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Book Donations Needed!

Book Donations Needed!

Ketong Kuang

February 18, 2020

WePAC, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, mobilizes volunteers to reopen libraries and provide academic mentoring in Philadelphia public schools. In partnership with WePAC, Helping Hands Club is running a book drive to rebuild a public library in West Philadelphia.  The goal of the book drive ...

Science Department to Offer New STEAM Class in 2020-21

Science Department to Offer New STEAM Class in 2020-21

Will Wang

February 18, 2020

The science department will offer a new course next year, STEAM Advanced Projects, taught by Mike Primo.  STEAM Advanced Projects is a year-long advanced class, requiring interested students to take Computer Science, Engineering, Robotics or Animation & Digital Storytelling as prerequisites.  ...

Wellness Lunches Support Student Mental Health

Wellness Lunches Support Student Mental Health

Hannah Sieg

February 18, 2020

Group wellness lunches provide a check-in on students’ mental health and general well-being. Students from each grade are required to attend wellness lunches, and lunches are divided into smaller groups within each grade. They offer an opportunity for students to discuss, without judgment from their pee...

Esports at Friends Select

Esports at Friends Select

Peter Ryan

February 12, 2020

Inquiries for the addition of niche sports teams at Friends Select are nothing new: students have asked to start sailing, golf, and squash teams in the last five years. Now, Alex Ginsberg ‘22 has another obscure proposal for the Athletic Department. Alex hopes to start an esports team at Friends Sele...

AACE Presents Art for Charity Concert

AACE Presents Art for Charity Concert

Taorong (Tony) Lian

January 16, 2020

AACE, Arts and Action for Charity of Education, is a club devoted to fighting educational disparities with student action. In February of 2019, the Friends Select Music Club, which preceded AACE, hosted the first Art for Charity Concert, raising more than $500 for Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia. ...

The History of the Holiday Sing

The History of the Holiday Sing

Peter Ryan

December 20, 2019

Though all Friends Select students spend their school day in the same building, upper, middle, and lower school students do not interact on a regular basis. It is a rare event when all three divisions share one space, and it is even more rare to see these students collaborate.  One annual event which brings the whole FSS ...

Herb Kerns: Math Teacher. Basketball Coach. Dad. Legend.

Herb Kerns: Math Teacher. Basketball Coach. Dad. Legend.

Mia Cohen and Margot Schneider

December 13, 2019

Herb has had many roles in the community over his career at FSS. Although he especially loves teaching precalculus and discrete math, he has taught every math class between grades 7-12 except for abstract and linear algebra. Friends Select is the only school where Herb has taught, and he is “not su...

Proud and Unapologetic, Seniors Share their Unique Experiences with Tattoos

Proud and Unapologetic, Seniors Share their Unique Experiences with Tattoos

Zoe Tzanis

December 12, 2019

“What are you going to get?” Yannick’s father asked him as they pulled into the parking lot of a Cuban tattoo parlor. He racked his brain. What should he say? What did he feel comfortable having on his body permanently? “I couldn’t imagine I was actually getting a tattoo,” Yannick remembers....

MFW: FSS vs. Mickleton’s

MFW: FSS vs. Mickleton’s

Arley Johnson

December 9, 2019

This infographic compares Meeting for Worship in the upper school at Friends Select to Meeting for Worship at Mickleton.  It was created in Adobe Photoshop. ...

FSS Style: How Does it Compare?

FSS Style: How Does it Compare?

Max Rayborn

December 9, 2019

This infographic compares fashion views within the Friends Select community to those most commonly held across the web. The data was gathered through discussions with students, analyzing yearly sales across various web pages, and finding which items appeared most frequently across the web. The infographic was created...