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Binnacle #35: May 11, 2007
The Week Ahead
  • Cinco de Mayo: Huge Hit
  • Girls' Lax FINALS on Sunday
  • Used School Books
  • U.S. Activities & Service Awards
  • Athletic Committee Meeting
  • Best Overall High School Chorus
  • Severn Sailing
  • Talent-in-the-Arts Competitors
  • Zmuda Honored for Excellence
  • Tennis: Conference Champs
  • New School Uniform Vendor
  • Class of 2007: Senior Events
  • 7th Grade Volunteers Needed
  • Community Service
  • Binnacle Bulletin Board
  • ISO Soccer Coach
  • Photos

    Good News! The 6th grader who was choppered to Shock Trauma yesterday afternoon is out of the hospital and doing well. The student does have a concussion, but is expected to make a complete recovery.

  • Here's What's Happening...
    The Week Ahead
  • AP Exams
  • Latin 3 Students Deliver Speeches
  • Driver's Ed
  • Boys’ Lacrosse End-of-Season Meeting for Players
  • Last Athletic Committee Meeting
  • Upper School Spring Athletic Awards Assembly
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast – Everyone’s Invited
  • The Chemistry of Art/ The Art of Chemistry
  • Cafe Cabaret
  • Middle School Dinner Social
  • Cinco de Mayo is a Huge Hit
    You missed a grand party Saturday evening if you didn't make it to Cinco de Mayo (click here to see the photos)... more than 200 Severn parents enjoyed delectable fare and outstanding company surrounded by charming southwestern decor. Many, many thanks to Cinco de Mayo co-chairs Kim Hart
    (Ryan ’11) and Elaine Soderlund (CJ ’09 & Jamie ’14) for yet again creating a magical and extraordinary evening.

    Bravo also to the cast of volunteers without whom the

    Varsity Girls' Lacrosse in in the FINALS on Sunday!
    Way big high-fives to the Varsity Girls' Lacrosse team who beat #1 seeded McDonogh yesterday 10-9! The team now advances to the IAAM Division A Finals. Cheer on the Lady Admirals as they take on John Carroll at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Loyola College. $5 admission fee. Click 'read more' for directions to the Loyola Field and for today's Baltimore Sun write-up.
    Time to Turn in Your Used School Books
    With the end of the academic year come exams and used book collection. Used book volunteers will be accepting books in the Teel foyer before and after final exams. Books not on the Severn School's discontinued list will be accepted every day. The ever-popular reward of a free cold soda for each student dropping off books will again be offered, so remind your children to stop by and turn in that book!

    For those not familiar with the program, the basics are simple. Used books are sold on a consignment basis. The price of a used book is two-thirds the price of a new book, including Maryland state sales tax, rounded to the nearest dollar. After tax proceeds are split 50/50 between the APA and the student.

    Upper School Activities & Service Awards
    Many congratulations to the Upper School students recognized at this week's special assembly for their activities and service. Open this PDF file for the transcript of the assembly, which lists each and every award winner. See some photos, too.
    Last Athletic Committee Meeting of the School Year
    You're invited to the last Athletic Committee meeting of the 06-07 school year on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at the APA House. Headmaster Lagarde will attend. Many thanks to this year's committee co-chairs Harriet Adam and Paul Burdett.

    ATTENTION: A Chair is still needed to head-up the Galley this coming year - the field-side snack shack. If you're interested, please contact Harriet and/or Paul.

    Best Overall High School Chorus
    Bravo! to the Severn Upper School Concert Choir and Vocal Ensemble who competed in the Festivals of Music in Hershey, PA last Friday. The company brought home two 1st place awards in their respective divisions. They were also awarded the Best Overall High School Chorus trophy! Applause to Mrs. Laurie Hays, the Upper School Music Director.
    Severn Sailing Competes
    Against Former College All-Stars
    The National Sailing Hall of Fame and the USTRA recently held a demonstration Team Racing event right off the Annapolis sea wall, during the city's Maritime Heritage Celebration weekend. Severn School's team race team was the team invited to compete against former college all-stars in a very short course team racing event made for spectators, and supplied with live commentary from a loud PA system that could be heard all around Ego Alley and downtown. Sailing team coach Tom Sitzmann was the commentator on Saturday and Gavin O'Hare followed up on Sunday on the mike, assisted by sailing legend Gary Jobson! On Sunday, Mr. Sitzmann was able to sail a little with Amanda Salvesen '10 and enjoy the game on the water.
    Distinguished Scholar Talent-in-the-Arts Competitors
    Congratulations to Erica Bruce '08, Zach Lank '08, and Emily Viohl '08 for being nominated to compete in the Distinguished Scholar Talent-in-the-Arts Program, sponsored by the Maryland State Higher Education Commission! Erica and Zach will compete in the Visual Arts category, while Emily is in the Instrumental competition. Close to 800 students from all over the State will compete to win one of 80 $3,000 scholarships. The Talent-in-the-Arts Competition is held in the Humanities Building at the Community College of Baltimore County. Students will audition in front of a panel of experts in the field. The best of luck!
    Zmuda Honored for Excellence in Education
    Congratulations to Upper School English teacher Richard Zmuda, who was among 5 area teachers selected for an “Excellence in Education” award by the Kiwanis Club of Severna Park “in recognition of outstanding contributions to education, children, family and community.” The citation, announced at a banquet on May 8, cited in part: “He is a wonderful, engaging teacher and is involved in the life of the school – as a teacher, a role model, a volunteer, an advisor and a friend. He supports the students in learning both in and outside the classroom.”
    Boys' Varsity Tennis: Conference Champs!
    Kudos and applause to the Boys' Varsity Tennis team, who went undefeated this year and won the conference championship!

    For the individuals, Felix Hong '09 was #2 Singles champion; Kevin Hecht '07 and Collin Bauer '07 were #1 Doubles champion. Jack Allen '09 was #1 Singles finalist; Brady Hill '08 was #3 Singles finalist; and Jeff Keenan '07 and Robert Hoehn-Saric '10 were #2 Doubles semifinalists.

    See a few photos, courtesy of Dave & Michele Allen.

    New School Uniform Vendor
    Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, you may purchase Severn School uniform wear from a vendor new to us, Flynn & O’Hara. While you will still be able to also order from Land’s End, Severn uniform wear will no longer be available from Arthur’s Clothiers.

    There will be some changes to the School unfirm requirements beginning with the 2007-2008 school year. Most notably, a new Upper School girls’ skirt has been selected. Wear of the current plaid skirt will still be allowed for this coming year, and then phased out of use. Watch for other uniform changes to be announced soon.

    Class of 2007: Senior Events
    Mark your calendar now.

    May 21 - June 1
    Independent Senior Projects

    Tuesday, June 5

  • 8 a.m. Independent Senior Project presentations - Roche Lecture Hall
  • Noon Beach Party - Sandy Point State Park

    Wednesday, June 6
    6 p.m. Alumni Induction Dinner - Boone House lawn

  • 7th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed
    A few 7th grade parents are needed to host a short reception following the 8th Grade Promotion. The reception will be held outside Price Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 7. Minimal set-up/clean-up and provision of refreshments and cookies requested.

    Please contact Liz League via email or by phone (410-975-0262). Thank you!

    Community Service Opportunities
    The Dan Thompson Memorial Walk for Kidsave: THIS SATURDAY
    This walk honors Dan Thompson, a former Severn student who died in a car accident on September 24, 2006, at the age of 25. All proceeds raised during this walk will go to Kidsave Miracle programs which seek to find homes for older children living either in foster care situations or orphanages. Go to Dan's Kidsave webpage to find out how to help.
    Binnacle Bulletin Board
    LOST
  • Boathouse jacket, size small w/o a sport.
  • Dining Hall 12" knife. After a recent parent-sponsored event during a school lunch in the Dining Hall, the food service staff discovered one of their 12’ kitchen knives missing. If you mistakenly included the knife with your own equipment when you cleaned up, we ask that you return it to Jenni Hyatt in the headmaster’s office as soon as possible.
  • Seeking Boys' Varsity Soccer Head Coach
    Severn School is accepting applications for the position of boys' varsity head soccer coach for the 2007 soccer season. We regret to report that last year's championship coach, John Brady, is unable to coach again this year. Interested coachs please e-mail Mr. Charles Duckett. Your e-mail should include a cover letter, resume and a coaching philosophy statement. The application period ends on May 17.
    Photos
    Gorgeous photos from a championship Track meet, courtesy of Hank Alden.



    Middle School chorus, dance, and band photos from this week's concerts.



    Spirit Captains vend "Spirit Sundaes" to happy Upper Schoolers. See some photos.