Head of School Sam Houser served as a panelist during the webinar Coronavirus and Education in Aspen & America presented by Aspen Mastermind on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Panelists discussed topics such as the long-term educational and psychological effects of remote learning for students.
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George School film students were recognized for their work in the Greenfield Youth Film Festival, a showcase for films six minutes or shorter in length produced by high school students in the greater Philadelphia area. Julia Carrigan ’20 and Eric Guo ’21 took home first and second place in the documentary film category, and Jalsa Drinkard ’20 and Julia took the prize for the best screenplay.
George School’s Miranda Dobkin ’21 was recently awarded a National Silver Medal by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her short story, “The Death of the Mind.” The 2020 scholastic awards received around 320,00 works of art and writing from over 110,00 students. Receiving a National Medal puts Miranda in the top 1% of these submissions.
When the students in Danielle Picard-Sheehan’s photography classes left for spring break, they never imagined that their assignments might turn into a reflection of the Coronavirus pandemic. With the move to remote learning, the students were asked to create a photo essay of eighteen images that investigated parts of their lives.
Shelby Williams ’21 spoke as a My School Votes Student Ambassador at The United State of Young Women, a virtual three-day event that was held from July 22 to July 24. The event was organized as part of a larger national effort focused on gender equality that grew out of the Obama administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls.
The Wise Prize for Distinguished Teaching is an endowed gift from Brian Wise ’93 and his wife Nastaran. It will be awarded every two years to a faculty member to recognize sustained and distinguished teaching by faculty members whose demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence influences both students and colleagues.
Students, faculty, and staff are making the most out of their Summer quarantine at George School by participating in fun events around campus. They’ve enjoyed tasty treats like Bubble Tea and made their own Flatbread Pizzas in Marshall. Students can also stop by Marshall to watch movies with their classmates every week. Faculty and staff put together a tropical pool party in the FAC complete with pineapples, beach balls, and Hawaiian leis.
Intensive Biology students broke away from their screens and the boundaries of a traditional classroom to conduct a study of flower anatomy and the role flowers play in plant reproduction. One of the goals for the assignment was to offer an opportunity that was not dependent upon doing work on a screen.
I write, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, to reinforce Sam Houser’s message of July 9, 2020. We, as a board, carry our responsibility to George School with weight and care. That includes ensuring our school lives up to its mission to provide a nurturing and robust educational environment for all our students. We are reading the @BlackatGeorgeSchool Instagram posts with this interest and care. We are listening.