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4th Annual Charter School Music Fest comes to First Philadelphia Prep tonight and tomorrow



WHAT:           American Paradigm Schools is proud to host the Fourth Annual Charter School Music Fest, which promotes the advancement of music in charter schools across the city of Philadelphia and the tri-state area. This particular program offers students the opportunity to perform with their peers from other participating charter schools while giving them performance experience that was not previously available to them while attending other schools.


  • The event will include participation from ten of Philadelphia’s leading charter schools and over 300 5th – 12th grade charter school music students are partaking in a full day of workshops, sectional and rehearsals on Dec.17 and will prepare for an evening performance to celebrate the Music Fest 2012 finale at 6 p.m. sharp.


  • The students will get to enjoy two special performances during their workshop: Astral Artists, a Philadelphia non-profit organization that plays a vital role in the discovery and development of the nation’s most gifted classical musicians will be sending some of their artists to perform and facilitate workshops, and African Storyteller Jos Duncan will be performing for the students as well.


  • The festival will take place over a two day period, Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18, at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, 4300 Tacony Street at Church Street, in the Frankford Valley section of Philadelphia.


  • Students will arrive at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 17, with music that was pre-selected and mailed to the students and music directors before the festival. The participating students have been chosen by their music directors for both vocal and instrumental performances. Both the Abreu Fellows and Opus Nine will facilitate the workshops. On Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m. the students will accompany the music professionals for a finale concert.


WHO:            Over 300 students from these participating schools/organizations:

  • First Philadelphia Charter School
  • Franklintowne Charter School
  • Harrity Elementary Mastery Charter School
  • Maritime Academy Charter School
  • Memphis Street Academy Charter School
  • New Foundations Charter School
  • Northwood Academy Charter School
  • People for People Charter School
  • Tacony Academy Charter School
  • Universal Daroff Elementary Charter School
  • SisterCities Girls Choir


Workshops and performances by:

  • Abreu Fellows class of 2011
  • Astral Artists
  • Opus Nine
  • Jos Duncan

WHERE:        First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School

                        4300 Tacony Street

                        Philadelphia, PA 19124


WHEN:          Monday, Dec. 17

Workshops and Rehearsals: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Dec. 18

Rehearsals: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Certificate Ceremony: 4:30 p.m.

Finale Concert: 6 – 7 p.m.

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Philadelphia Charter School for Arts & Sciences at H. R. Edmunds Winter Concert

Friday night, December 14th was a grand night for singing, dancing, playing music and more.  Philadelphia Charter School for Arts & Sciences held their first winter concert at the First Philadelphia Charter School on Tacony Street.  The venue was the Gerald L Santilli Arts & Sciences Center 700 seat state of the art auditorium.  The only way to top that is to go downtown to the Kimmel Center.

It was a great opportunity for the students to show off the talents that have been developed in this the first year of the new school.  During intermission, I talked to parents.  They were both pleased with the turn the former Edmunds has taken this year.  They mentioned organization and structure improvements as being beneficial.

Here is a link to a quick slide show of what you missed.  It runs 3 minutes.


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Stearne School to Gain 7th and 8th Grades

Reported on today, according to the School District school closing plan, Allen M. Stearne School, at 1655 Unity Street in Frankford, will become K-8 Elementary school.  It is presently k-6,  Students presently enrolled in grade 6 will remain at Stearne for grade 7.

Some schools would change grades, with a number of K-6 buildings becoming K-4 elementaries. In other cases, elementary schools that serve students up to fifth or sixth grade would become K-8 schools.

K-8 schools use space more efficiently, and parents told the district they prefer that model, Hite said.

“Our middle schools are one of our greatest challenges,” he said.

You can read the rest of the story here.

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Philadelphia Charter School for Arts and Sciences

The first Winter concert of the Philadelphia Charter School for Arts and Sciences at H.R. Edmunds will present their first Winter concert this Friday at 7 PM at the First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School.  We will be there and have 5 extra tickets.  If you are interested email

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Antionette Dawkins Honored at 2012 Heroes of Liberty Gala

Antoinette Dawkins is with Tom Shoemaker TD Bank market president for suburban Pennsylvania and Delaware and Gwen Borowsky, CEO, National Liberty Museum

On November 12th at the Westin Hotel, The National Liberty Museum and TD Bank celebrated a 12-year collaboration that has recognized children’s contributions to the community across the metropolitan Philadelphia area.  Seventeen young honorees from the Philadelphia area were recognized with TD Bank’s Young Heroes Award in 2012 for leadership and creativity through volunteer work, civic and political involvement, school and community leadership, peer mediation, or anti-bullying activities.

The funds raised by the Gala ($150,000) enable the National Liberty Museum to serve all of the community with no cost or low cost education programs.

Antoinette Dawkins – Frankford High School, 2012: Antoinette amassed 1,487 hours of service working on such projects as the Philadelphia Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Philadelphia Cares Day and the Greater MLK Jr. Day of Service. She also served as a project leader for the Danaides Christmas Food and Toy Drive, the American Red Cross Blood Drive and a Baby Food & Clothes Collection Drive, as well as several projects to help the families of students who died in tragic accidents.  She’s been a member of the school’s Peer Mediation, Mentoring, and Anger Management Teams and was a member of the Teen Court program. Antoinette also served as a mentor for a dozen 6th graders at a local elementary school. Additionally, she’s been involved with the LGBT Club at her school to help promote respect for diversity among her fellow students.

Congratulations to Antoinette and all the other honorees.