The first Super Sleepover!
July 2001: Wanda Speede resigns as Head of School.
Fall 2001-Spring 2003: Helen McElroy and Laraine Morin serve as interim Co-Heads of School to allow for a thorough and thoughtful search for a new head of school.
Fall 2002: Cecilia Chi is named CFS’s first Alumni/ae Coordinator.
Winter 2002: The Underground Railway Theatre works with CFS Middle School students in the performance arts program
May 2002: Field Day celebrates CFS’s brand new playing field.
April 2002: A Meeting for Worship in remembrance of CFS’s first Head, Tom Waring, is held. Waring died on October 3, 2001 at the age of 79.
September 2003: Mary Newman begins work as 7th head of CFS.
Spring 2004: The Cadbury Courier goes full color.
Spring 2004: The students of the Extended Day program paint murals on the driveway fences, depicting books chosen by the students. Additional murals are added in the following years.
Fall 2004: After being informed by the Cambridge Fire Department that papers would no longer be allowed to be hung in the hallways or stairwells, art teachers Sonya Sheats and Laurie Tennant-Gadd work with the students on a solution to decorate one newly bare wall: the CFS Testimony Mural.
Fall 2004: The CFS library circulation system is automated, an effort supported by the Thomas Kennedy Fund, established in memory of CFS student Thomas Kennedy, who died in 1995 at the age of ten.
Fall 2004: Entre Amigos, an afterschool club focusing on the culture and heritage of Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas and Spain, is formed.
September 2004: CFS commemorates 50 years since Brown vs. Board of Education, with students interviewing family members about their schooling experiences; a lecture by Profession of Education and History James Anderson; a panel discussion “Brown vs. Board of Education: Gains and Losses,” featuring Theresa Perry, Devonya Havis, Callie Crossley, and Yvonne Jenkins; and a community All-School Read.
November 2004: Former CFS teacher, learning specialist, and co-director of the Center for Anti-Racist Education Merryl Pisha dies.
November 2004: The Board creates an Ad Hoc Committee on the Center for Antiracist Education, charged with developing governance structures, policies, and making finance recommendations concerning Cambridge Friends School’s Center for Antiracist Education so as to better aid the Head of School in making future decisions about the center.
September 2004: CFS commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education decision with various activities, including an All-School Read, students interviewing their parents about their school experiences, and speaker and panel presentations.
October 2004: The Board of Trustees approves a 5-year strategic financial plan.
January 2005: A special performance of Kirsten Greenidge’s (CFS ’88) play 103 within the Veil, directed by CFS parents Victoria Marsh, is held to benefit arts and outdoor education programs at CFS.
Spring 2005: 6th and 7th grade students participate in the VIP (Visual Identity Project), researching, brainstorming, and designing images for a new school logo.
June 2005: The Cambridge Friends School Teacher Education Fund, in honor of Tom Waring, Helen McElroy and Laraine Morin, is established.
June 2005: The CARE Committee (Committee on Anti-Racist Education) of the Board of Trustees crafts a job description for a Director of Anti-Racist Education (DAE) for the Board’s approval but simultaneously recommends to the Board that the Center for Anti-Racist Education be set aside or temporarily laid down due to difficulties in its financing. Susan Allen, Clerk of the Board, clerk of the CARE, recounted the history of the Center for Anti-Racist Education, and explained why this was a necessary step. The Board approves both recommendations.
June 2005: A formal process for evaluating the Head of School is instituted by the Board.
Fall 2005: Helen McElroy retires as Head of the Lower School; Jody Ziebarth is named to fill the position.
Fall 2005: The school begins work to develop a protocol for dealing with racist name-calling incidents, sparked by such an incident during the previous school year.
January 2006: The Board (with one Trustee standing aside) asks the Committee on Trustees to prepare a formal request to the Corporation that the Board composition be changed from 2/3 Quaker members to 51% Quaker membership in order to be able to recruit more members of color to the Board and to increase the board’s diversity. In April, the Corporation approves this change.
January 2006: CFS begins the self-study portion of the AISNE Reaccreditation process. Curriculum and Self-Study documents are submitted to AISNE in December 2006.
Spring 2006: To mark the third anniversary of the war in Iraq, and to acknowledge the death in that country of Quaker peace activist Tom Fox, peace trees are erected in the Cadbury Road entrance and the Middle School entrance hallway. For several weeks in the spring, students, teachers, parents, and guardians took a moment to reflect on these two events and to write their thoughts and wishes on leaves for the tree.
Spring 2006: The Family Association Coordinating Committee (FACC) begins a strategic planning process to address perceived limitations in decision-making and communication, and to clarify job content and definition. By fall, a FACC mission statement, by-laws and an organizational structure, and the establishment of key processes addressing communication and the distribution of power and responsibility are crafted.
May 2006: Trustees approve adopting the socially responsible investment guidelines as drafted by the Investment Committee and recommended by the Finance Committee. Trustees also approve adopting the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form to apply not just to members of the Investment Committee but to all trustees.
Fall 2006: Drop in enrollment numbers leads to restructuring plans, to be implemented in 2007-8, including combining the Lower and Middle School Director positions and eliminating the intern program and the Center for Anti-Racist Education. Board approves the plan in November (with one trustee standing aside).
Spring 2007: AISNE accreditation review takes place; the school receives unanimous full accreditation.
March 2007: CFS teachers Anna McMaken-Marsh, Sandra Rojas, and Sasha Lauterbach give presentations at the One Country, Many Voices: Cultural Connections to our History conference at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.
May 2007: “The Artists of Cadbury Road,” an exhibit featuring the artwork of CFS 8th graders, goes on display at the Friends Meeting House at Longfellow Park in Cambridge.
May 2007: CFS Head Mary Newmann announces she will retire in June 2008; a search begins for the school’s next head.
June 2007: A complete revision of the by-laws of CFS are approved by the Board and the Corporation.
Fall 2007: CFS begins publishing Connections, a newsletter for the CFS community (replacing The Bulletin Board).
Fall 2007: CFS adopts the Investigations math curriculum from the Teaching and Educational Resources Center (TERC) for the lower school.
February 2008: The Head decides to eliminate the position of Assistant Head
Spring 2008: Laurie Tennant-Gadd reported that, at the Bridge Film Festival, the 8th grade film "Last Snow" received 20 out of 25 total points in the adjudication. This placed us as the third highest scoring film (and we were only eclipsed by .55)! Because the 8th grade's entry was competing against middle and high schools from around the world, this is quite a meaningful accomplishment!
April 2008: "The Gibson Girl," a play written by CFS alum Kirsten Greenidge, starring CFS alum Nyla Wissa (now a student at Boston Arts Academy), and directed by CFS alum parent Victoria Marsh, was a terrific production at the Boston Center for the Arts. Kirsten and Victoria are an award-winning author-director team whose plays explore race and class in moving, humorous, and artistically sophisticated ways. Their work is one of the many ways that the CFS mission moves out into the larger world.
May 2008: Faculty member Maggie Doben’s film, Labeled Disabled, funded in part by the Dody Waring Fund, premieres at the Watertown Public Library; it is shown at the school in September 2008.
May 2008: The Faculty sends a letter of response to AISNE, addressing its report recommendations. One recommendation — that the decision-making process be clarified— leads to the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee of the Board to draft a report about decision-making at CFS.
July 2008: Peter Sommer begins work as 8th Head of CFS.
Spring 2008: The administration, with major participation from the students in grades 6-8, develops new policies on sexual harassment and bullying.
January 2009: Former CFS Head Mary Johnson dies.
Spring 2009: As part of the process of studying how a bill becomes a state law, 8th graders propose a bill to designate Fever Pitch the “official state film” of Massachusetts.
May 2009: CFS holds its first Annual Music Festival.
Fall 2009: Advisory groups for 7th and 8th graders begin
Fall 2009: CFS participates in the One Laptop Per Child pilot program, in which every sixth-grade student is issued a laptop computer. The pilot, undertaken with One for All, a collaborative effort between universities and interest groups in the Boston area, includes teacher workshops, classroom activities, and software development designed to encourage the purposeful use of digital technologies in education.
December 2009: The First Annual CFS Art & Artisans Fair is held.
January 2010: CFS goes wireless.
Spring 2010: 6th Graders hold a week-long Bake Sale to support relief efforts in Haiti.
Spring 2010: XO laptops ordered for 4th graders.
grade class pilots the Discovering Justice
curriculum, created by a Boston-based nonprofit organization that prepares young people to value the justice system, realize the power of their own voices, and embrace civic responsibility by connecting classrooms and courtrooms.
2010: The CFS 50th anniversary planning committee begins work.