August 12th-August 23rd
9th Grade and New Student Orientation
Welcome back Panthers!
First day for students is Tuesday September 3rd!
August 12th-August 23rd
August 12, 2019
Dear Samuel Fels High School Families:
Welcome back! Or, if you are new to our Samuel Fels High School family, welcome and thank you for choosing our amazing school for your child’s education. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer and are ready to start a new school year on September 3rd.
Last school year was filled with lots of fun learning experiences and student successes. Here are a few of our favorite memories:
Our Performing Arts Academy held 3 concerts last school year, performed for all Philadelphia School District leaders at our End of Year Celebration, and the Fels choir performed at the Mann Center with the Philly Pops in a Memorial Salute. Several students were also recognized for All City in both orchestra and choir. Our Counseling team, in partnership with GEAR Up held an internal college fair for students, which included 2 and 4 year colleges/universities, HBCUs, military, and trade schools.
We are already gearing up for an incredible new school year. Our teachers have attended training sessions to better help all students learn and grow. Our front office team is updating student files and ordering new materials. Our hard-working custodians have spent the summer cleaning our school. And, our cafeteria workers are preparing to serve your children delicious, healthy and free breakfast and lunch each school day.
We’re also delighted to welcome a few new additions to our staff. For the 2019-2020 school, we have added more emphasis on our students social and emotional needs. We are happy to welcome our new Social Worker, Mrs. Petrillo-Cruz and our Case Manager, Ms. Johnson, to support our students. In addition, we have hired two climate managers, Mr. Canady and Mr. Grice, to increase a positive and productive learning environment for our school community.
For the upcoming school year, we have invested in additional student leadership opportunities for our students. Students participating in Youth Court will learn court processes, including court roles, questioning techniques, confidentiality, conflict resolution, courtroom procedures, and decision making. Also, our school received a student leadership grant for Peer Group Connection, which will allow our 11th and 12th grade students to learn essential, real world leadership skills and peer mentoring.
Be sure to visit www.philasd.org for important back-to-school information such as how to get a Philadelphia School TransPass and a list of vaccines your child will need to attend school. I also want to invite you to attend our Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, September 25th from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. This will be a great time to meet teachers and other families, and learn more about the new school year.
All of us at Samuel Fels High School look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, September 3rd, and working with our families and community to support high-level learning. As always, please feel free to reach out to me at 215-400-7100 with questions or concerns. Together, we can make this school year our best one yet!
Mrs. Lillian Izzard