Winter concerts, community service, scholarship awards, favorite holiday traditions, and more. Here’s what our partner schools have been up to!

Thinking about sending your child to one of Baltimore’s amazing independent schools? Check out our directory! Info at a glance — including all of those upcoming application deadlines.

s(cool) round-up: baltimore schools news

s(cool) stories the bryn mawr school

On Friday, girls in grades K – 2 at The Bryn Mawr School had a great time showing off what they have been learning in their music and French classes. Congratulation to all of the girls on a great performance!

s(cool) stories friends school of baltimore

Friends School‘s third grade recently transformed the School‘s Katz Gallery into a museum dedicated to Native American Studies. The culmination of a three-month project-based learning unit, students were asked to consider the following question as they completed each step of the research process: How can we, as museum curators, educate the community about Native American culture, past and present? The curators doubled as docents when they welcomed 5th graders to the museum, sharing their knowledge about a wide range of topics related to Native American history and culture and how native practices have adapted over time.

s(cool) stories gilman school

During the annual Christmas Tree and Bake Sale at Gilman School, more than 40 students from the Class of 2020 sold nearly 100 trees in five hours. Many students and families showed as early as 6 a.m. to help out. Additionally, dozens of families donated baked goods for the sale. Approximately $2,400 was raised. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the students of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School, in addition to school supplies that were donated by the Gilman community. The remainder of the proceeds will go towards the Class of 2020 Activity Fund, which will fund the class prom, among other events.

s(cool) stories roland park country school

Paige North, Roland Park Country School Upper School History Teacher and Grade 9 Dean, has been awarded the The Birgit Baldwin World Studies Faculty Prize! As recipient of The Birgit Baldwin World Studies Faculty Prize, Paige North, Upper School History Teacher and Grade 9 Dean, will embark on her proposed journey to Ireland with her father to explore her family history. This award speaks to a unique aspect of our work here at RPCS: a substantial, continual commitment to faculty professional development over time. Paige North will pursue her passions and bring back what she has learned to enrich her curriculum with real experience.

s(cool) stories st. paul school for girls

St. Paul’s School for Girls students in AP Computer Science Principles took a field trip to the Towson University Incubator and the ed-tech company Citelighter. While they were there, students were able to see how the world of computer science looks and feels as it is applied to the real world. While at Citelighter, they met the Co-Founder/CFO in person and the CTO via video chat and learned how they utilized computer science to help build and grow their company.

Seventh Graders at Cambridge School had a ball (literally!) learning Civil War Era dancing with Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers last week!

s(cool) stories mcdonogh school

In a well-orchestrated effort on the morning of December 14, McDonogh School students brought hundreds of boxes of colorfully-wrapped toys, books, and clothes out of buildings across campus and into three large trucks destined for St. Gregory the Great Church. McDonogh parents were waiting there to help unload as the final step in the 26th annual Holiday Project. The gifts will be distributed to 131 families including 413 children. Director of Character and Service Bridget Collins is immensely grateful for the enormous community effort that makes the Holiday Project such a success each year. “I am inspired by knowing that the light of love will be shining in the homes of these families because of the compassion and generosity of the McDonogh community. Thank you for brightening the lives of so many people this holiday season.”

s(cool) stories st. james academy

Santa was spotted at St. James Academy‘s Annual Jingle Bell Junction. Students were able to shop for gifts for their whole family (items donated by SJA parents) and they were gift wrapped by parent elves before students went home for the day. Jingle Bell Junction is a favorite annual tradition for St. James Academy community members of all ages.

s(cool) stories st. pius X

St. Pius X’s 3s Montessori class celebrated the season by making decorations for the school’s annual Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Crafts Fair that was held on December 10th. 

s(cool) stories st. paul's school

A favorite holiday tradition at St. Paul’s School? Headmaster Faus reads a Christmas story to kindergartens and seniors. 

s(cool) stories park school of baltimore

At the beginning of December, Upper School students in the Model UN activity club at Park School traveled to New Brunswick, N.J., to attend the Rutgers Model United Nations 2016 conference. An opportunity for participants to practice public speaking, clear and concise writing, and critical thinking outside of the classroom, students worked together to discuss relevant and pressing global issues, participating in a diverse range of committees. The theme of this year’s conference was “Interculturalism,” referring to communication between various cultures. Students were challenged to analyze and understand the root cause of a problem, and gain a deeper understanding of culture and how it affects the world today.

s(cool) stories garrison forest school

Students at Garrison Forest School celebrated the birthday of the first female computer programmer, Grace Hopper, and the national Hour of Code in her honor. Chris Shriver, Digital Learning Specialist, coded with her Preschool and Lower School classes. Pre-Kindergarten (pictured) coded their first initial in binary code (ASCII). Kindergarten and 1st Grade created bracelets using colored beads to represents the 0’s and 1’s in the code for their first initial. 1st and 2nd Grades used Scratch Jr. to program an original animated scene, while 3rd through 5th Grades animated in Scratch. (In case you were curious, GFS in binary is 01000111 01000110 01010011.)