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So You Think You Know Your Teachers…

Some Sixth Grade Teachers Name: Padraig Barry Teaches: Science Room number: 25 Worst thing you could do in his class: Drink hydrochloric acid thinking it was water. Origin story: Some friends said I would make a good teacher. Most important thing he does for his students: Make sure they’re having fun learning.   Name: Rebecca Guenther Teaches: Language Arts Room number: 11 Worst thing you could do in her class: Throw up. Origin Story: I like helping people. I was going to be a nurse until I realized I couldn’t stand the blood. Most important thing she does for her students: Treat them with respect and as individuals, and hope they come out of my class with a new appreciation for LA.   Full name: Margaret Somerville a.k.a. “Magistra” Room number: 24 What you teach: Prima Lingua and 7th and 8th grade Latin Worst thing someone could do in your class: Take…


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Shallcross Renovation Exclusive

We recently interviewed Mrs. Quinn and Mr. Terrell to get you, the community, more information on the renovation of our shared community space in Shallcross Hall. Mrs. Quinn shared that the newly renovated building will have more glass so that visitors on tours will have an easier way to look into the classrooms without disrupting them. People will be able to look into our community from the outside, and it will be easier for folks to visit. Mrs. Quinn says that this change will “add more light and air” to the dining hall. The cafeteria may have a double height space and the architects are also thinking of making separate food lines so that we do not have to wait as long for the same delicious food!  The cafeteria should also have a cozier feel so that students are not compelled to sit on the art displays currently in the…


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Mini-Course Review 2015

Mini-courses are three-day classes of your choice that range in subject from science to art to history. Mini-courses are usually the week before Spring Break. There were ten different options for mini-courses this year: “ART + Chemistry = Alchemy” “Our Fightin’ Phils” “72-Hour Film Festival” (link to short films: “Kids with Superpowers,” “Taken by the Dark,” and “Lost and Found” are by FCS students) “WFCS: Phoenix Radio” (link to station site) “FCS Idol” “Survivor” “Celtic Designs” “The Arctic” “Lincoln’s Assassination” “Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology” In this brief review I will outline three of these mini-courses: ART + Chemistry = Alchemy In the alchemy mini-course, students focused on food chemistry and how different foods are made and composed chemically. On the second day, this mini-course took a trip to the Old Rittenhouse Village and made paper and pancakes. (Source: Hugh Braham) Lincoln’s Assassination In this mini-course, students watched videos on the assassination and looked at some of…


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Teen Comic-Con at the Free Library

Are you a student who loves anime, manga, and cosplay? Are you a Magic player? Well, then this event is for you! The Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting a Comic-Con (or comic convention) for teens ages 12-20. This event, “The Free Library of Comic-Con,” offers teens the opportunities to lead discussions, display their artwork, and participate in a cosplay tournament, where you can dress up as any of your favorite fictional characters. Warning! This event is NEXT WEEKEND! The Free Library of Comic-Con will take place on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia is located at 1901 Vine Street in Philadelphia. The Free Library of Comic-Con is FREE to attend. For more information, visit this site. Stay tuned for a review of the Comic-Con in a few weeks!


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Top 5 Console Video Games of 2014-2015

Game: Destiny Developer: Bungie Publishers: Activision, Sony Computer Entertainment Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3 Genres: Massively multiplayer, Shared world, First Person Shooter Rating: Teen IGN rating: 7.8/10 Release date: September, 9, 2014 Destiny has a very long planned timeline (ten years) with a contract for four games and 20+ DLCs along with four DLC add-ons that are going to be the size of the game. There are three classes in the game with two subclasses each, which allows for several different gameplay types. Currently, Destiny has one DLC out with another one releasing sometime in the second quarter (March, April, May). There is a large DLC called “Comet: Plague Of Darkness” coming out in September 2015; this DLC is going to be the size of the game and sold as a disc. This DLC will have twelve story missions, a new area, six PVP maps, three…



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Just Japanese: Most Popular Vocaloids

A vocaloid is a singing voice synthesis made by Yamaha and a computer software. The software allows users to put melodies and lyrics in order to synthesize singing. In other words, with this technology, singing can be produced without a singer using fragments of voices recorded from actual singers called the Singer Library. They have created musical pieces and have released them on Nico Video and YouTube. With these releases, vocaloids became extremely popular. Also the UGC (self-produced content) grew at a fast pace. From there, CDs with vocaloid songs entered the top-seller lists and became popular songs for people to sing at karaoke, The software and music created from it have created a music culture in itself. Vocaloid technology has grown stronger and now few people can tell their voices are fake. Vocaloids became so popular that they found a way to turn them into holograms for concerts. (Paraphrased…


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An Outsider’s Perspective on FCS vs. [Name Withheld] Public School

My friend and fellow journalist Kai Schenck of the eighth grade has offered to write me a story detailing his time in a particular public school and how it compares to his time at Friends’ Central. This is Kai’s story: I often hear people in the hallways complaining about various aspects of the school. Don’t be offended, teachers and staff. I’m sure you did the same thing when you were in school. I sometimes even join in on this practice, but what others don’t know is that this school provides a very different experience than others. Okay, so I went to this school called [NAME WITHHELD] Middle School for my sixth and seventh grade years. It was a rather rich and privileged public school. Being one of the best public schools in the Tampa Bay area, it was very crowded, with 850 kids in the school and about 280 kids per…


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Turtle Talk with Terry, Ms. Sims, and Mr. Ross

Hello, fellow turtle lovers! Here’s this week’s turtle fact: According to Mr. Ross, did you know that turtles have been around for over 200,000,000 years? It’s true! That’s WAY longer than modern-day humans have been around. MIND BLOWING! Stay tuned for next week’s fact! And now for our weekly picture of Terry:


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Service-thru-ART Spreads Peace with Amazing Piece

  As you may or may not know, Service-thru-ART is a group of students under the direction of Ms. Caroline Maw-Deis and the assistance of Mrs. Julie Gordon that helps beautify Friends’ Central School through their artistic talents. One of their most recent masterpieces, “Ying-Yang,” is a collage made out of a collection of [painted] bottle caps (partially provided by ART room recycler Julian M. Brenman) pasted on to a large cut out cardboard circle. This piece represents many things, including the fact that plain old trash can be put together to produce a beautiful piece of ART! However, Abby Donnenfeld ’20, a Service-thru-ART member, also added, “The ying-yang represents the good and the evil in all of us and that there is a little bit of everyone in everything. Nobody is black or white. We are all the same in some way.” This beautiful work can been seen on the bulletin…


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