Calverton News


The Calverton School is pleased to announce that we have implemented a new college guidance management system called Scoir (pronounced "score"). This new, modern online system will streamline the process of requesting, processing, sending and tracking the electronic delivery of all application-related documents. More importantly, it's much more helpful for students and parents during the college search and selection process. On Scoir, colleges come to life through pictures, videos and links that highlight active student clubs and organizations. This better enables students to identify colleges that are a good fit with their personal and academic interests, which increases college retention. Scoir also provides parents with useful financial calculators so you can determine the likely cost of attendance at different colleges and consider the affordability when deciding where to apply. These features, along with more convenient scheduling and communication tools, will help keep everyone informed and engaged throughout the college application process. Scoir exists to help more students achieve more positive outcomes, and we're excited that our students have access to this system and the opportunities it provides.  



Congratulations to the Calverton MATHCOUNTS Team!

On Saturday, the Calverton MATHCOUNTS team participated at the Southern Maryland Chapter competition at Calvert High School. They have been practicing weekly after school.

Calverton MATHCOUNTS Team:

Asher Popernack, Julia Eckert, Liz Harvey, Gina Chen, Tigran Krbashyan, Ivy McGrath, Junior Snow, Andrew Blevins, Noelle Green, Abigail Burgher, Lydia Casey, Gabby Hildebrand

Tigran and Asher were invited to participate in the Countdown Round which was done on stage. The 12 highest individual scorers paired off against each other in front of the audience. Asher took first place!

Four of the team members will advance to the state competition at Johns Hopkins on March 18th

Asher Popernack, Gina Chen, Andrew Blevins,         Tigran Krybashyan


Philosophy of Honor

The Philosophy of Honor outlines the expectations, rights, and responsibilities of every student at The Calverton School. The document provides information to support students in developing and demonstrating integrity, respect, and individual and community responsibility.

During the Upper School assembly, the Philosophy of Honor was signed by each student acknowledging their commitment. The document will be on display in the Bowen Thomas Foyer.

Click on the link below to read The Calverton School Philosophy of Honor.

Middle School Advisory Games

On December 16, middle school teachers and students took time from their schedules to complete in some advisory games. Mr. Weiner taught everyone how to play Dreidel (with M&Ms). Mrs. Huesman challenged students to solve find patterns, break codes and solve riddles. Mrs. Dempsey offered the simple challenge of building the tallest structure out of Solo cups. 


Physics of a Roller Coaster

The 9th graders are making rollercoasters to illustrate potential and kinetic energy changes along with work and momentum. They need to have enough gravitational potential energy stored to make it through a loop and up and down a smaller hill after their initial drop.

18 Students Graduate The Calverton School D.A.R.E. Program!

Students at The Calverton School celebrated their D.A.R.E. graduation on November 11, 2002, culminating a 10-week long program that the fifth-graders completed in the semester. The course has been taught in the Huntingtown, Maryland school for more than 12 years.

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Upper School Shadows

Eighth grade students spent the day in the Upper School - visiting classes including math and science courses, electives, and clubs. Students interacted with students from the older grades, and got to know the Upper School faculty better. The Upper School Head, Susan Dice,  arranged a special schedule where students learnt about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, met with the College Counselor, and attended a panel hosted by older students who can answer questions.

"This I Believe" Essay

Eighth-grade students have been working on their "This I Believe" essays for the past couple of months. These are short pieces that present a positive, personal philosophy. Students are choosing their favorite essay to share with the middle school during assemblies on Mondays.


Math Counts Competition

Math Counts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests.  Selected middle school students have been working after school on Monday and Tuesday afternoons to prepare for the interscholastic Math Counts competition.  

The team competes on Saturday, February 4 at Calver High School. The team consists of Andrew Blevins, Abby Burgher, Lydia Casey, Kaleb Coughlin, Gina Chen, Julia Eckert, Noelle Green, Liz Harvey, Gabby Hildebrand, Tigran Krybashyan, Ivy McGrath, Junior Snow, Asher Popernack and Sophia Wehrs. 

Research Expo

Calverton's Research Expo is an annual event for our middle school students. It is comprised of an interdisciplinary investigation that involves planning, writing, project development, and presentation. This experience is designed to promote curiosity and to provide a holistic approach to learning that prepares students for the rigors of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

A New Home for Tortollini the Tortoise

Lower School science tortoise “Tortollini” received an exciting surprise this month. As part of their unit focused on measuring area and volume, 4th grade students measured, designed, and built models of a new tortoise box in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving break. Materials and initial assembly labor were donated by Alan Hanscom (father of LS science teacher Ms. Hanscom) and the box made its way from New Hampshire to The Calverton School. Students helped to assemble the flat-packed tortoise box when it arrived at Calverton, learning how to use power tools along the way to build Tortollini’s new home. Tortollini and the 4th grade science class would like to thank Alan Hanscom for his generous donation that has greatly improved the quality of life for our beloved class reptile!

Introducing: Parent Talks

Parent Talks is a free seminar series on mental health that covers a broad range of topics affecting children, teens and adults.  The talks will be held either in person or via Zoom. The schedule is as follows:

  • January 10: Screen Strong: Kids Brains and Screens, click here for more info.
  • February (date TBD):  Building Your Child's Executive Functioning
  • March 6:  Drug Addiction
  • April: date and topic TBD

For additional information contact, Allison Trentman at

Native American Shelter

The second grade students were given the task to choose a Native American shelter to construct at home. This was a concluding project to the November unit on Native American Tribes in the United States. They built Wigwams, Teepees, Longhouses, and Igloos. They also had to complete a written summary about their shelter and Native American Tribe.

The attention to detail was amazing! Other classes from the Lower School will be invited to take a gallery walk around the classroom and view these outstanding projects!

Congratulations, Mrs. Tedesco!

Mrs. Tedesco’s second-grade classroom is the winner of the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland Classroom Decorating Contest! She will be awarded funds for her classroom!

Building Your Child's Executive Functioning 

Executive functions are the essential self-regulating skills that we all use every day to plan, organize, make decisions, and learn from past mistakes. Kids rely on their executive functions for everything from taking a shower to packing a backpack or doing a book report.

This virtual lecture will offer simple strategies for parents to help kids develop stronger skills for planning, organization, time management, attention, and more.

Speaker:  Dr. Kelsey Woods, Waypoint Wellness Center

For more information, contact Allison Trentman at

February 23 @7PM



Winter Wonderland

Please join us on Saturday, January 21 from 10 until 11:30 AM for our Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House. This is an exciting time for families and students to see their classrooms and meet their teachers. There will also be fun activities.

Click here to RSVP.

Angel Tree Donation

The Calverton National Honor Society is making miracles happen this Holiday Season with Angel Tree donations. This year's Angel Tree recipient is the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center (FJC). FJC provides a comprehensive array of services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and elder abuse.

The Angel Tree was located in the Upper School library. Each angel tag (paper ornament) Included the recipient's gender, size and item requested. Students and staff retrieved the angel tags and donated the requested item. Donations range from baby blankets to men's sweaters. Dani Crawford, NHS President, said the goal was to ensure that each FJC resident, especially children, receive a least one gift. Each donation was wrapped by students.

Donations will be delivered to FJC next week, just in time for the annual HOPE Christmas party.

The Angel Tree project was coordinated by Calverton senior, Kennedy Parkerson.

Holiday Shoppe 

The Holiday Shoppe was operational for one week in the Lower School library. The shoppe provided small, cost-effective gift items for students to purchase during the holiday season to give to their family and friends.

Thank you to our parent volunteers for helping students navigate the merchandise and wrapping gifts.

Winter Sip & Dip

Another Sip 'n Dip for our Cougars to enjoy! Students and faculty love when our CPA comes into school to serve donuts and hot chocolate! Thank you parent volunteers!

Project Echo Donation

The Calverton School National Honors Society raised $500 for Project Echo House to help end homelessness. A 5K Run and raffle was held on October 29. Calverton students Caden Smith and John Gamble presented the check to Project Echo Director, Lori Heron.

Eighth Grade Scholarship Q&A Luncheon

The admission department sponsored a Chick-Fil-A lunch for eighth-grade students interested in learning about scholarship opportunities. Upper School scholarship recipients were in attendance and provided a firsthand account of the scholarship process.