Taking the Theme to Heart

The 8th grade is taking the all-school theme Surviving and Thriving to heart this week! They are all being trained in hands-only CPR by the Youth Heart Watch program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  

According to the American Heart Association, hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest (outside of hospitals); it can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.  

Chess Champs!

The TPS Chess Tigers competed in Nashville, Tennessee in this past weekend's Supernationals, which combines the Elementary, Junior High and High School Nationals, is held every four years. 

And, WOW, did they do well! Two TPS teams came in first place in the nation. Only THREE TEAMS in the entire country were the champions of TWO DIVISIONS: TPS, Barringer Elementary (NC), and IS 318 from Brooklyn (of "Brooklyn Castle" fame).

Here are the results.

K5 Under 900 Section: CO-CHAMPIONS!!! We tied with two other teams for 1st place, out of 74 teams and 521 players!
Arjun Ahya 11th overall (tied for 6th)
Anand Rajagopalan 20th overall (tied for 6th)
Ben Russo (45th)
Brody Park
Samuel Weisz
Manav Jha

K8 Under 1000 section: 1st Place!!!!  Out of 44 teams and 249 players!
Noah Riccardi 3rd - BRAVO!!!!!
George Davis-Diver 10th overall (tied for 9th)
Evan Liddy 16th overall (tied for 9th)
Aakash Jha  19 (tied for 17th)
Grayson Wade
Scotty Jordan

K12 Under 1600: 17th place (tie for 16th) Out of 79 teams and 490 players!
Tate Park 14th overall (tied for 12th) 
Max Orenstein
Jack Leitzell
Alex Doraszleski
Max Greineder 

K3 Under 700
Mikaela Orenstein, our youngest and most enthusiastic player!

Important to note: Jamieson Wade '15, currently a sophomore at Springside Chestnut Hill, WON 1st place individual in the K12 U1600 division!

We had 18 players in 4 sections. A record number of TPS participants!

Enormous thanks to the TPS chess parents, whose support of their children and our chess program is greatly appreciated!

Vamos juntos al mercado!

First and second grade students will celebrate the end of the school year with Giovana and Tiziana, las maestras de español! Our traditional and very special activity ¡Vamos juntos al mercado! will take place on Tuesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 25.

During the students' regular classes, they will transform Patagonia, the center space that our Spanish classrooms surround, into a colorful  mercado, where the students will practice their communications skills in order to "buy" (we will be using toy money!) frutas y vegetales for their snack that morning.

Schools, Children, and the Law

The 8th grade's final Monthly Constitutional of the year featured TPS parent Deborah Gordon Klehr, who is the executive director of the Education Law Center. Deborah discussed the work of the Law Center and shared some recent cases related to fair school funding, ensuring equal access, and stopping the school to prison pipeline. (Accompanying Deborah and helping to guide the discussion was son Noah!)


Want to Eat? Speak Spanish!

This week our 7th graders experienced a Spanish immersion experience at local restaurants in Center City.

One group (Maggie and Cecilia's group) visited the Mexican restaurant Café y Chocolate; a second group (Tiziana and Marco's group) went to the Venezuelan restaurant TartAreparía. The students spoke Spanish when ordering food, interacting with the servers, and conversing with their teachers and classmates.

Check out the restaurants' websites to see the traditional Mexican and Venezuelan cuisine that we enjoyed!





Swing Dance Extravaganza

This afternoon TPS students in the Swing Dance in History and Practice intensive partnered with dance professionals Debbie Ramsey and Kate Mattingly to host a program for all middle schoolers. There were demonstrations, instruction, a little bit of history, and a lot of dancing fun!

Debbie Ramsey is co-founder of Music And Dance Productions and a member of the Swing Dance Hall of Fame.  With over 39 years experience as a professional choreographer, actor, dancer and educator, she is a three Time Winner of the Feather Award for “Top Female Teacher in the United States”. Debbie travels nationally and internationally, instructing at teacher training seminars and educating thousands of dancers each year in the art of dance. 

Kate Mattingly is a professor of dance at Utah State University. She has a B.A. in architecture fromPrinceton University, an M.F.A. in dance from New York University, and a Ph.D. in performance studies from University of California, Berkeley. As a dance critic and evaluator for New York Times, the Village Voice, the N.E.A. and myriad other publications and honorary committees, she brings a wealth of experience in the analysis of contemporary dance. Her cross-disciplinary approach to movement includes an ongoing interest in architecture, in flash mobs, and in the social effects of new technologies.

Middle schoolers in the intensive have been preparing to run this program for the past three weeks.