Social Media: Life Online

Social media was the focus of Friday morning's Encuentro for grades 4-8. 

The program, facilitated by Director of Institutional Advancement Frances Hoover, featured two expert panelists – alumnus Michael Fiebach '99 and TPS Spanish teacher Cecilia Gezlinger – who spoke about the powerful benefits, responsibilities, and perils of having a presence on social media.

Michael is the founder and CEO of Fame House, a marketing agency that focuses on digital strategy primarily in the music and entertainment industries. Cecilia uses social media personally to stay in touch with friends and family in her native Mexico and professionally as a promoter of a wide variety of Latino events that take place in the Philadelphia region.

Nearly all of the students acknowledged that they had social media accounts (Instagram seemed most popular, especially among the Junior Unit students). And most of them were aware of individuals who have been hurt by online posts by others. 

Michael and Cecilia shared the importance of social media in their lives and careers. Michael explained that his business depended on him maintaining a good reputation and that he had to be careful about what he posted personally as an individual and professionally as a business owner.

Students listened earnestly throughout the presentation and asked good questions. It probably helped when Michael mentioned his digital marketing strategy for some of his major clients, such as Eminem, Pearl Jam, and Tiesto!

Our social media "experts" – Mike Fiebach '00 and Cecilia Gezlinger

Our social media "experts" – Mike Fiebach '00 and Cecilia Gezlinger

Percussionists Mesmerize

At last Friday's Encuentro we had the pleasure of welcoming Nathaniel (Nate) Harlan '07 (3rd grade teacher Miriam Harlan's son) and his percussion ensemble, who taught us about – and then demonstrated – beautiful, complex Afro-Cuban Güiro and Bata rhythms. The performance was high-energy and interactive, and we were all proud of our accomplished alum as he beat beautiful rhythms with his group of talented musicians! Our audience was mesmerized by the performance by Nate, Shakur Sanders, and Shawn Hennesy!

Latin Grooves Band

The Spanish Team hosted a special Encuentro today to celebrate the wrap-up of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

The assembly's featured guests were TPS teacher Giovana Robinson and her Latin Grooves Band! Giovana's music is built upon her Panamanian roots and blended with influences of Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Latin Pop, and world music styles that have inspired her while living and performing in the United States.  (Photos by Marco Velis)


Pasión y Arte

El viernes pasado, durante Encuentro, TPS celebró el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con una visita muy especial de la compañía de Flamenco "Pasión y Arte". 

La directora de la compañía "Elba Hevia y Vaca" nos enseñó como hacer palmas, braceo y zapateo.

Fue una increíble experiencia haber culminado nuestros estudios sobre los orígenes e influencias culturales del Flamenco con un apasionante show en vivo.