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Parent Shares Her Experience with the PTA at Charles W. Henry School

Parent Shares Her Experience with the PTA at Charles W. Henry School

The School District of Philadelphia is fortunate to have parents, caregivers and teachers who are dedicated to educating and caring for our students. At Charles W. Henry Elementary School, located in Mt. Airy, we have a wonderful school community and one of our best assets is our PTA. I decided to join the PTA shortly...
Assessing Needs and Finding Strategies to Meet Them at Overbrook Educational Center

Assessing Needs and Finding Strategies to Meet Them at Overbrook Educational Center

At Overbrook Educational Center (OEC), located in West Philadelphia, the constant work of this digital learning season has been to learn the needs of families and then step in to find strategies to meet those needs. Principal Meredith Foote and the entire school staff have been all hands on deck to figure out what families...
Volunteer Spotlight: Parent Zulma Guzman

Volunteer Spotlight: Parent Zulma Guzman

During April, traditionally Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to especially acknowledge those who have given their time and heart volunteering and helping others. One parent, Ms. Zulma Guzman, has been proactive to find ways to help her fellow community members in this unprecedented time. Ms. Guzman is a mother of four children ages 8, 11,...
A Volunteer with a Vision: Fox Chase Parent Dena Kimball

A Volunteer with a Vision: Fox Chase Parent Dena Kimball

Many students are used to seeing their teachers, principal and support staff every day, but there’s another very important group of people who enrich their daily lives – volunteers! One example of a volunteer who is a very familiar face at her school is Ms. Dena Kimball, a parent and volunteer at Fox Chase School....
The Power of Community Partnership and Collaboration at Stephen Girard Elementary School

The Power of Community Partnership and Collaboration at Stephen Girard Elementary School

Many people think of schools as insular communities that have their own systems, agendas, and cultures. At Stephen Girard School, we have witnessed what can happen when a school begins to incorporate its surrounding community and partners with neighborhood organizations. Stephen Girard School started a partnership with Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, a local synagogue. Both...
Samuel Fels High School Opens Brand New Family Resource Room

Samuel Fels High School Opens Brand New Family Resource Room

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, school staff, students, administrators, and family members gathered at Samuel Fels High School to celebrate the brand-new opening of its Family Resource Room! Principal Lillian Izzard shared that the Resource Room is primarily a space for parents and family members to come to and take ownership of. This room was...
Parent Thomas Bailey Teaches Us The Merits of Volunteering

Parent Thomas Bailey Teaches Us The Merits of Volunteering

Many parents, family members, and community members feel hesitant to volunteer because they think they need endless numbers of hours. Thomas Bailey shows us through his volunteering efforts that you can volunteer in a way that works for your own lifestyle. Mr. Bailey won The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Volunteer of the Year Award...
What Family Engagement Means To Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez

What Family Engagement Means To Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez

People often ask – what is the key to strong family engagement? While it is hard to respond with one definitive answer for all schools, Juniata Park Academy Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez has used a great strategy: ask families what they want! Her commitment to parent and family input and programming led to her receiving...
Spotlighting the Partnership Between School and Families at Tanner Duckrey

Spotlighting the Partnership Between School and Families at Tanner Duckrey

Teamwork makes the dream work! In few places can we see that more strongly than at Tanner Duckrey School, as families and school staff have partnered together to make the 2019 Outstanding SAC Winning school the best it can be. Principal David Cohen and the leadership team have worked alongside family members to increase family...
Congratulations to the 2019 SAC & Volunteer Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2019 SAC & Volunteer Award Winners!

After receiving dozens of applications from families, community members, and staff from across the District, the FACE Office is proud to announce this year’s SAC and Volunteer Award Winners! Check out the Award Winners and read snippets from their nomination essays below. Thank you for all you do for our schools! 2019 Volunteer of the...