1991 - 2000

Fall 1990-Spring 1991: Trained faculty conduct workshops with students in grades K-5 as part of the Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP). Middle schoolers participate in the Adolescent Assault Awareness Program (AAAP). Both programs aim to teach students and teachers ways to reduce children’s vulnerability to threatening and abusive situations by providing accurate information, identifying helpful problem-solving skills, and helping students to build a network of trusted adults who can help create a safe community.
January 1991: CFS receives an anonymous grant for its Anti-Racism program, aimed specifically at increasing faculty and staff of color.
February 1991: The PCM and several parents create a monthly anti-racism study and support group.
Spring 1991: CFS opens a community garden plot on its grounds for the neighborhood.
Spring 1991: Development decides to hold Mayfair (renamed “Octoberfair”) and the Auction on alternate years.
Spring 1991: A faculty support group and a small parent group combine committees to form a Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns Committee. Their work focuses on discussion of gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual issues at all levels of the CFS community and obtaining relevant books for the library.
March 1991: Faculty Development Day features Kevin Jennings, a gay teacher at Concord Academy, who discusses gay and lesbian issues, and introduces a ten-point plan for schools to begin to dismantle the institutionalized nature of homophobia and heterosexism. Faculty and staff brainstorm goals for the school in its anti-homophobia efforts. Jennings returns in May to meet with parents.
Summer 1991: CFS adopts a new mission statement, including language regarding anti-racist and anti-homophobic values, and asks parents to sign a form indicating that they have read the statement. Some parents protest being asked to sign a statement; some ask for the statement to be reworded. The September Board of Trustees meting agrees to adopt the Mission statement “as is” with the Executive Committee authorized to make any changes as a result of faculty, staff, parent and trustee input. The Trustees agree to review the Mission Statement yearly. See Mary Johnson’s “Letter from the Head” in the Winter 91-92 Cadbury Courier for comments.
Summer 1991: New skylights and windows are installed at the school, as is a new gas-powered furnace.
1991: Thinking About Racism by CFS Admission and Development Director Linda Mizell is published by Walker Publishing Co. One of a series of textbooks on contemporary issues for young adults, the book offers a concise historical overview of racism in the United States, a discussion of the current state of race relations, and strategies for change.
Fall 1991-Spring 1992: CFS celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the theme “Renewing the Spirit, Strengthening the Ties.”
Fall 1991: Inspired by research on the effects (often detrimental) of tracking, Middle School teacher Jan Shafer experiments with a trackless math curriculum for fifth/sixth graders.
Fall 1991: Science class pet mouse Seymour develops a tumor. Science teacher Debby Knight takes Seymour to the vet, then discusses treatment options with students through class discussions. Seymour survives surgery, but then dies from an internal infection. A memorial service for Seymour is held on December 9th.(SEE CC Winter 1991-92 for more detail)
November 1991: A new entryway which meets handicap codes is installed.
November 1991: CFS celebrates its first “Coming Out” day (later known as Gay and Lesbian Pride Day).
December 1991: CFS receives an $8,000 grant for anti-racism work.
Fall 1991: CFS 8th graders participate in community service projects, working in groups, 4-5 hours per month, in hospitals, daycare centers, and other community sites.
February 1992: The Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees begins work on CFS’s scond 5-year plan (1993-1998).
Spring 1992: CFS experiments with “CFS Babies,” allowing four new faculty mothers to bring their babies to school with them. Though many deem the experiment a success, the school’s liability insurance will not allow the experiment to become permanent.
Spring 1992: 7th and 8th graders create new murals for the school, the culmination of a year-long art curriculum called “Faces.” Internationally-known muralist David Fichter serves as advisor to the project, entitled “Seasons of Change.” The project continues over into the 1992-1993 school year; the final murals are completed in 1995.
Spring 1992: Lower School teacher Thelma Delgado-Josey is included on the Edward F. Calesa Foundation’s “Terrific Teachers Making a Difference” list, which features 50 Boston-area teachers who successfully help their students built self-esteem.
Spring 1992: Faculty members form the “Sisyphus Committee,” a committee charged with studying “how our children learn about, recognize, celebrate and observe the many cultural traditions represented in the CFS community…. Referring to the mythical character pushing the boulder up the mountain, it called itself the Sisyphus Committee, to reflect the size of the challenge, the gravity of the challenge, and the precariousness of the potential solutions with which we were dealing” (Mary Johnson, CC 11/92). The committee develops new guidelines for All School Meetings, intended in part to address discomfort many community members felt as the Winter Assembly had grown more elaborate, and more Christmas-focused, over the years. No Winter Assembly is held in December 1992. (See CC 11/92 for more details).
Spring 1992: CFS teacher Debby Knight is interviewed by Lesley College’s Judith Royer about teaching science in the college’s publication, Centerpiece.
June 1992: The Board of Trustees adopts a Child Abuse and Harassment Policy, to be added to the Parent Handbook and Employment Handbook, as well as a Hiring Policy (the latter is reprinted in CC 11/92).
June 1992: CFS hires its first full-time Director of Development.
May 1992: CFS holds an “Anniversary Birthday Bash” as the culmination of its 30th Anniversary celebrations.
1992-1993: Anti-racism workshops continue for incoming faculty and trustees, interested parents, and middle school students.
1992-1993: First and second-grade teachers begin to hold Language Arts workshops for parents, introducing them to the skills beginning readers and writers need to develop.
Fall 1992: Marina Yefmerova, an elementary school teacher from Dubna, Russia, spends the fall observing and interacting with one of CFS’s 1st/2nd grade classrooms.
October 1992: The Board approves a second 5-year strategic plan, covering the years 1993-1998.
November 1992: Head Mary Johnson announces that she will retire from CFS at the end of the 1993-94 school year.
1993: CFS teachers Bisse Bowman, Laraine Morin, Linda Mizell, and Susan Bennet publish a chapter in Freedom’s Plow: Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom (Routledge 1993).
1994: The Mary and Walter Johnson Tuition Assistance Fund is created to honor the dedication of the retiring Head of School and her husband, also an active force in the school.
Fall 1994: Thomas “Woody” Price is appointed as the 4th Head of CFS.
Fall 1994: The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Together Committee sponsors a workshop for faculty and parents on addressing homophobia in education with Don Kao. Enid Lee continues to conduct workshops with faculty and parents on anti-racism issues.
Fall 1994: Debra Chasnoff and Helen Cohen film CFS’s celebration of Gay and Lesbian Pride Day as part of their documentary, It’s Elementary. The strength of the footage, and the ambitious broad goals of CFS regarding anti-homophobia education, gave the filmmakers the opportunity they needed to get other schools involved and to raise funds to complete the film.
Fall 1995: CFS teachers Helen McElroy and Laraine Morin are appointed Directors of Lower and Middle Schools respectively.
June 1996: The faculty begins work on creating curricular frameworks for all subjects, to formalize coordination of the curriculum from grade to grade. Project-based learning and classroom teacher innovations are linked to precise skill and content goals for students at each grade level. Lower School and Middle School Curriculum Guides are completed in the spring of 2000.
Fall 1996: The 7th grade experiments with math and science classes separated by gender, based on research about how girls 10-13 start to “lose their voice” and step back from their formerly outspoken selves.
1996: The Campaign for Friends, to raise funds for the school’s second building expansion, begins. The expansion is intended to allow two sections per each grade level, reducing class size from 23 to 16.
March 7, 1997: The ground for the new CFS addition is officially broken.
March 28, 1997: Diane Shannon Price, the wife of CFS Head Woody Price, dies of primary pulmonary hypertension while waiting a lung transplant.
Fall 1997: CFS welcomes its first class of Pre-Kindergarten students, housed in a brand new addition to the lower school. Both the Pre-K and the K classrooms contain made-to-order lofts custom built by designer Rob Drake.
Fall 1997: The CFS Buddy program, in which each homeroom at CFS is paired with another homeroom for a year-long program of visits and shared activities, begins.
October 27, 1997: The Board of Trustees agrees to support CFS teacher Nancy Alach’s military tax resistance by refusing to garnish her wages on behalf of the IRS, and sends a letter to the IRS stating its position.
November 1997: Anti-racism educator Peggy McIntosh (Wellesley College) meets with faculty to discuss lack of racial and gender balance in new, smaller classes.
December 1997: CFS celebrates the 50th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to the American and British Friends Service Committees for their work during and after World War II by participating in the “Peacemaking as a way of Life” project, and focusing on peacemaking in the fall curriculum. “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons to any end and under any pretense whatsoever. This is our testimony to the whole world.” — Quaker Peace Testimony
Spring 1998: Artist, CFS parent, and former faculty member Lillian Hsu-Flanders coordinates “The Mirrors Project,” an art installation formed of 6” x 6” and 6” x 7” mirrors decorated by members of the CFS community during January and February. Over 240 children and more than 60 adults participate.
Spring 1998: CFS middle school teams participate in the Massachusetts Science Olympiad, winning two gold and two silver medals and several ribbons.
Spring 1998: Woody Price announces he is leaving CFS to become Head of Abington Friends School in Philadelphia. Anne Nash is named interim Head for the 1998-1999 school year.
June 1998: Walter Johnson, long-time friend and trustee to CFS and husband of former Head of School Mary Johnson, dies
Summer 1998: The new field-level classrooms flood: 2 feet of water!
Fall 1998: CFS partners with The Fletcher School, a private/public school partnership
Fall 1998: CFS establishes a formal internship program with Wheelock College, based on a shared commitment to social justice and equity in education.
October 1998: The Center for Anti-Racist Education at Cambridge Friends School, Enid Lee and Merryl Pisha co-directors, officially opens its doors. The Center will host five events during the course of the 1998-99 school year.
Fall 1998: The Center for Anti-Racist Education receives a $10,000 grant from the J. C. Penney Foundation.
Fall 1998: The Development Office takes over production of The Cadbury Courier, with a new two-color design.
Fall 1998: Development launches a “Fill in the Gap” capital campaign, to raise the remaining funds ($1.15m) needed for the school expansion.

Spring 1999: Wanda Speede-Franklin is appointed 6th Head of CFS.
Spring 1999: Visiting Committee of the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) visits the school for a 3-year follow-up, to see if recommendations have been followed. The Visiting Committee agrees that CFS has addressed recommendations and implemented positive changes.
Spring 1999: The first 2nd grade CFS t-shirt project begins, raising funds for both CFS and for Oxfam for a project to provide fresh water for Kosovar refugees. The t-shirt project becomes an annual event at CFS.
April 1999: A new play structure, made possible by a generous gift from CFS grandparents, is installed.
June 1999: The “Campaign for Friends” reaches $4.2 million in gifts and pledges.
June 1999: The Board of Trustees accepts a four-year projected budget for the Center on Anti-Racism.
June 1999: The Campaign for Friends achieves its goal, raising $4.2 million.
July 1999: Nancy Alach is named part-time coordinator of Anti-Homophobia Education.
Fall 1999: Wanda Speede-Franklin begins work as the 6th Head of CFS
Fall 1999: CFS hires the Cambridge Group, a financial consultant, to manage its endowment investments and ensure that holdings reflect the same ideals that the School strives to achieve through its day-to-day operations.
1999-2000: 5th graders work with librarian Sasha Lauterbach and lower school art teacher Shira Grill to paint the library chairs in honor of their favorite library book.
October 1999: The Development Committee brings the Board’s attention to issues raised by parents over fundraising, particularly in relation to the auction. A small committee forms to meet and discuss issues raised; at the March 2000 Board meeting, they present their recommendations, including shifting the auction to a silent auction, and making it a day & family event rather than a night & adult only event.
April 2000: CFS students and faculty perform in CFS alum Kirsten Greenidge (’88) play “Learning to Swim” at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
May 2000: The co-Directors of the Center for Anti-racism announce that they will be leaving at the end of the school year. The Hiring Committee requests that the Board affirm its financial commitment to the Center in order that they may successfully hire a new director(s). The original budget accepted by the Board included income from grants that had not materialized. The Board reaffirms its commitment to the Center.
Fall 2000: The Board of Trustees begins discussing its goals for the school’s third long-range plan.

Fall 2000: Judith Hudson is named a Co-Director of the CFS Center for Anti-Racism, with Manuel J. Fernandez named as a consultant for the 2000-01 year.
Fall 2000: The Center for Anti-Racism receives its first grant: $5,000 from the Foley, Hoag and Eliot Foundation, to support the Summer Institute sponsored by the Center
November 2000: CFS dedicates the new PreK/K playgarden, designed by CFS parent Ruth Lotterle.
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