On Saturday, June 9, the Tandem Friends community will gather to celebrate educators Steve Ganong (math), Pru Huddleston (visual arts) and Tom O'Connor (math and administration) and their many collective years of devotion and dedication to the Tandem Friends community as they retire. There will be barbeque and bluegrass on the quad, fun and games, and more as we celebrate each of them uniquely. Please RSVP to Mary at 434-296-1303 x0.
The Delaney Athletic Conference just announced spring All-Conference honors and eight Tandem varsity athletes were named. In boys lacrosse, seniors Noah Tinsley and Fisher Brodie, junior Logan Ratzlaff and freshman Jake Connelly were named First Team. Junior Mike Cao was named to Second Team. In girls soccer, senior Laila Whynott, sophomore Olivia Bullock and freshman Olivia Bowers were all named to First Team. Way to go, spring athletes!
It's time for the annual Mother's Day Music Festival. Spend the afternoon of Saturday, May 12 watching fantastic live music and enjoying exciting activities with great people at our beloved annual festival! On Saturday, May 12th from 2 PM to 7 PM, we invite you to bring your friends and family to enjoy some of Charlottesville’s best local music to celebrate Mother’s Day. We'll be on the quad out back.
MDMF is a wonderful tradition which has attracted many artists such as Dave Matthews and David Wax Museum!
This year's band lineup includes:
Kendall Street Company John D’earth with an array of brilliant musicians Harli and the House of Juniper Patient 0 Canine Blind Bent Mountain Trio Tandem Middle School Band Tandem Rock Band Tandem Jazz Band
Food by South Fork BBQ and Chef Lisa's Catering available for purchase. Exciting vendors with great gifts for moms and fun activities for all ages.
Admission fee $10 - moms, as always, get in free. Children under 10 get in free as well. Proceeds will benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE).
Latin students from 8th graders to seniors sat the National Latin Exam in March. About 150,000 students from around the world take the exam each year, which covers Latin language, Roman culture, history and mythology. Prizes were awarded to the following:
Honors: Granger B. (level 1), Olivia C. (level 1), Delilah T. (level 5), Kiwii Z. (level 5)
High Honors: Nathan S. (level 3), Lucy C. (level 5)
Silver Medal: Charlie A. (level 1), Julia B. (level 1), Josh W. (level 3), Noah T. (level 5)
Gold Medal: Maisie F. (level 1), Olivia B. (level 2), Sophie S. (level 2 ), Sophie F. ( level 2), Meridith F. (level 3)
Sophie F. also achieved a perfect score on her exam!
Tandem Friends senior Tori Carter-Johnston, the Tandem Friends school nominee for The Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship Award, was recently awarded with $10,000 in scholarships from The Emily Couric Leadership Forum. At an awards luncheon at The Omni Hotel on April 25, the ten local honorees (one from each local high school) were celebrated and the final winners announced. All nominees received a $5,000 college scholarship and one nominee recieved the $30,000 top award. Tori and one other honoree also received a $5,000 Merit Scholarship for their impressive leadership and vision. Tandem guests who attended the luncheon to celebrate Tori included her parents, Roxanne Carter-Johnston and Cory Johnston, Head of School Whitney Thompson, Upper School Director Peter Gaines, Diversity Director Gordon Fields, and teacher Tucker Winter.
Big congratulations to Tandem Friends senior Emma Hitchcock, whose Art for the Heart project won the top prize in the Tom Tom Youth Summit’s Social Innovation category in a competition at The Paramount yesterday. There were two main categories in the Youth Summit: Social Innovation and Business Innovation. Emma, who partnered with senior Zadie Lacey from Monticello High School, won the Grand Prize in their category with their Art for the Heart project, which provides art therapy sessions to area homeless women. They received a $100 microgrant and the opportunity to participate in the Summer i-lab program at UVA for two weeks to further develop their project/idea. There were six other Social Innovation pitches competing, and many more that did not make the cut to present in the finals.
On Friday, March 30 and Saturday, April 1, two Tandem student groups ran fundraising sports events to support the Oglala Lakota College Scholarship that our Upper Schoolers help fund each year. These two events brought in $900, which, along with other funds raised during the year, will be put towards one student's annual tuition.
On Friday, senior Kalina Zizulka headed up the second annual Serve it Up! fundraising match, with the varsity girls volleyball team taking on a team of Upper School boys in a competitive matchup. The girls defeated the boys in four straight sets, and admissions fees and concessions sales raised almost $400 for the cause.
On Saturday, junior Harriet Caplin led the Tandem Fencing Club in hosting a competition-based fundraiser in the gym in which fencers collected pledges per touch. There were 22 fencers from Tandem, Renaissance, Buford, and the homeschool community to help raise over $500 during the day-long competition.
Our juniors spend a week in the Badlands of South Dakota each fall, experiencing the land and culture of the Oglala Sioux, visiting Pine Ridge Reservation and Wounded Knee, studying local geology, and grounding their year of American Studies through immersion in the heartland. After a visit to the Oglala Lakota campus, students several years ago decided to dedicate fundraising efforts each year to meet the needs of one area student.
This year's Tandem Friends Tag Sale has moved to the spring and is rapidly approaching. Actual sale dates are Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 in the Tandem gym. Donations are still being accepted, and will be accepted during the week of April 15-20. Actual sale hours are Saturday from 7:30am-4pm ($2 Early Bird fee, 7:30-8:30am) and Sunday from 10am-3pm. All items are half off all day on Sunday, and there is a special $3/bag (bags provided) sale from 12:30-3pm.
Tandem's well-known Tag Sale offers EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN! Clothes, boutique of high-end items, accessories, shoes, collectibles, toys and games, books, knick-knacks, electronics, furniture, housewares, linens, sports equipment, and more!
The Tandem 6th grade presents Fiddler on the Roof Jr., with performances onFriday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 7pm in the Community Hall. Reserve tickets at the front desk, and pay at the door - $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.
Based on Sholom Aleichem's stories and characters, this beloved musical tells the life-affirming story of Tevye, a poor milkman who struggles with the oppression of turn-of-the century czarist Russia. Love, pride, faith and community guide him through his journey, as he tries to balance the old traditions with changing times. Tandem's 6th grade will delight us with their commitment to this story as they sing, dance and act their way into the hearts of our own community.
On Thursday, March 15, the Upper School held its annual "teach-in" day, led by students in the Friends Council and facilitator Steve Ganong. This year's theme centered on the criminal justice system. They screened the documentary film 13th and enjoyed a panel discussion that included local professionals: Andre Hakes, local lawyer, partner at Tucker Griffin Barnes PC and Tandem parent; Josh Bowers, professor of criminal law at UVA, former public defender and Tandem parent; Nicole Snyder, Fountain Fund; Ross Carew, Offender Aid and Restoration, Charlottesville. There were student-led query groups in which they took time to process the morning's information. After lunch, students chose two of the following to attend: viewing and discussing the documentary Concrete, Steel, and Paint; viewing and discussing the documentary The Return; a workshop on Putting Together the Pieces of the Prison Industrial Complex; the New Jim Crow workshop looking at the war on drugs; a workshop on How To Talk It Out: Negotiation at the Peace Mat; and a reading/writing workshop based on the prison writings of Jimmy Santiago Baca. This full day ended with a Meeting for Worship.
On March 14, Tandem Friends students participated in the ENOUGH National School Walkout. Those who chose to participate (we had about 230 community members join in) walked out of class at 10am. We gathered on Tandem's front lawn in powerful silence for 17 minutes, both to honor each of the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and to call on Congress to "pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship." Students returned to classes afterwards. This national student-led walkout was held exactly one month after the Florida school shooting. Tandem Friends completely supports all students who wish to participate in this action. Check out a Daily Progress report on local school participation here.
James Madison's Montpelier recently hosted our 11th grade class for a day long educational experience. Montpelier created a customized experience for Tandem that complemented our curriculum, and offered new ways to explore race, culture, and history through the lens of the Constitution and America's founding. The program is part of Montpelier's drive to educate and engage students and they have just created a website page about their educational programs that features Tandem juniors - read more about it, hear about Tandem's experience there, and see photos of and quotes from our students on their website here. (Tandem Friends students appear about halfway through the site information.) Junior Miriam Skadron also wrote a piece on their Montpelier experience in the recent issue of the student newspaper, Tandem Times. Check it out here.
Tandem's 9th and 10th grade history students were given a creative challenge by teacher Melissa Winder - to create a diorama depicting a famous historical event with marshmallow Peeps. This is the second annual Peeping into History project. The dioramas are currently on display in the Blue room. Check out these amazing tableaux.
It's time for our annual 7th grade production of Cafe 007 - an original show of creative collaborations from our theatrical 7th grade class! Cafe 007 is filled with original skits, poetry, music, dance and more - woven together by the Quaker testimony of Community and three other alliterative themes - this year's additional themes are Comedy, Compassion and Culture. The entire show is created and performed by all of our amazing 7th graders!
Don't miss Cafe 007: Community, Comedy, Compassion and Culture - performances are on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at 7pm in the Community Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students/seniors. Reservations can be made by calling the Front Desk at 434-296-1303 x348. Tickets can be purchased at the door; the box office opens thirty minutes before each performance.
The 2018 Senior Project presentation season begins soon! Between March 12 and March 27, seniors will be presenting their projects during Community Time (12:50 to 1:30pm) to the Senior Project Committee and the Upper School community. Parents, family members, and technical advisors are all warmly invited to attend! See website calendar for presentation dates. The Senior Project is a five-month, independent study project in which each senior explores, in detail, a self-chosen subject area. This process is exciting and serious. The project process, along with the final product, is a graduation requirement and includes a research paper component, an extensive journal, a formal individual presentation to the Senior Project Committee and a class presentation to the community.
Tandem Friends School is proud to join The Friends Council on Education and Friends (Quaker) Schools across the country in a statement of support for student-initiated acts of civic engagement around current issues of gun control and school safety, for the support of students from Stoneman Douglas High School, and in the pursuit of making schools places of peace and safety.
Tandem Friends Head of School Whitney Thompson joined with heads from over fifty other Friends Schools in America to call on public officials to "heed the call of students across the country and take action to address the multi-layered problem of gun violence...to urge our country’s leaders to listen deeply and carefully to our young people."
Please take a moment to read the complete statement here.
Tandem's varsity boys basketball team qualified for play in the VISAA division 2 state tournament - the first time our boys team will play in a state matchup. Ranked #12 in their division, the boys will play #5 seed Life Christian Academy on Tuesday, February 27 at 6pm in Petersburg at Richard Bland College(8311 Halifax Road, Petersburg, VA 23805). Note that the game is not being played at Life Christian Academy. We will be live streaming it on our Facebook page, so help us cheer on the Badgers one way or another!! If the boys win in the first round, they will play Carlisle School in Martinsville on Wednesday night at 7pm.
Both of our varsity teams played great basketball in the DAC Tournament Championship games held at Highland School on February 24. The girls lost to Chelsea Academy in a tough, close game. The boys played Quantico right after, winning the tournament championship 79-65 and securing both the regular season and tournament championships. Senior Latrell Winkey scored 38 points in the game and was named co-player of the year for the conference.
The Delaney Athletic Conference announced all-conference basketball honors for this season for DAC Division 2 athletes and Tandem received many nods. On our girls team, Tori Carter-Johnston and Stella Lane were named First Team and Lilah Hassell and Emma Hitchcock were named Second Team. On the boys team, Latrell Winkey and Jalen Anderson were named First Team, Logan Ratzlaff and Jacob Rice were named Second Team and Matthew McCullough received Honorable Mention. Boys coach Robert Jordan was named Coach of the Year. Senior guard Latrell Winkey was named Co-Player of the Year. What a great year for Badger basketball!
Senior Evelyn Brown was chosen to be profiled in this week's C-ville Weekly article about students who manage to balance academics with other passions.Evelyn clearlyshows that Tandem students can succeed on all three fronts of academics, arts and athletics. She's taking three APs, playing in the championship conference basketball game tomorrow, and playing Meg March in next week's musical production of Little Women!
The Tandem Friends Upper School Drama department presents the musical Little Women March 1 through 4 in the Community Hall at Tandem Friends School. Performances are at 7pm March 1 through 3, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday, March 4. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made by calling 434-296-1303 x0, or tickets can be purchased at the box office thirty minutes before a performance.
Based on Louisa May Alcott's American classic, set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the musical Little Women tells a story of love and family that stands the test of time. With music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and book by Allan Knee, the show features twenty songs. You can't go wrong with beloved characters like Marmee and the March girls (Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy), Laurie, Mr. Brooke, and Professor Bhaer, and Aunt March.
Tandem's production is directed and choreographed by Perry Medlin. The musical director is Kristin Baltes and the costume designer is Bruce Young. Poster original artwork is by student Hannah Bashkow (TFS '19).
In the regional competition on Saturday, January 27, Joe Xie and Ben Chen won a 1st place medal in the Hovercraft event as well as a 6th place medal in Towers. Max Benzian, Noah Tinsley, Jonathan Scholl, Nathan Stevenson, and Matthew McCullough had strong showings in the Helicopters, Mousetrap Vehicle, and Thermodynamics events. Nineteen high school teams from ten high schools in the region met at local Charlottesville High School to compete in the Virginia Science Olympiad Regional Tournament. Tandem's Upper School team performed well enough to advance to the state-level tournament with a final overall place of 6th, based on the performance of each school's top performing team. Joe Xie and Ben Chen won a 1st place medal in the Hovercraft event as well as a 6th place medal in the Towers event. Max Benzian, Noah Tinsley, Jonathan Scholl, Nathan Stevenson, and Matthew McCullough had strong showings in the Helicopters, Mousetrap Vehicle, and Thermodynamics events but came up just short of earning a medal.
On Thursday, February 1, seven Tandem Friends School students (four juniors and three seniors) and two faculty advisors headed to Durham, NC for the 19th annual Quaker Youth Leadership Conference (QYLC), a gathering of students and teachers from Quaker secondary schools across the world. QYLC serves to embolden the Quaker values in young leaders and encourages them to work collaboratively and with intent to solve the world's social, political, and environmental issues. Since 1999, QYLC has been guided by a contemporary theme and hosted by a different Quaker school. This year's gathering is being held at Carolina Friends School, with help from nearby New Garden Friends School. The theme is Growing Communities through Service and Storytelling.