February 2018                                                                                    eNewsletter

Calverton Welcomes

Ambassador Reuben Brigety


Photo courtesy of Christine Blocksidge.

The Calverton School's rapidly growing Model United Nations Club recently received guidance from one of the world's premier subject matter experts in the area as they prepared for their Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Philadelphia. Reuben Brigety, former Ambassador to the African Union and the current Dean of the Eliot School of International Relations at George Washington University, came to speak with our students, offering tips about the country that they have been chosen to represent, Mozambique, and also how to effectively build strategic pan-African alliances such as those created within the African Union.


Dr. Brigety knows whereof he speaks, not only from his considerable experience in the State Department, but also from the Ph.D. that he earned at Cambridge University in England. The Ambassador mentioned that while there, he was quite impressed by the preparation of fellow students who had earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the same credential pursued by many Calverton graduates. How did he happen to visit Calverton? His roommate, while Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, Chuck Blocksidge, is a current Calverton parent (Charlie - Calverton Class of 2021 and Henry - Calverton Class of 2024) and Board Member, issued the invitation.


Among other pieces of information, Calverton students learned that Luanda, Angola is currently the most expensive city in the world, that the African continent is over three times the size of the United States, that Africa has a rotating group of three representatives on the UN Security Council and that Africa is the only nuclear-free continent. 

Armed with this remarkable preparation courtesy of Ambassador Bridgety, our Calverton Delegation was eager to face the challenges of the recent Model UN competition in Philadelphia.


For more information on our Calverton Model UN Delegation's trip to Philadelphia, scroll down to our Upper School News Section!

Upcoming Events


Join Us Tonight for...


Please note: If your Lower School student will be staying with us in Aftercare, please be sure to send in a snack for your child. Thank you!

You're Invited...


Come eat, drink and socialize as you paint your own masterpiece! Join Barbara Brower, Calverton's own MS/US IB Art Teacher as she guides you through the creative process.


RSVP with Debbie at or click here! 

50th Anniversary Winter Tea


We are looking forward to gathering alumni, current families and other community members at our special Calverton 50th Anniversary Winter Tea. Reservations are required by February 17th.


Contact Chloe Ewalt or Beth Lennon for details at 410-535-0216, x1111.


Register today!

Calverton Cougar Spotlight:
Steffi Shoup

Calverton Class of 2026


"What do I love most about Calverton?

I love running through the Bog

and blowing the cat tail seeds everywhere!"


-Steffi Shoup, Calverton Class of 2026


Steffi Shoup, Calverton Class of 2026, has graced Calverton hallways since before she could walk! Steffi -- the youngest daughter of Mark and Kate Shoup and the younger sister of the Calverton Class of 2019's Keira-- is not only following in her sister's pawprints, she's making impressive Cougar tracks of her own!


Now in their 13th year at Calverton, the Shoups were first attracted to Calverton's small class sizes, the rigor of curriculum, community feel and security and opportunities for parent involvement. As a Calverton student, Steffi appreciates the Upper School's interaction with the Lower School and likes being available to work with our Upper School teachers.


Steffi's favorite subject is math and her favorite special is art. Steffi loves using Calverton's Dark Room for her photography. In fact, Steffi's artwork and photographs are pretty impressive, especially when you consider her work has been recognized at the Calvert County Fair for several years in a row.

"I've earned over $100 in prize money at the County Fair," Steffi explained. "I've entered all my Calverton artwork, poems, photographs and social studies projects-- and I've even won many Grand Champion Ribbons!"


Way to go, Steffi, and GO COUGARS!

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

Summer Adventures Update


Trex Recycling Challenge Update:

Blue versus Gray


Please keep sending in plastic wrap for our Trex Recycling Challenge as we are continuing our Blue versus Gray competition this year! Plastic will be weighed at the end of each month to see which team earns the bragging rights for that month. There will be a mid-year reward for the team with the most pounds of recycled plastic. There are collection bins in Founders' Hall and the Commons. Look for the Blue or Gray bins!

As of this writing, our Gray team is in the lead with 232 POUNDS of plastic versus our Blue team with 145 pounds. But when you bring plastic bags in to be recycled, Calverton [and our environment] win!



For more information, contact Craig Mathers at

News from Our Registrar...


529 Plans Expanded to K-12 Private Schools

The recently signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expands 529 Plans to include elementary and secondary private school expenses! Contact your tax advisor to learn how you may be able to take advantage of this change in the U.S. tax code.

A Few Reminders from our Maintenance Team


We need your help! Please help us ensure a quick response in the event of a medical or fire emergency. Please park your car in our parking spaces and not our fire lanes. Our fire lanes are reserved for emergency responders.


Also, please be a good example and turn right onto Route 4 from Calverton School Road. There is no left turn at this intersection.


Valentine's Day Candy Grams


Make Valentine's Day special for your Calverton Cougar, teachers, classmates and friends! Proceeds benefit the Jr/Sr Prom. 

Forms are also available in Founders' Hall with Mrs. Chehy and the MS/US Office with Mrs. O'Brien. Make checks payable to The Calverton School.

You can also click here to:

Order your Valentine's Day Candy Grams today!

Calverton Parent

Association News


A Word of Thanks and Upcoming Events

A HUGE THANK YOU to all parents who donated their resources and time for the Faculty and Staff Luncheon. The event was a success due to all of your thoughtfulness and time. Our Faculty and Staff not only enjoyed their lunch, but also the generous gifts we were able to give. This is truly one of our favorite days to celebrate our School.


To see a video of the day's events, click here!


Upcoming Events:


~CPA Meeting: Friday, February 2 at 8:15 am in the Founders' Hall Conference Room.


~VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for our MS/US Valentine's Day Sip and Dip, February 14, from 8:00-10:00 am. Donuts provided by Sandy Pony Donuts! Contact us at if you can lend a hand!


Box Tops Update


CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2025! Our 5th Grade students won the Chick-fil-A Box Tops Challenge and will have a luncheon on February 7th. Kindergarten came in 2nd place. GO COUGARS!

Keep those Box Tops coming in! Submit your Box Tops in a ziplock baggie with your child's name and grade to be counted toward our fun contests!

Development Office News


For more information on The Calverton Fund, contact Trish Brewer, Calverton Associate Director of Development, at


To give online, click here! 

Thank you!

Lower School News


Leading the Way!


Photo courtesy of Carrie Bennett.

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

These students displayed positive character traits and were role models for their peers:


Cougar Cubs: Maika Henson

Kindergarten: Brantley Bunn

First Grade: George Cockrell

Second Grade: Noey Vrem

Third Grade: Noah Busch

Fourth Grade: Katie Mathers

Fifth Grade: Robert Head

Third Grade News...


Max proudly displays his third grade project, Mount Rushmore!

Photo courtesy of Sue Keegan.

Our Calverton Class of 2027 sure has been busy! 


Our Third Grade students chose a specific landform, landmark, or product that can be found in the United States and created a project that represented the topic. Projects ranged from movies, shadow boxes, timelines, posters, puzzles and even exploding volcanoes!


Enjoying Time with our US Reading Buddies


Our 3rd graders enjoyed some reading time with their 9th Grade Buddies last week! Our groups meet every Tuesday to read, play games, and practice skills.


Photos courtesy of Kailash Faris.

Fourth Grade Update...


Photo courtesy of Traci Cummings.

Dr. Mathers recently visited our Calverton Class of 2026. She was helping our 4th Grade class get ready for their Black History Month projects. Each student has chosen a famous African American and will be preparing a report and project on that individual and their contributions to America.

Dr. Mathers instructed our Calverton Cougars on how to use MS Word to properly keep track of their sources as well as create citations and works cited pages.



Read Across America Day is not until March 2nd, but the fun begins in February! With the 2018 Winter Olympics beginning soon, we are having our own K-5 Reading Olympic Challenge. Students will receive a calendar for the month of February and are asked to log their time spent reading each day. You can join in the fun and read along with your child. Completed calendars are due to Mrs. Merryman and Ms. Mayfield by February 26th. Minutes will be totaled and a gold, silver, and bronze medalist will be selected in every grade level. Each medalist will receive a prize package, and the gold medalists from each grade will also have the opportunity to earn a surprise class reward!

Have fun and Go for the Gold!


Reading Tip

It is important to read with your child each day. Incorporating reading in to the daily routine will help to reinforce the importance and fun that reading can bring. Even in the upper elementary grades, it is extremely important for your child to hear you read to them. Listening and following along to an adult reading will help students to learn appropriate pace, expression, and pronunciation. Remember rereading familiar books will help students grow their fluency when reading.


Having Fun for a Great Cause

On February 2nd, students in grades K-4 will be participating in Jump for Heart and 5th grade will participate in Hoops for Heart to support the American Heart Association. For more information, contact Mr. C. at GO COUGARS!


Multicultural Fair:


Planning for this year's Multicultural Fair is already underway. If you have cultural clothing, dances, music performances, games or activities that you would be willing to share or present, please contact Stra. Prabhakara at We are looking to expand our cultural awareness and include more cultural experiences from a larger variety of countries, so please don't be shy.


Valentine's Tea:


Our annual Valentine's Etiquette Tea will take place on Tuesday, February 13th and Wednesday, February 14th. Students should 'dress to impress' on their tea day. Students may come to school in their fancy attire. Homeroom teachers will communicate if your child will need to bring their uniform to change into for afternoon activities. Students will enjoy a 40- minute tea experience, where they will have 3 courses (scones, sandwiches, and desserts), try a variety of flavors of tea, and learn table etiquette.


Many thanks to Mrs. Chloe Ewalt and our generous parent volunteers for keeping this Calverton Signature Experience alive.


Tuesday, February 13th

9:30-10:10 am - 4th

10:30-11:10 am - 5th

11:30-12:10 pm - K

1:00-1:40 pm - 1st

*If there is a 2-hour delay, 4th grade will move to 2:00-2:40. All others will stay the same.


Wednesday, February 14th

9:30-10:10 am - 2nd & 3rd

10:40-11:20 am - 3K/4K

*If there is a 2 hour delay, the schedule will be 10:30-11:10 am = 2nd & 3rd and 11:30-12:10 for 3K/4K 


Thank You, Parents...

The Lower School would like to thank our K-5 parents for joining us for the second round of parent/teacher conferences. We appreciate you taking the time out of your schedule to meet and discuss your child's progress. We enjoy sharing your child's successes and supporting their growth. A positive partnership between home and school is such an important part in the recipe for success.


Imagination Playground


The Lower School is asking for your help to increase our chances to win an Imagination Playground. Imagination Playground blocks allow for children's imaginations to run wild. This innovate playground equipment allows students to build, create, and explore through hands-on fun. Please click here to submit for your chance to win equipment for Calverton!

Middle School News

Hoops for Heart This Friday!


HOOPS FOR HEART is this Friday, February 2nd from 8:10 am to 12:30 pm.


For details, contact Danny Coffin at




Congratulations to our final ten contestants who recently participated in Calverton's MS Geography Bee:


8th Grade: Zak Oehlerking, Justin Minor, Kyla Hebert and Farah Salam

7th Grade: Dannika Vento and Reese Tremaglio

6th Grade: Robert Harvey, Ava Zimmerman, Zach Shove and David McMorris


Of the 10 contestants, Robert Harvey, placed first and will go on to compete at the next level! Good luck, Robert, and congratulations!


Go Cougars!

Research Expo Reminders

from Mrs. Alter...


Research Expo: A Personal Project - A Calverton MS Signature Experience


Upcoming Deadlines:

February 9th: Second set of note cards DUE - write in bullet points

-Reflective paragraph about the methods you have employed thus far, what works, what doesn't work, and how can you improve?


February 23rd: Outline Due - Organize notes, type outline according to handout, identify gaps in your research, and continue research to fill in gaps.


Middle School Winter Dance
Friday, February 23rd
6 to 8 pm - The Commons
DJ and light refreshments



Middle School Calendar Corrections

February 12th - 14th - Regular Classes - Mini-Mester Cancelled

February 5th - National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony - Cancelled

Middle and

Upper School News

Join Us for Calverton's...


Coffee House -Wednesday, February 14th
Bowen-Thomas Theater

7 pm

National Museum of African American History and Culture


Our Middle and Upper Schools will visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Monday, February 26th. Please note that it is an ALL DAY field trip.

Special thanks to Kristine Sowers-World Languages Teacher for securing our tickets!

Upper School News


A very special word of thanks to Club Advisers, Mr. Chris Bedea-History Department Chair and Mr. Kailash Faris-Science Teacher, and to our MUN parents for their support of this important educational experience!




Calverton's Model UN News and Trip Report

with Chris Bedea

Editor's Note: Mr. Bedea recently shared a few of his thoughts and his group's experiences that occurred during the Ivy League Model U.N. Conference in Philadelphia last weekend in exquisite detail. His daily entries provide the reader with a unique glimpse into the varied and extraordinary topics that our students discussed and addressed head on while at the ILMUNC. We thought we'd share them with you. (PC)

Day 2:


Casey Adler and Katie Hyatt are grappling with the important and unappreciated task of eradicating gender-based crimes, human trafficking, and government corruption in the world. They face off against incredibly powerful forces as they take on international laws that protect immunity in sexual assault cases. Representing Mozambique, they are in a minority position with few allies. Nevertheless, Katie will try to push through a paper that would redress issues of jurisdiction and curb corruption in her native Mozambique. We will know by 5 pm how they fared in this monumental undertaking.


Day 3:


After an eventful Day 2, culminating with Delegate Fest, Calverton's Model UN team is tackling a new day that is full of hope and promise. The disarmament and security pair of Jackson Shove and Cole Smith have crafted a working paper that aims to promote the use of drones for humanitarian rather than military purposes. Their working paper, "1.9," was amended last night after going before the General Assembly. With a little luck, their resolution will make it to the floor today. If so, the world might be soon be using drones for things like search and rescue missions, the delivery of humanitarian aid, and natural disaster relief.


Whatever the case, Cole and Jackson have worked creatively by merging interests with a block led by their former colonial oppressor, Portugal. This move was incredibly forward-looking and could pay dividends. In this bold new world there is no time for lamenting over past injustices. Cole and Jackson have seized the moment and just might be rewarded for their outside of the box thinking. They have buried the past and offered the world new hope.




Saturday is the busiest day of the Model UN weekend as committees meet for 7 1/2 hours while trying to make the world a better place. Hunter Anderson had a particularly long day as the Exxon Board of Directors 1989, was called into a crisis simulation at midnight last night. While most of the Western world slept peacefully, Hunter tried to manage one of the worst ecological disasters in history.


In the Eastern Hemisphere, Alex Adler continued her best efforts at advancing the needs of a common man in Vietnam in 1986. Across the pond, Reese Walker's committee is mapping out the future as he plays the role of a British Parliamentarian in the year 2020. His committee sessions today were characterized by spirited debate, muckraking, and the British Labor party voting against a pay raise for laborers! The problems faced by the British may not be completely overcome this weekend. All three of these delegates plus the rest of our group are making their voices heard and are expressing their opinions in carefully crafted working papers that are commanding the respect of the entire conference.

After committee work wraps up this evening, Calverton's Delegates will have a wonderful meal at an authentic restaurant in Chinatown. After dinner, they will have a choice of attending the Delegate Dance or the Alternative Delegate Event, before returning to their rooms when the clock strikes midnight.




Calverton's Model UN Team spent a relaxing evening in Chinatown's Chu Shang Restaurant this evening. While conversations around the city centered on the Super Bowl tonight, Calverton's group was overheard talking about things like Brexit, Scottish independence movements, trade relations with Russia, and methods for converting crude oil into gels.


But tomorrow is another day, and the morning will begin with the sixth and final committee sessions of the conference. One last chance to make the world safe for democracy.


Day 4:


As the Calverton Model UN Delegation leaves Philadelphia, there is much good that we bring back to Calverton. We won some stirring victories on committee floors, but also lost some heartbreakers and were even crushed by overwhelming forces in some committee sessions. But all of the delegates at the conference, including our own, displayed courage, integrity, and empathy for those who need our help around the world. There were a couple of occasions where our group's interactions did resemble MLK's dream of a "brotherhood of mankind." Nevertheless, our delegates might be feeling a little deflated now and somewhat helpless and frustrated with the strong forces that lined up against them in the all too realistic simulations.


Over time, though, I hope they will come to admire the UN's role in the world and also the simulated role-plays offered through MUN. If the UN really is the last great hope of mankind, then let's please do this conference again next year, and maybe every year after that.




Mr. Bedea shared that Calverton Delegate, Alyson Der-Graux - Calverton Class of 2021, enthusiastically said of the ILMUN conference, ""This was seriously the BEST weekend I've EVER had...EVER!!!"

Did you know...

with Kevin Hundley


Photos courtesy of Kevin Hundley.

Did You Know...

Two Calverton Seniors, Jake Hendricks and Haley Brady, recently had the opportunity to be part of a student panel at St. Charles High School in Waldorf. The panel, made up of a number of student leaders from various public and independent high schools in the Tri-County area, was part of the Leadership Southern Maryland Executive Program, a nine-month course providing in-depth discussion of issues concerning Southern Maryland. 


The topic of the leadership meeting was an examination of the state of education in the region. Jake and Haley were great representatives of Calverton and the type of young leaders that exist in our area high schools. Not only informational for the participants of the LSM program, Jake and Haley's participation provided them with some perspective on their Calverton experiences. Jake commented that, "Listening to some of the other students on the panel, made me think more about everything we have at Calverton that we take for granted like mentoring by our advisors and teachers and the guidance and advice given to us in the college search process." During the question-and-answer phase of the program, both Jake and Haley extolled the benefits of the support that they receive from their fellow students in a healthy collaborative environment rather than a cut-throat competition for class rank and high grades. Haley added, "I enjoyed meeting the other school leaders. Jake and I exchanged email addresses and other social media with the other students and I look forward to following them online."


All of the Calverton community would have been proud to witness the outstanding authentic impression Jake and Haley made on everyone involved in the afternoon program.


Go Cougars!


Way to go, Cougars!


Photo courtesy of Barbara Brower.

Congratulations to our Upper School IB Art Teacher, Barbara Brower, and Calverton students Haley Brady, Jenna Leitzel and Ashley Ehrmantraut! Their artwork is currently displayed at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore!


"This is an incredible opportunity for our students to show their work in a professional environment," Ms. Brower said.


Explore Scholars News

with Dr. Mathers...


Photo courtesy of Dr. Jesse Mathers.

In Explore Scholars, the inaugural cohort has chosen to enter the Rube Goldberg Contest and has begun building the first 5 steps in their 20+ step process of pouring a bowl of cereal.

Using their creativity, knowledge of science, and engineering principles (and a WHOLE LOT of duct tape!), the students are well on their way to preparing for the online competition in April.


Upper School New Student Scholarship Days


Thanks to a generous donor, we are able to offer one full four-year scholarship and two-half scholarships to newly enrolling students for the 2018 - 2019 school year. Prospective students recently competed for the scholarship through an examination, recommendations and an interview process.


Winners to be announced later this spring!


Calverton welcomed candidates on Saturday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 31st.

Thank you to all those who made this incredible opportunity possible! 


Winter Dance Semi-Formal
Saturday, February 10th
7:30 - 9:30 pm

(Please note: students will not be allowed to sign out

until 9:30 pm once they have arrived)
DJ and Photo Booth
Light Refreshments
$5 per Person Admission




Upper School Winter Athletic Awards
Wednesday, February 21st
Bowen-Thomas Theater

5 pm

More IB News


IB Mid-Atlantic Special Workshop for Teachers:

Theory of Knowledge

On Monday, February 26th, the Calverton School will host a special workshop for teachers featuring IB Master Teacher, Bill Roberts!

Thanks to Mr. Hayes and Ms. Dice for bringing this exceptional Professional Development opportunity to Calverton!


Calverton Cougar

Community News


We are so proud of you, Samir Shah, and your impressive work with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!


For further details on Samir's Fly for a Cure kite-flying event that he and his team are coordinating, click here!


Congratuations to C.R. Caison, Trevor - Calverton Class of 2026's Dad, for publication of his recent book, Fall of Man!

College Counseling Corner



PSAT 8/9 Examination Next Month


All members of the Calverton ninth grade are scheduled to take the PSAT 8/9 examination on Wednesday, February 28. The PSAT 8/9 is a practice test designed to introduce younger students to College Board examinations, and to help them to prepare for the SAT examination that they will take as upperclassmen. Please be assured that the PSAT is used only as a practice test and diagnostic; its scores are not sent to colleges or universities, nor are PSAT 8/9 scores used by colleges and universities in the college admission process. More details about the Calverton PSAT 8/9 are to follow, but for now, students and parents can learn more about this important first College Board examination at .



PSAT 10 Examination in March


All members of the Calverton tenth grade are scheduled to take the PSAT 10 examination on Wednesday, March 7. The PSAT 10 is a practice test designed to help sophomores to prepare for the SAT examination that they will take next year. Please know that the PSAT 10 is used only as a practice test and diagnostic; its scores are not sent to colleges or universities, nor are PSAT 10 scores used by colleges or universities in the college admissions process. More details about the Calverton PSAT 10 are to follow, but for now, students and parents can learn more about this important examination at


For more information, please contact Bill Wright, Calverton Director of College Counseling, at



Middle School Basketball Update

...with Mr. Weiner

Blue & Gray Boys Teams & Girls Team


Photos courtesy Leticia Hall and Andrea Smith.

MS Boys Basketball Roster:

Blue Team


Calverton Class of 2022 - 8th Grade


Justin Minor
Chase Anderson
Ramsey Barrs
Timothy Holt
Zak Oehlerking
Julian Jackson
Gavin Staples
Jack Harper


Calverton Class of 2023 - 7th Grade


Reece Tremaglio
Donovan Calhoun


Gray Team


Calverton Class of 2022 - 8th Grade


Shiloh Gaston


Calverton Class of 2024 - 6th Grade

David McMorris
Aidan Anderson
Dylan Wilson
Stephen Busch


MS Girls Basketball Roster:


Calverton Class of 2022 - 8th Grade

Farah Salam
Elizabeth Clagett
Emily Ransom
Belle Jenkins
Alexa Ceci


Calverton Class of 2024 - 6th Grade

Sophia Lennon
Morgan Cook


Photo courtesy of Beth Lennon.

On November 1st, 23 of our Middle Schoolers' began practicing for our basketball season. 


The players were divided into three teams: Girls, Boys Blue and Boys Gray. The Boys practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the Girls practice Mondays and Wednesdays. There has been a noticeable improvement in the skill level of the players since the start of the season. The Girls team has played nine games as of January 29th and has the best record at nine wins and one loss. All three teams have several more games before the season ends on February 13th.




Thank you for the update, Mr. Weiner! 

Calverton Lacrosse Update

with Coach Frates


Photo courtesy of Coach Bryan Frates.

The Calverton Boys Lacrosse Program is gearing up for the season!


We have been working extremely hard in the weight room at 6 am, three days a week, as well as 6 am stick work practices.


We cannot wait to hit the field on February 26th for the first day of official practice.

Jack Clagett, Calverton Class of 2020, said he is really looking forward to the upcoming Lacrosse season. "I love the brotherhood and the bonds we've formed as team. I also love how we lift each other up. It's what I look forward to every year."




Thank you for the update, Coach Frates!

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