Student Council

A Really Big Show

By Lois West, Student Council co-advisor

I have been a “co-producer” of the Student Council Talent Show since 2007. Each year the show gets easier to produce (for us adults) and more spectacular to behold. And each year it is evident that the show is not “just fun” – although it is plenty fun.

With very little support from Student Council advisors (nowadays we simply handle logistics, such as making sure that we have the gym reserved and that the needed equipment –mics, piano, staging, gym mats, etc. – is in place on performance day), the Talent Show is organized, directed, and executed by the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on the Executive Committee of the Student Council.

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This year there were more than 50 acts (for some reason, singers seemed to predominate), involving about 100 students in grades 1 through 8. Corralling such a large number of students as they awaited their performances was a feat in and of itself, and our Student Council team managed the task calmly and efficiently. They made sure that the mic was properly positioned for each act and that they played the right background music for the right amount of time for the right performer. Sixth and seventh grade representatives helped manage the flow of acts, and council members, as well as a few 8th graders, emceed.

The Talent Show’s success depended on more than excellent planning and execution. Its success was reflected in the courage and confidence of our singers and dancers and football throwers and gymnasts and joke tellers. Said one faculty member, “It brings tears to my eyes to think of one of my former preschoolers who was terrified to enter the Garage for our Winter Concert and would only sit on the riser if I sat next to her and held her hand – and there she was on the Talent Show stage all by herself singing in front of 500 people.”

The show’s success was also expressed by the uninhibited support and enthusiasm of our audience – from our youngest preschoolers to our most sophisticated 8th graders. Every single performer felt appreciated and loved. And, picture this, nearly every single student (and quite a few teachers) chanted along with the trio belting out “Sponge Bob Square Pants”!

Thank you so much to Maya O, Student Council co-president, who spearheaded this event. Special thanks to everyone on staff – from facilities to the PE team to the music department – for making sure our performers had everything they needed. Kudos especially to Sara Forgione, who stepped up this fall to take the lead on all things Student Council this year.

Enjoy some photos taken at the Talent Show by Kate Riccardi and Beth Lundy.




MONDAY Is Silly Hat, Hair & PJ Day

FINALLY – what we’ve all been waiting for! On Monday, January 28, the Student Council is sponsoring Silly Hat, Hair, & Pajama Day, a long-time TPS tradition!

Everyone is invited to wear their pajamas for the entire day (no slippers or footed pjs, please), as well as to wear the zaniest hat that they own and to make their hair as silly as possible.

This will be for everyone, not just the younger or older kids. Teacher and staff, too! (Of course, plenty of kids and adults will choose not to be silly in this way - participation is optional!)

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Student Council Partners with Tree House Books

The Student Council is partnering with Tree House Books and supporting their "Books in Every Home" project – they are trying to give away 75,000 books before the end of 2018 to Philadelphia families in need of quality children's books.

The Student Council is collecting gently used or used children/young adult books in Lombard Street classrooms from December 4 through 11.

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The class that collects the most new and gently used books will receive free pretzels on the day of Student Council's first Pretzel Sale of the year - Friday, December 14.

The Book Drive is the first of three community-service “Helping Hands” projects that the Student Council is planning for this school year.

Pennies for Patients

The Student Council began its second community service project of the year on February 5. Students in grades 1-8 will participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies 4 Patients” fundraising drive.  The drive closed on February 23.

Each student in grades 1-8 brought home a small box to collect coins (or dollars) for this donation drive.  Their boxes were brought to school and emptied into a big classroom coin box. The classroom that collected the most money won a pizza party.  

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has partnered with thousands of schools around the country for Pennies 4 Patients, and all donations support blood cancer research, patient services//support, advocacy, and education.  

Student Council is excited to empower kids to make a real impact on this issue so they have asked that this collection be kid-powered.  Families who wanted to make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society beyond the coins their children were collecting could do so at  http://events.lls.org/pages/epa/Philadelphia-School-2018.

As of February 16, more than $1,800 had been raised by our students for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (Rumor has it that one student took his box to the Eagles Parade, and a celebrating fan donated a $100 bill to the collection box!) 

What a Show!

The Student Council’s Talent Show is an annual extravaganza run completely by our Student Council middle schoolers. They ran the auditions, created the performance list, set up the sound system, emceed the show, made sure the right song was cued for the right performer, and calmed nervous performers. The Student Council produced a 50-act show with more than 100 performers, ranging in age from 6 to 14, and with an audience of over 500.

Performing in the Talent Show is important to the children – and their performances are important to us as a school, for more reasons than the children might imagine. There were wide variations of proficiency - but each performer received the warmest reception. And some of our most bashful students stepped forward, stood in front of the mic or on the gymnastics mat, and bravely shared their gifts or passions with a HUGE, attentive, and appreciative audience. Sometimes an act fell short of the performer’s mark (a card trick that didn't work, a missed catch) or the producers’ expectations – but each child was appreciated by a good-natured audience.

Community support. Student voice. Student agency.  And a good deal of fun. That’s the TPS Student Council Talent Show.   Thank you to the Student Council for a job well done! (Photos by Beth Lundy)

Announcing Talent Show 2018

The Student Council Talent Show will take place on Tuesday, February 14. 

This beloved tradition features brief acts by children in 1st through 8th grade. And, by tradition, the show is for an audience of TPS staff and students ONLY. Since its inception decades ago, the Talent Show has been a celebration of talent and moxie! This year more than 55 acts have signed up!

Talent Show Auditions are taking place this week – today and tomorrow. These tryouts are held mostly in order for the Student Council to have an idea of what props, musical support, etc., are needed. 

All members of the Student Council will take part in the council's opening act!

We can't wait for the big show!

The Student Council