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Student Reactions to Asynchronous Wednesday

Student Reactions to Asynchronous Wednesday

Margot Schneider

October 12, 2020

The start of the 2020-2021 school year looks different for a multitude of reasons, one being the major schedule changes. Classes occur now just twice a week for longer intervals, with many breaks in between. Another noticeable change is the new asynchronous Wednesday, during which there are no clas...

Cynthia Vainstein: Using Nicknames to Bring the Community Together

Cynthia Vainstein, Upper School Spanish Teacher

Margot Schneider and Mia Cohen

October 8, 2020

You may know her for her unique nicknames or her unusual views on spending time in nature. Cynthia Vainstein, Upper School Spanish teacher of five years, grew up in Peru and took international studying opportunities in Israel and Texas before moving to Philly and joining the FSS community.  ...

@blackatfss: What is it? Why Does it Matter?

@blackatfss: What is it? Why Does it Matter?

C.C. Servon

September 20, 2020

This summer, Americans engaged in many forms of protest against systemic racism following the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, as well as the shooting of Jacob Blake. In crowded streets and empty stadiums, people have made their voices heard in the name of racial justice. The advent of the inter...

Remembering Major Van Winkle ‘12

Major Van Winkle '12

Peter Ryan, Editor-in-Chief

September 17, 2020

Major Van Winkle ‘12, an eminent figure in the Philadelphia music scene, passed away on Wednesday, September 16th. Major’s father, Wink, who was the longtime middle school baseball coach at Friends Select, asked the school to share that Major’s death was a suicide. Music played a prominent role...

Building Leave Safety for the 2020-2021 School Year


Margot Schneider and Lucy Kelley

September 3, 2020

As the Friends Select community approaches a return to in-person education, the school administration is working to ensure that those who physically return are as safe as possible. They have implemented precautions such as the requirement of mask-wearing, social distancing, more hand sanitizing stands,...

Upper School Unveils New Schedule for 2020-21 School Year

Upper School Unveils New Schedule for 2020-21 School Year

Izzy Ebede, Annie Rupertus, and Peter Ryan

August 25, 2020

On Tuesday, August 25th, Upper School director Chris Singler shared adjustments to the upper school schedule for both the all-virtual model beginning on September 8th and the hybrid model planned to begin on September 29th.  As Michael Gary stated in yesterday’s altered reopening plan, st...

Breaking News: FSS Outlines New Plan for Opening of School

Image from Michael Gary's letter to the FSS community on Monday, 8/24/20

Annie Rupertus, Izzy Ebede, and Peter Ryan

August 24, 2020

In a letter to families on Monday, August 24th, Friends Select outlined new  reopening plans for all divisions. According to the school’s new schedule, upper school students will physically return to school on September 29th, with virtual learning taking place from September 8th through 29th. Stude...

Students Weigh in on School Re-Opening


Peter Ryan

August 16, 2020

Nearly one in four students (24%) stated that they will opt out of Friend Select’s hybrid model, according to a recent Falcon poll made available to the student body via Instagram. Students cited health risks and the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 as reasons for choosing the 100% virtual model....

FSS Announces Hybrid Plan for Start to 2020-2021 School Year

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Annie Rupertus, Peter Ryan, and Izzy Ebede

July 20, 2020

The Friends Select Upper School will follow a hybrid model for the start of the 2020-21 school year, according to an email sent to families from Head of School Michael Gary on Monday, July 20th. The letter states that grades 7-12 will be in the school building 50% of the time (on a rotating basis,...

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...