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2017

  • 8th Grade Plastics Project

    8th grade students took on a plastics project in the last few weeks, learning how plastics affect our health and our environment, especially in the oceans. They then created a variety of film, art and engineering products to bring attention to the problem. They created a plastics trash tree, decorated with facts about plastics and the environment and put it in the Community Hall for all to see. 
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  • National Geography Bee Winner Announced

    The 2017-2018 installment of the National Geographic Bee transpired at Tandem Friends School today. A field of twenty-seven students competed in the first round of seven questions for each contestant. Of those twenty seven, five ran the table with seven correct answers apiece, and three led the way with six apiece. Those elite eight advanced to the Final Round: Ryan Heathcock, Winston Romberger, Sarah Meyer, Liam Decker, Sammy Buckley, Maisie Fischman, Jon-Michael Benedict, and Josie Fischman. Of those eight, a number of questions whittled the field to Maisie and Sarah, who participated in the championship round. Maisie outlasted Sarah for the win. She will now get to take an online test by the 2nd of February. If she qualifies in the top 100 of the state, she will enter the state bee held on the 6th of April. Kudos to Maisie and Sarah for superb effort in this bee, as well as to all the contestants. Magister Britannus was especially impressed by this group's knowledge of geography, for of all questions asked in the preliminary round (189), students earned a permilliage of over .700! Tandem students also ran the table for Question Five: 27-27 correct! Another side note: Maisie is the first cross-bee winner within at least the last decade at Tandem Friends School, having additionally won the spelling bee last year. 
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  • Tandem Math Teacher Explains the Multiverse, String Theory and the Fourth Dimension

    Pre-calculus and other interested Upper School students and faculty enjoyed a mind-blowing physics presentation by Tandem Friends math teacher Chris Morrow on the four levels of the multiverse, string theory, and the fourth dimension. Chris created the presentation to expose students to very high level physics material, but with next to no math required in order to understand. Anyone with a basic understanding of numbers, operations, and geometric shapes could grasp the information, which was presented in an interactive fashion and included video clips, graphics and more. There were many questions afterwards, as all pondered their place in the universe and on the cosmic timeline. From Pythagoras to Einstein to Stephen Hawking to A Wrinkle in Time and tesseracts, this presentation covered it all. It even captivated the attention of an elementary school lad, son of a faculty member, who popped over for the the talk.
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  • Remembering Former Board Member Dick Wade

    Dick Wade, who served on the board here at Tandem Friends from 2014-2016, passed away recently. Dick was a committed advocate for Friends Schools and a mentor to Friends School leaders all over the country. He served as Head of School at Germantown Friends School for twenty years. His passing significantly impacts the world of Friends education and especially those who worked with him directly. Let us hold his spirit and what he stood for in the Light. Share messages to the family and written memories of Dick here.
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  • Fall All-Conference Honors Announced for 2017

    The Delaney Athletic Conference announced All-Conference accolades for the fall varsity season, and Tandem Athletics was all over the list. Congratulations to these winners:
    • Cross Country: Five Tandem runners earned All-Conference honors - Nathan Stevenson, Noah Tinsley, Luka van der Pluijm, Charlie Kennedy, and Meridith Frazee

    • Boys Soccer: First Team: Keegan Brunner, Elie Bashkow, Jpsh Warren

    • Volleyball: First Team: Ke'alani Sison, Tori Carter-Johnston; Second Team: Maya Goldstein, Elise VanDerLoo, Kalina Zizulka; Honorable Mention: Julia Dailey

    • Coach of the Year: Doug Brown, Volleyball
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  • Best All-Around Pumpkin

    Pumpkin Carving Winners of 2017

    Congratulations to this year's pumpkin carving winners (delicious Krispy Kreme prizes were awarded), with thanks to our faculty team of judges:
    • Most Like a Tandem Friend's Teacher: 'Brett' by Jon Michael and Julia
    • Scariest: 'The Ghoul' by Granger, Jake, and Mario
    • Grossest: 'The Puking Pumpkin' by Leah G and Talia S
    • Funniest: 'Art' by Alex Nachbar
    • Cutest: 'Fred the Owl' by Emma Hitchcock, Suraya Whynott and Anne-Marie Morrison
    • Most Creative: Wall-E by Hannah Bashkow and Harriet Caplin
    • Greenest: 'Watermelon' by Mason Hakes
    • Best Raw Material: Dori Wilberger
    • Most Colorful: 'Puking Pumpkin' by Jonah Taylor
    • Tallest Pumpkin Structure: 'Pumpkin Snowman' by Evan, Orro, Cullin, Archie
    • School Spirit Award: 'TFS Cross Country' by Max Frazee and Nathan Stevenson
    • Best All Around: 'The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' by Elie Bashkow and Lucy Coulson
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  • Upper School Production of Almost, Maine a Heartwarming Success

    Almost, Maine, one of the most produced plays in the country now, was presented the last weekend in October by the Tandem Friends Upper School. Set in the beautiful winter wonderland of Northern Maine, the production used the magic of the Northern Lights to tell a series of stories that has been compared to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our talented cast of ten young actors had an opportunity to explore different types of relationships and real human interaction, which made the stories relevant despite their magical overtones. Audiences were delighted and warmed by this charming and quirky romantic comedy by John Cariani. Check out the photo slideshow of Almost, Maine.
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  • Tandem Varsity Volleyball Team in Midst of Stellar Season

    Tandem's varsity volleyball team is in the midst of an amazing season, with an 11-1 record, and are in the news after a match last night against STAB broke their undefeated streak. Way to go, Tandem!

    Check out the local TV coverage of the game.

    Read about the team in today's Daily Progress.
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  • Tandem Students and Faculty Spend Day Serving Local Community

    Since its founding in 1970, Tandem Friends students and faculty have participated together in community service. At Tandem, as in all Quaker schools, service is part of school life in and outside the classroom. Throughout their years at Tandem Friends, students explore the many ways to help their community be a better place.

    October 4 was the first of three full days set aside for all students (Middle and Upper School) and faculty to participate together in service this year. Students selected service group preferences from more than twenty organized by Community Service Director Jocelyn Camarata. Students will serve the same organization throughout the year. Our next full service day is in February.
     
    Our students worked for the following local organizations: Quarry Gardens, Gender Equality and Restroom Access C-ville, Scheir Natural Area, Community Bikes, Amnesty International, Ronald McDonald House, PB & J Fund, Albemarle Parks and Recreation,Cale Elementary, Ix Art Park, Live Arts, Loaves and Fishes, JABA, Habitat for Humanity Store, Clark Elementary, Bellair Farm, The Haven, Hope's Legacy, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Emergency Food Bank, Albemarle Health and Rehabilitation. Some students remained on campus to help plan Tandem's Mother's Day Music Festival and the Diversity Summit, to make ceramics for Bowls for Justice, to help with the school's Tag Sale, and to beautify and organize various campus spaces such as the theatre storage spaces, the nature trail, and other garden areas.  
     
    The day began with a presentation by The Haven (including former Tandem teacher David Slezak) and concluded with grade-level discussions/debriefs about the day's service. 
     
    Earlier this semester, Tandem 7th graders included service to the homeless with the DC Central Kitchen as part of their annual trip to Washington, DC. 
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  • Tandem Alum in the News with Great Internship

    Recent Tandem Friends alum Kate Dean-McKinney (TFS '17) is already making her mark on college and the world! Kate is a freshman at William and Mary. Her journey down this internship with The Nature Conservancy and eelgrass restoration actually began with her Tandem Senior Project on Scuba Diving last year. Read about her internship with William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
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  • Tandem Friends Voted Best Private School for Third Year in a Row!

    C-ville Weekly's annual Best of C-Ville publication hit the streets this week with some big news. Tandem Friends School has been voted Best Private School again for the third year in a row! We are delighted and proud, and extend a huge thanks to all who voted for us. Our community knows that our faculty and students and the educational excellence they create together are the best around - but it's nice to see it in print as well. Help us spread the word about the Best Private School in the area! An extra special addition this year - Tandem alum Janey Gioiosa (TFS '11) is featured on the cover of this year's publication!
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  • Tandem Friends Graduates Class of 2017

    We celebrated our Class of 2017 on a perfect June 3rd morning. As usual, the crowd waited patiently to witness the arrival of the class; the arrival details are always kept secret. This year, they arrived on a parade float, then gathered on the outdoor stage to be celebrated in words and speeches, to honor one another, to share the annual ritual of gratitude, and to receive their diplomas under the trees. What a lovely day to celebrate the amazing and unique Class of 2017. 
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  • Mother's Day Music Festival May 13

    It's almost time for our annual Mother's Day Music Festival, hosted each year since the 1980s. The event always takes place on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. This year’s event will be held Saturday, May 13 from 11am to 4pm on the front lawn at Tandem Friends School (in the Community Hall if it rains). It’s always a relaxing and family oriented gathering. Throughout the afternoon, there will be a variety of musical acts, many from the talented Charlottesville area music community and some from within Tandem. There will be delicious food and drinks for sale, and great family activities like a petting zoo, t-shirt tie dyeing, face painting, lawn games, and more. Some local vendors will be on hand to sell great gifts for moms. The entry fee is $7, but mothers, as always, get in for free.
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  • Class of 2017 College Decisions are In!

    May 1 was national college decision day, and Tandem Friends seniors have made their choices! The Class of 2017 had some tough choices to make - the 23 seniors received 67 college acceptances from wonderful schools. With the final list in, they will be attending 17 different schools as far north as Middlebury College, as far south as Savannah College of Design, as far west as Oxford College of Emory University, and as far east as New York University. The most popular college choice this year was our own UVA, with six seniors accepted and five attending. Tandem seniors were popular with other bigger state schools, with five accepted and two attending The College of William and Mary, four accepted and two attending Virginia Commonwealth University, and three accepted and one attending at both Virginia Tech and George Mason.

    They were accepted into schools as far north as University of British Columbia, as far west as UC Berkeley, and as far east as Boston (Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis and Northeastern). They chose not to attend, to name a few, four University of California schools, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University and Wesleyan University. We snapped a picture of most of them in their college T's on May 1. Check out their full list of acceptances and decisions.
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  • Upper School Awards Presented

    During Community Time on May 1, Tandem Friends faculty presented the annual Upper School awards. The Upper School faculty nominates and votes on recipients for each of the awards. Many parents were on hand during today's presentation, as parents of the winners are told that their child is receiving an award, but the students are surprised during the ceremony. 

    Congratulations to this year's award recipients, who join a long line of worthy Tandem honorees. Check out the photo slideshow from the ceremony in Featured Content.
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  • More Latin Accolades

    Last week, the results of the National Latin Exam were announced, and our students did very well. In March, many of the 8th grade and Upper School Latin students also sat for the Classical Association of Virginia Latin exam. This exam tests mastery of the Latin language and, in the upper levels, relevant literary and historical matter. 

    Tandem students excelled - two students placed in the top three spots in their respective exams: Kiley Weeks (third place, Caesar exam) and Olivia Bowers (first place, Latin 1 exam). Three students received honorable mentions: Sophie Stevenson (Latin 1), Lucy Coulson (Advanced Prose) and Delilah Trotter (Advanced Prose). Congratulations to our Latin scholars.
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  • Senior Kate Dean-McKinney Receives Emily Couric Leadership Awards

    Senior Kate Dean-McKinney, the Tandem Friends nominee for the Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship, is celebrated today for the $10,000 in scholarships she was awarded by the Emily Couric Leadership Forum. In addition to the $5000 awarded to every nominee (one senior girl from each local high school), Kate was selected by the committee to receive the sole $5000 merit scholarship awarded for 2017.

    Kate and all of the local senior girls nominated for the award were honored today during the 17th annual Emily Couric Leadership Luncheon held at The Omni. Kate's parents, Melissa and Travis Dean-McKinney, accompanied her, as well as Tandem Friends supporters Ed Hollinger, Peter Gaines, Michele Jarman, Nancy Hiles Johnson, Jackie Kingma, and Lena Lewis. Albemarle High School senior Ayoade Balogun received the $30,000 Leadership Scholarship, presented by keynote speaker and Women's Leadership Award winner Val Ackerman, Commissioner of the Big East Conference and champion for women’s sports.
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  • Tandem Junior Selected as Bronfman Fellow

    Tandem Friends junior Elie B. has been selected as a recipient of a Bronfman Fellowship. Only 26 high school juniors in the country are chosen each year for this five-week, all-expenses-paid fellowship to Israel that focuses on Jewish studies, pluralism, deep engagement between Jewish people in Israel and America, and social activism. In addition to the summer program, Bronfman fellows remain engaged in activities throughout the year. The 1000+ Bronfman alumni enjoy lifelong engagement and have become some of the most prominent young Jewish writers, thinkers and leaders. 
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  • National Latin Exam Award Honorees

    National Latin Exam Winners Announced

    Upper School Latin teacher Harriet Livesay announced Tandem's National Latin Exam results today in Morning Meeting. About 150,000 students from around the world take the National Latin Exam each year, which covers Latin language, Roman culture, history and mythology. Check out Tandem's Upper School and 8th grade Latin superstars below:
    • Gold Medal winners: Charlie Vavrik (level 1); Olivia Bowers (level 1); Meridith Frazee (level 2); Nathan Stevenson (level 2); Noah Tinsley (level 4 prose); Kiley Weeks (level 5)
    • Silver Medal: Henry Schuler (level 1); Sophie Stevenson (level 1); Sophie Farr (level 1); Lucy Coulson (level 4 prose) 
    • High Honors winners: Josh Warren (level 2)
    • Honors winners: Calder Miller (level 2); Delilah Trotter (level 4 prose) 
    Senior Kiley Weeks' exam results make her eligible for college scholarships if she chooses to study Classics. Junior Noah Tinsley also received the Randolph College Classics Book Award, given to an outstanding junior for achievements in Classics. He will also be eligible for merit scholarships if he chooses to apply to Randolph College.  

    Well done, Latin scholars!
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  • 5th Graders Welcome Spring with Newly Hatched Chicks

    Our 5th graders 'hatched' a project in March that just came to life, literally. On March 21, the students, as part of a science unit, put fertilized eggs into an incubator in the classroom. The Coulson family provided the incubator and an awesome candling device to allow the class to look closely at the eggs' interiors as they developed. The eggs were provided by the Coulson and Reyes Bonilla families. The chicks began to appear over the weekend; seven of the 15 have hatched into chicks and are in the process of being named. You can bet they are being cuddled and cared for by 5th graders, with visits and attention from other science classes, students of all ages, and even faculty (some of whom kept them as overnight guests). The chicks will eventually go to a fifth grade family with chickens.
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  • Paris Peeps Conference

    'Peeping' into History

    Tandem's Upper School World History students were given a creative challenge - to earn extra credit by creating a diorama depicting a famous event with marshmallow Peeps. Check out their amazing tableaux.
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  • Senior Emma Passino Plays Varsity Boys LAX

    In true Tandem Friends style, senior Emma Passino didn't give up on playing lacrosse her senior year just because there weren't enough girls interested in playing. Known for her determination (she took on rock climbing for her senior project), Emma explored other options and joined the varsity boys team instead. Now she's just 'one of the guys' on the team. Check out the great Daily Progress article on Emma and Morgan Parsons, who plays on the boys team at Miller School. 

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    Click here to view some great pictures of Emma on the field.
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  • Tandem Scientists Excel at State Science Olympiad

    Tandem student scientists competed last weekend in the Virginia Science Olympiad State Tournament, held at the University of Virginia. After a fine showing in the regional tournament, faculty mentor Alex Siragy says the team accomplished many of the goals set for a first year team in the state tournament. Notable performances were made in the Robot Arm event (Nina & Kiley earned 2nd place), the Dynamic Planet event (Kiley & Nina earned 10th place), and the Hovercraft event (Joe & Rosemary earned 11th place). Out of 24 teams in the tournament (21 of them from Northern Virginia), Tandem's team placed 20th, did not come in last place for any event, and achieved a higher overall rank than Charlottesville High School (the only other central Virginia team at the tournament).
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  • Tandem 8th Graders Win Big in Science Fair

    In yesterday's 36th annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair, two young Tandem Friends scientists rose to the top.

    Tandem 8th grader Leah Gunnoe placed first in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category with the Stirling engine she designed, which uses heat to create propulsion. Check out pictures of Leah and her design in today's Daily Progress!

    8th grader Charlie Vavrik placed second in the Animal Sciences category with his project on Shark Solutions.
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  • 5th Grade Studies Science of Sports, Visits Edge for Adapt Training

    Tandem 5th graders have been studying the science of sports, and recently spent a session at Edge Studio participating in one of their ADAPT program training sessions for youth. With teachers Carolena Saunders and Matt Caduff accompanying them, the students worked out with ADAPT leaders, analyzing the science of what their bodies were doing. The ADAPT team shared two hours of their time with the Tandem 5th grade!
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  • International Women's Day Observed by Tandem Friends Faculty/Staff

    To demonstrate support for today's International Women's Day, the women of Tandem Friends School chose not to work for part of the day. An all-school morning meeting featured heartfelt messages from students and faculty, including a letter read by teacher Nancy Hiles-Johnson on behalf of the women at Tandem. A majority of students and staff dressed in red to show support, and the male faculty and staff will lead the end of day activities planned. Please take moment to read the message below, and join us in honoring women today.
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  • Bee Champions move to Next Level

    Spelling Bee Champion Takes on Regional Round - 7th grader Maisie Fischman, Tandem's spelling bee winner, will compete Saturday, March 4 in the Central Virginia round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The bee takes place at 11am, and is supposed to be televised on channel ABC16. If she wins, Maisie will head to the national bee to represent Tandem Friends. Good luck, Maisie!
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  • Tandem Players and Coach among All-Conference Honorees

    The Delaney Athletic Conference announced basketball honorees during the DAC tournament championship on Saturday, and more than a few TFS players made the list. Three varsity girls team members were honored: Senior Kate Dean McKiney and junior Emma Hitchcock were named First Team All-Conference players; junior Tori Carter-Johnston was named a Second Team All-Conference player. Two varsity boys team members were honored: Junior Latrell Winkey (who finished the season ranked was named a First Team and All-Conference Player of the Year; senior Rodes Jarman was named a First Team All-Conference player. Coach Robert Jordan, who has coached the varsity team for three years, was named DAC Coach of the Year.
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  • Varsity Boys Basketball Team Wins DAC Tourney

    The varsity boys basketball team clinched both the Delaney Athletic Conference regular season championship, and the DAC tournament championship on Saturday with a stunning last-seconds victory over Quantico in the tourney finals held at Highland School.
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  • Varsity Boys Basketball Team Heads to DAC Tourney Finals

    Kudos to our boys varsity basketball team - they made it to the Delaney Athletic conference tournament finals, defeating Wakefield Country Day School last night 69-58 in a home semi-finals matchup! 
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  • Upper School Drama Presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile

    Tandem Friends Upper School drama presents Steve Martin's comedy play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The play features a talented cast of Tandem Upper Schoolers and is directed by Upper School drama teacher Perry Medlin. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4 at 7pm, and Sunday, March 5 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and can be reserved by calling 434-296-1303 x0 or purchased at the door. The Sunday, March 5 performance is a Pay What You Will show.
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  • Spelling Bee

    On Tuesday the 31st of January, Tandem Friends conducted the finals of its Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year, we had the deepest competitor field in memory, with 35 Middle School contestants participating, and 17 making it to the final round.  After a long-fought battle between 8th graders Ford Scott, Olivia Bowers, and Austin Chinn, and 7th grader Maisie Fischman, Maisie outlasted everyone to triumph on the word "tabulation," a fitting word on which to win.

    Maisie will represent Tandem Friends on 
    Saturday, March 4th at the regional round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at Albemarle High School, a televised event which begins at 11:00am. Austin is our runner-up, so will compete for Tandem if Maisie is unable to attend. Kudos to all of the intrepid contestants!
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  • Tandem Students Bring Home Awards from Science Olympiad

    Tandem Friends competed for the first time last weekend at the Science Olympiad Charlottesville Regional Tournament, held on Saturday, January 28 at Charlottesville High School. Tandem's two inaugural teams, consisting of eleven students in grades 9-12, competed against 14 other teams from six veteran schools (including teams from Charlottesville High School, Oakton High School, and Fairfax High School). Tandem was awarded 5th place overall in its first Science Olympiad competition, and qualifies to compete at the state tournament at UVA on Saturday, March 25.

    Participants on Tandem's teams, mentored by science teacher Alex Siragy, earned the following medals at the Charlottesville regional:
    • 1st Place in "Materials Science" - Yuan Dong, Max Benzian
    • 2nd Place in "Tower Building" - Kiley Weeks, Qingyang Fu
    • 3rd Place in "Astronomy" - Levi Shult, Yuan Dong
    • 4th Place in "Remote Sensing" - James Peacock, Nina Johnson
    • 5th Place in "Dynamic Planet" - Nina Johnson, Kiley Weeks
    • 6th Place in "Invasive Species" - Kira Lipson, Meridith Frazee
    • 6th Place in "Tower Building" - Keegan Brunner, Fisher Brodie
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  • Tandem Alum Competes in World Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling Competition

    Tandem alum Maggie Passino (TFS '13) heads to New Zealand this week as a member of the US international team competing in the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling Competition. The competition, held in Invercargill, New Zealand from February 8-11, is literally the Olympics of sheep shearing and woolhandling. Maggie ranked tops in woolhandling at two straight national competitions to earn her spot on the team. Sporting team gear, she flew out yesterday for pre-competition training days.
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  • Students Attend 2017 Conservation Lobby Day

    Yesterday, seven Tandem Friends Upper School students went with teachers Doug Brown and Christine Hirsh-Putnam to Richmond for the General Assembly's 2017 Conservation Lobby Day. They attended a live assembly session regarding changes to freedom of assembly laws, met with Delegate David Toscano, and more.
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  • Tandem Alum Hannah James Returns in Mercy Street on PBS

    Tandem Friends alum Hannah James (TFS '11) returns in her starring role in the PBS Civil War drama Mercy Street. Season two premieres on Sunday, January 22 at 8pm on PBS, with Hannah playing Emma Green, a young woman who becomes a Civil War nurse when her family's hotel becomes a Union hospital. Check out a great article on Hannah and Mercy Street in this week's C-ville Weekly!
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  • Incoming Head of School Announced

    After conducting a national search and seeking input from our entire community, the Tandem Friends School Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Jane Whitney Thompson as our new Head of School, beginning July 1, 2017.
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