts a Valentine’s Day/Black History Month student potluck and movie celebration. Check Announcements above for more details. This is for students only.

Friday February 16 — No school | Professional Day

Monday February 19 — No school | Presidents’ Day


Grades 9 and 10 participated in Sheryl Orving’s, “I Wish to Say. . .” project at University of the Arts. Students also participated in a printmaking workshop with U Arts graduate students.

Grades 11 and 12 watched Amistad Law Project’s new documentary, “No Way Home.” The film examines the painful effects of life without parole (LWOP) and the efforts to end it in the state of Pennsylvania. The students then got to engage in a Q&A with Lorraine Haw a.k.a “Miss Dee Dee” herself about her activism through her Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI).

This week, Revolution students participated in a schoolwide science fair! They will continue to fine-tune their projects in preparation for the George Washington Carver Science Fair later this spring.



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