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5/29/2012
Seniors Kaylah Kleczka and Maddie Noteware captured the silver medal at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America's Championship on May 25 on Cooper River, NJ.
 
With about 250 meters remaining, the varsity double pushed their way from fourth to second and finished with a time of 5:45.083.
 
Baldwin’s Freshman Lightweight Doubles and Lightweight Quad also qualified for the finals in an extremely competitive regatta.
 
photo (l to r): Maddie Noteware and Kaylah Kleczka
5/23/12
The Middle School art, music and drama departments came together on May 16 for an unforgettable show.
 
If a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, then what can be said of a thousand pictures? The Grade VIII drama students got creative, and personal, when assigned the task of creating life-sized portraits of themselves for a Digital Storytelling project.
 
An amalgam of shape, color and texture, the students used photos, journal entries, poems and textured materials to express their interests, passions and contemplations. They then produced videos to explain the thought-process behind their character creations and to illustrate their life stories. With the help of Computer Science Coordinator Laura Blankenship, QR codes were also featured on every self-portrait, enabling attendees to view the corresponding video ‘performance’ straight from their smart phones.
 
As quirky and unique as each of their creators, the self-portraits are a telling portrayal of the triumphs and struggles of adolescence. From poems to proverbs, diaries entries and motivational quotes, the textual content speaks volumes of the views, opinions, dreams and future aspirations of each student.
 
Collages were also a popular choice for art students, who created posters for the event featuring photo cutouts of their ‘favorite things,’ while using their initials as the focal point of the designs. Also on display were ceramic plates the students molded, glazed and fired in the likeness of famous singers, athletes and fashionistas.
 
The Middle School Chorus, Jazz Band, Ensemble and three Handbell groups brought music to the mix, as they performed a repertoire of numbers for evening attendees.
 
Check out our Media Gallery to view more photos from the event, or visit our blog to learn more about the Middle School student art projects from Art Department Head Janice Wilke.
5/23/12
A seventh class of parents can say they have reached 100% parent participation in the Annual Fund – the Class of 2012. Senior class parents join their daughters, who last week also reached 100% participation for their class. These soon-to-be-graduates each made a contribution to the Annual Fund, learning now the importance of giving to the school as alumnae.
 
On May 17, Sally Powell hosted a BBQ for the Classes of 2025, 2023, 2021, 2020, 2018 and 2017, all of which achieved 100% participation. A special congratulations to the Classes of 2023, 2020, 2018 and 2017 for three consecutive years at 100% parent participation.
 
Join us today in striving toward 100% Parent Participation for the entire school. Gifts and pledges can be made online. Thank you for your support of Baldwin.
5/29/12
For young alumna Alice Matthai ’10, lacrosse has never been just a sport. Since picking up her first stick in Grade III, to being named captain of the lacrosse team during her junior year at Baldwin, the game has stuck with her like a childhood friend.
 
When Alice packed up and moved to Virginia to attend Washington & Lee University, she was determined to keep at least a few aspects of her routine constant, lacrosse being no exception. In her quest to make the game work for her, Alice stumbled upon a different calling – one that required a little less time on the field, and a little more time blowing whistles from the sidelines.
 
Take a small town with no official middle school lacrosse teams, and 46 adolescent girls eager to learn the name of the game, and you’re looking at Coach Matthai, Lexington Club Lacrosse’s newest addition. Alice takes a time out from school work and lacrosse to share her experiences as a first year coach.
 
Check out our blog to read the full story.
5/22/12...Diane Senior (Upper School English), Kelly Grimmett (Anne Frank library), Janice Wilke (Upper School art), Jessica Davis (Lower School faculty) and Laura Blankenship (Middle and Upper School technology) completed Powerful Learning Practice, a year-long professional development program. Their project, The 3-D Classroom, was chosen as one of three to be featured at the final event on April 25.
 
Read their interview and see the project in action here.

5/22/2012. . . Baldwin Crew Teams qualified half of their boats for the finals of the 2012 Stotesbury Cup Regatta; 3 out of 6 qualified for finals; 5 out of 6 qualified for semis. 

"Baldwin's crews are rowing really well!  There catch and drive sequence has really improved since Cities.  The 3 seat in the Senior Quad (Natalie Webb) is really connected!" said Joe Quaid, Head Coach of Undine Barge Club and former U.S. National Team Coach. 

In addition, Coach Liesel added that that two sophomores and made it to semi-finals and our lightweight double was the only local crew to make it to finals.

photo (l to r): Liz Asch, Charlotte Beever, Natalie Webb
 
5/18/12...On May 14, Baldwin Lower School students and parents made a special delivery to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Nearly 200 onesies, painted during Baldwin's Mother/Daughter Week, were donated to the hospital's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment
 
 
Pictured: Joanna Horst (Nurse Manager of Center), Parents' Association President Barbara Sprague, Baldwin parent Michele Davey, Dr. Holly Hedrick (Pediatric General and Fetal Surgeon at CHOP) and incoming Parents' Association President Sejita Paige. Students Camille Stecker '23 and Arden Davey '23 show off their creations.

Special thanks to Baldwin's own Becky Rohtbart '97 (Director of Development at CHOP) for her help in coordinating this event.
Proud winners of the Pennsylvania Mathematics League Contest, AMC 8 and Math Marathon. Front Row (l to r): Sanjana Dixit (VI), Hilary Liu (VI), Sara Syed (VI), Jessica Zhang (VII), Jane Bradley (VII), Jessica Levit (VIII), Isabel Senior (VIII). Back Row (l to r): Anna Bunting (VI), Tara McMahon (VI), Skyler Schork (VI), Abby Dichter (VI), Yue (Kaitlyn) Kang (VII), Anika Iyer (VII), Pallavi Sreedhar (VII), Anne Chen (VII), Alexandra Scannell (VIII), Olivia Horwitz (VIII), Shreya Dalal (VIII).

5/17/12...Middle School math awards were presented on May 16 and marked significant individual and school achievements, including state and national rankings.

Pennsylvania Mathematics League Contest winners:
Grade 8
Third place:  Shreya Dalal, Jessica Levit & Isabel Senior
Second place: Olivia Horwitz  
First place:  Alexandra  Scannell

Grade 7
Fifth place: Stephanie Blank
Third Place: Anne Chen & Pallavi Sreedhar
Second Place: Anika Iyer
First place: Jessica Zhang

Our seventh grade team’s score of 129 earned Baldwin a tie for seventeenth place among the 97 participating schools statewide. Jessica was the top scorer among seventh graders in Montgomery County, and was in a four-way tie for first place among individual scorers statewide.

Grade 6
Fourth place: Anna Bunting, Hilary Liu, Tara McMahon & Skyler Schork  
Second Place: Sabrina Rustgi & Abby Dichter
First place: Sara Syed

American Mathematics Competition 8 winners:
Third place: Shreya Dalal (VIII)
Second place: Alexandra Scannell (VIII) & Yue (Kaitlyn) Kang (VII)
First place: Jessica Zhang (VII)

Jessica earned Honor Roll status for scoring among the top 5% of students nationwide.

18th annual Math Marathon winners:
Grade 8 - Shreya Dalal & Olivia Horwitz
Grade 7 - Jane Bradley & Jessica Zhang (highest scores in middle school)
Grade 6 - Sanjana Dixit & Hilary Liu

Baldwin’s Math Marathon motivates students to work cooperatively to solve a wide variety of mathematical problems. Pairs of students complete as many problems as they can in a timed setting.  Points are awarded according to the difficulty level and prizes are awarded to the top scoring pair of students from each grade.


MATHCOUNTS Club Members. Front row (l to r): Hilary Liu (VI), Sara Syed (VI), Angela Yang (VI), Neelam Pandya (VI), Samantha Raymond (VI), Jessica Zhang (VII). Back row (l to r): Lynn Cohen (Director Math Resource Center), Skyler Schork (VI), Roma Trivedi (VI), Kaitlyn Kang (VII), Anika Iyer (VII), Pallavi Sreedhar (VII), & Anne Chen (VII).  Not pictured: Zara Wenzinger (VII).

MATHCOUNTS Problem of the Week competition winners:

Grade 8 - Olivia Horwitz
Grade 7 - Anika Iyer & Jessica Zhang (highest scores in middle school)
Grade 6 - Sara Syed

The MATHCOUNTS problem of the week competition strengthens critical thinking and problem solving skills related to real life applications. Prizes are awarded to the top Baldwin student in each grade at the end of the year. In April, Baldwin was one of 250 schools nationwide to achieve Gold Level Status in the MATHCOUNTS Club Program, thanks to the performance of its Middle School students.
 
 
By all accounts, Alumnae Weekend 2012 was a great success!  Special thanks to the class reunion committees, alumnae volunteers, faculty, staff and Baldwin students for their special efforts to make this annual event so memorable for the Classes of Blue.  It was a weekend of lively discussions, reminiscing with friends and reconnecting with Baldwin.   
 
Just a few fun facts and highlights about the weekend…
  • Over 230 alumnae and guests participated in one or more of the 24 on-campus events and activities planned for the Classes of Blue. Alumnae represented every class from 1942 to 2007.  And, we welcomed back two former Heads of School, former faculty and staff.
  • Our guests enjoyed visiting six Upper School classes and two interest sessions featuring the Scholars Program and the Performing Arts at Baldwin.
  • The Class of 1962, celebrating their 50th anniversary, toured campus with their Grade IV pen pals. See photos in our Media Gallery.
  • The Class of 1987 was presented with the Champagne Cup for attaining the highest percentage of participation in the Annual Fund.
    The Class of 1957 received the Challenge Bowl for raising the most money for the Annual Fund.
  • We honored  three outstanding alumnae at the Alumnae Awards Assembly:  Samie Kim Falvey ’92, recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Young Alumna Award; Dr. Margaret Oxtoby ’72, recipient of the 2012 Alumnae Award; and, J. M. Ada Mutch ’22, recipient of the 2012 Life Achievement Award (posthumously). Stay tuned to the summer issue of Echoes for details.
  • Over 100 alumnae, family and friends attended Saturday’s Spring Festival, which is open to all alumnae.
Don’t forget to mark May 2-4 on your 2013 calendars for next year’s Alumnae Weekend, when we will celebrate with the Classes of Gold (3s and 8s) at Baldwin.

To view other Alumnae Weekend events, check out our Media Gallery.

5/15/12...Baldwin’s Pre-K through Grade V girls welcomed grandparents and special persons on May 14.  From assembly to the classroom and the playground, guests were invited to explore the Baldwin grounds with their young thinking girls and to take part in the events and activities hosted throughout the course of the day.

To kick-start the morning, the Lower Schoolers delighted their audience with a dynamic choral performance that featured the use of inventive props, grand gestures and peppy beats like, “Old MacDonald had a Dog,” “Splish! Splash!” and “My Name is Music.”
 
The fun then moved to the classroom, as grandparents teamed up with their Baldwin girls and got to work puzzling through language-based assignments, tricky math challenges and creative art projects.

To view photos from the day’s events, visit our Media Gallery.

5/15/2012. . . The Varsity and JV Lacrosse teams beat Agnes Irwin, at home, in league play on Friday. The varsity topped the Owls 14-13 in a closely `matched game. The JV finished with a 7-5 victory.

 “It was a great win for the team and one that they have worked very hard for,” said Varsity Coach, Kathleen Simone. “The girls have developed so much this season and should be very proud of their progress. I know that I am.”

JV Coach Sara Langsam added, “The JV game was a tight, even game and the girls played with heart to pull out a 7-5 victory.  It was our greatest team effort so far this season. Highlights from individuals:  Kate Leone had two goals and goalie Megan Cohen had 7 saves!”

photo: The BLT (Baldwin Lacrosse Team) 

Pictured: Head of School Sally Powell, Pooh Gephart, Tracy Stevens, Lynne Flaxman, Board of Trustees Chair John Dewey.

5/15/12...At the year-end Faculty, Staff, Trustee Party, the Trustee Recognition Award is given to an individual or several individuals who go above and beyond their job description for the benefit of the community.  The award may be given to any member of the faculty, staff or administration. This year's honorees are: Tracy Stevens, Middle School administrative assistant, Pooh Gephart, Upper School dean of students and interim arts director, and Lynne Flaxman, Lower School technology teacher. 
 
"For the last four years, Tracy Stevens has demonstrated extraordinary skill in the Middle School. In addition to being the engine who drives all of the day-to-day operations of the division (and she does this flawlessly), she treats each student, parent and faculty member with respect and genuine concern. Never too busy to deal with any issue, Tracy is a model of enthusiasm and that "can-do" spirit that is essential to the successful running of Middle School. Tracy is patient and tolerant, and it is obvious to all who work with her, she truly cares about the students, parents and faculty at Baldwin. Tracy goes above and beyond the requirements of the position on a daily basis. She is an extraordinary member of the Baldwin community."

"My nomination is for Pooh Gephart. Two reasons:
1. Pooh
2. Gephart

I think that says it all."

"Lynne Flaxman has been a respected and loved faculty member at Baldwin for over 20 years, initially as a first and then second grade teacher, and most recently, and the Lower School technology teacher. Lynne has worked diligently with the Lower School faculty, planning and then implementing creative computer projects. She patiently and expertly leads the girls through the projects. Lynne has also helped to spearhead the Lower School iPad program, searching apps and sites and coordinating them with the curriculum. Although Lynne's position is considered part-time, she has given hours of her own time outside of school."

5/15/12...On May 11, Baldwin announced the 2012 Service Year Awards in celebration of employees with milestone anniversaries.

5 YEARS
David Anderson                
Eleanor Hero                                      
Jeremiah Shepherd                   

10 YEARS    
Ellen Castillo       
Jane Farella        
Aline Gittleman                
Anne-Mette Hansell       
Julia Kornienko
Josiane Mariette              

15 YEARS
Cynthia Angst                    
Merle Buck                         
Elsie Pitocchelli  

20 YEARS
Rosalind Price             

25 YEARS
Sherie Saner                

40 YEARS
Marguerite Cairns  

5/14/2012. . . The Baldwin Varsity Softball team pulled off a thrilling 4-3 come from behind victory against Agnes Irwin on Friday, May 11th. AIS jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but 8th grade pitcher Noelle Zimmerman stymied the Owls for the rest of the game.  The Bears began their comeback in the 4th inning when senior captain Randa Melhem drove in her fellow captain, Amanda Buck. They tacked on another in the 5th inning after freshman Alexa Horwitz worked a walk, was sacrificed to second by senior Sarah Johnson, and scored on a single by junior Devon Cooper.

photo: Amanda Buck

5/14/2012. . . Baldwin Athletics recently hosted the PA Independence Schools Athletics Association (PAISAA) Spring Meeting. Coaches and Athletic Directors from independent schools throughout the state assembled to hear guest speaker, Dr. Jarrod Spencer and to hold the PAISAA meeting.

 
Dr. Spencer, creator of the innovative program Mind of the Athlete, addressed one of the primary keys to better performance: a clearer preconscious mind. Dr. Spencer's presentation, titled 'Clearer Mind, Better Performance', explains how the mind works, teaches a 5-step process for keeping the mind clearer, and equips coaches with proven mental skills for better performance.
 
photo: Dr. Jarrod Spencer 

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