The Country School Launches New Community Website

The Country School, a K-8 independent school in Easton, launches a new website on Thursday, September 18th. In addition to information for current families, the school hopes to serve the community as a hub for education-related trends and information for those interested in best practices in the field. The site address is www.countryschool.org.

The website will feature a biweekly blog on topics related to child development, teaching, and community education news. Information about cultural assemblies open to the community — including homeschooling families — will be available for local parents. Event details for free preschool activities, the spring musical, and open houses will be featured as well.

A new video located on the homepage introduces an inside view of the school and its philosophy. “We think helping partner with parents to raise good people is really the most important piece of what we’re doing here,” Headmaster Neil Mufson comments at one point in the video, which shows students at various points of the school day.

As a part of the launch festivities, the school is hosting an online scavenger hunt beginning at 7 PM on September 18th. Anyone is welcome to participate and can win four tickets to the school’s spring musical, Aladdin. For details, visit the school’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/countryschoolMD.

The Country School Starts 80th Year

Headmaster Neil Mufson shakes hands with students as they arrive each morning, a tradition that began 80 years ago.

Headmaster Neil Mufson shakes hands with students as they arrive each morning, a tradition that began 80 years ago.

The Country School, a Kindergarten through eighth grade independent school in Easton, began its 80th year of educating children from Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Queen Anne’s Counties on Tuesday, September 2nd. Headmaster Neil Mufson still greets each student with a handshake as they enter the school, a tradition started with the first Headmistress, Dorothy Startt. To honor the milestone anniversary, the school will launch a new website and other outreach initiatives, as well as host celebratory events throughout the year.

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Country School Presents National Exam Results

On Wednesday, May 7th, County School students were presented with the results of several national exams in which they competed, including the National Spanish Exam, the National Latin Exam, the Medusa Mythology Exam, and the Maryland Math League Contest.

Headmaster Neil Mufson announced the results of seventh and eighth grade students who took the National Spanish Exam in an all-school assembly. Sofie Neil received the exam’s highest award, a gold certificate; Hanna Soulati and Paige Murphy received silver certificates; Henry Esterson, Kate Paris, Zach Ewing, and Julia Messenger received bronze certificates; Kristin Ketterman, Grace Hill, Zach Danels, Alexander Stecher-Scott, and Caroline Benson received certificates of honor. The National Spanish Exam is an online test that measures achievement and proficiency in the Spanish language of over 150,000 students nationally.

Four Country School students received honors for their performance on the National Latin Exam. Hanna Soulati received the Magna Cum Laude award; Zach Danels and Zach Ewing received the Cum Laude award; Cali Blizzard received a certificate of merit. Administered early this year, the National Latin Exam tests students’ knowledge of the Latin language as well as the mythology, daily life and customs of the Romans. The 2014 National Latin Exam was administered to over 140,000 students in the United States.

Eighth grader Zach Ewing received the Corona Olivae award for his results on the Medusa Mythology Exam. The national exam tests student knowledge of mythical figures and concepts.

Mufson presented certificates to eight students who participated in the Maryland Math League Contest: Kelley Hertelendy, Lucas Joshi, Helen Hutchinson, James Parkinson, Anna Roser, Sydney Nittle, Olivia Hershey, and Giselle Harris. The Math League Contest, which has over 100,000 students participating at each grade level, covers advanced arithmetic, basic geometry, and pre-algebra.

Zach Danels receives the Cum Laude award for his performance on the National Latin Exam from Latin teacher, Alex Vega, during an awards assembly.

Zach Danels receives the Cum Laude award for his performance on the National Latin Exam from Latin teacher, Alex Vega, during an awards assembly.

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Talbot Bank Donates to Country School

Talbot Bank, member of Shore Bancshares family of companies, made a donation to the Country School, Easton, Md as a sponsor of their 2013 CSPA Auction: Denim and Diamonds held in January. The auction proceeds will benefit programs and educational enhancements such as lap tops, sports equipment and field trips.  “Talbot Bank is committed to making meaningful and positive contributions to local organizations.” comments Parker Spurry, Talbot Bank St. Michaels Branch Manager. “The Country School provides quality education for our future generation and this in turn makes a significant difference in our community.”

Parker Spurry, Talbot Bank, Ellie Roser, Eliza Spurry, Ava Runz, Jennifer Runz (Denim and Diamonds Auction Co-Chair), Alivia Runz and Katie Schroeder

Parker Spurry, Talbot Bank, Ellie Roser, Eliza Spurry, Ava Runz, Jennifer Runz (Denim and Diamonds Auction Co-Chair), Alivia Runz and Katie Schroeder

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Country School Accepting Enrollment for Summer Programs

The Country School will be offering an exciting variety of summer programs and classes for children of all ages. It is not required that your child be a Country School student in order to participate. Parents may enroll their children in programs such as arts and crafts, money management, photography, jump start kindergarten, and camps inspired by The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls! There is something for everyone.

The program begins on June 11 and runs through June 29. All classes are one-week long day sessions, either mornings or afternoons. Registration forms are available in the main office and on the website. Tuition is due on or before June 1 and is non-refundable unless a class is cancelled. All course offerings are based on fully enrolled classes.

For more details and class descriptions please go to http://www.countryschool.org/summer.

The Country School Presents Student Science Symposium

Kristin Ketterman - grade 6

The Country School recently held its second annual student science symposium. All Upper School students, grades 6-8, presented one of their science projects they completed this school year.

The event, which took place in late April, served as an opportunity for students to showcase some of their creative and compelling work. It was also a chance for parents and younger students to preview the Upper School science program.

“The science symposium was very successful this year. I was pleased with the variety and rigor of topics chosen by students,” Upper School Head John Melton remarked. “In total 56 students each presented a project, which ranged in subjects from natural disasters to scientific laws. All presentations were very impressive.”

Headmaster Neil Mufson remarked, “Last year we made a commitment to holding a science symposium. Due to the success of that first science symposium, we looked forward to holding our second one this year. The breadth and depth of presentations this year were equally as impressive and it’s a wonderful opportunity for Lower School students to see what they have to look forward to in The Country School’s Upper School science program. We look forward to holding an annual science symposium each year in the future.”
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Nationally Renowned Bullying Expert to Speak at The Country School March 20

Easton, Maryland – Dr. Susan Swearer, professor of school psychology and co-director of the Bullying Research Network, based out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present a discussion on bullying to the community at-large on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at The Country School in Easton, Md. Her talk will include how to manage difficult situations within a school environment and also how to encourage positive behavior from students.

Over the past decade, Dr. Swearer, a licensed psychologist, has collected data and conducted staff training in elementary, middle, and high schools, with the goal of helping school personnel establish cost-effective and data-based strategies to reduce bullying behaviors. Her Target Bullying Intervention Program has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and she was an invited presenter at the most recent White House Bullying Prevention Conference. She has authored over 100 book chapters and articles on the topics of bullying, depression, and anxiety in school-aged youth and is the co-author of the recently published book, Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools (Swearer, Espelage, & Napolitano, 2009). In addition, she has co-edited two other bullying-related books.

Neil Mufson, The Country School’s headmaster remarks, “Dr. Swearer has worked with our faculty on these important topics, and while she will work with our teachers again on this visit, we also recognize the importance of strong education for parents on matters related to bullying. We are fortunate that Dr. Swearer will return to our school and also address the greater community about this priority issue.”

The presentation will begin at 7 pm at The Country School in Easton, Maryland, located at 716 Goldsborough Street. Reservations are not required and admission to the event is free. A video of the presentation will be available on the home page of http://www.countryschool.org/ beginning March 21, 2012.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
7 pm
The Country School
716 Goldsborough Street
Easton, MD 21601