A Visit to the National Museum of African American History
Last week, the Class of 2025 visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of their continuing study of American history.
In small groups, students made their way through the museum, examining historical artifacts, experiencing multimedia presentations, viewing protest artwork, and delving into the rich and diverse experiences of Black Americans. Upon returning to Friends, students reflected on their experience in writing and class discussion. One common theme in their reflections was that the artifacts and interactive exhibits in the museum brought African American history to life in a way that reading about history could not. Several students noted that the museum highlighted Black joy and diversity, in addition to the challenges and legacies of racism. Many students also expressed a desire for more time at the museum and we hope students will return to Washington, D.C. and continue to explore the museum in the months and years to come.
Fifth graders had a great adventure in New York City! They visited the Tenement Museum where they learned more about the immigrant and migrant experience, enjoyed lunch at Madison Square Park, and then went to the National Museum of Mathematics where they participated in activities to illuminate the joy of math!
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.