2008-2009 Photo Essays

Commencement 2009 (Events)

Seniors became alumni on Friday, June 12, a miraculously dry day during one of the wettest spring seasons on record for Baltimore. The outside ceremony on Childs Memorial Chapel was glorious.

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McDonogh Roots: June 16 (Students)

The McDonogh Roots farm is flourishing! Strawberries are ready to be picked, the potato plants are in bloom, and the pumpkin vines are beginning to stretch their long arms across the beds.

Class of 2013 to U.S. (Students)

The Class of 2013 celebrated a major milestone on Monday, June 8: promotion to Upper School. The lucky class had a warm, sunny day for its closing ceremony. Emily F. reminisced with amusing class memories, while Ben L. inspired classmates to treasure what's ahead. After that, Head of Middle School Darren Ford awarded certificates to graduates, and Headmaster Charlie Britton congratulated each with a handshake.

LS Closing Ceremony (Students)

Despite the dark skies and driving rain on Friday, June 5, the fourth graders’ smiles made it plenty bright inside the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Athletic Center. The annual Lower School Closing Ceremony celebrated the promotion of the Class of 2017 to Middle School. Performances by the drum corps, grade-level singing groups, and the recorder ensemble added to the festive atmosphere. After Head of Lower School Noreen Lidston offered her tribute to the 71 soon-to-be graduates, Headmaster Charlie Britton handed each a certificate. The fourth graders squirmed in their seats for a few minutes while class banners were exchanged, signifying the promotion of all lower schoolers. Then, graduates bounded out of their chairs and tossed their blazers high in the air. The basketball hoop filled quickly with blue jackets.

Athletic Awards Night (Athletics)

More than 400 upper schoolers participated in athletics and together won a record 13 championships. Students, parents, and coaches celebrated these and other 2008-2009 achievements during the Athletic Awards Night Ceremony on Monday, June 8 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. Student-athletes received honors for their commitment, fortitude, attitude, and good sportsmanship. Memorable moments included Rachel H’s performance of the “National Anthem,” students’ responses to glowing tributes from their coaches, award winners surprised to be named, and the awkwardness of posing for photos.

Stewart Recital (Students)

Bianca D., Kian F., and Kiernan M. gave beautiful performances at this year's Stewart Senior Honors Recital, Friday, June 5.

Cardboard Boat Race (Students)

The 20th annual Cardboard Boat Race on June 4 will stand out as the first ever held in the pouring rain. Nevertheless, the 10 boats provided lots of entertainment and fierce competition. PBY Catalina won the Best Overall Boat trophy. The Viking ship Jomungander claimed the Poseidon Adventure award. It sank immediately. Udder Delight disintegrated in the finals, but a clever crew member crossed the finish line as a cow shark. Competitors also included Hannah Montana, the Toga Party, Black Pearl, Star Wars, the Yellow Submarine, the Space Boat, and Sesame Street.

Championship Season (Students)

The McDonogh Eagles claimed six championships this spring season. Four varsity teams won league crowns: boys golf, boys tennis, girls lacrosse, and girls track. Two JV teams earned titles: baseball and golf.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Oratory Finals (Students)

Middle schoolers gathered in Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Friday, May 15, to hear the finalists in the annual seventh and eighth grade oratory program.

Memorial Day (Events)

The school community observed Memorial Day today, Friday, May 22, with a solemn service on Memorial Court.

Battle of the Books (Students)

McDonogh teams earned a first place and three second place awards in the annual Battle of the Books competition, which was held May 14 at Glenelg Country School.

Sixth Grade Triathlon (Students)

After weeks of training during physical education classes, sixth graders ran, swam, and biked to the finish line on Tuesday, May 19. 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.

Edenwald Reception (Alumni)

McDonogh alumni, current teachers and retired employees met on May 15 at Edenwald retirement community, where four of McDonogh's finest faculty reside. Hugh Burgess (faculty from 1956-1995), Ray Oliver '40 (faculty from 1947-1992), Q.D. Thompson (faculty from 1947-1950 and 1953-1985), and Dick Working (faculty from 1953-1974) received hugs, accolades, and thanks from some of those whose lives they touched.

Headmaster's Day Ceremony (Students)

The entire school community came together on Friday, May 15 for the annual Headmaster's Day ceremony. More than 50 upper schoolers received awards for academic and artistic achievement, nine faculty and staff members were honored for 25 years of service to the school, and a very special tribute was made to retiring third-grade teacher Vicki McMillan. Vicki was also the recipient of the Naylor Courage Award.

To Be a Leader (Students)

Students in Nancy Lewis's second grade class performed their teacher's original play, "To Be a Leader" on May 12 and 13 in the Carpenter Outdoor Classroom. They told the story of Cesar Chavez and the California Grape Boycott.

Sophomore Oratory Contest (Students)

The finals of the 27th annual Sophomore Oratory Contest were held Wednesday, May 13 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre.

Jazz Bands Groove in Concert (Students)

The three jazz bands gave an electrifying concert on Friday, May 8 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. The repertoire included everything from Chick Corea to Metallica, with a sprinkling of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Band director Don New recognized 15 graduating band members with compliments, friendly jibes, and certificates. They, in turn, honored him with a poster-sized card and a gift.

Math Carnival Makes Learning Fun (Students)

On Tuesday, May 2, lower schoolers experienced thought-provoking fun at the first-ever McDonogh Math Carnival. Students chose from 33 different games that applied age appropriate mathematical concepts. In true carnival fashion, the children also enjoyed cotton candy, snowballs, and a pie-throwing contest. Many thanks go to math specialist Regina Karwacki for organizing the event, and the more than 100 parent volunteers and teachers who staffed booths throughout the day.

Reunion Weekend Saturday Events (Alumni)

The campus was bustling with activity on Saturday, May 2 as hundreds of graduates returned to celebrate Reunion Weekend. The day began with an alumni memorial service, followed by a state of the school address by Headmaster Charlie Britton and a piano performance by John Gardecki '59. Other highlights included alumni vs. varsity athletic games, campus tours, and the ever-popular family crab feast and picnic.

Reunion Weekend Friday Events (Alumni)

Alums came home on May 1 to celebrate Reunion Weekend. Friday's activities included breakfast at the Bowman House hospitality suite, classroom visits, campus tours, and a cocktail party on the Rollins Quadrangle.  

Seventh Grade Fast (Students)

More than 70% of seventh graders participated in a 30-hour fast on campus April 17 and 18 to benefit World Vision.

All-School Choral Concert Dazzles (Students)

The All-School Choral Concert, an every-other-year event, delighted a packed house in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Saturday, April 25. Singers from all three divisions performed as an ensemble choir. Smaller groups, from the Early Childhood Singers to the Concert Choir, took the stage, as well.

Unsung Heroes Honored (Students)

During the Middle School morning meeting on April 23, sixth grade students and teachers honored some of McDonogh’s unsung heroes, the school's administrative assistants, nurses, theatre staff, and athletic assistants. They did so as part of the annual Paul T. Spies '73 Community Service Project.

First Grade Production (Students)

"Follow Your Dreams and Make a Difference" was the title of the first grade production on April 22 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. The children sang, danced, recited poetry, and shared literature and art that was inspired by influential Americans of the twentieth century.

Roots - Tomato Seedlings (Students)

Mrs. Karwacki's math class has been measuring the growing tomato seedlings in order to chart their progress.

Mr. G.Q. Competition (Students)

Nine seniors and a junior competed for the coveted title of Mr. G. Q. 2009 on Saturday, April 18 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. Faculty judges picked Milton G. '09 as the winner. Hosts and competition directors were Jillian F. and Briana I. Proceeds will go to KIPP Ujima Village Academy.

Cum Laude Society Induction (Students)

Top scholars in the classes of 2009 and 2010 were inducted into The Cum Laude Society, an honor society modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, on April 20.

Adventure With the Arts Day (Students)

Family and friends joined Lower School students for a daylong celebration of visual and performing arts on April 17. Guests viewed artwork on display throughout the Lower School, including heritage boxes, bean collages, forsythia watercolors, self portraits with a modern art flair, and much more. By participating in an "Art Adventure" scavenger hunt, students and their guests got to see it all. They also enjoyed musical programs in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre.

Second Graders Perform Dahl Stories (Students)

Second graders in Kate Hailstone's class gave a charming and entertaining performance of two Roald Dahl stories, "The Twits" and "The Enormous Croc," on April 15 in the Black Box Theatre.

Roots - Deer Fencing (Events)

A group of volunteers came out on Good Friday to install a 7-foot tall deer fence with extra protection against burrowing creatures.

Baltimore Regional (Alumni)

Alums of all ages met at Tark's Grill in Lutherville on March 11 to socialize, network, and hear Headmaster Charlie Britton describe a vibrant, healthy McDonogh.

Roots - Potato Planting (Events)

More than 70 volunteers showed up for the first McDonogh Roots event of 2009, planting potatoes. In just a few short months, these spuds will be found in the campus dining hall, on dinner tables, and in local food banks.

Romeo and Juliet (Students)

Scenes from the McDonogh Theatre Lab production of "Romeo and Juliet" April 3-5.

New Sandbox, Endless Possibilities (Students)

Thanks to the McDonogh Parents Association, the Lower School now has a brand new sandbox that is "on par" with the level of a golf course sand trap! It didn't take long for students to dig in. On March 27, the sandbox was turned into an archaeological site for McDonogh's young paleontologists from the Sun Bears kindergarten class. The students carefully dug out bones, brushed them off, and determined which dinosaur they belonged to.

McDonogh's Got Talent (Students)

The Eighth Grade Leadership Group hosted the first Middle School Talent Show on Friday, March 27.

Florida Regionals 2009 (Alumni)

Charlie Britton enjoyed a reprieve from Baltimore's bleak winter when he joined members of the McDonogh community in West Palm Beach on February 25 and Naples on February 26.

Rooting for Rocks, Planting Tomatoes (Students)

Lower schoolers helped to advance the McDonogh Roots farm project Wednesday afternoon, March 25. First graders planted tomatoes in peat pots, while the kindergartners and prefirsters took a bus ride to the plot to remove roots and rocks. The plot will be tilled next week and potatoes planted. For details about the McDonogh Roots project, see the Roots button on the front page of the Web site.

Prefirst Play Focuses on Character (Students)

"Abe and Harriet's Big Ideas" was the title of the Prefirst play on March 10 and 11 in the Kelly Center. Through music, movement, and conversation students explored the character of young Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman on their journey to achieve freedom for themselves and others.

Multicultural Night Celebration (Students)

"Hues of Humanity" was the theme of this year's magical Multicultural Night on March 6. The celebration included performances in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, followed by a reception with entertainment and a variety of ethnic dishes in the dining hall. Enjoy the following photos and a You Tube video of Pegah and Piroz B. performing "Venice Carnival."

LS Hall of Courage (Students)

During the Lower School chapel gathering on Friday, February 27, first graders paid tribute to African American achievers with a program entitled "Hall of Courage." During Black History month, every first grade student researched an African American achiever and then made a doll representing that person. The dolls were featured during the chapel meeting and will be on display in the mid-level corridor of Elderkin Hall through March 13.

Character Matters Performance (Students)

"Character Matters" was the theme of a performance by second graders on February 26 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. In this fun show, the Fairy Tale Advice Counsel, led by Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Humpty Dumpty, helped folktale celebrities learn many important character-building lessons. For example, Hansel and Gretel taught the witch to be a good neighbor, the Miller's daughter gave up trying to guess Rumplestiltskin's name, the rats persuaded the Pied Piper to forgive the townspeople, and Troll learned to stop bullying Billy Goat Gruff.

American Biography Day (Students)

Third graders took the stage of the Ceres M. Horn Theatre as patriots, doctors, athletes, authors, artists, and many other inspiring Americans for Biography Day on February 19. Students entertained family and friends with songs and tales about those they portrayed.

Marshmallow and Linguine Tower Stands Tall (Students)

During Engineering Week, February 16-20, the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering invited area middle schoolers to celebrate by entering a contest to build the tallest tower, using a one pound box of linguine and two bags of marshmallows. Several groups of McDonogh students accepted the challenge and the eighth grade foursome of Andrea B., Elizabeth P., Harris R., and Claire S. tied for first place with a team from Bryn Mawr. The winning tower was 140 cm.

Celebrating 100 Days of School (Students)

Some lower schoolers celebrated their 100th day of school with special activities and a visit from Zero the Hero (a.k.a. Head of Lower School Noreen Lidston).

Love Week Highlights (Students)

During "Love Week," the sophomore SGA sold carnations, t-shirts, and True Match results, and McDonogh's a capella groups the Gentleman Songsters and the Women of Note delivered several hundred singing telegrams across campus.

Students Host Diversity Conference (Students)

On Wednesday, February 11, approximately 55 upper school students from area independent schools attended "Beyond Black and White," a conference hosted by D4M (Diversity for McDonogh). The purpose of the full-day meeting was to expand knowledge of diversity and teach participants how to lead diversity programs at their own schools.

Little Eagles Help Homeless (Students)

On Tuesday, February 10, first graders filled nearly 200 bags with personal hygiene items for homeless people in Baltimore and Westminster as part of "Little Eagles Care," an ongoing effort in the Lower School to involve students in meaningful community service projects. The children also created special Valentine's Day cards and attached them to the bags.

February Athletic Signings (Athletics)

On February 4, six McDonogh seniors signed NCAA letters of intent to play Division I sports in college. Among them were nationally recognized track and field athletes and soccer players. The schools they will attend include Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Loyola and Miami.

Girls Swimming Champs (Students)

Competing at UMBC on February 1, the girls swim team won its seventh consecutive Independent Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. The girls set several meet records and won by 128 points over their closest competitor.

McDonogh Dances 2009 (Students)

The Upper School Dance Ensemble gave a dazzling performance at McDonogh Dances on January 24 and 25. The show included 49 student dancers and five student technical assistants. The dance numbers were choreographed by faculty members Ilona Kessell, Dr. Efia Dalili, and Laura Plitt '02, as well as alums Kevin Truitt '08 and Sarah Levitt '03, and current students Ariel L. '10, Bianca D. '09, and Anna B. '09. Sarah Levitt was also a guest performer.

NYC 2009 (Students)

It was a packed house on January 22, 2009 when alumni from The Big Apple joined Headmaster Charlie Britton and veteran faculty Laddie Levy '63 and Mina Wender for our annual regional event.

Inauguration Day Commemoration (Students)

McDonogh students of all ages spent Inauguration Day engaged in living history. Upper schoolers watched the ceremony in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, while lower and middle schoolers particpated in a variety of activities and viewed the historic event in their classrooms. The technology department made it possible for faculty and staff to stream video onto school computers.

All-School Art Exhibition (Students)

The All-School Art Exhibition, featuring works by students in kindergarten through grade 12, will be on display in the Tuttle Gallery and the lobby of the Ceres M. Horn Theatre until February 20. An opening reception was held on January 15. Here is a sampling of what is on display.

Middle School Geography Bee (Students)

All Middle School students gathered in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on January 9 to watch 25 of their classmates compete in the finals of McDonogh's 15th Annual Geography Bee. The anticipation and excitement was the same as it is each year, the only visible difference was that everyone was decked out in purple in support of the Ravens playoff game the next day. Each contestant secured a spot on stage by first becoming the champion in their social studies class. After an hour and a half of difficult questions and impressive answers, eighth grader Josh V. was declared the winner.

Peace & Light Celebrations (Students)

Students from McDonogh's lower school classes charmed audiences with their annual "Celebrations of Peace and Light."

Holiday Project is a Wrap (Students)

Holiday packages from all over campus were loaded onto trucks and transported to St. Gregory the Great Church in Baltimore on December 19. In addition to personal cars and school vans the Formisano and Sevel families donated trucks and drivers from their businesses to help parents and school staff with the delivery. This year's project aided 453 children and their families.

Alumni Holiday Luncheon (Students)

Alumni gathered on campus for the Annual Holiday Luncheon. At the luncheon they were able to hear remarks from Charlie Britton as well as a performance from the Concert Choir.

All-School Holiday Assembly (Students)

At the All-School Holiday Assembly, a dispirited Joker and his two henchmen, Kawalski and Ricco, attempted to convince the “McGotham” community that the season was all about “the getting and the having.” Luckily Batgirl arrived on a souped-up bike to save the day! She confronted the Joker, making him turn out his sack of purloined presents, and asked him to think about others instead of himself. After listening to performances by the many and varied musical groups in “McGotham,” the Joker received the message that the season is about “joy, not jokes; song, not sneers; giving, not grabbing and getting!”

Holiday Bazaar Fun (Events)

The McDonogh Parents Association sponsored Holiday Bazaar drew a big crowd on Sunday, December 7. Shopping, caroling, games, crafts, and delicious treats were enjoyed by all.

Thanksgiving Breakfast 2008 (Alumni)

Alumni from the classes of 2005-2008 joined the senior class for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning along with Headmaster Britton and various faculty members.

Los Angeles Alumni Event (Alumni)

On November 19, 2008, alumni of all ages filled the home of Steven '86 & Debbie Oh when McDonogh visited L.A.

LS Helps Library Without Books (Students)

After learning earlier this fall that an elementary school library in Louisiana was still without books after losing all they had to Hurricane Katrina, the Lower School took action. For five weeks, students donated a combined total of 8,000 books of their own and Ukazoo Books of Towson contributed 10,000 more. On December 4, students filled a U-Haul with the donated books and then waved goodbye to first grade teacher Mary-Catherine Irving and fourth grade teacher Craig Whiteford as they headed to Lousianna to make the delivery. Photos of students unloading the books in Louisiana are compliments of Dinah Rogers from the Times-Picayune and were featured in the newspaper on December 5.

San Francisco Regional (Alumni)

Alumni in the Bay Area gathered at the Hotel Vitale on November 18, 2008.

Mingle and Munch (Students)

On December 3, Cleopatra, Thomas Edison, Harriet Tubman, Tutankhamen, Annie Frank, Walt Disney, and Michelle Kwan were among the many well-known people conversing in the lobby of Ceres M. Horn Theatre. Sixth graders portrayed them during Famous People Mingle and Munch, the culminating activity of a cross-curricular biography study.

Myths and Masks (Students)

Fourth graders performed original myths and pourquoi tales for Lower School students, parents, and special guests on November 24 and 25. The students wore colorful masks made from plaster molds of their own faces.

Exhibit Showcases McDonogh (Tuttle Gallery)

An exhibit featuring some of the artwork in "E. Carey Kenney's McDonogh" is on display in the Tuttle Gallery until December 15. An opening reception with the artist, who was head of McDonogh's art department from 1947-1980, was held on November 19.

Boys Soccer Champs (Students)

Top-ranked boys varsity soccer was victorious against Mt. St. Joseph High School on November 10 to win the MIAA conference title. The final score was 6-1.

Autumn at McDonogh (Events)

McDonogh's campus shines at this time of year.

Field Hockey Champs (Students)

The McDonogh Varsity Field Hockey team beat Mount de Sales on November 2 to win their second IAAM B Conference Championship.

2008 Spirit Parade (Events)

On Friday, November 7, the McDonogh community donned their best orange and black attire and both watched and marched in the annual double self-enveloping spirit parade.

93rd McDonogh/Gilman Game (Events)

On November 8, the McDonogh Eagles defeated the Gilman Greyhounds 22 to 14. Three sides of the field blazoned with orange and black after Headmaster Charlie Britton and Upper School History teacher Dave Harley led a spirited parade over the bridge from Bryn Mawr.

Halloween (Students)

On Friday, October 31, the McDonogh community celebrated Halloween with a day of costumes, parades, and fun.

KAL Draws Fire (Students)

On Thursday, October 30 Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, international award winning editorial cartoonist from "The Economist," gave middle and upper school students a peek into the world of politics as seen through the eyes of a satiric journalist.

Atlanta Alumni Event (Alumni)

Alumna Martha Parr Ille '89 and her husband, Jean-Francois, showed their southern hospitality when they hosted McDonogh's alumni event in their Atlanta home on October 23, 2008.

Football and Cheerleading Senior Day (Students)

On Friday, October 24 seniors on the Football team and the Cheerleading squad received recognition.

Livingston Taylor Master Class (Students)

Singer-Songwriter Livingston Taylor taught a masterclass to upper school students on Thursday, October 16.

Colder Than Here (Events)

Senior Sophie K. directed Laura Wade's "Colder Than Here" in the Osborne Black Box Theatre on October 24 and 25.

Lower School UN Day (Students)

On Friday, October 24 the Lower School gathered in the Chapel to celebrate the anniversary of the origin of the United Nations. This assembly included a parade of flags and a captivating story by Mr. Grega.

Golf Classic (Alumni)

The 33rd Annual Golf Classic was held on October 20 at Chestnut Ridge Country Club in Lutherville.

Stream Study (Students)

On the morning of October 3, 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.

Chesapeake Bay Trip (Students)

October 14-16, eighth graders traveled to the shores of the Chesapeake for the annual Bay Trip. Featured activities included canoeing, crabbing, scraping for oysters and sub-aquatic vegetation, night-hiking, and watching the sunrise.

American Shakespeare Weekend (Students)

Upper school students traveled to the American Shakespeare Center in VA on October 10 for a weekend of master classes and performances.

Race for the Cure (Events)

The McDonogh Community came out in force October 19 for the 16th annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley.

Campus Clean-up and Color War (Students)

Sophomores spent Friday, October 17 cleaning up around campus and then participating in a color war.

McLympics & Outdoor Expedition (Students)

On Thursday, October 16, sixth graders participated in the annual McLympics competition and then headed to their tents for a night outdoors.

Middle School History Walk (Students)

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.

Founder's Day (Events)

The McDonogh community gathered around the John McDonogh monument to celebrate Founder's Day on Wednesday, October 8, 2008.

Junior Pin Ceremony (Students)

Following in the McDonogh tradition, the 144 members of the Class of 2010 officially became upperclassmen at the Junior Pin Ceremony on Monday, October 6.

Career Day (Students)

A variety of professionals shared information about their jobs with Upper School students during Career Day on October 7. Former Governor of Maryland Robert Ehrlich was the keynote speaker at the event, which was organized by Harry L. '10 and the Career Club.

DC Alumni Gather (Alumni)

Members of the McDonogh community in the Washington, DC area gathered for a cocktail reception at District ChopHouse on September 25, 2008. Alumni spanning six decades enjoyed cocktails, conversation, and remarks by Headmaster Charlie Britton. Also in attendance were veteran faculty Dave Harley, Ceil Millar, and Peggy Warner.

Ice Cream for Books (Lower School)

Lower School students coasted down "Slip N Slides" and ran through sprinklers to celebrate meeting their summer reading challenge "Ice Cream for Books." Head of Lower School Noreen Lidston, dressed as an ice cream sundae, and Headmaster Charlie Britton, clad in an ice cream man suit, arrived on the scene in a traditional white ice cream truck to deliver treats to students.The Lower School students read a combined total of 5,123 books to earn this summer fun on a school day. Their goal was 3,500 books.

Featured Images (Students)

All the featured images for the 2008-2009 school year.

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