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Staying Healthy This Fall and Winter!

The change in weather usually brings on an increase of colds and sickness. FCS is no exception. Our Middle School has been experiencing a sudden wave of sickness ranging from a mild cough to the flu. Alex Rice ‘23 was recently sick and he said it affected his athletic performance.   Sickness has a lot of impact. It causes school absences, missed sports games not to mention the just feeling awful part. And then there is all of the work you have to make up once you get back to school. Lucky for us there are some things we can do to help prevent getting sick this fall. You can try to get a flu shot to prevent sickness before it even happens, Try to avoid coming in contact with sick people because the flu and colds spread really easily, If you are sick you should stay at home to…


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Visits FCS!

We as a full FCS community had the honor of hosting Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, whose research helped expose the Flint water crisis. She was here for the public on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:30 pm at Friends Central School, Shallcross Hall at the City Avenue campus. But the students were lucky enough to meet her in person. She will met with the Lower School, Middle School, and the Upper School during their assembly periods. Dr. Hanna-Attisha also wrote a well-reviewed book called What the Eyes Don’t See about helping discover the Flint water crisis. The Flint crisis started when the city of Flint was losing money. So Flint switched from Detroit water to water from the Flint river. But river water is harder to treat than lake water and this treatment was being done by a water plant that had not been operational for 40 or 50 years. The problem…


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Stream Data: An Ad for 8th Graders

Stream Data: Ad for 8th Graders Something you should know about the stream data project due on 11/16/18 8th graders. I know many of you are stressed about the stream data website project due 11/16. If you are interested in extra credit on the project, you can get “Up to 10 points for publishing some aspect of your project in FCS Just the Facts or the Phoenix Inquirer (the middle school newspaper)”. If you would like to add an aspect of your project to the newspaper for 10 points (almost 2 pages worth of points) Please email me at kbrady@friendscentral.org. Some things that might be a good idea to add could be a video on how to conduct a water quality test, Some nice photos that you took at the stream site, one or more of the environmental problem paragraphs, or a special project. Please notify me (Kyle Brady) by…


Middle School Water Polo: Embracing the Loss

It is fair to say that until recently the middle school water polo team was not having a great season. Game after game we lost. There was only one place to go and that was up. It would have been easy to give up, and it was tempting on the bus ride home after our third, fourth, fifth loss in a row. But amazingly enough the losses didn’t make us miserable. As a team we may not have been winning but we were still having fun. Coach Anderson brought us donuts after a rough game against Penn Charter.  Even when losing we laughed a lot. Like the day Avner Schwartz ‘25 pulled a snack size ziplock bag out of his swim locker with his speedo easily folder inside and said, “we shouldn’t be forced to wear something that can fit inside a potato chip snack bag.” and we all burst…


Chromebooks vs. iPads

Today I’m going to be talking about Chromebooks and iPads, Which one is better? Well I asked 35 people  at FCS and here are the results.  Chromebooks: 9         iPads: 26 So as you can see most people prefer iPads. According to the people who answered the question, here are the pros and cons of each device. iPads: Pros: notability, faster, better camera, easier to use (meant for kids), more variety of apps Cons: keyboards, break easier, no chrome extensions, less storage, no USB ports,   Chromebooks: Pros: Battery life,  Keyboard, Chrome extensions, More storage, Comes with stylus, Cons: Slower than iPads, Not as easy to use camera, Unreliable, Worse photo storage   Victoria Schwoebel (Pro Chromebook) Middle And Upper School Tech:  It was an administrative decision, we felt that the Chromebooks suited all the needs of the Middle School. When this came out, it seemed suited for…


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