“Why do you always want to go out for diner anyways?” Said I, Mohammad.


“You could just come over and I can cook you dinner then we can have fun and you know what I mean when I say fun.” (Chucks)


“No just come on, I don’t want to feel like going out for dinner”


“Go out with your other so called friends then”


“The boy you always on the phone with”


“What girl is you talking about”


“I nev…..errr ever talked to a girl named whatever her name is…”


“All we do is argue all day and everyday….”


“I don’t think this is going to work out anymore… sorry”


“We jusst argue to much for me, I can’t stand this anymore, we are done.!”


“What you mean we not done?”


“We are done… I don’t even want to be with you anymore. The only reason I stayed because I didn’t want to break your heart and now…. I just feel we need stop this now”


“You always want control and I just don’t feel right with you. I’m sorry …”


“All this arguing and screaming all the hell time”

“Hello, Hello, hello”

Pause (Long)

“Are you still on the phone… answer me”


“Stop playing with me with all that quiet shit”


“I’m not playing yo, you better answer me now”


“Can you just respond back now please”


“Hello, hello, hello”


“I’m really not playing with you now, can you stop joking for once?”


“I’m tired of all of your bull shit yo, just respond and it over and you and I will never talk again”


“Oh well I’m done with your games.”

(Hangs up)

(Mother calls back)

“I don’t know where your daughter is, Ms.Johnson”


“I ain’t do nothing, I tried to break up with her and then that was it”


“She ran away? Huh? What you mean she ran away?”


“No she couldn’t noo, noo, noo”


“You found her? Where? Tell me now!?”


“Can I speak to her please”


“Give her the phone now now now”


“What you mean wait don’t let her kill her self”


“I’m sorry, don’t kill yourself”

(Crys over the phone)

“I’m sorry, I never wanted this to happen..”


“I just want you back now….”

Ms. Martin Wins the Be Well Philly Award!

Congratulations to SLA's incredible Health and Physical Education teacher, Pia Martin! She has been named the 2014 Be Well Philly Health Hero! Thank you to all the SLA families who voted for her - Ms. Martin designated the SLA Home and School as her charity, and because of her amazing work, the SLA Home and School will be receiving $3000! 

And thank you to Ms. Martin for all the incredible work you do for SLA students and faculty! 

Media Fluency

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Why did you make the slide look the way it does?
I made this slide the way it is because i wanted to make it unique and appealing. When we went over the “Presentation Zen Link” it said to make it bleed, make the word big, and the color should pop out. After that, i learned new ways to make the slide better in ways i never imagine i could and that what i did. I made the picture bleed of the slide and the word in all kind of fonts and different colors to make it pop up. I wanted the audience to see it and know what i mean by the quote and see do you relate.

What influenced your decision making?
The influence that made me make it this way is when you you show us that link, you went over it and taught us things which encourage me to make it have these thing such as making it bleed, making the word big, making it pop out. You gave us advice which helped me find idea of what to do to make it better. I used those and made it the way it is as shown in the picture above. I also found a link that gave me some tips on blogging for beginner. in this link it said write like you talk. This help me influenced my writing by making the words be like it is talking.

​Wed. Dec. 3rd Schedule & Thursday Dec. 4th Schedule

Wed. Dec. 3rd schedule for conferences

D: 8:15-9:10

E: 9:15-10:10

A: 10:15-11:10

B: 11:15-12:10

Advisory: 12:15-12:45 (read narratives)

12:50 lunch

1:30-3:30pm ILPs and TFI

3:30pm - 8pm conferences


Thursday Dec. 4th schedule for conferences

C: 8:15-9:05 
D: 9:10-10:00 

X/Y class: 10:05-10:55  

E: 11:00-11:50

A: 11:55-12:45 

lunch: 12:50  

1:30pm -4:30pm conferences

¡Viva México!

The picture I chose for my slide has a nice complex view of the mexican flag. I decided to make this slide simply because in case you didn’t know my family is from México and yes I’m mexican! In my me magazine that I created for english class I wrote about my family trip and their struggle to get to america.So with this background it shows how proud I have become of my race. The controller is their because I play videogames so I looked for a picture that was able to combine the mexican flag and a controller.Combining two things I love dearly.

Technology Assignment (2)

SLA Featured on PBS NewsHouse

Esteemed education reporter ​John Merrow visited Science Leadership Academy recently to look at how what our school is doing is part of the larger School District of Philadelphia discussion of innovation. Part One of Mr. Merrow's report aired last night on the PBS News Hour. Part two will air tonight, December 2nd, at 6pm. 

Lily Palmer Slide

This slide includes a few things I like. I like diet coke alot, and I also play the ukulele. I really enjoy the ukulele, it makes me happy when i play it. I used negative space to influence my choices of putting things where I put them. I used nice looking text to bring the audiences attention into the slide.  

Media Fluency

Me Slide

Why did you make the slide the way you did?

The primary goal for me was to make sure that the picture being displayed would capture the attention of an audience,but would also clearly state the message I am trying to deliver. Makes things happen was put as the message and it means that you should not wait around for people to give you an opportunity or to just wait thinking that something will just happen. You have to go out there and do it yourself. My picture is supposed to represent the spark that begins the journey that you take on the way to your goal. You have to be the spark that ignites what is your life. The text is in large letters at the bottom so that you can see the picture in its entirety,but also notice what is being said. Because the background is primarily black, I chose to make the letters white so that they could stand out. The word happen is most important and it should stand out most so I made it red. The overall point was to connect an interesting eye catching picture with my message while making them balance each other out and over shadow one another.


Why did you make the slide look the way it does? What influenced your decision making?

 First of all, this slide has a background picture and a quote by me. I chose this background image because it represents how powerful technology can be used in our lives in a harmful way. The quote gives and example how modern day society is a affected by technology. Now I chose this topic for my slide it is affecting my life and life in general. Before everything used to be more natural and simple now things have to be complicated. For example, I remember when I could always hangout with and talk to my cousin when I visited him. Now he is always on his tablet and hardly gets off and talk to me when me and my family visit. 

Technology is hands down my favorite thing. Without it I would not be typing this up now because I would not have a laptop or technology class. Therefore, the way my favorite thing (technology) affects society inspired and influenced me to make it as my topic for the slide.

Me, Myself, and I

Me Myself And I

In this slide, I've included a visual image that appears to be writing the title of my slide. The image bleeds off the side of my slide. The colors in this slide are pretty simple. There are only three different colors included in my slide. They complement one another. The concept of this project is basically summed up in this one slide. By looking at this slide people can see that it is about “Me, Myself, and I” and by looking at the images at the bottom of the slide they can see the activities I enjoy doing.

Presentation Slide, Regino

I initially thought of having my favourite colours in my slide, so it contains a black and white background. I find that these two colours contrast from one another well. Also, from what I have on my Me Magazine, I present and advertise my favourite video game, Dangan Ronpa. The visual theme of my slide has it split it half with black and white, and text which is also switched in black and white. The quote says “The beginning is the most important part of the work,” as said by Plato. This quote speaks out to me because I like Greek history and philosophy, which Plato is notably known for. Plato was an Ancient Greek philosopher, he was one of Socrates’s students. I also consider that my Me Magazine is the first project that I’ve submitted in my freshman year. The beginning is important, because it paves the way to the present and the future. I wanted my slide to be really simple, yet to have an eye-catching attribute.

My Slide

My Slide - TECH YANG (1)

I created this slide by including two (or three, depending on how you look at it) pieces: my name, and a picture of a cello.

I chose my name because, what better way to describe me? (I am aware that most likely, everyone else did the same.) It, in a way, includes everything about me (to add to that, I’m almost positive that nobody else in this world has the exact same name I have).

I then had a hard time choosing between putting a picture of a cello, or something relating to school and academics, or yet another thing about my friends and family. These are examples of the things I care most about in my life. I finally chose cello because, in a way, it includes them all. Music has incorporated both of the things I previously mentioned. It is academic because of the great deal it has taught me; not just about myself, but about life and being a student and also being a teacher. And it is part of my family and social life because 1) music is something my whole family does and my parents have helped me a great deal with my music, and 2) music has a way of bringing together large groups of people that otherwise wouldn’t be together, and I’ve met some of my very best friends this way. Those are the reasons I chose to put what I put on my slide.

About the technical aspects of this slide:

  1. I attempted to make it visual and eye catching by including the “Rule of Thirds” (or, at least, my understanding of it; the website provided did not thoroughly explain it).

  2. I matched the color of the font with the border of the picture so there was consistency and connection between my pieces.

  3. I included minimal information and kept it simple so as not to confuse the viewer (only three items) and I did not feel I had to fill every space with something.

  4. I used large font so it was accessible to the viewer and he/she doesn't have to work to read the slide.

  5. I made visual contrast by putting a picture in between the words.

All About ME! /// Gerveni

All About Me Slide

The reason my slide looks like that, is because I put pictures of everything that I like and pictures that describe me. I am independent, generous, courageous, very athletic but, sometimes I am little impatient. I am good at friendship.I have tons of friends. I always look out for my friends and try protect them. I am enthusiastic about my goals and I enjoy my life. This slide basically describes me and what I do in my life. As you can see, there are two pictures related to soccer. That’s because I love playing soccer and as one of my friends would say “ Soccer is life.” One of my dreams is to play for a professional team. The picture on the bottom is related to the picture that has a camera in it because one of my favorite hobbies is photography. I also like drawing, listening to music and watching movies. I put the pictures there to represent something about me and to show who I am.

About Me, Harris

Hey y’all! I decided to make my slide look like this because it’s just how I am. I tried to make my audience grasp my slide by having my “# Maddie” the same color I am wearing in the picture. I thought a bright pink would be a great choice for my slide because it’s not so much an unusual color, but it’ll grasp the eye. This slide is just describing me in four pictures and how I am. I am a fashionable person and I love style/fashion, but when it is time, I’ll throw on a pair of ball shorts and my sneakers and be a bummy/laid-back girl and chill out and ball. Enjoy : ) !

"What We See is What We Are" SLAphotolab: First Friday Dec 5th (6-8pm) Metropolitan Gallery

Seasons Greetings,

SLAphotolab has been busy!
Fresh off the success of our summer indiegogo campaign, we've been cranking out work all semester and are ready to show some of it off. Thanks to the continued support of our generous sponsors, our students have the unique opportunity of setting up camp at Metropolitan Gallery 250 in Rittenhouse Square from December 5th until January 18th. 

Our show centers on a truly piercing quote by legendary Magnum photographer Ernst Haas, 

"There is only you and your camera. The only limitations in your photography
are within you, for what we see is what we are."

We've taken this to heart, explored his work and have interpreted this as a challenge to continue our push forward. 75 new students are embracing the medium, and those who pioneered the program last year have continued exploring via independent study. Their work is UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Come join us on First Friday, Dec 5th from 6-8pm for Opening Night, and learn more about the ground-breaking public photography workshops our students will lead throughout Dec/Jan.

Gallery Hours: Sat/Sun from 11-4pm from Dec 5th until Jan 18th. 
(250 18th St. Rittenhouse Sq, directly across from the Art Alliance). 

Student work is available for sale to the public throughout our stay to continue to fund the growth of our dynamic program. For more info on the show check out BreadHead Blogand get in touch if interested in volunteering/participating in our weekend workshops. 

Hope to see you on the 5th and beyond! 

Douglas Herman

Media Influency

Media Influency (1)
I made this slide the way it is because I wanted something different. The text is pink and drippy because not only did I want it to stand out, I wanted it to connect with the background. The background is Dangan Ronpa. Dangan Ronpa is a video game that breaks all the laws of reality. In Dangan Ronpa their blood is pink hence the text. The reason behind me doing this is because I wanted to represent my way of thinking that reality is overrated and Dangan Ronpa was the perfect candidate for that. 



This site taught me how to not to fill the slide up with too much information but instead with a single point.


This site taught me to make my text Big , cut out half the words and then make the text even Bigger

Media Fluency

Why does your slide look the way it does?

This is a slide that depicts my nature in a limited amount of space and items. I took information from the websites provided and used that to help me design and add character to my slide.I used contrast, bleeding, and I made the slide straight to the point. I like the image of some geometric figures because it adds a cool element to the simplicity of the slide. All three of these items make up a simple yet intricate display of who I am, plus it adds a simple message that adds character and color to the slide.

What influenced your decision making?

Well, I pulled inspiration from websites like Tumblr and Pinterest where this type of look is used quite a lot. I wanted to use these different image styles to reflect the vision I had prior to the creation of this slide. Also, the videos and examples of different billboards helped me to design the slide.

Tech Slide (2)

Chernowski Slide


When starting my slide, the first thing I had to do was come up with my idea and how I can convey it easily and efficiently to others. I came up with the idea of ¨Lost¨, based on my life and experiences, and immediately thought of a lonely trail in the woods. I found the picture I wanted to use and sent it to back, so I can write text on it. I used a font that would be unique and can catches the reader's eye, I also made it large to read and remember. I placed the text to the lower left so that the rule of thirds are followed. I also didn't want the text to be near the middle of the page, so I made it slightly below the middle mark. The text color was a difficult situation. No matter what I did the color did not go along with the message I wanted to convey. I finally had the idea that the color should be transparent. It gives the illusion of being lost, perfect for my slide. I made the text outlined in white because it was brighter and more attractive than the black outline.



Media Fluency~

Untitled presentation

I decided to make my slide pretty simple, because I was pretty confused and the websites kept saying that less words with bigger font was the way to go. I cut of about half of my original words, and just went with a medium amount. Apparently this is still too much, but i can revise it eventually. The little rhyme/ song i wrote a while ago for my instagram bio. It literally states what I meant and was feeling. the background was originally a color, but I wanted to have a picture as well. So, I decided to use an artsy photo that I really liked. This photo reminded me of a little island. Now onto the next topic! From the websites looked at, I learned that contrasting was important. Contrasting is taking whatever the message was or the item being sold and making it stand out more, while having the background compliment the item. I had to make sure that the text wasn’t overpowered by the background colors, which was happening before I changed the picture. I also learned about empty space. I hate leaving awkward spaces, so I had to learn how to make the slide..attractive. Because I used these rules my slide turned out much better than I thought it would.

Media Fluency

Tech Media Fluency
I made this slide look the way it does because I wanted it to be simple. I made my text large and white against a black background so it has contrast. In “Slide Design for Developers” by Zach Holman, it says to “worry about it” and I really to this to heart. I ended up completely changing my slide around because I decided it had too much text. As said in “Presentation Zen”, in the picture, the viola bleeds off the page so you only see half of it.

The main struggle for me was to keep it simple. I had a sentence quote and then a picture with a few sentences on it. In “Top Ten Slide Skills” by Garr Reynolds, it says to “keep it simple” and the slides were not meant to be the “star of the show”.

Picture from:


Media Fluency

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Why did you make the slide look the way it does?

I created this slide the way it is for several reasons. One, I chose to to put my text size somewhat big since i dont have much things to put in my slide besides the two topics in the slide. I got this advice from Presentation Zen. Also the two topics i put up in my slide is the reason why i act the way i am. Also i kept my slide simple because as stated in a article i read its better to keep it simple, than to have it filled with text or information. 

What influenced your decision making?

The two topics on my slides represent the way i act and why i act this way. It explains the way i think and who those two things changed the way it think. Also websites i read helped me make the slide look the way it is. I read that it is good to make it visual.  

My Simple Slide

My slide is all about the contrast and simplicity. I planed to have my text be big enough to see, but small enough to show the enormity of the idea. I thought about bleeding the sky in some sort, but my conclusion was that bleeding would lose the grasp of the subject. The colors were deliberate. I chose the blue and white to describe the sense of peace, but the red text shows how within peace there is conflict. I chose red instead of another color because the red melded and blended with the blue and white creating almost this harmony within the contrast of colors(Think of the US flag). Having my text at the bottom is supposed to be a starting point for curiosity leaving all that white (not entirely) space open to wander. Even the text type was chosen with intention. The thought behind was that the semi soft text represents a sort of boundary how it can be straight (like the words) but soft (the individual letters). While we see the text, you notice it is capitalized? Well I did that to show that each word is a part of a sentence like a minute is part of an hour. Lastly I touched upon emptiness to make this slide a full circle of my life by showing how much is left to be explored.

These are two links that I found and used as guides outside of The links given to me:

Why did you make the slide look the way it does?
I tried my best to relate to everyone who is going to be viewing this slide as a whole. I believe this type of situation happens to everyone and it would capture their attention for a good period of time. It also shows a very humorous side, instead of choosing regularly favored activities, they would trade it all in for the food. I do suffer from this problem numerous times, and I'm positive the audience can relate

What influenced your decision making?
After viewing a few more slides, other than the given ones, I have noticed that most of the slides that people like are slides that can give people a good chuckle. That will help advertise the slide and also help people remember the slide for future references. I tried to incorporate that into my slide. Also, I do have some traumatizing experiences with things such as this. 

Website Source (Link):