Frankford High School & Alumni News
Let's go back to the start of this exciting Fall 2018 school year. Frankford's Aviation Academy welcomes our first future pilots and aviation professionals to our student population.
A few weeks later, our new and returning students are back into the school's rhythm and ready to show off their talent and school spirit at Frankford's 2nd Annual Art Coffeehouse.
Guests sip their coffees and munch on sweet treats from the Culinary Institute, while enjoying eye-catching art displays, innovative music and thought-provoking skits.
But this is not the only event returning for a repeat performance. Students, alumni, families, neighbors and friends stretch, flex and run their best times at Frankford's 2nd Annual 5k Run on Saturday, September 29, 2018.
The race raised money to support a school-wide student incentive plan, which encourages and rewards students for improved/exemplary behavior, attendance, and academics. Sponsorship help defrays such organizing costs as: the tee-shirts, awards, drinks and snacks for runners. All additional donated funds went toward meeting their $10,000 fundraising goal.
A Sweet Success!
Speaking of sweet success, there's no downside to indulging in a bowl of your favorite sherbet as a reward for a great run, test result, a team win or just because it's sunny on a Tuesday. However, a second serving can be even tastier.
Here's your second serving of Frankford's newest annual events. Enjoy the slide show below, highlighting Frankford's 5K Run and scroll next to the Art Coffee House.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
ART COFFE HOUSE 2018
WELCOME NEW ALUMNI, CLASS OF 2018
You've Just Graduated
What Are You Doing Next?
We're Joining the Frankford Alumni Association!
FOUR ACCEPTANCE LETTERS
to West Virginia University
Super Bowl XLIV, NFL Free Agent Jahri Evans, Alumni Speaker at Frankford High’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony.
.Frankford High School’s Color Guard with Senator Bob Casey and Mayor Jim Kenney at Betsey Ross House, 9/11 honor and remembrance ceremony
Frankford's first annual 5K run for students and adults.
The maiden voyage of its Arts Coffee House. JROTC's flag presentation at the 911 Memorial. And a new Aviation Academy emerging on the horizon with great acceleration. No wonder the television and print media has taken notice of the school's amazing metamorphosis in a big way.
Local television station 6ABC featured JROTC cadets presenting the flag at the 911 Memorial. Local newspaper reporters from the Northeast Times and Frankford Gazette--tapped their feet and admired students' artwork and performances at Frankford's first Coffee House, celebrating the arts at Frankford with 150 students and guests.
They enjoyed the festivities, while sipping hot coffee from a mug hand-crafted by the ceramics department and munched on sweet treats baked by Frankford's culinary students.
Pretty soon, aviation students will land into this bold, new world and make their stamp on this good academic ground, we proudly call our alma mater.
Seeds sown from years before has blossomed into beautiful blooms with unlimited possibilities. We can't stop grinning. Keep up the great work 2018 pioneers, we've got your backs,
Read for yourself what Northeast Times Reporter, Logan Krum
said about his evening at Frankford's Arts Coffee House.
FRANKFORD'S ARTS COFFEE HOUSE
A Celebration of the Arts at Frankford
Northeast Times Article
By Logan Krum
One wouldn’t know school was not in session walking into Frankford High School the night of Thursday, Dec. 14. The school was packed with students, parents and faculty exploring the hallways, classrooms and auditorium to appreciate a wide variety of student-created art.
The night marked the school’s first Arts Coffee House, meant to celebrate the arts of Frankford students. Even though it was a new event for the school, the amount of student participation made it seem like a long-running tradition.
Approximately 150 students participated or had work on display at the event, which displayed art forms ranging from film, live musical performances, ceramics, photography, culinary arts, paintings, dramatic performances and more. And throughout it all, the support students had for each other was clear.
Just ask Bre Reyes, a senior who transferred to the school this year.
She took the microphone to perform, Someone Like You, a pop ballad by Artist Adele, with her duet partner Laila Weems. But when she was halfway through the vocally challenging first verse, the music cut out due to a technical error — a singer’s worst nightmare, especially when they’re standing in a hallway surrounded by an audience.
Bre said she was already nervous because she was new to the school and didn’t know too many people. But she didn’t miss a beat. The audience didn’t let her. They picked up clapping the beat and she continued seamlessly until the music cut back in.
“I just went with the flow, and it all worked out,” she said. “When I came back to the school [in September], I thought I wasn’t going to fit in because it was senior year, but I started talking to these girls that I met and it’s going well.”
Starting a new school hasn’t stopped her from having perfect attendance and landing on the honor roll. The hallway thundered in applause after she and Laila finished, just as it did when Kenneth Purvis finished his energetic performance of I’m Still Standing and Julianna Corbin and Jamil Dabney performed Jar of Hearts.
Kenneth Purvis Singing I'm Still Standing by Sir Elton John
The event was organized by Joy Weir, an ArtistYear Teaching Fellow assigned to spend the year at the school. ArtistYear is an AmeriCorps-funded national service organization dedicated to providing underserved students with access to arts education.
Previously a Drexel University student, Weir had experience putting together events like this before.
“I did it before, so I figured I could do it again here,” she said.
As it turned out, students were more than eager to sign up. All funds went toward respective arts departments at the school. Artwork, ceramics and food were all on sale to fund their respective departments, and the charge at the door was split among different departments.There were also T-shirts, hoodies and raffle prizes for sale.
The school’s new band and choir made themselves known by performing in the halls. The band has grown to about 30 students in its first few months, and continues to grow.
Weir also hopes money can be put toward some sort of production in the spring, whether it’s a full musical or simply another artistic showcase.
HANGING OUT ON FRANKFORD'S WEB
Photos and Content by Teacher Adam Anderson
New Aviation Academy Logo
Frankford High School is proud to announce the official logo for the new Aviation Academy beginning the 2018-19 school year. We are excited about the future and looking forward to soaring to great heights next year!
WELL DONE, FRANKFORD WRESTLING TEAM!
Congratulations to the 7-1 wrestling team who are the second seed in the upcoming playoffs! F-K-D... What!
FRANKFORD'S READY FOR THE ASPEN CHALLENGE COMPETITION
Our students are excited to start the Aspen Challenge and strive to solve one of our community’s problems!
From Aspen Challeng.org
Here's How it Works...
1. CREATE TEAMS AND PREPARE
Each school builds a strong team that represents a range of skills. Team members embrace leadership roles and value unity, curiosity, and a desire to be change-makers.
2. GET INSPIRED
Teams gather to hear from leading thinkers, who tackle some of our world’s toughest issues. These leaders propose challenges to the teams, asking them to create innovative solutions.
3. SELECT A CHALLENGE
Teams have one week to SELECT THE CHALLENGE of their choice, draft their vision, and set goals. Teams are guided to pick challenges based on PASSION, RELEVANCE, FEASIBILITY and SUSTAINABILITY.
4. DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT A SOLUTION
Now is the time for teams to utilize the tools provided to design and test their solutions.
5. OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Teams put their work into action by engaging their communities through events, surveys and media outreach.
6. PRESENT AND COMPETE
Teams present their solutions to a panel of distinguished judges who select top teams based on CREATIVITY, FEASIBILITY, SUSTAINABILITY and TEAMWORK who are then invited to present their work at a national Aspen Institute convening.
THE NATIONAL STUDENT WALK-OUT, WED. 3/14
Students across the nation walked out of schools together protesting the violent mass shootings in schools. Wearing orange ribbons, Frankford students walked out in solidarity, urging the federal government to enforce stricter gun control laws.
Orderly and peaceful students marched to the school district and city hall, so their voices could be heard to prevent another, Columbine, Sandy Run and Parkland, Florida massacre.
There's a sentiment among students throughout the nation that this could happen in their backyard, unless something is done today--not tomorrow.