9/30/11...Advanced Environmental Science (Grade XII) welcomed Jennifer Karsten to class today. Jennifer is a member of the 2005 Environmental Leadership Program along with Environmental Science Teacher Tiffany Hays Borsch, and spoke to the class about her recent experience as an environmental activist.

On August 22, 2011 Jennifer and her husband demonstrated in Washington, D.C., with TarSandsAction to encourage President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. They were subsequently arrested for their nonviolent action.
 
Students also presented their own research on the pipeline and its environmental effects.
Did you know 60 billion single-use drink containers were bought in 2006 in the U.S., and that 3 of 4 of these were tossed instead of recycled? Sustainability Coordinator Tiffany Hays Borsch is working with the Earth Matters club to bring the Baldwin community "going green" tips.  This week: learn the benefits of using a reusable water bottle instead of plastic bottles by heading over to our blog
Class of 2021 student Ava is breaking barriers as a running back on the Norchester Red Knights. Hear from Ava's dad on our blog.
“Farm to table” may be a current trend, but it’s been a practice for six years at Baldwin.  In addition to healthy, locally sourced ingredients for made-from-scratch recipes, Baldwin now offers a revamped school lunch line and “grab-n’-go” options.  Here’s a rundown of the changes:
  • Open all-day - snack throughout the day or before athletic practices/club meetings
  • Efficient layout - spend less time in line and find what you need more easily
  • New equipment - access more healthy options, more easily
  • New look - be welcomed by newly painted floors, walls and whimsical directional signage painted by Art Teacher Harry Eichelberg. 
  • More healthy options - “grab n’ go” pre-made sandwiches, protein packs, veggies and dip, cheese and fruit, and more.
These words were uttered by legendary Baldwin Piano Instructor Elizabeth Keller, who celebrated her 50th year at the school with a piano recital on Sunday, Sept. 18. Friends, fellow faculty, students and alumnae alike were treated to the sounds of the greatest piano composers throughout history: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt and Chopin.
 
Did you miss the performance? Click here for a video of Elizabeth performing Liszt's Etude.
 
Click "read more" to learn about Elizabeth's accomplished musical career.
Did you know you can support Baldwin through everyday purchases on Amazon.com - at no extra cost? The school earns up to 6% on virtually any item available on Amazon.com - just make purchases through this link. Plus, we've helped make shopping for books easier on Amazon.com by creating Lower School, Middle School and Upper School book lists.  Click here for details, and thank you for supporting Baldwin!
Julia Pedrick '11 was chosen by the University of Virginia for its prestigious “Arts Scholars” program.  The program is comprised of a small group of undergraduate students who have direct access to the best resources in the arts at UVA, including personal introductions to distinguished arts faculty and a senior faculty advisor-mentor through their program of study.  Julia is one of only four students in her class to be chosen in the discipline of visual arts.

Julia has studied art since ninth grade at Baldwin, and has participated in other art forms such as chorus and the study of art history. While at Baldwin, her works in charcoal and oil graced our exhibitions. She also participated in the Head of School Gallery, the Six-School Consortium Art Exhibitions, and won the Arts Achievement Award at the 2011 Evening of the Arts Celebration. Julia plans to major in biology and while building her art portfolio.
There's a lot happening at Baldwin.  From our Environmental Sciences Teacher Tiffany Borsch being named one of 24 "Women on the Move" by Main Line Today to our students studying HeLa cells in AP Biology, there is never a dull moment.  Here's a quick rundown of Baldwin's communications channels, and what you can expect to find on each:
 
Echoes is Baldwin's alumnae magazine that is distributed to all members of the school community in January, April and August.  You also can view it online.  Here, you'll find a recap of events and news, an alumnae-written feature article, Q&A with Baldwin faculty members, and more.
 
The Bulletin is an e-newsletter sent to parents each Wednesday while school is in session, and once each month during the summer.  Missed an issue? Read it online.  Here, you'll find brief clips of news and upcoming events, as well as access to quick links like the Grade Pages and registration forms.
 
Did you know Baldwin just launched a blog? The 701 gives you the 411 on what's happening at the school.  This is where you'll hear from our faculty members, students, parents' association members and other members of the Baldwin community. 
 
The News section of the website highlights accomplishments of our students and faculty.  You'll also find event recaps and photos here.  Now, you can sort our news by division or subject using the category filters on the right of the News page.
 
If you're on Facebook, like us! This is where you'll find as-it-happens news.
On the main school page, read about student achievements, give feedback to Baldwin, or collaborate with other parents.
On the Athletics page, read about student athlete news, get game scores and updates from coaches, or share your daughter's athletics accomplishments with us.
 
Baldwin is on Twitter.  Read Baldwin news, as well as education industry news and issues.
Baldwin’s AP Biology students read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” over the summer. To bring the issues presented in this book to life, the girls made microscope slides of HeLa cells. After staining the cells, students studied the cell’s chromosomes with the aid of light microscopes.

This is the first time that HeLa cells were used by students in a biology lab at Baldwin, and as you can see from the photos, the students were fascinated by translating theory into practice.
 
Read more about HeLa cells in this blog post.
Pictured, left to right:
Top - Michael Connelly, Betsy Havens, Phil D'Elia
Middle - Mary Lawson, Kelsey Reinhard (communications intern and field hockey coach), Susan Collins, Paul DiPietro
Bottom - Jessica Covello, Dr. Chia-Jung Lin, Dr. Mindy Hong, Doreen Jones, Katie Schroeder
 
Baldwin welcomes 13 new faculty and staff members to campus. Joining us this year are:

Dr. Mindy Hong – Assistant Head of School
Mindy has received the following degrees: a B.A. from Columbia University, Barnard College; an M.A. from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and a D.Ed. in Education Leadership from The University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Mindy joins us from Episcopal Academy, where she most recently served as the School’s Academic Dean.

Susan Collins - Upper School History 
Susan holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. from The University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Villanova University. She served as a long-term substitute teacher on campus last year and previously worked at both Shipley and Penn Charter.
    
Jessica Covello - Communication Officer
Jessica holds a B.S. from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She previously served as a Senior Account Manager at marketing public relations agency Communications 21 in Atlanta, where she developed and executed strategic-level integrated campaigns, specializing in social media efforts.
  
Phil D’Elia - Upper School History     
Phil received his B.A. from State University of New York at Albany and an M.S.Sc. from Syracuse University. He joins us from the International Leadership Charter School, and also had held position at Oceanside High School, South Side High School, Colegio Americano de Quito, Lawrence Woodmere Academy, and Center for Talented Youth.

Paul DiPietro - Help Desk Specialist, Technology
Paul received his B.A., in English, from Penn State University. His previous work experience includes, Philadelphia Insurance Companies and Bradley Communications Corporation.

Harry Eichelberger - Lower School/Middle School Art (not pictured)
Harry holds a B.F.A. from The Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He served as a substitute teacher on campus last year and previously worked at Lower Merion High School as well as Temple University’s John Hancock Demonstration School    

Doreen Jones - Nurse 
Doreen received her B.S.N. /R.N.  from Widener University. Her recent experience includes positions at Friends School Haverford and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Betsy Havens - Administrative Assistant to Director of Upper School 
Betsy received her B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Previous experience includes positions at The Shipley School, Sinclair Broadcasting Group and Pier 5 Hotel.  

Michael Connelly - Help Desk Specialist, Technology
Michael joins us from the West Chester Area School District and Micro Solutions Plus.

Mary Lawson - HR Assistant/Administrative Assistant to CFO
Mary received her B.S. from Framingham State College. She joins us from The Marketing Arm where she was the HR Assistant and Office Manager.

Dr. Chia-Jung Lin - Mandarin
Chia-Jung received her B.A. from National Central University in Taiwan, M.A.s from The University of California, Riverside and New York University, as well as a Ph.D. from New York University. She previously taught at: The International Leadership Charter School, the Taiwan Center and New York City College of Technology, CUNY.     

Katie Schroeder - Upper School Spanish 
Katie received her B.A. from Roanoke College and an M.S. from Georgetown University. Previous teaching experience includes The Haverford School, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Georgetown University and the Delbarton School.

This school year, we are excited to offer a Middle School Robotics Club.  Members will build and program robots to participate in the local - and perhaps national and international - VEX Robotics Competitions.   

The club will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. beginning Sept. 12. Student-athletes are encouraged to participate as well; we will adjust teams to accommodate game schedules. 

The entirety of the club time will focus on building a robot for competition.  Along the way, students will learn fundamental engineering concepts as well as the importance of teamwork and cooperation.  The first local competition takes place in November. While membership in the club is free of charge, some travel costs may be incurred, and should we qualify for the World Competition, students will raise money to cover some of those travel costs.  Parents will cover the remainder of the cost of the trip. 

Interested students and parents should fill out this form or contact Laura Blankenship.
As you arrive on campus this week, you may notice some changes - including our new website.  Here's quick highlights of new features:
 
Portals:  One-stop-shops for Parents, Students and Alumnae with news, calendars, downloads and more - all tailored to your needs.  Access these portals at the top right of any page on the website.  Parents: details on navigating your portal are noted on the Parent Portal page.

Technology and Arts Sections:  Baldwin's focus on technology in the classroom and as a discipline will be highlighted, as will its focus on performing and fine arts.

News & Calendar:  Access the latest news and events from the homepage and all main pages of the website, making it easier to find the information you need, when you need it.  Even better, you can filter your news and calendar by division, arts and athletics! We've also made things simple by integrating an "email to a friend" feature, the ability to export an event to your personal calendar, and the ability to easily print the calendar.

Simple Search:  The "search" bar is featured at the top of every page and is now integrated with Google for faster, more efficient site searches.

Need help navigating the new website? Website Coordinator Robyn Connelly is ready for your call! (rconnelly@baldwinschool.org or 610-525-2700, ext. 402)
 
 
Summer has been a busy time at Baldwin, and there's a lot of news to fill you in on before we welcome you back to campus! Highlights from August are below, and you can get news as-it-happens on our Facebook page.
 
Mark your calendar: Elizabeth Keller is offering a free piano recital at The Residence on Sept. 18 in celebration of her 50th anniversary as a member of the Baldwin family.

Grab a seat on the new built-in benches and check out the chandelier's glowThis lovely scene awaits in the corridor of the old Baldwin Bookstore space.
 
The has moved! Photos of the new spot in the Schoolhouse, just inside the North Door entrance, are on our Facebook page.
 
Congratulations to Sustainability Coordinator Tiffany Hays Borsch!She's one of this year's 24 Women on Move, to be honored in Main Line Time's September issue and at the Women on the Move Luncheon on Sept. 15.

Sloan Warren '11 was named MVP after leading her team to the Championship at the US Lacrosse Champion All-American Showcase.

Caroline Sterman '18 was crowned Juvenile Duet National Champion at U.S. Figure Skating's National Showcase Competition.
 
Nicole Wells '12 was selected to the USA Field Hockey Futures Elite Program.

Julia Smith '12 graces the front page of espnrise.com/girl for her polo achievements and breaking gender barriers.
 

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