Annual Luncheon and Meeting with the Honorable Shirley Clarke Franklin

Reflections: 2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon: Educate a Girl, Change the World

Alumnae and invited guests attended the 128th Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon held April 22nd at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. The theme, “Educate a Girl: Change the World,” promoted and celebrated the investment in girls’ education. We gathered and the fellowship was rich This year, attendees were greeted by a new addition, a spectacular new backdrop giving the luncheon a red-carpet ambiance. Opening the luncheon were words of praise for our Alma Mater from the Honorable Jim Kenny, Mayor of Philadelphia; Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia and Joyce Wilkerson, Chair of the School Reform Commission. After our special guests’ greetings, the business portion of the annual meeting was officially opened. The top order of business was a vote to update our articles of incorporation to comport with current IRS codes. Our sisters overwhelmingly approved the amendment to the articles of incorporation. Honorable Shirley Clarke […]

New Membership Platform

The Future Is Now

To accomplish the goals of our strategic plan, we’ve updated our membership infrastructure to take advantage of new technology.  In a phased implementation, the Alumnae Association is updating our website and membership portal.  The new platform gives us a centralized dashboard for 90% of our activities, improving communication, transparency, and engagement. Here are a few of the benefits you’ll see: Manage your own member profile and contact information Manage dues payments and donations with just a few clicks from your phone Search for members and send secure emails through the membership directory Manage your privacy levels individually and independently Organize every aspect of your class reunions from a single dashboard Communicate through email and text blasts without third party advertising or cost Share photos and event announcements with greater ease With our new platform, we’ll modernize fundraising drives and share accurate progress transparently.  In later phases, we’ll enable a mobile app, […]

US Consulate in Barcelona, Tanya Anderson

Girls High Girls Are Everywhere

By Tanya “Rafika” Anderson, Posted April 13, 2015 U.S. Consul General Barcelona Girls High Girl – Class of 218 Dear fellow Class of 218 Alumnae, Mrs. Bea Batt-Behar, a Spanish teacher at Girls High wrote to me on February 25, informing me that she would be leading a group of students on a visit to Spain in March. The travelers spent a few days in Madrid, and then they landed in Barcelona yesterday, accompanied by a parent chaperone, Mr. Ricardo Linero. Stationed overseas since 1993, I have been trying to find a way to get back and give back to our alma mater, so I was more than delighted to receive the group of eight visitors from Philadelphia at the U.S. Consulate this morning. We met for nearly two hours and spoke at length about their hopes, dreams, and aspirations. I shared with them my experiences at Girls High as […]

Introducing Three New Social Media Projects

The Communications Committee of the Alumnae Association is excited to announce the launch of three social media projects. Over the next three months, we will be introducing an interactive map, a social meme that will let the world know you’re a proud GFS graduate, and a monthly spotlight of an alum. “Where in the World” will add a visual highlight to a fact that every alum knows; Girls High Girls are everywhere!!! This interactive map will show our sisters far and close. Another project is a meme that with the theme “I’m a Girls High Girl…” When you see it, please add your special memories of what makes you a Girls’ High Girl. Our last social media project unfolds in two parts; the first will be a contest to name the initiative. The winner receives a gift card for two. The Court of Distinguished Daughters is a much anticipated bi-annual […]

Alumna Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman

Mary Schmidt Campbell Named President of Spelman College

GHS’s own Mary Schmidt Campbell named new president of Spelman College Spelman College named Mary Schmidt Campbell its 10th president. Campbell is the dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts and university professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University. She starts Aug. 1, following Beverly Daniel Tatum’s 13 years as Spelman’s president, Spelman College issued the following release late Saturday afternoon: Today the Board of Trustees of Spelman College announced the selection of Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. as the College’s 10 th president since its founding in 1881. Dr. Campbell assumes the role officially August 1, 2015, having served as dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts and university professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University. Dr. Campbell’s experience spans both the private and non-profit sectors. Dr. Campbell received a B.A. degree in English […]

Annie B. Andrews, commander, Navy Recruiting Command

Alumna, Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews, Speaks at Savannah State University

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Rear Adm. Annie B. Andrews, commander, Navy Recruiting Command, delivered the commencement address to approximately 400 graduates at Savannah State University May 9. During her speech, Andrews identified the Navy’s core values and how they apply to Sailors and civilians. “There are three simple but powerful characteristics that make up our core values,” said Andrews. “They are: honor, courage and commitment. These are the seeds of success in decision making. These are the seeds of success in the development of our future leaders in the Navy and these seeds are vital to business and the management of human lives.” Being an alumna of Savannah State University, Andrews was able to connect with the graduates on a personal level. “I am so pleased to return to my alma mater and share this moment,” said Andrews. “I certainly would not be the person I am today without the Savannah […]

Ken Derstine: School Matters

School Matters: Turning ‘Collaboration’ into a Bad Word

By Ken Derstine, Posted April 12, 2015 The disastrous budget that Governor Cuomo has achieved in New York deepens the attack on teachers and public education. Among its many regressive measures, the budget includes evaluating teachers based on standardized test scores. This is despite the American Statistical Association estimating that teachers affect test scores by a factor of 1% to 14% , and that evaluating teachers by scores may actually reduce quality. The development of a national teacher evaluation system based on standardized tests has been the ten-year goal of The Gates Foundation and The Broad Foundation. Gates wants to bring the data crunching of computer technology to create an automated system for ranking teachers and schools in order to create a two-tier system of education basically based on class differences. Broad wants to bring his business acumen to education, and like a businessman engaged in a hostile takeover, reorganize […]