The FSH soccer team enjoyed their first game of the season with a 5-1 win against United Friends School. Our team showed wonderful sportsmanship throughout the game and even lent UFS a player when their goalie was injured. Come on out to cheer on the Foxes at their next home game vs Media Providence Friends School on Monday, September 23.
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As part of our passion for the outdoors, beekeeper Eli St. Amour tends to honeybee hives on our campus and Haverford College's campus and extracts the honey in our kitchen. Students had a chance to sample delicious, fresh honey, ask inquisitive questions, and learn about the importance of honeybees as he showed them the honey extraction process.
As an introduction to science, Gr 1/2 learned about what scientists do. They learned that scientists use their senses to observe and record their observations. Our student scientists carefully observed the life cycle of monarch butterflies in their classroom. The will make books about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly based on their observations at the end of the unit. Students will learn more about observation skills in Tr. Courtney's science class.
Join us for our next Open House, Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
"It's Kindness Monday at FSH. Here's a kind thought for the day."
Graduates from the class of 1942 through 2019 joined us for a day of reconnecting and reminiscing at Alumni Day this past Saturday. The day started off with a light breakfast and tours of the school as Friends started to recognize their former classmates and classrooms. A science panel discussion with Dr. Linda Powell '71 and Dr. Wayne Giles '73 compared science in schools then and now. Friends gathered for Meeting for Worship followed by a luncheon honoring Sharon Livingston's retirement after 35 years of service. Alejandro Lopez '16 spoke and shared the impact Tr. Sharon had on his life. One theme that ran through all of the conversations over the course of the day was the solid foundation rooted in Quaker values our graduates received at FSH.
At our first all-school assembly, Tr. Liza helped everyone begin telling the story of Quaker education and what it means to be a student at Friends School Haverford. At FSH we look inside ourselves and others to find the good in everyone. Our 7th and 8th graders introduced themselves and shared when they see the good in themselves. Then all students and faculty reflected on the question, "When do I see the good in myself?"
Our nursery school explorers learned about bugs and new ways to search for small creatures. Equipped with butterfly nets, they went on a bug-finding mission to Haverford College and found a cicada and ants.
Last Thursday and Friday, the Middle School students had another marvelous trip to Camp Speers for two days of spirit-rousing and community-building! The rain held off and students were able to enjoy canoeing, archery lessons, the climbing tower, and the high ropes course. In the evening, students and the Speers' staff played games meant for the dark and finished with a campfire with s'mores. We had a great time reconnecting with old friends and welcoming new ones to the FSH Middle School!
Kindness Monday kicked off today with many students and teachers proudly sporting their Kindness shirts building on our "Kindness Day" movement that we launched on #MayTheFirst. Students and staff are encouraged to wear kindness attire on Mondays to remind ourselves and those we meet that the first thing we should be is kind.
Parents enjoyed a light breakfast, good company, and conversation at our Boo Hoo breakfast this morning.
Middle school students headed off to Camp Speers in the Pocono Mountains today for an overnight team-building experience. They will participate in canoeing, climbing, archery, hiking, and enjoy s’ mores. Team building is an important component in our social curriculum for establishing a culture of kindness.
Yesterday was an exciting first day back to school. Students arrived full of enthusiasm and curiosity, ready to start the new school year. Old friends joyfully reunited with each other and bonds with new friends are already beginning to develop. Middle students enjoyed some get to know you games while open house mornings in nursey-kindergarten classrooms were welcoming and enjoyed by students as well as parents. We are thrilled to have our classrooms filled with so many enthusiastic learners and look forward to a wonderful year ahead!
Yesterday was orientation day for new faculty. We are thrilled to have Lauren Berman (Kindergarten), Rae Fishman (Grades 3/4), Lori Sinitzky (Grades 1/2), Rob McClung (Middle School English), Marie Hawley (Support Coach), Brooke Averick (Heritage House Assistant Teacher), Marie Hawley (Support Coach) Natalie Roche (Support Coach) , and Courtney Marro (Science Teacher) join our faculty and community this year.
Tr. Lauren attended @GetYourTeachOn, a four-day immersive conference in Dallas, TX where she learned from some of the biggest trailblazers in the education field. The conference focused on student engagement with equal parts of fun and academic rigor. Tr. Lauren is excited to bring some of the MAGIC back to the classroom.
This week FSH Campers are engaged in fun activities such as tie-dying, water play, crafts, and trips to the Smith Playground and the climbing tree at Haverford College.
Tr. Liza attended the NAIS Institute for New Heads which supports new heads of school by teaching them the fundamentals of school governance, finance, legal issues, advancement, and diversity initiatives. Participants learn about their individual leadership style, gain practical knowledge of experienced heads, and build a network of peer support. This year's conference took place at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Tr. Liza is one of our many faculty that attended professional development conferences this summer.
Beekeeper Eli St. Amour is back at FSH with two apprentices from Haverford College, showing them the ropes of beekeeping and overseeing a honey extraction. Yesterday, our campers had a chance to sample delicious, fresh honey and learn about the importance of honeybees. Eli will be back throughout the summer doing more extractions.
Carpenters have been working on our new Maker Space this summer getting ready for the grand opening when school returns. The floors are laid, walls and ceilings are up and freshly painted, a new sink and projector are installed. We are excited about our new space where creativity will abound.
The 8th-grade graduation was a beautiful ceremony with moving speeches from our graduates, school committee clerk, and song from grade 5/6. After receiving their certificates, we all enjoyed cake and celebrated with family, teachers, and friends. We wish our graduates all the best.
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At a glance
- 4:1 Student to teacher ratio
- 25 Faculty
- 44% Faculty have advanced degrees
- 133 Years in Quaker Education
- 37% Students of color
- 29 Zip codes
- 99% Students accepted into first secondary school choice