Two Calvert students, Julia N.’21 and Ava W.’20, recently participated in a spectacular performance of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS under the direction of Marin Alsop. Julia and Ava were selected as two of 45 Peabody Children’s Choir members. This amazing learning experience involved over 450 performers including musicians, dancers, and other music students.
Mini-Week was a three-day interdisciplinary workshop where students explored exciting new learning opportunities beyond traditional courses. Each student received an individualized schedule with courses in enrichment, arts, wellness, and service opportunities.
Every year in the United States roughly 76 billion pounds of food end up in landfills. If you’re having a hard time thinking about how large that amount is, it is equal to the weight of 104 Empire State buildings, or enough to fill the Rose Bowl in Pasadena every day for a year. With food waste being a such a controllable resource waste problem, students from Calvert’s newly formed Students for Sustainability (S.F.S.) Club used a term from an overnight trip to help organize and run Calvert’s first S.L.O.P. competition, which ran from Monday, October 15th to Friday, October 17th in the Middle School.
Calvert School families and students donated over $8,000 of food during our first drive of the year! Most donations have already been delivered by parent volunteers to the Baltimore Hunger Project (BHP), but there is also a great need for weekend packs. These packs contain non-perishable foods and are given to children from our city and county so they may have something to eat on Saturdays and Sundays when school meals are not available. We are grateful to partner with the Baltimore Hunger Project, an organization that each week delivers weekend food packs to over five hundred students.
On Tuesday, October 2nd, our first Morning of Service, Sixth Agers and Fifth Graders gathered into Lower School rooms to learn more about the importance of water in our lives, the lives of others, and in our ecosystem.
In honor of its most generous alumni donor, Calvert School named its Lower School for Wm. “Bill” Polk Carey ’42 during a dedication ceremony on October 5, 2018. The W. P. Carey Foundation’s gift of $3.5 million will endow the Lower School, which was renamed to the W. P. Carey Lower School Building.
On Tuesday, October 2, our Middle and Lower Schools came together to celebrate our first Morning of Service. Organized through the Institute for Leadership & Purpose, these mornings, held throughout the year, serve to strengthen our community while we help others.
Building leadership capacity in our students, at its most basic level, is about believing – deeply – in each student and creating authentic experiences for them to learn and grow. As Stanford professor, researcher, and author Dr. Nel Noddings offered over thirty years ago, “the student is infinitely more important than the subject matter.”
Last spring, Calvert School announced the creation of The Institute for Leadership & Purpose, an all-school initiative to formalize and expand our leadership and character curriculum from Fifth Age to Eighth Grade. The exciting endeavor reflects our commitment to provide each child, with a dedicated goal of providing experiences that allow students of all ages to develop and implement skills that will impact our world in a positive way.
Members of the Calvert School community gathered at 2 Oak Place on Tuesday evening to celebrate the official launch of the 2018-2019 Calvert Fund. The success of the Calvert Fund would not be possible without our volunteers’ support each year. This annual event is an opportunity to thank our volunteers for their time and effort.
Hives is a new cross-grade co-educational advisory program that will focus on strengthening friendships and relationships amongst students and families. Each Hive consists of 15-17 students from all four grades, and is guided by a team of Eighth Grade Hive Leaders and two faculty advisors.
The Baltimore Business Journal has identified the 40 individuals that will make up the 2018 class of 40 Under 40 honorees. This year, Rich Thomas ’95, senior director at Cushman & Wakefield was among the honorees.
On Wednesday, August 29 the Calvert School faculty dedicated a morning of their back-to-school meetings for a workshop on Service Learning & Community Outreach. This day marked a renewed commitment to prioritizing education and reflection into the service process for our students.
On Thursday, August 30 Calvert School hosted its first-ever Leadership Launch for Eighth Grade students and their families. The goal of this day was to welcome our oldest students back to campus with a charge to serve as leaders, mentors, and role models for younger students.
In June, Perry Offutt ’84 was appointed as head of the infrastructure investment team for the Americas region at UBS Asset Management. He has more than 20 years of investment and industry experience, most recently at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. Perry will continue to be based in New York City, where he will leverage his experience to drive the expansion of UBS’s infrastructure investment activity in the region. Congratulations, Perry, on your new role; we wish you much success.
BGE continues its support of the greening of Calvert School with an additional gift of $5,000 to jumpstart a new Sustainability Club. This gift is an extension of last year’s effort to create a community garden and compost program.
Hosted by The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, the National Diversity Practitioners Institute was held June 24-27. Attending this memorable institute were Timika Tyson, Calvert School's Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Sandry Sachar, Director of Global Outreach.
On Friday, July 20, students from Calvert School and Hamilton Elementary and Middle School (HEMS) participated in a Student Leadership Day in memory of Sebastian Dvorak '05. The day started at Calvert with Mike Cianos '05 and Class of 2005 parent, Elizabeth Comer, speaking to the students about Sebastian and his kindness, thoughtfulness, and passion for outdoor learning-based opportunities. The group then headed off to Outward Bound for a day of team building.
Congratulations to Sean Nolan ’15, who had a stellar year on the soccer field. Throughout the past year, he won several youth soccer championships, including the U17 US Youth Soccer National Championship with his Baltimore Celtic 2000 Club team, the U17 Region 1Championship with Baltimore Celtic 2000, the U17 & U18 Maryland State Cup Championship with Baltimore Celtic 2000, and the 2017 MIAA Championship with McDonogh School.
To win the MIAA High School Championship, the US Youth Soccer National Championship, and the Region 1 and Maryland State Cup Championships in the same year is a very rare achievement. We are proud of you Sean and wish you continued success on and off the soccer field.
Alumni & Reunion Weekend 2018 welcomed back nearly 100 alumni. The festivities began with the Alumni Luncheon for the Classes of 1933-1968, as well as Signature Society and Hillyer Society members. The Middle School String Ensemble, guided by Mr. John Babcock, performed as guests arrived for the luncheon. Trustee Colston Young ’85 welcomed guests and introduced the Eighth Grade Speaker Caroline R., who presented her Castalia project on Netflix. Head Master Andrew Holmgren also presented a brief State of the School for luncheon guests.
In May, we held our second 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 medals to our students in Tenth Age through Eighth Grade. We also held a similar ceremony in front of the entire Middle School for our National Latin Exam winners. Fifty-nine of our Seventh and Eighth Graders earned recognition for their understanding of Latin and Roman culture.
On Wednesday, May 16 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 our Fifth Grade teams won first place for the South Region in the Elementary Division. Congratulations Ben L., Jake B., August P., Piper H., and Morgan B.!
Fine Arts Night returned to Calvert School on May 10th. Families had the opportunity to see performances by music and drama classes, including Calvert Chorus and the C-flats. New to this year was the addition of a visual art showcase.
Eighth Grade student, Ellen S., recently submitted her creative writing to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Northeast Region-at-Large competition. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious program for creative teens.
Eighth Graders, Angelo (A.J.) C. and Will V., spearheaded a new student club this past November focused on athletics. A.J.’s recent injury inspired the idea for this club. A.J. bruised his kneecap in a mid-season football game against Loyola Blakefield and was distraught that he would be missing the final few football games of his Calvert career. After speaking with some teachers about his initial idea, he decided to start the Injured Athletes Club with Will V.
Seventh and Eighth Grade students took part in the 2018 AIMS Battle of the Books hosted by Glenelg Country School on Tuesday, May 1st. Our Seventh Graders took first place out of seven teams and our Eighth Graders came in fifth place out of eight teams.
On April 25, nearly 150 supporters gathered at the beautiful home of Mary Kay and Chuck Nabit to celebrate Calvert School’s Banner Society donors. The Banner Society, Calvert’s leadership giving society, recognizes donors who make a gift of $1,500 or more to the School. These leadership donors represent 75% of the total gifts to the Calvert Fund.
The 3rd annual Baltimore Middle School Conference for Leadership in Diversity was hosted at Calvert School on April 27th with over 200 participants from 14 area schools, both independent and public. This unique conference is tailored to middle school students and is facilitated by area high school students. Calvert School had six Eighth Grade students act as facilitators, and had 18 total participants from Seventh and Eighth Grade. Students had the opportunity to learn from their peers and discuss diversity and inclusion. Teachers also had their own workshop during the conference.
William C. ’23 competed in the 55th Annual East Coast Shotokan Karate Championship on April 21, 2018 in Newtown, PA. William took home a gold medal for first place in the Youth 7-9 Brown and Black Belt division. Congratulations to William!
Each April, Boy Scout Troop 35 hosts a 40-mile hike which is open to participants of all ages and athletic ability. This year the hike took place on April 21st along the NPR trail, beginning in Sparks, MD and ending in York, PA. Five Calvert students completed all 40 miles; Sixth Grader Clara D. was the first girl to finish with a time of 8 hours and 54 minutes.
Our community came together - and, because of that, we exceeded our goal of 200 gifts in 24 hours. From Baltimore to Singapore brought in an incredible 219 gifts and raised $53,969 for the Calvert Fund!
On April 21st, Charlie Niccolini ’17 competed on Celebration of Music. This PBS show airs on MPT and features Ethan Bortnick as he searches for talented youth across the country. Charlie was chosen to perform and is competing against other Baltimore musicians for our votes. Another airing of Saturday's show will be aired on MPT on Sunday, April 29th at 6 P.M. Tune in and vote for Charlie!
Paige McDonald '13 is a freshman at NYU and is spending her first year of college at NYU Paris. She will return to New York City for her sophomore year. Her program is the Global Liberal Studies, a humanities-based major which allows her to study abroad both her freshman and junior years.
Alan Wu ’98 is an independent filmmaker and current Masters student obtaining an M.F.A. in Film Directing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His short film, The Cage, was part of the showcase in the Tallahassee Film Festival in March and the Capital City Film Festival in Michigan April 11-15. Check out his film work at alanwufilm.com.
At the end of March, we hosted a Lower School Parent Coffee focusing on technology. We had a terrific turnout of Lower School parents who were interested in learning more and sharing ideas about technology use and social media in the lives of their families.
On Friday, April 6th, our Eighth Age and Fifth Grade students came together for a morning of service after a week-long drive. Together they discussed the purpose of efforts to partner with Bags of Love, packed over 400 art supply kits, and created notes of kindness to accompany our shipment of donations to Puerto Rico.
Taking the audience on a journey to Africa, Calvert School students performed the fourth annual Middle School musical earlier this month. Opening the first weekend in March, our talented students put on two performances of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. for friends and family. In addition to two weekend performances for friends and family, each cast performed for their peers during the school day.
Zander Galli '17 returned to campus last week to share his incredible gap year experience with current Middle School students. Zander has recently returned from a variety of countries where he observed wildlife in its natural habitat and taking truly breathtaking photographs.
A Night on the Town was held on Saturday, February 24, and was a great success. Almost 350 parents, alumni, trustees, and friends of the school gathered at Bar Vasquez to benefit Calvert! The evening included raffles and a silent auction with 55 great packages, and we raised over $64,000.
Calvert School recently hosted the fourth annual Middle School Leadership Summit. The event welcomed over 130 students from a dozen area schools and celebrated the theme of civility as an element of effective, 21st-century leadership. For the first time, Calvert co-hosted the leadership summit, collaborating with Garrison Forest School to ensure an even stronger, more inclusive program. Without question, the willingness to partner eagerly with another school exemplifies how our independent schools collectively see leadership as a key tenet of our mission to inspire the best in students. Building good citizens is not just the mission of Calvert, it is a vision shared across the independent school community.
Calvert School Alumnus, Dr. Suber Huang '70 is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Jose Rizal International Medal from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. The Jose Rizal Medal is given to an outstanding ophthalmologist who has demonstrated excellence in ophthalmology in the Asia-Pacific region. It is the organization’s highest recognition for contributions to education and clinical care.
Sarah Crowley, Director of Academic Affairs, spoke to Calvert parents, alumni, and grandparents on February 15th about empathy. She spoke about the importance of adults in the lives of the children we nurture and love, to navigate the complexities of these relationships, and to be empathetic to them and ourselves. Ms. Crowley's presentation is shared in its entirety.
The Fifth Grade participated in the sixth Annual Walk for Water on a chilly Friday morning in early December. Students walked, or in many cases ran, as many laps as they could around the track at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Stadium to raise money for The Water Project, a non-profit organization that provides access to clean, safe water. This year, our Fifth Graders raised an impressive $11,598! This is almost double their goal of $6,000, and by far the most amount raised in the six years Calvert School has participated in this fundraiser.
Calvert’s second annual participation in the Cool Schools Plunge was another splashing success! On January 25, after weeks of preparation and fundraising for the Special Olympics, the Class of 2018 enthusiastically arrived at Sandy Point State Park for the event. Over 50 students and teachers took the plunge, in 36-degree water!
For the tenth time, Calvert’s squash team made the trip to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut to compete at the U.S. Squash Championships. Calvert was the sole team to represent Maryland in the tournament, which took place from January 19-21. In fact, our athletes traveled the farthest among the field of sixteen Division III teams, with the rest of their competing schools primarily hailing from New York and Connecticut. “We make this trip a priority for our boys and girls. It provides a wonderful opportunity to travel together, to practice independence, and to support one other through thick and thin,” states Mary Alice Lears, Director of Physical Education and Athletics, and Squash Team Coach.
On Monday, January 15th, the Calvert community answered Dr. King’s question of “what are we doing for others?” We held our ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with over 260 community members joining together to participate in a variety of activities in honor of Dr. King's vision and legacy of kindness, equality, and service.