Academy at Palumbo Newsletter – January 29

Posted on January 30, 2018
Categories: News

Academy at Palumbo Newsletter

Week of January 29, 2018 

School Events

9th Grade Subjection Selection Assembly (Monday 1/29)
Asian Culture Club Bake Sale (Tuesday 1/30)
Half-year Courses Change (Tuesday 1/30)
Eagles Pride Day (Friday 2/2)
Wear your green and support our home team in their Super Bowl quest!!! 
Course Selection (ends Wednesday 2/14)

For more information see the full January calendar here.

Weekly Updates
Congratulations Academy at Palumbo for being named a Peer Leader on the School District’s School Progress Report for the third year in a row!!! We will find out which category we topped at an award ceremony on Monday. SPRs will be made public on Monday.

There will be two special assemblies on Feb. 9th (1tth & 12th) and 13th (9th & 10th) Senior Class President, Kevin Sokolo has invited the Positive Vibes Tour to present to our students. We will follow a special bell schedule on those days.


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Parent & Family Portal Mailing Information

Find the Flyer here and Sample Letter here.

Student Activities and Clubs
Find a list of school clubs and activities offered here.

Student News

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Episode 3 
Episode 4


See the online schedule here.

Programs and Resources

Acel Moore High School Journalism Workshop (deadline January 31)
For more than 30 years, Philadelphia Media Network has conducted a free high school journalism workshop that combines classroom instruction in reporting, writing, photography, and digital journalism with practical application. The workshop places a strong emphasis on participants acquiring the tools for multimedia storytelling.  Using your smart phones, you will shoot, edit and embed videos in your stories, blog, chat online, and share the workshop experience in real time through social media postings.  Taught by staff volunteers, the program culminates with the production of a student newspaper and a website. The workshop will begin on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, and will run through the three successive Saturdays at 801 Market St. Apply here.

Family & Community Engagement
FACE serves as a central resource for engaging parents and families with their childens’ academic lives. Learn more and get involved here.

Al Bustan Spring Percussion Classes
Al-Bustan is offering spring percussion classes for adults and youth ages 12+. The classes are taught by Hafez Kotain on Tuesday nights at The Rotunda.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is dedicated to presenting and teaching Arab culture through the arts and language. “Al-Bustan,” Arabic for “The Garden,” offers structured exposure to the language, art, music, dance, literature, and natural environment of the Arab world. Al-Bustan promotes cross-cultural understanding among youth and adults of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds through artistic and educational programs.

Monday Cooking at South Philadelphia Library (every Monday, 4:00-6:00PM)
Learn about plant-based cooking through this hands-on community experience led by Chef Char Nolan, with exciting new recipes every week!

Bank of America Student Leaders Program (deadline February 2)
High school juniors and seniors are eligible for this paid summer leadership internship that partners with local nonprofits. Participants also attend a leadership summit in Washington, DC.  Find full eligibility criteria and application form here.

Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (deadline February 2)
High school sophomores interested in the field of Education are eligible to apply for a free four-week summer program that prepares students for college life. Participants will take prep courses while living on a college campus. Preference is given to first generation, low-income and minority students.

Jr. Music Exec Internship (deadline February 15)
For students passionate about music, this internship is a 10-week program that engages students with the music industry while developing skills for entering a career in music.

Let’s Get Ready
Let’s Get Ready seeks to improve college accessibility to low-income students. Enroll now for a free 9-week program beginning February that provides SAT tutoring, college counseling, and mentoring from college student volunteers.

PhillyCoder Dojo 
Learn to code for free at this weekly program. PhillyCoder Dojo equips youth with creative coding and development skills, opening a door of future possibilities for students. Locations and dates are located here.

Mighty Writers
Interested in writing? Mighty Writers runs free daily workshops all across Philadelphia for writing as well as teen programs, mentorships and college prep resources. Visit the online calendar here.

After School Activities Partnerships 
An online directory of hundreds of community-driven after-school activities and resources for Philadelphia youth. Visit the event calendar here.

More College Access Resources


Food Not Bombs
Help prepare and/or distribute vegetarian meals served to the public without restriction. Food Not Bombs is a volunteer-driven worldwide movement committed to nonviolent social change.

  • Cooking takes place at Ahimsa House in West Philadelphia three times a week (Thurs 3-5PM, Friday 2:30-4:30PM, Sun 2:30-5:30PM).
  • Food sharing takes place Thursdays 5-6PM @ 46th & Market, Fridays 4:30-5:30PM @ Malcom Park and Sundays 6-7PM @ The Franklin Institute. Full schedule details here.

Philly Reading Coach
Support literacy for elementary students by becoming a volunteer reading coach.

Help prepare meals for individuals with serious illnesses in need by helping cook, bake and prepare meals in the MANNA kitchen.

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission
Help serve meals to the homeless during daily lunch and dinner services. Application here.

Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer to help build and repair homes for those in need across Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
Support and care for homeless animals by volunteering at a PAWS adoption center.

Mural Arts Philadelphia
Connect with the Philadelphia community through public art.

Scholarships and Contests

Engineer Girl Essay Contest (deadline February 1)
Write an original essay on infrastructure improvement and how it can be used to help your community flourish. Infrastructure includes various systems of technology a community needs to function. All high school, middle school and elementary students are eligible to enter. Prizes are as follows: first-place $500, second-place $250, third-place $100.

Philadelphia City Scholarship (deadline February 24)
Spread the word! The Philadelphia City Scholarship offers 50 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Each scholarship provides $1,000 per year for four years of college. Find the application form and instructions here (English) and here (Español).

Philadelphia Art Contest (deadline February 28)
Submit an original drawing that encourages keeping Philly’s water clean. Students in grades K-12 are eligible. Winners receive gift cards of up to $100 and winning drawings will be featured in a SEPTA advertising campaign and free calendar.
Find the rules and entry form here.

The Philadelphia Foundation Scholarships 
A comprehensive list of scholarships available to high school students.

City Life

Visit over thirty five local museums, science centers, gardens, historic sites and cultural attractions at a rate of $2 per person. Residents who “monitor their government issued cash, food, or medical benefits with an EBT card” are eligible to become an ACCESS Cardholder. One ACCESS card enables up to four family members attending at the discounted rate.

Indego30 Access Pass
Enjoy biking around Philly? Individuals with an ACCESS card can enjoy unlimited 1-hour trips using Indego bikeshare for $5 per month.

Octavius Catto Series — Free Opening Panel Discussion (February 1, 6:30PM)
This February, the Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to collaborate with History Making Productions to bring screenings of their short dramatic documentary, Octavius V. Catto: A Legacy for the 21st Century to neighborhood libraries throughout Philadelphia. Each screening will include workshops or discussions with a rotating caste of experts involved in this celebration of Catto and his achievements.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sculptures (through February)
Nine large sculptures will be on display throughout Philadelphia through the end of February, designed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and incorporating quotes from King as creative inspiration. Sculpture locations include the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Betsy Ross House, City Hall, the Comcast Center Plaza, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia School District Main Building and Temple University. More than 50 students — hailing from schools and organizations such as the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts, Overbrook School for the Blind, Girard College, Big Brother Big Sisters and more — were commissioned to create the works.

Students at Museums in Philly (STAMP) Pass
Open to all Philadelphia high school students, the STAMP pass offers free admission to Philly museums, attractions and special events. STAMP seeks to increase teen access to Philly’s vibrant art and culture scene.

January Art Exhibitions and Events
A list of Philadelphia exhibitions to discover this January.

Free Events at the South Philadelphia Library
An online directory of daily events and resources including career workshops, learning CPR and even jazz concerts.

More Free Things to Do

Palumbo Newsletter compiled by Michelle Lyu and Justin McDaniel.
For any questions, please contact Justin McDaniel at