Learning about Technology

A few weeks ago, several lower school teachers attended a technology retreat organized by the AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland Schools) organization. The purpose of the retreat every year is to gather together independent school teachers and school leaders that are involved with STEM or technology programs in their institutions. New products are introduced, topics … More Learning about Technology


The word “teamwork” has been on the lips of many of us in the lower school this week. We have spent a good part of the week looking for that perfect “teammate” for our first through third grade teaching teams. Many qualified candidates have applied, some have been selected for full day interviews, and a … More Teamwork

Spring Expectations

Today during Morning Meeting for grades three to five, Mrs. Cyman had the boys sing, “Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow….,” in anticipation of warmer days ahead. After a wintery few weeks in Maryland, many of us are quite anxious for temperature well above freezing. As the day ended, the … More Spring Expectations

Springing Forward with New Ideas

During Wednesday’s faculty meeting, Dr. Webster held a “debriefing” on our recent NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) conference in Baltimore. Teachers were invited to share some of the new thoughts and ideas that the conference generated for them. The conversation was animated with discussion of meaningful workshops, new insight about assessment, and creative techniques … More Springing Forward with New Ideas

Rethinking Assessment

Last Friday our faculty engaged in lively discussion about assessment. It was a professional development day and the Academic Council, led by Bart Griffith, posed questions for faculty groups to explore in cross divisional pairings. It never seems as if we have enough time for teachers to get together and explore topics, especially all three … More Rethinking Assessment