The class of 2020 gathered in the Harper Graduation Garden on Friday, June 19 for their commencement ceremony.
Jefferson Huang, Ph.D., president of The St. Paul's Schools, shared the following message with members of The St. Paul's Schools community.
The 2020 issue of Confetti, our student literary magazine, has gone digital this year! SPSG is so appreciative to the many students who submitted writing, photography, and artwork. We hope that you will take time to read and experience all of the creative talents we have in our community.
The St. Paul's Schools is monitoring the global COVID-19 situation and planning for a variety of possible scenarios. Visit our COVID-19 information page where we share updates we have for the community.
At The St. Paul's Schools, we have been brainstorming ways to help our first responders, who are serving our community so courageously through this pandemic. As our health suites are not currently in use, we donated our N95 respirator masks, surgical masks, gloves, and paper bed rolls to The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Hopkins COVID-19 planning team.
Today we celebrate King's Vision Day, SPSG's annual celebration of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were thrilled to welcome alumna Jala Tucker '17 back to campus as our Prayers speaker to kick off the day of reflection and discussion. Now a junior at Hampton University, Jala shared an inspiring Prayers talk with the community, urging all students to push aside self-doubt and manifest their own dreams.
A year and a half ago, our schools came together to form The St. Paul's Schools. As part of this evolution, we have been working to ensure that our public image conveys our unique three-school model. Read more to learn about our process and unified brand identity.
This morning, Head of School Ereni Gleason Malfa '89 gave her fall Prayers talk. She discussed the need to feel belonging and connection, the importance of vulnerability and empathy, and the difference between "fitting in" and belonging." Mrs. Malfa expressed her hopes that we all find true belonging by presenting our "authentic, imperfect selves." The small (yet large) act of bravery of being our true selves is one of the most important steps to gain the confidence to take on bigger acts of bravery.
On Monday, September 16, community members of St. Paul's School for Girls gathered to celebrate a historic moment: the investiture of our first alumna Head of School, Ereni Gleason Malfa '89. Mrs. Malfa was honored by students, faculty, staff, trustees, and invited guests, including her mentor and a former head of Roland Park Country School, Mrs. Jean Waller Brune, who spoke on her behalf. Mrs. Malfa spoke about integrity, strength, compassion, and her commitments to the school. We are so grateful and glad she has returned home to SPSG.
On Tuesday, September 10, students, faculty, staff, and trustees of The St. Paul's Schools gathered in the George L. Mitchell '44 Stadium for the installation of Dr. Jefferson Huang as the schools' inaugural president. This ceremony marked a historic moment for our institutions. With oversight of our three schools, Dr. Huang is positioned to ensure that St. Paul's students of all ages continue to learn in a small-school setting while enjoying the opportunities provided by a large, interconnected campus.
It was a beautiful day to start a new year at The St. Paul's Schools! The first day of school is always a memorable occasion, as we welcome new faces in morning carpool and prepare for the opportunities, large and small, in the year ahead. Check out the video and photos which show a sample of the spirit felt throughout this community—a community we hope will feel like home to each and every student.
On Monday, July 1, 2019, the St. Paul's School for Girls community welcomed its eleventh Head of School, Ereni Gleason Malfa '89. Read more to see a video of Ereni's first days on campus & learn about opportunities for the community to meet Ereni and her family and welcome them to SPSG.
To honor her six years of service, the Board of Trustees has established The Penny B. Evins Fund, which will support innovative, cross-campus projects that explore how gender impacts learning, helping to establish St. Paul's as an authority on how best to teach girls and boys, both separately and together.
Head of School Penny Evins shares her final message for our graduates on following their hearts and making space for feeling. "Claiming what you need to feel —which is not always "happy" and Insta-perfect— is a sign of maturity and wisdom. It is what you need as you turn toward the big work you have ahead of you—life after SPSG." Speaking on behalf of the senior class, Maggie Frederick '19, spoke of their journey throughout years at SPSG and the sisterhood they will carry with them into the future. "The community at SPSG truly feels like a second home, and we are grateful for everything St. Paul's has done for us."
After 15 years as SPSG's varsity volleyball coach, Kelli Wilkinson shared this spring that she will be stepping down from her role. As the Head Coach of the Varsity Volleyball Program at St. Paul's School for Girls, her teams captured eight IAAM Conference regular season championships in between 2002 and 2018, as well as five tournament championships between 2002 and 2013. In her 15 years as head coach, Coach Wilkinson's overall record at SPSG is an impressive 225-56.
The St. Paul's Schools are pleased to announce the Howard F. Knipp III Endowment at The St. Paul's Schools, established by family and friends of Howard F. "Howdy" Knipp III in honor of his retirement after 25 years teaching Middle School science at St. Paul's School. Reflecting Howdy's lifelong commitment to the environment, the Knipp Fund will support faculty development and student activities in the Middle Schools of both St. Paul's School and St. Paul's School for Girls, with an emphasis on the outdoors and the environment.
Congratulations to our varsity badminton and softball teams for earning the IAAM "B" Conference Championships! Softball won with an undefeated season, and three of our badminton gators were named to the All-Conference Team! Special shoutout to Lacrosse, Golf, and Track & Field for making it to the conference championships!
Head of School Penny Evins delivered her final Prayers speech to our community, reflecting upon the nearly 30 speeches she has given during her six years as our fearless leader. In turn, the SPSG community took the opportunity to surprise Mrs. Evins with a heartfelt tribute in appreciation of all she has done for our school.
SPSG welcomed alumna Dr. Bronwyn Lewis Friscia '04 to speak at Alumnae Prayers and kick off Green & White Weekend 2019. As a former SGA President during her time at SPSG, Dr. Friscia once again took the podium to speak to the student body, faculty and staff, and fellow alumnae about the incredible opportunity at SPSG to develop one's skills and strengths surrounded and supported by a community of women, as well as the importance of striving to become creators, rather than consumers, in our greater world.
Students in the Class of 2020 SPIRITUS Scholars cohort have embarked upon a unique partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Social Innovation Lab (SIL). Recently, Executive Director Alex Riehm visited the Scholars class to kick off the partnership and pose a central question: "How can we plan for the world we want to see?"