Once you've been a part of the Tandem Friends community, you are always a part of the Tandem Friends community. Our alums are vital to the life of the school, and they feel welcome to return and reconnect. Alums show up for school events, plays, graduation, meeting for worship, and more. Alums frequently stop in for a chat with a favorite teacher. Some come back to coach Tandem Friends School teams. Many alums have returned as parents of Tandem Friends students, adding another generation to this connected community.

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50th Fridays

List of 5 news stories.

  • Tandem Teaches Stewardship of the Earth

    Happy day after Earth Day, which makes us reflect on Tandem and stewardship this 50th Friday. From its very beginning, Tandem has fostered a close relationship with nature for students through Blue Ridge Day, environmental programs, wilderness trips and outdoor education, robust recycling and composting, campus cleanup, and service projects related to stewardship of the earth. Students are encouraged to use their voices to lobby for environmental causes. Our beautiful campus inspires our community to be good stewards with each sweep of the broom or weed pulled - did your time at Tandem foster a love for the earth?
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  • Tandem Runners Going Places

    Organized sports at Tandem Friends started small in the 1970s but our athletic program has grown into a thriving, competitive one. This 50th Friday, we are focusing on running. Our cross country and track teams were the latest to develop, not so old yet but growing in both reputation and size. What started as smaller cross country teams at the Middle and Upper School levels grew to include indoor and outdoor track teams, giving us a thriving three-season co-ed running program that takes up a lot of field space warming up. This year, senior Mason Love became a  Division 1 college athlete - signing with George Mason University's  running program. Mason was an All-State runner, ran a second in the state in the 1600m and 3200m races and was Conference Runner of the Year for two seasons. Teammate Sophie Farr will be running cross country and track for Vassar College in the fall, and there are other alums who have gone on to run at the college level as well. Our teams have consistently placed well at both the state and conference level - including a 2019 state championship in the boys 4x800. And current XC coach Jason Farr was Conference Coach of the Year in 2018. Tandem runners are going places - inside or outside, in any kind of weather, and across any terrain!
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  • Tandem Photo Archives Part 4 - 1979-1987

    It's been Spring Break this week (another great school tradition!), a perfect time for another blast from the past with photos shared by former teacher Letty Macdonald (era 1979-1987). Here are some that showcase her math classes and so much more, including a 1986 faculty pic. We will continue to share Letty's photo treats along the way - and please share a story if you were there!
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  • Senior Projects - Major Rite of Passage at Tandem

    A major project has been required of every graduating senior at Tandem Friends since the school’s inception in 1970. This 50th Friday, we look back at Senior Projects and celebrate the Class of 2021's recent completion of this rite of passage. For many years, Senior Projects were basic research papers only. Faculty members decades ago recognized that many students learn best with their hands, voice, vision, spirit, or coordination - and the project as we know it today was born. The major components - a detailed journal, regular meetings with technical and faculty advisors, an oral presentation of results to the community, detailed written research/synopsis of the project - remain. Projects topics vary wildly - learning a foreign language, playing a musical instrument, building a canoe, earning a pilot's license, diver or EMT certification, training to run a marathon, learning to weld - with mastery of a passion the ultimate goal. Check out some projects over the years, then take a look at what this year's Class of 2021 mastered -! They amazed us with their results. What was your Senior Project topic? Do you still use what you learned?
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  • Tandem Photo Archives Part 3 - 1979-1987

    It's time for another warm, spring blast from the past with more photos shared by former teacher Letty Macdonald (era 1979-1987). Here are some that showcase classes, 80's fashion, and Tandem fun. We will be sharing more of Letty's photo treats along the way - and please share a story if you were there!
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