Girls Soccer Takes Home Big Win

The Rockets had a commanding 10-0 win versus division rivals, George Washington, on Monday. Captain Alyssa Winner scored her third hat trick of the season, with Co-Captain, Aateeyah Sharrieff chipping in with two goals and three big assists. Freshman, Emma Schwingel-Sauer also had two goals. Other scores came from a penalty kick by Nikki Adeli, a beautiful long shot from Hannah Nicoletti and defender, Zoe Schwingel-Sauer's, first career goal--on her birthday! Goalkeeper and co-captain, Imani Holness, had her second shutout of the season.

The team is now 3-3 and preparing for a tough game versus Northeast on Wednesday. Go Rockets!
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SLA Cross Country Team Supports Courtney's Crusaders

Big shout out to Reggie Simmons who invited and hosted the SLA Cross Country team in the Four Seasons Parkway run to benefit CHOP cancer research. Participants ran on Reggie's sister's team, "Courtney's Crusaders". Yesterday Zahirah, Saamir, Kevin, Desmond, Amelia, Melissa, Amy, Thomas, Cassie, Riley and Reggie ran a 5K race. Des placed 3rd in his age group and won a medal. Great job runners!


The 2014-2015 Time Machine, SLA's 6th Yearbook, is ON SALE NOW! While the book will not be completed until the end of the year, reserving your copy before October 31st is a MUST. Why? For starters, it's a great way to preserve your memories. This full-color, hardback book, valued at level: Priceless, but on sale for $60, is for the entire school community. You'll crave getting signatures in your book at the end of the you think you can top Mr. Lehmann's record? Only one way to find out...RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY! A deposit of $30 is due by 10/31/14 to place your order. Don't Wait! See Mr. Reddy with your payments/questions. Also, feel free to email pictures for consideration in the book to Here's to another great edition!
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Future of SLA Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 17
SLA Cafe

Come join members of the SLA community as we talk to representatives from the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute to discuss where SLA will live after our lease is up in June 2016.

Come make your voice heard! 

Discovering Art History (pg22-73)

1. Acrylic paints has become a very popular media because of its versatility. It's able to adhere to different types of surfaces such as wood, glass, paper, masonite, cardboard etcetera. It can be thinned with water, its easy to clean up and it drys fast. Acrylic can be applied both thick and thin. I haven't used too many painting and drawing medias but the ones I have used are mostly basic ones. Those include, paper and pencils. However, I have also used charcoal, paint and canvases before. 

2. In sculpting, additive means to put a piece together and subtractive is when you take something away from your piece. A medium that is often additive is steel, bronze is casted, mosaics and furniture are modeling but furniture is also subtractive.  

3. Duane Hanson's Football Player is a sculpture made from liquid silicone rubber. He uses real life models to help create an exact likeness of his model. 

4. Vermeer emphasizes light in his Officer and Laughing Girl by adding the open class window and showing contrast in this piece. He shows the different reflected lights and the different shades of shadow.

5. In Tiepolo's Adoration of the Magi, contrast is really used well to create the viewer's eyes to follow the direction that the artist wants them to. There are so many details and things going on in this one piece but you can truly see where the artist wants you to focus. That specific part that the artist wants you to focus is very clear and colored in light colors for the viewer to see all the details.


  1.    I select Romare Bearden's Eastern Barn to analyze. This piece really intrigues me because of the amount of interpretation that the viewer is left with. Its very unique because its not created through the regular process of getting something on the canvas. There are so many parts to it. The piece involves color, pasting paper, abstract, contrast and probably many more. In the end, the whole piece looks very different from other drawings and paintings. It looks different in a good way, leaving the viewer in curiosity and excitement. I would interoperate this as two men having a conversation and a little girl listening to it. All of this happening in a barn. I say that because of the title its given. 
  2. In Nicholas de Stael, Landscape in Vaucluse, colors are mainly used to bring out the theme of the art. The intensity of the colors create the value in the art. Theres both light and dark value. Its also interesting how the artist decided to make it right next to each other, allowing us to really see the difference/ contrast in the painting. 
  3. Edgar Degas' The Star, or Dancer on Stage uses cool colors. (pg65/49) In Joseph Mallord William Turner, Burning of the House of Parliament uses warm colors. This warm color comes form the fire. (pg66/50) 
  4. The Raven sun clan mast with beak is symmetrical. William H. Johnson, Li'l Sis painting is asymmetrical. 
  5. Mary Cassatt's Sleeping Baby is both a painting and a drawing but if I had to choose one, I would say its a painting. I say this because of the way the colors are presented on the canvas. How the colors mixes at the bottom of her dress. I feel like with drawing there would be more details. But I'm not saying that there are not lots of details in this picture of that, there is a good amount of detail in this picture. I say its a painting because when you look at the over all, it just seems like a painting. 

Back To School Nights

9th and 12th Grade Back to School Night
Tuesday, September 16th - 6pm
9th Grade: Welcome to SLA - Meet your teachers and advisors.
12th Grade: College and Senior Life Meeting

10th and 11th Grade Back to School Night
Thursday, September 18th - 6pm
Meet with Advisory Families and meet your teachers

We look forward to seeing all SLA families at Back to School Night!

Modified Schedule Day 1 & 2 ~ 9/8 & 9/9

First Day of School - Monday, September 8th
  • 8:15-10:10 Advisory

  • 10:15-11:00 A Band

  • 11:05-11:50 X Band

  • 11:50-12:35 Y Band

  • 12:40-1:25 B Band

  • 1:30-2:15 C Band

  • 2:20-3:05 D Band

Second Day of School - Tuesday, September 9th
  • 8:15-9:00 E Band

  • 9:05-9:45 Advisory

  • 9:50-10:50 A Band

  • 10:55-11:55 Y Band

  • 11:55-12:55 X Band

  • 1:00-2:00 B Band

  • 2:05-3:05 C Band

Below is SLA's regular Schedule:
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Calling Class of 2018 for Summer Institute 2014 - 8/26,27,28

Class of 2018, 
Please come and join us for 3 mornings of introductions and exploration!

Seeing Ourselves/Seeing the City
An Expedition into 9th Grade

August 26th – August 28th 9:00 am – 12:00 noon - bring a lunch

At the Science Leadership Academy, we understand that the transition into High School can be a difficult one. We are pleased to offer a three-day Summer Institute this August, to ease that transition and allow our students and faculty to begin forging bonds together as a learning community – before the “hard work” of the classroom begins.

Led by faculty and upper-class students, this three-day orientation will have two goals, the first is to begin the process of bringing them into the unique, diverse SLA community. To that end, students will spend part of the time in their Advisory Groups, getting to know the students and teachers that will be a part of their community from their first day at SLA through graduation and beyond.

Second, the week will be built around our philosophy of student-driven, hands-on, project-based learning. We want to introduce our students to SLA’s core values of InquiryResearchCollaborationPresentation, and Reflection from the start, and get them acclimated to the high expectations we have for their high school careers. Using The Franklin Institute and other Philadelphia sites as their “classroom,” students will begin working to explore a variety of questions and problems relating to their surroundings and their place within it. Our students will practice the art of “seeing in new ways” as it relates to the process of observation, analysis, and interpretation.

During Summer Institute, students will work to ultimately create a collaborative project to present to their classmates, while, at the same time, establishing positive relationships and a sense of themselves as first-year SLA students. It will be an exciting, enriching, and energizing way to gear up for the year.

See you in August!

Mr. Lehmann wins National Award

Congratulations to Mr. Lehmann! Mr. Lehmann is one of three winners this year of the prestigious Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.

Lehmann was awarded the Rising Star award for his work in founding SLA, which opened in 2006, and pushing to open a second SLA campus at Beeber Middle School last year.

Read more at :

Final Spanish Reflection


Recientemente, he estado aprendiendo más sobre fútbol. Muchos de mis amigos, de sla y mi vieja escuela, jugar o están interesados en el fútbol. He jugado durante muchos años en el pasado, pero nunca por un equipo de fútbol. He descubierto muchas cosas sobre Pelé, uno de los futbolistas más famosos de la historia. Con la Copa del mundo subiendo, mis amigos han estado hablando de fútbol bastante y he empezado a aprender más. Sabía de Pelé y parte de su historia antes, pero ahora he aprendido mucho. La gente pensó que Pelé no fue oportuno para jugar al fútbol cuando era más joven, pero que estaban muy mal hecho. La Copa del mundo Brasil original fue un gran momento para Pelé Mostrar su promesa. Brasil fue importante por otros motivos. La gente llama a la Cup final mundial "Su versión de Waterloo."

Macromolecule Portfolio - reflection


  1. This year was not my finest effort in biochem, I did not apply myself and ended up regretting it in the end. In the final quarter, our group slacked off and sealed our own fate. We were given ample time to recover our grades but never took advantage off it. I came into this year expecting to progress logically from the biochem we took in ninth grade. I was excited at the promise of more fun science and figuring out how to solve problems in a  creative way. Although my year was plagued with some bad assignments and missed deadlines, I was fairly proud of my first quarter project with Mia Weathers Fowler. We completed our macromolecules portfolio and slideshow with all checkpoints completed and making all deadlines. 
    1. At Sla we learn to work in accordance to the core values. Inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection. The macromolecule portfolio, although deviating slightly from the other projects in the class, followed fairly closely to the core values. The values are not only a recommendation or a system designed to get your grades up, in fact they actually influence your experimenting and researching to point of genuine intrigue. By the end of our portfolio I was fully invested in finishing it to the best of my ability. I wanted to finish it correctly. 
      1. Inquiry: We were tasked with the assignment to figure out the purposes of various macromolecules. We had a daunting task ahead of us and needed to go at it with the right mindset. 
      2. Research: We divided the work up as evenly as possible and set off to work. The key here was to chose the topics we each identified with. Something I think severely affected my performance in the later quarters was my lack of engagement. I never took the time to connect with a project; at least enough to put in a satisfying amount of effort. Without proper research, your project will crumble quickly. 
      3. Collaboration: Working with Mia was one of the highlights of the project. She rallied the group to go above and beyond and essentially lead us to make the best project we could. The key to collaboration is not to ever carry anyone’s weight. Once you start vouching for a fellow teammate and taking hits for them, their requirement to contribute lessens and the workload will inevitably become unbalanced. I think that since we were all so invested in project from the get-go collaboration came naturally. 
      4. Presentation: Our presentation worked well in adding to the project while never bogging it down. I think it is difficult to strike a balance between a good design and an informative one. I don’t think our presentation ever became an issue and in the end, I would wager it was one of the strongest points of our entire project. 
      5. Reflection: I think if I could go back, I would just add a general level of polish to the whole experiment and make up for the time I could have spent more efficiently towards the beginning. I should have been ready to go right out of the gate but instead, I ended up not putting in 100% until we already off the ground. Hopefully my performance in the later stages of the project justified it. 
    2. Conclusion: I really wish I had taken advantage of my opportunities this year and really stepped into my own fate. I guess I will learn from this and come into junior year ready to give it my all. 

​ Flooding Down the Road - Science Fair Project: Reflection


I wanted to know the which terrain between sand, dirt, concrete, and clay would be able to absorb the most and the least amount of water.


I reviewed the roughness of the terrain, and I also found the densities of the materials to have most of the factors taken into account.


I worked with the many people, my science teacher Mr. Sherif, an intern from Drexel Ms. Kelly Brandt, and my father Dell Meriwether. I also practiced by presenting to other students in SLA, they gave me the feedback I needed to grow and explain my project much better.


They way I presented left an early understanding about how this project can be used to help the environment.


I feel that the modifications necessary for this project are both a need for more realistic situation for this project. I feel that the materials I used a very small amount of the amount of the items that might have worked in the real world, If I could I would try using many more materials and testing different outcomes.

My project :


What did/do you want to know? I learned a lot from presenting my SFP and as well from researching. During my presentation I learned that gasoline use to contain lead, which was what I focused on in my SFP. It was very interesting to see that my topic it very popular in society.

How did you gather/organize info? I went on google and changed the settings to make sure that all of my sources were from credible websites. I also used articles, and research papers from different universities. 

How were you a part of a community? During my research I thought it would be a good idea if I could test our community garden for lead. I believe it would benefit SLA because then we could be able to grow a wider variety of fruits and vegetables. 

What was effective about your strategy? I believe the presentation was very effective because I consider myself good at presenting projects and explaining how things work.

What would you do differently? I would definitely make sure that everything is organized and I would also make sure that my confidents is strong, I believe that effected my work because it made me feel like I wasn't doing anything right.


Throughout the year, there have been a majority of projects. However, one in particular really stood out to me. In the beginning of the year, I started focusing a lot more on mental health and behavioral sciences. In my opinion, this specific project, is something that I'm really proud of. 

Inquiry: The overall process required some thought. I decided that exploring the roots of depression and panic disorders, both of which I have had plenty of experience with, and create a meaningful analysis. 

Research: This took a little more time then I originally thought. The further I started looking at different articles, or descriptions of the disorders themselves, the more I found out about them, giving me a deeper understanding of just how the mind is affected, and what steps are taken in order to keep those suffering at ease. 

Collaboration: I collaborated closely with my bio-chem teacher, through frequent editing, and reviewing the material. Eventually, the final project itself wouldn't be where it is without his feedback. 

Presentation: This project was shared only with my teacher, considering it was more of an independent study. While writing the paper, I had already gone through a bit of a harder time  emotionally, which made it harder to present to an actual audience. 

Reflection: One thing I would definitely change, is the overall presentation of my findings. The tone of the paper seems as though it was more research based, but it was a combination of both first hand experience, and medical terminology. I still think it could've been a stronger paper, especially if I had a wider audiance. Either way, this shows that even when in a bad mindset, my work can still be strong. 

Mini Capstone

​Reflection: My most intriguing project was my science fair project.

Core values:
Inquiry: To test how fast the sodium hydroxide boils with different solutions
Research: I googled boiling points of vinegar and water
Collaboration: I worked with my partner Heaven 
Presentation: What was effective was that we knew what we were talking about 
Reflection: I would change the solutions to mix with and maybe try a soda and then a non sugary drink like selzer water.

G10 Science Mini-Capstone

Project: I like the Evolution project. My group and I studied the chipmunk compared to the squirrel. 

Inquiry-I learned a lot this year. I liked most of the study island work and I really loved the Ecology unit we did 
Research-I used a lot of resources given to us in the beginning of the year, like the site where we could read the textbook online.
Collaboration-I was a part of the community because if there was something I didn't understand, I would go and ask around the class so that I could get a better understanding.
Presentation- I think that my greatest strategy was to look over my presentation and try and remember certain key points on the slides.
Reflection- Some of the things that I would do differently, is that I would try harder to hand in my work on time so that I don't have to worry and stress about the things that I need to turn in.


I wanted to know if pharmaceuticals still works.

I googled away into many sites including health organizations for the public safety and put sites on my SFP doc for reminders and also gathered historical evidence about herbal medicine.

Joseff helped me the most with peer editing and changing what needed to be changed in the slides and doc which helped me a lot when I was presenting because I knew what to say thanks to Joseff and my other peers, Teige, and Gamal Sherif.

I practiced my slides and knew what to say since I made this my project which helped my know what to say and did it without showing any weak sides of embarrassment.

I am unsure what I would do differently, but one thing I could change is adding the procedure so people would know how I got my results.

I would upload my slideshow for anyone to study what I did to know my strategy on how well I did my work for others to know but I can't, so I made a PDF which is a slpoppy way of showing no cool speicl animation or staged ideas. But it is what it is and I am sorry about that.
(Also start using Keynote, and not google presentation!)
SFP 5-9-14

G10 Science Mini-Capstone

View the project here.

Inquiry: I wanted to know more about the reaction of decomposition.
Research: We researched various websites on different decomposition experiments.
Collaboration: I worked with a team of Myrna, Daniel, and Saul. 
Presentation: We executed an experiment and recorded it, thus presenting me with a SFP idea. We wrote down our data.
Reflection: If I did this again, I would test different catalysts. 

Mini Capstone

My most interesting project of the year was the Evolution Portfolio where my group compared Newts, Salamanders, and Geckos. 

Inquiry- In our project we compared Newts, Salamanders, and Geckos to find there similarities and differences in there taxonomy, homologies and biogeography.
Research- We made a graph of the various data of there taxonomy and homologies and compared maps of there locations.
Collaboration- Each member in my group worked on researching one of the animals and putting the info in graphs. Then we worked together to compared the data for each.
Presentation- With the presentation we each took a specific part and explained the place that each creature compared to the others.
Reflection- If I were to do this differently, I would also compare Lizards to the others.


Inquiry: I wanted to know which filter would be the most effective on the river water

Research: I got information by researching on the internet and looking at other experiments

Collaboration: I worked with my team to complete the filters

Presentation: What was effective was that we used different materials for each filter and when we put the water through the filter we remained patient

Reflection: I would want to try more combinations to find the most effective

G10 Science Mini-Capstone

My most intriguing project was my Science Fair Project this year. 
Inquiry: The question we explored was; how do fireworks work, and how do we make them brightest?
Research: We mostly looked on the internet for information on combustion and flame tests. 
Collaboration: I collaborated a lot with Kara because she was my partner. Also our project included a lot of other people because we needed them to help. 
Presentation: Our presentation had minimal words so that we could interact with the people we were presenting with. 
Reflection: We would have made sure our variables were more constant. 


Project: I found a lab I did in class using maganese dioxide with hydrogen peroxide to create a chemical reaction.
Inquiry: I wanted to know what causes the chemical reaction and how it works.
Research: I gathered the information by doing research on the internet and looking at other experiments to do my own.
Collaboration: I worked with my team to perform the lab and to make the chemical reaction happen.
Presentation: What was effective was that we used the proper materials and when the reaction happened we stepped away from it and also collected the data at the same time.
Reflection: I would use another reactant other than maganese dioxide.