Mass. State Senator and GFS alumnus speaks at the school

Schools | October 15th, 2014 | Leave a comment

At a recent Germantown Friends School assembly, Massachusetts State Senator and GFS alumnus Dan Wolf gave every Upper- and Middle-school student a homework assignment: Do an Internet search and find Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream speech” delivered on Aug. 28, 1963. For Wolf, that speech represents what he feels is the “failed […]

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NFA and Mount named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Schools | October 8th, 2014 | Leave a comment

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy (NFA) and Mount St. Joseph’s Academy were formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence. According to its website, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, founded in 1982, “honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very […]

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New lower school head brings vision to GFS

Schools | October 8th, 2014 | Leave a comment

Christy Reardon, the new Head of Lower School at Germantown Friends School, begins her school day by greeting each child with a smile, a welcome and a handshake. “It’s my favorite time of day,” she said. “They are under my care, and eye-to-eye contact gives every child a sense of being known.” This small gesture, […]

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GFS students bond at annual activity fair

Schools | October 1st, 2014 | Leave a comment

On a recent crisp fall morning, Upper Schoolers at Germantown Friends School gathered on the campus Commons to promote almost 60 student-led clubs available to students. The Community Jams Club performed, the Earthquake student-newspaper staff displayed their new website, the Theater Tech Club erected a huge archway that they built for a professional production, the […]

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GFS Celebrates Late Music Teacher Don Kawash

Schools | October 1st, 2014 | Leave a comment

Germantown Friends School hosted a Tribute Concert in honor of beloved former GFS music and history teacher and nationally acclaimed Ragtime pianist Don Kawash. Performers will include: Obie Award winner Michael Friedman ’93 (formerly of Chestnut Hill), David Buffum ’88 (formerly of Chestnut Hill), Larry Hoenig (Mount Airy), Keisha Hutchins ’93 (formerly of Mount Airy), […]

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Fans gather at SCH to watch the Taney Dragons

News, Schools | August 16th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Kevin Dicciani Close to a hundred fans gathered in the courtyard at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy to watch and cheer the Taney Dragons in the first game of the Little League World Series. Hailing from South Philadelphia, The Dragons, in only their second year of Little League play, have snowballed into a local sensation after […]

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Jenks to reopen with a new name

News, Schools | August 13th, 2014 | 9 Comments

by Kevin Dicciani When the school year begins in September, the John Story Jenks School will officially be known as Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences. The change was two years in the making, Principal Mary Lynskey said. She said the school had to draft a resolution, explain the reasoning behind the change, and […]

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High drama at Germantown Friends theater camps

Schools | July 17th, 2014 | Leave a comment

There is high drama at Germantown Friends School this summer with the introduction of two new theater camps. On stage, third- through sixth-grade students are performing plays they have written, produced and directed themselves in an improv Acting Camp; backstage, high-school students are designing and building sets that will be used in a professional production […]

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Penn Charter course teaches the art of giving

Schools | July 9th, 2014 | Leave a comment

On the final day of Penn Charter’s Philanthropy 101 summer course, one of the few courses in U.S. high schools that teaches students the art, science and meaning of philanthropy, students presented a grant proposal for a playground project at a Philadelphia public school and made a gift of $2,500 to the Broad Street Ministry. […]

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