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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
Posted by Jamie E., SFFS Eighth Grader on Thursday, May 3, 2018
Seated on a dark wooden bench in a dark wooden hall, my foot bounced up and down restlessly. My left hand held my crumpled page of questions, and in my right was a crushed paper cup that had once been filled with water. I kept checking the time on my phone: ‘What class was I missing now? How much work would I have to make up? When would…’ My questions were swept away as the double doors opened and the others sitting near me turned their heads. “Excuse me,” said the figure to me. “Are you ready... Read More
Posted by Andrew Salverda, Middle School Head on Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Raymond Artis  We’re sad to be saying goodbye to Raymond Artis, who is moving back east with his partner, Lamercie. Raymond arrived at Friends just prior to the 2013-2014 school year, interested in subbing and learning more about our school. We were immediately struck by his ability to serve in a variety of classes and with students of many different ages. He distinguished himself with his demeanor, tone, and curiosity to learn more about Quaker education. Students appreciated his warmth and... Read More
Posted by Amelie and Bennett, SFFS Seventh Graders on Wednesday, April 25, 2018
“San Francisco needs better safety for bikes! If we managed to create more bike lanes, there would be a big impact in injuries from bike riding.” “I disagree. I think that the needles littering the streets and all those people addicted to drugs that aren’t getting the help they need are a greater problem than bike safety in our city.” “Well, San Francisco also has a big problem with housing and housing costs. I mean, it’s getting REALLY expensive to live here, and that’s a humongous problem!”... Read More
Posted by Tracie Mastronicola, Academic Dean on Monday, April 23, 2018
Kent looks like he is 30 years old himself, yet he’s actually finishing up his 30th year of teaching choral, string and general music classes to independent and public school students! From the traditional SFFS kindergarten song “This Little Light of Mine” to the 7th and 8th grade chorus elective group lending spirit and gravitas to our concerts and graduation, Kent has spent his last seven years at Friends imparting energy, focus, and a deep understanding of the language of music to our... Read More
Posted by Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head on Friday, April 20, 2018
Jessie Radowitz with her class this fall. Second grade lead teacher Jessie Radowitz came upon us a few years back, and we all knew immediately that we had to find a way to reel her in to work at Friends. Via Skype from New York, she charmed us with her thoughtful, calm, but clear and authentic approach to thinking about the pedagogy and purpose of education. From her work in the south with Teach for America, and a highly revered career pursuing her Masters degree at Columbia Teachers College,... Read More
Posted by Emma Sonduck, Annual Fund and Alumni Manager on Thursday, March 29, 2018
Earlier this year we chatted with SFFS alum Trinity Lee about her life after Friends and her love of all things STEM. Trinity was recently awarded a prestigious full-ride scholarship through The Posse Foundation to attend Lehigh University! Trinity graduated from Friends in 2014 and is currently a senior at Convent of the Sacred Heart. At Sacred Heart, she became interested in computer science, including programming languages and the Innobotics Club (innovation and robotics) on campus.... Read More
Posted by Guybe Slangen, Director of Community Engagement on Monday, March 26, 2018
Visitors are encouraged to describe what "home is" to them.We’re honored to be hosting another exhibit that lifts up the voices and perspectives of those experiencing homelessness here in our city. The "Everyone Deserves a Home" project is currently on display in our second floor gallery. This exhibit features portraits of formerly homeless individuals paired with text of participants’ personal stories. The subjects photographed have experienced homelessness and significant health issues prior... Read More
Posted by Amabelle Sze and Jake Ban, Third Grade Teachers on Thursday, March 22, 2018
The SFFS math team with Dr. Takahashi (fourth from right)Established in 2016 with generous support from our community, the Cathy Hunter Fund for the Future (CHFF) supports our faculty with transformative professional development experiences at key moments in their careers. Encouraged to think beyond workshops and conferences, teachers submit an application seeking support for a professional development experience that will enrich future programs, our school culture and greater community.  ... Read More