On Tuesday evening, The Calvert Fund Launch Party provided a welcome opportunity for the School. It was an opportunity to thank the volunteers who are helping us raise money for The Calvert Fund this year and to recognize that we could not be successful without them.
Margaux Trexler ’15, a junior at McDonogh School, has achieved a great deal in her seventeen years. Being a published author is just one of those accomplishments. “I’ve always dreamed of publishing a book,” said Margaux when asked what inspired her to take on this project.
Our Leadership Program has expanded for this school year. New leadership roles now include opportunities for photography, videography, and journalism. The Black and Gold Kickoff Recap is the first news story from our newest leaders. Students took to the field armed with cameras, drones, and their notepads to create a recap the Black and Gold Kickoff on September 15th.
In late July, Makayla Gilliam-Price ’12 and a few others who are featured in the HBO Documentary Baltimore Rising participated in the HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Directed by The Wire actor Sonja Sohn, Baltimore Risingfollows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates.
The Baltimore Business Journal has identified the 40 individuals that will make up the 2017 class of 40 Under 40 honorees. This year, two alumni have made the list - John Avirett ’95, a Partner at Greenspring Associates and Peter Jackson’98, an Associate at JLL.
Earlier this week, we held our first ever combined Le Grand Concours (National French Exam) and National Spanish Exam awards ceremony in the Middle School. A full house of parents watched as we handed out over a hundred medals to our students in Tenth Age through Eighth Grade. Last week, we held a similar ceremony in front of the entire Middle School for our National Latin Exam winners. Sixty-five of our Seventh and Eighth Graders earned recognition for their understanding of Latin and Roman culture.
On Wednesday, May 17 at Towson University’s SECU Arena, the Maryland Council on Economic Education hosted a luncheon for all award winners of the Stock Market Game, an educational simulation that teaches about the stock markets, the American economic system and the global economy. One of Calvert’s Fifth Grade teams won first place for the North Central Region. Congratulations Chloe T., Bennett E., Jack A., James C., and Le’La G.!
At the beginning of May, the Middle School Diversity Club organized a bake sale to benefit Marian House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help rehabilitate women who are working towards a better life and are in need of their services. Marian House provides housing and support services to women and their children in the Baltimore area. Profits from the bake sale were used to create Mother’s Day baskets for participants of Marian House.
On Friday, May 5, Calvert Sixth Graders participated in their annual day of service. To start off the day, Mr. Vaught shared his past experience working with The Special Olympics and how stepping out of one’s comfort zone can reap great rewards for years to come.
Middle School teachers and students participated in cross-curricular lessons this past month. Teachers teamed with a colleague from a different department to create a unique, cross-disciplinary lesson. Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curriculum across Subjects is an initiative led by Global Outreach Director and Middle School Spanish Teacher Sra. Sachar and Head of Middle School Matt Buck ’87. Teachers worked together to design and plan a collaborative lesson and teach it to two different class sections. Classes that met during the same periods were also co-taught.
Liz Hazen, Seventh and Eighth Grade English teacher, was awarded a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. The Individual Artist Awards recognizes artists in 18 disciplines. Ms. Hazen was recognized for her poetry. Additionally, Ms. Hazen led the Poetry and Conversation series at the Pratt Library on Tuesday, April 25. She read her poetry and spoke about her work along with fellow poet Rose Solari.
On Friday, April 21st, Calvert Seventh Graders participated in their Spring Day of Service. The day kicked off with an inspirational reflection on service leadership by Mr. Rob English of Baltimore United in Leadership Development and Ms. Samirah Franklin of the Baltimore Youth Organizing Project. Ms. Franklin, at just 19 years old, is an experienced community organizer. She shared her own story of wanting to make a difference in Baltimore and how even as young people, students can take action. This is an important message for our Seventh Graders to hear as they look forward to leading Calvert as Eighth Graders in the fall.
Fifth to Seventh Age families joined us on Thursday, April 13th to express their creativity at Studio Art Night. Over 75 students and family members toured the Luetkemeyer Lobby that was transformed into a gallery filled with students’ art work. Afterwards, families worked together to complete a collaborative circle mural, which is hung in the Lower School cafeteria. The mural focused on togetherness and unity, as students built on to their peers’ work. Students also created individual tile pieces that were then fired in the kiln to take home. Thank you to all who attended!
Students at Calvert are active. Between physical education, recess, and the many athletic and intramural options, Middle Schoolers are at play for as much as 2.5 hours a day. The newest option for our Fifth Graders is an Intramural Squash program. In its first season, this intramural offering is providing Fifth Graders the opportunity to learn and advance in the sport.
Students, teachers, and administrators came together on March 30th at Gilman School for AIMS Learning to Lead 2017. This annual event is an opportunity for schools to hear from inspirational speakers and reflect on how to best foster leadership in young people. Calvert parent and Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett served as the day's opening speaker delivering a powerful message on how social justice and equity are a key tenets in leadership development for our youth.
Middle School students in Ms. Sloane’s Science Olympiad Club competed in the Maryland Science Olympiad Baltimore City Regional Tournament on Saturday. Held at Morgan State University, 25 schools competed in pairs in different events. Calvert earned sixth place in experimental design, fourth place in bottle rockets, third place in anatomy, and third place in food science.
Heather D. submitted seven photographs to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition and each one of them received an award. She was awarded four Gold Keys (the highest honor), two Silver Keys, and one Honorable Mention.
Calvert’s inaugural participation in the Cool Schools Plunge was unquestionably a splashing success! On January 26, after weeks of preparation, education, and fundraising for the Special Olympics, the Class of 2017 enthusiastically arrived at Sandy Point State Park for the event. Over 50 students and teachers took the plunge, some multiple times!
On Monday, January 16th, we held our eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Over 280 community members joined together to participate in a variety of service activities in honor of Dr. King's vision and legacy.