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Weekly Newsletter #71

Published on Friday, April 21st

This week, students were one degree away from Kevin Bacon! As we were leaving our fieldwork at UArts, we captured this photo of the famous actor and others who were being honored with a new Broad Street Plaque.

What We’re…

👍 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 on Wednesday, May 24, at the Bellevue Hotel from 7-11pm. To purchase your tickets and complete your student and guest permission forms, click here. If you have any questions, please contact

Graduation and Moving Up day is 11am on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at Estia, 1407 Locust Street (Right downstairs from Revolution School)! Senior families may include up to six guests and all other students may include up to two guests. To RSVP for the big day, click here.

Next Thursday, 4/27, Students will be traveling to visit board member, Marshall Mitchell to see how his community at Salem Baptist is responding to the challenges in his zip code and surrounding areas.

Students should dress to be outside for most of the afternoon and must pack a brown bag lunch. 

We are seeking Family Ambassadors: current families who would be willing to welcome incoming families and serve as a mentor and resource. If you are interested in becoming a family ambassador, please contact Jeanne by email at

Voices from Revolution Students: Mae Abdulrahman

After spring break, Revolution Students started their quarter four projects focusing on Zip Code stories. Last week, we visited Rittenhouse Square to practice interviewing, and this week we visited the University of the Arts to work with a group of students to create games based on our zip code story study.

We learned about two games, One game, The 215, is a card game puzzle and guessing game mixture~ based on the 11th and 12th graders projects.The card reader shared questions about Philadelphia created by Revolutition students. As an example, they showed us cards based on three students’ projects. One card was about dirt-bikes in Philadelphia, the question asked was: Where does the dirt-bike scene primarily take place? The presenter offered the students four options…

A.) South Philly  B.) North Philly  C.) West Philly  D.) East Philly 

One of the students pointed out that one of the answers is a red herring. Can you guess where the dirt bike scene takes place? Ask your student for the correct answer!

Many thanks to Mae for creating and curating this new addition to our Revolution Newsletter!

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.

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 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.

Unique Opportunities: 

Music & Entrepreneurship Fellowship ~ Rising 9th-11th graders: June 26th-August 18th at Revolution School. 8-week paid summer accelerator!

  • 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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