Academy at Palumbo Newsletter – February 5

Posted on February 6, 2018
Categories: News

Academy at Palumbo Newsletter

Week of February 5, 2018 

Philly’s first Super Bowl victory! 

School Events

Black Panther Trip
Parents: We are attending a special screening and discussion of Black Panther on Feb 21 from 9:00 am – 2:00pm. The trip is open to the first 300 eligible students who sign up. The cost is $12.00. If you would like to chaperone please email Khadiyah Bunion at

Food Sales Policy
This will be devastating to some groups, but we received a mandate that we are required to enforce the district’s Wellness Policy. This will have a huge impact on how we handle the school store, bake sales and food sales. Any foods sold in school must follow wellness guidelines. High schools are limited to 10 exempt bake sales/food sales per year. Any bake sales that are already scheduled may remain. Ms. Wang and I will meet to determine next steps before approving any future sales. The items in the school store are being analyzed to see if they meet standards. Some items are fine, but some will need to be replaced. You can read the entire policy  here as well as a calculator to determine eligibility.

Wednesday 2/7/18

  • 30 minute advisory 
  • 12th grade meeting in the auditorium

Thursday 2/8/18

  • 1 hour advisory  
  • Joe Corbi’s Fundraiser Kickoff  8:00 – 8:25 9th & 10th grade, 8:30 – 9:00 11th & 12th grade
  • Dodgeball Tournament (tentative) – 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Friday 2/9/18 

  • Special Bell Schedule
  • Positive Vibes Tour – 11th & 12th grade
  • P.R.I.M.E. Meeting during advisory


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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 2
Episode 3
Episode 4


See the online schedule here.

Programs and Resources

Summer Music Technology Program (deadline April 20)
High school students are eligible to apply for this free one-week music technology camp that uniquely integrates STEM with the Arts & Design.

Using music, something all students are familiar with, we are able to explore technical concepts in a way that is engaging and impactful on students’ lives. Our hope is to engage with students who may not have otherwise considered science, computing, and engineering, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM. All SMT activities involve hands-on, project-based learning, to explore sound synthesis, instrument acoustics, audio effects, artificial intelligence for music recommendation, musical app development, creative robotics, and much more!

The program will run from August 6th to August 10th, 2018. Read more and apply here.

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.

Step Into College Conference (Saturday March 10, 9AM – 2PM)
This free annual conference provides students and families with an abundance of college preparation guidance, information and resources. This year’s conference will take place at the University of the Sciences, McNeil Science and Technology Center

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!

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.

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

Youth Foundation Grant (deadline February 28)
High school seniors with financial need are eligible to apply for this college scholarship. Each award provides between $2500 and $4000 per year for four years of college. Apply early to increase chances of being awarded. Access the application form here.

Courageous Persuaders Video Scholarship Competition (deadline February 9)
Create an original video less than 30 seconds long about either the dangers of texting or the dangers of underage drinking. Students may enter the competition individually or as a team. Many scholarships ranging from $250 to $3000 are available for winners. Read more and apply here.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship (deadline February 14)
Students age 18 and under are who have completed “a significant piece of work” are eligible to apply for this $50000 award. Read more and apply here.

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. Access the application form and instructions here (English) and here (Español).

Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship (deadline February 28)
Submit a 600-1000 word essay addressing the topic “Why and How to Stop Cyberbullying.” Selected submissions receive a $1250 scholarship. Read more and apply here.

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.

ACS Scholars Program (deadline March 1)
Underrepresented high school seniors pursuing a chemically-related science college degree are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship awards up to $5000. Applicants must be of African American, Hispanic/Latino or American Indian descent. You could be one of the 350 students annually awarded this scholarship! Access the application form here

American Society of Humane Genetics DNA Day Essay Contest (deadline March 9)
Submit an original essay that “
examines, questions, and reflects on important concepts in genetics.” Celebrate history, the Humane Genome Project’s completion in April 2003 and the 1953 discovery of the DNA double helix by participating! Prizes range from $100 to $1000. All high school students are eligible. Read more and apply here

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

City Life
Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow (Thursday 2/8, 8 – 10:30PM @ The Rotunda) 
This free screening by cineSPEAK presents Human Flow, a documentary by Ai Weiwei about the global refugee crisis. “More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.” Watch the film trailer here.
The Rotunda is located 4104 Walnut St.

How Are We Free Exhibition Launch (Friday 2/9, 6 – 8PM @ the Institute of Contemporary Art)
This free event features the work of seven participating artists and a panel discussion between artists and incarcerated LifeLines members. How Are We Free “explores the nature of freedom and confinement through creative collaboration between people who have been sentenced to die in prison and visual artists outside the prison walls.” It is produced by LifeLines Project, “a media project conducted across the prison walls to highlight the voices and analysis of those serving Death By Incarceration sentences, more commonly known as Life Without Parole.”
The Institute of Contemporary art is located at at 118 S 36th St.

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.  

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.

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