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Fairmount / Pre-K to 5

Newly opened in the fall of 2015, The City School at Fairmount is our second elementary school. For the 2018-19 school year, the campus will serve grades Pre-K through 4. As our campus grows, it will serve grades Pre-K through 5 beginning academic year 2019-20.

Our curriculum is driven by a pursuit of excellence and grounded in a commitment to love and care for each student as an individual. Beginning with our youngest children, students are taught to love their lifelong pursuit of learning. Elementary students are creative, curious and inquisitive: we embrace their natural love for knowledge and help them understand learning in the context of a well-rounded Christian education. We embrace the responsive classroom philosophy, which emphasizes creating a safe, joyful and challenging learning environment. Because students learn most effectively through social interaction, we believe the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum and thus incorporate morning meetings, positive teacher language and a positive approach to student discipline. Our strong academic program is complemented by an innovative emphasis on the arts, and every subject is seen as an opportunity to explore how God works in our world. Small class sizes and nurturing teachers ensure each child is given the one-on-one attention they need to discover their academic potential.

Faculty

Tracye Burroughs

Tracye Burroughs

Fairmount Principal

Email:
tburroughs@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2017

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., University of Delaware
  • Masters in Education, Widener University
“I am passionate about the Lord and sharing the Lord with children through Christian education. In my daily walk with Him I strive toward Shalom and I deeply believe that every child needs access to an excellent education so that they might go forth in life allowing their inner beauty and light to shine. I work shoulder to shoulder with teachers and educators in partnership with parents and family members to educate children’s hearts and minds.”
Tracye lives in Delaware with her family, where she had recently retired from a 31-year career in education. Her hobbies include reading, collecting children’s books, cooking, and traveling.
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Dionne Delaney

Dionne Delaney

Office Manager

Email:
ddelaney@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., University of Delaware

“Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about being at The City School. Here, my passion for ministry and the Kingdom of God, my gifts in administration, my love for children and the education of their minds, shaping of their hearts and lives is brought together in one place. Being here is not by happenstance–it is an assignment from the Lord.”

Dionne and her husband Jay have enjoyed over eighteen years of marriage. They have two adult children and rambunctious twin toddler grandsons. In her free time, Dionne enjoys traveling, baking, cooking, fellowship with friends, sewing and making jewelry.

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John Delaney

John Delaney

“This is my first year at The City School. I truly have been drawn to this school, for many of reasons. However I must say the biggest draw is the heart of leadership here which is founded and built on Jesus Christ.

My mission while I’m here is simply to steward and shepard the hearts of our students. For I truly believe they are precious and the most valuable resource we have.

John is a native of Wilmington Delaware and now reside in Newark. He loves tribal African jewelry, cooking, reading, and Pinterest! He is the proud father of four year old old twin boys, whom  “admires and loves deeply.”

John is currently pursuing a  B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies at Liberty University.

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Ashley Fornwalt

Ashley Fornwalt

Academic Support Coordinator

Email:
afornwalt@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2010

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Philadelphia Biblical University

“I am passionate about children and our work at the city school because it is what I believe God has called me to. Seeing the impact I can have on the development of the whole child—spiritually, physically, emotionally, academically—gives me goose bumps.  As I grow, I am always getting a clearer picture of how God views us and invests in our growth and development. I view my job as an extension of God’s love and care for each child.”

Ashley lives with her husband and one-year-old son. She enjoys camping, gardening, and “attempting craft projects.”

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Karen Gregory

Karen Gregory

Art and S.T.E.A.M. Teacher

Email:
kgregory@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2014

“I prepare little minds for the adventure of embracing their Creator God through the arts. I am passionate about participating in a learning community that glorifies God across all academic disciplines. As a City School parent and teacher, I have a front row seat in observing the love and dedication that each teacher invests in the children entrusted to them.”

Karen and her family live in Passyunk Square, where they moved as part of a local church plant. She brings with her 30-plus years of experience in the teaching fields of technology, art, and early elementary. While Karen satisfies the requirements of the art room by educating students in the Elements and Principles of art, she takes her program to the next level by adding STEM for interesting subjects to engage her students.

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Margaret Kendall

Margaret Kendall

Business Manager

Email:
mkendall@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2013

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Covenant College

“As the Business Manager I am responsible for leading and coordinating the school’s finance, business, and general operating matters. I have been at The City School for almost 2 years now, and have loved getting to know and working with all of my talented colleagues. Watching them serve and care for each individual student has given me a deep appreciation for the school and its vision for our students and our city.”

Margaret lives in West Philadelphia with her husband and loves the diversity and community they have experienced in their neighborhood. She enjoys running long distances, reading books from the local library, and cooking for her friends and family.

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Noel Terrell

Noel Terrell

Music Teacher

Email:
nterrell@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

“Music is more than notes and harmony–it’s a way of unleashing your emotions. Music moves people. It brings us together. It glorifies God. My dream is to share the power of music with my students.”

Noel has served as a Musical Director and keyboardist for diverse musical acts like Pharrell Williams, Meek Mill, and Jill Scott. He also toured Europe with British hip-hop/r&b duo Floetry and currently performs with his contemporary Christian band, The Browne Boyz. Noel is happily married and has two sons, Roman and Lincoln.

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Alexis Victor

Alexis Victor

Second Grade Teacher

Email:
avictor@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Eastern University

“I am passionate about my work at The City School because I love seeing the unique and beautiful qualities God has instilled in every child. I’m also passionate about encouraging my students to love others and love God. The way that we show love and encouragement to our students prepares them to act in love to the people in our city.”

Alexis lives in Port Richmond with three college friends. She enjoys baking, crafting, traveling, and exploring Philadelphia.

 

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Davida Woodard

Davida Woodard

Pre-Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Email:
dcollins@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Eastern University

“I am passionate about my work at The City School because I was a City School Alumni.

I am passionate, because I was able to experience an excellent education. Not to mention, I am a strong believer in their mission. The City School not only promotes excellence in education, but they also make it their business to feed students spiritually. It is a great joy to give back to a school that I once was apart of and that allowed me to have a bright future as well.

I want prospective parents to know that the teachers here are all working towards one goal, and that is to help each student grow spiritually and academically.”

Davida and her husband live in Southwest Philadelphia. Her favorite book is Plato’s Republic. She enjoys writing poetry, blogging about justice issues, and skiing.

 

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Veronica Rodriguez

Veronica Rodriguez

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Email:
vrodriguez@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2015

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., University of Puerto Rico
  • M.A., Interamericana University of Puerto Rico

“I decided to become a teacher because I believe that it’s the most beautiful and wonderful job. Being a teacher means being there, giving everything I can, making sure I am as knowledgeable as I can be about my content and about my students’ lives. It means sacrifice for the sake of helping kids in need and it means caring about students unconditionally.”

Veronica was born in Puerto Rico and now resides in Drexel Hill with her husband Kevin Alicea. She enjoys dancing, watching movies, and eating lots of chocolate.

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Alison Santiano

Alison Santiano

Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Email:
asantiano@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., St. Joseph's University

“I am so excited to start my teaching career at The City School, where I believe my passion and my commitment to Jesus truly meets the call that the He has set before me. One of my favorite parts about my job is that my students constantly remind me of Matthew 18:1-4, which calls us to have childlike faith and humbly depend on the Lord.”

Allison lives in Glenside and enjoys many favorite pastimes including singing, playing the guitar, painting, sewing, playing board games, exploring the city, meal prepping, and trying out new restaurants.

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Joyce Crosscombe

Joyce Crosscombe

First Grade Co-Teacher

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Eastern University

“I am very happy to join The City School family as a teacher after having been a part of the family as a parent.

Our daughter is a recent graduate and we were so pleased with the quality education she received and the caring support of the staff. Now I get to give that same quality of commitment to future generations.”

Joyce lives in the Frankford section of the city with her husband, three daughters and one son.

She enjoys gardening, running and doing puzzles.

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Carol Guy

Carol Guy

First Grade Teacher

Email:
cguy@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2015

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Elmira College
  • M.Ed., Arcadia University
  • M.A., St. Joseph's University

“I am a seasoned teacher with many years of experience in a variety of settings. What I have come to realize is that working in a Christian school is a very special and uniquely rewarding opportunity. As a teacher at The City School, I am not only fulfilling the task to which God has called me, but I am benefitting daily from fellowship with believers who are also called to serve God in this way.”

Carol lives in Abington with three cats and a Cocker Spaniel—Princess, Minnis, Squitchy, and Sophie—although she confides that her “heart belongs to Philly.” She enjoys home improvement projects like painting, gardening, and interior design. Carol’s son Ben carries on the Guy teaching legacy by lending his talents as our high school History teacher.

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Bryannia Bongiorni

Bryannia Bongiorni

Third Grade Teacher

Email:
bbongiorni@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., McDaniel College
“I am beyond excited to be a teacher at The City School. Every day is different and each day is an opportunity to teach children about the world and the Creator who made it.”
Bryannia enjoys painting, running, traveling, and, of course, snacking. She hopes to run her first full marathon within the next few years.
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Naeemah Davis

Naeemah Davis

Fourth Grade Teacher

Email:
ndavis@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2015

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Cheyney University

“It is an honor to be used for kingdom building within The City School community. My mission is to restore, maintain, and help rebuild hope in the hearts of all the children I teach. I am grateful for the opportunity to witness and encourage our students’ growing relationships with the Lord.”

Naeemah serves as the Children’s Choir Director with her church. She enjoys painting, sewing, line dancing, and cooking. She is also a “proud auntie” who loves outdoor adventures like zip line, polar plunge, and running the PhilAmazing Race.

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Activities

Fairmount-Activities

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with an emphasis on character development.  It is available to students in Pre-K through third grade and is offered three times a year. Registration is completed online.

Praise Dance

Praise Dance is worshipful modern dance using variations of street, jazz and hip-hop dance styles.  Dancers use motions and gestures to interpret music and bring praise to the Lord.  We offer one session of Praise Dance per school year to our students kindergarten and above. The session culminates with a presentation.

Drama Club

Our Drama Club explores the art and craft of drama through creative writing, public speaking, costume and set design.  Open to students second grade and above, there is one session per year that culminates with a presentation.

Tune Up Philly

At Tune Up Philly students in first grade and above learn how to play a stringed instrument.  Instructors from The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra spend time teaching students each week in small groups.  Participation in city-wide performances and special weekend rehearsals are also required with this activity.

Tutoring

At The City School we are not only committed to challenging students where they excel but also helping them where they struggle. Our after school tutoring program focuses on supporting students in the core areas of reading and math. This is an opportunity to receive support after school in a small group setting.  Tutoring is offered as funding is available.

"We need schools where children are known, where their unique hopes, dreams, passions, and talents can be cultivated by teachers who love them and desire to see them thrive. The City School is rising to meet this need."

Rechab Gray, A City School Dad

Student Information

Welcome to the Fairmount Student Information Page

All buildings will be closed until April 14 in response to COVID-19. Check this page often for information and updates.

What’s on this page?

    • – Current School Calendar as of 3/23/2020
    • – Google Classroom
    • – Student Expectations
    • – Class Dojo
    • – Online Resources
    • – Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Well-being resources

 

Current School Calendar as of 3/23/2020:

  • 3/27 – missing or outstanding work due
  • 3/28 – Java with Jake 
  • 4/6-4/13 – Easter Break (no assignments will be given this week)
  • 4/14 – earliest date that buildings will re-open

 

Java with Jake
Join us on March 28 at 10:00 am for Java with Jake. Bring your cup of coffee and join us on Zoom with Mr. Becker. Click here to join the meeting.

Ask Jake
Let us know how we can pray for you and support you! Click here to submit your prayer requests and questions. (requests may be submitted anonymously if desired)

 

Shalom@Home ChallengeClick for details – Due by March 28th

 

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Google Classroom Email Summaries
Access to google classroom will allow you to see a summary of the same information as your student, such as  assignments, missed work, and more. Look for an email with the subject line “Get Google Classroom email summaries for <student name>”. Open the email and click “accept”.  A Gmail account is not required. Click here to view an example of the email.

Student Expectations
Students will complete work according to their teacher’s instructions and schedule guidelines.

Accessing Class Dojo 
Class Dojo is a communication app used by teachers to share learning updates and more. Reach out to your child’s teacher to be sure you are receiving all the latest updates and information for your child’s class.

Click this link to request your student’s NetClassroom Username and Password information.

My Hot Lunch Box is currently inactive until future notice.

Have Questions?
For Assignments: For questions about assignments, please reach out to your child’s teacher directly.

For navigation of documents: If you have trouble navigating online documents, or have other technical questions please feel free to reach out to the campus office manager:

Mrs. Dionne Delaney at ddelaney@cityschool.org

 

Online Learning Resources

We would love for you to take this time to explore learning that makes the most sense for your family. We have done the research to offer some of the best online resources that aligns with your child’s ongoing City School education. Click on the links, use what works and skip what doesn’t!

Reading/Writing (PK-12)

Khan Academy KidsPrek through 2nd

Khan AcademyWhat is Khan Academy? They offer exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material.

      • ~ Khan Academy has a library of standards-aligned lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP® courses, SAT® preparation, and more.
      • ~ Students can practice skills with exercises, quizzes, and mastery challenges and get immediate feedback and support.
      • ~ Khan Academy is available in 40 languages. 
      • ~Students without laptops can access the Khan Academy website or use the Khan Academy app on smartphones.

 

Parent Resources

Daily Schedule with links

Resource Page

ReadWorksFREE reading content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Teachers, parents, and students never have to pay to access ReadWorks digitally or otherwise. All adults, no matter who they are, may create a digital class and assign reading content and curriculum to students for free. We have always believed that students deserve barrier-free access to the highest-quality reading materials and instruction, and that belief has only grown stronger during this crisis.

 

Reading/Writing (K-5)

Reading Eggs – Students should already have a TCS login they can continue to use at home

Storyline – Read-a-loud books and stories

 

Math (K-12)

Khan AcademyWhat is Khan Academy? We offer exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material.

IXL Math practice skills for K-12

 

Math (K-5)

Prodigy Prodigy is a leveled math program.  Students are tested, leveled, and then progress at their own pace.   Third through fifth grade students at Spruce Hill have been using this for the past two years (as part of computer class) and have logins that they should already be using at home.

Math Blaster The goal at Math Blaster is clear: “Your success depends on your ability to use your brain and logic skills.” With an exciting theme featuring aliens and outer space, Math Blaster lets your students become intergalactic heroes based on their math operation and critical thinking skills. Registration is required, but the game itself is free. Be sure to check out the Teacher Section to find Math Blaster for the Classroom.

 

Computers (6-12)

Typing ClubFree account has a ton of capability. Watch typing lessons, practice, and store progress. Premium account (paid) not necessary to get full benefit of these typing lessons.

Code.orgBeginning coding program (Grades 6-8 already have login)

 

Science (K-12)

National Geographic KidsGames, videos, science projects, etc…

NASA Explore NASA’s online activities, e-books, podcasts and other content. The universe is waiting.

 

Fun Learning

Kahoot  – Fun and super competitive trivia game that you can play in small or large groups. Choose from already created games or create your own games. Needs setup by an adult.

GoNoodleWebsite to get kids up and moving

The Learning StationEnergizing kinesthetic brain breaks to use in between learning times

 

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Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Well Being

From Jessica Scott, City School Student Care Director:

     Hello, I wanted to connect with you all to offer my support and care during this time. You’ll see my phone number listed below. Feel free to reach out via email, phone or text. You can reach out to ask questions, vent, voice frustrations, anything that would be helpful to take some of the burden off.
     This season can produce a lot of stress, anxiety and frustration. This is all normal, but we do not need to bear it alone. We are the body of Christ, we bear each other’s burdens.
     Trying to teach our children at home can produce a lot of stress. You are doing an excellent job; I firmly believe we are all doing the best we can with the skills and resources we have.
     Below is a list of resources for self care, how to talk to about COVID-19, how to deal with homework frustration, as well as practical resources of where to receive meals, support and assistance.

Praying for all of you, and truly hoping to hear from you,

Jessica Scott, MEd
Student Care Director
jscott@cityschool.org
(215) 693-6386, ext. 312

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/03/coronavirus-how-parents-should-talk-to-children-about-covid-19-and-other-tips-to-help-kids.html

Dealing with Homework Frustrationhttps://www.wikihow.mom/Deal-with-Homework-Frustration-As-a-Parent

Parenting During Crisishttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/202003/12-ways-effectively-parent-during-crisis-part-1

CDC Resources for Self Care, Managing Stress and Helping Children Cope:

https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp

https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Free Meal Options: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-city-and-district-provide-meals-activity-space-during-school-closures

Counseling and Mental Health Resources:

https://www.opencounseling.com/pennsylvania/philadelphia

https://generocity.org/philly/2018/06/27/mental-health-guide-where-to-get-therapy-on-a-sliding-scale-in-philadelphia/

Open Rec Centers: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-16-50-recreation-centers-and-six-older-adult-centers-to-remain-open/

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Fairmount Campus
860 N. 24th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-769-5363