I have been vegan for over a year now, and love it! Through being vegan, I have taught myself how to cook, I feel better, and I have more energy. As an athletic person, I am less sluggish during workouts, and am able to perform to the best of my ability.
Middle school students recently met with WFS parent Dr. Taryn Fletcher, who worked as a teacher and school administrator for almost 20 years before writing a book and starting her own business to help schools incorporate more cultural diversity in their classrooms.
Last week, WFS teachers Kelley Cox, Ellen Johnson, Courtney McKinley, and Karen Horikawa participated in a gene editing workshop given by the Christiana Care Gene Editing Institute at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.
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.
1978 A big fan of the Stoic philosophers, David's mantra is: Strive, not arrive. Winner of both the Mendinhall 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.
Tony Cheng, Frank Murphy, Devin Wallace, and Collier Zug represented the WFS robotics team 7584, “The Bad News Bots,” at the DE FIRST TECH CHALLENGE State Championship on Saturday, May 9. The competition pits robots built and programmed by the students in performing a variety of tasks in two and half minutes matches. They had a dozen matches against teams from across the state and had a lot of fun learning and competing in this challenging event!
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
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.
WFS 4th graders plan and design their own products, market them to consumers, earn wages, obtain a business license, and rent classroom space to sell their products on Market Day. Learn about what this teaches them and see all of the cool products they came up with!
In the recent upper school Chamber Singers concert, students sang “Be the Change” chosen by music teacher Margaret Anne Butterfield who noted in her introduction that the piece adapts texts of Gandhi; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; The Gospel of Matthew; and the composer, Laura Farnell, and employs a phrase in Swahili.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Third graders got a jump start on celebrating last week when they presented an acrostic poem (which they learned about during National Poetry Month) to Teacher Tim to show their love for all they discovered in science this year!
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.”
FIRST GRADERS “APPLY" FOR CLASS JOBS! While learning all about community, combining reading, writing, math, and social studies, first graders filled out job applications for classroom jobs, ranging from line leader to pencil sharpener.
Author Peter Brown's much-anticipated visit to the lower school earlier this week was a huge success! His books highlight many of our Quaker spices from stewardship in The Community Garden to peaceful resolution in The Wild Robot.
Enjoying yesterday's beautiful spring weather, Teacher Katie and Teacher Emily (our University of Delaware music student teacher) placed melodies outside for fourth grade students to find as part of a melody scavenger hunt. As students located each melody, they labeled the solfege, sang it, and notated it!
Congratulations to Teacher Katie and all the stars of the 5th Grade Musical, Super Happy Awesome News, for an incredible performance! Thank you to the many friends and family who joined us for this special night.
Presented through special arrangement with Beat by Beat Press (www.bbbpress.com)
The Wilmington Friends School boys 400 relay team made history on Sunday, February 28, when they placed third in the State Championship race, becoming the first known all-Black swim relay team in Delaware to make the podium.
First graders are engaged in their new writing unit about opinion writing. Students brought in collections from home, evaluated each other's collections, and wrote opinion pieces on which item was best.
Sixth graders recently completed their unit on the voice in Exploring Music. They have been demonstrating their understanding through short essays on the process of creating sound, followed by creative projects on the anatomy and function of the larynx.
First graders are engaged in their new writing unit about opinion writing. Teacher Patrick began the unit by sharing a collection of small erasers and picking the one that he thought was the best. He then gave three reasons why that one eraser, the dog, was the greatest. Once he had a turn, the kids had a turn picking one of the erasers and explaining why that was the best.
Seventh graders participated in a "space challenge" in Mrs. Hegenbarth's class, learning all about an astronomy topic that they feel passionate about, including this one about how NASA uses origami to help them transport large solar arrays.