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Assessment and Standardized Testing in a Progressive School
Thursday, February 23
Virtual, 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Join Director of Learning Resources Allison Kirshner Oz and Division Directors Anna Donnelly and Christy Reardon to learn more about what assessment and standardized testing looks like in a progressive setting like TPS. We'll talk about the variety of assessments that we use across the grades and how TPS uses these tools as just one of many ways to measure student growth and learning. We will also discuss and answer questions about this winter’s ERB assessments for 4th-7th graders and what students who are preparing to leave TPS for high schools can expect in terms of standardized testing requirements.


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Auxiliary Programs Coming Up

February 17 Special Program Reminder
Our Special Programs are available on most days the school is closed for in-service or conferences. We are excited to bring the magic of snow days to school with a winter wonderland and cozy pajamas.

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Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Our Academic Calendar for the 2023-2024 school year is now available on our website. Each year we review our calendar, with the goal of optimizing time in the classroom for our students, while providing our teachers enough time for curricular planning, report writing and professional development. We also strive to keep the same number of school days consistent year-to-year and on par with our peer independent schools. We are committed to offering special programming for professional development, report writing, and conference days through our Auxiliary Programming department.

You will notice a few small changes to this year’s calendar. Read more to get the details.

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Letter from Christy: 2/3/2023

Dear Families,

In the second week of February, the TPS community will participate once again in Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools. This annual event began in 2016 in Seattle, when on one day, thousands of teachers wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts to school.

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Specialist Spotlight 2/3: Movement and PE

Read below to find out what Movement and PE classes have been up to for the past month. Next week we look forward to engaging in Black Lives Matter Week of Action, with activities centered around Black athletes, their contributions to society on and off the court, and the guiding principles of the BLM movement.

In preschool and kindergarten, the students just completed their hula hoop unit. During the unit students worked on their locomotor and gross motor skills by spinning the hula hoops and doing exercises like jumping, hopping, and skipping in or around the hula hoops.

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From Roots to Branches to Animal Treehouses

Last week, our Preschool B class welcomed two experts to support their study of animals that live in trees, inspired by the all-school theme From Roots to Branches. Part of their study has been making costumes to wear in their treehouse and these visitors helped fuel ideas for what they might wear! Their study, as with our whole Early Childhood program, is driven by their questions, curiosities, and what teachers observe them taking interest in. As these interests take shape throughout the year, teachers help facilitate student research, creative expression, and authentic, project-based learning.

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TPS ASEP Staff: Josie Sepel

Each week, we'll feature an interview with a TPS staff or faculty member so you can get to know them. This week, meet  Josie Sepel (she/her):

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Letter from Lisa 1/27/2023

Dear TPS Community-

I write to you today to acknowledge the violent attacks upon the Asian American community who were celebrating the Lunar New Year, as well as the brutal killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, who was stopped for a routine traffic violation and was beaten by law enforcement and died three days later. We understand that a video that depicts the incident of Mr. Nichols’ detainment will be released later this evening. We expect this video to be very challenging to watch and process. Philadelphia and other cities could see some of the protests that occurred in June 2020 when George Floyd was brutally murdered. 

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TPS Robotics Teams Prep for the Regional Championships!

Two TPS robotics teams have been hard at work in their preparations to compete at this Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Championships. Each team has come together to make critical revisions on their projects. Recently, each team had an opportunity to speak with another STEM professional with expertise related to their own original innovation.

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TPS Faculty: Rachel Adams-Kaplan

Each week, we'll feature an interview with a TPS staff or faculty member so you can get to know them. This week, meet Rachel Adams-Kaplan:

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