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Announcing This Year's Senior-Directed Production ...
3/4/2015

Senior Night Live Variety Show
BL's version of "Saturday Night Live"
with Student Directors, Matt Attman & Julian Baker
Guest Appearances by Headmaster Post and Teachers Beau Dagenais & Matt Laffeniere

Opening Nights
Wednesday, March 11th & Thursday, March 12th
7pm Curtain

Senior Night
Tuesday, March 10th at 6pm (for seniors only)

All in The Sheridan Studio
Running time is one hour.
Tickets Go on Sale This Friday
$5 student/$7 adults
Seating & Tickets are First Come, First Serve

Boys' Latin Hosts the B.E.S.T.'s First Generation Affinity Group
3/3/2015

Today, Boys' Latin welcomed to campus the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust's (B.E.S.T.) First Generation Affinity Group.  Founded in 2013, the FGA Group is made up of over 125 professionals who represent private schools, public schools, non-profits, colleges and universities in Maryland that support the "college-going" success of first-generation, college-bound students.

The group's quarterly meeting today was focussed on hearing the voices of first-generation students.  Five members of Boys' Latin's class of 2015 who are first-generation students comprised a panel and spoke about their experiences going through the college search process, fears, concerns and excitement about what lies ahead.  The panel took questions from members of the group who wanted to learn how to be better support first-generation students in their own communities.  Our young men were open and honest and made a huge impact on the FGA Group.  Many thanks to the BL panel of students who are exceptional young men and are helping to make a difference in Baltimore.

Welcome to 2015-16 Newly Admitted Students!
2/24/2015

This morning, Boys' Latin was excited to host our annual admissions Welcome Breakfast for newly accepted families.  The Smith Alumni House was filled as new students and parents were greeted by current students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni.  Frank F. Daily, III shared his perspective as a 1977 BL graduate and parent.  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.  With an almost full-to-capacity crowd, it was a joy to meet our newest members of the BL family. 

In their acceptance notification, new students received a welcome video similar to the one below.  Click the image below to play video.

Five BL Wrestlers Advance to Nationals
2/23/2015

Five of the twelve BL wrestlers, who competed this past weekend in the Maryland State Wrestling Tournament, will advance to next weekend's National Prep tournament at Lehigh University. Nick Malinowski ’16 secured an alternate spot by placing 7th in the 120 lbs. weight class. Securing automatic bids were the following Lakers: Jamie Rice ’18 finishing in 6th place at 113 lbs.; Kahlan Lee-Lermer ’16 finished 5th in the 126 lbs. class upsetting former BL wrestler Malik Woody, now of Mt. St. Joe. Nate Malinowski ’16 taking 6th place at 152 lbs.; and team captain Rocco Bruno’15 (pictured above on the left on the podium) who brought home a 3rd place plaque at the 182 lb. weight class.

Boys' Latin finished a very respectable 12th in the 32 team event.  In the group photo above are: (kneeling) Jamie Rice, (from left to right) Coach Jim Currie ’73, Walker Santos, Rocco Bruno, Coach Shane Marquess ’93, Kahlan Lee-Lermer, Nate Malinowski, Coach Drew Haugh ’77, Joey Shortt, Coach Henry Blue ’02, Coach Alex Barron and Coach John Sargeant.

Dick's Ads Feature BL Nationwide!
2/23/2015

Did you see BL in Dick's Sporting Goods print ads?  The ad below is from the March edition of Baltimore Magazine. Our boys were invited to be part of a photo shoot on campus last summer.  You can see our players in Dick’s spring lacrosse catalog and on in-store posters throughout the country wearing new lacrosse equipment and apparel for the 2015 season. 

BL Announces One Laker|One Love Day
2/20/2015

Dear Boys’ Latin Community,

We hope that this letter finds you well as we write to share exciting news.  As an all-boys, school, K-12, we are always looking for ways to better educate the young men with whom we work closely each day.  From the classroom, to the athletic field to the art studio, we strive to prepare each boy for all that they will encounter in their daily lives.  For the past 18 months, our students and faculty have been working on an important partnership that will support each of our core values:  courage, compassion and integrity.

As you may know, the One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 to honor Yeardley Reynolds Love who tragically lost her life to relationship violence.  The foundation is leading the charge in creating content and raising awareness through young adults about the warning signs of relationship violence.  In September, Boys’ Latin students in the upper school created a One Love club.  The student led group has a simple mission; to educate their peers about healthy relationships.  Through their work, and our responsibility as an institution for each and every one of our boys, we are proud to announce our first One Laker|One Love Day on April 10th.

One Laker|One Love Day will provide an opportunity for the entire BL community to engage in conversations that support the One Love mission, “to end relationship violence through education and technology.” We plan to extend this topic to an appropriate level for each of our boys as we work to “inspire others.”  In each division, we have formed a committee of administration and faculty members who are responsible for the creation of developmentally appropriate activities, lessons and speakers for their boys.  We will start our day as a community, and then our divisional work will have the following structure:
- Members of the lower school will focus on respect and the “Golden Rule.” 
- Our middle school plus the fifth grade will also focus on respect and peer relationships as well as build on what it means to be part of a team
- Our upper school plus the eighth grade will work directly with One Love and hear Sharon Love, mother of Yeardley, speak.  They will explore what healthy relationships are, what relationship violence can look like, and what they can do to “Be 1 for Change.”

Throughout the day, the boys’ work from the One Love club will be evident.  The club is currently working on their own public service announcement to share with their peers, designing t-shirts to be distributed to everyone involved, organizing an assembly leading up to April 10th, and having a dress down day to raise funds to support the One Love foundation.  Our day will extend into the afternoon as we host three varsity sporting events on campus, all of which will have a One Love presence.  We invite you to join us to cheer on our student athletes at the games.

We are thrilled to be organizing a day that we are proud of and that we know will have a positive impact on the boys.  We cannot thank you enough for your support through the Parents’ Association.  We are eager to make this day a reality, and we plan to communicate more divisional details as the date approaches.

Sincerely,

Brian W. Mitchell
Upper School Co-Head

Charles M. Franklin
Upper School Co-Head

Brandon Mollett;
Middle School Head

Kathy Arnold
Lower School Head

Cheer for BL Wrestlers in State Tournament Today & Saturday
2/20/2015

BL competes in the Maryland Independent State wrestling tournament as the culmination of the wrestling season this afternoon and Saturday at McDonogh School.  The tournament features 30 independent schools from throughout the state with the top six wrestlers in each weight class advancing to the National Prep Wrestling Championship next weekend at Lehigh University.  Wrestling begins at 3:30pm today and 9am on Saturday. The championship rounds are scheduled for noon on Saturday. More information can be found at www.mcdonoghwrestling.com/misstatetourn.html and www.natprepwrestling.com

Students Experience World Religions
2/19/2015

In Eric Whitehair’s World Religion classes, juniors and seniors explore the worldview of the beliefs, history and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Daoism.  As you can imagine, there are papers to write and issues to discuss and debate.  Students also enjoy hands-on experiences as the class engages faith traditions directly with guest speakers, visits to local places of worship and primary source documents.  The class is designed to study and understand various religions from the believer’s point of view.  This way each religion is experienced by those who draw meaning and benefit from it.  “This class opens yours eyes to religions that you didn’t understand or maybe even had negative assumptions about” said junior Mark Grey.

On February 6, the class traveled to Towson University to meet with the school’s Muslim Student Association.  “Hearing a live person tell stories from their religion really made this interesting” reflected Senior Justin Donawa. 

Mr. Whitehair’s class was hosted by Mahnoor Ahmed, Associate Director for Women’s Resources in TU’s Center for Student Diversity.  BL students observed a fairly typical Jummah, or Friday prayer service where Muslims gather in community and hear the prayer leader, called an Imam, speak on some matter of spiritual or moral concern.  During our visit, Dr. Kirmani, the Imam at the service, spoke about the incompatibility of violence with the true message of Islam.  “The prayer service was like nothing I’ve ever seen before” remarked BL senior Patrick Coffay.  

After the service Dr. Kirmani and the students of the Muslim Student Association answered questions generated by the Boys’ Latin students who were most interested in hearing personal reflections and experiences of the TU students.

During the units on Christianity and Judaism, students had similar experiences.  Earlier this year, the BL students observed a weekday Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, interviewed Protestant faculty members and hosted educational administrators Rabbi Lawrence Ziffer and Neely Snyder.  Later this spring, trips are planned to the Baltimore Jewish Museum and the Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center.

Many thanks to Mr. Whitehair for fascinating experiences and impactful learning opportunities

Success at Dodge for a Cure 2015
2/19/2015

Boys’ Latin hosted the third annual Dodge for a Cure dodge ball event on Saturday, February 7th to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and CF research. Over 800 middle and upper school students from fourteen local school participated. The event generated over $9,000 for CF research.

The BL Upper School Great Strides club, led by juniors Brett Blum and Mitch Casper, were instrumental in supporting team registration, selling t-shirts and raffle tickets and officiating dodge ball matches. Senior Josh Smith once again provided his DJ skills for the event and kept bass line going. BL student and parent volunteers were out in force making sure the event went off without a hitch. Teams arrived in a variety of costumes, and the energy was fun and good-spirited.

The Great Strides club now shifts its attention to the next event, the Great Strides Walk. Save the date so you can join us Sunday, May 3rd at the Hunt Valley Town Center. Details will follow with registration information.

New Date for Blood Drive -- Feb. 26th
2/19/2015

 

Robotics Team to Compete in State Championships on Feb. 28th
2/19/2015

Congratulations to the middle school robotics team who competed in the First Lego League Qualifier Competition at UMBC on Saturday, February 7th. The Laker team captured first place in robot design and second place in robot performance. The team was awarded one of four spots to attend the Maryland State Championships on February 28th at UMBC.

Coaches Anne Kellerman, Annemarie Merow and Julia Williams described the competition as a wild and crazy all-day event where the boys were constantly on the go and barely had time to grab lunch.  "The boys had a great showing - demonstrating skill, teamwork, preparation, and composure under pressure throughout the day," said Mrs. Merow.

Additional photos plus videos are available with a BL community login on Smugmug:  photos and videos.  Good luck to the team as they compete in states.  Go Lakers!

BL Students Featured in Annual Roland Park Traveling Art Show
2/17/2015


This week through February 20th, the Annual Roland Park Traveling Art Show is on display at Boys' Latin in the middle school library.  As part of AIMS Fine Arts Festival, student artwork is on display in participating schools which include Boys’ Latin, Calvert, Bryn Mawr, Roland Park Country Day, St. Paul's, Friends and Gilman.  Events culminate in a Fine Arts Festival, April 1 at RPCS.  We congratulate the following BL artists who have their work featured in this local show:

Eric G., 8th
Tommy H., 8th
Liam L., 8th
Josh P., 8th
Michael S., 8th
Jake M., 7th
Emre Y., 7th
Jamarr W., 6th

 

BL wins in CHAMPIONSHIP!
2/16/2015

The Lakers ended the season on top with a win for the MIAA B Conference Championship title yesterday over Annapolis Area Christian school at UMBC's RAC arena.

For details, see articles in:
- The Baltimore Sun:  "Pugh, Spencer power Boys' Latin basketball to B Conference title"
- Varsity Sports Network (with subscription):  "Pugh and Spencer lift BL to its first MIAA B Basketball title

Varsity Basketball in the Championships SUNDAY - Come Cheer Them On!
2/14/2015

Lakers Play in MIAA B Conference Basketball Championship Game

After an exciting win last Thursday night 69-65 over St. Paul's in overtime, the Lakers move on to the Championships! Join us to cheer on the team. 

Location: RAC (Retriever Athletic Center) on the campus of UMBC

Date: Sunday, February 15

Time: 3:15pm tip off

Teams: Red Division #1 seed Home team Annapolis Area Christina School Eagles vs Black Division #1 seed Visiting team Boys' Latin Lakers

Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for students with their school ID & free for children under 7

9th Graders Explore Ethics with Headmaster Post
2/6/2015

For the past several years, Headmaster Christopher Post has held seminar discussions with all members of the 9th grade class concerning ethics.  Mr. Post initiated this program to make sure that all Boys' Latin students were examining and exploring what it means to make ethical decisions in today's world.  Through the use of movies, roundtable discussions, and questions and answers, Mr. Post has worked with small groups of freshman each year and he has come away impressed with the boys' desire to have these challenging, yet important conversations. 

Mr. Post noted that "ninth grade students have an eagerness to talk about these challenging ethical issues as they begin their upper school career and the ethics class serves as an introduction to truly living up to the school's motto, Esse Quam Videri (To Be, Rather Than to Seem)".  Sophomore Cameron Vaden, reflecting on his freshman ethics course with Mr. Post, said that it "made me think about ethical incidents and the consequences of those decisions."  Freshman Luke Levendusky also noted that "this is definitely something we should keep doing each year."  Conversations like these, along with the newly implemented Freshman Seminar program, have added a valuable layer to the curriculum for our young men here on Lake Avenue. 

Cooking Club's Slow-Cooker Dishes Day
2/3/2015

Last Friday if you walked past the room we call Chambers at lunch time, you were drawn in by the delicious smells. The upper school cooking club, with faculty leadership from English Teacher Marcia Flaherty and Science Teacher Bill Freeman, prepared various dishes to share with each other. The group compared notes on recipes and slow-cooking methods.  Dishes included chicken and dumplings by freshman Xavier Hall, chili by freshman David Robinson, pulled pork by senior Robert Rice, New England corn and potato chowder by Mr. Freeman and New Orleans Roast Beef Po Boy by Ms. Flaherty.  Want to participate in the next meeting? Contact Mrs. Flarerty and bring a dish. The theme rotates each week, and next time it's Italian. 

Thank You from Moveable Feast
2/2/2015

From The Moveable Feast : "We sincerely appreciate the young men of The Boys' Latin School of Maryland for organizing such an amazingly successful canned food drive for our clients!  Thank You!  ThAnk yOu!  THANK YOU!  thank you!"

On campus among the middle school advisories, there was a competition for which group could bring in the most cans.  It came down to a close finish between Mr. Baine's and Mr. Stone's groups.  In the end, Mr. Baine's boys won and will have supervised free study hall this week.

“Readers are Leaders” -- Visit with Graphic Novelist Bentley Boyd
1/30/2015


Yesterday, the lower school had the privilege of meeting and hearing from graphic novelist Bentley Boyd. “I want to do THAT when I work one day,” one fifth-grader enthusiastically commented after talking with Mr. Boyd over lunch with a group of 15 students, and later another boy with a big smile raved “so cooooool!” after an illustrator’s workshop in the art room. All lower school boys had the chance to hear Mr. Boyd in an approachable, humorous and lively presentation. He drew comic characters and showed comic pages while describing his interest in drawing from elementary school, through studies in literature and history at Harvard University and into his publishing career where he turned “those skills into a fun job.” This interactive and engaging approach had hands flying up in the air as the boys had question after question from Mr. Boyd. “It all started with copying Snoopy.”

--Student: Why do you like history? Mr. Boyd: Connecting the dots to make one big picture, that is interesting.
--Student: What do you like to read? Mr. Boyd: All of it – history, magazines, news… Reading is like pizza. You do not want to eat only that all the time. 
--Student: Do you watch movies? Mr. Boyd: Books are better. There are more details. Student: Right! The movies leave out parts, and it does not look like I thought it would. Mr. Boyd: Exactly! Not the way you saw it with your own imagination. 
--Mr. Boyd holding a blank piece of paper: Why is this better than any Blue Ray DVD, Xbox game or iPad app you ever saw? Student: I can do whatever I want on that.

Lower school librarian Terri Floccare, who arranged for this wonderful opportunity, describes Mr. Boyd as “a graphic novelist who writes mostly about social studies and history. He founded Chester Comix which are graphic novels that explain history with the help of Chester a Chesapeake Bay blue crab.” His work reinforces the importance of reading, rough draft ideation, making mistakes and understanding the details of your story. For more, click on the image of Chester below to go to the website which has links to his books (Comix with Content and Choice Comix), FUNky History (with how to draw lessons, reading lists, mazes, coloring pages and more), his blog and other tools for parents and teachers.  Additional photos are available on SmugMug with a BL community login.

BL's #DeflateGate Circa 1925
1/30/2015

In The Baltimore Sun, the story "Deflated football? That was the controversy in a 1925 Boys' Latin-Friends game, too" by Mike Klingaman takes a look back as we look ahead to SuperBowl XLIX on Sunday.

"Members of Boys' Latin's 1925 football team (left to right)
Richard Lee, Steuart Woodward, William Swope, Leo McCormick and William Mottu
pose for a photo in 1976, 50 years after they graduated.
They're posing with a deflated ball, but not the infamous one from the game they lost to Friends."

Building the Laker Legacy - Phase II
1/29/2015

An electronic version of BL's Building the Laker Legacy Phase II
2015 capital campaign brochure is now available online with a click on the image below.
If you would like a printed copy, feel free to stop by the Alumni House.

"One School, One Book" = Great Discussion
1/29/2015

When we reached out to Claire Ricci to ask about the book discussion last night, she gave this wonderfully descriptive reaction that we had to share:
"What didn't we talk about? That's the answer to the question "What did you talk about at "One School, One Book" last Wednesday evening, January 28th. Parents, grandparents, students, teachers and librarians gathered to discuss Monster by Walter Dean Myers and gave voice to thoughts and questions about truth vs. fact, race relations, social justice, our justice system, perceptions, identity and more. That's challenging stuff for a voluntary after-school activity, but participants dug in and created a space where these issues could be discussed in a meaningful way. Diversity Club members Matthew Lunn-Singleton and Trey-Lonte Gaither attended and shared insights."  

Marcia Flaherty, Upper School English Teacher, added her perspective and thanks too:  "A shout out to Claire Ricci and our phenomenal library staff (Mrs Floccare and Mr. Hanson) for a wonderful book discussion.  ... Students from middle and upper school (plus staff) provided the basis for deep, lively and stimulating discussion.  Thanks so much.  I look forward to the next one."

Poetry Slam is a Huge Success
1/23/2015

The first ever Boys' Latin Poetry Slam was held on Thursday night in the Sheridan Theater, with over 70 upper school boys in attendance.  Mr. LaFreniere was the inspiration for the festivities, as his Creative Writing classes were tasked with organizing, judging and performing at the event.  Over a dozen students performed their own pieces of poetry, delivered in an energetic and passionate style, much to the crowd's delight.  Students also judged the event, organized the food beforehand, and promoted the event to insure a large turnout.  Upper School Co-Head Charles Franklin noted that "seeing so many of our students excited about delivering their own works of poetry is reflective of the academic culture that our faculty help create.  We are so proud of each of the young men that performed tonight, and thank you to Mr. LaFreniere for inspiring the boys to express themselves in this venue".  


(Senior Jake Rubenstein performing his slam poem)

Blood Drive - Feb. 17
1/23/2015

BL Players Featured at Dick's Sporting Goods
1/22/2015

BL lacrosse players were invited to be part of a photo shoot for DICK'S Sporting Goods last summer.  The shoot was held here on campus and at other area schools.  You can see our players in the current Dick’s lacrosse catalog and on in-store posters throughout the country.  Click the photo below to see more of our players with new lacrosse equipment and apparel for the 2015 season.

Dodge for a Cure 2015 - Join a BL Team!
1/21/2015

Our students, parents and faculty are once again organizing the “Dodge for the Cure” dodgeball tournament to raise awareness and money for the Cyctic Fibrosis Foundation

Please click here to download a sign-up sheet. These sheets are also available in the upper and middle school offices.

Kodye Pugh Featured for Art & Athletics
1/21/2015

The University of Maryland featured BL junior Kodye Pugh in a story about his talents as an artist as well as his skills on the basketball court.  The article, "Forward Kodye Pugh of Boys' Latin Finds Success Beyond Basketball" was published in the UMD student newspaper, The Diamondback.  In a nice connection of past, present and future, the article is written by RJ Kaminski, BL Class of 2013.  We are proud of Kodye for his achievements here and his prospects for the future, and we are proud of RJ for following his passion for sports journalism.  Go Lakers!

Governor's Inauguration Today & BL
1/21/2015

Today, Larry Hogan will be sworn in as Maryland’s 62nd governor and with him are two BL graduates:

- Keiffer Mitchell, BL Class of 1986, who was recently named as special advisor to the governor-elect.  From The Baltimore Sun, “Hogan said a prominent Baltimore Democrat, former Del. Keiffer Mitchell, will oversee some of his legislative initiatives — including a proposal to expand access to charter schools in Maryland.  …Mitchell, a former City Council member and scion of an eminent political family, … said he considered himself "a testament" to the Republican governor-elect's promise to work with Democrats.”

- Chris Maisel, BL History Teacher and Class of 2004, who is the Officer in Charge of Maryland’s Ceremonial Gun Battery and will lead the 19-cannon salute today.  The tradition of a ceremonial gun salute “goes back to the 17th century, where soldiers would actually empty their cannon, empty their guns as a form of honoring the person who had conquered them or taking over," said one of the other officers. 

At noon, Hogan will take the Oath of Office in the Senate chamber of the state house then deliver his inaugural address at 12:30pm on the State House steps. 

6th Grader Joins Johns Hopkins' CTY Service Learning Trip in Panama
1/16/2015

Panama was the site of a BL sixth grader's recent service learning trip.  Over the winter holiday, he and his family joined Johns Hopkin's CTY and Sustainable Harvest International in Tranquilla, a small village 3-hours outside Panama City.  The village familes have been working with SHI for five years to incorporate organic farming techniques as an alternative to "slash and burn" of the rainforest.  The volunteers worked with village families to establish a vegetable garden, start a tree nursery and plant a rice paddy (pictured below).  At the end of some of the work days, our BL volunteer organized a bit of soccer (pictured below) with the village children.

JB Service 2015

JB Service 2015

Poetry Slam - Join Us
1/16/2015

All are invited to join us for a poetry slam on January 22nd in the Student Center at 6:30pm.  How can you resist this invitation?  It's organized by students and going to be a fun night!

"Did You See It?" THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
1/16/2015

It’s a treat when you go to a school play and see the students make it their own.  That was evident last night in the middle school winter production of The Emperor’s New Clothes by Charlotte Chorpenning.  Most of us know the story so came in wondering, “How are they going to do THAT?”  With the skill of Artistic & Managing Director Gina Molling, creativity of the cast and seamless operations by the crew, they pulled it off.  We could almost see the beautiful fabric when we knew there was none.  This play was a terrific fit for middle school age boys. 

The play ran this week for three, sold-out performances with the last show tonight at 7pm in the Sheridan Studio Theater.  Today during school, fourth and fifth grade students came to a matinee and proudly cheered in support of their classmates.  

Mrs. Molling said “The Emperor's New Clothes was awesome! Our student actors did a fantastic job learning the craft of acting, along with stage production skills. Night after night, they were spot on with their character developments, line memorization and concentration skills by staying in the world of play! Bravo to an outstanding cast of student actors!" For additional photos from the production go to SmugMug.

One School, One Assembly, One Theme -- "Leaving a Legacy" -- MLK 2015
1/15/2015

MC Billy Wingo

Faculty Speaker Amy John

Mrs. Howell & guest speaker Joel Bolling

Middle School Speaker

All grades gathered this morning for an assembly to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..  When we gather as one school in one assembly under one theme, there is always an air of excitement and camaraderie, so today was special.  Each year, there is a theme for the assembly, and this year the theme was "Leaving a Legacy."

As students and faculty arrived, a slideshow of facts and images set the tone.  Senior Billy Wingo opened the presentations with an eloquent and poised introduction which included this challenge, “as we commemorate Dr. King, I invite you to ponder your own legacy in the advancement of his dream.”  Next, a heartwarming video, by senior Matt Attman and Lower & Middle School Counselor Mrs. Shirelle Flowers, provided many responses from faculty, staff and students who answered the question “How do you want to be remembered?”

Billy then introduced our first speaker Mrs. Amy John, BL’s Director of Strategic Planning.  Mrs. John drew from the words of Dr. King – civility, non-violence, compassion, courage, conviction, social activism, equality, justice and peace – and linked those to our motto, Esse Quam Videri or “to be, rather than to seem”.  She challenged the boys directly to “Think about being.  Think about touching humanity in the collective because there is power in that.”

Our kindergarten and pre-first students read a poem “Rainbow of Friends,” and then Head of Lower School Kathy Arnold introduced guest speaker Joel Bolling, Associate Director in the Center for Student Diversity at Towson University.  Mr. Bolling comments on “Injustice in the 21st Century – What Can We Do About It” led students to chime in with suggestions like volunteer, recycle, donate, don’t judge someone by what they look like and don’t waste food.  Together, these fit into five broad categories – 5H’s:  health, hygiene, home, harmony in diversity and human values.

Our last and wonderful speaker was an eighth-grader who simply reminded us “to be the change; make a difference.”  The fourth and fifth grade chorus wrapped up the assembly with “I Need You to Survive” which inspired their upper classmen to clap along in support.

Thank you to the hard-working team who made this a meaningful event:  Kathy Arnold, Sally Brackins, Missy Dudley, Shirelle Flowers, Shara Hine, Terry Howell, Amy John, Debi Krulak, Adam Osborn, Barb Starkey, Eric Whitehair and Elizabeth Wilson.  More images and some videos can be found on SmugMug with a school login.

Networking Initiative Launched
1/9/2015

Last Thursday nearly 50 alumni and friends gathered in the Alumni House for the roll-out of the Boys’ Latin Networking Initiative. The event provided an opportunity for young alumni to speak with other alumni and BL parent “mentors” about various career opportunities. The Alumni/Development Office organized the event and wants young alumni to know that BL’s commitment to them does not end with Commencement Exercises in June. We want young alumni to come back to BL to seek advice on careers and job opportunities. Director of Alumni Relations Mac Kennedy '76 said, "We will continue to strengthen our mentoring list and hope to build the networking program on various platforms, including the BL website. Everyone in the BL community is welcome to get involved, and we thank you for your willingness to help fellow Lakers."

Classroom Transformed into Tropical Island
1/9/2015

Each year the seventh grade class reads William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies. This year Ms. Vernon decided to give her students a fully immersive experience by decorating her room to match the setting of the book. As soon as the students enter the classroom they feel like they too are on a tropical deserted island. Vines, ferns and other plants cover one side of the room while the other looks as if it is submerged in water. Check out some of the pictures of the room below.

Upper School Chorus and Advanced Handchimes to Perform at Glyndon United Methodist Church
1/9/2015

On Sunday, January 11, the upper school chorus and the advanced handchimes class will be performing at Glyndon United Methodist Church during the 11am service. If you are interested in attending the mass, the church’s address is 4713 Butler Rd. Glyndon, MD 21071. We would like to thank all of the students who are giving up part of their weekend and know they will put on a great performance. 

Cris Janoff '93 Profiled in The Baltimore Sun
1/8/2015

Yesterday, The Baltimore Sun and Towson Times featured a story on Cris Janoff who graduated from Boys' Latin in 1993. In an article titled "Longtime Employee at Stone Mill Finds the Job 'Inspirational'," Allison Rubin wrote "He needs no introduction.  You all know and love him: the personable soul who can make your lunch order of soup and half a turkey sandwich into a poetic work of art.

"Cris Janoff is famous around these parts for his elaborate description of gourmet creations at Stone Mill Bakery. Even if you visit Stone Mill at Green Spring Station daily, Cris makes you feel special and he is genuinely pleased to greet you. After 15 years working for Stone Mill, the Mt. Washington resident's enthusiasm for his customers is far from waning. In fact, this native foodie is gearing up for an exciting 2015; he and Alfie Himmelrich, Stone Mill's visionary founder and owner, are looking forward to many new projects in the coming year, including the launch of national sales of their gluten-free Tupelo Honey cookies as well as the sale of vintage art posters on display throughout the café."

For the full article, go to http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/lutherville/ph-tt-neighbor-luth-tim-rubin-0107-20150104-story.html

Buy Your Tickets for The Emperor's New Clothes
1/7/2015

Tickets! Grab your tickets!
for
The Middle School Winter Production
of
The Emperor's New Clothes
on
Wednesday, January 14th to Friday, January 16th

7 PM curtain in the Sheridan Studio

The house opens at 6:30 PM
Due to the weather tickets will go on sale Monday, January 12th
Tickets are sold in the middle school office by Ms. Cummins
Please note the snow day performances listed below*

$5.00 students and $7.00 adults

Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis.
Grab them fast! Show your school support!

*In the event of a snow day, our performance dates will be Tuesday, January 20th to Thursday, January 22
7 PM curtain in the Sheridan Studio. 

Boys' Latin in the Community
1/7/2015

Moveable FeastOver the past two months, BL eighth grade students and faculty members have been working with the charity Moveable Feast, an organization that provides healthy meals for people in Maryland with life-threatening illnesses. Each eigth grade advisory spent an afternoon volunteering at the charity by making lunches and packing care packages for children. Middle School English Teacher Matt Stone said after a faculty meeting, "we discussed our Moveable Feast visits and the resounding response was that these were absolutely excellent experiences for the boys! All the faculty who took part in visits found Moveable Feast to be incredibly accommodating, professional, and knowledgeable. The ability of Moveable Feast to take in handfuls of 8th Grade boys and have them so easily jump right into working at your facility was nothing short of amazing."

Moveable Feast was very thankful for our eighth grade volunteers and said they would love to have them come back and volunteer again. “They are energetic engaging and curious, which is a great combination for success. They executed all assigned tasks with professionalism and dynamism.” Both Moveable Feast and Boys’ Latin greatly enjoyed and appreciated this partnership and hope to continue strengthening and developing it.

Upper School Robotics Team Starts Season
1/6/2015

The upper school robotics team kicked off its 8th season on Saturday, January 3 with the unveiling of the FIRST "RECYCLE RUSHS" 2015 Robotics Game. The Boys' Latin team competes in the prestigious FIRST FRC robotics program. Approximately 75,000 students participate in this program worldwide. Team members and coaches spent the weekend studying the game animation, developing strategies and brainstorming prototype designs. The team has only six weeks to design, build and test its robot to compete at the Pittsburgh and Chesapeake Regional competitions in March and April. 

FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills,” said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research & Development FIRST Founder, and Segway inventor. “Kids often come in not knowing what to expect – of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future.”

"RECYCLE RUSH" is a recycling-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season. Click to view a "RECYCLE RUSH" game animation.  

Georgette Kiser Honored by Girl Scouts
1/5/2015

Today, the Baltimore Business Journal announced that Georgette Kiser, BL's Board of Trustees Secretary and Vice President at T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. is named by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland as a 2015 Distinguished Woman honoree.  This annual "award is given to local businesswomen for outstanding professional and civic accomplishments.  Ms. Kiser heads Enterprise Solutions and Capabilities for the Services and Technology division at T. Rowe Price."

Click here for the full article.

Sad News - Stanley J. Rudick
1/5/2015

We are sad to share the news that Stan Rudick '14 H passed away early Saturday after a long illness.  Stan, a BL past parent and current grandparent, was a fixture on BL’s campus for over 30 years as a photographer and the operator of Harford Heights, BL’s after-school and summer program in the lower school. He was a true Laker, and in 2014 he was named an honorary BL alumnus.  He will be greatly missed. 

Services will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 11:00am at Sol Levinson Chapel, 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.  Please join us in keeping the Rudick family in your thoughts and prayers.

2014 Lower & Middle School Holiday Concerts
12/19/2014

Before the boys left 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 “Santa’s Stuck Up in the Chimney” and "The Hanukkkah Ha, Ha Song."  In the middle school, Mrs. Anderson led choral, handchime, STOMP, guitar and keyboard performances. Some of their songs included “Hanukkah Shalom,” “O Christmas Tree” and “the Snow Carol.”

Mr. Nyman has been practicing since the beginning of the year with boys in both the lower and middle school bands and commented that this year’s students are some of the best he has ever taught. The middle school jazz band closed out the holiday concert with a piece that would help keep us warm on these cold winter days: “The Hawaii Five-O Theme.”

All of the performances were fantastic!  To showcase their hard work, we share these videos below.  Enjoy!

 

 

Community Service: Continued Support for a Good Cause
12/19/2014

BL faculty members Cathy Badmington, Megan Kenney and Mac McDonald organized something special for the holidays to support the local community.  They sought support from faculty, students and parents to help a good cause, St. Vincent's Villa with a series of five events: 
-Saturday, December 6th - a BL group help decorate over 100 trees (for more see story last week)
-Thursday, December 11th – upper school dress down day and gift donations
-Saturday, December 13th - BL volunteers accepted and organized gift donations from the “needs” drive.-Monday, December 15th – The gifts were transported.
-Saturday, January 10th – A BL group will return to take down and pack decorations.

Boys’ Latin’s freshman class continued a tradition this year in adopting many of the middle school age children for the holiday season.  Each of seven advisories adopted a boy, and, this year, the freshmen also reached out for additional support.  Four other advisories plus the Business & Communications Offices joined in sponsoring children.  Together we fulfilled each young man’s entire wish list with items such as electronics, footballs, sports jerseys, scooters and gift cards for recreational activities.  The dress down day last Thursday enabled the freshman class to purchase gift cards that will be distributed by the staff at St. Vincent’s.  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 10th.  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.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.

 

Happy Holidays to All...
12/18/2014

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 diverse talents and interests of boys in our close-knit K-12 community.
On behalf of our entire community, thank you so very much
for your support of Boys' Latin in 2014.

Click image to play the video.


Faculty Attend and Facilitate at Annual People of Color Conference
12/12/2014

Every year the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) hosts their People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). This year, two faculty members went to Indianapolis for three days of intensive workshops, affinity groups and keynote speakers. Boys’ Latin was proud to support the attendance of Middle School Dean of Students Demond Baine and World Language Department Chair Kristen Tubman. Both Mr. Baine and Ms. Tubman will use insights from this experience to enhance human relations throughout the BL community.

In addition to attending, Ms. Tubman was one of only 50 educators selected nationwide by NAIS as an Affinity Group Facilitator. She worked with a team of ten colleagues to lead 400 Affinity Group participants in three conference sessions. In preparation, all facilitators underwent training in group process and facilitative teaching techniques, including Open Space Technology. Over the past several years, Boys’ Latin has supported Ms. Tubman in several professional development opportunities to foster diversity in education. These opportunities were a significant factor in Ms. Tubman’s selection by NAIS. By supporting faculty diversity training, Boys’ Latin is contributing to the national dialogue regarding diversity and inclusion.

NAIS describes the purpose of the PoCC as providing "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."

Fifth-Grade Tie Ceremony at Father-Son Breakfast.
12/10/2014

Wednesday morning in the Alumni House, the fifth grade class gathered with their fathers for one of Boys’ Latin’s most time-honored traditions: the tie ceremony. On this day, each fifth grader received his own BL tie and learned how to tie it with help from his father.  During the ceremony, Head of Lower School Mrs. Arnold commented on how she remembers these students when they were first graders and she began working at Boys’ Latin.  "What great young boys they have become!" said Mrs. Arnold.  Headmaster Post gave a brief history of the origin of the necktie while reminding the students that many seniors once sat in their same seats for this ceremony.  Students and fathers enjoyed a delicious breakfast during the ceremony.  The third photo here shows the fathers who are BL alumni with their sons.  The alumni fathers commented that they know firsthand all the great things that BL will do for their sons in the future. This is just the first of many great milestones that this class will experience, and we look forward to their future at BL. 

Dr. Farah Al-Nakib Enlightens Students About Kuwait Invasion
12/10/2014

Today, Wednesday December 10, the upper school history department had another exemplary speaker visit. Dr. Farah Al-Nakib addressed a group of students in the upper school library about the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. She commented on how before the invasion very few Americans had even heard of Kuwait, but this soon changed due to the 24-hour news coverage of the war. This ubiquitous news coverage soon turned the invasion of Kuwait into a constant topic of conversation. Dr. Al-Nakib told one particularly personal story of a man who approached her, a native Kuwaiti, and told her he remembers exactly where he was when Kuwait was liberated. Her presentation helped show how any event can have both instant and long-reaching global consequences, even when people had little knowledge of the circumstances before hand. Before the invasion, Kuwait was a little known country; after the invasion the majority of the world banned together to expel Iraq and regain Kuwait's independence. 

Mr. Osborn was very excited to have Dr. Al-Nakib speak because she addressed the two main ideas that the history department wants to impart in the students: that any event can have unintended consequences and that we must be lifelong learners. Mr. Osborn closed by imploring all students to join the conversation and ask questions about current events, because you never know the long lasting effects they may cause. 

Dr. Al-Nakib is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies (fall 2014), researching the effects the 1990-91 Iraqi occupation of Kuwait on state-building, social dynamics and national identity. We would like to thank Dr. Al-Nakib for taking the time to speak to our students and look forward to the other great speakers the history department is sure to schedule. 

BL Chipotle Night Monday Dec. 15
12/9/2014

Lakers Volunteer at St. Vincent's Villa
12/9/2014

Last weekend, 16 upper school students spent their Saturday morning volunteering in the community by decorating trees for St. Vincent’s Villa. St Vincent’s Villa is a residential treatment center in Timonium for adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges. Faculty advisor Mac McDonald said, "Over the past few years, BL has built up a great relationship with St. Vincent’s, and we volunteer with them every holiday season. We would like to thank all of the boys who came out this Saturday and volunteered."  BL students will return on Saturday January 10 to help take down all of the holiday decorations. 

Upper School Holiday Concert Displays Talent
12/8/2014

 

 

Last week, the upper school winter concert got our hands clapping, toes tapping, feeling peaceful and smiling with holiday cheer. Congratulations to all of the members of the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, Chorus and Advanced Hand Chimes for fantastic performances. Special thanks to many soloists for their dedication. All of this is possible due to the creativity and talent of music teachers, Kathy Anderson and Clarke Nyman. For photos and videos, click these links to go to BL's YouTube channel and SmugMug (with a BL community login).

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Student Commons & Campaign
12/5/2014

This morning, December 5th, BL gathered as one school with all students, faculty and staff to commemorate the groundbreaking of our new Student Commons. President of the Board of Trustees Greg Horning kicked off events with a warm welcome on a chilly day and recognized featured speaker Capital Campaign Co-Chair Duncan Smith for his leadership in the Building the Laker Legacy Campaign Phase II and for his family's enduring support of our school. Almost 20 years ago today, the bridge, which is named after Duncan's father, was dedicated.  Just as the bridge physically connects our north and south campuses together, the new Student Commons will bring all three divisions of our school together and help transform Boys’ Latin into “one school.” As Headmaster Christopher J. Post put it “it’s not just a dining hall; it will be a centerpiece for our community to come together each and every day.”

Over the past six years, we have completed what we started in our Building the Laker Legacy Campaign.  Those resources allowed us to successfully construct the new middle school building, renovate Iglehart Center and raise our endowment to over $40 million. Now, we are excited about the future as we officially announce Phase II of our campaign which builds both our new Student Commons and our endowment to support students, teachers and facilities.  The Student Commons is the capstone component of our 2007 Building the Laker Legacy Campaign. We are excited to share conceptual renderings of the new Student Commons as designed by Rubeling & Associates plus a building floor plan.

The new space will be anything but common.  It will:

  1. Enable students to have lunch by division, providing greater programmatic flexibility and more opportunities for social engagement
  2. Improve the daily academic schedule by providing more instructional time
  3. Enable healthier, more nutritional food choices due to additional kitchen space
  4. Allow students to sit by advisory, strengthening the bonds between students and instructors
  5. Provide a gathering space for the entire school community that can be used for parent events, outside speakers and evening special functions.

However, the campaign does more than fund the construction of bricks and mortar; it continues to build our endowment. Mr. Post let the students know about some of the great things the endowment will allow us to do including “support arts and athletic and co-curricular programs like robotics; hire outstanding teachers and pay them well; provide really neat opportunities for students like camping trips and field trips or even make sure that we’ve got a new rope and those sumo suits for Maroon and White days.” 

At the conclusion of his speech, Mr. Post invited all those in attendance to walk through Smith Hall, view the beginning of the construction and enjoy an appropriately shaped cookie. We anticipate that the new Student Commons will be completed in time for use in fall 2015 and look forward to keeping you updated on its progress.  For additional photos with a BL community login, click here.

All-School Winter Art Show Dazzles
12/5/2014

Yesterday evening, the BL community and public were treated to a striking display of student art talent here at BL. From our youngest to our seniors, there were wonderful creations. These photos show a few samples, and there are additional photos in SmugMug with a community login. If you did not get a chance to go to the show, the art will remain on display in Smith Hall over the next few months.

There is an interactive, progressive piece where people responded to the question "What is art?" by adding their comment to the display. In the gallery, there were outstanding works by Amy Digges' painting class.

Middle and upper school students shared their work on linear perspective with drawings inside our school buildings. In a creative exercise, upper school Studio 1 students gave 3D shape to our second and fourth graders' original drawings of monsters and robots. The paired art was on display and enjoyed by both boys and all.

AP US Students Visit U.S. Department of State
12/4/2014

On Wednesday December 3, Mr. Osborn’s AP US History class visited the U.S. Department of State. The students began their visit with a tour of the Bunche Library, the oldest federal library in the nation. The then toured the operations center and the principal’s conference room and got to view the Great Seal of the U.S. and diplomatic gifts from around the world in the exhibit hall. After lunch the students saw the diplomacy center and had the opportunity to sit in on an actual press briefing. After a public diplomacy overview in the European Conference Room, the students were treated to a diplomatic reception tour before finally departing for the day. 

40th Annual Laker Invitational Basketball Tournament
12/4/2014

The 40th annual Laker Invitational Tournament will be played Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20 in the Gelston Athletic Center. Teams scheduled to participate this year are:
Boys' Latin School, Baltimore, MD
McDonogh School, Owings Mills, MD
The Avalon School, Gaithersbug, MD
The Bullis School, Potomac, MD

Friday, 19 December
Game 1 - 3:00 pm   BL vs. Avalon
Game 2 - 5:00 pm   McDonogh vs. Bullis 

Saturday, 20 December
Consolation Game- 11:00 am  loser of game 1 vs. loser of game 2
Championship Game - 3:00 pm  winner of game 1 vs. winner of game 2

All are invited ...
12/3/2014

Reminder: Holiday Greeens Pick-Up
12/3/2014

 Please make note of the locations and times for your Holiday Greens pick-up:

Trees and Wreaths can be picked up in the Middle School parking lot on
Dec. 4 from 2:30-5pm, Dec. 5 from 2:30-5pm and Dec. 6 from 9am-3pm

Poinsettias can be picked up in the Upper School lobby on
Dec. 4 until 5pm  and Dec. 5 until 5pm

We also have Pine Roping available and still have Fraser fir trees.

Thank you for supporting the Class of 2015!

Announcement -- New Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Named
12/1/2014


Coach Brian Farrell Will Lead Boys’ Latin Varsity Lacrosse Team Commencing in Fall 2015

The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland (Boys’ Latin) announced today that Brian Farrell, Class of 2006, will take over as Head Coach of its varsity lacrosse team at the commencement of the Lakers’ 2015-2016 lacrosse season.

Upon the retirement announcement of fabled Boys’ Latin Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Bob Shriver earlier this year (June 2014), Boys’ Latin conducted an exhaustive, national recruiting search.  From a candidate pool that included dozens of exemplary candidates including high school, collegiate and professional coaches, Brian Farrell quickly emerged as the unanimous choice to lead the lacrosse program upon Coach Shriver’s retirement.

“Brian Farrell has the experience both of lacrosse and as a person to be tremendously successful in leading our program,” states Christopher Post, Headmaster of Boys’ Latin. “Brian is an incredibly humble and hard-working person, who values athletics as a classroom for the life lessons that it teaches.  In Brian, we have found someone who has not just performed at the highest levels, who is a teacher of the game and who has the potential to grow with our School, our students and the program.  We couldn’t be more excited.”

"As a graduate of Boys’ Latin (2006) and the University of Maryland (2011), Farrell’s list of accomplishments in the lacrosse arena, as well as football and basketball, are unparalleled,” stated current Coach Bob Shriver.  “Additionally, Brian has an uncanny ability to display the most creative approach to playing and winning the game.  Brian has been a terrific lacrosse, football, and basketball player his entire life, having come from a family of accomplished sportsmen.”

Farrell’s father, Mike Farrell, a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee and University of Maryland Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, has served as Farrell’s role model, as evidenced by Brian Farrell’s accomplishments as a player during his Boys’ Latin tenure, including:  United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American Lacrosse player; Team Captain in football, basketball and lacrosse; and Towson Athlete of the Year.

Farrell’s University of Maryland Men’s Lacrosse tenure showcased him as a member of the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team, two-time member of Student Athletic Advisory Council, two-time Team Captain, two-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-American, three-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American, Atlantic Coastal Conference tournament Champion and Charles P. McCormick Award for the Baltimore area athlete who contributed the most to athletics at the University of Maryland.

“Following a legendary four  years as a top defenseman for the University of Maryland’s lacrosse team, Farrell played for some of lacrosse’s greatest coaching minds in Dave Cottle and John Tillman.  Brian then returned to coach for the University of Maryland and Tillman,” states Coach Shriver.  “Currently, Farrell serves as Salisbury School’s (Salisbury, CT) Assistant Lacrosse Coach and Defensive Coordinator under the tutelage of nationally renown Bobby Wynne, one of the best coaches in the history of U.S. lacrosse.”

“The retirement of Coach Shriver, Boys’ Latin’s Head Varsity Lacrosse  Coach for over 36 years is bittersweet,“ states Christopher Post.   “We are forever grateful for the contributions that he’s made to the Boys’ Latin community, including his invaluable assistance in the search for our next Head Coach.  In bringing Brian Farrell into the Boys’ Latin community, we are confident that we have the absolute best coach to continue the legacy of Coach Shriver.”

“It‘s a great honor to have been chosen as the next Head Coach of the Boys’ Latin lacrosse program,” states Brian Farrell. “To coach the sport I love at my alma mater is a dream come true. Boys’ Latin is a top tier school with a fine history of success in lacrosse and especially in building outstanding young men of character. I am committed to continuing the proud traditions that Boys’ Latin has established over many years.  I am humbled by the trust placed in me, and I’d like to thank the Headmaster and the rest of the search committee for giving me this opportunity.”

UPDATE:  Click here for coverage in The Baltimore Sun.

Grandparent & Special Friend Day Brings Smiles at the Lower School
11/25/2014

 

It was wonderful to celebrate Grandparent and Special Friend Day at the lower school today.  Lower school students showed their thanks for the love and support they receive all year long from grandparents and special friends.  The morning celebration kicked off with a breakfast in the Alumni House.  Then our guests gathered in the Iglehart Center for performances by all lower school students, and the morning wrapped up with visits to the classrooms and the book fair.

Performances featured singing, drums, poems, slideshows and many smiles.  With Thanksgiving just hours away, the music had a Thanksgiving theme as well as some patriotic songs.  The adorable "Turkey Song" by the kindergarten and other performances got us all in the mood for delicious food.  In the photo above, our third graders presentend an acrostic poem as they spelled out "Happy Thanksgiving. We Love You!" A slideshow of "Our Special Memories" displayed writing, drawing and digital art by each fourth grade student to honor their grandparents.  So many parts of performance touch the hearts of all.

Many thanks to the following for their talent, creativity, care and expertise in teaching our boys:  Elizabeth Wilson for music, Marta Cardarelli for art, Debi Krulak for technology, and all the lower school teachers for classroom preparations.

Many photos are available on our SmugMug page with a BL community login.

Fun for All at the Annual Bull & Oyster Roast
11/25/2014

 

 

Last Saturday, all ages enjoyed BL's annual Bull & Oyster Roast.  Alumni, parents, students, families, past parents, faculty, staff and friends gathered to catch up with each other, enjoy delicious food and bid on unique auction items and fabulous class baskets too. The "Bacon Wheel" is a hit every year, and we hope the winners enjoy their a delicious holiday breakfast.  Here are a few photos, and there are many more on SmugMug with a BL community login.

Diana Gaines in the News
11/25/2014

Today, the front page of The Baltimore Sun's business section features an article on Diana Gaines who was recently a guest teacher at Boys' Latin in an economics class.  Click here to read the full article in The Baltimore Sun: "Madeira Street turnaround shows 'any place can be good'".  Click here to read the prior post in BL's All School News about our economic class discussion.

The Walters Features Young AIMS Artists Including Seven From BL
11/24/2014

The Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) is presenting a show featuring art by lower school students at The Walters Art Museum. The AIMS show runs from November 17 through December 13, 2014. Representing Boys' Latin in the show are Jack M., Michael M., Gavin P., Noah S., Drew S., Ben T. and Mitchell W.  We hope you have an chance to visit The Walters because it is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your sons to the wonders of the gallery and to view this special exhibit.  Shown below are two examples of BL student art on display.

Final Days to Pre-order...
11/24/2014


Tuesday, November 25
Is the deadline to Pre-Order Wreaths, Trees & Poinsettias
Order NOW!!!!

A limited quantity of greens (not pre-ordered) will be available
for purchase at the pick-up events
December 4th & 5th (2:30-5:00 pm)
Saturday, December 6th (9:00-3:00 pm)

Don’t forget our all our beautiful bows
to decorate your banisters, wreaths, gifts and hearths

Celebrating Academic Honors
11/21/2014

This morning, grades four through twelve gathered in the Iglehart to highlight academic achievement and student effort during the first quarter. The program began with a presentation from upper school Co-Head and Director of Academics, Charles Franklin with the theme "when your perspective changes, your actions change."  Mr. Franklin shared the perspective that our boys are part of the .0017% of boys worldwide, age 10-19 who go to a top private school in the US (top 50%).   He encouraged the boys to:  1) recognize the rare opportunity that they have versus others in the world, 2) thank your family and 3) give your best to ever opportunity you have here at BL.

As part of the assembly, the division heads recognized those students who have earned Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Effort Honor Roll.  Congratulations to all of the boys who were recognized on for their achievements!  Visit the Boys' Latin Photo Gallery for images of the assembly.  Pictured above are the students recognized for sixth grade Effort Honor Roll and ninth grade Dean's List.

Author Clay Chapman's "Bodacious" Visit on Wednesday
11/21/2014

On Wednesday, our middle school boys had the wonderful opportunity to interact with Clay Chapman, author of Tribe. During thier rotation period, each grade level met with Mr. Chapman in the library. He shared insights into the writing process, read chatpers from his novels, and answered student questions. The boys were delighted to hear about his work writing Spiderman comic books for Marvel and were excited to learn about the details of writing the screenplay for a Hollywood horror movie. Many of our students returned to the library between classes and at recess in order to speak with Mr. Chapman or have him sign books for them. Mr. Chapman appreciated our boys genuine enthusiasm for writing and blogged about his visit to BL on the Tribe website. He even said that it was "one of the greatest visits I’ve ever had. Thank you for the fun time, BLS!"  Click here to view his blog post. Thank you to librarians Janet Maisel and Eric Hanson for arranging to have Mr. Chapman visit.

Abigail Norfleet James Coaches Lower School Teachers
11/21/2014

This week, the lower school faculty and staff had a fabulous two days with author and psychologist, Abigail Norfleet James. Dr. James is a world-renowned specialist in the education of boys. During her visit she spent time observing all aspects of the lower school, and spoke with the faculty during our regular Monday meeting. We enjoyed hearing her perspective and insights, as well as receiving specific feedback and advice the following day. We are celebrating the fact that she validated so many of the best practices we already have in place.

The opportunity to have Dr. James visit stemmed from an experience at the International Boys School Coalition this past summer. Prior to her visit, the entire lower school faculty and staff read one of her books, Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel, and Learn in School.  We highly recommend her book, written for parents, The Parents' Guide to Boys: Help Your Son Get the Most Out of School and Life. Dr. James will be returning to Boys' Latin in March.

What Is It Really Like to Be an Upper School Student?
11/21/2014

(Clockwise from upper left: Senior Grade Dean Beau Dagenais in AP Environmental Science, Junior Grade Dean Andrew Robinson in AP Calculus AB, Freshman Grade Dean Cathy Badmington in Acting 1, and Sophomore Grade Dean Brent Hilpert in English 10)

On Thursday, November 20th, six upper school administrators participated in the first ever "Student Shadow Day" experience.  Upper School Co-Heads Charles Franklin and Brian Mitchell, along with Grade Deans Cathy Badmington, Brent Hilpert, Andrew Robinson and Beau Dagenais each followed a different student throughout his day - attending all of his classes, eating lunch with him in the student center and walking with him through the halls. 

The motivation for the Shadow Day came out of a realization that any discussion about school matters - be it about homework load, the pace of the schedule, the skills being covered in classes, etc... - needs to be informed as much as possible by how the students are interacting with those topics.  The focus on the boys and what can be done to improve their experience is an important part of the decision making process for BL faculty and administrators. Going through a day with a student provided a unique opportunity to see Boys' Latin from their eyes, and all Grade Deans and the Co-Heads were excited to "go back to school" for one day. 

Seniors Luke Murray and Anthony Wyler, junior Aaron Mendelsohn, sophomore Eli Frank, and freshman Brenden Crouse and Jaylin Andrews were the students who were asked to be shadowed, and all agreed.  The boys may have been a little nervous at first about having a teacher follow them around all day, but that quickly faded as they realized the benefits of this experience.  Freshman Jaylin Andrews noted "Mr. Franklin was able to see what I go through on a daily basis with my classwork, tests, and homework load.  He was also able to see how I use time management so I don't have to do all of my work in a short period of time".  Senior Luke Murray also enjoyed the day, stating "Having Mr. Mitchell shadow me was an enjoyable experience.  He and I have always had a close relationship, so it was pretty stress free.  Having him sit with me in all of my classes gave him a really clear understanding of what I have to accomplish at school each day". 

For the adults, the day was enlightening. 

Chris Herren at BL - His Story of Addiction & Now Advocacy
11/20/2014

With thanks to the generosity of the Parents’ Association and the Christopher O’Neil Peer Education Program, BL students and faculty were treated to an opportunity to hear from former Boston Celtics NBA standout Chris Herren. On Wednesday November 19, BL welcomed Chris Herren to campus for an afternoon middle and upper school assembly. His personal story is one of athletic success at the highest level, coupled with the temptations and ultimately disastrous consequences of alcohol and drug use and abuse, and now with a clean and sober life Herren is a national advocate for prevention and recovery. Herren is invited to speak to schools, universities and professional sports teams across the nation, yet he is most proud of the work he does speaking to teens.

To begin the assembly, Herren shared clips from ESPN’s Emmy nominated documentary 30 for 30: Unguarded which highlights his journey through high school, college, professional sports and addiction. When he began speaking, Herren said today “It’s about you. My story’s done.” He spoke frankly to the boys, “I don’t care what school you go to or what your mommy and daddy do, even if they are doctors, lawyers and politicians. That won’t protect you from addiction.”

Unlike others who speak about the risks of drugs and alcohol, Herren makes a strong point that “it’s all about beginnings -- my first beer at 14, first puff of a joint at 15, first line of cocaine at 18, first pill at 22 and first needle at 24.” He questioned himself and the boys to think about why was I not enough without those things. Herren told the boys that his hope for them is that they will have the courage not to want to change who they are.

In June of 2009, Herren launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, a basketball player development company that offers basketball training, camps and clinics to top basketball prospects in New England. He also founded The Herren Project, a non-profit to mentor others with addiction and provide education for all ages on the dangers of substance abuse. Since launching a 2012 initiative “Project Purple,” The Herren Project has encouraged people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse, and they estimate that over 300,000 teens nationwide have taken the pledge to make good choices and stand up together against drugs and alcohol.

This week, Chris Herren is also speaking at other area schools. Last night, as part of the joint effort with six area schools, parents were invited to a community-wide presentation at Gilman School. Herren shared stories about the students he has helped and tragic losses. His message to parents is that you are accountable DAY 1 – the first beer. Pressures and expectations are high for our students. In high school, Herren thought, like many still do, “All we're doing is drinking and smoking." He noted, "Drugs never came up when my friends and I were hanging out in basements or the woods." In America today, 23 million people struggle with addiction, and 90% started as teens. Now is the chance to help our teens have the courage to say “NO, I’m good enough as I am today.”

The Herren Project continues to make a significant impact nationwide one person, one family at a time. To learn more about Chris Herren, follow his journey as chronicled in his memoir, Basketball Junkie.

BL Model UN 12 Compete at William & Mary
11/19/2014

This past Friday, Mr. McDonald, Ms. Molling and Ms. Streeter took 12 delegates to the College of William & Mary to participate in what was recently rated the sixth-best Model United Nations conference in the country.  Over the course of the weekend, BL delegates participated in 9 different committees representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an anti-secessionist member of the Catalonian Cabinet and a high-ranking employee of SpaceX.  The participants discussed world issues as immediate and tangible as humanitarian assistance for Palestinian refugees, and topics as forward-thinking and remote as the colonization of Mars.  Our boys needed to debate and compromise with peers from all over the eastern seaboard to come to resolutions.  In total there were five committee sessions.

At the conclusion of the conference, two delegates from BL were recognized for awards.  Junior Bennet Kauffman stood out in his committee for his fierce oratorical skills and unwavering dedication to the Saudi Arabian cause in outer space.  Senior Nick Morton implemented a tactful game-plan and delivered impassioned speeches to set him apart from the other delegates when he took on the role of Mark Juncosa, real-world genius and aesthetic designer of all SpaceX spacecraft.  We would also like to recognize Max Marshall who did a fantastic job in mentoring and preparing all of our delegates for the conference.

The students’ positive experience definitely reflects the high ranking the conference had earned. The next conference is at the end of January at the University of Pennsylvania.

"Religion Teachers Looking for New Ways to Reach Youths"
11/18/2014

We shared a story last Friday about the new Religion Teachers Network at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies (RTN).  Lary Perl from The Baltimore Sun attended the inaugural RTN meeting and published the following story "Religion Teachers Looking for New Ways to Reach Youths."  The article features interviews with RTN leaders including BL's History Teacher Eric Whitehair, his counterpart at Friends School -- Amy Schmaljohn, and Les Goldsborough from the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies (ICJS). Click here to read the full article in The Baltimore Sun from Nov. 18, 2014.

Eighth Grade Begins Volunteer Work with Moveable Feast
11/14/2014

Moveable FeastLast Tuesday, our eighth grade students began their work with the charity Moveable Feast, an organization that provides healthy meals for people in Maryland with life-threatening illnesses. Mr. Stone's advisory was the first eighth grade advisory group to travel to the Moveable Feast facility to work as volunteers. During their visit, the students made lunches and packed care packages for children. Over the next two months, each eighth grade advisory will spend an afternoon volunteering at the charity. We are excited to provide an opportunity for our students to give back to our community.

Announcing a new Religion Teachers Network -- Area Schools Partner with the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies On Interreligious Collaboration
11/14/2014

Yesterday, religious studies teachers from Boys' Latin and Friends School of Baltimore in partnership with the Towson-based Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies (ICJS) announced a coalition of religion teachers from area schools. Led by Eric Whitehair from BL and Amy Schmaljohn from Friends, the new coalition, The Religion Teachers Network at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies (RTN), will draw on expertise from ICJS's scholars to help establish professional development programming and ongoing dialogue among the schools’ religious studies faculty. "Our goal is to create an established network of religion teachers who can help develop opportunities for our students to engage in inter-school, interreligious dialogue and community service," says Schmaljohn. Eric Whitehair agrees, "Teachers of religion deal regularly with religious diversity issues both among our students and between our students and the larger world, so as a whole we are pretty good at this dialogue. Through this network, my hope is that teachers will have further opportunities to develop important professional skills for the benefit of students and the broader communities connected to our classrooms."

“For 27 years, the ICJS has been building learning communities where religious difference becomes a powerful force for good. Supporting regional secondary schools and their teachers who foster cultural literacy and understanding through classroom discussions of religion is an important and new channel to broaden our work to a younger audience," says Les Goldsborough, Director of Development at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies. The group held its first meeting on yesterday evening at ICJS. 

REMINDER - Former NBA Player Chris Herren to Speak at Boys' Latin
11/14/2014

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 addiction and provide education for all ages on the dangers of substance abuse.  Herron'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
11/14/2014

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.

Do you have your reservations for the 2014 Bull Roast?
11/14/2014

Click either image for online ticket orders.

Will Martin Chosen to be a Page in the Maryland General Assembly
11/13/2014

Senior Will Martin was recently chosen to be a Legistative Page for the 2015 session of the Maryland General Assembly. In this program he will assist both members of the State Senate and House of Representatives to assure that the legislative process moves smoothly and efficiently. Based on Will's strengths and academic interests, Mr. Robinson, Assistant Director of College Counseling, encouraged Will to pursue this opportunity. This is an honor and outstanding opportunity for Will.   Boys' Latin offers our congratulations and best wishes to Will in this new endeavor.

AP US History Students See Legendary Filmmaker Speak
11/13/2014

On Tuesday November 11, Mr. Osborn’s AP US History class had the very exciting opportunity to go to Stevenson University and see filmmaker Ken Burns speak. Ken Burns spoke at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as part of Stevenson University’s 2014–2015 Baltimore Speakers Series. Instead of lecturing the audience or reading a prepared speech, Mr. Burns decided to spend the majority of his time answering questions asked by the audience. Two BL students, Brett Blum ’16 and Joseph Adams ’16, were fortunate enough to be called on and have their questions answered by Mr. Burns.

For over thirty years, Mr. Burns has produced and directed some of the most acclaimed documentaries of all time including The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994),  Jazz (2001), The War (2007) and Prohibition (2011). Over the course of his career his films have won 12 Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations. In 2008 Mr. Burns won the Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His most recent documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, aired in September of this year and covers the lives and influence of Franklin, Eleanor and Teddy Roosevelt. Mr. Osborn and his class truly considered this an enlightening and enjoyable experience.

Students Serve the Community at The Family Tree Walk & Fair
11/12/2014

On Saturday November 8, a group of ten upper school students volunteered for The Family Tree's annual Family Fair & Walk. The Family Tree is an organization that strives to build strong families and prevent child abuse. The boys served as greeters, route guides and leaders of a soccer clinic.  Thank you to all the Lakers that volunteered, teachers who helped to organize student participation and families who walked in support of this good cause in our community beyond Lake Avenue.  

Commemorating Veterans Day
11/11/2014

 

Boys’ Latin has a tradition of commemorating Veterans Day with an assembly for the middle and upper schools, a wreath laying at the Alumni Veterans Memorial and a display of military artifacts in the Alumni House. Upper School History Teacher Butch Maisel organized the day’s activities, and again this year he impressed us with something that was insightful, moving and relevant to all ages.

To begin the day, both divisions gathered in the Iglehart Center to remember current and past veterans. Mr. Maisel first recognized all faculty and staff who had served or are serving in the military. “Boys’ Latin has a long and proud heritage of service beginning with the Civil War with McHenry Howard ’57 and continuing through Sean Mullally ’12 who recently joined the United States Navy.” He then shared the story on one hero, Johnny Prentis Poe, who graduated from BL in 1891, attended Princeton and then had an audacious military experience. Poe served in the Maryland National Guard, U.S. Army in the Philippines, Kentucky National Guard in the Black Patch War, U.S. Marine Corps in Panama, the Honduran Army versus Nicaragua and the British Army in WWI. When he was not in the military, he was a gold prospector, a cowboy and undercover state police officer. He died at age 41 in battle as part of the legendary Black Watch Regiment of the Scottish Highlanders. Poe was buried near “Lone Tree” on the battlefield. Today, we honor his courage, his tenacity and his service.

We were privileged to also hear from guest speaker Colonel Reed Hudgins, who graduated from BL in 1986 and Virginia Military Institute in 1990. With 24 years of service in the U.S. Army, he has held numerous positions around the world and his list of citations and awards are vast. Most recently, he served as the Battalion Commander of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Germany with over 1200 soldiers executing missions on three continents in 14 countries from the Arctic Circle to South Africa. Currently, Col. Hudgins is the Director of Credentialing, Certification & Licensing within the Army’s Soldier for Life Program which ensure employment opportunities for veterans returning from war.

In his comments, Col. Hudgins references the Boys’ Latin motto, Esse Quam Videri – “To Be, Rather Than To Seem,” as he describes what is a veteran. He said to BL students “You are entirely fortunate that you are in a place where you are learning to BE. The lessons you are shown in the classroom, on the athletic field, on the stage, in the hallways and on field trips are all steps forward in your journey to BE and not just seem to be…. Honor is the one thing no one can take from you. To lose it, you must give it away.”  Click here to see a video of the assembly.

The upper school gathered at the Alumni Veterans Memorial in front of Alumni House after the assembly. Col. Hudgins and Student Body President Charley Hughes placed a wreath on the memorial. Mr. Maisel went on to give a special presentation to the lower school and share his collection of approximately 1000 military insignia which consisted of a variety of medals, awards, patches and memorabilia. The boys were thrilled to answer questions and receive patches from Mr. Maisel. Throughout the day, the collection was on display in the Alumni House for all students and faculty to experience. For more photos visit two SmugMug collections: All School and Lower School.

Many thanks to Col. Hudgins and Mr. Maisel for taking the time to set up this great opportunity to learn about and honor veterans today.

BL Custom Blazers Now Available
11/7/2014

From the School Store via online orders ...
Click the image below to link to the website for orders.

 

 

BL SENIOR CLASS HOLIDAY SALE
11/7/2014

 


From The Parents' Association:
It's never too early to order
your holiday items.

***Fraser Fir Trees***
***Wreaths***
***Poinsettias***
***Hanukkah Candles***

Help benefit
Boys' Latin School &
The Class of 2015.

For order forms
click here for greens &
click here for candles.

Items will be available
for pick up
December 4, 5 & 6th.

Thank you for your support!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Varsity Cross Country Wins MIAA B Conference Championship with Three Named ALL-MIAA
11/6/2014

Congratulations to our Laker cross country team, Head Coach Lewis Scharff and Asst. Andy Shilling on winning the B Conference Championship.  The Lakers finished with 40 points.  Matt Lugat was 4th (17.31 min); Garrett Voigt was 5th (17.37.1min); Kahlan Lee- Lermer was 8th (17.52.7 min).  Matt, Garrett and Kahlan, by virtue of finishing in the top ten,  were named All-MIAA.  Matt Sacks finished 11th, and Michael Ubriaco finished 14th.

Our CC team finished with a 26-1 record in the 2 years under Coach Scharrf's direction.  Again, congratulations to all the boys, their parents, and coaches for all their hard work and accomplishments.  The last time Boys' Latin won a cross country championship was 1994.

Click here to read The Baltimore Sun article about the combined A & B Conference meet.

Senior Class Parents Celebrate Their Sons' Final Year.
11/4/2014

On Monday night, the parents of the senior class gathered in the Julian S. Smith Alumni House for an evening of celebration.  After a nice dinner, Conner Ward and Charlie Hughes, the senior class president and student body president, shared some heartfelt remarks. Class Dean Beau Dagenais followed with his insights on this year’s group of seniors. While all the speakers were excellent, the highlight of the evening had to be the numerous parents who shared a memory, story or anecdote about their experience at Boys' Latin. There were laughter, tears and cheers throughout the evening. This event acted as a "kickoff" to the year of celebration that is their sons’ senior year at BL.

Cross Country in the Championships Tomorrow
11/4/2014

Come out and support our undefeated varsity cross country team as they compete in the  MIAA Championship Meet tomorrow at Oregon Ridge Park.  The race begins at 2:45pm.  There is a $10/car parking fee.  GO LAKERS!

Halloween Fun on Campus Today
10/31/2014

From our youngest to our smallest, there was fun to be had by all.  The lower school students paraded across the street to show their costumes to the upper school, collect candy from some upper school faculty and receive a trick/treat from Headmaster Post -- their own noise maker!

In the middle school Halloween assembly, the students were treated to a scary story and then competed in several fun activities including a costume contest, scariest laugh, scavenger hunt, mummy face bounce and of course the always popular pie eating contest.

Halloween in the upper school is a sight to behold as the boys (and faculty) embrace their creativity and humor in costumes.  There were boys dressed as RPCS girls, construction workers, a Duck Dynasty guy, Austin Powers, the Mario Brothers, cheese, a mime, a whoopie cushion and more.  After the All-School Pep Rally for today's game against St. Paul's, the upper school Halloween Assembly was a series of events, races and games.  Congratulations to Charley Hughes who won "Best BL spirit" for his Drew Haugh look-alike costume.

Hall of Fame 2014 Class and the 50th Anniversary of an Undefeated Season.
10/31/2014

On October 30th, Boys' Latin announced and commemorated the 2014 class of the BL Athletic Hall of Fame.  This year’s class included: Mace LeBrun ’33, Dick Webster ’59, Kevin Sweeny ’66, Jim Cahill ’72, Mark Deering ’72, Myrt Gaines ’74, Craig Cook ’78, Ken Frontain ’80, Clay Opara ’83, Carl Voigt ’85, Jeff Ulehla ’88 and John Webster ’88

In another alumni event today, a group gathered for a luncheon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 undefeated football team. This team went 7-0 and allowed no points from scrimmage outscoring their opposition 180 to 12. Two of the team captains, Tom Peace ’65 and Bruce Regan ’66, spoke and shared their reflections and memories from that season. Varsity football coach Ritchie Schell also addressed the guests and shared with them an account of this year’s season to date.

Senior Anthony Wyler featured as Student Athlete of the Week
10/30/2014

In case you did not get a chance to see this tonight, WMAR ABC2TV featured BL senior Anthony Wyler as the Bel Air Honda Student Athlete of the Week.  Click the image below to watch the segment.

 

Kicker Dom Maggio featured in The Baltimore Sun
10/30/2014

Story by Katherine Dunn at The Baltimore Sun -- "Talent, and dad's almost-NFL kicking career, help Dom Maggio excel at Boys' Latin" --
"Boys' Latin junior Dom Maggio impressed the coaches at Wake Forest's kicking camp last June, he had no idea that the Demon Deacons' recruiting coordinator knew his name well.

"Thirty years ago at UCLA, Bill Rees recruited another local Maggio who could kick pretty well, too. Kirk Maggio became an All-American punter for the Bruins, so when his son Dom emerged as one of the top young kickers and punters in the country, Rees noticed.

"The two men had lost touch over the years, but as Kirk Maggio sat in the Wake Forest stands that day, he heard a familiar voice calling his name.

"'I looked down and I couldn't believe what I was seeing,' Kirk Maggio said. 'What are the chances that the same guy who recruited me would be recruiting my son?  We did a lot of catching up and he said, "[Dom] was one of the first I guys I was looking at. I didn't know if he was your son or your nephew, but I'm hoping it's your son." [Rees] watched him kick and said, "Wow, he's something special here."' ...

"'Every time they kick off, you have to drive the ball 80 yards, because he's going to kick the ball in the end zone and you can't return it.' - Archbishop Curley football coach Sean Murphy on Dom Maggio."

For the full article, click here.

Upper School Robotics Team Members Attend Workshops at JHU Applied Physics Lab
10/30/2014

On Saturday, October 25, upper school robotics team members and coaches attended a day-long Education Day sponsored by the FIRST Baltimore Area Alliance at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.  In preparation for the upcoming robotics season, students and coaches alike attended workshops on topics such as LabView, CAD, pneumatics, mechanisms, game analysis and strategy.  The following students attended: Matt Post, Trey Burrell, Ryan Trupia, Harry Purdue, Grant Iodice, Alex Young, Cole Jarrett, Logan Atkinson, Wayne Garrus, Noah Vilceus, Matthew Lunn-Singleton and Brian North.  

Volleyball Moves on to the MIAA Championships!
10/30/2014

Well done Varsity Volleyball! They won last night, 25-11, 25-21, 25-21 versus Spalding in the semi-finals and now move on to the MIAA Championships. The matchup is #2 BL and #1 Gilman at 6pm on Saturday, November 1 at St. Paul's School. Admission is $7 for adults or students.

Mix It Up at Lunch Day 2014
10/29/2014

On Tuesday October 28, students in grades 3rd–5th, 6th and 7th/8th participated in national Mix It Up at Lunch Day 2014. A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance over a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. Students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day, October 28 this school year, we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. Boys’ Latin has participated in Mix It Up at Lunch Day for 7 years. This year we focused on including others and breaking down the social boundaries of ‘cliques.’  Thank you to Mrs. Flowers for organizing the activity.

 

Volleyball in the MIAA Semi-Finals
10/29/2014

The Varsity Volleyball  MIAA Semi-Finals are tonight at Gilman:

BL #2 vs Spalding #3 at 7:00pm
Gilman #1 vs Loyola #4 at 5:00pm

There is a $5.00 admission charge for the games which will be held in the arena.

Hope to see you all there! Go Lakers!

 

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 who 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 addiction 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