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.