Find your passion. And then share it.

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in General | No Comments

I participated in my first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tournament today. Unfortunately I lost both of my matches. I’ve never had that much fun losing before.

About five months ago, Micah and I started taking Jiu Jitsu classes. Originally I thought I would do it for a month or two just to help Micah transition but quickly I became addicted.…

Student voices: Great Opportunities for Students at Workshop Industries

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Max Perez

This year the Workshop School has started a company called Workshop Industries. This is an after school program in West Philly to teach kids real life skills.

One of the many skills is entrepreneurship. A 9th grade student Victor Ginsburg said, “I joined Workshop Industries for the money.…

Student voices: Workshop Community Has High Hopes for March Basketball Tournament

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Giovanni Brabazon

This March, the Workshop School will be participating in a basketball tournament in Delaware to try and bring back a trophy. The players are very positive about the upcoming tournament.

One 9th grade player, Moussa Sidibe, is trusting in his coach’s abilities. “I think I’ll play good because I have a good coach,” he said.…

Student voices: Workshop Students Share Opinions on Police Presence

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Jamell Williams

After the non-indictments in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, students and staff at the Workshop School shared their opinions on the police presence in their neighborhood.

Drina Davis, a 9th grader, shared her thoughts about her West Philadelphia neighborhood. “I don’t feel no type of way about the police in my neighborhood.…

Student voices: Students Host Die-In to Protest Police Brutality

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

by Drina Davis

On Friday , December 5, approximately 75 student and about 6 staffs got involved in a “die-in” at 11 am in the second floor hallway for 5 mins. The students laid or sat on the ground quietly and some also held signs to represent the young black teen that got killed by a white cop.…

Student voices: Students Build Bridges and Community

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

by Mohamede Diallo

During the first quarter, ninth grade students at the Workshop School built bridges out of popsicle sticks and balsa wood. The project was designed for students to understand how to work hands-on in groups and to learn some basics of engineering and design.

Over 75 ninth grade students participated in the project.…

Student voices: Teachers and Students Prepare for Theater Project

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

by Samira Brown-Brooks

Next quarter 9th grade students at the Workshop School is going to be producing a play at a theater called the Bushfire Theater. The school is doing this project to bring out students’ talent and to learn and have fun at the same time.

The project will be funded by a Picasso grant of 5,000 dollars.…

Student voices: Advisories Redesign Classrooms

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Daniel Watson

This quarter, four advisories from the Workshop School have been working on a classroom design project to improve the way their classrooms look and function.

This project came to life in a meeting among four advisory teacher’s, Ms. Melville, Ms. Mathews, Ms. Pickens, and Dr. Miller. Between these four advisories, that’s about 70 students working on this project.…

Holiday shopping? Check this out!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in General | No Comments

You can get some great stocking stuffers and support the Workshop School and our after school program Workshop Industries during this wonderful season of giving. It’s easy. You make a tax deductible contribution and we’ll make sure you get your items in time for the holidays. Here’s a link to our Holiday Shopping Guide.…

Talking With Students About Ferguson and Racism

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in General | No Comments

This post was written by Workshop teacher Kathleen Melville, and originally appeared on the Teaching Tolerance blog

I’ve been talking about race and racism with my students. We’ve been talking about Ferguson, critiquing the ways various media have covered the case, identifying pernicious stereotypes about young people of color and seeking out ways to create media of our own.…