Welcome to the weekly s(cool) round-up! This new Thursday series will share news, tidbits, and snapshots into student life at our partner Baltimore schools. 

Independent Schools around Baltimore started their school years in BIG ways over the past two weeks! Convocations, celebrations, and service learning abounded.

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This year, Roland Park Country School is starting the school year with a new head of school, Caroline Blatti. The LEGE17DARY Class of 2017 at Roland Park Country School brought their REDS spirit on September 1st at their school’s Opening Day Convocation, which was live streamed on the school’s Facebook Page. Check out the video here.

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Students at St. James Academy held their annual Academic Convocation on the second day of school. The school’s first graders were gifted bulbs from the eighth grade class, which the two classes planted together after the assembly. The purpose of Academic Convocation is not only to mark the beginning of the school year but also to mark the beginning of the journey each first grader takes through St. James Academy.  

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Tim Barrick ’17 (individual 4th place) and the Boys’ Cross Country team from The Park School of Baltimore attacked the Bullis Invitational run this weekend, placing 4th in the team competition. Additionally, Park School Alumna Megan Philippe ’14 entered the Statue Stories Chicago writing competition for the unique opportunity to voice one of the city’s iconic statues. Megan’s Brachiosaurus monologue was selected as one of the winning pieces in the competition, and was voiced by Tony Award-winning actor Brian Dennehy. 

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As part of the commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Community Service Learning (CSL) at The Bryn Mawr School hosted a National Day of Service at Bryn Mawr. More than 150 students, faculty and parents took part in direct service, including 88 who traveled to eight locations around Baltimore — Art with a Heart, the SPCA, the Baltimore Hunger Project, Blue Water Baltimore, Edenwald Nursing Home, Keswick Nursing Home, Real Food Farms and Sarah’s Hope.

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Several St. Paul’s School for Girls students attended the Women in Finance Summit, coordinated by SPSG alumna Lexie Mills ’97. Students had the opportunity to network with female financial planners, learn about the industry, and create vision boards to guide them in their career exploration process. 

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One of the hallmarks of St. Paul’s School is their community garden — and all students help in the care taking. For example, Middle School Students helped reduce waste by bringing leftovers from the Ward Center to feed the hens. The school also announced that Rick Brocato, varsity lacrosse head coach for 16 years and a member of the School’s varsity coaching staff for a quarter-century, has decided to step down at the end of the 2017 season. According to the school, Coach Broc exemplifies the very best of the teacher-coach model at St. Paul’s.

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Students at Cambridge School learned about proper nouns by having a proper afternoon tea. Each year, the 8th grade class gives a legacy gift to the school when they graduate. The Class of 2016 painted a beautiful picnic table as part of their gift for students to enjoy this year.

Friends School of Baltimore upper school students are helping to archive the past thanks to a collaboration with Towson University. During World War II a number of alumni of the State Teachers College at Towson maintained correspondence with college representatives. These alumni sent items such as letters, postcards, and Christmas cards while going through military training or stationed overseas. The items in this digital collection consist of these photographs, correspondence, newspaper articles, surveys, Christmas cards, and other objects sent from enlisted alumni to the State Teachers College at Towson. Some items were previously mounted in a scrapbook created by the students and then removed. This digital collection is a product of a collaborative project between the staff of the Towson University Special Collections and Archives Department and students from the Friends School of Baltimore. Special Collections digitized the materials and made them available, while the students created transcripts of the objects and established basic descriptive information. 


All photos courtesy of our partners’ Facebook Pages.