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Let’s Honor Connor!

Imagine this: You are sent to a foreign country with only basic to intermediate skills in this foreign country’s language. You must leave all of your friends, say goodbye to your family, and go to a new school. Well, for Liu Zhi Hao, better known as “Connor” at FCS, this situation is a reality. In the summer of 2014, Connor embarked on the journey of a lifetime: moving to the United States from China. Connor told me that he moved here to study. At first, he was a student at Valley Forge Military Academy. Liu said, “My parents wanted me to become a man at that school. However, I didn’t enjoy it. So, I came to Friends’ Central School instead. I feel this school fits my personality more, and there is a larger variety of subjects I can study. It is very exciting for me to learn another language. Sometimes…


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Turtle Talk with Terry

Hello, turtle lovers! I am excited to share today’s turtle fact: According to SparkPeople.com,  “Turtles cannot project their tongues out of their mouths. Flapping the loose skin under their chin or throat moves air over the Jacobsen’s organ and allows them to smell.” Fascinating! Stay tuned for next week’s turtle fact!



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Top 25 Snack Foods

Hello everybody! This is Charlie Szwartz and Tucker Wolfson doing our first ever Top 25! What a historic moment! When kids usually get home from school, they head right to their kitchen, open the snack cabinet, and chow down on their favorite snack. But the only problem here… What should they eat? We met with a world class snack food committee (a.k.a. ourselves) and came up with the Top 25 Snack Foods Ever Created. Remember: This is just our opinion. It’s not all set in black and white. Everyone has their own opinion. So, LET’S GET STARTED HERE! #25: Cheese Sticks Number 25 on our list, cheese sticks! Cheese sticks happen to be in many lunch boxes around the world, and is a kid’s favorite for cheese snacks. They’re cheesy, stringy, and delicious! #24: Trail Mix One of the healthiest snacks around, trail mix is a mixture of nuts, fruit,…


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Haiku? More like “BYE”-ku!

At the beginning of the one-to-one iPad program last year, there was an application that has been recently discontinued: Haiku Learning. It has been replaced by Veracross and eBackpack. This was a decision made by Mr. Crowley (Director of Technology), Mrs. Quinn (Middle School Principal), Miss Schwobel (Technology Coordinator & Librarian), and other officials last summer. One of the interesting things about this choice is that FCS was using Veracross during the 2013-2014 school year, but thought Haiku would be a better program in the long run. However, after returning from a Veracross conference this summer, Mr. Crowley learned about new Veracross features and amenities that were not available when the school had used it. After sharing this information with fellow staff members, Miss Schwobel said “it was a no brainer” to switch back to Veracross. Miss Schwoebel shared, “Throughout last school year, we, the Tech Department, had been getting…


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Time Is Right for Fun Night

As the leaves have started to fall and we have taken our seats in our classrooms, there may a lot of sad emotions associated with this transitional time of year. However, there is an event this Friday that will be sure to get you out of your back-to-school-blues: the Second Annual Middle School Fall Fun Night! If you are looking to have a blast on Friday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Shallcross Hall, look no further. If you arrive at that place at that time, expect to have the time of your life until 10 p.m. You will be greeted by the options of playing video games, ping pong, and badminton. Then, as the night goes on, you will participate in various activities such as a movie (title to be announced), and a karaoke show. Finally, as a special treat, a huge ice-cream truck will roll into the parking…


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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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MusPaper: Track Seven

The MusPaper… Combining what you love about music with the joys of reading the newspaper!  


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