WHEE partnered with Kent County Schools


Last Fall, WHEE partnered with Kent County Schools, community organizations, and individuals to create the Make a Movement Project, a performance art project about climate change and the effects of heat-trapping gases on our planet. Please check out the video that shows the community’s involvement in the project and events.

WHEE’s Make a Movement project is now creating a parachute with the First Day Friends Meeting of Washington, DC and facilitating leaders to create parachute projects at Salisbury University, in Stamford, Conn., Pomona, NY, Sunderland, Mass., Benga, Malawi, and El Menzel, Morocco.

Inspired by the AIDS quilt, first displayed in 1987 to raise awareness about the disease, the call for Parachutes For The Planet is for individuals and communities to create their own parachute to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and living sustainably. All parachutes will be gathered for an exhibition on the Mall in Washington DC and then toured around the US and internationally. Check out the website for details.

Director of WHEE, Hope Clark, is working with Allen Fawsett, the Chief at the Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Economic Branch who’s team wrote the Paris Agreement and created the archived EPA Student Guide to Global Warming used by the Make a Movement project in Kent County, MD.

Perhaps you know an environmental club or group in your neighborhood who would like to participate? For more information and support contact@wheelbarrowproductions.org

Spring Arts Celebration at Kent School


The Visual and Performing Arts program at Kent School will be in the spotlight at the opening of the Spring Arts Celebration on April 25. The public is invited to attend a Chorus performance, hear selections from the upcoming Eighth Grade Musical, Shrek, Jr. and view the All School Art Show. The opening performance begins at 6:00 pm and admission is free. Following the performance, guests are invited to view art on display throughout the school. Light refreshments will be served.

Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said, “A rich and diverse visual and performing arts curriculum is essential to the fulfillment of our mission which is to guide children in reaching their potential for academic, artistic, athletic and moral excellence. Our Spring Arts Celebration is a testament to that commitment.” Music teacher, Kate Bennett has been working with students in every grade level at Kent School to prepare for the event. Lower School students will sing and third grade students will play recorders. Following those grade specific performances, the Kent School Chorus, an after-school program which is open to students from grades three through eight will perform. Following the Chorus performance, members for the Eighth Grade will perform a song from their upcoming musical, Shrek, Jr. Performance dates for Shrek, Jr, are May 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm. This performance is also free and the public is invited to attend.

Examples of student artwork from Preschool through Grade 8 will be on display throughout the halls of the school. Guests are invited to view the art following the musical performances. The Visual Arts curriculum at Kent School covers a wide array of media, themes, and subjects. Student work will include ceramics, mobiles, sculpture, painting, charcoal and more. Art class is frequently integrated with language arts, social studies, science or history classes. Pat Parkhurst, Art Teacher at Kent School said, “I really enjoy collaborating with my colleagues and I intentionally bring topics from history, science and literature into art. Students have a more meaningful understanding of what may inspire artists or styles of art. We know from our mind, brain and education science research, that this multi-modality teaching inspires deeper learning for all students.”

Mugele continued, “We are proud to highlight our students’ accomplishments in the arts. We truly believe that creative thought and creative problem solving are skills that must be cultivated for success as our students move into higher learning and future careers. Secondly, the connections made by students through our interdisciplinary approach to arts integration enhances learning.”

For more information about the Arts Celebration at Kent School, visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.

Kent County Teacher Awarded Educator of the Year


The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) recently announced Benedictine teacher Lorraine Slama as the recipient of this year’s Educator of the Year award.

As a national association, NAPSEC includes schools from across the country, all serving students and/or adults with special needs. This is the first time a Benedictine teacher has won this award.

Recognizing excellence and innovation in meeting the needs of children with special needs, the selection of the Educator of the Year award includes teachers and supervisors of a NAPSEC member program.

Slama has worked as a special educator at Benedictine for nearly 30 years, honing her skills as an educator through a life-long learning approach.  She is best known for sharing her varied talents and enthusiasm with students. Those talents range from juggling to photography and preforming arts; which she has developed into recreational programs at the school. She has also developed relaxation programs using Tai Chi and planned individualized sensory programs.She gives students real-world learning and work opportunities with the student and staff operated Healthy Way Café.

“She goes beyond her day to day lesson planning, “said Benedictine Education Director Julie Hickey. “While that’s not unusual at Benedictine – Lorraine has done it for 30 years, and done it successfully. She has benefited hundreds of students in and out of the classroom.”

Outside of the classroom, Slama organizes Benedictine Spirit Week activities, leads holiday parades and coordinates talent shows and is always a mentor to others.

“She has inspired countless coworkers leading so many to advance their careers in the world of special education,” said Hickey.” Her passion is contagious and her energy is never-ending.”

The award was presented to Lorraine Slama at the NAPSEC annual Leadership Conference held in San Antonio, where the Benedictine School also earned Accreditation from The National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES).

Providing opportunities to live meaningful, productive lives in communities of choice, Benedictine helps children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their greatest potential without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, or age.

Washington College Partners with Wake Forest University


Adding another strategic collaboration to its growing list of post-graduate opportunities for students, Washington College is partnering with Wake Forest University’s School of Business for students who want to pursue a master’s degree in management. The agreement will streamline the application process for WC students and will provide scholarships based on their undergraduate efforts.

“This is a terrific opportunity for Washington College students who are not business management majors but are looking at a career in management,” says Patrice DiQuinzio, Provost and Dean. “Wake Forest is seeking students with a strong liberal arts background for this program, so it’s a natural fit for us.”

The Economist in 2017 ranked Wake Forest’s program fourth in the country, with 99 percent of its graduates landing jobs within six months of graduation. The ten-month program offers students a fast-paced introduction to business concepts related to finance, marketing, operations, business analytics, accounting, economics, organization behavior, ethics, career management, and information technology. The program also stresses teamwork skills with two “action learning projects.”

Business management majors are not eligible for this program, but WC students with a minor in business management may apply. Under the agreement, Wake Forest will waive the application fee and essay, and WC students with a GPA of 3.3 to 3.99 can receive a $5,000 scholarship, 3.4 to 3.599, $10,000, and those with GPAs of 3.6 or higher can receive $15,000. Wake Forest may also boost the scholarships based on a student’s demonstrated leadership ability, internships, extra-curricular activities, and other examples of potential academic and professional success.

“We are thrilled to work with our colleagues at Washington College, and to welcome their talented and purpose-driven students to our program,” says John White, Executive Director of Enrollment Management at the School of Business. “The Master’s in Management experience values the kind of leadership, courage, and social engagement Washington College students embody.”

The partnership was developed by Charlie Kehm, Chair and Professor of Physics, who worked closely John Montana, Senior Associate Director, MA Enrollment Management at Wake Forest. It joins other post-graduate partnerships between Washington College and other institutions. In January, the College announced a strategic partnership with Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for WC graduates who want to pursue master’s programs offered through GU’s Biomedical Graduate Education. A partnership with the College of William & Mary’s School of Business enables WC students to earn a master of arts in accounting with the potential for a $10,000 scholarship, while a partnership with Loyola University offers fast-track admission after the undergraduate junior year to its Emerging Leaders MBA and masters in accounting programs.

Last fall, the College announced a new dual-degree program for environmental science and studies students at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Other dual-degree or 3:2 programs include including one in engineering with Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and programs in nursing and pharmacy with the University of Maryland School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy.

For more information about Wake Forest University’s School of Business Management program, see http://business.wfu.edu/masters-in-management/.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

Wye River Upper School Admissions Open House April 18


Wye River Upper School is hosting an Admissions Open House on Wednesday, April 18 from 6 pm – 8 pm. The event is being held on the School’s campus at 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. Students and staff will be presenting and sharing information on the Wye River Experience. Wye River serves students from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent. Bus service is available to and from Stevensville, Easton, and Cambridge.

Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory high school offering an engaging, supportive and challenging curriculum for students with learning challenges like ADHD or dyslexia. For more information, please contact:

Katie Theeke, Director of Admissions and Communications

Tel: 410-758-2922, katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org


…because not all great minds think alike.

WC-ALL Learn at Lunch April 20


The final WC-ALL Learn at Lunch of the spring semester will be on Friday, April 20 at noon in Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the Washington College Campus. The topic is “Lifting the Curtain Over the Occupation in the Holy Land” presented by Dr. Robert and Ms. Mike Abel, a Jewish-American ophthalmologist and a Palestinian-American healthcare worker, respectively. Resolving the goals of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples continues to be a mounting struggle in the world today and the Abels have witnessed the turmoil first-hand as they have studied and worked in the lands from Gaza to Israel, and the West Bank to Syria. They have heard multiple narratives, often not shared with the American public due to filtered media, and will discuss many facets of the current crisis and why we as Americans, Jews, Muslims, and Christians should be concerned. The issue has divided the American people who have largely  accepted the situation as “too complicated”. As a Jewish-Palestinian couple, the Abels will share their unique perspectives and describe their experiences.

The Abels participated in a diplomatic mission to 5 Middle Eastern countries, Gaza, and the West Bank in 2009. In 2013, Dr. Abel volunteered in Palestine on a medical mission with the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund performing and teaching cataract surgery. He is a former clinical professor of Thomas Jefferson University, the author of nine books, and serves on several corporate advisory boards. Ms. Abel spent 3 months in 2011 on an independent work-study program in Palestine and Israel. Currently she is on the board of Delaware Churches for Middle East Peace. She is the co-founder of Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights and has recently returned from co-leading an ecumenical leadership conference in Palestine and Israel. The Abels were both recipients of the 2014 Peacemakers Among Us Award from Pacem in Terris and are international lecturers. They reside in Wilmington, Delaware.

Reservations for the Learn at Lunch are $20 for members and $25 for others, and are due by Friday, April 13. Please send a check to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD. 21620 with name, phone number, and email for those attending. As is customary, shuttle service will run from the North Student Parking Lot on the campus with access from Rt. 291. The last shuttle leaves at 11:55. Please call the WC-ALL office with questions at 410-778-7221 or contact wc_all@washcoll.edu.

Kent School Students Celebrate Secondary School Acceptances


Members of Kent School’s Class of 2018 recently received news of their secondary school acceptances. The students were all able to share good news with family, friends and teachers. Tricia Cammerzell, Assistant Head of School for Advancement said, “We are thrilled to share that every member of the Class of 2018 was accepted to their first choice of secondary schools.”

The secondary school process at Kent School is thorough and supportive. Students are introduced to a variety of secondary school or high school options including independent, boarding and day, religiously affiliated and non-denominational and public schools. The process kicks off in earnest when students are in the seventh grade. The School hosts a secondary school fair and invites several regional schools to meet with students and families from Kent School and throughout our community. While getting to know their school options, students are encouraged and supported to perform to the best of their abilities, academically, artistically, athletically and as stellar school citizens.

Members of Kent School’s Class of 2018 Celebrating Secondary School Selections

In the fall semester of their eighth grade year, students are encouraged to visit schools of interest. Following these school visits students begin their applications which include answers to essay questions, providing letters of recommendation and on-campus interviews. In March, the students are informed of the admission status. This year, Kent School students received acceptances to the following schools:

The Gunston School
Kent County High School STEM Academy
Mercersburg Academy
Northfield Mount Hermon
Severn School
St. Andrew’s School
Westtown School

Cammerzell continued, “The secondary school process at Kent School shines a spotlight on the importance of our mission, how we live it and the effectiveness of our Preschool through Grade 8 program. It is especially gratifying when we hear admission officers’ remarks like these about our students: ‘excellent candidates’ ‘leader’ ‘one of the best interviews of my career.’ Our students are not only prepared for the rigors and challenges of their chosen secondary school, they are excited by the opportunities that await them as they envision themselves as the young adults they will become. We will stay in touch with these students and applaud their successes and support their new endeavours.”

For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org, or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.

KCPS Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Information


Kent County Public School System, has announced the dates for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration for Kent County residents. Please contact your home school to schedule an appointment.

Spring Registration Dates:
Galena Elementary School                     April 16, 2018           410-810-2510
Rock Hall Elementary School                April 17, 2018           410-810-2622
H. H. Garnett Elementary School         April 19, 2018           410-778-6890

Kent County Public Schools is pleased to offer FREE full day Pre-Kindergarten (locally and state funded) to all children who reside in Kent County and will be four years of age on or before September 1, 2018. The overall goal of the program is to provide learning experiences to develop and maintain school readiness skills necessary for successful school performance. The program achieves this goal by providing developmentally appropriate experiences that address the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of young children.

Income eligibility information is collected from all families as part of the registration process. Children who are economically disadvantaged, homeless, enrolled in preschool special education, limited English proficient, or exhibit lack of readiness will receive immediate notice of Pre-Kindergarten school assignment. Those who are eligible under other criteria will receive confirmation of school assignment by July 30th. In some cases, the parent/guardian may be responsible for transporting their child to and from school. We look forward to serving your family in the Kent County Public School District!

The State of Maryland requires children to attend kindergarten before entering first grade. Children who are five years of age by September 1, 2018 must register and attend kindergarten before entering the first grade. There are some exceptions to the law.

Parents may:
– apply for a home school instruction program as an alternative to the school attendance requirement.
– request a one-year level of maturity waiver if they believe a delay in school attendance is in the best interest of their child.

Parents having questions about registration are invited to phone their area elementary school. County residents are also asked to contact the school’s principal if they know of a child who should be enrolled but whose family have not received registration information.

As a reminder, a regulation pertaining to lead poisoning went into effect in 2003 for students residing in areas designated as at risk for lead poisoning. Documentation from a physician will have to be provided that certifies that if the child resides in an at-risk area, or has ever resided in an at-risk area, has undergone blood testing for lead poisoning. Forms for this purpose will be available at the school.

Please contact your child’s home school to set up a registration day appointment.

On registration day, parents should bring the following documents:
• the child’s birth certificate
• the child’s completed Immunization and Health Inventory forms
• proof of residence (one of the following):
o electric, gas, or water bill
o property tax/real estate tax bill
o lease or rental agreement
o contract of sale (including settlement or mortgage statement)
o homeowner’s/renter’s insurance statement/policy
For Pre-K only:
• proof of income
If claiming income eligible, a form will be completed during the application process and verified through the Supervisor of Student Servicesat the Central Office

Health Form: Part 1 of the health form must be filled out by a parent or guardian. Part 2 of the health form must be completed by your family physician.


Kent School Students Support the Kent County Food Pantry


Since the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, Kent School students have engaged in several projects that support the Kent County Food Pantry. Through this sustained effort in fundraising and food collection, Kent School students have been able to donate several hundred pounds of food which has served dozens of families in our area for a sustained period of time. Proceeds from Kent School’s annual Empty Bowls event, in which every Kent School student made a ceramic bowl to sell, allowed for a financial contribution of $1500. This contribution was enough to fund twenty-five families for one week.

Marilyn Parks, a Food Pantry Board Member said of the Empty Bowls event, “What particularly impressed me that evening was the collaboration that this event represented. The challenge of doing so many art projects that had to be not only created by the students but guided through the various stages of firing and glazing is a huge undertaking. The student government’s support of the Empty Bowls concept shows young leadership at work. I know that it’s the faculty and the support they receive from the administration that guides such endeavors.”

The Kent School students were challenged to collect enough food to fill the front end loader of our tractor. The front end loader was overflowing!

The Empty Bowls event kicked off the year’s service efforts. It was followed by a student organized non-perishable food drive. Several events were hosted on the Kent School campus and the admission “fee” was a non-perishable food item. These events, held in November and December yielded 103 pounds of food.

In February, Kent School participated in the Chester Gras celebration in support of the Backpack Program.  In addition to a sponsoring the event, students engaged in another food drive specifically to fill the needs of the Backpack Program. Students in different grades partnered to collect specific food items like individual soups or cereals, granola bars, fruit cups, pudding cups and drink boxes. Students collected over 500 pounds of food. Once collected and sorted, seventh grade students filled backpack baggies with a breakfast item, a lunch item, snacks and a drink. The filled bags were immediately put to use in one school to fill a particular need.

The Backpack program provides food for children who face food instability when they are away from school on weekends and holidays. Michelle Duke, Assistant Head of School for Academics said, “We encourage our students to come to school well-rested and well-nourished so their brain is ready to learn. Our students understand that children cannot learn if they are hungry or tired which makes this ongoing community service partnership meaningful to them and to our entire school community.”

Sue Basener, Food Pantry board Chair said, “Kent School is very loyal to the Pantry and also to our Backpack Program. We truly value the ongoing support.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.