2010-2011 Photo Essays

Commencement (Students)

On Friday June 10, the Class of 2011 walked across the stage to complete their McDonogh careers and say goodbye to their second home.

Athletic Awards Night (Athletics)

What a year it was for the McDonogh Eagles! On June 6, student-athletes, coaches, and parents celebrated the achievements of McDonogh athletics 2010-2011. Unsung heroes and impact players received honors for sportsmanship, dedication, participation, and performance. Parents J.P. and Judy Grant were honored with a varsity letter for their exceptional support of McDonogh athletics. A representative from ESPN Rise awarded a trophy to the girls lacrosse team, the #1 squad in the nation. Also, junior volleyball player Nancy N. received the first Catie Carnes '10 memorial award.

Eighth Grade Closing Ceremony (Students)

On Monday, June 6, the Class of 2015, surrounded by their families, teachers, and friends, celebrated their completion of Middle School.

Lower School Closing Ceremony (Students)

Students, families, faculty, and staff gathered around Childs Memorial on Friday, June 3 to celebrate the Class of 2019's completion of Lower School.

Stewart Senior Honors Recital (Events)

On Friday, June 3 Erin F., Alessandra G., Jamie L., and Amy R. wowed the audience with their performance at the Stewart Senior Honors Recital.

Doyles Woods House Demolished (Students)

The Doyles Woods House, home to McDonogh staff members since it was built in 1960, is rubble. An excavator tore it down on June 3 to make way for a storm water management pond. Execution of Phase I of the Campus Master Plan is underway.

Lift Off! (Students)

Fourth graders spent the morning of their last day of classes launching bottle rockets on Chapel Hill.

Middle School Rock Shop Concert & Carnival (Students)

On Wednesday, June 1, the Middle School held a carnival to raise money for Joplin, MO tornado relief. The Middle School Rock Shop performed as students enjoyed snacks such as cotton candy and popcorn. Carnival games, such as mini-golf, tug-of-war, and a dunk tank were also set up. The event was a huge success, raising $1,054 for Joplin.

Roots Planting (Students)

Third graders enjoyed the warm spring weather as they planted cucumbers in the Roots garden on Friday, May 27.

Cardboard Boat Race (Students)

Students, faculty, and staff gathered around the duck pond on Friday, May 27 to enjoy watching the 2011 Cardboard Boat Race. See coverage by WBAL-TV and Owings Mills Patch.

Lights! Camera! Action! (Students)

This year in Videoclass, third graders used animated characters to illustrate what McDonogh means to them. Acting as scriptwriters, directors, actors, animators, and movie editors, students creatively produced their own videos under the supervision of special projects teacher Cindy Green. Their accomplishments were recognized at a wrap party where each student received a Video Award, McDonogh's version of the Oscars. View the videos.

Memorial Day Service (Events)

The McDonogh community gathered on Thursday, May 26 to honor those who gave their lives for our country. This year alumni veterans were invited and the third grade honored those who attended with a tribute in song. After the ceremony, Butch Maisel '72 displayed four tables of WWII equipment in the Field House lobby.

Campus Improvements Begin (Students)

Workers began clearing Doyles Woods this week. Trees were removed and the Doyles Woods house emptied. A storm water management pond will be installed in its place.

Cardboard Boat Preview (Students)

Ten teams of upper schoolers have been hard at work building vessels for the 21st annual Cardboard Boat Race this Friday. Check out the preview and see if you can pick the winner.

MS Arts Festival (Students)

The inaugural 2011 Middle School Arts Festival celebrated the talents of middle schoolers. Here are some scenes from the May 19 event.

Battle of the Books Success (Students)

The annual Battle of the Books challenged middle schoolers from McDonogh and seven other independent schools in a Jeopardy-style competition at Glenelg Country School on Wednesday, May 11. McDonogh sent four teams and each came home with an award.

Boys Golf Champions (Students)

The boys varsity golf team claimed their third consecutive MIAA A championship on Saturday, May 21 at Caves Valley. The Eagles finished with an 11 1/2 to 9 1/2 victory over Mt. St. Joseph that came down to the last putt on the final hole.

Girls Track Dominates at Championships (Students)

McDonogh Girls won their eighth straight IAAM track and field title, winning 13 of 18 events at the championship meet held at Calvert Hall on May 13 and 14.

Headmaster's Day Ceremony (Students)

During the Headmaster’s Day ceremony on Friday, May 13, the entire school community came together to recognize students for academic and artistic achievement, honor faculty and staff who have served the school for 25 years, and say goodbye to those who are retiring.

Second Graders Fly to Hawaii (Students)

On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and 11, Mrs. Lewis's second graders performed "Hawaii, What Really Happened" in the Carpenter Outdoor Theatre. This year's musical focused on Hawaii’s last queen, Liliuokalani, and the takeover of Hawaii by the United States in 1893. With “Maui” as their tour guide, four children flew to Hawaii and met the queen and her brother King Kalakaua. They also encountered the Father of Surfing, Duke Kahanamoku.

Math Carnival is Tons of Fun (Students)

Dressed in clothing adorned with numbers, lower schoolers enjoyed the third annual Math Carnival on Wednesday, May 11. Students had a wonderful time playing games and participating in activities that were all about math. In true carnival fashion, the children also enjoyed cotton candy, snowballs, funnel cakes, popcorn, and lemonade. About 100 parent volunteers helped math specialist Regina Karwacki make the event possible.

US Jazz Band Concert (Students)

Scenes from the upper school jazz band spring concert on Thursday, May 5.

Reunion Weekend Class Parties (Alumni)

Alumni celebrating milestone reunions gathered at venues all over Baltimore on Saturday, April 30 for their class parties.

Cavalry and Riding Reunion (Alumni)

Alumni of the cavalry and riding programs celebrated their history on horseback at the first-ever Cavalry Reunion on April 30. Members of the cavalry from the classes of 1935 to 1974 recalled their unique and treasured roles in the semi-military program. Riders from the 70s through today were also on hand to celebrate. The group dedicated a brick patio adjacent to the new Eagle's Nest indoor riding arena. At the same time, current riders honored Streett Moore for his 25 years as director of McDonogh Riding.

Reunion Weekend Saturday Events (Alumni)

Reunion Weekend celebrations continued on Saturday, April 30. In the morning, alumni joined Charlie Britton for an informal conversation during “Coffee with the Headmaster.” Then it was off on an informative and thorough campus bus tour led by Jon Aaron '72 and driver Ed Musil. During the afternoon, many alumni and alumnae suited up for lacrosse and softball games, and close to 500 guests of all ages cracked crabs and caught up at the family crab feast and picnic.

Reunion Weekend Friday Events (Alumni)

Reunion Weekend 2011 on April 29 and 30 provided a perfect opportunity for alumni to reconnect and rediscover what still makes McDonogh "home" for them. Friday's activities began at Bowman House for breakfast, then it was off to Cum Laude in Horn Theatre where former Headmaster and alumnus Bill Mules '59 delivered the address. Afterward, McDonogh's third graders greeted alumni guests at the Kelly Center for a Then & Now session where both alumni and current students gained appreciation for each others' experiences. At lunch, Headmaster Charlie Britton and Associate Headmaster Tim Fish discussed campus life today and the stunning changes that are about to occur as our $75 million McDonogh Forever Campaign launches. Alumni also visited various upper school classes, toured the campus, and attended a Memorial Service in Tagart Chapel. The day culminated with a relaxing cocktail party in the Rollins Quadrangle.

MS Softball versus Faculty (Students)

The undefeated Middle School softball team and faculty members competed in a game of indoor ball on a rainy afternoon. No real rules, no real winner, just fun!

Sixth Grade Triathlon (Students)

After weeks of training during physical education classes, sixth graders ran, swam, and biked to the finish line on Thursday, May 12. The athletes had a choice of participating as a team member or competing on their own as an Iron Man or Iron Woman. The best part of the event was the tremendous support students showed their classmates along the way.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Oratory Finals (Students)

Middle schoolers gathered in Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Friday, May 13, to hear the finalists in the annual seventh and eighth grade oratory program.

Girls Lacrosse Champions (Students)

The girls varsity lacrosse team won their third straight A Conference title with an 18-17 victory over Roland Park Country School on Saturday, May 14 at Gerstell Academy.

Eighth Grade and US Band Concert (Students)

Scenes from the eighth grade and upper school band concert on Tuesday, May 10.

Sophomore Oratory Finals (Students)

Emceed by Tobi A., the 31st Annual Sophomore Oratory Contest featured speeches by five finalists on Wednesday, May 11. Allison F. spoke passionately about "Same-Sex Prom Dates." Leah G. exhorted teachers to take their classes outside in "Out with the Indoors." Dan M. pushed the idea of putting all government resources toward time travel in "The AWESOME Idea." Amanda M. explained the necessity of little white lies for better relationships in "The Invention of Lying." Anne R. urged the administration to sharply curtail educational gadgetry in "Technology in the Classroom." The winner will be announced at the Headmaster's Day ceremony tomorrow morning.

Jazz Band Spring Concert (Students)

Scenes from the Upper School Jazz Band concert on Thursday, May 5.

Seniors Teach Spanish in LS (Students)

Seniors taking Spanish V recently visited the Lower School and taught younger students some basic Spanish, including colors, numbers, and body parts. One class had fun learning to dance the merengue.

Roots Springtime Planting (Students)

McDonogh families kicked off the spring season for Roots by planting potatoes on Saturday, April 30. The following week, fifth grade students finished planting the potato crop and third graders planted cucumber seeds in peat pots. The cucumber seedlings will be transplanted in the Roots plot in a few weeks.

Second Graders present The BFG (Students)

Kate Hailstone’s second grade class presented an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG {Big Friendly Giant} to delighted audiences in the Osborne Black Box Theatre on April 21. The students edited the play, made the scenery and masks, and chose whether they wanted to act or narrate. The play is about a little girl named Sophie who sees a giant blowing dreams into someone’s bedroom. The BFG sees her as well and takes her back to Giant Country where he lives with nine man-eating giants who gobble up humans each night for dinner. Because the BFG is a dream catching giant, he and Sophie concoct a dream to blow into the Queen’s bedroom. The dream tells about the awful giants and when the Queen awakes, she finds Sophie on her window sill. The Queen, the BFG and Sophie all have breakfast and figure out a way to stop the man-eating giants.

Prefirst Blossoms in ROOTS Play (Students)

On Friday, May 6, the Prefirst Class of 2023 presented "How Does Your Roots Garden Grow" an adaptation of "How Does Your Garden Grow?" In the play, the Roots garden is overrun with weeds, so the farmers, scarecrows, animals, flowers, plants, and vegetables worked together to solve the problem. Through cooperation, planning, and help from the "Lower School Crew" (audience), the weeds were banished from the garden. At the end of the play the McDonogh Roots Garden becomes a "favorite community spot!"

Boys Tennis Champs (Students)

On Friday, May 6 the boys varsity tennis team defeated Gilman in a thrilling 3-2 match to clinch the MIAA-A Conference title. This was the third championship in four years for the four seniors on the team. McDonogh and Gilman have met in the finals 23 of the past 25 years. With this year's win, the Eagles now own 17 of the 23 titles.

Cum Laude Ceremony (Students)

Scenes from the April 30 initiation of 28 juniors and seniors into the Cum Laude Society.

Visit To India Inspires Students (Students)

Six upper school students, accompanied by Spanish teacher Amanda Alonso-Valenteen and wellness program coordinator Michelle Kriebel, traveled to India over spring break to visit the all-girls Pardada Pardadi Vocational School in the impoverished, rural Ganges Valley. This was the second trip by students since McDonogh formed a partnership with Pardada Pardadi in 2007.

Seniors Interview Holocaust Survivor (Students)

Seven seniors interviewed Holocaust survivor Morris Rosen on Wednesday, April 27 as part of the spring term elective “McDonogh Remembers. The elective is a three-part class where students study and research a major event in history, interview and videotape witnesses to the major event, and then edit the material for viewing.

LS Earth Day Assembly (Students)

Scenes from the Lower School Earth Day assembly on April 19.

Testing Electricity with Operation (Students)

Third and sixth graders test the "Operation" games the sixth graders made. When a circuit is completed a buzzer sounds and a light bulb is illuminated. The students did all the wiring, cutting, and creating. The game boards include facsimiles of Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Barbie, and Cookie Monster.

Maryland's Longest Art Print (Students)

McDonogh students in kindergarten through twelfth grade attempted to create Maryland's longest continuous art print on April 20. We're not sure if they actually hold the record now, but they were able to stamp images on 800 feet of material before the school day ended.

Adventure With the Arts Day (Students)

Family and friends joined lower school students for a daylong celebration of visual and performing arts on Friday, April 15. Guests viewed artwork on display throughout the Lower School and enjoyed musical programs.

Students Honor Dining Hall Staff (Students)

During the Middle School morning meeting on April 15, sixth grade students and teachers honored McDonogh’s dining hall staff as part of the annual Paul T. Spies '73 Community Service Project. Sixth graders shared reflections and presented a skit about a typical day in the dining hall. The Class of 2016 also presented the honorees with a gift of appreciation and treated them to a delicious brunch in Lamborn Hall, which they helped pay for by doing chores.

Delegates from the Harbin School (Teachers)

Photos from the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between delegates from the High School Attached to the Harbin School of Technology and McDonogh School.

Young Alumni Happy Hour (Alumni)

Alumni from the classes of 1991 to 2006 joined eight faculty and the headmaster at Langermann's in Canton on Thursday, April 14.

The Way of All Fish (Students)

Scenes from The McDonogh Theatre Lab production of "The Way of All Fish" by Elaine May.

AP Government Students Rule (Students)

Students in Jeff Sanborn's AP Government class issued their own ruling on a Supreme Court case recently, with the Honorable Frederic Smalkin '64 judging their efforts.

The Wiz (Students)

Scenes from the all-school spring musical, The Wiz.

A Day Without Shoes (Students)

On April 5, prefirst students went barefoot for part of the school day in support of "One Day Without Shoes," a movement led by TOMS Shoes to raise awareness about the global need for shoes in third world nations. The youngsters participated in a variety of activities and watched a documentary about why it is important to wear shoes.

Students Support Japan (Students)

On Friday, April 1, upper school students gathered to say farewell to eight Japanese exchange students from Seijo Gakuen Senior High School in Tokyo who arrived at McDonogh for a two-week stay just ten days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. During a special indoor lunchtime picnic, McDonogh presented the visitors with a ceremonial check for $10,250 representing funds that students in grades K-12 raised for the Japanese Red Cross Society. Later in the day, the track team sponsored a "Jog for Japan" to support the cause. The entire McDonogh community wore red and white apparel and ribbons to school in honor of Japan's national colors.

Farewell Dinner for Japanese Visitors (Students)

After two memorable weeks at McDonogh, Japanese exchange students and teachers joined their host families for a farewell dinner in Bowman House on Thursday, March 31. The evening was filled with laughter, hugs, and tearful expressions of gratitude by all.

Japanese Students Visit McDonogh (Students)

Just ten days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, eight students and two teachers from the Seijo Gakuen Senior High School in Tokyo arrived at McDonogh for a two-week stay. The visit is part of an exchange program between the two schools that began in 1988. The guests, who are staying with host families from McDonogh, have been keeping busy absorbing American sights, cuisine, and culture. In addition to attending classes, the Japanese students spent a day in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Students Make Vibrant Garden Signs (Students)

Fourth graders recently joined their kindergarten and pre-first buddies to create 70 colorful signs for the Roots garden and new satellite plots near each division. Upper School wood shop students helped attach the completed signs to stakes. In all, 126 students were involved in the signage project.

A Sweet Sendoff (Students)

On March 11, the last day of school before spring break, parents treated Lower School students to an ice cream social.

Multicultural Evening Celebration (Students)

"Cultural Connections:Why Knot?" was the theme of this year's Multicultural Evening on Friday, March 4. The fabulous celebration included 25 student performances in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, followed by a reception with a variety of ethnic specialties in Lamborn Hall.

In addition to these photos, view media coverage of the event on Patch.com. A video of the entire show is posted on McDonogh's website under "videos."

Second Graders Rock 'n Roll (Students)

Second graders in Ms. Artes' and Mrs. Mitchell's classes displayed their musical talents in "Movin' Into Rock 'n Roll" on the Ceres M. Horn Theatre stage February 25. Set in a music classroom, Miss Melody and her students reveal the evolution of Rock 'n Roll from earlier, distinct musical styles. They learn the value of cooperation along the way. See the production in action under "Videos."

NYC Regionals (Alumni)

One date, two great McDonogh alumni events! On Thursday, February 24, McDonogh hosted a luncheon at the New York Athletic Club. Headmaster Charlie Britton spoke briefly about the campus master plan and Director of College Counseling Alice Margraff outlined the current college application process. Thank you to Tom Morrison '52 for his help in planning the event. Later in the evening, New York area alumni were joined by faculty members Cynthia Cox and Wright Abbot for a happy hour at The World Bar.

Well, Well, Well, Wow! (Students)

Despite some wild winds outside, the Well, Well, Well concert on Friday night drew an enthusiastic crowd. The musical benefit raised sufficient funds to create six water wells for refugee communities in Africa. The show, featuring eight middle school Rock Shop bands and the Faculty Follies band, culminated in a rousing 70s set. Dream on...

Hope Totes Bring Smiles (Students)

McDonogh first graders compiled 195 “Hope Totes” consisting of new socks, gloves, water, soap and more, to distribute to homeless men and women throughout Baltimore City. The students wrote personalized cards and attached them to the bags wishing the recipients well. One man received a bag stating, “I hope you get a job soon.” He said he was going to keep the card as his good luck charm. This is one of many community service projects the first graders have participated in to understand the importance of giving back to others. Mary Catherine Irving and other volunteers from the St. Ignatius Church Loaves and Fishes program helped to distribute the kits on Sunday, February 20. Loaves and Fishes feeds the homeless on weekend nights when many soup kitchens are closed. Funding for the project came from Wyndham Hotels, the parent company of Howard Johnson, sponsor of last year's Give Happy Challenge. Mary Catherine Irving's first graders from last year finished second in the national contest, capturing the attention of Wyndham executives.

Swimmers Take Second (Athletics)

The varsity boys swim team earned a proud second place in the MIAA A Conference championships at Loyola Blakefield February 12. The boys claimed medals in nearly every individual event and relay. NCAA Division I conference swimmer Giles Smith '09 was on hand to provide encouragement.

Egyptian Masks and Catapults (Students)

As part of a cross-curricular unit on Egypt, sixth graders made papier-mache pharoah masks and catapults.

Singing Telegrams (Students)

The Gentleman Songsters and the Women of Note serenaded their fellow students as well as faculty and staff on Valentine's Day.

Winter at the Barn (Events)

As I watch my daughter Summerlynd ride her pony Richard at the McDonogh barn, I can’t resist photographing the horses. They are especially stunning with the contrast of their bodies against a snow-covered field. And, with peppermints in my pockets, I’ve made many “friends.” MaryRose Nelson ’85

McDonogh Dancers Dazzle (Students)

More than 70 Upper School dancers took the stage of the Ceres M. Horn Theatre February 5 and 6 for McDonogh Dances. The show, with the talent and flair of a Broadway production, included an eclectic mix of ballet, tap, classical jazz, musical theatre dance, and hip hop, as well as modern and post-modern dance. Many of the numbers were choreographed by students and alumni.

MLK Legacy Unites Students (Students)

With the help of upper schoolers, third grade students explored the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Students watched a video of the "I Have a Dream" speech and created posters challenging others to be kind and compassionate.

Girls Track Triumphs (Athletics)

The girls track team won the 2011 IAAM indoor track championship by 103 points February 4 at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.

LS and MS Art Reception (Students)

Talented Middle and Lower School artists showed their work to family and friends during a Tuttle Gallery Reception on February 3. The Exhibition will be on display through February 24.

Signing Letters of Intent (Students)

Drew C. '11, Madeline D. '11, and Jasmine R. '11 formally accepted college athletic scholarships in a signing ceremony on February 3.

First Grade Wraps Homeless in Warmth (Students)

The entire first grade made polar fleece blankets for the homeless on Thursday, January 13.

Faculty Follies Highlights (Teachers)

Here are highlights of Faculty Follies II, a benefit for KIPP Baltimore Schools.

Geo Bee Winner Declared (Students)

The entire Middle School gathered in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Friday, January 7 for the finals of McDonogh’s 17th Annual Middle School Geography Bee. In the end it came down to seventh grader Lucas S. and eighth grader Ellis M. Lucas was declared the champion after he replied "London" to the question: Piccadilly Circus, a popular tourist attraction and gathering spot, is in which European city?

Cultural Literacy Workshop (Students)

Cultural understanding builds trust and makes a diverse community healthy. That's what 35 freshmen and sophomores learned during an October 15 workshop led by four older students, all of whom were inspired by lessons they had learned at the 2009 National People of Color Conference. Using the eight cultural identifiers of race, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, age and religion as their guide, participants had the opportunity to learn vocabulary to become culturally literate, to hone their listening skills, and to hear awe-inspiring personal stories from workshop leaders. A freshman called the daylong event "a life-changing experience that will change the way we look at the world."

Peace and Light Celebrations (Students)

In their annual winter performances for parents and friends, lower schoolers sang songs of peace and light on Friday, December 17. Their voices celebrated winter holidays of Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Kindergartners and prefirsters sang together in Tagart Chapel. First and second graders performed in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, as did the third and fourth graders.

Student-Faculty Basketball Game (Students)

The first annual student-faculty basketball game ended in dramatic fashion, with the upper school faculty up by a point, 74-73, at the buzzer. Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior teams each played a 10-minute quarter against their teachers. The final score wasn't final, however. "Upon further review,  the officials determined that the faculty were guilty of taking administrative license in having six players on the court. Those baskets that were scored during the violation have been subtracted, and the students have won," wrote Head of Upper School Kirsten Adams. "Have a great break!"

Sweet Holiday Creations (Students)

Third graders created gingerbread houses from scratch with a lot of finesse, patience,and sweet treats!

Wrapping Gifts Together (Students)

Upper School English teacher Beth Rheingold organized a gift wrapping session on Monday, December 13. Students enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies, received wrapping tips, and wrapped their Holiday Project gifts together.

Holiday Bazaar Fun (Students)

The McDonogh Parents Association sponsored Holiday Bazaar drew a big crowd on Saturday, December 11. Shopping, holiday music, games, crafts, and delicious treats were enjoyed by all.

Holiday Assembly Round Up (Students)

The 2010 All-School Holiday Assembly was full of wonderful band, dance, orchestral, and choral performances by many McDonogh students. It was also full of a lot of characters from the "Toy Story 3" movie! Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, and three green aliens helped Lotso the bear, Ken and Barbie (yes, that Ken and Barbie) find true holiday spirit and brought the audience along for the ride.

Blankets of Hope (Students)

Third graders used money that they earned shining shoes earlier this fall to purchase material to make fleece blankets for cancer patients. At a special chapel on November 30, the students presented 28 handmade blankets that they created with sixth grade partners and "Dreaming of Hope" books with their own inspirational poems to The Red Devils, which provides services to breast cancer patients and their families.

Young Alumni Thanksgiving Breakfast (Alumni)

McDonogh seniors, college seniors, and everyone in between came back to campus on Thanksgiving morning for some food, fun, and friends.

Luma Mufleh Inspires (Events)

On December 2, McDonogh welcomed Luma Mufleh as this year's first speaker in the Character in Action lecture series.

Native American Expert Visits (Students)

In preparation for Thanksgiving, first graders enjoyed a presentation by Native American Expert John Fishback and made lacrosse sticks, dream catchers, and a wigwam.

Mingle and Munch (Students)

Sixth graders assumed the identities of the famous people they've been reseaching at the annual Mingle and Munch biography program in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre and lobby on December 2.

Myths and Masks (Students)

Fourth graders performed original myths and pourquoi tales for Lower School students, parents, and special guests the week before Thanksgiving. The actors and actresses wore colorful masks made from plaster molds of their own faces.

Grand Effort Helps Local Food Pantries (Students)

For the second year in a row, the Lower School sponsored a school-wide canned food drive to benefit St. Charles' Food Pantry in Pikesville and St. Gregory's Food Pantry in West Baltimore. Lower schoolers also decorated gift bags for the donations. On Tuesday, November 17, students in all three divisions loaded the boxes of canned goods into school vans, and Director of Religious Studies, Character, and Service John Grega, Middle School teacher Halyna Fried, and Lower School teacher Margaret Bitz and her third graders delivered them to the pantries.

Third Graders Assume New Identities (Students)

Third graders brought famous Americans to life for family and friends with songs and anecdotes during the Annual Biography Day celebration on Wednesday, November 10 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. Each student researched, wrote, and memorized a short speech about their famous American in preparation for Biography Day. All 44 U.S. Presidents and many revolutionary patriots were present.

Students Send Candy to Soldiers (Students)

Regina Karwacki's math students in grades one through four recently collected candy for Operation Shoebox, an organization that sends care packages to U.S. troops stationed abroad. Prior to mailing the sweet treats, Karwacki asked each student to estimate the total weight of the candy. The final delivery was 52 pounds.

Students Celebrate Campaign Launch (Students)

Headmaster Charlie Britton shared news of the school's new $75 million capital campaign, McDonogh Forever, with students in all three divisions on Monday, November 15. The campaign will fund priority construction projects in McDonogh’s campus master plan. To celebrate the occasion, everyone received a winter cap embroidered with the words "McDonogh Forever."

Senior Athletes Sign Letters of Intent (Students)

Eight seniors signed NCAA letters of intent on November 10 to play sports in college, two for basketball and six for lacrosse.

Capt. Mason '02 Speaks at Veterans Day Assembly (Students)

In honor of Veterans Day, Captain Rusty Mason '02 addressed Upper School students during an assembly on Thursday, November 11. Mason, who received an ROTC scholarship and trained at Ft. Benning, served in Iraq and is now stationed in Northern Virginia.

McDonogh vs. Gilman Football Game (Events)

The 95th McDonogh vs. Gilman football game on Saturday, November 6 was a loss for the Eagles but a win for McDonogh spirit. Led by history teacher Dave Harley and Headmaster Charlie Britton, orange and black clad fans waving noisemakers and cow bells marched over the bridge from Bryn Mawr School and cheered wildly throughout the game. Read why the contest remains an annual highlight regardless of the outcome.

Students Rewarded With Visit From Globetrotter (Students)

On Monday, November 8, Mrs. Irving's first graders from last year received a private visit from Harlem Globetrotter Andre "Hot Shot" Branch for finishing top two in the Howard Johnson's nationwide "The Give Happy Challenge." After autographing items for the finalists, Hot Shot mesmerized the entire Lower School with his basketball wizardry. He also talked to students about the importance of teamwork.

Spirit Parade and Pep Rally (Students)

In anticipation of the 95th McDonogh vs. Gilman football game, the entire student body donned orange and black for the the annual all-school Spirit Parade and Pep Rally on Friday, November 5.

Alumni Exhibition (Alumni)

Works by Rachel Hyman '98 and Lauren Gurny '98 are on display in The Tuttle Gallery through Tuesday, November 30.

Girls Varsity Soccer Champions (Students)

On Saturday, November 6, girls varsity soccer celebrated a 2-1 victory over Archbishop Spalding to clinch the IAAM championship title.

Students Race Solar Cars (Students)

Fifth graders recently built solar cars and wind turbines as part of a cross curricular energy quest. They installed axles, gears, wheels, and a solar panel that powered the generator. In the end, the students headed outside to race their creations.

Halloween Horse Show (Students)

On Friday, October 29, McDonogh's riders took over the barn and turned it into a Halloween spectacle. Horses, ponies, and their riders donned costumes, ranging from My Little Pony to Triple Crown Winner Secretariat to a zebra. The evening's activities included a parade, bobbing for apples - done by the horses, barrel races, and a pinata for the kids.

Girls Cross Country Wins IAAM-A Title (Students)

Girls Varsity Cross Country won their first IAAM A Conference Championship at Oregon Ridge Park on Monday, November 1. The team edged Archbishop Spalding by five points to capture the title. Senior Madeline D. took first place in the A Division with a spectacular time of 18 minutes, 46 seconds. Senior Jo B. placed third overall.

Students Bond Over Bay Issues (Students)

On Friday, October 22, fourth graders and eighth graders joined together for a full day of team-building activities and games that deepened all students' understanding of how McDonogh's campus fits into the vast Chesapeake watershed.

Lower School Halloween Celebration (Students)

On Friday, October 29, Lower School students donned their costumes for the annual Halloween assembly and parade around campus.

Never Too Old for Halloween (Students)

Middle School and Upper School students celebrated Halloween on Friday, October 29.

Punkin Chunkin Contest (Students)

On Friday, October 29, fourth graders simulated the annual Punkin Chunkin World Championships held in Delaware with a lesson in aim, force and trajectory on Chapel Hill. This year's brave target, Jamie Reed '09, escaped unscathed!

Moveable Hamlet Production (Students)

The Third Annual McDonogh Theatre Lab/Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Residency is proud to announce a "moveable" production of Hamlet by William Shakespeare on Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. This is an outdoor production. As the cast moves around the grounds of McDonogh, so will the audience. Tickets are $5 and will be available in the Horn Theatre lobby, where the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. These photos are from the dress rehearsal on Thursday, October 28.

Chesapeake Bay Trip (Students)

On October 18, eighth graders traveled to the shores of the Chesapeake for the three-day, annual Bay Trip. Featured activities included canoeing, crabbing, scraping for oysters and sub-aquatic vegetation, night-hiking, and watching the sunrise.

Carnes Will Always Be Remembered (Alumni)

At their last home game, on October 8, the volleyball team presented the family of their much-loved teammate, Catie Carnes '10, with a framed, commemorative jersey. At the same time, they unveiled another framed Carnes jersey on the wall of Memorial Field House, which will hang there as a permanent memorial. The school decided to retire Catie's number after she died suddenly in September.

Fourth Graders Covered in Plaster (Students)

With the help of teachers and parent volunteers, fourth graders made plaster molds of their faces on Thursday, October 14. The molds will be transformed into colorful masks that students will wear during a performance of original myths and pourquoi tales later this fall.

Kindergartners Harvest Pumpkins (Students)

After learning about the growth cycle of pumpkins in the classroom, kindergartners hitched a hayride to the Roots Garden on Wednesday, October 13, to harvest this year's crop. Each child was allowed to take one pumpkin home. The youngsters plan to use the rest of the pumpkins to make homemade pumpkin pie and bread for the McDonogh community.

35th Annual Golf Classic (Alumni)

We couldn't have asked for a better day to hit the links for McDonogh's 35th Annual Golf Classic at Chestnut Ridge Country Club on Tuesday, October 12. One hundred players teed off under sunny skies, and then joined up again for happy hour, dinner, and silent and live auctions back at the clubhouse. Thanks to our generous sponsors, volunteers, and players for participating.

No Deer Here (Students)

How do you stop deer from eating the apple orchard? Ivory soap. Kindergarten teacher and apple orchard volunteer manager Sharon Hood showed her class and their fourth-grade reading buddies how to save our young apple trees from hungry deer. Then, the kids went to work, gently and not-so-gently coating the tree bark with the waxy soap and wrapping plastic collars around the trunks. The division of labor was clear: Kindergartners applied soap to the lower branches, while the fourth graders took care of the tree tops. Last year’s kindergartners and fifth graders planted the orchard in November 2009 as part of the McDonogh Roots project.

Seventh Grade Stream Study (Students)

On Friday morning, October 8, seventh graders headed out of the science lab and into the waters of the Gwynn Falls stream on McDonogh's campus to collect all sorts of information. The annual outing is the culmination of a science unit on the physical and chemical properties of water.

Swaying to the Bluegrass Beat (Students)

Lower schoolers discovered the catchy country beat of bluegrass music on October 7, thanks to guests Frank Solivan and the Dirty Kitchen Band. The kids could hardly stay still when Solivan broke out his fiddle in the Kelly Center and bandmates joined in on bass, guitar, and banjo. "Are you on iTunes?" asked one student during the question-and-answer session. "Yes, we are," said Solivan. Cool! The band played a concert in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre that evening.

DC Regional Reception (Alumni)

Standing on a majestic rooftop terrace overlooking downtown D.C., McDonogh guests enjoyed a delightful evening reception on Thursday, October 7. Alumni, alumni parents, and current parents comprised the large, congenial crowd. Also on hand were faculty members John Grega, Laddie Levy '63, Patricia Tasher, and Mina Wender. And Headmaster Charlie Britton offered a snapshot of enrollment, boarding, and the caring school culture. Thanks to hosts Cay Buser and Dick Ward, as well as Carl Ward '02, for the gracious hospitality.

Race for the Cure (Students)

The McDonogh community rallied on October 3 for the 18th annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley. For the fifth year in a row, McDonogh assembled the largest team in Maryland.

Founder's Day Ceremony (Students)

The school community gathered around the John McDonogh monument on the morning of October 1 to pay tribute to our founder and other members of the McDonogh family who passed away during the past year. During the afternoon, students in grades 5-8 took a tour of McDonogh's campus and learned about the school's rich history from alumni stationed along the way.

Activities Fair Draws Many (Students)

Many Upper School extracurricular clubs set up displays and recruited members during the Activities Fair on September 29. Students had many choices, ranging from language and cultural clubs to service and hobby clubs.

Junior Pin Ceremony (Students)

Members of the Class of 2012 officially became upperclassmen at the Junior Pin Ceremony on Monday, September 27. Prior to the program, students were served dinner by faculty and staff in Lamborn Hall.

McDonogh's Debut at Book Festival (Students)

McDonogh’s booth at the Baltimore Book Festival was a big hit with festival goers of all ages, which included alumni from five decades, beginning with the 60s, alumni parents, and current teachers and students. The authors were busy for three days with visitors, and McDonogh is on the Baltimore literary map with its distinguished inaugural line-up that included teachers Lucy Martin and Martin Schmidt, current parents Steve Cunningham and Donna Jackson Nakazawa, alumni parent and illustrator Susan Detwiler, and photographer Middleton Evans ’82. Nicole S. ‘11, president of the Upper School Book Club, also spent time talking with families about McDonogh during the weekend event. Martin Schmidt’s maps that he used in conjunction with the display of his book, Maryland’s Geology, were also a big hit! For anyone unable to visit this year, stay tuned as we plan for next fall. The McDonogh family will be there!

Back-to-School Jam Fest (Students)

Upper School Theatre Manager Sue Tanury organized the first annual Back-to-School Jam Fest, featuring classic rock and blues band "Mary Lou and the Untouchables." Students, parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed a tailgate-style picnic. Younger children were entertained with a moonbounce and face painting.

Roots Volunteers Harvest Potatoes (Students)

One potato, two potato, three potato, four! The second annual McDonogh Roots Potato Harvest was fun for all volunteers. Potatoes were harvested to donate to the Maryland Food Bank.

Easton Alumni Gather at Osbornes' Waterfront Home (Alumni)

Eastern Shore parents, grandparents, and alumni gathered at the tranquil waterfront Easton home of Christy and Hamish Osborne P '90, '93, '96 on Thursday, September 23 for a cocktail reception. Former board chair Charlie Monk '67, Associate Director of Admissions, Steve Birdsall, and Headmaster Charlie Britton spoke about McDonogh's plans for a renovated campus, admissions, the boarding program, and the unparalleled sense of community and support at the school. Host Hamish Osborne presented McDonogh with a game baseball from his son's 1993 championship game.

Stadium Improvements (Athletics)

See the video scoreboard and other improvements made in the John McDonogh Stadium. The project was funded entirely by the Grant and Braglio families.

Students Make Lounges Their Own (Students)

The classes of '11, '12, and '13 have set a new standard for lounge decorating in Allan Building. Before school started, class artists and volunteers custom painted the walls of their respective downtime spaces in the 81-year-old Allan basement. The seniors created the most striking area, with Erica J.'s rendering of Allan and Will H.'s colorful "seniors" wordmark. Juniors sprinkled the walls of their lounge with bright "12"s. And sophomores used neon handprints to punctuate their oversized "2013" on the back wall. Was this a competition for McDonogh's Design Star? "Not so much," said a senior. Classmates simply wanted to make the lounges their own.

Pink Glove Dance for a Cure (Students)

On Tuesday, September 21, during a Lower School assembly to kick-off McDonogh's effort to support this year's Komen Maryland Race for the Cure, students and teachers flashed pink gloves as they danced and sang "We're All in This Together." Three faculty survivors and some third graders also shared their feelings about hope.

A Shining Example of Caring (Students)

Third graders set up a temporary shoeshine stand and earned $1,121.13 for "Blankets of Hope," a cancer patient support project. Grandparents, parents, teachers from all divisions, and staff lined up to get their shoes shined on September 16 and 17.

A Honey of a Lesson (Students)

The 17 students in Cynthia Cox's In Good Taste: The Literature of Food class buzzed with excitement last Friday. Beekeeper David Cromwell introduced them to McDonogh's resident hives. After the bees were smoked out, students examined the honeycomb for its golden byproduct. After school, beekeeper Darryl Gonzalez offered a similar lesson for those interested.

Des Corcoran (Students)

In loving memory of teacher, coach, friend, colleague J. Desmond Corcoran (1935-2010).

Aquapalooza: A Splash of Joy (Students)

As a reward for reading a combined 3,600 books this summer, lower schoolers received an afternoon of fun at "Aquapalooza" on Wednesday, September 8. They donned bathing suits and slid down waterslides, ran through sprinklers, and bounced in a MoonBounce.

LS Orientation Gets Kids Excited For School (Students)

Orientation and "Meacher Teacher" events brought a crowd to campus, as new and returning lower schoolers and parents visited. Among the charming moments: A father brought his yearbook along with his daughter to greet first grade teacher Ellee Thompson. He reminded Ellee that she taught him in lower school, too.

Field Hockey Harvests for Food Bank (Students)

On Thursday, August 19, the Field Hockey Team harvested tomatoes from the Roots Garden after practice. On Friday, Maryland Food Bank collected the tomatoes along with boxes of donated canned goods.

Students Make Friends and Memories in Japan (Students)

Accompanied by history teacher Dave Harley and sophomore dean Nancy Love, eight students spent two weeks of June in suburban Tokyo, Japan. Each student stayed with a Japanese host family and attended Seijo-Gakuen Senior High School with their host sibling every day, teaching English classes and learning about Japanese cultural institutions.

Beauty and the Beast (Events)

Scenes from Beauty and the Beast, the Young Actors Theatre's 15th summer production.

Baseball Open House (Athletics)

Past and present participants in McDonogh baseball got a preview recently of plans for renovation of the baseball field. With enough contributions to fund the $310,000 project, a new and improved Eyth Field could be ready for the 2011 baseball season.

Featured Images (Students)

All the featured images for the 2010-2011 school year.

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