Fifth graders Mariah, Isaak, Mary, Giana, Nura, Alexander, and Sofia, along with their choir directors, Emily Fareed and Katie Martinenza '99, attended UD ChoralFest Junior. ChoralFest is an honor choir experience for local upper elementary, middle, and upper school students from the greater Delaware region. Students from Friends joined over 160 singers for singing workshops throughout the day and an evening performance under the direction of UD choral faculty. It was an outstanding choral experience!
The digital landscape plays an essential role in the lives of students and adults, and at Wilmington Friends School, we want to equip our students, families, faculty, and staff with the necessary tools to ensure that they make positive and safe decisions online every day.
Early years students participated in a fall festival today planned by early years assistant teachers which included an obstacle course, the Quaker Bakery and Friends Farm Stand, fall-themed sounds, leaf painting, and lots of dancing!
Wilmington Friends kicked off the 275th Webinar Series on Thursday, November 9, with "How Networking Enhances Your Brand," featuring Andy McEnroe '04, Managing Director for Raymond James; Monterry Luckey, Deputy Director of the Delaware Workforce Development Board; and Lynne M. Williams, Executive Director of Great Careers Group & BENG; and moderated by Connor Dalton ’08.
The Quaker Cares Committee is back in action for the 23-24 school year, continuing its mission of creating a safe space for students to talk about mental health and to spread awareness about mental health support and resources.
As part of our 2023 Homecoming and 275th anniversary celebration, Emily David Hershman ’09 joined WFS Head of School Ken Aldridge on Saturday morning to deliver a proclamation from Governor John Carney's office.
With 35 years of collective experience leading Wilmington Friends School, Ken Aldridge (2015-present), Lisa Darling (1994-2005), Bryan Garman (2006-2015), and Bill Goulding (1973-1976) provided insights at the October 20 Heads Panel that reminded the audience that our Quaker school, with two campuses tucked away in Alapocas and serving children in preschool through 12th grade, does indeed seem to have a “secret sauce” that makes us unique.
As part of our special 275th year celebration, the entire WFS middle school community traveled to the Wilmington Monthly Meeting House at 4th & West--the original site of Wilmington Friends School--for a special Meeting for Worship.
Kindergarten students recently listened to a read-aloud of "The Skin You Live In" by Michael Tyler and explored the diversity and the variety of skin tones of the children in the story before creating their own self-portraits!
From preschoolers to fifth graders, our lower school students had a blast this week at their Field Days! They played soccer, ran through obstacle courses, practiced their archery skills, and stayed cool with plenty of water games!
Lower school students again participated in Big Bang of the Books, a reading club shared across WFS, Tatnall, and Tower Hill that includes more than 170 students! The year culminates with a fun spring gathering where students participate in challenges, and this year they got to Zoom with author Gordon Korman, who wrote "The Fort," which was voted favorite book by the students.
Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade band and choir members who traveled to Hershey Park for the Music in the Parks Festival, where they received a first place, superior rating for band and a first place, excellent rating for choir!
The middle school Asian Affinity Group traveled to the lower school to read stories to students that highlighted Asian history or protagonists. Lower school students loved meeting the middle school students, listening to the stories, and learning more about Asian heritage.
Members of the Eco Team met with representatives from Practical Energy Solutions, who had recently completed an energy audit and assessment at WFS, to review their recommendations on how as a school we can improve lighting and internal loads, plumbing and hot water use, our HVAC systems, and increase our solar energy potential. The Eco Team will use these findings to help implement energy solutions across the school.
One of the favorite traditions of senior year at WFS is time spent with first grade buddies. Juniors got a jumpstart on this before the school year ends, meeting with their buddies (current kindergarteners) and having a blast! They can't wait to spend more time together next year.
All International Baccalaureate diploma candidates are required to undertake an independent research project on a subject of their choice, with supervision by a faculty mentor, culminating in an essay of approximately 4,000 words.
It was great to have so many grandparents and special friends join us at the lower school last week...They enjoyed partaking in classes, learning more about the school, and simply having fun with their student!
In April, upper school students Maddie Miller '24, Tess Wolf '24, Jalen Stewart '24, Pablo Charriez '24, and Collier Zug '24 attended the Delaware Youth Congressional Conference at Delaware State University. Sponsored by U.S. Senator Chris Coons, the goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for student leaders to join together to discuss important issues and learn how to make a difference in the local community. Students met and attended workshops with Senator Coons as well as Senator Tom Carper and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, and also engaged in a community service activity to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware.
The end-of-year senior traditions have begun, with the Class of 2023 signing the Senior Scroll and receiving their WFS laundry bag. This tradition has been a part of the senior class spring for more than 20 years!
Upper school students participated in two lunch and learns this week. The first was WFS parent Matthew Heckles who is the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator. He spoke to students about homelessness in America and Delaware and what they can do to help. Next was Leslie Porter '76, who spoke about our dependence on healthy eco-systems and shared several non-profits that focus on the health of the planet, wildlife, and animals well-being.
Darlene Amobi, vice president of the Hockessin Historical Society, parent of EJ Amobi '99, and grandmother of Taj '32 and Tavin '34, presented to the third grade about Henry "Box" Brown, a man who escaped slavery by having himself shipped in a crate to abolitionists in Philadelphia, and his connection to the Underground Railroad in Hockessin.
Seventh graders recently traveled to two Material Resource Centers in Pennsylvania, both run by the Mennonite Central Committee, which help to provide hygiene kits, canned food, educational supplies, and other resources to refugees and other displaced people throughout the world. Students sorted, organized, packaged, and even helped assemble quilts on this valuable service day.
Congratulations to fifth graders Ishani and Drew who both earned first place in the qualifying round contests for the Delaware Math League competition! They now have an opportunity to compete at the next level in May. Good luck!
Fellow students and family members were treated to a fantastic performance at the First Grade Circus! The student-performers wowed the audience with their skill and coordination in events including hula-hooping, juggling, walking the balance beam, and plate-balancing! This WFS tradition is not inly fun, but it helps children with hand-eye coordination, strength, and balance.
WFS teachers Carlos Charriez, Kelley Cox, Karen Horikawa, and Tim Dalby attended the National Science Teaching Association Convention in Atlanta. During the three-day event, they took part in workshops and refreshed their best practices using Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) targets, technology, inquiry lessons, and sensemaking.
During middle school activity period this year, a group of students dubbed "Lower School Helpers" have been traveling to the lower school to assist in different classroom activities, including: reading to classes; packing up canned goods for a food drive; practicing math facts and word problems with second and third grade; playing soccer with kindergarten students; and helping organize the music closet with Teacher Katie.
Throughout the school year, Assistant Head of School Eddie Gallagher, who is in his first year at WFS, has been visiting lower school classes to, as he puts it, "see some of the 'magic' I've observed from afar while I walked the hallways." Below is his most recent reflections sent to lower school faculty and staff.
Congratulations to the 29 middle school students who are representing WFS at the 2023 DAIS Middle School Art Show! Their work will be displayed throughout this week at Ursuline Academy's Fusco Hall. Click here for more information and hours: https://tinyurl.com/mrxwk3a7
Congratulations to Lorne McDonnell '25, who represented WFS as one of five percussionists in the Delaware All-State Senior Band, performing under the direction of Dr. Patricia Cornett. Lorne and his fellow 10th-12th grade musicians from across the state spent three days planning their performance.
Beth McClelland Lutostansky '88 recently presented to a packed house of upper schoolers––including those in the Environmental Science class and the STEMinist Club––on her career in the energy industry.
Reverend Karla Fleshman and her colleague, Finn, presented to seventh graders a long-awaited and much-requested workshop on gender identity, gender expression, and creating “affirming and safer space for LGBTQIA+ students.”
The upper school World Affairs Club welcomed New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer '90, who spoke to students about the role of the state/county legislature, with a focus on the HOPE Center in Wilmington, whose mission is to house and support individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and the GreeNCC initiative, a county-wide program aimed at improving the environment and enhancing the quality of life in New Castle County.
International Baccalaureate art majors and higher level visual arts students traveled to Washington, D.C. to view artwork at the Hirshhorn Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of Asian Art.
Happy Panda Day is such a great send off to Spring Break--lower school students met with Ivy the therapy dog, made friendship bracelets, hunted for leprechauns, and practiced yoga, all in the comfort of their pajamas!
Thank you to all who came out and supported the Home & School Used Book Sale! Over 55 volunteers - adults and students alike - moved, sorted, and sold books, games, CDs and DVDs, and had a great time in the process. Shoppers found new books to add to their libraries, with one staff member saying it was her favorite day of the year!
Second graders celebrated the 100th day of school this week with lots of 100-day activities, including writing what life might be like 100 years from now, finding all the ways to make 100 in math, making 100 day glasses, and brainstorming 100 reasons to love school!
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 about gun control legislation.
It was a record-setting day for the WFS indoor track & field day at the 2023 DIAA State Championship meet on Saturday afternoon. Two WFS relay teams posted new school records and another four relay teams recorded season best times!
Congratulations to the cast and crew of "Original Sin," this year's Student Run Production. The original horror story was written by Jack Hebert '23 and directed and led by Jace Boland '23 and Maddie Schaen '25. Photo credit: Helen Liu '23
Michael Anello, Executive Director of the Haiti Reforestation Partnership, visited upper school Peace and middle school social studies classes to speak about the organization's work and how reforestation has led to incredible environmental and community development in Haiti.
Thank you to everyone who attended last week's Home and School Parents for Multiculturalism Potluck, celebrating family traditions and cultural dishes from Nigeria, Turkey, Brazil, Kenya, China, Jamaica, and Argentina!
Kindergarten students celebrated El Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) by wearing their "coronas" and leaving their shoes outside of the Spanish classroom in anticipation and hopes that the Three Kings would swing by WFS and leave treats!
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