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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...

Preparations for National QuizBowl

Preparations for National QuizBowl

Peter Ryan, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Friends Select QuizBowl veteran Rudyard Lynch ('19) prepares for his final national tournament, and reflects on his experiences working with other players and teachers to create a successful program at FSS.

DIICE Day at Friends Select School 2019

DIICE Day at Friends Select School 2019

Victor Pan, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

DIICE Day at Friends Select School 2019 On March 14th 2019, students and faculty from Friends Select Upper School ran a day-long program--the Day of Inclusivity, Intersectionality, Community, and Equity (DIICE)-- to talk about issues related to diversity in our school and society. DIICE was organ...

2019 FSS Auction

2019 FSS Auction

Muqi Guo, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019

On March 15th, Friends Select School hosted an auction night at Logan Hotel to raise money that goes toward the annual fund. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, the auction had many items sponsored by companies or teachers. The money raised will be distributed to sports, curricular development and many...

Course Offerings: 2019/2020

The 2019/20 Course Offerings booklet as given to students.

Mary Denham, Staff Writer

May 6, 2019

There are sixteen exciting new courses coming to Friends Select in the 2019-2020 school year. To give readers some information about what’s happening next year and refresh their memories of course offerings, Erin Pratt offered her insight about new classes and teachers coming to FSS next year. Of...

One of Our Newest Math Teachers: Sarah Kelley

One of Our Newest Math Teachers: Sarah Kelley

Angelica Scotto, Staff Writer

May 2, 2019

Sarah Kelly is one of the newest staff members at Friends Select School and is already in involved with many things around the community. Along with having established the reputation of being an excellent math teacher, Sarah Kelley is a ninth grade advisor, the diversity club advisor, head of the math ...

Students Across the City (And Globe) Strike to Protest Climate Change

Students stand in Love Park during the rally. Photo by Ashley Ryan

Ashley Ryan

April 6, 2019

On March 15, 2019, millions of students around the world walked out of school to protest inaction by political leaders on climate change. Started in Sweden last August by a 15-year-old girl as a one-person strike, the movement has spread across Europe and the globe. March 15 was a major event for the movement, ...