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Tomorrow Night- Open House Spring Showcase at the Baltimore Design School

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00am


Spring Art Showcase this Friday at the Baltimore Design School! Please come to this open house event from 5:30 – 7:30. Take a tour through this semester’s stunning showcase from 5:30 – 6:30 and stay to enjoy our student fashion show w/ DJ!


It Could Be Worse, Maryland SAT Takers

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:58am


It’s no fun to take the SAT. It’s long and stressful. But it could be worse, you could have taken it in Loudoun County, Va. The answer sheets of about 100 Loudoun County students never made it to College Board for scoring, NBC Washington reported Wednesday. Read More →

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OrchKids and Gilman Students Make Music Together

1 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:30pm

Gilman junior Nirakar Pandey - Event organizer

Gilman junior Nirakar Pandey – Event organizer

“Today is about expression and individuality,” OrchKids Artistic Director Dan Trahey told about fifty young musicians from Baltimore City Public Schools and Gilman, as they warmed up together for a morning of musical improvisation.

Watch a video about the day and hear the music by Gilman and OrchKids here.

Standing in a large circle, students from four different schools, ranging from third through ninth grade, mimicked Trahey’s sounds and patterns, created beats with their bodies and voices, and introduced themselves to the group. The exercise is called “creative connections.” Soon, they would all connect over a shared melody and create a new piece of music.

The Baltimore City Public students traveled to campus from Lockerman-Bundy Elementary, Highlandtown Elementary, and Booker T. Washington. They are all enrolled in OrchKids, a year-round program of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra (BYSO) that puts musical instruments in the hands of Baltimore kids.

Their visit to Gilman was organized by junior Nirakar Pandey as outgrowth of a Civic Engagement and Service Learninggrant he received last spring. As one of two inaugural grant recipients, Pandey was awarded $1,500 to pursue a community service program. He called his “Orchcessories,” with the goal of supplying musical accessories, such as woodwind reeds, violin strings, or brass mouthpieces, to the students enrolled in OrchKids.

A violinist with the BYSO, Pandey spent last summer working with OrchKids students at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School and was inspired to help.

“I wanted to support this cause because I believe it is important for everyone to receive a musical education if they would like to,” said Pandey, who has been playing music since the age of five. “OrchKids provides instruments and some accessories, but many of these students cannot afford the accessories.”

This year, he also wanted to show the Orchkids the place that he loves – Gilman.

They arrived by the busload on a recent Friday morning, each with an instrument in hand, and filed into Gilman’s band room. Following their “creative connections” and team building exercises, the students broke into small sectional groups. Led by Trahey, Gilman’s Middle and Upper School Band Director Peter Lander (who also serves as an OrchKids instructor), and others, the groups worked with a pre-arranged piece of music and added to it. Some students wrote words, others added “groove” or percussion, while others crafted a counter melody.

About 45 minutes later, the groups convened to play together. What they produced – an impressive eight-minute improvisational piece – was a true team creation and a piece of music that had never before been heard. After the music making, the group enjoyed a pizza lunch together.

“It was a very successful day and the enthusiasm from everyone was tremendous,” Pandey said. “I think the kids got to see a side of town that they would not have seen had it not been for this day. Many of the kids were amazed by our campus. And, I think the Gilman students got to have fun and realize how much opportunity we have here.”

Pandey plans to continue collecting musical accessories for OrchKids throughout his time at Gilman and hopes to organize something similar during his college years.



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Johns Hopkins Tuition Rises to $63,250 Next Year

2 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:50am


Johns Hopkins, one of the most expensive universities in the country, is about to get a little more pricey– 3.5 percent more pricey, to be precise. Read More →

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72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Maryland High School

8 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:50am


Photo by D Sharon Pruitt.

Investigators said four male juveniles and three men perpetrated a bizarre — and criminal — “senior prank” at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Md. Five of them, wearing masks, forced their way into the school at 3:40 a.m. and released somewhere around 72,000 ladybugs. Two others waited in cars outside. Read More →

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Relive Commencement Speeches from John Harbaugh, Pixar’s President

0 Written by: | Friday, May 22, 2015 2:00pm

harbaughThere are going to be a lot of new college grads around town this weekend. Before they were sent off on the streets of Baltimore, some of our leaders provided words of inspiration. Here’s a look at the local commencement speeches, and a chance to watch some of them: Read More →


Maryland Students to Take Fewer Standardized Tests

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 21, 2015 2:30pm

Baltimore County SAT scores

With the introduction of the Common Core standards, the number of standardized tests students take nationwide only seem to be going up. Next year, Maryland is putting the brakes on all of the assessing. Read More →

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Teachable Treasure: Roland Park Country School’s “Peace on Earthbench”

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:00am

The Harvest Collective team provided RPCS critical know-how and volunteers for their all-school "Peace on Earthbench."

The Harvest Collective team provided RPCS critical know-how and volunteers for their “Peace on Earthbench.”

If you have school-aged children, you may have noticed that this generation is learning about our environment differently than their predecessors. Environmental studies, or “ecology” to some, isn’t just a science elective class anymore. With twenty percent of schools certified as Green Schools, Maryland is a leader in integrating environment studies into all grade levels and curricula. Located in Baltimore, Roland Park Country School’s “Peace on Earthbench” is an A+ example of how Maryland’s next generation is learning about our planet.  That’s good, because they’ll be saving it.

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Watch Johns Hopkins Commencement Live

1 Written by: | Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:48am

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
Happy Johns Hopkins commencement, everyone! Want to watch Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull speak live, or see someone special receive his or her diploma? You can do that, thanks to the wonderful power of technology. Read More →

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Hogan Still Thinks He Can Do What He Wants with That $68M

0 Written by: | Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:51am

Larry Hogan doesn't like Common Core

I can’t wait to find out how this is going to end. Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he would withhold $68 million earmarked for Maryland public schools, putting it toward the state pension fund instead. Read More →

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