Sandy Spring Friends School



SSFS Alumni doing yoga in the 1960s

Alumni & Friends Quarterly Newsletter 

Spring 2019


Table of Contents

Spring 2019


  • Former Head of School Ed Hinshaw Visits Campus
  • Middle and Upper School English Classes Welcome John Schoffstall '69 Back to Campus
  • Join Us for Alumni Weekend 2019!
  • Head of School Tom Gibian Announces Retirement 


Join Us!

  • Glowing Together: Spotlight On Our Scholars—ONLINE AUCTION OPEN UNTIL WEDNESDAY, 5/15 at 9:00 PM!
  • Alumni Weekend 2019
  • Cheers to 40 Years: A Retirement Celebration to Honor Bob Hoch

Around Campus

  • Community Gathers for Meeting for Worship and Candlelight Vigil for Ben Uzzell '20
  • SSFS Student Ambassador Program
  • Upper School Intersession
  • AP Environmental Science Class Visits Upper School Construction Site
  • Farewell, Tim!
  • Farewell, Ilene!
  • Fifth Annual SBP Memorial Concert: "Mostly Moss"


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A Note From the AASC

Alumni Association Steering Committee


Greetings and happy spring!

With June just around the corner, we are looking forward to Alumni Weekend May 31 – June 2! This year we are looking forward to perennial favorites Meeting for Worship, Strawberry Cowbake, Beestball and lacrosse games, and the all-class reunion party, as well as two new additions: a Former Faculty Breakfast and the Alumni Art Show & State of the School with Tom Gibian (and much more!). Keep reading for additional information about Alumni Weekend, as well as information about school happenings and upcoming events.

On behalf of the Alumni Association Steering Committee, very best wishes for a wonderful spring. We look forward to seeing you back on campus soon!

~Michael DeHart '71, Clerk, SSFS Alumni Association Steering Committee


Join Us!

Around Campus

SSFS Student Ambassador Program

SSFS Student Ambassador Program was created in 2017 by the international student body with the help of Director of Boarding and International Admissions Bill Mena with the goal of creating opportunities for students to become strong leaders by learning to advocate for themselves and their fellow students, developing skills for resume-building, and practicing public speaking and effective, professional communication and correspondence through team-building exercises, interactive presentations, and the use of networking tools such a LinkedIn.

The student-led organization is made up of a small group of Upper School students dedicated to providing a welcoming environment for new and prospective students. Ambassadors have a desire to learn and develop personally while working with a diverse group of their fellow students. Ambassadors are enthusiastic, responsible, and committed to the school's mission.

Upper School Intersession 2019

Every spring, Upper School students embark on adventures that take them outside the walls of the classroom to put into practice the mission and philosophy of SSFS. In a sense, Intersession serves to make the world an SSFS classroom, providing students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of others, the greater world, and themselves. Intersession provides students an opportunity to challenge themselves in physical, cultural, intellectual, social, artistic, and community service experiences.

AP Environmental Science Class Visits Upper School Construction Site

With consistently warmer temperatures and sunnier (drier!) days, those tracking progress at the Upper School construction site will have noticed a burst of activity in the past few weeks! We were essentially "on hold" during January and most of February due to low temperatures and excessive moisture, but construction is buzzing now.

The Upper School AP Environmental Science class recently got a chance to see environmental construction firsthand at the site of the Upper School, which will be "net-zero ready." Currently, 35 geothermal wells are being dug at the site; this process is an energy efficient way to help heat the building in colder weather, and cool it when it's hot.

Farewell, Tim!

It is with a mix of sadness, pride, and happiness that we announce that Tom Croft, Assistant Head of Lower School and Counselor, will be leaving SSFS at the end of the 2018-19 school year to join the Nashoba Brooks School community in Concord, Massachusetts as the Director of Lower School.

Farewell, Ilene!

It is with a profound sense of gratitude for her 17 years of service to SSFS and its Upper School students that we share Ilene Lees’ decision to move on from SSFS at the end of the 2018-19 academic year to pursue her goal of practicing independently as a therapist for adolescents and emerging adults.

Fifth Annual SBP Memorial Concert - "Mostly Moss"

On Friday, May 10 students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered in the Performing Arts Center for the fifth annual SBP Memorial Concert, held in honor and memory of Nan Schwarz Pricher ’67 and Jane Schwarz Binger.