Lower School Faculty waved the buses off the lot at the end of the last full day of school for Lower School students. The students joined in the fun, waving and shouting from the bus windows!
On Friday May 25, 2012, nine teams of Upper School students gathered at the duck pond to race their self-constructed cardboard boats in a yearly tradition celebrating the end of classes.
Lights! Camera! Action! This year in Videoclass, third graders used animated characters to explore world landmarks. Acting as scriptwriters, directors, animators, and movie editors, students creatively produced their own videos under the supervision of special projects teacher Cindy Green. Their accomplishments were highlighted at a wrap party where each student received a "McD Video Award," McDonogh's version of the Oscars. Congratulations to all the third graders for a job well done!
Second Grade students in Mrs. Lewis's class explored "Renewable Energy" in a play they presented in the Lower School's Kelly Center on May 16, 2012.
Lower, Middle, and Upper School Percussion, under the direction of Mr. Wayne Hudson, presented a concert in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on May 10, 2012.
The Eighth Grade and Upper School Spring Band Concert under the direction of Mr. Pete Hengen performed on May 8, 2012 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. Mr. Hengen presented each senior band member with a plaque and a Maryland Legal Fireworks Fountain. With the assistance of a pyrotechnics expert, the seniors orchestrated a fireworks display at the conclusion of the concert.
The McDonogh Upper School Choral Ensembles, under the direction of Mr. Philip Olsen, presented their annual spring concert in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on May 6, 2012. The theme of the concert was music by American composers. The Foxleigh Hill Singers, composed of faculty, staff, alumni, and spouses participated in the program.
The Upper School Jazz Band and Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Mr. Donald New performed in their annual spring concert at the Ceres Horn Theatre on May 3,2012.
The McDonogh Upper School String Orchestra and Middle School Strings, under the direction of Mr. Andrew Shaud, and the Lower School String Ensembles, under the direction of Ms. Catherine Frey, presented a beautiful concert in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on May 1, 2012.
The All School Choral Festival featured Lower, Middle, and Upper School Choral performances. All three divisions combined in singing two songs to close out this wonderful event that took place in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on April 27, 2012.
The Gentlemen Songsters sang at the Upper School Assembly this week to promote "Songfest," an annual fundraiser to benefit the Concert Choir tour. "Songfest" will be held on May 19th in the Tagart Memorial Chapel and will feature the Gentlemen Songsters, Women of Note, and the Concert Choir.
The Upper School String Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Andrew Shaud presented "An Evening of Chamber Music" in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on April 24, 2012.
The McDonogh community gathered near the construction site to witness the Cornerstone Laying for the Naylor STEM Building. As the cornerstone was lowered into place, fireworks lit up the sky.
Ms. Hailstone's Second Grade class presented their play "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" on Wednesday, April 4th in the Osborne Black Box Theatre. The play was based on the book by Roald Dahl and adapted for the stage by Room 206.
Richard G. was crowned Mr. GQ on Saturday, March 31 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre after impressing the faculty judges with his singing and dancing. Seven McDonogh students competed for the coveted title. The four emcees for this evening of entertainment were Jessica C., Autumne F., Teisha K., and Jazmin V. Mrs. Cox served as faculty advisor. All proceeds for the night will go to charity.
McDonogh Scholarship Celebration Luncheon - March 29, 2012 - Alumni Speaker - Dr. Geoffrey Trussell '86, Associate Professor of Biology and Earth & Environmental Science and Director of the Marine Science Center at Northeastern University
McDonogh Scholarship Celebration Luncheon - March 29, 2012 - Senior Student Remarks by Nancy H. '12
The Prefirst class has been learning about recycling and upcycling in an effort to preserve our planet. On Tuesday, March 13, the class performed Prefirst Sings, an adaption of songs from Sally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse’s It’s Easy Being Green.
"Family Networking" was the theme of this year's Multicultural Evening on Friday, March 9. The fabulous celebration included a variety of student performances in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, followed by a reception with entertainment and a variety of ethnic specialties in Lamborn Hall.
At the March 2nd Middle School assembly, The Force Club, featuring faculty members Mr. Kleiman and Mr. Copeland, along with Mr. Kleiman's brother Casey, presented an exciting lightsaber display with pyrotechnics by Mr. Hengen. “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was the Force, a binding, metaphysical power between the peace keeping Jedi and evil Sith. As the epic battle between them wages on, it is up to you to restore balance to the Force, Jedi or Sith, choose a side.”
Freshmen (Kaiya C., Zahra D., Jalysa L., and Sarah W.) perform a short cool jazz combination in Ms. Kessell's Beginner Jazz Class.
Mrs. McGrain's Second Grade Class, Room 207, presents "The Great Kapok," A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest, in the Lower School's Kelly Center. The play is based on the book by Lynne Cherry.
On February 15, 2012, Lynn McKain received the Alumni Association's "Distinguished Service Award" for her years of dedication to McDonogh School as Director of Communications.
The Women of Note and Gentleman Songsters delivered singing telegrams to classmates and faculty for Valentine’s Day.
Upper School students demonstrated how the people of China celebrate the Chinese New Year. The students's performed skits illustrating Kung Fu, Tone and Stroke Order, and Calligraphy. They finished the assembly singing Chinese songs.
The McDonogh Upper School String Orchestra and Middle School Strings, under the direction of Mr. Andrew Shaud, and the Lower School String Ensembles, under the direction of Ms. Catherine Frey, presented a beautiful concert in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on January 10. 2012.
The 2011 All-School Holiday Assembly was full of wonderful band, dance, orchestral, and choral performances by many McDonogh students.
The McDonogh School Jazz Band and Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Mr. Don New, treated their audience to another swinging performance in their annual Winter Concert in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on December 8, 2011.
The McDonogh Upper School Choral Ensembles, under the direction of Mr. Philip Olsen, presented a beautiful holiday concert in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on Saturday, December 10th. These excerpts from the performance include "Jingle Bells" ("The One Horse Open Sleigh")by James Pierpoint, sung by the Concert Choir and Senior Singers; "Christmas Chopstix," a traditional song, sung by The Women of Note; and "Indiana Christmas," by Straight No Chaser, sung by The Gentlemen Songsters.
The Seventh, Eighth, and Upper School bands performed in a wonderful winter concert on Tuesday, December 6th in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre under the direction of Band Director Pete Hengen.
Fourth graders performed original myths and pourquoi tales for Lower School students, parents, grandparents, and special guests. The actors and actresses wore colorful masks made from plastic molds of their own faces.
In anticipation of the 96th McDonogh vs. Gilman football game, the entire student body donned orange and black for the annual all-school Spirit Parade on Friday, November 4th.
Fifth and Sixth Grade students of Middle School Choral Music Director, Mrs. Eldridge, held a flash mob in the dining hall.
Lower School students enjoyed a performance by bluegrass musicians Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on October 18, 2011.
Lee Jeon, Class of 2012, performed at the October 11th Lower School Chapel which celebrated the wonder of music and its power to transform.
Our students, faculty, and staff created this brief video to share with you. Our community is excited about construction plans for the new St. John Student Center, the Naylor Building for Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology, and the Rosenberg Green. Enjoy!