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Ravens Report- April 2018

April 25, 2018

2018 Special Olympics

Ravens Reflect: Getting Involved on Campus

Middle School Earth Day Celebration

Lead From Here

National Women’s History Month Activities Inform and Inspire Students

Women were making history long before National Women’s History Month was established by Congress in 1987, following a decade of state and local efforts to honor and celebrate women’s achievements.

In observance of National Women’s History Month, the activities organized at Ravenscroft in March explored and hailed the many contributions of women in science, the arts, law, exploration and more ... (read more)

Private Lessons Add Extra Dimension to Fine Arts Programming

Back in 1967, before there was even an Upper School at Ravenscroft, a forward-thinking music teacher, Rebecca Bradley, started a program that allowed interested students to take one-on-one music lessons with gifted instructors. Within 10 years, 20 percent of the student body was enrolled.

This year, 228 of our 1150 students, or just over 20 percent, are involved in private lessons. What was forward-thinking 50 years ago remains unique to Ravenscroft today ... (read more)

Lower School “Tree Talks” Plant Seeds for Student Development

If you happen to stumble into the Lower School gym during a Tree Talk, you may be confused to see Mrs. King dressed in motorcycling gear. You may wonder why Mrs. Hobbs, Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Ripple are dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” You might think it’s strange that Coach Meyers looks like he is about to go to the beach.

But you’ve simply been lucky enough to find yourself in the middle of a Lower School Tree Talk ... (read more)

AP “GoPo” Students Dive Deep in Visit to the Nation’s Capital

More than 20 juniors and seniors enrolled in the AP® Government and Politics seminar joined teacher Phillip Kantaros in a experiential learning opportunity in the nation's capital earlier this month.

The two-day trip consisted of an action-packed agenda of meetings and discussions with key officials at the State Department, Capitol, Woodrow Wilson International Center and the BGR Group.

As Kantaros explained, "The objective of the trip was to have students meet individuals who are making a difference in Washington" ...  (read more)

How Sweet It Is: Sophomores Get Behind Embrace Possibility

We’ve all heard the expression “put your money where your mouth is.”

Members of the sophomore class this year have done just that — in some cases, quite literally: their efforts to support the Embrace Possibility campaign have included sales of delicious home-baked goods and a “Pi Day” fundraiser in which students got to “pie” faculty members in the face.

That the money they raised goes toward student financial aid is, to use another turn of phrase, the icing on the cake ... (read more)

Track the Progress of the Keim Center Project on Our New Blog

In our last Ravens Reports, we brought you the exciting news that our Library and Technology Center will soon undergo a significant redesign to prepare for the opening of the Keim Center for Innovation and Research, a game-changing facility that will include modern classroom spaces, robotics and technology labs, library resources, and collaboration and community spaces for our Middle and Upper School students.

The LTC is scheduled to close May 2, when the transformation will begin!

To share in the excitement, we are going to report progress on the creation of the Keim Center with the entire Ravenscroft community. Visit the new Keim Center project blog for a fly-through of the future center and conceptual drawings showing the vision of our project partner, Davis Kane Architects.

We invite you to check back often for regular updates on the project!

Soaring Ravens

What Is It Like to Study at Oxford?
Allison Arber ‘17 shares her impressions

Allison Arber '17, a Ravenscroft "lifer" whose outstanding academic record and passion for music helped paved the way to admission at the University of Oxford, England, checked in at Ravenscroft during a recent visit home.

Arber is studying chemistry at the Balliol College at Oxford. What is it like to study abroad and to be at Oxford? ... (read more)

Embrace Possibility Parent Challenge

Parents: We asked and YOU ANSWERED!

Last month, an anonymous donor issued a challenge: “Ravenscroft, make this the best year of parent participation in annual giving, and I will give you $100,000 toward Embrace Possibility, the Campaign for Ravenscroft.”

We asked for your support to secure the $100,000 ... and YOU ANSWERED!

Because of you, Ravenscroft received a total of 240 parent gifts for Embrace Possibility — of which 188 were new donors — making it Ravenscroft’s best parent participation year ever! Because of your participation and generosity, the anonymous donor has given $100,000 to Ravenscroft.

Thank you again for coming together as a community supporting Ravenscroft with your thoughtful and philanthropic gifts. We’re celebrating this success, and you should, too! Please enjoy this video of parent volunteers expressing their gratitude for all that you have done to make  Embrace Possibility so successful for our school.

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