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Victims’ Rights: Are the Consequences What We Intend?

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January 12, 2021

On Election Day, voters in Philadelphia faced a ballot measure proposing the creation of an “Office of the Victim Advocate,” which would run out of Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration. Although many...

Update: What Happened to Philadelphia’s Encampment Protests?

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January 11, 2021

In the wake of May and June’s nationwide protests against racial injustice, nearly two hundred Philadelphians established a temporary encampment on Fairmount Park’s Von Colln Field next to the Benjamin...

Spring Greeney: A “Hands-On” Approach to Teaching

Spring Greeney: A “Hands-On” Approach to Teaching
January 6, 2021

Spring Greeney, a self-proclaimed “curious, empathic introvert,” is Friends Select’s new 9th grade history teacher, the mastermind behind the Digital Archive project, and a huge fan of The Bachelorette. Spring...

QYLC Comes to Friends Select

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December 21, 2020

Friends Select School will virtually host the Friends Council on Education’s annual Quaker Youth Leadership Conference from February 4th through February 6th. The conference, led jointly by English...

BREAKING: Upper School to Remain Fully Virtual Until February 1st, 2021

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December 16, 2020

In an email sent to families this afternoon, Head of School Michael Gary announced that Upper School students will not return to in-person learning until February 1st at the earliest. Pre-K, kindergarten,...

Among Us Fever Sweeps Friends Select

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December 16, 2020

Among Us, a video game developed by Innersloth resembling the party game Mafia, has recently gained traction worldwide. Since September, Among Us has led Apple’s App Store in downloads by a large margin...

9th Grade History Class Builds a Digital Archive

9th Grade History Class Builds a Digital Archive
December 15, 2020

This fall, 9th grade students jumped headfirst into Upper School with an unorthodox major history project. Led by new 9th grade History Teacher Spring Greeney, every student in the class of 2024 has contributed...

Why Do Friends Select Rowers Love Crew?

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December 9, 2020

The shouts of supportive fans are muffled by oars splashing into the Schuylkill. A mixture of sweat and water drip down the faces of four Friends Select rowers as they pull their quad toward the fast-approaching...

Perry? More Like ‘Legend’

Perry? More Like 'Legend'
December 8, 2020

Perry Zanki is teaching the Krebs cycle in biology class. Students listen intently as he paces back and forth in front of the whiteboard explaining the almost instantaneous chemical reactions that take...

How to Distract Yourself from Impending Doom

Annie Rupertus
December 7, 2020

(Note: All interviews were conducted prior to November 20th, when the city of Philadelphia announced that maskless outdoor gatherings are no longer allowed, among other things.) Do you find yourself...

Sarah Fuller Makes History Playing for Vanderbilt Men’s Football

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December 2, 2020

On November 28th, Sarah Fuller, Senior Goalkeeper for Vanderbilt University’s women’s soccer team, kicked for Vanderbilt’s men’s football team against the University of Missouri. Fuller became...

Minas Macos ’20: Falcon Cadet

Minas Macos '20: Falcon Cadet
December 1, 2020

Last November, Minas Macos ‘20 woke up less than an hour before class to make the short daily walk from his house to Friends Select School. One year later, he rises at exactly 5:15 AM to participate...

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