Small Essex School Reports Big Service Numbers
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Essex may be a small school, but when it comes to community service they do it big. At its annual Honors Assembly on Friday, it was announced that during the 2011-12 school year students logged 5,727.5 hours of service. Throughout the year, students could be found volunteering for an assortment of jobs at Bea Gaddy’s Thanksgiving Dinner, firehouses, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Senior Kristen Aquilla has recorded 354.5 hours of service alone. Leading the Class of 2014 in service hours is Melissa Emery with 252.5. Michael Single, Class of 2015 leads his class with 143 hours of service.
Jemicy School Awarded Knott Foundation Grant
Learning is going to get a lot easier for the Middle School students at Jemicy thanks to a $44,000 grant from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation for the purpose of completing the Middle School laptop program.
The Knott Foundation grant has enabled the school to purchase 65 MacBook Pro laptops for their sixth and seventh graders, thereby fully equipping Jemicy’s Middle School population. The school’s eighth grade class has been using the computers purchased in a pilot program.
Jemicy School educates above average to gifted college-bound students in grades 1-12 with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences. Particular software and assistive educational technologies allow the school to tap into each student’s learning modality — be it visual, kinesthetic, auditory, and/or tactile. All students have access to several software programs to help with their individual learning differences.
Kurzweil 3000, a text to speech program, allows students to have any textbook or novel read to them at varying paces. Dragon Naturally Speaking, a speech to text program, allows students to speak to the computer and write papers, email and even surf the Internet. Inspiration gives students struggling with organization and executive functioning skills a way to structure ideas in webs, outlines and graphic organizers.
“We are so thankful to the Knott Foundation for recognizing the importance of our Middle School laptop program by awarding us this generous grant. At Jemicy, we are committed to keeping pace with the way this generation, and in particular, our unique population of students learns,” said Ben Shifrin, head of Jemicy School.
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Key School reports seniors, Andrew Harrington, Kate Kirby, and Fortney “Fish” Stark were named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. The three students were among the approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Other Baltimore area private schools with semifinalists include: Calvert Hall, Beth Tfiloh, Friends, Gilman, Roland Park Country School, Park, St. Paul’s School for Girls, McDonogh, Severn, and Notre Dame Prep.