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Weekly Newsletter #70

Published on Friday, April 14th

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👍 Planning: The Revolution Inaugural 11/12 Prom (5/24) & Founding Class Graduation (6/10).

🎉 Celebrating April Birthdays: Syd (4/2),Tas A (4/11), & Semaj (4/18)!

🌍 Earth Day Activities in Philly on April 22,

Junior and Senior Families – SAVE THE DATE: Prom has been confirmed for Wednesday, May 24, at the Bellevue Hotel from 7-11 pm. In the meantime, we are seeking a photo booth for the event. If you know anyone who can provide this service, or if you would like to be involved in the planning, please contact jeanne@revolutionschool.org. Stay tuned for more information about purchasing tickets for the big night.

What’s Your Philadelphia Story?

That’s the question guiding Fieldwork this quarter. As an interdisciplinary endeavor, English and Art classes will be collaborating to gather data and tell the stories of Philadelphia through the eyes and interests of students during the Fieldwork block.

Inspired by CJ Gross’ book, “What’s Your Zip Code Story?”, ninth and tenth graders will tell the story of their zip codes. The eleventh and twelfth graders will focus on an issue or interest area in a Philadelphia community.

Over the next several weeks, students will learn and apply ethnographic and journalistic interviewing techniques as they visit various neighborhoods and connect with people on their topics. Ultimately, they will publish their data in a variety of creative (op-ed, podcast, video, artwork) and research-oriented (report) ways.

This week, WHYY investigative reporter Kenny Cooper joined students to frame his work as a journalist at CNN, CNN Sports, and NPR. He talked about how to gather stories and connect with potential interviewees. During the Fieldwork block on Thursday, students headed out on a sunny day to Rittenhouse Square to practice their interview skills.

Next week, students will be connecting with art students at UArts, who are co-creating games with students based on Philadelphia stories and topic areas of interest. Students will share their interview data and their stories thus far, and UArts students will share their game ideas for feedback and input. On May 4th, UArts and Revolution School students will collaborate again to play their co-created Philadelphia Story games!

Teen Life Summer Opportunities: Whether it’s an overnight pre-college program, a local day camp, or a sleepaway adventure experience, summer programs for teens are a great way to pursue new interests, improve existing skills, and make new friends outside of the classroom. 


We had a very successful Revolution School parent-ed webinar, What You Need to Know Now About Paying Less for College, for 9th – 11th-grade parents to plan now for the reality of future college expenses. If you missed it live, we strongly recommend watching it here. This link will be available through April.


Seniors can still apply for merit scholarships to help defray college costs. Here is a list of trusted websites for scholarship searching.


Credential Pathway Program Options for Revolution Students 2022-2023 

Hill Top Prep School’s Pop Culture and Gaming Convention | Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Designed exclusively to develop and hone social skills for neurodiverse youth, adolescents, and young adults, this fun, interactive gaming and arts convention will foster organic social interaction. The day will feature Esports tournaments, gaming, panel discussions and presentations, how-to workshops, food trucks, and more! All are welcome! This event is not only for students and their families, but for teachers and staff, and their families too. Click here for the day’s schedule and ticket information.


Summer Programs in Philadelphia: Explore a number of different opportunities for middle and high school students, including pre-college courses at top-rated universities, tech camps where students can work with cutting-edge technology and so much more! 


Career Night at CHOP: High School students who want to learn more about physical therapy, occupational therapy, or athletic training as a career at CHOP on  Wednesday, May 24th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Abramson Building Room 123. Pizza will be provided.


Advance College Experience: ACE Your Summer Experience with Us: See what it’s like to be in college with the Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE (Advanced College Experience) program. ACE provides college-level courses for highly motivated students going into 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, as well as students up to age 21 pursuing a high school equivalency credential. Through ACE, students can explore a career interest, study timely and relevant issues, and earn college credit


Wellness Opportunities:

As we enter 2023, we are happy to share that we are partnering with Dr. Argie Allen, Connections Matter, and Drexel University to provide affordable access to mental health resources for our students and families. Drexel Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy (DUCFT) recently reopened at a new location in the New College Building (245 N. 15th Street Suite 1120, Philadelphia, PA 19102) on January 9, 2023. The fee for service is based on household income using a sliding scale, so individuals and families can access care if they do not have insurance, need a more affordable fee, or prefer not to use their insurance. To request services, click here: Request for Services, complete the information requested, then click submit.


Kooth is an online mental health and well-being platform designed to provide high school students with access to personalized, digital mental health and well-being resources. Kooth will be available 24/7, at no cost, to high school students District-wide. Students can visit us.kooth.com/philasd to find more information and to sign up. Inner Strength VIBE is a free mindfulness app to help you wake up to your power and potential.


Life can feel like a lot… So many of us sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed out, or just blank because it all feels like too much. With VIBE, you can find new ways to access your inner strength, have some fun, and even make sense of what’s going on all around you. Download the app for FREE here.

  • Friday, April 21: School closed for Eid al-Fitr
  • Saturday, April 22: Earth Day!
  • Monday, April 24: Revolution Board visit and meeting, 10:00-2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 26: National Pretzel Day 🥨

2022-2023 REVOLUTION SCHOOL ACADEMIC CALENDAR  Access our full community calendar HERE. You can also subscribe via iCal.

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