Kent School Celebrates Graduates


Friday, June 8 marked the 49th Graduation ceremony at Kent School. Thirteen members of the Class of 2018 were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the Kent School community during their years. In her remarks, Head of School Nancy Mugele stated, “There is a ‘big, bright, beautiful world’ waiting for you and I know you are ready. Kent School has given you an extraordinary foundation and instilled in you a love of learning – a love, I hope, will last you a lifetime. We have taught you how to think for yourself and how to ask good questions. You have learned many lessons outside of the classroom as well and have grown into empathetic, honorable and responsible citizens.”

Chris McClary ‘91, President of the Board of Trustees, addressed those gathered and presented the Navigator Award. The award is presented to an individual who has made a special contribution of time, talent, or treasure to Kent School over a sustained period of time, made a difference in the educational experience of a range of Kent School students, and supports the school mission to help each student reach their full potential. This year the Navigator Award was presented to not just one person, but a family who has been deeply involved and committed to Kent School for over 40 years. The Willock Family started their journey with Kent School in the 1970’s when John and Judie enrolled their daughter Jill Willock Caron ‘83 as a Kindergarten student. Two years later, Susan Willock ’85 entered Kindergarten. Since then, John, Judie, Jill and Susan have remained close to Kent School in a variety of roles including Trusteeship, and Parents, Teachers and Friends (PTF) leadership, as well as through their philanthropic support. Susan returned to Kent School as a teacher and Director of the Little School program from 1999 to 2003. Jill is the parent of two Kent School graduates, Jamie‘13 and Sarah ‘15. Jill has been, and remains, a loyal and flexible substitute teacher. Their most important role, which has helped sustain Kent School, is that of Friend of the School. Their tireless support has been instrumental in Kent School’s success as we reach the 50th   Anniversary.

L-R: Georgia Gillespie, Abby Russum, Cameron Lord, Andrew Baughman, Evan Gervais, Jake Cerino, Flynn Bowman, Zachary LaFleur, Reed Ferguson, Sage Cookerly, Tessa Schut, Danielle Simmons and Lexi Norman. Photo by Geoffrey DeMerritt.

The 2018 Graduation ceremony provided the opportunity to recognize three members of the faculty who are retiring this year, Kate Bennett, Pam Deringer and Holly Roddy. Kate leaves her role as Music and Drama Teacher after 23 years. Pam, who is credited with developing and growing Kent School’s nationally recognized Chesapeake Bay Studies program is leaving after 25 years of service. Finally, Holly Roddy is retiring after 20 years of teaching Seventh and Eighth Grade Literature and Language Arts. Each of these teachers has had a positive impact on every Kent School student in different ways. They will be missed but we congratulate them and wish them the best in their well-deserved retirement.

Several annual awards were presented to students at the Graduation ceremony. Each year, the Brian B. Kane Scholarship Award is presented to a Seventh Grade student who maintains a determined effort to produce quality work. The person has an attitude that is helpful, cooperative and responsible. This year, Tait Tavolacci embodies these high standards. The Americanism Award is presented by the Frank M. Jarmon American Legions Rock Hall Post 228 and emphasizes the qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship service. The Americanism Award was presented to Andrew Baughman. Sage Cookerly was the recipient of the Joan C. Merriken Award for Excellence in Literature. Sage earned this award because of his demonstration of a love of reading, an appreciation of and sensitivity to the writer’s art, and an ability to respond to literature in an intellectual level as well as an emotional level. The final award of the day, The Osprey Award was presented in recognition of the student who best represents the positive qualities of character and excellence to the Kent School Community. This contribution can take many forms: athletic, artistic, academic or personal. This year, The Osprey Award was presented to Danielle Simmons. Student speakers were Reed Ferguson and Lexi Norman. Reed spoke of the importance of the relationships he developed with teachers through the years and shared experiences between he and his classmates. Reed said, speaking of his ritual arrival to school each morning, “I have gotten so used to this morning routine, that I haven’t appreciated the amazing environment that is my second home.” The second student speaker was Lexi Norman who reflected on her journey from Preschool through Eighth Grade and how fast that time has gone. She concluded with a message to current Kent School students. “Make every moment count. Trust me, it will be worth it.”

Following all remarks, each student was introduced with personal comments written by their advisors as they received their certificates. Members of the Class of 2018 will be attending the following secondary schools: The Gunston School, The STEM Academy at Kent County High School, and St. Andrew’s School.

For more information about Kent School visit 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.

KCPL & UM Extension Present “Eat More Veggies!”


Make the most of seasonal eating by exploring how to plan meals around local produce, tips for selecting and storing fruits and veggies, and discussion of delicious and nutritious recipe ideas.

Rebecca Meekins, University of Maryland Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, will visit KCPL’s Chestertown Branch to present “Eat More Veggies!” a two-part program designed to delight your taste buds and motivate you to create healthy meals based around the bounty of summer produce available locally.

Saturday, June 23rd
Learn how to plan delicious, nutritious meals based on what’s currently fresh and in season.

Saturday, July 7th
Share tips for selecting, storing, and cooking fresh local produce, including recipe ideas. Bonus experience: Meet us at 9am at the library for a walk to the Chestertown Farmers’ Market where we’ll be selecting the produce that will be featured during the talk.

These programs are free and all are welcome. Feel free to join us for one or both sessions.

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

For more information, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Saturdays, June 23 & July 7 | 10am
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch

Charlotte Hawes Wins WC-ALL’s George Award


Charlotte being congratulated by Ed Minch, WC-ALL’s curriculum chair.

At the May Annual Meeting of the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning, Charlotte Dennett Hawes was presented with the George Award, given each year to an instructor for notable contributions to the organization.

The official citation, written by David White, WC-ALL’s Advisory Council Chair, states that “WC-ALL acknowledges with enormous gratitude the unique and wide-ranging contributions of Charlotte Dennett Hawes, who in 12 years of service to WC-ALL, taught 17 classes over 14 semesters, the first on farming in Maryland, the most recent on Zentangle TM Drawing. In between, she shared her comprehensive knowledge of world history and contemporary life and culture in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan with appreciative students eager to reach a better understanding of the world we share.”

In other business at the meeting, Advisory Council members were elected. Emily Moseman and Sue Kenyon will begin their first terms, while David White, Council Chair, Penny Block, publicity committee chair, and Hanson Robbins will begin second terms.

WC-ALL is preparing for the fall semester with course catalogs and registration information due for release in late July. For more information. Look for WC-ALL’s table at the Chestertown Farmers’ Market the first two weekends in August and visit the website at

St. Anne’s Episcopal School Breaks Ground on New Music Room


St. Anne’s Episcopal School is breaking ground on a new middle school music room as one of the campus improvements made possible by the Open Hearts, Open Minds capital campaign.  The new room will be an extension to the middle school building wing and Middletown-based PHB Inc. has been contracted to build the addition.

St. Anne’s Campaign Committee Members and staff use the same shovel that broke ground when the school was built in 2002 to start the project of adding a new middle school music room to the building.

“Anyone who has been to a St. Anne’s Christmas or Spring Concert can attest to the quality of our Music Program and the joy it brings to so many,” said campaign co-chair, Caroline Prickett.  “To quote John Lennon and Paul McCartney, ‘with a little help from my friends,’ we can build it for the kids.”

Open Hearts, Open Minds is the school’s first campaign since opening its doors in 2002.  To date parents, grandparents, trustees, foundations, and friends of the school have pledged over $2 million towards the $2.3 million dollar goal.

Located in Middletown, DE, St. Anne’s Episcopal School ( is a Preschool (age 3) through Grade 8 co-ed independent day school that focuses on academic excellence and spiritual growth in a small, family-oriented and diverse community. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, the school’s 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.

A Celebration of Children’s Books at KCPL June 13


Just in time for summer, the children’s and young adult collections at Kent County Public Library’s Rock Hall Branch are being refreshed, rejuvenated, and filled with brand new books!

Maryland State Education Association president Betty Weller will be the guest of honor at this celebration of books and education.

Join us for light refreshments and be the first to checkout the new books.

The purchase of these books has been made possible by a generous donation from the Maryland State Education Association given in honor of Betty Weller, outgoing president of the Maryland State Education Association, to celebrate her retirement and ongoing dedication to Maryland’s students and educators.

Wednesday, June 13 | 6-7pm
Rock Hall Branch

Chestertown RiverArts Photo Club Exhibit at KCPL


At the Chestertown RiverArts Photo Club novice, enthusiast and professional photographers alike have been meeting monthly for several years to show their latest images for comments, praise, and suggestions for improvement. This exhibit is a selection of some of their finest photographs that have been brought to the group over the years.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Wednesday, June 6 from 5-7pm at Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch. The exhibit will remain on display through the month of June and can be viewed whenever the library is open.

These images span many styles and genres of photography. Portraiture, street scenes, cityscapes, architecture, wildlife, abstract, black and white and nature images are all represented here. No matter what the subject, each photographer demonstrates a unique vision and engaging composition, a way of seeing and ability to convey that vision that combined with technical proficiency is what all our members strive to achieve in their work.

The Photo Club meets at 7PM every 4th Thursday at the RiverArts Education Center, 200 High St. The public is encouraged to attend and share their photos. For more information contact Steve Kane at

For more information about the reception, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Wednesday, June 6 | 5-7pm
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch

Kent School to Offer Summer Programs for Children


Kent School will offer several summer programs for children from age 3 to 12.  For the youngest children, ages 3 to 5, Kent School is offering two week-long sessions of Little Camp. Little Camp is led by Kent School teachers, Julia Gross and Karen Schauber. The first session of Little Camp, Seuss on the Loose will be held June 18 – June 22. Campers will explore everything Seuss through art, literature, science and physical activity.  The second session, Beach Party, will run June 25 – June 29. In Beach Party campers will create, imagine, read about and investigate who and what can be found during a trip to the seashore. The camp day runs from 9:00 a to 4:00 pm. Extended day is available starting at 8:00 am. and is also available until 5:00 pm. The camp fee is $185 per week. Extended day care is $10 per hour. Visit for more information. Call 410-778-4100 ext. 110 to request a brochure or email

In addition to Little Camp, Kent School will also host YMCA summer programs for the second consecutive year. The YMCA will offer week-long Preschool camps for children ages 3 and a half to age 5 starting the week of June 18 and concluding the week of August 13. Themes will include Paw Patrol, Storybook Station, Petite Picasso and much more. Specialty camps, for children ages 5 – 12 will include sessions for children who want to cook, build, create and explore with session like Mad Scientist, Glee Camp, Nerf Madness, Sweet Shop and many other terrific choices. The full catalog of YMCA camp offerings will be available soon. Visit the YMCA of the Chesapeake website for more information at

Nancy Mugele, Head of School at Kent School said, “We are looking forward to having a busy summer with dozens of children enjoying our beautiful campus. In addition to Little Camp and the YMCA summer programs, Kent School will also be hosting Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne for six weeks.” Mugele continued, “It is a pleasure and an honor to host these wonderful programs that will keep children actively engaged in learning and fun during the summer months.”

For more information about Kent School visit 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.

Laura Johnson Steps Up Into Role as Vice President of Finance


Washington College President Kurt Landgraf announced today that Laura Johnson, who has served as Washington College’s chief budget officer for the past four years, will be promoted to Vice President of Finance.

Johnson, who before joining Washington College was the senior global financial analyst with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, succeeds Rahel Rosner, who has accepted a position with St. Paul’s School in Baltimore.

“I am honored to continue to serve Washington College and excited for the opportunity to partner with Kurt, faculty, and senior leadership to ensure the sustainability of our future,” Johnson says. “We have some of the most talented and dedicated students, faculty, and staff and a board that is generous and insightful.  I look forward to the relationship with the community of Chestertown and to the exciting challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

In announcing the transition, Landgraf applauded the work of the Finance and Administration team, which is managing capital projects in various stages of development, from the construction of the Hodson Boathouse and Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, to the upcoming renovation of the Cullen residential hall, the completion of a full facilities condition assessment, and a master plan update.

Less visible, he said, has been the team’s work on financial sustainability, budget modeling, and projections—areas of primary focus for Johnson. She has been the main liaison between both the Provost’s Office and the Office of Finance and the academic and administrative departments for matters related to resource allocation, financial planning, and approval of actions related to employees, major purchases, and capital projects. She serves on the Finance and Benefits Committee, the Planning Committee, the Donor Relations & Stewardship Committee, and as an adviser for the Washington College Veterans Association, helping lead the annual holiday drive to gather and send supplies and gifts to those deployed in the active military.

“Laura Johnson is an incredibly talented financial officer who has proven to be up to the challenge of maximizing the College’s resources,” says Landgraf. “She’s also totally committed to the welfare of this institution. I am delighted to be able to tap one of most our talented and committed employees for a position of greater responsibility.”

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Schooner Sultana Offers Sunday Sails During 2018 Tea Party Festival


Visit the historic port of Chestertown, Maryland this weekend to sail on the schooner SULTANA during the Chestertown Tea Party Festival. This annual event—commemorating Chestertown’s colonial protest of British tea taxes in 1774—offers the best of small-town Chesapeake life with food, music, craft vendors and entertainment. During the festival, the schooner SULTANA will be in port for a host of public sails. Although Saturday sails are fully booked, tickets are still available for sails on Sunday, providing participants with a unique perspective on the festival’s waterfront events.

SULTANA’s two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using SULTANA’s seven-foot long tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks.

On Sunday, May 27th, the schooner will depart from the town dock at 10:00am, returning to port at 12pm in time to take full advantage of the ongoing Tea Party festivities in Wilmer Park. The second sail departs at 1pm and returns at 3:00pm, giving participants a view of the action at the annual Tea Party Raft Race.

Advance reservations are recommended for all sails and can be completed online or by contacting the Sultana Education Foundation office at 410-778-5954. Online registration is available until midnight of the preceding day of the program. If available, tickets may be purchased at the dock before the sail. For more information or reservations, please visit