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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...

Nathan Wadley: Singing Since Birth

Nathan Wadley: Singing Since Birth

Max Rayborn and Arley Johnson

October 16, 2019

Born in Springfield, Missouri, Nathan Wadley has been passionate about singing for as long as he can remember.  “My parents have recordings of me singing when I was 3 years old, before I could really talk properly,” he says. “And so it's what has always been there for me.” Singing has...

Gabrielle Witkin Brings New Views on Counseling to FSS

Gabrielle Witkin Brings New Views on Counseling to FSS

Adam Powley and Akhilesh Khambekar

October 16, 2019

After working with children as a babysitter, camp counselor, and nanny, Gabby Wiktkin was compelled to take up a career helping students feel less stressed and more comfortable in life. When it comes to maintaining a healthy mindset, Gabby firmly believes in a counseling strategy based on individuality ...

Steve Patterson: 17 Years in Quaker Education

Steve Patterson: 17 Years in Quaker Education

Tal Lesnik and Frances Wilbert

October 15, 2019

Steve Patterson brings his love for Quaker learning to his new position as an English teacher at Friends Select. Reflecting on where his passion for teaching came from, Steve shared a cherished teaching story with us. In this story, Steve explained how his profound belief that people can change led him ...

Perry Zanki: Appreciation for the World

Perry Zanki: Appreciation for the World

Yannick Haynes and Alec Kane

October 15, 2019

Perry Zanki’s story is like his hair: long, tangled, and compelling. Perry grew up in the province of Ontario working on a farm. He has spent the past 30 years sailing.  Perry wrapped up a 23-year teaching, coaching, and mentoring career at Episcopal Academy, and now works at Friends Select. He teach...

Peter Sun, Caring Teacher and Enthusiastic Social Justice Advocate

Peter Sun, Caring Teacher and Enthusiastic Social Justice Advocate

Ketong Kuang and Will Wang

October 15, 2019

In the fall of 2019, Friends Select School welcomed Peter Sun to our community as a member of the history department. Prior to coming to Friends Select, Peter worked as an educator for 17 years, teaching a variety of subjects including Social Studies and Asian American History.  Not originally in...

Ashley Coticchio: More to Offer than Opening Doors

Ashley Coticchio: More to Offer than Opening Doors

Dean Wang and Silas Mohr

October 15, 2019

Ashley Coticchio is the first person you see when you walk in the door. She is one of the newest members of our community and the Fishtown area of Philadelphia.  Before coming to Friends Select, she worked as a volunteer at different organizations and gained a lot from seeing and studying in different p...

Steven Kleinman: a Storyteller from the Start

Steven Kleinman: a Storyteller from the Start

Zoe Tzanis and Lulu Nonemaker

October 15, 2019

Steven Kleinman doesn’t want his students to focus on success or failure. He wants them to “do, do, do.” In his fall English elective, Creative Nonfiction, he is working to create an environment where students can explore the topics most important to them through written “attempts” that “d...