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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What to Pack for George School?

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By Ben McCormick ’18

What makes you feel at home? How would you bring this sense of home to George School? Of course, it’s easy enough to pack necessities, such as linens and hygiene products, but how is it possible to make your dorm feel like home? Pack as little as possible – only the necessities. If you find as though you’ve forgotten something, take it as an opportunity to explore the community surrounding George School, like Summit Square or Newtown. Don’t stress yourself out by trying to pack every little thing you could possibly need. Enjoy the process. In complete honesty, I did the same and overpacked, and I didn’t need the vast amounts of decorations that I initially thought I needed. Throughout your time at George School you will accumulate so many memories and so many decorations to reflect them, soon enough making George School your home away from home. Think of your room as a time capsule, and by the time you’re a senior, you’ll be able to look around your room when you wake up and see what has become of your time at George School. Pictures of your friends line your desk, the George School varsity “G” hangs on your wall, and so many other memories will be evident that you can’t even imagine yet. So, pack the necessities as the foundation for your George School experience and prepare to create a new sense of home away from home. Best of luck!

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Top 3 Things to Pack to Make New Friends at Boarding School

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By AriAnna Thomas ’19

When I started boarding school, I was afraid of what it would be like to live with other teenagers my age. I knew that I needed to pack my basic necessities but I also had 3 things that I think that any new student should have. These items can guarantee you a fun time and help you make new friends at boarding school.

The first item to pack for boarding school would be a pack of cards. In my freshman year, I was introduced to so many games with just a simple pack of cards. I learned how to play spoons, war, and many more games. Cards are not only helpful for games but they are great for magic tricks. If you know one or two magic tricks involving cards, there will be multiple opportunities to be able to show off your skills to your new friends. You can also take those cards to magic club where you can show off your own tricks and also learn more.

The second item that I suggest packing would be a speaker. Speakers are helpful for when you want to have a jam session whether it is in the dorm lobby or in your room. Speakers will help you find those who have similar music taste. Portable speakers are valuable to a boarding student because you can decide where on George School’s campus you would like to listen to your music. A few spots that I recommend would be Red Square, South Lawn, the “C”, and in Marshall, these are the top social spots on campus. Owning a speaker is very useful and is a great way to bring groups of people together and bond with your friends.

The final item that is good to pack for boarding school would be a positive attitude. When you first arrive on campus, be sure to be open-minded and curious to embrace the new experiences and people you will encounter. Not everyone on George School campus is the same. I can honestly say that I am friends with people that I would never be friends with if I had walked by them on the street. If you have curiosity, it will allow you to be introduced to many different cultures and styles.  A positive attitude will get you far on George School campus and will guarantee you friendship.

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Keeping in Touch at Boarding School

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by Michaela Drake ’18

Staying connected to family or friends from a previous school is a big worry for many new students coming into George School. While it may seem impossible to stay connected to these friends and family with all of your school work, sports practices, and club meetings at GS, don’t worry, it is possible. Although I don’t see my non-GS friends and family in person as much as I would like to, I have found many ways to keep in touch with them throughout my years at GS.

One way it is easy to keep in touch with my non-GS friends is through social media. In today’s world, technology is always right at our finger tips. It is so easy to send a simple snapchat or Direct Message to let your friends know you’re thinking of them or to send them some happy birthday wishes. Social Media is a great way to stay constantly connected to your friends and family while you’re away at boarding school. While social media is a very convenient way to stay in touch, another less convenient but more fun way to keep in touch with your friends and family is by sending mail to each other. No, not e-mails, but real mail. Each student at GS has their own PMB at the post office in Marshall Center. This makes sending and receiving packages and letters very easy at GS. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love getting real mail from your friends and family?

Keeping up with family and friends you don’t see often isn’t as hard or as daunting of a task as it may seem. With such prevalent technology and the GS post office right on campus, there are many fun and convenient ways to keep in touch with your friends and family while you are at school.

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Cuba

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Today we woke up at 7:30 to be ready for breakfast at 8. Angie, Ike, Courtney, Sarah, Illeabeth, Priya, and I’s day started off with carrying 270 boxes of bibles into the church. I was so glad that there were a lot of hands to help with the lifting as it allowed it to go by a lot faster than if there were fewer hands. Once those were all in the church, Ike, Angie, Priya, and I switched with those the that were previously working on the roof, mixing cement. Our group worked until lunch, filling buckets with sand and gravel to be dumped in the cement mixer.

Afterward, we had a lunch of rice and beans with chicken, tomatoes, plantain chips, and so many desserts. There was cake and ice cream and cookies and more cake, Lianet gave us so so many options, it was amazing. Then after lunch, we all showered and got ready for our final walk around Holguin.

Originally we were all together but split up to venture around the plazas. Angie and I walked to a department store where I bought a shirt that says Cuba. Later we walked to a small market were she almost bought a painting but decided to save her money for  more ice cream. We went to the little ice cream shop where I only drank a bottle of water while Angie ate her ice cream. Around 2:25 we headed back to the plaza to meet up with our sponsors to go back to the church.

For about 5 hours until dinner many of us sat around entertaining ourselves while dinner was made. Later, we had imperial rice, plantain chips, fried sweat plantains, tomatoes, sweet potato chips. After, we all walked to Lianet’s house and played around with her son until around 10.

We’ve had a great time here and have grown so much. We understand so much more about the world.

These are our biggest takeaways from Cuba.

Angie: Happiness isn’t linked to what we want but rather what we have.

Maddie: There is more to life than the internet.

Alice: Travel with a mindset of self improvement.

Courtney: Happiness comes more easily than we think.

Miranda: Don’t let the lack of job security stop you from perusing your dream.

JoceLynn: Happiness is in the experience not in the objects around us.

Annarose: It is possible to understand people even when you don’t understand what they said.

Priya: Taking yourself out of your situation and comfort zone can help you see the others

around you.

Ike: No matter where you go, people are fundamentally the same everywhere.

Eric: Look around, observe, and appreciate what is around you.

Ahmed: find happiness and gratitude in the small things in life and you will never be bored.

Aaron: Simplicity is often the ultimate road to happiness.

Sara: Things are often so much more complicated than they first appear. It is in going out and seeking our own truth that we open ourselves to the world and in return, the world opens itself to us.

Ileabeth: Cuba is such a beautiful country, and its people always fill me with joy and so many life lessons. May we never forget that the simple things in life is what brings us joy. Hasta la victoria siempre, Cuba!

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Last Day in Cuba

The day started out with a healthy dose of 3-10 year olds, as we assisted Ileabeth in teaching the church’s children group. We helped the kids make craft lanterns, and sang with them, “Caminemos en la luz de Dios” (“We are walking in the light of God”). Working with the kids was really fun, even despite that we had more assistants than seemed logical, and I resorted to picking up then kids’ trash from right in front of them rather than helping the craft. We then transitioned to the church service, where many of us exchanged cheerful greetings with our host families from Friday’s dinner. Ileabeth, Sara, and I sang with the church choir. (And I sang a solo for the church! 😉 ). I was surprised by the ability of the choir to learn and perfect the song in such a short time (we started learning it on Tuesday, but it definitely helped that of the eleven in the choir, four were or had been professional opera singers.

After the service, and a hearty lunch, we returned to Floro Perez to finish painting the meetinghouse. This time, instead of biting ants, we found adversaries in the many spiders hiding in the corners of the church. We just barely finished painting the first coat before our truck arrived, and it was sad to think that, since we had to rush out, we will likely never see the finished product of the newly painted meetinghouse. We followed our long and treacherously bumpy ride home with dinner at a (Cuban) Japanese restaurant down the street from the church, where the food was well worth the long wait (and maybe worth a bit of complaining from the others).

Ike class of 2019

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