Each year we look forward to the PreK STEAM project, where in the past students have built a Snow Cone Machine and taken us on an Oyster Quest. But this year's project was shrouded in mystery.
When learning a new language, native English speakers will often explore this new territory through the lens of "here and now," swapping out the parts of a sentence word for word. But eventually they need to delve deeper to master the nuances of the language.
Rising junior Ethan Parker was one of 30 students nationwide selected this summer to serve as a U.S. Senate page in Washington, D.C. He will also stay in D.C. through the fall semester as one of 23 high school juniors attending the School of Ethics and Global Leadership.
The GFA girls lacrosse team finished one of its most successful seasons in the history of the program on Friday. The team, led by senior captains Kate Paliotta and Caroline Rintoul, finished 11-2, and made it to the FAA finals for the first time since 2004.
It was a weekend of success for our spring teams with girls lacrosse in the FAA finals for the first time in over a decade, Ultimate Frisbee winning state championships, and track and field getting a state win as well.
Greens Farms Academy announced this week that the 2017 commencement speaker will be Geoffrey Canada, the founder and president of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ). Canada has worked with HCZ for more than 30 years, and is respected worldwide for his work with children and families. As a thought-leader and advocate for education reform, he has been recognized by Time magazine as one of its 100 most influential people (2011), and Fortune magazine as one of the 50 greatest leaders in the world (March 2014).
Due to limited sign-ups, the Komera Club has decided to postpone the Komera Run (set for Saturday, May 20) until next fall. Thanks to all who supported our bake sales this year, we were able to continue to fully fund our three Komera scholars (Olive, Solange, and Ruth) in their secondary and post-graduate education programs.
After participating in an examination of their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills, 28 of our students were nationally ranked in the annual Le Grand Concours, a French language contest.
The annual Jazz Festival has been rescheduled to May 16, 7-9 PM in the Performing Arts Center.
History is going to be made this week at Greens Farms Academy when the first-ever girls golf team tees off for its first-ever competitive match against King.
A number of GFA writers have been acknowledged this spring for their masterful poetry and prose.
Twenty-seven of our fifth graders enrolled in the Noetic Learning Math Contest this April, resulting in national distinction for our team and the individual competitors.
Need an end of the week pick me up? Check out one of the largest online conferences for and by students. The Catalyst Conference presents hundreds of student projects designed to spark change in local communities. These interactive, multimedia projects are the culmination of weeks of work in Global Online Academy and on-campus classes. Conference attendees are invited to learn, interact, and share stories with our student presenters.
Throughout the last few months, our Upper School science and research students were honored as their hard work was recognized by the scientific community at a number of regional events.
April is a month when our schedule is in full bloom with activities ranging from academics, to the arts, to athletics. Here are just a few of the events you can add to your calendar:
GFA's annual AP Portfolio Art show will be April 17-20 in the McGrath Gallery. There will be a closing reception with refreshments and live music on Thursday, April 20, from 4:30-6:30 PM.
The GFA Theatre Board presents "The Laramie Project" as its spring play. The performance dates are Thursday, April 20, 7:30 PM; Friday, April 21, 6:00 PM; Saturday, April 22, 4:00 PM. Following the Friday and Saturday performances, there will be a moderated panel discussion featuring experts on hate crimes and members of the LGBTQ community. (Intended for mature audiences only.)
Greens Farms Academy is offering a Spring Speaker Series in April, designed to provide parents with guidance on how to inspire and motivate their children.
Congratulations to Sarah Klein '18, who was recently awarded a silver medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing competition for her photograph titled: "Clare Reflection."
This year's Middle School production of the musical Xanadu Jr. brought an early '80s flair to our Performing Arts Center on March 3 and 4. An adaptation of the 1980 cult classic film, the musical tells the story of Sonny Malone, played by Jed Morgan, a tortured artist who strives to achieve his ultimate dream of opening a roller disco. Along the way, he enlists the help of his friend, played by Alex Yuen, and magical muses, played by Allie Farber, Nancy Duer, and Alden Lineberger. The performances of more than 40 cast members were supplemented by beautiful sets and nostalgic costumes.
Last month the Town of Westport Planning and Zoning Board approved three separate projects on the Greens Farms Academy campus: a parking renovation/expansion, new athletic fields, and a small addition/renovation to the maintenance building.
On their way to next month's National History Bee and Bowl Tournament in Washington, D.C., the GFA Quiz Team took on other Connecticut schools in the regional tournament last weekend.
They breezed past Berwick Academy (Maine) in the first round of New Englands Wednesday (93-74), and now the boys basketball team will move on to the semi-final round, taking on Hamden Hall here at home Saturday, March 4, at 2:00PM. The finals are Sunday, March 5. GFA's fencing team also finishes its season this weekend with States at Hopkins on Saturday, starting at 9:00AM.
Six GFA choral students will be performing on the Carnegie Hall stage April 9, as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) concert series "Total Vocal."
PLEASE NOTE: The IMAGES concert has been postponed. Once it has been rescheduled, we will update the school calendar.
Christopher Glynn, a senior at Greens Farms Academy, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. The National Merit Scholarship program awards consistently high academic achievement of students in grades 9-12 who are top scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT.
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 Dining Hall.
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.