WATCH/LISTEN: Recorded in September 2020, Head of School Rodney Glasgow spoke with Shoshanna Sumka, SSFS alumna and Executive Director of ISEEN, about experiential education, creating connection in a virtual environment, and her time as a student at SSFS!
At Sandy Spring Friends School we question, we reflect, and we act on knowledge learned both in and out of the classroom in ways that foster critical thinking and empower us to make the world a better place.
Adventurous. Interactive. Love. Joy. Peace. Caring. Safety. Special. When we asked our students to describe Sandy Spring Friends School in just one word, these are the words they chose. If you spend time with us, you will see how much these words truly resonate. Our commitment to experiential learning and a transformative education can be witnessed on any given day. Walking across our beautiful campus, you hear the laughter and chatter of students as they move from building to building and room to room between classes. You feel the intense focus of students taking notes and grappling with robust essential questions, using what they know to build a bridge to what they have yet to discover. You catch teachers pouring over the creation of multi-modal assessments, and coaches getting ready for the team practice before the next big game. You hear the delighted squeals of kindergarteners discovering frogs and tadpoles by the pond, and the harmony of student performers practicing for the upcoming musical. And, on occasion, you can even smell pizza baking in the handmade oven near our active farm. Education at Sandy Spring Friends School here at our home on Norwood Road is a full sensory experience!
At SSFS, students and teachers lead and learn together. You’ll find that our students have a voice on important matters, on and off our campus. They cultivate their voices through a dynamic, rigorous curriculum that informs and calls them to action, and through trusted relationships with teachers who see the unique worth in every student. Our Quaker values compel us to work hard at creating a sense of belonging on our campus as we affirm and support the diversity of our students and faculty. And, as good as we are, we also remain open to the quiet moments of reflection that lead to continuing revelation, and new pathways forward.
I surely hope that you find your way to Sandy Spring Friends School one day soon. When you do, you’ll find that it is a place where “Way opens” and you can truly “Let your life speak.”
Head of School
Listen: With stress and anxiety levels raised, fun is more critical than ever. Join Rodney as he speaks with Jenai Bell (Cross-Divisional Learning Specialist Admin. Assistant), Joel Gunzburg (LS Counselor), and Shannon Needham (Upper School Learning Specialist) as they discuss the importance of fun for learning, community building, and stress-relief and how they are infusing fun into everyday activities.
LISTEN: As we near the year mark of the SSFS Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Audit publication, hear from Rodney Glasgow (Head of School), David Hickson (Assistant Head of School), Nicole Lee (Interim Director of DEI), Candice Ashton, (Clerk of the All-School Diversity Committee) and Julie Méndez, (Co-Clerk of the Audit Oversight Committee) about where we've been and where we're going to ensure the school becomes a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place.