From the South Philly Review:

Team Dragon begins tenure at Southwark

Volunteers helped an East Passyunk Crossing school to fire up learners and staffers for a new year.

First days can cause jitters, especially at educational settings, but Andrew Lukov exuded ease Monday in beginning his journey at Southwark School, 1835 S. Ninth St.

The rookie principal, who most recently served as Northeast High School’s assistant principal, enthusiastically welcomed learners and their parents to the East Passyunk Crossing elementary institution, as did Team Dragon volunteers eagerly answering his call for initial-week stability as the School District of Philadelphia manages the budgetary misery that led it to shed employees and shutter sites.

“I’m looking forward to an excellent year here,” the Roxborough resident, formerly an English as a Second Language instructor at Andrew Jackson School, 1213 S. 12th St., and South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., said as his 625 enrollees ended second period. “I expect so much to come out of our community partnerships especially.”

Read the full article here.



It’s going to be a tough year for the kids and teachers in Philly Schools. What can you do about that? Plenty, through the EPX Back2School Campaign! Did you know that many children in Philadelphia can’t afford even basic school supplies or required school uniforms? Help our kids start out the school year in style with backpacks full of supplies and hope!

$10 provides a child with crayons and markers to start the school year.
$30 fills a child’s backpack with their school supply list.
$50 buys a child two school uniforms.

100% of all donations will be used to buy supplies and uniforms for children attending Southwark Elementary School in South Philadelphia. Click here to see the type of supplies we will purchase.

EPX is pleased to announce that Andrew Lukov has been appointed as the new principal of Southwark Elementary School. Mr. Lukov is entering his 15th year of service with the Philadelphia School District. For five years he was Assistant Principal at Northeast High School, where he helped to develop a well respected, strong English Language Learner program. After that he worked with the Career and Technical Education team and coordinated a city-wide admissions Visual Communications program that competes with other top high schools in the city. He also served as an ESL teacher at Jackson Elementary and South Philly High School, and currently teaches a graduate education course in ESL methodologies at Chestnut Hill College.

Beth Dougherty, Chair of the EPX Education Committee, was privileged to represent the Committee and the entire EPX community as part of the principal selection process, and we welcome Mr. Lukov to Southwark. One of Mr. Lukov’s first goals for the new school year is to create a team of volunteers – Team Dragon (the Southwark mascot) – to assist at Southwark during the first week of school. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Beth at

The following is a message from the EPX Education Committee:

Thanks to McCall’s Michael Carrier for organizing this information:
Thanks to all of our hard work, City Council is aware of how strongly we feel about funding our schools. Now it is time to make sure Harrisburg is just as aware!
Calls need to be made by May 31, before the legislature comes back into session on June 3. If you know of Pennsylvania residents outside Philly, please forward this to them.
 First, if you haven’t done so, contact your own state
Senator and Representative
Next, if you follow the links below, you will be taken directly to the legislator’s home page.
Please call them at their district office and ask to leave a message along the lines of: “It is crucial to fund public schools in the Commonwealth.” (Explain that you’re calling from out of the district because of the legislator’s role on, for example,
the Appropriations Committee). You can also add one more sentence on how Philadelphia is making hard choices (union contract, city funding, etc.) but there’s no more fat to cut. 
If you want to involve your children in this process, these 5 (or 10) letters would make excellent public-service projects.
 Yes, I know this is a long list. If you can’t make this many calls, stick to the “three a day” format like we’ve used with City Hall and include the names that are in bold. 
But every legislator on this list needs to know how important public education is to our children and to the future of our state. Thanks for whatever you can do!
 Tuesday, May 21
Governor Tom Corbett  **Letter also
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Senate Leadership
Dominic Pileggi – Floor
Leader (also Appropriations) (Delaware County) **Letter also
Jake Corman – Appropriations
Committee Chair (also Education Committee) **Letter also
 – Lieutenant Governor
Patrick M. Browne – Whip
(also Education)
Wednesday, May 22

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