The Fight to Keep University City HS Together

The Fight to Keep University City HS Together

During the month of January, University City HIgh School students and staff worked with community stakeholders, including the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, to develop a concise list of alternatives to the plan the School District proposed at the end of last year.  These recommendations have been posted on the District’s websites … Continue reading

Reflection as a First Generation Student

Reflection as a First Generation Student

My journey getting to college wasn’t easy, and the challenges didn’t stop once I arrived to Swarthmore College. Upon arriving to Swarthmore for freshmen orientation, I felt so out of place, everybody and everything looked so foreign. I was experiencing culture shock and feeling homesick at the same time. At my first college party, my … Continue reading

Musings of a First Generation College Student

Musings of a First Generation College Student

I walked into college fighting to survive. Not that that fact has changed any, but I have learned many things that have made the survival journey a lot easier.  As a current Junior at Swarthmore College, a small, pre-dominantly White liberal arts college near Philadelphia, I have learned a lot about academia and navigating getting … Continue reading

Stay UNI-fied!

Stay UNI-fied!

Glen Casey and Matt Gilliam, seniors in University City High School, are captured here waiting to speak at the Philadelphia School District’s School Reform Commission Meeting on December 20, 2012.  Four our students spoke before the SRC panel:  Russell Davis (Class of 2015), Matt Gilliam (Class of 2013), Evynn Pendergrass (Class of 2014), and Christian … Continue reading

Leaders of Change Talk Back to Save University City

Leaders of Change Talk Back to Save University City

On December 15, 2012, fourteen University City High School students traveled to South Philly High to speak with School District of Philadelphia representatives. With passion, our students reminded District officials of UCHS’s achievements and promise of future success. Read more about this event, and the conversation Matt Gilliam (Class of 2013, Leaders of Change 2012) … Continue reading

AP Study Hall

AP Study Hall

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, students in AP class come to the SSC for AP Study Hall. Students come during Enrichment and receive help from Penn undergrads. Below, Evynn Pendergrass (Class of 2014) gets help with her homework from Community Schools Student Partnership tutor, Matt Lawrence (senior at the University of Pennsylvania).

SSC Staff Team Building

SSC Staff Team Building

With so many new faces in the SSC this school year, we decided to have a team building session during our lunch break to learn more about each other. We focused on learning more about each new person and learning makes them work effectively. After our discussion, Ms. Murray gave us an activity to help … Continue reading

Happy New (School) Year!

Friday, September 7 marked the beginning of the 2012-2013 School Year at University City High School! To kick things off, the SSC held an orientation for each academy allowing students to be introduced (or reintroduced) to the SSC. The SSC has undergone a makeover over the past few months. After Leaders of Change occupied the … Continue reading