From Harford Friends School:
Students at Harford Friends School will begin the 2012-2013 school year at the new Forest Hill location on Wednesday, September 5, with an 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. Joined by faculty, staff, parents, and board members, the children will gather outside the entrance to formally open the doors to the new school building.
After moving from its Street, MD site at Highland Commons in late June, the school staff, parents, and students are looking forward to this new beginning on the campus of Advent Lutheran Church/Child Development Center at 2230 Rock Spring Road. “Our new centralized location allows us to better serve the needs of students from a larger area of Harford County and beyond,” said Clare Pitz, Interim Head of School.
Former principal and teacher at Advent Lutheran School, Karen DeMey now teaches grades 3/4 at Harford Friends. “We are excited to have a new location that showcases all of the wonderful things we do. Our new location will allow us to reach out to and participate in community events, as learning outside and inside of the classroom is a vital part of our curriculum. ”
The school community of 40 students and 13 faculty and staff will begin the new year on September 4 with a trip to Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center in Parkton, MD. Team building and community activities led by Genesee Valley staff and HFS teachers have formed the traditional opening day for this Quaker school for the past 7 years. Founded at Deer Creek Meeting in Darlington, MD in 2004 with one sixth grade class, the school now includes kindergarten through eighth grade.
Harford Friends’ founding head of school, Jonathan Huxtable, led the school’s development from its opening. Huxtable accepted a position as Middle School head at Wilmington Friends School on July 1. Interim head of school, Clare Pitz, has accepted the position for the 2012-2013 school year while the Board of Trustees conducts a search for a new head of school.