Jean Waller Brune, Head of Roland Park Country School, is pleased to announce that seniors Eva Frankel and Lexi Wolfe have been named Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
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"My now-deceased father was a journalist, editor and founder of a weekly newspaper, the Richmond Free Press in Virginia. He definitely influenced me to see journalism as a powerful tool. His tool was his pen, and I found mine to be my camera. He exposed me to various photographers from a young age with the tear sheets he would share from newspapers and books. He made a point to tell me about black photographers like Gordon Parks. I saw how he documented various people going through hardships, but always capturing them with extreme dignity. This intrigued me. I am still intrigued. I am still trying to shine light on the people I photograph. I keep going, because there is always going to be another story or issue to connect with."
Award- winning journalist and author Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds will be the keynote speaker when Roland Park Country School honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an All-School Convocation on Thursday, January 14th at 10:30am
Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds is an who has appeared on such major television shows as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Politically Incorrect, C-Span, and CNN. For a decade she was heard on XM satellite radio and WOL-AM on her own signature show called, Reynolds Rap. She is also the 2015 Mother of the Year for the District of Columbia, an honor bestowed on her by American Mothers, Inc.Dr. Reynolds has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and writer with some of the major media institutions in America such as Ebony, Essence, and The Chicago Tribune. In addition, she was a Founding Start-Up Editor with USA Today where she was an editorial board member and columnist for more than 13 years. Dr. Reynolds has recently completed the memoirs of Coretta Scott King which will be published in 2017.Dr. Reynolds is an educator. She has held the Jessie Ball Dupont Chair in Journalism at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA and was a Freedom Forum Scholar for the 1997 school year in journalism at Florida A&M University and has taught Contemporary Issues: The role of Faith and Spirituality in American Journalism and Mass Media at the Howard University School of Communications. In 2009, Dr. Reynolds was honored as a Visiting Scholar at Central State University for the Fall Semester, where she directed the Honors Program, lectured and instituted the Talented American Griots project which matched scholars and journalists with students. Dr. Reynolds was also listed in the 2010 inaugural issue of Who’s Who in Black Washington.Born in Columbus, OH, she received her BA in journalism from The Ohio State University, her master’s from Howard University School of Divinity and her Doctorate in Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. She has been awarded honorary doctorates in humane letters from Shenandoah University and her alma mater, Ohio State University.Dr. Reynolds has preached in many churches and for many denominations across the United States. In 1997, she became one of the first African American female minister asked to serve as Chaplain of the Week at Chautauqua Institution, a Christian resort center where presidents from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton have vacationed. In 2005, she was the speaker for the 89th Annual Convocation of the Howard University School of Divinity.Dr. Reynolds has written five books and is the recipient of many honors to include: the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, the 1999 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Outstanding Life Time Achievement Award from the Columbia University (Missouri) School of Journalism. In 1976 she became one of the first African-American women to receive a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University where she studied constitutional law.
RPCS has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by The Baltimore Sun Media Group for the fourth consecutive year. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. A number of aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection.
Jean Waller Brune, said, “We were excited not only to be honored as a Top Workplace among those with 150-399 employees, but also to win a special award out of all 100 workplaces honored (from 1200 surveyed) for having Clued-In Senior Management. I am so humbled by this award and I am so proud to be a part of the REDS team!”
RPCS received the special award as a result of employee comments in the survey that included: • Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company. • I feel valued, challenged and part of a respectful and unified community. • It is often challenging – which I enjoy – and I am given the tools I need to address those challenges and turn them into successes. “The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”
RPCS is proud to be recognized in this way and deeply grateful to its employee group for making the School a top workplace.
Carol Hatton, Director of Athletics at Roland Park Country School is pleased to announce that six seniors signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an institution in which the institution agrees to provide a prospective student-athlete who is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules athletics aid for one academic year in exchange for the prospect's agreement to attend the institution for one academic year.
Jaia Alexander - Clemson University, basketballTori Gray - Long Island University Brooklyn, lacrosseAnna Hauser - University of Virginia, lacrosseRyan Holder - University of Massachusetts, basketballMeghan Quinn - University of Richmond, lacrosseAndi Weinberg - Queens University of Charlotte, field hockey
The RPCS Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Caroline Blatti to succeed Jean Waller Brune upon her retirement at the end of the 2015–2016 academic year. Following an extensive search that attracted top candidates from all over the United States, we narrowed our search to several finalists in October, then appointed Caroline to be the seventh Head of School in our history.
With her commitment to innovation and single sex education, her tremendous energy, her enthusiasm for creating a dynamic learning environment and her superb communication skills, Caroline stood out in a field of truly exceptional candidates. We are so pleased that she has agreed to lead the School into a very bright and exciting future. Many of you were able to meet her and her husband Stephan during their visit to our campus in mid October, and we will offer additional opportunities to get to know her better in the coming year. We also will hold a number of events to celebrate Jean’s 24 years of unparalleled stewardship of our School.
Caroline currently serves as Upper School Head at the Hutchison School in Memphis, TN, where she supervises more than 40 personnel in a highly regarded independent day school for girls that has over 900 students. Passionate about bringing her skills in leadership development to our School, she is committed to upholding four principles – exploration, vision, voice and balance – that are core to her leadership style. She values collaboration, is deeply inquisitive, and continually seeks to foster leadership, creativity and problem solving skills in her students. Under her leadership as the Upper School Division Head, Caroline was responsible for conducting all teaching and learning evaluations and professional growth plans for all Upper School faculty, implementing a new Science Research Fellows Program, facilitating the growth an of all-school service learning program (Hutchison Serves), and collaborating to add an on-line digital media strand and new courses in Debate, Civics and Computer Science. Prior to becoming the Upper School Head, Caroline was the founding Director of Hutchison Leads, where she was responsible for the design, implementation, and assessment of a nationally recognized girls’ leadership program. She also has more than a decade of teaching experience.
Caroline holds an MA from University College London and a BA from Princeton University, where she was also a multi-sport athlete.
Active in shaping educational trends as a member of numerous independent school and leadership associations, Caroline was a Fellow at the Peabody Professional Institute on Independent School Leadership at Vanderbilt University, and a Gardner Carney Leadership Institute Scholar and a Memphis Leadership Academy Fellow.
In her latest book, The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, New York Times bestseller Frances. E. Jensen draws upon her research and clinical experience, as well as her role as the mother of two boys. The book offers a revolutionary new look at the science of the adolescent brain, providing insights and practical advice for both parents and teenagers. Driven by the assumption that brain growth was nearly complete by the time a child began Kindergarten, scientists believed for years that the adolescent brain was essentially an adult brain. Over the last decade, however, the scientific community has learned that important stages of brain development occur during the teenage years. Connecting summary and analysis of research data with anecdotes gained from her years as a parent, clinician and public speaker, Dr.Jensen explores adolescent brain functioning and development in the contexts of learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision-making. Through the generosity of the late Charles Crane, a Baltimore businessman and philanthropist, an endowment was established at Roland Park Country School in 1993. This fund was created in loving memory of Mr. Crane’s mother, Sarah Crane Cohen, a warm and compassionate woman who possessed a genuine fondness for all people. The Sarah Crane Cohen Visiting Scholar in the Humanities endowment brings a distinguished educator to campus each year. This event is free and open to the public
Jean Waller Brune, Head of Roland Park Country School, is pleased to announce that seniors Eva Frankel and Alexa Wolfe have been named Semifinalists and Katherine Jackson, Molly O’Hern, Meghan Quinn and Megan Schaller have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The goal of the National Merit program is to focus public attention on one of the country’s most valuable resources – our academically talented students. These seniors will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7400 National Merit Scholarships offered in the spring.The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarship. These awards have been given to high school students since 1955. The privately funded competition selects winners based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. Last year 1.5 million students in 22,000 U.S. high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship Program competition as juniors by taking the PSAT’s.
The Robinson Health Colloquium featuring Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair and will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 7:30pm in the Sinex Theater. There will also be a coffee on October 9, beginning at 7:45am in the Faissler Library. All are welcomed to attend one or both of these presentations.The evening event will target parents of students in Grades 7-12 and the coffee will be for parents of students in K-Grade 6.
In her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which technology and media change how children learn and grow, and shows parents how to balance the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of development. A leading expert specializing in child development, education, family relationships, and workplace/family balance, she speaks and consults on a wide range of topics, including social and emotional literacy, nourishing healthy relationships in the digital age, and developing a thoughtful approach to technology in school and life.Generously funded by former RPCS Trustee and past parent James G. Robinson, who believes that parents must be fully engaged in the lives of their daughters, the Robinson Health Colloquium focuses annually on a health-related topic of importance to girls and their parents.
As part of her 11th Grade STEM Research Internship, Blaire worked last summer at Kaufman Products investigating cement formulas. She received the American Cement Institute Excellence in Concrete Award for her work in May. This was the first time an ACI Excellence in Concrete Award has ever been given to a high school student.
The President of ACI, Henry Perringer was so impressed with Blaire's work that they have named the excellence award the Miran Award of Excellence and Blaire will have the opportunity to return to the Engineers Club next year to present this award.
Congratulations to RPCS Softball who defended their IAAM C Conference Championship today! They showed a resilient spirit rallying from a 15-2 deficit to defeat St. John's Catholic Prep 16-15 in 7 innings. Way to go REDS!
Mary Beech, an alumna from the Roland Park Country School class of 1990, will give the Commencement address on June 9. Mary joined kate spade new york in January 2013 and is currently Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Kate Spade & Company. In her role, she is responsible for providing leadership and direction on all marketing and brand creative strategies across the Company. Mary’s primary focus is to lead and oversee all marketing, creative, advertising, and visual merchandising for the kate spade new york brand. She also provides strategic support to the Jack Spade brand marketing and creative team. In addition, she is accountable for leading and running the global licensing, new business development, communications, public relations and corporate responsibility function for all three brands.Mary began her career at Ann Taylor in marketing, and then spent several years at Ralph Lauren establishing and leading the marketing function for retail, including the launch of Polo Jeans Company and the Lauren by Ralph Lauren line. In 2001, Mary joined Disney/Pixar in Los Angeles to lead marketing in the consumer products division, specifically filmed entertainment and the Disney Princess and girls franchise business. In 2006, she was appointed Vice President/General Manager – Animation Consumer Products leading all marketing and licensed category performance for Disney and Pixar Filmed Entertainment. Most recently, Mary was the Senior Vice President, Global Licensing and Franchise Marketing for Disney and Pixar Animation Properties, leading a global licensing, creative, marketing and product development team.
Mary resides in Brooklyn with her husband Curt and two daughters.
Dr. Alex Kor will speak at the annual Holocaust Day of Remembrance on April 29. He is the son of two Holocaust survivors. His mother, Eva Mozes Kor, was born in 1934 in the tiny village of Portz, Romania. She was one of four daughters and also a twin. When twins Eva and Miriam were six, their village was occupied by a Hungarian Nazi armed guard and in 1944, after four years' occupation, the family was transported to the regional ghetto in Simleu Silvaniei. Just a few weeks later, they were packed into a cattle car and transported to the Auschwitz death camp. After 70 hours without food or water, Eva and her family emerged onto the selection platform at Auschwitz. Eva soon realized her father and two older sisters were gone. She never saw them again. Soon after, the twins were forcibly taken from their mother, whom they also never saw again. Eva and Miriam became part of a group of children used as human guinea pigs in genetic experiments under the direction of Dr. Josef Mengele. Eva became deathly ill, but through sheer determination, she stayed alive and helped her twin sister Miriam survive.
Dr. Kor considers being the son of survivors a positive legacy to embrace. He is on the board of a second generation group and has traveled with his mother to Auschwitz more than 10 times and also accompanied his mother to South Africa in 2007 when she lectured with Desmond Tutu. Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, where his mother still resides Dr. Kor has a B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University and a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Purdue University. He received his D.P.M. from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. In 1990, Dr. Kor completed a Podiatric Surgical Residency at Westside V.A. Medical Center— University of Illinois in Chicago. He has practiced podiatry for nearly 25 years & has been at Johns Hopkins Bayview since March of 2012. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. An avid tennis player, he currently has a top 50 ranking in the country in the USA (in his age group) and has won medals at the Maccabiah Games (in Israel) on several occasions.
Jean Waller Brune, Head of Roland Park Country School, President of the Roland Park Country School Chapter of Cum Laude and District IV Cum Laude Regent is pleased to announce that seventeen students in the Senior and Junior classes were inducted into the School’s Cum Laude Chapter on April 22, 2015 marking the 51st Anniversary of Cum Laude at RPCS. Delivering the Margareta A. Faissler Lecture at the induction was Cum Laude member, alumna and Upper School English teacher Mirande Bissell, 1990. Dr. Abram W. Harris, Director of the Tome School in Port Deposit, Maryland, founded the Cum Laude Society in 1906 to honor scholarship in secondary schools. It was originally founded as Alpha Delta Tau: Alpha representing Arete/Excellence; Delta representing Dike/Justice and Tau representing Time/Honor. In 1916, the name was changed to Cum Laude (with honor/praise) and incorporated under the laws of the state of Maryland. Since Dr. Harris and his associates believed that chapters should be established only in schools of superior academic quality, the group moved slowly in granting new chapters. In 1963, Roland Park Country School became the first girls’ school in Maryland to establish a chapter of the Cum Laude Society.
The Motto of the Society stresses excellence, justice and honor in the broadest sense and students who are elected have demonstrated good character, honor and integrity in all aspects of their school life. In addition to students’ academic achievement other factors for membership include: rigorous academic progress, intellectual curiosity, love of learning and the desire to seek academic challenge.
Head of School Jean Waller Brune awarded certificates to the students with the following Cum Laude Charge:
The distinguished record you have made at RPCS has won for you membership in the Cum Laude Society. This Society is a fellowship of scholars whose purpose is to recognize excellence in academic work. As you pursue your education, it is our hope that you will accept the honor of membership in this Society as a responsibility to make some contribution to the ongoing search for greater understanding of humans and society.
The following seniors were inducted:Alexandra Cirelli Lindsey Edwards Regan Gore Alexandra Hough Madeline Kim Emma McCormackAlexandria MintzCaroline PateArmella PoggiThe following juniors were inducted:Taylor Lynne Brewer Alexandra Cohen Honora Feinberg Eva Frankel Meghan Quinn Emma UbriacoAlexa WolfeCasey Wong
These seniors were inducted last year as juniors:Cameron BellRebecca BlackstoneBrittany DayIrina KolesnikGrace LariaSusan RadovEmily SongCaroline Tucker
RPCS is excited to share the news that our 8th Grade Team of Taja Washington, Casey Feinstein, Adele Spencer and Gabrielle Emge, known as the The Great Angelic Crew, are the MD state winner in the 13th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).
eCYBERMISSION, sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based STEM competition designed to help build students’ interest and knowledge in STEM. Students in grades six through nine are challenged with developing a solution to a real-world problem in their local community.
The Great Angelic Crew worked together with team advisor Elisha James on National Security and Safety. The method they used was Scientific Inquiry using Scientific Practices. The problem they tackled was the effect of sleep deprivation on teenage girls. In their own words:
The problem in our community that our team tried to solve was the effect of sleep deprivation on teenage girls. This problem is important to our community because we attend an all-girls school. As we advance in school, we have observed ourselves losing sleep because of trying to balance homework responsibilities, sports and extra-curricular activities. Sleep deprivation can not only have negative effects on the performance of girls in school, but it is a known fact that the less sleep someone gets, the more prone to illness he/she is. It is very important to stay healthy as growing teenage girls, thus we conducted this experiment so girls can be aware of how their sleep habits could change their everyday life.
Through the eCYBERMISSION website, they created a mission folder—the official write-up of their project— which requires students to work through all steps of scientific practices before submitting to be evaluated and scored by a panel of judges. In the next round of the STEM competition, regional winners will be determined by a panel of judges who evaluate the top three teams from each region in each grade level. Sixty teams will compete for the honor of moving on to the National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE) in June.
About Army Educational Outreach Program The AEOP Cooperative Agreement was formed by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and includes Virginia Tech as the lead organization, the Academy of Applied Science, American Society for Engineering Education, the Technology Student Association, the University of New Hampshire and NSTA. AEOP is charged with addressing national needs for a STEM literate citizenry through a portfolio of educational opportunities which includes unique experiences, competitions, and high school internships that aim to spark an interest in STEM and encourage participants to pursue college and careers in STEM fields. The Army is committed to increasing the STEM talent pool in order to ensure our national security and global competitiveness. For more information on AEOP, visit www.usaeop.com.
About RDECOMRDECOM has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. It is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it. For more information on RDECOM, visit www.army.mil/rdecom.
About NSTAThe Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
Lacrosse never seems to be far from the mind of Roland Park standout Francesca Whitehurst. The senior midfielder even unwinds after games by throwing the ball around on a field at nearby Boys' Latin, a short walk from her home.Click to read the complete profile.
Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that the RPCS yearbook program has been named a 2015 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.
Roland Park Country School’s award winning yearbook program is led by Editors Libby Kluttz, Mary Bryan Owen and Olivia Stevens under the direction of Sarah Cody, Assistant Director of Communication and yearbook adviser.
Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall for yearbooks delivered during the school year. The Award was presented to the RPCS yearbook program for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.
“Yearbooks connect students’ hearts and minds to the school story, school year experiences, and the community to memorialize moments that matter. Jostens is proud to recognize yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks that tell the story of their school communities,” said Murad Velani, chief operating officer, Jostens. "We understand that a great yearbook program does not just happen, and we are dedicated to helping schools, yearbook advisers and students to strengthen their programs by providing state of the art tools, resources and best practices that support the development and creation of award-winning yearbooks.”
Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop 21st century skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the school year. Jostens invests in state of the art technology, best in class service, educational curriculum and award winning print manufacturing platforms to plan, design, build and produce yearbooks.
Casey Wong, a junior at Roland Park Country School, has added another 2015 national championship to her win in the US Squash Junior closed singles girls under 17 championship. Wong won the girls under 19 junior doubles championships with her partner Caroline Spahr from Boston. They defeated Eleonore Evans, a junior at McDonogh, and Isabel Hirshberg from Philadelphia 15-12, 15-7 and 15-7 to win in three games.
Wong will play in the US Squash national junior girls world team playoffs Saturday April 18 at Meadow Mill to qualify for the team to play in the world championships representing the US later this summer. The playoffs will be held as part of the US Squash junior silver nationals that are being hosted at Meadow Mill April 17-19. ...Read More
Congratulations to Meredith Kuser, 2015 who placed 4th in the Maryland program of the 53rd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium for her oral presentation, Effects of Sleeve Gastrectomy on Glucose Homeostasis and Body Weight of Leptin-Deficient Mice. As one of the Top 5 winners, Meredith will represent the state of Maryland at the national event in early May. This the second time Meredith has had an oral presentation accepted for presentation at the Maryland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium; it is her first win.About the JSHS The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation.On behalf of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Academy of Applied Science is pleased to announce the 53rd National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, scheduled April 29-May 2, Hunt Valley, Maryland. The National JSHS will bring together 230 high school students who qualify for attendance by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide. Approximately 140 adult leaders, high school teachers, university faculty, ranking military guests, and others attend and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences.
On Thursday, April 30 at 7:30pm, RPCS will welcome author B.A. Shapiro to discuss her award winning novel The Art Forger, a literary thriller about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist that spans three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors.
A highly entertaining literary thriller about fine art and foolish choices. ~Parade magazine
In 2013, The Art Forger won the New England Book Award for Fiction, was named “Must Read” for Massachusetts, and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. It was also named as one of Boston Globe’s Top Mysteries of 2012, and won the 2012 Boston Authors Society Award for Fiction and the 2012 New England Society of New York Award for Fiction. Writing as Barbara Shapiro, B.A. is also the author of five suspense novels The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes as well as the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. She lives in Boston and teaches creative writing at Northeastern University. Note: Books will be available for purchase and signature.About the Healy LectureThe Anne Healy Chair of English Language and Literature is the endowed Faculty Chair created to honor the late Anne Healy, Headmistress of Roland Park Country School from 1950 to 1975. The recipients of the Chair are experienced members of the School faculty who demonstrate a love of the discipline of English, exemplary teaching skills, and a deep concern for the students as individuals. The Chair is awarded annually by the Head of School after consultation with the Board of Trustees. Each year a special day is set aside and a visiting author delivers the Anne Healy Lecture.
Congratulations to David Brock who won the Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Explorer Award from NSTA!
The National Science Teachers Association Honors Top Science Educators From Around the Country with the 2015 Teacher Awards Program
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, announced today the winners of the 2015 NSTA Teacher Awards program, which honors K-12 teachers, principals, professors and other science education professionals for their outstanding work and achievement in science education.
David Brock has been selected by the NSTA Awards and Recognitions Committee as the recipient for the 2015 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Explorer Award sponsored by Bio-Rad whose mission is to provide useful, high-quality products and services that advance scientific discovery and improve healthcare. NSTA reviewed many applications and David’s was selected for its illustration of exemplary science teaching skills. As the Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Explorer Award recipient, David and RPCS will receive $750 in Bio-Rad products, as well as expenses toward his trip to attend the NSTA National Conference in Chicago, IL March 12 – 15, 2015.
Congratulations to Casey Wong, 2016 who won the Girls U.S. Squash National Championship U17 Title. "2013 girls’ U15 national champion, Casey Wong, defeated the 2014 U15 champion, Elle Ruggiero, to win her first U17 national title, and second junior national title. After enduring a narrow five-game semifinal against Helen Teegan, the Baltimore-native controlled the final against Ruggiero 11-3, 11-3, 12-10." [ussquash.com]
This year's CJC Artist-in-Residence is flamenco dancer Alexa Miton. She will be on campus the week of March 2nd working with class levels in all divisions including an in depth study with the Roses.
The CJC Artist-in-Residence Endowment was established in 1998 and endowed by the Caplan Family Foundation, Inc. of Baltimore and Catherine R. Caplan, 1978 of New York in memory of her father, the late Caswell J. Caplan. The endowment provides special programming for the arts at Roland Park Country School on a rotating basis between the performing and visual arts.
Alexa Miton was born in Paris, France and began her dance studies at the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. She moved with her family at age ten to the United States and began her studies in classical ballet again under the Royal Academy of Dancing Syllabus. In 1996, Ms. Miton joined the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where she continued studies in Ballet, Contemporary, and Spanish Regional and Classical. In 1999, she joined the Spanish Dance society in Washington, DC.
In 2001 she moved to Albuquerque to study flamenco under Eva Encinias-Sandoval at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and at the National Conservatory of Flamenco Arts under the instruction of Joaquin Encinias. She soon began performing with the National Institute of Flamenco’s pre-professional company, Alma Flamenca. At UNM, she designed her own program of study under the Bachelor of University Studies Program with an emphasis on Spanish Literature and Flamenco.
In 2004, Ms. Miton participated in Festival Flamenco Internacional’s, Concurso Nacional de Flamenco, judged by some of the world’s most renowned flamenco artists such as La Farruca, Karime Amaya, Teo Morca and El Torombo, and took 3rd place in 2004, 2nd place in 2005 and most recently 3rd place in 2010. She has shared the stage with renowned flamenco artists: Chuscales, Vicente Griego, Mercedes Amaya, Anton Jimenez, and Alfonso “El Veneno” Gabarri.
Recently, Ms. Miton has been featured in works by noted artists: Mercedes Amaya, Carmen La Talegona and Concha Jareno and Alejandro Granados. She is currently a highly sought after and devoted instructor of children and adults at the Conservatory of Flamenco in Albuquerque, and a soloist with Yjastros, The American Flamenco Repertory Company under the artistic direction of Joaquin Encinias. She has also been featured as a soloist with Flamenco Aparacio under the direction of Edwin Aparicio of Washington, D.C.
Jean Waller Brune, Head of Roland Park Country School, is pleased to announce that senior Regan Gore has been named a Finalist in the 2015 Competition for National Merit Scholarships. The goal of the National Merit program is to focus public attention on one of the country’s most valuable resources – our academically talented students. RPCS is very proud of Regan who will now have the opportunity to compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarship awards, worth $32 million, that will be offered this spring.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarship. These awards have been given to high school students since 1955. The privately funded competition selects winners based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. Each year more than 1.3 million students in 21,000 U.S. high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship Program competition as juniors by taking the PSAT’s.
Congratulations to Varsity squash. They won the division II title of the 2015 High School Squash Team Championships for the second time in school history, defeating Hopkins from New Haven, Connecticut 4-3.
Congratulations to Liz Schlerf, 2017 Annabel Keelty, 2016 and Hannah Clemons, 2015. Liz was named a Gold Key winner in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition this fall. She earned this honor for her personal essay “A Crack in the Table” which she composed for Honors English 10. Annabel won an Honorable Mention for "Ocean of Salt" and a Silver Key Award for Computer Blues. Hannah won a Silver Key award in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition this fall for her double exposed photograph “Haunted.”
About the Awards Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community–-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.
The Awards are presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers , whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarship.
Francesca Whitehurst, 2015 was named to the final 18-player roster for the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Lacrosse Team, which will defend gold at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Championship this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The team was selected from a 25-player pool that advanced through a three-day, 100-player tryout in August. The training team competed together in October and, most recently, this past weekend in Naples, Fla., at the US Lacrosse Champions Challenge, where they defeated Stetson University and Rollins College 16-1 and 17-1, respectively.
“This talented group demonstrated incredible mental toughness, unselfishness, hard work and commitment throughout the demanding tryout process,” said Head Coach Kim Simons. “Our coaching staff is looking forward to working with this amazing team of young women as we continue on our journey to win gold in July.”
Team USA will compete for a fifth consecutive world title at the FIL Under-19 World Championship, July 23-Aug. 1 in Scotland. The U.S. has claimed the past four gold medals in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, most recently defeating Australia 14-11 in Hannover, Germany, in July 2011.
The final 18-player roster by position, with high school and graduation year noted:
Brindi Griffin, McDonogh (Md.), 2016 Miranda Ibello, Maryvale Prep (Md.), 2015 Nikki Ortega, Centereach (N.Y.), 2015 Lindsey Ronbeck, Manhasset (N.Y.), 2015
Andie Aldave, McDonogh (Md.), 2017 Tess D’Orsi, St. Mark’s (Mass.), 2016 Olivia Ferrucci, Barron Collier (Fla.), 2015 Jackie Gilbert, Amador Valley (Calif.), 2015 Chloe Jones, Lawrenceville (Pa.), 2017 Kerrigan Miller, Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 2016 Francesca Whitehurst, Roland Park Country (Md.), 2015
Natalie Bulgier, Souderton (Pa.), 2015 Erin Kelly, Clarkstown South (N.Y.), 2015 Sarah Platt, Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 2016 Hannah Proctor, Radnor (Pa.), 2015 Claire Quinn, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 2015
Samantha Giacolone, Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 2015 Mallory Weisse, Westfield (N.J.), 2015
Two alternates were selected to travel with the team to Scotland, and can be added to the active roster in the instance of injury.
Sam Apuzzo, midfield, West Babylon (N.Y.), 2015 Caroline Zaffino, attack, St. Paul’s (N.H.), 2015
Article from www.uslacrosse.org
Senior Taylor Greenbaum is one of a few select Maryland student artists whose artwork is currently appearing in an exhibit at the Walters Art Museum. Taylor’s piece is a photo weaving entitled Woven Sister. The exhibit, which is sponsored by the Maryland Art Education Association, is on display through January 25, 2015. The opening reception is Sunday, January 11 from 3:00-4:30pm.
Director of Athletics Carol Hatton is pleased to announce that 8 seniors (10% of the senior class) signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level:
Landon Warren - Vermont (Field Hockey)Michala Clay - St. Joseph's University, (PA) (Basketball)Lindsey Edwards - High Point (Basketball)Jenna Baverman - Hofstra (Lacrosse)Maddie Boucher - SCAD (Lacrosse)Riley Brager - Monmouth (Lacrosse)Jenna Janes - Vermont (Lacrosse)Francesca Whitehurst - Georgetown (Lacrosse)
Jean Waller Brune, Head of Roland Park Country School is pleased to announce that seniors Anna Cox, Brittany Day, Caroline East, Allie Hough, Grace Laria, Emma McCormick and Susan Radov were named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarship. These awards have been given to high school students since 1955. The privately funded competition selects winners based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.
The goal of the National Merit program is to focus public attention on one of the country’s most valuable resources – our academically talented students. “Recognition of academically talented students and of the key role played by schools in their development is essential to the pursuit of educational excellence in our nation,” stated a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
This year's Robinson Colloquium will feature Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D, Education Director of the Greater Good Science Center, for The Science of a Meaningful Life. It will be held on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30pm in the Faissler Library.
The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: not only does GGSC sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, it helps people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, GGSC has been at the forefront of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life.
Dr. Zakrzewski’s work focuses on how the social-emotional skills of students contribute to their academic success and future ability to become caring members of society. She provides science-based tips for promoting the social and emotional development of students, teachers, and administrators, as well as methods for creating positive school cultures. Vicki also consults with organizations on how to incorporate the science of well-being into their work. Recent collaborations include the Mind and Life Institute (of which she is a fellow) on their Ethics and Education in Students and Teachers project and the Jim Henson Company on a new television show for preschoolers.
A former teacher and school administrator, Vicki spent two months in India—at a school awarded the Peace Education Prize by UNESCO and the Hope of Humanity Award by the Dalai Lama—in order to research their methods for developing teachers’ ability to create caring relationships with students. Vicki received her B.A. from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University.
About the Robinson Health ColloquiumGenerously funded by former RPCS Trustee and past parent James G. Robinson, who believes that parents must be fully engaged in the lives of their daughters, the Robinson Health Colloquium focuses annually on a health-related topic of importance to girls and their parents.
Roland Park Country School volleyball coach Shawn Slater set a goal of jumping up to Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference from the B Conference when he took over the program in 2012. Click here to read the full article.
Jean Waller Brune, Head of Roland Park Country School, is pleased to announce that senior Regan Gore was named a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarship. The privately funded competition selects winners based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. This year more than 1.4 million students in 22,000 U.S. high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship Program competition as juniors by taking the PSAT’s. 16,000 Semi-Finalists were selected and are eligible to continue in the competition for the National Merit Scholarship offered in the spring.
The goal of the National Merit program is to focus public attention on one of the country’s most valuable resources – our academically talented students. “Recognition of academically talented students and of the key role played by schools in their development is essential to the pursuit of educational excellence in our nation,” stated a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Sarah Crane Cohen Visiting Scholar in the Humanities endowed lecture will be held on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30pm in the Sinex Theater. This year’s lecture features Margaret Hu, Assistant Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University whose research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cyber-surveillance, and civil rights. She will discuss her new research related to immigration and discrimination, and specifically focused on database-screening discrimination. More and more government programs rely upon "big data" analytics in an attempt to assess who is unlawfully present and who potentially poses a national security threat. In the last few years, her research has focused on the reliability of these newly emerging technological systems and the potential discriminatory impact of these new programs.
About the Sarah Crane Cohen Visiting Scholar in the Humanities LectureThrough the generosity of the late Charles Crane, a Baltimore businessman and philanthropist, an endowment was established at Roland Park Country School in 1993. This fund was created in loving memory of Mr. Crane’s mother, Sarah Crane Cohen, a warm and compassionate woman who possessed a genuine fondness for all people. The Sarah Crane Cohen Visiting Scholar in the Humanities endowment brings a distinguished educator to campus each year.
RPCS is delighted to welcome Marlyn McGrath, Director of Admissions for Harvard College, to give the Commencement Address on June 10. Marlyn received her AB, AM and PhD degrees from Harvard. Subsequent to positions as Allston Burr Senior Tutor, assistant dean of Harvard College, and assistant dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Academic Planning, she has served since 1987 as Director of Admissions for Harvard College. The dominant theme of her work in Harvard Admissions has been the major effort to expand access to Harvard by talented students from the widest possible range of backgrounds.Her most significant volunteer commitments have been to various secondary schools,including the Winsor School in Boston, where she is an alumna, and has served as President of the Board of Trustees. Marlyn’s two daughters also attended Winsor. In addition Marlyn devotes her time to Belmont Hill School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She also serves as President of the Stella Holt Foundation.
Dr. Rhoda M. Dorsey, HA served on the RPCS Board of Trustee from 1995-2004. Upon her retirement in 2004, "after nine consecutive years of service including two as Board President from 2002-2004, Rhoda was named an Honorary Alumna, (HA) of the School." She was also an Honorary Trustee. Head of School Jean Brune remarked, "Rhoda was an outstanding educator, a wonderful mentor to me, and a great friend of Roland Park Country School who wholeheartedly believed in and supported the schools’ mission. Her advice and counsel in the years following our Centennial were invaluable to me and I will truly miss her thoughtful presence." Her obituary was in the Baltimore Sun.
Jean Waller Brune, Head of Roland Park Country School, President of the Roland Park Country School Chapter of Cum Laude and District IV Cum Laude Regent is pleased to announce that fifteen students in the Senior and Junior classes were inducted into the School’s Cum Laude Chapter on May 1, 2014 marking the 50th Anniversary of Cum Laude at RPCS. Delivering the Margareta A. Faissler Lecture at the induction was Cum Laude member, current parent and alumna Katherine Behrens Crosby, 1990. Dr. Abram W. Harris, Director of the Tome School in Port Deposit, Maryland, founded the Cum Laude Society in 1906 to honor scholarship in secondary schools. It was originally founded as Alpha Delta Tau: Alpha representing Arete/Excellence; Delta representing Dike/Justice and Tau representing Time/Honor. In 1916, the name was changed to Cum Laude (with honor/praise) and incorporated under the laws of the state of Maryland. Since Dr. Harris and his associates believed that chapters should be established only in schools of superior academic quality, the group moved slowly in granting new chapters. In 1963, Roland Park Country School became the first girls’ school in Maryland to establish a chapter of the Cum Laude Society.The Motto of the Society stresses excellence, justice and honor in the broadest sense and students who are elected have demonstrated good character, honor and integrity in all aspects of their school life. In additionto students’ academic achievement other factors for membership include: rigorous academic progress, intellectual curiosity, love of learning and the desire to seek academic challenge.
The distinguished record you have made at RPCS has won for you membership in the CumLaude Society. This Society is a fellowship of scholars whose purpose is to recognize excellence in academic work. As you pursue your education, it is our hope that you will accept the honor of membership in this Society as a responsibility to make some contribution to the ongoing search for greater understanding of humans and society.
The following seniors were inducted:
Megan BetoElla FrankelRebecca JunAbbey MuhlyErin PennAnne RileySherry Xu
The following juniors were inducted:
Cameron BellRebecca BlackstoneBrittany DayIrina KolesnikGrace LariaSusan RadovEmily SongCaroline Tucker
These seniors were inducted last year as juniors:
Kristin PolkCatherine Romadka-FahlIsabella ThomasNatalie ThomasAva ToddErin WeinstockBracken Woolley
This year’s Anne Healy Lecture will be a performance of the Upper School play followed by a talk back with the actors and director following the show. We invite you to opening night of the RPCS Upper School spring play, Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Friday, April 11th at 7:30pm. The production will feature professional Equity actor and former Artistic Director of the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Jimi Kinstle as Prospero with students from Roland Park Country School and Gilman playing all of the other roles. Laura Hackman, RPCS Upper School Theatre and Performing Arts Chairperson and former Resident Director at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, will be directing the production working with local professional designers. This is a wonderful educational opportunity for our students to work with a professional Equity actor and production team to experience all the demands of putting on a high-quality production of classic theatre. Providing the talk back following the production will allow the audience to share in the insights our students have developed through their work on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.
The Roland Park Country School Semiquavers and Eighth Grade Singers will participate in the Festival at Carnegie Hall, on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 8:00pm. RPCS will join students from across the nation to form two mass choirs. Both groups will learn and prepare separaterepertoire, working intensively under the batons of renowned composers and conductors. The Semiquavers will work with Dr. André Thomas as part of the National Youth Choir, and the Eighth Grade Singers will work with Dr. Rollo Dillworth as part of the Festival of Gold, National Middle School Choir. After a two and a half day rehearsal period the groups will perform their learned repertoire in one of the most renowned concert halls in the world. Tickets may be purchased through the Carnegie Hall Box Office (212) 247-7800 or online at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Events/
In the RPCS STEM Institute this year, juniors Meredith Kuser and Grace Laria were selected to present their research paper at the 24th Annual Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Influences on Nitrate Leaching in the Soils of an Eastern Deciduous Forest: A Case Study examined a possible cause for the steadily declining nitrate levels found in one of the Environmental ScienceSummer Research Experience for Young Women’s microclimate research sites. In addition, two ninth graders were selected to attend a poster session presenting their research from fall semester. Sally Askew and Lexi Orlinsky authored The Effects of White Noise on Short Term Memory which explored how white noise can positively or negatively impact one’s ability to recall a sequence of colors. Hailey Morris and Marianna Salvatori authored Cell Phone Notification Impact on Short Term Memory which explored how iPhone ringtone and vibrational notification signals can positively or negatively impact one’s ability to recall a sequence of letters.
A team of three students from Roland Park Country School recently competed against teams from Gilman School and Marriott’s Ridge High School on It’s Academic, which will air on February 1. Molly Duke, 2014, Erin Penn, 2014, and Grace Laria, 2015, represented RPCS and were coached by Upper School history teacher Justin Hill. Duke served as the team captain, while Michelle Olsson, 2014, was an alternate on the RPCS team.
Hill and the four students meet during an allotted time for clubs during the school day, about once a week. They practice by using questions from previously aired shows.
RPCS’s episode will air on Saturday, February 1 at 10 am on WJZ Channel 13. It’s Academic is in its 53rd year on the air and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s longest-running television quiz program.” The program is sponsored by Giant Food and Morgan State University and is hosted by David Zahren.
Lawyer and professor Larry S. Gibson will be the keynote speaker whenRoland Park Country School honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an All-School Convocation on January 16. The School is also offering RPCS families and employees two service opportunities connected to the celebration of all that Dr. King exemplified.
At RPCS’s annual All-School Convocation, entitled Students Lead the Way, Gibson will share his expertise on race and the law. He is the author of Young Thurgood, which chronicles the early years of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. His book will be available for purchase and signing.
Gibson was the first African American law professor at the University of Virginia before accepting a faculty position at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he continues to teach Evidence, Civil Procedure, Race and the Law, and Election Law. Professor Gibson has researched and designed several exhibits, articles, newspaper series, and other presentations on the history of civil rights and African American lawyers in Maryland. He was the principal advocate for the law passed by the Maryland General Assembly that renamed the BWI Thurgood Marshal Airport. Since 2001, Gibson has served as a campaign consultant and political advisor to African political leaders, including Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the President of Liberia and Marc Ravalomanana the former President of Madagascar.
On Monday, January 20, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Day of Service, RPCS will offer two opportunities for students and the school community. Kaliq Simms, Director of Diversity and Equity Education, is organizing a day trip to Annapolis to see the Roland Park Country School’s own Juanita Jackson Mitchell exhibit, Crusader for Freedom, currently on display at the Maryland State House and then tour the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Simms also coordinated a stay-at-home project, in which students and families can make and donate Baskets of Love to area youthin foster care. The baskets will benefit the children of the K.E.Y.S. program, an affiliate of Kids Peace www.kidspeace.org.
Carol Hatton, Director of Athletics at Roland Park Country School is pleased to announce that four seniors signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. By signing a National Letter of Intent, a prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the designated college or university for one academic year.
Toni-Ann Williams signed with University of California, Berkeley for gymnastics and for lacrosse Katie Bolte signed with Jacksonville University, Cece Finney signed with the University of Florida and Abbey Muhly signed with Furman University.
Congratulations to the following RPCS student-athletes who were named to the IAAM- All Conference Teams in their respective sports.
Field Hockey – Natalie Faust and Emily RoebuckSoccer – Mackenzie Birely and Francesca WhitehurstTennis – Allie Graul and Cailin GoreVolleyball– Ariana Rodriguez and Olivia Stevens
Dr. Caroline F. Zink, 1995 will address the community as the Sarah Crane Cohen Visiting Scholar in the Humanities in a lecture on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30pm in the Sinex Theater. Caroline F. Zink, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist in the division of Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Genetics at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Her research takes advantage of advances in human genetics and neuroimaging techniques to gain a more complete understanding of the complex neural circuitry underlying distinct cognitive processes that are dysfunctional in mental illness, particularly schizophrenia. Dr. Zink received a B.S. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University. She performed her post-doctoral training in the Unit for Systems Neuroscience in Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Prior to joining the Lieber Institute in 2012, Dr. Zink served as a Research Fellow in the Genes, Cognition, and Psychosis Program at the NIMH. She has been the recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, the Emory University Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Teaching Award, the National Association for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Young Investigator Award, and the National Institutes of Health Fellows Award for Research Excellence. She has presented her research internationally and has published her research findings in multiple scientifically renowned journals.
This year's Robinson Health Colloquium will be held on Tuesday, October 22 and will feature Karen L. Swartz M.D., Program Director of the Johns Hopkins University Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP). The event is at 7:30pm in the Sinex Theater and is free and open to the public.Depression affects approximately 5% of today’s teenagers, making it one of the most common illnesses teenagers face. Furthermore, adolescent girls suffer from depression at a rate nearly three times that of boys their age. At the annual Robinson Health Colloquium, Karen L. Swartz M.D., Program Director of the Johns Hopkins University Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP), will help educate the community about the medical illness of depression and bipolar disorder. ADAP aims to increase awareness about mood disorders in young people while stressing the need for evaluation and treatment. The ADAP program began in 1999 with two psychiatrists and one psychiatric nurse teaching a newly designed education curriculum to students. Now in its fourteenth year, the ADAP curriculum has been taught to over 30,000 high school students. This year, RPCS has incorporated ADAP into its Upper School curriculum to help educate students and faculty to recognize the signs of mental illness so students can seek treatment. RPCS is pleased to bring ADAP to our learning community. About the Robinson Health ColloquiumGenerously funded by former Trustee and parent James G. Robinson, who believes that parents must be fully engaged in the lives of their daughters, the Robinson Health Colloquium will focus annually on a health-related topic of importance to girls and their parents.
RPCS will hold its All School Walk this year on the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl – October 11. To follow up on our community screening of GirlRising last year – the movie about how educating girls in developing nations will change the world, we will be joining the GirlRising social action campaign with our walk. We will make an impact by donating the proceeds from the walk to the 10x10 Fund for Girls’ Education whose mission is to change a girl’s life through education and empowerment. Donations to this fund are distributed evenly among these non-profit partners: CARE USA, World Vision, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, United Nations Foundation/Girl Up, Room to Read, and A New Day Cambodia, all of whom operate girls’ education initiatives around the world. Some of the ways our donations will be used include: $30 can buy a girl a school uniform, $50 can pay school fees for one girl for one year.
Jean Waller Brune, Head of Roland Park Country School is pleased to announce that Ella Frankel, 2014 was named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program and is eligible to compete further for National Merit Scholarship awards. Abbey Muhly, 2014 and Ava Todd, 2014 were named Commended Students. Commended Students are recognized for exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT. Additionally, Ciara Johnson, 2014 was named one of the 3100 Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program being referred to U.S. colleges and universities. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarship. These awards have been given to high school students since 1955. The privately funded competition selects winners based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. 16,000 students were named semifinalists in the 59th annual scholarship program. About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Jean Waller Brune, Head of School is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2013 Beth Drummond Casey will serve as the next Lower School Head. Beth, the Founding Executive Director of the Middle Grades Partnership – a public/private initiative of the Baltimore Community Foundation, has had extensive Lower School experience both as an administrator and teacher at Park and Gilman Schools.
Through her own experiences attending an all girls’ school and teaching in an all boys’ school, Beth deeply values single gender education, and we are excited to have her share in our passion for upholding tradition and promoting innovation at RPCS. In addition, Beth’s time as a non-profit Executive Director has provided her with a unique perspective on management, marketing and best practices in current pedagogy that will enhance An Education Above in the Lower School.
In her Philosophy of Teaching and Learning Beth wrote: It should be satisfying, challenging, mind-expanding and just plain fun to work with children, as it also should be to work with other adults who feel the same way. As a mentor teacher at Park School Beth’s warmth and authenticity guided many young teachers. Among her strengths are her commitment to collaboration, her listening skills and her knowledge of, and thoughtful consideration of, educational philosophy. But, perhaps the most inspiring traits Beth possesses are her visible curiosity, her vitality and her own openness to lifelong learning. We are delighted to welcome Beth Drummond Casey to the RPCS community.
Head of School Jean Waller Brune is pleased to announce that senior Rachel Orlinsky was named a Finalist in the 2012 Competition for National Merit Scholarships.
The Sarah Crane Cohen Visiting Scholar in the Humanities Lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm in Faissler Library and will feature author Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, 1960 as the lecturer.
Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, 1960 is the author of highly-praised books about scientific discoveries and the scientists who make them. She is interested in exploring the cutting-edge connection between social issues and scientific progress and in making the science clear and interesting to non-specialists. Thus, her first book dealt with changing patterns of discrimination faced by leading women scientists during the 20th Century. Her second book portrayed a group of chemists and the interplay between science, the chemical industry, the public’s love of creature comforts and the environment. Her latest book tells how an 18th Century approach to assessing evidence was ignored for much of the 20th Century before it permeated our modern lives.
Join us on Sunday, April 14, 2013 for the third annual RPCS 5K Run and Family Fun Walk! Please click on the link below for more information and to register for the event. Go to www.charmcityrun.com to register.
CREATE A TEAM: Teams consist of four or more participants. Largest team will be recognized at the event, and teams of 15 or more will have the team name listed on the back of the shirts. Be creative! Looking for a challenge? If you are interested in a distance longer than the Family Fun Walk but don’t want to run 3.1 miles, consider walking the 5K course. All ability levels welcome. Be sure to stay after the run/walk for the POST-RACE PARTY!! There will be music, refreshments, snacks and AWARDS for the 5K!
ArtAid will be held on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at Roland Park Country School from 9:00am – 8:30 pm. The members of the Roland Park Country School, (RPCS), National Art Honor Society, (NAHS), are pleased to bring back ArtAid, a silent auction program intended to both recognize the work of aspiring young local artists, and raise funds for Baltimore City Public Schools Visual Arts Programs. You are welcome to view the work for auction which will be located in the Knott Lobby. Please feel free to bid on any items. Bidding begins at 9am and closes at various times in the evening between 7pm and 8:30pm. All are welcome.
Student artwork from both public and private city schools will be donated for the auction. In addition, RPCS NAHS will solicit local artists to contribute their work for this worthy cause.
Unfortunately, many city schools struggle with budgets that allocate minimal or no funding for the Arts. Programs are often afforded insufficient resources to conduct regular art courses, as basic materials such as paints, brushes or easels are frequently in short supply. Art teachers are sometimes scarce as well due to funding constraints, severely handicapping schools that seek to nurture students who wish to pursue learning opportunities in the visual arts.
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