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In Our Own Words

Take a moment to read personal essays, creative writing pieces, poems, and reflections from our community. Have something you'd like to share? Send it to us: communications@gfacademy.org. 

Beachside Press March Issue

With Friday's snow day, we weren't able to distribute this month's issue of the Beachside Press, but we thought you might like some reading material over the break. 

Click here to read the March issue. 

Posted by Frances Moore in Student Writing on Monday March 13 at 11:22AM
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Roth Reminds Us: History Can Repeat Itself

Each school year our Upper School students partner with News-Decoder, "a trustworthy, not-for-profit news service and global forum for millennials." This online forum is a place where our students can share their insights and perspectives on international topics, often drawn from their World …

Posted by frances in Student Writing on Friday March 3 at 09:12AM
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Reflections on Quebec

Middle Schoolers headed to Quebec City as part of our World Perspectives Signature Program. It was a long weekend of adventure, as they experienced Quebec culture, new and old: they learned about dog sled racing, visited the fortified city to get an idea of what life was like within its walls, …

Posted by frances in Student Writing on Tuesday February 21 at 09:34AM
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Planting a Meadow

By Noah Sonnenberg '17

In order to improve the biodiversity and sustainability on campus we decided to plant a native meadow. By adding a meadow we are removing some of unnecessary lawn space on campus.

Lawns require many inputs to maintain including mowing, watering and fertilizer …

Posted by frances in Student Writing on Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 09:39AM
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How Prepared Are You for the Zombie Apocalypse?

By Tamar Cunha
December 2016 Von Kohorn Speaker

Posted by frances in Faculty Writing on Wednesday December 7, 2016
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Facing the Summit

By Kirwan Carey '19

I have been going to the same summer camp for the past three years. Camp Chingachgook on Lake George is my happy place. I love most everything about it: the people, the activities, and even the slightly questionable food.

One aspect of my camp that makes it so unique is that …

Posted by Frances Moore in Student Writing on Monday December 5, 2016 at 10:14AM
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Take Quality Time

By Aléwa Cooper, Head of Lower School

As we enter the holiday season, the tradition of giving to others and gathering together takes on deeper meaning. As I write, your children are preparing for the winter concert, and their crystal clear voices fill the hallways with magic.  I am …

Posted by frances in Faculty Writing on Monday December 5, 2016
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Fifth Grade: Guided Independence

By Drew Meyer, Head of Middle School

The fifth grade year is one of remarkable change. Students begin the year as children, and emerge as young adults. As they move from dependence to independence within the span of one school year, GFA’s specialized fifth grade program is designed to support…

Posted by Frances Moore in Faculty Writing on Friday November 18, 2016
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The True Meaning of Veterans Day

By Norelisa Nascimento

To some people, today is just another holiday and a time of year where there are tons of discounts, sales, and deals. We are bombarded with Veterans Day sales commercials. But we shouldn’t be focused on the low prices, and instead on the whole reason behind Veterans Day…

Posted by frances in Student Writing on Monday November 14, 2016
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Werewolves and Bearded Mathematicians

The following story was a prize-winning entry in the Middle School 2016 Scary Story Contest. 

by Andrew Gebicki '20

Thousands of years ago, an algebra professor in Ancient Russia ventured into a dark forest to hunt for food. Eventually, after finding no prey, he grew tired and laid down to …

Posted by frances on Monday October 31, 2016
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    • WedMar29 Middle School ERBs
    • WedMar29 Upper School Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science Field Trip to Water Treatment Plant & Wheelabrator 8:20 AM to 2:00 PM
    • WedMar29 Upper School Activities Period 11:10 AM to 11:35 AMClassrooms
    • WedMar29 10th Grade Field Trip to Musical "Dear Evan Hansen" 11:25 AM to 7:00 PMNew York
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