The Baldwin School Alumnae Association is pleased to announce an exciting, new collaboration. For the first time in the school's history, we will be bringing together faculty, alumnae and parents each month, for a lively discussion of a wide assortment of books. Included are novels, a play, a book of short stories and a book focusing on science. Our faculty facilitators will lead us in a better understanding of outstanding pieces of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction.
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Students at the Khanote School in Pakistan, Baldwin's partner school through Girls Learn International, have written a letter to Baldwin students. Click here
to read the letter, in which the students share insight about their favorite classes, their uniform, the games they play, and how the floods in Pakistan in the summer and fall of 2010 affected their community.
In 2007, Nadia Tareen '11 launched Baldwin's student chapter of Girls Learn International
(GLI). Through GLI, Baldwin has partnered with a class at the Khanote School, an all-girls school in the Sindh region of Pakistan. The students have exchanged scrapbooks, written short letters which Nadia’s mother has translated, made friendship bracelets and other crafts, and set up exhibits to educate the Baldwin community about the challenges and importance of educating girls in other parts of the world.
It's Day One of Camp Magar, the co-ed summer camp on Baldwin's campus now in its 66th year. Today, kids were swimming, playing tennis and learning archery from Baldwin's own Junior Olympian Anjalie Field '11.
Some campers are following the footsteps not just of their parents, but also their grandparents by enrolling at Camp Magar. The camp is full of "secret" traditions but psst...we can let you in on a few:
- The "stay-late," in which campers enjoy a cookout (complete with s'mores, of course), bonfire and the tales of a professional storyteller.
- Each group sings its own songs - original lyrics from the camp's founding participants.
- A dance performance to delight campers' parents at summer's end.
- The Magar Merit Award to reward the male and female camper with the best sportsmanship and attitude during camp.
And did we mention birthday cupcakes? Everyone with a summer birthday gets cupcakes...to the tune of 1,000 by the time camp is over.
Stay tuned for opening day photos of the boys and girls enjoying Camp Magar!
Congratulations to environmental studies teacher and sustainability coordinator Tiffany Hays Borsch for her spot on Oprah's OWN. She was featured on P&G's Future Friendly for her commitment to reducing the environmental impact of herself, her students and her community. Click here to watch the video and see Tiffany in action.
Baldwin Green Facts:
- The Baldwin Athletic Center features eco-friendly design, including solar reflectance roofing, regionally sourced materials, Energy Star equipment and appliances, and an indoor air quality management system.
- Baldwin offers an Advanced Environmental Studies class, plus Earth Matters (Upper School) and Earth Matters Too (Middle School) clubs. In 2011, students collaborated on Green Week, highlighting Baldwin's commitment to creating a safe and sustainable space for learning.
Fifty-eight seniors at The Baldwin School received their high school diplomas on June 9 at the school's 123rd commencement. Among the graduates are two National Merit Scholarship Program winners, Society of Women Engineers certificate holders, National Latin Exam medalists, a Community Hero Award winner, soon-to-be college athletes and other accomplished young women. Click Read More for details on our amazing girls' achievements.
Photo courtesy of Jay Gorodetzer Photography. More professional photos to come...
The gong has been struck, the bell has been rung and pins have been passed. See highlights from the pomp and circumstance of the 2011 Commencement in our Media Gallery
, along with photos from the week's Moving Up ceremonies and other transition celebrations.
Baldwin Crew competed for the first time in the program’s history at the 66th Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships (CSSRA), June 3-6 in St. Catherine, Ontario. The lightweight four stroked by Denise Cirelli, Annie Leonardi, Jasmine Schlichting, Tess Candell and coxswain Shayna Fader captured bronze. Although the lightweight four was the only boat to make it to the award’s dock all of Baldwin’s boats had a strong showing.
Grade IX student and tennnis sensation Kristine Rojo has received two accolades: the Althea Gibson Leadership Award and the title of Junior Ambassador of Down the Line and Beyond Foundation. These honors are well deserved for Kristine, who won the conference singles championship as a Baldwin freshman and was part of the team championship in fall 2010.
The Althea Gibson Leadership Award is given annually to two junior tennis players nationwide who exhibit leadership skills on and off the court. Similarly, the Down the Line and Beyond Foundation had monitored Kristine's successes and her character on and off the court before awarding her the title of Junior Ambassador. In this role, she will educate other youth about the importance of moral and ethical strength, honest and integrity.
Join us in applauding Kristine!
Grade II students heightened their senses with help from students at Overbrook School for the Blind. The girls created their names in Braille and learned about tools for the blind, including talking calculators and Braille clocks. With their newfound skills, students took turns reading each other's Braille nametags.
Grade IV students were treated to a poetry session with Nabina Das, a published writer and poet in India and the United States. The girls listened to Nabina's poetry readings and put their learnings into practice by translating their thoughts into words and sharing the resulting poems with the class. The students later had a poetry book publishing party, in which they immortalized poems they had written throughout the year in an illustrated book. See photos from both events in our Media Gallery.
You may have read this New York Times article
about movements like Digital Storytelling, a collision of art and technology. Middle School drama teacher Cynthia Angst turned this nationwide movement into an empowering and inspiring project for Baldwin’s Grade VIII students. Each girl began by creating a life-sized portrait on which she wrote the stories from her life and her aspirations for the future. The portraits took on lives of their own – from picture collages to poems to accessories of make-up and jewelry. Laura Blankenship advised the girls on the technical aspects of video production, and each girl then created a video using multimedia tools to illustrate her life story. The portraits and videos were on display as a part of the Middle School Art Show and Concert.
The digital storytelling project added another layer to the drama program, which also includes development of an autobiographical monologue based on the writings of real life women. In addition to presenting these in class, several girls presented monologues in the Martin Luther King assembly because the women they were portraying had explored issues of race and equality. One student was able to meet the “subject” of her piece, Lorene Cary, and perform for her the monologue taken from Black Ice.
The 2011 Digital Storytelling project offered a unique creative outlet – particularly for those students who are anxious of live performance. This wildly successful drama project will continue under the guidance of Ms. Angst.
Grade II students gathered on May 18 for a Native American Feast, including authentic games, dances, stories and crafts. The girls made Native American dream catchers, necklaces and flutes and treated the audience to a rain dance. The event culminated with a performance by Native American dancers.
On May 13, Grade VIII girls celebrated Baldwin’s second annual Spring Fling. This semi-formal dance represents the girls’ transition from Middle School to Upper School and marks a time to unwind with classmates before the year comes to a close. Each of the 47 students in attendance was invited to bring a special guest. The girls danced the night away to the sounds of Upper School student deejays and enjoyed food donated by Plate Restaurant
. To see Baldwin’s Class of 2015 in their Spring Fling fashions, visit our Media Gallery
The Middle School Moving Up Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 9.
Photo, left to right: Jane Roberts, Elizabeth Grubman, Meagan Cohen, Nicole DeLuca, Jasmine Syed, Eliza Mantelmacher, Nicole Baker and Aliki Karnavas
Several Grade VIII students are looking forward to more than the lazy days of summer. Eight girls will be enjoying a royal opportunity to travel to England as a part of the Perse Student Exchange Program, which creates unique teachable moments and forges friendships between students at Baldwin and Perse School, an all-girls school in Cambridge. Head of School Sally Powell launched the program with Perse School – her alma mater – three years ago.
The 10-day exchange will take Baldwin students to the Perse School classroom and on school fieldtrips and sightseeing tours around England with their host families. The girls first met their overseas classmates in October, when Perse students “crossed the pond” for a stay with the participating Baldwin families. Perse students were treated to trips to see East Coast jewels, including New York City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Over the past few months, the girls have kept their friendships strong through online- and video-chatting. Baldwin students are eager to see their friends and England’s landmarks, including Abbey Road, the Royal Ascot racecourse and the universities. Punting and shopping top the wish-list of leisure activities.
Stay tuned for a summary of this year’s program, or read more about international travel and service opportunities by clicking here.
Baldwin girls let their creativity run wild, transporting themselves to faraway places like Africa, France and Spain. From preparations for an African Feast to a leisurely meal at a Parisian café to the fashion runway, our girls can do it all.