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Friends Academy Celebrates Unity Day with First Community Group Meetings

On Thursday, October 10, the Friends Academy community wore orange to honor Unity Day, part of Bullying Prevention Month. The day was also marked with the first meetings of all-school Community Groups, which bring together students and adults in all divisions to strengthen bonds across campus.

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Athletics Weekly Update - Field Hockey Keeps Rolling, Boys and Girls Soccer Push for Postseason
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As the fall sports season begins to wind down, every game and match is crucial for the Quakers! Last week was another impressive week in FA sports, as the Quakers make the push for playoffs.

Varsity Field Hockey continued its impressive season, picking up a 1-0 win over New Hyde Park on Friday for the Quakers' fifth straight win and third consecutive shutout.

Last week, the Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer teams each battled the league's first-place teams in key matchups. The boys lost a tight battle, 1-0, with undefeated West Hempstead last Thursday and are looking for a win this Thursday, Oct. 17, against Clarke to earn a playoff bid.

Girls Varsity Soccer played to an intense 2-1 loss to first-place Seaford last Monday, before rebounding with a 3-1 non-league win over neighboring Wheatley. With three league games remaining, the coaching staff is optimistic about the Quakers' chances of making the playoffs.

Boys and Girls Cross Country had a strong showing last Monday at Bethpage State Park. The boys lost to Island Trees but defeated Valley Stream South. On the girls side, ninth grader Olivia Carden and tenth grader Olivia Como ran personal bests to help lead the team to victories over Island Trees and Valley Stream South.

On the tennis court, Girls Varsity split the week, falling, 6-1, to North Shore before picking up a 4-3 victory over Herrick.

Varsity Football played in front of an energetic home crowd last Saturday, but fell to East Rockaway, 36-15.

Come cheer on the Quakers at home this week as they look to lock up playoff spots!
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4:30 pm - Varsity Field Hockey vs. Sacred Heart Academy
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 4:30 pm - Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Garden City
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 4:45 pm - Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Clarke


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Friends Academy Celebrates Unity Day with First Community Group Meetings
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On Thursday, October 10, the Friends Academy community wore orange to honor Unity Day, part of Bullying Prevention Month. The day was also marked with the first meetings of all-school Community Groups, which bring together students and adults in all divisions to strengthen bonds across campus.

On Thursday, October 10, the Friends Academy community wore orange to honor Unity Day, part of Bullying Prevention Month. The day was also marked with the first meetings of all-school Community Groups, which bring together students and adults in all divisions to strengthen bonds across campus.


In Thursday's Community Group meetings, pairings of Upper and Middle, and Upper and Lower School students form the year's worship buddies. After interviewing each other about likes and interests, each pair then spent time finding out what they had in common with one another. "Our sisters are the same age," discovered one pair. "We both love fantasy movies," concluded another pair. "Sports are a big part of our lives," a third set of buddies learned and then wrote their "uncommon commonality" on a pair of gingerbread figures. From there, a query was posed: What does unity mean to you? Students discussed with their buddies and then shared back with their group.

"Being part of a whole," "working together," and "learning to get along despite differences," were some answers students offered.


Within Community Groups, sets of Quaker buddies meet six times throughout the school year and students stay with the same buddy for the entire year. The groups help to provide a mentorship relationship between older and younger students, and offer thoughtful activities which promote service learning, empathy, and the consideration of multiple perspectives.


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Jessica Foschi-Gallo '98 Inducted into Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame
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On September 25, Jessica Foschi-Gallo '98 cemented her place in Long Island high school sports history as she was inducted into the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame for her illustrious swimming career.

On September 25, Jessica Foschi-Gallo '98 cemented her place in Long Island high school sports history as she was inducted into the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame for her illustrious swimming career.

During her time at Friends, Foschi-Gallo became an iconic figure in Long Island swimming, winning three straight state championships in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle from 1995-97 and capturing the national title in the 500-yard freestyle in 1996. She also set county and state records in both events. Her state record time of 4:46.97 in the 500-yard freestyle stood for 20 years and is still the Nassau County record. She was also named Nassau County Most Valuable Swimmer and earned high school All-American honors in three consecutive years.

"Without a doubt, she was the finest high school swimmer to come out of Nassau County in the last 50 years," said Dave Ferris, director of the Long Island Aquatic Club.

After graduating from Friends, Foschi-Gallo accepted a scholarship to Stanford University and continued to excel in the pool. A 14-time collegiate All-American, she captured the 2001 NCAA championship in the 500-yard freestyle and won seven PAC-10 Conference titles throughout her career.

"I have known Jessica and her family since she was born," said Al Quackenbush, Friends Academy Athletic Director. "Her swimming accomplishments are only surpassed by the person she is. She was a school leader who was held in the highest regard by her classmates, teachers and coaches."


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Friends Academy Community Engages in On- and Off-Campus Action for Climate Change
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On Friday, Sept. 20, the Friends Academy community joined in as young people all over the world participated in a Global Climate Strike.

On Friday, Sept. 20, the Friends Academy community joined in as young people all over the world participated in a Global Climate Strike.

On campus, faculty and students observed a Lights Out Day, using natural light and turning off classroom and hallway lights for the day to conserve energy. Off campus, students were permitted excused absences to join in the Youth Climate March in Manhattan, one of 800 such marches taking place across the country that day.


The movement to bring more awareness to the dangers of climate change has been spurred in part by the work of Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who delivered a powerful message to the United Nations following the march on Sept. 20. More than a dozen Friends Academy students joined their peers for the strike, carrying signs and urging change as the march moved through Manhattan toward the UN building.

Meanwhile, on campus, the Sustainability Committee spearheaded the efforts to keep lights off for the entire day, opening a dialogue about simple ways to conserve energy – and about the large-scale difference even small changes can make when everyone's on board.

"If you think you're too young to make a difference, you're wrong," said 10th grader Faraz Lotfi, the treasurer of the Friends Academy Sustainability Committee. "We have children and teenagers making small changes in their everyday lives. It can really make a big impact on the world."

Over the past several years, Friends Academy has taken conscious steps to reduce energy consumption on campus. When the Middle School building was renovated in 2016, energy consumption was reduced by 44 percent in that building, with updates such as using only LED lightbulbs throughout the building.


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Nine Seniors Inducted into Cum Laude Society
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On Wednesday, September 11, nine members of the senior class were inducted into the Cum Laude Society for their outstanding academic performance through their first three years in the Upper School. The inductees make up the top 10 percent of their class based on their cumulative grade-point averages.

Alumni Speaker Susie Katus '04 addressed the inductees and the entire Upper School community, remarking how a Friends education emphasizes the importance of diversity and community and develops well-rounded, open-minded citizens.

"What I learned in my time at Friends is that it takes a community to achieve great things," said Katus. "It takes a community to overcome really great obstacles. And it's that diversity that's going to drive us forward."


2019 Cum Laude Society Inductees

Lilly Brown
Danny Dacosta
Jack Davis
Justin Edward
Jessie Goldblatt
Henry Jervis
Jade Lewin
Brandon Sealy
Nicholas Wernink


A unique FA tradition...

Each year hand calligrapher Pete Manzolillo visits Friends Academy at two different points to hand letter the names of the awardees of Cum Laude, the Headmaster's Commendation, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Alumni Association 50th Anniversary Award.

A hand calligrapher since 1979, Pete is one of the only artisans left in this field on Long Island. And Friends Academy is his only hand-lettering assignment. Most other jobs call for computer-cut vinyl for general signs, windows, and trucks. "[Hand calligraphy] has personality and individuality," Pete explained.

On the morning that students are inducted into the Cum Laude Society, Pete simultaneously paints their name on the wooden Cum Laude board that hangs in the hallway of Frost Hall. One hour later, the paint is dry, and the names are memorialized for years to come.



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