Head of School Bob Whelan, the Board of Trustees, parents, faculty and staff gathered Jan. 12 for the ninth annual State of the School. Towards the end of the program, Whelan gave audience members a look at the downfield goal to build a state-of-the-art Athletic and Wellness Center offering renderings and an architectural fly through of the envisioned space.
On Thursday, January 19, GFA was honored to welcome Dr. Donovan Livingston during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Program. With inspiration and electric artistry, Dr. Livingston brought an energizing keynote to GFA’s Middle and Upper Schools.
A few weeks ago, several GFA faculty and staff attended the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) in San Antonio, Texas. This was GFA’s first year attending the conference in person after two years of virtual attendance.
The Von Kohorn Address, named in honor of former Board of Trustees Chair Henry Von Kohorn, is given by a faculty member (chosen by the Head of School.) This year’s speaker was Middle School and Upper School World Languages faculty member Ronaldo John.
Once again, the Greens Farms Academy community showed their generosity as a lead-up to Thanksgiving during the annual Food Drive. Dragon Digest sat down with GFA’s longtime All School Service Coordinator, Sue Wilchinsky who shared details about the origins of the event and who it benefits.
Last week the Lower School students took part in their first Big Build STEAM project of the year. The GFA Dragon has been feeling lonely since homecoming, especially on the weekends when no one else is around. The goal? Create a friend for the GFA dragon!
After thirty years in nursing - sixteen with the Westport Public Schools - Stephanie Pappas joined Greens Farms Academy last spring ahead of Kathleen Raby’s retirement. She had arguably the biggest shoes to fill but has done an incredible job getting to know our community and is already beloved. Dragon Digest sat down with her to learn more about our new school nurse.
On a recent sunny Friday afternoon, the Advanced Inquiry: History Research (AIHR) class packed into a GFA bus--thanks for the lift, Jairo!--and visited the Pequot Library in nearby Southport. The course trains 12th-grade history students to see themselves as burgeoning scholars and to think archivally by working with primary source materials. Throughout the year, students develop and refine questions on topics of interest, research their subjects by exploring archival collections and scholarly literature, and produce a substantial thesis paper which they present at GFA's annual Symposium in the spring.