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2022

  • Girls on the Run!

    Girls on the Run is an international non-profit that WFS partners with for girls in third through fifth grade that helps build confidence, kindness, and decision-making skills. 
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  • Elizabeth L. Haven ’72

    Class of 1972
    Elizabeth L. Haven ’72 was a “sandwich” Friends student, between brother Ken Haven ’70 and sister Julie Haven Malloy ’80.  At Friends, Liz was active in student government and was Senior Class President. She received the Bush Award and was a National Merit Scholar.  After majoring in Geology at Harvard University, Liz graduated in 1976 and left for California, becoming the first female oilfield engineer for the Schlumberger Company.  In 1980, Liz completed her M.S. degree in Engineering Geology from Stanford University. Also in 1980, she married fellow geologist Rick Humphreys, with whom she raised two daughters, now grown.  Liz led a variety of water quality programs for California’s state government, culminating in the Deputy Director position charged with transferring the Safe Drinking Water Program in order to address the need for safe and affordable drinking water for disadvantaged communities. Now retired, Liz and her husband live in Windsor, California and enjoy hiking and camping with their dog in the beautiful countryside and beaches of Sonoma County.
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  • Fourth Graders Visit MS/US Campus

    Fourth graders recently visited the middle/upper school campus for a tour to learn more about the school's green initiatives. 
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  • Middle School Youth in Government Club Travels to Dover

    Members of the middle school Youth in Government Club recently traveled to Dover to participate in the Youth in Government Junior Model Legislature with students from across the state.
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  • Chinese Character Bookmarks

    Middle school Chinese students created these beautiful character bookmarks out of fall leaves!
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  • Sixth Grade Pie Bake

    A beloved holiday tradition at WFS is our sixth grade pie bake for Wilmington's Sunday Breakfast Mission. Students lovingly peel, slice, prepare, box, and finally deliver more than 30 apple pies for those in our greater community.
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  • Seventh Graders Visit Washington, D.C.

    On Monday, seventh graders and faculty members traveled to Washington, D.C. where they had a busy day visiting the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, the United States Holocaust Museum, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. 
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  • Quaker Cares

    The Quaker Cares Committee celebrated gratitude last week by having students, faculty, and staff fill out a turkey feather with what they were most grateful for. They also handed out sensory stickers for students' computers to share their own gratitude!
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  • Congratulations Dr. Townsend!

    Congratulations to Dr. Peter Townsend '75, who received the Delaware Athletic Trainer’s Association’s AT Ally award! Dr. Townsend played under Coach Tattersall as a student and has been the WFS football team's doctor for more than 30 years.
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  • How to Balance Mid-Terms in a Mindful Way

    Danielle Litterelle
    Meditation and breathing exercises can’t tackle your to do list, but they can help you calm down and center you to start again. Here are some wellness tips to help you slow down and do your best as you approach midterms.
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  • 6th Grade Experiments

    Something sixth graders look forward to from the start of their middle school journey is when their sciences classes visit the lower school to participate in experiments with the fifth graders. 
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  • WFS Hosts Chinese Teachers

    Last weekend, WFS hosted area Chinese language teachers and administrators for a learn and lunch. 
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  • Into the Woods

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of Into the Woods on your incredibly magical performances!
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  • IB Music and Visual Arts Students Visit NYC

    IB music and visual art students spent a beautiful day in New York City, with a morning dedicated to artistic and musical research at the Met Museum. 
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  • Jennie Lowe ’12

    Class of 2012
    “WFS cultivated my interests from a young age. I felt like teachers really knew me - both my strengths and my weaknesses. They allowed me to be who I was while also encouraging me to reach my full potential. I felt like more than just a student in the Class of 2012; I felt like an important part of the community.”
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  • Signing Day!

    Congratulations to Kira Agne ’23, Aubrey Nisbet ’23, and Jocelyn Nathan ’23 as they each signed their National Letter of Intent!
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  • 2D Visual Arts

    Upper school 2D visual arts students took advantage of our beautiful November weather to capture the fall light and color. 
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  • Día de los Muertos

    After first graders spent several days learning about the holiday Día de los Muertos in Spanish class, they spent some time decorating traditional sugar skulls.
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  • Quakerism Class Visits Meeting Houses

    Students in the upper school Quakerism & Thee course took a field trip to local Quaker meetinghouses. At Wilmington Monthly Meeting at 4th & West, they were welcomed by member and WFS trustee Darcy Rademaker who gave them some history and information. The students then visited and toured Centre Meeting.
     
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  • Halloween 2022

    As always, a fun, festive Halloween at WFS!
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  • Special Olympics Fundraiser

    The Special Olympics Club and Quaker volleyball teams, led by Jocelyn Nathan '23, hosted bake sales and an awareness match to raise funds for Special Olympics - Delaware. All told, they raised over $740 for the day! 
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  • WFS Garden News

    The WFS garden is still in bloom! This fall, sixth graders have been hard at work harvesting the fall crop, including cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell and jalapeño peppers, squash, and cantaloupe, as well as helping put the final touches on the new WFS greenhouse.
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  • Daniel Joseph ‘02

    Class of 2022
    “WFS taught me about teamwork and compassion when working on assignments and projects with multiple students. This was helpful in college and continues to be in the design world as it’s all about negotiation and teamwork!” 
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  • New Discoveries in Middle School!

    Jon Huxtable
    With an overload of parenting advice available in a world that seems to be ever-changing for adolescents, we are sharing our tips for you to help your child as they work their way through middle school.
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  • Third Grade Rockets

    Third graders explored forces and motion using straw rockets that they then launched with air! 
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  • Buy Your Tickets Now for "Into the Woods"

    There are two performances: Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($7 for students) and are available to purchase online here
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  • Painting Diyas for Diwali

    Preschoolers recently painted diyas in celebration of Diwali! 
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  • Celebrating 100 Years of WFS Girls' Sports, Plus a Tribute from the Governor!

    During our 100 Years of Girls' Athletics at WFS celebration on Homecoming Saturday, we recognized WFS student-athletes from seven different decades!
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  • Lower School Associate Teacher Retreat

    Last week, lower school associate teachers participated in a retreat where they discussed Quaker pedagogy, including the art and science of teaching and how it's being practiced at WFS. 
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  • Zooming Internationally!

    Fourth grade Spanish students zoomed with Greta Munch '25, who is spending the year studying abroad in Zaragoza, Spain, as part of the School Year Abroad (SYA) consortium, a national group of leading independent schools with a commitment to international education. 
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  • Faculty/Staff Professional Development

    As part of our most recent professional development day, faculty and staff were then joined by Emmy award winner Mark Scharenbroich, who has visited more than 3,500 schools in his career. 
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  • Spirit Week 2022!

    From pajama day to blue and white spirit day, our students had a blast with Spirit Week 2022!
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  • Fourth Graders Meet with Steph Curry!

    Fourth graders attended a special event hosted by Flipgrid with Steph Curry where he talked about his new book, I have a Superpower. 
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  • GLOW DAY Math Review

    What a cool way for sixth graders to review for their math test! Students received special invitations to GLOW DAY and were asked to wear white or neon clothes.
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  • First Grade Salsa Taste Test

    First graders had fun following directions to make two kinds of salsa (mango and tomato), taste tested both, and then graphed which one they preferred!
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  • Positive Affirmations!

    The Quaker Cares Committee asked upper school students to post positive affirmations in the Java Nook as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, which is held the first week in October to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. 
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  • Robert R. Hoopes ’85

    Robert R. Hoopes, Jr. ’85 is a successful entrepreneur and nationally recognized leader in the field of public policy, reputation, and business management.  
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  • Fall Scenes

    Scenes and smiles from campus this fall courtesy of our amazing faculty and staff! #worldteacherday
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  • Congratulations to Jianglin Shi!

    Congratulations to middle school Chinese teacher Jianglin Shi, who was recently accepted to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's STARTALK Chinese Teacher Program for the summer of 2023! 
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  • 5th Grade Trip to Camp Tockwogh!

    Fifth graders had a blast team building, canoeing, and exploring at their overnight trip to Camp Tockwogh in Maryland! 
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  • Hannah Beswick ’05

    Hannah Beswick ’05 is a global affairs specialist, whose work has spanned the United Nations, government, and academia.
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  • National Merit

    Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2023 who are being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. 
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  • Pre-K Paints their Inner Light

    Pre-kindergarten students painted their inner light as part of the lower school's September testimony project!
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  • Upper School Improv Class

    During upper school improv class, students warm up for class by doing an exercise called, "This is a ball." 
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  • You Can Do It! How to Get Back Into Community Service

    Many of us are interested in volunteering, but with the demands on our time and attention these days, community service and engagement can easily be placed on the back burner. Now more than ever there is a whole range of needs out there, and it’s never been easier to get involved. It just takes a little bit of planning to make that first step, and here are a few tips that may help:
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  • Kathleen Martin - NACAC Rising Star!

    Congratulations to Kathleen Martin, WFS Director of College Guidance, who recently received the Rising Star Award from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. 
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  • Middle School International Day of Peace 2022

    Over the course of the last five years, the middle school has engaged in a series of experiences to strengthen student's intercultural competencies and appreciation for the diversity of the personal stories each person contributes to the community.
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  • 8th Grade Trip to Philadelphia

    As part of their historical events and opera units, eighth grade students traveled to Philadelphia to visit the Museum of the American Revolution and to the Academy of Music to see "Otello." 
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  • Ben Osbun '66

    Ben has been involved with several non-profit organizations in and around Wilmington, including Wilmington Friends School, for the past 20 years.
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  • The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions

    Please join us October 6 at 7pm in the Friends Theater for a talk with Timothy L. Fields and Shereem Herndon-Brown, college admissions experts and authors of The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation About Education, Parenting, and Race. This event is open to the public!

    Questions? Contact Kathleen Martin, WFS Director of College Guidance at kmartin@wilmingtonfriends.org.
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  • School Year Abroad - Greta Munch '25

    In 2007, WFS became the first high school in Delaware accepted as a member of the School Year Abroad (SYA) consortium, a national group of leading independent schools with a commitment to international education. 
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  • 100 Years of Girls' Athletics

    Terence Maguire, WFS Archivist
    Part 1 of 2

    As we celebrate 100 years of girls' athletics at Wilmington Friends School, here are some highlights from the first three decades.
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  • Theo Nix, Jr. ’72

    Fly Like A Drone
    It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s drone power.
     
    Last April, two dozen students, staff, faculty, and WDEL gathered in the library for a glimpse into the future. Theo Nix, Jr. ‘72 presented on why the sky’s the limit in opportunities for FAA-certified drone pilots. The former corporate counsel for DuPont has founded a business to train pilots in five states including Delaware - and he wants to expand internationally, starting in Kenya.
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  • Upper School Service Day and Senior Bonding

    On Friday's upper school service day, groups of 9th-11th graders volunteered at local organizations including the New Castle County Hope Center, Easter Seals, and Food Bank of Delaware, among others. 
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  • Retired WFS Teacher Javier Ergueta Featured in Delaware Today's Top Teachers Issue

    Congratulations to retired WFS teacher Javier Ergueta on being featured in Delaware Today's Top Teachers issue
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  • Second Week of School!

    Check out all the amazing things happening during our second week of school!
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  • Upper School Club Fair

    The upper school Club Fair gives students the opportunity to learn about the many clubs available at WFS. 
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  • Donovan Aldridge '18

    Class of 2018
    “Make yourself known in everything that you do. It’s very easy to get ‘lost in the numbers’ at a large university, so it is important that your professors are able to put a face to the name and that you make an honest impression. These connections that you make with professors, advisors, and coaches can last a lifetime and can open up new opportunities that you never knew existed or help you achieve experiences that you have always dreamed of . . . I am able to do what I love in a way that I never thought was possible because of these professors, advisors and coaches.”
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  • First Grade Scientists

    In science, first graders answered the question, "How many colors can you make using the primary colors?" Quote of the day: "I made root beer color."
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  • Middle School Bonding Day!

    Middle School Bonding Day is an important tradition that gives students a chance to participate in games and activities to foster a sense of community among their peers and grow as a grade. 
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  • Congratulations Jace Boland '23!

    Congratulations to Jace Boland '23 who earned recognition for his outstanding performance on the PSAT from the College Board with the National African American Recognition Award!
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  • First Day of School 2022-2023!

    A rainy start to the 2022-2023 school year, but one filled with lots of smiles as friends greeted each other and teachers welcomed students back into the classroom. It's going to be a great year!
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  • Welcome to our new faculty and staff members!

    New faculty and staff members participated in orientation, including Quaker faith and practice training. We are excited to have this wonderful group join the WFS community!

    Back Row: Candice Culmer-Smith, Delaney Martin ’18, Joe Bennett, Rodrigo Saldana, Eddie Gallagher
    3rd Row: Rachel Anderson, Michelle Oosterbaan, Jaime Morefield, Maria Scott
    2nd Row: Esme Ayllon, Tami-Marie Gerber, Nick Childers, Jonathan Artis
    Front Row: Kate Griest, Danielle Woznicki, Rebecca Schedl, Michelle Lofton, Heather Derp
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  • Susan Woolley Katz ‘88

    Class of 1988
    Susan Woolley Katz ‘88 was a Lifer at Friends, as were her sisters (Laura Kemper ’81, Lisa Anderson ’82) and parents (Cynthia Pyle Woolley ’56, Clark Hullihen Woolley ’57). Many other generations of her family also attended WFS.
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  • Registration is open!

    WFS Alumni Office
    Registration is now open for the 26th annual Wilmington Friends School Smith McMillan 5K!
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  • Special Olympics & WFS Athletes Join Together

    The WFS football and soccer teams hosted athletes from Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) in mid-August. In the clinics, the athletes participated in drills together, learned a lot, and had a blast! This tradition is something that WFS student athletes and Special Olympians look forward to each year and is a great way to for them to connect. 
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  • Eric Kelley ’10

    Class of 2010
    Eric Kelley ’10 graduated from Williams College in 2015 with his degree in English. While at Williams, Kelley captained the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team and served as a member of the Black Student Union.
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  • 2022-23 Pilot Light Food Education Fellow

    Congratulations to lower school teacher Sia Willie who was named a 2022-23 Pilot Light Food Education Fellow! From their website, "Food Education Fellows are leaders in food education across the nation. Fellows implement weekly Pilot Light lessons, create new Pilot Light resources, and help to refine and evaluate what Pilot Light and food education looks like in classrooms."
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  • WFS Students Attend Governor's School

    Isabelle Bohner '24 and Abby Saliman '24 represented WFS last week at the University of Delaware's Governor's School for Excellence. This is a one-week summer residential program taught by university professors that brings together academically and artistically talented rising high school juniors in Delaware. Students live in residence halls and attend either the academic program, consisting of discussions, lectures and debates, or the arts program, which provides tutorial instruction and culminates in a special performance. Students are nominated through their schools through a competitive application process. Isabelle attended for vocal music and Abby attended for academics.
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  • From Summer to School: Top Tips for Transitioning Your Little Ones

    As school supply lists are distributed and classroom teachers announced, many parents are beginning to think about the new school year. Some may be a little nervous about how the transition from summer to school will go for their child, and we have a few simple tips that could help.
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  • David Venarde ’83

    Class of 1983
    "Most importantly, it helped me to value and appreciate silence and reflection, and I think it made me a better listener, which isn’t a bad thing in my line of work."
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  • Summer Math Fun

    Click Here for Summer Math Fun!
    Summertime provides a great opportunity to positively impact your child’s math journey. It’s a time to brush up on skills and develop them further. It’s also a time to explore math fun in real world situations. Whether you are looking for creative ways to spend days at home or during travel, the following activities will surely bring math confidence and family fun! (These activities are best for children in elementary school.)
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  • Eleanor Napoli ’16

    Class of 2016
    “I believe that the concept of active listening and learning was cultivated at WFS, and this included being open to feedback. Being willing (and knowing it’s okay!) to change your mind, and constructively disagreeing helped prepare me for post HS life. On the topic of seeing something differently, it was here that I learned that it is perfectly fine to disagree with someone or not see eye to eye, but it’s imperative for everyone’s personal growth and development to do so in a kind, respectful, and gracious way. I think this is the most powerful lesson I took away from Friends and one that I see necessary to practice daily in our world, now more than ever.” 
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  • Juliane Van Egmond ’68

    Class of 1968
    Julie Harvey Van Egmond comes from a long line of Quakers on her father’s side and was raised to believe in service to others.
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  • Grayton Downing ’14

    Class of 2014
    “Throughout college I spent my summers volunteering at Nemours hospital and since then, I always dreamed of working there as a physician.”
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  • CRISPR Technology at WFS

    For the past two weeks, WFS has been a part of the educational distribution of CRISPR technology (a method used to alter DNA) through a new summer intensive course for students entering their junior or senior year.
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  • Thank you!

    Thank you to Cynthia Stan Mellow, Rick Morrison, Javier Ergueta, Stephanie Gramiak, and Mike Benner as they dedicated a combined 122 years of service to WFS!
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  • "Relevance of Nonviolence Today" Course

    Relevance of Nonviolence Today: Virtual class offered by former faculty member Rick Grier-Reynolds, creator of the popular upper school class Peace, Justice, and Social Change. We invite all alumni, current parents, parents of alumni, and faculty/staff to enroll for this free online course.
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  • Ellie Anderson '14

    Ellie Anderson '14 spent yesterday with a national celebrity - Punxsutawney Phil - who predicted six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day 2022.
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  • Hunter Witmer ’10

    “One of the greatest lessons I took from Friends was how to think critically, which has served me well throughout my educational journey and into the professional world. It’s truly a skill that is valuable regardless of what you do in life."
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  • Ikechukwu Daniel Adebi ’18

    Class of 2018
    “I greatly appreciate WFS for giving me the opportunity to become an independent learner and teaching me how to write. Without these skills, I would not have had nearly as much confidence to go into research as I do now.”
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  • Alex Rudin ’13

    Class of 2013
    I attended Wilmington Friends School for 14 years, and by all accounts, I consider myself a “lifer.” WFS provided the bulk of my educational experience, which was the basis for my development as an artist and an activist. Throughout my attendance at Friends, certain core values such as integrity, community, equality, peace, stewardship, and simplicity were foundational.
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  • Peter Henderer ’89

    Class of 1989
    Peter Henderer ’89 attended Friends for three years for Pre-1st through 2nd grades, and then returned for 10th through 12th grades. On campus, he played football and lacrosse, played in the Concert Band and Jazz Band, served on the Service Committee, and was Clerk of the Business Meeting. After graduation, Peter studied at Bowdoin College, majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies, and serving as Co-President of the Bowdoin Outing Club. After Bowdoin he studied law at The George Washington University Law School and went on to the private practice of law in Richmond, Virginia. Peter’s practice is in commercial real estate, with a particular focus on tax-credit financed multifamily housing. On the side, Peter has grown a portfolio of his own residential rental properties. Outside of work, Peter has served on numerous non-profit boards, and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees at Richmond Montessori School, a Toddler through 8th grade school in Richmond. Peter is married to Armistead Edmunds Henderer and they have two teenage children.
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  • Laura Robelen ’78

    Class of 1978
    Laura Robelen ’78 was a 13-year veteran of Friends, following in the footsteps of her mother, Lois Moodey ’53. At Friends, Laura enjoyed participating in chorus and especially the annual Spring musicals. She served as Secretary of her senior class. The friendships made at WFS have stood the test of time, thanks to social media, and she regularly gathers with classmates living in the Wilmington area. Laura graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a major in Communication and Theatre and a minor in Psychology. Since 1988, Laura has been a licensed Realtor and is also an Associate Broker. She teaches the Pre-Licensing Sales class for her brokerage Long & Foster. Laura has been a fundraising volunteer for Delaware Hospice for the last 25 years. She has served as chair of The Festival of Trees for most of those years and also serves on the Board of Trustees and as Co-Chair of the Development Committee.
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  • Nathaniel Ruhl ’18

    2018
    “I learned to enjoy school, challenge myself, and develop in an environment where all of my teachers cared about my success and supported me.” 
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  • 5th Grade Original Composition

    Congratulations to the fifth grade choir whose original composition, How Do We Show Peace? tied for first place in the Delaware Music Education Association (DMEA) Young Composers Competition!

     
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  • Phoenix Mellow '08

    The Class of 2022 commencement speaker was none other than Phoenix Mellow '08.
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  • Creating a Rainbow School

    Today, faculty and staff met with Reverend Karla Fleshman, LCSW, MDiv, who spoke about "creating a rainbow school" in support of LGBTQ+ students.
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  • Middle School Fun!

    Middle school students had a blast yesterday with the sixth grade Olympics; the seventh grade visiting Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center; and the eighth grade visiting Sandy Hill Retreat Center!
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  • Music in the Parks Winners!

    Congratulations to our middle school band and choir who were both winners at last week's Music in the Parks competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania!
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  • Ukulele Tour!

    As a culminating activity in their ukulele unit, fifth graders prepared simple songs to sing and play on the ukulele and took their show on the road, visiting with with younger friends in preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. Everyone enjoyed listening and even sang along!
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  • Fifth Grade NYC Trip

    A culminating part of fifth grade at WFS is the spring field trip to New York City! 
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  • Middle School 5K!

    The return of the middle school 5K to benefit Hanover Food Closet at Hanover Presbyterian Church was a huge success! 
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  • 4th Grade Electric Convention

    Fourth graders recently participated in an electric convention - an opportunity for them to show their electric projects and games created during science class to lower school students and faculty.
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  • March For Our Lives Walk Out

    The upper school March For Our Lives Club held a walkout today to honor those lost in the recent Uvalde and Buffalo shootings. 
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  • Native Plant Sale

    Thank you to everyone who purchased plants from our native plant sale. Mason, Jace, Matt, and Hudson (all juniors from the Eco Team) helped us stay organized this week!
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  • College Counselor of the Year

    Congratulations to WFS Director of College Guidance Kathleen Martin, who was recently named Counselor of the Year by the Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling. 
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  • Tom Spiker ’93 & Jimmy Butterfield ’20

    A faculty member at the University of Arts in Philadelphia for the past eight years, Tom Spiker ’93 has taught many classes (and students) about music producing and engineering.
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  • Middle School Social Studies

    In social studies, seventh graders had the opportunity to visit with a Cuban immigrant, Reinaldo, and learn more about his experience in a communist country. 
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  • Xanadu!

    A huge congratulations to the entire cast and crew of the incredible upper school production of Xanadu!
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  • Middle School Fair!

    Yesterday welcomed the return of another beloved tradition — the middle school fair! Middle school students organize and man one activity per advisory, from a photo booth to obstacle courses.
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  • Poetry Discussion

    Patrece McAbee '22 recently visited with WFS fourth graders to share her poems and talk to students about writing poetry. 
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  • WFS Garden Update

    The middle school garden club has been hard at work - planting tomatoes, peppers, basil, cucumber, and more at the School's garden!
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  • Sunday Breakfast Mission Service

    Recently, seventh grade students prepared more than 250 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a snack, and a piece of fruit for Wilmington's Sunday Breakfast Mission, which has served the homeless, addicted, and impoverished for over 125 years.
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  • Wellness Day

    Last Friday, middle and upper school students participated together in wellness activities, ranging from yoga to meditation and team building!
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  • Visual Arts Foundations

    Visual arts foundations classes are drawing from life, using architectural elements from around the school as a first step in creating an abstract painting that will be inspired by their space.
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  • Sixth Grade Service

    Sixth graders recently spent time off campus for a morning of service activities in the local community. 
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  • Position Announcements

    Over the last few months we have been in the process of filling two critical positions on campus: our new Director of Equity, Justice, Community, and Engagement and our Assistant Head of School for Academics. 
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  • Architectural House Tour

    Last week, WFS kindergarteners took an "architectural neighborhood walk" throughout Alapocas as a culmination of their month-long house unit!
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  • Second Grade Wax Museum

    From athletes to world changers, scientists, and social advocates, this year's second grade wax museum did not disappoint! 
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  • IB Art Night

    Last night was the IB Art Exhibition, where students from the Class of 2022 had the opportunity to show friends and family their work over the past two years.
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  • National Day of Silence

    Friday, April 22 was the National Day of Silence - a day of silent protest and memorial of all queer voices silenced now and throughout history. 
     
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  • Peace Run

    WFS was a recent stop on the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, which was founded in 1987 by peace visionary Sri Chinmoy. 
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  • 7th Grade Service

    Seventh graders traveled to Material Resource Centers in Ephrata and Souderton, Pennsylvania, operated by the Mennonite Central Committee. 
     
     
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  • Earth Day 2022

    Third graders are all smiles on Earth Day after spending time earlier this week helping clean up the lower school campus.
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  • LS Visiting Author

    Lower School students met children's author Kelly Starling Lyons this week. 
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  • Senior Scroll Signing

    The end-of-year senior traditions have begun, with the Class of 2022 today signing the Senior Scroll and receiving their WFS laundry bag. 
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  • IB Extended Essays

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma is often considered the highest standard for college preparatory education.
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  • Pop-Up Debate!

    Eighth grade history/social science students recently visited the East Side Charter School APEX program, currently housed at the Teen Warehouse in Northeast Wilmington, to participate in a "pop-up" debate with APEX students, discussing the benefits and challenges of social media in our society for young people and adults.
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  • 4th Grade Artists

    Fourth graders recently created original works of art inspired by Spanish artists.
     
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  • Bowman Benge ’13

    “I think Wilmington Friends School pushes its students to try and pursue multiple interests.
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  • Senior Athletes

    Congratulations to the following WFS senior athletes who all signed letters of intent for collegiate athletics!
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  • Climate Scientist, Dr. Michael Mann

    WFS recently hosted our latest guest in the Nathan M. Clark speaker series, climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann. 
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  • Kindergarten Animal Study

    In a cross-curricular unit, WFS kindergarten students researched an animal of their choosing. 
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  • WFS Flat Park Ranger

    As part of their study on National Parks, third grade students send out "flat rangers" to the park they are studying. We recently heard from Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, who took third grader Felicity's flat ranger on quite an adventure!
     
     
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: Robotics

    The WFS Robotics Club, commonly referred to as the “The Bad News Bots,” placed 2nd overall in the Delaware FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship on Saturday, March 12!
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  • Latest Quaker Matters Podcast

    Tune in to our latest Quaker Matters Podcast, where lower school librarian Kate McCarron discusses the WFS lower school Information Literacy Program, which helps prepare students for middle and upper school and how to navigate the world of technology. 
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  • QUEST Trip to El Paso

    Over spring break, 15 WFS upper school students traveled to El Paso, Texas, to take part in a QUEST service learning trip.
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  • Ellie McGinnis

    2014
    “My time as a WFS student built a foundation of curiosity, empathy, and determination that I will always carry with me, but the most important lesson I learned as a WFS student comes from the George Fox quote in the front entrance of school: ‘Let your life speak.’
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  • Sunflowers for Ukraine

    Throughout Ukraine’s history, the sunflower has been used as a symbol of peace. Third graders created these pieces of art representing their hopes for peace. 
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: Mock Trial

    For the second consecutive year (and fourth time in school history), Wilmington Friends School won the Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition! 
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  • Fifth Grade Musical

    Congratulations to the cast of this year's fifth grade musical, Dear Edwina Jr., on an incredible performance!
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  • PRISM Night!

    It was great to see so many of our student and faculty's talents - from poetry to guitar - on display at PRISM Night! 
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  • Art in the Gallery

    The middle/upper school gallery is currently showcasing some interesting artwork based on a game that was started in the 1920 by the surrealists that is similar to the old parlor game, Consequences. 
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  • What in the World is IB?

    Many of us are familiar with Advanced Placement or “AP” courses in high schools, and oftentimes we see “AP” grouped with “IB” in references to more challenging coursework. But what exactly does IB stand for, and what does it mean for a child’s education?
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  • Yerba Mate

    Señora Morás joined Señora Knight's Spanish 4 class, who are finishing their unit about Argentina, to share about yerba mate.
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  • Upper School Lunch and Learn

    Upper school peace teacher Ryan Wood '16 hosted Corry Wright, Director of Youth and Diversion Services and Student Warriors Against Gangs & Guns at the Delaware Center for Justice for a Lunch and Learn. 
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  • Black Student Union Visits Lower School

    To wrap up their Black History Month activities, members of the upper school Black Student Union traveled to the lower school to read stories to students that highlighted Black history or protagonists. The lower school students love it when the “big kids” come to visit!
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  • CRISPR Summer Intensive Course

    "How can we ensure that the next generation of medical technologies is developed equitably to serve all people?" 
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  • 8th Grade Musical

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of our fantastic eighth grade musical performance - "13!"
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: STEMinist Club

    STEMINIST CLUB
    Led by faculty advisor and US Math teacher Sarah Stock Patterson, the WFS STEMinist Club meets every few weeks and provides a welcoming space for over 20 students to explore different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
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  • Upper School Visiting Artist

    IBHL art students hosted visiting artist, Aaron Terry who gave a talk on his work before demonstrating various printing methods and processes for the students to explore as they embark on a project of their own.
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  • US Lunch and Learn

    Upper school students joined Dr. Noble Thompson and teacher Donnie Morton '94 for a Lunch and Learn where Dr. Thompson shared his experiences as a physician and world traveler.
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: Math Appreciation Club

    Led by faculty advisors Sarah Stock Patterson and John Roskovensky, the Math Appreciation Club meets every “Day 1” and provides a space for students who wish to learn new math skills and review old concepts.
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  • Middle School Chinese

    The middle school Chinese classroom has come to life with a post-it dragon made out of Chinese characters written by students! 
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  • WFS Choir News

    Check out all this good news from the WFS choirs!
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: RAK

    Led by faculty advisor and Director of Technology Gregg Miller, the WFS Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) club meets every other “Day 5” and simply tries to uplift members of the WFS upper school through, as you might have guessed, acts of kindness.
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  • Ancient African Kingdoms

    Fourth graders have been learning about Ancient African Kingdoms and civilizations. For the culmination of the unit, they created a bulletin board that showcased their learning with interesting facts, maps, and pictures. 
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  • Zooming from France

    Last week, Izzy Miller '23, our student who is spending the year abroad in France, Zoomed with French 3 students to tell them about her school experience in France as part of the class' unit on education. 
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  • Black History Month Quilt Squares

    The WFS middle school affinity group Sisters of Color as well as seventh grade students worked on making quilt squares in honor of Black History Month.
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  • Cecilia Ergueta

    2018
    At Friends since Kindergarten, Cecilia ’18 has interspersed her Humanities studies in California with experiential learning in Germany. After a gap year in Berlin teaching children cooking on a kitchen bus, she entered an intensive program in Classics & Philosophy and designed costumes for the repertory Shakespeare Company during her freshman year at Stanford. When the pandemic moved classes online, she joined a Berlin social enterprise as a Marketing Manager.
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  • David Linton

    1978
    A big fan of the Stoic philosophers, David's mantra is: Strive, not arrive.  Winner of both the Mendenhall and Bush awards, David played sports, sang in musicals, and acted at Friends.  He finds the faculty to be the School's core asset.  Harry Hammond and Rick Reynolds in particular influenced his development.
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  • Hannah Kushner

    2017
    Hannah Kushner ’17 was a Lifer at Friends. On campus, Hannah ran on the cross country team and was involved with the FIRST Tech Challenge, Poetry Speaks, and Amnesty International clubs. After graduation, Hannah attended Lehigh University, where she studied environmental engineering and urban policy, with a focus on climate resilient cities. At Lehigh, Hannah was involved in political activities and stormwater management research. After graduating in January 2021, Hannah stayed on at Lehigh to pursue a master’s degree in environmental policy while serving as a Resilience Fellow with the City of Boston. Hannah intends to continue working in local government to develop climate resilient and socially equitable infrastructure. Connect with Hannah or learn more about her work on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/hannahkushner
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  • Hon. Shirley Padmore-Mensah

    Class of 1987
    After spending two decades as a private practice trial lawyer, Shirley shifted the focus of her career to public service. She credits WFS with instilling in her the many values needed to be an effective U.S. Magistrate Judge.
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  • Joey Gutierrez

    2007
    Joey Gutierrez '07 joined the WFS community in 3rd Grade. After graduation, he attended Bucknell University, where he majored in Comparative Humanities and founded a student group focused on philanthropy education. After college, Joey moved to the Bay Area where he has held various roles in education technology and impact investing. He most recently completed an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business and started working at an edtech startup in San Francisco.
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  • Josh Loeffler

    Class of 1999
    Josh just completed his second year as the head coach at Johns Hopkins University. The Blue Jays were conference champions in 2018. He joined Friends in the sixth grade and had four other siblings who attended the school, including Chris ’00 and Cassandra ’05. At WFS, Josh played football, basketball and baseball, and was involved in The Whittier Miscellany, Student Discipline, and theater.  He played basketball and football and was awarded the McCabe Scholarship. He has coached college basketball since graduation, acting as an assistant at Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Williams, Lafayette, Rutgers, and Loyola Maryland. He served as the head coach at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2006-08 where he helped take the Ducks to the Sweet 16. Josh and his wife Helen, live in Baltimore with two children.
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  • Kenji Endo

    Class of 2014
    After graduating from WFS, Kenji matriculated to Brown University and pursued animation and computer graphics. He interned at Pixar and had the chance to work on "Incredibles 2." Kenji is currently working as a technical director at Blue Sky Studios, whose next movie starring Will Smith is due out in the fall of 2019.
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  • Macon Sheppard

    2015
    Macon Sheppard ‘15 came to Friends in fall of 2006, along with his brothers, Owen Sheppard ‘17 and Grant Sheppard ‘19. At Friends, Macon was involved in the H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club after-school program, the World Affairs Club, the football team, and (briefly) the Model Organization of American States. After graduating from WFS, Macon studied at Georgetown University, where he majored in International Relations and minored in Arabic and Economics. At Georgetown, Macon was involved with the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and he studied abroad in Amman, Jordan in the summer of 2017. In August of 2019, Macon moved to Dubai to join McKinsey and Company as a Business Analyst in their Middle East Office. When he has free time, he enjoys exploring the city with friends, traveling, and making a fool of himself in foreign languages.
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  • Marguerite (Marty) Marston Kritkausky

    Class of 1970
    After retiring from a successful 30 year career at Ikea, Marty has embarked on an exciting second career as a transition life coach in Wilmington. Working as a life coach helps Marty pursue her passion of helping people achieve their goals. She credits WFS with instilling in her the curiosity, self-confidence and enthusiasm to try new things.
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  • Mike Coleman

    1988
    For Mike Coleman ’88, giving back is part of his DNA.  Following his graduation from Wilmington Friends, Mike has remained a fixture at the School as a coach, a mentor, a volunteer, and a financial supporter.  Throughout his 23-year stint at the YMCA in Wilmington, running youth sports leagues and summer camps, he refined his skills in youth development, skills he’s brought to his work at Wilmington Friends.  “I loved my time at the YMCA,” Mike explained.  “It really helped me to understand a lot about youth development, and also helped me hone my relationship building skills.”
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  • Tony Bennett

    2018
    “Throughout the years, I’ve been lucky enough to view WFS as being a family to me, throughout the tough times and the good. Quaker philosophy tells us that everyone has a light within them and I think this is exemplified by the incredibly caring nature of the school community.
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  • Tyrie Jenkins, M.D.

    Class of 1973
    Tyrie is a pioneer in eye care. She was the first person to perform LASIK in Hawaii, and more recently, was the first to perform laser assisted cataract surgery. She has fond memories of her experiences at WFS, and believes this school’s commitment to educational excellence has made her value life long learning.
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  • Quaker Youth Leadership Conference

    The Quaker Youth Leadership Conference brings students together for fellowship, workshops and a keynote speaker every year. 
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: Black Student Union

    Led by faculty advisor and upper school math teacher Erica Childs, the WFS Black Student Union meets every “Day 2” and provides a welcoming space for over 50 WFS students.
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  • Latest Quaker Matters Podcast

    In the latest episode of our Quaker Matters podcast, WFS Assistant Head of School for Academics Mike Benner talks about the WFS International Baccalaureate program, its core principles, and the impact that it has on students after they have graduated.
     
     
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  • Meeting an Olympian!

    It's Olympic season and fourth graders recently had the honor of visiting with two-time Olympic gold medalist Theresa Andrews! 
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  • Peace Activism in Haiti

    Michael Anello, Executive Director of the Haiti Reforestation Partnership, joined upper school peace classes to discuss his work in Haiti over the last 20 years devoted to peace activism reforestation.
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  • World Record!

    Congratulations to senior Max Leffler who was recently confirmed by the Guinness World Records as holding the fastest time in the world for the three-legged mile! Max ran the record-breaking mile last year with Anna Pryor from Ursuline Academy.
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  • School Year Abroad Update!

    Izzy Miller '23 continues to enjoy her school year abroad in France!
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  • The 4 Essential Outcomes of Quaker Education

    90% of the students who attend Wilmington Friends are non-Quakers. What brings families to Quaker education is often the appeal of an academic program with depth--one that truly asks students to think, to collaborate, to be creative, to take risks--within a caring community that balances focus on the individual with responsibility to the common good.

    This mission cultivates four major outcomes for students who attend Wilmington Friends School.
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  • Getting the Most Out of School Athletics Programs

    Whether as a participant or a fan, when we think of our experiences with athletics growing up, big moments come to mind, from the game-winning field goal that propelled our team to the state championship game to the final shot at the buzzer that sent us home. Moments like these become lifelong memories that help define our adolescent years.
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  • Nathan M. Clark Peace Speaker

    WFS recently welcomed the first speaker in the Nathan M. Clark Speaker Series, international peacekeeper Rebecca Davis. 
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  • Celebrating MLK Jr.

    Our school community took time this week to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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  • Upper School Robotics!

    The WFS Upper School Robotics Team, "The Bad News Bots," participated in the first scrimmage of the season at Tower Hill on January 15. 
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  • 3 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Middle School

    Deciding to invest in a private school education for your rising middle schooler can feel like an onerous process, and when assessing a school, it’s natural to want to look at college lists, standardized test scores, and advanced coursework offerings to help inform your decision. There is comfort in the concrete, and these things can be good data points. But how will you know if a school values development of the whole child and provides an environment that develops students to become their best selves?
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  • 8 Steps for a More Peaceful Home: Teaching Your Kids How to Resolve Conflict

    “It’s mine!” “No, it’s mine!” “No it’s not, it’s MINE!” Your blood pressure starts rising as you hear your kids yelling at each other in the other room. Again. For what seems like the fiftieth time today. How can you keep your cool and break what often feels like a never-ending cycle of conflict with your kids?
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  • Your Valuable Role in Your Child’s College Application Process

    Kathleen Martin, WFS Director of College Guidance
    If your child is pursuing higher education, at some point in their high school career you will likely feel compelled to step into, and perhaps even manage, their college application process. But when, how, and to what extent should parents and guardians be involved? What is the right balance to keep the integrity of the process belonging to the child and not the adults? Here are seven ways you can help your high schooler navigate this journey primarily on their own while lending valuable support.
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  • WFS Peace Speaker

    Please join us for a talk by international peacekeeper, Rebecca Davis, on Tuesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. in the WFS Theater or via livestream on our YouTube channel (https://tinyurl.com/mrx5v6ey).
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  • Quaker Matters Podcast

    In the latest episode of our Quaker Matters podcast, WFS Head Athletic Trainer Devon Adams talks about the importance of athletics, wellness, and the lessons we learn from both. Click here to listen today! wilmingtonfriends.org/community/quaker-matters-podcast
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  • Third Grade Detectives

    Third graders are enjoying their mystery unit in reading, noting patterns that occur across mysteries, thinking like detectives, and paying attention to clues and potential suspects. 
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