KIBIR, a junior at McDonogh, has immersed herself in the life of the upper school as a violinist in the strings orchestra, a participant in the school plays, and a member of the Comic Book Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She reflects on what makes her school so special, including Roots Farm, where she enjoys spending time.

Which two adjectives best describe your school?

One word would be supportive. I can’t count how many times teachers and administrators have reminded us that we can always reach out to them if we need any support either academically or personally.  The second word is hardworking. This describes both the faculty and the students. The teachers use different teaching strategies and ask us for feedback so they can make sure that we are all learning fully. When it comes to the students, I believe that every one of us has at least one thing that we are passionate about in school that we work hard to grow in.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Any place where I can see a lot of nature is a great place on campus for me. There are fields at school that are nice to look at during certain times of the day. The Roots Farm is a great place to see different plants being grown, and it is very calming there. Even the woods are fun to walk in when you are with your friends.

Who is your favorite teacher?

Honestly, it’s really difficult to choose just one teacher to be my favorite. Sometimes, I think a certain teacher is my favorite because of a certain quality, but then I think of how another teacher is great in a different area. Every year when I move up to the next grade, I find another teacher that makes my school year great, so, in the end, there are way too many to choose from. That’s one of the good things about McDonogh teachers.

What do you think distinguishes your school from the other independent schools?

I think that the respect that McDonogh has for tradition as well as the school’s willingness to try new events and organizations to grow is really noticeable. There are days that we spend time honoring holidays with our traditions. A lot of time, there are clubs and discussions held to talk about current events so that we can become more aware as a community and move forward, too. These two things complement each other well.

Fifth grader JAKE is passionate about robotics, engineering, and inventing new creations and has participated in after-school programs in chess, battle bots and robotics. He also enjoys cooking, volleyball, tennis, basketball, swimming, biking and ping-pong.

As a first-generation American, he especially appreciates other cultures and their traditions and loves sharing his school spirit with his family and friends.

Which two adjectives best describe your school?

The two adjectives that best describe McDonogh are generous and unique.  Our school community is generous in helping those in need. Hosting food drives and donating blankets to cancer patients come to mind, but there are many examples. I use the word unique because McDonogh offers a custom curriculum and a huge variety of afterschool programs. In fourth grade, the Passion Project allowed me to explore and better understand what I am truly passionate about.

What makes you feel proud to be a student at your school?

I am proud to be a student at McDonogh because my teachers help me identify, share, and reach my goals. McDonogh also gives me endless opportunities to express myself.

What is the greatest lesson from your school you will take away with you?

The greatest lesson I have learned from McDonogh that I will keep and remember for the rest of my life is “the golden rule” of treating others how you want to be treated. This simple lesson can help stop arguments before they happen and build new friendships.

What do you think distinguishes your school from the other independent school

I believe that the time and effort every teacher devotes to each individual child distinguishes McDonogh from other schools.  When you are a student at McDonogh, teachers get to know the real you and your entire family.  They guide you in the right direction without forcing you to make certain decisions.  There is always freedom of choice with support and guidance. To me, McDonogh is a FAMILY and not just a school.

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