2020

  • March

    Update from the College Counseling Office on COVID-19

    Click here to read Mrs. Stockard's email from earlier today with important information regarding SAT/ACT testing and college visits and how they might be affected by COVID-19.
  • Lifeguarding Class Offered At Gilmour

    Interested in becoming a lifeguard? Check out this flyer for more information.
  • February

    Evening Prayers

    Following each performance of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” March 6-7, GA's Play Production & Directing class will proudly present "Evening Prayers: Student Plays Focused on Social Justice" to inaugurate the Black Box space of The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts. "Evening Prayers" will feature four original student plays written, directed and produced by Gilmour students. In lieu of an admission charge, the class is asking for at least 1-2 canned goods per person at the door as a donation to the Cleveland Food Bank. As the title suggests, the plays address issues of social justice and can at times touch on mature themes associated with complex issues of human rights. Please read the following descriptions and keep in mind that Saturday evening's performance is most appropriate for all audiences.
     
    Friday, March 6 at 9:30 p.m. - "Graffiti on a Passing Train" by Trinity Turk '22 and "Soon-To-Be-Titled" by Elena Espenschied '22. Two plays that expose the raw mistreatment of young people re-defining themselves, confronting opposition from peers, teachers, and parents. Warning: features some mature language and themes about issues of social justice. A special talk-back hosted by Director of Diversity & Inclusion Evan Richard will follow this performance.
     
    Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 p.m. - "A Guide to Detention" by Victoria Dulzer '22 and "Drifter's Escape: An Immersive Theater Experience" by Mr. Greenfield. Live from Gilmour... It's Saturday night! This light-hearted but still socially conscious finale will feature audience interaction as we satirically face injustices ranging from elementary school detention to the theatricality of the justice system.
     
  • A Few Spots Available for Summer Trip to France

    July 12-July 23
     
    There are still spots available for the summer trip to France, which will include stops in Normandy, Paris and the Loire Valley.
     
    The cost of the trip is $4,710, which includes airfare, lodging, transportation within France, all museum and cultural excursion visits, as well as daily breakfasts and dinners.
     
    Register today! For questions or further information, contact Mr. McNamara at mcnamarap@gilmour.org
     
  • Basketball Program Takes on Project for Black History Month

    In honor of Black History Month during February, and the important contributions African Americans have made to the game of basketball, the basketball program tackled a special project. Players were each paired with another member of the program from a different team (for example, a varsity player would be paired with a JV or freshman player) and the pairs collaborated to recognize 19 of the monumental black figures to the game of basketball. The finished product can be viewed here and is on display on the monitors in the AC.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Students Head to NEOMED to See Human Organs Firsthand

    The hands-on learning at Gilmour doesn’t just happen within the classroom. Dr. Goel’s Human Anatomy and Physiology class used Community Block to travel to NEOMED for an anatomy lab experience. Students were able to see and hold the human brain, heart, lung, liver, stomach and kidneys. They also examined different muscles and ligaments in a male and female cadaver.
  • LANCE ALERT: STUDENTS DISCUSS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

  • Progress Reports Available

    The first progress reports for the Spring semester have been published for Middle and Upper School students and are available online. To access, select the Progress tab on your student's portal page and click on Report Cards under "Performance." If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Gutowski at gutowskij@gilmour.org or (440) 473-8138. 
  • College Financing Seminars

    Unity Catholic Federal Credit Union is hosting three College Financing Seminars to help parents and students prepare.
    • Thursday, February 27 - Cuyahoga County Library (6996 Powers Blvd., Parma), 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 5 - Medina County Library (3649 Center Road, Brunswick), 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 12 - Cuyahoga County Library (21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park), 6:30 p.m. 
     
    Interested families can find out more information and register here.
     
    During this informative evening, presenters will discuss:
    • Grants and Scholarships
    • Government Student Loans
    • Private Student Loans
  • Just in!

    Five sophomores have qualified for the state JustWrite tournament, an interscholastic writing competition that will be held at the University of Findlay on May 9. JustWrite is "dedicated to helping high school students to find and develop their creative voice, through the process of multi-genre written expression and interpretation." At the competition, students are asked to craft stories in various genres, including historical fiction, science fiction and narrative nonfiction, among others. They must also respond to a specific prompt and have only 45 minutes to do so. More than 100 writers from 15 Ohio high schools competed in the regional tournament in January, where Gilmour's team placed second overall. Congratulations to state qualifiers Victoria Dulzer '22, Kaylee Oliveto '22, Kristen Oliveto '22, Sarah Voss '22 and Michelle Wu '22
  • “Love Doesn’t Shove” Presentation Delivers Powerful Message

    Gilmour's Wellness Initiative, which seeks to raise awareness and create dialogue around social-emotional, physical, spiritual and academic well-being, presented Gabby Kreuz, founder of "Love Doesn't Shove," who spoke to Upper School students yesterday during Community Block. The mission of Love Doesn’t Shove is to educate the community about the dynamics of healthy relationships as a means to end teen dating violence and promote a safer, happier society.
  • Attention Senior Parents!

  • Summer Camp Job Openings!

    Gilmour Academy is pleased to offer summer camp employment opportunities for our students. As an integral part of preparing students for their transition into real world experiences, we require applicants to complete an application, participate in an interview and, if selected, attend a training sessions prior to the start of summer camp.
     
    This week at Convocation, students who have worked camp in the past, as well as our camp directors, described the responsibilities of a summer camp junior counselor and explained the hiring process. All information that was presented during Convocation can be found in the portal under “Resources.”
     
    We want to partner with you and your student. We ask that you guide your student as he/she completes the job application, secures references, prepares for the interview, and, after hiring, completes W4, I9 and work permit forms. We ask that parents do not do it for them, but rather, help as they navigate the process.
     
    Camp Gilmour runs for nine (9) weeks from June 1 through July 31. The commitment is for a minimum of three (3) weeks. Please talk with your child about their ability to make this kind of commitment. Have them look at family vacations, summer camps, sport commitments, travel teams, transportation, medical appointments and the stamina required to work with children ages 3-12 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
     
    Camp requirements
    Education or experience: High School diploma must be received or in progress. Previous experience working with children in a structured environment of some capacity desired.
     
    Other qualifications or skills:
    - Must be 14 years of age or older
    - Desire and ability to work with children outdoors
    - Ability to relate with one’s peer group
    - Ability to accept supervision and guidance
    - Ability to assist in teaching activities
    - Good integrity, character, attitude and adaptability
    - Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control
    - CPR/First Aid Certification (provided during Counselor Training)
    - Know and understand ALL emergency and safety procedures associated with the camp program (includes but not limited to being responsible for campers’ safety and whereabouts at all times - taught during Counselor Training)
    - Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in camp activities which include, but are not limited to, hiking, swimming, team building initiatives, physical games and activities.
    - This is a paid position ($8.70/hour). A minimum of three (3) weeks of commitment to the camp program is required. Must disclose during the interview process if a vacation or other commitments have been planned.
     
    All information about summer camp positions and the summer camp employment application can be found on the portal under Summer Camp Job Documents.
     
    All applications are due Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at midnight.
     
    * If your child worked as a junior counselor in 2019, they have received an email with information to apply for the 2020 season. The response to this email is due Friday, February 14 at midnight. Returning junior counselors will only need to complete the 3-hour training specific to the 2020 season.
  • February College Corner

    Families of juniors and seniors, please enjoy the February/March edition of College Corner. Since March is a short month with spring break, we will resume our newsletter in April. See you then!
  • Speech and Debate Update

    Gilmour did quite well at the Solon Tournament on January 25. Congratulations to the following students:
     
    Lena DiPuccio ’20 1st place, Original Oratory, seventh state bid (already a state qualifier)
    Mollie Edmondson ’21  1st place, Informative, second state bid
    Eric Brandt ’21 3rd place, Informative, third state bid
    Grace Gainar ’22 – 3rd place, Dramatic Interpretation 
    Luke Peterson ’25 – 4th place, Congress (Middle School)
    Cayla See ’21 – 4th place, Congressional Debate
    Olivia Sucato ’20  4th place, Finalist in Congress
    Jackson Sturtevant ’21 – 6th place, Lincoln Douglas

    At the District Tournament this past weekend, the following students emerged as district champions!

    Mollie Edmondson ’21 - Informative
    Jackson Sturtevant ’21 - Lincoln Douglas
    Clara Morgan 22 - Duo
    Faith Smolik 22 - Duo

  • January

    College Tour for Sophomore and Junior Students

    May 31 - June 5
    The Gilmour College Counseling Office is partnering with the College Offices of Laurel School, University School and "College Visits," to offer a college tour for current sophomores and juniors to NYU, Fordham, Vassar, Marist, Yale, Quinnipiac, Trinity, Wesleyan, Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern and Tufts.
     
    The cost of the tour is $1,900 per student and covers air and ground transportation, lodging, meals, materials and activities. Students will need additional money for snacks, college souvenirs, etc. Please see the agenda and registration materials for details.
     
    To reserve your spot, submit a $250 deposit and forms to Director of College Counseling Tracy Stockard by February 15, 2020. Final payment is due by April 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Stockard at stockardt@gilmour.org or College Visits at info@college-visits.com.
  • ACT Prep Class Coming to Gilmour for Sophomores and Juniors!

    The College Counseling Office has partnered with Seeley Test Pros to offer ACT test prep during Mods 2 and 3 of Community Block. The program consists of 10 classes and one practice exam, in preparation for the ACT on April 4. Please see the flyer for more details and information on registration.

    Space is limited.
  • Career Exploration Open House & Summer Internship Opportunities

  • Incorporating Wellness into the Residential Life Experience

    With new programs on exercise, mindfulness and nutrition, our residential life students are reaping the benefits of Gilmour's focus on educating the whole child. 
     
    Our 68 students living in the Murphy Residence Hall enjoy a range of benefits that contribute to their overall development. As we work to educate both the minds and the hearts of students, our resident students enjoy a host of opportunities that contribute to their socio-emotional, physical, spiritual and academic well-being. Part of this is due to their proximity to campus resources such as our athletic facilities, our Chapel, dorm proctors and our counseling services. Additionally, the school offers unique programming designed specifically for our resident students so that they might optimize their non-class time.
     
    Recently, Wellness Coordinator Katie Gallagher facilitated a program that combined physical, socio-emotional and nutritional health as part of the weekly Dorm Prayer meeting. The evening began with a gentle flow yoga class in the Great Room and concluded with a cooking class in which students learned how to prepare healthy snack and meal options. "The goal," according to Gallagher, "is to encourage positive behavior through fun, engaging, educational content."
     
    Fun was had by all and the opportunity to experience something new was met with great enthusiasm!
     
  • Local Gilmour Families Open Hearts and Homes to Resident Students

    Gilmour’s international students enrich our lives in many ways, especially by preparing our students to excel in a multicultural, increasingly connected world. Family partnership in this initiative is extremely important. As part of our strategic plan, our residential leadership team is striving to find exciting new ways to engage families as part of our vibrant educational community and increase connectedness between the resident students and the broader Gilmour community.
     
    Over the Christmas break there were students who needed a “home away from home” for a day or two, or the entire break due to their travel arrangements or athletic schedules. Our families responded, opening their doors and their hearts to welcome these students into their home.  It created a unique opportunity to share special family time, holiday traditions and make memories that will last a lifetime.
     
  • Attention Parents Of Freshmen and Sophomores!

    Monday, February 10, 8-8:45 a.m. (freshman students and parents), 8:45-9:30 a.m. (sophomore students and parents), Athletic Center

    We invite all current ninth- and 10th-grade students and their parents to join Dr. James Gutowski and the Counseling Department for our Academic Planning Event.

    During this morning presentation, students and their parents will hear from Director of Academic Services Dr. James Gutowski about course offerings and course requirements. Families will then have the opportunity to visit information stations to learn more about different offerings in greater detail - from college planning and next year's schedule to the Vector program, summer opportunities, service and more.
     
    This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your student to plan ahead for the next few years while creating an open dialogue about interesting class offerings, academic programs and other opportunities that pique your child’s interest.

    Please click here to RSVP for the event. We look forward to seeing you soon!
  • Hackathon At Gilmour!

    February 29 - March 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
     
    Gilmour Academy will be hosting Hacks Academy, a 24-hour hackathon at Gilmour!

    This is an event where high schoolers around the region will come together for 24 hours and build apps, games and programs in a welcoming and friendly environment. Students of all skill levels are welcome to attend - no prior programming experience is required to attend this event. It's totally free for students to attend, and will include workshops, t-shirts, stickers and the opportunity to network with other students from the Cleveland area.

    It would be great if you could share this opportunity with your child(ren). Interested students can find more information and sign up at hacks.academy.

    If you have any questions, email team@executebig.org. Hope to see your child(ren) at the event!
  • Khan Academy Test Prep Pilot Program for Grades 9-11

    January 28 - May 19, Community Block Mod 1, CB 08

    The class is now full. If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Tracy Stockard at stockardt@gilmour.org.
  • Social Justice Visits

    Over the past two weeks, junior theology classes have kicked off their semester on social justice by participating in Social Justice Site Visits. These visits are a chance for them to see the Works of Mercy and Catholic social teaching in action, while making meaningful personal connections that will prove useful as they dive into the experience-oriented Praxis project. Soon, groups will be researching various injustices and how they affect our global and local communities. The site visits included the May Dugan Center, the West Side Catholic Center, Malachi House, the Ignatian Solidarity Network, and even a panel of John Carroll students speaking about social justice opportunities in college. These trips wouldn’t be possible without the support of these generous organizations, as well as our flexible new schedule and Community Block!
  • Speech and Debate Update

    Congratulations to the following students, who placed at the Speech and Debate Tournament held at John Carroll last weekend.
     
    Teeba Marlowe ’21 – 1st place (straight 1s), Declamation, fourth state bid and newest state qualifier 
    Faith Smolik ’22 and Clara Morgan ’22 – 1st place (straight 1s), Duo Interpretation
    Jackson Sturtevant ’21 – 1st place (4/0), Lincoln Douglas, second state bid
    Lena DiPuccio ’20 – 3rd place, Original Oratory, sixth state bid (already a state qualifier) 
    Clara Morgan ’22 – 3rd place, POI, third state bid
    Luke Peterson ’25 – 3rd place, Congress (Middle School)
    Cayla See ’21 – 3rd place, Big Question 
    Arianna DiMenna ’22 – 4th place, Humor 
    Elisa Flynn ’22 – 4th place, Original Oratory
    Grace Gainar ’22 – 4th place, Drama 
    Eric Brandt ’21 – 5th place, Informative 
    Lauren Kastelic ’22 – 5th place, Congress
     
  • Report Cards

    Semester 1 report cards for Lower, Middle and Upper School students will be available online by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22. If you have trouble accessing grade reports, please contact Jim Gutowski at (440) 473-8138 or gutowskij@gilmour.org.
  • More Great Speech and Debate Finishes

    The following students placed at the Speech and Debate Tournament held at Berea High School:
     
    Mollie Edmondson ’21 - 1st place in Declamation, earned a state bid
    Teeba Marlowe ’21 - 1st place  in Declamation, earned a state bid
    Clara Morgan ’22 and Faith Smolik ’22 – 1st place in Duo
    Elisa Flynn ’22 - 2nd place in Oratory, earned a state bid
    Clara Morgan ’22 - 2nd place in Prose/Poetry, earned a second state bid
    Lena  DiPuccio ’20 - 4th place in Original Oratory, earned a state 
    Gwen Mascha ’21 - 4th place in Congress
    Hannah Weltle ’21 - 5th place in Prose/Poetry 
    Jackson Sturtevant ’21 - 6th place in Lincoln Douglas
     
  • Attention Sophomore and Junior Parents!

    “Navigating the College Process”
    Wednesday, January 29, 7 p.m., University School Hunting Valley campus (2785 SOM Center Road).
     

    Co-sponsored by the College Counseling Offices from Andrews Osborne Academy, Gilmour Academy, Hathaway Brown School, Hawken School, Hershey Montessori School, Laurel School, University School and Western Reserve Academy, this program will provide helpful information on topics related to the college search. 

    This event is for both students and parents. The presentation will be moderated by Dan Moulthrop of the City Club of Cleveland, and the panelists will include vice presidents of enrollment management from Allegheny College, T
    he Ohio State University, Santa Clara University and the University of Richmond. Registration is required for this event. Please click HERE to register as soon as possible.

    You may notice a slight delay as the website initially loads. After a moment, you will see the event details appear, with a link at the bottom to begin registration. Because space is limited, please note for your records who you have registered to attend.
  • Women in STEM Brings Study to Life for First Graders

    On Tuesday, the Women in STEM Club helped Mrs. Pestotnik’s first-grade class with a science experiment. The girls explained what blubber is and why it is important for animals in the arctic. Together, they tested how blubber keeps animals warm using Crisco, a fatty, blubber-like substance, and creating a “blubber glove” to wear while dipping their hand into icy water, allowing them to see firsthand the importance of blubber!
  • Sophomore Introductory College Meetings

    The College Counseling Office will be hosting introductory meetings with every sophomore and their parents to get to know each other and answer any questions. The meetings will begin in January and will run through April.

    Visit 
    gilmour.org/sophomoremeetings to schedule a session with any one of our college counselors. Please note that who you select will have no bearing on your student’s assigned college counselor junior year. We are merely trying to offer as many meeting times as possible and hope you will find one that best accommodates your schedule.
     
    If you have any questions, please contact Director of College Counseling Tracy Stockard at stockardt@gilmour.org.
  • Speech and Debate Team Makes Mark at Brecksville and Kenston Tournaments

    The Speech and Debate team has had a wonderful few weeks of competition. Leading the way was Lena DiPuccio ’20, who placed first in Original Oratory at the last two tournaments held at Brecksville High School and Kenston High School. She also became Gilmour’s first state qualifier after earning the required four state bids!

    The following students also won awards at the Brecksville and Kenston tournaments:

    Eric Brandt ’21 - placed first in Informative at Kenston, earned a bid to state tournament
    Elisa Flynn ’22  - trophied in Original Oratory at Kenston
    Angelina Lonardo ’22 - trophied in Declamation at Kenston
    Teeba Marlowe ’21- placed first in Declamation at Brecksville, earned a state bid
    Kaleigh McNamara ’22 - trophied in Informative at Kenston 
    Clara Morgan ’22 - placed second in Prose Oratorical Interpretation at Kenston, earned bid to state tournament
    Kristen Oliveto ’22 - won top awards in Big Question Debate at both Brecksville and Kenston
    Eve Pahoresky ’22 - placed first in Drama at Kenston, earned a bid to state tournament
    Cayla See ’21 - trophied in Congress at Brecksville
    Jackson Sturtevant ’21- placed second in Lincoln Douglas Debate at Kenston, earned bid to state tournament
    Hannah Weltle ’21 - ribboned in Prose Interpretation at Kenston
  • Attention Junior and Senior Families!

    Please enjoy our first edition of the College Corner for 2020. There are several upcoming programs and events you don't want to miss, especially for our juniors.
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