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Happening This Saturday Oct 14: Baltimore Educational Forum

0 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 2:00pm

October 14: Free Educational Forum presented by Gilman, Bryn Mawr and Roland Park Country Schools Read More →

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You’re Invited to the 2017 Educational Forum Hosted by Gilman, Roland Park Country School and Bryn Mawr School

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 29, 2017 12:30pm

Please join Gilman, Roland Park Country School and Bryn Mawr School for the 2017 Educational Forum. The event is taking place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9AM-4PM at Gilman. Read More →

Featured, Schools

High Schoolers Hit Snooze Button This School Year

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 9:23am

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For teenagers who’ve had the luxury of sleeping in all summer, transitioning to the early-morning school day can be, well, a rude awakening. But for students at three area high school schools, that blow will be softened by a new schedule modification. When the 2017–2018 school year begins, classes at the upper schools of Gilman, Roland Park Country School and Bryn Mawr will start one hour later—at 9 a.m.—every Wednesday.

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Gilman’s ’14 Grad Chase Campbell Receives UVA’s Crowley Scholarship

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017 10:00am

Chase Campbell, a 2014 graduate of Gilman School, will receive University of Virginia’s prestigious T. Rodney Crowley Jr. Scholarship. Read More →

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Gilman Joins Prestigious UPenn Independent School Teaching Residency

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:30am

Gilman has announced that it is an inaugural member of the Independent School Teaching Residency (ISTR), an innovative new collaboration between the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania and a consortium of 10 of the nation’s leading independent day schools. Read More →

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Gilman Class of 2016 Honored at 119th Founders Day

0 Written by: | Monday, Jun 13, 2016 10:00am

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Each year the leading scholar from each Middle and Upper School grade is awarded a William S. Thomas Scholarship Prize. This year’s Upper School recipients, pictured from left, are: Matthew Z. Mu ‘18, James Clayton Hebert ‘17, Luigi Nicholas Mangione ’16 (valedictorian), and William Carrington Dowling ‘19. Photo Credit: Steve McDaniel

The 112-member Class of 2016 faced stormy weather on Sunday, June 5, for the Founders Day exercises that marked the end of their time as Gilman students. The threat of thunderstorms led to a decision to move the exercises indoors, which, despite the swelter inside the Redmond C.S. Finney Arena, provided wise as rain pelted the ceiling about 40 minutes into the ceremony. The nimble move seems apt for the Class of 2016, characterized by its valedictorian, Luigi Nicholas Mangione, as inventive, with “incredible courage to explore the unknown and try new things.” Read More →


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Head Football Coach Biff Poggi to Leave Gilman

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 2:09pm


Championship-winning head football coach Biff Poggi will leave Gilman School after 19 years, Headmaster Henry Smyth announced today. Poggi, an alumnus of the class of 1979, will explore new opportunities in football at Maryland and Michigan. 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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School’s out for the summer — almost.

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 02, 2015 3:00pm

Gilman Summer Camp

Gilman Summer Camp

It’s time to plan for camp. Hooray! We’ve come a long way from the days of Camp Wabeewawa <—literally the name of a sleep-away camp in White Mountains of New Hampshire in the 1930s.  However,  there is still Band Camp. There will always be a Band Camp, and stories from Band Camp. (Fist pump! Fellow glockenspielers!)

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Gilman Teacher Honored through Hopkins Fellowship Program

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 9:18am

Gilman sixth grader Vasili A. successfully nominated his fifth grade teacher Lisa Teeling for The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth’s Sarah D. Barder Fellowship Program.

Gilman sixth grader Vasili A. successfully nominated his fifth grade teacher Lisa Teeling for The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth’s Sarah D. Barder Fellowship Program.

Fifth grade teacher Lisa Teeling is on her way to San Francisco this week, thanks to the gratitude of a former student.

Over the summer, Gilman sixth grader Vasili A. nominated Teeling for The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth’s (CTY) Sarah D. Barder Fellowship Program, which is designed to honor and support great teachers for the work they do with talented students. CTY students in California, Maryland, and Nevada are invited to nominate outstanding teachers each year.

Vasili was new to Gilman last year and credits Teeling with helping make his transition “really easy and smooth.” His nomination letter began by saying, “I think Mrs. Teeling should win this award because she is so supportive, enthusiastic and fun that she made fifth grade an important year of learning and growing for me.” He went on to note her friendliness, flexibility, encouragement, and how she worked with him to improve his writing and organizational habits.

Vasili never told Mrs. Teeling that her name had been submitted. It was Christmas Eve when she received a letter notifying her of the nomination. “I was completely shocked,” she said. “His essay touched my heart. Vasili, and others like him, are what make teaching such a joy.”

The nominated teachers are then invited to apply to for the fellowship and up to 15 of the applicants are selected. Teeling found out in early January that she is one of just ten teachers chosen for this year’s program, which includes an all-expense-paid trip to the annual conference, held this year in San Francisco. In the years to follow, veteran teachers are invited to return to the conference, interact with new and returning fellows, and participate in a robust program of professional development centered on a theme.

Teeling says she’s looking forward to the networking aspect of the program, as well as the intense days of discussions and presentations. She is also honored by the way Vasili expressed his appreciation.

Vasili too, was pretty thrilled with the news. “I was incredibly excited, I was probably just as excited as she was,” he said. “She really deserves it. She just made fifth grade a lot of fun. I wasn’t just waiting for the bell to ring. It was a great year.”

Notably, Vasili has a successful track record with the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship. Last year, he nominated his teacher – Mrs. Emerson at Cathedral — and she was also selected for the program.

After five years in CTY, this summer will be Vasili’s final year in the program. And, yes, he plans to nominate another teacher. He’s still deciding on who it will be.

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