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.
Upper School students enjoyed a visit from this year's visiting writer Ruth Ozeki on Thursday. Ms. Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest, and her books, as her bio reads, "have garnered international acclaim for their ability to integrate issues of science, technology, religion, environmental politics, and global pop culture into unique, hybrid, narrative forms."
A GFA trademark event returned in person after three years and hundreds of GFA students, parents, siblings, and faculty and staff members convened in the McGrath gallery for a bright evening featuring food from dozens of heritages, an African rice Joloff cookoff, and a beautiful program filled with poems, music, and personal stories from across our diverse community. It was a quintessential GFA evening.
"I am just trying to have a little fun and meet kids where they are," laughs Kristen Dee, Middle School mathematics faculty member when describing her use of social media platform TikTok to engage with students.
Ahead of the Upper School production of the Percy Jackson musical "The Lightning Thief" on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m . and November 19 at 2 p.m. Dragon Digest sat down with GFA's New Theater Director Kellie Comer to learn a bit more about this inspiring show.