At The St. Paul's Schools, we have been brainstorming ways to help our first responders, who are serving our community so courageously through this pandemic. As our health suites are not currently in use, we determined we had supplies we could spare. We donated our N95 respirator masks, surgical masks, gloves, and paper bed rolls to The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Hopkins COVID-19 planning team. We are proud that our leadership team sent a message to our fellow Maryland/DC-area independent schools encouraging them to donate supplies to their neighboring hospitals as well. Pictured is Dr. Cozumel Pruette, pediatric physician at Johns Hopkins, wearing one of the N95 masks.
The St. Paul's Schools is monitoring the global COVID-19 situation and planning for a variety of possible scenarios. Nothing is more important to us than protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We are grateful for your partnership and will continue monitoring this situation and providing updates as necessary. Click here to visit our COVID-19 information update page.
THE ST. PAUL'S SCHOOLS PRESENTS
The Lower School Production of
Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $7 and all seating is RESERVED SEATING.
Get tickets at: https://ward.booktix.com starting Feb. 10.
During summer time, boys and girls, preschool through 18 years old have been building lifelong friendships during camp at The St. Paul's Schools. Located on our stunning, 121-acre campus just 10 miles north of Baltimore City, campers quickly feel connected, engaged, and safe. With a ropes course, nature center, community garden, and swimming pool, we offer programs including, but not limited to, cooking, 3D printing, community service, soccer, STEAM, Little Veterinary School, dance, visual arts, and our signature coed Gatorland Day Camp. Take advantage of our swim lessons and weekly field trips, during which your camper can unplug, try new things, make new friends, and gain greater self-confidence! Our programs, guided by highly-qualified, experienced, and caring staff, provides exciting days with theme-based activities.
Click here to learn more about camps for preschool-age children.
Click here to learn more about camps for rising Pre-K through 12th grade children.
For information on summer programming, please contact Shannon Duckett, Director of Auxiliary Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year lower school students and faculty gather for Lessons and Carols at Old St. Paul's Church.
At 2019 service, three students earned special recognition for their service and character.
St. Paul's School for Boys Headmaster David C. Faus and SP alumnus and former Trustee Jon Price '74 presented the Smith Awards to three students who embody the traits of Walter Smith. "These awards celebrate the character traits that Walter Smith demonstrated during his life: selflessness, service, and concern for others," Mr. Faus said.
The Smith Award is given to a fourth grade student in the lower school and an eighth and twelfth grade student at St. Paul's School for Boys. These students are selected for friendliness to peers and adults; generosity with others, and also with their time and talents; and for demonstrating a charitable vision for those outside the St. Paul's community.
The 2019 Smith Award was presented to lower school student Olivia Jones.
2019-20 Walter S. Smith Jr. Award
For friendliness, generosity and community involvement
LOWER SCHOOL SMITH AWARD WINNER
To Olivia, "community services means helping people who don't have as much as we do. It makes me feel good, by giving, you can help others and be a better person." Olivia has been involved in many community service projects. She volunteered this year at Share Baby with Mrs. G-H and helped package diapers. She belongs to a children's ministry group which packaged and shipped holiday boxes overseas. She helped serve Easter breakfast brunch to single moms and their children at the Salvation Army. She collected and packaged toys and art supplies and shipped them to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. She also has her own book club in which she and her group packed 40 backpacks to be distributed to the homeless, and assembled welcome home packages for two families transitioning from the Hannah Moore Shelter to their own residence. She also participates in the vestry.
Olivia not only understands the importance of service to others, she also demonstrates what it means to be a good friend to her peers. She goes out of her way to speak up for her friends and always makes sure everyone feels included.
It is a pleasure to present the lower school Smith Award to Olivia Simone' Jones.
A year and a half ago, our schools came together to form The St. Paul's Schools. As part of this evolution, we have been working to ensure that our public image conveys our unique three-school model. The first step was identifying our "Edge"—a message that captures what is special and distinctive about our schools collectively. Through interviews with our community and market research, we arrived at the tagline "Small Schools. Big Opportunities." You will see us using that message anytime we promote the schools jointly.
Another step in this process was to create a graphic identity for The St. Paul's Schools that visually unites three individual schools. For SP and SPSG, this mark does not replace the school seals or icons but adds another layer to their identity. For our newly unified third school, St. Paul's Pre and Lower School, we wanted our youngest learners and their families to feel a part of The St. Paul's Schools from the very beginning, so we gave them the same mark as our parent organization and all four school colors. For the three individual schools, you will see that we unified our typeface and our naming conventions to add clarity and cohesion.
We are grateful to the students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni who offered feedback on the logo through the survey and focus groups. Now that this work is complete, you will see a few tangible changes on our campus. Some of our signage will be updated, including the main entrance sign at Falls Road and Seminary Avenue. In addition, a sweatshirt will be available for purchase in both school stores and will be part of the approved uniform.
We still get questions about whether we plan to merge into one large, coeducational school. Our new tagline—"Small Schools. Big Opportunities."—is a public promise that we will maintain our three small schools. In fact, we define ourselves by that small-school feel, where each child is known individually and feels comfortable to stretch his or her abilities. By operating as one system, however, we already are sharing ideas and resources to create more opportunities for our girls and boys.
At St. Paul's Lower School, learning is an adventure — and faculty are putting students in the navigation seat next to their teachers as co-pilots. If they need a little more time with the teacher to master a skill or want to delve deeper into a subject matter because it excites them, St. Paul's educators are making sure they get exactly what they need through the W.I.N. program.
What does W.I.N. stand for? "Whatever I need." The program provides dedicated time during the school day for all students to receive enrichment or small group support that doesn't interfere with core classes. Every day, teachers and learning specialists have an opportunity to offer personalized instruction tailored to a student's interests and skill level. The result? Students are empowered to take risks and grow as learners, while teachers have ongoing professional development and time for reflection.
The program started last school year and was the brainchild of lower school reading specialist Kara Horst. Horst heard about a similar program while attending a Reading Workshop conference at Teachers College at Columbia University and excitedly shared the idea with the rest of the team. Math specialist, Susan Faint, enthusiastically agreed that it was a brilliant idea, and the idea quickly gained support from Lower School administrators.
Beginning in fall 2018, the school instituted a schedule that provided each grade with a daily 30-minute block of time dedicated to W.I.N. The daily schedule was then integrated into the Lower School's six-day rotation. Days 1 through 5 are used to provide W.I.N. instruction. On Day 6, grade level teams meet to discuss how to best support each student during W.I.N. time. Regular meetings, evaluation, and reflection ensure students get exactly the support or enrichment they need to move to the next level.
"Every day is a new and exciting adventure in the W.I.N. program because we are constantly tailoring our instruction to our students' needs and interests," said Mrs. Horst.
Students are selected for small group intervention or enrichment opportunities during W.I.N. based on multiple measures, including reading/math screenings, teacher observations, student interests, and benchmark data. During W.I.N., students work intensively with classroom teachers and intervention teachers during 30-minute lessons. The sessions focus on the specific skills each group needs to be successful learners, and require a cohesive, creative partnership between the classroom teachers and reading/math specialists.
Since beginning the W.I.N. program, both Mrs. Faint and Mrs. Horst have noticed that their students have more confidence and are thriving.
Read more on the Cool Progeny website.
Be our guest this fall at The Ward Center for the Arts when
St. Paul's School for Girls and St. Paul's Upper Schools Present
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
This year's show will offer four evening performances and two matinees. At both matinees, children are welcome to a meet and greet with characters after the show. Purchase tickets here.
- Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, November 9 at 3 p.m. - Post-show meet & greet
- Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. - Post-show meet & greet
- Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. - Student Night: $5 tickets with Student ID
- Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, September 10, students, faculty, staff, and trustees of The St. Paul's Schools gathered in the George L. Mitchell '44 Stadium for the installation of Dr. Jefferson Huang as the schools' inaugural president.
This ceremony marked a historic moment for our institutions. With oversight of our three schools, Dr. Huang is positioned to ensure that St. Paul's students of all ages continue to learn in a small-school setting while enjoying the opportunities provided by a large, interconnected campus. Working with the heads to make sure each school retains its own distinctive culture and gender-appropriate programs, Dr. Huang will streamline the schools' administrative functions, serve as an external ambassador, and guide the faculty and staff to continually elevate the quality and continuity of instruction on our campus.
"Today we're celebrating that each one of the schools is part of an even larger collection of schools. And that collection of schools is stronger together than any one is alone," Dr. Huang said to the gathered crowd of 1,600 St. Paul's community members and invited guests.
Prior to joining St. Paul's, Dr. Huang was Vice President at Claremont McKenna College, where he served for 24 years in roles of increasing responsibility centered around Student Affairs and Admissions. Early in his career, he was associate dean of students at Bard College in New York. Dr. Huang is a scholar of Philosophy who has taught many courses and researches and writes on ethics and technology among other issues. He completed his Ph.D in Philosophy at The Claremont Graduate University, as well as a B.A. and M.A. of Philosophy at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.
Jeff and his wife, Catie Huang, have two children: Abby and Topher. When his children attended Saint Mark's Episcopal School in Upland, California, Jeff served as chair of the school's board.
In her opening remarks at the installation ceremony, Elizabeth Robinson, chair of the Board of Trustees, captured the energy and enthusiasm around Dr. Huang's appointment. "When you look to your left, and look to your right, know that you are witnessing a historic moment for our community," she said. "We leave here carrying pride in our history ... and energy fueled by all that is possible for us in the bright future we see ahead."
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