Encountering the World of Work

Guest Post by College Guidance Counselor Anna Follensbee: Senior Encounter is the capstone of the Gilman experience. Senior Encounter is designed to expose the students to different jobs and careers, and to the working world. Once seniors finish classes and take exams in mid-May they spend two weeks at an Encounter worksite. Fields have included business, law, finance, engineering, the arts, medicine, public service,…

Getting Creative During the Holiday Break

Guest post by Director of Lower School Admissions Mary Furrer: How will you keep your little ones busy and entertained over the holiday break? Fine motor skills are associated with the dexterity and coordination of the small muscles and movement of the hands and fingers. These skills are important for four and five year olds.…

Third Grade Maps Gilman

Guest post by 3C teacher Zaccai Williams: Recently my third grade class paired up with Mrs. Lisa Whittaker at the Bolton School in Bolton, U.K. to do a lesson on community cartography. Every community is composed of social, environmental and spatial elements; however, we often stop paying attention to these features because they are so familiar.…

Documenting 2017: Third Grade Archival Video Project

Guest post by Johanna Schein, Gilman Archivist: Over the course of the year, Ms. Reiter’s third grade class has been getting an insider’s look at Gilman School history. By analyzing photographs, objects, and documents in the Gilman Archives, students have learned about Gilman’s past as well as the value of a primary source in research. To culminate the year-long partnership between…

Going Against the Grain

While most schools have dropped woodshop in recent decades, Gilman offers a comprehensive design and woodworking program that begins in Prep-One and continues into Upper School. Along the way students learn about materials, develop their math skills, and are introduced to engineering and design principles. All students take woodshop through 7th grade. Lower School boys learn…

The Evasive Art of Poetry

Guest post by Tickner Writing Fellow Thea Brown: Maybe it’s fitting that National Poetry Month happens in April, full of rain and clinging winter, cut through by bright days of tulips and pink dogwoods. April often can’t decide what it is. Does this “cruelest month” signal transition? Is it a battle? Shifting prelude to May’s more…

Classics Convenes

Guest post by classics teacher Sarah Miller: This spring the Upper School Classics Club traveled to Easton, MD for the Maryland Junior Classical League State Convention. This was MDJCL’s final event of the year, where high school students from across Maryland came together to compete in academic competitions, socialize, and connect with other students who share an interest in Latin and…