Newbery honors, searching for cancer genes, career exploration, first grade physics, civil rights celebrations, and more. Here’s what was happening at our partner schools this past week.

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s(cool) round-up: baltimore schools news

s(cool) stories - the park school of baltimoreAdam Gidwitz (Park School of Baltimore Class of 2000) has been awarded the prestigious Newbery Honor for his book, The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. Part fantasy and part adventure, The Inquisitor’s Tale (Dutton Children’s Books/Penguin Random House) is a story of strangers who become unlikely friends while on a quest through medieval France. The book is beautifully illustrated as an illuminated manuscript by Hatem Aly to reflect the time period.

s(cool) stories - garrison forest schoolCheck out Garrison Forest School‘s AP Bio Class at Goucher College where they went “In Search of the Cancer Gene” and mapped restriction enzymes on this very (cool) field trip.Using the developmental Biology lab at Goucher College and under the direction of GFS Science Department Chair (and Goucher grad) Reema Khanchandani, AP Bio conducted two experiments using gel electrophoresis.

s(cool) stories - roland park country schoolOver winter break, the REDS Varsity Basketball team at Roland Park Country School had the honor of meeting 10-year-old Lilly Plocharz through the B+ (“Be Positive”) Heroes Program at the Diamond State Classic Tournament in Delaware. Battling a genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis, Lilly inspired student-athletes with her positive spirit, resilience, and contagious smile. 

When the team met Lilly at the Diamond State Classic Tournament in December, they gave her a goody bag full of red and white RPCS gear. They even brought Lilly her own REDS jersey so she would fit right in as she sat next to them on the bench. “As a team we all loved being with Lilly and having the opportunity to embrace her as one of our teammates,” says RPCS Junior Emma Shaw. “Lilly’s tough, positive, go get ‘em attitude was infectious. Her constant smile and joyful laugh were inspiring. She was kind, smart and funny. She truly is a strong brave girl who despite her circumstances was a joy to be around.”

s(cool) stories - st. paul's school for girlsThis past Monday, 10th grade students at St. Paul’s School for Girls participated in Sophomore Shadow Day, providing a “day in the life” of a working professional in their industry of choice. The members of the sophomore class shadowed professionals across 55 different businesses and organizations throughout Baltimore and Washington, DC, including US Congress, Baltimore Ravens, T. Rowe Price, Johns Hopkins Hospital, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), RK&K, and the Hippodrome Theatre. In addition, several of those who volunteered to host SPSG students were SPSG alumnae themselves. The shadow day experience helps align personal passions with prospective professional paths and will inform future decisions related to senior projects, college majors, internships, and more.

s(cool) stories - friends school of baltimoreDon’t miss best-selling author Warren Berger at Friends School of Baltimore next Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm. His latest book, A More Beautiful Question, talks about how creativity and inquiry can spark breakthrough ideas in the classroom. Admission is free.

s(cool) stories - the bryn mawr schoolDr. Redonda Miller, the first woman president of Johns Hopkins Hospital, spoke to The Bryn Mawr School Upper School students on January 19th at convocation. Dr. Miller talked about her winding career path and offered insight into the exciting future of medicine.

After studying monarch butterflies, a group of Greenspring Montessori School Lower Elementary children were inspired to put together a play about the lives of monarch butterflies. Students wrote the script, designed the costumes and set, and rehearsed for weeks.

s(cool) stories - mcdonogh schoolMcDonogh School freshman Kelsey C. was presented with the IAAM Character Coin by her former swim coach from St. Mary’s yesterday, after the two schools faced off in the pool. Each season, coaches have the opportunity to present a Character Coin to two opponents who display significant elements of fair play, integrity, and respect. Coach Allison Reiter (St. Mary’s) describes Kelsey as a “tip top” young woman who has displayed qualities of great sportsmanship since she was a young girl.

s(cool) stories - st. pius x schoolThe 8th grade students at St. Pius X School began the chapter on Big Business in Social Studies – what better way to understand terms like dividend, monopoly, and merger than to play Monopoly!

s(cool) stories - the waldorf school of baltimoreThe Waldorf School of Baltimore hosted its 19th Annual Civil Rights Celebration last Saturday. This year’s event focused on “The Role of the Artist: Capturing the Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement”. A lively panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Graduate Dean Emeritus; Founding Director of their Center for Race and Culture; and Senior Fellow of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Panelist included Oletha DeVane, former head of the McDonough School’s Visual Arts department; Michael Owen of the Baltimore Love Project; Baltimore archivist, Webster Phillips, III of I. Henry Photography; and renowned makeup artist Reggie Wells. City Seed and the Station North Arts Café provided refreshments, and Seeking Sitters was onsite to offer childcare. Artwork from the panelist, and local artist Ed Towles, will be on display in the WaldorfSchool of Baltimore’s campus gallery during the month of February.

s(cool) stories - st. james academySecond graders at St. James Academy work on 6+1 traits of writing every day. With access to excellent resources such as word walls, iPads, and even these colorful “writer’s glasses,” their written work is becoming more creative with each assignment!

s(cool) stories - st. paul's schoolFirst grade students at St. Paul’s School enjoyed interactive science lessons organized and run by eleventh grade physics students this week — just another reason why three schools on one campus can be very (cool).