The Greens Farms Concert Choir & Community Service Board invite the community to the 27th annual Harmony for the Homeless, Saturday, February 25, 7:30-9PM (snow date February 26 at 3:00PM). This year's theme will be "The Best of Disney."
Greens Farms Academy invites the community to hear best-selling author Nancy Jo Sales as she leads a discussion on: "Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers." This event will take place Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the GFA Performing Arts Center.
A month ago, Equinox was looking for a new face to represent their #CommitToSomething ad campaign. They found the the Youtube video made at GFA TedX a few years ago, and got in touch with Rashad Nimr '13. In a matter of week, they shot and produced a new video with Nimr, which is now part of their campaign: Take a look!
This year's Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly was especially powerful, as we were inspired by the voices of our students from all three divisions, and from guest speaker Joshua Bennett, a spoken-word poet.
We love events that bring together different groups from our community, and Lower School STEAM Night does just that. Designed by the Lower School faculty, the second annual STEAM Night invited students and parents to come together for one night of smart fun.
Tickets for the GFA Middle School production of Xanadu, Jr. are on sale now! According to Xanadu, Jr. director Walker Anderson, it has everything: "Singing, dancing, leg-warmers, power ballads, confetti, and, for some reason, Greek Gods. GFA's finest Middle School actors are ready to entertain and astonish you."
In its December newsletter, Global Online Academy highlighted the work of GFA senior Daniel Tepler as a part of its feature on the value of personal and personalized education.
This week GFA welcomed guest speaker Joshua Bennett to the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly. Bennett inspired the community with his beautiful spoken-word poetry and with stories about his life. In addition, students from all three divisions shared writing, artwork, and songs to demonstrate what Dr. King's message means to them.
For the seventh straight year, the GFA Quiz Team qualified to send at least one varsity team to represent Connecticut at the National History Bowl/Bee in Washington, D.C., in April. In addition, this year a GFA JV team also made the Nationals cut.
Come on over to Pack the House on Friday! Watch our basketball teams take on rivals, and cheer for our wrestlers as they battle Staples High School for the "Town Crown." GFA students will be taking donations at the door to benefit Circle of Care.
GFA received national recognition from Save the Children this week as a part of the organization's Every Last Child Challenge. The school received the National Champion for Children Award in honor of the school's fall fundraising efforts, totaling $2,701.50.
During the winter break, two GFA students and a faculty member traveled to New York City to take part in the KenKen International Championship. Two of them finished in the top 10.
The Greens Farms Academy boys and girls basketball team swept the team championships in the first-ever GFA Holiday Invitational.
The fifth annual GFA Quiz Tournament (GFAQT), a fun and community-wide fundraiser to assist the GFA Quiz Team, will be held on Saturday, January 28, from 1:00-4:00PM.
Friday and Saturday the GFA boys and girls basketball teams will host eight other teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and New York for the first-ever Greens Farms Academy Holiday Invitational.
When the Zombie Apocalypse happens, who will you have on your team? That's a question that Tamar Cunha, Upper School science teacher and coordinator of Upper School Sustainability, has grappled with for some time. As the fall 2016 Von Kohorn Faculty Speaker, Cunha shared her thoughts about what goes into this kind of decision.
While a student at GFA, Clay Garner '13 had clearly demonstrated not just an aptitude for, but a complete understanding of the Chinese language and culture. In fact, for many here at GFA, "Clay Garner" is synonymous with Mandarin studies. This could be because as a student here, he (performing as "Gaoshon") rose to Chinese pop music stardom when his YouTube videos — with original songs and covers composed in Mandarin — went viral.
Clare Sackler '03 grew up in a household that knew film. But it wasn't until Paul Shapiro's video class at GFA that the passion ignited, specifically with her first documentary, which was about long-time GFA Latin teacher Joe Roll. Sackler is now a filmmaker living in San Francisco. One of her shorts — Humpty — made the run through film festivals and currently airs on PBS in a program called "Film School Shorts." She has a feature film in development.
Welcome to Dragon Nation. This new athletics blog is a place devoted to all things Greens Farms Academy athletics. We are here for you — the Dragons who not only call GFA home today, but those of you who will join our ranks in the future, and those of you who are a part of our past.
In the middle school years, it's tempting to focus on oneself to the exclusion of the bigger picture. As a response, GFA faculty look for ways to help students see themselves in a larger context, outside of their natural group of friends. This summer, Middle School officials decided that one way to foster a broader sense of community would be to institute a "House" system. Think Harry Potter and the four houses of Hogwarts.
The PreK Farmers Market began with a seed of inspiration ... and lots of hard work. Sarah Bayzick's PreK students spent the fall learning the ins and outs of plant life — a journey that took them from seed to table, with many stops along the way.
Members of the GFA Quiz Team took part in the Darien Invitational Tournament, finishing strong amid intense competition.
The World Perspectives Program is offering two new student travel opportunities. In the spring, students can learn about ecology and conservation in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, and this summer they can travel to the Andorran Pyrenees to study the effects of climate change.
It was a big week for GFA Athletics, as three seniors committed to three Division 1 college athletics programs. On Thursday, Lexi Kimball signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Georgetown. Then Friday saw Kate Paliotta signing on to play lacrosse for Northwestern. And earlier this week Sunday Okeke committed to play basketball for Wake Forest.
The GFA Parents Association will sponsor its annual book fair at Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East, Westport) on Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, and online through November 23 (provide ID #11981354 at check out). During the book fair, 20% of all sales will go toward community events hosted by the GFA Parents Association.
"Teamwork" isn't always the first word that springs to mind when thinking about actors. Words like "prima donna," "diva," or perhaps the more innocuous "star" often pop up instead. But when it comes to sharing the spotlight in GFA's upcoming production of Oklahoma!, the musical's two lead actors work together beautifully. Patrick Howard '19 and Macy Lawton '18 play the respective roles of Curley and Laurey, a cowboy and farm girl who become romantically entangled amid trying times in the burgeoning territory.
Read Head of School Janet Hartwell's latest blog entry: "If I could put the GFA experience into a sentence, I would say: We offer a high caliber education through a multi-layered, fully rounded experience that is student-centered but also carefully guided by caring adults. But, more importantly, how do we do it?"
There will be no winter sports practices on November 14 except boys varsity basketball and wrestling. However, no active fall athletes may attend these practices. The winter season officially starts Tuesday, November 15. Please refer to the Athletics Calendar for specific information.
This fall GFA freshman Janise Park faced a dilemma: get involved with the fall musical or continue her commitment to the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra, where she's been playing violin for 12 years. She was pretty sure there was no way she could do both. But to her delight (and to the delight of the GFA Theatre Department), she learned that this wasn't the case. Now, for the GFA premiere of "Oklahoma!," she has become an integral part of the show as a stage manager and a member of the pit orchestra.
Junior Sean Minson (Darien) earned All-FAA Honorable Mention honors by placing 13th in the Fairchester Athletic Association boys cross country championship meet on Monday at Waveny Park in New Canaan.