We are thrilled to announce that Lisa Sun (right) officially joined us on July 1 as Head of School, pictured here with Tanya Salewski, our new Middle School Director. July adventures at TPS have included preparations to welcome back new and returning families in the fall, the end of summer camp, and renovation of the Lombard 2nd floor. Read more about Lisa at www.tpschool.org/hos-search.
High schoolers Sam Gualtieri, Simon Garner, and Jalen Ramseur-Williams, all Class of 2016, won Best Direction for their film Welcome at the Rough Cut Film Festival Awards Ceremony held at the Kimmel Center on June 22. Jalen also won Best Direction and Best Editing for his film Forwards, Backwards.
Here are the two videos.
Backyard Bugs Pop-up Camp is a partnership program between The Philadelphia School and Smith Playground. It's our first TPS pop-up camp experience!
The Philadelphia School and Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse are proud to present Backyard Bugs, a free program for 3- to 5-year-olds! Games, art projects, and other activities will teach campers how bugs live, move, and eat. Children will explore Smith Playground in search of beetles, butterflies, spiders, and more!
The pop-up camp was the brainchild of Frances Hoover, TPS Director of Institutional Advancement. Kim Carter, our Director of Auxiliary Programming, did all of the heavy lifting related to getting the camp up and running, and TPS gardener Bri Barton planned the program and activities.
Here's a link to the promo on the Smith Playground website. All sessions are already full and have wait lists! We're very excited about this new venture and look forward to the first session of camp on July 18.
This summer, we are holding our first international Sustainability Institute. Fourteen 14 TPS alums traveled to Rome, where they are immersing themselves in Roman culture from the ancient world to the present day.
Rome is a palimpsest — a city of layers that has built on top of itself for millennia. A curved street marks the outline of an imperial theater. Temples become churches. Ancient sanctuaries underpin modern buildings. In true TPS fashion, we are learning about the rich history and modern vibrancy of Rome through in-depth, inquiry-led exploration.
To gain the full Roman experience, we are staying in apartments in the Sallustiano neighborhood — and since the dinner table is at the center of Roman life, we are learning how to cook local dishes. TPS teachers Ashley Opalka, Jake Hunter, and Tiziana Acerbo are leading the trip, and Joel Fath (Ashley's husband) is taking the lead on the cooking. We are partnering with Context Travel for three behind-the-scenes tours: Ostia Antica, the Vatican Museums, and Underground Rome.