15 Mar 2013 12:00 am

Raise a Glass for Education - Happy Hour Monday, September 23rd from 5 – 8 pm at Fountain Porter to benefit Andrew Jackson and Eliza B. Kirkbride

 

Education Committee Calendar of Meetings for the 2013-2014 School Year

 

Mission: The Education Committee of the Passyunk Square Civic Association is a vital community partner that cultivates great neighborhood schools in Passyunk Square.

Any and all interested members of the community are welcome, please contact Tom Wyatt at education@passyunk.org

A map of Passyunk Square Neighborhood Schools is below and includes an overview of the catchment areas for each of the neighborhood schools in Passyunk Square.

The neighborhood high school for Jackson, Kirkbride, and Washington is Furness. The neighborhood high school for Southwark is South Philadelphia.

For more details on all Philadelphia neighborhood schools, visit: https://webapps.philasd.org/school_finder/


View Passyunk Square Neighborhood Schools in a larger map

Accomplishments

  • 2012

    • The MLK Day of Service saw several volunteers help out with general cleaning and organizing tasks at the school.
    • An Education  Forum during the April general membership meeting brought out many volunteers eager to work to improve our local schools
    • A successful school supply drive in partnership with Acme in the Fall of 2012 gave children at Jackson and Kirkbride a good start to their school year
    • Reading Buddies program organized by PSCA volunteers brings university students to read with Jackson students
  • 2011

    • Science laboratory renovated
    • Three classroom renovated
  • 2010

    • Replanted the garden and painted a map of the United States on the blacktop at the Jackson School during the 3rd Annual Philly Spring Clean-up
    • New library was opened
    • New principal, Lisa Kaplan, was hired
    • Students and members of COSACOSA designed and installed a mural
  • 2009

    • In the fall, worked with the South Region Superintendent, Dr. Burnley to develop a Vision Plan for Jackson school, which was warmly received, discussed, and debated and is now the working document from which the Committee sets its goals.

In Progress

The role of the PSCA Education Committee has shifted from its inception. After the April 2012 Education Forum, it was decided that the group could best contribute to strong schools in the following areas:

  • Promoting educational opportunities in the neighborhood

    • Ensure residents are aware of our two public schools, as well as other local private, religious and charter schools
  • Creating better communication channels with schools

    • To help relay volunteer opportunities, events, resource needs, enrollment dates and other pertinent information
  • Grantwriting and fundraising

    • Assist with identifying opportunities and managing the application process to bring new funds to schools
  • Advocacy

    • Attend various public meetings of the Philadelphia School District School Reform Commission, and track policy changes and budget issues that would impact our schools

If you’re interested in helping, please contact education@passyunk.org.

In the News

Our bookshelf continues to grow, and currently includes:

  • How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood Renaissance
  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System
  • Why School?
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children

 

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