News

2021

  • Alumni Baseball Game

    Quaker baseball held its annual alumni game with five decades of athletes in attendance! 
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  • Ducks!

    The Roos cared for seven ducks who hatched on Memorial Day and have been observing how quickly they have grown since! 
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  • First Grade Tea Party

    First grade students gathered for an end-of-year tea party celebration! 
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  • Jumping Jack Splats!

    Fifth graders applied their knowledge of Scratch to code a game of Jumping Jack Splats! 
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  • Senator McBride Addresses Graduates

    A huge "thank you" to Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride for her inspirational remarks to the WFS Class of 2021 at commencement!
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  • WFS Collegiate Athletes

    Congratulations to Christian Rosado '21, Bella Bukowski '21, and Luke Munch '21 who all signed letters of intent for collegiate athletics!
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  • Celebrities Who are Vegan and Why They Eat Plant-Based 

    Grace Morrison ’22
    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.
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  • Girl Scout Silver Award

    For her Girl Scout Silver Award, eighth grader Irene Kirifides created a reusable utensil holder. 
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  • Middle School Speaker

    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. 
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  • Gene Editing Workshop

    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. 
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  • Nick Bruel Visit!

    Earlier this spring, as part of a reading unit, third graders wrote to beloved authors. Charlie H. '30 wrote to Nick Bruel, author of the Bad Kitty series, among many others. 
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  • Project MUSIC

    For the last few months, several lower school students have participated in Project MUSIC through the University of Delaware.
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  • Upper School Debate

    Sponsored by the Upper School World Affairs Club, Sam Ritschel ’22 and Eden Cottone ’22 participated in a lunchtime debate last week on the question "Should recycling be a top "green" priority?" 
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  • Fifth Grade Rocket Scientists!

    Recently, fifth graders became "Rocket Scientists."
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  • Connecting Across Continents

    7th grade social studies students had a cultural exchange conversation with students from Mauritania who are connected with the MindLeaps program.
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  • Fifth Grade Immigration Study

    Fifth grade students have been hard at work interviewing volunteer immigrants and turning those interviews into narrative writing pieces. 
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  • Middle School Concerts!

    Middle school families and friends were treated to outdoor concerts yesterday! 
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  • Farm Friends

    The students couldn't travel to the farm this year, so the teachers brought the farm to them! 
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  • Designing a Town in First Grade

    Location, location, location!
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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 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.
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  • DE FIRST TECH CHALLENGE

    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!
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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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  • 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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  • 4th Grade Market Day

    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!
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  • IB Diploma Extended Essays

    Congratulations to our 2021 IB Diploma Candidates on their Extended Essays -- independent research projects on a subject of a student's choice. Click here to read them.
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  • "Be the Change" -- Music That Reflects Our Values

    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.
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  • Third Graders Show Appreciation!

    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!
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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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  • Photo credit: Farrah Skieky

    Prescription Chicken

    How one alum's Senior Exploration led to a creative soup business.

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  • First Graders "Apply" for Classroom Jobs!

    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.
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  • Athletes Sign Collegiate Letters of Intent

    Congratulations to Caroline Schumacher '21, Rosa Cochran '21, and Max Grimes '21 who all signed letters of intent for collegiate athletics yesterday. 
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  • Peter Brown Visits Lower School

    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
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  • Sixth Grade Gardeners

    The sixth grade garden club is up and running, and food yielded from the school garden will be donated to local food pantries!
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  • SISTER HUGS!

    A story about hugs from Liza Conces, our pre-kindergarten music and movement teacher:
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  • 6th Grade Egg-quations

    Mrs. Hegenbarth's 6th grade math students participated in an egg-quation hunt today!
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  • Thin Layer Chromatography

    First-year Higher Level IB Biology students performed thin layer chromatography to separate chlorophyll and other pigments from leaf tissue.
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  • Melody Scavenger Hunt

    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!
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  • Organic Community Garden

    Thank you to everyone who came out last weekend to help us with our organic community garden at Bellevue State Park! 
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  • ALGORITHMS AND AIRPLANES! 

    In computer science class, 8th graders made and flew paper airplanes, then returned to the classroom to write an algorithm (a set of instructions that a computer follows) for making their plane. 
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  • 5th Grade Museum Projects

    Fifth grade teacher Beth Hill '12 (pictured with her students) has been teaching about slavery––how it began, the passage, and modern-day slavery–– and recently students created a virtual museum. 
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  • First Graders Study Light

    During the study of light with Teacher Tim, first graders learned that light is needed to see objects and color.
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  • 5th Grade Musical - Super Happy Awesome News!

    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)
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  • Swim Team Makes History

    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.
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  • First Grade Opinion Writing

    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.
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  • Sixth Graders Learn About Voice

    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.
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  • First Grade Opinion Writing

    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. 
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  • Pre-Kindergarteners Whole Truths

    Pre-kindergarten students have been exploring the Quaker testimony of equality.
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  • Listen up! Fourth Grade Podcasts!

    Ever want to learn more about the lower school faculty and staff or if drinking tap water is safe? 
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  • Out of this world rockets and origami!

    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.
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  • Black Heritage Photo Challenge - US Spanish

    Upper school Spanish students took part in a Black heritage photo challenge as part of Black History Month.
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  • Mock Trial Wins State Championship!

    Congratulations to the WFS Mock Trial team who took first place in the 30th annual Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition! 
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  • 4th Grade Author Visit

    Today, fourth grade students joined Tiffany Jewell, author of "This Book is Antiracist" for a virtual conversation.
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  • How to Take a Graduation Photo in a Pandemic

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