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Weekly Newsletter 5/12/24

Published on Sunday, May 12th


“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

— John Steinbeck


Mother’s Day: May 12, was established by Anna Jarvis in 1908, with the first official Mother’s Day celebrated through a service of worship in Grafton, West Virginia.

Prom 2024 is on May 31 for Grades 9–12:  We are excited to share that the Prom is open to all Revolution School students, grades 9-12! Our celebration will be held from 6:30–9:30pm on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Please stay tuned for ticket information and permission forms. SAVE THE DATE!

 Honoring AAPI Voices: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to honor and explore the rich cultures and contributions of this diverse community.

May Birthdays: Anthony Bracy 5/5; Avery Gilmore 5/18; Kimora Allen 5/28


Teacher Appreciation Kahoot

During Community Meeting, students tested their knowledge of how well they know their teachers through a Kahoot quiz! Congratulations to Makayla for placing first! Following the game, students and teachers enjoyed an ice cream party in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week!

May Madness Basketball

Revolution School hosted their first ever May Madness Basketball event at CCP’s Athletics Center! Students and teachers played alongside each other in various basketball games with a final 7v7 advisory match! Congratulations to both Syd and Joel’s advisees for their win!


MAP Testing

From Monday May 13–Thursday May 16, Revolution students will take their final MAP Growth test on a computer or tablet to 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 (administered to high school students three times a year) are unique and adapt to the student’s responses to measure knowledge. If a student 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 and individualized picture of where your student is on their learning journey— regardless of whether they are on, above, or below their grade level. Click this link for more information about MAP Growth.

The MAP testing schedule for Monday May 13 is:

Grades 9/10: Math (8:45am–10:10am)

Grades 11/12: Language (10:50am–12:15pm)

Please be on the lookout for an email with the testing schedule for Tuesday–Thursday.

Business Communications Workshop — Grades 11 and 12

As a part of our Future Ready Curriculum, Stafford Wood (President of Covalent Logic, a strategic communications agency) will be leading a workshop she created for our 11th and 12th grade students to learn and strengthen the essential communication skills for success in any workplace. Stafford will be holding her workshop from May 20–31.

Prom 2024

All Revolution students are invited to attend Prom on May 31 from 6:30–9:30pm! Click HERE for all the information you will need leading up to the event as well as day-of instructions!

Field Work Details — Thursday May 16

Grades 9–10

Students will be visiting the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation — and they will be eating lunch at Franklin Park. They can choose to pack their own lunch or purchase one in the area around the park.

Grades 11–12

Students will be working on their US History videos at Revolution School. Students will have their normal lunch block and can choose to pack or buy.


Please click this link to RSVP. This is an all-school event for friends and family of students in grades 9-12.


Last few days to apply for a Philadelphia Foundation scholarship

Families have up until Monday May 13, 2024 to apply for a Philadelphia Foundation scholarship for this coming 2024-25 school year. While each scholarship has individual criteria and requirements, a common application is used for most scholarships, allowing an applicant to simply submit a single application to be considered for every available scholarship. Click this link to learn more!

College Essay Guy

Register now for a series of virtual summer college essay boot camps! This series will give students the tools to guide their writing and start next school year with a strong draft of their college essay. This virtual series is completely free to qualifying students! Click here to learn more about the program and claim your spot!

SHPE’S Equipando Padres Academy

Are you the parent or caregiver of a first-generation High School student interested in studying engineering? Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) invites you to a free half-day, virtual event on May 18 from 12pm where engineering professionals will be sharing the value of college, how to choose a college, and how to prepare for college visits. This event will be hosted in English and Spanish. Register here in English.

Elevate Youth Event

On May 11, former Wellness teacher, Carlos Aponte is hosting a discovery day for Elevate Youth at One Art Community Center. Attendees will connect with professionals from various industries to learn about apprenticeship programs in Philadelphia. Please click here for more details and to register.

Free Boating Days at FDR Park

Discovery Pathwaysan environmental education group in Philly — is offering free community boating days where families can rent rowboats, kayaks, and canoes for 30-minute time slots. No pre-registration is necessary! The boating dates for summer 2024 are May 11, June 8 & 29, July 6, 13, & 27, and August 3, 10, & 17. Check out the flyer for more information!

The Free Library’s Free SAT Workshops

The Parkway Central Library is hosting in-person SAT workshops, along with a list of virtual resources on topics such as Financial Aid Prep and Scholarship Opportunities.

Click this link to learn more about the library’s offerings — or check out the Free Library Teen Central YouTube channel anytime!

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.


Monday May 13–16 — MAP testing for all students.

Monday May 20–31 — Grades 11 and 12 participate in our first Business Communications Workshop.

Friday May 24 — School Closed for Professional Development

Monday May 27 — School Closed for Memorial Day

Friday May 31Revolution School Prom: 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



Grades 9 and 10

Students wrapped up the filming for their English projects! One group traveled to Seger Park while the rest finished filming at Revolution School. Students also began adding music, sound effects, and visual effects in their editing process.

Grades 11 and 12

US History students began working on their film about historic Philadelphians. The Philadelphians students are focusing on are Frank Rizzo, Bayard Rustin, Paul Robeson, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, and Octavius Catto.

Classroom Highlights

US History:

11th and 12th grade students did a mini-project on The Cold War domino theory! Students set up and photographed actual dominos to demonstrate how communism could have spread in Southeast Asia and in Latin America.

Spanish I/II

9th and 10th grade Spanish students worked together to make a conjugation chart for their Jeopardy review game on the preterite tense.


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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