Moving Vans , Moving Plans for Expanded MWS

On Friday, June 17th, moving vans were loaded and moved the educational books, tools and other media to their new home at the Lower School at 5800 Smith Street. Grades PK through 2 will be located at the Mt. Washington School lower building, formerly the Shrine of the Sacred Heart School.

In preparation for the 2011-2012 school year, the PTO has made the following information available:

The supply lists for grades PreK–5, as well as the resource classes, are attached. The 6th grade supply list will be posted in July.

Registration is open every day until June 30th between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. If this time frame is inconvenient please call the school office at 410-396-6354.

Beginning July 1, 2011 registration will be open each Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

No tours will be offered throughout the summer due to the many renovations planned for both buildings. We will have our Grand Opening on August 26th Tours will be offered during that event.

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MW K8 Chair Honored with Joint Award

On Friday, May 20th, David Conn, Chair of the MW K8 Steering Committee, was honored as one of the recipients of the 2011 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award, co-sponsored by Comcast and the Maryland State Department of Education. In April, 2010, Conn, the father of 2 MWES students – Emma (4th grade) Noah (3rd grade) – was selected to chair the committee by MWES principal Sue Torr. Through his leadership, the Committee has garnered support from various sectors of the Mount Washington community (including parents and students, alumni, the Shrine of the Sacred Heart parish, legislators, MW business owners); grown to include 5 subcommittees; raised nearly $200,000 in pledges from MW community and external funding sources; and continues its preparation for the August 2011 opening of the bi-campus school.

The Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards Program recognizes parents from local school systems across the state of Maryland, nominated for their contributions in one or more of the five areas of parental involvement: Communication, Volunteering, Learning, Decision Making, and Community Collaboration.

In a quote taken from a recent interview with Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Superintendent for Maryland Public Schools, she noted, “I continue to be astounded and grateful of what parents across Maryland are capable of achieving in our schools. From the mountains of Western Maryland to the ocean of the Eastern Shore – from our big urban facilities made up of vibrant communities to the expansive rural countryside, the contributions to public education that parents provide cannot be understated,” said Dr. Grasmick. “Parent involvement plays an intricate role in academic success, and recognition such as this could only be possible through our partnership with Comcast.”

The 2011 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards was presented during an evening celebration on Friday, May 20. Although Conn was not selected from the 24 semifinalists all of the semifinalists have been involved parents and advocates on the statewide level – serving as members of task forces, presenters at statewide meetings, and participants in education conventions and focus groups.

Conn’s recognition for his work on this massive expansion project could not be more deserved.

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Ms. May Named Teacher of the Year

The latest exciting news to come out of Mount Washington is that on May 9, Mount Washington Elementary’s own fifth-grade teacher Margaret May was named Baltimore City’s Teacher of the Year!

City Schools CEO Andrés A. Alonso and other invited guests made the announcement during a surprise morning visit to Ms. May’s class.  Ms. May is also now a candidate for Maryland Teacher of the Year this fall, the winner of which becomes the state’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year.

Mount Washington Principal Sue Torr, who nominated Ms. May for theTeacher of the Year designation, said “she has a thorough knowledge of the content she teaches and has developed an array of instructional techniques and strategies that motivate her students to learn.”  In both 2007-08 and 2008-09, 100 percent of Ms. May’s students scored proficient or advanced on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in Reading.

Click here to read the full announcement of this wonderful accomplishment.  And check out this story on The Sun’s website, including a must-see video of the surprise announcement.

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Renovations Begin at Upper and Lower School Campuses

Many physical improvements have been scheduled to take place now through August at both the Upper School campus (current MWES location at 1801 Sulgrave Avenue) and the Lower School campus (former location of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart School on Smith Avenue). The renovations to the Upper School include the administrative offices, library, teacher workrooms, computer lab and updated science classroom. The Lower School renovations will include the library/media center, relocated administrative office, teacher lunch and work room and updated kitchen.

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New Grade 6 Programs and Activities Announced

As parents, students, and school staff prepare for the addition of the first 6th grade class at the new Mount Washington School, there is much anticipation about the academic and extracurricular offerings for the 6th graders at the Upper School.

Curriculum will based on the International Baccaulaureate Middle Years Programme and will include:

  • Humanities (English, Language Arts, Ancient Civilizations);
  • Science (Earth Science, Astronomy, Natural Resources and Human Needs, Environmental Issues);
  • Spanish (Oral and written communication with emphasis on culture and family life); and
  • Math (fractions, decimals, percents, algebra, geometry, statistics, measurement, probability, integers, ratios and proportions).

Requirements: P.E./Health (swimming) and technology (research and library)
Choices: vocal music, honors chorus, art, ceramics (new kiln)

Other Requirements

  • Uniform – khaki pants/skirt/shorts and red polo shirt
  • Community service
  • Individual Student Learning Goals
  • Leadership Opportunities (School Safety Monitor; Student Council; Mentoring)

After-school Clubs (some fees may be required)

  • Newspaper (online)
  • Ceramics
  • Drum/step (co-ed)
  • Robotics
  • Chess
  • Environment
  • Debate
  • Cheerleading (girls)
  • Girls basketball
  • Boys basketball
  • Girls soccer
  • Boys soccer
  • Drama

Stay tuned for weekly updates and information from the MW K8 Communications/Community Relations subcommittee. Contact Trude Cooke Turner ( or Stuart Caplan ( for information.

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Mount Washington School Prepares for Opening Celebration

With the expansion of the Mount Washington School come celebratory activities marking the occasion. Make sure to save the date of Friday, August 26th at 6PM for the opening celebration of the Upper and Lower campuses of the Mount Washington School. The festivities will include the annual “sneak a peak at your seat” opportunity to meet teachers and find homeroom classrooms; food, games, music and tours of both buildings. The event will take place at the Outdoor Classroom in between Sulgrave and Smith Avenues.

More information will be coming. Watch your mail!

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Calling All Alumni!

If you attended dear old Mount Washington Elementary, or you taught there – or you know someone who did – please check in!  We’re gathering names and contact information in an effort to round up the old gang (or gangs), to share all the good news about the school expansion project.

Please send a note, with your name, year you graduated (or years you taught there), and current contact info. by clicking here: mwesalumni.  And please pass the word to other alumni with whom you’re still in touch.

In the meantime, go check out one of the alumni pages on Facebook.  Look for “Mt Washington Elementary School ALumn” or “Mt. Washington Elementary School Alums.”

This project is taking off, and our goal is to create simply the best K-8 school in the State of Maryland.  What better legacy of the formative years you spent at the school than to join the many others who have made a contribution to the project?  See the “Donate” link to the right.  And if you can make a substantial gift, please check out the donor recognition opportunities.

Thanks for visiting!

- David Conn, K8 Steering Committee Chair


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Volunteers Meeting: February 23

To all volunteers and supporters of the MWK8 project: come to a Volunteers Meeting on Wednesday February 23rd, at 7:30p.m., at the school. Hear important updates about the expansion. Refreshments will be served. Child care is available for children enrolled at MWES, but you must notify Matthew Day in advance:

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Mount Washington School chooses International Baccalaureate program, new name, mission

The highly respected International Baccalaureate program (IB) will be offered to middle grades students in Mount Washington this fall, in the first year of the Mount Washington Elementary School’s expansion to a pre-K–8 program, according to school leaders.

As students enter the first-ever 6th grade class in August, they will participate in IB’s “Middle Years Programme” (MYP), a high quality, rigorous curriculum that encourages students to develop critical thinking and communication skills and to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while developing a strong work ethic.

The MYP was recommended by the Academics & Activities Committee, a team of parents, teachers, school administrators, and education specialists who investigated nearly two dozen middle school curricula and conducted site visits to several schools in the region. This recommendation was presented in January to the MWK8 Steering Committee, composed of parents, community members, business leaders, and educational professionals, and the chairs of all MWK8 project sub-committees.

The Steering Committee unanimously voted to endorse the MYP curriculum, and MWES Principal Sue Torr and Baltimore City Public Schools have accepted the recommendation. The school has begun the process of applying for certification from the IB Organization (, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Steering Committee also endorsed the recommendation of a new name for the school: “The Mount Washington School.” The name will take effect once the middle grades expansion begins with the 2011–2012 school year.

“Together we will establish a premier middle grades program for the students of the Mount Washington School,” Ms. Torr said. “I am thrilled that the community has stepped forward to support this opportunity. I am proud of the staff and their eagerness to make the expansion to two campuses successful.”

The new school also will have a new Mission Statement to guide future development of the school’s programs and policies, as developed by the project’s One School Committee:

“The Mount Washington School prepares children to succeed in the local and global community by challenging all students to strive for academic excellence, to contribute to the development of strong, positive communities, and to become caring, responsible citizens.”

The IB Middle Years Programme focuses on an integration of all of content areas with an emphasis on global-mindedness and the interrelatedness of subjects. The program helps

students make connections between subjects and real world issues. The IB program has an international reputation for high quality education that has been sustained for over 35 years.

The Middle Years Programme aligns directly with the IB Diploma (High School) Programme, providing an opportunity for Mount Washington students to prepare for the most competitive high school programs and to receive early preparation for college and beyond.

The school expansion was made possible by the decision last year of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners to lease the former Shrine of the Sacred Heart School, which closed in June, from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. The former Shrine school building will host children in pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade, while children in 3rd grade and above will be in the current Mount Washington Elementary School building. Baltimore City Schools is undertaking needed renovations and capital improvements to both buildings to accommodate the new configuration.

The Steering Committee has launched a campaign to raise $500,000 for additional needs, including some of the startup and training costs to implement the IB MYP, technology in the classrooms, media and science centers, and improved outdoor play spaces. Many in the community, including all of the Steering Committee members, have already contributed to the campaign.

The expansion of the school will provide Mount Washington School families, for the first time, with an excellent middle school program within the neighborhood. The expansion will start in Fall 2011 with the addition of a 6th grade and will add one grade for each of the next two years.

“As the principal,” Ms. Torr added, “there is nothing more rewarding than to know our students will be prepared to achieve anything they set their minds to.”

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Please Consider a Donation

In this holiday season, please consider joining your neighbors in making a tax-deductible donation to the Mt. Washington K–8 School part of your year-end charitable gifts. More information, including how to donate online, is available on our donations page.

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