Best-selling author and educator Julie Lythcott-Haims shared two very different, personal and thought-provoking presentations for our 2019 David Astle Memorial Lecture on April 9th. Reading excerpts from her memoir, she challenged Upper School students to find compassion and empathy for the experiences of marginalized people in our country. Later that evening, she shared personal stories from her life as a parent, struggling to find balance between supporting children’s growth and preparing them for independence. Through both talks, the author revealed the full spectrum of her experiences — from anger and frustration to joy and belonging — leaving both crowds inspired to create a better world for ourselves and each other.
In 2018, Harvard College admitted only 4.5% of its more than 40,000 applicants. The United States Naval Academy accepted a little over 8% of its 16,000 applicants for the same year. While there is no shortage of colleges to enroll students overall, there is a growing perception of scarcity for admission to ivy league and top-tier schools. And even for highly esteemed but less selective institutions, admission is competitive. How can you best prepare as your child ventures into the unfamiliar landscape of choosing and applying to college? Our college counseling department gives families an insider's look with Peter Van Buskirk’s “The Admission Game.”
In our Upper School introduction to computer science classes, students learn the basics of Processing, a programming language similar to Java. But more than that specific language, they learn the developer mindset; a way of thinking that welcomes struggle as part of the process. Students tackle open-ended challenges without a prescribed path to follow, working at their own pace and in their own style. For the final assignment of the quarter, teacher Mr. Alan Kraut gives his students the freedom to design and build their own programs.
Each year The Capital Gazette, Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, and other local groups elect students to receive the Outstanding Student Achievement Award. This year, three Severn juniors were honored at the award ceremony on March 13th, 2019 along with other outstanding students from the Anne Arundel County community. Join us in congratulating Danica Williams '20, Samuel Bruce '20, and Lindsay King '20 for their remarkable academic achievement, success in the visual or performing arts, and/or exceptional citizenship in our school and the surrounding community. The following is a reprinted version of the Capital Gazette article, click here to read in its original location.