Videos from 2016 - 2017

Eighth Graders Learn Life Skills

On Friday, February 10, advisory groups of eighth graders rotated through life ready lessons to learn life skills. Included among a dozen different activities were how to change a tire, set a table, sew a button, wrap a cable, and tie knots.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Chinese New Year Celebration 2017

On Thursday, January 26, Lower and Middle School students were treated to a Chinese New Year celebration during lunch. Accompanied by the music of beating drums and clashing cymbals, eighth grade students dressed up in traditional Chinese lion costumes and performed the lion dance. The performances were coordinated by Middle School Chinese teacher Xuan Weng and Lower School Chinese teacher Jewel Xie.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Makerspace 3D Printed Moat Boat Paddle Battle

Eighth grade engineers were challenged to design the fastest boat in the moat! As part of a makerspace workshop, the students designed their boats for the 3D printer and then fine tuned them for performance under the guidance of Middle School science teacher Gregg Kleiman. Their meticulous work culminated in a moat boat paddle battle where they raced their 3D printed boats in head-to-head competition.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

All School Strings Concert Winter 2016-2017

The McDonogh Strings classes played a spectacular winter concert in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on January 11, 2017. All groups are under the direction of Catherine Frey, Director of Strings. The performing groups were Upper School Strings and Middle School Strings, including the beginners in 5th grade.
Video coverage by Lizza Irvine.

6th Grade Boys Choir Open Studio Winter Concert

The McDonogh 6th Grade Boys Vocal Music Class, under the direction of Suzi Eldridge, Director of Middle School Vocal Music, performed in their winter concert in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on December 14, 2016. The audience was treated to outstanding performances by all of the 6th Grade Vocal Music students.
Video coverage by Lizza Irvine.

5th Grade Choir Open Studio Winter Concert

The McDonogh 5th Grade Vocal Music Class, under the direction of Suzi Eldridge, Director of Middle School Vocal Music, performed in their winter concert in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on December 13, 2016. The audience was treated to outstanding performances by all of the 5th Grade Vocal Music students.
Video coverage by Lizza Irvine.

6th Grade Girls Choir Open Studio Winter Concert

The McDonogh 6th Grade Girls Vocal Music Class, under the direction of Suzi Eldridge, Director of Middle School Vocal Music, performed in their winter concert in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on December 13, 2016. The audience was treated to outstanding performances by all of the 6th Grade Vocal Music students.
Video coverage by Lizza Irvine.

Holiday Assembly 2016

The annual Holiday Assembly on Tuesday, December 20, featured 14 fabulous performances from McDonogh’s choral, dance, and instrumental ensembles. Interspersed with the performances were appearances by a cast of Pixar and Disney characters.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Assembly Honors Ceres M. Horn

On the 30th anniversary of the tragic death of Ceres M. Horn ’86, the Upper School gathered to remember the remarkable alumna in the theatre that bears her name.

Celebrate! Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The Lower School “Celebrate! Walking in a Winter Wonderland” performance on Friday, December 16 for prekindergarten, kindergarten, prefirst, and first grades was a celebration of the magic of the season with songs, movement, and instrumental music. The performances were directed by Kara Zimmerman, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, and Beth Rausch, Lower School Performing Arts teacher.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Celebrate! Once Upon a Northern Night

The Lower School “Celebrate! Once Upon a Northern Night” performance on Friday, December 16 for second, third, and fourth grades celebrated the traditions and love of the season. The performances were directed by Kara Zimmerman, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, and Beth Rausch, Lower School Performing Arts teacher.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Choral Ensembles Winter Concert 2016

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 11. 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.

Upper School Bands Winter Concert 2016

The McDonogh Upper School Bands treated their audience to a spectacular winter concert in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on December 8. Both bands are under the direction of Don New, Director of Upper School Instrumental Music. The Jazz Band opened the evening with a swinging performance of “The Muppet Show Theme,” composed by Jim Henson and Sam Pottle. The Concert Band ended the evening with an outstanding performance of “Final Countdown” by Joey Tempest.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Middle School Band Winter Concert 2016

The McDonogh School Bands, under the direction of Elizabeth Irvine, performed in their annual winter concert in Ceres Horn Theater on December 6, 2016. The audience was treated to a debut performance by the Beginning Band as well as other outstanding performances by the Intermediate and Advanced Bands.
Video coverage by Don New.

2016 Using History for Now: Rights

During the week of November 14, each grade level in the Lower School devoted sessions to a particular topic regarding the concept of rights. The themes included: "Environmental Rights" (Prekindergarten); “Animal Rights” (Kindergarten); “Rights for Self” (Prefirst); “Student Rights” (First Grade); “Women’s Rights” (Second Grade); “Rights of Americans with Disabilities” (Third Grade) and “Children’s Rights Globally” (Fourth Grade).
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Lower School Hope and Courage Chapel

During the annual Lower School Hope and Courage chapel, held Friday, November 18, third grade students presented 40 “Blankets of Hope” to the Red Devils, an organization that provides support to breast cancer patients.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Spirit Parade 2016

In anticipation of the 101st McDonogh vs. Gilman football game, the entire student body donned orange and black for the annual all-school Spirit Parade on Friday, November 11, 2016.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Lower School Halloween 2016

On October 31, Lower School students donned creative costumes and celebrated Halloween with the annual Lower School Halloween Assembly. Following the assembly, the students paraded around campus, delighting parents and spectators.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Annual Halloween Horse Show 2016

For the Annual Halloween Horse Show, organized by McDonogh School riding instructors Holly Gizzi and Irene Gladys, riders creatively dressed up their ponies and paraded around in the Eagle’s Nest. Among prizes awarded were most "Hay-larious", Spookiest, most Halloweeny, and Best Cartoon Character. The best overall prize was won by “Party Animal” who was all decked out in lights!
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

First Grade Students Participate in Shark Webinar

Students in Mary Catherine Irving’s first grade class went on a great white shark research expedition by participating in a live webinar with Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza and her team at the Ocean First Institute. Dr. McComb-Kobza took the students thirty feet underwater to conduct research inside a shark cage off the Pacific coast. The first graders asked Dr. McComb-Kobza questions about sharks.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Embracing Diversity in the Lower School

McDonogh’s “Learning for Living” program emphasizes themes that are rooted in giving students the social and emotional skills to do the greatest amount of good. October’s theme was “Embracing Diversity,” with a goal to help students identify and take pride in their individuality within the community.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Pumpkin Picking at Roots Farm

Accompanied by Head of Lower School Barbara Robins dressed as a scarecrow and Roots Director Sharon Hood decked in her big farm hat, the entire kindergarten enjoyed a hayride out to the Roots Farm to pick pumpkins on Friday October 7. Each child chose one pumpkin to take home and another for their creative cooking class. After selecting the perfect pumpkins, the students navigated their way through the corn maze.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Founder's Day Dedication Hymn

Middle School Makerspace Workshop

Middle School students design and engineer a product out of a wooden pallet. In this makerspace workshop, under the direction of Middle School science teacher Gregg Kleiman, students gain hands-on experience with new technologies in order to develop life-ready skills.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

I am McDonogh

Lower School Playground Opening

Fun was had by all Lower School students with the opening of the new playground on Monday, September 26.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Senior Honored With Courage Award

McDonogh senior Archer S. was presented with The Irvin S. Naylor Courage Award on Friday, September 16, during an Upper School Assembly. The award, which was a surprise to Archer, was established in 2004 by classmates of Irv Naylor ’54 on the occasion of their 50th Reunion.

Aquapalooza 2016

On Friday, September 9, lower schoolers were treated to summer fun on a school day. They celebrated Aquapalooza 2016, the Lower School’s reward for their summer reading challenge. The Lower School administrative team dressed as the characters from the movie “Finding Dory.” They slid down the water slides and ran through the sprinklers along with students from prekindergarten through fourth grade.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Lower School Back-to-School

At Back-to-School night on September 8, Lower School Head Barbara Robins spoke of the students' joy on returning to school. She showed this video which captures "joy in work and in play" in the Lower School and what students are looking forward to learning this year.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Opening Convocation 2016

Students and faculty gathered on Childs Memorial Terrace for Convocation on Wednesday, August 31. At the conclusion of the program, Headmaster Charlie Britton rang the school bell to officially open the 2016-2017 school year.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.

Alumni Distinguished Service Awards

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction 2016


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