5/6/2013 A record 500 runners and walkers, dressed in everything from tutus to fairy wings and running gear to formal wear, participated in The Baldwin School's 10th Annual Alex Wake Memorial 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday, May 4, raising more than $50,000 to support academic scholarships, athletic programming and educational awareness on domestic abuse.
Alexandra Wake ‘05, a gentle, talented 14-year-old student at The Baldwin School, was the victim of domestic violence that took not only her life, but that of her mother and grandparents on January 15, 2002. A hard working, bright Baldwin girl, Alex was empathetic and believed in building bridges and breaking down walls. She was a member of Baldwin’s cross country and track teams which gives special meaning to having a run named in her memory.
The 10th Annual Alex Wake Memorial 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk continues to provide the Baldwin and neighboring communities with a better understanding of, and the resources available for, women’s health, empowerment of women, and combating domestic violence. While the message is a serious one, the day is one of celebration as the School, its students and alumnae honor the spirit and camaraderie of their former classmate.
It's never too late to go back to school and on Monday, May 13, grandparents will be doing just that, as grandparents and special persons are invited to join their Lower School Baldwin girls for a morning of education, entertainment and enrichment.
Grandparents & Special Person's Day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9:00 assembly. Then it's off to the classrooms for side-by-side learning and creative activities. The festivities conclude at 11:30 a.m. when our guests go home but our girls stay for their afternoon classes. Visitors looking to take their LS girls home with them are required to notify the LS office in advance to make arrangements.
Three Baldwin boats earned medals at the PSRA City Championship, held on the Schuykill River on Sunday, May 6. Freshman Samantha Dewey and Rachel Sutor captured the gold medal in the Novice Doubles. Senior Jasmine Schlichting earned the silver medal in the Varsity Single and the JV Double of Abby Lemon and Eleanor Pressman captured the bronze.
Ali Thaler '15 will again play in the US Lacrosse National Tournament, this year for Philly 1. Last year, as a freshman, Ali played for Philly 4. The tournament, which will take place at Lehigh University on May 25 and 26, showcases the country's top school girl lacrosse players in grades 9 - 11.
5/6/2013 The Baldwin Softball team hit its way to a 23-13 victory in a high-scoring affair against Academy of the New Church. The Bears had a balanced offensive attacking, with 15 hits and 9 different players scoring runs.
The MS A softball team won their second game of the season with a strong performance by both the offense and the defense in an 11-4 win against the Montgomery School.
The Baldwin School was recently ranked in the top 50 private day schools in the country by TheBestSchools.org. The list was compiled based on academic excellence, quality relationships with top tier colleges, innovative degree programs in the arts, expertise of faculty, quality of athletic facilities, student diversity and general excellence. Baldwin was the top-ranked single sex school in Pennsylvania. The Haverford School was the only other single sex school in the Commonwealth to make the list.
Baldwin shared this honor with other nationally renowned schools including Trinity School and Brearley School in New York, Roxbury Latin School and Winsor School in Massachusetts, College Preparatory School and Harvard-Westlake School in California, Princeton Day School in New Jersey, Lakeside School in Washington, and Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
On Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Room, Baldwin will be hosting a free lecture with author Emily Bazelon on the importance of responsible behavior by teenagers today.
Ms. Bazelon is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. The book includes personal accounts of bullying experiences, and provides suggestions and practical tools for the victims, bystanders, parents and educators.
05/01/2013 The 2013 US Art Exhibition is now on view in the Residence Art Gallery. The exhibition is the highlight of the year for the Visual Arts Department. The work of our Baldwin painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, and jewelry makers is not to be missed! The exhibition runs though May 9.
Dr. Elizabeth Anne Sun visited the Advanced Cellular Biology class
on April 29th to speak with the students about the clinical practice of gastroenterology. She discussed the symptoms and clinical signs of illnesses of the digestive system from the internal point of view as seen with an endoscope. She demonstrated the advances in the technology of removing swallowed objects and polyps and repair of damaged tissue. With a three-dimensional model of the esophagus and stomach, Dr. Sun helped the students to place an endoscope into the upper GI tract. The students watched videos of the removal of an opened paper clip, a fish bone, batteries, and a plastic piece from an IV apparatus, all swallowed by patients seen by Dr. Sun in her practice.
The fundraising results are in...this year's Community Gala raised a record-breaking amount of more than $500,000, including $185,000 for the planned Simpson Center for the Performing Arts. Thank you to the nearly 300 attendees, and everyone who helped make Denim, Diamonds & Boldly Blue a great success! All proceeds raised through the event, raffle, live, silent and online auctions benefit The Baldwin School and make a difference in the lives of our students today and tomorrow.
Congratulations to our outstanding co-chairs, Sharna Liggett, Molly Terlevich and Jolie Khan and their hardworking committee members, for their incredible commitment and tireless efforts in support of this important fundraiser. They created an evening that made us all proud to be a part of the Baldwin community. A special thank you to our sponsors who contributed to the success of this year's gala in so many ways.
On Friday, May 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., Baldwin senior, Julia Tyminski, will present her interpretation of Jonathan Larson’s musical, RENT
. This presentation of RENT
is the culmination of Julia’s Baldwin Scholar’s Project. For her project, Julia examined how Larson came to write RENT
, exploring his process of translating the 19th century Puccini opera, La Boheme,
into a modern-day story about starving artists surviving in New York City’s Lower East Side at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Julia is directing and producing this performance which will be presented in the Baldwin Athletic Center's MPR. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.
If you were in the Baldwin area around 10:45 yesterday morning, it was a scary sight. In the parking lot outside the North Door were three police cars, three fire trucks, two ambulances, and two passenger cars facing each other as if they had been in a head-on collision with each other.
The Upper School, in cooperation with the Narberth Ambulance Corps, staged a drunk-driving "accident.” Along with Narberth Ambulance, the Lower Merion Police Department and Bryn Mawr, Belmont Hills and Penn Wynne fire companies attended the scene to safely remove an intoxicated driver and injured passengers from the cars. Police administered a sobriety test and arrested the driver.
The victims in the crash were Baldwin students Claudia Hogg, Nicole Winit, Taylor Nickens and Julz Vaccaro. All Upper School girls attended this realistic demonstration on the deadly effects of driving while impaired. This event is timed in advance of our prom and other spring events that can result in tragedy.
Baldwin Athletics will host an Open House on May 10 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm for student-athletes in grades 5-7 and parents who are interested in the MS Equestrian Program, a novice equestrian PE option, which started this spring. The Open House will take place at the stables next to the Philadelphia Country Club, located at 1108 Stoney Lane, Gladwyne, less than 10 minutes from Baldwin. Please park on Stonybrook and walk down the lane to the stable; the riding rink is at the end of the lane.
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Locations: Residence Assembly Room and
Science Building, Rooms #103 and #105
The evening will begin at 7 pm in the Residence Assembly Room with a presentation by senior, Taylor Nickens, on the research she conducted at the National Institutes of Health as a student in the Physician Scientist Training Program, STEMPREP. Following a brief question and answer session, students and guests are invited to the Science Building, Rooms #103 and #105, where Grades VI and VII students will present research and activities they have completed.
The Upper School Athletic Association helped to raise spirits high at the first-ever Upper School Blue Gray Games on Wednesday, April 13. The Lower School Blue Gray Games -- for grades 3 - 5 -- have been a favorite tradition for 43 years, beginning in 1970.
4/17/2013 SPRING CONCERT
Monday, April 22, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Haverford School, Centennial Hall
Please come and enjoy a free Spring Concert at The Haverford School, Centennial Hall, on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. This collaborative performance will feature the Baldwin MS and US Orchestras paired on stands with musicians from the Haverford School and Musicopia Orchestras.
Musicopia is a non-profit organization that reaches more than 60,000 children each year through educational music enrichment programs in schools and communities throughout the Delaware Valley. Haverford School graduate, Amar Patel, brother of Baldwin Senior, Maya Patel, is responsible for making the initial contact with Musicopia that resulted in the Haverford/Musicopia partnership and this concert event. Please join in and celebrate the music! Donations to support Musicopia will be accepted at the end of the performance.
On Tuesday April 16th, Dr. Karen Buchkovich-Sass visited the Advanced Cellular Biology class to discuss personal genomics based on the analysis of her own genome and her professional experience as a researcher. This discussion was particularly significant as Dr. Buchkovich-Sass and her husband, Dr. Philip Sass, PhD, a geneticist and biochemist, made a joint donation that allowed the students in both Advanced Biology classes to participate in the National Geographic Genographic Project.
While that project traced the migration routes of populations of Homo sapiens out of east Africa using mitochondrial DNA analysis, Dr. Buchkovich-Sass addressed the technology developed to obtain personal genome data. She shared her personal genetic scan analysis from a company known for its careful identification and statistical analysis of single nucleotide changes between people with a particular disease and those without the disease to identify the specific nucleotide changes that have a high probability of predicting a particular disease. She engaged the students in a lively discussion of the future of personal genetics and ethical questions regarding the use of personal genetic data.
The crew team raced in the Manny Flick-Horvath Regatta
(Flick #4) on the Schuylkill River on Sunday, April 14, 2013. With several
injuries on the team, Coach Hud shuffled line ups with successful
results. The Freshmen Double of Rachel Sutor and Samantha Dewey won their race in a time of 6:23.32 over Upper Dublin, Haddon Township and Friend’s Select. Danielle Foltz debuted in the Girls Gig/Novice Single race coming in 4th with a time of 8:15 in the only Gig entered.