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Students Prepare for Winter Concert

Students Prepare for Winter Concert

Peter Ryan

January 17, 2020

After a semester of in-class rehearsals, the Upper School Instrumental Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Choir will make their first of three major performances on Friday, January 18th at 6:00 at the Upper School Winter Concert in the Blauvelt Theater. Although all three groups have performed at school...

Top 10 albums of the 2010’s

Top 10 albums of the 2010’s

Matt D'Annunzio

January 17, 2020

The 2010’s have been marked by many ups and downs, but all throughout there has been a constant stream of incredible music to make everything better. Every genre has had its standouts. While it is impossible to summarize a decade of music in just ten albums, and there are so many remarkable pieces...

A Whole New World: The Experience of International Students in Regular English Class

A Whole New World: The Experience of International Students in Regular English Class

Tal Lesnik

January 16, 2020

The Scarlet Letter was the first book I read in regular English class, and let’s just say that the translator and I spent a considerable amount of time together. I would read at break, on the bus from tennis practice, before I went to sleep, and right when I opened my eyes in the morning. The book was...

FSS Art Show Review: Highlighting the Individual

FSS Art Show Review: Highlighting the Individual

Peter Ryan

January 16, 2020

Friends Select states that its mission is to “balance between the individual and the community.” The current art show on display in the front hall, exhibiting art made by members of the class of 2020, accomplishes this ideal wonderfully: each portfolio prep student is given a full wall to present thei...

The Best and Worst Books in the FSS English Curriculum

The Best and Worst Books in the FSS English Curriculum

Zoe Tzanis and Annie Rupertus

January 16, 2020

With a set English curriculum for all students in ninth through eleventh grade, there are bound to be a variety of opinions on which books are good and which ones aren’t. We’ll be sharing reviews of some of our favorite—and least favorite—novels that we’ve read for English class at FSS. &...

Quiz Bowl is for Everyone

Quiz Bowl is for Everyone

Silas Mohr

January 16, 2020

One early morning late last May, a small group of Friends Select students and two teachers met at the Philadelphia International Airport. As the group slowly started to gather together, the excitement was palpable. They weren’t there for any regular school trip; the students were traveling to the ...

The History of the Holiday Sing

The History of the Holiday Sing

Peter Ryan

December 20, 2019

Though all Friends Select students spend their school day in the same building, upper, middle, and lower school students do not interact on a regular basis. It is a rare event when all three divisions share one space, and it is even more rare to see these students collaborate.  One annual event which brings the whole FSS ...

Friends Select Must Do More On Veteran’s Day

Friends Select Must Do More On Veteran’s Day

Zoe Tzanis

December 19, 2019

On November 11th, cities across the U.S celebrate Veterans Day with parades, sales, and community service. However, Friends Select students spend the day like any other. No one mentions Veterans Day or what it stands for.Veterans Day, formerly called Armistice Day, is a federal holiday celebrated on...

Friends Select Swimming: A Numbers Game

Friends Select Swimming: A Numbers Game

Peter Ryan

December 16, 2019

Friends Select Swimming returns this winter season after a successful 2018-19 season, but team members have varying levels of optimism for the upcoming season. The coaching staff is looking forward to seeing improvement from many swimmers, but many swimmers don’t expect much success. Zoe Tzanis (’20...

Girls Basketball Dominates, But Questions Remain

Girls Basketball Dominates, But Questions Remain

Peter Ryan

December 13, 2019

Friends Select Girls Varsity Basketball rolled past Mathematics, Civics, and Sciences Charter School 69-10 on Thursday afternoon behind a big game from Margot Schneider ‘22 and Hannah Sieg ‘20. The victory was a true team effort, as each player on the roster scored at least once. The Falcons appe...

Herb Kerns: Math Teacher. Basketball Coach. Dad. Legend.

Herb Kerns: Math Teacher. Basketball Coach. Dad. Legend.

Mia Cohen and Margot Schneider

December 13, 2019

Herb has had many roles in the community over his career at FSS. Although he especially loves teaching precalculus and discrete math, he has taught every math class between grades 7-12 except for abstract and linear algebra. Friends Select is the only school where Herb has taught, and he is “not su...

Metamorphoses: A Groundbreaking Friends Select Production

Metamorphoses: A Groundbreaking Friends Select Production

Annie Rupertus and Zoe Tzanis

December 13, 2019

On November 15th, Friends Select’s incredible thespians performed Metamorphoses, a collection of ancient myths written by Ovid and adapted by Mary Zimmerman almost 2,000 years later.  Although both performances were on days without school, many students still made the trip to see their peers perform. As th...