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Student Perspectives: Student athletes and the Coronavirus

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For High School seniors bound for college, the Coronavirus pandemic hit at a pivotal time in their lives. Izzy Marsh, a senior at the McDonogh School, wishes she had one more day to say goodbye to her “second home” of thirteen years.

Distance Learning Brings RPCS Community Closer Together

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When Maryland schools closed in mid-March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Roland Park Country School community quickly rose to the challenge of adapting to distance learning and has embraced the new virtual environment. Throughout the spring, teachers, students and their families in grades K-12 have been flexible, resilient and creative, while continuing to engage in rigorous learning from home.

Embracing the New Normal
“Overall, the distance learning program has been great, and our spirited community here at RPCS never fails to make the best out of any situation, “ said ninth grader Sofia Mollica. Instead of feeling confined to the digital realm, students are embracing this learning model and finding new ways to take intellectual risks and grow. “It’s been a profoundly exciting way to see the power of technology and its ability to connect,” said Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Upper School English teacher. This spring, her seniors used their distance learning to experiment and create unique final assessment projects that apply literary devices and critical lenses they studied all year, including a podcast exploring motherhood in literature, an interview series about modern feminism and family constellations, and a video project examining white privilege through poetry. “Distance learning has been going well because, ultimately, I teach such wonderful students,” said Lindsay. “They are deeply dedicated to their work, and while the formatting has changed, that dedication has never wavered.”

The Park School of Baltimore Hosts “Take a First Look” – a Virtual Spring Admission Event

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The Park School of Baltimore
A Virtual Spring Admission Event
Friday, May 1, 2020 | 9–9:30 AM or 7-7:30 PM

In this Zoom event, speak directly to a Divisional Principal and learn about Park’s educational philosophy, mission, student-centered programming, inspiring faculty, and how excellence is the natural outcome.

St. Paul’s announces interim head of boys’ school

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Dr. Edward Trusty Jr.
Dr. Edward Trusty Jr.

The St. Paul’s School named Dr. Edward Trusty Jr. as the interim head of the School for Boys, president Jeff Huang announced in a letter today.

The private school in Baltimore County started a search committee with the intention of finding a permanent replacement to start in the spring, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic complicated the search, Huang wrote.

Trusty will serve in the interim role for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

The Influencers: Teacher and Administrator Profiles

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The following feature was originally published in our annual Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools. To view the guide in its entirety, click here.

Passionate educators, beloved teachers, and inspiring mentors: Meet the educators leading the way at area independent schools.

Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

R. Brandon Mollett, Head of Middle School
The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

The journey that led Boys’ Latin (BL) Middle School Head Brandon Mollett back to his alma mater began after his graduation from Middlebury College and a stint as a journalist. Nineteen years ago, the 1994 graduate returned to Boys’ Latin, where he has served as an administrator, teacher and coach.

Brandon Mollett, Boys’ Latin

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R. Brandon Mollett, Head of Middle School
The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

The journey that led Boys’ Latin (BL) Middle School Head Brandon Mollett back to his alma mater began after his graduation from Middlebury College and a stint as a journalist. Nineteen years ago, the 1994 graduate returned to Boys’ Latin, where he has served as an administrator, teacher and coach.

What drew you to education?
After college, I pursued my dream of being a writer and worked as a journalist at Inside Lacrosse magazine, eventually serving as managing editor. I had what I thought was my dream job, but something was missing. I was a volunteer lacrosse coach after graduating from college and realized that working with young people always gave me satisfaction. This realization led me back to Boys’ Latin. I stayed connected to my teachers, and, with their encouragement, I took an intern role 19 years ago, and the rest is history.

What do you like about your current school?
I am deeply tied to Boys’ Latin. My dad, my brother, and I are all alums. Every day, I have the privilege to work with, to learn from, and to mentor middle school boys. What I value most about Boys’ Latin is that the well-being of the individual student, family, and faculty always comes first.

What do you hope to achieve in your role?
My goal is for each student to have an experience at Boys’ Latin in which he feels valued, cared for and confident. To create an environment where boys challenge themselves academically and personally — safe in the knowledge that they are supported by their teachers and classmates.

College Counseling at Beth Tfiloh

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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.

Every student’s educational journey culminates in an individualized college guidance program. Each year, our college guidance program has successfully placed 100 percent of our seniors who have applied to four-year universities and colleges, as well as gap-year programs.

The process begins with informational class meetings in both freshman and sophomore year, continuing throughout junior and senior years with individualized family meetings and student conferences. College counselors help students assess their interests, goals, and achievements as they explore opportunities at a vast array of colleges. These partnerships provide comprehensive advising and advocacy for each student, and the results are exceptional: acceptances to 64 colleges and universities, each one selected for being the right fit for each student’s needs.

The Biomedical Program at The Catholic High School

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Students at The Catholic High School of Baltimore have the unique opportunity to explore the vibrant worlds of science and medicine. The school’s unique four-year Biomedical Program challenges students through a combination of intense course work, research and lab experimentation, field experiences, and highly qualified guest speakers. Learning also takes place outside the classroom, as students often participate in programs such as the National Institute of Health Summer Internship Program. Catholic High is the only high school in the area to offer coursework in epidemiology, biotechnology and bioethics. Angela Baumler, Director of Enrollment, explains how being introduced to the biomedical field in high school provides an early mastery of this coursework. “The program provides an early introduction and exposure to the growing fields of science and health care,” she says. “Students are finding the program covers coursework they encounter in college in degree programs such as nursing.”

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.

University Partnership at Friends School

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Josh Carlin, director of Friends School University Partnership Program

For more than 200 years, Friends School has pioneered innovative teaching in Baltimore. The University Partnership Program, Friends’ initiative to provide students with hands-on college research experience, is the longest-running program of its kind in the Baltimore area. The program connects students and teachers with thought leaders from colleges and research institutions across the country.

At Friends School, students don’t have to wait until they graduate to work with collegiate-level researchers. From neuroscience to the arts, Friends School students have the opportunity to research topic areas they’re passionate about and apply skills learned in the classroom to real-life situations.

At Friends School, students are challenged to find meaning in what they learn and encouraged to continually ask why. Friends is committed to helping students discover and become the person they are meant to be and believes the experience a student has on the way to their future determines the path they will follow on the road to success. At Friends School of Baltimore, the journey matters.

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