The Falcon

End of Year Letter from the Editors

End of Year Letter from the Editors

Annie Rupertus, Peter Ryan, and Izzy Ebede

June 4, 2020

Dear Readers, As we approach the end of a turbulent school year, The Falcon would like to pause and appreciate a positive take away from our last nine months together: the revival of an active school newspaper in the Friends Select community. This return owes a great deal to an engaged and inquisit...

11th Grade Public Policy Infographics

11th Grade Public Policy Infographics

May 27, 2020

This year, every 11th-grader researched a topic of public policy for the Modern Issues Project. For one component, students created infographics for a mixed-grade audience aimed at providing an objective factual overview of their topics.  ...

Many Students Worn Out by Distance Learning

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Peter Ryan

May 22, 2020

It’s two months into iSelectLearning, and some Friends Select students feel exhausted to the point of disengagement and listlessness. The monotony, screen-dependency, and loneliness of distance learning have exacted a toll on a portion of the student body’s energy and motivation. In a poll sen...

Interview with Susan Cates, CEO of ACUE

Interview with Susan Cates, CEO of ACUE

Peter Ryan

May 18, 2020

https://www.mixcloud.com/fssfalcon/interview-with-susan-cates-ceo-of-acue/ ...

Interview with Annie Rupertus ’21

Interview with Annie Rupertus '21

Peter Ryan

May 18, 2020

https://www.mixcloud.com/fssfalcon/interview-with-annie-rupertus-21/ ...

Breaking News: PA Stay-at-Home Order Extended to June 4th

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Annie Rupertus

May 8, 2020

Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order will be extended to June 4th, Governor Wolf announced last night. The order was originally set to expire today, May 8th. For all counties still in the red phase (including Philadelphia County), the order is exactly the same as the original April 1st order. New orders...

Interview with Dr. Philip Pearson

Interview with Dr. Philip Pearson

May 4, 2020

https://www.mixcloud.com/fssfalcon/interview-with-dr-philip-pearson-427/ ...

Interview with Chris Ryan, Editorial Director of The Ringer (4/28)

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May 4, 2020

https://www.mixcloud.com/fssfalcon/interview-with-chris-ryan-of-the-ringer-428/ Image Courtesy of Twitter ...

Student Reactions to Distance Learning

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Annie Rupertus

May 4, 2020

It’s been seven weeks now since Friends Select closed its doors and transitioned to online learning because of the coronavirus pandemic, and students won’t be going back to 17th and Race any time soon. After a few different schedule iterations, FSS’s iSelectLearning program  has established a solid...

Margaret Smith: Working with the City

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Silas Mohr

April 28, 2020

Margaret Smith has worked at Friends Select as a teacher, administrator, and advisor. Before she started in her newest position, Director of City Curriculum, she taught tenth and twelfth grade history. She is also an advisor for a group of seniors. In the spring of 2019, she shifted from an Upper S...

Breaking News: Graduation Update

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Peter Ryan

April 27, 2020

Graduation has been tentatively rescheduled for July 25th, according to an email Upper School Director Chris Singler sent to the senior class on Monday. The school administration currently expects to hold the rescheduled ceremony in the Race Street Meetinghouse, with a postponement date of August 8th. A t...

#iselectlearning Math and Science

#iselectlearning Math and Science

Math & Science Faculty

April 23, 2020

In Celebration of FSS’s Annual April Math/ Science Symposium, and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, our Math and Science faculty have compiled some fun activities for you and your families while at home.   Enjoy! Check out this Bar of Soap Video Rube Goldberg Challenge!  See...