Redmond Finney, former headmaster of Gilman School, has died

Photo courtesy of the Gilman School.

Redmond “Reddy” C. S. Finney, a headmaster of the Gilman School in North Baltimore for more than two decades and co-founder of two programs to enroll more African-American boys from the city, has died, the school announced in a letter to faculty and students.

Finney died in Northeast Harbor, Maine, where he had a summer home.

Morgan State panel will evaluate more than 200 new cannabis grower, processor applications

Vape pens containing cannabis oil. Photo via Weed Porn Daily/Flickr.

Maryland cannabis regulators have chosen Morgan State University to assess more than 200 applications from hopeful cannabis growers and processors vying for 14 new licenses in the state’s regulated market.

College Essay Writing Season is in Full Swing


Now that the Fourth of July is behind us, forward-thinking families are beginning to prepare for the coming school year. That means pulling out summer reading lists; encouraging kids to sharpen their math skills; and, for those whose children are rising high school seniors, starting to think about the college essay. It’s definitely not too early.

Here’s why.

Senior year of high school is an exceedingly busy time for students. Clearing time during the fall semester to develop a thoughtfully crafted Common Application Essay—the notorious 650-word personal piece of writing that students hope will wow college admissions officers and secure them a spot at their dream college—suddenly becomes an enormous challenge in the midst of all the other academic, college-related, and social obligations students face during senior year.

City Schools offering free meals this summer at more than 120 sites

Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

Baltimore City Public Schools will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to students during the summer at more than 120 locations, the school system announced today.

At most of those, breakfast is served at either 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m., with lunch following at 11:30 a.m. or noon. A complete list of locations and times can be found here, through the Maryland Summer Meals Site Search or by calling 211.

Globetrotting Educator to Head up St. James Academy’s Lower School


Ian Clark, Ed.D has traveled a long way to become St. James Academy’s new lower school head. After finishing out the school year as the elementary school principal at San Roberto International School, he and his family made the long trek from Mexico to Hunt Valley, where he, his wife and two school-age children will start a new chapter in their lives. We caught up with Dr. Clark to learn more about his professional background, which has taken him all over the world, and how he landed in Northern Baltimore County.

Meet Joanne Jones, Notre Dame Prep’s Incoming Executive Director of Academics


Joanne Jone - NDP

Founded in 1873, Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) boasts a lengthy and impressive reputation throughout the independent school community in Baltimore. Its one-to-nine student to faculty ratio, 100 percent acceptance rate to four-year colleges, and more than $22 million in academic scholarships awarded to this year’s graduating seniors speak to just some of its marks of excellence. Joanne Jones, NDP’s new incoming executive director of academics, plans to build on the school’s positive trajectory. Read our interview with her here:

You are approaching some big life changes over the next few months: moving from the Midwest to the East Coast and transitioning from a co-ed, preschool through grade eight school to an all-girls’ middle- and high school. How does that feel?

Transitioning to NDP as the Executive Director of Academics feels like coming home. In December of 2018, I engaged in a national search for a top leadership position in Catholic education. Much of my search focused on the East Coast. My son and daughter-in-law live in Manhattan, and I have extended family scattered throughout the East Coast. When I arrived at NDP for my two-day visit, I had the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, students, alumnae and Sister Patricia. I left knowing that I would welcome the opportunity to lead and collaborate at NDP. I was blessed to have several excellent opportunities, none as compelling as NDP. 

A Commitment to Service and Education: Marine and Entrepreneur Jake Messier Keeps His Promises on Both


UMUC When Jake Messier dropped out of college in his junior year to join the U.S. Marine Corps, he promised his dad two things: that he would see the world and that he’d finish his college education.

Messier became a Marine and spent the next nine years as a combat correspondent, traveling to 43 countries from Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean, to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, covering stories about fellow servicemembers.

When Messier was assigned to Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan, he knew that would be his last assignment ― and his last chance to make good on the second part of his promise. He enrolled at UMUC on base and set to work completing a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Baltimore County Public Schools puts it to the people: When should classes start?

A Baltimore County Public Schools bus. Image via Facebook.

The issue of school start times has been one of Maryland’s hottest political footballs in recent years.

Gov. Larry Hogan, with the support of Comptroller Peter Franchot, issued an executive order in 2016 that required schools to start after Labor Day and end before June 15. He heralded the move as a boon for tourist destinations in the state, like Ocean City, and said it “will help protect the traditional end of summer.”

Earlier this year, however, the Maryland General Assembly put an end to that, passing a bill to return the power of start dates to the individual school boards. Hogan vetoed the measure, but legislators overrode it.

Notre Dame Prep Seniors Reflect on Four Memorable Years

Notre Dame Prep Seniors 2019
NDP Senior Ashley Nwafor

It’s a late spring afternoon at Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) in Towson, and there’s a palpable buzz in the air. And no wonder. The school’s seniors are winding down the final days of their high school career. They’re fretting about AP exams, putting final touches on end-of-the-year projects, getting excited about the upcoming prom and, of course, graduation. Then they’ll be on to the next phase of their academic lives.

But first, a few graduating seniors—Ashley Nwafor, Olivia Meyers, and Suzie Albornoz—take the time to reflect on their four years of high school at NDP. At once reflective and giddy with memories, they discuss how their high school experience has shaped them into the young women they are today, and the multiple ways it’s prepared them for what lies ahead.

Hot temperatures, faulty AC prompt early dismissals at two city charter schools

Monarch Academy in Northeast Baltimore. Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr.

It’s school-infrastructure-vulnerability season once again, when extreme temperatures and shaky HVAC equipment leave schools vulnerable to closure and send the kids home early.