2017-2018 Photo Essays

Class of 2018 Celebrates Commencement (Students)

McDonogh’s Class of 2018 graduated under sunny skies on Childs Memorial Terrace on Friday, June 8. The morning began with a Baccalaureate Service in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, during which retiring Headmaster Charlie Britton addressed the graduates and their parents. Shortly after, the seniors processed out of Tagart Memorial Chapel and down the hill to the applause of faculty, staff, family, and friends. After awards were presented, senior speaker Jaime Young earned a standing ovation for her message about individuality and making a difference. She said, “Collective individuality is the channel to creating a dynamic network of people who are capable and able to make this world of ‘possibility’ into one of action. I hope that our class can continue to build upon the network we already have established to make a world of action happen.”

After the 152 seniors received their diplomas, an honorary diploma was presented to Mr. Britton. Following the commencement exercises, the graduates and their families enjoyed a reception by the John McDonogh monument.

25th Anniversary of Stewart Recital (Students)

The Stewart Senior Honors Recital celebrated its 25th anniversary on Friday, June 1 with a reunion of alumni recitalists and amazing performances by seniors Lena Goldstein, Hanna Hofmeister, and Maya Richard. Alumni were invited to a pre-concert reception and presentation with Drs. James and Brenda Stewart and their daughter, Caroline Stewart Oberle ’93. The Stewarts established the award in the spring of 1993 in recognition and appreciation for McDonogh School’s outstanding program in the areas of dance, theatre, and music. 

Caroline Stewart Oberle and first Stewart Recitalist Adrian Hartley ‘94 both sang solos for their fellow alumni performers and also reprised the Vivaldi "Laudamus Te" duet from their Concert Choir days. A retrospective video featuring all the recitalists was also shown.

The recital featured masterful dance, vocal music, and musical theater performances from the three 2018 award recipients and ended with the past, present, and future recitalists singing the Founder’s Day Song. 

Roots Picnic and Pumpkin Planting (Students)

After a particularly rainy Spring, the incoming kindergarten class (and their parents) braved the mud to enjoy a picnic supper and pumpkin planting at Roots Farm on Wednesday, June 6. 

After planting more than 800 pumpkin seeds, the children harvested juicy, red strawberries from the patch. The students are already anticipating their return to school in the fall to enjoy strawberry jam, pick their pumpkins, and make pies and bread. 

Athletic Awards (Students)

McDonogh student-athletes were recognized for sportsmanship, involvement, leadership, and achievement in interscholastic sports at the Upper School Athletic Awards evening on Monday, June 4.

Eighth Grade Closing Marks Next Step on Journey (Students)

A weekend’s worth of torrential rain forced faculty, family, and friends into the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Athletic Center on Monday, June 4 for the Eighth Grade Closing Ceremony. The soggy weather did not dampen the spirits of the 119 members of the Class of 2022 who eagerly anticipated receiving their certificates from Middle School Head Darren Ford. Student speakers Joshua G. and Beatrice M. reminisced about the past four years in Middle School and looked forward to their future in Upper School. In his remarks, Ford referenced Robert Frost saying, “Take the road that may be less traveled, have the courage to take your road. And with every step you take, be your best self; take care of those around you; use your words for the greatest good...for these choices will make all the difference.”

Joy at Lower School Closing (Students)

Joy is the best word to describe the Lower School Closing Ceremony on Friday, June 1, on Childs Memorial Terrace. Before the festivities began, fourth graders and their teachers enjoyed a breakfast during which students were presented with a McDonogh pin. When the ceremony began, prekindergarten through grade three processed down the hill with their class banners followed by the Fourth Grade Drum Corps and the Class of 2026. Students and guests alike enjoyed listening to favorite memories and advice from the soon-to-be middle schoolers. After being presented with certificates of achievement, there were hugs and handshakes. Then, before much-anticipated “tossing of the blazers” retiring Headmaster Charlie Britton was presented with a hat created by the PK students and a collage of memories spelling the word JOY!

Middle School Evening of Dance (Students)

Middle schoolers performed with enthusiasm, grace, and joy at the annual Dance Concert on Thursday, May 24 in the Horn Theatre. The Middle School Evening of Dance was the perfect way for the students who had studied and practiced throughout the year, to share their talent with family and friends.

Living Legacy Dinner and Debate (Students)

More than 20 members of the John McDonogh Living Legacy Society and guests attended “Dinner and Debate,” on Wednesday, May 22, an opportunity to see how debate at McDonogh has evolved since the early days of the Allan Debating Society. Current members of the debate team argued the topic “The threat of nuclear war vastly outweighs the threat of global warming,” after which champion alumni debaters Ryan James ’17 and Nishad Neelakandan ’17 explained the nuances and strategies the students employed. McDonogh coach Daryl Burch explained to the guests the importance of preparation and the ability to “think on your feet.” Judging by the Q&A that followed the debate, the audience was clearly impressed.

Awesome Headmaster's Day (Students)

The joy of Headmaster’s Day permeated the crowd of students, faculty, staff, family, and friends on Friday, May 11. The entire school community gathered on Childs Memorial Terrace to recognize 12 employees for 25 years of service and to celebrate with five faculty members who are retiring at the end of the school year. Special recognition was paid to McDonogh’s “awesome” retiring headmaster, Charlie Britton, and the staff of the Legacy yearbook dedicated the 100th edition to him. After the Lower and Middle Schools were dismissed, Headmaster’s Day continued with the presentation of academic awards to deserving upper schoolers. 

Passion Project Expo 2018 (Students)

The fourth grade has spent the past year focusing on their passions, which range from encouraging literacy to eliminating air pollution. The Passion Project endeavor was an opportunity to teach many valuable life skills including letter writing, public speaking, web design, and fundraising. Throughout the process students also discovered how their personal passions can drive change. The fourth grade showcased their Passion Projects at an Expo on Thursday, May 10 in Paterakis Hall where they explained their ideas with clarity and conviction to families and friends. Many plan to continue their work through the summer and beyond.

PK's Last Learning for Living (Students)

It was a "bee"-utiful morning for Prekindergartners to take a hayride out to Roots Farm on Thursday, May 10. The energetic group sang songs on the short ride out to the farm for their last Learning for Living session of the 2017-2018 school year. They met Farmer Hood and Beekeeper Gonzalez for a lesson about honeybees. After a quick story about a busy little bee, each student was assigned a job to do in the "hive." From the Queen to the worker bees, they all took on their tasks with enthusiasm and joy.

Portraits of Courage (Students)

The best learning comes when our students share the knowledge they have gained with others. After covering the Civil Rights Movement and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in class, the third grade presented what they learned to the second and fourth grade through their "Profiles of Courage" series on Tuesday, May 8. Focusing first on Rosa Parks, the third graders gave a performance in the Klein Lyceum that profiled the famed activist's role in the boycott. After, they broke into smaller groups and gave presentations on other major figures in the Civil Rights Movement. Watch the presentation here.

Math Explosion 2018 (Students)

There was an absolute explosion of math on McDonogh's campus Friday, May 4 as the Lower School Math Explosion Day took over the Rosenberg Green and the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Athletic Center. The lower schoolers participated in a wide variety of activities from a mini-golf course built by eighth graders, to constructing spaghetti towers, and playing carnival games run by sixth graders. All of the activities centered around math challenges, showing the lower schoolers how math can be found everywhere. It was a fun, math-filled day.

For sights and sounds, go here.

Triathlon Results in Sense of Accomplishment (Students)

Another Sixth Grade Triathlon is in the books and the participants are feeling a huge sense of accomplishment, along with a healthy dose of exhaustion. The event held on Wednesday, May 2, was the culmination of three weeks of “training” in the sixth grade PE classes. Approximately 100 participants swam 200 meters (either solo or as a team), rode their bikes for 1.75 miles around the north end of campus, and ran .75 miles. Congratulations to the sixth graders for meeting the challenge and having fun.

McD Art Pop-Up Day 2018 (Students)

Second graders sang songs as the walked across the green, while upper schoolers held an improv workshop on the hill, and fifth graders worked on a chalk mural on the Horn blacktop during McDonogh's Art Pop-up day. In every corner of campus visual and performing art popped up on Wednesday, May 2, during a day designed to showcase the accessible and inclusive public works of art that strengthen the visibility of the PK to 12th grade art program. Throughout the day, the McDonogh community just never knew when they would be surprised and delighted by the creative process. 

For sights and sounds, go here.

Reunion Weekend Saturday Events (Students)

Saturday of Reunion Weekend 2018 began with the annual Distinguished Service Award Ceremony. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Mary-Catherine Irving, Virginia Olcerst (in absentia), Elizabeth H. Ottinger, and Susan Tanury Pugh. Later, current and former faculty and staff joined alumni families for the annual crab feast and picnic on the Rollins Quadrangle; and throughout the afternoon guests viewed an archival display in the Kiplinger library. History was made when McDonogh’s five past, present, and future heads of school posed for a “team” photo.

Celebrating Bob Lamborn's 100th (Students)

When a person is looking forward to a milestone birthday, it’s cause for celebration. When that person is former Headmaster Bob Lamborn, who will celebrate 100 years in July, it becomes a highlight of McDonogh’s Reunion Weekend. Alumni, colleagues, family, and friends gathered to celebrate the school’s eighth headmaster at a luncheon at Roots Farm on Friday, April 27.  In addition to greetings, gifts, a toast, and cake, his granddaughter Taylor Lamborn ’07 serenaded him singing, “What a Wonderful World.”

Enjoy a video played at the luncheon here.

A Colorful Day of Arts in Lower School (Students)

A rainbow of artistic talent came shining through in the Lower School on Friday, April 20 during the annual Adventure with the Arts Day. Each grade level from PK to four enjoyed a Music and Movement segment, which sometimes included parent participation. Then, students and their parents went on an “Adventure with the Arts” as they strolled through the hallways of Elderkin Hall enjoying the artwork on display and proudly sharing their masterpieces.

Watch the performances: prekindergarten, kindergarten and prefirst, first grade, second grade, third grade, and fourth grade.

Cum Laude Scholars Inducted (Students)

McDonogh School’s Cum Laude Society welcomed 32 new members from the Classes of 2018 and 2019 during the 57th annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 18. 

Phantom Tollbooth Magic (Students)

Congratulations to the McDonogh Middle School Players on their successful performance of The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14. Based on Norton Juster's award-winning children's book, the musical took the audience on a magical journey that proved life is the greatest adventure of all.

AP US Government Class Argues Case (Students)

Jeff Sanborn’s AP US Government class took on the roles of plaintiffs, defendants, and the US Supreme Court in the case of State of Hawaii v. Trump on Wednesday, April 11. Students gave compelling arguments, in the case commonly known as the “travel ban,” as to whether the president has the authority to issue such a proclamation or if he has exceeded his authority. Judge Fred Smalkin ’64 and University of Baltimore Law School Professor Natalie Ram who heard the arguments, noted that this was one of the most difficult cases McDonogh’s Supreme Court has tackled.

Workshop Prepares Musicians (Students)

A group of 20 Middle School Band students participated in a workshop with three professional musicians who specialize in woodwind, brass, and percussion on Friday, April 6. The guest musicians worked one-on-one with the students in preparation for their upcoming Spring Concert and then gave a short performance. Following the morning of music, the students enjoyed an afternoon of fun at Six Flags.

Baltimore Alumni Gathering (Students)

The Charles, one of the newest restaurants in Federal Hill, was the venue for the annual Baltimore Alumni Happy Hour on Thursday, April 5. More than 50 guests, representing the past six decades of alumni, enjoyed the camaraderie of the evening and a special McDonogh cocktail. The gathering was the last Baltimore Alumni Happy Hour for Charlie Britton as headmaster and the first for his daughter, a member of the Class of ’15.

Multicultural Night Celebration (Students)

Although Multicultural Night 2018 was rescheduled due to a windstorm, the annual festive event did not disappoint. Hundreds of students, from all three divisions, and their families gathered in Paterakis Hall on Thursday, April 29, to celebrate McDonogh’s cultural diversity. Guests enjoyed a variety of foods from all over the world, as well as traditional songs, dances, and performances that have shaped the lives of the McDonogh community. Watch the performances here

Magnificent Mix, Mingle, McDonogh (Students)

Parents from all three divisions enjoyed an evening out on Saturday, March 24 at Mix, Mingle, McDonogh. The MPA-sponsored event was an opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new families, and bid farewell to Jen and Charlie Britton. Guests enjoyed food and wine pairings by the Copper Kitchen, live entertainment, and of course, the camaraderie of the McDonogh community. In addition to a toast to the Britton's dedication over the past 11 years, McDonogh parents took time to write them heartfelt thank you notes. 

Virginia Area Alumni Tour Monticello (Students)

McDonogh alumni in the greater Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia area took advantage of a unique opportunity to enjoy a private tour of Monticello on Thursday, March 22. Don King ’58, Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, arranged the tour, which was followed by a reception. Among the nearly 20 history buffs in attendance were a handful of students from both the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond.

Faculty-Student Basketball Game Excitement (Students)

Another Upper School Faculty-Student Basketball Game is in the books with the faculty pulling out a win by two points. The game on Friday, March 9 began with the freshmen coming out strong. The faculty team pushed hard and took over the lead which they maintained for the next two quarters. Then, the seniors got into the game and the Class of 2018 jumped ahead of their teachers. It was back and forth until history teacher (and basketball coach) TJ Jordan made the winning shot on the buzzer to take the title for the faculty.

First Grade Sing! Delights (Students)

The first grade delighted an audience of their parents and eighth graders with their production of Sing! A Musical Review on Thursday, March 8. The script was written by the eighth grade humanities class. Next stop, Broadway! Watch the show here.

A Capital Gathering in DC (Students)

More than 60 McDonogh alumni, parents, parents of alumni, and grandparents living and working in our nation’s capital, enjoyed a reception at the Metropolitan Club, one of Washington DC’s oldest institutions. At the Wednesday, March 7 gathering, guests were pleased to catch up with faculty, administrators, and each other and to learn about the many exciting happenings on campus. 

Second Grade Creates Museum (Students)

After reading a number of non-fiction books on a variety of topics, the second grade created a museum of their newfound knowledge. Their displays were exhibited on Wednesday, March 7 for their classmates, third and fourth graders, and many interested faculty and staff. What a great learning experience for everyone!

Donors Thanked at Gathering (Students)

More than 80 guests attended the second gathering of the Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Giving Society on Saturday evening, March 3 at Citron, in Quarry Lake. The occasion was to thank McDonogh donors who have contributed $100,000 or more to the school. The giving society was established in 2016 and named for Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. ‘48, one of McDonogh’s most generous benefactors. Board of Trustees President Howard S. Klein ’76 used the occasion to also thank Charlie and Jen Britton for their incredible commitment to McDonogh and for bettering the school in every possible way.

Sonnet Showcase (Students)

Ninth graders from Kevin Costa's Acting for the Stage class performed sonnets from some of Shakespeare's greatest works on Monday, March 5. The performance, held in front of a crowd of teachers and fellow students in the Black Box Theatre, was the culmination of their work on the sonnets, which they also analyzed for meaning. 

T. Rowe Price Gathering (Students)

Board of Trustees members Taymour Tamaddon and Clive Williams welcomed members of the McDonogh community, who currently work at T. Rowe Price, to a reception at Sullivan's Steakhouse, adjacent to the company's downtown location, on Thursday, March 1. Headmaster Charlie Britton and his wife, Jen, also greeted the alumni and parent guests.

Bravo to Vocal Residency Participants (Students)

A record number of upper schoolers participated in McDonogh’s Sixth Annual Vocal Residency Concert on Sunday, March 4. Over three days, 26 students trained under mezzo-soprano Augusta Caso ’05. Caso has been hailed by the LA Times as "mysteriously smoldering…a name to remember." She made her New York City debut in October 2016 with the Center for Contemporary Opera and in February 2018 made her Metropolitan Opera debut as a Flowermaiden in Wagner’s Parsifal. The concert was the finale to the residency. Bravo!

Take Apart Day Discovery (Students)

Take Apart Day on Friday, February 23 was the ultimate hands-on, doing (or undoing) exercise for the fourth grade. Scheduled at the conclusion of their science unit on simple machines, the students armed with screwdrivers and other tools, dismantled a variety of appliances, cameras, phones, and computers. Working together, they discovered that many complex machines are powered by simple machines. See more here.

Library Olympics 2018 (Students)

In honor of the Winter Olympics currently ongoing in PyeongChang, kindergartners and students from grades five and six participated in the Library Olympics on Wednesday, February 21. Events included the Book Walk, matching authors to famous book covers, sorting fiction and non-fiction books, and sorting books alphabetically by the author's last name. At the end of the games, each kindergartner was presented with a medal by their Middle School partner.

McDonogh Dances 2018 (Students)

McDonogh Dances 2018, the annual showcase of Upper School dance talent, thrilled audiences over the weekend of February 10 and 11.  The dances, choreographed by the Head of McDonogh’s Dance Program Ilona Kessell, as well as students and faculty, featured a variety of styles, which were enhanced by the lighting, sound, and costumes. Bravo!

PK Shares Their Love With Pups (Students)

Humans weren’t the only ones feeling the prekindergartners’ love on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14. After meeting one of the shelter dogs from BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter), the children put their culinary skills to work lovingly making delicious dog treats.

Mushu the Micro Pig (Students)

Meet Mushu the micro pig, the newest member of the McDonogh community. Named after the precocious dragon in Disney’s Mulan, Mushu joined the Lower School STEM department in January and has already become an invaluable partner in enhancing student learning.

NYC Alumni Connect at Events (Students)

A group of McDonogh alumni based in New York City, braved sleet and freezing rain to attend a luncheon at the Harvard Club in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, February 7. The event, an opportunity to say “thank you” to donors, included a special presentation by Jon Aaron '72 about how McDonogh's past is shaping its future. In the evening, David '82 and Hope Rothschild graciously hosted a reception for McDonogh alumni at their home on the Upper East Side. Guests enjoyed the evening of camaraderie and the opportunity to share with others what they hold dear about the school.

McDonogh Goes to Disney World (Students)

The McDonogh Singers, led by Middle School Choral Director Suzanne Eldridge, traveled to Orlando, Florida on February 3 to perform and take workshops at Disney World. The trip included two workshops led by Disney performers, choreographers, and actors. The first workshop, "Disney Sings," gave students the ability to record a vocal track to Disney's The Lion King. The second workshop, "Disney's Broadway Magic," took students through the process of producing a Disney musical, from auditioning, to casting, to staging a scene and song from Tangled. Additionally, the Singers showcased their talent in a 30-minute performance for an international audience at Disney Springs.

PK Enjoys a Delicious Treat (Students)

Prekindergartners were treated to a visit from Executive Chef Thomas Devine of Linwoods Restaurant on Wednesday, January 31. Gathered in the kitchen of the Esther Ann Brown Adler Prekindergarten, Chef Tom taught the junior chefs-in-training the many different ways to prepare the butternut squash grown at Roots Farm, including adding it to brownies and ice cream! This was one time when no one complained about eating their vegetables. After devouring their tasty treats, the PK gave the Chef a thumbs up and thanked him for sharing with their class. 

Sole Hope Party (Students)

On Friday, January 26, several students from the Upper and Middle Schools gathered in the 1873 Room to assemble shoe kits for the Sole Hope project. Leading up to the party, students collected donations of old jeans from the McDonogh community. After collecting hundreds of pairs of jeans, the students worked together to cut them into the patterns needed to turn them into shoes. They assembled 68 shoe kits so far, and are planning to hold another shoe making party in the near future. 


Lend Me a Tenor (Students)

The student production of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor premieres tonight, January 26 at 7:00 p.m, with a second performance tomorrow night, January 27 also at 7:00 p.m. in the Klein Lyceum. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. The show is directed by Jack O. '18 with the assistance of Cormac C. '18. Ellie S. '18 is the stage manager.

Negro League Presentation (Students)

On Friday, January 19, the fifth-grade had an opportunity to meet with former Negro League players and to tour an exhibit of memorabilia outlining the League’s history. Negro League historians and family members of players also spoke to the class about their place in history and their efforts to gain recognition.

Tuttle Gallery: Historic Coverings (Students)

Artists and educators Olivia Robinson and Diane Kuthy will display their collaborative research and quilt project, Historic Coverings: Interrogating the Culture of Whiteness, in the Tuttle Gallery from Wednesday, January 10 through Tuesday, February 20. The project explores the visual social culture in the United States during the 1850s as it pertains to Baltimore/Maryland history and was inspired by Baltimore Album Quilts of the late 1840s. The work is the second in a series that focuses on images and narratives from a specific period of U.S. history, using quilting traditions popular at the time.

Model UN 2018 Columbia University Trip (Students)

McDonogh's 16-member Model UN delegation traveled to Columbia University in New York City from January 11 to 14 for the annual conference simulating the work of the United Nations. During the weekend, McDonogh delegates participated in a variety of committees of topics including Brexit and its Aftermath, Lebanese Independence, the Kurdish Question, the Soviet Politburo, and Taft and George H. W. Bush's Presidential Councils.

Lower School Honors Dr. King with a Day of Service (Students)

Close to 200 Lower School students and their families participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Morning of Service on Monday, January 15. Instead of taking the "day off," students and their families used the holiday to honor Dr. King and his legacy by serving others. The volunteers worked together to make craft kits for the children staying at the Ronald McDonald House, assemble sandwiches for the Corpus Christi soup kitchen, create artwork for the residents at Stella Maris, package wash kits for the recipients of Meals on Wheels, tie blankets for the animals at the ASPCA, make pans of lasagna for the elderly residents of Roland Heights Tower, and decorate cards for sick children and enlisted men and women.

Holiday Project Delivers Love (Students)

The morning of December 19 was sunny and holiday spirit was everywhere on campus as students from all three divisions brought boxes of toys, books, and clothes out of buildings and into the trucks heading for St. Gregory the Great Church. The gifts will be distributed to 131 families including 377 children and Director of Character and Service Bridget Collins is thankful. "The Holiday Project requires a lot of hard work and time from the whole community, and I am grateful for your participation. There has been so much loss caused by natural disasters and senseless acts of violence this year. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But, I believe that we each have the power to bring light to this world and it starts with simple acts of love."

Watch the video!

No Worries at the Holiday Assembly (Students)

Lion cub Simba just wants to be king, but his Uncle Scar has other ideas. While Simba is sleeping, Scar steals the pride's ancient (and gift-wrapped!) box of Holiday Spirit and has it destroyed. When Simba awakens to discover its absence, Scar is quick to convince him that exile is his only course of action and Simba leaves his home full of misery. Luckily, he makes the acquaintance of Timon the meercat and Pumba the warthog and they introduce him to their philosophy of "Hakuna Matata" or "no worries." Joyful performances by 16 of McDonogh’s instrumental, dance, and choral groups raise his spirits, and when Rafiki the shaman and his beloved Nala find him, he is ready to return to Pride Rock, face his uncle, and learn that true Holiday Spirit is not found in a box but in our hearts. 

Watch some of the fun!

Alumni Enjoy Festive Holiday Luncheon (Alumni)

Alumni representing seven decades filled the Aarsand 1873 Room with sounds of revelry and camaraderie during the annual Orange & Black Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 8. After a performance by the Lower School Choir, the Gentleman Songsters, and the Women of Note the alumni guests shared memories and enjoyed holiday greetings from Headmaster Charlie Britton, who spoke about gratitude and the wonderful people who make up the McDonogh Family.

Young Alumni Enjoy Feast of Events (Students)

The Alumni Association hosted a feast of gatherings that attracted record crowds of young alumni during the Thanksgiving Break. The weekend of catching up with fellow Eagles began on November 22, with a Wednesday night Happy Hour for the classes of 2004 to 2015, at Bond Street Social in Fells Point. On Thanksgiving morning, younger young alumni and members of the senior class returned to Paterakis Hall for a Pancake Breakfast served by Headmaster Charlie Britton and attended by several faculty members. Friday was about fun and fitness as girls’ soccer players and boys’ lacrosse players held their annual odds vs. evens alumni games in the morning. Later that afternoon, members of the Class of 2011 hosted the Third Annual Will Hauver '11 Memorial Paddle Tennis Tournament at the L'Hirondelle Club.

Lower School Grandparents Experience Joy (Students)

The Lower School shared the joy found at McDonogh, with those they are most thankful for, at Grandparent's Day on Tuesday, November 21. Together, they read stories, worked on puzzles, and conducted interviews, which allowed the two generations to learn more about each other. Along with classroom visits, grandparents and other special guests enjoyed performances by the children on stage in the Horn Theatre. Watch the performance by PK to first grade here and grades two, three, and four here.

Roots Volunteers Put Farm to Bed (Students)

An enthusiastic crowd of parent, student, and alumni volunteers cropped up at Roots, bright and early on Saturday, November 18, to help put the farm to bed for the winter. They pulled up the remnants of the vegetables and flowers, cleaned out the gardens, and removed the signs, bedding liners, and irrigation channels. After hours of hard work, the volunteer crew brought their hearty appetites to the barn where they enjoyed a potluck lunch.

Blankets Provide Hope and Courage (Students)

Empathy was the message of the afternoon during the Blankets of Hope chapel on Friday, November 17. The chapel was the culmination of a third grade project that began with the summer reading assignment, The Shoeshine Girl by Clyde Robert Bulla. Like the girl in the story, the third grade held a shoeshine stand to raise money to buy the fleece material for their Blankets of Hope. During the chapel, students reflected on hope and courage and then presented the blankets to members of the McDonogh Family who are fighting cancer. They also contributed 40 hand-tied blankets to the Red Devils, an organization that provides support to breast cancer patients. See more here.

Barn Bash Fun (Students)

The sixth grade class boot-scooted to Roots for a Barn Bash social on Friday, November 3, following the Spirit Parade and Pep Rally. When the Eagle mascot greeted the class, the party began. The students kicked up their heels to the sounds provided by DJ James and enjoyed a photo booth, ball games, and the corn maze. The Oriole Bird even made an appearance and posed for pictures. By the end of the afternoon, many new friendships had been cultivated by the class.

102nd McDonogh Gilman Football Game (Students)

The 102nd McDonogh vs. Gilman football game brought the community together for a common goal—camaraderie in support of the Eagles. After the school-wide Spirit Parade on Friday, November 3, alumni from both schools gathered at Ryan’s Daughter in Belvedere Square for happy hour. The following afternoon, alumni, fans, and families arrived at John McDonogh Stadium for fun, food trucks, and of course, football. Before kickoff, senior players, cheerleaders, and announcers were recognized. Then, the Eagles got to work battling the Greyhounds. Fans stuck it out to the bitter end when the rain began to fall and Headmaster Charlie Britton handed the Price Trophy over to Gilman…but just for the year.

Spirit Parade Puts Pep In Our Step (Students)

McDonogh’s campus was awash in orange and black for the annual Spirit Parade and Pep Rally on Friday, November 3. An enthusiastic student body, faculty, staff, coaches, and friends worked their way from Tagart Chapel to the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Athletic Center in the one-of-a-kind, double self-enveloping Spirit Parade, where everyone is a participant. The Pep Rally included cheers, a step-squad performance, fight songs played by the Middle School Marching Band, and words of inspiration for the football team as they faced Gilman for the 102nd time. See video coverage here.

Halloween at McDonogh a Treat (Students)

From the moment students stepped off the buses and were greeted by a Minion mummy (Mr. Britton) to the end of the day and the Lower School parade, the clever and creative Halloween costumes worn by students, faculty, and staff delighted and amazed. Enjoy the Lower School Halloween assembly and parade here.

Contributing photographers: Legacy Yearbook Staff

Bay Trip Wonders (Students)

Eighth graders experienced the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay on the annual trip with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Fox Island, Port Isobel, and the Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center. The signature Middle School event teaches students about the ecology and economics of the Chesapeake and provides opportunities for them to learn, work, and play together as a team. Over the three days on the bay in mid-October, eighth graders stepped out of their comfort zones and fished, crabbed, raced through a mud maze, took a moonless night hike, prepared meals, and cleaned up after each other.

Eagles Flock to the Terps (Students)

Headmaster Charlie Britton and beloved faculty members traveled south on I-95 for an alumni dinner with current and former College Park students on Thursday, October 26. Britton updated the lively group on campus life, Head of Upper School Merritt Livermore spoke about the upcoming addition of an Innovation Center, Co-Athletic Director Mickey Deegan reported on athletic teams, Jim Tsouvalos commented on the growth of the Wellness Program, and Laddie Levy ’63 encouraged all McDonogh alumni to stay connected with each other and with McDonogh. Guests appreciated the opportunity to catch up with each other and with the school.

Supper & Speaker Series (Students)

Self-driving 18-wheelers? A bot that can defend a parking ticket on your behalf?

Guests attending the premiere Supper & Speaker Series on October 19 heard from nationally recognized author, speaker, and consultant Tom Hood '77 on the exponential rate of growth of technology in our world. After an interesting and thought-provoking presentation, Tom led an interactive dialogue with guests about how we can adapt to a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA).

Students Create Cozy Blankets of Hope (Students)

An amazing assortment of plain and patterned fleece fabric was transformed into cozy “blankets of hope” by students in third and seventh grade on Wednesday, October 18. In November, the blankets will be donated to the Red Devils, an organization that supports the needs of cancer patients and their families. The blanket material was purchased with money the third grade students earned by shining shoes, as a follow-up to reading the novel Shoeshine Girl by Clyde Robert Bulla.

The Addams Family Delights (Students)

The award-winning McDonogh Theatre Lab delighted audiences and earned rave reviews with their production of The Addams Family, October 20-22. The devilishly delightful musical comedy featured a cast of Upper School actors, singers, and dancers who protrayed favorite Addams family members including Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Grandma, Lurch and all their ghostly ancestors. Go behind the scenes in the Horn Theatre and see how Jack A. was transformed into Uncle Fester in the video: Becoming Uncle Fester.

Perfect Afternoon for Pumpkin Picking (Students)

Dressed for a fall afternoon on the farm, the kindergarten classes took a hayride to Roots on Monday, October 16 to pick the pumpkins they planted in June. Each student chose two pumpkins: one to take home and another, which they will use to make pies and bread in the culinary classroom. The annual outing also included a walk through the corn maze, apple eating, and a visit with the hens.

 Contributing photographer: Leslie Finkelstein

Farm Chores Benefit Many (Students)

When the second and ninth grades met at Roots Farm on Wednesday, October 11, they were prepared to help with chores, but little did they know how many different lives they would touch. Working together, some students harvested “imperfect” pumpkins, beans, and peppers, while others cut fresh flowers. The pumpkins will be enjoyed by the pigs at Whistle Pig Hollow Farm, the beans will be served in the dining hall, the peppers are being donated to the Maryland Food Bank, and the flowers have become centerpieces on the tables at Blakehurst, a retirement community in Towson. When they weren’t harvesting, students learned about the food bank and made cards filled with well wishes.

Water Walk Leads to Empathy (Students)

The sixth grade Water Walk on Thursday, October 5 simulated what many around the world must do every day to access water. The students walked from Finney Building to the pond where they filled gallon jugs. Then, they carried their containers to Roots Farm where they watered the fruit trees in the orchard, making sure nothing went to waste. The one-mile walk gave the students a deeper understanding of the global water crisis and the impact their fundraiser for water filtration kits will have on schools in Uganda. The sixth grade effort will result in 18 kits! The third grade supported the effort and joined them for the walk. Click here for background and pictures from the September Day of Water, the kick off to the sixth grade’s service learning initiative. 

Contributing photographers: Elizabeth Irvine and Katie M., Legacy staff

Founder's Day Tradition (Students)

A sprinkle of raindrops fell as the school community gathered in silence around the John McDonogh Monument for the 143rd Founder’s Day ceremony on Friday, October 6. Just as the ceremony began, the sun broke through and the Lower School Choir set the tone for the morning singing Homeward Bound. Director of Character and Service Bridget Collins ‘90 and Headmaster Charlie Britton continued the theme of “home” in remarks, as they shared the origins of the day. In keeping with tradition, after honoring John McDonogh by planting flowers at his grave, the names of recently deceased members of the McDonogh Family were read. Alumni Association representatives placed individual flowers at the base of the monument and a bell in Tagart Memorial Chapel tolled for each person.

Alumni Raise the Barre (Students)

Pure sweat and pure fun were happening at Pure Barre in Roland Park on Tuesday, October 3 when alumni enjoyed an hour-long fitness session hosted by McDonogh's Young Alumni and Social Committees. Tastings of Sunset Raw Juice Bar drinks, owned by Gerrard Sheppard '08, and Pure Chocolate by Jinji, owned by Jinji Fraser '01, followed the workout. Katye McNulty Jorgensen '07 also brought Rodan + Fields skin care products for guests to sample.

Visiting Authors Share Stories (Students)

Lower schoolers enjoyed the opportunity to meet with two visiting authors in late September. Prompted by correspondence with second grader Paula C., children's author Wendy (W.C.) Mack, paid a surprise visit to Paula’s class, where she spoke about her three-book series including Athlete vs. Mathlete. The next day, author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe held workshops with students in grades two through four. The award-winning author of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, connected with his audience through humor, creativity, and expression. Both Mack and Steptoe shared their journey of becoming an author and encouraged the students to express themselves through their writing.

Juniors Receive McD Pins (Students)

McDonogh’s Class of 2019 officially became upperclassmen at the annual Junior Pin Ceremony on Sunday, October 1. The evening began with a casual advisory dinner in Paterakis Dining Hall, after which students spilled onto the Ritter Terrace for photographs. The junior class then processed into the Ceres M. Horn Theatre for the ceremony, which included remarks from Junior Class Dean Libet Ottinger and class officers Hannah F. and Ethan C., followed by a slideshow of memories created by Anna J. and Abby F. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of gold McD lapel pins by Head of Upper School Merritt Livermore and Headmaster Charlie Britton. At the conclusion of the evening, Britton spoke about the meaning of the pin and encouraged the students to wear theirs with pride.

Something for Everyone at Club Fair (Students)

There was a common theme running through annual Upper School Club Fair on Thursday, September 28 and it wasn’t just the sweet treats available at most booths. The upper schoolers promoting the various clubs and activities on the Ritter Terrace did so with unabashed enthusiasm. With more than 40 offerings, there was something for everyone.

Eagles Fly to London (Students)

McDonogh made history on Saturday, September 23 when it hosted its first-ever international reception. An impressive crowd of alumni, parents, alumni parents, grandparents, and friends representing England, Scotland, Germany, and the United States, gathered at 67 Pall Mall in the St. James area of London for great wine and conversation. Director of Alumni Relations Jen Little gave the crowd an update on McDonogh and all the exciting happenings on campus.

Fall Fun at Honey of a JamFest (Students)

A record number of McDonogh families started the weekend with fun and friendship at the back-to-school Honey of a Jamfest on September 29! The festivities started at Roots Farm with pumpkin and flower picking, face painting, farm games, wool spinning, cider making, a corn maze, pumpkin chunkin, and more. As the sun set, everyone headed to the Rosenberg Campus Green for more fun and games, a picnic dinner, and music by the Klassix!

Contributing photographers: Legacy Yearbook Staff

Day of Water Enlightens (Students)

The second annual Day of Water on Friday, September 15 was the kick off of the sixth grade’s service learning initiative. After learning about the global water crisis, students were introduced to the Ugandan Water Project and an effort to raise funds to purchase Sawyer water filters and rainwater collection tanks for schools in the African nation. On Thursday, October 5 the students will participate in a Water Walk through campus, carrying gallon jugs filled with water, to simulate what Ugandan children do on a daily basis.

Shiny Shoes and Happy Feet (Students)

All kinds of shoes walked into the Kelly Center on Thursday and Friday, September 14 and 15 and made their way to the third grade’s Shoeshine Stand. The students dusted, polished, and buffed hundreds of shoes and graciously accepted tips. The money will be used to buy fleece for blankets that the students will make and donate to The Red Devils, an organization that supports breast cancer patients. The annual project, inspired by the book “The Shoeshine Girl” by Clyde Robert Bulla, began in 2009.

Love Your Selfie (Students)

Upper School parents got a glimpse of the fun and camaraderie at McDonogh in the annual Back-to-School night “Love Your Selfie” slideshow on Thursday, September 14. Enjoy!

Signature Society Soiree (Students)

The Signature Society Soiree, honoring The McDonogh Fund’s most generous donors and volunteers, was held under a tent on the Rosenberg Campus Green on Friday, September 8. The occasion was also an opportunity to kick off the 2017-2018 McDonogh Fund campaign. Headmaster Charlie Britton thanked guests for their support in reaching the school’s 2016-2017 goal of $2.3 million and provided examples of the many ways students have benefited from the fund.

Celebrating Reading at Aquapalooza (Students)

Popsicles and bubbles were a welcome addition to a chilly Aquapalooza 2017 on Friday, September 8. But the cool temperatures did not stop children in PK to fourth grade from sliding down the hills and running through sprinklers. The annual back-to-school event is a celebration of the reading that took place over the summer. Joining in the fun was the administrative team dressed as Minions. Watch all the fun here.

Alumni Share Stories at OC's Fish Tales (Students)

Alumni, parents of alumni, and grandparents enjoyed a sunny evening in the sand at a reception on Thursday, September 7 at Fish Tales in Ocean City. Hosted by owner and McDonogh alumnus, Shawn Harman '78, Fish Tales provided the perfect venue for guests to enjoy the last days of summer while sharing their memories of McDonogh.

2017 Legacy is Here (Students)

Upper schoolers could not wait to get their hands on a copy of the 2017 Legacy, "Back to the Basics," when it was distributed on Friday, September 8. The Ritter Terrace proved to be the ideal spot to pore over the pages of the yearbook and to have it signed. Congratulations to the Legacy staff on another beautiful job.

School Year Kicks-Off at Convocation (Students)

Members of the Classes of 2018 and 2030 strolled hand-in-hand down Chapel Hill to Childs Memorial Terrace for the annual Opening Convocation on Wednesday, August 30. After words of welcome from student representatives from each division, Headmaster Charlie Britton officially opened the school year by ringing a traditional school bell. Watch Convocation here.

Sunny Smiles on Rainy First Day (Students)

Rain didn’t dampen the spirit or wash away the excitement of the first day of school on Tuesday, August 29. Under colorful umbrellas, students, faculty, and staff greeted each other with hugs and high-fives and then quickly moved on to their classrooms for the start of the new year.

Afternoon Eclipsed by Nature (Students)

No matter where you were and what you were doing on the afternoon of Monday, August 21, chances are that it was overshadowed by the solar eclipse. The Path of Totality stretched from Oregon to South Carolina and members of the McDonogh family were sprinkled along the entire route. Across the country and on campus, students, faculty, alumni, and friends paused, put on their special solar eclipse glasses, and watched as the moon passed between the earth and the sun. The experience was thrilling. Thanks to everyone who shared their pictures of this phenomenal event!

Rain Doesn't Dampen O's Outing (Students)

Thunder, lightning, and several rain delays didn't dampen the enthusiasm on Thursday, August 3 for McDonogh's Alumni Night at Camden Yards. Guests enjoyed an extended happy hour at Frank & Nic's then most ventured into the stadium to finally watch the Orioles battle from behind against the Detroit Tigers.

Summer Programs Fun (Students)

As the month of July comes to an end, six sensational weeks of McDonogh Summer Programs are also winding down. This summer, more than 2,500 children from age 4 to 17 participated in our day camps, sports camps, arts and educational programs where they discovered new skills, made new friends, and had tons of fun. Thanks to our amazing counselors and CITs for making it all happen. Registration for 2018 Summer Programs will be available in November.

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