Academy at Palumbo Newsletter Week of November 12, 2018

Posted on November 12, 2018
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Academy at Palumbo Newsletter

Week of November 12, 2018

Griffin Pride: Nothing Less Than Success!

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Weekly Updates 
Click here for this week’s schedule and updates.

School Advisory Council

We would like to include more parents in our School Advisory Council and want to incorporate a video conference option for those who would like to participate.  Currently, SAC meetings are held at 8:00 AM on the 3rd Friday of each month.  We know that can be challenging for many parents, so we would like to get an idea of what times or days would work best for parents.  If you are interested, please email Ms. Bond, our Assistant Principal, who can provide more details.

What is the Student Advisory Council?  SACs are peer-elected, collaborative teams composed of family members, the school principal, teachers or other school-based staff, students (for schools with grades 7 – 12), and community members. SACs champion the work for improved student achievement, effective teaching in the classroom, parent and community engagement in the educational process, and communication and support between home and school.

Also, we would love to hear from you!  Our Title I Parent Involvement Survey is also available online.  Please take a few moments to complete it.  English Version  Spanish Version 

Thanks so much!

School District Asks for Input on School CalendarPHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia is beginning the process of developing the Academic Calendar for SY 19-20 and 20-21, and is asking for feedback from families and staff to help guide the decisions that will go into making the schedule final.

The short, 4-question survey asks readers to rank, in order of importance, the various factors that come into play when deciding when to start and end school, how religious holidays and professional development are accounted for, testing dates and other concerns for both students and educators.

The survey will be available to the public until November 6. Anyone interested in participating can find it here:

A Calendar Committee, made up of union leadership, parents, students, and community members, will meet later in November to review the survey data, and draft possible versions of the calendar. The Board of Education’s Student Achievement and Support Committee will review the options at their meeting on December 6, and the new calendar is expected to be finalized by the end of December.

HBCU College Fair, November 14, 3:30PM – 7:00PM

Please join us for the Malcolm Bernard Historically Black College Fair hosted at The School District of Philadelphia on Wednesday November 14, 2018, 3:30-7:00PM. 

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair is the largest HBCU College Fair on the East Coast. Our historic college recruiting week has a track record of attracting nearly 12,000 students each year from NJ, NY, PA, DE, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, and VT. 

Colleges and Universities will be offering on site acceptances. Please bring test scores and several copies of your transcripts. 


Family Academy Courses & Training (FACT) on November 13 & November 15 at 10:00AM

Dear Families:

The FACE Office wants YOU to know about upcoming Family Academy: Courses and Training (FACT) workshops at the School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N Broad St!

FACT offers FREE workshops and courses to families and community members, where you can learn about how to support your child academically and socially, how to fine-tune your resume, how to lead a healthy life, and more.

On November 13, at 10am and 5pm, learn how your School Advisory Council can discuss your school’s health and nutrition data. Also at 5pm, the Mazzoni Center will offer a course on creating safer spaces for LGBTQ youth in our schools. On November 15, at 10am and 5pm, learn how to get your high school diploma as an adult!

To learn more and register for these FREE courses at The Education Center and other FACT Locations, go to or call 215-400-4180, Option #5. We strongly encourage you to pre-register for courses so that you can secure a spot! By pre-registering, you will also be able to get a free meal before your course and request live interpretation if needed.

See you soon,
The Family and Community Engagement Office


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See the online schedule here


Activities and Clubs
Find a list of school clubs & activities offered here.
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Meeting Times are Generally 6:00 pm 
Thursday, November 1st
Tuesday, Dec. 4th
Thursday, January 3rd
Tuesday, February 5th
Tuesday, March 5th
Thursday, April 11th
Tuesday, May 9th

Activities and Clubs
The  Annual membership form can be found here!

Help Support the Home and School Association by Making A Donation

Follow the Home and School Association on Facebook

Programs and Resources

College Fairs 
Philadelphia Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Tuesday November 6
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 128 N. Broad St.

Project 440’s College Fair for Musicians 
Monday November 12
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street.

Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges & Universities Fair
Wednesday November 14
3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at the School District Offices, 440 N. Broad Street

College Programs
City Year
Application deadline November 16
A national service opportunity with stipend, scholarship, and other benefits.

Stepping Stone Scholars: Upward Bound at Temple
Application deadline November 16
College preparation courses enrollment now open for 9th and 10th grades.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply for federal student aid & financial preparation for college.

Philadelphia Futures Step Up to College Guide
A college resource for Philadelphia’s high school students and their families.

How America Saves for College 2018
A snapshot of a national study by Sallie Mae.

Black Student Fund
“Since 1964, the Black Student Fund (BSF) has provided financial assistance and support services to Washington, DC metropolitan area African-American students, grades pre-kindergarten to 12, and their families. BSF-assisted students stay in school, graduate high school with distinction and enter college. 70% of these students are from one-parent households. Many are the first generation to progress to higher education.

Established to racially desegregate the independent schools of the National Capital area, the Fund serves as an advocate for all black children and strives to assure that black students and their families have equal access to every educational opportunity.”

College Possible
“College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.”

Click here to view a seven-step guide to applying for college.

Other Programs and Resources
Family Academy: Courses & Training Catalog

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.

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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 Teen Resources

More College Access Resources

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Scholarships and Contests

Philadelphia School District Scholarship Bank
Find more than 100 scholarship opportunities with deadlines.

Open Education Database: Scholarships for Women

College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution.

If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply. QuestBridge’s college partners are committed to making college affordable for all students — regardless of financial background — and offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need.”

Master List of Scholarships for Low Income Students
“Think you can’t afford college? Think again. I’m a college student and know what it feels like to be a bit tight, but with scholarships for low income students, you can find ways to afford a higher education!”

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

“PhillyGoes2College guides students through the process of applying and transitioning to college and other secondary opportunities. Whether you’re going for the first time or coming back as an adult, we’ll help you find the right programs, community resources, and financial supports to be successful.”

Find an online list of national and Philly scholarship opportunities here as well as other resources on the website.

Scholarships for First-Generation College Students
These scholarships are specifically awarded to high school seniors who will be the first in their family to attend college.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Coalition Against Hunger

“Founded in 1996, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.”

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.

TeenLife Philadelphia Volunteer Opportunities
“There are many opportunities for middle and high school students to get involved with community service in Philadelphia. Whether you are interested in the environment, medicine, education, mentoring, sports, community-building, or working with elders, children or animals, there is a volunteer program to fit your schedule. Some volunteer organizations need help during the school year; others are summer programs that might include overnights or travel. All offer teens the chance to discover new interests, friends and skills.”

Cap4Kids Philadelphia Volunteer and Job Opportunities

City Life

Philadelphia Fun Guide
“Philadelphia is a great place to be a teen! The city is filled with so many interesting and amazing arts and culture events happening from West Philly to Center City and the suburbs. One of the great perks of being a teenager in Philadelphia is that you get access to several awesome museums with the STAMP pass, for FREE!”

Free Museums in Philadelphia

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.

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

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