Academy News
March 2017
As most of you know, we welcomed our inaugural class of 5th graders to the Academy this school year. They have acclimated well to the Academy's environment, which emphasizes brotherhood and high academic and personal achievement. To say they have brought extra energy to the building is an understatement! Thank you to everyone who made this addition of a 5th grade to the Academy's program possible.

Thank you for helping us serve more young men and their families than ever before.

The Academy: a School AND a Weather Station
How cool is this: the Academy now has a weather station on top of its roof! With a generous grant from  Constellation, an Exelon Company  and in partnership with  Weatherbug , meteorologists can now use data collected from the Academy's rooftop to help them report and predict the weather. That data will also be directly implemented into Academy science class curriculum this spring. 

The weather station pictured below feeds information to a monitor that lives in our 2nd floor hallway. Students can see temperature forecasts, weather patterns, and live video footage of the Inner Harbor!

Click here  to see a live weather report from our rooftop!

Click here  to watch a video of our kick-off event with Constellation, Weatherbug,  and  WMAR ABC2 News. 

Weather station installed on the 
Academy's rooftop
Monitor in the 2nd Floor hallway that reflects information from the 
weather station

Thanks to Constellation and Weatherbug for bringing science to life for our students
Celebrating Black History Month
Students spent much of February studying significant themes and people through four broad periods of Black History. Each grade group was tasked with creating a poster, video, and presentation. The projects were well-done and thoughtful, prompting meaningful group discussion and personal meditations--and the recognition that Black History is not meant to be studied and celebrated once a year, but should be recognized in each young man's personal, academic, and spiritual journeys.

8th Grade: Slavery and
Sojourner Truth
7th Grade: Jim Crow and
James Weldon Johnson

6th Grade: Civil Rights and
Fanny Lou Hammer

5th Grade: Full Citizenship and
Ta-Nehisi Coates
8th Grade Travels to Annapolis
Each year, Academy 8th graders have the unique opportunity to visit Annapolis for the day to watch Maryland government in action. Thanks to kind friends of the Academy, including  Delegate Keith E. Haynes , our boys were able to observe both a House and Senate committee meeting.

Delegate Haynes then led our students through a mock committee meeting of their own, where they presented prepared speeches either for or against particular bills--including the length of the school year and requiring seat belts on buses. Hands-on experiences are so important and we are grateful to Delegate Haynes and others for making this trip possible!

Academy 8th grader learns about how the Maryland government operates from
Del. Keith E. Haynes
8th graders held their own mock 
House Committee meeting 
Recent Press
The Academy was featured in an article by 
Maryland Catholic Conference that was sent to Governor Hogan and state legislatures.

Academy volunteer and
University of Notre Dame 
alumnus  Jim Coolahan 
wrote about Notre Dame Alumni Club's decision to commit to regularly volunteering at the Academy. We are grateful for their time and commitment!

Coming up:  The Academy will be featured in the Spring issue of JESUITS USA Northeast Province Magazine, along with  Brooklyn Jesuit Prep  in New York, NY, for both schools' decision to add a 5th grade this school year.

Fun fact:  Academy Alum  Tariq Al-Sabir  '07  is the Music and Art teacher at BJP while he pursues his masters at New York University.  

Tariq Al-Sabir '07
works at BJP while pursuing his master's degree at NYU
We wish you a blessed Lenten season!

"Even now, says the Lord,
return to Me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the Lord, your God.
For gracious and merciful is He,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment."

Joel 2:12-13

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