The Falcon

Behind the Curtain of Student Government

FSS student government during a meeting

Muqi Guo, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

Every Monday, you see a group of students cramming into the lunchroom by the coffee corner, hijacking chairs across the floor and closing the door, as if a secret meeting is being convened. They are not a bunch of students organizing a riot against the cafeteria--quite the opposite, they are dedicate...

Director of Equity and Inclusion: Toni Graves Williamson

Toni Graves Williamson

Angelica Scotto, Staff Writer

March 22, 2019

For the 2018-2019 school year, Friends Select School established a new position, Director of Equity and Inclusion, and hired Toni Graves Williamson to fill the new role. During the 2017-18 academic year, Naté Hall worked part-time as the Diversity Coordinator and worked to make our school a m...

SEPTA Key Transition Leaves Many Students Confused

SEPTA Key Transition Leaves Many Students Confused

Ashley Ryan, Photographer, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019

Anyone who rides SEPTA has no doubt seen evidence of the new SEPTA Key fare system - new turnstiles at stations, fare vending machines, and readers on buses, as well as significant advertising, but are students aware of how this new fare system will impact them? Is SEPTA providing enough informa...

Student Concern over School Strike for Climate

Peter Ryan, Staff Writer

March 19, 2019

At 12:00pm on Friday, March 15, a sizable portion of Friends Select School’s upper school community walked out of our front door with no plans to return until the Monday morning. Of course, that was not without reason. Like thousands of fellow students across the globe, Friends Select students partici...

Where are the Falcons in the world?

1972 FSS Yearbook by Victor Pan 2019'

Yiming ( Victor ) Pan, Reporter. Editor.

March 6, 2019

Where are the Falcons in the world? Founded in 1833, Friends Select School has fostered the development and growth of countless students for almost two hundred years. Generation after generation, our alumni practice what they have learned here in their day-to-day work, bettering their communities an...

InterSession 2019: China

InterSession 2019: China

Matin Yaqubi, Staff Writer

January 24, 2019

China is the InterSession theme for the 2018-19 academic year, and this year there are major changes in the program, including heavy student leadership in planning the week-long experience. Each year at the end of the first semester, the FSS Upper School students and faculty put together week-long spec...

A Friends Select Education

Kristi's commute

Adrian Altieri, News Editor, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019

https://vimeo.com/video/313078056/general   In this video, I take the viewer through four very different daily commutes, all leading to Friends Select. I feature John's Patco train ride from Haddonfield (NJ), Rachel's short walk from Logan Circle, Kristi's two-part subway and bus commutes...

Advance Friends Select: Part II

Advance Friends Select: Part II

Yiming (Victor) Pan

January 16, 2019

“Learning does not begin at 8 a.m and end at 3 p.m. At Friends Select, education is a series of revelatory moments and a sustained flow of self-discovery,” said Michael Gary, Head of Friends Select School. The ultimate purpose of the school, the Teaching and Learning part of the strategic plan is ...

The Return of “The Falcon”

The Return of

Isaac Wasserman

January 16, 2019

It’s been over a decade since the students of Friends Select last published an issue of their student-run newspaper, but if you’re reading this, I’m sure you know that The Falcon is back. Friends Select students will, once again, be publishing articles on events in and around the school as well...

New Members of Our Community, Part II

New Members of Our Community, Part II

Yiming (Victor) Pan, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019

This year, Friends Select welcomes Heidi Hutchison to its community. Here she is:

New Members of Our Community, Part I

New Members of Our Community, Part I

Yiming (Victor) Pan, staff writer

January 15, 2019

This year, Friends Select welcomes Toni Graves Williamson to its community. Here she is:

New Holocaust Memorial in Center City

New Holocaust Memorial in Center City

Rachel Soloff

January 8, 2019

In 1964, a Holocaust survivor named Nathan Rapoport created the statue Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs, the first public monument honoring the Holocaust in North America. The statue sat for decades at 16th and Arch, but in 2018, the monument was expanded to a full plaza called the Horowitz-Wasserman...