Glenelg Country leader leaving; successor starts July 1

The Baltimore Sun

After 17 years at Glenelg Country School, Ryland O. Chapman III, the head of school, will step down at the end of the academic year.

The school's board of trustees unanimously selected Greg Ventre, an administrator from a private school in Florida, to become Glenelg Country School's ninth head of school. The succession takes place July 1.

Chapman's decision to resign was announced last year, said Julia Southern, Glenelg Country School's alumni, public relations, and special events coordinator.

Ventre currently handles strategic and financial planning as the associate head of school and dean of faculty at the Community School of Naples in Florida, which was founded in 1982 and has an enrollment of 810, according to the school's Web site.

"Glenelg is built on solid traditions, strong beliefs and positive community values," Ventre said in a prepared statement. "I am moved by the emphasis equally on intellect and character and am impressed by the commitment to individual support along with the pursuit of excellence broadly defined."

Ventre holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history from St. John's University in New York. He also completed advanced study in history of education at Jesus College, Cambridge University, in England.

During his 30 years in education, Ventre has worked at Staten Island Academy in New York; Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn.; Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Fla.; and the Cambridge School of Weston in Cambridge, Mass.

Ex-NASA chief visits

When Kate Broderick looks into the vast darkness of space, she is entranced. She loves a good mystery - and she knows that the universe provides a lot of questions.

The 16-year-old junior got a little closer to learning some of those answers Wednesday, as she joined 500 other Glenelg Country School students for an hourlong presentation by former NASA Director Andrew Dantzler.

Dantzler shared images and results from several NASA space missions that included Earth's moon and moons of Saturn.

"He surprised us with some really great images that were unbelievable," said Broderick, who added that she wants to study astrobiology.

Broderick asked Dantzler about NASA's recent decision to fund a manned mission to the moon.

"Rovers can get stuck in a foot-and-a-half sand dune, and that is it for them," Broderick said.

Students at the school had been preparing for Dantzler's visit with a variety of projects, including an eighth-grade class that created pinhole projectors, which the pupils will use in an outdoor lab to measure the diameter of the sun.

But Broderick said that nothing she has learned in school compared with the information that Dantzler provided.

"In the classroom, we learn about how things work," Broderick said. "This was much more promising. We were really fortunate to have such an esteemed expert to come to our school. He told us there is still mystery out there. That is why I am so interested in this field."

Raven at Waterloo

Third-graders at Waterloo Elementary School got a surprise visitor Friday as part of American Education Week: Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who read to about 100 pupils and spoke to them about bullying.

Principal Arlene Harrison was excited to have Lewis visit.

"I think it is wonderful that someone who is a professional athlete would take his time to promote reading," she said.

Harrison said Lewis' appearance had made her the envy of her family.

"My husband and sons are football fans," she said with a laugh. "But they are working, so they can't be there."

Meals with men

An eclectic mix of 75 fathers, mentors and family members showed up Wednesday at Cradlerock School to have Thanksgiving lunch with kindergartners for the second Meals with Magnificent Men.

The lunch, which lasted about an hour, encouraged positive interaction between fathers and their children.

"We wanted to invite fathers and positive male role models," said Katherine Carter, an assistant principal. "Sometimes it is mothers, aunts [who show up]. We also had volunteers from our schools and central office personnel. Every student had someone to eat with, if their parent was unable to make it."

"The event is a collaboration between the school and the Judy Center, a program that encourages early childhood learning.

The event began with words of encouragement from Principal Jason McCoy.

The pairs then completed an ice breaker. Finally it was time to eat a Thanksgiving feast that included turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, peas, sauerkraut and rolls.

"It just continues to be very successful," said Carter, who was serving stuffing to the participants. "The kids love it."

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