Throughout the 2021-22 school year, numerous distinguished guests visited Friends Select or spoke at school-sponsored events, either in person or virtually, to share their expertise and experiences with our community.
As Friends Select’s head of school and administration lead the implementation of Advance Friends Select, they are developing a comprehensive plan to form, engage, and evaluate partnerships. Progress has already been made with the overarching goal of developing such partnerships, including the hiring of a director of equity and inclusion and a director of city curriculum.
Friends Select continues to implement a strategic plan that:
•Grows mission-based opportunities with businesses, government, arts, cultural, and educational institutions that enrich and support the educational program.
•Strengthens cross-cultural connections and reach through academic programming and international experiences.
•Cultivates and effectively manages and promotes meaningful projects, internships, and leadership experiences for students.
•Leverages reciprocal partnerships to enhance educational, financial, and facility goals.
Current events often trigger memories of past happenings. Last fall, upper school music teacher Heather Fortune’s Instrumental Ensemble was paid a virtual visit by professional pianist, composer, and Friends Select graduate, Stewart Goodyear ’96. This reminded us that Friends Select has partnered with many performing arts institutions throughout the city.
“By spring break, the majority of Friends Select’s employees, as well as staff from Friends Childcare Center, were fully vaccinated at the school’s two-part, in-house clinic,” said school nurse Kelly Papianou P’29.
When Friends Select students began the 2021–22 school year, they were welcomed with new learning spaces in the Parkway Building, thanks to the Advance Friends Select: Transformation Campaign.