An advocate for the CPS community and for the neighborhood we’ve called home since our beginning, CPS Trustee Tonetta Graham has been involved with another significant project to benefit the people of Strawberry Mansion. Through her work as President of the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation, in cooperation with Audubon of Pennsylvania and Outward Bound, she helped bring the Discovery Center to the area around the East Park Reservoir in Fairmount Park.
The article linked here discusses how the project came about and includes her perspective on how it benefits this community.
The gallery of photos, from the opening days, give a sense of what the Discovery Center looks like on the inside.
On May 17th, many months of hard work and great reading paid off for our Fourth and Fifth Graders. They attended the 2018 Philadelphia Reads Reading Olympics at LaSalle University. The two teams of CPS students each went up against three other schools, correctly answering enough questions to earn our school blue ribbons for the eighth straight year.
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
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!”
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
At Community Partnership School, a core part of our identity is manifest in our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of School life. From the boardroom to the classroom, internally and externally, these principles inform all we do. We readily acknowledge the on-going impact of historical prejudice, discrimination and exclusion, both institutional and interpersonal, on our students and families, faculty and Board. This realization informs our central reason for being, as defined by our mission, which is to provide access to educational opportunity to low-income children.
In appropriating practices informed by diversity, equity and inclusion school-wide, we are conscious of the ways various social identifiers, including age, education attainment, ethnicity, gender, nationality, physical and learning differences, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status, inform our community’s reality and contribute to each community member’s full identity. We seek to actively nurture and sustain an environment where the full personhood of each member of our community is valued, inevitable disagreements across lines of difference are acknowledged, and initiatives that promote cultural literacy and understanding are cultivated community-wide.
Therefore, we commit to the National Association of Independent Schools Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Inclusion which can be found on the NAIS website.