Leaders on Leading: A Conversation with Notre Dame Prep

Margaret Schiavone performs in NDP’s event, Gym Meet.

Good luck finding one style of leadership at Notre Dame Preparatory (NDP), the all-girls’ Catholic school in Towson. There are at least 800 – one for each student and each leadership role, large and small, that she embraces as she pinpoints her passions.

MICA president Hoi apologizes for art school’s racist history

Portraits in the “Blackives” exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Maryland Institute College of Art president Samuel Hoi today acknowledged and apologized for the art school’s racist history, which included a ban on students of color from from 1895 to 1954.

The racist admissions restrictions came after Harry T. Pratt, an African-American man, enrolled at the college in 1891, leading to protests.

Garrison Forest Girls Take on Woodworking


Garrison School Woodworking Two years ago, a student told Garrison Forest Upper School art teacher Sarah Sachs about an Adirondack chair her brother made in a woodworking class at an area boys’ school. “I started looking into it and all of the boys’ schools had woodshops,” said Ms. Sachs. Yet, in her research, none of the area girls’ schools taught woodworking. This drove Ms. Sachs to begin her journey toward creating a woodworking class at Garrison Forest, which wrapped up its inaugural semester in January. She began by visiting one school, which has a woodworking department in each division, to start gathering ideas and learning more about the tools the students would need to get started. She was excited to realize that the GFS sculpture studio already had most of the required tools and she was able to purchase the remaining tools needed in order to launch the course.

Senate, House weigh bills changing Board of Regents makeup

Then-chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents James T. Brady announces the board’s recommendation to retain former Maryland football coach DJ Durkin on Oct. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (Daniel Oyefusi/Capital News Service)

By Daniel Oyefusi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The University System of Maryland Board of Regents structure would be altered and its decision-making would be made more public under legislation the state Senate and House of Delegates are considering.

National Association Honors Notre Dame Prep Educators for Third Consecutive Year


For the third consecutive year, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has honored a Notre Dame Preparatory School educator for outstanding teaching.

Mrs. Marianne Reichelt (Baltimore, MD 21228), Notre Dame Preparatory School English teacher, has received NCEA’s Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award. The award honors those teachers who demonstrate strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, skills, and results. A parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Baltimore City, Mrs. Reichelt will receive the award at NCEA’s Annual Convention in April in Chicago, Illinois.

Hall monitor shot at Frederick Douglass High School

Photo by Wikipedia user Eminonuk.

A 56-year-old hall monitor was shot at Frederick Douglass High School, located on Gwynns Falls Parkway in West Baltimore, just after noon today, police said.

The Hopkins Coalition Against ICE’s walk-out protest in photos

About 200 students at Johns Hopkins University walked out of their classes and marched through several buildings to protest the school’s contract with ICE.

About 200 students walked out of classes at Johns Hopkins University to protest the school’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Students, joined by local activists, marched through the grounds and into university buildings.

All photos by J.M. Giordano.

Notre Dame Prep Wins Two Regional Awards for Workplace Quality and Service


Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) recently received two regional awards recognizing the school’s quality work environment and service mission:

  • For the eighth consecutive year—and each year since the program’s inception—NDP was named among The Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces. In particular, the school received special recognition in the area of “meaningfulness,” which is the second time in the last four years that NDP was celebrated for this quality. NDP placed 4th among 25 mid-size employers.
  • NDP’s Camp Umoja, a summer camp for Baltimore City youth, was honored at the 44th Annual Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards. This award is given annually to those organizations which have demonstrated significant leadership and service for a better Baltimore and have committed resources to improving the quality of life in Baltimore City. Since its founding in 1985, approximately 3,300 campers and 1,650 volunteer counselors have been involved in Camp Umoja.

Rams LB Micah Kiser’s football IQ dates back to time at Gilman

Woodlawn native and current Los Angeles Ram linebacker Micah Kiser addresses reporters at Super Bowl media night in Atlanta Jan. 28. (James Crabtree Hannigan/Capital News Service)

By James Crabtree-Hannigan
Capital News Service

As Los Angeles Rams linebacker Micah Kiser came downfield toward the Houston Texans backfield during the third week of the 2018 NFL preseason, he was met by Texans offensive lineman Roderick Johnson.

Johnson pushed Kiser back about 10 yards, thwarted the rookie’s grasping attempts to bring down running back Lavon Coleman and eventually sent Kiser to the ground as the play ended.

A few minutes later, Kiser again charged toward the line of scrimmage as Coleman took a handoff. This time, Kiser deftly sidestepped a pulling lineman and immediately engulfed Coleman with a textbook tackle, dropping him for a 2-yard loss.

NDP Wins Emerging Leaders Award for STEAM Programming


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The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) has selected Notre Dame Preparatory School among its 2018 Champions of Manufacturing in the Emerging Leaders category.  Notre Dame Prep was the only school, let alone the only girls school and only Catholic school, recognized by the RMI.