Grade 5/6 began the graphic novel "Persepolis," author Marjane Satrapi's gripping account of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In the coming days, students will discuss how memoirs function as historical documents.
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The "Three Billy Goats Gruff "prompted Pre-Kindergarten to explore bridges. Guess how much they learned? Bridges provide safe passage over railroad tracks, roads, and water (save for trolls). They incorporate geometric shapes, including rectangles, squares, triangles, and semi-circles. A Pre-K parent, a structural engineer, presented his work and discussed the design process. Engineers learn from failure; they test their designs and question what didn't work and how to improve the design. Pre-K students tried their hand at bridge design, too: some made drawings of bridges; others built them out of blocks, popsicle sticks, Playdoh, and other materials. What bridges do you have in your neighborhood?
Since September 26th, 2020, Nursery through Grade 8 students have safely been on campus five days a week! Going into 2021, we're still offering on-campus learning five days a week during the current health crisis. Our small size makes it possible to socially distance, limit student pods to no more than 12 students, and play outdoors at least an hour a day! One FSH parent says, "FSH has hit it out of the park with safe in-person teaching! I am less than satisfied with (my other child's) experience right now, so I know the difference! [My FSH kid)]comes home happy every day!"
Pre-K finished illustrating their books about the Quaker SPICES. Quakers agree to a core set of values known as testimonies. The acronym SPICES is commonly used by Quaker schools which represent Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship. Students illustrated their books to reflect on each core value. A story was read each week to help students understand why each value is important and how they can practice the values at school, home, and in their community. Through this exercise, they are learning to become their best selves, to care about the people around them, and to make the world a better place.
Grades 1&2 art students are learning about the Impressionists. Students studied and discussed the works of Claude Monet, who is famous for his water lily paintings. The young artists painted their own water lilies using oil pastels and watercolors. What an impression they make!
Do you ever dream of being in school in your pajamas? Well, today is your lucky day--it's Pajama Day at FSH! Why not be comfy before the snowfall as Winter Break approaches?
Middle schoolers were treated to a virtual assembly from the dance company Step Afrika!. Step originated in the sororities and fraternities of historically black colleges in the early 1900s. It blends percussive polyrhythms with contemporary dance. The video performances are a lively combination of filmed performances and tutorials that got the kids on their feet.
Mr. Ken is keeping us safe preparing for the impending snowstorm with the school’s new salt spreader. Go, Mr. Ken!
Kindergarten students are approaching Social Studies by studying holidays around the globe. They made their own suitcases to take with them on their journey! So far, a visit to Germany has taught them how Christmas is celebrated. This followed a trip to Israel to learn about Hanukkah. Next, Kindergarten will travel to India to learn about Diwali, followed by Africa and the Middle East to learn about Eid-al Fitr. Students are learning how travel promotes peace when we appreciate customs and traditions different from our own!
Seventh and Eighth Grade English studied the language of WW1 poet Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr., whose richest subject was the experience of soldiers of color on all fronts from 1917-1918. Following a close-reading of his poem "Oh Little David, Play on Your Harp," students created word clouds from Cotter, Jr.'s powerful nouns and adjectives. Check out their wild work! To explore the poem yourself, visit warpoetsgallery.org.
For a STEM exploration, pre-kindergarteners built replacement chairs for Baby Bear (no thanks to Goldilocks). Students gathered materials to design, build, test, and modify small chairs not only for bears, but also for dogs, cats, gorillas, owls, and even Pigeon. Using masking tape and not "too hot" glue, students created chairs for their stuffed animal friends, who now have lounge chairs, thrones, nest chairs, and other amazing places to sit. Engaging in this kind of problem-solving invites students to explore the thinking processes and actions that scientists and engineers use. We are proud of our pre-k designers!
6th graders expanded their knowledge of surface area to find the exact amount of wrapping paper needed to wrap a box in math class. What perfect skills to learn just in time for the holidays! No paper will be wasted with these pros.
Grades 1&2 are learning about ecosystems in science class. After discussing what makes our ecosystem different from that of a polar bear, a fish, and a desert cactus, they went outdoors searching for items native to our ecosystem. Students worked with a partner to find and identify both living and non-living things in our biological community.
Support Friends School Haverford's 135-year-long commitment to Quaker Education. Join the Friends School Haverford Community on #GivingTuesday, the national day of generosity. As you consider your year-end giving, we hope you will remember the impact that Friends School Haverford had on your life or the life of someone you love. Make a gift to honor the Quaker education you received and ensure its continuation for the next 135 years.
Grades 3/4 enjoyed a special Zoom event with authors Kate Messener and Traci Sorrell. Messner is the author of "History Smashers: Mayflower," a myth-busting book that uses primary source materials to uncover the truth about the Pilgrims' arrival to the New World. Students heard Sorrell read from "We are Grateful- Ostaliheliga," a poem about seasonal gratitude within the Cherokee Nation. Learning from a vibrant contemporary culture with a powerful history, students shared what they are grateful for throughout the seasons.
Once again, Grades 1/2 were treated for a Zoom with author K-Fai Steele. Our young writers are determining how their favorite books can guide their own stories. Students loved the dialogue in K-Fai's book, "A Normal Pig," so now they're incorporating dialogue in their own work. Students asked Steele about about the writing process: how do you edit? how do you combat writer's block? Steele said to keep a notebook, get out every idea before editing, and imagine all the different ways to tell a story.
Fifth and sixth-grade scientists kicked off their Earth Science unit by becoming geologists, chemical engineers, and paleontologists. They examined rocks and minerals, studying luster, streak, and the Mohs hardness scale; they grew crystals to understand the chemistry behind lattice formation; and they dug for genuine fossil specimens which they'll analyze in the coming weeks. Four and a half billion years of biotic evolution on earth gives us lots to talk about!
Abandon ship! Pre-Kindergarten read Pamela Allen's Who Sank the Boat and subsequently explored sinking and floating objects. Students made boats from aluminum foil and tested their "seaworthiness" in the classroom. Students then predicted how many pennies their boats could support before sinking.
Grades 1/2 are learning how to classify living vs. non-living things in science class. Tr. Karen gave students a zip lock bag of objects that included bugs, leaves, mud, seeds, a vial of water, mulch, and a small rock. They separated the items onto two paper plates - living things on one and non-living things on another. Our scientists recorded their findings in their science journals by drawing pictures of the sorted objects.
Happy Kindness Monday! We want to introduce Miss Danielle who's been with us since we came back to campus. Danielle helps to keep us safe by continually cleaning high-touch surfaces throughout the school buildings. Danielle got in the Halloween spirit on Friday for Halloween. We appreciate the kindness Danielle shows to everyone at FSH and consider ourselves lucky to have her on our staff this year.
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At a glance
- 8:1 Student to teacher ratio
- 22 Faculty
- 57% Faculty have advanced degrees
- 135 Years in Quaker Education
- 38% Students of color
- 24 Zip codes
- 99% Students accepted into first secondary school choice