Congratulations to our 8th Graders as we celebrate the next steps in their educational journey and the move to High School. One of our many end of the year traditions is the celebration of this transition to High School with a presentation of books and an individual speech from a faculty member for each 8th grader followed by their own speech about what New Garden Friends School means to them. Thank you 8th graders for your insightful words about your experiences.
Class of 2016
New Garden Friends School Celebrates the Class of 2016
New Garden Friends School held its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 21st at 3:00 pm in the Dana Auditorium at Guilford College. Head of School, Steve Blanchard, Middle and Upper School Head, Anastasia Zink, and Clerk of the Board, Nick Purrington, presented diplomas. In addition, individual students and their advisors shared thoughts and remembrances. A Baccalaureate Meeting for Worship Service was also held on Friday evening, May 20th, at Friends Home West.
New Garden Friends School, founded in 1971, seeks to be an inclusive, innovative educational community guided by Quaker beliefs and committed to honoring and developing each person's gifts.
The graduates were accepted at the following colleges and universities: American University, Appalachian State University, College of Charleston, Colorado State University, Concord University, Earlham College, Eastern Mennonite University, Eckerd College, Elon University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Emory & Henry College, Furman University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Hampshire College, Haverford College,Howard University, Johnson & Wales University, Lees- McRae College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Mary Baldwin College, Meredith College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Salem College, Sweet Briar College, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, University of Mary Washington, University of Nevada – Las Vegas University of North Carolina – Asheville, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill University of North Carolina – Charlotte, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Warren Wilson College,, Western Carolina University, Whittier College, Wingate University, Winston Salem State University, Wofford College
The graduates have garnered over $2,000,000 in scholarships to date, with offers still being extended. Each senior completed an individual service project with over 60 hours committed as a culmination of their leadership and service over the years at NGFS. Projects included working with the Center for New North Carolinians and building a Community Garden in a Latino neighborhood; designing and building the set of the 3rd-6th grade fall drama production; preparing and serving dinners at several school functions while donating the profits made to a local Behavioral Health organization; planning Blood Drives for the American Red Cross; interning at the NGFS Communications and Advancement office, and many more.
The members of the Class of 2016 are:
Eric Christopher Bartlett
Phoenix Genevieve Brown
Jordan Lynn Clodfelter
Fiona Erin Grant
Hezekiah Xavier Hicks
Jacob Lee Honeycutt
Atticus Benjamin Ignelzi
Emily Taylor Jones
Allen Jorsey, III
Victoria Ashlyn LeBaron
Margaret Murray Mahanes
John Joseph Opaleski
Alfred Luther Purrington
Osinachi Bright Smart
Dana LaShelle Spencer
John William Spencer
Emilea Catherine Stinnett
Sarah Anne Strickland
Carnation Ceremony Tradition
In our last full school Meeting for Worship today, Seniors were honored by their Sunrise (Kindergarten and TK) friends with a carnation to celebrate their upcoming Graduation. This continues the tradition where each year the seniors begin the year with the presentation of a flower for our Sunrise students.
Seniors Win Wrangler Art Contest
New Garden Friends School is proud to announce that Wrangler Jeans has selected the designs of two of our seniors, Jordan Clodfelter and Phoenix Brown, to be painted on concrete jean sculptures which will be displayed in downtown Greensboro. Wrangler announced a call to High School and College art students to design a pair of jeans that would represent Jeansboro. Here is a link to WFMY call to artist for the Jeansboro competition: WFMY LINK
#HighFiveforNGFS raised over $8,400 to add toward our ambitious fundraising goal of $430,000 this year.
Thank you to all who participated!
We are over 90% to our goal and hope if you haven't made a gift yet you will consider participating. Every gift makes an impact in our classrooms and for our students. Make your gift online now.
Our Statement of Support for All Individuals
In response to the passage of HB #2 during the special legislative session, we share the following statement of inclusion. This reflects our Quaker values and support for and acceptance of all individuals within our immediate community and beyond.
New Garden Friends School will continue to be a school that embraces diversity in all of its dimensions while emphasizing "that of God" within each individual. Our Quaker values including community, justice, diversity and equality remain at the core of our mission and educational experience. We are committed to providing an inclusive Quaker community for all while honoring and supporting each individual regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Osinachi Smart, Class of 2016 at New Garden Friends School, signed a National Letter of Intent to play at the College of Charleston next year. Osi, an international student from Nigeria, lives with NGFS parents, Cinda and Nick Purrington, at their home in Liberty.
Upper School Service Trip to Cuba
Welcome home to our Upper School students who spent 10 days in Cuba. Our group had many opportunities for Spanish language practice, several fun excursions, and meaningful work on two service projects. We visited four Quaker churches in the cities of Holguín, Gibara, Velasco, and Puerto Padre; and students had the chance to travel and interact with Cubans from ages 4 to 80.
From Robb Jolly, Spanish Teacher and Leader of the Spring Break Service Trip
Our group returned last week from a great trip to Cuba, which included many opportunities for Spanish language practice, several fun excursions, and meaningful work on two service projects. We visited four Quaker churches in the citiesOur group returned last week from a great trip to Cuba, which included many opportunities for Spanish language practice, several fun excursions, and meaningful work on two service projects. We visited four Quaker churches in the cities of Holguín, Gibara, Velasco, and Puerto Padre; and students had the chance to travel and interact with Cubans from ages 4 to 80. We were also able to donate a violin, a guitar, many pieces of "BearWear" and around 100 pairs of ballet shoes, thanks to the generosity of many members of our school community and beyond. Students enjoyed eating fresh guava, papaya and pineapple; roast chicken and pork; bananas prepared five different ways; and--of course--many variations of rice and beans. Our Cuban friends were even more eager to talk to us about current events this time, given the headlines about our presidential election, Obama's visit this week and recent changes in policy between our two countries. Here's hoping that both Americans and Cubans can soon travel freely back and forth, and thanks to everyone who helped to make this trip happen!
Seniors Receive Over $1.2 million in Merit Scholarships
10 members of our current senior class have been awarded over 1.2 million in merit scholarship opportunities this year so far.
The scholarship offerings include 5 of our students who have also been invited to compete for additional scholarship opportunities either through a presidential or honor scholarship invitation or an invitation to audition for a performing arts scholarship.
Awards range from $9,000 to $63,000 per individual per year with some students receiving multiple offers. The scholarships offered to date are all renewable over the 4 years of the students’ college experience.
This is an amazing accomplishment for our class of 20 students so far this year and we have much to look forward to as more announcements are made in the spring.
Arriving tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 23), 36 middle-school students and 6 teachers visit Duke University, Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill and New Garden Friends School in Greensboro during a week of cultural and educational exchange. The school group is from No. 9 Middle School in Zhuhai, China.
The students from No. 9 were invited by New Garden Friends School (NGFS) in Greensboro for a cultural exchange. Lore W. Fariss, Director of Advancement at NGFS, explains that the school is developing a long-range plan to significantly expand global initiatives and international programs. This "sister school" exchange is part of that strategy.
Lore W. Fariss Quote: "As a Friends School community, we embrace diversity in all of its dimensions and are excited to welcome our new Friends from China. We hope that our partnership is just the beginning of a long relationship with Zhuhai No. 9."
The Chinese school also has ties to the area through Duke University’s DukeEngage program, which places 425 undergraduate volunteers in communities around the world each summer. The DukeEngage program in Zhuhai, China, led by Duke University Prof. Hsiao-Mei Ku, has taught English and arts electives to students at No. 9 Middle School since 2010.
When they learned about the school exchange in neighboring Greensboro, the Duke students who were part of DukeEngage in Zhuhai last summer helped to organize a weekend visit for the No. 9 students and teachers on campus in Durham. Nearly 40 DukeEngage alumni and participants will join with Prof. Hsiao-Mei Ku to welcome the students and teachers to campus. Duke student Sagar Patel, who participated in DukeEngage last summer, is helping to spearhead the activities at Duke this weekend.
Sagar Patel Quote: "Last summer I embarked on one of my greatest college experiences to Zhuhai, China. I absolutely loved Zhuhai, No. 9 Middle School, the Chinese teachers, my host family, and my students. I wanted to help organize this visit because I wanted to provide my friends and students with an enriching experience in America similar to the experience they offered me in Zhuhai."
This Youtube video about DukeEngage-Zhuhai showcases Middle School No. 9:
NYTimes reports the need for both critical thinking AND social skills in tomorrow's workers. NGFS families know that we've been teaching that way for over 40 years. Check out this NYTimes piece by Claire Cain Miller. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/upshot/how-the-modern-workplace-has-become-more-like-preschool.html?ref=topics&_r=1
NGFS Upper School History students along with History teacher, Peter Kalajian joined hundreds of citizens who marched to the State Capitol in Raleigh as part of "America's Journey for Justice" in support of voting rights. Students were selected in a random draw from a large pool of interested students to participate in the March. Participating students were Virginia Ignelzi, Molly McGill Carter and Ethan Digby-New.
The students had the opportunity to visit with NAACP national president Cornell Brooks who participated in the rally on September 3.
From CSI to Dragons and Dungeons to Pirates and more ....
We have a program for every age from 3 years old through 8th grade.
Summer Camp Registration is now available. Visit our webpage to learn more about the awesome themes for our summer weeks this year.
You won't want to miss out so register early to avoid disappointment.
Upper School Merit Scholarships
Merit Scholarship Program for High School Students
Extraordinary Character ♦ Academic Excellence ♦ Demonstrated Leadership
New Garden Friends School is pleased to announce that applications are available for the High School Merit Scholarship program for the 2015/2016 academic year. The program reflects our values as a Friends educational community and will be awarded to students who demonstrate extraordinary character, academic excellence, and leadership.
The scholarships are open to rising Upper School students. Four high school awards will be given out each academic year. Two awards will be given to rising NGFS 9th grade students and two awards will be given to students new to NGFS with preference to rising 9th grade applicants.
Scholarship awards are 75% of tuition and are given in addition to need-based aid. (Total awards may not exceed 100% of yearly tuition.)
The scholarship application deadline is February 16, 2015 for students applying to New Garden Friends School for Upper School. Scholarships will be announced on March 2. Application and recommendation forms can be downloaded from the website, or obtained by calling 299-0964.
Guilford College and NGFS Form Cooperative Partnership
Guilford College, New Garden Friends School Collaboration to Benefit Families at Both Institutions
New Garden Friends School High School students will have an option of enrolling in courses at Guilford College, and the children of Guilford employees will receive a tuition discount at NGFS, under a new agreement between the two institutions.
NGFS, an independent school offering preschool through 12th grade, is guided by Quaker faith and practice. Guilford was founded by Quakers.
“This collaboration makes great sense for both of us,” said Guilford President Kent Chabotar.“Both schools are committed to the value and strength of Quaker education, and we are pooling resources to benefit our students. The diversity of both institutions will provide a wonderfulopportunity for added dialogue and understanding in addition to promoting opportunities for Quaker education among our own faculty and staff.”
NGFS Head of School Ari Betof noted, “The roots of our school started with the inspiration of Bruce Stewart and Jim Newlin while they were at Guilford College. Through the years, Guilford College and NGFS have looked for opportunities to collaborate in ways that benefit both of our communities. This new agreement continues to build upon the strength of that partnership.”
NGFS juniors and seniors who qualify will be able to take courses at Guilford for college credit under a plan coordinated by the Office of the Academic Dean at Guilford. These classes will provide advanced subject matter and greater curricular depth while allowing students to receive dual credit. In addition to New Garden’s own rigorous curriculum, Guilford courses will help prepare NGFS students to succeed in a vibrant college learning environment.
There is also a joint commitment to encourage more NGFS graduates to enroll at Guilford, and to encourage more Guilford faculty and staff to explore the options for their children at New Garden.
The College already enrolls public high school students through The Early College at Guilford, which was established in 2002. In 2012, Guilford entered into an agreement with American Hebrew Academy that allows Hebrew Academy students to take courses at Guilford, and allows Guilford student-athletes to use the Hebrew Academy’s first-rate track and swimming facilities. New Garden students have taken courses at Guilford in recent years, but the new agreement will solidify this partnership.
Guilford faculty and staff will have the opportunity to apply for their students’ enrollment at New Garden at a reduced tuition rate. Guilford employees have often chosen NGFS as the best fit for their students. The new tuition structure will make New Garden even more attractive.
“Our hope is that this agreement makes an NGFS education even more accessible to Guilford College families,” said Betof, a Guilford alumnus. “As a Friends school with such close ties to Guilford, we want to ensure that an NGFS education is a viable opportunity for the children of all Guilford employees.”
NGFS names Merit Scholars
Merit Scholarship Recipients Announced
New Garden Friends School is pleased to announce that Lauren Atwell and Lauren Drafz have been named New Garden Friends School Merit Scholars .We congratulate these accomplished students who will be joining our community next year. Each winner demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, character and leadership. The scholarship provides for 75% of the full tuition costs for four years of our Upper School provided the recipient remains in good standing.
The recipients were chosen from an outstanding group of applicants. A selection committee reviewed each application, and criteria for the award included extraordinary character, academic excellence, and leadership. These characteristics represent the heart of the New Garden Friends School educational community. A profile of the recipients is included below:
Lauren, a rising 9th grader, is currently a student at Northern Guilford Middle School where she participates in band, soccer and track. An avid soccer player she is also a member of the GUSA Classic team. She is also a certified scuba diver and has participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for the past four years.
Lauren is characterized by her teachers as an outstanding student with a strong work ethic and exceptional leadership qualities.
Lauren and her family will be moving to Greensboro from Richardson, Texas this summer. She is a rising 11th grader. Lauren is an avid dancer and enjoys playing her saxophone as first chair in her school’s wind ensemble group. She has been involved in numerous community activities, including the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure and the Turkey Trot to fight hunger. Lauren is described as a student with an amazing work ethic with a quiet yet dependable leadership style.
We are thrilled to have these two students joining the NGFS community next year and look forward to the many contributions they are certain to make both in and out of the classroom.
We are in the process of forming an Alumni Council and you can make a difference. Help us connect with our former students and alumni by volunteering some time - it will help NGFS but also be fun for you to reconnect with your classmates and friends.