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Bill Klose Shares Fall Sports Information

Bill Klose Shares Fall Sports Information

Peter Ryan

August 1, 2020

Although Friends Select has shared detailed safety and scheduling plans for the 2020-21 school year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has not explicitly stated how sports teams will return to play this fall. Athletic Director Bill Klose spoke with The Falcon to share Friends Select’s current...

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...

Opinion: Boycott– A Better Way to Enact Change in America

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Peter Ryan

June 3, 2020

As civil unrest unfolds across the country, conservative pundits are successfully shifting the national narrative away from racist police brutality and toward looting and the destruction of small businesses. This attitude has augmented a long-known truth about the GOP: they prioritize white financial prosperity over social justice and human rights. If it is more evid...

Steps to Productive Antiracist Allyship in the Wake of George Floyd’s Murder

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Annie Rupertus

June 3, 2020

If you’re anything like me, you are filled with grief and rage over the racist events in our country this past week (and the chain of events beginning long before that). In processing my emotions, I’ve been doing some thinking and researching about what I can do as a white person to use my ...

Opinion: Coronavirus Concerns During Black Lives Matter Protests

Opinion: Coronavirus Concerns During Black Lives Matter Protests

Izzy Ebede

May 31, 2020

Over the past few days, thousands of Americans have gathered in cities across the country to protest the death of George Floyd. Although these protests are absolutely necessary in the fight against police brutality towards black and brown people, the continued spread of the novel coronavirus is als...

Opinion: The Understandable Path from Injustice to Riot

Opinion: The Understandable Path from Injustice to Riot

Peter Ryan

May 31, 2020

Violent civilian demonstrations in Minneapolis protesting the police murder of George Floyd have dominated national headlines over the last few days. Over the weekend, many cities across the country (including Philadelphia) joined in demanding equitable treatment from police officers. These protest...

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.  ...

Review: Revisionist History- ESPN’s The Last Dance

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Peter Ryan

May 27, 2020

The Last Dance, ESPN’s ten-part documentary series detailing the life of NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, has dominated public conversation in recent weeks. On Monday, May 20th, the network announced that The Last Dance was its most watched documentary series ever (5.6 million viewers per night over five Sundays). The documentary, over which Jordan had a gre...

Opinion: Sidewalk Etiquette During COVID-19

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Izzy Ebede

May 26, 2020

Over the last two months, everyone has repeatedly heard the term “Social Distancing.” In a nutshell, to socially distance means to stay at least six feet away from others in public, and to wear a face mask if possible. While some Philadelphians are following these necessary guidelines, others are not...

SCECE Release VI: The Coming Year

Lucy Kelley ‘22: Leader of SCECE for 2021-22 School Year

Sophia Becker and Sophie Gilbert

May 26, 2020

As the founders of SCECE, we are incredibly excited to announce that Lucy Kelley ‘22 will be replacing us as the leader of SCECE for the 2020-21 school year. Throughout the year, Lucy has shown outstanding initiative and passion for education and cultural awareness. She has expressed a desire to c...

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...