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Final Letter from the Editors: 2020-2021

Final Letter from the Editors: 2020-2021

Dear Falcon readers, Thank you for another wonderful year. From breaking countless COVID-related administrative updates to the FSS community, to profiling many of our beloved teachers like Cynthia...

Academic Schedule 2021-2022: What You Need To Know

Academic Schedule 2021-2022: What You Need To Know

Margot Schneider June 4, 2021

In a recent email from Upper School Director Chris Singler, the new class schedule for the 2021-2022 academic year was first announced. The schedule is now a ten-day rotation, consisting of alternating...

Friends Select Offers Free Summer Enrichment Courses for Current Students

Friends Select Offers Free Summer Enrichment Courses for Current Students

Peter Ryan May 17, 2021

This summer, Friends Select’s SummerSessions programs will include more enrichment and advancement classes than ever before. These classes, which are free for Friends Select families (aside from advancement...

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Why Didn’t We Have School Yesterday?

Taariq Mbaraka May 14, 2021

From April 12th to May 12th, the holy month of Ramadan was observed by Muslims around the globe. Thursday, May 13th, was Eid Al-Fitr, a celebration of our month of observance and dedication to faith....

Matthew Rosen: Lover of Literature, Legendary Advisor

Matthew Rosen: Lover of Literature, Legendary Advisor

Izzy Ebede May 14, 2021

In a non-pandemic year, students can normally be seen sitting around a large, rectangular table in room 208 discussing an important piece of literature in one of Matthew Rosen’s captivating English...

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Dick Hoffman: “Keeping the Spirit of Friends Select Alive”

Peter Ryan May 8, 2021

In 1967, Head of Upper School Dick Hoffman stood at the corner of 16th and Cherry St and photographed the construction of the current Friends Select School building. 54 years later, as the school’s...

Sarah Kelly: Math Teacher, Baker, and Disney Connoisseur

Sarah Kelly: Math Teacher, Baker, and Disney Connoisseur

Hayden Pastor May 7, 2021

In early September 2010, Sarah Kelly sent in an application for a teaching position at Moorestown Friends School, a week before the new school year. “I went in two days later for an interview. Left...

Percell Coles: Changing Friends Select Basketball

Percell Coles: Changing Friends Select Basketball

Mark Aaronson May 7, 2021

Percell Coles, who grew up in the heart of North Philadelphia around 24th and Allegheny Street, was brought up through basketball. Percell says, “Basketball served as instant therapy for me, it kept...

Bill in a huddle with FSS softball players.

From Athlete to Athletic Director: Bill Klose, a Man with a Plan

Mia Cohen May 7, 2021

This article is dedicated to the late Joanne Klose. Although I never met Joanne, in interviewing her son, Friends Select Athletic Director, Bill Klose, her impact on his life was almost indescribably...

Natalie Mayer: “Hyper, Passionate, Friendly,” and Born to Teach

Natalie Mayer: “Hyper, Passionate, Friendly,” and Born to Teach

Margot Schneider May 7, 2021

When Natalie Mayer, a biology enthusiast, was a little kid, one of her favorite activities was teaching: “My neighborhood friends and I would gather in my basement around my easel chalkboard, and I...

Ian Lockey Expands and Reshapes Latin Curriculum

Ian Lockey Expands and Reshapes Latin Curriculum

Lily Brin May 6, 2021

When Ian Lockey started teaching Latin at FSS nearly nine years ago, he taught classics the way he was taught -- promoting the texts and culture from ancient Greece and Rome. While the art, literature,...

Sowmya Srinivasan: Math Teacher and Musician

Sowmya Srinivasan: Math Teacher and Musician

C.C. Servon May 4, 2021

Since joining the Friends Select community three years ago, Sowmya Srinivasan has cemented her place as one of the most beloved teachers at our school. While she might not be the loudest faculty presence...

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