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Breaking News: School Closed Until April 30th

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Peter Ryan and Annie Rupertus

March 31, 2020

Friends Select School will extend its digital learning platform through April 30th, 2020, Michael Gary announced Tuesday. This announcement comes days after Governor Tom Wolf declared that all public schools and nonessential businesses will be closed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. F...

Friends Select Plans Italy Trip

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Lulu Nonemaker

March 27, 2020

This June, 23 Friends Select students and 3 teachers will travel to Rome and Sorrento, Italy. This trip is replacing the intersession related trips FSS has typically held at the beginning of each summer. Students and teachers will depart from Philadelphia on June 8th and return the 18th. First, in Ro...

Quizbowl National Championships Canceled

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Silas Mohr

March 27, 2020

In April and May, members of the FSS quizbowl team were scheduled to head to Chicago and Atlanta to participate in two national championship tournaments.  Due to COVID-19, these tournaments have been canceled.  At the Small School National Championship (SSNCT) in Chicago, from April 22nd to 24th, onl...

Opinion: Amidst Crisis, America Is Getting The Leadership It Voted For

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Peter Ryan

March 19, 2020

One does not need an epiphany to realize the danger President Trump poses to the American people: in his first term as Commander-in-Chief, he has encouraged foreign interference in elections, questioned the validity of vaccines, and championed attacks on free press.  Now, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, Tr...

Cauldron: Call for Submissions!

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Tal Lesnik

March 16, 2020

For more than one hundred years, FSS students have been writing for Cauldron, the annual school literary magazine. The club’s twelve members are in the process of compiling this year’s magazine, aiming to receive works from both students and faculty members. “Instead of being like a concert or an art...

Distance Learning Starting Monday, March 15th

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Peter Ryan

March 12, 2020

Friends Select will transition to distance learning as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic starting on Monday, March 15th.  In an email released to students at 12:35pm on Thursday, Head of School Michael Gary announced that the school building may be closed for multiple weeks, possibly un...

Ireland Trip Postponed Due to Potential Coronavirus Travel Complications

Ireland Trip Postponed Due to Potential Coronavirus Travel Complications

Peter Ryan

March 2, 2020

The 2020 FSS trip to Ireland, scheduled for March 1st through March 18th, was  postponed due to COVID-19 related travel concerns.  In an email sent to students involved in the program, Upper School Director Chris Singler said that the decision to halt the trip stemmed from “the possibility of ...

Coming of Age in an Election Year: FSS Seniors Feel Insurmountable Pressure

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Zoe Tzanis

February 27, 2020

On April 28th, 2020, Pennsylvania residents from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia will find their way to local community centers, churches, and public schools. They will take time out of their day to wait in line, possibly for hours, all to stand behind a drab curtain and press a few buttons on a plastic mach...

Seniors Prepare for Spring Internships

Will Wang

February 25, 2020

As graduation approaches, seniors are contacting companies and institutions to acquire opportunities for their upcoming internships. Senior Internships are a decade-long tradition at Friends Select and are mandatory for every member of the graduating class. Seniors take their final exams one month ear...

Book Donations Needed!

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Ketong Kuang

February 18, 2020

WePAC, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, mobilizes volunteers to reopen libraries and provide academic mentoring in Philadelphia public schools. In partnership with WePAC, Helping Hands Club is running a book drive to rebuild a public library in West Philadelphia.  The goal of the book drive ...

Science Department to Offer New STEAM Class in 2020-21

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Will Wang

February 18, 2020

The science department will offer a new course next year, STEAM Advanced Projects, taught by Mike Primo.  STEAM Advanced Projects is a year-long advanced class, requiring interested students to take Computer Science, Engineering, Robotics or Animation & Digital Storytelling as prerequisites.  ...