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Weekly Newsletter 5/3/24

Published on Friday, May 3rd



“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

— C.S. Lewis


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 Madness Basketball: May 8th from 3:30–5:30 pm at the Community College of Philadelphia’s Athletic Center. Check out the flyer and RSVP HERE!  

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6–10, was established in 1984 by the National PTA to honor all those who lend their passion, skills, and incredible patience to education. Honestly one week is just not enough.

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.

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


Congrats to this month’s Beable winner, Amelia Holmes, who won a $20 Starbucks gift card for reading the most and scoring the highest on the articles she read! Beable is a program that challenges teens to improve their literacy skills, while exposing them to literature that relates to their personal interests and career aspirations. Great work, Amelia!

Wellness Speaker Series

Thank you to Mari-Carmen Farmer, nurse midwife and OB-GYN from Jefferson, who came to speak with grades 9 and 10 about how to navigate health challenges, advocate for yourself, ask questions, and recognize bias in the healthcare system. We have one more speaker coming in May to talk about nutrition, so stay tuned!


Prom 2024

All Revolution students are invited to attend Prom on May 31 from 6:30–9:30pm! Please check out the invitation below. Scan the QR code or 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 9

Grades 9–10

Students will be wrapping-up filming for their English projects. Students will have their normal lunch block and can choose to pack or buy.

Grades 11–12

Students will use their fieldwork time to work on their US History video projects. Students will have their normal lunch block and can choose to pack or buy.


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


The Philadelphia Foundation awards more than 200 scholarships

Families have up until 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!

Music & Entrepreneurship FellowshipFam Frequency Productions

We encourage all students interested in the music industry to apply for this 8-week summer training program that prepares 15 Philadelphia high school students for potential careers as music entrepreneurs. Following the summer training, students will intern with one of their studio partners and participate in monthly workshops to further develop their music and business portfolios. Applications are open through May 10. Check out the flyer to learn more!

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.


Monday May 6 — Teacher Appreciation Week

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

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 worked on their English film projects! Some students traveled to Segar Park and The Kimmel to film some scenes while others stayed at Revolution School to begin the editing process.

Grades 11 and 12

Our students had a terrific visit to Thomas Jefferson University! They attended an information session about the admissions process, financial aid, and scholarships. Students also toured the East Falls campus followed by lunch in one of the dining halls. Transportation to and from was provided by the #32 SEPTA bus.

Classroom Highlights

Revolutions and Citizenship

9th and 10th grade students began filming for their character dialogue project. This project asks students to write and film a conversation between historical figures who never actually met from different times in history, including:

Simón Bolívar & Toussaint L’Ouverture

Zheng He & Cecil Rhodes & Charles Darwin

Ivan the Terrible & Akbar the Great  

Jane Addams & Andrew Carnegie

Thomas Jefferson & Sarah Grimké

Tsar Nicholas II & Queen Victoria & Victor Emmanuel II

Queen Isabella & Queen Elizabeth I & Barthelme de Las Casas

Environmental Science: Solar Cooking

Last week, students explored the idea and calculation of the solar constant on Earth. Students expanded upon their knowledge by testing the actual radiation energy of the sun by way of cooking some readymade treats. They attempted making solar English muffin pizza, solar smores, and hot solar nachos!

US Literature

11th and 12th grade students drew scenes from chapter eight of Third and Indiana by Steve Lopez. The book is centered around 14-year-old Gabriel Santoro and his experiences living in the “Badlands” section of Philadelphia.


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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