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Posted by by Seth Brenzel and Shabnam Koirala-Azad, Co-Clerks, SF Friends School Board of Trustees on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Every year at this time, we report on the comings and goings of the San Francisco Friends Board of Trustees, a milestone in stewarding board leadership that often stretches over months and years. In choosing trustees, who usually serve up to two three-year terms, the Board examines a wide variety of factors including: professional background and experience; skill sets; diversity across multiple areas including racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and ages of children; volunteer experience at SFFS... Read More
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Posted on Saturday, June 9, 2018
Students in the Horizons program at SFFS.The end of the school year at Friends signals the beginning of another exciting time at 250 Valencia: Horizons at SFFS’s fifth summer of providing free programming to low-income students in our neighborhood. Almost all Horizons students—99%—will return from last summer, and we will welcome a new class of 17 kindergartners from Buena Vista, Marshall, and Mission Prep elementary schools. With the addition of this new class, 85 students entering grades K–5... Read More
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Posted by SF Friends School on Thursday, May 24, 2018
(L-R): Katy, Tanya, and Beth at their UOP graduationFor Friends School faculty, learning does not stop in the classroom or end when the school day is over. This year, a number of our teachers completed advanced degrees, challenging themselves to strengthen their teaching chops and explore new horizons. Below are just a few highlights of their hard work and dedication to both teaching and learning.   Just this month, TAs Tanya Cotom and Katy Hill received Masters in Education from the... Read More
Posted by Jiya K and Gabriella G on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The following post was taken from the SFFS eighth grade blog "Castro Chronicle." View more posts here. To see posts from eighth graders covering the Mission District, click here.​  THE CASTRO- Lively, filled with LGBTQ flags hanging proudly on every doorstep. The famous “gayborhood”, with history marked on every corner that you cross. Then why is this historical neighborhood is being flooded with hetereosexual people? Why are historical LGBTQ bars being replaced by Whole Foods? What’s the... Read More
Posted by SF Friends School on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The new ADA swing in Miraloma ParkLast year, then-seventh grade Friends School students Zeke, Simone, Riley, Summer, and Sophia were able to sit down with San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee to discuss an issue that was very dear to them, accessible playgrounds for children with disabilities (Riley wrote about it here this past December).  Their efforts paid off. After meeting with our students, Supervisor Yee garnered additional neighborhood support from the Miraloma Park... Read More
Posted by Kristen Daniel, Director of Middle School and High School Transition and Andrew Salverda, Middle School Head on Friday, May 11, 2018
Watching Riley R. welcome middle schoolers from around the city to our first Youth Summit highlighted the sheer energy and motivation possessed by this year’s graduating class. They are activists! Take a swing through the eighth grade morning meeting space and look at their work from this year. The learning they’ve done around the topic of those experiencing homelessness this year is deep and impactful. They’ve also taken notable action around gun control and #metoo. These teenagers have... Read More
Posted by Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head on Thursday, May 10, 2018
Mark your calendars early this year for the Lower School Portfolio Celebrations on Friday, June 8th, 2018 (schedule below). Lower School parents—no extended family, please—join your children here at school so that they can share selected portfolio work with you in a community of their classroom peers. Students and teachers have collected work all year long, selecting samples that represent both processes and finished products. Students have reflected on their work over time in each grade and... Read More
Posted by Caren Andrews and Jennifer Stuart, SFFS Visual Arts Team on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. So the unknown, the mysterious is where art and science meet.” ~Albert Einstein   In mid-march, we attended the National Art Educators Association (NAEA) conference hosted in Seattle, WA. This is the ninth year that we attended, and the third time that we co-presented at the conference, which has been an amazing opportunity not just to share the unique approach to the arts at SFFS with... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Each year, we receive news that we must say goodbye to some of our beloved staff and faculty. Saying goodbye always reminds us that Friends School is a learning community that encourages a growth mindset in its members, including members of the professional community. Cultivating an active, reflective, and evolving professional practice for teachers is especially important to us.  It is among our greatest strengths as an institution to encourage risk taking, lifelong learning, and growth in... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
As we begin the season of lifting up the comings and goings of our staff and faculty, we hope you will embrace our spirit of growth and community. We encourage you to help us in welcoming in full force the new teachers and learners who will soon be joining us: Clarissa Ko, K-8 dance and drama: Clarissa comes to Friends with a depth and breadth of experiences in the dance world. Clarissa has been teaching within Pre K-12 schools in the Bay Area since 2014. She’s a graduate of University of San... Read More

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