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.

Posted 11/21/2017 11:06AM

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.

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Posted 10/20/2017 11:36AM

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?

Here are some of the main points that we consider when teaching, thinking about, and living in the practice 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.

Learn more about the Quaker S-P-I-C-E-S from Friends Journal here-->

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Posted 10/10/2017 01:38PM

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.

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Posted 09/07/2017 04:01PM
Middle and Upper School Service Committees are currently meeting to plan ways for the DVFS community to respond to the recent hurricanes and flooding devastation in Texas, the Caribbean, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Stay tuned to this space over the next few weeks for details about how you can help. Thank you!
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Posted 09/07/2017 03:37PM
Delaware Valley Friends School collects aluminum tabs from beverage and food cans to benefit the Ronald McDonald House at 3925 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia. RMHC recycles the aluminum to help defray their operating costs. Collecting tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling while raising funds to help children and their families at the same time. Some of the RMHC raise thousands of dollars with their pop tab collections – up to $30,000. The tabs can be dropped off in Sandy Clayton's room #100 or in the marked container in the café.
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Posted 08/21/2017 09:40AM
Upper School students! It's time to make sure you're signed up for the 2017-18 ABLE program. Check out the choices and get registered here: www.dvfs.org/able-courses
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Posted 08/01/2017 02:07PM
We are thrilled and proud to share this new DVFSchool video, created entirely by DVFS alumni and students, and highlighting the many ways that Delaware Valley Friends School stands out as a leader in the field of educating students with learning differences.
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Posted 06/09/2017 12:55PM
During the last quarter of the school year, eight 8th grade Delaware Valley Friends School students participated in teacher Carol Chilton's Girls Leadership and Service Class. The class was developed to give young women an understanding about how to find and perform community service opportunities, and to learn and develop confidence and leadership skills. Eighth graders Tori, Jessica, Malia, Izzy, Charlotte, Maria, Trinity, and Kayla were the first students to take this this newly offered course. During the final week of classes the girls gave a presentation to the community to tell about all they had learned and accomplished.
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Posted 06/09/2017 11:52AM
Delaware Valley Friends School fifth grader Emily C. has been busy this spring helping to raise funds for the rescue sanctuary Best Friends Animal Society. Emily has a great love of animals, and has a menagerie of her own at home that includes: 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 chinchilla, 2 hamsters, 1 fish, and plans (wishes) for some rats and a crested gecko! While doing some research and reading about animal rescue, Emily was inspired by the work they are doing at Best Friends Animal Society, and she recruited fellow Middle School students to form a Middle School Rescue Team!
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Posted 05/30/2017 02:58PM

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.

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Posted 04/27/2017 12:30PM
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Posted 03/28/2017 12:25PM

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!

Read more about the 2017 challenge HERE.


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Posted 03/28/2017 11:54AM

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.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE WIDENER UNIVERSITY ARTICLE ABOUT MICHAEL


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Posted 03/28/2017 08:20AM
We are excited to share that DVFS Senior Olivia Waterman has an entry in the 2017 Bridge Film Festival! AN LD STUDENT'S EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY
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Posted 03/22/2017 09:46AM
We are excited to share that DVFS Senior Olivia Waterman has an entry in the 2017 Bridge Film Festival! AN LD STUDENT'S EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY
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Posted 03/16/2017 03:13PM

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.


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Posted 03/13/2017 07:26PM

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...

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Posted 02/28/2017 01:29PM

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.


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Posted 02/28/2017 01:21PM

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.


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Posted 02/28/2017 01:15PM

Congratulations to DVFS senior Jordan Tunnell, who will be receiving a national 2017 Yes I Can Award by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).


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Posted 02/07/2017 02:53PM
Quaker Youth Leadership Conference 2017: Faculty members David Calamaro and Allison Gill accompanied six Delaware Valley Friends School students to the 2017 Quaker Youth Leadership Conference from February 2nd to February 4th. The conference was hosted this year in Brooklyn, NY, by Brooklyn Friends and Mary McDowell Friends School. DV students Liv, Kyle, Liam, Naomi, Julien, and Nicco were all attending for the first time. Read more-->
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Posted 01/30/2017 03:12PM
In the days leading up to the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, the Feminist Committee - a group of Upper School students and faculty advisors - penned a letter to the President-Elect outlining their concerns about the policies and direction of the incoming administration. Read the letter here-->
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Posted 01/10/2017 01:26PM
Congratulations to senior Adrianna Mowrer for her selection as a recipient of the 2017-18 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. This program recognizes young people who are helping to make our communities stronger.Read more-->
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Posted 01/10/2017 01:26PM
The United States Navy is piloting a new program to its existing underwater robotics competition for high school students. SeaGlide will join 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. 2 DV students will participate in the pilot program this spring.
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Posted 12/07/2016 12:04PM

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.

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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.


Delaware Valley Friends School is a national leader in educating students (6th - 12th grades) with language-based learning differences and the only IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council) accredited school-based program in Pennsylvania. DVFS offers a rigorous and comprehensive research-based college preparatory curriculum, expert individualized instruction,
leading-edge assistive technology, and an emphasis on self-advocacy within a nurturing and supportive community based on Quaker values.
DVFS is proud of its students in action, who are taking their skills and dedication to their community into the world in meaningful ways.


Delaware Valley Friends School
19 E. Central Avenue, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
Phone: 610.640.4150

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