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.
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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.
A Sierpinski Triangle is a fractal based on an equilateral triangle, made by dividing the triangle into four smaller triangles and removing the central triangle and then repeating for each of the three remaining triangles. If you repeat this process forever, you get a fractal. 7th and 8th graders created a 3D version of the Sierpinski triangle called a tetrahedron. Check it out!
Heritage House students enjoyed water play together as part of their end of year celebrations. They had a bike wash station, water tables, and were sprayed under the hose.
Meet Calvin and Hobbes—two Russian Tortoises who live in Teacher Tippi’s room. A few weeks ago, the students in Service Club learned how important it is that the tortoises spend time outside. As an act of kindness to our animal friends, the group took Calvin and Hobbes outside on the first really warm Spring day. The tortoises had such a great time exploring that it was decided that their outings need to be a regular event! While out at recess, curious students from preschool through 8th grade gathered together to spend time with Calvin and Hobbes and ask many amazing questions about their diet, bodies, habitat, and behaviors. Everyone had a great time enjoying this outing—especially the tortoises!
The Kindergarten class enjoyed art so much that they explored the impressionists as their end of the year study. Students learned about Monet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Mary Cassatt. They discovered that the artists enjoyed painting outside as they walked to the pond at Haverford College to see how it feels to create pictures on a beautiful sunny day. This study connected their love of nature that they have been immersed in throughout the year. It also helped in understanding that master painters spent their lives doing what they loved, no matter what other people said about their work at the time. Kindergarten created their own outdoor art museum and invited their families to enjoy their artwork displayed outside and an end of year party.
Grades 1/2 had their mini field day today. They participated in some spirited races – relay race, bucket filling race, tennis ball on a spoon race, dress-up race, and a potato sack race followed by a water balloon toss. Everyone demonstrated good teamwork and effort and was rewarded with a popsicle treat to top off the day.
Nursery school went on a search looking for hidden letters on the playground. They have been learning about letters and letter recognition. They excitedly found all the letters and the appropriate words by the slide, swing, trees, drain and by the rock.
Our kindergarten class and grade 5/6 partners worked beautifully together to organize a lemonade stand to raise money for Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day’s mission is to end childhood poverty in America and around the world. Students made posters, greeted customers with a smile, poured the lemonade, collected the money, and tallied the amount of lemonade sold. The lemonade was really delicious too!
It was an enjoyable night for our annual family picnic and end of the year celebration despite the pouring rain. Families, friends, and new families who will be joining us in the fall came out for an evening filled with delicious food, fun, and the mellifluous tones of the Marimba played by our 5/6 students.
It was a beautiful day for our annual Field Day competition for grades 3-8. Teams red, white, and blue gathered at the Haverford College track and competed in the quarter mile, broad jump, potato sack races, frisbee throw, softball toss, and relay races. Congratulations to the red team for the win this year!
To understand why Monet loved to paint outside, students walked to @haverfordedu to draw some pictures and write in their journals.
Today we celebrated the grand opening of our new library. Peter Evans from the Snave Foundation did the honors of cutting the ribbon. The Snave Foundation awarded Friends School Haverford a grant that made the library relocation and the new Makerspace (opening in September) possible. Local author and illustrator Matt Phelan joined us along with students from our Middle School, faculty, and parents. Matt Phelan joined students in Heritage House, grades 1-4, and middle school to share his experiences as an illustrator and author. Each session focused on the real behind-the-scenes process of how he creates his books - inspiration, research, writing, sketching, revisions, and final art. Students asked thoughtful and intelligent questions. Thank you to the Snave Foundation, Mr. Ken, Katy Ruckdeschel, Caryn Rivers, Charlene Grier, and Diane Rouine for making our new library possible.
To mark the end of the softball season, the team enjoyed an exciting game of wiffleball with alumni, faculty, and parents. There were many good hits, excellent fielding, and lots of fun had by all. Thank you to coaches Sandra & Rae on a wonderful season.
Jackie from the Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Center visited FSH for an all-school assembly. She brought a live snake, opossum, turkey vulture, and crow with her to educate the students about each animal. She answered many questions from the students. Did you know that crows are very intelligent and have been observed using basic tools? They also have great memories and can remember the face of a human. They can also hold a grudge.
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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