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Poplar / 6 to 12

In September 2018, we cut the ribbon to our new Poplar campus, located in the burgeoning Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

We are both grateful and humbled to welcome our middle and high school students to one space where they will learn and grow together.

Our Poplar campus is a tangible evidence of answered prayers for ample space to support our growing community of learners and our commitment to seeing more and more children flourish in Jesus’ name.

In their new space, middle school students can seamlessly transition into their senior stages of learning while high school students have the opportunity to directly serve as role models, displaying the fruit of their discipleship here at The City School.

Students now have access to a full cafeteria, gymnasium and science lab. Our Poplar campus holds 24 classrooms—which not only provides comfortable learning spaces for our students, but will also help us serve our expected growth of learners to double our present student population

Middle School Overview

Middle school students at The City School are taught to think critically as they enter this formative stage in their academic lives. As they grow into young adults, values like love, forgiveness and respect are taught and modeled every day. Our rigorous curriculum teaches students new subjects while demonstrating the social, moral, and biblical application of each new discipline. This whole-student approach prepares students to succeed in their lifelong pursuit of learning.

High School Overview

High School at The City School is a place where students prepare for college, guided by seasoned faculty. We are committed to an academic program strong in the foundational core courses needed to prepare for college and lifelong learning.

Graduates of The City School are positioned to succeed. 100% of our students are accepted to a college of their choice. Our SAT scores are higher than the average of all Philadelphia charter schools, and some of our students even earn college credit before graduation. Recent graduates are currently attending the University of Pennsylvania, Wheaton College, The University of the Sciences at Philadelphia, Nyack College, Stony Brook University, Virginia State University, and many more.

 

 

 

Faculty

Joan Hamel

Joan Hamel

Middle School Principal

Email:
jhamel@cityschool.org

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

“I cherish my students and want them to succeed. I love working with middle school students through their awkward, challenging teen years where they really begin to discover themselves and their purpose in the world. These are formative years, and I am honored to be a part of their story at such an influential fork in their paths.”

Joan lives in Erdenheim with her husband, Tom, and enjoys traveling into the city often. Her hobbies include gardening, bike riding, and going for long walks in her beautiful neighborhood. Her favorite book is To End All Wars, the true story of Allied prisoners in a Japanese death camp during World War II—their lives were transformed when one person began to love the way Jesus loves.

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Joel Gaines

Joel Gaines

Interim Head of School & High School Principal

Email:
Jgaines@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Cairn University
  • M.Ed., Cabrini University

“No one has to tell you when your favorite cookies are being baked, you smell the delicious aroma and are drawn to it. Some of the reasons why I felt drawn to The City School team were our ambitious mission statement, my love for the people of Philadelphia and commitment to providing quality Christian urban education. I believe students who learn within urban spaces are some of the most socially prepared, culturally exposed, and life-ready individuals.”

Most recently, Joel was the Assistant Head of the Upper School at Delaware County Christian School. He has also served in various roles over the past 10+ years, in urban, suburban as well as in Christian and public school education.

Joel loves spending quality time with his family. He is married to Tia and has one son Josiah, and three daughters Hosanna, Elaina, and Adoniah.  He also enjoys collecting unique socks and ties, traveling, and taking pictures shot on his iPhone.

 

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Katelin Conde-Rodriguez

Katelin Conde-Rodriguez

College Guidance Counselor

Email:
kjankowski@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2013

    Degree(s):
  • B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison

“The City School embodies so many of the values I hold dear, not least of these is shalom, the wholeness and completeness God desires for his people. I began my work with the City School three years ago as an intern from Mission Year, an urban ministry program dedicated to pursuing justice, peace, and reconciliation in the city. It became apparent to me early on that this was a special place where we not only pursue shalom by providing accessible and excellent education, but also raise students up to bring shalom to their city.”

Katelin lives in South Philly, “near a little enclave of City School folks.” When she’s not reading something that challenges her perspective, she enjoys watching nerdy tv shows, baking and cooking new recipes, and spending the day at the beach. And while Katelin’s heart belongs to Philly, her football loyalties are still in the Midwest—Go Pack Go!

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Kenyatta Rush

Kenyatta Rush

Athletics Director

Email:
krush@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2011

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Temple University
  • M.Div., Biblical Seminary

“I see athletics as a way of honoring God. Good sportsmanship, teamwork, practice and patience, discipline, perseverance, and a desire to do your best are all virtues learned through competitive sports. I teach my students and athletes that competing with integrity, as ambassadors of Jesus, is more important than taking home a trophy.”

Kenyatta was a scholarship football player at Temple University when he met his Savior. Since then, he’s pursued diverse fields of ministry, working in social care with seniors, as a missionary in Africa, and as a minister to prisoners here in Philadelphia. Kenyatta lives in South Philly with his wife—our Choir Director, Ruth Naomi Floyd—and two children.

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Tessa Allebach

Tessa Allebach

Middle School History Teacher

Email:
tallebach@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

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

“Education has always been my strongest calling and having the opportunity to teach in an enriching and challenging environment such as The City School is a blessing. It is encouraging to be part of a school environment that gives life to both students and staff while the majority of educational climates that we currently live in unfortunately are often life-draining.

I look forward to lifting history off the textbook pages for my students and hopefully begin to have them understand how essential historical context is in the present.”

Tessa enjoys slow-paced activities such as taking walks and reading. Her love for the arts runs deeply and she has had the privilege of both taking and teaching art lessons for many years.

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Felicia Mercer

Felicia Mercer

Science and Math Teacher

Email:
fmercer@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2012

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Temple University

“I believe with all my heart this is what the Lord has ordained me to do. This is evident in the joy I get from doing this work. I love that our teachers invest so deeply in their students and that we celebrate their diversity, humor, and uniqueness. We want what is best for each individual child.”

Felicia came into our community as a City School mom, volunteer, and substitute teacher before joining us full-time in 2013. She enjoys dancing, people watching, and taking scenic walks around the city.

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Ben Guy

Ben Guy

History Teacher

Email:
bguy@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2013

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

“I strive to make history come alive for students so that they grow in their knowledge and understanding of history and subsequently grow in their knowledge of themselves and how the global society in which they live came to be.  Ultimately, my goal is that the students would use the knowledge, understanding, and critical thinking skill they gain from studying history in furthering the work of the Kingdom in their families, communities, city, and world.”

Ben lives in Elkins Park and enjoys reading, walking, playing the piano, and discussing “deep and profound topics.” His love for learning and teaching came from his mother, a longtime teacher who joined The City School team last year, bringing the Guy family teaching tradition full circle.

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Ken Hunsberger

Ken Hunsberger

Math Teacher

Email:
khunsberger@cityschool.org

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Eastern University
  • M.A., West Chester University

“Over the years I have come to believe that an education is not complete if it is not Christ-centered. As a Christian school, we can offer more than excellent academics—we can introduce students to the one who created everything we learn.”

Ken lives in Chester County and enjoys his early morning commute on the train. Ken is an avid reader and has lately been on an Agatha Christie kick. He also enjoys crossword puzzles, crypto-quotes, and Sudoku, and he tends a bountiful vegetable garden at home.

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Rich Lindberg

Rich Lindberg

English Teacher

Email:
rlindberg@cityschool.org

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Temple University
  • M.Ed., West Chester University

“My goal is to help students become intelligent and engaged people in this world. Through books, I am hoping they will understand how to live on this planet, how to interact with others, and how “to be.” I am hoping that they will leave my class being a better writer, a thinking person, and a strong Christian.”

Rich lives in Roxborough with his wife and loves living in “an honest-to-goodness world-class city.” His favorite book is Frederick Buechner’s Godric, a semifictionalized account of the life of medieval saint Godric of Finchale, who inspires Rich to be a more humble and self-sacrificing person. He is also an avid cyclist and bikes to work almost every day, even in the dead of winter.

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Megan Owens

Megan Owens

History Teacher, Ancient World and United States

Email:
mowens@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2017

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Grove City College
  • M.A., Villanova University
“Teaching at The City School is a profound blessing to me.  I am able to merge three of my deepest loves in one job: Love for students, love for history and love for Philadelphia.  The students and faculty at this school are second to none and because of them I am a better teacher, peer and Christian.  In history class, we wrestle with many of the “why’s” and “how’s” of human society, especially our own.  It is a privilege to be able to examine the effects of sin on our world in the context of God’s sovereignty, wisdom, and righteousness. “
Megan lives in South Philadelphia with her husband and four children.  She enjoys dancing, singing and engaging in the many things the city offers with her family – museums, parks, activities, food fests, concerts, etc.  There is always something for a history teacher to do in Philadelphia!!  She and her family are also deeply committed to their local church where they experience the blessings of fellowship with God’s family.
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Joe Sinagra

Joe Sinagra

Arts Teacher

Email:
jsinagra@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2005

“I’m passionate about my job because I love people—they’re the crown of creation. I am blessed to get to know students as individuals and learn what makes them unique bearers of God’s image. I walk with my students as they develop their skills, and I am challenged to learn from them just as they learn from me.”

Joe lives in South Philly with his wife and six children (five of whom attend The City School—at all four campuses!). He loves making—painting, drawing, photography, costume design, and cooking. He is also an elder at Grace and Peace Community Church where he strives to love people as Jesus has loved him.

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Student Information

Welcome to the Poplar Student Information Page

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


Please email cmurrell@cityschool.org or sbrownmajor@cityschool.org to request a copy of your student’s final report card.


Summer Projects

Middle School Information:
High School
Information:
Grade 6 Grade 9
Grade 7 Grade 10
Grade 8 Grade 11
Grade 12
Grade 12 Honors
School Supply List
HS Uniform Requirements (Boys and Girls)*
Uniform Ordering Guidelines
Medical Form Medical Form
Office Manager: Charmaine Murrell (cmurrell@cityschool.org)
Office Manager:
Shante Brown-Major (sbrownmajor@cityschool.org)

*More information to come on safety and protection protocols due to COVID-19

Arrangements can be made for printed copies of the material by in-person pickup Tues – Thurs, from 10a – 2p,  or by direct mailing. Contact front office. (Office closed on Fridays)

Summer packets must be completed for a grade and returned to teacher(s) during the first day of school. 

 


Our yearbook company, Balfour, has teamed up with Tribute to allow for friends and families to share videos and notes of encouragement with Poplar students for FREE!

Follow this link and select the button that says “Start a Virtual Signature Page.” Be sure to select DIY for the free option. Start sharing your virtual greetings of SHALOM to round out the 2019-2020 school year.



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)   


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.

 

Have Questions?

POP/MS: Ms. Charmaine Murrell at cmurrell@cityschool.org
POP/HS: Mrs. Shanté Brown Major at sbrownmajor@cityschool.org


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.

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.

 

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

 

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


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. 31


Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Dealing with Homework Frustration

Parenting During Crisis

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 Pickup Options in Philadelphia

Open Recreation Centers

Counseling and Mental Health Resources:

Free or Low-Cost Counseling in Philadelphia, PA

Mental health guide: Therapy on a sliding scale in Philadelphia

 

 

 

Poplar Campus
910 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-731-1930