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In October, Third Formers (ninth graders) were immersed in a day of alternate programming exploring the topic of character and citizenship, an emerging strategic priority at Haverford. I kicked off the day by sharing Marge Piercy’s poem “To Be of Use,” using it as a backdrop to consider the questions, “What are the qualities and behaviors of a person of strong character?” and "What are the qualities and behaviors of a good citizen?"
Support the V and VI Form prom and buy your Christmas tree at The Haverford School from Dec. 2-20! Fraser and Balsam Fir trees from 3’ to 11’ tall will be on display between Wilson Hall and Sabol Field. All tree sales are 50% tax deductible.
The Upper School Woodworking Arts class took a field trip to Spacht Sawmill in Fairview Village, Pennsylvania. The tour started with some basic facts about forestry, conservation, forest management, and the natural characteristics of trees and wood. Carol and Dave Spacht discussed with the boys old and new sawmill technology and what a sawyer looks for in a tree before cutting it into lumber.
Second graders were transported to the Wild West when real-life cowboy Chad McCormack stepped into their classroom with his leather boots, western hat, and “yes sir, no sir” timbre. McCormack, an Iraq War veteran who served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, is the ranch manager of Hobble Diamond Ranch in Montana. Owned by Robert '72 and Susan Burch P’13 ’28, the 30,000-acre ranch is home to horses, cattle, and pheasant. McCormack fielded questions from our boys, revealing some surprising facts!
In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Carlo deMarco '82, P'13 '16 tells us about his passion for cooking and what it takes to run a professional kitchen.
Candy Montgomery P'94 is part of the fabric of Haverford's history - quite literally. Since 1987, she has solidified the School's athletic dominance with the ceremonial stitching of the sweater following the School's Haverford/EA day wins. That's 22 gold stitchings over the years, a tradition she repeated on Nov. 16 following the School's eighth consecutive year of "keeping the sweater."
Students from the Villanova University Association for Change & Transformation (ACT) performed a compilation of skits for our Upper School community to generate dialogue about topics around power, privilege, difference, and inclusion.
Many social trends are affected by our youth who were born into an age with computers, cell phones, and social media as methods of communication. In an effort to recognize when there is a shift in social norms, as well as to forward the School's vision of creating men of character, I share the following thought: When did we hit the tipping point for the expression of gratitude to change from “You’re welcome” to “No problem,” and is this really no problem?
Art department chair Chris Fox presented at the 2015 International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on the topic of Boys as Makers. Fox walked educators through his Creative Process diagram, and explained how it facilitates experiential and cross-discipline learning practices.
By Dr. Kellen Graham, Upper School English teacher
As teachers, we want our students to feel safe and empowered inside our classrooms. But most of us know kids in our schools who feel unsupported or invisible. More>