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Cultivating Joy during CommUNITY Day

April 12, 2024

“Cultivating joy is a learned skill,” says Mikael. “It's mental, spiritual, emotional, physical, and relational crossfit training. It is a muscle that needs to be exercised daily.”

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“Water Is Our Legacy As Well”: Keisha Hirlinger on Music as History, Collaboration and the Joy of Performance

February 23, 2024

From the origins of West Africa through the Middle Passage, to the pools, rivers, lakes and oceans of the United States, the water has borne witness to our lived experiences.
Keisha Hirlinger explores the perspectives of the water and those who have experienced joy, life, death, sorrow, resilience and love in both its reflection and below the surface.

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Whistling through the Graveyard

February 20, 2024

“You’re only at your best when you come together,” explains Jade Sander '24, a senior on the AFS varsity track team. “This year, I’m excited really get to set that pace for everyone. Last year, I tried to bring a bunch of my friends out to try. I wanted to step into that leadership role, to show people that it’s not about being fast, it’s not about where you run — you just have to want to run. The rest takes care of itself.”

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The Monster is a Messenger: Seventh Grade Horror Stories Ignite Screams, Laughs and Conversations

January 26, 2024

What makes a story horrifying? In seventh grade, English, Theatre and Art team up to build a House of Horrors, and students take the lead.

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The Healing Powers of Sound and Silence: Jenny Burkholder and Roseanne Liberti on Quakerism, Podcasting and the Art of Storytelling

December 19, 2023

Recording a podcast is a lot of fun, but it's also a lot of work. Roseanne Liberti and Jenny Burkholder knew what they were signing up for, but they also saw an opportunity – to tell stories rooted in individuals' journeys of discovery and healing, and to do a lot of laughing along the way.

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AFS Students Launch Newspaper The Blue and White

October 26, 2023

A budding interest in journalism, truth and perspective has led to the launch of an student-led newspaper at AFS!

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Why Focus on Student Choice? Adena Dershowitz on the Sense of Accomplishment

June 2, 2023

Why do we focus on experiential learning and student choice in education? AFS Director of Experiential Learning Adena Dershowitz reflects on the way that student choice can transform an educational experience from an externally imposed process to one in which the student engages wholeheartedly in the work of learning.

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What Role does Dignity Play on Campus? Mikael Yisrael on Developing a Culture of Dignity

May 17, 2023

How can we honor our differences and leverage them for the greater good of our community? AFS Director of Equity, Justice and Engagement Mikael Yisrael considers the importance of dignity in a school and how we can take the first steps to developing a culture of dignity by making sure we're looking at our culture through the right lens.

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AFS Senior Grace Barlow Wins WHYY Youth Media Award

May 5, 2023

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, AFS Senior Grace Barlow received a WHYY Youth Media Award for her work documenting the UC Townhomes protest in 2022. Already an accomplished writer, producer and budding journalist at 18, Grace sits down with AFS to talk about her journey thus far and where she wants to go next.

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What Deserves our Attention? Dan Taboada on Helping Students to “Pause and Think”

April 21, 2023

What does it look like to ask our students to pause and think? AFS Director of Student Wellbeing and Support Dan Taboada reflects on the question: "What deserves our attention?" In the digital age, students are often overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information and arguments approaching them from all directions. Questions of digital literacy and discernment are coming to the forefront—and schools like AFS are developing resources to start these key conversations.

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