Students in Action NEWS FEED
Delaware Valley Friends School students are involved in their communities in many ways. They feel passionate about current events, social justice, the plight of others, the environment, and many other causes and movements that affect them, their families, their communities and the greater world. Read about the many activities they have been involved in here.
Thank you for helping fight hunger in our community this Thanksgiving!
Each year, the DVFS Service Committee organizes a food drive and fundraiser to provide Thanksgiving Day meals for families in need. Over the past several weeks the DVFS community - students with their advisories, families, faculty, staff, and friends of the school - have been bringing in food donations to supply a full meal for each family in need. The boxes are filled with potatoes, cranberry sauce, yams, green vegetables, noodles, stuffing mix, macaroni & cheese, and cake mix & icing. The community also raised funds to purchase turkeys to accompany the meal boxes.
This year, the DV community will be supplying Thanksgiving meal boxes to 44 families, through Morton McMichael Public School. On November 21, Teacher and Service Committee advisor Elizabeth Kriynovich took student volunteers to deliver the meals directly to families.
Carole's 8th Grade Leadership Class invited the DV community to think about the Quaker value STEWARDSHIP.
We challenged ourselves to try to conserve energy and be mindful about using plastic bottles and recycling them if we do.
It all sounds so easy, but in this age of cellphones and instant gratification, we can forget how the little things add up. Thanks to this challenge, we were being reminded that every small effort contributes to a larger goal! Join us!
What is the Quaker Value of STEWARDSHIP?
- Protect and care for the Earth in a sacred trust.
- Walk lightly on the Earth, recycle and reuse whenever possible, and reduce the amount of energy we consume.
- Promote environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
- Teach students to appreciate their world via scientific inquiry, artistic expression, outdoor education adventures, and a thorough exposure to natural resources.
- Teach social justice and the need for equal access to resources.
- Begin in the youngest classroom to instill a sense of social responsibility and service work such as coat drives, fundraisers, partnerships with outside organizations, and many more initiatives.
On September 27, 2017, a representative from Widener University visited Delaware Valley Friends School to present senior Michael Hall with the official plaque for the Widener University High School Leadership Award that Michael was honored with last spring.
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, DVFS senior Adrianna Mowrer was in Harrisburg where she was recognized as one of 178 Pennsylvania students receiving scholarship awards from Comcast NBCUniversal. During the presentation the company gave out $188,000 as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program award, funded by the Comcast Foundation.
All of the recipients (you can see the list, by county, in the article posted HERE) received $1000 scholarships, except for one student, our very own Adrianna Mowrer, who was awarded an additional $10,000 Comcast Founder's Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. Read more HERE.
On March 18, 2017, a team of students from Delaware Valley Friends School competed in the 12th Annual Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch 2017 Challenge. DV students have been participating in this event since 2013.
The prototype chosen by our engineering team this year - the Sea Dragon V - was designed by students Kyle Simkins and Alec Sager.
In addition to competing in the annual SeaPerch Challenge, this year the DVFS team, Dragon Dynamix, was invited to participate in a new program as part of the event: SeaGlide. SeaGlide joined SeaPerch this spring to expand the STEM-based underwater engineering competition to include the design, construction and operation of both piloted and autonomous underwater vehicles. Unlike the SeaPerch ROV, an underwater glider is a non-tethered, autonomous robot that has no propeller and uses very little energy. It moves by changing its buoyancy, taking in or expelling water. This change in buoyancy causes the glider to rise and sink in the water. As the glider travels up and down, its wings generate lift, which propels the glider forward.
We are proud to share that the Dragon Dynamix team was recognized with two First Place trophies in the competition last week!
- First Place for Technical White Paper for SeaGlide
- First Place for Engineering Design Notebook for SeaPerch
STEM Engineering teacher Glenn Heck shares that he is doubly thrilled for the DVFS team because, as a school for students with reading and writing challenges like #dyslexia, these students won in categories that required extensive writing and presentation!
Wednesday, March 23, 2017 -- Widener University, one of the nation's premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, is proud to recognize Michael Hall of Philadelphia as a winner of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards.
Congratulations to DVFS Junior Michael Hall, who received the 2017 Widener University High School Leadership Award, presented by Widener University and in partnership with NBC10.
The High School Leadership Award program is designed to recognize high school students in the region who, like Michael, embody the university's commitment to develop and inspire leaders to affect positive change. With this award, the Awards Committee recognizes Michael's ability to demonstrate courage by standing up for what is right, finding a way to address a wrong, or making a difference in a significant way.
The award comes with a $20,000 scholarship to Widener University over four years as an undergraduate.
Michael recently joined the other award winners on March 23, 2017at a special celebratory breakfast at the National Constitution Center. In the fall, Michael will be invited to join the 2017 award winners on Widener's campus for an exciting day of leadership training.
The DVFS community congratulates Michael for being selected for this highly-competitive award.
The Service Committee is currently asking community members to donate gently worn formal and semi-formal dresses to help support victims of human trafficking. We are working with the group "Dress for a Good Cause," which supports trafficking victims both locally and internationally, to donate dresses for their annual fundraising event at Westtown School on April 1st. Dresses can be donated any time until Wednesday, March 29th - just bring them to Elizabeth's room. Thanks for your support! For more information about the event, please check their website: http://dressforagoodcause.com or contact Elizabeth.
The Feminism Subcommittee at DVFS brought a new level of energy to the school on Wednesday, March 8. For International Women's Day, and to support future outreach, they developed their new #FeminismIsForEveryone design that they produced on bookmarks, pins, door hangers, and t-shirts...
Congratulations to DVFS Seniors Jadon Mason and Leah Gingerich on receiving Silver Key recognition for original artwork that they submitted to the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Award presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Congratulations to DVFS Junior Michael Hall, who will be receiving the 2017 Widener University High School Leadership Award, presented by Widener University and in partnership with NBC10.
Congratulations to DVFS senior Jordan Tunnell, who will be receiving a national 2017 Yes I Can Award by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
When Hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti in October, the eye directly hit the area where Middle School Science Teacher, Joy Paul, has worked. The area (Grand Anse River Valley, village of Marfranc) has not received aid because they are so remote. So far this week, the middle schoolers have raised over $200.
Delaware Valley Friends School welcomes students in grades 3 - 12 with learning differences, particularly in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and working), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges.