On Thursday, August 11, The Philadelphia School played host to Edcamp Delaware Valley Independent Schools (DVIS) . Edcamp is an increasingly popular "unconference" model that promotes educator exchanges of school-related ideas and issues by way of attendee-led debates, presentations, and discussions.
The free event, sponsored primarily by The Philadelphia School, Edu-Tech Academic Solutions, and Air Squirrels, started with a complimentary breakfast and networking hour during which participants proposed breakout session topics. A wide variety of concepts found there way on the "Big Board" (a makeshift matrix of session times and rooms made of painter's tape and large sticky notes as seen both on the wall in MPR and on this Google Doc). They included "Pokémon Go in the Classroom?! Augmented Reality's Impact on Lesson Planning," "Technology & Mindfulness: When to Plug In and When to Unplug," and "Integrating Design Thinking into Your Classroom."
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Teresa
Dear TPS Community Members,
The tragic events of the last few weeks in the United States and abroad have left us questioning how we can make the world we hope to see. More than ever, our school and our community must reaffirm our shared responsibility to work toward a better, more just society.
In these uncertain, troubling times, as we guide students along the paths to their futures, we can take solace and find optimism in the work that our teachers and students do each day. In their classrooms, children learn to consider multiple perspectives and to think deeply and critically about issues – habits of mind that foster empathy, respect, and social engagement. Curricular work on social justice, issues of race, and the challenges of making, as our third graders would say, a more fair United States promotes an awareness and appreciation of the complexity and diversity of the world around us.
8/8/16 ATTENTION: Please note that the IXL math assignments for grades 5 through 8 are being readjusted because the IXL website changed the skills attached to the links we provided. We should have the correct assignments online by 8/12/16.
A long-time TPS tradition is to keep academic and creative juices running during summer break!
Summer assignments are designed for maintenance of skills (preventing “summer slide”), remediation, or preview of content to be explored in the upcoming year. For 8th graders, the summer book report is used in the fall as the basis of the required writing sample for high school admissions.
As usual, we ask that children read and/or be read to for at least 20 minutes each day. In addition, children entering 2nd through 8th grades also have specific summer assignments, some tailored for each individual child and some for the entire grade. The kindergarten teachers have provided some resources for families of incoming kindergarten and first grade students; while there are no specific assignments for our youngest learners, we hope that families spend a lot of time with books this summer!