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Update on Academic Enrichment
Posted 02/23/2018 02:19PM
Academic Update

Ever have a conversation with your daughter that goes something like this?

"How was school today?"


"What did you learn?"

"The usual."

Sometimes our teens forget to mention that an internationally known poet did a private reading for them, that they led a conversation on race relations, or that they made First Honors this term! That's why we create the Academic Update. Read below, and next time you ask your daughter what she learned at school, you can be specific! We hope this information leads to some great conversations!

First things first, congratulations to all the students who received 1st and 2nd Honors! Click here to view a complete list of all the young women who made the grade!

Oldfields strives, especially during the winter term, to provide intellectual stimulation, ignite curiosity, and keep students constructively engaged in and out of the class room by providing a multitude of unique academic experiences:

  • The Theme Committee held a "Magical Self " Assembly with three amazing presentations all related to the theme of being the best version of yourself in your relationships, your career, and especially when you feel the odds are stacked against you.
  • Grace Carmichael '12, Regional Coordinator for the One Love organization, spoke on how to recognize healthy vs. unhealthy relationships and stop relationship abuse.
  • Lieutenant Cathy Batton from Baltimore City Police Department shared her experience of moving up through the ranks as a woman in a male-dominated environment. A 19-year veteran whose most recent assignment was the Crimes Against Children Unit, she also stayed and answered questions in our forensics class. Students learned about the many career options within law enforcement, the psychological aspect of being a detective, and heard anecdotes about life on the job.
  • Finally the girls heard the story of Geri McCarter, Step Coach for the Lethal Ladies of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women who were featured in the award winning documentary, STEP. As a bonus, her step team came and performed an amazing eight minute piece for our girls. Thank you to alumna, Xanthe Key '05, for making the connection. Click here to view step team in action. >

  • The 10th grade made the often impactful visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
  • A special thanks to Hilary Bates who has been the driving force behind one of the most exciting and educational traditions at Oldfields, Global Awareness Day!
  • We are so fortunate to have Model UN hosted right here in our own backyard at Johns Hopkins University. Our students prepared, presented, debated, and defended their international issues along with 2,000 other students.
  • Oldfields' way of celebrating Valentine's Day? Teaching our girls how to love themselves first! Thanks to our speakers, dietetic interns from Johns Hopkins Hospital for teaching our girls about the importance of sleep, healthy eating, exercise, and positive social engagement.

  • Our photography classes traveled to Baltimore to the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to hear Iranian-American artist/filmmaker, Shirin Neshat and Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art Chris Bedford discuss their work.
  • Mr. Joe Salazar, current parent of Rowan '18, who works for the U.S. Department of State in the American Embassy in Panama, visited the International Politics Honors class. He addressed questions posed by the students about U.S. foreign policy and his experiences working in this arena.
  • Oldfields joined 60 girls from six local schools to attend the Baltimore Girls School Leadership Conference along with keynote speaker, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former Baltimore City Mayor. Oldfields also hosted the group meeting for the first time on February 20th, which gave our students a great leadership opportunity.

  • The Minorities class invited the community for a heartfelt discussion with our very own "Chef X", as he shared his life wisdom and experiences on racism in America.
  • Award winning poet, Nicole Tong guest lectured during Creative Writing class, and then did a poetry reading from her book followed by a Q&A session in Miss Nan's Library for the entire community. Click here to visit her website.

  • We are also looking forward to our Term II Academic awards Assembly on February 28!
Wow! Makes you kind of want to be a student again, doesn't it? We hope this provides you with some insight into your daughter's month and leads to some wonderful conversations!
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