Innovate.

Next Steps: Moving into Student Common Areas

Given how much the student and teacher experience has been revolutionized within our innovated classrooms, the Board of Trustees has committed to move into 'innovating' community spaces for our students and faculty.

Phase 2 of the Innovate initiative will see the creation of a bright, inviting, and highly functional place for the community to gather for conversation, meetings, work, or retreats throughout the day. The new cafeteria, The Connelly Commons, will be designed to seamlessly flow in and out of our Hanley Courtyard, extending the room and bringing the outdoors, inside.

Additionally, we are looking to reallocate areas to enhance and improve our students' health and wellness activities. Phase 3 will move our Fitness Center to directly underneath the gymnasium to offer dedicated training and team rooms. Senior Lounge will also be reconfigured and refurbished, and bringing all of these areas together, a student lounge, study rooms, and reconfigured academic lockers will create opportunities for students of all grades to come together, creating connections between classes and during free periods.

Phase 1

Phase 1

A three-year initiative to transform all teaching spaces into flexible, interactive, and highly engaging learning spaces that embrace the latest available technology.


Holy Child has 26 teaching spaces, 20 of which have been innovated through the generosity of donors.

Cost to Innovate a classroom: $25,000
Goal: $650,000
Remaining: $75,000 (3 classrooms)

 

Phase 2

Phase 2
Transforming student common areas to create connections

Reimagining our space on the lower level of our upper school to create a bright, inviting and highly functional place for the community to gather for conversation, meetings, work or retreats throughout the day, not to mention food! The new cafeteria, The Connelly Commons, will be designed to seamlessly flow in and out of our Hanley Courtyard, extending the room and bringing the outdoors, inside with:

  • Kitchen Area/Serving Line
  • ‘Gallery’ space to display student and visiting artist artwork on wall looking out to Courtyard
  • Café style furniture
  • TV/Audio sound system

Goal: $625,000
Gifts and Pledges in: $512,500
Remaining: $112,500

Leadership Donors
Melissa and John Allen
Nancy Binnie and Marc Bastow
Patrice and Scott Brickman
Karen and Chris Donatelli
Donna and Jim Gramm
Marina Kotova and Seyfeddin Roustamov
Jennifer and Kevin Urgo

 

Phase 3

Phase 3

Optimizing the importance of team space in The Tigers’ Den

Reallocating areas to enhance and improve our students’ health and wellness activities and provide a more seamless flow for students. Beginning with relocating and reconfiguring our Fitness Room to offer more strength and conditioning stations in a space where students can easily access showers and dedicated training and team rooms, where our athletic teams can gather, pre- and post- games.

Additionally, the senior lounge will be reconfigured and refurbished, continuing the legacy by recognizing the importance of a cherished tradition for the senior class to strengthen their bonds before heading off to college.

Bringing all of these areas together, a student lounge open for all grades will create more opportunities for students to come together, creating connections between classes and during free periods.

Goal: $675,000
Gifts and Pledges in: $198,000
Remaining: $477,000

Leadership Donors
Elizabeth and Charles Garner
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grant (Maureen '87)
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Henneberry (Alicia '93)
Mr. and Mrs. William Rowan (Kristin '82)
Claire and Jon Slabaugh
Rosanne and John Strittmatter

Open Naming Opportunities
Fitness Center
Fitness Room/$175,000
Athletic Training Room/$150,000
Tigers' Den
Academic Lockers and Study Rooms/$125,000
Senior Lounge/$100,000 goal, with $23,000 in lead gifts

SPACES DESIGNED WITH INTENTION AND PURPOSE.

Good schools invest in key ingredients that keep dynamic faculty and engaged students working in a culture that fosters a passion for learning. At Holy Child, comprehensive program funding for students and professional development opportunities for faculty are core priorities.

But what of the space where learning takes place?

Holy Child’s foundress, Cornelia Connelly, was an educational innovator who understood the cognitive development of young women.  Recent research tells us that the space in which students learn has a significant influence on engagement and attitude about learning.  Holy Child teachers attend workshops such as Teaching All Kinds of Minds:  The Principals and Strategies of Neuroeducation and Learning and the Brain to strengthen their understanding of neuroscience and its implications for teaching and learning, thereby adapting their instruction to complement a student’s natural development. Classroom space should reflect the purpose of the learning. This is why Hold Child has engaged in a three-year initiative to innovate every classroom by fall of 2018.

Twenty classrooms have been completed since the launch of the Innovate initiative. Thanks to the pioneer donors who committed to this initiative since 2015-16. These new rooms have changed the classroom environment, teaching practice, and student learning experience for all teachers and students in those spaces. The flexibility and mobility of an innovated classroom allows for transition of physical space to meet the needs of the learning activities at hand.

They serve students in each class, based on content area, and teaching pedagogy. How? Because teachers submit proposals and request specific designs for their particular space and discipline.

Join the pioneers and become a classroom innovator. Proposals for our next round of classrooms are in process: let us match your commitment to empower and educate our young women with the vision of one of our exceptional faculty.

Call or email Chief Advancement Officer Laura Volovski to discuss (301-365-0955, x 2123).

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Thank you to our Pioneer Donors

Leadership Donors committing to Innovative Classrooms for Summer 2018

The Beebe, Bunch, Kley, Price, and Zukiwski Families
Ms. Chris Noel and Mr. Brett MacInnes
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Plamondon, Sr.

Pioneer Donors who fully funded Innovative Classrooms since launching the initiative in 2015-16

Veronia Ahern

Anonymous

The Bosch Family
Jessica ‘17

The Brickman Family
Anna '14, Kenna ‘21

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Donatelli
Caroline ‘21

Elizabeth and Charles Garner
Cece ’15

Chris Noel and Brett MacInnes
Hillary '08

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Plamondon, Sr.
Anne ’74, Lorraine ’17 (granddaughter)

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Plamondon, Jr.
Amy ’06, Meg ‘08

Anne and Rick Rudman
Maggie ‘18

The Strittmatter Family
Julia ‘19

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Williams
Haley ’14, Tess ‘20

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Williams
Jessica ’01, Allison ‘07

Mr. Tim Frend and Mrs. Jessica Williams Frend ‘01

The Beebe, Bunch, Kley, Price and Zukiwski Families
Georgia Beebe ’22, Anna Bunch ’22, Kelsey ’22 and Kendall ’21 Kley, Eva Price ’22, and Lauren ’22 and Alexis ’19 Zukiwski

Pioneer Donors who committed to fully fund Innovative Classrooms since launching the initiative in 2015-16

The Butz Foundation

Maury Devine and Rita ‘Wooly’ Devine ’79
Rebecca Ward ’14

Mary and Brendan Magner
Aoife ’15, Maeve ‘22

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Noonan
Karen ’86, Dawn Noonan Ziemski ’88
Josie Ziemski ’19 (granddaughter)

The Beebe, Bunch, Kley, Price and Zukiwski Families (for a 2nd classroom)
Georgia Beebe ’22, Anna Bunch ’22, Kelsey ’22 and Kendall ’21 Kley, Eva Price ’22, and Lauren ’22 and Alexis ’19 Zukiwski

Our deep appreciation to all who contributed to partially fund a classroom!

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Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Bell
Charlotte ’19

Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Boyd
Emily ’19

Mr. and Mrs. Brendan Cain
Mary ’16

Mr. Jerry Carlsen and Ms. Nancy Brewer-Carlsen
Alexis ’20

Mr. and Mrs. Pedro Carrasco
Geritza ’18

Dr. Robert Conley and Mrs. Mary Anne Melo Conley ’71

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Covell
Kiki ’20

Mr. and Mrs. Bart Drummond
Olivia ’16

Ms. Kate Fralin
Hallie ’19

Dr. and Mrs. Andre Gazdag
Caleigh ’20, McKenna ’18

Mr. and Mrs. John Karanik
Meghan ’17

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kavanagh
Grace ’17

Mr. and Mrs. William MacDonald
Marissa ’14

Ms. Aoife Magner ’15

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy McBride
Gigi ’19

Mrs. Bonnie Moore
Molly ’14, Maddy ’17

Mr. and Mrs. George Myers
Mackenzie ’18

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Orloff
Becky ’17

Mr. and Mrs. John Riggins
Coco ’23

Mr. and Mrs. Tripp Shreves
Peyton ’22

Mr. and Mrs. David Straus
Lauren ’03

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Taylor
Arlee ’17

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Titus
Abbey ’18

Ms. Patricia Willard Weiss ’82

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Welsh
Olivia ’18

Mr. Kevin Whitcomb and
Ms. Trish O’Connor Whitcomb
Colleen ’17

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Staff

Laura Volovski
Chief Advancement Officer
301-365-0955 x2123

Suzi Montes de Oca
Director of Development
301.365.0955 x2122

Claire Drummond
Office Systems Manager
301.365.0955 x2208