• Friends Council Students Host Upper School Teach-In Day

    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.
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  • Students Participate in ENOUGH National School Walkout

    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.
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  • Tandem Juniors Partner with Montpelier to Study Race and History

    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.
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  • The 'Peep'ragettes

    Students Take 'Peeps' into History

    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.
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  • 7th Grade Produces their Original Cafe 007: Community, Comedy, Compassion and Culture

    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.
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  • Senior Project Presentations Get Underway

    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. 
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  • Tandem Friends, FCE and Other Quaker Schools Unite to Support Student Activism on Gun Control

    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 urge our country’s leaders to listen deeply and carefully to our young people."
    Please take a moment to read the complete statement here.
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  • Conference Champions 2018!

    Varsity Boys Head to State Tournament

    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.

    Check a pre-game TV interview here...

    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.

    Check out a DAC Championship Games photo slideshow here...
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  • Basketball All-Conference Honors Announced

    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!
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  • Senior Evelyn Brown Balances Life at Tandem

    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 clearly shows 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!

    Read the article here.
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  • Upper School Presents the Musical 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).
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  • Students Advance to State Level in Science Olympiad Competition

    On Saturday, January 27, 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. 

    In the high school competition, three large schools from Northern Virginia (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Fairfax High School, & Oakton High School) each fielded three teams. This made earning medals quite a challenge, as one school can win multiple medals in a single event and most medals were won by teams from Thomas Jefferson or Fairfax. 

    Our Middle School team won 6th place medals in Mystery Architecture (George Vavrik & Lilly Chinn), Road Scholar (Charlie Kalnite & Solly Goluboff-Schragger), and Write It/Do It (George Vavrik & Solly Goluboff-Schragger). The team did not qualify for the state tournament but as they only had half the number of students needed for a full team and competed in only half of the total events, this was expected. 

    The Upper School team will take on the state tournament, to be held at the University of Virginia, on April 14. We can't wait to see what they accomplish. Congratulations to Tandem's young scientists and engineers!
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  • 2018 Quaker Youth Leadership Delegation

    Students Attend 2018 Quaker Youth Leadership Conference

    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.
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  • Varsity Basketball Players Profiled

    Check out this great news piece on basketball players Latrell Winkey and Jalen Anderson done by the Newsplex sports team as they focused on our winning, high-scoring team. Go Badgers!
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