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Weekly Newsletter 4/5/24

Published on Friday, April 5th



April 8th is Solar Eclipse day! Revolution staff and students will view the eclipse through “eclipse glasses” with special-purpose solar filters.

Ramadan Mubarak, March 11–April 11. Eid-Al-Fitr brings the month-long fasting, spirituality, and reflection of Ramadan to an end.

Happy Pesach, Passover begins before sundown on Monday, April 22nd and ends after nightfall on April 30.


Happy April Fools’ Day

Revolution School celebrated a French tradition: Les Poisson d’Avril or “April Fish“. One of the most common pranks that people play on one another during April Fool’s Day in France is to stick a paper fish on the back of an unsuspecting person. Fun was had by all!

Shout out to January for her idea to collect clothing for those in need and encouraging her classmates to donate! All of the clothes were taken to Broad Street Ministry for donation this week.



Moving forward, please email Carolyn ( if you know your child will be absent or arriving late. Thank you!

Q3 Students-led Parent Advisor Conferences

Please sign up for a Q3 conference timeslot to discuss your student’s grades and goals with their advisor!

SydSign Up

Joel Sign Up

DirkSign Up

PatrickSign Up

Field Work Details — Thursday April 11


All students will be attending a book-binding party at UArts from 10:45–12:15pm and a Book Bomb event from 1:15–3:30pm. Students will have their normal lunch block and can decided to pack or buy.

Spring Speaker Series: Health Matters 2024

Up next is Joey Nyame, a local therapist who will be helping us debunk the myths of mental illnesses and consider tools for our own well-being. And thank you to Jason Bedford for leading the discussion around alcohol, addiction, and mental health.

For the full list of speakers, please click this link.


This is an all-school event for friends and family of students in grades 9-12.


Futures without Guns Opening Reception — Thursday Apr 18, 5–8pm

Before break, Hailey, Mason, Don and Sudan went to the Science Center near UPenn to work on a mural with Rachel Vázquez. Click on the link to register for the opening reception and learn more about the event. Science Center | Futures Without Guns Opening Reception

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Summer Academy


PAFA’s most rigorous program for talented teen artists, is accepting applications for their four week college-level instruction from July 8 – August 2. To be considered for the scholarship, students must apply by April 10. PAFA also offers One-Week Intensives open to all levels of artistic experience, which allow teen artists to choose their own adventure. Visit to learn more about Pre-College Summer programs or apply now!

STAMP: Students at Museums in Philly


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. Here is a list of the participating museums!


Visit the STAMP website to learn more.


Friday April 5 — 12 — Student-Led Parent Conferences.

Monday April 8 — Solar Eclipse Day — all  students will receive solar eclipse glasses and view this phenomenon with Dirk and the advisors.

Thursday April 18 — Futures without Guns Opening Reception | 5–8pm

Wednesday April 24Madame Butterfly at the Kimmel | 2–5pm (Dress Rehearsal Program)

Wednesday May 8 — March Madness Basketball Event | 3:30–5:30pm

Friday May 22 — School Closed for Professional Development

Monday May 27 — School Closed for Memorial Day

Friday May 31Revolution School Spring Fling: Spirit of Philadelphia | 6:30–9:30pm

Thursday June 6 — Last day of school

Friday June 7Graduation & Moving Up Ceremony (Save the date as this is an all-school event for friends and family of students in grades 9–12!) 3–5:30pm


I Wish To Say…

Syd created a display of all the things students wished to say to our next president! 9th and 10th grade students created messages relating to their persuasive speech, while 11th and 12th grade students dictated messages about the criminal justice system and issues that appeared in Lakota Woman.


Students dictated these messages to artist Sheryl Oring at UArts prior to transcribing messages themselves by setting up a typewriter at the Kimmel Center and asking performance attendees what they wished to say. Please stop by Mott and read the cards when you come in for your child’s Q3 conference!



Grades 9–10 received a visit from UPenn film students during English class to explain how to film. The fieldwork time was spent at Revolution School and students pitched their film ideas and collectively decided on a few films to work on collaboratively.  


Grades 11–12 went to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to do some archival research on Philadelphians for their History project.

AI Amplifying Voices: Young People Taking Initiative in Their Education.


Cortico, an Artificial Intelligence platform, helped lead a School of Thought workshop about how AI can be a resource when doing research. Students also enlisted Cortico to distill transcripts of fieldwork sessions and search for evidence to use in papers they are writing for their criminal justice class.

Revolutions & Citizenship

9th and 10th grade students are studying the French Revolution — and next week they will reenact the trial of King Louis XVI.


2023-2024 Academic Calendar

2023-2024 Schedule Q4

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

Grade 9/10: Sydnie,

Grade 9/10: Patrick,

Grade 11/12: Dirk,

Grade 11/12: Joel,




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