At this point in the school year, it's not uncommon for schools to begin preparing for the year ahead. On the Upper school level, the college counseling process begins for juniors and underclassmen start choosing the courses they'll take the following year. It's also a time when schools announce administrative and program changes.
Curley to begin 1:1 Apple iPad program
Archbishop Curley High School announced that beginning next school year, all incoming freshmen will be provided an Apple iPad giving the school the distinction of being the first all-boys private school in the Baltimore Metro area to put iPads in the hands of its students and faculty.
The Apple iPad program encompasses a new way of teaching and learning that includes Apple TV to project the work of students on the board, interactive assignments and assessments and much more. Instructors from Maryvale and Mercy High School, where One-to-One programs have been successfully implemented, will serve as the trainers for Curley’s faculty. The training, which began in January and will not only cover instruction on the use of the iPad in the classroom, but content specific information on apps, resources and tips. This “teachers teaching teachers” approach has received an enthusiastic response from the Curley staff.
The 1:1 Apple iPad Program is the result of the school having received almost $300,000 in grants from the Sheridan Foundation, the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation and the Speedwell Foundation.
"We are grateful to receive the generous support of three foundations without whose support none of this would be possible," said School President Fr. Joseph Benicewicz, OFM Conv. "I believe their commitment to Archbishop Curley also demonstrates their confidence in our vision for student learning and in our capability to implement a program that is forward-thinking and transformational.”
Catholic High Announces Academic programs
The Catholic High School of Baltimore will introduce two new academic programs, the Medical Exploration Program and The McCafferty Visual and Performing Arts Program.
The Medical Exploration Program allows young women to explore rigorous, directed content in the medical sciences, not available in most high school environments. Students experience content similar to undergraduate classes in the health professions.
The McCafferty Visual and Performing Arts Program allows young women to concentrate in one specific area of the arts, thus preparing them more completely for further collegiate studies. The 4-year concentration in one of the performing arts: (art, band, choir, piano, and orchestra) requires graduated levels in the chosen subject area.
RPCS Announces New Lower School Head
Roland Park Country School recently announced Beth Drummond Casey will serve as the next Lower School Head. Casey, the Founding Executive Director of the Middle Grades Partnership – a public/private initiative of the Baltimore Community Foundation, has had extensive Lower School experience both as an administrator and teacher at Park and Gilman Schools.
An announcement issued by the school states, "Through her own experiences attending an all girls’ school and teaching in an all boys’ school, Beth deeply values single gender education, and we are excited to have her share in our passion for upholding tradition and promoting innovation at RPCS. In addition, Beth’s time as a non-profit Executive Director has provided her with a unique perspective on management, marketing and best practices in current pedagogy that will enhance An Education Above in the Lower School."
In her Philosophy of Teaching and Learning Casey wrote, "It should be satisfying, challenging, mind-expanding and just plain fun to work with children, as it also should be to work with other adults who feel the same way."
Bryn Mawr School announces new administrators
Jennifer C. Galambos, Ed.D Bryn Mawr's Upper School Director will add to her title that of Assistant Head of School. The native Baltimorean previously held leadership roles at The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, and Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Connecticut, Galambos brings a wide range of experience as an educator to her next assignment as Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director. Experienced, energetic, and creative, she has become influential in many areas, including academics, technology, admission, financial aid, and marketing.
“Jennifer is an extraordinarily talented educational leader and faculty mentor,” Headmistress Maureen E. Walsh remarked. “We look forward to her continued contributions to Bryn Mawr.”
Meanwhile, Elaine L. Swyryn Bryn Mawr's Academic Dean will transition to the position of Dean of the Faculty. A member of the Bryn Mawr community since 1996, Swyryn’s primary responsibilities will include hiring, evaluating and mentoring faculty, and overseeing faculty professional development opportunities. Announcing Swyryn’s promotion, Walsh noted that, “in addition to being a phenomenal teacher and mentor, Elaine is a collaborative, confident and thoughtful leader and colleague.”