Dear Members of the SPSG Community,
There were many fantastic stories at St. Paul's School for Girls this year. As we prepare to welcome 2018, join us in taking a look back at 10 of those stories from 2017.
1. The Class of 2017 Graduates
On Saturday, June 10, 2017, the 64 members of the Class of 2017 graduated from SPSG. These women were accepted into 125 different colleges and universities and are currently attending 43 different institutions in 22 different states. 72% of the Class of 2017 earned scholarships and honors. While at SPSG, they graced us with their many accomplishments, including just under 6,500 hours of community service.
2. The Edward E. Ford Foundation Awards Grant to Support SPIRITUS Scholars Program
St. Paul's School for Girls has been awarded a $100,000 grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation, on a matching basis of $1 from the foundation for every $1 raised by the school, in support of its new and improved SPIRITUS Scholars Program. Formerly known as Research Scholars, the SPIRITUS Scholars Program has re-branded and re-launched as a two-year exploratory program that empowers students to develop a research question in a field of interest. Open to juniors and seniors, the program is a launch pad for experiential learning, serving as an incubator, co-working space, and application lab for the SPSG community. If you would like to learn more about making a contribution toward the matching grant, please contact the Development Office at 443-632-1020.
3. SPSG Integrates Solar Power
Through the generous support of the Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, SPSG completed the installation of a 98.29 kW solar array on the roof of its main building this past spring. The solar array, totaling 288 panels, will produce an estimated 114,000 kWh's of energy each year and save the school approximately $15,390 in energy costs during the first year, with savings projected to increase exponentially thereafter. Combined with these cost savings, it is estimated that 176,627 pounds of CO2 will be conserved annually, the equivalent of not driving a car for 192,000 miles. The SPSG community monitors energy savings through a dashboard linked to the website, enabling faculty to incorporate this data into curriculum across disciplines and STEM-related projects. Throughout the installation of the panels, many classes in the Middle and Upper Schools engaged in curricular projects related to the study of the sun and renewable energy.
4. Gators are Victorious in Conference Championships
Two Gator teams won championship titles in 2017. Early this year, the varsity indoor soccer team, under Coach Joie Gill, took home the IAAM conference championship, earning a 3-2 victory over Park. This fall, led by coaches Ann McKenzie '83 and Candice Fisher, the varsity field hockey team claimed the IAAM-B conference championship at Stevenson University in a 3-0 win against Maryvale. Coach McKenzie was recently awarded the title of All-Metro Field Hockey Coach of the Year for 2017 by The Baltimore Sun.
5. Inertia Dance Ensemble Performs at NAIS Conference
SPSG's curricular, advanced dance company Inertia was selected to grace the stage with their inspirational piece, "Glory," at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference in March of this year. SPSG dancers beautifully demonstrated their work studying identity and capturing the emotions of humanity through the physical and timeless expression of dance.
Several members of the SPSG faculty and staff gained recognition for our community this year, presenting at conferences and published in print. In the spring, author and educator Susan Cain recognized SPSG in her op-ed for The New York Times. Aisha Mason, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Liaison, presented alongside myself and SPSG consultant Jen Cort on the topic of equity and inclusion at SPSG during the National Association of Independent Schools Conference in March. Director of Strategic Initiatives Whitney Price and Joie Gill, Middle School Humanities, published an article entitled "Learning to Lead," detailing our inaugural Middle School partnership with Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, in an Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) newsletter.
7. Coordination Across Campus Provides Increased Student Opportunities
SPSG and SP's Boards of Trustees continued their efforts to enhance coordination and cooperation between the Schools. Ranging from hiring a joint Director of Safety and Security to conducting a shared Professional Development day, faculty and administrators came together at various points throughout the year to exchange ideas and best practices. In addition, the Schools held a shared Service Fair and participated in a coordinated fundraiser to help St. Thomas' Episcopal School in Houston with its hurricane recovery efforts. Students in the Upper School joined forces for a shared newspaper and participated together in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the fall musical. Juniors from both Schools and their families once again participated in a joint College Night with admissions reps from 17 colleges and universities.
8. SPSG Named a Baltimore Sun Top Workplace for Second Year
For the second year in a row, SPSG has been awarded a Top Workplace recognition by The Baltimore Sun, advancing from #35 to #15. The Top Workplace lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered earlier this year, and we are honored that our faculty and staff shared their positive sentiments about our community. We recently celebrated our achievement over a weeklong period on social media, sharing the many reasons that our faculty and staff love working at SPSG.
9. Alumnae Give Back to the Next Generation of Gators
In addition to another successful Green & White Weekend in the spring, alumnae involvement continued throughout 2017 with many alumnae hosting students for the inaugural Sophomore Shadow Day and returning to conduct mock interviews with students during Junior Reflection Days. In addition, several alumnae have visited campus to speak in Prayers, meet with students, and share their myriad experiences since graduating from SPSG.
10. SPSG Poised for Success in 2018
Put simply, our community had an incredibly strong year. After a successful admissions season, we began the 2017-2018 academic year with 437 students, up from 413 at the start of the previous year. The Gator Fund yielded similar success, raising $812,026 and exceeding last year's total by 6%. Faculty and staff continued their noteworthy support of the School with 100% participation in The Gator Fund, and the entire community came together on Gator Day with gifts totaling over $286,000 to benefit our students and faculty.
On behalf of St. Paul's School for Girls' students, faculty, and staff, we thank you for making 2017 such a memorable year. We look forward to more great stories in 2018!
Penny B. Evins
Head of School
St. Paul's School for Girls
P.O. Box 8000, Brooklandville, Maryland 21022
TEL: 410-823-6323 | FAX: 410-828-7238