Where did the summer go? While kids are sad to see the end of vacation, most private school students looked forward to the start of school this week and to seeing the changes that have taken place during the past few months on campus and in the classroom. Here’s a sample of some of exciting updates from Mercy, Cardin, Jemicy, Cristo Rey Jesuit and Archbishop Spalding Schools.
New Science Labs Open at Mercy High School
Mercy High School, which prides itself on having an outstanding science education program, embarked on a complete renovation of the science wing to bring the science labs to current state of the art. Mercy’s new labs will impact the way science teachers teach and science students learn. The design is a fully interactive environment in which lecture and lab are integrated, the set up of each lab is fluid and changeable, equipment is cutting edge in science trends, and access to the Internet is immediate. Students will develop lab techniques and research skills to set them on a path to success in any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career.
Shoshana S. Cardin School Announces New Leadership
Shoshana S. Cardin School’s new Head of School, David Prashker, restructured the school’s leadership team and introduced new academic and leadership programs. As the school celebrates its 10th anniversary, growth and development are very much the order of the day at Baltimore’s only independent Jewish High School.
Where previously Jewish Studies and General Studies operated separately, each under its own Dean, academics will now be fully integrated under Principal Leslie Smith Rosen, while the Jewish life of the school will be the provenance of School Rabbi Yaakov Chaitovsky.
“Baltimore is blessed with a number of Jewish community high schools,” commented Prashker, “But Cardin alone is open to the whole community, with a pluralistic curriculum as well as a pluralist student body. Rabbi Chaitovsky symbolizes this as someone who understands the differences between the Jewish denominations, but also the commonalities that ultimately make us one people.”
Jemicy receives grant to endow Angel Fund
During the summer, the Samuel G. and Margaret A. Gorn Foundation, Inc. donated $1million to Jemicy School to fully endow a fund to be known as the Samuel G. and Margaret A. Gorn Angel Fund.
Mr. and Mrs. Gorn were long-time contributors to the Valley Academy, continuing their commitment to Jemicy when the schools merged. In 2010, Mrs. Gorn increased their generous support to the Jemicy School community and established an ongoing fund in 2012 to honor and recognize the commitment she and her husband Samuel made to the education of children in the Baltimore area. Mrs. Gorn passed away in May, and her husband died in 2007.
“The Angel Fund recognizes the commitment of Jemicy teachers and the difference they make in the lives of their students. This gift is to be used for Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions as well as the Jemicy Outreach program, for special projects, educational activities, continuing education, speakers, research, curriculum development, or other needs that are not funded by the operating budget and are designed to improve and enhance Jemicy’s programs,” said Dr. Susan Grant, educational evaluator, Honorary Trustee and member of Jemicy’s advisory council.
Ben Shifrin, Head of Jemicy School, expressed his gratitude for the Gorn’s gift stating, “Our faculty, staff and students at Jemicy are incredibly appreciative of their generosity, and we are certain that the fund will help foster creativity and new programs in our school.”
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has appointed Adam Noto as athletic director responsible for leading the Hornets program, overseeing the coaching staff, and creating an environment that emphasizes teamwork, strong competition, and fair play. In only its fourth season of competition, Cristo Rey Jesuit hopes to build on some early success. The Hornets men’s basketball team earned its first ever berth in the MIAA playoffs a season ago, and placed current junior Jahmal Eggleston on the all-conference “C” team.
“We want to continue to develop student-athletes who are dedicated to their academics, passionate about their athletics, and committed to fitting the profile of a Jesuit high school graduate.” Noto said, “Athletics at Cristo Rey Jesuit are so much more than x’s and o’s and wins and losses. Our program is built on the core values of faithfulness, awareness, integrity, teamwork and hard work (FAITH). Those attributes will serve students long after their playing careers at Cristo Rey Jesuit.”
Cristo Rey Jesuit competes in seven varsity sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, men’s lacrosse, and cheerleading. Cristo Rey Jesuit also competes in JV men’s basketball. Cristo Rey Jesuit’s men’s teams compete in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) “C” conference.
Archbishop Spalding appointed Jacqueline Burr as the new Girls Varsity Tennis Coach. Burr has the experience as both a coach and a player. She attended Salisbury University where she was captain of the tennis team for three years, was ranked number one in singles and doubles and ranked in the top 50 in the country in singles as a senior and the top 20 in the country in doubles as a junior and senior.
Spalding School also announced the appointment of Nicole Trumpler, as the new Varsity Softball Coach. Trumpler is a 1995 graduate of Archbishop Spalding, and a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She attended Mt. St. Mary’s where she lettered in both Softball and Soccer. This will be Trumpler’s second stint as Head Varsity Coach. She previously coached the team from 2005-2006. During that time, the team won two IAAM Championships and she was Metro Coach of the Year in 2006.