Petition calls on Hopkins to end partnership with ICE, citing agency’s ‘brutal’ immigration policies

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in 2011, via U.S. Department of Homeland Security

For the last nine years, Johns Hopkins University has partnered with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other public agencies and associations on training programs within the School of Education, in a program called the Division of Public Safety Leadership. Now, citing ICE’s deportation and detention policies under the Trump administration, students, faculty, alumni and community members are calling on Hopkins to end the partnership immediately.

Three Baltimore Design School Students Win Summer Scholarships in ‘Open Tank’ Makers Competition at Open Works


Open Works TMEPOn Saturday, June 16, 2018, eight teens culminated their 20-week Teen Maker Entrepreneur Program [TMEP] at Open Works – Baltimore  with the opportunity to win a summer scholarship to Open Works and continue their ‘making’ efforts while building their business.  This program was open to Baltimore City and County students ages 16 – 19.  Of the 16 applicants chosen, four Baltimore Design School (BDS) students were accepted into the program. Each of the three BDS students competing in the ‘Open Tank’ competition,  won scholarships.

Archdiocese of Baltimore Announces New Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Dr. Hargens Baltimore Archdiocese
Dr. Donna Hargens

James Sellinger, Chancellor of Education, announced today the appointment of Dr. Donna Hargens, Ed.D. as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Congratulations to Gilman’s Class of 2018


Gilman Graduation Ceremony 2018

The 115 members of Gilman’s Class of 2018 marked their high school graduation on Sunday, June 10. Speakers included valedictorian Matthew Ziwen Mu, Board of Trustees President Scott Wieler, and Headmaster Henry P.A. Smyth. Before the graduates received their diplomas, several students won awards for scholarship, athletic performance, or community service. In what has become a tradition, Gilman’s a cappella group, the Traveling Men, sang “The Parting Song,” based on a 17th-century Scottish song. To conclude the ceremony, pairs of graduates left the stage with a special handshake, hug, or selfie. Congratulations to these new Gilman alumni:

Carey Foundation Endows College Counseling Center and Lecture Series at Gilman School

Ribbon cutting during the dedication of the renovated Carey Hall in 2007.

Headmaster Henry P. A. Smyth announced a $3 million investment from the W. P. Carey Foundation to endow the Gilman School college counseling program. This leadership gift to the School’s First Things First campaign is the largest donation to support college counseling received by the School. 

How a shipping container is connecting strangers around the world

Photo by Stephen Babcock

A hackathon set to be held next week is bringing together students and medical workers in Baltimore and Gaza City.

It won’t involve travel. Instead, the key to link lies within a gold shipping container.

Archdiocese Of Baltimore Announces 2018 Elementary And High School Teacher Of The Year


Baltimore, MD, June 12, 2018 – The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Chancellor of Education, Jim Sellinger, announced today the 2018 Archdiocesan Elementary and High School Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Kristen Zorica, from St. John the Evangelist School, Severna Park was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Genie Massey, from St. Maria Goretti High School, Hagerstown, was named High School Teacher of the Year.

Meet Beth Fisher – Pikesville Mom Who Supports Pikesville Schools Coalition


Meet Beth Fisher

Beth Fisher always put education at the top of her list when selecting what neighborhood would be best for her family. It’s why she and her husband first moved to the Summit Park school district so her children could attend Pikesville public schools.

So when Beth learned that CHAI was spearheading the Pikesville Schools Coalition, an initiative to strengthen Pikesville schools, she recognized how valuable that was to her community.

UMBC’s alumni team wins a spot to compete for $2 million in The Basketball Tournament

Photo by Ian Feldmann, via UMBC/Twitter

A crew of former University of Maryland, Baltimore County basketball players is officially headed to The Basketball Tournament this summer, with hopes of winning a $2 million prize reserved for the winning team.

Santelises, Pugh remember lost students on Day of Peace and Remembrance

Dr. Sonja Santelises speaks at Baltimore City Public Schools’ Day of Peace and Remembrance. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

A bell was struck after each of the nine names was read aloud by Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises.

Rashad Parks, Excel Academy

Tyrese Davis, Calverton Elementary/Middle School