Upcoming Cougar Journeys

Continuing on the success of our Cougar Journeys in 2017 and 2018 (IB- CAS in Prague, Expedition South Africa, and Explore India), this year our students and faculty are heading out into the world again.   Travel along as we:

  • dig into the history and culture of Prague during the IB CAS trip during Spring Break
  • Experience Barcelona and Paris during Spring 2019

We’re excited to keep exploring, learning, and sharing as we set out to make Cougar Tracks.

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Calverton Chinese Camp August 12-17 2019

Chinese Camp: August 12-17 2018

The Calverton School has as our mission statement a core goal to prepare students for higher education and responsible citizenship in a democratic and global community.  As an International Baccalaureate Diploma School, Calverton adheres to the IB mission, namely “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

Inspired by its mission the Calverton School, in the weeks leading up to the opening of the 2018-2019 school year, welcomed a wonderful cohort of Chinese middle-schoolers and their two adult leaders, Johnson Wu and Wendy Zhu.  The group embarked upon a five day educational experiment in ‘intercultural understanding and respect’.

Fresh from a week of homestay in Amish country, Pennsylvania, the group arrived by van on Sunday, August 12 in Baltimore where I, John Alter, and Justin Ouellette met them.  Immediately we were struck by the intelligence, curiosity, and respectfulness of the group.  After an Indian meal in Annapolis—no reason not to be immediately global!—we headed for the OneWorld Village where Justin welcomed the group into his home.  His hospitality was instrumental in establishing an instantaneous sense of comfort and trust.

Note: the OneWorld Village is a visible, physical manifestation of our mission.

On Monday, after a good breakfast catered by Caney Creek (they fed us throughout), we made our way over to school where we enjoyed a morning of interactive art and music activities, thanks to Susan Dice, Barbara Brower, Maddie Carrino, and Ashley Ehrmentraut.  One of the students spent a happy hour with Yvette Burgos, considering photography. Later in the day we played basketball and table tennis and made friends with Bataung and Bakuena, two young men from Lesotho, who were also visiting the Calverton School.

Each day was marked by moments of reflection and journaling.  We encouraged these great young people to recognize the enormity of what they have done, the intercultural pioneers that they are.

A highlight of the experiment was a trip on Tuesday to Baltimore to watch the Orioles and the Mets.  Hot dogs, nosebleed seats, the arcana of late summer baseball, the drive from the pastoral to the urban and back, made for a memorable road trip.

On Wednesday we sauntered, considering the poetry of Walt Whitman and taking a good walk in our wonderful woods.  We played some more basketball, enjoying the company of Vincent Lennon and Nick Ramsey, and, led by Chris Bedea, staged a table tennis tournament.

On the 16th we drove into Washington DC to visit the Library of Congress, and Lee Ann Potter was our excellent guide and host.  Next we experienced Congress and the Lincoln Memorial (a highlight was a group reading of the Gettysburg Address), before enjoying an amazing Chinese feast.

The group departed early on the 17th for Dulles Airport for their journey home, having experienced some of the magic of Calverton and created strong, enduring relationships, which we hope may lead to one or two of the cohort becoming Cougars.

August 15.     Calverton School.  Interactive science and art activities.  Meet local students.  Play basketball.

August 16.  A day in Washington DC.  Interact with the Washington Wizards.  Visit George Washington University.  See White House and monuments.  Dinner in Chinatown.

Depart at 10:00.  Go to George Washington University.  Then the White House and monuments.  Then the Verizon Center and China town.

Return at 7:00.

August 17.  Depart for Dulles Airport.

Leave at 9:00


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Please follow the link above to view the brochure with trip details.  The trip is open to any Calverton students, families, or staff.  The deadline for registration is October 22nd.  A parent meeting will be held October 12th at 6:30 in the Upper School Library.  A payment plan is available.  Please email Frauke Bowen with any questions fbowen@calvertonschool.org. #cougartracks #cougarpride #calverton

Eleanor Rothera – blog day

Hey guys! My journal entry is going to be about the last day we had on the mountain: the shopping trip in the village of Mussoorie. About half the group decided to go, which included the Smith family, the Griffin-Geis family, Ms. Dice, and my mom and myself. We took a car down the mountain to the Malinger, the village outside Mussoorie, and walked the rest of the way down the mountain through a shopping area called Landoor Bazaar. This bazaar had incredibly small storefronts, and sold produce, confections, clothes, shoes, and other products. Ms. Dice had two pairs of sandals custom made for her, which was really cool to see. We made our way to the heart of Mussoorie, which was under a massive clock tower. Adjacent to the tower was a historical center and antique shop in which we found unique items such as bird prints (for the Geis-Griffins) and metal work (for the Smiths). We then walked down the hill to the Little Llama Café, where we had lunch. It had surprisingly good pizza and shakes! After lunch, we walked a little down the hill before we decided to go back up to our meeting spot. Unfortunately, heavy traffic had also started at this time. When we imagine heavy traffic, we maybe see a stretch of cars waiting patiently in line. That is totally not how it was in Mussoorie! The first thing one noticed was the enormous noise of people cursing and honking at each other. Then the main goal was to avoid getting run over, as there are no sidewalks, motorcycles are slipping in between cars, and there are no defined lanes. What we would call a one way street, they would call a two way street with enough room for pedestrians. Needless to say, it was chaotic getting back up the hill. Thankfully, we all made it up in one piece. Other than that, the day was rather uneventful as we all prepared and packed to leave the Hanifl Center the day after. I personally had a great time, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I would NOT want to live along the main road in Mussoorie if I had to deal with that amount of chaos in one space.

Wish you all were here,

Caden Smith – blog day

Today, it is the 24th of June. The weather is beautiful and warm. Today is another travel day for our group. I woke up at 7:30 and headed down to breakfast at 8am. The food was delicious, as always, and when I finished, I headed back to my room to begin packing. Today, we left from Mussoorie and the Hanifl Centre, to take a train to Delhi. Tomorrow, we will be taking another flight to Jaipur.
Before we left the Hanifl Centre, Ms. Dice put together a contest for all the kids to compete in. Our goal was to find the most interesting bug or insect and to identify it. Everyone found very interesting animals, with TJ finding a bird, Henry finding a lizard, and myself finding a very large spider on my bedroom window. The competition was a lot of fun, but we’re still awaiting the results as to who won, (Mine was definitely the best).
We left the Hanifl Centre at around 1:00pm and took a two hour car ride to the train station. The car ride was filled with honking horns, tight passing lanes, and the amazing fragrance of delicious cultural food. It was so cool to be driving through the area of such a culturally rich state. Many people stare at us, but that is okay, because we are foreigners to them and they don’t get many travelers coming through their area. Through Dehradun, we saw many familiar restaurants and stores that we have in the U.S. Some of those places were KFC, McDonalds, Adidas, Honda, and Puma. I loved going through that area and really experiencing what it’s like to be a foreigner going through a gigantic shopping district.
We arrived at the train station around 2 1/2 hours before the train left, so we occupied ourselves with card games, snacks, and sodas. The train ride was very interesting and was a new experience for me. I could count on one hand how many times that I have had to travel by train. The ride was smooth and the food was awesome. Most everyone was asleep most of the way. I fell asleep as soon as we left and only woke up when I detected that unforgettable fragrance of Indian Cuisine.
Overall, the day was filled with lots of fun. I love the experience of being in India with friends and family. The culture is so different and interesting. I can’t wait to travel to the Taj Mahal and explore India for the rest of my time here. I hope to come back soon!.

Morning prayer

A single teardrop on the cheek of eternity

or something like that is how Tagore sized

up the Taj Mahal.

My heart aches seeing

her, a morning prayer of marble.

Those who

have seen her by moonlight or in my

childhood and have now crossed over the dark

river and those who may not see her

for the first time, a morning prayer

of marble,

for them my heart aches.

Some thoughts along the way

June 19

9:04 a.m, starbucks, Mumbai airport, Tuesday

Today we are headed to the hills

(From whence cometh our help), leaving

the small city of Bharuch leaving Vadodara.

The Himalayas beckon.

In this land that is like a palimpsest

we are adding our own words, our narrative.

The Himalayas beckon.

This is our passage to India.

Whitman’s words in my mind

Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

I head for the Himalayas again,

to the hills where my brother my mother my father

are resting, amen.

June 20

5:56 a.m., my brother and sister-in-law’s, my nephew’s, cottage, Landour

You wake up

hearing the morning birds call

and if you are curious

the deodar and the oak tree also

speaking as trees do.

Neither the birds nor the trees

nor the mountains in their massive tenderness

refuse you welcome.

Open your eyes. You are at home

in yourself here, if you listen,

you intrepid travelers, my heroes.

June 21, 2018

10:31 p.m., Dehra Dun train station, waiting for the Nanda Devi Express to scoop me up and carry me to New Delhi, one step closer to home

My heroes are camping tonight,

down by the river,

nestled there in ‘the creases of god’s palm’.

They are intrepid travelers,

kinsfolk of Odysseus, if they listen hard

to the gentle breathing of mountains,

nestling down into themselves, each dreaming.

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