2016-2017 Photo Essays

Junior Pin Celebration (Students)

The Class of 2018 officially became upperclassmen at the Junior Pin Ceremony on Sunday, September 25. Following a celebratory potluck dinner with their advisor groups in Paterakis Hall, the students headed to the Horn Theatre where family and friends awaited them. Junior Class Dean Libet Ottinger and Class President Margaret A. offered remarks and Headmaster Charlie Britton and Head of Upper School Merritt Livermore presented each student with a gold McD lapel pin. Britton encouraged the juniors to wear their pins with pride, saying, “Tonight is a reminder that the education that you are receiving is special and that we are proud of you for your efforts and contributions to the school.”

Honey of a Jam Fest a Sweet Success (Students)

Honey of a Jam Fest on Friday, September 23 was a great way to end the week. Hundreds of families made their way to Roots after school for fun and games at the farm. In addition to the mini farmer’s market, families enjoyed making their own trail mix and salsa, featuring tomatoes and peppers grown only steps away. There were lots of field games for the kids as well as face painting, wool spinning, and cider pressing. Faculty musicians added to the festive spirit. Later, hundreds more gathered on the Rosenberg Campus Green for a cookout and a dance party featuring music by the Klassix.

Jeans and Boots at Roots (Students)

The Signature Society reception, honoring The McDonogh Fund’s most generous donors, was held at Roots Farm on Sunday, September 18. Decked out in jeans and boots, guests enjoyed a variety of appetizers featuring farm fresh ingredients. A blue grass band added to the festive atmosphere of the evening in the barn and on the farm.

Third Grade Shoeshine Stand Shines (Students)

McDonogh’s third graders dusted, polished, and buffed hundreds of shoes at their shoeshine stand, which was open for business on Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16 in the Kelly Center. The annual project, inspired by the book “The Shoeshine Girl” by Clyde Robert Bulla and coordinated by third grade teacher Margaret Bitz, began in 2009. 

Customers lined up waiting for their turn and when their shoes were clean and shiny, tipped the hard working students. The funds will be used to buy fleece fabric for blankets, which the students will make and donate to The Red Devils, an organization that supports breast cancer patients.

Selfies Capture Joy! (Students)

At Upper School Back-to-School Night this week, a slide show of selfies gave parents a glimpse of the joy that comes with being a McDonogh student!

Aquapalooza 2016 Celebrates Reading (Students)

With temperatures over 90 degrees, Friday, September 9, was the perfect day for Aquapalooza 2016, the Lower School’s celebration of summer reading. As a reward for collectively reading a total of 4,786 books, students in PK through fourth grade spent the afternoon slipping and sliding down McDonogh’s hills, running through sprinklers, and enjoying water games. Playing in the water came naturally to the Lower School administrative team dressed as characters from the movie Finding Dory. Headmaster Charlie Britton and a number of teachers who were anxious to cool off joined in the fun. Click here to see all the action.

Convocation Marks the Start of the School Year (Students)

It’s official! With the ringing of the school bell at Convocation on Wednesday, August 31, the 2016-2017 school year was declared open. The ceremony on Childs Memorial Terrace began with the prefirst, first grade, and senior class walking down the hill hand in hand. Following the invocation, Headmaster Charlie Britton and student representatives from each division gave warm welcomes and shared words of wisdom with the student body. Later, a special welcome back was extended to senior Archer S. whose fight and determination serves as an inspiration to the entire community.

View the Convocation ceremony here.

Welcome Back! (Students)

After a summer apart, students, faculty and staff were delighted to be back together for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 30.  With the arrival of each bus, the energy on campus increased. The smiles, hugs, and shouts of joy were a sure sign that the students missed McDonogh as much as we missed them.


McDonogh Family Gathers at Blakehurst (Students)

Members of the McDonogh family living at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Baltimore, gathered for a reception with Headmaster Charlie Britton on Wednesday, August 10. The group, comprised of alumni, spouses, and grandparents, shared stories of the school "then and now."

Eagle Alums Cheer on the Birds (Students)

McDonogh alumni spanning six decades spent an evening at Camden Yards on Thursday, August 4 when the Orioles, hoping for a series sweep, battled the Texas Rangers. Guests enjoyed a pre-game reception with various faculty members at Frank & Nic's across from the stadium then overtook section 69 to watch the game. Despite a loss that night, spirit and enthusiasm remained high. 

Early Morning at Roots Farm (Students)

The day starts early at Roots Farm, when the day is cool and the light is golden. Late July brings huge pumpkin blossoms, ripening apples, and beans galore!

Featured Images (Students)

All the featured images for the 2016-2017 school year.


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