One of this fall's exciting middle school Intensives is Sherlock, a collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art that involves visits to the museum to engage in activities focused on skill building using artwork. The intensive will culminate in a hands-on project here at school.

We were so fortunate that The Philadelphia School was chosen by the museum to pilot this program for middle schoolers throughout the region.  The goal is to enhance powers of observation, investigation, exploration of viewpoints, empathy, and creativity!  

Partners at HMS

Congratulations to the 4th and 5th students in Junior Unit B on their successful performances of the “The Rainbow Sea” with students at HMS for Children with Cerebral Palsy in West Philadelphia. All winter, students have been getting to know their partners and the school. Although the focus of the project was really about the process of forming relationships and spending time with one another, it was a great bonus to have such a wonderful final product: our play! Our students shared the stage with their HMS partners and got to learn all about the variety of devices that aided their partners in saying lines and singing solos in the songs.

Owen, a TPS 4th grader, summed it up best: “At first, I felt kind of weird seeing all of the people in wheelchairs, but then once I got my partner, and I saw the other kids at the school, I saw they were really happy and nice. It was really fun after that! All my HMS reflections start and end the same way now: Eddie [my partner] is awesome!” 

Celebrating the Stars @ Winterfest

Dozens of TPS families celebrated the Cosmos at the Schuylkill Center's star-themed festival on Saturday, December 13.  Crafts included making star ornaments with Head of School Justine Hoffman and preschool teacher Maureen Glaccum, taking a twilight walk, and checking out native animals at a live animal show. There was a bonfire and s’mores under the stars, and art teacher Rick Jacobsen supervised a telescope for a closer look at the night sky. Middle school teacher Wendy Furry and TPS parent and astrophysicist Mordecai Mark Mac-Low led a walk about the history of the universe. The Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer, Derrick Pitts, concluded the evening with a talk about the wonders of a starry night.

Penn Partnership

The Philadelphia School is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education for a full-day focused observation grounded around an essential question of our choosing. Our essential question relates to our school-wide focus this year: How does thematic teaching and learning engender, promote, and support a growth mindset?

During this academic year the Penn graduate students will visit five schools, chosen because each has a particular interest in strengthening an academic area, aspires to improve practice, and wants to remain a part of a larger professional network that is on the cutting edge of improving leadership practices. 

Musical Partnership with Temple

Junior Unit students and our Middle School mixed choir have been working with "student conductors" – Colin Chen, Nicole Lusskin, and Sean Burke –  all training under Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy and Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.

As part of Professor Dilworth's choral methods class, undergraduate music education majors take part in a three-class field experience here at The Philadelphia School.  

TPS chorus director and music teacher Shannon Coulter says, "Rollo Dilworth is among the leading composers and choral teachers in the country, so sharing our classrooms with his students is a mutually enriching experience. I am delighted that TPS can offer these future music educators a chance to stretch their wings in the classroom."