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Freshmen Learn About and Create Street Art

​Freshmen at SLA Beeber explore these questions during their first year here:

"Who am I?"
"How do I interact with the environment?"
"How does the environment affect me?"

In our Art class we explore these questions as well: 

"What is art?"
"What makes someone an artist?"
"What does it mean to “see like an artist?”

After watching the Banksy movie "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and exploring the meaning behind street art, the evolution of street art into a commodity and the intricacies of fair use and reusing images, students then made their own street art. They, as a result, explored their own identity, their impact on their environment through the placement of their art around the building and the change in their perception of street art by now seeing like a street artist themselves.

Here is their street art and reflections:


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"Relaxing Bug" Street Art

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My piece was inspired by the children's books that I read with my son. I wanted to create something that felt whimsical and imaginative. 

I chose the location I did because I wanted it to look as though the insect was lounging in  a corner and I wanted it to be near my room. 

I have been paying attention to the different styles of illustration in children's books and have really been thinking about how under-appreciated some children's book art is. I also thought about how an image can transport the viewer and also pique a viewer's interest in finding out more of the story. I like to imagine that there is a story being told in my drawing.

I am now paying attention to the varied styles of street art and I think more about the purpose behind the art that I see and the characters that artists create, similar to how children's book illustrators have to think about the characters that they are illustrating.
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SLA Beeber Student Wins Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Moot Court Competition

Mikayla Brailsford
SLA Beeber Junior, Mikayla Brailsford competed in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Moot Court Competition at Drexel University. She will be traveling to Washington, DC for the national competition. Congratulations, Mikayla!

From the website: 

"The competition is the culmination of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which engages pupils from urban high schools and allows law students to serve as mentors who teach the teens about the power of the U.S. Constitution and its relevance in their lives.

Law students teach lessons on the legal system and the constitution at Philadelphia high schools and then groom interested teens for moot court competitions.

The local competition was judged by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge John Milton Younge, a nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Marlene Lachman and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Fanning.

The winners.....will travel to Washington, D.C. with their mentors for the national competition on April 8."  

- See more at: http://drexel.edu/law/news/articles/overview/2016/February/Marshall-Brennan%20Competition/ 
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Help SLA Beeber Raise $100K!

As the end of the year approaches, take this opportunity to make a tax-deductible contribution to our Fuel the Rocket campaign! Funds raised will support technology, student internships (ILPs), our Freshmen Mini-Courses and many other school-wide programs and initiatives.

Click below to make a donation!
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The Cost of Higher Education

My infographic explains how expensive higher education is in the United States. I hope that people will see how hard it is for high schoolers to afford college and to see how our costs here in the United States compare with those of our neighbors, Canada and Mexico. I think it's important that people know how saddled young people are with debt when they graduate from college these days.
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The Cost of Higher Education

My infographic explains how expensive higher education is in the United States. I hope that people will see how hard it is for high schoolers to afford college and to see how our costs here in the United States compare with those of our neighbors, Canada and Mexico. I think it's important that people know how saddled young people are with debt when they graduate from college these days.
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The Cost of Higher Education

My infographic explains how expensive higher education is in the United States. I hope that people will see how hard it is for high schoolers to afford college and to see how our costs here in the United States compare with those of our neighbors, Canada and Mexico. I think it's important that people know how saddled young people are with debt when they graduate from college these days.
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The Cost of Higher Education

My infographic explains how expensive higher education is in the United States. I hope that people will see how hard it is for high schoolers to afford college and to see how our costs here in the United States compare with those of our neighbors, Canada and Mexico. I think it's important that people know how saddled young people are with debt when they graduate from college these days.
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Digital Citizenship Posters

​9th graders have been learning about Digital Citizenship and discussing the ins and outs of social media, anonymous posting, the power of IP addresses, the long term consequences of what we say online and they have been reflecting on events in the news and stories in the book LOL....OMG!. 

They created posters that convey a message from our discussion and posted them to their blog. You can view them by clicking the links below.

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SLA Boy's Soccer End of Year Update

The SLA Boys Soccer team finished their season with a strong 8-3 record. With great leadership from Max Amar-Olkus and William Derry, the team came together to establish themselves as a strong soccer program that improved throughout the season. The team finished second in the Public League C-Division, posting an 8-1 record in league play.


A special thank you to all players and parents who showed their hard work and dedication all season with their commitment to practice and support at our games!


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Seeing Ourselves/Seeing the City: An Expedition into 9th Grade

August 28th – August 30th 9:00 am – 12:00 noon - bring a lunch

At the Science Leadership Academy, we understand that the transition into High School can be a difficult one. We are pleased to offer a one-week Summer Institute this August, to ease that transition and allow our students and faculty to begin forging bonds together as a learning community – before the “hard work” of the classroom begins.

Led by faculty and upper-class students, this one-week orientation will have two goals, the first is to begin the process of bringing them into the unique, diverse SLA community. To that end, students will spend part of the time in their Advisory Groups, getting to know the students and teachers that will be a part of their community from their first day at SLA through graduation and beyond.

Second, the week will be built around our philosophy of student-driven, hands-on, project-based learning. We want to introduce our students to SLA’s core values of InquiryResearchCollaboration,Presentation, and Reflection from the start, and get them acclimated to the high expectations we have for their high school careers. Using The Franklin Institute and other Philadelphia sites as their “classroom,” students will begin working to explore a variety of questions and problems relating to their surroundings and their place within it. Our students will practice the art of “seeing in new ways” as it relates to the process of observation, analysis, and interpretation.

During Summer Institute, students will work to ultimately create a collaborative project to present to their classmates, while, at the same time, establishing positive relationships and a sense of themselves as first-year SLA students. It will be an exciting, enriching, and energizing way to gear up for the year.

See you in August!

P.S. If you have any general questions about the school year, please refer to our Family Night Packet.

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Check out the New Exhibits at the Franklin Institute!

Just a reminder that you can use your TFI membership all summer to get you, 2 adults, 3 children, and 2 guests into TFI for FREE and to get discounts on food. If you brought 7 people with you and got food, it would normally cost over $200. 

ALSO there are four new exhibits: “Your Brain,” “Circus,” “101 Inventions,” and “Ocean Soul.” Visit the TFI website for more info.Thanks and have a great summer! Hope to see you around the Museum!
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SLA@Beeber Student Entrepreneurs Win $500 to Pursue Their Business Idea

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On Friday, June 13th, Küdzoo, a mobile app that rewards students for their academic achievements, teamed up with SLA Beeber to sponsor a pitch competition! The winner received $500 to kickstart their business.  
A big congrats to Zoie Jones and Kevin Williams' business, Safe Haven, for winning the Küdzoo pitch contest! All participants did an incredible job & we can't wait to see where these young entrepreneurs take their ventures! Companies ranged from a nonprofit that has a solution for two problems: converting abandoned buildings into "safe havens" for the homeless. Another company looked to connect users who cannot communicate conventionally (service men and women with their families) by personalizing messages and pictures in a new and innovative way. While unorthodox skateboard company will bring affordable skateboards to market allowing anyone with the passion to enjoy the ride. Congrats students! 
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Summer Opportunities for Students

Below is a document containing information about summer opportunities for students. If you hear of an awesome summer camp or program, let Ms Koplitz know (ckoplitz@scienceleadership.org) and she will put it on the list! Check the bottom of the list for information on working papers and employment and internship opportunities.
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10th Grade Summer Advisory Assignment