Arctic research project grants, pancake breakfasts, jazz in NYC, and so many other fun learning experiences happening at our partner schools. Check out what kids have been up to — and don’t miss two (cool) parent lecture opportunities that are both FREE and open to the public!

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Park School‘s International Student-led Arctic Monitoring and Research (ISAMR) program was recently awarded a $156,000 grant by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NERSC) of Canada to support the program over the next three years. The ISAMR program is a coalition of students, teachers, and professional researchers working on a projected 30-year study of the subarctic climate. The unique extra-curricular program is an opportunity for students to travel to the edge of the Arctic Circle to conduct original scientific research. Twice a year, Park’s branch of ISAMR travels to Manitoba, Canada, with Kelvin High School and the Junior Canadian Rangers, both of Manitoba. In August, the trip focuses around permafrost and vegetation research to create a predictive model for the Active Layer Thickness, the layer of ground above the permafrost, which freezes and thaws annually. In October, the trip is centered around a less-invasive polar bear mark-and-recapture technique developed by Dr. Jane Waterman of University of Manitoba. The program was co-founded in 2007 by Park Upper School science teacher Julie Rogers. Additional funders include University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan, Sustainable Development of Manitoba, and Johns Hopkins University.

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Waldorf School of Baltimore students Ryleigh Poole (8th grade), Madeline Marsak (7th grade), and Ashley Passmore (6th grade) took home first place in Johns Hopkins’ annual Tower of Power competition. Team Waldorf’s tower measured 4 feet, 6.5 inches tall, besting a team of Johns Hopkins University undergraduates. Poole, Passmore, and Marsak celebrated their victory by gleefully stomping on their structure!

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Roland Park Country School senior Rebecca Sereboff has been elected International N’siah (President) of the 73rd International Board of the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG). The election was held at the 2017 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) International Convention (IC) which was hosted in Dallas, TX, February 16-20. The BBYO IC welcomed thousands of teen leaders, professionals, educators, and alumni from across the world for one of the largest Jewish community events of the year. Following her graduation from RPCS in June, Rebecca will travel the world during her one-year term as president—a gap year before college that is fully sponsored by BBYO. She will spend several months connecting with BBYO chapters across the US before traveling abroad to Europe and South America. 
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Gilman School’s US Jazz Band packed three days of music experiences into a day trip to New York City recently. They participated in a workshop at Lincoln Center, toured historic musical sights, and attended a performance of the NY Philharmonic as well as a sound check with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The workshop provided students the opportunity to work directly with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra members. The band played Bemsha Swing by Thelonious Monk and Symphony in Riffs by Benny Carter. 

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St. Paul’s School for Girls juniors and seniors traveled to Washington, DC on February 23rd to visit Capitol Hill, where they met the staff of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.
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 Filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds visited Garrison Forest School to present her documentary, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. Following the morning screening, 8th graders spend their downtime coding.
Baltimore Schools News - (cool) progeny Last week, The Bryn Mawr School held a PJs and pancakes day for grades K-12. Girls could wear pajamas/sweats and enjoyed breakfast for lunch. The Lower Schoolers were especially excited about getting to wear their pajamas to school!
Baltimore Schools News - (cool) progenySt. James Academy invites the community to hear internationally renowned child psychologist Dr. Michael Thompson speak about his work “The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life” on February 28th at 7 PM. This event will be held in their church and is free to parents and the larger community due to the generous sponsorship by their Patrons Association. RSVP.
Baltimore Schools News - (cool) progenyFriends School of Baltimore, along with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, invites the public to join them for Writers LIVE, an evening with Kwame Alexander, on Monday, March 6, at 6 pm, in the Friends School Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. The Newbery Medalist will share his rules of life in conversation with the Pratt Library’s Deborah Taylor. The rules, contained in Kwame’s latest work, “The Playbook – 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life,” Mr. Alexander aims to provide inspiration for kids, to help them succeed on and off the court. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carl Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Alexander also provides his own words of inspiration and uplift, as he shares his stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games. The books is illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, a former ESPN Sports Center anchor. Copies of Kwame’s books will be available for purchase and signing by the author immediately after the program.

Baltimore Schools News - (cool) progenyUpper Schoolers at St. Paul’s School shared their experiences of service learning trips with 4th graders. Lower School students will work in math class to help plan and budget a potential future service learning trip.

Some 35 McDonogh School students, spent 2,500 hours, over 45 days to create Wallace, the school’s robot that will compete this season in the FIRST Robotics Competitions. Watch Wallace come to life.

Baltimore Schools News - (cool) progenyA lot is happening on Greenspring Montessori School’s campus! Check out a group of their toddlers enjoyed a fun surprise – they got a front row seat to the school’s early construction! The excavators are digging behind the Student Activity Center to make way for an environmentally-friendly retaining pond.