This past year, Calvert School has expanded its partnerships within and outside our school walls in order to promote teamwork and leadership. Central to these efforts have been the establishment of two unique collaborations; a Sixth Grade and Ninth Age mentoring program grounded in sustainability, and a Seventh & Eighth Grade initiative with the Baltimore arm of Harlem Lacrosse, based at James McHenry School in Southwest Baltimore. These groups have been meeting monthly throughout the year to create a deeper connection between partners.
Calvert School’s 2019 Alumni Reunion brought a record-breaking nearly 140 alumni and friends back to campus for a cocktail reception in the W. P. Carey Lower School Building. Guests arrived to the musical talents of current Calvert students, Wes Seba ’19, Le’la Greene ’20, and James Chung ’20, who were playing stringed instruments on the patio of the School’s newly-renovated front entrance.
Head Master Andrew Holmgren hosted Calvert School’s Retired Faculty and Staff Luncheon on May 8, 2019, in the Middle School Board Room. Twenty-two attendees were present to meet and mingle with members of the School’s administration. As they arrived, these long-time friends and former colleagues warmly greeted one another with smiles, hugs, and handshakes. This biannual luncheon provides an opportunity for Calvert and its retired faculty and staff to stay connected, and it allows the School to celebrate the legacy of a very distinguished group of individuals who helped shape today’s Calvert. Mr. Holmgren addressed the group to share information and updates on the School, and he invited questions from the guests.
This past weekend, The Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School hosted students from 16 Baltimore public and independent schools for the Spring 2019 Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) Leadership Summit. This event was the culmination of the first year of a School Year Leadership Program in partnership with MGP, a dynamic non-profit that builds bridges across our city and inspires growth in middle school students. Since 2005 MGP has supported thousands of middle school students to achieve academic and personal growth on their journey to high school and college.
From April 15-18, 2019 Calvert celebrated Earth Week in honor of Earth Day, which is observed annually on April 22. This year Earth Week blended the traditional Middle School theme days, such as “Lights Off Wednesday” and “Get Outside Friday”, with a focus on a specific biome of the world: the tropical rainforest.
Engaging with non-local alumni is a top priority for Calvert School. As our growing alumni community calls cities around all over the world “home,” we recognize the importance of regional events to strengthen our connections beyond Baltimore. From April 13 to April 18, Calvert’s development office launched a West Coast alumni tour which included meetings and events with nearly 30 alumni in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.
In just 24 hours, 167 members of the Calvert community came together to raise $51,464 for the Calvert Fund. Our #CalvertForALifetime drive gave donors the opportunity to direct their support to a specific area of focus. Unsurprisingly, teachers were the most popular choice! Special thanks to our donors and advocates for their support, as well as an anonymous group of Calvert friends who pledged $16,000 in matching funds. Check out our full campaign, including videos, posts, and our Impact Leaderboard at: www.calvertschoolmd.org/choose.
Mr. Parker, Director of the Institute for Leadership & Purpose, reflects upon the work that has been done so far this school year as he prepares for the Middle Grades Partnership Leadership Closing Summit this Saturday, April 27th.
Last week, the Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School hosted the World Leadership School for two days of events and trainings for our community and area schools. The World Leadership School (WLS) is an internationally recognized expert in program development with a mission of “partnering with K-12 to reimagine learning and create next-generation leaders.”
Nearly 30 Calvert alumni, parents of alumni, former faculty, and current and past grandparents attended a Calvert event at Blakehurst Retirement Community on Monday, April 1. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers in the Blakehurst Rotunda while reminiscing about their Calvert years.
After more than one year of planning and preparation, ten EighthGrade students attended the Global Classrooms International Middle School Model United Nations Conference in New York City from March 28 to March 30.
Yale Sophomore Clayton Hebert '13will head to Redmond, Washington, for 12 weeks this summer to participate in the highly-competitive Explore Microsoft Internship Program. The internship is available to college students who are in their first or second year and would like to learn more about career opportunities in software development.
Nearly 350 parents, alumni, trustees, and friends of the school gathered at La Cuchara on Saturday night for A Night on the Town, a fundraiser for Calvert’s teachers. The evening included several raffles and a silent auction with 72 packages and raised more than $59,000 to support Calvert’s faculty program.
Saturday night wrapped up a four day run of Calvert’s 5th annual full-scale musical, Once on This Island Jr. A retelling of the Little Mermaid tale, this colorful story is set in the Caribbean and features memorable melodies and lively characters. Fifty middle school students participated in total, comprising the cast, stage crew, and those who worked on the creation of sets and props. Students and teachers alike were captivated by the whole experience. “I really liked the effort that a lot of people put into it--the set was beautiful,” says Yasmine Worley.
On Friday, February 15, Séamus Miller ’04 and fellow actor Gregory Burgess, were on WYPR’s Midday with Tom Hall to discuss their play, Henry IV. That same evening, Henry IV Part I opened at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and Henry IV Part II opens on March 15.
Last week’s trip to Québec City and Montréal was a huge success. The five-day, four-night trip was open to all current Seventh and Eighth graders and focused on winter adventure and carnival, Canadian and North American history, and immersion in a culture where bilingualism is the norm. Thirty-nine students participated in the trip, guided by six Calvert faculty members, and an excellent full-time tour guide from Prométour – the premier Montreal-based academic and adventure tour company.
It is not uncommon to view adolescence — particularly the middle school years — as a dark and stormy time that parents, teachers, and even adolescents themselves must simply endure. Even within the world of education, those who teach lower and high school students often express bewilderment at their middle school colleagues. As someone who has worked with middle school students for over twenty years, I think it is important to provide a narrative about adolescence that offers an equally valid, but definitively more optimistic view of the majestic and incredible design of what I will refer to as the middle school brain. Moreover, it is important that we understand how the structure of a well-designed middle school program supports and nurtures its students, and their families, through these dynamic years of development.
This week, five area schools participated in the first annual U.S. Squash Maryland Girls High School League Individual Tournament. Eight Calvert alumnae were among forty young women who played in the tournament, which was held February 5-7.
The Calvert School campus came together this past week for another successful International Week. This year, we celebrated Peru, South Africa, Italy, Taiwan, and Martinique complete with food, music, games, research, and discussion.
Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley ’83 has fond memories of being transfixed at an early age by the stories depicted in art. Along with her parents and siblings, Chris Alevizatos ’76 and Dolly Alevizatos von Hollen ’80, Alexandra frequently traveled to Europe, where she developed her appreciation of art. After Calvert, Alexandra graduated from Roland Park Country School. Further education at Hamilton College and the University of Delaware-Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, where she earned her master’s degree in art history, as well as more travel, led her to a curatorial post at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). At the museum, she has enjoyed an accomplished 17-year career as The Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts.
Leaving for a trip on a school day is always exciting: no classes, no homework, and spending time talking and playing video games together is a strong reason so many Middle School children love taking trips. This past weekend, some Calvert Middle Schoolers left on a great field trip all the way up to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut for the U.S. Middle School Squash Championships. However, the Middle School students had to leave on a train at 5:30 AM! It was tough for them to get up so early and get on that train, but a lot of fun things happened along the way.
Cheer on our Mighty Bees boys and girls squash teams as they compete at the 2019 U.S. Squash Middle School National Tournament this weekend at Yale University. Both groups will take on the best MS squash teams in the nation for a chance to be crowned 2019 Division III Middle School Squash Champion! Click here and search for “Calvert School” or click on the New Haven Tournament. Go Calvert!!!
On Monday, January 21st, we held our tenth annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. Close to 300 community members joined together to participate in a variety of service activities in honor of Dr. King's vision and legacy. We offered onsite and offsite activities where students and parents worked together on service projects to better the lives of the people in our community.
Caroline Chriss ’07 is a visual artist in Chicago whose seascape paintings are available on well-known retailer sites such as Serena & Lily. When growing up in Baltimore, she lived a short walk from the Calvert campus. And even now, she enjoys coming by the campus when back in Baltimore visiting family, as it brings back some of her best memories.
When talking with Anne Apgar, one wonders, “How does she do it all?” Anne has an impressive academic pedigree, is accomplished in multiple areas, has supported myriad philanthropic causes, traveled the world, renovated seven historic homes, and, while doing all of that, raised three children. At this point in her life, she is understandably most excited about her precious granddaughters: Emory and Arlyn.
This year, Calvert’s Seventh Grade student council will be joining the Eighth Grade, jumping into the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for the Special Olympics! More important, they will be buddying up with 16 kids from St. Elizabeth School, and plunging alongside them for the first time on January 24th at Sandy Point State Park! This is a tradition we would love to continue in the years to come.