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
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.
Continue reading Pigeon King International and the History of the Ponzi Scheme
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
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
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
Do you know how your cell phone works? We all spend a lot of time using them. Some people at GFS are even addicted to their cell phones. We “check” our phones whenever we can, but it’s not just kids: teachers do it too. Cell phones have become a huge part of American culture, so shouldn’t we know how they do what they do? Continue reading The History of the Smartphone
He makes millions of dollars in sponsorships each year, was voted one of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s sexiest men of 2013 and has 53,000 followers on Twitter. No, he’s not a movie star or a sports icon. He’s a chess player. Continue reading Chess: For the Nerds No Longer
Crew Stadium is home to the Columbus Crew, one of the 19 teams in America’s professional soccer league, Major League Soccer. On September 10th,, however, it traded the Crew’s colors, black and yellow, for red, white and blue when the United States Men’s National Team played Mexico with a chance to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Crew Stadium has been a stronghold for the US Men’s National Team, especially when playing their rivals, Mexico; and now the stakes were higher than ever. Continue reading U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Qualifies for 2014 World Cup
PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union soccer team, roared as Sebastian LeToux netted his first goal of the season on opening day. The stadium, located in Chester PA, was nearly filled to its 18,500 person capacity for the Union’s first game of the season. Unfortunately, the goal would not be enough to hold off Sporting Kansas City. Now, into the first part of the season, the Union’s play has picked up since the 3-1 loss, but will it be enough to secure the ultimate prize, an MLS Cup? Continue reading Soccer Takes a Stand