JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families,

First of all, it was great to see those of you who could make it out to Back-to-School Night. It was amazing to see the community of loving parents so engaged in our process at TPS.

We certainly filled the rest of the week with informative fun. This week we learned how to become trustworthy and credible speakers as we composed speeches to elect a class representative for Student Council. To really cement these skills, we learned about Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle, and as a lead up to these speeches, we got comfortable speaking in groups by practicing improvisational acting games. Beyond that, we faced our fear and examined phobias in our study of Greek roots, and we journeyed back to the agora with JU-C to weigh in on issues surrounding the controversy of the Parthenon sculptures.

Outside of our constructivist classroom, we went to the Schuylkill Center and Awbury Arboretum, where we continued our investigation of the scientific process and built strengthened relationships with Wissahickon Charter School. The week culminated with a fantastically successful trip to the Art Museum area and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where we examined Greek Revival architecture and sought inspiration to bring back to our classroom design.

One piece of useful JU-D information: This is the first week of Friday Folders. Your student should return home with a sample of work from the school year so far.

We hope your extended weekend is full of rest and fun.  

Noelle and Nick