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Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 4: Infusing Fun into Learning
Julie Méndez

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. 

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Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 3:  Where Do We Go From Here? The SSFS Diversity Audit One Year Later
Julie Méndez

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.

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Gnu Stories Podcast | Episode 2:  Welcome to a Brand New School Year
Julie Méndez

WATCH/LISTEN: In the second episode of the "Gnu Stories: Highlights from the SSFS Community" podcast,  hear two recorded sessions from our Head of School Rodney Glasgow. The first recording is from his presentation at the All-School Welcome on September 1, 2020, during the Virtual Orientation Day for parents and guardians. The second recording is an interview conducted by Brenda Crawley, Head of Plymouth Meeting Friends School and former Lower School Head of Sandy Spring Friends School. The Interview was conducted in June 2020, prior to Rodney's first official day as the new Head of School.

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David Hickson

Almost a full year has passed since SSFS completed its diversity audit, a comprehensive examination of our progress in fulfilling the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals of our mission and strategic plan. It is a fair time to consider what progress has been made towards the action items spelled out in the report to the community distributed last fall. 

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Tom Gibian

The act of “speaking truth to power” is the manner in which Quaker spirituality is made manifest. In an abstract sense, it is the thread that connects the inner Light to our boundless faith in humanity’s unrealized potential. As a more concrete action, it can be defined as a non-violent political tactic, employed by dissidents against the received wisdom or propaganda of oppressive, authoritarian regimes and institutions.

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Tom Gibian

When I count my blessings, high up on the list, just a smidge below having married well and having two kids who I admire and love to hang out with, is that I have been the Head of Sandy Spring Friends School for the past ten years.  

When I was hired, I didn’t know what it would be like and I wasn’t able to get a straight answer from Ken Smith, the previous Head of School. All he would say is that being Head of Sandy Spring Friends School is the greatest job in the world. 

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