October 14: Free Educational Forum presented by Gilman, Bryn Mawr and Roland Park Country Schools
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In her second week into the new school year, Sue Sadler seems upbeat and at-ease. Her official start as the new head at the Bryn Mawr School was July 1, and she’s spent the past few months settling-in at Bryn Mawr and in Baltimore. She’s eager and ready to lead.
For teenagers who’ve had the luxury of sleeping in all summer, transitioning to the early-morning school day can be, well, a rude awakening. But for students at three area high school schools, that blow will be softened by a new schedule modification. When the 2017–2018 school year begins, classes at the upper schools of Gilman, Roland Park Country School and Bryn Mawr will start one hour later—at 9 a.m.—every Wednesday.
Gilman School has 77 reasons to be proud of its Latin program this spring. That’s how many boys and girls earned awards on the 2017 National Latin exam — nearly half of the Bryn Mawr, RPCS and Gilman students to take the exam.
This week, we continue to share select speeches written by seniors from local private schools. The following speech is re-printed with permission from its author, Abigail Mendoza, a senior at Bryn Mawr who is excited to become a proud Terp at the University of Maryland, College Park this fall where she plans to major in Computer Engineering. Abbey, the only Bryn Mawr senior of Filipino descent, writes about what it’s like to be a first generation Filipino-American citizen. – EH
My name is Abigail Mendoza. My first name is Hebrew, my last name is Hispanic, yet I am a first generation Filipino-American. Nineteen years ago, my parents moved to the U.S. to provide better lives for their future family. Although I have only visited my homeland as a baby, my parents and relatives that live in America have exposed me to Filipino culture throughout my lifetime. However, because I grew up here, there are many aspects of the Filipino culture that are just not part of my lifestyle and probably never will be.
For one thing, I can’t speak the main language, Tagalog, to save my life. I know some expressions and I can understand it in conversation, but I cannot speak it fluently. Learning Spanish at school has helped me a lot with Tagalog, since many of the words have similar meanings. And as much as I want to be fluent in the language, it’s nice to know that some Filipinos think I don’t understand what they’re saying, when I actually do. Over the years, being able to at least understand Tagalog has proven to be my secret weapon.
Bryn Mawr’s Carey Quadrangle looks like the perfect oasis for sitting under a tree and losing oneself in a good book, or even a textbook. That’s probably what M. Carey Thomas, one of the founders of the Bryn Mawr School, would have thought had she been alive to witness the quadrangle as it was dedicated to the Carey Family and the W.P. Carey Foundation on May 8, 2013.
Thomas, a nineteenth century pioneer in women’s education, believed that girls deserved the same educational opportunities as boys. Though the abundance of all-girls’ schools in Baltimore today makes it hard to imagine, Thomas’s view was fairly radical for her day. Her vision helped found Bryn Mawr, the first college-preparatory school for girls in Baltimore, in 1885.
Just as Bryn Mawr continues to educate girls in the same spirit upon which it was founded by Thomas and others, The Carey family has sustained its support of the school. Four generations of Carey women attended Bryn Mawr. Recently, the W.P. Carey Foundation bestowed a $1.5 million gift to Bryn Mawr’s endowment.
“The Carey Family influence on Bryn Mawr has been truly exceptional,” said Headmistress Maureen E. Walsh in a press release. “Beginning with M. Carey Thomas, the Carey Family has consistently shown their generosity and dedication to Bryn Mawr and to our mission of educating girls. We are proud to name the Carey Quadrangle in honor of their remarkable contributions.”