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Roland Park Country School Gifted $1.75 Million to Support STEAM/STEM Education

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Alumna gift will establish three separate endowments at the all-girls school

Roland Park Country School (RPCS) has received a $1,750,000 pledge from alumna Holliday “Holly” Cross Heine, 1962 and her husband John “Jack” C. Heine of Santa Barbara, California. The pledge will be split to create three separate endowments that will fund in perpetuity a new K-8 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Director role, the existing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Director role and the School’s signature STEM Institute.

“I am profoundly grateful to Holly and Jack for their generosity and enthusiastic support of our comprehensive STEM and STEAM curricula, which span every grade level and department,” said Caroline Blatti, Head of School. “I am also so honored that as an alumna who has built such a successful career in this field, Holly shares our purpose of intentionally harnessing our students’ boundless imaginations and curiosity to give them the confidence, knowledge and tools they need to build a solid foundation and deep understanding of these concepts.”

The Rollout of R.E.D. Block at Roland Park Country School

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New RPCS Curriculum Offers Students Toolkit to Effect Change

How is leadership learned? At Roland Park Country School, our teachers and administrators strive to show our students what leadership looks like and the paths they can take to get there through integrity, courage and character. But we also recognize the worth of real world experiences.

To help empower students in grades 9-11 to find their voices, lead for the greater good and put their learnings into practice, Roland Park Country School recently rolled out a new program called R.E.D. (Reflect. Explore. Do.) Block. R.E.D. Block is the central strand of the RPCS Leadership and Entrepreneurship Institute, which equips our Upper School students with robust offerings designed to embolden them to create positive change in the world and help them consider, with their numerous strengths, what kind of difference they intend to make, and how they might begin to make their ideas into realities.

In R.E.D. Block, every student is involved in activities that require deep-thinking, exploration and creative problem solving to foster resilience, promote healthy risk-taking, nourish passions and curiosity, and promote purposefulness.

“We are always looking for intentional and meaningful ways to encourage our next generation of women leaders,” said Caroline Blatti, Head of School. “R.E.D. Block shows our students what is possible and how their actions can truly change the world.”

Roland Park Country School is Making Space for Wellness

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At Roland Park Country School, we want our students to live healthy and balanced lives; in fact, it’s one of our core values. This starts with an academic program that challenges and engages our girls, while allowing them to be children and teenagers. But wellness goes beyond the student workload and through intentional programming at every grade level, student-led initiatives, and resources for parents and guardians, we make sure that every student has a strong social-emotional support system to help them be healthy and well.

To support this effort, a new wellness suite was recently constructed on the RPCS campus, with offices for several members of the Student Services team, including the Director of Counseling, counselors at each division level,  and the counseling intern, as well as the Director of Leadership and Entrepreneurship. The inviting offices are spacious enough for the counselors to hold classes, but are also comfortable for private meetings with students. Student artwork decorates the suite and a mindfulness wall in the cheery hallway displays several take-one cards for students, offering tips on wellness topics including desk stretches and breathing techniques. Slips are also available in the wellness suite for students to confidentially request one-on-one meetings with a counselor. “This is a space that students can access at all times,” said Makeda King-Smith, Upper School Counselor. “It’s so important to help students with stress and anxiety as early as we can.”

New Lower School STEAM Hub Encourages Creative Collaboration

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Earlier this fall, Roland Park Country School unveiled several exciting new spaces on campus, including a recently constructed cheery and light-filled Lower School STEAM Hub. This redesigned space is adjacent to the Killebrew Library and connects the Junior Innovation Space with the new Lower School art room to fulfill Roland Park Country School’s vision of purposefully integrating each of the components of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) into the school curriculum for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We are focusing on every content area to pair with design challenges and projects that have a real purpose to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom in a creative and meaningful way,” said Joe LePain, the Director of Information and Innovation at Roland Park Country School.

Baltimore Private School Alumni Planning Anti-Racism Rally Tomorrow in Roland Park

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Image via Roland Park Civic League

Just over a week after their high school alma maters were caught up in an ugly controversy involving racism-tinged Halloween photos, alumni from North Baltimore private schools are planning an anti-racism rally tomorrow morning on Roland Avenue.

You’re Invited to the 2017 Educational Forum Hosted by Gilman, Roland Park Country School and Bryn Mawr School

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Please join Gilman, Roland Park Country School and Bryn Mawr School for the 2017 Educational Forum. The event is taking place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9AM-4PM at Gilman.

The Baltimore Fishbowl Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools is Here

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Baltimore Fishbowl Second Annual Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools has arrived.

High Schoolers Hit Snooze Button This School Year

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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 Latin Students Bring Home Gold

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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.

Whodunit? Find Out at Curtains, May 4-7: Gilman’s Spring Musical Opens Tonight!

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Singing! Dancing! A stellar cast of Bryn Mawr, Gilman and RPCS performers! Music & lyrics by the team behind Chicago and Cabaret! And a few murders.

Buy tickets online. Tickets at the door are subject to availability.

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