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Why I Chose George School

Sophia Sharareh '21

Here is photo of my friends and I on our last day of freshman year!

by Sophia Sharareh ’21

I chose George School because of their loving and accepting community. The first time I visited GS was at the annual open house in 2016. A student gave me a tour of the campus, he talked about the classes, clubs, sports, IB Diploma, and so much more. It was also Harvest Weekend, so the whole campus smelled like apple butter. Everybody I met that day at GS was so nice and welcoming. I could immediately feel the sense of community. I fell in love. The George School community is one of the most accepting, hospitable communities I have ever encountered. There are so many people of different backgrounds and ethnicities and everyone gets along so great. The teachers try so hard to make their students do well, encourage you to ask questions, and try to form close bonds with you. I was not even nervous on my first day of freshman year because I knew that no matter what I did or who I talked to, people would accept me for who I was.

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My Teacher, My Friend

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by Skylar Karpf ’21 

Which teacher has made the most impact on me here at George School? If i’m being
completely honest, it’s hard to pick just one.

All of the teachers here at George School are so passionate, supportive, and motivate. However, there is one teacher that will forever stand out of the crowd for me. Math teacher and dorm head, Julia Nickles is one of the most awe-inspiring people I have ever met. It all started when I was going through a rough time. I was experiencing family problems. Because I am so family-oriented, having issues among my family shakes me, so it affected my ability to stay focused during school. Not to mention all of the stress I was having at the time contributed from school work. So, Julia pulled me over one day after class and talked with me for a couple hours. She then offered to talk / listen to me every couple days, in which I took up each offer. I would tell her what was bothering me, she’d listen, then advise me on what’s the best approach to take per situation.

After talking with Julia and knowing that someone cared so much for me, I felt a lot better. All I needed was advise and someone to listen to me. Ever since that day, Julia always makes an effort to check up on me every other week. If it weren’t for Julia, I couldn’t even imagine how different the outcome would have been. Because Julia and I established such a close relationship last year, she is the first person that comes to mind when I’m not only upset, but happy too. What Julia did and continues to do shows me how great of a community I am in. I am in a community surrounded by incredible people who only want the best for one another. The close bonds and relationships the students form not only with each other, but with the teachers is my favorite thing about George School. I’m beyond grateful to be in such a great community around some of the most amazing people. Here, you’re not just a number.

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A Guide to George School Terms

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The MDA library shines at night.

by Robin Bouchet ’20

Being a student at George School means understanding the slang that travels around and makes its way into our culture. This is a non-exhaustive guide to George School slang.

GS – A true classic… Stands for George School

FAC – Fitness and Athletics Center, the body of GS where the gyms, pool, trainer, and fitness center are located.

MDA – the brain of GS, over 20,000 books in print and 100,000 eBooks accessible from its portal. It’s the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library. Religion classes and the WASH (Waghorne Academic Study Hub) are located here.

EFC – The religion class all freshmen are required to take. Essentials of a Friends Community. An introductory class that is one-term long about Quakerism and the SPICES.

Shift – Shift Co-op, one of the many co-ops here at GS, you work in the kitchen and in the dining hall for one meal a week cleaning the dishes and helping around.

MFW – Meeting for Worship, a required moment in your week where you spend 30 minutes in the meetinghouse reflecting.

IB – International Baccalaureate, a program at GS with a 99% success rate where you get a second high school diploma with a focus on international studies. It sometimes counts towards college credit, too.

Consult – consultation, a moment to meet with your teachers about anything you did not understand in class. Going to consult is a sign of strength, rather than a sign of weakness.

WASH – Waghorne Academic Study Hub, located in the library there are student tutors and dedicated staff members to help you in any subject you could have trouble in.

PE – Physical Education, one of the many ways to satisfy your sports requirement. Gardening, badminton, yoga, and many more are offered.

Formal – an annual dance held the last Saturday before the winter break. A formal dance where every student is welcomed to have fun and dance.

SISO – sign in/sign out, how you should sign out if you leave the campus for anything, let it be a walk to Newtown with your crew or a shopping spree to Giant and get your weekly snacks.

ISO – International Student Orientation, the student run group that makes sure that students are welcome and help with homesickness in case you traveled to come to GS.

EC – Early check-in for boarders usually on the weekends before finals and vacations.

DC – discipline committee, the committee that oversees 90% of school rules that are broken, similar to a trial they are fair and make sure that the school enforces the rules.

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George School’s Theater Program

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by Hana Sparks-Woodford ’20

Hi everyone! My name is Hana Sparks-Woodford, I am a junior day student at George School, and I would like to talk about my experience in the art program.

The prospect of choosing an art as a new student was super exciting for me because I have always loved any form of creative expression I got the chance to explore. I was struck by the amount of choices I had—at least eleven classes ranging from dance to woodworking to graphic design. I was drawn into the theater program after seeing the 2015-16 productions of Twelve Angry Jurors and Les Miserables. As someone who had only been in one musical before coming to GS, I was in awe of the professionalism and range of the performers, and longed to be on stage with the actors I had seen—it was one of the things that attracted me most to GS over other schools.

As a freshman, I began in Kevin Davis’ Theater Arts class where we learned the language of the theater and explored different acting techniques. As a sophomore, I moved into Advanced Acting and Directing with Mo West, the head of the theater department and main director of all GS productions. This year I have joined the IB HL Theater students in their exploration of performance, directing, and the history of theater. I have been in the GS theater program for three years now and have grown so much, in so many ways. My confidence as a performer and public speaker has grown tremendously, my range of emotions and vulnerability that I can reveal onstage broadened, and my knowledge of techniques I can utilize has matured. I have an incredible amount of love and gratitude for everyone in this program, both teachers and peers. I honestly believe that I could not have gotten this experience anywhere else.

Each year Mo chooses a theme for the upcoming season of productions. This year’s theme is women. She chose each play with the intention of highlighting powerful and empowering women. The first play was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The upcoming productions are Sideshow in the winter term, and Miracle Worker in the spring term. I am so, so excited to participate in these as Violet Hilton in Sideshow and Kate Keller in Miracle Worker. As Sanford Meisner taught, acting is “acting truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” and I cannot wait to embody these characters to bring them to life in the upcoming season.

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Prefects at GS

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by Zau Haskins ’21

Having a prefect is an important part of your George School Experience. A prefect is designed to help guide you through some of you struggles at George School. As seniors they take on the responsibilities of being older siblings and role models to their peers in the dorm. They have been through everything and provide great advice to help you made good decisions and avoid bad ones. Although they have their role as prefects, they also serve as friends. On my floor, my prefects are Ashleigh Azan and Mindy Xu. Ashleigh and I share a common passion for dance and step. So, between the dorm and our other obligations I see her a lot and she is someone I can always talk to. Mindy is a warm person I do not see a lot on campus, but in the dorm, we share many memories as she attempts to help me study for physics and encourage me to do my dorm job before study hall. Overall, prefects add a positive and familiar environment and serve as mentors through your GS journey!

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Zau Haskins: Dance Club

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by Zau Haskins ’21 

One of the most important things that George School offers for students is for them to take their own initiative to get involved with the community. One of the ways GS provides students to take their own initiative is by giving the opportunity for student run clubs. The clubs at GS are made and ran by students which gives us an outlet to express to the community our ideas, hobbies, concerns, and any other reason that would spark someone’s interest to make a club. This year, along with 2 other students, created and organized our own dance club. We combined our love for different styles of dance like, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and others to teach to anyone of any skill level to just come and have fun. I enjoy dance club every week, because I am doing what I love and sharing it with my peers for overall a good time to let off some of the stress during the week!

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Sarah Mayer ’21: A Beautiful Sunrise

by Sarah Mayer ’21 

This week I wanted to share, a beautiful sunrise my friend Aqua Withers ‘21 and I took together while on our way to class! These pictures highlight one example of our beautiful campus!

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Zau Haskins ’21: Why GS Teachers are Different

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by Zau Haskins ’21 

George School creates an environment that helps build you up and help you at your worst. This week has been a very challenging week with many obstacles including: many tests and quizzes, organizing conflicting obligations, keeping up with my sport, and overall just balancing the many responsibilities that come my way. Even though I have many things to juggle at GS, the community helps guide me in ways to help. For example, I had a big math test this week that I did not feel prepared for and I also had different meetings and sports I also had to go to. After feeling very overwhelmed that I would not have anytime to go to a math consultation with the teacher, I reached out to her with my dilemma and we brainstormed times we could meet or ways she could help. We finally agreed on a time outside the consult time that she cold meet me for my test. At GS, if you just reach out to your teachers or anyone with your problems, they always are happy to help! It is nice to know that you have a staff and community behind you to lift you up in your times of need.

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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?

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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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