School News


Gerstell Academy students began the new school year with the traditional Gerstell handshake and greeting. Manners and social skills are an important part of everyday life at Gerstell, and the morning carpool greeting helps Gerstell students to begin their day with a positive start.
Gerstell Academy is set to open the fall athletic season with an exciting soccer and cross country schedule. Coaches and students alike are looking forward to a competitive season and anticipating some tough matches. The Varsity and J.V. soccer programs welcomed both girls and boys teams with a wide array of athletes. The Cross Country program is also open to Gerstell students in Grades 6-12, and anticipates a full roster.
Gerstell Academy President John Polasko greeted faculty, staff, and parents at the annual Lower School "Back to School" Night. Mr. Polasko shared his enthusiasm for the start of the new year, and his history with Gerstell Academy as the first Head of Middle School.
The Gerstell Academy graduation took place on the campus of Gerstell Academy on Friday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m. Twenty-two seniors, dressed in white, processed through the quadrangle along with their advisors for the last time and took their seats under a white tent. The picturesque scene was witnessed by several hundred parents, guests, and supporters. The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich was the commencement speaker and provided students with eleven points to consider as they move onto college.
Third grade student Dilshaan Parmar earned the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth "Award of High Honors" which is earned by less than 30% of students worldwide and based on math and reading assessments. Dilshaan will be invited to an awards ceremony in the spring of 2018 where he will be recognized for his achievement.
Gerstell Academy hosted a Memorial Day Remembrance and displayed 9,000 American flags in honor of the 9,000 Marylanders who died while serving our country as part of a four day event which featured a ceremony honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The weekend display and ceremony was hosted in conjunction with a local veterans group.
Maviah Delly, kindergarten student was chosen to represent Gerstell Academy in a national contest after winning the state grade level contest in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. On May 2nd, Maviah received an engraved State Winner Medallion. His class leaders, Mrs. Jessica Holthaus and Mrs. Margaret Welliver received the Glass Diamond Award. The Gerstell Academy Lower School also received a $200.00 Zaner-Bloser coupon.
Dr. Greenspoon, upper school history teacher, mentor, and advisor to his students, wrote an article exploring the topic of the importance of religion in a child's upbringing. The article was included in a newly released book on the role of religion in the lives of children. The purpose of the book is to provide readers with a fuller understanding of how religion has historically played an integral role in a child's upbringing.
The Upper School Ethics and Debate Team traveled to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on April 7th to participate in a weekend competition sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics. The students won the regional competition held in February before advancing to the national competition. The students were among 24 teams competing as they presented their ethical analysis on a variety of case studies. The topics were provided in advance, and the students, led by Leadership instructor, Mr. Dane Menges, displayed their presentation and public speaking skills.
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