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A Hollywood-via-Baltimore Story



If you’ve got a good half-hour to spare this Thursday morning, I recommend checking out “A Hollywood Ending,” Maccabee Montandon’s story of two Baltimore brothers (and Park School graduates) who moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s with hopes of — you guessed it — making it in Hollywood. Needless to say, things didn’t turn out as planned.

May 1: Take a First Look at Park School


Park School

catch of the day fish (2)Imagine this: a school setting that has as one of its core values, “an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers.” Wow. And if it sounds ambitious (or even overly optimistic), you can add to your mental picture that this school has been nurturing and educating young people in this way for 100 years. That’s right—this progressive and thoughtful educational philosophy has been at work here in our own backyard for an entire century. Clearly, this philosophy works. Guided by the educational philosophy of John Dewey, the school offers non-sectarian learning with integrated experiences in athletics, the arts, and civic engagement. On Friday, May 1st, from 8:45-10:30am,  interested parents are invited to “take a first look” to discover the remarkable teaching and learning that is distinctive to a Park education.

Q&A with Newbery Award Winner and Park School Librarian Laura Amy Schlitz

Laura Amy Schlitz signs her latest novel for a Park School student. Credit: Park School of Baltimore.
Laura Amy Schlitz signs her latest novel for a Park School student. Credit: Park School of Baltimore.

Park School librarian Laura Amy Schlitz doesn’t only read books to students. She also tells them stories that she makes up. Some of them she writes down. Not only have several of these been published; two have been honored by the Newbery Committee, which bestows the most esteemed recognition to U.S. children’s authors. In 2008, the 57-year-old lifelong Baltimore resident was awarded the Newbery Medal for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, a series of monologues about life in a 13th century English village as told by the village’s children. Just last week, Schlitz learned that her latest book, the gothic novel Splendors and Glooms, was one of three books to earn the title of 2013 Newbery Honor by the American Library Association.