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From Roots to Branches: Teaching TPS History

Our all-school theme for the 2022-2023 school year, “From Roots to Branches,” is an exploration of trees, environmental stewardship, and our history. Students began the year studying different trees in Family Circles; learning facts, creating models, and finding the assigned trees on a map near the school! However, as the colder weather moves in and the trees become bare, we will begin turning to our roots–the history of TPS. Students will learn what the school was like at its founding, hear from alumni about their experiences, and learn all about the traditions that make TPS so special.

At today’s Encuentro, students sat with their classes for an exciting game of TPS history trivia! Questions ranged from how our outdoor education program began to which teacher has been with TPS the longest (can you guess?). Longtime teachers and older students helped give some context to the answers and everyone was so excited about the friendly competition.

We closed out the Encuentro with The Philadelphia School Song, a longtime tradition since being written in 1982. You can read the full lyrics in the 1980-1990 section of our history page!

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, it is such a pleasure to gather as a full school community for these special teaching moments. Giving students a chance to connect to our past is a way to weave this sense of community into all that we do. It also allows us a chance to look to the future with a clear view of what makes TPS a unique, progressive school. We can’t wait to see the new ways our students engage with our theme throughout the rest of the season!


Think you know TPS pretty well? Take the TPS History Trivia quiz!