Baltimore City Public School students produce series highlighting thinkers and doers in Baltimore, Garrison Forest 4th and 5th graders invent musical instruments as part of an interdisciplinary STEAM challenge, Baltimore County Public School students produce dance showcase, St. Paul’s School for Girls’ students create portraits for Syrian refugees, and more.Here are this week’s Baltimore school news highlights — and a glimpse at how kids are learning.

S(cool) News: Baltimore School News Highlights This Week

Get a Sneak Peek at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Baltimore City Public Schools is giving a sneak peek at the new Dorothy I. Height Elementary School in Reservoir Hill neighborhood in West Baltimore. An outdoor classroom, science labs, and collaborative learning spaces are just a few of the spots shown in this look at the ongoing construction. 

Baltimore City School Students Produce “Baltimore Pioneers”

Check out the student-produced show, Baltimore Pioneers, where members of the student media team talk with thinkers and doers in Baltimore City. In the premiere episode of season 4, Xavier Plater sits down with Adam Jackson, CEO from Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

Baltimore County Public School is Asking For Stakeholder Feedback

The 2018 BCPS Stakeholder Survey is now live. The survey only takes five minutes to complete. Feedback will guide their budget, staffing, and programs.

Baltimore County Public Schools Holds Student Choreography Showcase

Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Music and Dance Education will hold the 2018 Student Choreography Showcase performance on Thursday night at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts.  The evening will highlight the work choreographed and produced by BCPS students. Participating schools for this year’s showcase are: Deep Creek Middle School, Deer Park Middle Magnet School, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Lansdowne High School, Milford Mill Academy, New Town High School, Owings Mills High School, Parkville High School, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, Southwest Academy, and Sudbrook Magnet Middle School.

Garrison Forest 4th and 5th Graders Work Together During STEAM Week

It’s STEAM Week at Garrison Forest School.Girls are working in groups all week to engineer musical instruments that they will program to play an original song. Senior engineers and Upper School Science Teacher Jim Audette worked with students on Monday. Stay tuned to the school’s Facebook Page to see what they create! (And check out last year’s STEAM projects in our article).

Record Number of Gilman School Students Earn All-State Music Status

A record number of Gilman musicians have earned All-State music status. They were selected from among over 3,000 students who auditioned for the Maryland All-State orchestras, bands and choruses. Congratulations to Winston Park (double bass), Ryan Kim (cello – alternate), Bryan Huang (violin), Aaron Lieberman (cello), Ben Richardson (Tenor),  Charlie Niccolini (Bass), Morgan Fanyo-Tabak (Alto), Sean Kim (Bass), Barret Crawford (Tenor), Alex Lawson (Tenor, Alternate), Sean Kim (percussion), and Bryan Dong (alto saxophone, alternate).

Roland Park Country School Students Awarding Community Grant(s)

The RPCS Philanthropic Literacy Board unites student experiences with critical issues facing the Baltimore community and opportunities to effect positive change. This student led organization has selected Domestic and Sexual Violence and Education as the theme for this year’s grant which is being offered to the greater Baltimore community. Student board members are concerned with the effects of sexual violence on the kids of those women being abused and wish to help educate society on these effects and educate on women on how to combat violence and provide a stable life for their children. The committee will award one or more grants totaling a maximum of $5,000.

Visual Arts Students at St. Paul’s School for Girls Create Portraits for Syrian Children

For their last project of the semester, Mrs. Rickman’s Upper School visual art students at St. Paul’s School for Girls have created portraits of Syrian children currently living in a refugee camp. Students worked from photos, and these portraits will be shared with the children at the camp, so that they may have something personal, unique, and created just for them. This project is in support of the Memory Project, a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents. Their goal is that the portraits will “help the children feel valued, important, and know that many people care about their well being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future.”

St. Pius X School 8th Graders Bring Shakespeare to Life

8th graders at St. Pius X School are reading Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. To complement their study of Elizabethan and Jacobian drama, students had a lesson from a vocal and drama coach on taking Shakespeare “off the page” to explore themes, symbolism and diction of Shakespeare. This involved tableaus, improv, and other fun activities.

Waldorf School of Baltimore Aims to Empower Entrepreneurship

On January 20, Waldorf School of Baltimore hosted  their 20th Annual Civil Right Celebration — and this year’s theme was all about “The Rise of the Minority Entrepreneur.” The free, public event featured a panel of local experts and minority entrepreneurs offering their insight into what is driving unprecedented growth and opportunity.  Baltimore was recently ranked 2nd in economic opportunities for minorities in the country, and 5th among “Top Cities for Minority Entrepreneurs” (Expert Market, 2017).  Maryland also drew praise as 1st in African American-owned firms with paid employees, 2nd in women-owned firms, 3rd in African American-owned firms (U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2012). They are continuing the conversation that stemmed from the discussion on the event Facebook page. 

(cool) progeny publishes our s(cool) news highlights on Tuesdays. Highlights include education news from our independent school partners and area public schools. To be considered for next week’s highlights, please email your school news to hello@coolprogeny.com. Slider image courtesy of St. Paul’s School for Girls Facebook Page.