Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Roland Park Country School’s yearbook has been named a 2016 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence winner for the second year in a row – a very rare feat!
If you have school-aged children, you may have noticed that this generation is learning about our environment differently than their predecessors. Environmental studies, or “ecology” to some, isn’t just a science elective class anymore. With twenty percent of schools certified as Green Schools, Maryland is a leader in integrating environment studies into all grade levels and curricula. Located in Baltimore, Roland Park Country School’s “Peace on Earthbench” is an A+ example of how Maryland’s next generation is learning about our planet. That’s good, because they’ll be saving it.
RPCS Alum Elisabeth Dahl’s first novel, Genie Wishes (ABRAMS/Amulet), which was released Tuesday, tells the story of fifth grader Genie Haddock Kunkle, whose name, she herself acknowledges, sounds like “some weird instrument you’d only see in music class.” Targeting readers ages 8-12, the readable book tracks a year of both difficult and charming change for class blogger Genie and her private school peers. I read the graceful novel in two absorbed sittings, laughed, fought a lump in my throat, and forgot my grownup status for several welcome stretches.