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Posted on Friday, October 15, 2021
The SFFS Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce that Pankti Sevak will serve as our third-ever Head of San Francisco Friends School; Pankti will assume her duties as head starting July of 2022. The decision came after a lengthy search and interview process, conducted through a Quaker lens that included the participation and discussion of our various community constituencies; the recommendation of a Search Committee composed of faculty, staff, and trustees; careful trustee discernment; and... Read More
Posted on Friday, July 9, 2021
Missing your Friends? Looking for some good summer reading? Then check out the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Among Friends, the biannual digital magazine for the SFFS community, published online just this week! This issue is chock-full of community news and updates, including a deep dive with Claire Coen '15 into her work with The Changemaker Project on issues of environmental justice, reflections from our community on our major takeaways from this year like no other, a celebration of our Class... Read More
Posted by by Maureen McAvoy and Kelly McKane, co-clerks of the San Francisco Friends School Board of Trustees on Monday, June 21, 2021
As the 2020–2021 school year comes to a close, we are filled with appreciation for the administrators, faculty, and staff at SFFS who navigated the uncertainties and challenges of this past year with determination, aplomb, grace, generosity, and kindness. The virtual Year-End Celebration and in-person 8th Grade Graduation last week powerfully demonstrated that despite the adversity we experienced, the values and connections that make SFFS unique are enduring—and joyful! As we transition to... Read More
Posted by by Ryan Gallagher, Director of Educational Technology & Mike Hanas, Head of School on Friday, June 4, 2021
Technology:  Beth Espinoza and Shane Hihara are leaving Friends after several years. It is a little sad to see these folks move on to new adventures, but we are happy for them as they get ready for another chapter. Shane was with SFFS for five years. He managed the client systems and helpdesk with a focus on customer service that will be greatly missed!  After much deliberation, Shane took a corporate job as an account manager, where we are sure he will thrive. The new hire will have big... Read More
Posted by by Clarke Weatherspoon, Middle School Head on Wednesday, June 2, 2021
In this year's Middle School coming and goings, we say farewell to two hugely impactful members of our SFFS faculty as they embark upon new adventures. We are also so excited to welcome longtime Lower School lead Amabelle to the Middle School team and a new member to our SFFS community.  Jenn Rothstein is completing her third year at SFFS as a Middle School humanities teacher. Jenn is well-known for her strong connections with students, her ability to lead meaningful discussions and her... Read More
Posted by by Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head on Tuesday, May 25, 2021
In this season's "Coming and Goings," we are particularly grateful to all those departing for the intense faith, love, and commitment they have given, most especially in this incredibly trying and complicated year. We are optimistic for the next professional steps of each of our faculty who are making internal shifts at SFFS, and as well, we are excited to welcome a few new people to our Lower School Friends family in 2021–2022. Here are some of the changes coming as we plan for staffing and... Read More
Posted by by Jennifer Stuart, Academic Integration Specialist on Monday, March 1, 2021
6th Grade Math students explore how data tells stories. ––– Recently, 6th Grade math students engaged in a project inspired the Dear Data project. Two award-winning information designers, Georgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, created this year-long analog data drawing project. Each week for a year, the artists collected and measured a particular type of data from their own lives. They then used this data to make a drawing on a postcard sheet of paper, putting the data art on one side, and a key... Read More
Posted by by Laura Medina Quintanar, Executive Director of Horizons at SFFS on Sunday, January 10, 2021
I grew up in a tiny and overcrowded, but loving and hard-working, low income immigrant home in the Mission District. Despite having only attended school through 8th grade and speaking no English, my parents did everything they could to ensure that I had access to a good education. I remember how much they celebrated that they had successfully advocated for me to attend Buena Vista Elementary, a Spanish immersion school, but lamented that they could not afford to provide me with additional... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2020
SFFS alum Alexander Hirji '18 was a big hit with our 6th-Graders last week when he Zoomed in to talk with them about his involvement with the San Francisco Youth Commission. Alexander encouraged our students to "participate in democracy even if they can't [yet] vote," and our Friends left the conversation inspired about ways they can get involved in their local community and political scene.  SFFS alum Alexander Hirji '18 was a big hit with our 6th-Graders last week when he Zoomed in to talk... Read More
Posted by by Guybe Slangen, Director of Community Engagement on Monday, July 13, 2020
While sheltering in place and learning from home brought about great challenges for students (and their parents!), it also brought about exciting opportunities that the SFFS community may not have experienced otherwise. Our former 8th grade clerks—now our most recent SFFS alums—Maya, Ben, Erez, and Samara were some of those who found some silver linings and seized a special opportunity to learn, lead, and make a difference while at home.    They were selected to be a part of a new effort... Read More