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Weekly Newsletter #73

Published on Friday, May 5th


📸 Jeff Brown Visited Revolution School this week as part of our “Meet Our Next Mayor!” series.


What We’re…

🍎 Appreciating: Our extraordinary teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-13!

👍  Planning: Revolution School’s Inaugural Spirit Week (Week of 5/14), Junior-Senior Prom (5/24), and Graduation & Moving Up Day (6/10).

🎂 Celebrating: Anthony on his birthday, May 5th!

🎉 Applauding: Our Senior’s Future Ready/College Acceptances! Alvernia University, Clark Atlanta University, Chestnut Hill College, Cheyney University, Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware State University, Drexel UniversityEast Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Elon University, Indiana University, James Madison University, Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, Kutztown University, La Salle University, Lincoln University, Morgan State University, Lockhead University, Mansfield University, Marymount University, Millersville University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn State, Seton Hill University, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, University of San Diego, The University of Scranton, West Chester University & Wilkes University. We’ll share decisions in the coming weeks!

Don’t Forget Lunch Money: Students will have the opportunity to eat lunch at Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House as part of fieldwork in Chinatown on Thursday, May 11. Students should bring cash to pay for lunch.

Junior & Senior Prom: 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.

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 of Revolution Students: Gre Green

Last week, students visited Pennypack Farm & Education Center and Salem Baptist church as well as the surrounding facilities. Students took the We Love Philly bus up to Pennypack Farm, where they were greeted by board member and Pastor, Marshall Mitchell, the farm’s Executive Director, Julie McCabe, farm manager, Kirstie Jones, and Assistant Farm Manager Steph Jones. 

While at the farm, students learned about and introduced to the crops that are grown there, cabbages and potatoes, and the certain conditions that help crops grow. After the students were acquainted with the farm and the staff, the students headed over to the Salem Baptist church where they were informed of the church’s origins and what goes on there. 

After that, the group was led towards Gray Nuns of the Sacred Heart building where Marshall Mitchell explained the plan for the upcoming renovations that are going to take place. After leaving the nunnery, the students headed towards Abington day school, which holds a vast food cupboard or food bank on the lower level. The food bank contains things like menstrual products and food. Once inside, Marshall Mitchell explained the purpose behind it and how it operates similarly to something like Amazon.

The day ended on a high note when Marshall Mitchell directed the students to a classroom size, homemade, in-house movie theater with subwoofers and a projector in the side lower half of the Abington day school. There, he shared his movie buff side and commented on the precision of care that is required to balance the volume of the voices with the sound effects/music.

Understanding Investments

Ted Aronson, co-CEO, AJO and Business Development, AJOVista led this week’s financial master class on investing.

Community Connections at UArts 

Summer 2023 Programs for Teens & Young Adults Enrolling Now: JEVS offers free programs for teens and young adults to learn a new skill over the summer.

  • IT Pre-Apprenticeship – trains Philadelphians aged 18-24 in IT and office technology. 
  • Lasko Scholars Program – helps students get accepted to college through admissions and financial aid counseling. 
  • Project WOW (World of Work) – offers young adults aged 18–24 free training in building trades and a high school diploma. 
  • STRIVE Future Leaders – offers skills training, paid work experience, and job placement opportunities to justice-involved young adults aged 18-24.

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 


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!

  • Monday, May 15 –  Friday, May, 19: Spirit Week 
  • Wednesday, May 24: Junior Senior Prom
  • Friday, May 26: School Closed (Professional Development Day)
  • Friday, June 9: Last Day of School
  • Saturday, June 10: Graduation & Moving Up Day


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