Mapping the World

An often cited experience by our 8th Graders during their graduation speeches is Teacher Peter’s memory map project. The challenge sounds almost insurmountable: draw a detailed map from memory of the United States, and in a later grade, the entire world. Many students’ initial reactions are that it will be “impossible” and yet every year, […]

Phillies hold dance party for last day of school at FSMH

The Phillie Phanatic and outfield Aaron Altherr stopped by FSMH on the last day of school (6/15/17) to hold a dance party. 6ABC, CBS3 and were on the scene reporting on the event. What a way to kick off the summer!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

The iconic Dr. Seuss Book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go ends with the following: Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! This well-describes the journey students at Friends School Mullica Hill experience. At a time when field trips are considered “unnecessary expenses” and axed from budgets, we have […]

Good Day Philadelphia (Fox 29) Visits Friends School

Friends School Mullica Hill was thrilled to have Bob Kelly from Good Day Philadelphia (Fox 29) come to campus to do his segment “Kelly’s Classroom.” Bob was very interested in profiling the incredible work that our students do in art and music and to highlight the upcoming musical, The Kingdom of Grimm. You check out […]

Bluebird Success!

We are thrilled to announce that our resident pair of bluebirds has successfully brought to our world three new bluebirds.  The three fledged from the nest earlier this week only to leave an empty nest. 7th graders removed the old nest and remarkably the two parents began making a new nest and starting the whole […]

Math in Focus

In the Fall, we will be officially transitioning our math curriculum to Math in Focus (Singapore Math) for grade K – 6 (please note that Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry taught to our oldest students will stay the same).  This year, we piloted the Math in Focus curriculum in two grades:  4th grade and 6th grade.  […]

Bluebird Family on Friends’ Campus

For the past few years during our winter months, I have observed Eastern Bluebirds on our campus.  Often small flocks (3 to 4 birds) of these beautiful blue backed, chestnut chested creatures have been seen perched on the Quaker banners behind the Hanshi building and on the metal fence west of Teacher Megan’s Pre-K classroom.  […]

Embracing art and music hands-on

Core to our curriculum is the hands-on experience of art and music. From Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade, our students come to intimately know the artistic process and learn to create and express themselves freely. Cross-curricular projects infuse subjects like mathematics and technology with elements of art and the humanities. While many schools and districts are […]

The Spring Peeper – A Tiny Frog with a Big Sound

Last week my wife and I were riding bikes on some rural roads, past fields and woods. At one point, up ahead we heard the unforgettable sound of the spring peepers – hundreds of tiny frogs sounding like loud sleigh bells ringing through the woods. It was deafening!  It was even more deafening when we […]

Friends School Mullica Hill Welcomes New Interim Head of School Matthew Bradley

Friends School Mullica Hill is pleased to announce Matthew Bradley, current Head of East Woods School in Oyster Bay, New York, as its new interim Head of School. Bradley is a former member of the Board of Trustees and brings decades of experience as both an administrator and educator. “Matt is well known to many […]

Nature Blog: Snakes at Friends School! Watch Out!

Yep, we had snakes at Friends School on the Friday before the week long break. As the weather warms, cold blooded creatures will be making their way to the surface and out of their winter hiding spots. No need to worry. The snakes that were here were brought in by my friend, Jonathan Malinski. He’s […]

Learning history, art, and public speaking through… puppetry?

For the last few weeks, Dr. Neff’s Incredible Puppet Company has been visiting Teacher Deb’s 3rd Grade class as artists-in-residence. They’ve been teaching students the wonderful art of puppetry working towards a school-wide performance of “Colonial America: The Story of Jonas Cattell and Ann Whitall.” The 3rd Graders created their own puppets, built a set, […]

Eagle Nest, Bluebird Boxes, Deer Skeleton

Do you want to see an eagle sitting on its nest? The Cometz family (Sophie – 8th grader) shared with me that there was an awesome, easy viewing bald eagle nest at Riverwinds in West Deptford. So I checked it out this last weekend. If you have never seen a nest, this is a good […]

Appreciating Differences by Beth Reaves

As part of our yearlong One School One Book focus on El Deafo, last week we watched the PBS special Through Deaf Eyes on our professional development day. This movie documents deaf life in America over the past 200 years. As noted in the movie summary, “The film presents the shared experiences of American history—family life, […]

Yes, 42 Bald Eagles by Teacher Peter

This past weekend my wife Mary-Ann and I attended the 17th Winter Eagle Festival in Mauricetown, Cumberland County. Friends in past years have said, “Oh, you’ll love the Eagle Fest.” Well, we did! It was an active, crowded scene at the Mauricetown firehouse with nature/wildlife vendors, nature clubs, informational booths, and live raptor demonstrations (screech […]