Wondering which school won the It’s Academic competition this year? If McDonogh’s 1st graders have earned enough votes in the Give Happy Challenge to buy a van to help the homeless? And where the Shoshana S. Cardin School will build their campus? Following are updates on stories reported earlier this school year:
Gilman Advances to It’s Academic Superbowl
Congratulations are in order for Gilman’s 2009-10 It’s Academic team, which won both its semifinal and final matches May 8 to win the championship for Baltimore-area schools. 2010 marks the third time that Gilman has won the Baltimore competition. Teams from Gilman also won in 1993 and 1972.
After their victory, the trio of junior Nathaniel Byerly and seniors Andrew Kandel and Austin Levitt, as well as faculty adviser Dr. Mike Kelly, headed to Washington, D.C., to compete in the It’s Academic “Superbowl” match against the winners of the competitions from the D.C. and Central Virginia areas. Rockville finished with 675 points, while Charlottesville had 425 and Gilman 370.
Gilman’s semifinal match will air on WJZ-TV 13 on Saturday, June 5, at 10 a.m. The Baltimore championship match will air on Saturday, June 26, on WJZ at 10 a.m. and the “Superbowl” match will air at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, on WJZ-TV.
McDonogh 1st grade advances to final four
Mary Catherine Irving’s first graders at McDonogh are one step closer to helping St. Ignatius Church replace the van it uses to help Baltimore’s homeless. Thanks to your votes, they made the final four in Howard Johnson’s Give Happy Challenge! If they win the contest, St. Ignatius will receive $15,000 for a new van. Vote today and every day through May 30. For additional perspective on the kids’ efforts, take a look at this clip from WJZ-TV reporter Ron Matz.
Cardin School finds there’s no place like home
The Shoshana S. Cardin School has announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with the leadership of Temple Oheb Shalom, where the school currently leases classroom space, to build an independent campus adjacent to the synagogue for its high school community. The new campus will include academic, social and athletic facilities.
“Like Dorothy in the land of Oz, finding your way home can be a process and one that we have been diligently exploring over the recent years. Through research, discussions and school community charrettes, we concluded that a campus that realizes our vision and best serves our needs for today, tomorrow and the future would come from an independent campus on Park Heights Avenue,” said Arlene Bearman, chairman of the board of The Shoshana S. Cardin School.
Details for the new Cardin campus at Park Heights Avenue are still being developed, but preliminary plans call for a series of interconnected academic, administrative, athletic and multi-purpose buildings totaling approximately 25,000 square feet. While the Cardin School works on the formal agreement with Temple Oheb Shalom and final design plans with Levin/Brown & Associates, the Cardin School board has begun an aggressive capital campaign to secure funding.