Potato elections, leaf jumping, biology stop motion animation, totem pole creation, Division I sports, and more. Here’s what students at our partner Baltimore schools were up to this week.

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s(cool) round-up: baltimore schools news this week
scool stories - cambridge school

Kindergarten Explorers at Cambridge School held elections on Tuesday… for favorite potato dishes. Explorers and 3rd graders harvested potatoes last week, picking enough to feed 7000 people!


Second grade students at St. Pauls School used totem poles to tell Northwest tribe stories. Groups decided how they wanted their story to go and started constructing and coloring their pole pieces in authentic colors-black, brown, white, red and blue-green.

scool stories -st. paul's school for girls

St. Paul’s School for Girls alumnae, Michelle Hooper ’80, Symone Johnson ’08, and Kirsten Smith ’09 participated in the school’s STEAM Career Explorers event on November 10th, part of the Maryland STEM Festival!

scool stories - gilman school

On Election Day, first grade students at Gilman School held their annual Parade of Presidents

scool stories - mcdonogh school

Congratulations to the eight McDonogh School student athletes who signed official letters of intent to wrestle and play Division I baseball, field hockey, and lacrosse in college. 

scool stories - garrison forest school

(Girl)Power Walks across the Garrison Forest campus, have been part of the Lower School and Middle School P.E. curriculum for 17 years. This time of year, there is a little power-leaf-pile-jumping, too

Honors Bio students at The Bryn Mawr School turned on their creativity to compose some awesome stop-motion animation videos about enzymes. Check out one of the finished products!

scool stories - friends school of baltimore
Friends School welcomed 2016 Newbery Award winning author Matt de la Peña to campus to speak with Lower, Middle and Upper School students about his work and the creative process. de la Peña includes six young adult novels (among them, Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican White Boy and The Living) and two picture books (A Nations Hope and his latest, Last Stop on Market Street). His message that beauty is all around us resonated with Lower Schoolers, who greeted de la Pena with a mural of Market Street that they created in his honor. In his September 2016 Newbery acceptance speech, de la Peña described himself as a “self-defined non-reader,” noting he “didn’t read past page 27 of ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ but I read ‘Basketball Digest’ cover to cover every single month.’” To listen to his acceptance speech, click here. The Newbery Award is considered by many to be the top children’s book award. Friends students benefit from a robust schedule of award-winning authors thanks in large part to Lower School Librarian John Scott, who served on the 2016 Newbery Medal Selection Committee and also on the selection committee for the 2010 Caldecott Medal, given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book.

scool stories - roland park country school

Congratulations to Roland Park Country School‘s four seniors who signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

scool stories - park school of baltimore

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Park School of Baltimore’s second graders learned about Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to be nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States. After reading “Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx” by Jonah Winter with Lower School Spanish teacher Gaby Villanueva, students wrote notes and drew pictures to send to Justice Sotomayor. While Señora Gaby cautioned her students that they most likely would not hear back from Justice Sotomayor, a month later, the second grade class received a special package c/o Señora Gaby. Justice Sotomayor had read the students’ notes and sent a letter of her own.

scool stories - st. pius x school

Young Montessori students at St. Pius X School benefit from their specially prepared classroom environment.

scool stories - waldorf school of baltimore

Enjoy a morning with your child in Waldorf School of Baltimore’s beautiful Children’s Garden as they prepare/share a wholesome snack and play/explore in the classrooms as part of Puppets and Play on Saturday. Early childhood teachers will also present a puppet show. This event is FREE. Find out why play is the serious work of childhood and is an essential part of the Waldorf early childhood classroom.