St. James Academy Head Charlotte Riggs Leads with Empathy and Compassion

St. James Academy
Ms. Riggs welcomes students on the first day of school with her fairy wings.

Monkton, Md. – For her first day of school as St. James Academy’s new head of school, Charlotte Riggs made a unique – and strategic – accessory choice. She donned pastel-colored wings, which she wore to greet the 270 PreKindergarten through 8th-grade boys and girls, their parents, and the faculty and staff at St. James Academy (SJA), an independent school in Monkton.

Whittle School & Studios – An Option for Baltimore Families


Whittle School & StudiosWhile almost every aspect of modern life has radically changed in the last century, schools have remained largely the same. In this innovation age, our future leaders need to have a modern approach to education. 

That’s what Chris Whittle set off to change. Whittle has a vision to reimagine education so that it prepares children for a fundamentally different world.

Cambridge School buys former Charles Street church for its new campus

Courtesy of MacKenzie Commercial

When the leaders of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church disclosed a year ago that the church would merge with another congregation and sell its buildings on Charles Street, area residents were understandably concerned about what would happen to the property.

Would the church be torn down to make way for a housing subdivision? Offices? Or even sadder, a gas station and convenience store?

Is your senior struggling with the college essay?


Save Your Relationship; Leave it to the Pros

College Essay
credit: The Journal

As if today’s rising high school seniors don’t face enough pressure—about where they’ll apply to college, if they’ll get in, whether they’re making the right choice—there’s the looming hurdle of the college application itself. Sure, high school college counselors likely advised rising seniors to grind it out during the summer months. And if you have a child who actually followed this sage advice, congratulations. You’re in the minority.

Event: Learn About the Whittle School & Studios, October 17 at Baltimore Country Club


Whittle School Baltimore Event

Whittle School & Studios is holding a parent information and Q&A event in Baltimore on Wednesday, October 17 at Baltimore Country Club, 4712 Club Road at 6 p.m. Meet members of Whittle School & Studios leadership team and learn about the school’s innovative residential life programs that will launch in 2019 in Washington, D.C. and Shenzhen, China.

Morgan State’s marching band picked to play 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photo courtesy of Morgan State University

As if the fanfare of homecoming wasn’t exciting enough, Morgan State University dropped some big news over the weekend with the announcement that its 150-member Magnificent Marching Machine will be playing in next year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

Sexual assault reports nearly tripled at Hopkins last year, and burglaries, fondling and other incidents climbed as well

Photo of Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Photo by callison-burch, via Flickr.

In a far more severe increase than in previous years, reported sexual assaults rose by 181 percent last year at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. The school also logged sizable upticks in incidents such as rape and fondling.

Two students detained after bringing guns to Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle

Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School in Brooklyn. Image via Google Street View.

Two students at Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School in Brooklyn were detained by school police this morning after both brought guns to school and one was fired in a restroom, Baltimore City Public Schools said in a statement.

Inside the JHU Disorientation Guide, the student-penned publication poking holes in the Hopkins veneer

Image via the JHU Disorientation Guide

Last week, a few dozen students, professors and community members with children in tow gathered in front of the Milton Eisenhower Library on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus as part of an “Anti-ICE Protest and Playdate,” to call attention to the university’s ongoing contract with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). Kids sat on the sidewalk coloring, playing and shaking noisemakers–just being kids–beneath a banner that read “Families Belong Together,” as speakers laid out their resolute demands.