Sarah Mayer ’22: GS Weekends

by Sarah Mayer ’22 

At George School, there are many activities that students can partake in. They are offered as weekend activities or as clubs that occur during the week. Clubs are created by students who have various interests that they would like to share with others. They are usually held throughout the week at whatever time works best for the group, though some clubs do hold weekend activities for the whole school. Some of the clubs that are offered are the social justice club, photography, biochemistry, plus many others. Each weekend at GS there are always many activities students can do. In fact, the student activities board sends out a whole schedule of a weekend filled with events. An example of some activities are the fright fest at six flags, going to movies, going to the mall, and there is almost always a sports game you can watch. George School offers many activities that I would encourage students to partake in.

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Why Choose the IB?

Andrew Arth

By Andrew Arth ’19 

Hello Friends, and welcome to week 2 of the blog.  The number 1 question I get asked on tours is why did I choose to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma.  “Do you even plan on going abroad?” they ask.  “Is it better than AP?” or “Why do you need a second diploma?” are the two follow-ups which I always am ready for.  Well, let’s start with the basics.

Yes, IB is a secondary diploma which is an addition to your George School diploma. No, it is not required by George School, in fact it is wholly optional. No, it is not “better” than AP and AP is not “better” than the IB, they are simply different entities.  And to answer the last question of why, I think it is more important to understand the minds of George School students.  As a community we are a group that tends to seek out knowledge, to question preconceived notions, and lean into the unknown.  We embrace dissenting opinions in search for a greater truth, in search of the light.  So, you may be asking at this point, “Well, how does this at all relate to the IB?”

In my opinion, the IB only helps to expedite this process of in-depth thinking.  It truly is a worldly education and an opportunity that not many are afforded.  It places emphasis on real world skills like writing, field work, research, and reflection.  The IB not only pushes the idea of exploration, it necessitates and places students in opportunities to do so.  When writing Internal Assessments, you are evaluating and offering solutions to real world, modern day problems.  You are not training yourself to be the problem-solvers of tomorrow, you are becoming the problem-solver of today.  It is much more than an academic tick mark, a diploma to hang on the wall, and a conversation piece to impress interviewers down the road.  It is a way of thinking and learning that is more holistic, encompassing, and reflective than any else, in my opinion.  So when the question of “why IB?” is raised, I think to myself “why not?”

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Weekends at George School

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by Zau Haskins ’21

One of the most fun ways to end a week and take your mind off stress from school is during a GS weekend. Each weekend on campus is planned with a theme and includes many activities and fun trips to go on. There is never a bland time on campus because there is always something you could do! Some of the weekends on campus include Upper and Lower Dorm Weekends which encompass bar-b-ques, a great selection of movies to see with friends, ice cream socials with the members of your dorm and other dorms to get to know new people, mall trips, and even late-night food trips! My favorite weekend at GS is Harvest Weekend. This usually takes place during the fall time where it is cold outside so some of the activities include hot chocolate in Marshall, haunted Hayrides with friends around campus, s’more roasting, pumpkin carving, and apple butter making just to name a few. My favorite part about this weekend is seeing not only GS students coming out to the different events, but also seeing faculty families and other local families coming together and having a great time. This was very exciting to me witnessing how friendly and welcoming the GS community is to everyone which is the foundation of a Quaker Community!

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The Importance of an Advisor

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Sarah with her Advisor and collection group

by Sarah Mayer ’21

When I started freshmen year George School I was a little nervous regarding the amount of time and effort that would be required to meet the rigorous academic requirements. Since then I have grown to appreciate the academics and emotional support that is provided. George School really focuses on our mental health since they realize the amount of work that is given plus the additional stresses of extracurricular activities puts a lot of pressure on us. When you join the community you will be randomly assigned an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member who meets with you along with 3-6 other students 3 times a week. The advisor is someone who you can go to for any reason and is there to ensure you are successful. Another academic support GS provides are consultations, which are when you meet with a teacher for guidance academically. For example, you need to go over some material or any other issue that would need to be consulted there is time allotted at the end of the day to do so. Another option is, each night during study hall there is writing, language, math, and other services to help you with whatever you may be having trouble with. Overall GS provides a very helpful support system.

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Meet Andrew, Class of 2019

Andrew Arth

by Andrew Arth ’19 

Hello Friends, to begin I would like to introduce myself.  I am Andrew Arth, a senior day student, IB Diploma candidate and two sport varsity athlete.  I will be taking you through my first term of my senior year at GS, but first you should get to know me a little better.  The story starts with my brother, who graduated in 2014 and showed me what George School was, what it is, and what it could be.  I fell in love with it at first sight, infatuated and drawn in by the sprawl of South Lawn, the history of the brick, and the energy of the students.  Fast forward, almost eight years and here I am.  I am a co-founder and leader of a club, 2 year member of the Discipline Committee, a 3x varsity captain, a writing center mentor, and perhaps most importantly writing this blog to you, the reader, right now.  This is my most important task to date because I want to share what George School means to me and what it could possibly mean to you.  There will be ups and downs, highs and lows, victories and losses, but most importantly there will be one constant: George School.  It is the glue which holds our very community together. Let me share it with you.  Signing out for now.

 

-Andrew

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Meet Zau, Class of 2021

Zau H. '21

Each term, George School Ambassadors will write blogs detailing the George School experience through their eyes. We hope you enjoy meeting Zau ’21 and following her George School journey.

Hey Everybody!

My name is Zau Haskins and I am a sophomore boarder! As an eighth grader on my tour at George School, I was drawn to how friendly and warm the environment was. One of the main reasons I said yes to GS and became a tour guide was because my tour guide was very joyful, and her energy was contagious, she created a safe space for conversation for an observant and quiet person like I was and continued a connection with me while entering the school as a freshman. Coming from Atlanta, Georgia, adjusting to a new school in a completely different region without my parents was a challenge of my maturity as a young adult. While in middle school, I was very reliant on my parents. They would always check in on me to make sure I was on top of my work. When the thought of going to a boarding school was introduced as an option for me, I immediately considered it because I wanted to become more dependent on myself so that when I go to college I am prepared to knock out any obstacles that come my way. George School made this transition very easy for me because there was always an opportunity to be involved with the community through different clubs, collections, sports, and much more! Overall, George School is a very comfortable, welcoming environment to be in and easy to get accustomed to even living hours away from your home.

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Meet Sarah, Class of 2021

Sarah Mayer '21

Each term, George School Ambassadors will write blogs detailing the George School experience through their eyes. We hope you enjoy meeting Sarah ’21 and following her George School journey.

Hello Everyone,

My name is Sarah Mayer and I’m a sophomore day student. Over the last two years, I have grown to love this community both academically and socially. A few of my passions are musical theater, science (specifically medicine), and hanging out with my friends. The friendships I have made are sure to last a lifetime. Another aspect of George school that I like is the diversity. I have met students from around the world including France, China, and India. Initially, I was introduced to the Friends or Quaker Community when I attended Buckingham Friends School. Each week for the last ten years I have been attending Quaker Meeting for Worship. Meeting For Worship is held once or twice a week when the whole community will sit in a shared silence to reflect on one’s thoughts, and if they feel moved to speak they can share these thoughts. Another reason I have really enjoyed attending a Quaker school is the thoughtful community where the teachers ensure an academically friendly community. I said yes to GS because of the friendly academic community where everyone can prosper in their own way whether it be academically, athletically, artistically, or whatever path you choose.

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Erin’s Corner: Nutrition for Immune Health

Erin Sheridan

by Erin Sheridan, MS, RD, LDN, George School’s registered dietitian

We’ve all heard that good nutrition is essential to strengthening our immune system, but what exactly does “good nutrition” mean? Here’s some information about the key nutrients your body needs to fight off infection. Keep in mind, there are many vitamins and minerals that play a role in immunity, so it is important to eat a variety of healthy foods every day.

Protein plays a role in many functions in the body, including our immune system functions. Find protein in foods such as lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans, nuts, and some soy products. These foods also tend to be a good source of zinc, which helps the immune system work properly, and aids in skin health and wound healing, keeping bacteria out of our bodies, literally.

Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system. It also acts as an antioxidant that eliminates free radicals, which can damage your immune system cells. Get vitamin A from sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, apricots, and eggs. Vitamin E is another antioxidant that eliminates free radicals, so your immune cells can focus on doing their job to keep us healthy. The best sources of vitamin E are nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils (like sunflower oil).

Vitamin C plays a role in the formation of antibodies, thus boosting immunity and speeding up the recovery process if you do get sick. Find vitamin C in foods like oranges, strawberries, grapefruit, and bell peppers.

While good nutrition can certainly strengthen your immune system, it is not the only factor that impacts our ability to fight off illness. So, be sure to reflect on your sleep patterns, exercise routine, hand washing, and stress management tactics for a happy healthy fall season.

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Ideas For Staying Connected

 

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by Zach Sharma ’18

When I came to George School, my biggest fear was that I would lose my friends from middle school. I had a very close group and I thought I might lose connection with them. However, it was easier than I thought to keep in touch with friends from my old school. I think I spend more time with them now than I did during middle school. If you’re like me, and want to keep some of your best friends, try some of these ideas:

  1. Make a group chat
    By far, the biggest reason my friends and I stay connected is over the phone. While a group chat isn’t more preferable than seeing one another in person, it’s an easy way to talk to all of your friends at once. Besides, it makes planning much easier. I get to see my friends so often because one message in the group chat can start a whole day of hanging out with them.
  2. Invite them to campus
    My friends have come to GS many times, and it’s been for a number of reasons. Though one of the reasons for my friends coming to campus is to act in my films, there are other ways to keep them involved in your George School life. My friends always come to see the play, for example. Sometimes, a few of them show up just to hang out with my friends from George School.
  3. Introduce them to your George School friends
    One of my favorite reasons for keeping in touch with friends from my old school was to see how well they got along with the people I met at GS. Though it’s a lot of people, it’s more fun to spend time with all your closest friends rather than half of them. The best part is that you never have to worry about inside jokes again. When all your GS friends know those from your middle school, they share the same jokes and pastimes. 

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Welcome from the Head of School

Dear George School Community,

As a new academic year approaches, I would like to invite us all to reflect on the nature of promises.

A promise declares a future action, an assurance that something will be. It says something about our reliance on each other that we accept and make promises all the time, often giving our word with casual, unnoticed, ease: “I’ll have my art project finished soon,” we might say. Even saying, “See you later,” implies a promise. At George School, assurances abound: a teacher’s syllabus, a sports schedule, a lunch menu – all promises.

What, then, is the ultimate, abiding promise of George School?

Together, we may explore this question and its many possible answers over the course of the year. One aspect of all our answers, however, springs from the Quaker search for Truth. That search for Truth asks much of us: thought, creativity, discipline, energy, and openness. The search will lead us many places, and it is the journey of a lifetime. Whatever our individual roles in this search for Truth, I think it is important to note that the big-picture promise of George School is rooted in the promises we all make day-to-day.

I, for one, am excited for the ways in which I will fulfill my promise to continue championing this distinctive and powerful institution, unapologetically leading it into an even brighter future. Let me also promise you that this will be a tremendously exciting year at George School—one of exploration, positivity, connection and joy in challenging mind, body, and spirit.

What are you promising?

Thank you for being who you are, and for sharing your talents, your aspirations, and the promise of a bright future with this wonderful community.

I am looking forward to seeing our students make their way back to campus soon. In particular, I would like to extend a warm welcome to new students, new faculty and staff members, and to share my thanks to the Physical Plant staff who have been hard at work on various summer projects, including adding a robotics lab to the science building, and renovating the George School Children’s Center. You will learn more about these projects in the coming weeks. For registration and other information regarding the start of the new year, please visit the Back-to-School Headquarters page.

In Friendship,

Samuel Houser

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