October 30, 2017                                                                           eNewsletter


Cougars in the News:

We are the Champions!


Photo courtesy of Alison Kiger.

Calverton Girls Soccer Tops Rockbridge

in Penalty Kicks for Second Straight MISAL Title

Oct 23, 2017


UPPER MARLBORO — With a high octane offense like Rockbridge Academy, Calverton School head coach Bryan Frates and his players felt that if they kept Saturday evening's Metro Independent Schools Athletic League girls soccer championship game tight near the end, it would possibly come down to the decisive penalty shootout like last season.

They were right.

Both teams prepared for yet another shootout once again as the game was deadlocked at 1 after 80 minutes of regulation and two five-minute overtimes.


Four of Calverton's five penalty takers found their mark as the Cougars celebrated their second straight MISAL tournament crown over the Scots of Anne Arundel County with a 4-2 shootout victory at Riverdale Baptist School.

"I knew that Rockbridge was a very strong offensive team, and if we kept it tied after overtime, I was pretty confident in my five shooters in the end," Frates said. "We came through and it feels good to be able to win another league championship."

Junior forward Keira Shoup, the team's fifth shooter, helped seal the championship win for Calverton when she nailed the fourth and final penalty shot in the shootout.

Junior Ashley Ehrmantraut, freshman Mackenzie Smith and senior goalkeeper Katie Carrino also hit penalty shots for Calverton.

Carrino finished with 16 saves for the game, including a huge stop in Rockbridge's first shot attempt in penalty kicks.

"I had to keep my head up the whole game and everyone motivated," said Carrino, who made her first-ever penalty shot. "It was my first time ever making in [penalty kick] in a game. I would've never imagined that."

Frates made a huge move for the championship game as he moved Shoup, the team's top offensive weapon, to the back on defense to mark Rockbridge senior striker Mayowa Taiwo.

"We completely changed or game plan for the championship because we lost to [Rockbridge] twice in the regular season," said Shoup referring to the 3-0 and 6-2 losses in those meetings. "We've been practicing PKs all season, so if it came down, we knew could pull it out."

Shoup stepped up and handled the responsibilities well for the Cougars.

Calverton (11-4 overall), which defeated Southern Maryland Christian Academy 3-1 in Thursday's MISAL semifinals, has been in the final 11 straight years, winning seven in a row from 2007 to 2013 and back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017. Rockbridge won back-to-back MISAL titles in 2014 and 2015.

The last time Calverton wasn't in a MISAL final was 2006, losing to Grace Christian, formerly known as Grace Brethren, at that time. 


[Editor's Note: Excerpted. For the full article, please click here. To view the highlight reel video, please click here.]

2017 Girls' Varsity Soccer Roster

Katie Carrino, 9th Grade
Tori Matthews, 11th Grade
Erin Bodmer, 11th Grade
Maddie Carrino, 11th Grade
Mary Atkisson, 11th Grade
Natalie O'Brien, 10th Grade
Sarah Mazzella, 12th Grade
Jessica Kiger, 12th Grade
Keira Shoup, 11th Grade
Ashley Ehrmantraut, 11th Grade 
Annie Potter, 9th Grade
Sarah Weimer, 9th Grade
Haley Brady, 12th Grade
Mackenzie Smith, 9th Grade
Jocelyn Kuidlan, 10th Grade
Erica Chancellor, 11th Grade


Upcoming Events

Discover The Calverton School Difference at Our Annual Open House


Help us share the word with your friends and neighbors about our upcoming Open House at The Calverton School! Studies show that word-of-mouth marketing through personal testimonials from our parents are one of the best forms of advertising. Extra postcards are now available in Founders' Hall. Come by and get a few postcards to share in your neighborhood or at the office!


For more information, please contact our Calverton Admissions Team:


Erica Henry-Suitch, Lower/Middle School Admissions Director:

John Alter, Upper School Admissions Director:


Calverton Cougar Spotlight:

Nurse Mary Pesetsky


Photo courtesy of Mary Pesetsky.

"The Calverton community is

like family for us..."

Everyone knows (and loves!) Nurse Mary! From tummy aches to bee stings, everyday bumps and bruises and more, Nurse Mary plays a vital and comforting role at Calverton. But how did Nurse Mary and her family come to be Calverton Cougars?


The Pesetsky Family looked for alternatives to the public school setting after their oldest, Jacob, was the target of bullying at his prior school. Jacob, Calverton Class of 2014 and now a college senior studying business and economics at Sewanee University of the South, was the first of Nurse Mary's four children to come to Calverton. 


"After I realized how wonderful this school was, I had my other children come to Calverton in Middle School," Nurse Mary explained. "I love Calverton because of the small class sizes. Our teachers really get to know our students and help them learn." Now in their 8th year at Calverton, three other members of the Pesetsky family have followed in Jacob's Cougar prints-- Ellie (Calverton Class of 2016), Hannah (Calverton Class of 2018), and Dan (Calverton Class of 2021) and their mom became Calverton's "Nurse Mary" three years ago.


"I love being the school nurse because I love Calverton-- our children, our parents and our staff."


And we love you, Nurse Mary!

Editor's Note: If you have a student and/or Calverton community member in mind for a future Calverton Cougar Spotlight, please email me at I look forward to hearing from you!

All School News


Calverton held not just one, not two, but

THREE Signature Events this past weekend!


From Friday night's annual Trunk or Treat & Coffee House to Sunday morning's Color Run benefiting our Varsity Lacrosse Team, a huge thank you to our students, parents, faculty and staff who made Calverton's Halloween weekend a frightfully, fun success!


Click here for this weekend's highlight reel to see all the wonderful photos!


Color Run Fun!


Photo courtesy of Kate Shoup.

A Message from Coach Bryan Frates...


We had an amazing Lacrosse fundraiser Sunday. The Color Run was incredibly successful! Thank you for all the support and, this summer, be on the lookout for info on next year's Color Run!


You're Invited...


 Need something to do this winter?

Coach Jason Boxx from D.C. United is offering supplemental soccer training via a 6-week training program at The Calverton School for boys and girls, ages 7-16. Open to public!

For more information and to register, visit:


From the Desk of Bob Chapple...


Please be a good example for our student drivers and turn right as you exit the campus. Cutting straight across Route 4 to head south is against the law.




Calverton Parent

Association News


Photo courtesy of Kelly Gosselin.

Congratulations to Snoopy, err,  we mean Maggie (Calverton Class of 2027) and the Gosselin Family for winning the "Best Trunk Prize" at this year's Trunk or Treat!

A Message from Christine Blocksidge, CPA President:

Thank you all so much! Trunk or Treat was a great night for the Calverton Community thanks to numerous volunteers and attendees. We especially thank Guy McClanahan, the Calverton Student Government, John Alter (Professor Dumbledore), our Calverton Class of 2019-Junior Class, and Calverton's Lacrosse Families for our wonderful concession sales, Shannon Pickett, Sean Polk, the maintenance staff, our Lower School Room Parents, and our Trunk or Treat committee members.


To all of you who made spooky and themed Trunks, our event would not be the same without you. Special thanks to our student judges who chose The Gosselin Family Trunk as the winner!


Happy Halloween!


Join us for our next meeting Friday, November 3rd at 8:15 AM.

CPA-Middle and Upper School Halloween Luncheon:

Tuesday, October 31st from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Lower School News



The Scholastic Book Fair is almost here! Please peruse our Scholastic Book Fair Homepage where you can check fair times, preview featured titles, sign-up to volunteer, and more!


Click here for more information!


Calverton Lower School Leaders of the Month


Photo courtesy of Heidi Merryman.

Congratulations to our Lower School Leaders for the month of October!


These students displayed positive character traits and role-model behavior during the month of October. Way to go, Cougars!


Cougar Cubs - Kai Gaublomme

Kindergarten - Braden Merryman

First Grade - Elaina Zimmerman

Second Grade - Delaney Calhoun

Third Grade - Lizzy Harvey

Fourth Grade - Christopher Shove

Fifth Grade - Cameron Smith

The Golden Book Goes To...


Calverton Class of 2029-FIRST GRADE! 


Students in grades K-5 have the opportunity to earn points during library class for making positive behavior choices. The class with the most points at the end of the month, will earn the Golden Book. For the month of October, the Gold Book goes to our Calverton Class of 2029! Congratulations, First Grade!


October Field Trip News...


Photo courtesy of Heidi Merryman.

What could be better on a beautiful Fall day than a trip to the pumpkin patch! The children in kindergarten, first, and second grades enjoyed a morning at Spider Hall Farm searching for the "pumpkin of my heart" in a field full of vines, leaves, and pumpkins of all sizes, shapes, and colors - even pink! Part of our morning included an agricultural lesson. Kindergarten students collected farm products to take to market and then visited a real market. First and second graders measured how far a pumpkin could roll and a hayride back to the bus was the perfect way to cap off a day on the farm experience!


Photo courtesy of Stephanie Cooley.

What's the best way to find out what lives in a pond? As part of the Pond Ecosystem Unit in Science, our Kindergartners recently used dip nets to catch some pond critters and study them up close and personal. Our young scientists also had to sort through leaves, sticks, muck, and water to find them, but it was worth the effort!


Photo submitted by Linda Weigel.

Our Third Grade visited the Calvert Marine Museum, where we learned about the geographical history of our area. We examined fossils to see what types of creatures once inhabited our waters and land. We practiced our map reading skills while studying a map created by John Smith when he explored our area. We learned about how early settlers adapted to the geography and climate of the Chesapeake Bay while touring the Drum Point Lighthouse.


Our Fourth Grade students visited Historic St. Mary's City as an introduction to their study of Maryland history. Students were able to demonstrate how to weigh anchor on the Maryland Dove through a small competition of boys against girls. With the right amount of leverage the girls were able to win! Students ground and sifted corn into corn flour, harvested and planted tobacco seeds on the plantation, wore traditional Indian clothes and helped to carve out an Indian canoe using only sticks and fire. It was a great trip and lead into their next social studies unit. GO COUGARS!


Photo courtesy of Josephine Harvey.


A special word of thanks to Mr. Guy McClanahan [Calverton Dad to Mac (Class of 2024) and Devin (Class of 2025)] and Mr. Felix Ayuk [Calverton Dad to Malachi (Class of 2024)], for holding soccer training sessions for our 5th graders [our future Calverton varsity soccer stars!] GO COUGARS!


Halloween Parade

Please join us for our Halloween Parade and Concert on October 31st @ 8:45 in the gym. Students should come to school dressed in their costume and have their uniform ready to change into following the festivities.

As your child finalizes their costume decisions for the parade, please keep in mind the information below:

- Please remember that there are very young children at Calverton (and some sensitive adults), and that costumes should not be "too scary";
- Costumes must offer appropriate coverage (nothing see-through and skirts should be no shorter than just above the knee);
- No weapons (or anything resembling a weapon) or liquid accessories will be allowed on campus;
- No face paint or hair dye for this event;
- Parents of our Cougar Cubs, please keep in mind that your children will be walking up and down steps as they parade through our Middle and Upper School. Long tails, dresses, and pants can be troublesome for our littlest friends.

Thank you!


Photo courtesy of Heidi Merryman.


Last Friday's Hispanic Heritage Celebration was a great success because of the boundless energy and careful preparation of Señora P. and because of the tremendous generosity of our parents. We appreciate your support in making the event such a success! Thank you for helping to prepare costumes, provide a variety of delicious foods, and to those that were able to volunteer their time on the day of the event.


Señora P. said of the event, "We had another awesome Hispanic Heritage Month Showcase! The students worked very hard, and it showed in their performances, and their expo presentations."


She added, "A huge shout out to all the Calverton Parents who were here to watch and cheer on their kids, who made the food, and for our brave parent volunteers who stayed to help set up and clean up the room after the food sampling event."


Señora P.  highlighted a crowd favorite-- the flamenco dance. "A special shout out to Bridget Gildersleeve (Calverton Class of 2024-6th grade), who did an AMAZING Flamenco dance!" 

Señora P. also thanks our 2nd grade buddies who helped our Pre-K students, who attended the show, be respectful so they and others could enjoy the show.


Finally, Señora P. is especially thankful of the Lower School teachers who were kind enough to give up some time so that we could get the acts looking amazing and spectacular!


"I look forward to the Multicultural Fair coming up in March for Diversity Week," Señora P. said.


¡Muchas gracias a todos!


Report Cards/Conferences


First Quarter Report Cards will be posted on Friday, November 3rd for Grades K-5. Please look for an email next week from your child's teacher about finding a time to meet for parent-teacher conferences. Conferences will take place during the week of November 6th. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear about your child's successes, academic and social progress, and goals for the second quarter.


Parent Visitation Day & Veterans Day Recognition

We invite you to join your child for Parent Visitation Day on Friday, November 10th. You are invited to spend the morning on campus and enjoy the classroom experience alongside your child. Our annual Veterans Day Recognition will follow classroom visits honoring military veterans. Please note that this is a noon dismissal for Lower and Middle School students. More detailed information will be communicated closer to the event.


Middle School News

Middle School FBL Elective

with Phil Weiner


Have you ever wondered what stocks a Middle Schooler would purchase if they had $100,000 in an account to invest? Here's a partial list of what specific stocks students in the Future Business Leader Elective have purchased: Nvidia, Starbucks, Zoetis, U.S. Biogen, Netflix, Verizon, WalMart, and Snap-On Tools.

The top stock in the group has been Nvidia, purchased by an 8th Grade group for $180 per share, now trading at $199 per share.

Who knows, perhaps a future Wall Street success story in our midst?


Our Calverton Cougars recently gathered for the Middle School Dance!


Photo courtesy of Beth Lennon.


Tuesday afternoon will find our Middle School participating in a fundraiser for Cancer Research at our Cancer Awareness Games. Each Middle School student will receive their Cancer Games t-shirt on Monday and should wear it to school on Tuesday. GO COUGARS!


Photo courtesy of Josephine Harvey.

The Middle School Soccer Team finished up a successful season with a fun scrimmage and party last Monday. The 17 member co-ed team practiced four times per week and played an eleven game schedule, the most games in recent memory! Their skills improved throughout the year and they were a formidable team who finished the season on a high note with two wins. Thanks go out to parent volunteers Guy McClanahan and Felix Ayuk. Go Cougars!


Upper School News


The Calverton School Spirit Award is presented to that young man and young woman in his/her grade in recognition of:

•Participation in Calverton School Athletics (including DCU Academy)
•Participation in Community Service
•Active School leadership - Both Formal and Informal
•Positive Contributions to Student Life
•School Spirit, as demonstrated by active participation in school events
•Embodiment of the Calverton School Philosophy of Honor in both word and in deed


Congratulations to the following students who received the Upper School Calverton Spirit Awards:


Class of 2021 - Dean Labash and Katie Carrino

Class of 2020 - Caroline Holt and Samir Shah

Class of 2019 - Vincent Lennon and Erin Bodmer

Class of 2018 - Jake Hendricks and Hannah Pesetsky


Students in Comparative Government & World History recently participated in a spirited formal debate that centered on how women either gained or lost rights during the Napoleonic Era in France. Teams researched, constructed arguments and then delivered inspired speeches from the podium. The freshmen debaters had to back up their claims with strong evidence from scholarly sources. The winning team ultimately proved that French women actually saw their rights curtailed during the reign of Napoleon I.



Photo courtesy of Chris Bedea.


Photos courtesy of Dr. Jesse Mathers.

This week the IB Biology HL seniors are working on transgenic and genetically modified organisms by creating their own GM bacteria that express the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) from a deep sea jellyfish. The class is also debating the environmental and societal impacts of GM technology in crop plants in our global community to address concerns with food availability, vaccine production, and corporate monopolies versus family farms. (Photos show students working with plasmid vectors and finished transgenic bacteria expressing GFP protein.) GO COUGARS!


Photos courtesy of Bett Alter.

Erin Bodmer, Calverton Class of 2019-Junior Class, was one of the performers at Calverton's Signature Coffee House last Friday. [And members of Calverton's Upper School family, Kailash Faris and Bill Wright, jammed during our Coffee House session, too!]


Fall Fun with Pumpkins

Last Friday, the Upper School enjoyed Mrs. Brower's Advisory Group's Fun Friday Activity - Paint a Pumpkin! Thank you, Mrs. Brower and your advisory, for such a fun and creative activity!


Photo submitted by John Alter.


Homecoming and Spirit Week News...


Photos courtesy of Bett Alter (R-L): Mateo Vanegas, Charlie Blocksidge, Allison Der-Graux, Sean Polk II, Donovan James, Annie Potter, Nick Ferrante (front) Stephen Miller (behind Nicky) Evan Weber, Danny Pesetsky, Katie Carrino, George Evans, Reeseman Walker, and Mackenzie Smith.

The Upper School celebrated our annual Spirit Week with a lively line-up of themes victorious athletic teams and a great turn out for the annual Homecoming Dance.

Go Cougars!


"Old Man" James, (Donovan James, '21) - Switch Your Age Day, Spirit Week 2017


College Counseling Corner


From the Desk of Mr. Wright...


SENIOR CLASS PARENTS PLEASE REMEMBER: There are two widely used financial aid applications that you need to know about. One of these, the FAFSA, should be completed by all families with college-bound seniors. The other, the CSS Profile, needs only to be submitted by families whose seniors are applying to certain colleges.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a financial aid form that virtually all colleges and universities in the United States use. All families who wish to receive financial aid for college should complete and submit this application this fall. I would recommend that you submit this form even if you do not believe that your family would be eligible for federally backed need based aid, because some colleges and state governments also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for some non-federally backed financial aid. More information about the FAFSA and the form itself can be found at


The CSS Profile is an application for non-federally backed financial aid that is used only by about four hundred colleges, professional schools, and scholarship programs. The list of institutions that require the CSS Profile can be found at If any of the colleges or universities that your child is applying to is on this list, then you should complete and submit the CSS Profile. Information about the CSS Profile and the form itself can be found at


Both of these applications for financial aid for academic year 2018-2019 are now available. It is best to complete and submit these forms as soon as possible.




Photo courtesy of Katherine Clagett.


Calverton Cross Country


"Everybody is happy to run their own pace

and find their own personal best."

Coach Katherine Clagett.

Cross Country Team Members: Hunter Chase, Aiden Anderson, Ryleigh Weber, Tim Holt, Marcus Rothera, Henry Blocksidge, Will Brady, Peja Boyd and Maurtice Newsome (not pictured). Coached by Katherine Clagett.


This fall, we completed a 9/11 Remembrance Run in Waldorf, the Brick 5k at Hallowing Point Park to support a charity for foster children, and a race on our home course supporting Friends of the Poor and our Color Run in support of the Calverton Boys Lacrosse Team. We also ran a cross country meet against Rockbridge  and our final event for the season will be on November 4th, the Jug Bay 5k/10k followed by a team cookout.

Since late September, our team has practiced everyday after school until 5:15 PM. We do a wide range of workouts including timed miles, hills, long runs and shorter runs and we run rain or shine. It is so great to be outside on our beautiful campus with such a great group! 


Congratulations to everyone who participated in

our varsity fall athletic program!


The following students received awards on Wednesday evening:


Boys' Soccer 

MVP - Jake Hendricks, MIP - Dean Labash 

Coach's - DJ Huston Hakey


Girls' Soccer 

MVP - Keira Shoup, MIP- Haley Brady

Coach's - Jessica Kiger


Field Hockey 

MVP - Sofia Jenkins, MIP - Chaney Standifer

Coach's - Belle Jenkins and Gabby Loveless



MVP - Samir Shah, MIP - Owen Lare



MVP - Jenna Leitze, MIP - Keva Johnson

Coach's - Hannah Pesetsky


Cross Country 

MVP - James Anderson, MIP - Henry Blocksidge

Coach's - Ryleigh Weber



Spring Break: Save the Dates

Our community has several upcoming Signature Experience Spring Break travel opportunities available around the world! For details, email the tour guides below or call us at 410-535-0216.


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