Kent School Announces Partnership with YMCA of Chesapeake


Kent School in Chestertown is pleased to announce a newly forged relationship with the YMCA of Chesapeake. The partnership with the Queen Anne’s branch of the YMCA will bring robust summer programs to the Kent School campus beginning in June. Camps will be available for children from ages two to fifteen. Kent School is located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown. Camp sessions will be held in Kent School classrooms, athletic facilities and playing fields at 6788 Wilkins Lane in Chestertown.

Camp offerings are varied and target a wide range of children’s interests. Little Learners, for children ages 2 to 3 ½ runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon two days per week. Little Learners offers young children their first taste of independence with fun, games, arts and crafts and engaging age-appropriate opportunities. All Little Learners must be potty trained prior to camp attendance. Little Steps camp session will enchant children ages 3 ½ to 5 years of age. With themes like Bug Talks and Critter Walks and Seuss on the Loose or Mad Scientist, preschool age children will be having fun while learning about the world around them. A series of Specialty Camps is being offered for children ages 5 to 12. Imagine your school aged-child developing art skills in Adventures in Cartooning or Ceramics. Specialty campers can also choose from Kids in the Kitchen, Water Palooza, Rockets and Racing and much more.

The Y has also designed a series of sports camps with the aspiring athlete in mind. Children from ages 5 to 15 can hone their skills in golf, soccer, lacrosse, cheerleading and more. This age group can also join sessions in Water Sports camps including sailing, kayaking or sculling. For the adventurous spirit, the YMCA is offering Adventure Camps for children ages 8 to 12. Adventure Campers will enjoy field trips to theme parks, ropes courses, water parks, beaches or white water rivers. Finally, for students who are interested in furthering their academic pursuits, YMCA Gunston is offering the Summer Honors Academy. Students will have the opportunity to take Honors Geometry, SAT Prep, Sustainability Engineering and other academic enrichment courses.

Tricia Cammerzell, Assistant Head of School for Advancement and contact for summer programs said, “This is a wonderful partnership between Kent School and the YMCA. We are happy to facilitate such great programming. The camp sessions are fun, educational and affordable. I believe we are helping to provide much needed options for parents and guardians in our area.” Cammerzell continued, “We are eager to see our campus alive and joyful with children present all summer.”

For more information on YMCA Camp Kent School visit and download a full camp guide or

Kent County Announces 2017-2018 Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration



To register for Pre-K or Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year, your child must meet the following criteria:

• Be four (4) years old by September 1, 2017 for Pre-Kindergarten
• Be five (5) years old by September 1, 2017 for Kindergarten
• Be a resident of Kent County
• Meet current required immunizations

Schools will be holding registration during the times indicated below. Interpreters will be available from 9-11 at each school. Please contact the school’s main office to schedule an appointment.

May 17th – Galena Elementary School – 410-810-2510
May 18th – Rock Hall Elementary School – 410-810-2622
May 23rd – Garnet Elementary School – 410-778-6890

Entering your “911” address in the search function at the top corner of the link below will identify your child’s home school.

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Kent School Students Receive Awards and Recognition in Writing


Several Middle School students from Kent School have recently been recognized for excellence in writing. Seventh Grade students Tessa Schut, Jake Cerino and Cameron Lord earned first place, second place and third place, respectively for their Americanism Essays sponsored by the Elks Lodge. The essays were submitted in December and the winning essays in Division II for Seventh and Eighth Grade students in Chestertown were selected by a panel of judges. The Chestertown Elks Lodge 2474 provided certificates and awards to these students based on the essays they wrote on the theme “Why Is it Important to Vote.”

Jake Cerino, Tessa Schut, and Cami Lord Americanism Essay Contest winners

In the Americanism essays, Tessa wrote of the privilege of voting from the perspectives of everyday Americans in 1870 and 1920 when constitutional amendments were adopted which opened the door to voting for millions of Americans. She concluded her essay in the present and spoke of her future and the importance of her future votes. Jake wrote about our voting process and the opportunity to choose a good leader through the Primary Election and then the General Election. Cami extended her voting theme from politics to everyday life. She wrote “Voting has decided everything from the President of the United States to the topic of a group project. Without voting, nothing would be decided!”

Sixth Grade student Ella MacGlashan and Eighth Grade student Audrey Betley received prizes for their Character Counts! Essays. Ella’s essay detailed why several of the Character Counts! pillars impact her life growing up on a farm. She won second place among all sixth grade students in Kent County. Audrey Betley used a folk tale to describe the importance of trustworthiness. Her creative expression earned a first place among all eighth grade students in Kent County. Ella and Audrey will be recognized for the excellence in writing at an awards ceremony at Washington College on April 12.

Audrey Betley (1st place 8th Grade) and Ella MacGlashan (2nd Place 6th Grade) Character Counts!

Sixth Grade students participated in a writing project through the World Artists Experiences which was open to all Maryland students in Grades 3 through 12. Students submitted poems or prose on the topic of “Building a More Peaceful World Through Kindness and Compassion.” The work of three Kent School students, Isabelle Requena, Julia McClary and Kolby Brice were selected to be included in an anthology. Isabelle wrote a poem, entitled “Trade Kindness for Kindness” about giving up a beloved new toy but being rewarded with a kind act. Her poem concluded with “When you are kind, it is not hard to do, Sometimes kindness comes back to you.” Julia wrote a poem called “The Car” and the importance of helping someone in need when it would be easier to simply pass by. She wrote “My dad was driving home that day. Looking forward to dinner. But then he saw a car stuck in the mud. If you are able to help someone, you should”. Kolby wrote a poem about helping an elderly woman in the grocery store. She was grateful for his help and offered him money but Kolby wrote: “The smile on her face and her gratitude, Was all the thanks we needed.”

Isabelle Requena, Kolby Brice and Julia McClary Poems to be published

The students, their teacher, Michelle Cerino and Kent School’s Head of School are invited to a reception at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC in early May. Each student will be recognized and receive a copy of the published anthology.

Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said “Our students’ academic achievements always make me proud, but this series of awards recognizing our students for their excellent writing skills from organizations outside of our School is an especially proud moment. These students put much thought into each one of their topics.” Mugele continued, “The writing process involves describing personal reflections which help others see a new perspective. Creative and persuasive writing each take confidence, creativity and a supportive learning community to foster uniqueness. I am grateful to our teachers who provide the tools for our students to be so successful.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys 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 or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School Faculty Offers 4 Weeks of Summer Camp


St. Anne’s Episcopal School is pleased to announce a 2017 summer program with four themed weeks of day camp as well as specialized clinics that will be led by St. Anne’s faculty.  Four weeks of Day Camp will operate from 8:30am to 3:30pm for children ages 5-13 during the weeks of June 12, June 19, June 26th, and July 10th at a rate of $250 per week.  Additionally St. Anne’s will offer summer SAT and SSAT preparation (for middle school and high school students) as well as sports clinics for girls, and Irish Dance; scheduling, pricing and ages vary.  Interested families may visit  to learn more.

“We are thrilled to offer such enriching summer opportunities for the greater community,” said St. Anne’s Episcopal School Summer Camp Director Meghan Ferster, “Morning and afternoon sessions are led by our wonderful St. Anne’s faculty.  Every week offers new adventures on St. Anne’s beautiful 125-acre campus. Our youngest campers will enjoy themed weeks and activities while older children have choices to fit their interests.  There is truly something for everyone!” 

At St. Anne’s Episcopal School, we seek to open the hearts and minds of each student — through academic excellence, spiritual development, and a small, family-oriented and diverse community. St. Anne’s is a co-ed independent day school for children in Preschool (age 3) through grade 8. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, our academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.

Revolutionary America Through German Eyes


For the 30,000-some German soldiers who fought for the British during the American Revolution, the colonists and their country were a complete unknown. Friederike Baer, an associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss their unique view of the fledgling country on March 29 in “Hurray to America!: The German Auxiliary Troops in the War for American Independence.”

The 5 p.m. lecture in Litrenta Lecture Hall of the Toll Science Center is the College’s 2016-2017 Guy F. Goodfellow Memorial Lecture and is free and open to the public.

In the 1770s and 1780s, Britain employed at least 30,000 German soldiers in its quest to put down the American rebellion. Known as “Hessians,” these troops made up one-third of the British army in North America by 1781. This lecture draws from the wealth of records and documents produced by soldiers and their families in order to offer a view of America, the war and the revolutionary movement from the perspective of these Germans, most of whom knew virtually nothing about the emerging United States when they boarded the transports that took them across the Atlantic.

Baer is an associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University, Abington, where she focuses on early American history and German-speaking people in America. She is also an archivist and the author of The Trial of Frederick Eberle: Language, Patriotism and Citizenship in Philadelphia’s German Community.

Mary Ball Washington and the Challenges of Writing Women’s History


20170325_maryballwashingtonMary Ball Washington, the Mother of our Founding Father, has received considerable historical attention, but little of it is accurate and much of it is gratuitously hostile. Most of her letters have disappeared, and she left no diary or commonplace book. The stories that have made their way into print about her tell us more about their authors than Mrs. Washington.

In this talk, Martha Saxton, the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience’s 2017 Patrick Henry Fellow, will share new research about Mrs. Washinton’s life and discuss various difficulties inherent in writing about women in this period of history.

This program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kent County and Kent County Public Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Saturday, March 25 | 11am
Chestertown Branch

New Career and Technology Scholarships Available

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Mr. Haines Holt and some of the 2016 Roberta B. Holt and Roberta B. Holt Trades Scholarship Recipients (Joniya Copper, Madison Bee, Hunter Joseph, Priya Patel, JamieHetrick).

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation has announced new scholarship opportunities for the 2017/18 Academic Year.  Thanks to generous donors, Career and Technology Scholarships are now available to students in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Area students planning for career and technology fields are invited to apply.  Applications must be completed online at and the submission deadline is March 31, 2017.  For additional information contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, The Bullitt House, 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601, (410) 820-8175.

Photojournalist Neal Jackson and the News


neal jacksonThe March Learn at Lunch sponsored by the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning will host Neal Jackson, former VP and General Counsel for NPR, photojournalist and activist supporting international journalist safety.  Jackson’s varied career also includes serving as a newspaper reporter and editor, a partnership in a D.C. law firm, and Chairman of the Board for VII Photos.

The luncheon and presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 22 in the Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the College campus.  Neal Jackson’s presentation titled “Seeing News and Current History” will explore the many challenges news photographers encounter as they go about the business of their craft.  Behind the images which bring the events of the world into focus for all of us, often in shocking reality, are the stories of the committed men and women who sacrifice so much in pursuit of the news. The talk will illustrate, with graphic images, how photojournalists everywhere and everyday risk their lives so that the public can understand and put in perspective the events of our world.

The buffet luncheon and lecture begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall on the Washington College campus. Community members are invited to attend. Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, March 16. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members.  Send check made payable to WC-ALL to: WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD 21620. Please include name, phone number and email.  For more information, contact the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

Former Chestertown Academic to Lead Sage Colleges in New York


The Sage Colleges named a new president on March 1, 2017 after a nine-month national search. Christopher Ames, Ph.D., former Washington College provost, and current provost of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, longtime literature professor, and published author, has been selected to lead Sage into its second century. Sage faculty, staff, students, trustees and local alumni were invited to hear firsthand the announcement of Sage’s next president – and meet him in person. Although Ames does not assume the post until July 1, 2017, he traveled to campus for the announcement and meet and greet receptions on both campuses.

The announcements were made by Tip Simons, chair of The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees, and current president Dr. Susan C. Scrimshaw, who announced in June 2016 that she will be stepping down at the end of her contract in June 2017.

“I am delighted that someone with Dr. Chris Ames’ extensive experience and dedication to students, faculty and community will be the next president of Sage,” said Scrimshaw.

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 9.30.38 AMSince January 2013, Ames has directed academic affairs at Shepherd University, a public liberal arts university, where he also oversaw the NCAA Division II athletic program. He led the Martinsburg Center initiative, a satellite campus serving working adults pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates. He has collaborated with the faculty on the creation of new programs, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice, a Master of Science in Data Analytics and Information Science, and new undergraduate degrees in Music Performance, Early Education, Engineering Science, and Health Promotion and Exercise Science.

“I’m fascinated by the institutional mix at Sage – a residential women’s college in Troy, a co-educational undergraduate campus in Albany, and thriving graduate programs,” Ames said. “Making sure those different elements complement one another and inform a Sage that is even greater than the sum of its parts – that is an opportunity that greatly appeals to me.”

Ames, who taught 20th century literature and film for 15 years at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women in Atlanta, says, “I believe in the profound distinctiveness of the women’s college and in the spirit of social change and inclusion that motivated the original formation of women’s colleges.”

Prior to joining Shepherd, Ames served as provost and senior vice president at Oglethorpe University, a private liberal arts college in Atlanta, and provost and dean at Washington College, a private, independent liberal arts college founded in 1782 in Chestertown, Maryland.

“I am a firm believer in liberal education, but I do not believe that the liberal arts should be sequestered into one world while professional programs are housed in another,” Ames said. “If we believe in the power of broad liberal education, we believe in having liberally educated nurses, accountants, therapists, and managers, as well as professionally prepared artists, designers and social scientists. Sage has been dedicated to pragmatic liberal education from its founding, and I am convinced those values will inform the institutions that thrive in the century ahead.”

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ames earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from Stanford University in Stanford, California. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Institute of Educational Management and the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar on Leadership.

Ames has published two books: The Life of the Party: Festive Vision in Modern Fiction (University of Georgia Press, 1991), which was republished in 2010, and Movies about the Movies: Hollywood Reflected (University Press of Kentucky, 1997).

Ames and his wife will relocate to the Capital Region in July. “We are excited about Troy and Albany as new places to explore but also a part of the country that very much feels like home,” said Ames, who grew up in River Edge, Bergen County, New Jersey.