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Roland Park Country School is Making Space for Wellness

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At Roland Park Country School, we want our students to live healthy and balanced lives; in fact, it’s one of our core values. This starts with an academic program that challenges and engages our girls, while allowing them to be children and teenagers. But wellness goes beyond the student workload and through intentional programming at every grade level, student-led initiatives, and resources for parents and guardians, we make sure that every student has a strong social-emotional support system to help them be healthy and well.

To support this effort, a new wellness suite was recently constructed on the RPCS campus, with offices for several members of the Student Services team, including the Director of Counseling, counselors at each division level,  and the counseling intern, as well as the Director of Leadership and Entrepreneurship. The inviting offices are spacious enough for the counselors to hold classes, but are also comfortable for private meetings with students. Student artwork decorates the suite and a mindfulness wall in the cheery hallway displays several take-one cards for students, offering tips on wellness topics including desk stretches and breathing techniques. Slips are also available in the wellness suite for students to confidentially request one-on-one meetings with a counselor. “This is a space that students can access at all times,” said Makeda King-Smith, Upper School Counselor. “It’s so important to help students with stress and anxiety as early as we can.”

Program Profiles: Learn about what’s offered at Baltimore independent schools

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Independent schools offer more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. The below program profiles, from our annually published “Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools,” explore the classes, internships, experiential learning and more that enrich the curricula at area private schools. Applications are due in December at most schools. Check websites for exact dates.

Beth Tfiloh – College Counseling

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is Baltimore’s only co-educational college preparatory Jewish day school spanning preschool through 12th grade. Faculty members address each individual learner’s needs throughout the rigorous dual curriculum while building creativity, leadership skills, and community ties.

Beth Tfiloh Lower School: Building Lifelong Character and Respect

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Kindergarten students start their day with a positive tone at their morning meeting

By: Dr. Susan Holzman, Lower School Principal, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

 “Your students are so nice!”

That’s what Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School principals and faculty members hear time and again from their colleagues at other schools about the BT students. That kind of niceness is the result of Beth Tfiloh’s mission to grow Jewish citizens who are ready to face the world with poise, knowledge, and humanity.

Our students can trace the roots of this education back to lessons they learned in BT’s PreSchool and Lower School. BT’s Lower School places the highest importance on imbuing classrooms with a spirit of derech eretz — the code of proper behavior that binds us to each other as human beings and as Jews.

MD lawmakers announce $2.2 billion school construction plan

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Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr., D-Calvert, Charles and Prince George’s, speaks at a news conference at Forest Heights Elementary School on Nov. 6, 2019 announcing a $2.2 billion school construction and renovation plan for the state. Capital News Service photo by Elliott Davis.

By Elliott Davis
Capital News Service

FOREST HEIGHTS — Sen. Bill Ferguson, likely Maryland’s next Senate president, stood in Forest Heights Elementary—a school shut down temporarily for safety reasons—on Wednesday, and said the building “tells its own story” when it comes to education in the state.

“We can, we must and we will do better,” Ferguson (D-Baltimore) said during a news conference.

Ferguson, along with other Democratic leaders from both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, and other officials, announced Wednesday a $2.2 billion plan to build and renovate schools across the state that will be taken up during the 2020 legislative session.

Cardin, Van Hollen call for reauthorization of HBCU funds

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Morgan State University.

By Dan Novak
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON– Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Maryland may lose more than $4 million in federal funding if Congress does not reauthorize mandatory spending for those institutions beyond the current academic year.

Maryland’s HBCUs “face a funding cliff due to congressional inaction,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

As final home game approaches, Hopkins football team continues to honor late coach

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The late Jim Margraff, who died suddenly in January. Courtesy: Johns Hopkins Athletics.

At the end of practices, before every game and at halftimes for close to 30 years, Johns Hopkins football head coach Jim Margraff would share a simple but fiery message with his team.

Standing near the 50-yard line, his players huddled around him, Margraff pointed out a note or two about the team’s game plan, or about the halftime adjustments the coaches implemented in the locker room.

Then, with his players hyped, jumping around him, he’d shout three simple words.

“Pride and poise!”

New Lower School STEAM Hub Encourages Creative Collaboration

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Earlier this fall, Roland Park Country School unveiled several exciting new spaces on campus, including a recently constructed cheery and light-filled Lower School STEAM Hub. This redesigned space is adjacent to the Killebrew Library and connects the Junior Innovation Space with the new Lower School art room to fulfill Roland Park Country School’s vision of purposefully integrating each of the components of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) into the school curriculum for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We are focusing on every content area to pair with design challenges and projects that have a real purpose to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom in a creative and meaningful way,” said Joe LePain, the Director of Information and Innovation at Roland Park Country School.

Promoting Growth at Wilkes School Preschool Program

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The philosophy at Wilkes School Preschool Program is to promote the social emotional growth of the children, preparing them for future educational endeavors, while still tuning in to their individual strengths and needs. The curriculum is based on the developmental milestones for 2-, 3-, and 4- year olds and aligns with the Maryland state standards. The school is able to adjust the program to fit the needs of each child while still maintaining the integrity of the program.

A typical day for the preschool is a balance of teacher-led and independent activities. Educators teach Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, as well as, all of the specialty areas. Children experience hands-on activities, with an emphasis of literature and language. The activities are based on the developmental needs of the children and can and do fluctuate between groups of children to ensure everyone is finding success.

Defining the Well-Rounded Student at St. James Academy

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Chris Greenawalt, MD, never knows what each shift at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) will bring. As director of GBMC’s hospitalist program, he helps acutely ill patients navigate inpatient and outpatient care. He and the 30-plus physicians under his leadership use their medical expertise every day, but the qualities Greenawalt says he relies upon most weren’t taught in medical school.

“My integrity and accountability were set in motion at St. James Academy,” says Greenawalt, who attended the Episcopal, coed day school in Monkton, Md. when it was Kindergarten through 6th Grade. “The things I learned from way back are what I’ve carried forward.”

Today, St. James Academy is Prekindergarten through 8th Grade but still intentionally small. “St. James was a nurturing environment where teachers put an individual focus on my strengths,” adds Greenawalt, who graduated from McDonogh School and Wake Forest University for both undergraduate and medical school. “The school helped me to develop attributes I’ve used all the way through to being a leader at GBMC.”

THE PARK SCHOOL OF BALTIMORE ADMISSION EVENTS AND THE MALONE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

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The Park School of Baltimore |
Middle and Upper Schools “Hands-on, Minds-on” Open House (Grades 6-12):
Sunday, October 27 | 1–3 PM

The Park School of Baltimore hosts a range of admission events this fall, including a Middle and Upper School “Hands-On, Minds-On” Open House on Sunday, October 27 from 1–3 p.m. Park’s inspired and inspiring faculty members lead these Open House experiences for students and their parents — offering a selection of curricular and co-curricular activities with the opportunity to engage hands and minds. Park students are on site to share their perspectives and to participate in the activities along with visiting families. Parents and students are invited to visit Park’s 100-acre campus and learn more about Park’s unique approach to learning, the affordability of a Park education, and The Malone Scholar Program at The Park School of Baltimore.

The Park School of Baltimore | Tours with Principals:
Friday, November 8
 | 8:45–10:30 AM

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