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Friends juniors prepare for the 2023 Homecoming dance.
'Back to the Future' at Friends School [Brief]
Homecoming 2023 threw students from the '80s to the future, as DJ Ok got everyone on their feet, and even faculty busted a move.
Fans line up for snowballs from a Kona Ice truck during a break in the rain on Scarlet and Grey day.
Scarlet & Grey Day Hits the Quarter Century Mark [Brief]
On a recent rainy Saturday, Park and Friends School sports teams faced off in a series of contests, cheered on by hundreds of soggy fans.
On the final day of Spirit Week, seniors dressed in Friends School colors - scarlet and grey - for the annual Pep Rally.
A Silly, Spirited Week [Brief]
Leading up to Rivalry Day, students dressed up to show their school spirit - and sense of humor.
A senior accesses the Common App landing page for the University of Delaware. As college deadlines approach, the class of 24 is sleepy and stresses.
Seniors Feel College Pressure as Early Deadlines Approach [Brief]
The mood in senior hall is tense, as sleep-starved teens scramble to finish their essays - along with a heavy load of mid-semester schoolwork.
The Morgan State University Marching Band processes down the Friends School driveway, lined with cheering crowds of students, from preschoolers to 12th graders.
In a Year of Tragedy, Morgan Band Concert a Particular Gift [Brief]
Friends students expressed gratitude for the marching band's energetic performance - especially so soon after a shooting on the Morgan State University campus injured five students.
In Orioles fan and 12th grade dean Josh Carlins office, Friends memorabilia and a recent Baltimore Sun front page celebrating the teams winning season have pride of place.
Fans Dress for MLB Success on Friends' 'Orange Thursday' [Brief]
Led this season by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, the Orioles have won back the hearts of many Friends School fans.
Award-winning novelist Jenny Offill visits the 10th grade English class of Rob Traviesso - her own former student.
Upper School Author Visit Brings Reunion [Brief]
Novelist Jenny Offill spent a day on campus meeting with students at the invitation of her own former student - English teacher Rob Travieso.
Senior Maeve Reichert, head of the literary magazine Mock Turtle, talks to potential 9th grade recruits during the 2023 clubs fair.
Highlights From Upper School Clubs Fair [Brief]
Dozens of clubs showed their stuff and courted new members at the high-energy, candy-fueled gathering on the quad.
Seniors line up in the heat to have their final yearbook photos taken.
Seniors Say (Melted) Cheese? [Brief]
This year's senior yearbook portraits fell during a record heat wave.
Lunch & M? Try Lunch & Melting [Brief]
Lunch & M? Try Lunch & Melting [Brief]
Heat broke records this month at Friends School of Baltimore.

Commencing Collection [Brief]

From Neighborly Notes to the Upper School’s first Collection, Friends School welcomes students back to start the year!
Kristen Andrews
Seniors and senate co-presidents Macy Goldberg, Noah Ripke, and Harrison Fribush kicked off the school year’s first collection with a gripping video.
New Upper School Head Brandon Rogers introduced himself to the student body, and taught them a new word: ‘kuleana.’ (Kristen Andrews)

Welcome to the first 2023-24 all-Upper School assembly!! 

During Collection on August 30th, students got to experience many firsts! They sat in new seats, embraced new people, and welcomed new Upper School Head Brandon Rogers to the community. 

With a riveting, “Mission Impossible”-themed video, new senate co-presidents Macy, Noah, and Harrison introduced themselves, and prepared the community for the “mission” of the 2023-24 school year.  

Dean of Students Travis Henschen then re-informed the student body about the student handbook. Students were shocked to find out that some rules had already been violated! They learned about all the parking violations in the first week.  

Luckily, the dress code hasn’t changed much; still no camo like past years. Besides that, Henschen kindly reminded the student body about the school’s values and the rules that all students must follow while on and off campus. It’s important to always keep up a good image. Henschen’s positive attitude will always be a great way to start the year!

Rogers had briefly introduced himself to students in his weekly email “Neighborly Notes,” but he expanded on that during Collection. He opened their eyes to the fires and disasters occurring in Maui – near his former school – and introduced the idea of kuleana; a new word to define community responsibility. 

The Friends Upper School Community prepares for the first Collection of the 2023-24 school year. (Kristen Andrews)

Rogers’ intro showed the crowd the type of person he is and how wonderfully he will fit into the giving and respectful Friends School community. He also showed how important charity is to him. Following Collection he sent a lovely Neighborly Note to give students ways to help those affected by the fires. 

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    Anirban BasuSep 30, 2023 at 8:56 am

    This is brilliant and upbeat. Well done!!!!!