At Severn School, we are scholars, innovators, athletes, artists and more. We believe in character conduct, scholarship, leadership and service. And most of all, we believe in each other — we are family. These are the stories that tie us together.
While the last few years have brought many changes to Severn School, there was a welcome new experience introduced in the spring of 2022: The Severn School Year Seminar (SSYS). Severn strives to support the individual and collective growth of our faculty through responsive professional development that provides opportunities for curricular experiences. The brainchild of Director of Studies Dr. Sidra Smith and Upper School English teacher Ms. Julia Maxey, the SSYS was born from the desire to increase interaction among faculty while discussing timely, relevant topics within the scope of education.
Through the Van Eney ‘09 Fellows Program, select seniors transcend our traditional curriculum with a year-long intellectual pursuit that reflects their growing interests and passions. To complete this year of independent study, our students must demonstrate genuine curiosity and a commitment to pushing past their academic boundaries. And with so many obstacles to overcome these last few years, we are reminded that mentorship and support are equally important to the program. In the spirit of true fellowship, our 21-22 Fellows hosted two events inviting all members of our community to share in their inspiration, challenges, and discoveries: a fair for their peers and an evening of presentations for families.
After the ups and downs of the past few years, it was incredible to be together again in person for the entire 2021-2022 school year! We welcomed students and faculty back with open doors in the fall, cheered on a record number of Severn teams winning championships, attended amazing musical productions put on throughout the year, and said a final farewell to the Class of 2022 at a moving graduation ceremony. We wanted to celebrate all of these milestones, and remember that we are better together.
Written by Dr. Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 for the Summer 2021 issue of The Bridge
Generations of alumnae have launched their futures from our Water Street campus, exemplifying the values of the Severn School community as artists, leaders, advocates, activists, and more. Good leadership is about empowering and inspiring others. It's about making choices for the right reasons, exploring what matters, and acting toward the greater good. Through purpose and passion, these alumnae leaders are transforming our local and global communities, making the kind of change that lasts.
Stories help us make sense of the world around us. Through their narratives, we discern patterns, make meaning, and create emotional connections. In the classroom, stories spark imagination and engagement in a way that textbooks often don't. For both math-wary and math-confident students, stories also provide a way to explore problem-solving with real-world context. Adding to an array of strategies to get students excited about learning math, Lower School Math Specialist Mrs. Stacy Shaener is bringing storytime to the math classroom with Math by the Book.