The Falcon

Ralph Recounts Important Math Memories

Ralph Recounts Important Math Memories

Zoe Tzanis

November 20, 2019

Ralph Reinwald is more than just your average math teacher, with interests spanning from linguistics to literature to complex calculus. Ralph is an untapped resource, a member of the community who is full of wisdom and history. After almost 50 years at FSS, Ralph has many stories to tell.  Ralph beg...

How Well Do You Know The Math Department?

How Well Do You Know The Math Department?

Alec Kane

November 20, 2019

This infographic details some basic personal features of the Friends Select math department.  The information in this infographic is based on personal interviews conducted with the teachers in the math department. The image was designed in Adobe Photoshop using free use images....

Safe Space: FSS Affinity Groups

Safe Space: FSS Affinity Groups

Tal Lesnik

November 20, 2019

This infographic focuses on affinity groups at Friends Select School, and includes some of the group leaders’ thoughts about affinity groups and what they mean to them. This infographic was designed in Adobe Photoshop using free use images.  ...

Student Body Divided and Confused over Homecoming

Student Body Divided and Confused over Homecoming

Annie Rupertus

November 19, 2019

A Friends Select Homecoming is in the works, and the school is abuzz with rumors and questions about the motivations behind it, the logistical details, and whether or not it’s even happening. The effort to establish Homecoming is being led primarily by sophomores—specifically, Sophie Saint-Cyr ...

Spotted Lanternfly to Return!

Spotted Lanternfly to Return!

Silas Mohr

November 18, 2019

This infographic explains what a spotted lanternfly is and why it is a problem in Pennsylvania. The information comes from a variety of sources from the government and universities. The infographic was drawn and designed in Adobe Photoshop. ...

Meet the New 9th Grade Student Gov Reps

Meet the New 9th Grade Student Gov Reps

AJ Caldwell

November 14, 2019

About one month ago, four members of the class of 2023 were elected as representatives to the Friends Select Student Government. Chosen by their classmates, these representatives hope to raise their peers’ questions, spark change, and help the school run smoothly and comfortably.  These represe...

How to Stay Healthy in Flu Season

How to Stay Healthy in Flu Season

Karolina Vainshtein

November 12, 2019

As many of our peers are getting sick, it’s important to stay healthy. This infographic illustrates the ways one can stay healthy during flu season. The information in this infographic describes the symptoms of the flu season, the ways to resist the flu, and advice from our school nurse. This infographic was designed...

Physics Olympics Participants Build, Smash, and Build all Over Again

Physics Olympics Participants Build, Smash, and Build all Over Again

Zoe Tzanis

October 20, 2019

Friends Select is no stranger to academic competitions. Whether it’s Science Olympiad, Quizbowl, or the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, FSS students show up, demonstrate incredible skills, and dominate. This November, students have another opportunity to do just this with a brand new competiti...

Erin Pratt Explains History of Dress Code

Erin Pratt Explains History of Dress Code

Karolina Vainshtein

October 19, 2019

The student handbook currently states that one cannot wear military prints, super hero images, or offensive language on their clothing.  Because these dress code rules have been a part of Friends Select for such a long time, many current faculty members and students do not know their roots. Erin Pra...

Zoë Blatt Returns to FSS After Seven Years

Zoë Blatt Returns to FSS After Seven Years

Karolina Vainshtein and Chloe Zhang

October 16, 2019

Zoë Blatt, the new upper school Visual Arts & Digital Media teacher, spent her childhood in her mother’s studio. Mixing paints and playing around with various materials, Zoë developed a passion for making art. Zoë chose fine arts as her major at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts an...

Norman Bayard Joins FSS from GFS

Norman Bayard Joins FSS from GFS

Hannah Sieg and Justin LaBrusciano

October 16, 2019

Norman Bayard, the new Upper School Dean of Students, previously held positions as Dean at Khepera Charter School, Dean of Students at Sankofa Free Academy Charter School, and Lower School Dean of Students at Germantown Friends School.  When asked what prompted him to bring his expertise to Friends S...

Students Walk out of School to Battle Climate Change

Students Walk out of School to Battle Climate Change

Annie Rupertus

October 16, 2019

City Hall, September 20th. Thousands of protesters ranging from young children to adults stand shoulder-to-shoulder. Some are students coming straight from class carrying their backpacks. Some hold signs in the air,most of which are made from reused cardboard boxes. Voter registration tables are se...