Reading, Writing & Making (sense)

U School Humanities

News You Can Use (September 29 - October 9th 2015)

The Pope has come and gone. Now it's time to get back to work!

Many returning and new U School students are making progress in setting daily action plans and performing in a competency-based, personalized learning classroom. All U School students will need to be self motivated to meet all their competencies in humanities a 2 credit course.

Here is what's been going on and what's coming up.

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Awesome Sauce

Awesome Sauce & Kudos to Dinisty W. Kayla F-N, Tyteanna G, India G, Tiaonna W, Naasiah T , Chanel B, William F and Tomar J for starting off Humanties strong.

HUUUUUUUGE shoutout to Tiana D , Renea F, Sara M, Isaiah S, and Lyjhia S for pushing themselves through our Introduction & Digital Citizenship Humanities unit, and making MAJOR progress on their performance tasks.

Super techy shoutout to David A, Jonathan G, Anthony J, and Ramon V for the awesome work they have done on their Technology Skills Unit outside of school time.

What is Competency-based Education (CBE)

Competency-based education is an outcomes-based approach to learning that requires students to show mastery of skills and knowledge at one level before they can advance to the next level. All students are held to the same high standard, and all students receive individualized supports and continuous feedback to help them progress in their learning. This approach ensures that students have a strong foundation to build on as they continue through school. The goal of competency-based education is that every student graduates from high school prepared for college, career, and civic life.

Learn more:

Black Lives Matter - Book Talk with TaNeisi Coates - (Between the Word and Me)

Friday, Oct. 16th, 11am-3:30pm

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA

Space for this field trip is limited to thirty 9th graders and thirty 10th graders. Parent / adult chaperones are welcome to attend.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” ( The New York Observer)

Digital Organizer ( Youth Job)

Do you want to influence the world as a Digital Organizer? PEC-CARES is accepting resumes from youth filmmakers, music producers, photographers, graphic designers, and writers who want to use their talents to incite social change.

Contact Mr. Reed to learn more about this opportunity.

Contact us

Please contact Mr Reed ( or Mr McGeehan ( at any time for any reason. Email us directly and not through Smore. Thank you!