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Great-grandmother of BL Student Shares Holocaust Experience with Middle School Students
10/23/2014

Minnie Osher, the great-grandmother of sixth grader Aidan Silverman, lived in Poland and was only 11 years old when World War II began. After the war broke out, Minnie, her parents, her 3 sisters and her 2 brothers were soon forced to live in a ghetto. While living in the ghetto, Minnie was required to work various jobs, like digging ditches in graveyards and stuffing soldiers’ boots with straw to keep them warm. One day, Minnie and many other people got on a train to go to a job, but this train instead took them to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Both of Minnie’s parents and all of her siblings eventually died while held in the concentration camps. Over the next five years Minnie was moved from camp to camp so frequently that she was never tattooed with a number like most other prisoners. She came to America in 1949 and commented on how truly lucky she is, and we all are, in live in this country. 

Minnie was invited to speak on Wednesday October 22, because the middle school read “The Boy with the Striped Pajamas,” by John Boyne. This books details a relationship between two young boys, one who is in a concentration camp at Auschwitz and one who is the son of an SS officer. In response to both this guest speaker and the book, one student asked “were children treated any differently?” Minnie told them that children who were too young were killed and that she was fortunate enough to be strong enough to work. This was a very poignant thought as the middle school boys in the audience realized they are the same age that Minnie was when she was brought to the concentration camp. 


Aidan gave a brief introduction for his great-grandmother Minnie.

Minnie told her story with help from her daughter, Aidan's grandmother.

Minnie passed around a recent photo of her with Israeli soldiers at Yad Vashem
Mrs. Brown and a student approached Minnie after her talk. 
All the students that were present wanted to take a picture with Minnie. 

A photo showing four generations of the same family. From left to right: grandfather, grandmother, great-grandmother, Aidan and mother 
JV Volleyball Competes for MIAA Championship Title -- tomorrow
10/23/2014

BL's JV Volleyball team is in the MIAA Championships tomorrow, October 24th, at 5pm at Gilman.  Come cheer on our boys as they challenge Gilman for the title.  Go Lakers!!!

Diversity Club Student Performance Coffee House
10/23/2014

On Thursday November 13 from 6:30–8:30pm the BL Diversity Club is hosting a performance coffeehouse.  This event will take place in the Upper School Student Center, and admission is $5.  All in the BL community are welcome to come, and everyone is encouraged to perform.  Cultural dishes will be served for dinner.  If you come to the event, we do request that you park behind the Upper School building.  You can email Señora Tubman (ktubman@boyslatinmd.com) if you wish to perform, and some acts may be "walk ons" too.  We look forward to seeing you there for what always turns out to be some great performances.

This event kicks off a series of diversity events held by various AIMS schools that are all associated with the Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference in November. Two BL students, senior Ikechi Ndukwe and sophomore Trey-Lonte Gaither, have helped to organize the conference and will be attending as student leaders.

Students Learn about Hispanic Heritage
10/23/2014

On Wednesday October 22, the world languages department held a Hispanic Heritage Festival. All students taking Spanish in the entire school participated with each grade contributing something unique. While all students worked very hard, the AP students were given especially challenging assignments. AP students created displays for various Hispanic countries, but they needed to have personal relationship with their chosen country. Students were required to record a video in Spanish and send it to someone from/in the country who they are connected to or know. The counties covered included El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, La Republica Dominica, Cuba, Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador. The whole upper school plus our fifth graders visited the transformed Student Center to see all the displays. Señora Tubman commented that “While the entire world languages department helped organize this event, we were guided by the artistic inspiration of Señora Clark.”

The world languages department is also organizing two upcoming salsa dancing events with Garrison Forrest. The first will be held in the Boys’ Latin Student Center on Tuesday October 28, and the second will be held at Garrison Forrest on Tuesday November 11, both running from 6:30–8:00 pm.  Authentic Mexican food will be served.

 

Boys’ Latin at the Baltimore Marathon
10/21/2014

This past Saturday at the Baltimore Marathon, 19 students and three parents arrived early in the morning to staff the Mile 6 Water Stop.  At 6am, the BL group was pouring thousands of cups of water and Gatorade, which they later handed off to runners as they passed.  The group was particularly excited to see our own Upper School Director of Academics Charles Franklin and his wife run past the 28th Street turn at Mile 6.  In addition to drinks, our group provided enthusiastic cheers of encouragement to many grateful runners.  BL volunteers helped not only the runners, but they also raised money for Special Olympics of Maryland which receives donations from race sponsors in exchange for staffing the water stops.  Many thanks to all our Laker volunteers, and congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Franklin for finishing their first marathons!

Georgette Kiser - One of "The Sun Magazine's" 50 Women to Watch
10/20/2014

Boys' Latin parent and Board of Trustees member, Georgette Kiser is featured in The Sun Magazine's October 19th issue as one of the "50 Women to Watch."  We congratulate Georgette, and we are pleased that she has this well-deserved recognition.  To read more, click here.

Former NBA Player Chris Herren to Speak at Boys' Latin
10/17/2014

With thanks to the generosity of the Parents’ Association and the Christopher O’Neil Peer Education Program, Boys’ Latin is pleased to welcome former NBA player Chris Herren to Boys’ Latin’s campus on November 19 to speak to middle and upper school students.  During the third week in November, Mr. Herren will visit various area independent schools to share his story about athletic success at the highest level, coupled with the temptations and ultimately disastrous consequences of alcohol and drug use and abuse.  Since 2008, Mr. Herren has turned this around with a clean lifestyle and national advocacy for prevention and recovery.  He founded of The Herren Project, a non-profit to mentor others with adiction and provide education for all ages on the dangers of substance abuse.  Herren's journey has been chronicled in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, and in ESPN’s Emmy nominated documentary Unguarded.

As part of the joint effort with six area schools, parents are invited to a community-wide session with Mr. Herren on the evening of November 19 at 7 p.m. at Gilman School in Finney Arena.  Please click here to register if interested in attending.  

Help Save a Life by Donating Blood
10/16/2014

Boys’ Latin will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday November 20 from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm in the Gelston Athletic Center. If you are interested in donating blood, please click here to schedule an appointment or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor keyword: boyslatin. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS. If you have any questions regarding eligibility please call Donor Services at: 1-866-236-3276.

Ally Week
10/16/2014

This is "Ally Week" at Boys' Latin and in schools across the nation. Students and teachers who sign the "Ally Pledge" are standing up for diversity and not standing by if they see bullying.  The goal is to build allies who are respectful of others of all identities and eliminate bullying.  You will see many on campus all week with Ally stickers.

History Comes Alive in “The Story of Mary Surratt.”
10/15/2014

The Boys’ Latin Theater Arts Department’s fall production of “The Story of Mary Surratt,” is a truly captivating tale. It tells the story Mary Surratt. Mary ran the boarding house where the conspirators who planned Lincoln’s assassination assembled. Due to her association with the conspirators and the fact that there was little evidence in her favor, Mary was convicted and sentenced to be hanged. This play sheds light on an important time in our country’s history, helping to illuminate the mystery that still surrounds the assignation of President Abraham Lincoln. Mrs. Molling was particularly drawn to the idea that by the end of the play she was not so sure that Mary Surratt was guilty, but she was also not so sure that she was innocent.

The play acts as a unique vehicle, presenting the chance to integrate three different academic disciplines: theater arts, visual arts and history. Although it was challenging to successfully integrate all of these subjects, it was an opportunity Mrs. Molling knew she could not let pass. For example, the trial scene in the second act gives audience members a stunningly similar experience to that of the jurors of the actual trial. They too will sit behind balconies of unfinished wood, like the ones found in the makeshift penitentiary courtroom where the trail was held. The audience will even have the opportunity to cast judgment. Yes, at the conclusion of the play audience members will cast their vote as to whether or not they think Mary Surratt is innocent or guilty. At intermission the audience will even get to eat the same snack that the jurors ate nearly a 150 years: sugar cookies and pink lemonade.

The more Mrs. Molling delved into the play the more she seemed to finally conceptualize what theme she needed to project to the audience. After careful consideration, she realized that the message she needed to covey concerned John Wilkes Booth. After all, it was Booth that carried out the plot and, after uttering the now immortal phrase “sic semper tyrannis,” assassinated Lincoln. As a constant reminder of Booth’s role, the floor of the Sheridan Theatre is painted with his escape route, allowing the audience to walk the same path. 


Booth’s escape path is another example of how this 
particular play makes history come alive. As stated earlier, the play strives to give the audience the same experience as the jurors, but the play also provides a unique historical experience to the actors. Several of the actors will be using authentic Civil War area hand props, courtesy of Mr. Maisel of the history department. The Sheridan Theatre’s lobby also provides three bulletin board displays to help contextualize the history surrounding the play: one for Mary Surratt, one for John Wilkes Booth and one for Abraham Lincoln. If you go to the lobby you will also find a “Lincoln Book Art Sculpture.” This was constructed to help physically portray the magnitude of Lincoln’s life and work. Interestingly, many students view the tower as a physical homage to Lincoln’s iconic stove pipe hat, an inadvertent but truly marvelous coincidence.

 
 

Please make sure to come and see “The Story of Mary Surratt” so that you can experience history coming to life. For information on tickets and opening night please click here. 

Economics Lessons in Baltimore City
10/15/2014

Economics for many students can be abstract but not at Boys’ Latin with Ritchie Schell.  On Tuesday, his economics class of all seniors learned about the political, social, theoretical and practical aspects of economics from guest lecturer Diana Gaines.  Mrs. Gaines was named one of The Baltimore Sun’s “50 Women to Watch” in 2013, and her company Tu Casa Development Group was recognized as the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2013 Outstanding Small Business of the Year.

Through Tu Casa, Mrs. Gaines reinvented herself and N. Medeira Street.  Both stories began when Mrs. Gaines made a life shift.  After 12 years at home raising her children and away from her banking career, she decided to pursue an opportunity with Vacants to Value (V2V), a nationally recognized Baltimore initiative offered jointly by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano.  The goal of V2V is to redevelop vacant and abandoned homes in Baltimore City.  Over four years, Mrs. Gaines bought nine properties on N. Madeira Street in the Patterson North Community Development Cluster. She not only gutted, renovated and sold these homes, but Mrs. Gaines has, in some way, been a part of revitalizing 16 other homes in the block.

The students were fascinated with the business and responded with many questions on pricing, navigating city policies, historic tax credits and business relationships.  The boys were touched by a final comment from Mrs. Gaines that the best part of this venture for her was developing a strong friendship with Kevin Butler, her general contractor; this friendship serves as a unique social model for African American and Hispanic cooperation in an area where those ethnic tensions are often strong.

BL would like to thank and congratulate Mrs. Gaines on a wonderful visit, a business that is truly making a difference in Baltimore and her recent awards.  We are also proud to say that Diana Gaines is the mother of BL sophomore Bennett and 2014 graduate Corey.  We are also fortunate that the lesson will continue because Mrs. Gaines will be working with groups of BL students to develop their own business plan.  Student also read Mrs. Gaines new book “From Ordinary to Extraordinary – a Story of Renovation, Revitalization and Friendship.”  Copies available at www.createspace.com/4822299

 

Guest Speaker Dr. Wilson Captivates Students and Faculty
10/15/2014

On Tuesday October 14th, U.S. Department of State Historian Dr. James Wilson spoke to a group of 65 upper school students about United States and Soviet Union relations throughout the 1960's – 1990's. This seminar took place during lunch break in the upper school library. Dr. Wilson opened his remarks by facilitating an interactive discussion with the students during which he gleaned their areas of greatest interest.

"I really enjoyed the opportunity to hear about many of the topics that we have covered in class, including many of the facets of the Cold War, from someone who has studied that period in history so closely," said Brandon Kagen '18. "It was a fantastic talk and great to hear about what we've learned about in context including the space race, the proxy wars, the falling of the Berlin Wall," commented Joey Celentano '15.

Dr. Wilson was invited to Boys' Latin by his State Department colleague Yaro Kulchyckyj, Deputy Director of the Ukraine Russian Coordination Team and father of Darius '20. History Department Chair Adam Osborn started the session by introducing Dr. Wilson and provided a poignant wrap-up following his remarks.

Dr Wilson's remarks captivate the group 

Mr. Osborn, Dr. WIlson and Mr. Kulchyckj share a light moment prior to the talk.

Mr. Kulchyckj and Headmaster Post listen intently as Dr. Wilson discusses portions of history that they both remember well.

James Graham Wilson works in the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State. He received his B.A. from Vassar College in 2003 and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2011. He is the author of The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptability, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2014) and the editor of two forthcoming Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) volumes on the Reagan administration's policies toward the Soviet Union. He is currently working on two additional FRUS volumes: National Security Policy, 1985-1988" and "The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

How would you do in Mr. Freeman's Microscope Contest?
10/14/2014

This past week, Mr. Freeman held a microscope picture contest where he posted several pictures on the bulletin board by his classroom of objects as they appear under a microscope. The purpose of this contest was to get students to observe details in these pictures, make real world connections, and try and identify these very common objects. The winner of the contest was freshman Ryan Hurley, who identified 8 out of 10 photos.

We have posted some of the photos and their answers below. See how many you can correctly identify.

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Egg Drop Competition Results
10/14/2014

Last week Mrs. Rodriguez’s physics classes held an egg drop competition. The goal of project was to use only printer paper and tape to construct the lightest device possible that can protect the egg when dropped from Coach Schell’s balcony.  Both honors and AP physics competed in the egg drop project. In the honors physics class Logan Atkinson and Tommy Esposito got first place with a construct that weighed only 4.6g.  Josh Lisberger and Tim Carl came in second with a construct that weighed 7.1g.  In the AP physics class Kodye Pugh and Michael Morsberger got first place thanks to their ultralight construct weighing only 3.2g.  Bennet Kaufman came in second place with his construct that weighed 4.8g.


                

New Video about BL
10/14/2014

BL recently had an opportunity to create a short promotional video in a combined effort with three magazines: Parenting, Parents and Family Circle.  The video is now featured on the magazines' websites (Parenting.com, Parents.com and FamilyCirlce.com) for a targeted Baltimore-area market.  To watch the video, click the image below.  

Thank You for Your Support of Our Open House
10/12/2014

Thank you to the many parents and students who volunteered on Sunday, October 12th to help with BL’s annual Open House.  With a beautiful day and preparations in place, we were pleased with the large turn out.  Thank you to Student Body President Charley Hughes and Headmaster Post for a wonderful job with their comments and to Mr. Nyman and the Upper School Jazz Ensemble who kicked off the program with fantastic performances.  Many thanks also go to Student and Parent Ambassadors for hosting and guiding tours and to all our faculty members who conducted mini classes or were on hand to share information.  Well done all!

Williams Scholars Induction
10/10/2014

On Friday October 10th at 8am, the newest members of the Williams Scholars Program were inducted in an assembly in front of the entire upper school. In total 37 students were inducted, 26 sophomores, 9 juniors and 2 seniors. Upper School Director of Academics Charles Franklin introduced the program by asking all students this question “Pick one of the following two choices by raising your hand. Would you rather be given all A’s, go to class but not learn OR be graded on a pass/fail and learn?” Our boys overwhelmingly chose learning. Mr. Franklin noted it is this love of learning, not just good grades that impressed him the most about the students inducted as Williams Scholars today.  He asked all of us to look at these young men as outstanding examples and “be inspired.”

The Williams Scholars Program recognizes students for their outstanding academic achievements. The program was started in 2006 by former headmaster, Dr.  H. Mebane Turner. Dr. Turner decided to name the program after Jack Williams, the headmaster of Boys’ Latin from 1962–1978, because Mr. Williams always placed a special emphasis on scholarly dedication. To be a Williams Scholar a student must demonstrate a record of commitment to all aspects of school life and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and be enrolled in a minimum of two honors-level courses each semester. The program offers several benefits, such as special field trips, guest speakers and summer enrichment grants.

Two seniors, Robert Rice and Josh Smith, spoke about their experiences this summer utilizing the Williams Scholars Summer Enrichment Grants. Robert spent his summer at the College of William and Mary and John used his grant to go to a summer program at Berklee College of Music. Please read the articles about each of these students experience. In the future we hope that all Williams Scholars take advantage of this great opportunity and use their summer enrichment grant.

Once again we would like to congratulate all 37 of this year’s inductees to the Williams Scholars Program.

A Summer for the History Books
10/10/2014

During the Williams Scholars Induction ceremony on October 10th, senior Robert Rice spoke about his experience this summer at the College of William and Mary in the "Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History." He spent three weeks on campus with 50 students from around the world. The weekdays were full as they toured historic sites almost daily; it was his first taste of college life, away from home and living in a dorm. This was only the third school he has ever been to – preschool, BL and this. “I assure you that the things that I have learned in my 13 years at BL do and will transfer into the world beyond these walls.”  Thanks to his time at Boys’ Latin, Robert felt well prepared for this fascinating experience and any future ones.

Click on the photo below to see a slide show of Robert’s experience.

A Life-Changing Summer
10/10/2014

As the second senior to speak during the Williams Scholars Induction ceremony on October 10th, Josh Smith talked about his summer at the Berklee College of Music.  Josh was encouraged by his teachers at BL to apply to Berklee’s “Five-Week Summer Performance” and had also learned about the program from Andrew Hairston’14, who had been to the program the previous summer.  The program was a great experience for Josh and changed his perspective on life.  He said “Now I want to pursue music as a career path.”  During this five-week program Josh expanded his skill with and knowledge of his chosen instrument, the drums.

The program consists of musicians form over 70 countries and gives the students the opportunity to hone their technique, play in ensembles and develop improvisational and reading skills.  Students also get to learn all about the music program at Berklee, allowing them to learn if this is the right path for them.  During this program students play in a band, but they also benefit from both group classes and private lessons.  Students are even taught by actual Berklee professors and can choose to study in one of four styles: Jazz, Pop/Rock, Funk/Fusion (instrumentalists only) and Pop/R&B (vocalists only).

This program is designed to show students what it means to pursue an education, and possibly career, in music.  In the case of Josh Smith, it was very beneficial.

Box Office Opens for “The Story of Mary Surratt” on Wednesday
10/10/2014

Get Your Tickets For
The Upper School Theatre Arts production of John Patrick’s
“The Story of Mary Surratt”

Tickets go on sale Wednesday October 15th in the Upper School lobby at $5 for students and $7 for adults. You can purchase your tickets from 7:30–8:00am and during lunch periods. The show opens Wednesday October 22 and runs to Saturday October 25. Curtain time for the first show is at 7pm and seats are on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure to get there early.

This play tells the story Mary Surratt. Mary ran the boarding house where the conspirators who planned the assassination of Abraham Lincoln assembled. Due to her association with the conspirators and the fact that there was little evidence in her favor, Mary was convicted and sentenced to be hanged.

In the Sheridan Theatre lobby, you can see a display of a “Lincoln Book Art Sculpture,” containing hundreds of Lincoln’s book. "This visual representation will help the audience truly grasp the magnitude of Lincoln’s life and work. We will add more to the display soon," said Theater Arts Director Gina Molling.

Cast:
Louis Weichman: Carson Rehfield (9th)
Louis Payne: Teddy R. (8th)
George Atzerodt: Grant Iodice (10th)
David Herold: David Friedman (11th)
John Surratt: Jake M. (7th)
John Wilkes Booth: Nick Meittinis (10th)
Captain William Smith: Will Krulak (9th)
Colonel Burnett: Matt Attman (12th)
General Josh Holden: Julian Baker (12th)
Brigadier General Ekin: Will Martin (12th)
Reverdy Johnson: Max Marshall (12th)
Major General Hunter: Richie Wiklund (12th)
Brigadier General Harris: Matt Manzoni (12th) 
Major General Wallace: Josiah Bedford (10th)
Major General Kautz/Clendemin: Elliot King (12th)
Brigadier General Howe: Cameron Vadin (10th)
Brigadier General Foster: Myles Cohen (12th)
Colonel Clendenin: Elliot King (12th)
Special Provost Marshall: Jalen Milton (10th)
Major Henry Rathbone: Teddy R. (8th)
Lt. Henry Von Steinacker: Ryan Hurley (9th)
General Jubal Bentley: Grant Iodice (10th)
Father Wiget: Andrew Haynes (10th)
Soldiers: Garrett Glaeser (10th), Francis Nnanna (9th) & Bryce M. (7th)
Guard: David Friedman (11th)
Mary Surratt: Samantha Paradise (9th)
Anna Surratt: Holly Hutton (11th)

An Assembly To Commemorate The Battle of Baltimore
10/3/2014

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, and Mr. Osborn and the history department collaborated to put on a presentation celebrating this historic event. Due to both the historical and cultural significance this battle had on our home city, Mr. Osborn knew he could not pass up the opportunity to discuss it. The event was presented to both the upper school and the 8th grade.

Mr. Osborn began the presentation by giving an overview of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore. Mr. Kennedy then told the students about the state of Baltimore in 1814, such as the unsavory pirates that inhabited it and the embargos that impacted it. One particularly interesting story that Mr. Kennedy told concerned the privateer Thomas Boyle and his declaration of a blockade on the British Isles. It was a very bold move considering he had sailed over to Britain and declared the blockade by himself.

Mr. Maisel provided the students with a battle overview, detailing the various elements such as the bombardment shown in the picture below.

 Mr. Whitehair taught the students about the history of the “Star Spangled Banner” including its origins as the poem “The Defense of Fort M’Henry” and being set to the tune of “The Anacreontic Song.” Mr. Whitehair also made sure to dispel some of the myths surrounding our national anthem. Two seniors, Nick Morton and Max Marshall seen in the following photo, had the unique opportunity to deliver the conclusion to the assembly, discussing the aftermath and impact of the battle.  

Mr. Osborn greatly enjoyed this assembly and hopes that in the future the history department can collaborate again on similar presentations.

Lee Warnack is WBFF's "Wednesday Weather Kid"
10/2/2014

This week Lee Warnack , a Boys' Latin second grader, had the honor of representing our school on WBFF-Fox 45 as the "Wednesday Weather Kid.” Every week one local student is chosen by WBFF to be the “Wednesday Weather Kid” based on a nomination by one of his or her teachers.  Lee presented Wednesday’s weather forecast during the 6:00am block with assistance from meteorologist Johnathan Myers. In the picture below Lee stands in front of a green screen with Johnathan Myers ready to deliver the weather report.

Pictured below are Lee and his brother Henry with the WBFF-Fox 45 morning news team. From left to right anchor Tom Rodger, meteorologist Johnathan Myers, kindergartener Henry, second grader Lee and anchor Patrice Sanders.

In this picture Candace Dold is seen with Lee wearing a pink dress. During October several of the WBFF-Fox 45 news team members will be wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Click on the image below to see the video. 

 

 

BL in "The Daily Record" - "Schools Find Secret to Success for Male Students"
10/1/2014

From the Daily Record's "Primary & Secondary Schools Guide 2014" by Meg Tully , September 2014 -- For the full article, click the image below (which is difficult to read here) or follow this link to the Daily Record's full Primary & Secondary Schools Guide 2014.

The following is an excerpt:
... "One school that takes learning for boys particularly seriously is Boys' Latin School of Maryland, which says it offers the only exclusively boys' K-12 education in Maryland.

"Sixteen teachers and administrators from Boys' Latin traveled to Nashville, Tenn., this year for a converence called "Building Boys into Good Men," a gathering of the International Boys' School Coalition.  A teacher from Boys' Latin was a presenter during the conference.

"The Baltimore school also is hosting Michael G. Thompson, a New York Times bestselling author, expert in male development and clinical psychologist, as a resident fellow for two years.

"'Guided by more than 170 years of experience, modern cognitive research and a school-wide commitment to excellence, our approach is to continually improve our educational experience for the boys,' said Sarah Woods, director of strategic communications at the school.

"The school uses many boy-specific learning strategies, including brain breaks (movement exercises), real world projects, technology resources providing visual and spatial stimuli, full-spectrum lighting and standing desks.

"'Research shows that boys respond best to experiential, hands-on learning that appeals to the different senses, involving action and movement," Woods said.  '(Boys' Latin) understands that boys need to know why something is important and what significance it has for them.'

"And almost as much emphasis is placed on creating a social environment where boys will thrive -- Boys' Latin creates a setting where boys will develop strong bonds with peers and teachers for positive male role models, she said.  The school also focuses on the core values of courage, integrity and compassion and uses decision-making classes to openly focus on topics 'like what it means to be a man in today's world, drugs and alcohol, positive male-female relationships, physical development and health, service of others, cyber risks and more,' Woods said." ...

Memorial Services for Ab Logan
9/29/2014

On August 26, we shared the sad news of the passing of beloved, former teacher, Ab Logan (click here for a link to the prior story).  On behalf of his family, BL would like to share plans for Ab's memorial celebration which will be held Saturday, November 8th at 1:30pm at Faith Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.  After the celebration service, a reception with light refreshments will follow in the parish hall.  Click here for directions to the church. 

Fall Festival Fun
9/27/2014

Today was a perfect day for BL’s annual Fall Festival with clear blue skies and 80 degree weather. Students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends gathered on BL’s campus for games, food and fun for all ages.  Fans cheered the Varsity Soccer Team and then gathered with continued spirit to see the Varsity Football Team.

Many thanks to the BL Parents’ Association for organizing an outstanding event.  For a second year in a row, Fall Festival Co-Chairs, Amanda Lopez and Caroline Evans, worked their magic to bring in inflatable games, fun activities, delicious food, and plenty of volunteers.  Thanks also to PA President Blair Iodice, who played a large part in making things run well.  

Here are some sample photos, and parents can login to see more on BL’s SmugMug site.

Guest Artists from Center Stage Visit Class
9/26/2014

This past Wednesday, Mrs. Molling hosted four guests from Center Stage in her upper school Acting I class.  The guest artists discussed their current production, Amadeus by Peter Schaffer, and life in the theater.  Amadeus was described as a “scored play with lots of music” about the life and times of Mozart, the “Lady Gaga of that time.”  The guest lecturers included (from left to right on the front row below):
Kristina Szilagyi, Education Coordinator
Bruce Nelson, Salieri in Amadeus
Jay Russell, Venticelli in Amadeus
Andrew Stromyer, Community Programs & Education Intern

As a follow up to the visit, Mrs. Szilagyi wrote “Thanks for inviting us to your class.  The boys were great.  You really run a wonderful program.   We look forward to seeing you at the student matinee!”   On October 2nd, Mrs. Molling and the class will visit Center Stage to see a performance of Amadeus plus have a back stage tour.

Center Stage has this description of the play: “In 18th century Vienna, music is the currency of power. And Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is, until a young prodigy by the name of Mozart comes on the scene. Reeling from the realization of his own mediocrity in the face of true genius, Salieri swears vengeance on the God that gifted Mozart’s breathtaking talent. Swells of music and madness stir through Center Stage’s epic new revival of the Tony Award-winning drama that raises the question: how far would you go to secure your legacy?”  For more, click here or follow this link:  https://www.centerstage.org/ShowsandEvents/Amadeus.aspx. Additional photos are available on SmugMug with a BL community login.

Did you know… English Teacher Alex Barron Plays Cello?
9/26/2014

In addition to teaching English at BL for the past two years, Alex Barron plays the cello with the Hopkins Chamber Orchestra.  “Practicing after school helps me to unwind, and my involvement in orchestras has introduced me to plenty of interesting people.”  Mr. Barron started playing cello in third grade when students at his school were allowed to choose between violin, viola and cello. He says he chose cello simply because “it was the biggest, and at nine years old, I thought that was cool.”  As he progressed through high school, Mr. Barron continued to play in his school orchestras.  In college, he took private lessons and music classes for his music minor, and he joined his local county symphony -- the Knox County Symphony in Gambier, Ohio, which was composed of students, professors and community members.  Mr. Barron has continued his interest and played in several community orchestras - in New Jersey, Montgomery County and now, here in Baltimore.

Mr. Barron reflected, “Lots of people drop the hobbies that consume their lives in high school and college, but I'm glad I have stuck with the cello.”  Mr. Barron has followed his passion, talent and interest.  Our advisors encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities here at BL and try something new.  You can develop a passion, talent or interest that lasts for life.

Would you like to hear Mr. Barron play?  We invite you to a free concert on Sunday afternoon from the Hopkins Chamber Orchestra.  The program features music by Mozart and Dvorak and starts at 3:00pm. Rumor has it that the cello section is pretty good.  Hope to see a few familiar faces.

Robots Battle Last Weekend
9/25/2014

From Robotics Coach, Mrs. Kellerman -- 
Congratulations to the upper school robotics team for a fine performance at McDonogh on Saturday, Sept 20th at the off-season Battle of Baltimore event.  I was particularly pleased with the interest and focus of our newest teammates, freshmen Cole Jarrett and Wayne Garrus, as well as the determined effort returning teammates made throughout the day.  In addition to Wayne and Cole, the following team members participated in this past weekend's event:  Logan Atkinson, Josiah Bedford, Trey Burrell, Grant Iodice, Brian North, Jason Price, Harry Purdue and Noah Vilceus.  

New and returning team members alike had the opportunity to experience the excitement of driving the robot in competition.  The drivers and robot alike performed well in the morning qualification rounds, earning rankings of 1st and 2nd place for most of the morning, and finishing up ranked 9th of 30 teams.

We were selected to join the 2nd ranked alliance team for the afternoon elimination rounds.  Midway through our first quarter final qualification match, however, our right drive train motor seized, and we were unable to properly control the robot's motion. The team quickly attempted repairs but was required to forfeit rounds beyond the quarter finals when it became apparent that the damage was serious and would require several hours to repair.

Many thanks to parent mentors Greg Bennett and Jeff Ring and to faculty mentors Derrick Thomas and Jim Haluck for their support throughout the event.  Please enjoy Mr. Thomas' photos from the day at http://boyslatin.smugmug.com/2014-2015Galleries/Upper-School-Galleries (forthcoming)

Many thanks to mentors, students and parents for making this first robotics event of the 2014-15 year both memorable and successful.

On The Radio - BL Senior Julian Baker
9/24/2014

Did you hear the recent ads for Boys' Latin's Open House?  The voice of BL is senior Julian Baker who recently worked with Ms. Sarah Woods, Director of Strategic Communications, to record this ad at WPOC 93.1FM.  Ms. Woods commented, “This is my second year working with Julian on our radio ads.  It's wonderful to see him develop his talent and pursue his interest in broadcasting.  Even radio professional Mark Williams commented that Julian did an outstanding job.  Thank you Julian!”  Click on the image below to hear the ad.  The photo was taken in the WPOC studios after Julian's recording.

Signing of the Honor Code
9/19/2014

This morning marked the occasion for our annual Honor Book signing.  Each year, we officially welcome all new students to the community by having them sign the Honor Book to show their commitment to our Honor Code and our community.  As in past years, we had both students and faculty speak about what honor means to them and where they have witnessed individuals acting with honor.  Seth Miller ’15, one of our senior Prefects, ran the assembly, and the following individuals spoke:
    Pat Gugerty, Assistant Headmaster for Advancement and BL class of ‘83
    Mitchell Casper ‘16, President of the Junior Class
    Devin Harvin ‘15, Senior Class Officer and Prefect

This year, in addition to new students signing the book, every student in the community signed a large poster with the Honor Code and “My Name is My Pledge” statement.  The poster will hang in the student center as a reminder of the commitment that we have made to ourselves, to our peers, to our teachers, to our parents and to our community.

THE HONOR CODE
As a member of the Boys’ Latin School community, I take pride in doing my best and in encouraging others to do their best to uphold the School’s insistence on personal integrity. Under all circumstances, high moral character and ethical behavior are beyond my right to compromise. Honorable conduct that reinforces these principles will earn for me the School’s respect. Failure to honor these principles places my position in the community in jeopardy.

“MY NAME IS MY PLEDGE”
As a member of the Boys’ Latin community I recognize my personal responsibility to school and family. Henceforth, my name shall be my pledge of honor. I vow to exercise honesty and integrity in the production of any work to which I ascribe my name.

BL's Eric Hanson is a Featured Presenter at Baltimore Innovation Week
9/19/2014

Middle school librarian Eric Hanson (a.k.a., Merlin Hanson) was a featured speaker at the Bridging the Gap Conference this week. The conference is part of Baltimore Innovation Week. Bridging the Gap focused on connecting cultural institutions and learners in a digital age. Mr. Hanson’s presentation focused on Boys’ Latin’s use of MOODLE and LibGuides. He demonstrated how we effectively integrate technology in education. The response to his presentation was quite enthusiastic, and Dr. Papenfuse (former head of Maryland State Archives) then referenced the Mr. Hanson’s speech in his own presentation.

FREE Soccer & Football Clinics - Sept. 30
9/18/2014

On Tuesday, September 30th from 5:15-7:00pm, the Boys' Latin football and soccer programs will be offering free clinics to local boys currently in 4th-7th grades. The clinics will be run by Head Varsity Coaches Ritchie Schell and Don Rickels and their coaching staffs. Many of the varsity players will be on hand to work with clinic participants. The clinics are open to both BL and non-BL students. We encourage you to invite a friend or teammate in your community. Click here for a flyer and registration form.

"What Do Boys' Need in Education?"
9/15/2014

Headmaster Christopher Post was recently interviewed by WMAR ABCTV about what boys need in education.  The interview aired on Sunday, and you can watch it here by clicking on the image below or by going to Maryland Spotlight:

 

Recognizing Patriot's Day with a True Patriot
9/11/2014

Click here to go to SmugMug for an audio recording of our Upper & Middle School Chorus
and additional photos. (BL community password required)

Each year on September 11th, the middle and upper schools come together to remember our fallen heroes and to celebrate Patriot’s Day. This morning, we were fortunate to welcome Mr. Jeff Gertler, grandfather of a BL sixth-grader, to share his story from that tragic day in 2001.

Mr. Gertler grew up in New York, and he attended the NYU School of Engineering.  After he graduated he became an electrical engineer and started working for The Port Authority of NY/NJ in the World Trade Center Towers when in 1970.  He started out as an electrical engineer, then moved into project management and worked for The Port Authority for more than 37 years.

Mr. Gertler was in the World Trade Center Tower when a bomb went off in the garage in 1993.  Over the years, his office changed to different floors or different buildings.  On 9/11 his family did not know what building he was in or what floor he was on.  That day, he was on the 88th floor of Tower 1, which was also called The North Tower.  It was the first tower to be hit that day, but the 2nd one that fell.  Mr. Gertler is here today to tell you his story and how he survived that horrific day of 9/11.  Mr. Gertler received The Civilian Medal Award for trying to help his friend, Judith Reese, get out of Tower 1 on 9/11.

As Mr. Gertler shared his story and photos this morning, the crowded auditorium was silent and all were moved.  He began by saying “I almost lost my life several times that day.”  He described the initial uncertainty and fear as the group on his floor experienced the tower shake then fire and smoke roll through from the elevator shaft.  Mr. Gertler provided leadership for his colleagues to exit the building, and he helped to save many lives.  An hour and 42 minutes after the initial impact, he had descended the 88 floors of Tower 1 and stepped out of the building through a window to the street.  A mere thirty seconds later Tower 1 collapsed beside him, and he and all of lower Manhattan were immersed in the suffocating “dust cloud” of debris from the falling buildings.  It wasn’t until he finally spoke to his wife, several hours after the initial attack, that he knew what had occurred. 

Mr. Gertler shared a wealth of knowledge, pictures and memorabilia with us.  As our middle school and upper school chorus sang the National Anthem, students held up two flags -- an American flag that flew at Ground Zero and the official World Trade Center flag.  Mr. Gertler’s slide show showed the World Trade Center being built, the tragic events of 9/11, and his visit to One World Trade last week.  He shared his library of magazines, newspaper articles and medals from 9/11, which will be on display in the upper school library.  For additional information, Mr. Gertler encouraged us to see:
- BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOrzF7B2Kg
- 9/11/2001: The True Story of Delta Flight-15  at http://news92fm.com/382471/9112001-the-true-story-of-delta-flight-15/
- 9-11 heroes of the 88th floor at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gnvWQqELNM

We would like to thank the entire Silverman family for making this possible and Mr. Gertler for being with us on this important day.

BL Alumn Andrew McGowan '12 Stands Out at Dickinson College
9/5/2014

The Dickinson College homepage currently features 2012 BL graduate Andrew McGowan and his work as part of the college's Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) group.  Below is a photo and excerpt from the Dickinson website.  For the full story, click the image.

"On their summer water-monitoring expedition through rural Pennsylvania (from left), Noah Burchard '16,
Andrew McGowan ’16 and Caroline Kanaskie '17 had plenty of chances to take in the natural beauty of the state.
"
Photo courtesy of ALLARM.

WITH GROWING INFLUENCE, ALLARM KEEPS EYES ON STREAMS ACROSS THE REGION
by Tony Moore

"Crack open the natural-gas exploration nutshell, and there’s a world of mixed messages inside: It’s helping boost the balance sheets of local municipalities, it’s causing boom-and-bust cycles in rural communities. It’s creating hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country, it’s polluting the air, the water and flora and fauna. It’s the greatest thing to happen in the energy complex, it’s the worst thing to happen to the environment.

"Different camps have different ideas about the realities of the situation, but all opinions aside, Dickinson’s Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) is working to ensure that any adverse effects of this exploration won’t extend to local waterways. ...This summer, ALLARM lab coordinator Andrew McGowan ’16, a biochemistry & molecular biology major, was responsible for verifying 63 samples sent in by volunteers across the state. ..."

Smiles and Words of Wisdom Greet All for the First Day of Classes
9/3/2014

As is our tradition on the first day of classes, Boys’ Latin began today with a "one school" Opening Convocation with all students, faculty, staff and administration.  Smiles from our new proud seniors greeted our youngest boys (grades K-2) as big and little boys were paired and held hands to process in and sit together for the assembly in the Iglehart Center.  Additional photos are available on SmugMug at http://boyslatin.smugmug.com/Other-2/All-School (with a community login).

Headmaster Post began by introducing our Student Body President, Charlie Hughes ’15, and wished him well in his role as leader this year.  After Charlie read the mission statement, Mr. Post took a moment for two other traditions.  He asked all new members of Boys’ Latin – students and faculty and staff alike – to stand while the crowd applauded as a welcome into our community.  Mr. Post also took a moment to recognize all seniors who have been with us from the beginning (since K, P1 or 1st grade).  Below are excerpts from the rest of Mr. Post’s comments:

As we begin the 171st year of the Boys’ Latin School, I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year!  I’ve become fond of thinking of the start of school in this way.  The year lays out in front of us with, as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, the promise of the verdant and rolling hills of the Great Republic, stretching out into the distance.  There are wonderful possibilities here at Boys’ Latin.  Each of us has the opportunity to make the most of this year.  We’ll make resolutions about what we’ll do and how we’ll do it; we make resolutions about tending to the garden of our relationships and our friendships, of our own learning and our own growth.  Truly, as each year begins, the sky is the limit.

I also realize that the start of each year can bring anxiety – uncertainty – and misgivings.  …Here’s the thing:  We all have moments like that, we all have days like that.  Students and teachers.  Grown-ups and not so grown-ups.  We all have times where we’d be much happier just going back to bed…or moving to Australia.  But we don’t.  At least, I believe that’s what we try to teach you here at Boys’ Latin.

In our mission statement that Charlie read this morning, we talk about three core values – three traits that we believe are most important for you to embody and develop.  Do you remember what those three are?  Courage.  Integrity.  And compassion.

Those three qualities are pretty straightforward and pretty simple.  They are also very, very important.  I want to spend just a minute talking about each one and then giving you a little homework.

Courage, in many ways, is taking action based on where your moral compass leads you.  It’s understanding right from wrong and having the fortitude – the inner strength – to make decisions and to act accordingly.  It means having the strength to make good decisions – hard decisions – even when it won’t be easy or it won’t be popular or perhaps they won’t even be seen at all.  Acting with courage means having the strength to stand up for yourself, for your beliefs, for your family and for your friends.  Courage also means having the strength to stand up to your friends when you disagree with what they are saying or more important, with what they are doing.  Courage comes from a place where you’re honest with yourself about your values, about what’s right and wrong.  So naturally, courage and integrity go hand in hand.

Integrity is about putting your beliefs into action.  It is the way that not only you give your word, but it is how you keep your word.  Moreover, integrity is making sure that your words match your actions.  A student at Boys’ Latin takes seriously that he will follow through on his commitments: that he will do what he says that he will do.  That consistency – doing what we say we are going to do – defines our character and shapes our reputation: individually and collectively.  That consistency of expectation is defined through our honor code.

Throughout the school, students and adults alike agree to live by a shared set of principles for our community – that we will not lie, cheat or steal, nor will we tolerate those who do.  We recognize, of course, that each of you as students, are in different places, and the expectations that we have for you are different as a younger boy in our lower school from when you’re finishing lower school and entering middle school to when you’re completing middle school and entering the upper school.   

That said, the honor code compels us – ALL of us – to act with respect:  first – foremost – and always.  That’s respect for property, respect for ideas and especially respect for people.  And that’s where our third core value comes into play.  Acting out of respect is acting with compassion. 

Compassion encourages you to put yourself in another person’s shoes, to appreciate his point of view or his experiences.  Acting with compassion – quite literally – means acting with love.  It comes from a Latin word that means “sharing in suffering” and wanting to extend support, care and concern.  So while no one expects you to feel another man’s pain, we do expect that you’re willing and able to identify with another person, with his challenges or with his perspective, and that you show kindness and seek understanding. 

As we began our faculty meetings last week, we talked about what it means to be a great school for boys.  At the heart of such a community are our core values: those three simple traits – courage, integrity and compassion.  They are embodied in our mission and our motto: Esse Quam Videri – To Be, Rather Than To Seem.  These values must come alive for all of us; they are made real by each and every one of you.

So what do these values mean to you?  This is your homework – but unlike math problems or word definitions – this homework won’t be collected and graded.  Simply, I want to know what it means to you to live with Courage; with Integrity; and with Compassion?  Over the days and weeks and months ahead, I hope that you are able to answer these questions.  You see, answering those questions – answering what it means to Live Like A Laker – is just as important as any lesson you may learn in the classroom or on the field or anywhere in between, maybe even more important than all of those lessons. 

We – the faculty – want this to be a great school for boys.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that we work hard – we strive every day – to make that come true for you.  But in order for us to be a great school for boys, each of us plays an important part.  Our school is only as strong as the united voices of our community.  Your teachers and coaches and advisors, our alumni and parents, and especially you, our boys, we all have a role.  By living with Courage, Integrity and Compassion, together we make this a great school for boys. 

It’s not easy – it’s a harder path to be sure – but it’s what ties us together.  And it’s through that shared labor that generations of good boys have grown to be great men.

And so we’re off.  We’ve begun the 171st year of the Boys’ Latin School.  Together, let’s make it the best one yet.

Welcome to Our New Faculty & Staff
9/2/2014

Please join us in welcoming our new colleagues to the Boys' Latin Community:

Stephanie Fenstermaker is teaching English in the Upper School.  She most recently taught at Glen Burnie High School and earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State and her graduate degree from Duquesne University.

J. Patrick {Pat} Gugerty '83 has joined us as Assistant Headmaster for Advancement.  Pat returns to Boys' Latin having worked for many years at Bank of America and, for the past seven years, having served as Director of Development of the Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE.  Pat is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Amy John (not in the photo) has joined us as Director of Strategic Planning. In this role, Amy is charged with coordinating the implementation both of our AIMS Action Plan and the Strategic Plan initiatives. Amy most recently served as Executive Director of BEST - a local nonprofit that focuses on facilitating independent school enrollment for Baltimore's African American students. Amy is a graduate of Denison University.

Kris Hare joins the admissions office as administrative assistant. She has previously worked in client relations for a financial services firm and as a special events manager. Kris earned her undergraduate degree from Towson University.

Matthew LaFreniere joins us from Virginia Episcopal School. He will be teaching English in the Upper School as well. Matt has also taught at the Hyde School. Matt earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and his M.F.A. from Fairfield University.

Jessica Long joins the faculty of the lower school teaching reading now that Kate English has taken on homeroom responsibilities for a section of first grade.  She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University.

Elizabeth McClung is teaching second grade this year as Rudy Hurley has moved up to the intermediate level. Elizabeth most recently taught at St. John's Parish Day School.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Marymount University and her graduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Meghan McGeehan will be teaching Spanish in the Upper School. She most recently taught at the Ranney School in New Jersey. Meghan earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State and her master's degree from Middlebury College. Stephen Roche joins us as a learning specialist in the Upper School. Stephen worked for fifteen years as a learning specialist at St. Elizabeth's School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Frostburg State and his master's degree from Loyola University.

Brooke Rubin will be teaching fifth grade in the lower school. Most recently, Brooke served in the Teach for America program. She earned her undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall and her graduate degree from Wilmington University.

Dewey Stierer '10 has returned to Boys' Latin to teach Latin and Reading in the middle school.  He has also been working in the alumni and development office this summer, working on an alumni career networking project.  Dewey earned his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Matthew Stone will be teaching English in the middle school. Matt most recently taught middle school at Compass Academy. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Mary's College.

Loss of Beloved, Former Teacher - Ab Logan
8/26/2014

Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends –

I am writing to share with you the sad news that our former colleague and dear friend, Ab Logan H’12, passed away yesterday following his battle with cancer.  Tomorrow is Ab’s birthday, and he would have been 71 years old. 

Ab taught at Boys’ Latin for 26 years, from 1984 through 2010.  He served as chair of the English Department and was an early advocate for initiatives that have become cornerstones of the Boys’ Latin experience – programs like Senior Speeches and the Senior Retreat.  On his retirement in 2010, he was presented with a volume of letters from current students, alumni and friends, reflecting on the meaningful relationships he had formed over the years.  As much as Ab enjoyed literature, students were always at the center of Ab’s world.  He encouraged independent thought and action among those he taught and with whom he worked.  Ab was a gifted teacher – a student’s teacher and a teacher’s teacher – a wise mentor and a fiercely loyal friend. 

There will be a private service for Ab this week, and the family anticipates having a larger memorial celebration in a few weeks.  We will share that information with you when it is available.  Please keep the Logan family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely yours,
Christopher J. Post

Lower School Summer Buddies Celebrate with Ice Cream
8/26/2014

On a warm August afternoon, new lower school families gathered with their summer buddy families for some ice cream and fun.  A good time was had by all.  BL is excited to welcome new friends to our community.

 

Open Auditions for the Fall Production of "The Story of Mary Surratt"
8/20/2014

The Boys' Latin Theater Arts Department is excited to announce open auditions for our fall production of The Story of Mary Surratt written by John Patrick on Monday, Sept. 8th & Tuesday, Sept. 9th from 6:00-7:30pm in the Sheridan Studio which is located on the lower level of the upper school side of the campus.

- Open Auditions are cold readings; no prepared monologue is required.
- Both middle and upper school students are needed: 33 males & 2 females.
- Student actors need to audition for 30 minutes or less on one of the audition nights: not both.
- Performances dates for The Story of Mary Surratt are Wednesday, Oct. 22nd - Saturday, Oct. 25th.
- Curtain is at 7pm in the Sheridan Studio where seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
- Tickets will go on sale one week prior to opening night and will be sold in the upper school lobby.
- Ticket prices are $5 for students/$7 for adults.
- The box office does not take on line reservations.  

 

Biking Across America
8/14/2014

BL sophomore Noah Vilceus took on The American Challenge with Overland Programs this summer.  This was a leadership challenge that had him biking from Atlantic to Pacific coasts.  The course started in Charleston, South Carolina, and after 6 weeks and 3000+ miles it ended in Santa Monica, California.   Overland's description of the experience is "American Challenge isn’t a race—there is no sag wagon or support team. The American Challenge won’t change you into a “hard core” biker—but it will change the way you see yourself and the world around you.

The experience challenged Noah's mind, body and soul and proved to him that he can do anything when he puts his mind to it.   During the 3000+ mile challenge, Noah bonded with his group as they work together to reach their goal.  When asked would he do it again, Noah stated yes it was an incredible experience.  He also paused to think about technology today, “It took me 6 weeks to get to California and 5 hours back to Baltimore on a plane ride!”
 

Alums Take a Trip to Long Island Shoot Out
7/31/2014

Kudos to BL alums who took part in the Long Island Shoot Out for Soldiers and raised over $76,000!

Summer Learning with BL and Middle Grades Partnership
7/21/2014


By Marcia Flaherty -- A yellow school bus in July?  Children in classes?  Children playing on the fields?  Yes! Although it is summer time, the BL campus has been busy with enrichment activities through its Middle Grades Partnership Program (MGP).  The MGP supports partnerships between public and independent schools to provide comprehensive summer and learning opportunities for academically promising Baltimore City middle school students and project based learning for students from both independent and public schools.

By preparing more than 600 students to thrive in rigorous high schools, colleges and beyond, the Middle Grades Partnership aspires to provide a core of leadership for Baltimore.  Boys’ Latin has been a proponent and active participant in the program for many years.  Currently, we are in our second year of partnership with City Springs Middle School in South Baltimore, and we have had a great experience so far!

The program is a true collaboration between the two schools in terms of planning, direction, and instruction which is why this program is so successful.  The students from rising 6th to rising 8th grades come to BL at 9:00 in the morning, have breakfast and play chess or other mind games, and then gather for “circle time” where discussion is centered on what it means to be a gentleman and a leader through the exploration of story, quotes, documentaries and current events.  They follow a curriculum of reading, math, computer (documentary making), and physical education, until 3 in the afternoon, and every Friday they go on an educational field trip.  One of our best field trips was a recent tour of Cunningham Farms (CEO Blake Smith ’04) and a stop at Cunningham’s restaurant to better glimpse the farm to table movement.  Other educational trips are planned during the school year to keep our bond close.  The program enriches all involved.

Special thanks to Christopher Post, Michael Thomas ‘87 and Stephen Dubin ‘79 for their support, and Brendan Mullally ’16, Hunter Isaac ’18 and Jackson Gazin ’18 for their participation.  To learn more about the program, go to middlegradespartnership.org or contact Marcia Flaherty at mflaherty@boyslatinmd.com.

Tyler Steinhardt '12 Leads Team to Championships!
7/16/2014

(Photo courtesy of Fields of Growth Facebook page)

From the BL community, we would like to offer a BIG congratulations to the first men’s lacrosse team to represent Africa and their coach and BL alum, Tyler Steinhardt ‘12 for making it to the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Denver and winning their first game over the Republic of Korea.  The team formed three years ago through the non-profit Fields of Growth International with a dream of one day participating in the world championships. Way to go!

For more, click below for coverage from:
- WJZ CBS Baltimore:   7/14/14 TV news story by Jessica Kartalija, "Marylanders Helped Team Uganda Get To The World Lacrosse Championships"
- Lacrossemagazine.com:  7/14/14 article by Corey MacLaughlin, "Uganda Earns First in Drammatic Fashion"

IBSC
7/9/2014

By Charles Franklin, Upper School Director of Academics -- Boys' Latin was well represented at the 21st annual conference of the International Boys' School Coalition, held from June 29th to July 2nd at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.  A delegation of 16 faculty and administrators attended the conference, whose theme was Building Boys into Good Men.  The conference featured presenters from numerous countries, along with our own Math Department Chair Molly Mullally, who delivered a wonderful presentation entitled"Strategies for Success: Techniques for Building Relationships in the Classroom".  Many of the conference sessions focused on the important work boys' schools do to encourage and transform boys into men of substance and character, and all in attendance are excited about bringing ideas and energy back to Lake Avenue for next year.


After a day of conference sessions, Headmaster Post gathered the team for bowling.

Mr. Higginson's Native American Storytelling
7/7/2014

At the end of the year, Mr. Higginson from the upper school stopped by to tell some Native American stories to the 3rd grade. Check it out!

 

Announcement from Headmaster Post
6/26/2014

Dear BL Alumni, Parents and Friends,

I would like to share with you an announcement that is going out today.  Bob Shriver ’69 will be retiring from his position as Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at the conclusion of the 2015 season.  This decision comes after much thought and discussion.  With sincere gratitude, we celebrate the long tenure, commitment and success that Coach Shriver has provided the Boys’ Latin community.  He will depart after being part of a fantastic 2014 season, yet, in his true form, he remains focused on the year ahead.

As you know, Coach Shriver has been an integral member of our school, as an alumnus and for the past 39 years as a faculty member and coach.  We appreciate the many contributions that he has made to our young men, our BL community and the sport of lacrosse.  We congratulate Coach Shriver for his many unprecedented successes, and we appreciate his continued support of Boys’ Latin and our boys.

Below I am sharing BL’s official press release which goes out today and provides additional details.  I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

All the best,


Christopher J. Post

 

 

***For immediate release***

Contact:

Tracey Weinberg
Weinberg Harris & Associates
(410) 627-3913|tweinberg@weinbergharris.com

BOYS’ LATIN VARSITY LACROSSE
HEAD COACH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Coach Bob Shriver Will Conclude 36-Year Head Coaching Career in 2015

BALTIMORE, MD – (June 26, 2014) – The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland (Boys’ Latin) announced today that Bob Shriver, Class of 1969, will retire as Head Coach of its varsity lacrosse team at the conclusion of the Lakers’ 2015 lacrosse season.

Coach Shriver, 63, today announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2015 season following an undefeated 2014 season for the Boys’ Latin lacrosse team, which included winning the 2014 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) “A” Conference Championship and securing the rank of the No. 1 high school lacrosse team in the nation. 

“Coach Shriver has been an integral member of Boys’ Latin for the past 39 years, serving as head coach of the varsity lacrosse team for the past 35 years.  We appreciate the many contributions that he has made to our young men and to our community, and I thank him for his devotion to our school and his dedication to our students,” stated Christopher Post, Headmaster of Boys’ Latin.

“Our varsity team had a magical run through this past season. They finished with the MIAA “A” Conference Championship title, an undefeated 18-0 record for a perfect season in the record books and a #1 national ranking.  The team itself was comprised of outstanding young men who played with joy, grit and exemplary sportsmanship.  We could not be more proud of, and happy for, our team and school,” Post concludes. 

Since Shriver’s first year as Head Coach in 1980, the Boys’ Latin varsity lacrosse team has been consistently ranked among the most competitive teams locally, culminating in an overall win-loss record of 490 – 135.  Coach Shriver led the Lakers to six (6) MIAA “A” Conference Championships:  1985, 1988, 1997, 2002, 2006, and 2014.  In three (3) of those seasons – 1997, 2006 and 2014 – Boys’ Latin completed the season undefeated and ranked as the No. 1 high school lacrosse team in the country.

Coach Shriver has been honored multiple times as the Maryland Scholastic Association MSA/MIAA Coach of the Year and several times as the Maryland State Lacrosse Coach of the Year.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at his alma mater, Washington College, in 1992 and into the U.S. Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in 1998.  Just recently, Coach Shriver was named both by The Baltimore Sun/Baltimore Messenger andVarsity Sports Network as “Lacrosse Coach of the Year.”

Coach Shriver commented, “Announcing my retirement following the conclusion of the 2015 season is bittersweet.  I don’t know that there’s ever a ‘perfect time’ to make an announcement like this.  By doing it now, my hope is that Boys’ Latin can search for and name a new coach, and we can strive to make the transition as seamless as possible.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to work at my alma mater as both a teacher and coach for the last 39 years.  I have been beyond fortunate to work with so many dedicated faculty members, coaches and, most importantly, young men who have done remarkable things in the classroom and on the lacrosse field.  I would like to thank all those former and current players, coaches, alumni, parents and Boys’ Latin supporters for the effort and commitment they have provided Boys’ Latin and especially the BL lacrosse program.  Boys’ Latin is a place I have and always will call home.”

A search process for Coach Shriver’s successor will commence in Fall 2014.  According to Headmaster Christopher Post, “We will be doing a thoughtful and thorough search for Bob's successor to ensure a seamless transition and the continued long-term success of the varsity lacrosse program at Boys’ Latin.”

About Boys’ Latin School
Boys' Latin is the only exclusively boys’ K-12 education in Maryland, and it’s the state’s oldest, non-sectarian school for boys.  BL’s talented faculty and staff are recognized for their expertise in learning for boys, and they are respected as teachers, advisors, mentors, coaches and often life-long friends.  Our motto – Esse quam videri (to be rather than to seem) sets a standard of authenticity and humility to which all members of our community aspire.  Students have challenging goals with rigorous college-preparatory course work including 39 honors and 12 AP courses plus two post-AP (college-level) math courses, plus a wide array of arts and activities.  The campus is 41-acres in Roland Park with state-of-the art classrooms, three libraries, dedicated visual and performing arts centers and outstanding athletic facilities.  BL graduates go on to attend some of the nation’s top colleges and universities such as Yale, Princeton and Johns Hopkins or specialty schools such as Berklee College of Music or the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.  BL alumni have gone on to be Pulitzer Prize winners and successful entrepreneurs, Rhodes Scholars and firefighters, philanthropists and cartoonists plus more.  For more information, please visit www.boyslatinmd.com.

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Shootout for Soldiers
6/19/2014

If you can't go to Shootout for Soldiers in person, watch it live at http://shootoutforsoldiers.com/ or click the image below.

This morning the U.S. Army Golden Knights kicked off events with a skydiving jump onto the field.  BL students and alumni, led by event founder Tyler Steinhardt (BL class of 2012), are having a blast rain or shine while raising money for a great cause.

Middle School Closing – Crossroads to College
6/11/2014

The Middle School Closing Ceremony this morning is the last student activity on campus for the school year.  “We celebrate a marking post moment” today said Head of Middle School Mr. Mollett.  Headmaster Post, who is also the proud father of an eighth grader, described how the middle school years move quickly, “we blink again, and the boys are at a crossroads to college.”  We honored 45 boys in our eighth grade class of 2018 as they move up to upper school, and Mr. Mollett asked the boys “What do you want said about you at your graduation in four years?  Who do you want to be?”

The audience, filled with proud parents, family, faculty, staff and friends, cheered as the following students were presented awards:
- Improvement Awards:
   - McKenney B. – 8th Grade Honorable Mention
   - Ned R. – 8th Grade Most Improved
   - Michael S. – 7th Grade Honorable Mention
   - Sam W. – 7th Grade Most Improved
   - Andrew H. – 6th Grade Honorable Mention
   - Frank R. -- 6th Grade Most Improved
- Paul A., Josh B., Tucker B., Max F., Jackson G., Ryan H., Brandon K., Will K., Jack L., Ethan M., Max M., Dan N. and Carson R. with the President’s Education Gold Award from a White House letter signed by President Obama
- Chase B., McKenney B., Britt C., Hunter I., Lucas K., Reagan M., Matt P., Will O., James R., Carrington S., George S., Michael U. and Ben W. with the Silver Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
-Braden M. with the Doris L. Regan Memorial Award given to the sixth grader who has shown the greatest versatility in the transition to the middle school
- Jackson G. as the valedictorian and Max M. as the salutatorian with the George Shipley Memorial Award for the highest GPAs in the eighth grade class
- Randy C. and Mitch B. with the Middle School Award given to the seventh grader(s) who best demonstrates the qualities of responsibility, gentlemanliness and dedication to the school motto “Esse Quam Videri
- Chase B. with the Jack H. Williams Award given to the student who demonstrates thoughtfulness and consideration of others
- Tucker B. with the Maroon and White Award given to the student who, in the opinion of his teachers, best upholds the honor of the school
- Danny N. with the Dale W. Sehnert Award given to the student who seeks knowledge for the pleasure of learning
-Chase B. and Ryan H. with the Brian C. Campbell Scholarship given to former fifth grade students in memory of Mrs. Jean Campbell’s son
- Brandon K. with the Middle School Faculty Award given to that student whose enthusiasm, effort, civility and spirit have lifted all those around him

Director of Development John Sieverts, together with the five parent representatives, thanked parents as he presented the Eighth Grade Class gift of $67,000+ for the annual fund.  Valedictorian Jackson Gazin gave farewell remarks where he commented on each and every one of his 45 classmates for their talents as athletes, scholars, comedians, artists, musicians, actors, men of style, sports fanatics and individuals who enjoy a new challenge.  He thanked the teachers who nurtured and understood each student and supported all of them on their journey.  He commented “the only way we meet our individual potential is with support.”  The crowd watched as each eighth grader walked across the stage to be recognized.  The middle school chorus sang their last song of the year which contained a message for the boys and all, “if you see what’s wrong and try to make it right, you will be a point of light.”   With brief closing remarks, Mr. Mollett dismissed the group with a happy reminder of summer reading as well as fun.  He also shared this thought on the event program from former Head of MS Otis Read and former Assistant Head of MS Nick Nichols:

Our primary concern is not just academic success,
but the growth of the youngster –
having him feel good about himself,
about school and about learning.

The slides that were shown during the ceremony and additional photos are available on SmugMug with a community login (bl822).

The students have now all departed.  We take this one last opportunity to give you our best wishes for a wonderful summer! 

 

Lower School Closing Exercises - Such Growth in a Year!
6/10/2014

 

Shortly after 10:00 this morning, the fifth graders completed their days in Ehrhardt Hall.  Proud parents, grandparents and siblings looked on during Lower School Closing Exercises, the official end of our 2013-14 school year. Head of Lower School Kathy Arnold gave a welcome message where she noted that our fifth graders “leave with more than classmates – they have brothers.”  Then, fifth grader Justin led the pledge of allegiance.

As always on such occasions, there was laughter and tears as 36 young men became middle schoolers.  Highlighting the morning’s event was the announcement of recipients of various awards.  Please join us in congratulating:

- Luke, grade four, the Doris L. Regan Award to the student who most embodies the School Song.
- Riar, grade five, with the Woodward Award established in honor of Tillie Woodward, former lower school teacher and athletic director, to honor the outstanding athlete based on team spirit and ability. 
- Jack F., grade five,with the Jack H. Williams Fellowship Award established in memory of former Headmaster Williams and given to the student who demonstrates thoughtfulness and consideration of others.
- Aidan, grade five, with the Frederick A. Hahn Award established in honor of Mr. Hahn, Headmaster for 35 years and given for leadership based on character.
- Ben, grade three,with the Benjamin Samuel Sorensen Award established by Mr. Sorensen’s parents to recognize the third grade student who demonstrates determination and potential for success.
- J.T., grade five, with the Brian C. Campbell Award for excellence in writing.
- Brian, grade five, with the Betty Banghart Award established in honor of Mrs. Banghart by the lower school faculty on the occasion of her retirement as Head of Lower School for the student who demonstrates a true love of learning.
- Elliot, Jack F., Thomas G., Ethan G., Tommy H., Justin K., Riar, Aidan and J. T. with the President’s Education Award from a White House letter signed by President Obama.
- T’Khai, grade five, with the Lower School Faculty Award established to recognize the fifth grade student who has shown the most academic and personal growth during his years in the lower school.
- Vladik with the Timber Ridge Camp Scholarship given in memory of Nicholas Ziolkowski ’01.

After awards, Director of Development John Sieverts ‘07H, together with Debi and Bill Krulak and Neil McAslan, presented the Fifth Grade Class Gift to the annual fund of $43,000.  Lower School Student Body Vice President J.T. presented the Fifth Grade Student Gift of two sets of books to the library.  As another gift to the audience, the fourth and fifth graders sang “Faithful Over a Few Things” which featured a solo by Brian.

In closing remarks, Mrs. Arnold announced a newly created annual faculty award, the Jean Campbell Award for outstanding teaching for more than ten years.  The award is the result of donations to honor Mrs. Campbell as she retires, and the award was presented to Stephanie Lange.  The closing ceremony was followed by a reception for fifth grade families on the patio.

Photos are posted on SmugMug with a BL community password (bl822) – click here.

The 5th grade slideshow is here.

Congratulations to all in the lower school for an outstanding year!

8th Grade Bridge Crossing Ceremony
6/9/2014

This afternoon, BL held our Eighth Grade Bridge Crossing Ceremony where we celebrate completion of middle school and recognize the transition to upper school for approximately 45 boys. Upper school administration and Headmaster Post gathered on the north side of the bridge to welcome the boys to the upper school. Parents, grandparents and friends congregated nearby on the lawn in front of the Alumni House to greet the boys and take photos.  Following the ceremony, the group gathered for a reception.  Additional photos are available on SmugMug with a BL community login.

Commencement 2014
6/9/2014

With the first notes of the brass prelude, excited voices quieted.  Then bagpiper Andrew Shriver McGowan (BL Class of 2012) led the processional of BL’s administration, board members, faculty and staff.  At last, the moment all had been waiting for was next - the center isle procession of the members of the Class of 2014.  We could not have ordered a more perfect morning for Boys’ Latin’s 170th Commencement Exercises.  Joy, pride and excitement were palpable with three tents filled with graduates, parents, family, friends, faculty, staff and alumni.

Headmaster Post began the ceremony by reading the mission statement, thanking those who had organized this lovely event and recognizing the parents and grandparents for all their care and support that culminated in this momentous celebration.  Mr. Post acknowledged Student Body President Luke Kluttz for “his extraordinary student leadership that set a wonderful tone for our student boy” and then introduced our Valedictorian Alexander Andrews.  Alex wove together four seemingly disparate stories into a pattern that represented his four years of growth at Boys’ Latin.  “All four years were essential in creating the strong bond of brotherhood…making us the men we are today… and preparing us for the road ahead. … Let’s carry these four years within us as we write our next chapters.”

What sets BL’s Commencement apart for many is Headmaster Post’s comments about each and every senior.  The comments are honed from collective community input and speak to the essence of each young man with humor, love and pride.  A teacher said “this is our community; we nourish and support each boy and are so excited to see him take off and fly.”  It is a beautiful and moving tradition, and it was seen around the world this year with live streaming.  One sister in Florence, Italy texted her parents at the ceremony to say she was watching.  There was even a special musical moment when the crowd was wowed by Senior Jazz Ensemble (Andrew Hairston, Dylan Hazlett, Andrew Woerner and Christian Mitchell).  Special congratulations go to the following seniors who were recognized with awards:
- Liam Burman with the J. Elwood Peter Memorial Award “established by Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Peter to be presented to that member of the senior class who, in the opinion of his classmates, possesses the characteristics of heart, mind and conduct that manifest a spirit of love for and helpfulness to his fellow men as were exemplified by their son, J. Elwood Harrison Peter ’34.”
- Hunter Moreland with the Jack H. Williams Award for Benevolence “established in 1978 by the School in memory of Mr. Williams ’38, beloved Headmaster 1962-78, whose concern and love for others was the paragon for the spirit of caring at Boys’ Latin.”
- Evan Dohler with the Julian and Carolyn Smith Alumni Cup Award “established in 1916 by the Alumni Association, dedicated in 2012 to the Smiths, awarded to a member of the senior class for leadership based on character.”
- Justin Williams with the Senior Internship Award “presented to that senior whose project is judged to most outstanding” for his work at the Johns Hopkins University Space Telescope Science Institute.
- Michael Hopkins, Griffin Volker, Casey Bordick, Travis White, Chris & Connor Keogh and Nick Wheeless with Faculty Awards

All of the seniors are heading to colleges in the fall.  Headmaster Post said “I am so proud of these seniors and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for them.  Our students are choosing from a wide array of options.  The college list (click here) reflects some of our country’s most competitive colleges and universities, colleges that are small and intimate, large research universities and specialized institutions” – UVA, JHU, UMD, Rice, Cornell, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Tulane, American University, St. John’s College and many more.

It was a picturesque day, a capstone event and pivotal moment for our seniors, families and community.  Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

-- Additional photos from Professional photographers and BL staff are available on SmugMug with the BL community login:  click here.
-- Video recording from the live streaming is available:  click here.  In YouTube, click on "show more" to see time markings, so you can skip ahead to key parts as needed.
-- The professional video will be available in approximately three weeks:  click here to order.

Biography Day Brings Smiles and Learning
6/6/2014

Today was "Biography Day" for the second grade. Over the past few weeks, students have prepared by chosing a famous person, reading a book about him or her and writing a biography.  Today, the boys came to school dressed in character and presented their famous person biography.  It was adorable!  Who do you recognize in these photos?  More photos are available on SmugMug with a community login. 



6th Grade History in the Mountains
6/6/2014

This week, BL sixth graders enjoyed a beautiful day in Western Maryland, a.k.a. "The Mountain Side of Maryland."  They learned about the Battle of South Mountain, the first monument erected to recognize George Washington and the life of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War correspondent. They also hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Science at the Zoo
6/6/2014

Second grade ended its "Animal and Life Cycle" units in science with a trip to the zoo this week.  The boys enjoyed a beautiful day exploring at the Baltimore Zoo. The prairie dogs were a favorite, and they got the watch the giraffe and elephant feedings. We heard all about the new penguin and otter exhibits that are being constructed and look forward to seeing them. It was a great day for all!

Senior Bennett Wisner is Qualified for Match Play in Men's Amateur Tournament
6/6/2014

Graduating senior Bennett Wisner tied for 10th place in the stroke play portion of the Maryland State Men's Amateur Tournament. He was one of just three high school students to make it that far, and he qualified for the match play at Baltimore Country Club today. Although he lost in the match this morning, it was a close battle to the last hole.
 
Congrats, Bennett!

Commencement via Livestreaming & Instagram
6/4/2014

Today, we are excited to announce a new way to be connected with Boys’ Latin via livestreaming.  As a service to graduates, parents, family, friends, alumni and all who would like to see Commencement but are unable to be here, livestreaming will let you see live video of the events.   Just follow this link (which is also posted on our homepage):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pplaztM_4ZY.  When Commencement begins at 9:30am on June 7th, the video will begin.  If you join late, you can skip back to the beginning.  Prior to the event, you will see “Please stand by” and a countdown to the start time.  After the event, the video will be available on our YouTube channel at blmd822.  Please feel free to forward this to your family and others, and look for us next year when we will be in touch about additional livestreaming events.

Also for Commencement since there are many wonderful photo moments, we encourage those who are here to be a part of our social community by sending photos on Instagram to #boyslatin14.  For alumni, send us your throwback Commencement photos.

Stanwick Wins Kelly Award & Appears in Sports Illustrated; BL Players Named to MIAA Teams
6/3/2014

There is more good news this week for BL in athletics:

Sports Illustrated named Shack Stanwick as one of the high school "Faces in the Crowd" in June 2nd print edition. Click here.

- Shack Stanwick was also named as the top high school player of the year with the C. Markland Kelly Award from the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association on Sunday night.  This is the 66th year for this annual award and the 13th time a BL player has been honored.  Click the links below to read coverage:
     The Baltimore Sun article on 6/1/14 -- click here
     Varsity Sports Network(with a login subscription) -- click here

- Congratulations to all BL players who have been named to All-MIAA "A" Conference teams:
     Baseball -- Fred Bopst '14, Mark Lopez '17 and Skyler Morris '15
     Golf -- Bennett Wisner '13
     Lacrosse -- Tal Bruno '14, Colin Chell '14, Hunter Moreland '14 and Shack Stanwick '14
     Tennis -- Will Parriott '14

- Bennett Wisner is playing in the MD State Golf Associations' 93rd Men's Amateur Championship this week (Thurs-Sun) at BCC's East Course.

Congratulations to Shack, Bennett, Will, Fred, Mark, Sklyer, Tal, Colin and Hunter!
Well done!

3D Printer Boosts Student Learning
5/30/2014

Winning a free Cubify Cube 2 model 3D printer and a license for the SolidWorks design software to the BL campus was certainly an exciting moment. Watching that 3D printer create solid objects out of thin air is even more thrilling – especially for our middle school boys! Please click here to read the full article on the exciting opportunities this technology provides for our students. Below are some pictures of student work.

"Ping Pong Summer" Movie Release - See Pierce Haugh '10
5/30/2014

BL alumni Pierce Haugh ’10 has a cameo in the new movie Ping Pong Summer which releases next week on June 6th.  Coach and lower school teacher Drew Haugh can also be seen briefly putting up umbrellas as the sun comes up on the beach at 2nd street.  Another fun movie fact is that all umbrellas for the movie were supplied by Coach Haugh’s beach service company.  

The movie stars Susan Sarandon and has gotten great reviews from Sundance and international press. Laugh as you flash back to ‘80s music and styles in Ocean City.  Watch the trailer and see the comments from Maryland Film Festival:  http://www.md-filmfest.com/festival/film-guide/63  If you are going to Ocean City this weekend, Coach Haugh, Pierce and family will walk the red carpet around 6pm before the 7pm movie premiere at the Sun and Surf Theater (Coastal Highway at 143rd Street).

 

Memorial Day with the Maisels' Mobile Military Museum
5/29/2014

Teachers Butch and Chris Maisel shared an expansive display on Memorial Day to honor veterans.  The "Marylanders in the Military" display was part of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens' annual Memorial Day Celebration Ceremony, which attracts over 1,000 people.  The Baltimore Sun describes the event as, "Memorial Day, the way it used to be celebrated."  The Maisels mobile military museum captured the attention of the press:
- Fox45 had this TV news coverage on Memorial Day, May 25th

 - The Carroll County Times featured a story by Jacob deNobel on Sunday, May 25th http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/mobile-military-museum-honors-vets/article_758eff74-a803-512a-a4aa-893f8361b65f.html

- CBS had this coverage of a preview event at McDonogh School too  http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/video/10191125-former-military-academy-mcdonogh-school-honors-alumni-for-memorial-day/

BL thanks Butch and Chris Maisel
and all veterans!

Senior Shack Stanwick "Named High School Athlete of the Year" by The Baltimore Sun
5/29/2014

The Boys' Latin community has been riding the wave of excitement since winning the MIAA A Championships with an undefeated season and #1 national ranking.  As the school year comes to a close, The Baltimore Sun recognizes athletes who have stood out through the year.  This year, among male 10 finalists recognized at The Sun's 48th-annual awards event, Shack Stanwick was named "Male High School Athlete of the Year."

Athletic Director Michael Thomas said "Shack set the school’s single season points record with 46 goals and 72 assists.  He shattered the storied program’s career points record with 334."  Although BL has had numerous nominees throughout its rich athletic history, this is our first winner.

Shack stated, “Our team went out strong with a win, and then to get an award like this is amazing…It’s hard to describe because there were so many unreal athletes here…This is just awesome.”  We are so very proud of Shack. Watching #9 Shack Stanwick handle all that comes with poise, humility, humor, and excellence... Grit wins…," said Thomas.

As Shack heads off to Johns Hopkins University to join his brother and Laker alum Wells Stanwick '11, we congratulate him and look forward to all of the wonderful things he will do on and off the field.  Congrats, Shack!

Click here for the full article by Glenn Graham including a video with comments from Shack and event coverage
Click here for an earlier video "Boys' Latin's Stanwick lacrosse legacy ends with Shack"
Click here for additional photos from the event.
Photo shown here is provided by Kevin Richardson, The Sun.

There was also nice coverage of one of our earlier lacrosse standouts, Christian Walsh '09, in The Sun yesterday: "Boys' Latin, Duke lacrosse champion prepares for life on Wall Street."

Rube Goldberg Machines Compete in Physics Class
5/29/2014

This morning in honors physics class with Mrs. Rodriguez, upper school students demonstrated their Rube Goldberg inventions. The projects include 20 steps, four simple machines, a string pull start and a useful purpose. Groups competed to see which design could be first to have three successful complete runs of all steps. Watch as Avery Engel, Phil Springer, Johnathan Sembly, Max Hyatt and Nick Regine turn on a light with their invention in the first video.  In another winning group, see the contraption designed by Charley Hughes, Jared Snyder, Jason Price and Shane Kilberg.

Baltimore City Fire Department Talks Fire Safety
5/29/2014

 

  

A big thank you to the Baltimore City Fire Department for stopping by for the lower school students.  After an early morning assembly to talk about fire safety, the lower school headed out to the front of the school to find two firetrucks.  The groups were given a chance to sit in the fire truck and watch the firemen spray the engine hose.  Along with the fire company was a senior Laker who is completing his senior internship with the Baltimore City Fire Department. 

 More pictures and video are up on our SmugMug page, Instagram @boyslatinmd, and Facebook.

Old Bay Ad Features Boys' Latin
5/28/2014

This new TV ad from Old Bay will debut shortly and feature rising senior Anthony Wyler.  Look for Anthony on billboards too.  Enjoy.

 

Lower School Maroon & White Day
5/23/2014

  

Today, the lower school closed out the series of three divions' Maroon and White Days.  Another beautiful day, the lower school was divided Kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade.  The third through fifth graders started the day with a variety of "side line" games playing half field.  After lunch the Kindergarteners through second grade joined in for sideline football and soccer.

Between games, the maroon and white teams took turns cheering with their favorite classics like, “I Believe!”  The day closed out with relays, three legged and potato sack races. There were even games to cool everyone off like balloon tosses, balloon squashing (see above picture) and water cup relay races.

At the end of the day, the smiling slightly pink faces, wet clothes and cheers signaled a wonderful and successful day for the lower school’s Maroon & White Day.

More photos and videos are on SmugMug.

Laker Night with the Orioles
5/23/2014

It was a fantastic evening for Laker Night with the Orioles last night at the O’s game.  Lakers were everywhere!  To honor his 52 years working at Boys’ Latin, Associate Headmaster Dyson P. Ehrhardt ’59 threw out the first pitch.  Head of Lower School Kathy Arnold Using dazzeled with skills from her former opera career as she sang the national anthem.  Director of Alumni Relations Mac Kennedy ’76 was featured as an Orioles’ "heavy hitter" for organizing our big Laker group.  Headmaster Post and Trustee Duncan Smith ‘73 were introduced before the first pitch, and senior BL baseball players Parker Yablon and Fred Bopst were on the field for the pre-game events.  Cheers from the BL crowd in the upper deck behind home plate gave added pride and support for all.  During the game, spirited BL fans were even caught in action on the jumbotron.  It’s moments like this that highlight our closeness and fondness as a community.

If you missed it, you can watch  the video below and also by clicking here to see our Facebook posts last night, and you can see additional photos by clicking here to go to SmugMug (which requires a BL community login).

Any Lakers who have a great photo from the game?  Please share them with us on Instagram @boyslatinmd or email them to swoods@boyslatinmd.com.  Thanks.

 

Bravo Middle School Musicians
5/23/2014

Congratulations to the middle school students for another fun and entertaining performance at the Spring Concert. The concert is truly a full middle school event as each and every middle school student performs.

Some highlights of the show include the jazz band improvisational solos. It was an impressive display as the band members took turns riffing during one of the numbers. The chorus once again engaged the audience and had us all clapping and singing along to their performance of "Hey Jude." Chase Bailey and Michael Scandora accompanied the chorus for this song. Middle school STOMP took their performance percussion to a new level, using everything from buckets, to tables, to sticks, to basketballs in keeping the beat going.

A special thank you goes to the music instructors Kathy Anderson and Clarke Nyman. The duo works tirelessly to prepare these young men for the performance. Thank you, Clarke and Kathy.

Below you can find some highlights of the show. In addition, there will be more photos posted on SmugMug next week.

 

Individual Music Recitals
5/22/2014

You know what they say, "practice makes perfect!" On Wednesday afternoon, our students who study music in private studio lessons performed in a recital.  The following students performed:
Piano:   freshman Robbie Dittmar, fifth-grader Jonathan and seventh-grader Ryan
Guitar:  fifth-grader T'Khai, sixth-graders Aleks & Dale and seventh-graders Hunter & Myles
Brass:  seventh-grader Price and freshman Drew Nicholas

Many thanks to our studio teachers:
Kathy Anderson, piano
Craig Brackins, guitar
Gretchen Gettes, cello
Clarke Nyman, percussion
Kristin Stauffer, brass
Catherine Young, piano 

Students have learned so much over the year, and it was exciting to see their talents develop.  Click here to go to YouTube to see video recordings of 20 individual performances.  Congratulations to all the students!

All-School Student Leadership Elections
5/22/2014

Over the past couple weeks, members of the student body have had the opportunity to run for School Officer positions.  Many young men ran by giving speeches, and the following students were elected by their peers to serve in leadership roles for the 2014 - 2015 school year:

President of the Student Body -- Charley Hughes

Vice President -- Julian Baker

Secretary/Parlementarian -- Nick Morton

Thank you to all of the boys who ran, and we are looking forward to the leadership from this group starting in the fall.

Varsity Spring Sports Recap – Tennis “On the Ball”
5/21/2014

There is excitement as double partners Jack Metzger and Andrew Grauel advance today to play in the semi-finals of the MIAA “A” Individual Tournament at the Greenspring Racquet Club at 3pm.  Note this is a change in location and time due to weather. Let’s cheer them on! ***Update -- It was a seesaw battle for the doubles pair who went 6-3 and 6-6 (7-4 tie breaker) before falling to Mt. Saint Joe.  Well done!***

After a 6-1, 6-1 win versus Park in his second round match, Jimmy Magee made it to the quarterfinals of the Individuals Tournament.  Yesterday, he lost in a hard fought battle with a senior from Friends.

In team competition, "the varsity tennis team qualified for the MIAA "A" Conference Team Championship Tournament for the 1st time since 2003!” reported Head Coach Jim Magee ’74.  The team playoffs last week were tough with a loss in the first round quarterfinal matchup of #6 BL versus the #3 Mt. Saint Joe’s Gaels.  The varsity team finished the season with an overall record of 6-4 (.600).  

Coach Magee said "Varsity Tennis is led this year by three outstanding senior captains:  Will Parriott, Daniel Baker and Jack Metzger.”  We will miss our six graduating seniors and will look forward to "continued strength in our three singles spots filled by sophomore Joey Mallon in the #1 spot, freshman Jimmy Magee at #2 and sophomore Brett Blum at #3.  The doubles teams were Will Parriott and Daniel Baker at #1, Jack Metzger and junior Robert Rice/senior Andrew Grauel at #2.  Parriott and Baker in the #1 doubles position have a league season record of 7-1!!  The starters were strongly supported by senior Dylan Hazlett, freshman Griffin McShane, junior Logan King and senior David Lurie whose roles as practice partners, match videographers, charters and analysts was invaluable!

"I'm very proud of the entire squad for their strong season! Their outstanding sportsmanship and team spirit represented Boys' Latin and themselves extraordinarily well!" Congratulations to our Varsity Tennis Team and Coach Magee.

Varsity Spring Sports Recap - Golf
5/21/2014

“Soooo close” would be a good way to describe the progression of the season for the varsity golf team.  The last two matches ended in tied scores making the season total three ties out of seven matches – so close.  The 10.5-10.5 tie in last match versus Mt. Saint Joe’s Gaels knocked the Lakers from playoff contention.  This week, the team gathered to celebrate team growth and individual bests at their team dinner.  Coach Champion shared comments at the end of the season, and these bring to life the courage and closeness of the team -- click here.

Congratulations to the entire golf team:  Justin Donawa, Garrett Glaeser, Shane Kilberg, Austin Light, Drew Miller, Seth Miller, Drew Nicholas, Dylan Watts (Co-Captain), Randy Wells, Bennett Wisner (Co-Captain) and Alex Young.  Many thanks to Head Varsity Coach Mason Champion who is leaving this position after 12 seasons with the Lakers so that he can spend more time with his family.  Athletic Director Michael Thomas said “The Boys’ Latin School, the athletic department and the golf parents and players alike would like to thank Coach Champion for his dedication to the golf program and his kids.  The experience, knowledge base and golf acumen that Coach brought to the program was immeasurable.  Coach Champion has used his platform to be a transformative and nurturing coach.  He imparts life-changing messages to center and enhance their experience.  Values of empathy, accountability and intentionality are cherished.  We, at Boys’ Latin, wish Mason and his family well.”

Varsity Spring Sports Recap – Baseball
5/20/2014

BL finished the regular season in a three way tie for the top spot and a 10-3 record in the red division along with Severn and Glenelg Country School. Before the playoffs with just bad luck, BL lost both coin flips thus relinquishing a bye or home game.

The playoffs started well with the Lakers 13-1 smoker of Annapolis Area Christian School (AASC) at Joe Cannon Stadium on Friday May 9th. The Lakers went 2-2 in the playoffs, falling to AACS 7 to 8 in BL's last game.  That gave the Lakers an overall record for the season of 16-8. Congratulations to the entire team on a great season:

Bo Harchick
Phil Springer
#1 Sam Bowen
#3 Stephon Hill
#3 Zach Grace
#7 Blake Venick
#8 Skyler Morris
#11 Dom Maggio
#12 Liam Madden
#13 Josh Smith
#14 Michael Whitehurst
#16 Parker Yablon
#18 Max Keefe
#20 Fred Bopst
#27 JT Lauman
#30 Mark Lopez
#35 Corey Gaines
#43 Drew Gray

Head Coach:  Bill Greenwell

 

Maroon & White Day for the Middle School
5/19/2014

 

Today kicked off with the middle school's Maroon & White Day.  Maroon & White Day is held in all three divisions and is a time for each division to come together cheer each other on and compete.  The upper school held theirs a few weeks ago, but today it was the middle school’s turn. 

Beginning the day with Capture the Flag, each grade was divided into a Maroon Team and a White Team.  With a morning filled with Bat Spin, Corn-Hole Toss, Kick Ball, Tug of War and more, after lunch the 8th grade White Team was leading with 58 points. 

After lunch and the Fastest Laker competition, the ever-favorite Egg Toss took place.  Each year, along with pairs from each grade and color team, there are also “special pairs” chosen.  Headmaster Post and his son paired up to play, along with siblings and notable friendship pairs – like “most talkative.”  Mr. Locey and Mr. Zielaskiewicz (aka Mr. Z) won the “special pairs” round!

At the very end of the day, Mr. Hopkins led all three grades in an impressive game of Simon Says.  An elementary game with the speed turned up that stumped even the most attentive players.

With the day wrapped up, the scores were tallied.  In the sixth grade Maroon Team won, the seventh grade White Team won, and the eighth grade White Team won with 147 points!

More photos, including action shots like this from the egg toss, are on SmugMug.

 

Lacrosse - Undefeated Reflections
5/19/2014

As we look back on the Friday night’s lacrosse game, we are so proud and excited for the BL team who are MIAA A Conference 2014 Varsity Lacrosse Champions, #1 ranked in the nation and undefeated with a perfect season for the record books.  Beyond the titles and the stats, there are so many moments with joyful smiles.  “The atmosphere at the game was alive” said a fan.  In a crowd of over 5000 for the game at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium, the excitement in the BL community was electric.  It was touching to see the upper school students who dressed in blazers for the game to show respect for their team.  It’s hard to explain the strong community at BL – you see it in big moments like this and in the little acts of kindness among the boys every day.  Fans cheered, jumped and high-fived with every goal, and we saw compassion and connection in the boys when the team jumped into the stands to celebrate with their classmates.

Beautiful photos help tell the story.  For more, click these links:
- From Paul Johnson Photography, during the game and the celebration afterward http://pfjohnsonphotography.smugmug.com/Boys-Latin-Lax-MIAA-A-Final 
- From Phyllis Novotny http://boyslatin.smugmug.com/2013-2014Galleries/Upper-School/Lax-championships/42977873_t2zsMm#!i=3392614524&k=jKZDkbs

We are grateful to press sports writers, who capture the emotion and statistics of the night:
- From Glen Graham at The Baltimore Sun http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/high-school/bs-va-sp-miaa-lacrosse-championships-0517-20140516,0,6452008.story
- From Ty Xanders at Inside Lacrosse http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/high-school-boys-latin-md-wins-pnc-miaa-championship-finishes-undefeated/28676
Perhaps one of the best snapshots of the emotion and pride is from a summary “Grit Wins” by Athletic Director Michael Thomas:

Our varsity lacrosse mantra this spring was grit over talent.  Well, grit wins.

Grit wins those momentum sustaining or changing ground balls...Brown, Moreland, Murrow, O'Connor, Peters, Bruno, Spencer, and Wyler... Ground balls BL 43 vs SP 20 -- Grit wins.

Accepting and relishing the "great pressure" of being undefeated in America's toughest high school lacrosse league....Grit wins.

Watching our offense use balance scoring and poise to put continual pressure of the opposition's defense ... Grit wins.

Watching an injured # 5 Hugh Mosco be a great teammate while exulting, cheering, encouraging, and supporting his defense and elevating them to new highs ... Grit wins.

Witnessing face-off and midfielder #11 Hunter Moreland dominate the circle and score 3 dagger goals ... Grit wins.

We saw a young boyish sophomore goalie named Jack Pezzulla step from the shadow to shut the door on high schools' biggest stage ... Grit wins.

Witnessing and appreciating the physical toughness that #4 Nick Gesualdi brought to this team was special and uncommon...  No one wearing a blue jersey friday night wanted to see #4 in their face ... Grit wins.

Watching big #7 Devin Shewell impose his will on SP while scoring huge goals and sharing the ball ... Grit wins

Witnessing the speedy #1 T Moyer run wild ... Grit wins.

A coaching staff that found the the right equation...demanding humility, expecting greatness, and seeking team improvement every time they stepped on the carpet ... Grit wins.

Brett Roberts demonstrating his love for his classmates, teammates, and school through his emotional videos and pictures ... Grit wins.

Watching #9 Shack Stanwick handle all that comes with poise, humility, humor, and excellence ... Grit wins.

Is there a better example of a true Laker than Colin Chell?...  #22 is "to be rather than to seem" … Grit wins.

Oh, a few thousand fans comprised of alumni, teachers, parents, friends, and students cheering for our Lakers ... Grit wins.

Laker Nation ... Grit wins

MIAA A Conference Varsity
Lacrosse Champions 2014

National Champions 2014

Congratulations MIAA A Lacrosse Champions!
5/16/2014

BL won tonight 17-11 completing an undefeated season with a #1 ranking!

Celebrations in Closing Convocation & Senior Farewells
5/16/2014

It's an exciting day on BL campus. Despite a deluge, we had toothy/toothless grins as our youngest paired up with our seniors to process into Closing Convocation.  We gathered as one school for the final time this year for Closing Convocation followed by our senior farewell. Both are joyful and moving events each year, and they highlight what makes BL so special...the relationships. 

At the Closing Convocation, several teachers/administrators were recognized, including the retirements of Candy Bradfield, Jean Campbell, Joanne LaPaglia and Robin Read.  It was heartwarming to see the warmth and pride in the Iglehart Center at the ceremonious passing of the gavel to the new Student Body President Charley Hughes and with the joyous applause for various teachers awards.  Headmaster Post gave sincere thanks to Kathy Gray for her commitment as Parents' Association over the past two years and to all the teachers for their dedication and nurturing care this year.Mr. Post also thanked the All School Choir for their songs with a musical theme of light. Click here for a short video clip from Closing Convocation which begins with Frankie, who is in the first grade, presenting an award to his senior Laker Buddy Parker Yablon.  

Congratulations to all for the following awards:

Faculty Mentoring and Excellence Awards:

 

     Lower School
     Middle School:
     Upper School:

Jean Campbell & Robin Read
Chris Maisel
Molly Mullally

 

Rookie Teacher of the Year

Jimmy Morrisey

 

 

Kotras Award for Excellence in Teaching

Adam Osborn

 

 

Laker-to-Laker Buddy Award

Parker Yablon

   
Laker Corps Award

Drew Gray
Devin Harvin
Bennett Kauffman

Max Marshall
Connor Mules

Will Page
Brent Powers

Faculty Grant Awards

Colbert Award
Janet Maisel
Gene Ubriaco
Gillian Vernon

Ford Fellowship
Alex Barron

Brooks Faculty Enrichment
Ann Gazin
Diane Rodriguez

Summer Grant
Anne Kellerman
Joyce Barnett
Ann Whitman
Marie Scheurich
Stephanie McKew
Aaron Sloboda

Service Awards:   5 Years
                            Charles Franklin 
                            Averil Liebendorfer
                            Brian Mitchell
                            Andrew Robinson
                            Aaron Sloboda
                            Jill Trupia
                            Evan Wilson 

10 Years
Alan Locey
Michael Thomas

15 Years
John Paquette

20 Years
Anne Kellerman
Marie Scheurich
Kay Schuyler

25 Years
Barbara Starkey
Elizabeth Wilson

We left the Convocation and went immediately to the senior farewell.  This is a favorite event for many at BL.  With as many joyful and proud tears as there are rounds of applause, we say farewell to our seniors who depart for internships prior to graduation.  The gathering began with a standing ovation for returning teacher Bill Pheil and then the presentation of a few athletic awards which are summarized in the chart below. We heard from Senior Class Advisor Beau Dagenais who described the essence of BL as the class of 2014 - relationships that encompass compassion, empathy and kindness, and he wished them "way more than luck" in the future.  Then, we heard each senior state his internship and college plans.  As always, the assembly ended with the seniors taking a final lap around the gym to bid farewell to all of those who remained behind. Congratulations seniors!

Athletic Awards:Woodward Cup for Effort in Three Sports:  Freddie Bopst
A. Mason Lebrun Award for the Outstanding Junior Athlete:  Devin Shewell and Anthony Wyler
C. Markland Kelly Award for Contributions to BL Athletics:  Hunter Moreland
Phyllis Miller Cup for the Unsung Hero:  Liam Burman
Jack Williams Cup for Sportsmanship:  Shack Stanwick and Hunter Cotsoradis 
Coaches Cup for Teamwork and Leadership: Nick Gesualdi
Leo McCormick Award for Loyalty and Dedication to BL Athletics:  Barbara Anne Bruno and Julia Bopst
Our 3-Sport Varsity Athletes:   Daniel Baker, Freddie Bopst, Drew Miller and Dylan Watts 

Congratulations to all!

 

 

 

 

Seventh Grade Goes Camping
5/16/2014

The seventh grade ventured into the woods last week. The boys enjoyed an exciting few days taking on new challenges and experiencing fun adventures. The boys rock-climbed, caved, stand-up paddle boarded, and kayaked. Thank you to Calleva who provided the wonderful experience for the students. A special thank to faculty members Jill Vernon, Rich Zielaskiewicz, and Chris Maisel for chaperoning the trip. Please click here to view videos and photos from the trip.  (with BL community login)

kayak

 

rock climbing

Trevor Pryce and his "Army of Frogs" Enthrall
5/15/2014

On Thursday in the lower school, guest author and former Ravens player Trevor Pryce visited our third-fifth grade students to discuss his book An Army of Frogs.  The reaction was overwhelmingly positive.  Teachers said “He was outstanding!”  The boys were attentive and focused the entire time and so were the teachers.  Mr. Pryce shared frog facts that fascinated the boys.  For example, the most dangerous animal on the planet is a tiny frog that has enough poison to kill eight elephants, and a group of frogs is called an army.  His book is one in a series of three where Kulipari (which is an Australian Aboriginal word for poison) frogs fight scorpions in the Amphibilands.  The book receives praises from many sources including Booklist:  "Pryce builds tension as the frogs figure out how to deploy their varied skills and reach the ancient turtle king who long ago placed a protective spell over their land. The violent but not overly graphic action is well matched by Greene’s dynamic and plentiful full-color illustrations."

Join us for the MIAA Lacrosse Championship on Friday May 16th at Towson University, 8pm for the matchup of Boys' Latin vs St Paul's
5/14/2014

From our Alumin-Devleopment Office, click here for some perspective on the historic rivalry between the two teams.  

Enjoy this coverage in today's The Baltimore Sun which includes two articles, a video and photo gallery about our lacrosse team.  See links below to all three posts:

-- "National No. 1 Boys' Latin headed to finals in high school lacrosse" by Nelson Coffin plus photos and video by Jen Rynda: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/north-baltimore/ph-ms-boys-latin-lacrosse-0515-20140514,0,5675174.story

-- "Boys' Latin Lacrosse One Win Away from a Perfect Season" by Glenn Graham:   http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/high-school/bs-va-sp-boys-latin-mcdonogh-miaa-lacrosse-semifin-20140513,0,3780903.story

-- "Boys' Latin boys lacrosse hunts title" photo gallery http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/north-baltimore/ph-boys-latin-lacrosse,0,6452676.photogallery?index=ph-boys-latin-lacrosse-013

GO LAKERS!

Mr. Sloboda's Fish Take a Dip
5/14/2014

   

In the recent spring edition of BLink, we covered Mr. Sloboda’s “Fish Project” in the lower school. Throughout the year lower school science teacher, Aaron Sloboda, guides the students through raising trout from eggs to hatchlings, and finally to fish. Before coming to BL, Mr. Sloboda worked at Living Classrooms in downtown Baltimore and as a professional mariner. His excitement and passion for conservation and the fish project is contagious.

On Tuesday, the fish were release into the Jones Falls waterway at the Robert E. Lee Park. Although tiny, Mr. Sloboda explained they are mighty and will do their best to swim upstream and find a nice place to call home. Each boy is given a trout inside a solo cup and they learn the importance of warming the fish up to the otherwise chilly water to properly release the young fish. Slowly dunking the cup allows the fish to acclimate and the built the excitement.  With each dunk someone asked, ‘How about now?’ Finally, the fish were released, and students watched trying to track their fish swimming upstream.

The project not only teaches the boys about stream ecology, but also the importance of natural resource conservation.

SmugMug photos here!

Lower School Spring Art & Music Show is a Joy
5/13/2014

Last night, proud families and friends gathered for our lower school spring art and music show.  First, Ehrhardt Hall was filled with student artists and admirers.  Paintings and drawings from Mrs. Cardarelli’s art classes lined the walls of every hall, and tables with ceramic and tile creations were in the lobbies, stage and reading nook areas.  Students with joyful smiles pointed to their creations as families snapped photos.  Here are a few selections with many more on SmugMug:  http://boyslatin.smugmug.com/2013-2014Galleries/Lower-School

Following the art show, the whole grouped moved over to the Iglehart Center for musical performances by all lower school students.  As the students orderly processed onto the risers, parents blew kisses and snapped photos while the back, self-proclaimed “sister” row jumped, waved and cheered.  One of many charming things about boys this age is that they were just as excited to see their families in the audience!  Music Teacher Elizabeth Wilson announced that the theme for music this semester was WEATHER which coordinated with studies in other classes.  Voices were joined by musical instruments as we heard clouds, rain, wind, stars and even a hurricane.  Earlier in the year students were chosen by drawing to play the following instruments:  pan drums, drums, xylophone, thunder tubes, triangles, woodblock, tambourines, rainsticks and chimes.

We were also treated to an enthusiastic solo by Brian L. in "Faithful Over a Few Things” and an independently prepared, additional duet by Ian M. and Patrick O. of "Counting Stars.”  The lower school band has expanded with energy and numbers.  There are 31 fourth and fifth grade boys, plus one third grader, who have learned an instrument and how to play together.  The impressive band is comprised of guitars, saxophones, trombones, trumpets, pianos, basses and drums.  Mr. Nyman truly brings out the best in these boys, and they have a blast!

Congratulations to Marta Cardarelli, Elizabeth Wilson and Clarke Nyman for a fantastic art show & concert last night!

Pepe's Fundraiser for Class of 2014
5/12/2014

The Senior Class is doing a Pepe's fundraiser this Wednesday May 14th  7am - Close.  Click here to download and print the flyer!  Flyer must be present and is for Dine-In or Carry-Out orders only. 

Artistic Athletes and Athletic Artists
5/9/2014

One of the best aspects of a Boys’ Latin education is the opportunity for young men to pursue multiple passions at the same time.  We are a small school with big opportunities, and for several of our young men, their passions have led them to excel in two extracurricular areas – Athletics and the Arts.

There is a strong tradition at Boys’ Latin of students contributing on the athletic field and in the art studio or on stage, and juniors Kodye Pugh, Josh Smith, and Myles Cohen and senior Shack Stanwick are pushing the athletic and arts programs to new levels. 

Kodye Pugh is a creative young man.  Whether he’s sliding by a defender to finish a layup at the rim or working on a painting in Smith Hall, he is constantly looking at ways to be creative in his expression.  Kodye was an impact player on the basketball court this winter, helping to lead the Varsity team to the MIAA B Conference Championship game.  Coach Cliff Rees described Kodye as “an outstanding basketball player” who is “a terrific young man who is a pleasure to coach.”  Coach Rees added “rarely do you find a young man who is so diversified and conscientious in all that he does.”

In the art studio, Kodye is enrolled in Ms. Sarah Molling’s Advanced Painting course.  Ms. Molling praises Kodye for his dedication to “developing his own individual style,” and she notes his work is “unique in concept and execution.”   Kodye has been interested in drawing all his life, and it was in middle school that he found his passion for a variety of artistic mediums, including digital photography, sculpting and painting.  His love of expression came through in amazing style at the recent All School Art Show, where he displayed his painting on negative stereotypes about the city of Baltimore.  Kodye commented “I put a lot of thought into the Baltimore painting.  I thought about the negativity of the stereotypes, and then thought about how to live past those stereotypes.  It took a full three weeks of working on it at school and at home, and I’m really proud of it.”

When asked about the connection between his athletic talent and his artistic talent, Kodye thoughtfully replied “I think creativity is the connection.  When I’m on the court, I’m always looking at ways to see the court differently or to find space on the court to operate.  I think there’s a lot of similarity to the way I look at a painting.”  Kodye is interested in pursuing both of his extracurricular passions at the collegiate level, and fans of high level basketball and art here at Boys’ Latin are excited to see Kodye continue his growth in his senior year on Lake Avenue.

For junior Josh Smith, it all started with a deal.  Josh had been banging on items around the house for as long as he could remember, and his parents told him that if he took piano lessons that they’d let him learn to play the drums.  Josh began mastering the piano, and by 5th grade he had completed his part of the bargain – the drums awaited.  As Josh transitioned to middle school, he became more and more enamored with the drums, and they became his favorite instrument.  His background in piano and drums allowed him to learn the marimba (pictured below), which he has performed on for several upper school concerts.  A member of the Jazz Ensemble for two years, Josh has also had the privilege of attending the prestigious Virginia Tech Honor Band event each of the last three years.  Students have to be accepted to the VT Honor Band after being nominated by their music teacher.  Josh noted that “it was an honor to go to Virginia Tech the last three years” and that his favorite upper school music memory was “when we kicked off last year’s Spring Concert with a massive percussion solo.”   Music Teacher and Jazz Ensemble Director Mr. Clarke Nyman praises Josh as “a talented instrumentalist with a strong sense of timing and melody.” 

On the baseball diamond, Josh has been a key player for the surging Varsity baseball team.  He has been a powerful and consistent bat in the lineup and has been a steady outfielder all season long.  Coach Bill Greenwell noted that “Josh drives himself hard both on and off the field and sets a good example for others to follow.”  Josh has been excited about this year’s team, “We are taking care of teams this year, and we have a lot of talent up and down the lineup.  I think this is the best season I’ve been a part of for BL baseball.”  As with Kodye, Shack and Myles, Josh is also a dedicated and talented student, and his college plans are to find the right fit academically, but he’s planning on including baseball and music in his college search.  We’ll be hearing a lot more from Josh both on stage and on the field as he heads into his senior year. 

Myles Cohen has an easy smile.  It comes naturally to him as he walks the halls, and it is visible when he is performing with the Upper School Chorus.  However, when he puts on a football or lacrosse helmet for the varsity teams at Boys’ Latin, the smile disappears.  Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Bob Shriver has been impressed with Myles’ return from a major leg injury.  Coach Shriver noted that “Myles missed almost 6 weeks of the season returning from injury, yet he never missed a practice and is now back in top form.  He displays a mature attitude that has allowed him to be successful over a broad spectrum of school life.”  Myles will be continuing his academic, lacrosse, and musical passions at Furman University, where he has verbally committed to play lacrosse for the Paladins. 

Artistically, Myles has been a standout member of the Chorus throughout his time at Boys’ Latin.  Myles remembers his mother singing to him constantly in his childhood, so it was a natural fit to start singing himself.  A three year member of the upper school Chorus, Myles has been an all-purpose singer.  Chorus Director Mrs. Kathy Anderson explains, “Myles has the best singing voice in the US Chorus, and his ability to sing all vocal parts is amazing.  Basically, I put him where there’s a need.”  When asked about the lessons he has learned from Chorus, Myles’ answer could apply across any artistic or athletic endeavor.  He states, “Chorus has taught me time management, teamwork, perspective and how all members need to be harmony.”  Those words could come from any Boys’ Latin coach or athlete and further reinforce the parallels between Myles’ passions for singing, football and lacrosse. 

Senior Shack Stanwick is well known in lacrosse circles for his outstanding on the field achievements.  Shack is generally regarded as the nation’s top high school senior in lacrosse, and he recently became Boys’ Latin’s all-time leading point scorer in the program’s illustrious history while leading the team to an undefeated regular season.   

However, fewer know that Shack also has another talent that he develops while on Lake Avenue – drawing.  Shack recollected that “I always remember drawing when I was little.  When I got to 4th grade, I can remember starting to draw all sorts of different sports figures.”  Shack has taken numerous art courses during his upper school career and is currently enrolled in Studio Art II with Mrs. Amy Digges.  Mrs. Digges noted “Shack works diligently and in minute detail for every project he tackles.”  Shack’s shoe piece was displayed at the recent All School Art Show, and Shack mentioned that “I really enjoyed that assignment where we had to describe feeling and emotion through the drawing of the shoes.”  Shack will be attending Johns Hopkins University next fall, and in addition to continuing his lacrosse career, he noted that he’ll continue drawing inside or outside of the classroom. 

These four young men are just a few examples of the range of talents that our students bring to the Boys’ Latin community.  Each of these young men breaks out of the mold of just being an athlete or an artist, and they remind all of us that artistic expression and athletic achievement can go hand in hand.  Boys’ Latin is a perfect place for young men who want to explore multiple passions, and we are so proud of all of the extracurricular efforts of all of our students!

“Walking Today To Help Add Tomorrows”
5/8/2014


Photo by Maria Linz Photography

On Sunday, the BL Team gathered at Hunt Valley Towne Center for the annual Great Strides Walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Faculty leader Adam Osborn reported that the BL Team with over 30 faculty, student, staff and parent walkers (plus three dogs) raised $5,100.  The BL Great Strides Club would like to thank the entire BL community for their support. It was a beautiful morning for the 1.2 mile walk and heartwarming to see a great turn out by the BL community.  Adam would like to offer special thanks to leaders Maren Blum (mother of Brett '16), Lisa Hamburger (mother of Josh, '13), and Kari Mutscheller (mother of Michael '11) for their enthusiasm and organization and to past parents of Billy Michaelson ('10) and Jacob Katinsky ('13) for returning to walk with us.  This event means a great deal to many members of our community, so thank you for your time, generosity, and support.  For more on the BL Team, go to http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/GreatStrides/154_Maryland_Baltimore?team_id=18659&pg=team&fr_id=2176

Additional photos are available with the BL community login at http://boyslatin.smugmug.com/2013-2014Galleries/All-School/CFF-Walk-2014/39008702_tg839M#!i=3224280128&k=2wG3mZH

Glassblowing Creative Adventure
5/6/2014

Upper School Art Teacher Amy Digges organized an opportunity for the BL community to blow their own glasswork pieces in a weekend workshop at McFadden's Art Glass. On Sunday, about a dozen people participated with our teachers, students and family members making their own creations. Ms. Digges said “We had such an amazing time at the glassblowing workshop at McFadden's Art Glass yesterday. … This was an awesome opportunity to work with molten glass to create a beautiful and delicate piece of handcrafted artwork. … We were able to each make our own pieces ranging from necklace pendants to bowls, glasses and vases, and they all turned out beautifully. Tim, the owner, helps just enough so that your pieces turn out well, yet he gives you enough ownership of the piece so that you really feel like you made it yourself.

"Thanks to all who joined us on Sunday including Ms. Ricci and Ms. Brown for coming along and doing their own amazing pieces. Please ask the students about it when you see them.” Participants were: Jonathan Sembly, Matthew Lunn, Joseph Adams, Ben Starkey, Justin Levendusky, Robbie Dittmar, Sam Weinick, Corey Sekulow, Claire Ricci and family, and Susan Brown. Photos were selected so that we did not spoil any Mother's Day gift surprises in the making.

McFadden Art Glass is located in Baltimore on Eastern Ave. For additional information, their website is: http://www.mcfaddenartglass.com/services/field-trips-parties/

Let the Games Begin! Homecoming Weekend Kicks off
5/2/2014

Homecoming Weekend has officially kicked off!  Starting this afternoon, alumni gather in the Smith Alumni House for the annual alumni awards luncheon.  Along with catching up with fellow alumni and the entire Laker community, the luncheon was also a time to recognize those who have remained committed to the Laker spirit.  From distinguished alumni to honorary alumni, each story painted a picture of what it means to be a Laker.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
John W. Ashworth III ‘62
Geoffrey V.B. Parker ‘62
J. Huston McCollough II ‘69

Johns S. B. Hodges Loyalty Cup
W. Peregrine Roberts ‘53

John S. "Jack" Kerns "Clearly Evident" Award
Mary L. Wiglesworth

Honorary Alumni Awards
Stanley J. Rudick
Leslie E. Goldsborough, Jr.

The lunch was just the beginning, as alumni departed they buzzed with excitement heading into the lacrosse game vs Gilman and baseball vs Glenelg, both at 4:00pm.  Tomorrow at 5:00pm is the Homecoming Reunion Party.  Be sure to get your tickets!

Join the BL Team and Help Cystic Fibrosis Research
5/2/2014

On Wednesday, April 30 the Great Strides Club held a joint middle and upper school assembly to continue to educate the BL community about Cystic Fibrosis and to generate energy and excitement for the Great Strides Walk, which will be held this Sunday, May 4th at 10 am at the Hunt Valley Town Center (registration begins at 9am). Sophomore co-presidents of the club, Mitch Casper and Brett Blum spoke about BLs history of working with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise funds to find a cure. Guest speaker Marcus Harris, a Financial Planner with Fidelity Investments and CF patient, spoke to the students about how important these fundraising efforts are, as CF receives no federal research funding. Videos highlighting this winter’s Dodge for a Cure event and recent treatment advances were also featured. The assembly was a success, as many students joined the BL Walk Team in the following days. The Great Strides Club is excited to see the community turn out on Sunday to continue supporting such an important cause.

All are welcome to join the BL Walk Team by registering HERE.

Geography Bee Champions!
5/2/2014

Today in the upper school, 13 teams of paired boys competed in a Geography Bee for the right to call themselves champions.  An intense competition saw the top three finishers only separated by two points.  In third place, freshman Matt Kleiser and Jimmy Magee got 29 out of 35 correct; in second place juniors Max Marshall and Julian Baker got 30 out of 35 correct, and in first place with 31 out of 35 correct were juniors Robert Rice and Naylor Finnerty. 

Sample questions that Robert and Naylor got correct? Test yourself (answers below the questions!)
1. What is the capital of Mongolia?
2. What is the second tallest mountain above sea level?
3. What is the capital of Vermont?
4. In what state is Mount Rushmore?

Answers - (Ulan Bator, K2, Montpelier, South Dakota)

Your Book Donations Made a Difference
5/2/2014

The gift of a book to someone who has none is a wonderful thing.  This year the lower school, with contirbutions from all divisions, collected 2934 new and gently used books in our book drive in support of Maryland Book Bank's Books for Kids Day.  Heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed and to Mrs. Bierer for organizing the drive and for counting all of those books!

A Rousing Conclusion to National Poerty Month
5/2/2014

Throughout the month of April, students and faculty members shared poems that they wrote for National Poetry Month.  Some were about their passions, others about their interests and many touched on BL.  On Wednesday, Brian Higginson, an US Engish teacher, shared his newest creation titled "I Used to Be Good at Math."  Reading the poem on your own would not do it justice, so please CLICK HERE to view the clip.

Arts Camp Registration Still Open
5/2/2014

This summer, Kirk Maggio will host an Art Camp for students aged 6-15.  The camp will take place in Smith Hall on the BL campus, and artists of all skill levels are invited.  If your son, or any of his friends, are interested please see the flyer and the contact information below.


 

Reminder - Join US & Bring Your Team
5/1/2014

For the full flier and registration form click here.

Fifth-Grade Rite of Passage
4/30/2014

Today, proud and excited fifth-grade boys and their fathers gathered in the Julian S. Smith Alumni House for one of our touching annual rites of passage, the Father-Son Tie Ceremony and Breakfast. Many boys were excited about the bacon and doughnut holes, and all were smiling as they received their BL striped tie. In a brief welcome and introduction, Headmaster Post explained how the French created the tradition of wearing ties. Mrs. Arnold recognized each fifth grade boy in this event that signals the beginning of the end of lower school days for our class of 2021. Many thanks to Ms. Joyce Barnett who organized the lovely event. It was a proud moment for all.

 

Boys’ Latin Congratulates All New Inductees to the National Honor Society
4/28/2014

Today, BL celebrated the 26 new inductees to the National Honor Society.  Alex Andrews and Luke Kluttz welcomed proud parents, family, faculty and staff for the ceremony in the Gelston Athletic Center.  The boys noted that “NHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.  More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.“  Before the induction of new members, Alex and Luke recognized the 24 current members of NHS at Boys’ Latin, and introduced guest speaker Dan Johnson, BL class of 2009.

Dan is currently a Decision Support Analyst at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.  He graduated from Elon University where he was one of 25 selected to the Business Fellows Program, a Presidential Scholar, and captain of the lacrosse team.  Dan came to BL in the fourth grade and went on to be accomplished at BL as the Student Director of the Senior Retreat, Student Body Vice President, Chairman of the Disciplinary Board, College Board AP Scholar, Williams Scholar and member of the football and lacrosse teams.  At BL, Dan was recognized with the Faculty Award for Leadership, French Outstanding Scholar Award, Campbell Award for Scholarship and Alexander K. Barton Award for Moral Leadership.

In his comments, Dan noted that it was only five years ago when he was in this crowd.  For those short years, he gave some sage advice such as “don’t take short cuts – it’s not worth it in the end.”  He encouraged the boys to be gentlemen, be active, be happy, and reach out to others for help when needed.  Dan reflected back that “one of the biggest moments in my life so far was the BL senior retreat” and suggested that the boys make the most of every day.

Dan Johnson and Molly Mullaly are in the photo above.  BL would like to thank Ms. Molly Mullally and the entire team that organized this joyful celebration of the following outstanding juniors and seniors (*inducted today):

11th Grade
Julian Baker*
Jake Ebrite*
Devin Harvin*
Charley Hughes*
Max Hyatt*
Shane Kilberg*
Elliot King
Michael Knott*
Adam Kramer*
Matt Marshall*

Max Marshall*
Seth Miller*
Nick Morton*
Luke Murray*
Michael Ostendorf*
Robert Rice*
Jake Rubenstein*
Michael Shortt*
Joshua Smith*
Conner Ward*
Anthony Wyler*

12th Grade
Alex Andrews
Dylan Bordick
Tal Bruno*
Liam Burman
Michael Chalawsky*
Evan Dohler
Nick Gesualdi
Parker Hawkins
Dylan Hazlett
Chad Hazman
Sean Horning
Chris Keogh
Luke Kluttz
Michael Long*
David Lurie*
Pat McManus
Jack Metzger
Drew Miller
Hunter Moreland
Connor Mules
Richie O’Neil
Will Parriott
Brett Roberts
Blake Venick
Dylan Watts*
Travis White
Justin Williams
Andrew Woerner
Parker Yablon
Upper School Maroon and White Day - Video Highlights
4/25/2014

After the day's events, the maroon team was declared the winner in this annual spirited competition, yet really Laker spirit won today. The last competition was a tug-of-war battle with juniors versus seniors. This is a strong bunch because the rope broke!

Art in Bloom in BL's Smith Hall Gallery
4/25/2014

Smith Hall was overflowing yesterday evening with students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends who gathered for our 2014 Spring All School Art Show.  Lower school boys proudly pointed to their ceramic creations and paintings. On display were ceramics, paintings and sketches by students in all divisions.  Equally impressive was the addition of coordinating poetry by Marcia Flaherty's upper school English class in honor of April as national poetry month.  Freshman Marquise Washington stopped by in his baseball uniform to see his own art work displayed among selections by friends, classmates and the entire school.  Many were touched that 2013 graduate Jarek Sparaco took time out from MICA exams to visit the show and re-connect with his BL teachers and friends.  It was a lovely celebration of art and community!

In the visiting gallery space, BL is pleased to host selections by guest artists, Garrett Ames-Ledbetter and Hanna Moran.  Garrett has a BA in Fine Arts from Gordon College in Massachusetts, and his works are on display in local galleries, the Chapel of Palazzo Simoncelli in Italy, the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College, and in private and public collections throughout Baltimore.  For more on his work, go to http://garrettal.com/.  Hanna Moran has her BA in Fine Arts from Sewanee, and her paintings, which  reflect a deep appreciation of landscape and natural wonder, have been shown locally and internationally.  You may have even seen her murals in schools throughout Baltimore and DC.  For more on Hanna’s work, go to http://hannamoran.com/.

Many thanks to our four art teachers, Marta Cardarelli, Demond Baine, Sarah Molling and Amy Digges, for all their hard work.  It shows in the quality artwork and in the enthusiasm of our boys and community.  Special thanks to Sarah Molling who coordinated the visit by our guest artists.

If you missed the show last night, we invite you to stop by Smith Hall through the end of May to see this wonderful exhibit or see photos on SmugMug with a BL community password.  If you stop in, please snap a photo and share it with us too.  We are now on Instagram at #boyslatinmd.

 

 

Upper School Concert Rocks the House!
4/25/2014

The upper school spring concert rocked Thursday night! Congratulations to all of the members of the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, Chorus and Hand Chimes for fantastic performances. Special thanks to our seniors for their dedication and feature solos.  All of this is possible due to the creativity and talent of music teachers, Kathy Anderson and Clarke Nyman.

This video is a short sample compilation. Photos are also available on SmugMug with a BL community login.

 

BL Night with the Baltimore Orioles
4/23/2014

*****UPDATE*****

Kathy Arnold, Head of Lower School, will be singing the national anthem!

Dyson Ehrhardt '59, Associate Headmaster for Development, will be throwing out the first pitch!

The Boys' Latin Alumni Association (AA) and the Boys’ Latin Parents’ Association (PA) once again will host a night at Oriole Park. The game will take place on Thursday, May 22 against the Cleveland Indians.  Tickets will cost just $13 with $5 going to the AA and PA.

Space will be limited to 200 tickets. Mark your calendars for another great night at the ball park!

Contact Mac Kennedy at mkennedy@boyslatinmd.com for more information.  

Support BL's Senior Prom & Enjoy a Night Off from Cooking
4/22/2014

Third Quarter Academic Honors
4/17/2014

The upper school gathered on Thursday morning to celebrate the academic achievements of many members of the community for the 3rd quarter.  Students who made the Honor Roll and the Dean's List for the third quarter were publically recognized for the dedication and commitment that they have displayed.  Additionally, several students were called down and publically recognized for their improvement or effort during the third quarter by one of their teachers.  

This assembly is a perfect microcosm of our overall academic mission, as we continually strive to challenge students to achieve at the highest levels while at the same time recognizing and supporting the vital role that effort and improvement play in being a successful student.  This assembly provides an excellent short term goal for students for the fourth quarter.  For some, it's the incentive to try to make the Honor Roll or Dean's List for the first time, and for others it encourages them to improve their effort as the year comes to a close. 

Pictured above are seniors Casey Bordick, Michael Whitehurst, Jake Merrill and Jeremy Lange, along with junior Chas Collison who were all recognized by Ms. Mullally for their effort throughout the year in one of her math classes.  Also recognized for effort and improvement were freshman Alec Blume by his English teacher Mr. Barron, sophomores Ben Starkey and Shaumar Wilson by their Chemistry teacher Mr. Hilpert, and freshman Greg Ey by Mrs. Rosiak.  To the left are the Dean's List members of the junior class along with Mr. Franklin and Mr. Mitchell.  More photos from the Academic Honors Assembly for the 3rd quarter can be found on our SmugMug page. 

In our middle school, the student council and the 8th grade advisory delegates worked collectively to write and deliver a speech to the middle school student body during today's Academic Honors Assembly.  The speech reflects the student perspective on academic achievement, goal setting, and the purpose of recognizing students who have earned distinction.  Eight graders Brandon, Regan and Carrington presented the speech to their fellow students.  Please click here to view the speech.

In our lower school, students in grades four and five who achieved Effort Honor Roll were also recognized in assembly this week.  Congratulations to fourth-graders Michael and Luke and fifth-graders Elliot, Jack, Thomas, Ethan, Stefan, Charlie, Xander, Riar and Aidan. They are pictured with Lower School Head for the Day, Mr. Jack (more on this in a story below).
Prior to the introduction of the Effort Honor Roll certificate recipients, Mr. Post spoke with the boys about citizenship, which is our value of the month for April.

Studio 1 Art Students Gain "Perspective"
4/17/2014

 

Here's a little bit of "perspective"... Studio 1 Art students teamed up for a "perspective contest."  By creating perspective drawings on the walls in Smith Hall using painters tape they practiced the skill of perspective needed when drawing landscapes and buildings.  Each group was responsible for coming up with a planned design and then executing the plan.  The goals were to create an interesting design, a believable depth and quality workmanship.

The contest winners were Garrett Glaeser, Jalen Milton, Tucker McGuffin and Andrew Hayes (in photo above)! More photos are available in SmugMug with parent login.

Junior-Senior Debate Recap
4/17/2014

The annual Junior-Senior Debate provides an opportunity for three juniors and three seniors to go head to head in a public debate about an important national issue in front of the upper school community.  On Tuesday, the debate was held in the Gelston Athletid Center with faculty member Mr. Bowling presiding over the event.  Mr. Bowling, who is the faculty sponsor of the Debate Club, works extensively with the teams to research the issue at hand and then develop and craft thoughtful and persuasive arguments. 

The topic this year was whether marijuana should be legalized.  The senior team, consisting of Sean Horning, Travis White, and Tally Bruno were given the task of debating the affirmative (it should be legalized), while the junior team, consisting of Charley Hughes, Conner Ward, and Julian Baker debated the negative (it should not be legalized).  Students and faculty alike were impressed with the level of research that each presenter had put into their argument, and it was an energetic assembly full of rhetoric and passion.  In the end, the seniors were victorious, and congratulations to all participants, moderators, time-keepers and debate club members for their work in contributing to this debate!

Students Receive Response From the White House
4/17/2014

In October, the 8th grade students participated in the Axis of Hope global awareness and conflict resolution program. They spent a day learning about and then debating different sides of the immigration issue. Two students, Chase Bailey and Will Krulak, chose to continue the work on this project and began composing a letter to the White House asking for change in the US immigration policy. In December, they started working on the task in earnest, meeting at lunch to puzzle through the various notes and papers from that fall day.  With guidance from Mrs. Brackins and Mr. Hopkins, Chase and Will worked through the letter writing process largely on their own.  The letter they composed on their own is a testament to their persistence and dedication.  On April 15 (Tax Day!) they received a  response from President Obama.  

Chase and Will were recognized for their work  at the recent Academic Honors Assembly. They read their letter and then Mr. Mollett read President Obama's response. The correspondence will be displayed proudly in the library along with the signed photo of the President. Congratulations to Chase and Will on their persistence and dedication to the task.

Please click here to read Chase and Will's letter.
Please click here to read President Obama's response.

Join Us & Bring Your Team
4/16/2014

For the full flier and registration form click here.

Alumni Returns to Teach Lower School Students about Taking Care of the Pearly Whites
4/16/2014

Dr. Matthew Feild, Boys' Latin Class of 2002, visited assembly Tuesday morning to give us all a lesson on taking care of our teeth.  After graduation from BL, Matt went  on to Johns Hopkins, then to dental school, and now practices with his father in Feild Family Dentistry.  His highly entertaining presentation captured the attention of the boys, and we hear that they went home full of stories about what they learned!

Join BL's "Great Strides Walk" Team TODAY!
4/16/2014

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Y of Central Maryland Thanks BL
4/15/2014

Today despite the heavy rain, the Y of Central Maryland held their “Send a Kid to Camp” kick-off event at Camden Yards.  Boys’ Latin was invited to attend in thanks for our donation of $2,000 from the dress down day in January leading up to our MLK Assembly.  Middle school boys Carrington and Ricky represented Boys' Latin with Director of Service Learning Susan Brown.  The boys were honored to meet Baltimore Orioles' outfielder Adam Jones who also supports the Y of Central Maryland's efforts to provide summer camp scholarships to area children.  In the photo below, Adam Jones takes a minute to sign a baseball for Ricky and a card for a friend! Thanks to all who helped BL to support our larger Maryland community.

Donate a Book & Build a Stronger Community in Maryland
4/15/2014

Jack as Head of Lower School Today
4/15/2014

Mrs. Arnold gets her instructions from Jack today who won an opportunity to be Head of Lower School as part of our BL annual Bull & Oyster Roast auction in the fall.

Dr. Jones on Racism as a Grandfather, Professor and Link to Literature
4/15/2014

On Monday, the middle school was fortunate to host Dr. James Jones, Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware.  Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and his academic focus is understanding enduring racism and its impact.  Yesterday’s presentation was part of a broad discussion in the 6th grade around race and equality which is framed in a discussion of the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  BL 6th graders have just read this novelwhich is about racism in the depression-era south, so Dr. Jones perspective as the grandfather of a 6th grade student, professor and link to literature comes at just the right time.  Our boys had insightful questions and greeted Dr. Jones as one of the family with enthusiasm and warmth.  For more on Dr. Jones, click http://www.psych.udel.edu/people/detail/james_jones/

Forensics Class Uses Maggots in Criminal Investigation Practices
4/11/2014

Students in Jim Haluck's Forensics Honors course are exposed to a variety of materials throughout the year as they conduct their lab experiments.  This week, however, students were talking quite a bit about the new lab.  The lab, entitled Sarcophaga bullata, deals with meat and maggots in an attempt to determine if drugs were used by a hypothetical deceased human body.  Mr. Haluck explained "The boys in honors forensic sciences are loading their test tubes with drug laced ground beef and larvae of Sarcophaga bullata flies. These flies lay eggs on deceased humans and can be used to determine time of death and any drug use by the deceased individual. After about three days of feeding on the drug laced meat, the boys will extract the maggots and grind them to prepare their body fluids for thin layered chromatography analysis. The samples taken from maggots will be compared to reference drug Rf values for identification.  Honors Forensic Science class examines the scientific techniques used by criminal investigators in the laboratory to solve crimes. Boys enrolled spend 90% of their class time in the laboratory applying scientific concepts and theories to crime scene evidence."

The photograph shows Mr. Haluck dropping maggots into a meat filled test tube held by Matt Marshall, while lab partner Nick Morton looks on.  Matt and Nick are both juniors.  Nick said "It's weird using maggots, but how the science works is really interesting.  It's fun!"

The story was picked up by national press:
Digital Journal 4/15/14:  http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1849901
WNCT9 CBS 4/15/14:  http://www.wnct.com/story/25247931/high-school-forensics-class-at-boys-latin-school-uses-maggots-in-criminal-investigation-practices

 

Social Media and Video Games: A Brain Perspective
4/10/2014

On Tuesday evening, BL was fortunate to host a discussion featuring Vincent P. Culotta, Ph.D.  Dr. Culotta is a Board Certified Neuropsychologist and President of NeuroBehavioral Associates. The discussion with Dr. Culotta focused on the impact of social media and video games among children and adolescents from a neuroscience perspective.  Drawing from his experience ranging from clinical and administrative positions in medical, rehabilitation, and private facilities including serving as Director of Neuropsychology in the Neurosurgery division at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, Dr. Culotta was shared statistics, data and tips that suprised many yet were received with enthusiam by the group.

About 55 people attended the event in BL’s Alumni House.  The discussion was open to the public, and local area teachers, students, parents, school administrative leaders, and consultants were present to hear about functional changes in the brain during video game use, the relationship of video game use to real-life violence, issues of desensitization to violence, and data on the use of social networking. 

Dr. Culotta cited shocking statistics like on texting:
- 3417 is the average number of texts a 13-17 year old boy or girl exchanges per month (Source: Nielsen)
- More than a quarter of teens in the current sample reported sending a naked picture of themselves to another teen, and more than half have been asked to send one.  (Source: Journal of the American Medical Association - Pediatrics, September 2012) 

His advice for parents is:
- Don't wait for an incident to happen to your child before you talk about the consequences of sexting.
-Remind your kids that once an image is sent, it can never be retrieved - and they will lose control of it. Ask teens how they would feel if their teachers, parents, or the entire school saw the picture, because that happens all the time.
- Talk about pressures to send revealing photos. Let teens know that you understand how they can be pushed or dared into sending something. Tell them that no matter how big the social pressure is, the potential social humiliation can be hundreds of times worse.
- Teach your children that the buck stops with them. If someone sends them a photo, they should delete it immediately. It's better to be part of the solution than the problem. Besides, if they do send it on, they're distributing pornography - and that's against the law.
- Check out That’s not cool.com It's a fabulous site that gives kids the language and support to take texting and cell phone power back into their own hands. It's also a great resource for parents who are uncomfortable dealing directly with this issue.
- Set rules. Do you let your kids drive drunk? Do you let them ride in the car with no seat belts? So why give them something as dangerous as a cell phone and not establish rules? Start random checks of the phone (yes, you'll need to learn how to use it), and go through everything on it regularly.
- Take away the cell phone. Drastic, yes, but sometimes necessary when nothing else is working. If you truly don't trust your child, why would you trust them with a tool they can use to bully others? And to those who argue that their kids "need" cell phones - oh, come on now. Really? Fine. Then get them the most basic model possible, with no texting capabilities.
- Google search your child’s name in quotations “Jane Doe.”  You may be surprised what you find.

On video games, Dr. Culotta had more startling data, and his summary is that video games…
- Suppress brain centers supporting reasoning, logic, and self-regulation
- Activate brain centers associated with aggression, arousal, addiction , and reward
- May leave a “neural signature” for hours after play ends
- May desensitize brain’s reaction to violence

Violent Video Games…
- Increased aggressive behavior
- Increased aggressive thoughts and fantasies
- Increased argumentativeness with peers, teachers and parents
- Increased hostile attribution bias
- Increased levels of depression, anxiety and social phobia
- Increased likelihood of being a victim of aggression
- Decreased academic performance
- Decreased empathy and prosocial behavior

Dr. Culotta provided the following warning signs of abnormal, unhealthy use of video games:
- Playing for > 20 or more hours per week
- Spending less time doing other activities (sports, playing, outdoor activities)
- Becoming more anxious or depressed
- Hiding the fact that they are playing
- Making increased references to video games
- Lying about doing homework or chores
- Thinking and believing they can solve problems by implementing something seen in a video game.

Home Strategies for Parents (Larry Silver MD, 2008):
- Parents must be the ones to set and enforce limits — especially with children who have already become use to video-game overuse.
- Parents must first agree on a set of rules.
- Sit down with your child to discuss the rules and explain how they’ll be enforced
- Remember that while a new game will sometimes completely consume your kids, the novelty will pass and other pursuits will eventually hold more appeal.
- Do whatever is necessary to encourage and support your child's participation in other activities. If your child doesn't seem to be interested in anything other than video games, you might encourage him to read books with fantasy themes.
- Control video game spending:  Video games, consoles and online video game subscriptions are expensive. To keep costs down, you can rent or borrow games and consoles.
- Your kids are much more likely to follow your advice if you show them you are genuinely interested in their video game playing.
- When your kids are young, choose video games for them. Look for games that don't contain violence or stereotyping. Talk to other parents for advice and suggestions of good games.
- Always check the rating and content descriptors on a game before renting or buying it.
- As they get older, talk to your kids about the games and be there when they buy or rent them.<
- If possible, have your computer or video game console in a public area of your house so you can closely monitor what your kids are playing.

For more information on Dr. Culotta and his practice go to http://www.nbatests.com/ NeuroBehavioral Associates is a “specialty consultation practice serving children, adolescents and adults with comprehensive neuropsychological, referral services, and educational consultation.  NBA is located in Columbia, Maryland.“ 

Dr. Culotta graciously shared his presentation slides with Boys’ Latin and the audience.  If you would like to have a copy of the full presentation, please contact Sara Rosiak at srosiak@boyslatinmd.com.  Boys’ Latin thanks Dr. Culotta for an insightful and helpful presentation, and the BL Parents’ Association together with Sara Rosiak and our Educational Support Services group for organizing and supporting this presentation.

Spring has Sprung! Spring Concert: April 24th
4/10/2014

Robotics Team Ends Season in Top 10
4/9/2014

The upper school robotics season came to an end on Saturday afternoon at the Chesapeake Regional  at the University of Maryland College Park.  The team and the robot performed very well throughout the Friday and Saturday qualifying matches, with a 10th place overall FRC ranking, 10th highest overall match score average, and 12th highest autonomous score average.  Fifty-four  teams participated in the event, hailing from Ontario, Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland.

Mrs. Kellerman said, “I am in awe of the individual and collective efforts of this team of students and parents who spent countless hours in the lab designing, building and testing the robot.  This team clearly understands that excellence comes from preparation, dedication, focus and tenacity and that compromising any of these results in average rather than excellent performance. Individually and collectively, students and coaches alike brought a new and reenergized supply of this mission critical mindset with them each and every day.”

Congratulations to the students; their hard work and long hours paid off!

Special recognition to the following team members:

Anthony North

Bob Schwartz

Charley Hughes

Derrick Thomas

Grant Iodice

Greg Bennett

Harry Purdue

Jason Price

Jeff Ring

Jim Haluck

Josiah Bedford

Lemoine Vilceus

Logan Atkinson

Logan Atkinson

Matthew Bennett

Michael Chalawksy

Michael Hopkins

Michael Knott

Nick Aucoin

Noah Vilceus

Parker Hawkins

Ryan Trupia

Trey Burrell

 

Photos of the event can be found on our SmugMug page. 

 

Join Us for a discussion of "Social Media and Video Games: A Brain Perspective"
4/6/2014

A special invitation to BL families and the community--
Join us for a discussion of
Social Media and Video Games: A Brain Perspective

Featuring Vincent P. Culotta Ph. D.Board Certified Neuropsychologist
President, NeuroBehavioral Associates
Tuesday April 8, 2014
7:00 – 8:00pm
Smith Alumni House, North Campus

What is the impact of social media and video games among children and adolescents from a neuroscience perspective?  Learn about:
- functional changes in the brain during video game use
- the relationship of video game use to real-life violence
- issues of desensitization to violence
- console-based and internet-based video games, particularly violent video games
- the implications of role-play games, multi-user role-play games, and other interactive strategy games
- data on the use of networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and Tumblr
- information on texting/sexting and safety for adolescents
- resources for more information and game ratings

Watch Live - BL Robotics in the Chesapeake Regional Competition This Weekend
4/4/2014

This weekend the upper school robotics team competes in the FIRST FRC Chesapeake Regional competition. This year's event is being held at the University of Maryland College Park.  Our Team Number is 2534.  

Watch the Lakers via the web at:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/frc-chesapeake-regional-2014

Follow the results:  http://www2.usfirst.org/2014comp/events/MDBA/matchresultshtml

Follow us in theses matches:

Friday, April 4Q17 - 10:36 AM
Q27 - 11:36 AM
Q34 -1:24 PM
Q39 -1:54 PM
Q51 - 3:06 PM
Q62 - 4:12 PM
Q71 - 5:06 PM

Saturday, April 5Q79 - 9:42 AM
Q90 - 10:48 AM
Q97 - 10:30 AM

 

Spring Break in Ecuador - Part II of BL's Exchange
4/4/2014

Ecuador 2014

Boys’ Latin-Colegio Menor Exchange Program

Through the leadership of World Language Department Chair Kristen Tubman, six Boys’ Latin students traveled with to Quito, Ecuador over spring break.  This is a reciprocal trip after BL hosted five students from Colegio Menor school in February – for more on that visit see our Feb 6, 2014 All School News story.  While in Ecuador, BL students attended classes at Colegio Menor and stayed with the families of the young men who visited us here in Baltimore two months ago.  They also did many other activities including volunteering in a senior center, touring Quito on a double-decker bus, visiting the “Mitad del Mundo” (Equator), bathing in hot springs, going to an indigenous market and more.  After their 10 day abroad experience, the boys returned home not just with souvenirs, but expanded knowledge and lifelong experiences.  Miss Tubman commented “we had a wonderful trip.  What amazing experiences and memories the guys are bringing back with them.”  On the way home, the boys wrote personal reflections on the exchange experience; below are excerpts:

Luke Edwards:
Overall I think the Ecuadorian exchange was a great idea and all around well done.  I am very glad the Ecuadorians got a chance to see snow when they were here in Baltimore. ...I personally had a blast on the trip to Ecuador.  A highlight of this trip was Nate and I going around to Adrian and Mateo's classes together forming relationships with teachers and students alike.  Going to a different not only country but continent can be a little scary at least for me because it was my first time.  I bought many gifts including a giant stuffed llama for my sister and a bracelet for my mom.  Although not speaking much Spanish (but trying my hardest to when I could I think), I gained a further understanding of the language which is what I was hoping to get out of the trip in full.  ...This trip was one of the most exciting things I've done in my life, and I will remember it for the rest of my life too.  I had many people while leaving telling me to come back one day, and I hope to see them again one day too.

Grant Iodice:
The whole experience overall was great.  I felt I really learned a lot about the Ecuadorian culture and of South America as a whole. Colegio Menor was interesting.  It was very similar to Boys' Latin, yet had several differences as well. ...My favorite place we went to was the hot springs because it was so relaxing.  However, the highlight of the trip was going to Arturo's cousin's farm.  It was fantastic there. My host family was really generous to me.  

Nate King:
The trip to Ecuador was a really great experience. I had a great time learning about the very different culture of Ecuador, and I think the students from Ecuador had a good time coming to Baltimore.  Most of the trips we took in Ecuador were very interesting.  I liked seeing the many different landscapes throughout the country.  One of my favorite trips was the hot springs, and overall my favorite part was the one weekend we had there. … We got to see what the kids do on the weekend, and that was what I was the most curious about.

Ikechi Ndukwu:
Since this was my second year going, my expectations were higher than last year as I drew from my past, good experience.  I did find that the trip was fun as well as enlightening.  The visits in Baltimore and Ecuador did a good job of showing the best parts of the cities and countries with education and entertaining parts in them too.

Jonathan Sembly:
The trip was really fun and most certainly enjoyable. All of the activities that we took part in were fun, beautiful and relaxing.  Personally I believe that this is a very good trip for students to experience a different culture as well as see what it's like in another country.  The students at Colegio Menor are nice and the teachers are as well.  Living with the host families allowed us to see what a typical "day in the life" is like and allowed us to try some traditional and local meals.  Also the different fresh juices and fruits that we don't have in the states are nice to have.

Michael Shortt:
Overall I felt that the trip was very fun and was composed of many interesting activities.  …The student body at Colegio Menor was very inclusive when it came to conversations and fun things to do which I greatly appreciated.  It made that little time I actually spent at the school very enjoyable.  …I felt the hot springs were a very good trip in addition to going to Otavalo.

Kristen Tubman:
In Ecuador, all of the host families were wonderful and caring, and the host boys got along very well with the visitors.  Many thanks to all of the parties involved in making this exchange happen, especially:
- CMSFQ:  Juan Carlos Casares - Director of Student Life (primary coordinator); Santiago Naranjo - ninth-grade Spanish teacher (chaperone to Baltimore); Nicole George - College Counselor (personal friend and host for Kristen); and host families!
- BL:  Brian Mitchell - US Head of Student Life (administration support and contact); Trish Fallon, Marie Scheurich and Trish Rogers in Finance; the World Language Department; Robin Smith, Steve Dubin, the upper school faculty, and all BL host families!


For more photos, go to https://picasaweb.google.com/katubman/Exchange2014BLCMSFQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCNrG5treq8DkywE

Upper School Teacher Eric Whitehair Recognized by Center for Jewish Education
4/4/2014

The Center for Jewish Education has recognized faculty member Eric Whitehair as an outstanding educator this year, which puts Mr. Whitehair in the running for a named award.  The Center for Jewish Education seeks to promote a committment to excellence in education by people who play a large role in the Baltimore Jewish community.  Mr. Whitehair teaches World Religions I and II and is the faculty leader of the Jewish Awareness Club.  Mr. Whitehair, with typical humility, noted that the club has been able to achieve great things this year "because of amazing student leadership".  Congratulations to Mr. Whitehair!

New Date for the Junior Car Wash
4/4/2014

***NOTE DATE CHANGE***


BL Robotics Pittsburgh Regionals
4/2/2014

Last weekend the Robotics Team headed to Pittsburgh for FIRST® Robotics Competition.   The competition featured 48 robot teams, with BL finishing 6th in overall average match points, 8th in average autonomous points and 24th in the event rankings.  Anne Kellerman,Director of Technology Programs,who travelled with the team over the weekend said,"While we return with no "hardware" (other than a van full of actual hardware and the robot) we return having competed successfully from start to finish.

Competitors were impressive and technically sophisticated group, coming from from as far south as Miami, Florida and as far north as Canada.  The boys and the robot performed with well and with precision.  During the competition Mrs. Kellerman reported there were no component failures and only minor mechanism adjustments along the way. The team successfully deployed their “scouting app” and shared results with other teams who sought the team’s advice on developing one for their team.  The app was design with the help of junior Michael Knott and Academic Technology Director, Annemarie Merow, who helped make improvements and adjustments to the app for this year's game.

After long days at the competition the boys were sure to take in all that Pittsburgh had to offer.  Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they went to dinner at a Steelers themed sports grill  one evening and sported their Baltimore Ravens wear.

The team is looking forward to competing again this weekend (April 3, 4, 5)  in the Chesapeake Regional at the University of Maryland College Park.

Photos are available on our SmugMug page!

BL Night with the Baltimore Orioles
3/31/2014

The Boys' Latin Alumni Association (AA) and the Boys’ Latin Parents’ Association (PA) once again will host a night at Oriole Park. The game will take place on Thursday, May 22 against the Cleveland Indians.  Tickets will cost just $13 with $5 going to the AA and PA.

Space will be limited to 200 tickets. Mark your calendars for another great night at the ball park!

Contact Mac Kennedy at mkennedy@boyslatinmd.com for more information.  

 

Watch Live - BL Robotics in the Pittsburgh Regional Competition This Weekend
3/28/2014

This weekend the upper school robotics team competes in the 2014 Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST FRC competition at California University of Pennsylvania, located near Pittsburgh.  You can watch our Lakers via the webcast at: www.team291.org/webcast. Our Team Number is 2534, and our match times are:
Today
Q6 - 9:40 AM
Q10 - 10:13 AM
Q18 - 11:09 AM
Q26 - 1:05 PM
Q49 - 3:51 PM
Q61 -5:15 PM
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Saturday
Q72 - 10:06 AM
Q80 - 11:02 AM
Q85 - 11:42 AM

Athletic Awards
3/28/2014

Click here or Athletic News to see the full article and photos from this week's celebration of fall and winter athletic awards.

Reminder: Discussion of "Social Media and Video Games: A Brain Perspective"
3/27/2014

A special invitation to BL families and the community--
Join us for a discussion of
Social Media and Video Games: A Brain Perspective

Featuring Vincent P. Culotta Ph. D.Board Certified Neuropsychologist
President, NeuroBehavioral Associates
Tuesday April 8, 2014
7:00 – 8:00pm
Smith Alumni House, North Campus

What is the impact of social media and video games among children and adolescents from a neuroscience perspective?  Learn about:
- functional changes in the brain during video game use
- the relationship of video game use to real-life violence
- issues of desensitization to violence
- console-based and internet-based video games, particularly violent video games
- the implications of role-play games, multi-user role-play games, and other interactive strategy games
- data on the use of networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and Tumblr
- information on texting/sexting and safety for adolescents
- resources for more information and game ratings

Congratulations to Walker Santos '17
3/27/2014

 

Freshman Walker Santos was recently awarded a Youth Leadership Corps (YLC) summer scholarship from Outward Bound Baltimore.  Walker was chosen along with 7 other students from across Baltimore to receive the scholarship.  Outward Bound noted that this year's applicant pool was the largest and most qualified in the history of the YLC, so congratulations to Walker!  The summer scholarship opportunity will allow Walker to participate in a 14 day backpacking and caneoing trip in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia.  

 

Three Students Reach State Finals for Writing Contest
3/27/2014

Each year the Letters About Literature contest seeks to encourage young readers in grades 4-12 to write to an author through a letter expressing how that author and book changed their worldview and themselves.  The Letters About Literature program is administered nationally by the Library of Congress and at the state level by the Maryland Humanities Council.

This year, we are honored to announce that seventh grade student Theo and sophomores Dom Maggio and Matt Lugat were all named finalists in this exciting state wide contest. This is a significant honor as there were over 1,600 submissions for the contest.  Congratulations to Theo, Dom and Matt on this wonderful accomplishment!


Dom Maggio


Matt Lugat

Alumni Luncheon – FBI, Corruption, Mafia & Undercover Operations…plus Dessert
3/14/2014

On Thursday, March 13th Former FBI Agent Butch Hodgson ’61 returned to his roots at Boys’ Latin.  It was a treat to have Mr. Hodgson at the BL Alumni Luncheon as our featured speaker and hear his story of fighting corruption in politics in Baltimore.  Many of his classmates plus a few young alumni on spring break from college, staff and friends attended and lingered for questions and greetings.

Hodgson was mentioned in The Baltimore Sun by Dan Rodricks in his Dec 28, 2013 column Abscam and 'American Hustle' have Baltimore lineage.  1970s FBI corruption sting in city pre-dated operation that is basis of motion picture.

Hodgson described moving from Detroit back to Baltimore in 1974 to work on the local FBI Organized Crime Squad.  With the arrest of con man and hustler Salvatore Spinnato, Butch gained the opportunity for access inside secret deals.  Together with partner Ron Miller, Butch created a new undercover, sting-style operation in order to prove extortion and other corrupt practices in state and local government.  This investigative approach led to key arrests, trials and convictions in 1975-77 in Baltimore; his experience and advice were key in deploying the new sting approach on the much broader scale, Abscam in NY/NJ/PA.  As a result of the Abscam sting, six U.S. representatives, a senator, and many other local officials were convicted of bribery.  With recent publicity for the movie “American Hustle,” we are reminded not only of the Abscam sting but its roots in Baltimore.

Brighton Beach Brings Bravos!
3/14/2014

“Bravo to Gina Molling and the cast and crew of Brighton Beach Memoirs.”  The play was fantastic.  Carson Rehfield was a perfect Eugene Morris Jerome.  You can just hear Carson in lines like, ‘It was a tense moment for everybody.  I love tense moments, especially when I'm not the one they're all tense about.’ "  “I had tears in my eyes from laughing and tears in my eyes from crying. The actors are fantastic and truly believable.”  These are some of the accolades heard on campus for Brighton Beach Memoirs.

BL junior Max Marshall did a fantastic job as the student Director.  We thoroughly enjoyed sharing his interesting perspective and reflections in an earlier All School News article on March 11th and encourage you to scroll down if you have not had a chance to read that.  Max, Artistic & Managing Director Gina Molling, the cast and the crew all did an outstanding job bringing full dimension to this play.  They worked their magic so that seven students filled the room with both laughter and poignancy. 

Set in Brooklyn, NY in September of 1937 with WWII looming as a backdrop, Brighton Beach Memoirs is Neil Simon’s autobiographical portrait of a young writer dreaming of baseball and girls while enduring his extended family in a cramped apartment.  The cast artfully revealed themes of financial stress, death, hard work, hope, dreams, sibling bonds and battles, disappointment, anger, dignity, principles and adolescence.  Ms. Molling mentioned that one of her favorite lines was when Kate (the mom) lost her temper screaming “Put the cookie on the table!  Put the cookie on the table.”  Audiences agreed as they erupted in laughter.

The last performance is tonight, so we hope you have a chance to catch it.  Tickets are sold out, and there were full-house performances each night so far.  Many more professional photos are available at http://boyslatin.smugmug.com/2013-2014Galleries/Upper-School with a BL community login.

From the Gina Molling at the Theater Arts Desk -- "Please join me in congratulating Max Marshall and the student actors and crew members listed below for a fabulous performance and experience in our spring play, Brighton Beach Memoirs!"

Director..............................................................Max Marshall
Artistic & Managing Director................................Gina Molling
Assistant Director................................................Myles Cohen
Stage Manager....................................................Anastasia Jeffries & Richy Wiklund
Set Designers......................................................Dan Hicks, Max Marshall & Gina Molling
Set Builders.........................................................Dan Hicks, Paul Shapanus, Ryan Hitt, Elliott King,
                                                                                                   Matthew Manzoni, Will Page & Andrew Samm
Lights and Sound.................................................Jonthan Sembly, Michael Knott, Jason Price
Scenic Artists.......................................................Sarah Molling, Julian Baker, Hunter Legg & Max Marshall
Cast Photographer...............................................Larry Canner
Program..............................................................Jill Trupia

Cast of Characters
Blanche..............................................................Katie Nisbet
Eugene...............................................................Carson Rehfield
Jack...................................................................Matt Attman
Kate...................................................................Ellie Profaci
Laurie................................................................Teresa Norman
Nora..................................................................Holly Hutton
Stanley..............................................................Julian Baker

Senior Student Athlete Media Event
3/14/2014

This week Boys’ Latin held a media event to recognize and celebrate seniors who have been invited and agreed to play for a college team.  The BL community would like to congratulate the following senior student athletes for their effort and dedication to academic and athletic success here at Boys' Latin. Many of these boys are multi-sport athletes who have been instrumental to the success of many BL teams.  We are proud of these young men for their accomplishments and wish them well as they head off to their colleges and universities in the fall.

Seated (left to right):

Brian Becker - Roanoke College (soccer)
Frederick Bopst – St. Francis PA (football)
Jordan Brooks – Salisbury University (basketball)
Austin Brown - University of Richmond (lacrosse)
Tally Bruno - Johns’ Hopkins University (lacrosse)
Liam Burman - Denison University (lacrosse)
Colin Chell - Ohio State University (lacrosse)
Brady Dashiell - Furman University (lacrosse)
Colin Dempsey- St. Mary's College (lacrosse)

Middle Row Standing (left to right):

Evan Dohler – University of Maryland Baltimore County (lacrosse)
Nick Gesualdi - Cornell University (football)
Christopher Lobo - Wheaton College (lacrosse)
Patrick McManus - Washington College (lacrosse)
Jake Merrill - Mount St. Mary's College (lacrosse)
Hunter Moreland - Johns Hopkins University (lacrosse)
Hugh Mosko – University of Michigan (lacrosse)
Tyler Moyer- High Point College (lacrosse)
Keegan O'Connor – University of Maryland College Park (lacrosse)
James Parker- Sewanee, The University of the South (lacrosse)

 

Back Row Standing (left to right):

Riley Peters - Fairfield University (lacrosse)
David Pisanic - University of Maryland Baltimore County (lacrosse)
Shack Stanwick - Johns Hopkins University (lacrosse)
Michael Whitehurst – Susquehanna University (football)
Bennett Wisner - Loyola University Maryland (golf)

 

 

“General” Rules for Success
3/13/2014

This morning BL’s upper school and eighth-grade boys had the privilege of hearing from General Charles C. Krulak, President of Birmingham Southern College.  Gen. Krulak has an impressive background:

- retired commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
- with military honors including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, three Bronze Star medals, two Purple Heart Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the French Legion of Honor, among many others
- former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- past chairman and chief executive officer of MBNA Europe Bank in Chester, England
- past vice chairman and chief administrative officer of MBNA America Bank N.A.
- co-chairman of the Founders Group of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
- serves on the boards of the ranging from the Cleveland Browns and Aston Villa Football Club of professional soccer's English Premier League to  Union Pacific Corp., the medical school for the U.S. Armed Forces and more
- member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Hope for the Warriors, Human Rights First, and Officer Christian Fellowship

Gen. Krulak has worked closely with Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.  From this, you can understand that he lives with the gusto evident in his statement, “life is not a dress rehearsal…don’t ever let anyone limit you.  Don’t believe the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

This background is impressive indeed, yet Gen. Krulak is humble.  He began by telling the boys that they are lucky to go to BL, “a school with an outstanding reputation throughout the nation.”  Gen. Krulak noted that he regrets dropping out of high school for professional surfing and losing two years.  One can easily see that he lost no time catching up; he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and master's degree in labor relations at the George Washington University.  

Gen. Krulak defines success as being a man or woman of character.  With the BL core values of courage, compassion and integrity in our minds, we could all see Headmaster Post smile as Gen. Krulak described his view of the essential elements of character:

  1. selflessness – Be there for each other and get the job done no matter who gets the credit.
  2. moral courage – Don’t let others define you and don’t be afraid to speak the truth.
  3. integrity – Your word is your bond.  No one can take away your integrity, so don’t give it away.

Gen. Krulak pointed out that the boys already have gifts including intelligence (or they would not be here in this school).  However, “character is a choice.”  Winners or heroes do not inspire or stand the test of time if they cheat.  He asked the boys to look at who inspires them and notice that character is most likely at that person’s core.  A student asked Gen. Krulak who inspires him; he said his dad (who served in WWII and Korea), his mom (who raised three boys largely on her own) and a dear friend (who is his moral compass).


The boys had questions about Gen. Krulak’s military experience.  He also pointed out that education is different than training because “training is preparation for the expected, and education is preparation for the unexpected.”  He encouraged the boys to get everything out of their experience here at BL – to drain every last bit of information out of their teachers.  Gen. Krulak paused and spoke pointedly to the boys “because you are our future leaders.”

Gen. Krulak and his wife of 50 years have two sons.  They love this chapter in their lives working with students at Birmingham Southern College.  Gen. Krulak is the uncle of Lower School Technology Coordinator Debi Krulak and her husband Bill and great uncle to lower and middle school students.  

Many thanks to Brent Hilpert for arranging to bring General Krulak to BL’s campus for this wonderful opportunity!  For additional information on Gen. Krulak, see his full bio at http://www.bsc.edu/administration/president/index.cfm.  

Watch General Krulak's Speech here:  

Part 1: http://youtu.be/ry8096XR-vI

Part 2: http://youtu.be/10qZHZw5JlI

 

Chorus Sings to Hampden
3/13/2014

Yesterday, the middle school and upper school choruses visited the United Methodist Church in Hampden to perform in their Lenten Concert Series.  The concert was a short production of about 40 minutes long, and a wonderful afternoon refresher for those who attended.

The upper school chorus sang songs ranging from “spirituals” like “Ain’t Judging No Man” to pop-culture songs like Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man.”  Next, the middle school chorus sang a similar range of genres, starting with the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and a version of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  Mrs. Anderson, spoke between songs about the tonal ranges of both sections, noting that the middle school boys voices provide a higher range, while for the most part the upper school boys provide deeper voices that are developing into stronger singing voices.  Videos of their perfomances have been posted on our Facebook and Google+ pages.

Students will be performing next at the Roland Park Area Arts Festival at Friends on Thursday, April 3.

 

Dodge For A Cure Event Clobbers Cystic Fibrosis
3/12/2014

  

Last Friday, students from the Baltimore area came together to “Dodge For A Cure”  to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event was presented by Kelly & Associates Insurance Group and is a kick off to the Great Strides Hunt Valley Walk on May 4, 2014 at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre.  

The numbers are in from last Friday and are incredibly impressive! 600 students from 20+ Baltimore area schools came together and raised over $10,000 -- now, that is some serious team work!  Participating schools/groups included:

Beth Tfiloh
Boys’ Latin
Bryn Mawr
Calvert
Calvert Hall
Dulaney High
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Friends
Garrison Forest
Gilman
Hereford

Institute of Notre Dame
Loyola
McDonogh
Maryvale
Notre Dame Prep
Ridgely Middle
Roland Park Country School
St. Paul’s
St. Paul’s for Girls
Towson High

For more information visit the Great Strides Hunt Valley event site.

Perspective on "Brighton Beach Memoirs" from BL Junior Max Marshall, the Director
3/11/2014

My first show as a director of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs opens this week.  As I look back to reflect on my first experience as a director, I realize just how far I have come.  For the past five years, I have acted, stage managed, and assistant directed eight shows beginning with the production of Othello when I was in the seventh grade.  Throughout my five years, I have always admired and respected the student directors and was thrilled with the opportunity to direct this play.

I chose Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, because I really love the comedy aspects of this crazy, dysfunctional 1930s New York family.  Simon’s dialogue captures the essence of the human spirit while also highlighting the meaning of family.  Although the undertones are serious, Eugene’s character lightens the mood and the tone of the circumstances allowing for the audience to remember back to when they were young, hopeful, and naive.

I have come to realize that directing is a long, educational journey.  I cannot believe how much I have learned about myself, my cast, and the theatre process.  My journey began with selecting the play.  I read many scripts, and, finally, selected Brighton Beach Memoirs for the quality of the characters and the story line.  The process proceeded on to the auditions, which was one of the hardest tasks that I have ever undertaken.  I made decisions which altered the course of my peers for the next six weeks of their lives.  I felt my responsibility!  The next six weeks presented itself with a whirlwind of responsibilities, such as:  meeting to discuss and analysis the meaning of the play, directing the actors, deciding on music, programs, lights, costumes, props, blocking, set build development, and conducting the dry techs.  Mrs. Molling’s mentorship was invaluable to me as she coached me through the long, hard process.  I feel grateful to her and to the school for offering such a program.

In the final analysis, directing a play is a rewarding and enriching experience.  I have learned that I can make strong decisions, delegate responsibilities, work with people in different professional fields, and direct the synthesis of a Theater Arts production.  Although exhausting at times, heading the production for Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs has been a truly, unique experience that I will cherish for many years to come.  This experience pushed me to the limits and beyond where I discovered the true measure of my capabilities.

Diversity Rocks!
3/7/2014

Many thanks to upper school teacher Kristen Tubman for working with the Diversity Club to sponsor a wonderful coffeehouse event last night with excellent performances of dance, singing and instrumentals. There were about 40 people in attendance from BL and Oldfields schools. Special thanks go out to the club leadership: Jarek Hardy, Michael Chalawsky, Michael Hopkins, Andrew Hairston, Justin Williams and Ikechi Ndukwu.

 

World Read Aloud Day
3/6/2014

Five years ago the international nonprofit LitWorld designated the first Wednesday in March as "World Read Aloud Day" to enlist parents, students, teachers, and communities across the globe in the fight against illiteracy.  There are more than 793 million people worldwide who cannot read. Wednesday, March 5, third graders ventured up the hill to the middle school where they were read aloud to by seventh and eighth graders and by middle school Spanish teacher, Mrs. Brackins, who read to the entire group in Spanish. It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved!

 

Box Office Open
3/6/2014

From the Theatre Arts Desk........

Support our Theatre Arts!
Support our Theatre Arts Students!
Grab Your Tickets!
Box Office Open!
Today!
for
BL's Student Directed, Spring Production of
Brighton Beach Memoirs

Tickets sold in the upper school lobby!
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM 
&
During Lunch Times

$5.00 students/$7.00 adults

Brighton Beach Memoirs Opens
Wednesday, March 12th - Friday, March 14th
7 PM Curtain
in
The Sheridan Studio

Senior Night!
Tuesday, March 11th at 6 PM
All Seniors Invited to Attend
Success for BL Model UN!
3/4/2014

This past weekend, the Boys’ Latin Model United Nations (BLMUN) team traveled to the University of Delaware to attend HenMUN II.  Our twelve delegates debated modern issues such as the current crisis in Ukraine and corruption and paramilitary actions in South America, as well as historical topics like the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and the underground communist movement in the United States during the Cold War.  The delegates worked alone in General Assemblies, Economic and Social Councils, and Crisis Committees.  In these committees, delegates represented Turkey, Peru, Lebanon, and various historical figures.  Team Coach Mac McDonald said “it really is cool to see our guys get into character, give speeches, draft resolutions, and start wheeling and dealing in a room full of their peers.”

The trip was the most successful in club history with three delegates winning awards.  Max Marshall won an Honorable Mention in the conference’s premier crisis committee, The Sleepers.  Michael Ostendorf also received an Honorable Mention in the Historic General Assembly on the Six Days War, and Nick Morton was recognized as the Outstanding Delegate for his excellence in the G20 Summit.  HenMUN was a great experienced for all those who attended.  The team also thanks Mike Hopkins for his dedication and good work as a Model UN delegate for all four of his years in the upper school.

This was the last tournament of the regular season.  Stay tuned for the possibility of one new event under consideration.  To wrap up, Coach McDonald proudly describes the MUN club as “a great group of guys.  Most importantly, they are all a part of the club for the right reasons and are willing to do what it takes to succeed - whether that's writing extra papers outside of class or scouring foreign news sources for the latest updates.”  Congratulations to the entire team on their success. 

 

Announcing BL's Summer "Drawing & Painting" Camp
2/28/2014

One Book, One BL Discussion a Success!
2/28/2014

BL's annual "One Book, One BL" discussion took place Thursday night in the upper school and was a great success with about 70 participants.  Many thanks to librarian Claire Ricci for her tireless work in promoting and planning this event, and thanks to the boys and faculty that read the book and came out to the discussion.  Claire provided this recap...

"Single digit temperatures in February did not put a chill on our 'One School, One Book' event which gathers students, teachers, parents, and staff across the BL community for an evening of book discussion.  Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden details Shin Dong-Hyuk's remarkable escape from one of North Korea's most horrendous prison camps - Camp 14.  This harrowing read, supported by near daily news coverage of North Korea, prompted energetic yet sobering discussion as participants grappled with possible repercussions for human rights violations, the responsibilities of the global community, the role of propaganda, and our own personal obligation to stand up to a brutal dictatorship."

 

 

Baltimore Jewish Times Coverage - "History Lesson"
2/27/2014

The Baltimore Jewish Times recently included a good article by Heather Norris entitled "History Lesson:  Boys’ Latin hosts Holocaust survivor."  Included here is an excerpt, and for the full article go to http://jewishtimes.com/history-lesson/#.UxCef-NdWSo

"Rubin Sztajer tells Boys’ Latin students and staff that surviving the Nazi concentration camps was 'the greatest miracle in the world.'  Dozens of boys packed into the school theater at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland to listen to Holocaust survivor Rubin Sztajer’s story.

“You people are the future of this country,” Sztajer, an 88-year-old native of Poland, told the standing-room-only crowd assembled in front of him. “You go home to your parents, tell them how you feel about them, how lucky you are to have parents, grandparents, siblings.”

"The Feb. 11 talk was hosted by the school’s Jewish Awareness Club in conjunction with The Louise D. & Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education’s Teens Can Identify program. What began as 15 kids interested in hosting a Holocaust talk quickly grew to around 60, said the CJE’s Zack Pomerantz.

"Sztajer began by describing the events that led up to his being taken from his family. ..."

Lower School Goes to Space with Skydome
2/25/2014

  

On Monday morning, the Skydome Planetarium (part of Mobile Ed Productions) arrived in the Iglehart Gym.  The inflatable, silvery dome seats up to 90 students and projects high-definition stars, constellations, and even characters from Greek-mythology.  Through the ‘ooh’s’ and ‘ahh’s’ the students enjoyed the 45 minute presentation full of over 120,000 stars, the moon, and the entire solar system. Students from grades K-5 were also guided through the night sky in different seasons and from different global perspectives from the Northern Hemisphere.

For more information on the Skydome Planetarium visit here.

"Dodge for a Cure" on ABC2News
2/24/2014

Click the following link to see a story on ABC2News about the upcoming "Dodge for a Cure" event:   http://www.abc2news.com/about-us/teen-media/teens-use-childs-play-to-save-lives?

Dodge For A Cure

Proceeds benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Presented by Kelly & Associates Insurance Group
Kick off to the Great Strides Hunt Valley Walk


This repeats an All School News posting from January 31st - The Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) announces an exciting event, the 2nd Annual Dodge for a Cure, an area middle and high school co-ed dodge ball tournament.  Students will form co-ed teams and compete, while enjoying food, T-shirts, prizes, raffles and music.  Proceeds from this event will go toward CFF.

When: Friday, March 7, 2014
Where: Boys’ Latin School
Cost: $10 per person
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Teams must consist of a minimum of 6 players and a max of 10.  All schools are welcome. Participating schools to date include:  Boys’ Latin, Bryn Mawr, Friends, Garrison Forest, Gilman, Notre Dame Prep, Roland Park Country, St. Paul’s School for Boys , St. Paul’s School for Girls, Calvert Hall, Pikesville High, Towson High, and Loyola HighPikesville Recreation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes will also be represented.  Contact Adam Osborn to join the BL team (aosborn@boyslatinmd.com).

This event is a kick off to the Great Strides Hunt Valley Walk scheduled for May 4, 2014 at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre.  Great Strides is the CFF’s largest national fundraiser; in 2013, Great Strides raised nearly $40 million nationwide and nearly $1.2 million in Maryland, in critical funds to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis research, education and care.

Funds raised through Great Strides help spur dramatic progress in the lives of those who have CF.  Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school.  Today, people with CF are living into their 30’s, 40’s and beyond.  CF is a fatal genetic disease that afflicts 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide.  It causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death.  More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene.

About Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis.  The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support.  Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease.  For more information about the organization, go to cff.org.

For more Information about the tournament, contact Maren Blum at (410) 628-0795 and Kari Mutscheller at 410-628-0795.

Welcome to Newly Admitted Students!
2/20/2014

This morning, Boys' Latin was excited to host a warm welcome for newly accepted families in our annual admissions Welcome Breakfast.  The Smith Alumni House was packed with smiles.  New students and parents were greeted by current students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Brandon Gaines shared his perspective as a 1972 BL graduate and parent of Dylan, who is currently a BL junior, and triplet boys who graduated in 2007.  Headmaster Post gave brief comments that highlighted our commitment to excellence in education for boys, outstanding faculty, wide-ranging academics, vibrant co-curricular programs and purposeful character formation.  It was a record breaking crowd and a joyful start to the day. 

When newly accepted students heard their good news, they received a congratulations video similar to the one below.  Click the first image below to play video.

"The Stanwick Way"
2/20/2014

Pressbox recently posted this story which is just as much about family and character as it is about lacrosse.  "The eight Stanwick siblings share a strong work ethic and have been standouts on Baltimore lacrosse fields for more than two decades. ... When it comes to their mettle as lacrosse players and as people, the Stanwicks are all in. They all have a relentless drive -- academically and athletically -- to be the best. ... You know what you are going to get with them. They work hard and they are selfless, and they set the tone in practice. I run into them at Starbucks. They are all super nice people and fun to be around. They walk the talk."  Steele credits his parents for their children's success, and said "It's about how you treat people. Skills and athleticism will only take you so far." Congratulations to BL senior Shack, who is ranked the No. 1 lacrosse recruit in the country.

For the full article, go to http://www.pressboxonline.com/2014/02/13/the-stanwick-way

February Letter from Headmaster Post
2/18/2014

Dear BL Families –

I hope that you enjoyed the President’s Day weekend.  The weather has made for a fitful start to 2014, and today was no exception.  While our facilities staff has done a fantastic job of clearing the campus itself, the conditions on Lake Avenue have been invariably hazardous.  This past weekend, our own snow removal group actually cleared Lake Avenue between our property and Roland Avenue, as there was not a full lane accessible in either direction.  Just this morning, there was a car accident near the entrance to school around 6 a.m.; unfortunately, Lake Avenue remained untreated.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with less than optimal conditions.

AIMS Update
You may recall from my earlier letters that we are in the midst of our 10-year re-accreditation process though the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS).  All is going well, and we are nearing the conclusion of this process.  After strong, positive feedback in the visiting team’s report, we are completing our Action Plan, to be submitted later this spring.  The Action Plan details the various steps that we will take in each area of the School, to move forward as an institution over the next ten years.  I extend my gratitude to the faculty and staff for their wisdom and innovation as we consider the ways in which we can have the greatest impact on your sons’ experience.  I’ll share more about this at the upcoming Parents’ Association General Meeting on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni House. 

College Counseling
As our seniors and their parents can attest, the first half of the academic year has been busy with not only classes but also college applications and interviews.  Now we are into the first wave of decisions as our seniors anxiously wait and watch the inbox, mailbox and web postings for news from colleges.  Remaining decisions are typically shared by late March and early April.  Congratulations to the many seniors who have received good news already, and many thanks to our faculty and staff for advice, encouragement and letters of recommendation.  The following colleges/universities have accepted one or more of our seniors:

Adelphi University
The University of Alabama
American University
The University of Arizona
Auburn University
University of Baltimore
Bard College
Boston College
The Catholic University of America
Clemson University
College of Charleston
Coastal Carolina University
Cornell University
University of Delaware
Denison University
University of Denver
East Carolina University
Elon University
Flagler College
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida State University
Furman University
George Mason University
Goucher College
High Point University
Indiana University at Bloomington
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Lebanon Valley College
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynchburg College
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami

The University of Montana
University of Mississippi
Mount Saint Mary's University
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
North Carolina State University
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
University of Pittsburgh
Rice University
Richmond The AIC in London
Rider University
Roanoke College
Rollins College
Saint Francis University
Salisbury University
Sewanee: The University of the South
University of South Carolina
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Stevenson University
Susquehanna University
The University of Tampa
The Ohio State University
Towson University
Tulane University
University of Vermont
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
University of Virginia
West Virginia University
Wheaton College (MA)
The College of Wooster
York College of Pennsylvania


Admissions
Acceptances went out during the snow storm last week, and the response has been terrific so far.  We look forward to hosting accepted families on campus for our Welcome Breakfast this Thursday.  It’s heartwarming to hear the joy of new families and to be so proud of our many current student ambassadors who have helped share what a special place we have here in our BL community.  Thanks for all that you do to continue to advocate on behalf of our school.

Before we know it, spring vacation will be upon us, and the third quarter will be drawing to a close.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

All the best,

Christopher J. Post

 

Insights from Rubin Sztajer - Holocaust Survivor
2/13/2014

At almost 88 years of age, Mr. Rubin Sztajer has a lot to share. He speaks yearly to thousands of school children educating them about the Holocaust and speaking about his own personal experiences as a survivor; on Tuesday, February 11th Mr. Sztajer spoke with Boys’ Latin upper school students and faculty. BL junior Matt Sachs introduced the event noting that this period in time demonstrated “man’s inhumanity to other men. ” Mr. Sztajer began with the comment, “The best way for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.” These thoughts took on deeper meaning for the audience when Sztajer dimensionalized the Holocaust where six million people were slaughtered, which is more than the population of Maryland.

As a young person who grew up in Poland before, during and after World War II, Mr. Sztajer lived in restricted ghettoes during the early 1940’s as an early teen, and then he was separated from his parents at age 14 and imprisoned in a succession of concentration camps.  Directly after the war, Mr. Sztajer was reunited with his sister by fortuitous coincidence.  He eventually made his way to the United States.  In Maryland, he worked his way up in sales with the same company for 43 years.  He retired at age 70 and is now going to Towson University, playing golf, exercising and enjoying his family.  He has been married for 59 years and has three grown, professional children and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Sztajer concluded his presentation by encouraging BL students to take full advantage of the opportunities they have.  Upper School English Teacher Marcia Flaherty summed up the sentiments of the audience well with gratitude for “an emotional and inspirational glimpse into a personal account of the Holocaust and surviving it.  Well done.  I was deeply moved.”  We would like to thank Mr. Sztajer, Eric Whitehair (BL History Teacher), the BL Jewish Awareness Club and the Center for Jewish Education of Baltimore for collaborating to provide this outstanding opportunity. 

For more information on Mr. Sztajer’s life, click here for a brief summary.  Additional photos are available on SmugMug with a parent login.

What Will Your Great-Grandchildren Think When They Retrieve Your Cell Phone Photos and Facebook Posts?
2/12/2014

This was the question at the end of an interesting discussion on Monday February 10th when BL hosted author and cyber-expert Richard Guerry.  Guerry spoke on topics from his book, Public and Permanent, which is a trusted resource for schools across the country to learn and reinforce a powerful and effective method for reducing digital safety risks, cyber-bullying, and more.  Mr. Guerry’s presentation at BL was enlightening for all ages; his fast-paced, humorous, and down-to-earth style was engaging for middle students, teachers and parents. 

During the day, Mr. Guerry met with BL middle school students and shared a simple principle which he calls The Golden Rule of the 21st Century – what you say on any digital tool (email, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, and new programs that crop up daily) is public and permanent.  Are you willing for everything that you say, show and store on digital platforms to be said in public and be read by your great-grandchildren?  It can.

BL would like to extend our many thanks to the Parent's Association for sponsoring this speaker.  Mr. Guerry has presented at the National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention, the International Bullying Prevention Association and the National Symposium on Child Abuse.  He has also appeared as an expert on CNN and MTV's Thin Line Campaign, as well as in Parade Magazine and local, regional, and international publications.  After years in corporations, Guerry founded and is the Executive Director of the non-profit Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2) which seeks to educate the public about the importance of 21st century digital safety and citizenship.  For additional information on this topic, we encourage you to go to Mr. Guerry’s book (www.<publicandpermanent.com) and to the IROC2 website (www.iroc2.org).

BL Senior Brett Roberts Captures Our "Ice Day"
2/7/2014

Tuesday night's weather brought in ice that coated everything in town.  With school closed, senior Brett Roberts took the opportunity to capture the beauty of the day.  Please check out his slide show, which is posted on our upper school student newpaper, The Inkwell, website by clicking:  Ice Day.  (Note:  scroll down below the first photo to see the slideshow.)

Save the Date and Save a Life
2/7/2014

BL Welcomes Exchange Students from Ecuador!
2/6/2014

Through the leadership World Language Department Chair Kristen Tubman, Boys' Latin has an exciting exchange program with the Colegio Menor School in Quito, Ecuador.  BL is hosting five students from Colegio Menor February 1st-14th.  While they are here, the exchange students will attend BL classes, live with host families in the BL community, and experience numerous cultural outings designed to introduce them to American life. On Sunday, the group spent the day in the Inner Harbor hosted by the Ndukwu family, and then on Tuesday the group took a full day trip to DC to see the monuments. Over spring break, Kristen Tubman will lead six Boys' Latin students to Ecuador where they will attend classes at Colegio Menor and stay with the families of the young men who visited us here in Baltimore.  

After two delays due to weather closings, we held a reception this morning to welcome our visiting students.  Ms. Tubman presented the boys and their chaperone with a gift of BL spirit.  Please help us welcome our visitors and send out our students with our best wishes in March.


Visitors:
Arturo Hidrobo, 9th grade, staying with Nate King
Mateo Naranjo, 9th, staying with Drew Gray 
Adrian Salazar, 9th, staying with Nate King
Martín Endara, 10th, staying with Ikechi Ndukwu 
Matias Endara, 10th, staying with Ikechi Ndukwu 
Santiago Naranjo, chaperone, Spanish/Theater teacher, staying with Ms. Tubman

 


BL Students Going to Ecuador:
Ikechi Ndukwu, 11th
Michael Shortt, 11th
Jonathan Sembly, 11th
Grant Iodice, 9th
Luke Edwards, 9th
Nate King, 9th

 

Join us for "Dodge For A Cure"
1/31/2014

Dodge For A Cure

Proceeds benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Presented by Kelly & Associates Insurance Group
Kick off to the Great Strides Hunt Valley Walk


[Baltimore, MD]- The Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) announces an exciting event, the 2nd Annual Dodge for a Cure, an area middle and high school co-ed dodge ball tournament.  Students will form co-ed teams and compete, while enjoying food, T-shirts, prizes, raffles and music.  Proceeds from this event will go toward CFF.

When: Friday, March 7, 2014
Where: Boys’ Latin School
Cost: $10 per person
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Teams must consist of a minimum of 6 players and a max of 10.  All schools are welcome. Participating schools to date include:  Boys’ Latin, Bryn Mawr, Friends, Garrison Forest, Gilman, Notre Dame Prep, Roland Park Country, St. Paul’s School for Boys , St. Paul’s School for Girls, Calvert Hall, Pikesville High, Towson High, and Loyola HighPikesville Recreation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes will also be represented.  Contact Adam Osborn to join the BL team (aosborn@boyslatinmd.com).

This event is a kick off to the Great Strides Hunt Valley Walk scheduled for May 4, 2014 at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre.  Great Strides is the CFF’s largest national fundraiser; in 2013, Great Strides raised nearly $40 million nationwide and nearly $1.2 million in Maryland, in critical funds to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis research, education and care.

Funds raised through Great Strides help spur dramatic progress in the lives of those who have CF.  Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school.  Today, people with CF are living into their 30’s, 40’s and beyond.  CF is a fatal genetic disease that afflicts 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide.  It causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death.  More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene.

About Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis.  The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support.  Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease.  For more information about the organization, go to cff.org.

For more Information about the tournament, contact Maren Blum at (410) 628-0795 and Kari Mutscheller at 410-628-0795.

Announcing -- "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
1/31/2014

Save the Date...

March 12th - 14th at 7:00pm in the Sheridan Studio
For BL's spring play, Brighton Beach Memoirs
Directed by BL junior Max Marshall
Box office will open one week prior to opening night. 

From the Gina Molling at the Theater Arts Desk -- "Please join me in congratulating Max Marshall and the student actors and crew members listed below who auditioned for our spring play, Brighton Beach Memoirs!"

Artistic & Managing Director................................Gina Molling
Director..............................................................Max Marshall
Assistant Director................................................Myles Cohen
Stage Manager....................................................Ana Jeffries & Richard Wiklund
Set Builders.........................................................Dan Hicks, Paul Shapanus, Elliott King, Ryan Hitt & Matthew Manzoni
Lights and Sound.................................................Jonthan Sembly, Michael Knott, Jason Price
Scenic Artist.......................................................Sarah Molling

Cast of Characters
Blanche..............................................................Katie Nisbet
Eugene...............................................................Carson Rehfield
Jack...................................................................Matt Attman
Kate...................................................................Ellie Profaci
Laurie................................................................Teresa Norman
Nora..................................................................Holly Hutton
Stanley..............................................................Julian Baker

BL Middle & Upper School Students Participate in Virginia Tech Honor Band
1/31/2014

Last weekend four BL music students embarked on a Weekend Music Rush at the annual Virginia Tech Honor Band Weekend.  From a pool of 1500 students from about 200 different schools in the Cheasepeake area, 400 students are selected to rehearse and perform under the direction of Virginia Tech faculty and other guest conductors in a weekend of excitement, intensity and performance.  The 400 students are split up into four different 100 piece symphonic bands by audition; and they spend Friday afternoon, all Saturday, and Sunday morning in preparation for a concert Sunday afternoon.  In between rehearsals, the students get to enjoy master classes put on by students and professors of the university, as well as performances by the Jazz Enesemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Marching Hokie band. 

From the Upper School: Josh Smith (2nd Chair Percussion), Josiah Bedford (7th Chair Trombone) and Matt Kleiser (9th Chair Trombone) all rehearsed with the Orange Hokie band, which was one of the three High School aged bands rehearsing this past weekend.

From the Middle School: Joey Shortt (8th chair French Horn) rehearsed with the Silver Hokie Band.  This was the only Middle School aged band rehearsing this past weekend. 

The boys undertook a thorough audition for placement into ensembles, rehearsed for 12-15 hours, got to experience the quality and virtuosity of the Virginia Tech ensembles, and were able to tour the campus and see the benefits of attending a large university like Virginia Tech.  Overall, this was an exhilarating and challenging experience for our boys.  We are very proud of the effort they put in this weekend and their dedication to music.  We would also like to extend our thanks to Mr. Clarke Nyman for his coaching, leadership and energy in organizing this opportunity!

 

Middle School Robotics
1/30/2014

The middle school robotics teams wrapped up their 2013-14 season last Saturday, competing in the Fifth Annual “Roar of the Robots”, a FIRST Lego League (FLL) Regional Qualifying Tournament at Carroll Community College. Congratulations to the boys for all their hard work on Saturday and throughout the first semester.  The boys were true Lakers throughout the entire competition.

The teams’ composure during the morning judged sessions (Core Values, Robot Design and the Research Project) was admirable.  For their research, the One Heartbeat team studied the cause and effects of landslides. They developed a plan for an innovative ground water sensor network to alert people of an impending landslide, similar to a smoke detector for fire.  The Laker Nation team studied tsunamis and developed an innovative solution, the Disaster Relief Band (DRB) and Disaster Relief Server (DRS).  The DRB is a watch which would include GPS and heart rate sensors.  If worn in a natural disaster, the data transmitted to the DRS would allow first responders to locate victims more quickly.

The boys encountered many unexpected obstacles during the afternoon robot game matches, including ever-changing ambient light conditions which adversely impacted the performance of their on board light sensors.   The boys’ determination to adjust programs when competition irregularities occurred was commendable. The veteran boys will attest that anything can happen on game day - and Saturday just wasn't BL’s day on the competition board.

Special thanks to the parents, Ms. Brown and Mr. Mollett for making the trek to Carroll Community College to support the teams. Coaches Merow, Williams and Kellerman congratulate the members of the teams for their hard work throughout the season, and for representing themselves and Boys’ Latin with courage, integrity and excellent sportsmanship despite the encountered obstacles.

Images and videos from the day can be found on SmugMug with a parent login - http://boyslatin.smugmug.com/2013-2014Galleries/Middle-School/MS-FLL-Robotics-Regional

Senior Speeches – a Tradition and an Experience
1/30/2014

Experience…really that’s what this is all about.  This has been a BL tradition for decades. 

For the senior, he gains experience with public speaking from concept development and writing to delivery and thinking on your feet.  Facing an audience of well over 300 people, each senior presents to his upper school peers, his parents and family, Headmaster Post and many faculty and staff.  Each senior is supported and coached initially by his advisor, then by 12th Grade Dean/English Teacher Beau Dagenais, and finally by Theater Arts Teacher Gina Molling.  There are important life lessons on knowing your audience, meaningful topic selection, making it personal and engaging, and confident delivery.  Seniors learn that, just like in music or sports, practice makes a difference, so in the week prior to each senior’s speech he works on relaxation, body language, eye contact, tempo, articulation, and projection for … experience.

For the audience, this is quite an experience.  Behind that podium may be a tall, deep voiced, broad shouldered senior, but several in the audience see the little fellow we taught in kindergarten or who was shy in middle school.  Each week, the upper school gathers in the Gelston Athletic Center for speeches from 3-5 seniors.  Before and afterward, you will see high fives and fist pumps for good luck and congratulations.  Proud families gather for photos after all others have returned to classes.  

This week, we were treated to five outstanding senior speeches by Michael Conner, Jake Metzger, Casey Bordick, Chris Lange and Nick Gesualdi.  The topics covered a broad range:  getting my driver’s license, my most embarrassing moment, my evolving taste in music, standing by decisions in life, and where would you want to be if you could be anywhere in the world.  What seemed as if it would be a light topic grew to be deep and touching.  What seemed to be a profound topic was also personal and humble.  Mrs. Bordick pointed out that Jack and Casey (plus twin brother Dylan) have all been together since first grade which made this even more touching.

It was a good week for senior speeches, yet many weeks are just that.  What I love best is to see a senior who has made it near the end of his speech, and he looks for his parents.  They connect with a knowing nod or shrug, and by then his parents often have tears of joy, laughter and pride.  At the end, seniors and parents enjoy hugs and congratulations from teachers and advisors who feel like family too.  Attached below is a sample video clip, and additional photos are available with parent login on SmugMug.

Middle School Play "The Prince & the Pauper"
1/29/2014

This year’s middle school play was the Mark Twain classic The Prince & the Pauper.  Mrs. Kathy Anderson, BL's Fine & Performing Arts Department chair raved, "The MS play was a fantastic success.  I was impressed from the first moment to the last.”  Brothers Ryan and Tommy made the look-alike characters come to life and delivered the humorous case of mistaken identity with charm.  There were sword fights, lords and even a fanatic hermit to keep the action moving.  The actors showed well key themes of truth versus temptation, haves versus have nots, and reality versus perception. The show was dramatic and captivated audience members of all ages. 

Artistic and Managing Director Gina Molling said "We have had a blast!"  She noted that many of the cast and crew had never been part of a theater arts production before this.  Mrs. Molling commented, “all student actors and crew members learned a lot about themselves, how to be a cast and crew members, and the value of live theatre!”

The Sheridan Theater is an intimate studio theater with flexible staging that can be designed according to the showing play.  For this production, our thanks go out to Mrs. Molling, the cast, crew with special thanks to Dan Hicks (set building and design), Paul Shapanus (lighting design),  Jenn Scandora (sound crew), Larry Canner (photography),  junior Max Marshall (Assistant Director) and seventh graders Liam and Ryan (Co-stage Managers).   Additionally, Art Teacher Sarah Molling designed the scenic art and taught students how to use art beyond the classroom walls.

Many of the middle school performers took on more than one role in the play and required acting twice as many lines.  Bravo!

More pictures are featured on our SmugMug page.

The next play will be “Brighton Beach Memoirs” from March 12th - 14th.  It will be student directed by junior Max Marshall, with junior Myles Cohen as the assistant director. 

 

Well Said Mr. Ehrhardt
1/26/2014

From the Baltimore Sun, January 25, 2014, Letters to the Editor -- http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-sherman-letter-20140125,0,580738.story

"As someone who has spent more than 50 years in education and, more importantly, in developing the character of the young men who passed through Boys' Latin's doors, Richard Sherman's outburst after the Seattle Seahawks victory saddens me greatly ("Richard Sherman was out of line," Jan. 20).

"Many of our professional athletes fail to recognize they are role models for the fans of all ages. Mr. Sherman's outburst is another glaring example of a complete failure to win with grace and humility. The truly great athletes, the ones that time does not forget, are those who are true sportsmen and use their position to make the sport, and the community in which they play, better.

"He may have been an honors student athlete in high school and then at Stanford University, but he never learned much about character in those classrooms or on those fields."

Dyson P. Ehrhardt
Associate Headmaster for Development

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-sherman-letter-20140125,0,580738.story#ixzz2rbxSwycs

Article in The Daily Record features BL's AP classes
1/24/2014

The Daily Record published their "January 2014 Independent Schools Guide" special section recently and included an article about AP courses. Many thanks to Charles Franklin who worked with the reporter and is quoted and to Anne Kellerman and Brian Higginson whose AP classes are photographed in the article.  Click here to see the full article.

Audition Open for Spring Upper School Play
1/23/2014

Auditions open for "Brighton Beach Memoirs" this Saturday, Jan. 25th at 12 noon in the Sheridan Studio on BL's upper school campus. Boys and girls needed. Come one! Come all!

Here is a description of Niel Simon's play from Samuel French:
"Here is part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states 'if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here.'"

"In many respects his funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays." -New York Daily News

"Simultaneously poignant and funny. The characters are fully dimensional, believable...An outstanding show. - Variety

 

 

Laker Alum Spreads Hope Through Lacrosse
1/21/2014

Tyler Steinhardt '12 spoke during Friday’s assembly about how he is using his love for lacrosse to make a difference in Africa with the organization Fields of Growth.  Tyler’s passion for volunteering in Uganda began his junior year at Boys’ Latin.  That year, he spent two and a half weeks with the Lacrosse Volunteer Corp and was asked to help coach the men’s lacrosse team in Uganda and was hooked.  While there he also spent time working at local and newly established school called the HOPEFUL School.

The HOPEFUL School was built in rural Uganda where getting to school was difficult or far for kids.  The school teaches school age children life skills and English so they may work in the city.  He spoke fondly of the beautiful country of Uganda and the happy and positive Ugandans. 

Tyler, now a sophomore at American University, returns frequently to visit both the HOPEFUL School and the Ugandan men’s lacrosse team.  Tyler now works with the non-profit organization Fields of Growth.  With the help of Fields of Growth, lacrosse has spread through Uganda, bringing a sense of community and common place across the country.

Tyler reflected that the time he has spent traveling has opened his eyes.  Tyler said lacrosse has given the Ugandan’s “belief in the right to dream" and their dream is to compete in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships.  Today, they are training and making strides towards their goal with the help of Tyler and Fields of Growth. 

Tyler offered ways for the boys to help.  Whether big, through a lacrosse equipment donation or organized fundraiser, or small through Fields of Growth's $1 for Uganda campaign (which ends February 1st), every bit helps grow the community of lacrosse.  For more information, visit Fields of Growth's Facebook page here.

(photo courtesy of Fields of Growth)

Students Impressed by Apple Co-founder's Discussion
1/17/2014

By Anne Kellerman, Director of Technology Programs and Teacher-- Students in the upper school Intro Programming and AP Computer Science classes had the rare opportunity on Tuesday, January 14 to hear from one of the world’s leading innovators and computer engineers, Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.  Mr. Wozniak spoke at Stevenson University’s Greenspring campus to an auditorium packed with high school students from the Baltimore area. He spoke about his lifelong passion to become an engineer (like his dad) or to become a teacher – both of which he fulfilled.  While Wozniak is widely known as the genius behind the wildly popular and innovative Apple products, few people know that he worked as a fifth-grade teacher for eight years.

Mr. Wozniak spoke about his passion for innovation, expounded about his relationship with Steve Jobs (including his perspective on the recent Steve Jobs movie and, in his opinion, its many flaws), and spent 45 minutes answering students’ questions.  A self-professed geeky introvert, Wozniak informed the students that he developed a passion and uncanny instinct for circuitry and computing processes before there were books, much less YouTube videos, published on these topics.  He explained that he began his career in Silicon Valley working at Hewlett Packard on the handheld calculator product, a product which replaced the slide rule and gave birth to the consumer electronics and computer industry.  Prior to joining Steve Jobs to form Apple, Wozniak also created break through circuit board designs for Atari.Mr.  Wozniak encouraged the students to read, learn everything they can about topics they are interested in, and to focus on designing great products rather than on making money.

Students prepared for this event by watching Professor Alan Brown’s (University of Surrey) interview in which Mr. Wozniak shared many stories about his passions and his career with Apple.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly Honors Teamwork
1/16/2014

Today, all grades gathered in an assembly to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our theme of teamwork. Middle School STOMP opened the assembly today featuring drum sticks, tambourines and bells, and other creative, everyday items to make acoustic sounds.  Their thumping set the tone for a joyful event celebrating the life of Dr. King and his passion for civil rights.  Going along with this year’s teamwork theme for MLK, various speakers talked about those who teamed up with Dr. King, and various classes collaborated on multimedia presentations and songs.

An inspiring multi-media presentation directed and composed by Ms. Gillian Vernan, middle school English teacher, was shown with inspiring movie clips and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Ricky Arthur-Merow and Carrington Scott shared a brief introduction about the civil rights movement then introduced the first speaker.  Juniors Matt Attman and Devin Harvin plus French Teacher Terry Howell presented brief biographies of Asa Phillip Randolf, Baynard Rustin, and Diane Nash (respectively).

Mrs. Howell was a show stopper when she sang “Woke Up This Morning” which received a standing ovation.  Mrs. Debi Krulak prepared a touching pre-recorded storybook video featuring Ms. McKew’s class, and the chorus from all three divisions sang “Lean On Me.”

Headmaster Chris Post closed the assembly noting the teamwork that went into organizing the entire assembly.  He also presented check, from this week's dress down day, to the Central Y of Maryland for almost $2,000.  The money donated will help fund new sporting equipment and other summer programs.

A wonderful ‘thank you’ to the hard working team of faculty members:
Adam Osborn
Amy Shaifer
Barb Starkey
Debi Krulak
Elizabeth Wilson
Eric Whitehair
Gillian Vernon
Kathy Anderson
Kathy Arnold
Shara Hine
Susan Brown
Terry Howell

After the assembly, Mr. Brian Higginson said, "The organizers of this assembly truly surpassed themselves. It was creative, entertaining, informative and very moving. The whole event was seamless and integrated. The theme of teamwork was inspirational.  There were logos, ethos and pathos in abundance.  Madame Howell's singing brought tears to my eyes, as did the choir.  Thank you all for the creative energy, the intelligence and the compassion that went into this - not to mention the hours of work.  Beleive me - it was worth it.  Dr. King would have been pleased, I am sure."

More images can be found on our SmugMug page.

 

Chorus and Handchimes Perform at Glyndon United Methodist Church
1/13/2014

BL's Upper School Chorus and Advanced Handchimes classes performed at the 11:00am service at Glydon United Methodist Church yesterday. Freshman Robbie Dittmar also played an organ/piano duet with BL Fine & Performing Arts Director and music teacher, Kathy Anderson. Mrs. Anderson commented, "Please congratulate the boys when you see them, they did a phenomenal job."  Additional photos are available on SmugMug with a parent login (http://boyslatin.smugmug.com/2013-2014Galleries/Upper-School/Chorus-and-Handchimes-Perform).

Young Alumni Return to Advise the Junior Class
1/9/2014

This afternoon, College Counseling Office hosted their annual Alumni College Panel for the junior class. During lunch, the juniors enjoyed pizza and perspective from their class of 2013 and 2012 peers.   Each alum spoke about things they miss the most, new experiences they never expected and other advice for the class of 2015.  The panel included:

Brandon Cherry '12 (Johns Hopkins)
Nick Shepherd ' 12 (Dickinson College)
Craig Dougherty ' 13 (University of Virginia)
Jacob Katinsky '13 (University of Maryland)
Bobby Norman '13 (University of South Carolina)

Sophomore at Dickinson, Nick Shepherd '12, talked about missing the BL faculty and the environment.  He is also excited to be applying to study abroad and beginning the new lacrosse season.  Nick encouraged the boys to give various colleges a chance and not rule them out before visiting first. 

Brandon Cherry '12, a sophomore at Johns Hopkins, is playing football and majoring in Public Health.  He misses the daily routine from BL and reminded the juniors to focus on the academics at the schools when looking at colleges.

Craig Dougherty '13, is currently a freshman at UVA and talked about the experience of dorm life and connecting with other fellow Baltimoreans at UVA.  He suggested students take many different college classes their freshman year before declaring a major. 

Across the board, the panel gave one final piece of advice ... enjoy the last year and a half at Boys’ Latin and all of the resources at hand. 

Jennifer Gilbert Speaks to Inkwell Class
1/8/2014

Today, Mr. Bryant’s Inkwell class welcomed Jennifer Gilbert, from Baltimore’s Fox 45 news station, to speak about working in journalism.   Jennifer has been working in Baltimore for 21 years and, as self-proclaimed adventurer, she has traveled to exciting and newsworthy places to report on events like natural disasters and the Super Bowl.  She spoke about the “parallel” she feels after visiting New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and then last year during the Super Bowl for the Raven’s win and how wonderful it was to see New Orleans in it's best state after such disaster.

She encouraged the class to take an internship in a field they are interested in and make connections.  Jennifer recalled getting her start in an internship which, although was unpaid, created a connection that paid off in the end.  While working in Lancaster, a former photographer colleague called her about a potential position in Baltimore and the rest is history.  With the current job climate, Jennifer also talked to the boys about the need to be multi-faceted since many reporters are also filming and editing their stories without an extensive crew.  Jennifer encouraged the boys to stay connected to the news and keep working hard towards their goals. 

Visit the new digital Inkwell here! www.blinkwell.net

 

Upper School Robotics Team 2014 Kick Off
1/6/2014

The upper school robotics team kicked off it's 2014 season on Saturday January 4th and is now gearing up to design and build a robot to compete in the FRC challenge AERIAL ASSIST.  Nearly 70,000 high-school students on more than 2,700 teams in 92 cities around the globe joined the 2014 Kickoff via NASA-TV broadcast and webcast; approximately 30 Boys' Latin team members, parents and coaches gathered on Saturday to participate in the kick-off event and to begin prototype design and construction of this year's robot.

AERIAL ASSIST is played by two Alliances of three teams each.  Alliances compete by trying to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two-minute and 30-second match. Additional points are earned by robots working together to score goals, and by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor as they move the ball down the field.  This year's game piece is a 24" diameter exercise ball.  Goals are located near ground level and also at approximately 9' off the ground.  An animation of the AERIAL ASSIST game can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5zWzICG5to

Various prototype efforts are underway including this animated concept to pick up a ball.  The animation was created by freshman Harry Purdue using Adobe Flash.  http://youtu.be/7X6PA8Vivd0

Merrill Lynch Celebrates 100 Years
1/6/2014

BL would like to offer our best wishes to Merrill Lynch in recognition of their 100th anniversary today. We share this email below that was forwarded by an ML employee:

The 100 Year anniversary has a special connection to Baltimore.  Edmund Calvert Lynch was born in Baltimore in 1885 and attended Boys’ Latin and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1907.  Ed then went to New York City and became a stock broker.  In 1907, he met Charlie E. Merrill in the lobby of the NYC YMCA as Charlie was paying his 50 cent monthly membership fee.  Ed was looking for a roommate and asked Charlie if he was interested.  Charlie agreed, and they went on to become best friends and business partners.  Charlie started his business in January of 1914, and Ed joined him in May; the rest is history!!!  Unfortunately, Ed died on a business trip in 1938.  Charlie Merrill paid tribute to his friend by removing the comma between Merrill and Lynch and Merrill, Lynch became Merrill Lynch!

Living the BL Motto at the Holidays
12/25/2013

This is a heartwarming example of Coach Haugh living the BL motto -- Esse Quam Videri, "to be, rather than to seem". He would likely prefer that we not share this with you, but we want to share our thanks with him too. Athletic Director Michael Thomas added a comment that "the Catholic priest is Father Michael White from Church of the Nativity in Timonium, who attempts to make disciples of each member of the parish...Coach Haugh is quietly one of them." http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-rodricks-1224-20131223,0,3303159.column

We hope that you are experiencing the best of the holidays.  Best wishes!

Lower and Middle School Holiday Concerts
12/20/2013

Before the boys said "goodbye" for the winter break, the lower and middle schools showcased all of their hard work during two separate holiday concerts this morning.  In the lower school, Mrs. Wilson led the boys singing songs such as Charlie Brown's "Christmas Time is Here" and "Dreidel, Dreidel, Driedel."   In the middle school, Mrs. Anderson led choral, handchime, STOMP, guitar and keyboard performances.   Mr. Nyman has been practicing since the beginning of the year with boys in both the lower and middle school bands.  Their performances were fantastic!  To showcase their hard work, we share two videos below.  Enjoy!

Lower School

 

Middle School

Happy Holidays!
12/18/2013
As we reflect upon this holiday season,
Boys' Latin School recognizes that our boys are our most precious gift.
In gratitude, we offer you this short video
which celebrates the bonds our boys share here in our close-knit K-12 community.
On behalf of our entire community, thank you so very much
for your generous support in 2013.

Community Service: Boys’ Latin Upper School Continues a Tradition – Helping St. Vincent Villa Prepare for the Holidays!
12/18/2013


In the picture, from left to right, are Billy Wingo, Jalen Milton, Jamie Owens, Matt Purnell, and Mike Turton.

Soon after Thanksgiving, BL faculty members Mac McDonald, Cathy Badmington, and Claire Ricci were planning for the holidays.  They organized a group of over fifty faculty and students to help a good cause, St. Vincent's Villa.  There were five events in this service mission: 
-Friday, December 6th - After school, the BL group set up over 100 trees in advance of the community Christmas decorating
-Saturday, December 7th – BL volunteers returned to set up decorations and make things festive!
-Saturday, December 14th - BL volunteers accepted and organized gift donations from the toy drive.
-Wednesday, December 18th – The gifts were transported.
-Saturday, January 4th – A BL group will return to take down and pack decorations.

St. Vincent’s Villa is located in Timonium on Pot Spring Road just across from Stella Maris.  St. Vincent’s Villa is a residential treatment center that provides therapeutic services for children whose behavioral and emotional needs have not been met at home or in their communities.  St. Vincent’s Villa diagnostic, evaluation and treatment programs help the organization to thoroughly assess each child and address their needs.

Again this year, Boys’ Latin’s freshman class adopted many of the middle school age children for the holiday season.  Each advisory donated the entire wish list for a boy who has items on his list such as CD players, footballs, football jerseys, scooters and gift cards for recreational activities.  Many thanks go out to all the parents for all of your donations!

This is a wonderful partnership with St. Vincent’s Villa that we intend to continue in the future.  In the near term, please see Mr. McDonald if you are interested in helping to take all the Christmas trees and their decorations down on January 4th.  All students and parents are welcome but must sign up with Mr. McDonald via email at mmcdonald@boyslatinmd.com.  Volunteers may meet our group at the Timonium site if that is more convenient.

 

"Who Killed Mr. Mathematics?"
12/17/2013

Hands on.  Real world application.  Solving a problem.  These are a few of the characteristics of best practices for boy learning that have been embraced by our faculty in the last few years.  One excellent example of this approach can be seen in the midterm exam offered in Mr. Haluck's Honors Forensics course in our upper school.  The midterm is entitled "Who killed Mr. Mathematics?" and students in the class are presented with a crime scene.  Using the techniques and skills that they have learned throughout the first semester, they then have to figure out who the killer of the imaginary Mr. Mathematics is. 

The students test for poisoning, analyze shoe prints, analyze fibers left at the crime scene, conduct fingerprint analysis and do a blood analysis (Senior Pat McManus is conducting a blood test in the picture).  Using what they find in these hands on tests, they then have to determine which of the "suspects" presented to them is guilty of the crime.  

This exercise has several important educational benefits.  First, it provides students with an exposure to what working in a crime lab is like.  In addition, it also engages the boys and gets them excited about showing and proving what they've learned so far in the course.  Hats off to Mr. Haluck for designing this engaging exercise!

 

Announcement
12/16/2013

The following letter was shared with the BL community on Monday, December 16, 2013:

Dear BL Alumni, Parents and Friends,

More than 50 years ago, Dyson P. Ehrhardt ’59 began his professional career at Boys’ Latin.  Over five decades, he has served in countless roles:  from teacher, coach and advisor; to director of admissions and financial aid; and ultimately to overseeing our advancement efforts in fundraising and external outreach.  During his tenure, Dyson has been involved in almost every facet of Boys’ Latin.  Our campus has been transformed.  Our endowment has been built from scratch, and generations of “Lakers and Latinists” have connected and re-connected with a home that has moved from Brevard Street to Lake Avenue.

At the conclusion of this year, Dyson will retire from full-time work.  He will remain here at Boys’ Latin on a part time basis, serving as Associate Headmaster Emeritus. We are fortunate that “Mr. BL” will continue to attend alumni and development functions and be our #1 fan and cheerleader.  He will continue to advocate on behalf of the place he loves so much, while enjoying more time with family and friends, and perhaps even slowing down a bit!

We are fortunate, too, that this transition comes with years of planning.  Dyson approached us more than two years ago with his thoughts on the future, and since that time, we have collaborated on succession planning.  We have worked closely to identify and select the right leader who has a passion for Boys’ Latin, can continue to build strong relationships within our broad community, and has the practical experience to lead our advancement efforts well into the future.

I am excited to name J. Patrick Gugerty, a Boys’ Latin alumnus from the class of 1983, as Assistant Headmaster for Advancement, effective July 1, 2014.  Pat has served as the Director of Development at the Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE for more than six years.  Under his leadership of an advancement group, the school has seen significant growth both in alumni and parent participation, which has yielded a more than 50% increase of total dollars raised.  Eric Ruoss, Tatnall’s headmaster, shared that Pat excelled both in running the fundraising operation at Tatnall but also in connecting with donors, in telling the story of the school.

Prior to his work in non-profit development, Pat worked for MBNA for more than 15 years.  In addition to his professional work, Pat has served as a trustee of various, non-profit organizations.  Along with graduating from Boys’ Latin, Pat is a graduate of the University of Maryland.  Pat is excited to return to Baltimore, where many of his family remain.  Pat is married to Kate, and they have three children: Paige, a junior at the University of Delaware; Mac, a freshman at Ithaca College; and Claire, who is in 9thgrade at Tatnall.

In every conversation I have had with Pat, his desire to build upon the strong foundation already in place here at Boys’ Latin is only outweighed by his passion for our school.  He speaks eloquently about the difference that Boys’ Latin has made for him and his own desire to have that kind of impact for other young men.

This is an exciting time for our school.  In the months ahead, there will be opportunities to celebrate and to thank Dyson and to meet Pat, welcoming him home to Boys’ Latin.

In the meantime, I hope that you and your families enjoy the many blessings of this holiday season.  As I reflect upon all that is great and good about our school, I am thankful for Dyson and his selfless commitment to Boys’ Latin, for Pat and his passionate desire to give back to his alma mater, and to all of you, for the many gifts that you share with us, each and every day.

Wishing you joy and peace this holiday season and in the year ahead,



Christopher J. Post

Experiencing Art and History
12/13/2013

Boys' Latin fourth graders visited the Walters Art Museum this week to tour the special exhibit, Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum.  Dr. Julia Marciari-Alexander, mother of Jack and the new Director of the Walters, had come in earlier to talk with the boys about the exhibit and to do an activity with them in anticipation of their trip.  At the Walters, interactive exhibits and a unique wall timeline helped to put ancient events into perspective for all ages.  Egypt's Maysterious Book of the Faiyum is a wonderful exhibit for families, and we encourage you to make visiting the Walters a part of your winter break plans.

From the Walters:  "The Book of the Faiyum is an exquisitely illustrated ancient papyrus depicting Egypt’s Faiyum oasis, a center of prosperity and ritual during the Greco-Roman period. Major sections of the manuscript—reunited for the first time in 150 years—are displayed alongside Egyptian statues, reliefs, jewelry, and ritual objects to illuminate the religious context that gave rise to the enigmatic tale of Sobek, the crocodile god who brings sun to the Faiyum."

 

 

 

Amazing Results from the "Hour of Code" Event
12/13/2013

In an effort to emphasize the importance of understanding basic computer code, the worldwide Hour of Code was created for Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15). At of the time of this writing, 13,847,680 people have completed an Hour of Code with 447,655,841 lines of code written.

Way to go BL!  Even with the challenge of snow closings this week, BL has been able to participate in the worldwide event.  Every student in K- 8 grade, plus four Upper School classes (with only a few classes pushed to next week) will have spent a class period writing code.

In the lower school, Mrs. Krulak tweeted "My 4th graders were literally RUNNING to the lab to do the #HourOfCode," and Shakira@ShakiraSpace favorited her tweet!  The sixth grade boys did a fabulous job completing Code Combat while the seventh and eighth graders designed an iPhone app. 

Check it out for yourself: www.hourofcode.org  Pictures from the event can be found on the Smugmug gallery with a parent login.

In-School Holiday Concert
12/11/2013

Today, after two days off due to snow, the Boys’ Latin community came together for the middle and upper school holiday concert.  Under the direction of Mr. Clarke Nyman and Mrs. Kathy Anderson, both divisions put on a show that was festive and interactive. 

The Middle School Band played “Majestica,”  Jazz Workshop played “Moondance” and “25 or 6 to 4,” and Jazz Ensemble played “Vehicle” and “Runaway Baby” all led by Mr. Nyman.  The bands had the audience clapping along the entire time.  Between band performances, Mrs. Anderson led Advanced Handchimes in an inspiring “O Come, All Ye Faithful,”  MS & US Choruses in “Christmas Time is Here” and "A Hanukkah Remembrance,” US Chorus in a humorous version of “Jingle Bells,” and MS Chorus in “Lullaby on the Wind.”

At the close of the assembly before dismissing classes, Headmaster Post applauded their stellar performances and reminded the audience that their fantastic performance comes from much practice throughout the year. 

Remember!  

December 20th at 9:00 am -- Lower School Holiday Concert 

December 20th at 11:00 am -- Middle School Holiday Concert


Visit our Facebook page for a video collage of our concert today and visit our SmugMug page for more photos!

        

 

Students and Faculty Attend Annual POCC
12/6/2013

Every year the National Association of Independent Schools hosts their People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference.  This year, the event was held nearby in National Harbor, Maryland, which allowed us to send a group of students and faculty.  Two faculty members, World language Department Chair Kristen Tubman and Middle School Dean of Students Demond Baine, chaproned three students:  9th grader Trey Gaither, 11th grader Ikech Ndukwu, and 12th grader Justin Williams.  The group left early on Thursday morning, and they will return on Saturday afternoon.

The group will be involved with workshops, affinity groups, and guest speakers.  As stated on the NAIS website, the PoCC "provides a safe space for networking and a professional development opportunity for people, who, by virtue of their race or ethnicity, comprise a form of diversity termed "people of color" in independent schools. PoCC serves as an energizing, revitalizing gathering for people who experience independent schools differently. The conference includes general sessions with keynote speakers, dozens of practitioner-led workshops, extensive affinity group work, and dialogue sessions."

Our students will also have the opportunity to be involved with the diversity leadership program.  The SDL program "SDLC focuses on self-reflection, allyship, and community building. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participants will develop an appreciation of their own identities, build effective cross-cultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, and practice expression through the arts, while networking with their peers."

We are very excited to have this group of BL represntatives attend the conference, and we are looking forward to all that they will bring back to our community.

 

All School Art Show
12/6/2013

Last night in Smith Hall, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends gathered for our 2013 Winter All School Art Show.  All enjoyed creations from BL students as well as paintings by guest artist, David Buckley Good.  David is a graduate of Bowling Green State University (1975) and the Schuler School of Fine Arts (1988).  For more on his work, go to http://www.davidbuckleygood.com/. 

Many thanks to our four art teachers, Marta Cardarelli, Demond Baine, Sarah Molling and Amy Digges, who work with our students to develop their skills.  The gallery display and the reception were lovely.  If you were unable to be here for the opening, please take the opportunity to view the work of all of our talented BL artists in Smith Hall or photos on SmugMug (password bl822).

 

BIG Holiday Sale at the Campus Store
12/5/2013

This chilly, December day begins the Campus Stores “12 Days of Christmas Sale” promotion.  Each day a new item or group of items will be on sale and posted the Campus Store’s Facebook page.  Remember to visit the Campus Store page and to click ‘Like’ to stay up to date on the latest sales!  Curious about what will be on sale? 

12/5: Leather BL Belts – 25% Off

12/6: All BL Socks – 25% Off

12/9: All BL Outerwear – 25% Off

12/10: All BL Accessories (excludes clothing) – 25% Off

12/11: BL Hats & Gloves – 25% Off

12/ 12: All BL Blankets & Bags – 25% Off

12/13: All BL Youth Clothing – 25% Off

12/16: All BL Shorts (Youth & Adult) – 25% Off

12/17: All Polo Shirts (including uniform shirts) – 25% Off

12/18: Adult BL Champion Hoodie (Sizes XS-XXL) – $35.00 (a $15.00 savings)

12/19: Adult BL Sweatpants (Cotton Variety Only) – Only $24.00 (a $12.00 savings)

12/20: All BL Ladies Clothing – 25% Off

 

**Gift Wrapping is Available**

The Campus Store will be open Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The Campus Store will close early Friday, Dec. 20 at 12:00 pm.  

Insights on “The Pressured Child” -- From Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
12/3/2013

Michael Thompson, Ph.D. has been a regular speaker and advisor at Boys’ Latin School for the past two years as resident fellow with BL’s Bauer Institute for Leadership and Personal Growth. In this visit, Dr. Thompson’s focus drew from his book The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life, which tackles “America’s performance-driven obsession with the accomplishments of its kids.”  Over two days, Dr. Thompson consulted with faculty in each division, led a parent discussion that was open to the public, advised our College Counseling Office and met with BL seniors.  Dr. Thompson provided the compassionate advice of a grandfather and father and the proven knowledge of an experienced psychologist.  His perspective guided adults on how to listen for truth in our children’s experience and allow school to be a developmental unfolding rather than a race.  His asked seniors if they feel connection, recognition and mastery in school – that’s success.

Dr. Thompson is a distinguished author, psychologist and expert on male development.  He has worked in more than 500 schools in the US, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.  In addition, he has authored nine books.  The Pressured Child builds from the series of previous topics which drew from his other books:  Raising Cain:  Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons, Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children, and It's a Boy!: Understanding Your Son's Development from Birth to Eighteen.  For more on his previous visits, click here to see more including TV news coverage from his April and September visits:  http://www.boyslatinmd.com/page.aspx?pid=767.

In addition to his work on The Pressured Child, Dr. Thompson met with Boys’ Latin dads over breakfast where he spoke on "The Importance of Dads in the Lives of Sons."  This breakfast was back by popular demand after a strong positive response from BL middle school dads to this type of session in April.

Movember Comes to a Close
12/3/2013

It seems that November came and went faster than we could say, “Nice beard!”  In the upper school, students were invited to grow beards and moustaches for November’s Movember to spread awareness and raise money for men’s health.  A total of over $1,000 was raised during Movember for men's health programs.

Students who participated started with a clean shaven face on November 1st and grew their beards, moustaches, and a few other creative styles throughout the month.  November has come and gone and so will their beards until next year.  Before all their hard work is shaved off, the upper school met to recognize those who participated.  Winners were crowned for Best Beard, Best Moustache, Best Design, and Worst Attempt at Growing Facial Hair. 

Best Faculty Beard: Mr. Barron

Best Student Beard: Patrick Coffay

Best Moustache: Colin Dempsey

Best Facial Hair Design: Glen Becker

Worst Attempt at Growing Facial Hair: Cole Whitehurst

Grandparent & Special Friend Day at the Lower School
11/26/2013

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it seems fitting to have Grandparent and Special Friend Day at the lower school.  Grandparent and Special Friend Day is a day for the lower school to show their thanks for the love and support they receive throughout the year and beyond.

This year’s program was filled with Thanksgiving themed songs and poems from K-1, and a song sung entirely in Latin by the second and third graders.  The story “When I Am Old With You” by Angela Johnson was read aloud by two 4th grade students to honor grandparents and special friends.  Then, a presentation of drawings and descriptions were shown inspired by Johnson’s book.  Heartfelt and moving, they ranged from playing chess and fishing to traveling around the world and watching sports with their grandparents.

Students, grandparents, and special friends spent the remainder of the morning back in the classroom.  Finally, Mrs. McKew and fifth graders presented “Boys and Learning” with fun facts about what makes boys special and interesting facts about how they learn differently.

For more photos, visit our SmugMug page.

  

We hope you enjoy this video of "A Turkey Named Bert" performed by the kindergarten and first grade classes.

 

 

Ray Rice and BL Students Stand Up Against Bullying
11/24/2013

On Friday, November 22, a group of students and faculty attended Ray Rice’s “Links of Kindness” anti-bullying event at Towson University’s SECU Arena.  During the event, a local family spoke about the negative impact cyber bullying has made on their family and Maryland’s new “Grace’s Law” to protect children from cyber bullying.  Ray Rice, along with Quinton Aaron from The Blindside, spoke about standing up to bullying and supporting each other against bullies.  Students last year were invited to write on paper links about how they can be kind in their community.  During the event, everyone was invited to lift up the continuous chain of kindness and stand against bullying.

Following the program, the movie BULLY was shown.  BULLY is a 2011 documentary following several kids from schools across the country.  BULLY is billed as, "the first feature documentary film to show how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness."

For more resources on bullying, visit BL School Counselor Mrs. Flower’s resource page here. You can find more photos from the event on Ray Rice's Facebook page here.

 

            

 

Fun at the annual Boys' Latin School Bull & Oyster Roast
11/24/2013

There was fun for all ages at the annual Bull & Oyster Roast last night. Smiles and laughter were the common themes among alumni, parents, students, families, past parents, faculty, staff and friends who gathered. The community enjoyed delicious food, bidding on unique auction items and fabulous class baskets too. For all of you who won at the "Bacon Wheel," we hope you are enjoying a delicious breakfast this morning.  More photos are available to BL families on SmugMug.

Academic Honors Assembly
11/19/2013

This year’s Academic Honors Assembly had a different format from previous years.  The senior class was asked ‘what their most rewarding education experience?’ and ‘what was the most important thing they have learned?’  Some of them were selected to read their responses as a way to inspire other students to work even harder through the year.

Evan Robinson recalled taking an AP course as a junior and the way it has improved his writing skills.  Jimmy Parker has learned that the little things, like holding open a door, is what matters.  Andrew Woerner has learned the importance of remaining true oneself.  Dylan Hazlet spoke about the importance of participating in discussion.   Fred Bopst talked about the magic of AP Physics and how helpful hands on learning can be.  Brett Roberts told the assembly about how intimidating it seemed at first to take an AP course and this year he is taking three AP courses.

Each division’s honor rolls were announced by their respective division heads.  Mrs. Arnold announced the effort honor roll and spoke briefly about the new report card system.  Mr. Mollett announced the effort honor roll and Dean’s List, specifically student who have received all A’s, for the 6th through 8th grades.  Mr. Mitchell announced the 9th through 12th grade honor roll and the Dean’s List by grade.

Before the closing of the ceremony, Headmaster Post commented that he was “struck” by each seniors’ varying experiences and point of views, and how each other them have discovered a passion.  He also noted how many students mentioned the impact faculty had made on their learning and thanked them for their dedication to teaching at Boys’ Latin.

  

For more photos of this year’s assembly visit our SmugMug page.

New Campus Store Facebook page!
11/19/2013


The holidays are almost here, and the Campus Store is ready to help you check off your gift list!  One stop shopping for family and friends.  

Don't forget to visit and 'Like' the new Campus Store Facebook page to stay in the loop about the latest BL merchandise.  

 

 

 

Replenishing the Gunpowder Valley
11/18/2013

On November 9th, a group of Boys’ Latin students worked alongside members of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy and students from other local area high schools to help replenish the environment around Loch Raven Reservoir. Across .75 acres, over 140 native trees were planted helping to restore and expand stream bank buffers. Junior Matt Manzoni commented, “Not only was it fun to do a community service project that was physically engaging, but it was also rewarding at the end of the day to be able to see the product of our efforts in planting all of these saplings.” --- story by Jeremy Bryant

 

Veterans Day
11/11/2013

It is one of BL's special traditions that we recognize Veterans Day with an assembly for the middle school and upper school. Both divisions gathered to remember current and past veterans. Mr. Maisel first recognized all faculty and staff who had served or are serving in the military. He then shared a brief, personal and touching anecdote about each of the 34 students he taught at Boys' Latin who went on to serve in the military. The point came home that those men were once just like the students sitting in the Iglehart here today.

This year's guest speaker was Patrick Young. Patrick, a Baltimore native and Marine, was a close friend with alum Nick Ziolkowski '01, who was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. During last year's Veterans Day event, Patrick was an honored guest. This year, his stories were moving and shed light on serving in the military and living for others. Patrick remembered Nick fondly as someone who pushed himself to work hard and better himself.

Headmaster Post wrapped up the assembly with a moment of silence as the boys departed. The upper school then gathered at the alumni veterans memorial in front of Alumni House. Patrick Young and Luke Kluttz '14 placed a wreath on the memorial. Mr. Maisel went on to meet with the lower school to explain the meaning and history of Veterans Day. For more photos visit our SmugMug page. 

  

BL Launches a New Writing Center with Student Interns
11/11/2013

On Friday, November 8th, Boys' Latin held its official grand opening of the Writing Center in front of a group of over one hundred faculty, students and community members. Located in the Upper School library and staffed by both English faculty members and student interns, the Writing Center is dedicated to helping all students with their academic and personal writing. The opening festivities featured a musical performance by the chorus, food contributions from both the Cooking Club and the Parents' Association, and speeches by Inkwell editor-in-chief Alex Andrews and head Writing Center intern Nick Wheeless. The event culminated with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting by senior intern Chad Hazman and freshman Writing Center participant Chris Meyers, who was chosen to do the honors in a random drawing. Over fifty students have already visited the Writing Center, and the grand opening figures to help in drawing an even wider array of student writers.

Halloween Celebrations
10/31/2013

Halloween on campus today was filled with smiles and laughter as many students, faculty and staff donned costumes.  In the morning, the entire lower school paraded over and through the upper school and were greeted by applause and candy handouts.  Mr. Post gave each of the boys a BL megaphone, which will come in handy tomorrow for the football game against St. Paul’s.  In the afternoon, the middle school gathered in the Iglehart and the upper school gathered in the Gelston Athletic Center as students competed in costume contests and games during their Halloween assemblies.  We saw ecstatic Red Sox fans, Lady Gaga, the Lakerman, the set of four Scooby Doo characters, Elvis (in lower and upper school sizes), and so many other notable costumes.  All enjoyed the day.  Parents may access SmugMug to see more photos.

 

Projectile Motion Contest
10/28/2013

When you studied AP Physics, was it this much fun?  Today, Mrs. Rodriguez’s two AP Physics classes stepped out onto Boys’ Latin’s upper turf field with their inventions.  As part of their projectile motion studies, teams in each class designed, built and tested simple machines that kick a soccer ball.  The project concluded with a kicking competition on the soccer field where the boys measured hang time and range to calculate the soccer balls’ initial speed and angle.  The students did an excellent job designing, fabricating and operating their machines which made for a fun and exciting lesson.

 

Boys' Latin's 2013 Strategic Plan
10/28/2013

The Board of Trustees, in conjunction with faculty and staff, embarked on a comprehensive planning process in 2012 – 2013.  We accelerated our strategic planning to run parallel with our Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools re-accreditation cycle, so that our efforts would have the greatest impact on the daily experience of our boys.  With purposeful and detailed research and benchmarking, reflection and discussion, and thoughtful prioritization of the needs of our boys and broad community, the Board adopted the 2013 Strategic Plan.  The plan includes a new statement of institutional identity as well as new goals and strategies.  We invite you to learn more in by clicking on the image below to see our summary document.  In addition, this document is now posted to our website at  https://www.boyslatinmd.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=371.

 

Service to Others: Food Drive Kicks Off & Thank You for School Supplies
10/25/2013

This week, BL’s Student Body President Luke Kluttz announced our fall food drive to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul charities.  This year's food drive is an interscholastic event with many of the MIAA member schools participating.  In the spirit of giving (and healthy competition), please donate canned or boxed food to help someone in need! Starting Monday through until Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 26), we will be collecting food in each of the division lobbies. Below is additional information SVDP. Thank you for any donations.

“St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore is a leading provider of community services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Baltimore, Maryland.  Each year, over 50,000 people are helped through our comprehensive services that have a singular focus:  To help build better futures for those who are struggling in poverty.”

On the topic of service to others, thank you to everyone who donated school supplies as part of our 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.  BL was able to supply 300 school kits due to your generosity!

 

Center Stage Comes to Visit
10/23/2013

Four actors from the cast of Dance of the Holy Ghost came out to visit Mrs. Molling's Theater classes on Wednesday, Ocober 23rd.  Cast members led the class in improv exercises to work on "think on your feet acting." On Thursday, October 24, BL Acting I and Modern American Theatre classes had the opportunity to visit Center Stage, take a back stage tour and watch the performance of Dance of the Holy Ghost.

Dance of the Holy Ghost is playing now at Center Stage until November 17.

      

 

A Taste of Fall with the Cooking Club
10/22/2013

This week, I was invited to join Mrs. Flaherty and the upper school Cooking Club for their fall tasting.  What a treat!  Everything was delicious, and I was impressed.  These young men know how to cook.  We sampled pumpkin dip, pumpkin bread, mini apple pies, mini pumpkin pies, apple crumble bread, harvest salad and pumpkin cheesecake.  The only thing difficult was choosing a favorite.  The group voted, and the winners were …
     in the sweet category, tied for first place:
     - pumpkin cheesecake by junior Robert Rice
     - mini-pies by freshman Zac Grace

     in the savory category:
     - harvest salad by Mrs. Flaherty

The Cooking Club is in its third year.  Interestingly, it formed after Mrs. Flaherty had a conference with Robert Rice’s mom and found out that he loves to cook.  Students who would like to participate need to prepare and bring a dish and talk to Mrs. Flaherty for dates and details.  Thank you to the group for a fun, festive and tasty event.

-- by Sarah Woods, Director of Strategic Communications

Thank You for Your Support of Our Open House
10/22/2013

Thank you to the many parents and students who volunteered on Sunday, October 20th to help with BL’s annual Open House.  “It was a great day for our school, with as large a crowd as we’ve seen in years,” said Headmaster Post.  Thank you to Mr. Nyman and the Upper School Jazz Ensemble who treated us to cheerful selections from the start and throughout the day.  Many thanks also go to Student and Parent Ambassadors, our Ninth Grade Advanced Handchimes Group, lower school artists, representatives from our Middle and Upper Robotics Teams, upper school Inkwell, AP Computer Science and art students and all our outstanding faculty members who conducted mini classes or were on hand to share about their program.  It was a beautiful day on campus!

Support the Class of 2014 -- Order Your Christmas Tree, Wreath and Poinsettia
10/17/2013

Click here for the order form, pricing and pick up information.

Bravo! Bravi! Standing Ovations for "To Kill a Mockingbird"
10/17/2013

The BL Theater Arts Department and Mrs. Molling launched their season with sold out crowds for Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.   The show opened on Wednesday night and runs through Saturday, October 19th in Sheridan Studio Theater.  Tune in next week for more details, and click on SmugMug for additional photos.

 

Boys’ Latin 8th Grade Students Develop Proposal for President Obama on Mexico-US Immigration Reform
10/16/2013

On Monday, October 21st, Boston University Professor and author of Raising Global IQ: Preparing our Students for a Shrinking Planet (Beacon Press) Carl Hobert will direct a one-day international conflict analysis, management and prevention workshop entitled Mexico-US Immigration Reform that will be held at The Boys’ School of Maryland on Monday, October 21st, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Prior to the workshop, each of the participating 8th grade boys will be assigned membership in one of six groups, which they will represent during the daylong workshop, in an attempt to successfully and peacefully reach an agreement on citizenship, education, and security policies concerning Mexican immigrants living in the US. These groups include: a Border Patrol Agent, a Border State Representative, a Mexican Government Official, a Mexican Immigrant, a US Tax Payer, and an Unskilled Labor Employer. The student recommendations for the three points of agreement (citizenship, education, and security) will be included in a typed and signed 250-word proposal. Copies of the recommendation will then be sent directly to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Prof. Hobert is dedicated to developing in adolescents an understanding of alternative, non-violent approaches to resolving complex conflicts locally, nationally and internationally. By using his unique conflict resolution simulation approach, this workshop will enable Boys’ Latin 8th grade students to learn about preventing conflict in ways that enliven the imagination, awaken moral reasoning, and impart social and civic skills that they can use throughout their lives. Participating students will also gain important skills that will better prepare them for future challenges, as well as initiating a process of lifelong learning and responsibility as local and global citizens.Please see the attached schedule for the day, and for more information please contact Sarah Woods, Director of Strategic Communications, swoods@boyslatinmd.com

Mexico-US Immigration Reform Workshop
The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland
October 21st, 2013

8:00 am
8:00 am – 8:10 am
8:10 am – 8:30 am
8:30 am – 8:50 am
8:50 am – 9:15 am
9:15 am – 9:30 am
9:30 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 11:00 pm
11:00 am – 11:30 am
11:30 pm – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

8th grade boys arrive
Welcome/overview of workshop by Boston University Professor Carl Hobert
Outward Bound icebreaker and team-building exercises and debriefing
History of Mexico-US Illegal Immigration issue (including first portion of documentary)
Individual, predetermined role-play groups presents 2-minute summary statements
Break for refreshments
Round 1 of negotiations (Goal: agreement of 3 points)
Round 2 of negotiations (Goal: agreement of 3 points)
Round 3 of negotiations (Goal: agreement of 3 points)
Round 4 of negotiations (Goal: agreement of 3 points)
Creation of Groups’ Political Cartoons, and Morning Debriefing
Working lunch, with second portion of documentary film
Round 5 of negotiations (Goal: agreement of 3 points)
Round 6 of negotiations (Goal: agreement of 3 points)
Sign 250-word Mexico-US Illegal Immigration Position Paper
Negotiation de-briefing and evaluation forms handed out

     
          

Box Office Opens Wednesday Oct. 9th ....
10/7/2013

Get your tickets!
Upper School Theatre Arts production of
Harper Lee's

To Kill a Mockingbird
Tickets are sold in the upper school lobby from 7:30 - 8:00am
and during lunch periods on a first come, first served basis.
$5 for students and $7 for adults

Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, Oct. 16th - Saturday, Oct. 19th.
7:00pm curtain time in the Sheridan Studio.

To Kill a Mockingbird Production Team:
Gina Molling: Director, Max Marshall: Assistant Director, Richie Wiklund: Stage Manager, Andrew Haynes, Assistant Stage Manager.
Set Crew: Dan Hicks & Paul Shapanus, Phillip Springer, Ryan Trupia, Max Marshall, Parker Hopkins, Griffin Mc Shane,
Lighting & Sound Crew: Jennifer Scandora, Eric Hanson, & Paul Shapanus: Jaylen Milton,
Ed Bull, Evan Ellwanger, Brooks Michael, Tucker McGuffen,  Skyler Morris, Mitch Casper, Jonathan Sembly, & Michael Knott .
Scenic Artist: Sarah Molling   

The Cast of Characters:

    Scout: Madison Laudeman
    Jem: James Owens
    Atticus: Julian Baker
    Calpurnia: Anna Jeffries
    Maudie: Holly Hutton
    Stephanie: Claire Ciccarone
    Mrs. Dubose: Ellie Profaci
    Boo: Bennett Kauffman
    Dill: Michael Scandora
    Heck Tate: Nick Meittinis
    Judge Taylor: David Friedman
    Mayella Ewell: Julia Smouse
    Bob Ewell: Carson Rehfield
    Walter Cunningham: Matt Attman
    Walter Cunningham Jr: Teddy Roebuck
    Mr. Gilmer: Grant Iodice
    Tom Robinson: Matthew Singleton
    Clerk: Garrett Glaeser
    Rev. Sykes: Trey-Lonte’ Gaither
    Mob Scene Man: Will Krulak
    Trial Scene Black Assemble: Jarek Hardy, Brian Oguike, Josiah Bedford, MylesCohen, Asya Brandt, Neelen McMillan.
    Singer: Myles Cohen

 
Stories of Uganda - Tyler Steinhardt '12
10/7/2013

I wanted to share this letter that we just received from Tyler Steinhart, BL Class of 2012 and General Manager for the Uganda Men's National Lacrosse Team.  Tyler is also a junior at American University in the Global Studies Program.  His passion for his work in Uganda makes us proud. 

All,

I wanted to send my BL family the link to the new video and website for my work in Uganda.  It was through the support of you all and many more at the school that helped make this all possible in the first place, and for that I'm deeply appreciative. (Note that I even used my Williams Scholar money to go to Uganda for the first time.)

Video:  https://vimeo.com/76062017
Website:  www.dream2014.org

I hope all is well, and I look forward to seeing you all on my next break.

All the best,
Tyler Steinhardt

Kandote from Will McCance on Vimeo.

BL's Sukkah is in the Local News
10/5/2013

As a follow up to the story posted below in All School News on 9/13/13, there has been some nice local coverage in the news.  This article, "Boys' Latin Club Builds Sukkah" by Heather Norris, was posted on Thursday in The Jewish Timeshttp://jewishtimes.com/boys-latin-club-builds-sukkah/#.UlKqNNKsiM4.  In addition, "Boys in the Hut," was posted Friday in Baltimore Jewish Lifehttp://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=1&ARTICLE_ID=42327

Well done boys!

Two BL Teachers Wow WWII Veterans
10/4/2013

Last weekend, BL teachers Eric Hanson and Butch Maisel ‘09H volunteered at an Honor Flight gathering of WW2 veterans from the Northeast.  Honor Flight is an organization that provides free flights for WW2 veterans from around the nation to see their memorial in DC. Mr. Hanson shared his experience in a blog post with photos here: http://hansonmechanical.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/honor-flight/.  “Meeting so many of these men and women and bringing back memories for them was an amazing experience we hope to be able to do again,” commented Mr. Hanson.

 

 

 

Have you seen the new campus store?
10/3/2013

“Wow! That’s what everyone says when they walk through the doors” says Joyce Barnett, Lower School Administrative Assistant and Campus Store volunteer.  BL parent Rachel Mygatt enthused about “the beautiful, newly expanded and renovated space.”  The project began in mid-August and was completed in September.  There is now more than twice the space, new vendors and a dedicated section for women’s apparel.  In fact, many ladies were seen at Fall Festival sporting new outerwear with the cooler temperatures. 

Special thanks to BL parents Nickie Boudreau, Debi Brent, Carol Goodman (P '11), Jamie Isaac, Chrissy Makris, Rachel Mygatt, Stacy and Ray Patterson, and Deb Wood, who dedicated a full day to helping BL Campus Store Manager Anne Whitman set up new space.

Stop by and see.  Anne can always use more volunteers in the store too.  If you are interested, call Anne at 410-435-2789.

Fall Festival Fun for All Ages
10/2/2013

Last Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for BL’s annual Fall Festival.  With cool breezes and sunny smiles, students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends gathered on BL’s north campus for games and fun for all ages.  Fans cheered the Varsity Soccer Team in a close match versus Severn at 11am, and then gathered with renewed gusto to see the Varsity Football Team handily defeat Pallotti 36-0 at 1:30pm.

Many thanks to the BL Parents’ Association for organizing an outstanding event.  Fall Festival Chair, Amanda Lopez, and Co-Chair, Caroline Evans, put in many hours to bring in inflatable games, activities, a photo booth, new food options, and plenty of volunteers.  PA President Kathy Gray also played a large part in making things run smoothly.  Well done!

Here is a sample of photos.  Parents can login to see more on BL’s SmugMug site.

 

BL Junior Julian Baker on the Radio
9/27/2013

Did you hear junior Julian Baker on the radio?  Julian recently worked with Ms. Sarah Woods, Director of Strategic Communications for BL, to record the ad at WPOC 93.1FM.  Ms. Woods commented, “Julian took the initiative to tailor the script to fit with his experience and his timing.  He came prepared and did an outstanding job.  Thank you Julian!” The photo below was taken in the WPOC studios when Julian was recording.

You will also be able to hear more of Julian on our own BL Web Radio this year. The group is gearing up for 2013-14 and will have a show schedule shortly. 


Click the image to hear the ad with Julian.

 

Robotics Battle of Baltimore at BL
9/24/2013

The BL Robotics Team was the proud host of the 7th annual Battle of Baltimore off-season robotics event sponsored by FIRST BAA here on Saturday, Sept.21. Thirty (30) teams from as far north as New York City and as far south as Richmond, VA were on campus for the event bringing a record crowd of 600-800 robotics students, coaches, mentors and fans. 

Robots competed in the FIRST FRC Ultimate Ascent challenge, which required robots to earn points by 1) launching Frisbees into goals positioned at 3, 10 and 12 feet from the ground, and 2) climbing or hanging on a pyramid.  Needless to say, the competition was challenging and intense as teams battled for position. Our own BL team placed 2nd of 30 teams in the morning qualifying rounds but was plagued by circuitry issues causing them to bow out to another alliance team in the afternoon elimination rounds.  However, the team is motivated, dedicated, and off to a good start for the coming year’s competition. 

BL’s team is led by returning Lakers Matt Bennett (team captain), Anthony North, Jason Price, Charley Hughes, Rachel Cooper (celebrating her 16th Bday!), Mike Chalawsky, Avery Engel, Parker Hawkins, Mike Knott and Michael Hopkins. New team members included Noah Vilceus, Robbie Dittmar, Harry Purdue, Ryan Trupia, Trey Burrell, Corey Sekulow, and Grant Iodice.  As tournament hosts, the BL team was out in full force on both Friday and Saturday to help unload and assemble the NASA competition field and to assist teams at arrival and departure as they unloaded and reloaded their robots and equipment.  The team's individual and collective Gracious Professionalism, a key tenant of the FIRST experience, was in high gear. Of note, Matt and Parker had double duty on Saturday - they straddled their efforts between robotics matches and the Varsity Football game!

The team thanks parent mentors, Mr. Jeffry Ring (father of JB, Class of 2010) and Mr. Greg Bennett (father of senior Matt Bennett), and all team parents who helped with concessions, lunch pre-orders, volunteer breakfast goodies, etc.  Our parent mentors are truly a dedicated and talented group.

Thanks, also, to Mr. Derrick Thomas for photography and videography, Mr. Jim Haluck for managing the lunch pre-orders (we consumed 120 pizzas and 60 salads from Pepe's!), Mr. Cornish and the entire facilities maintenance staff.  All visitors were well cared for and impressed by the BL campus and hospitality.

Special kudos go to Anne Kellerman whose tireless efforts and leadership made the day such a huge success and who has led our Robotics Team, since its inception, to be respected contenders in the field.   Good luck to the Robotics Team in the coming competitive season.

by Marcia Flaherty

 

Join us TOMORROW for the "Battle of Baltimore" robotics competition
9/20/2013

FirstBAA, an alliance of Baltimore area teams, is hosting the "Battle of Baltimore" robotics competition at Boys' Latin on Saturday, September 21st 9am to 5 pm in the Gelston Athletics Center.  Come watch 30 robots compete.

For more information, go to http://battleobaltimore.com/

 

A Peek into the Academic Life of the Upper School
9/14/2013

One of the defining features of a Boys’ Latin education is how engaging a boy’s classes are on a daily basis.  I have had the privilege of observing a number of classes in the first week of school, and I am continually amazed at the vibrancy and energy that is present when I walk into a classroom.  The boys are engaged in their learning – they are the ones performing experiments, creating short stories, and solving equations.  Our educational philosophy is not focused on having boys sit in their chairs while a teacher talks to them about the day’s material.  Instead, our boys are actively engaged in the hands on work of scientists, authors, and mathematicians. 

This short video from our Forensics Honors class is an example of this philosophy.  The boys in this video (juniors Max Hyatt, Philip Springer, and Avery Engel) are working with fingerprint analysis.  They are learning by doing – an educational principle that resonates with boys.

(Click image to view video) 
Another unique aspect of our educational program in the upper school is the ability for teachers to create meaningful experiences outside of their respective classrooms.   English teacher Brian Higginson has created a partnership with lower school classrooms where upper school boys develop storytelling and writing skills.  In this video, Mr. Higginson’s Creative Writing students are meeting their pre-first storytellers for the first time, with the lower school boys telling the upper school boys what they want their story to include.  After this meeting, the upper school boys will have to go back and write a story that incorporates the information received from the lower school boys.  Later they will share that story with the lower school boy for an editing session, and then they will finally present their lower school buddy with the completed story.  In this example, we see two best practices for boy learning occurring - the creation of a product and serving as a role model for younger boys.

Click image to view video

These videos are just a little glimpse into the work that goes on in our classrooms, and throughout the year I will highlight other classes so that you can see the range of exciting educational experiences your sons are having here at BL. 

Best,

Charles Franklin

Upper School Director of Academics

 

What’s that structure outside Williams Hall?
9/13/2013

The Jewish Awareness club helped construct a Sukkah yesterday afternoon in honor of the upcoming festival of Sukkot, “The Harvest Festival.”  The student leadership of the Jewish Awareness Club and some stalwart volunteers braved heat and an impressive thunderstorm to make this happen. “Huge thanks go to our friend at the Center for Jewish Education, Zack Pomerantz, for bringing the materials and directing us in the proper way to build a Sukkah,” said upper school history teacher Eric Whitehair.

Mr. Whitehair also extends this invitation, “Please come enjoy the Sukkah! While there is a traditional and spiritual dimension to Sukkot (and we want to be respectful of materials lent to us, of course), it is indeed a festival and it is considered a mitzvah (good deed) to spend time in relaxing, eating socializing or meditating etc. in this type of structure. Call or e-mail me if you have any questions.  More information about Sukkot, click http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Sukkot/Sukkot_101.shtml Chag Sameach! (Have a happy festival time!)”

 

Patriot Day
9/13/2013

Boys' Latin commemorated September 11th with an assembly for the middle and upper school students.  To set the tone, our middle and upper school chorus performed “America the Beautiful,” and the entire audience joined in for one verse.  Headmaster Post pointed out the significance of coming together as a community in reverence for the freedom, sacrifices, values and beliefs that we hold dear.  Then in a back and forth volley from Brandon Mollett and Ryan Hopkins, the audience quietly soaked in the striking similarities between quotes from President George W. Bush’s speech establishing 9/11 as a day of remembrance (Sept. 14, 2001) and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (Nov. 19, 1863).  Reaching the crowd on another level, middle school teacher Gillian Vernon brought 9/11 back with striking images and the captions:  ONSLAUGHT, RESILIENCE, TOLERANCE, HOPE, and NEVER FORGET ONE’S INTEGRITY, COMPASSION & RESPONSIBILITY.

In a White House proclamation this week, President Omaba renamed 9/11 Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. In BL’s service to others, Sally Brackins and Susan Brown announced that BL is sponsoring a school supply drive to aid children in need overseas, especially in areas torn by intolerance.  It is our contention that education is our best defense against the intolerance that fosters terrorism. We invite entire K-12 BL community to join us in collecting the following supplies:  packs of wide-rule loose leaf paper, single-subject spiral notebooks, unsharpened #2 pencils, blunt-tipped scissors, and 24-count packs of crayons.  If you would like to contribute any of the items, you can place them in the collection box in the divisional front lobbies between now and September 25th.

 

"Do boys learn differently from girls?"
9/11/2013

Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Headmaster Christopher Post were recently interviewed on WMAR ABC2 News.  The segment will air on October 13th at 6:50pm, and you can see it early here by clicking on the image below.

Maryland Spotlight -- Boys' Latin SchoolMaryland Spotlight -- Boys' Latin School

 

 

Special Invitation to BL Families and the Community
9/4/2013

Join us for a special presentation on
CONCUSSIONS
What You Need To Know If Your Child Plays Contact Sports!

Featuring:
Dr. Kevin Crutchfield, Stroke Neurologist
Director of Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program
Director of Non-Invasive Cerebrovascular Physiology Labs at
The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute, Sinai Hospital

Learn about the symptoms, physiology, treatment options,
and recovery from a concussion.

Monday September 16, 2013
7:00 pm Presentation and 7:30 pm Q & A
Boys’ Latin School of Maryland-Iglehart Center, South Campus

 

 

Michael Thompson Leads Faculty & Staff Professional Development in Kick-off to 2013-14
9/2/2013

Before students began their school year with orientation, retreats and new books, our faculty and staff gathered for professional development on August 21st – 23rd.  We were fortunate to welcome Michael Thompson, Ph.D. back to campus again this year for his fourth visit as our resident fellow with BL’s Bauer Institute for Leadership and Personal Growth.  As part of our continual improvement to provide the best in boys’ education, we focused over these professional days on understanding male development using literature.  All of our staff chose from a variety of texts in order to discuss what’s myth, what’s accurate and what’s relevant.  Headmaster Post commented “I personally enjoyed Wonder by R.J. Palacio, a compelling story of friendship and overcoming obstacles through middle and high school.”  Dr. Thompson will join us again on December 2nd at 7pm for a discussion of “The Pressured Child” that will be open to the public, so mark your calendars now. 

Before Dr. Thompson’s arrival as we initially gathered, Headmaster Post welcomed all faculty and staff back to campus.  Mr. Post also shared that last month Boys’ Latin received a comprehensive report from the AIMS Visiting Team, reflecting on their site visit in April.  Mr. Post praised the team for their work saying, “We are inspired by the visiting team’s thoughtful recommendations and gratified by their commendations. The team reflected that our classroom instruction, co-curricular programs, school leadership, and student support exemplify our mission and core values.  We could not have been paid a higher compliment, and we are humbled by this affirmation of the good work of our faculty and students alike.” 

The BL faculty and staff are grateful for this opportunity to join together as we learn and grow.  Many thanks to Dr. Thompson and Headmaster Post.

 

Auditions Open for "To Kill a Mockingbird"
8/26/2013

The Boys' Latin Theater Department is excited to announce auditions:
- On Sunday, Sept. 8th & Monday, Sept. 9th in the Sheridan Studio on the upper school campus, across from the tennis courts from 6 - 7:30pm. 
- We need 12 males and 6 females for roles, and students in all grades are welcomed for auditions.
- Show dates are Oct. 16th - Oct. 19th in the Sheridan Studio at 7 PM.
- Tickets will be on sale one week prior to opening night, $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults.

Welcome to Our New Faculty Members!
8/22/2013

With the first day of classes for students on August 29th rapidly approaching, all faculty and staff returned to campus this week and have been busy with many preparations.  We have enjoyed welcoming and getting to know our new faculty members:

Joe Bailey – Math, Upper School
Mr. Bailey is a recent graduate of Wofford College with a degree in math education, and he completed his student teaching at Spartanburg Academy. Joe will also be coaching soccer and basketball.

Sheri Cobb – Science, Upper School
Mrs. Cobb is no stranger to Roland Park, as a graduate of Bryn Mawr School. She will be teaching science in the upper school, having previously taught in Baltimore County Public Schools. Sheri earned her undergraduate degree from Goucher College and two master's degrees from Johns Hopkins - one in Biotechnology and the other in Education.

Richard (Rip) Friddell – English, Middle School
Mr. Friddell previously taught at Collegiate School in Richmond, following his graduation from the University of Richmond. Rip is also a graduate of Gilman School. Rip will be coaching volleyball, basketball and baseball.

Brent Hilpert – Science, Upper School
Mr. Hilpert comes to Boys' Latin by way of Atlanta, where he worked as assistant department chair and grade dean at Woodward Academy. Brent will be serving as our 10th grade dean and will teach science. Brent earned his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University and his graduate degree from the University of Georgia.

Megan Kenney – Counselor, Upper and Middle Schools
Mrs. Kenny was most recently serving in a similar role at Notre Dame Preparatory School. Originally from Chicago, Megan moved to the area to attend UMBC where she played volleyball, and later she earned her master's in social work from the University of Maryland. Megan will also be coaching in the volleyball program.

Catherine (Cathy) Valdez – Spanish, Upper School
Mrs. Valdez is a veteran of independent schools, having taught at St.Paul's School for a number of years. Most recently, she served as an instructor at Loyola University. She earned her undergraduate degree from Middlebury and her master's degree from Loyola University.

Sarah Molling – Art, Middle and Upper Schools
Miss Molling is familiar to so many of us on campus, through Gina Moiling, Theater Arts Director ... and Sarah's mom. Over the years, Sarah has assisted in the set design and decoration for various productions and has been a long supporter of so many different activities. Sarah previously taught in Baltimore County Public Schools, and she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from MICA: Maryland Institute College of Art.

James (Jimmy) Morrissey – Math, Upper School
Mr. Morrissey spent the past two years teaching math here in Baltimore through the Teach for America Program. Originally from Washington State, Jimmy earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. Jimmy will also be coaching basketball and baseball.

Lisa Reid – Math, Upper School
Mrs. Reid previously taught for many years in Baltimore County Public Schools. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Loyola University. Her sons, Micah, grade two and Owen, grade four, will also be joining us in the lower school.

Phil Sheehey - Math & Science, Middle School
Mr. Sheehey is a familiar face to all of us. Phil retired from Procter and Gamble a little over a year ago, and he became one of our stalwart substitutes last year, while also coaching basketball and baseball in the upper school. In addition to teaching, Mr. Sheehey will return as a coach for soccer, basketball and baseball this year. Phil earned his undergraduate degree from Denison University.

In addition to these new colleagues, we're also joined at the start of the year by Kirk Maggio, who will be teaching art in the upper school as Amy Digges will be on maternity leave as we begin the year. Kirk has been involved in a variety of coaching capacities here at Boys' Latin and has a strong art background, having earned his degree in graphic design from UCLA.

Education on a Mission in Sierra Leone
8/16/2013

Lower School Learning Specialist Stephanie McKew recently returned from a summer trip to Sierra Leone, Africa on an educational mission to the Abigail Butscher Primary School.  This is Mrs. McKew’s second trip, and she commented “We were thrilled to see that the teachers and students were still using the books from ‘Reading A-Z’ that Boys’ Latin students assembled in 2011 as part of the School’s annual Service Learning Day.  It remains their primary reading source.”  It is heartwarming to see that BL's efforts from several years ago still have such a strong and positive impact. 

 

Two Student Summer Robotics Creations
8/15/2013


These minds never rest. Two students, freshman Noah Vilceus and senior Michael Chalawsky, have been busy this summer with their own creations. Robotics Coach Anne Kellerman passed along these photos with pride and enthusiasm. Noah is pictured above with the robotic crane he built and programmed in two days. The footnote from his mom says “It's pretty awesome and can pick up much weight.”

Michael Chalawsky constructed a bridge from spaghetti with three teammates at the JHU Engineering Innovation “Bridge Load Testing Competition.” By competition rules the bridge must hold 18 kg of weight, and this one held 20kg while many other bridges crumbled at the 3kg hurdle! The team came in 8th out of 40 teams.

Congratulations to Michael and Noah for their creative constructions.

 

BL delegates attend 20th Annual International Boys School Conference
7/2/2013
A delegation of ten faculty and administrators attended the 20th annual conference of the International Boys School Coalition, held June 30 - July 3 at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia.  This year 's conference theme, Brother to Brother, Looking In, Reaching Out, featured presentations from many well known experts in boys ' development and education, including Michael Thompson, Richard Hawley and Michael Reichert.  Many conference sessions highlighted the critical importance of connections and relationships in a boy's educational experience, both hallmarks of the Boys' Latin experience.  This truly international event included presenters and delegates from every corner of the globe, including China, Japan, New Zealand, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa and the United  States.

Pictured from left to right:  Demond Baine, Chris Post, Missy Dudley, Cathy Badmington, Anne Kellerman, Molly Mullally, Kathy Arnold, Barb Starkey, Charles Franklin, and Greg Schnitzlein.

More on the Shootout for Soldiers from ESPN today
6/19/2013

"In only its second year, the lacrosse event conceived by Tyler Steinhardt when he was a senior in high school has raised $231,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project."  Click this link to see the video and full article: http://espn.go.com/lacrosse/story/_/id/9396388/shootout-soldiers-rapidly-gaining-traction. The story includes a touching perspective from United States Army Spc. Calvin Todd who was wounded in Afghanistan.

Shootout for Soldiers II doubles participation and raises $126,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project
6/15/2013

From Colleen Thomas with The Baltimore Sun, “The second annual Shootout for Soldiers event at McDonogh, which went from 9 a.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Friday, raised $126,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, according to Tyler Steinhardt, the event's organizer (and Boys' Latin class of 2012). The amount surpassed last year’s total of $120,000.

“The event had over 2,000 participants and thousands more spectators, Steinhardt said, including an appearance by Ravens coach John Harbaugh.  Though Steinhardt said the main goal this year wasn't to try to raise more money than last year's event, the substantial growth of the event is what helped this year's donation total grow.  The number of participants doubled from last year, and Steinhardt said over 100 veterans came out to the event, which included a veterans’ game at 9 a.m. Thursday." For the full story, click: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-06-14/sports/bal-shootout-for-soldiers-event-raises-126000-for-wounded-warrior-project-20130614_1_wounded-warrior-project-soldiers-event-tyler-steinhardt

TV News also captured the story.  Follow this link for coverage Friday morning from WBALTV NBC http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/shootout-for-soldiers-benefits-wounded-warriors/-/10136486/20559656/-/kr50hy/-/index.html  The player interviewed in the beginning of the story is R.J. Kaminski, 2013 Boys’ Latin graduate.

Pre-event coverage from The Baltimore Sun gave additional background on the event: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-06-13/sports/bs-va-sp-shootout-for-soldiers-0614-20130613_1_tyler-steinhardt-wounded-warrior-project-soldiers-event

USA TODAY Profiles Shack Stanwick '14 in their "Ultimate Athlete 2013" series
6/10/2013

by Sarah Gearhart for USA TODAY High School Sports -- "Boys' Latin lacrosse star follows in his siblings' footsteps, makes his case as the Ultimate Athlete."  Click the following link for the full article:  http://www.usatodayhss.com/UltimateAthlete2013/playerprofiles/article/shack-stanwick-boys-latin-lacrosse-ultimate-athlete

History Teacher Butch Maisel Profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer
6/7/2013

From the Philadelphia Inquirer, George R. Carter, June 7th -- In an article entitled, "As veterans' numbers dwindle, memories of D-Day remain vivid," the paper interviewed Mr. Maisel about his extensive WWII collection.  "For some D-Day veterans who have already died, their sons have filled in the ranks. Butch Maisel, 59, is a history teacher at the Boys Latin School of Maryland in Baltimore. His father, Maj. Frederick C. 'Fritz' Maisel Jr., was a company commander with the Fourth Infantry Division and the first man out of his landing craft on Utah Beach.

"When his father was on his deathbed in 1986, Butch Maisel promised him that he would keep the memory alive. In the years since, he has tracked down Fourth Infantry soldiers far and wide, men who fought with his father all the way up to soldiers who served with the Fourth in Iraq. Tracing his father's war journey, he began by knocking on doors in Normandy, saying simply, 'My father was here.' Butch Maisel has compiled a vast collection of memories, pictures, and other artifacts of war.

"Walking amid his trove recently, he channeled June 6, 1944, in Normandy: 'If it had gone wrong, they all could have been killed or captured.'

"As veterans' numbers dwindle, memories of D-Day remain vivid"

"He leafed through a collection of letters and pictures from veterans he has corresponded with, many from the Philadelphia area. About all of them are gone, he said, dozens of names and impossibly young faces in uniform who became his friends. Then he brightened and pointed: 'Here's one.' It was Angelo Marsella, 88, a Navy LST (landing ship tank) crewman who made five runs in to the beaches over several weeks of the invasion.

"Marsella recalls that morning vividly. 'It looked like the Fourth of July,' he said last week at his home in Brookhaven, Delaware County.

"D-Day was a hold-your-breath moment in history, just like Gettysburg, one to which the future owed its very existence. A force of 150,000 soldiers, supported by a staggering 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft, gained a 50-mile foothold on Nazi-occupied France.

"It was the first time that Allied troops were back in force on Northern European soil since the British evacuation at Dunkirk four years earlier. This time, they would not be evicted, spelling the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

"With more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded, though, the sacrifice was precious."

Click the following link to read the full article: http://articles.philly.com/2013-06-07/news/39791314_1_world-war-ii-veterans-affairs-utah-beach

Below are inages from Veteran's Day at Boys' Latin, when Mr. Maisel brings part of his collection to share with our students in a way the makes history come to life for the boys.

 

Middle School Closing – The Growth Years
6/7/2013

I write this as the last of our boys leave campus.  The Middle School Closing is the last student activity on campus for the 2012-13 year.  The ceremony this morning was a proud and joyful celebration of “a fine year” as Middle School Head Brandon Mollett summed it up.  We honored our eighth grade class of 2017 as they move up to upper school, and Mr. Mollett thanked them “for demonstrating leadership and serving as positive examples for our younger students.”  The audience, filled with proud parents, family, faculty, staff and friends, cheered as the following students were presented awards:
- Improvement Awards:

- Ryan – 8th Grade Honorable Mention
- Dylan – 8th Grade Most Improved
- Travis – 7th Grade Honorable Mention- McKenney – 7th Grade Most Improved
- Trent – 6th Grade Most Improved

- Robbie, Garrett D., Brett, Garrett G., Nathan, Matthew, Mark, Jimmy, Griffin and Noah with the President’s Education Award from a White House letter signed by President Obama
- Josiah, Trey, Parker, Drew, Mikey and Ryan S. with the Silver Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
- Drew with the Packard Music Award
- Harry and Noah with the Art Award
- Robbie D. with the Technology Award
-Jack S. with the Doris L. Regan Memorial Award given to the sixth grader who has shown the greatest versatility in the transition to the middle school
- Noah as the valedictorian and Matthew as the salutatorian with the George Shipley Memorial Award for the highest GPAs in the eighth grade class
- Chase with the Middle School Award given to the seventh grader who best demonstrates the qualities of responsibility, gentlemanliness and dedication to the school motto “Esse Quam Videri
- Mikey with the Jack H. Williams Award given to the student who demonstrates thoughtfulness and consideration of others
- Griffin with the Maroon and White Award given to the student who, in the opinion of his teachers, best upholds the honor of the school
- Garrett G. with the Dale W. Sehnert Award given to the student who seeks knowledge for the pleasure of learning
-Robbie D. and Jimmy M. with the Brian C. Campbell Scholarship given to former fifth grade students in memory of Mrs. Jean Campbell’s son
- Gideon with the Middle School Faculty Award given to that student whose enthusiasm, effort, civility and spirit have lifted all those around him
- Trey, Harry and Noah with Perfect Attendance Awards for not missing a day of school over three years or 481 days

Director of Development John Sieverts, together with the Voigt and Santos families, thanked parents as he presented the Eighth Grade Class gift of $57,000 for the annual fund.  Then in his farewell remarks, Valedictorian Noah said “Many think that middle school is the worst of years ever, but it is not so.  …We are on our way to new beginnings and more success.  …Do not be afraid.  …We are the only people who can limit ourselves from succeeding.”  The crowd watched as each eighth grader walked across the stage to be recognized.  The middle school chorus sang their last song of the year, “Hallelujah,” featuring pairs of boys in duets.  With brief closing remarks, Mr. Mollett dismissed the group with a happy “summer awaits!”

Photos are available to school families on SmugMug.

Lower School Closing – My, How They Have Grown!
6/6/2013


                 
Today, we celebrated the end of a wonderful year in BL’s lower school, and we honored our fifth graders who move up to middle school in the fall.  In the welcome message, Head of Lower School Kathy Arnold kicked off the ceremonies saying “Each day in the lower school is different.  Each has its own ebb and flow.  Each year has a feel of its own.  …This year has been outstanding.  …Students have many reasons to be proud of their accomplishments.”  With a crowd of students, parents, family, faculty, staff and friends, we moved into the program with fifth grader Mattias leading the pledge of allegiance.  After the smiling singing of the school song, Headmaster Post presented the Doris L. Regan Award to the student who most embodies the School Song to fourth grader Mac.  Mr. Post thanked teachers, parents and families for all that they have done to support the students and school this year, and he encouraged the boys to get outside every day, get dirty and make a new friend.  The following students were recognized for awards:
- A.J. with the Woodward Awardestablished in honor of Tillie Woodward, former lower school teacher and athletic director, to honor the outstanding athlete based on team spirit and ability.
- Grant with the Jack H. Williams Fellowship Award established in memory of former Headmaster Williams and given to the student who demonstrates thoughtfulness and consideration of others.
- Max with the Frederick A. Hahn Award established in honor of Mr. Hahn, Headmaster for 35 years and given for leadership based on character.
- Vladik with the Benjamin Samuel Sorensen Award established by Mr. Sorensen’s parents to recognize the third grade student who demonstrates determination and potential for success.
- Mattias with the Brian C. Campbell Award for excellence in writing.
- Mason with the Betty Banghart Award established in honor of Mrs. Banghart by the lower school faculty on the occasion of her retirement as Head of Lower School for the student who demonstrates a true love of learning.
- Mason, David, Jackson, Chase, Nick, Dale and Jacob with the President’s Education Award from a White House letter signed by President Obama.
- Nick with the Lower School Faculty Award established to recognize the fifth grade student who has shown the most academic and personal growth during his years in the lower school.
- George and Emre with theTimber Ridge Camp Scholarship given in memory of Nicholas Ziolkowski ’01.

Next, Director of Development John Sieverts ‘07H, together with the Voigt and Weinberg families, presented the Fifth Grade Class gift to the annual fund of $50,000, and they noted 100% participation from fifth grade families. Fifth Grader Max also presented a book about George Washington to the school library.

After closing remarks, the audience smiled, laughed and cheered to the slide show from Lower School Technology Coordinator Debi Krulak.  There were many fun photos, and the best part is seeing the age progression of each fifth grader when their school photos from the beginning of each year assemble on the screen into a personal collage.  Thank you Debi, and thank you all who made this an outstanding closing program and fantastic year!

Photos are available to school families on SmugMug:  http://boyslatin.smugmug.com/2012-2013Galleries/Lower-School/Closing-Exercises-2013/29842472_gvJPcM#!i=2559118345&k=q8fWG33

 

 

Graduation In Our Own Way
6/4/2013

Saturday, June 1st was a beautiful morning with bright sunshine and blue skies as the BL community gathered under large tents in front of Williams Hall to celebrate our 169th Commencement Exercises. Seniors, parents, faculty, administration, staff, family, friends and alumni all gathered with smiles and words of congratulations.  One parent said, "BL’s graduation is beautiful and truly unique.  Headmaster Post’s comments about every senior make it a touching and warm example of how close this community is." One particularly poignant part of the ceremony was the empty chair for classmate Zak DeGross who passed away in 2010 at the end of his freshman year after battling cancer. Headmaster Post and Board President Walker Mygatt presented Zak’s honorary diploma to his family during the ceremony. In photos posted by The Baltimore Sun, you will see Zak’s Cousin Sidney Malik Darby, age 9, accepting Zak’s diploma. Follow this link or the image below to see more photos and a list of the 2013 BL graduates from The Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/lutherville/ph-grad13-boys-latin-20130619,0,4801009.story

With the signal music of Bagpiper Andrew Shriver McGowan (BL Class of 2012), the processional began with BL’s administration, board members, faculty and staff leading in the graduating seniors as they walked through the center isle surrounded by rows of proud parents, family, friends and alumni under the main tent. Headmaster Post recognized retiring, long-time teacher Bill Pheil and thanked Student Body President Bradley Schwartz. This year two seniors, Craig Dougherty and Spencer Stieff, shared the valedictorian honor with 4.37 GPAs. Another special moment was a performance by the upper school jazz ensemble which included several of our seniors.  Before the presentation of diplomas, Headmaster Post recognized the following graduates with awards:
- Taylor Davis with the J. Elwood Peter Memorial Award “established by Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Peter to be presented to that member of the senior class who, in the opinion of his classmates, possesses the characteristics of heart, mind and conduct that manifest a spirit of love for and helpfulness to his fellow men as were exemplified by their son, J. Elwood Harrison Peter ’34.”
- Stephen Black with the Jack H. Williams Award for Benevolence “established in 1978 by the School in memory of Mr. Williams ’38, beloved Headmaster 1962-78, whose concern and love for others was the paragon for the spirit of caring at Boys’ Latin.”
- Greg Sheetz with the Julian and Carolyn Smith Alumni Cup Award “established in 1916 by the Alumni Association, dedicated in 2012 to the Smiths, awarded to a member of the senior class for leadership based on character.”
- Schazz Lee, Jamal Perkins, Jacob Katinski, Torrin Stokes and Jarek Sparaco with Faculty Awards
- R.J. Kaminski with the Senior Internship Award “presented to that senior whose project is judged to most outstanding” for his work at WBAL Radio.

Colin Heacock '13 awarded "Best High School Lacrosse Player in the State of Maryland"
6/3/2013

It was a big weekend for Colin Heacock.  He graduated from Boys’ Latin on Saturday and was awarded the prestigious 67th Annual "C. Markland Kelly Award" last night at a ceremony at the US Naval Academy. From toplaxrecruits.com June 3, 2013 (http://toplaxrecruits.com/boys-latin-senior-heacock-named-winner-of-c-markland-kelly-award-as-top-player-in-maryland/): “Boys’ Latin senior attackman Colin Heacock has been named the prestigious C. Markland ‘Kelly Award’ winner as the top boys’ player in Maryland for 2013.  Heacock, a Maryland signee, had 48 goals and 24 assists this year in helping the Lakers finish 19-1 and reach the championship game of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) finals.  He was named to the All-MIAA team.  The ‘Kelly Award’ has been made annually for the last 65 years to the ‘Best High School Lacrosse Player in the State of Maryland’ and is given by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association.“

Coach Shriver noted, “Colin becomes the 12th Boys' Latin player to win this honor, and BL and SP now have the most players to ever win the award.” A committee from The Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches' Association plus selected media representatives awarded six divisional honors from regional nominations.  Colin was the Independent North winner and then was selected as the overall winner by the MSLCA.

For the full list of divisional winners, go to http://www.mslca.org/kellyaward .  For an interview with Colin at the awards dinner by Varsity Sports Network, go to http://www.varsitysportsnetwork.com/ or click the image below.

Swimming the Distance for a Good Cause
6/2/2013

Congratulations go out to BL technology staffer and 1998 graduate David Sugar who completed the 7.5 mile Potomac River Swim on Saturday, June 1st.  The event raises awareness of environmental concerns in the Potomac River and raises money for local environmental groups. The swim crosses the Potomac starting in Northern Neck Virginia and ending at Point Lookout State Park. David swam the distance in 5 hours 24 minutes.  With a smile and a suntanned image of goggles on his face, David commented, “To say the least with the current towards the end of the swim, this swim was a true test of endurance.”  The race caps out at a total of 45 registered swimmers plus their supporting kayaker.  Participants, from as far away as Boulder, CO, donned wet suits for the 70 degree water temperatures and cut through three foot waves.  We applaud David for his accomplishment!  Here is a link to more event information: Main Site to Potomac River Swim

A Touching Remembrance and Award Winning Speech
5/30/2013

As is tradition at Boys’ Latin over the course of the year, each of our seniors delivers his "senior speech" in front of the entire upper school student body, faculty, and administration as well as his parents. The process begins for each student in his English classroom where he selects his topic and refines his drafts; he polishes the speech with a week of public speaking coaching.  It is a leadership development opportunity as well as an important writing and public speaking lesson. Some senior speech topics are funny while others are personal and touching.

In our final round of senior speeches for the school year, we were treated to a reflection by DJ Willoughby. As he read a poem from the podium, DJ asked that his classmates join him up front so that together they could honor of his friend and former classmate Zak DeGross.  Head of Upper School Stephen Schools describes it as “One of the most touching, sincere, and humbling presentations that I have seen in my four years at BL. It was truly beautiful.’ At the end of the year, the seniors voted and awarded DJ's speech as the most memorable and well-written “Speech of the Year”.  Today, the following article was published in Baltimore Fishbowl, and a staffer there commented about the speech, "I still have tears running down my cheeks and onto the table from reading it. I can only imagine its impact." Follow this link for the full story:  http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/boys-latin-senior-dj-willoughby-delivers-moving-elegy-in-memory-of-his-best-friend/

BL Senior Aaron Leeds is honored by The Baltimore Sun with their Hayley Milbourn Integrity Award
5/29/2013

Did you see Aaron Leeds '13 on the front of the sports section of The Baltimore Sun today? Aaron is recognized with The Sun's Hayley Milbourn Integrity Award.  You may recall the story posted here near the holidays about the student who found an envelop with $3000 cash and turned it in without hesitation.  That student was Aaron Leeds, and this is just one of many examples of how Aaron is an outstanding young man of character. He well deserves this recognition. Congratulations! Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/high-school/bs-va-sp-aaron-leeds-hayley-milbourn-0529-20130528,0,3207377.story#ixzz2UhRN786H

Memorial Day Reflection
5/27/2013

As we reflect on Memorial Day, we wanted to share this from Tyler Steinhardt, BL class of 2012:

"A Letter on Memorial Day:

"As Memorial Day is upon us, marking the unofficial start of summer and conclusion of the college lacrosse season, I want to share its importance to me personally, and why I helped start the Shootout for Soldiers last Spring.

"In the Fall of 2004, Marine Cpl. Nicholas Ziolkowski was killed by enemy fire in Fallujah, Iraq. Nick, a 2001 graduate of Boys’ Latin, enlisted in the Marines directly out of high school and became one of the lead snipers in his unit. A New York Times reporter, who was embedded with the Marines in Fallujah characterized Nick as,

“'Tall, good-looking and gregarious, Corporal Ziolkowski was one of Bravo Company’s most popular soldiers. Unlike most snipers, who learned to shoot growing up in the countryside, Corporal Ziolkowski grew up near Baltimore, unfamiliar with guns. Though Baltimore boasts no beach front, Corporal Ziolkowski’s passion was surfing; at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Bravo Company’s base, he would often organize his entire day around the tides.'

"Yet Nick’s legacy extends far beyond the fighting in Iraq or the aforementioned New York Times piece. Since I was a 10 year old kid at Boys’ Latin, I had heard of Nick, listening to stories of his time as a student in my shoes, and how he took up the calling to serve. To me, Nick was what every man strives to be - honorable, honest and hard-working, yet he carried an easy-going personality that made everyone around him at ease.

"While I know Memorial Day is often associated with BBQs and summer fun, for me, I think of Nick. I knew last spring that I wanted to do something to honor him, and through weeks of talking with my friends we landed on the Shootout for Soldiers. It’s a small gesture of gratitude toward the men and women who have given their lives for this country.

"I ask that sometime today you take the time to thank a veteran or someone who is currently serving, and think about those who gave their lives for this country. So many people put their lives on the line for our country and freedoms everyday, and today serves as a time to honor those who make that sacrifice.

"My thoughts go out to all of those who have lost someone in battle, and today I will keep those brave men and women in my heart.

"All the best, Tyler Steinhardt"

Maroon and White Day Fun
5/21/2013

Have you heard cheers along Lake Avenue? Perhaps that’s from our annual Maroon & White Day competitions. Each of the three divisions hold a day of friendly competitions. On April 26th, the upper school enjoyed a gorgeous day for maroon and white events!  After pie eating, jousting, bat circles, pyramids and more, the maroon team was declared the victor.

 

In the middle school, we had a wonderful day on Monday celebrating fun competition amongst our students. There were relay races and running races, tug-of-war, dodge-ball, and other exciting events. As always, the egg-toss was a highlight especially with our headmaster in the game!  We were all thrilled by the eggs flying through the air to a soft landing and then sometimes breaking with dramatic results. At the end of the day and after earning spirit points throughout the year, the white team won.  Thank you to Ryan Hopkins for his work as MC, and it will be a while before we forget roughly 150 boys in the “Simon Says” game he orchestrated. Congratulations to all for friendly competitiveness. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association for providing lunch.

Boys’ Latin Varsity and JV Baseball - Spring 2013
5/21/2013

Varsity baseball completed its season in the championship game versus Glenelg Country School on Sunday last with a 7-0 defeat.  After an incredible playoff run with victories against AACS (11-8), Pallotti HS (5-2), and #1 seeded St. Mary’s HS (6-5), the Lakers were stymied against the Dragons behind the pitching of sophomore Dylan Fanella.  He pitched a gem going the distance with a complete game 3 hitter.  The Lakers were led on the mound by sophomore Harris Lipinski, who pitched four scoreless innings.

Coach Greenwell and the team should be very proud of their efforts.  They had little momentum going into the post season with questions regarding their inconsistent defense.  The bats were always healthy, but the combination of both was often lacking.  Come playoff time, all facets to include senior leadership, timely hitting, good pitching, and more consistent defensive help were on display.  Seniors Devin Foudos and Peter Argo led this wonderful group.  Peter often willed his team to better play and victory using emotion and energy to generate a combative will.  Devin quietly used his lead off bat and stellar play in the outfield to silence the opponents.  Junior standout pitcher Freddie Bopst wanted the ball to either complete a game or save a game.

The team would like to thank all the parents for their postgame dinners, and their support throughout the season.  There were many wet, cold and windy scrimmages and games in February and March that made things challenging.  Again, thanks to all the parents for their support of this team and coaching staff.

The JV squad led by Liam Madden, catcher Drew Gray, and Will Reid had a wonderfully successful season.  It has been many years since we had a JV team within our baseball program. Getting our younger freshmen and sophomore players significant scrimmage /game minutes was important to grow the program.  Establishing good baseball habits with consistent practice skill development will pay dividends down the road.  Thanks goes to Head Coach Phil Sheehey, assistants Matt Wareheim and Jon Decker for all their efforts.

And finally, we extend thanks to Coach Butch Maisel for his tireless efforts to keep the baseball field groomed and pristine for all the MS, and US games.  It was a daily activity that demanded much effort.  Thank you again sir.

Letters from and to BL's Lacrosse Team
5/20/2013

The Boys’ Latin varsity lacrosse team suffered a tough 10-9 loss to Loyola-Blakefield in the MIAA “A” Conference Championship game on Friday. Congratulations to the team for a wonderful season and to the Loyola Dons lacrosse team.  Below is a thank you note from Coach Bob Shriver ’69 for the team:

Dear students, faculty, parents, alumni, and friends,

 

On behalf of the 2013 Boys’ Latin Varsity Lacrosse Team, we want to say THANK YOU.  Thank you for being there with us this spring as we navigated through an amazing season.   

 

The spirit of Boys’ Latin was on full display Friday night.  That spirit is so hard for people who aren’t a part of BL to ever grasp.  It is there every day on Lake Ave., both in the halls or on the playing fields.  Last Friday evening, one only needed to hear the cheers of the student body, parents, alums, and friends to know how fortunate we are to be part of the Boys’ Latin family.

 

We wish the outcome was different. We know that sports mirror life and that you can’t always get what you want even when you work tirelessly and collectively for something. Not sure who the quote comes from but “sorrows keep you human and life keeps you humble.”

 

Sincerely,

Boys’ Latin Varsity Lacrosse Coaching Staff

Team Captains Mac Pons ’13, Colin Heacock ’13, and Christian Knight’13

A member of the class of '74 wrote this note following Friday night’s loss:

Victory has a thousand fathers. Defeat is an orphan. Everyone wants to be part of a championship; that’s easy.  No one wants to be part of a defeat. This is something that, in a profound sense, the team bears alone. And it hurts to the core. But because of that hurt, the team is bound together in a way that goes beyond the fleeting and simple joy of winning. They are now held together by a bond that no one else can really share. Well, almost no one else. Thirty-nine years ago, our class of ‘74 also saw its undefeated season go up in smoke with a loss to Loyola in the championship game. The terrible experience of their own defeat imbued within them a bond that brings them together in a way that victory lacks the power to do. After all, everybody claims a piece of that. It has them forever asking unanswerable questions. Through that comes wisdom and compassion. These are qualities that bring richness to life, and truth be told, it rarely comes any other way.”

The entire BL community is proud of ALL of our varsity spring teams including Coach Bill Greenwell’s baseball squad that lost in the MIAA “B” Conference championship finals yesterday at Ripken Stadium.  

 

BL 7th Grade Camping Trip
5/20/2013

Last week, the BL seventh grade students spent the past four days backpacking in the Otter Creek Wilderness in West Virginia. Head of Middle School Brandon Mollett reported “When we left from the staging area with our packs and each other, the team from Calleva emphasized one simple concept, ‘Right now, you are carrying everything you need for the next four days.’ On the first day, the students hear this and are eager to begin an adventure. By the third day, the students realize what this really means. Because you are carrying everything in and out, everyone needs to pitch in and do their part. Your sons shared the responsibility of divvying up gear and working together on mundane tasks like eating lunch as well as complex tasks like setting up camp. We enjoyed our time in the wilderness working together.”

 

BL Celebrates Closing Convocation and Senior Farewell
5/20/2013

The third Friday in May is always a memorable day at Boys’ Latin, we had our all school Closing Convocation and our senior farewell, and both were meaningful and moving events. At the Closing Convocation, several teachers/administrators were recognized, including the retirements of Lynnda Peterman (34 years) and Bill Pheil (38 years).  It was heartwarming to feel the emotion in the Iglehart Center as the upper school spontaneously rose to their feet to honor Mr. Pheil.  That was not the only ovation as additional rounds of joyous applause accompanied awards for various teachers.  The awards included:

Faculty Mentoring and Excellence Awards:

 

     Lower School
     Middle School:
     Upper School:

Ann Jung
Ryan Hopkins
Brian Higginson

 

 

Rookie Teacher of the Year

Kate Stratton

 

 

Kotras Award for Excellence in Teaching

Beau Dagenais

 

 

Dyson P. Ehrhardt Faculty Chair

Rich Zielaskiewiez

   

Laker-to-Laker Buddy Award

Harry Linnan

   
Laker Corps Award

MJ Black
Reagan Chasney
Avery Engel

Dylan Kowalewski
Max Marshall

Danny Shaifer
Trey Wilder

Faculty Grant Awards

Colbert Award
Marcia Flaherty

Ford Fellowship
Molly Mullally

Summer Grant
Kate Berger
Carmen Clark

Service Awards:   5 Years
                            Jenifer Blair
                            Carmen Clark
                            Lauren DeVries
                            Rebecca Giordano
                            James Haluck
                            Rudy Hurley
                            Edward Maye
                            Mac McDonald
                            Clarke Nyman
                            Amy Shaifer

10 Years
Cindy Alderman
Marcia Flaherty

15 Years
Anne Whitman

20 Years
Candy Bradfield
Bonnie Cummins
Terri Floccare

Congratulations to all!


We left the Convocation and went immediately to the senior farewell.  As in years past, this ceremony filled with both joy and tears as we say farewell to our seniors who depart for internships prior to graduation.  The gathering began with the presentation of a few athletic awards which are summarized in the chart below. We heard from Senior Class Advisor Andrew Robinson who described the 2013 class as a “mosaic of brightly colored personalities.”  Then, we heard each senior state his internship and college plans.  As always, the assembly ended with the seniors taking a final lap around the gym to bid farewell to all of those who remained behind. Congratulations seniors!

Athletic Awards:
Woodward Cup for Effort in Three Sports: Chris Rubino and Aaron Leeds
A. Mason Lebrun Award for the Outstanding Junior Athlete: Tally Bruno
C. Markland Kelly Award for Contributions to BL Athletics:  Jake Walsh
Phyllis Miller Cup for the Unsung Hero: Jamal Perkins and Alec Blitzstein
Jack Williams Cup for Sportsmanship – Christian Knight and Mac Pons
Coaches Cup for Teamwork and Leadership: Colin Heacock and Greg Sheetz
Leo McCormick Award for Loyalty and Dedication to BL Athletics: Mac Pons and Casey Rees
Our 3-Sport Varsity Athletes:  Jake Walsh, Alec Blitzstein, Chris Rubino and Aaron Leeds

Author Patricia Polacco inspires BL students and faculty