Videos from 2014 - 2015

Aloha Day Assembly for Mrs. Lidston

On May 22, Lower School students and teachers dressed in Hawaiian shirts and donned leis in honor of Noreen Lidston, who is stepping down as Lower School head after 21 years. At the culmination of the day, a surprise assembly was held in the Horn Theatre where each grade presented a special tribute to Mrs. Lidston and a video was shown. The assembly ended with everyone singing "You've Got a Friend in Me."
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

An Aesop's Fable: The Ants and the Grasshoppers

Second grade students in Robyn Little's class studied fables and the messages that exist in them. "The Ants and the Grasshoppers" is about making time for play after you have completed your work. In this adaptation by Robyn Little and Fang Fang Ma, the students presented a bilingual play, reciting their lines in both Chinese and English.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Memorial Day Service

AND MEMORIAL COURT REDEDICATION CEREMONY
On May 21, 2015, the school community gathered to observe Memorial Day and remember and honor McDonogh alumni who gave their lives in service to our country. This year, Memorial Court was rededicated following renovations to include the names of McDonogh Alumni who died during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Fourth Grade Poetry Slam - May 20

On May 20, the fourth grade classes of Sharon Howell and Jessica Mecca held a poetry slam in the Klein Lyceum. The poems were written and performed by their students.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Fourth Grade Poetry Slam - May 19

On May 19, the fourth grade classes of George Webb and Sara Madgey held a poetry slam in the Klein Lyceum. The poems were written and performed by their students.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Lower School Gratitude Assembly

In this final Chapel meeting of the school year, fourth graders shared letters of gratitude for McDonogh School teachers. A special banner was presented to retiree Noreen Lidston and the Lower School sang her favorite song, "Simple Gifts."
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Middle School Band Spring Concert

On May 12, 2015, the McDonogh Middle School Bands presented a wonderful spring concert in the Horn Theater. The evening began with the 5th grade band performing in their first-ever concert. They were followed by a lively duet by two 7th grade saxophone students. Next, the 6th grade band performed four selections. Then the 7th and 8th grade quartets covered Beatles songs followed by 7th and 8th grade band performances.
Video coverage by Andrew Shaud.

A Night of Percussion

On May 7, 2015 Michael Feathers, Director of Percussion at McDonogh, presented A Night of Percussion. The Lower School Drum Corps, Middle School Percussion Ensembles, and Upper School Percussion Ensemble performed a variety of percussion pieces including an arrangement of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 and an arrangement of Uptown Funk.
Video coverage by Elizabeth Irvine.

Chuck, the Cockroach, and His Lovable Friends!

Room 208 sang and danced in the play "Chuck, the Cockroach, and His Lovable Friends." The play, written by Nancy Lewis with music by Victor Giordano, featured threatened bugs and spiders who are saved by school children.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

First Graders Plant Tomatoes at Roots

Sharon Hood's first grade science class planted tomatoes at Roots with the assistance of Chef Jay from Linwoods restaurant. The students are learning how plants work together to help the garden grow.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Poetry Celebration by Room 207

Second grade students in Mary Beth Kuchno's class (Room 207) celebrated poetry with a reading of poems they created. The poetry presentations were accompanied by a series of amusing commercials written by the students.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Lower School Chorus Sings Beethoven's Wig

The Lower School Chorus under the direction of Carole Truitt, Director of Lower School Performing Arts, performed the song "Beethoven's Wig" to a delighted school community on May 8, during the Headmaster Day ceremonies.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

2015 Legacy Dedication

At Headmaster's Day, May 8, Tyler J. '15, Editor-in-Chief of the Legacy Yearbook, announced the Legacy dedication.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

2015 Recognition of Retiring Faculty

Headmaster Charlie Britton recognized five longterm and much loved faculty retirees on Headmaster's Day, Friday, May 8.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Upper School Bands Spring Concert 2015

The Upper School concert band and the jazz band performed in an electrifying spring concert on Tuesday, May 5 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. Don New, Director of Upper School Instrumental Music, recognized each senior concert and jazz band member with a plaque.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

The ABC's of Roald Dahl

Students in Kate Hailstone's second grade class presented "The ABC's of Roald Dahl" in the Lyceum Theatre on May 5, 2015. These talented students wrote the scripts, designed the props, decided on the acting, and were the major directors in the production.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Choral Ensembles Spring Concert 2015

The McDonogh Upper School Choral Ensembles, under the direction of Philip Olsen, presented their annual spring concert in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on May 3, 2014. The Foxleigh Hill Singers, composed of faculty, staff, alumni, and spouses participated in the program. Each senior choir member was presented with a rose.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Scholarship Celebration: Alumni Remarks

On April 9, more than 150 Upper School scholarship recipients and nearly as many donors and mentors gathered in Paterakis Hall for the annual Scholarship Luncheon to celebrate and recognize McDonogh’s commitment to this time-honored program. Listen to remarks by alumni speaker Louis Hyman ’95.

Scholarship Celebration: Student Remarks

On April 9, more than 150 Upper School scholarship recipients and nearly as many donors and mentors gathered in Paterakis Hall for the annual Scholarship Luncheon to celebrate and recognize McDonogh’s commitment to this time-honored program. Listen to remarks by student Speaker Angelique H. ’15.

Teaching Service Through Literature

In the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Wednesday, March 11, each third grade class presented a different play covering the theme of hunger, elders, social change, or animal protection. The plays emphasized the importance of service to effect change and make a difference.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Multicultural Night 2015

This year’s Multicultural Night on Friday, February 27, in the Edward St. John Student Center, began with an international buffet of ethnic specialties in Paterakis Hall followed by a showcase of student performances.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Take Apart Day 2015

Fourth Grade students in the Lower School celebrated “Take Apart Day,” on Friday, February 27, 2015 by deconstructing small appliances, household gadgets, and electronics in a culmination of their science unit on Simple Machines. Working with teachers Argie O’Shea and Craig Whiteford, the students gained insight into design and mechanics.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Open A Door...Open A Heart

The theme of the Lower School Chapel on Monday, February 23, 2015 was compassion. Students signed a door which represented a promise to be more compassionate, after Bridget Collins, Director of Religious Studies, Character and Service related the story of a young man who was being bullied, but turned his life around by a simple act of kindness, opening a door for his classmates each day.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Upper School Assembly Performances

With the approach of Valentine's Day, students celebrated "Love Week" in the Upper School. A talented group of students shared their love of music with performances at the Upper School assembly.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

MS Onstage Winter Concert 2015

The McDonogh Middle School Onstage Ensembles performed a wonderful winter concert in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on January 27, 2015. The ensembles are under the direction of Suzi Eldridge, Director of Middle School Choral Music, and Ericka Leonard with help from Josh Waller. The students' hard work was evident throughout the performances as they sang and danced for a packed house!
Video coverage by Don New.

Winter Orchestra Concert

The McDonogh School String Ensembles, under the direction of Andrew Shaud, performed in their annual winter concert in Tagart Memorial Chapel on January 13, 2015. The audience was treated to outstanding performances by the Upper School String Ensemble, the Middle School String Ensembles, and the Fourth Grade String Ensemble.
Video coverage by Elizabeth Irvine.

Exceptional Opportunities

McDonogh School's mission is to provide life-altering opportunities and to develop in students the will to do the greatest possible amount of good.

McDonogh Remembers

The Alumni Association's annual Orange and Black Holiday Luncheon on Wednesday, December 10 featured a talk by Middle School English teacher Jon Aaron ‘72. Aaron based his "lesson," McDonogh Remembers, on the poem The McDonogh Uniform by Eustace Glascock Class of 1879.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Choral Ensembles Winter Concert 2014

The McDonogh Upper School Choral Ensembles, under the direction of Philip Olsen, Head of Choral Music, performed in their annual winter concert in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on December 13, 2014. The audience was treated to outstanding performances by The Concert Choir, The Senior Singers, The Women of Note, The Gentleman Songsters, and The Foxleigh Hill Singers.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Voices Joined in Song

For the first time ever, the Lower School Choir, led by Director of Lower School Performing Arts Carole Truitt, joined the Upper School Concert Choir, directed by Head of Choral Music Philip Olsen, in song. Together, they presented Deck the Halls with Hayden at the All-School Holiday Assembly on December 12, 2014.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

All-School Holiday Assembly 2014

The annual Holiday Assembly on Friday, December 12 featured 18 performances from McDonogh’s choral, dance, and instrumental ensembles. Interspersed with the performances, were appearances by Olaf, Sven, Anna, and Elsa from "Frozen".
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Upper School Bands Winter Concert

The McDonogh Upper School Jazz Band and Concert Band treated their audience to a spectacular winter concert in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on December 9, 2014. The Jazz Band opened with a swinging performance of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing." When the Concert Band took the stage they began with Richard Saucedo's exciting "Triumphant Fanare." Both bands are under the direction of Don New, Director of Upper School Instrumental Music.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

MS Band Winter Concert 2014

The Middle School Band, under the direction of Elizabeth Irvine, Middle School Band Director, presented a wonderful winter concert in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on December 4, 2014.
Video coverage by Andrew Shaud.

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Videoclass 2015

For the 2014-2015 school year, nineteen groups of third graders, under the direction of "Videoclass" teacher Cindy Green, were assigned sections of the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The third grade groups performed as actors to create scenes for their sections and directors to decide on filming locations and sequences. Sit back and smile as you watch this “Happy” production by the third grade.
Video coverage by McDonogh’s Third Grade students.

Using History for Now: "Rights"

During the week of November 17, 2014, each grade level devoted three of their Reading Workshop classes to a particular topic regarding the concept of rights. The themes focused on by each grade level included: “Rights of Living Things” (Kindergarten); “Rights of a Culture” (Prefirst); “Native American Rights” (First Grade); “Women’s Rights” (Second Grade); “Civil Rights” (Third Grade); “Children’s Rights Globally” (Fourth Grade).
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Students Create Artwork for New Buildings

As part of a special project, Upper School students created permanent artwork for the Edward St. John Student Center and Naylor Building. Their creations evoke the joy of being at McDonogh, the community, and the interaction between students on all grade levels. A total of nineteen seniors and one junior took part in this innovative project.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Parade Over Bridge to Gilman

On Saturday, November 8, the McDonogh Eagles defeated the Gilman Greyhounds 21 to 14 in overtime. Prior to the game, bagpiper Adam Green '10, parade marshal Kevin Costa, Headmaster Charlie Britton, retired parade marshal Dave Harley, and the McDonogh Eagle joined students, faculty, and parents in a spirited parade over the bridge from Bryn Mawr.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Spirit Parade 2014

In anticipation of the 99th McDonogh vs. Gilman football game, the entire student body donned orange and black for the annual all-school Spirit Parade on Friday, November 7, 2014.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Rosenberg Campus Green Dedication

On Friday, November 7, 2014, students in all three divisions gathered for the dedication of the Rosenberg Campus Green.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Eighth Grade Students Launch Rockets

As part of the S.T.E.M. curriculum that teacher Gregg Kleiman has incorporated into his Eighth Grade science class, students successfully launched rockets in the field behind Finney Building. He comments “Overall I was very pleased with all the hard work they put into their rockets and we had many successful flights!" The students enjoyed working as teams, but also collaborated between groups, many choosing the hardest level of rocket to construct.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The McDonogh Theatre Lab and The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presented “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on November 1 and 2 in the Rogers Lobby of the Edward St. John Student Center. The play was presented as it would have been by a touring company in Elizabethan England. The entire space in Rogers Lobby was utilized as actors and audience moved around during the show.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Prefirst Sings At Assemblies

Students in Barbara Zimmerman’s prefirst class sang about friendship in both the Upper and Lower School assemblies on October 13. They were accompanied by Upper School students and Kara Zimmerman, music and movement teacher in the Lower School.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Friendship in the Lower School

This video, focusing on the theme of "Friendship," was shown at the Lower School assembly on Monday, October 13.
Video coverage by Cindy Green and Barbara Robins.

Kindergarten Pumpkin Picking 2014

Accompanied by Head of Lower School Noreen Lidston dressed as a scarecrow and Roots Farm Chair Sharon Hood decked in her BIG farm hat, the entire kindergarten enjoyed a hayride out to the Roots Farm to pick the pumpkins they planted this summer. Each child chose one pumpkin to take home and another for their creative cooking class where they will roast the seeds and make pumpkin bread for the bus drivers.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Jamfest 2014

A good time was had by all at the back-to-school Jamfest on Friday, September 19. The McDonogh community enjoyed a tailgate-style picnic and danced to the sounds of Retrospect.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Aquapalooza 2014

On Friday, August 29, students in the Lower School celebrated Aquapalooza as a reward for reading 3,108 books this summer. The Head of Lower School, Noreen Lidston, dressed up as Olaf, the snowman from Disney’s hit Frozen and joined the students on the water slides.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

CONVOCATION 2014

Students and faculty gathered on Childs Memorial Terrace for Convocation on Thursday, August 28. At the conclusion of the program, Mr. Britton rang the school bell to officially open the 2014-2015 school year!
Video coverage by Cindy Green.


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