The One About What to Do Now (Or, Notes to Students at Sandy Spring Friends School)

One of the wonderful and challenging and difficult and necessary things that happens during that period of time when you are no longer a child and not yet a grownup is that you begin to paint your own picture of what the world is really like. You choose colors and a surface. You pick the . . . → Read More: The One About What to Do Now (Or, Notes to Students at Sandy Spring Friends School)

Class of 2018 Graduation Remarks by Head of School Tom Gibian

Tom Gibian, Head of School

The following text is excerpted from remarks made by Head of School at the SSFS Class of 2018 Graduation ceremony at Sandy Spring Friends School on June 9. 2018. You can view video of the entire graduation ceremony on our YouTube Channel here.

Tom Gibian, SSFS Head of School

Welcome everyone to our . . . → Read More: Class of 2018 Graduation Remarks by Head of School Tom Gibian

The One About School Safety and Quaker Values

Faculty and administrators across the nation are debating the best way to keep students safe should there ever be a person in their school who means to do harm.

Recently, “Run, Hide, Fight” has been described by many security professionals as best practice and has become part of the training protocol for many institutions and . . . → Read More: The One About School Safety and Quaker Values

The One About Being Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King

Welcome everyone to our celebration of the life of Martin Luther King and to this gathering which takes place on his birthday and provides us an opportunity to remember and to renew our commitment to the ideals that Martin Luther King stood for.

I wanted to share with you a story that was inspired by . . . → Read More: The One About Being Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King

Welcome Remarks from Tom Gibian, Head of School

The following remarks were delivered at Sandy Spring Friends School’s all-school beginning-of-year assembly.

Welcome to our first All School Assembly that marks the beginning of our 2017-18 school year.

It is so good to have everyone back, bright eyed and ready for a year of growing, learning, playing, friendship, challenge, light bulbs going off, . . . → Read More: Welcome Remarks from Tom Gibian, Head of School

The One Where We Begin to Say Goodbye-2017

The following is taken from remarks that SSFS Head of School Tom Gibian made during our 2017 End of Year All-School Assembly on Tuesday, May 30.

Our gathering here is in keeping with our School’s tradition where We Begin to Say Goodbye. It is a sweet time, a sad time, a time of reflection, . . . → Read More: The One Where We Begin to Say Goodbye-2017

The One About Expectations

When I was growing up, it was quite routine for pollsters to report that most people expected that their children’s lives would be more comfortable than their own. On the back of an expanding economy, greater access to educational opportunities and health care, more families enjoying home ownership, increased mobility, and, of course, the rate . . . → Read More: The One About Expectations

The One About Immigrants

Not long ago, I received a note from the spiritual and community life committee of the lower school at Sandy Spring Friends asking whether the school intended to issue a statement opposing the measures toward immigration and immigrants being discussed at the highest levels of government. Should we adopt such a “minute” (as the Quakers . . . → Read More: The One About Immigrants

The One about Our Current Political Climate

From the dawn of Quakerism in 17th-century England, the members of this religious society have been known for speaking truth to power and working to end social injustice on matters ranging from slavery to gender inequality–long before their convictions would receive broad societal acceptance. It is not easy, however, to reconcile the Quakers’ insistence on . . . → Read More: The One about Our Current Political Climate

The One about Sharing Perspectives

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From comments given to participants at the EastEd Middle School Diversity Conference hosted at Sandy Spring Friends School on Jan. 30:

When times feel topsy turvey, diverse communities are able to have conversations where we share ideas, feelings, experiences and perspectives with respect and openness. In that spirit and in hopes of hearing and learning . . . → Read More: The One about Sharing Perspectives