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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

The Quaker Quill

At the end of their final Collection, the class of 2024 streamed onstage for a final dance, and shouts of SEN-IORS!
Class of 2024's Last Collection [Brief & Video]
With heartfelt speeches and whole-class choreography, seniors said farewell to their teachers and underclassmen.
Members of Friends Schools class of 2025 pose for a photo before their first prom.
Photos, Dancing, Memories - and Don't Forget the Food [Brief]
Missed prom? A Quill correspondent and first-time attendee recaps everything you need to know.
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.

As Midterms Approach, 3 Tips to Stay Organized

In a special edition of Spice Advice, tech tips to make your exam season easier
Caroline Toll
Are you feeling this, whenever you open your planner? If so, you’re not alone. Exams are almost upon us, and the Quill has some tips to make it easier to get organized.

Midterms are approaching fast. The stress is hitting all of us hard. Assignments are piling up. Students are scrambling. Knees are bouncing. Nervous energy is everywhere. 

Spice Advice is here to help! Here are three easy ways to get more organized, using technology you already have. 

Note: This is just my personal experience. Everyone’s brains are different, so the strategies that work for you might be different but just as valid.

1)  Download the Gmail app on your phone and turn on push notifications

Checking your email regularly is an essential habit. What better way to do it than to have cute little emails pop up on your phone? 

Here’s where you go in MyFriends to add your own tasks to your school calendar – a handy life hack for exam time! (Caroline Toll)

2)  Add your own tasks to the Assignment Center

Your to-do list: now it’s not just that math homework on the assignment center. It’s sending that email, studying for that interpersonal, organizing that club – plus homework from that one teacher who always forgets to put it on the Assignment Center. Sometimes you have to take things into your own hands. Creating your own assignments for all your other commitments helps keep your to-do list all in one place. Click the ‘add task’ button and add the information you want. Then, throughout the week, you can mark your tasks as completed and feel proud. Or, bonus points if you prefer to use a paper planner. Whatever the method, keeping your tasks organized will make them more manageable and make you feel less overwhelmed. 

Once you’ve added your school schedule to the calendar on your phone, you can set up notifications so they appear right on your lock screen. (Caroline Toll)

3)  Link your school schedule to the calendar app on your phone

There’s always something to do during the school day: ask a teacher a question at morning break, go to a club meeting at lunch, attend tutoring during M Block. It’s hard to remember it all. I’d recommend linking your daily schedule to the calendar app on your phone and then blocking in your own personal commitments.

Watch this quick video to learn how to use myFriends to import a calendar. After you follow the video’s steps, paste the link into the calendar app on your phone. Not sure how to do that? Follow these steps. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can do the same process with the Google Calendar app.

Now your school schedule will appear in your calendar app. You can add your own commitments in between your classes, like club meetings, tutoring, meetings with teachers, and more. 

If you want to take it one step further, you can create a widget to be able to check your schedule with just a glance at your lock screen!

These simple organization tricks can ease the stress of exam time. But really, use whatever methods are best for you personally. Help yourself out by spending some time getting to know what organization skills work for you! 

Spice Advice wishes everyone the best of luck with midterms!

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Caroline Toll
Caroline Toll, Managing Editor
Caroline, class of '25, spends her time at Friends creating for the Quill and the yearbook, playing in the wind ensemble, playing badminton, and volunteering with the Hunger Committee at the Baltimore Station. In her free time, she likes to read, bake, do creative projects, go on walks, and take care of her plants.
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