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Weekly Newsletter #55

Published on Friday, December 9th

Behind the Scenes 📸 In transit!

What We’re…

💚 Sharing: Information on how you can help support Revolution School as a donor and a  fundraiser. It’s easy! Please share the link to our giving page OR sign up to become a fundraiser for our school. Simply set your own goal and share your personalized fundraising page with friends and family!

🍠 Highlighting: Our small business entrepreneur, Tasneem Abdullah, and her delicious sweet potato cakes.Tas has been busy baking! Please click here for more information on holiday ordering.

🎉 Celebrating: Our own Gina Marie Moore–a semi-finalist for the region’s Social Innovations Award for Educational Entrepreneurship! We hope that our staff, students and families will vote for our founder and for Revolution School! Voting is open until 12/18. Please log on to learn about the award and vote! Gina is listed under #9. Please cast your vote HERE!

🎥 Watching: White Fragility (Adapted for Young Adults)
In case you missed it or want to watch it again, the recording of last night’s book launch party for White Fragility (Adapted for Young Adults) is available here. Read an interview with coauthor and Friends Select director of equity inclusion Toni Graves Williamson, here.

Upcoming–George Washington Carver Science Fair! Students are preparing projects to compete on March 9. More details to come!

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park Visit, Friday, December 16! Next Friday, students will spend the day at the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park.The goal of the day: students will play and finalize the games planned for their Ninja Warrior league. Students are building on work they have already done to create gameplay, rules and schedule. Want to learn more about the project?! Check out the One Pager here.

Revolution School Program Happy Hour: If you know someone who would be interested in learning more about Revolution School’s admissions process, our unique program and/or community partnership, please invite them to join us for an informational happy hour on December 15, 2022 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM  Please RSVP.

ESL + Spanish Studies Partnership: On Tuesday afternoon, December 13th, students will take the We Love Philly bus to Olney High School where they will partner with ESL 1 native Spanish-speakers. In the first round of conversation, Revolution students will use this as an opportunity to practice the conversational language they have been learning in Spanish class. In round 2, their ESL 1 partners will ask them questions in English and receive English language tips from our students.

Student Diversity Leadership Conference, San Antonio, TX

Last week, a small group of Revolution students and faculty members attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. It was an amazing experience for all, and we will be presenting highlights from the conference at an upcoming community meeting.

“This was my fifth year as an SDLC facilitator and my 7th year at the conference, as I attended twice as a high school student. I was excited that we could bring Revolution students, Dirk  and Carlos to experience the conference. Our students had the opportunity to be in joyful affinity groups, meet kids from all over the country, learn language to describe their identities and lives, and enjoy an iconic talent show. I had Michael in my family group, and I appreciated the Philadelphia perspective that he brought to the group in a whole-group spectrum discussion about safety. I heard from my colleagues that the other Revolution students contributed to their groups and were an appreciated presence in their family groups.” —Sydnie Schwarz

About the Conference: The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles.

Studying the Human Body
As Biology students continue to explore the levels of organization in science moving from atoms/elements up to organisms and beyond, they are currently on the blend of tissue, organs and organ systems. Their current project is to identify a particular organ system (identifying and explaining the function of each of its organs).As they prepare to place ALL their individual systems on one “body,” Joel was kind enough to let us trace his body. Upcoming in Biology will be a few dissections including sheep kidney, heart and likely brain as a part of this unit.

Sketchnoting is a visual form of notetaking found to aid in mindfulness, focus and memory retention. We started the Sketchnote Club Monday and it is off to a great start. TPS Art teacher, Cait Stewart, joined to learn with and from each other. We created conceptual words, a visual alphabet and talked about visuals and the brain. Join us at 4pm next Monday, December 12th when we’ll use simple visuals to retell a story.  

  • Friday, December 16: Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park Visit

  • Saturday, December 17- Monday, January 2: School Closed: Winter Break

  • Tuesday, January 3: Classes Resume

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