CPS Board of Trustees member and tireless advocate for her community, Tonetta Graham, is in the news again. She participated in PlanPhilly and WHYY’s ongoing series presenting research and perspectives on gentrification and development in Philadelphia. We appreciate the contributions Tonetta makes to the neighborhood and the city, as well as those she makes to CPS!
‘We want to see growth’ too: Why Tonetta Graham isn’t worried about Philly hipsters moving into her neighborhood
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A group of Temple University theater students, led by their professor and CPS parent Amina Robinson, performed their play Anesia and the Fifth Grade Election. The play dealt with gossip and standing up for what’s right. In addition to the play, the group talked to our students about the trickster archetype and the African origins of theater. As an added bonus, our very own Ms Chrystina surprised us all with her role as Miss Billington the Fifth Grade English teacher!!
Kudos to CPS alum Milan Sullivan (2012), her classmates at Mastery Charter-Shoemaker here in Philly, and their peers across the country for their sophisticated and introspective analyses comparing mainstream society’s response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, FL and gun violence in their own communities!
Read more about the work Milan and her classmates are doing
On March 2, we held our annual CPS Career Day. The event was co-organized by Leadership Philadelphia. With their help we were able to bring in guests from a wide variety of businesses and organizations:
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Philadelphia Police Department
Philadelphia Fire Department
American Heritage Federal Credit Union
The Philadelphia Zoo
Janney Montgomery Scott
The Philadelphia Water Department
We are grateful to everyone who took part. As you can see in these photos, our kids had a great time and had many new, interesting and exciting experiences.
Congratulations to CPS Head of School Eric Jones for being selected to the 27th class of the Klingenstein Center’s Heads of Schools Program at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
With 19 other Heads from around the US and across 5 continents, Eric explored educational philosophy, leadership for social justice, and the burgeoning field of micro-schools with some of Teachers College’s finest scholars, and traveled all over Manhattan Island visiting a variety of public and private K-12 schools.
“This was, by far, the most robust professional development experience of my career,” Eric recounted. “On top of that, I developed fast friendships with some of the most talented and engaging leaders the independent school community has to offer. What a privilege!”
CPS is proud to announce that Trustee Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr. has been selected as the new Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at Penn.
When making the announcement, Penn president Amy Gutman wrote, “John Jackson has the experience, vision, and collaborative spirit to help ensure Annenberg’s continued place among the world’s preeminent research and teaching programs in communication. As a longtime Annenberg faculty member, we know that John will work very well indeed with the School’s faculty, students, staff, and alumni in the years ahead. We look forward to working with him … to build on Annenberg’s incredible legacy and to chart its ambitious course for the future.”
To learn more about Dr. Jackson, his career and his new role, visit https://news.upenn.edu/news/john-jackson-named-dean-penns-annenberg-school-communication?utm_source=Primary&utm_campaign=13ce26910d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3777f2ca8f-13ce26910d-44008301
Dear CPS Community
After careful consideration, we have decided to close school this coming Thursday in light of the festivities planned to celebrate the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory.
It’s an important rallying moment for our city and I hope you’ll maximize the opportunities this experience affords with your families and friends. We will certainly continue celebrating in house (as you can see on Instagram @cpsphilly and facebook.com/cpsphilly).
Enjoy and see you on Friday!
Eric C. Jones
Head of School