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Mercy High School President Selected for Columbia University Fellowship Program

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Mary Beth Lennon, president of Mercy High School, is one of just 20 school leaders from around the world selected for this year’s Klingenstein Heads of Schools Program at Columbia University’s Teachers College. This fully funded fellowship brings together 20 school heads from independent schools in the United States together with international school leaders from Colombia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Tunisia, India, Japan, and Honduras to consider educational philosophy, leadership, and strategic innovation.

“This prestigious fellowship affirms the remarkable momentum that Mercy High School has experienced under Mary Beth Lennon’s leadership,” said Kevin Burke, chair of Mercy’s Board of Trustees. “The Board is delighted that Mary Beth will have the opportunity to join with other accomplished independent school leaders from around the world for intensive professional study, collaboration and reflection. The experience will prove invaluable as Mercy continues to be an innovative leader in girls education and a top choice for area families.”

Rising Women at NDP

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NDP’s entrepreneurs-in-training at Stanley Black & Decker

At Notre Dame Prep (NDP), the mission of “educating girls to transform the world” is lived every day, in and out of the classroom.  What better way to accomplish this than to send students out into the business world, giving them the opportunity to both work with and learn from women executives.  This was part of the inspiration behind NDP’s most recent on-campus club, Rising Women.  Co-sponsored by Junior Achievement, Rising Women partners NDP students with female mentors from Stanley Black and Decker.  With a Shark Tank-like format, the 17-week program challenges a selective group of high schoolers to develop, pitch and produce a product to a group of businesswomen mentors.

The expectations are high and JA Rising Women underlines the importance of commitment.  In its literature, it claims, “The program is great experience, but relies on the effort of the students involved to make it successful.”

BMA Hosts Art After Hours On Friday, January 31

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The Baltimore Museum of Art’s popular evening event, Art After Hours, returns on Friday, January 31 from 8pm – 11pm. Spend an evening celebrating radical self-expression through art and fashion inspired by the new exhibition, Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist, and the BMA’s retro-cool lobby installation, Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for BMA Members, include a free ticket for food or drink. Tickets can be purchased in person at the BMA Box Office, online, or at the door the evening of the event if tickets are still available.

Looking for more? On Sunday, February 2, join Ellen Lesperance for a free knitting workshop from 12pm – 3pm. Open to all ages and skill levels, participants can create squares or strips, culminating an un-patterned or anarchist sweater created by the group. Whether you attend one or both events, it will be a weekend for the arts!

The Influencers: Teacher and Administrator Profiles

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The following feature was originally published in our annual Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools. To view the guide in its entirety, click here.

Passionate educators, beloved teachers, and inspiring mentors: Meet the educators leading the way at area independent schools.

Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

R. Brandon Mollett, Head of Middle School
The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

The journey that led Boys’ Latin (BL) Middle School Head Brandon Mollett back to his alma mater began after his graduation from Middlebury College and a stint as a journalist. Nineteen years ago, the 1994 graduate returned to Boys’ Latin, where he has served as an administrator, teacher and coach.

Exciting New Science Documentary is coming to Baltimore – You can be Involved

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An exciting new science documentary is coming to Baltimore, MD and we’d love you to be involved!

Created by Emmy award-winning Pioneer Productions, In The Womb plans to capture the incredible moments of human development in pregnancy in the most dynamic, cutting edge way ever visualized. You may already be familiar with the earlier series we produced back in 2005, Life Before Birth: In The Womb and the award-winning In The Womb – Extreme Animals.

For this series, we’re looking for women who are newly pregnant (up to 8 weeks) or actively trying for a child to feature. We’re also keen to speak to those expecting twins or multiples (up to 12 weeks along) for a special episode. We’re welcoming applications from people of all backgrounds.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation at a Party & Fundraiser

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Join Us at the Baltimore Food Hub on Saturday, February 1 to celebrate Groundhog Day with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation – A One-Of-A-Kind Party and Fundraiser in a Building Typically Not Open to the Public.

This is the BAF’s biggest party of the year. Begin the night with a cocktail reception and open bar, or come later when the party kicks off with dancing and music. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Purchase your tickets today and find out!

Roland Park Country School Gifted $1.75 Million to Support STEAM/STEM Education

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Alumna gift will establish three separate endowments at the all-girls school

Roland Park Country School (RPCS) has received a $1,750,000 pledge from alumna Holliday “Holly” Cross Heine, 1962 and her husband John “Jack” C. Heine of Santa Barbara, California. The pledge will be split to create three separate endowments that will fund in perpetuity a new K-8 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Director role, the existing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Director role and the School’s signature STEM Institute.

“I am profoundly grateful to Holly and Jack for their generosity and enthusiastic support of our comprehensive STEM and STEAM curricula, which span every grade level and department,” said Caroline Blatti, Head of School. “I am also so honored that as an alumna who has built such a successful career in this field, Holly shares our purpose of intentionally harnessing our students’ boundless imaginations and curiosity to give them the confidence, knowledge and tools they need to build a solid foundation and deep understanding of these concepts.”

Enjoy Winter Restaurant Week In Harbor East – Running through 1/19

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Shake off those winter blues and make a date (or two) in Harbor East for the Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week. Baltimore Restaurant Week runs January 10 – 19, featuring specially priced 2-course lunches and brunches ($15, $20) and 3-course dinners ($25, $35, $45) at participating restaurants. Reserve your table in Harbor East and take advantage of the most delicious week of winter.

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