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Goodbye Rhonda

GFS is losing some legends this year.

It is a time of change at GFS.  Our Head of School will be entering her third year this fall, and we will have new principals in both the Middle and Upper Schools. But it’s not just new arrivals that are shaking up the school, as some truly legendary teachers will be moving on from GFS this summer. Continue reading Goodbye Rhonda

Pigeon King International and the History of the Ponzi Scheme

Arlan Galbraith, a.k.a. the Pigeon King, began racing pigeons at the age of six.  By the time he was 67 he had embezzled thirty-three and a half million dollars* from innocent farmers on both sides of the Canadian/American border.

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Gimme Gimme Gimme: Holiday Consumerism in American Culture

What do you think of when you hear the words Holiday Season? Maybe you remember decorating the Christmas tree, lighting the menorah, the seven principals of Kwanzaa or one of millions of other holiday traditions. These days, though, it seems like all that Americans think about is the gifts. Continue reading Gimme Gimme Gimme: Holiday Consumerism in American Culture

Ten-Year Space Odyssey Finally Comes to an End

A decade is a long time, but it’s especially long for middle-schoolers. 10 years ago, 6th graders were taking their first steps while 7th and 8th graders started pre-school. We were not the only young ones, though. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta Lander project was also in the beginning stages of its life, and while we grew up, its Ariane 5 rocket plunged on through the cold depths of space. Until now. Continue reading Ten-Year Space Odyssey Finally Comes to an End

Goodbye Ken

For many, the first time they see Middle School Principal Ken Aldridge is at their sixth grade orientation. “Remember,” sixth grade teacher Janet Kalkstein says, “He’s your PrinciPAL. Hokey puns aside, Ken really is one of the most warmly regarded figures in the Middle School. Described as “the perfect balance between understanding and responsible,” Ken’s calm, friendly, manner makes him a great principal. Which is why it really stinks that he won’t be ours next year! Continue reading Goodbye Ken