Clubs & Activities


A wide variety of clubs and activities meet weekly at lunch time. All are student-run and organized with the assistance of a faculty advisor. While some activities are product oriented, like the yearbook and Earthquake, the Upper School newspaper, others are primarily for students with like interests to meet for fellowship and fun. As a result, our clubs are divided into four main categories: affinity, mission, publications and social. All of the clubs allow students valuable opportunities to experience leadership and practice organizing, planning, and bringing ideas to fruition. Two years ago we added a Mock Trial club pictured here that made it to the semi-finals in the 2013 regional competition.

Our school community is greatly enriched by the students’ energies and talents in co-curricular activities.



Faculty Advisor: Malik Mubashshir
Student Leader(s): Marielle Issa and Gloria Sullivan
Meeting Information: Tuesday
Description: Ahlan wa sahlan (Welcome) is a club devoted to the celebration of Middle Eastern culture through food, religion, and tradition. We will discuss current events and developments in the Arab world, and work to educate and support the Middle Eastern community, both locally and internationally.

Faculty Advisor: David Mraz
Student Leader(s):
 David Kim, Madie Lee and Aaron Yang
Meeting Information: Friday, HC - 202
Students celebrate Asian culture.

Faculty Advisor:
Brandon Jones
Student Leader(s): Kenny Greene, Ben Thomas and Myles Wyche
Meeting Information: Thursday, S-208
Description: A support group for male students of color in the Upper School. BASE stands for Brothers for Academic and Social Enrichment. BASE fosters a sense of brotherhood and family by creating an environment where minority students can share their unique life experiences, views, ideas and culture with other students who are similar to them. It's a stimulating club, well worth the lunch period you spend. You will leave with more friends and a greater sense of belonging in the greater GFS community.

Faculty Advisor: Meg Goldner Rabinowitz
Student Leader(s): Sophie Bartholomew, Ethan Genyk, Gabby Kastenberg and Ethan Snyder
Meeting Information: Friday, A-6
Description: Chaverim is a support and discussion group for issues related to Judaism for Jews and non-Jews alike. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Judaism or discussing the many issues surrounding it and the state of Israel is encouraged to join.

Faculty Advisor: Allen Drew
Student Leader(s): Pedro Ramos and Elliot Wattenbarger
Meeting Info: Friday, HC-204
Description: Fellowship of students and faculty interested in Christian spirituality, and how it relates to life, culture and relationships. All view points are welcome. Pizza lunch is provided.

Faculty Advisor:
Kate Hanssen
Student Leader(s): Isabel Ballester, Ricardo Jaramillo, Manuel Lorenzino-Sepp
Meeting Information: Friday   
Description: Latinos Unidos is an affinity group for students of Latino descent and their allies.  The group aims to embrace and support the Latino community here at GFS, while also connecting with the larger Philadelphian and global Latino communities.  Discussion, community service projects, and the promotion of social, cultural, and educational awareness of Latino heritage are the means by which we do our work.

Faculty Advisor:
Mirangela Buggs, Malik Mubashshir
Student Leader(s): Olivia DuSold, Madeline Lee and Ben Thomas
Meeting Info:
As scheduled
Description: The MSU strives not only to give our community a greater respect and understanding of racial and cultural differences, but also to encourage others to embrace and celebrate these differences. To facilitate these goals, the MSU acts as an open forum and discussion group to enlighten others and ourselves about racial, ethnic and culture-related issues.

Faculty Advisor: Cheryl Bruttomesso, Brian Riggs
Student Leader(s):  Oliver Fox, Oliver Mitchell-Boyask and Julia Stuzyna
Meeting Information: Tuesday, SC 206
Mission: SAGA's mission is to provide support for students of all sexual orientations. The group meets weekly to discuss questions or concerns pertaining to sexuality, gender and associated issues. It also meets outside school for social occasions, sometimes with groups from other schools. Attendees agree to confidentiality. No serious issue is out of bounds.

Faculty Advisor: Kim Lewis
Student Leader(s): Pharr Bowser, Mimi Klasen, Kara Pride and Imani Ross
Meeting Info: Wednesday
Sistahs is an affinity group for female students of color from various backgrounds in grades 9 -12 providing opportunities for leadership, discussion, support and personal growth.

Faculty Advisor:
 Maryanne Rawlings
Student Leader(s): Tori Clarke and Claire Schmidt
Meeting Info: Friday
Description: Student-initiated support group for young women concerned about promoting healthy attitudes about body image. Within themselves, within the group, and within the greater community.

Faculty Advisor: Meg Goldner Rabinowitz and Sara Gordon
Student Leader(s): Claudia Detre, Issie Ivins, Phoebe Martenson and Isabel Randazzo
Meeting Info: Tuesday
Description: A women's affinity group, base in discussion of feminism. We explore both the local and global culture of being a woman.



Faculty Advisor: Fred Brown
Student Leader(s):  Hannah Ceisler, Greg Goldstein, Duncan Gallagher, Isaac Zukin and Olivia Fiechter
Meeting Information: Friday, once a month
Description: Student tour guides lead visiting parents on a tour of the school during the academic day and at Open Houses. The group is comprised of 10th, 11th and 12th grade volunteers who have agreed to assist the school in this facet of the application process.

BIG SIBS (Directed Independent Study Minor)
Faculty Advisor: Anne Gerbner
Student Leader(s): Allison Berman, Rive Cadwallader and Eliza Farran
Meeting Information: As scheduled.
Description: Big Sibs work one period a week in Lower School classrooms. Each Big Sib is paired with a Lower School student and acts as an emotional mentor, tutor, small group teacher in reading or math, or as a general assistant in the whole classroom. Some Big Sibs also may teach specific lessons, in dance or environmental projects. Big Sibs earn a Directed Independent Study minor credit for their work in the classroom.

Faculty Advisor:
LucyBell Jarka-Sellers
Student Leader(s): Hannah Ceisler and Sallie Fullerton
Meeting Information: As scheduled
Description: The Classics club provides an extracurricular opportunity for students interested in classical languages, literature, and/or culture to gain access to the wider world of scholarly and artistic work influenced by the classics. After-school events may include, but will not be limited to, lectures at local colleges and universities, trips to museums, screenings of classically inspired films, and tea parties and other social gatherings. All students, regardless of language experience, are welcome.

Faculty Advisor: Kathy Paulmier
Student Leader(s): Anand Butler, Abby Clauson-Wolf and Sarah Kane
Meeting Information: Monday, M-201
Mission: The Community Action Committee is a group that seeks to increase GFS's involvement in the neighborhood, and the neighborhood's involvement with GFS.

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Burns
Student Leader(s): Skye Pagon and John Weicher
Meeting Information: As scheduled
Description: Through drama classes and plays in fall, winter and spring, students can experience a variety of dramatic opportunities. It is not necessary to be taking a drama class in order to audition for a play. Students who are interested in stagecraft (lighting, set design, and multimedia) work on drama productions and assembly setup.

E.P.A.C.S. (Environmental Political Action Committee of Students)
Faculty Advisor: Chris Singler
Student Leader: Peter Jarka-Sellers
Meeting Information: Friday
Description: C.C.P.A.C.S (Climate Change Political Action Committee of Students) is an expanding network of groups of students at high schools across the country devoted to combatting global climate change through political action.  We are the GFS branch. C.C.P.A.C.S’s political action takes the form of exerting pressure on elected officials; that exerted pressure involves primarily the lobbying of & working with both elected officials and their aids, and, secondarily, written pressure in the form letters and petitions.  Other less frequent forms of pressure are the rare rally/protest or endorsing candidates and working on their campaigns when deemed productive.   

Faculty Advisor: Ian Van Wert
Student Leader(s): Jeremy Middleman and Alison Love
Meeting Information: Tuesday, W-105
Mission: Trying to make our community a more environmentally friendly place by instituting a compost system, spreading awareness and reducing our carbon footprint.

Faculty Advisor: Kathy Paulmier
Student Leader(s): Schuyler Alig, Hannah Goldberg and Taryn Milbourne
Meeting Information: Thursday
Mission: Global Connections is an organization that focuses on providing accessible education to children around the world while raising awareness of the plight of the many children for whom an education is not readily available. Our group raises the awareness of the GFS community through the distribution of flyers and videos shown at club meetings. In the past, we have also raised funds on behalf of children in Ghana, the Dominican Republic and China. We are always open to the opportunity to help any country in which there is a need.

Advisor: Alyson Solomon
Student Leader:  Hannah Craig
Meeting Information: Friday W-105
Description: The mission of Global Health Club is to learn about the medical world through volunteer work, and to use that knowledge to aid people in need of medical care both in the United States, and on a worldwide scale. 

Faculty Advisor:Chris Singler
Student Leader(s): Veena Advani, Rebecca Bateman and Gloria Sullivan
Meeting Information: Friday
Mission: The goal of the club is twofold: 1) to raise awareness about water related issues; and 2) to partner with another school in a water stressed part of the world, and raise money to provide them with what they need (e.g. a well, indoor plumbing, etc.).

Faculty Advisor: Bob Rhoades
Student Leader(s): Camille Choe and Olenka Jain 
Meeting Information: Monday
Mission: Our goal as a group at GFS is to educate and raise awareness in this community regarding human rights and human rights abuses locally, nationally and internationally.

Advisor: Margie Spaeth
Student Leader(s):  Jessica Lu, Nyree Jauhar and Aden Halpern
Meeting Information: Friday
Description: Spanish conversation club

Faculty Advisor: Rhonda Jones Levy
Student Leader(s): Halley Cromley, Alexander Okamoto and Neil Singh
Meeting Information: Wednesday, Poley Auditorium
Description: Mock Trial is an inter-scholastic way to explore interest in the legal world and the justice system, as well as hone verbal and delivery skills, through competitions (actual mock trials with witnesses and attorneys) coordinated by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Model UN
Advisor: John Ceccatti
Student Leader(s):  Greta Meyer and Peter Jarka- Sellers
Meeting Information: Wednesday
Description: Model UN (MUN) is a club at GFS that fits in with the established activity that is MUN; participating in MUN conferences with MUN clubs at other schools.  As the name suggests, at Model UN conferences, often focusing on a specific issue, usually individuals or sometimes pairs represent countries and they act as those countries in a meeting of the UN general assembly, ending in the passage of a resolution.

Faculty Advisor: Tracey Spinka
Student Leader(s): 
Meeting Information: As scheduled
Description: Peer tutoring provides an opportunity for students to help other students and receive assistance from other students. Meeting times are arranged on a personal basis. Students offer their specific talents to the student leader, who matches them with students who would like to receive tutoring. Students may also be referred by a teacher.

S.O.S.  (Save Outstanding Species)
Advisor: Maeve O'Hara
Student Leader(s):  Allison Berman, Megan Hellendall and Sarah Kane
Meeting Information: As scheduled
Description: Do you love animals? Do you want to protect all endangered species from extinction? In this club, we will work to help animals. We will send letters to companies that are ruining the habitats of animals, raise money to send to programs helping to save endangered species, and learn cool facts about animals of our choice. Together we will spread the word about animals and the destruction of their homes in creative ways. I hope that all of you will join us as we spread the message of the Lorax and help to save endangered species.

Advisor: Heather McKelvey
Student Leader(s): Rebecca Bateman and Dorit Cohen
Meeting Information: Monday
Description: In the Sign Language Club we will do a wide range of things. We will learn numerous signs and we will also learn about the culture. We will watch different videos about deaf people. We hope to arrange to get together once in a while with students from the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in order to have conversations in sign language.

Faculty Advisor: Gen Nelson
Student Leader(s): Olivai Fiechter, Olenka Jain, Nigel Law and Charlie Taterka
Meeting Information: Tuesday
Mission: The Student Advisory Council is composed of four elected representatives from each upper school grade. Our mission is to serve as liaison between the student body and administration. We relay students' ideas, opinions and needs to the faculty and administration in an effort to improve the quality of student life. We also frequently sponsor fun events such as fall and spring jams to generate excitement and school spirit.

Faculty Advisor: Lucy Bell Jarka-Sellers
Student Leader(s): Sophie Bartholomew, Rive Callawader, Dmitri Diagne and Peter Jarka-Sellers
Meeting Information: Meetinghouse, Thursday
Mission: We want our school to be a place where students and teachers of diverse religious and philosophical backgrounds feel free to explore religious, philosophical, and spiritual questions with each other and to express fully who they are in the context of this our Quaker school. We are students of diverse religious, philosophical, and spiritual backgrounds-- including atheists and agnostics-- who want to work with students and faculty to make GFS a place that's conducive to religious /philosophical/ spiritual exploration and self-expression.

Faculty Advisor: Ken Marini
Student Leader(s): Ben Thomas and Claudia Detre
Meeting Information: As scheduled

Advisor: Katie B Mark
Student Leader(s): Greta Meyer and Grayson Melbey
Meeting Information: Tuesday
Description: This club is dedicated to promoting school spirit at GFS.

Advisor: David Mraz
Student Leader(s): Drew Meyer
Meeting Information: Tuesday HC 202
Description: The idea of this club is to record all of the major events at GFS in the month, and create a 5-10 minute newscast that could be shown during Monday morning assembly or posted on the GFS website. The newscast would resemble a standard newscast that you would see on a local news channel.

Advisor: Sara Primo
Student Leader(s): Magda Andrews-Hoke and Jane Kye
Meeting Information: Friday
Description: This club will create a space for students to express and share their love for writing. This club functions as a writing group to which students can come with prepared pieces of writing. The writing will be read aloud to the group and discussed at length. Discussion of the writing will be constructive. Discussions will be led by either a student leader or the author of the work being discussed if he or she wishes to help shape the discussion. This club will promote a love of fiction, poetry, and language. Students in this club will be encouraged to submit work to Polyphony and possibly read work at Coffeehouse. Hopefully this club can create a community of young writers, all equally dedicated to helping one another learn and grow in their writing.



Faculty Advisor: Susan Lowry, Della Micah
Student Leader(s): Isabel Ballester, Allison Berman and Bridget Curtin
Meeting Information: Tuesday, Photo Room
Description: The Upper School student yearbook. Students learn management and production skills, and produce a high quality product at the end of each year.

Faculty Advisor(s): Anne Gerbner, Sarah Detwiler
Student Leader(s): Katharine Cusick, Claire Schmidt, Olenka Jain, Issie Ivins and Jesse Overholser
Meeting Information: As scheduled, L-214
Description: Earthquake is the only Upper School student-run newspaper (the Middle School also has a student run online newpaper called The Corner) and is published monthly. The newspaper is generally 8 pages in length and includes news, opinion, editorial, reviews, features and sports sections. Earthquake's mission is both to inform and to entertain, as well as to provide a voice for anyone at GFS who wants to write. Read More

Faculty Advisor:
Adam Hotek
Student Leader(s): Madeleine Andrews, Dimitri Diagne, Sallie Fulleton, Madeline Addis, Julia Schreiber and Jacob Smith
Meeting Information: Monday
The annual GFS art and literary magazine provides a creative forum for student poetry, prose, short stories and visual arts. Read More



Faculty Advisor: Megan Culp
Student Leader(s): Claudia Detre, Issie Ivins and Ila Kumar
Meeting Information: Thursday
Description: Art Club leads GFS's participation in the annual Sketchbook Project in conjunction with the Brooklyn Art Library and is a place to exercise the love of creating through various independent art projects

Faculty Advisor: Matt Zipin
Student Leader(s): Alexander Okamoto, Isabel King and Morris Saxe-Smith
Meeting Information: Wednesday, HC 201
Description: We play bridge. 

Advisor: Della Micah
Student Leader(s):  Andrea Berghella
Meeting Information: Thursday, GFS Shop 
Description: We play Chess.

Faculty Advisor: Brett Turner
Student Leader(s): Mack Finkel, Izzie Ivins and Ben Thomas
Meeting Information: As scheduled.
Coffeehouse is a casual, open venue for any type of performance. An open-mic night that takes place three weekend evenings a year, Coffeehouse showcases the best of the student body's diverse array of talents. All students are invited to sing, play music, read poetry or display any other talents.

Advisor: Chris Singler
Student Leader(s): Kenyat Greene and Matt Reed
Meeting Information: Wednesday, Poley Auditorium

Faculty Advisor: Tom Myran
Student Leader: Cece Dye, Claire Schmidt and Charlie Taterka
Meeting Information: Thursday, Meetinghouse Kitchen
Description: Cooking Club offers students a chance to explore the culinary world and learn more about how to cook.  Each week, students choose a menu for the next week, and students provide the ingredients and recipes students of all levels of culinary experience are welcome.

Faculty Advisor: Elissa Sunshine
Student Leader(s): Isabel Ballester and Maggie McNulty
Meeting Information: Tuesday, Elissa Sunshine's office
Divorce Support is a student-run support group for students with divorced, separated or unconventional families.

Student Leader: Camilla Barcan and Madeline Addis
Meeting Information: Wednesday, M-303

Faculty Advisor: Elissa Sunshine
Student Leader(s): Jane Kye and Madison Ramsey
Meeting Information: Tuesday
Description: The goal of the Fashionistas is to educate our members about what it truly means to be a fashionista. This does not consist of buying pre-made outfits out of magazines. A true fashionista is someone who has the freedom and courage to express herself/himself. Our group will deeply explore the fashion world by holding fashion debates, discussing fashion finds and spunky DIY's. These discussions will then be recorded in our blog at the end of the month. Together our club will experiment on how to reflect individual personality in daily outfits, and we will take trips to thrift stores, help at the Salvation Army, and hold clothing drives.

Advisor: Sara Gordon
Student Leader(s): Alison Biester and Katrianna Okamoto
Meeting Information: Friday
Description: This club is partly a book club and partly devoted to learning etiquette for fun. We sponsor "Formal Fridays," select Fridays when all students are encouraged to dress up for school.

Advisor: Adrian Cox
Student Leader(s): Conor Biddle and Charlie
Meeting Information: Every afternoon
Description: We train, We lift, We get stronger. All are welcome.

Faculty Advisor: Jeff Fetterman
Student Leader(s): Brad Sachs and Julia Struzyna
Meeting Information: As scheduled
Description: Originally, this club was intended to be an avenue for students who like to ski and snowboard, but do not often get the chance to. We want to give those students the opportunity to get on the mountain and indulge their love for skiing and boarding. We want to make it easier for people to ski and board more often. This means fundraisers for financial aid, regular trips to the Poconos with organized transport, and hopefully one big trip out west/up north. When the winter season ends, we will spend the spring organizing rock climbing trips, hikes, and other manners of outdoor sports.

Faculty Advisor: Malik Mubashshir
Student Leader(s): Rive Callawader
Meeting Information: Monday
Description: A political discussion group.

Faculty Advisor: Mina Fader
Student Leader(s): Greg Goldstein, Owen Scott and Neil Singh
Meeting Information: As scheduled
Students manage an investment portfolio of $20,000 and donate the profits to selected local charities.

Faculty Advisors: 
Amy Celentano, Rosario Manion
Student Leader(s): Annie Block, Lydia Harvey
Meeting Information: Thursday
Description: Pins and Needles is a sewing/fashion design club. We will do some simple sewing techniques like sewing on buttons. People could learn how to use a sewing machine and do some hand sewing. Some weeks we would do some designing. We will also work on some sewing projects to be donated to charity.

Faculty Advisor: David Williamson
Student Leader(s): Camille Choe, Matt Finkel and Sam Slavitt
Meeting Information: Friday, W-107
Description: XKCD club is a computer-oriented technology and security awareness club.


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