Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cardin Kaleidoscope

Hi there Cardin community - The last shows of the Shoshana S. Cardin School are coming soon!!!!! Please do not miss Cardin Kaleidoscope, there's quite a lot of talent, there's comedy, there's tragedy, there's farce, there's drama, there's singing, there's a musical ensemble, there's dancing, and there's saying farewell to Cardin. You can purchase tickets ($10.00) by calling Miriam Golob at 410.585.1400 for either or both shows at Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy’s School  (8400 Greenspring Avenue) on Thursday night, April 11 at 7pm, and Sunday, April 14 at 3pm. Hope to see you there to honor our actors and honor our nine wonderful years.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Three Old adaptation

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 men with beautiful smiles in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said, “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat”.

“We do not go into a house together”, they replied. “Why is that?” She wanted to know. So the  bald man explained: “His name is Wealth, he said pointing to one of his friends, and he is Success, pointing at another, and I am Love”. Then he added, “now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home”. The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed.

“Wealth, let him come and fill our home with wealth”! His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite the one with hair- Success”? Their daughter was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love”! “Let us heed our daughter’s advice, said the husband to his wife. Go out and invite the man called Love to be our guest”. The woman went out and pointed at the man identified as Love. “Please come in and be our guest”. The bald man, Love, got up and started walking toward the house. The other 2 also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, and you said you did not all go in together. Why are you coming in”? The young men replied together: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success”!
(From the original version “Three old men”)

To all my Cardin friends – students, faculty, and parents: I am sure there is wealth and success in your futures. It is my hope that you will find, cultivate, and maintain Love, in your homes, and in your lives.

Dan Conway
Athletic Director

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wellness Day

One of the most highly anticipated days of the academic year took place on Thursday, February 14th, 2013- Wellness Day! The entire Cardin community enjoys this annual one day break from the regular academic schedule to focus on health and wellness of the body and mind. 

We kicked the day off with an all-school fitness assessment that tested students in four key areas- flexibility/stretching, running, sit-ups and jumping rope.  Highlights included Mr. Creeger’s winning the title of “most flexible” faculty member, with Leah W. and Jake G. our most flexible students.  We finished the fitness assessment with a tug-of-war tournament, with a faculty win over the 12th grade in the finals.

The second portion of the day was devoted to seminars focusing on a variety of topics.  In “Why They Really Say ‘You Shouldn’t Eat That’”, we explored whole versus processed foods with Cara Elio, a registered dietician and owner of La Vida Nutritiva, LLC, a nutrition counseling consulting firm.  “Safe, Far and Sober” was facilitated by Mike Gimbel, director of “Powered by Me” and President of Mike Gimbel Associates, a Substance Abuse and Education Consulting Service; we discussed adolescent substance abuse as well as hidden dangers of energy drinks and nutrition supplements.  Our own Coach Conway gave a First Aid workshop that focused on wound care, bone and muscle injuries and weather and illness-related emergencies.  Kate Clemmer, Outreach Director at the Center for Eating Disorders, presented the workshop “Enhancing Media Literacy & Promoting Positive Body Image” which taught our community skills to see and interpret the media in new, more accurate ways.  Our final workshop was “Guided Meditation” with Scott Carson, a yoga instructor in Washington DC, who introduced us to fundamental yoga concepts, then led us through a guided meditation. 

The final segment of Wellness Day got us moving again in our activity breakouts.  Andreas “Spilly” Spiliadis, current world record holder and performer with the Baltimore Hoop Love group, once again led us in a hula hooping and juggling extravaganza.  John Gallagher, USAUltimate Maryland Youth Coordinator, introduced us to basic Ultimate Frisbee concepts and skills.  Sharon Lerner, one of our last block elective instructors, taught a Zumba class that got us dancing and working up a sweat.  An instructor from Masada Tactical led us in an intense Krav Maga exercise.  For those seeking a quieter fitness opportunity, Scott Carson led us in a yoga workshop that introduced basic poses, then taught us to put them together in sequence that heightened body awareness. 

~Shannon Carney
 School Counselor

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Do you know what you are?

"Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel.
You are unique.
In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you.
… You have the capacity for anything.
Yes, you are a marvel." (Pablo Casals)

With that in mind, be confident you will find the way, the right way for you.

Morah Zemer, Hebrew Instructor

Friday, January 25, 2013

What’s in a Name?

As the relaunch of our Cardin literary magazine approaches—this time reimagined as an online magazine, to allow for more variety of content—we once again had to face the problem of deciding on a name for the magazine.

Doesn’t seem like a serious dilemma, does it?  All we’d have to do was come up with something catchy and unique that everybody would agree on…


Well, in the suggestion pool we got multiple variations on Cardin/Cardinal, clever puns, and irresistible alliterations.  During the Book Club / Literary Magazine elective, each suggestion had its own supporters and detractors—and even with majority vote, we having trouble coming to an agreement. 

As often happens in a “heated” group situation like this, it’s hard to remember where the solution came from.  But somebody suggested “The Cardin Quill”—which combined the Cardinal and feather idea with the old-fashioned quill pen for writing, and that just seemed to work.  We dropped the “Cardin,” making it simply The Quill for elegance (knowing full well that people can continue to refer to it as The Cardin Quill, if they want!), and we have a consensus.

At least for now!

[Side Note:  The Quill section of the magazine will showcase student creativity—stories, poems, drawing, photography, etc.  A new section of the magazine will be called Intrinsically Thoughtful, which will showcase debates about current topics.  Strangely enough, there was no debate about the title for that portion of the magazine…]

—Dr. Prentiss

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Math and Physics Snow Dance

With the unseasonably warm winter we’ve been having, many of us are wondering if we’ll get a snow storm at all before spring comes. In hopes of snow, here are some snow-related math problems. They even tie in with what we’re currently studying in physics, pre-calculus, and AP calculus (work and energy, logarithms and exponents, and applications of derivatives, respectively)!  See if you can try to solve the following:

1.    It takes a snow plow 60.0 seconds to push a 5460 kg pile of snow along a straight level road at a constant velocity of 16 m/s. If the plow exerts a force of 7600 N on the snow, how much work does it do? What is the kinetic energy of the snow pile as it is being moved?
 2.  A snow removal company developed a logarithmic mathematical model for the number of miles  s  of roads that can be cleared of snow per truck per hour based on h, the depth of the snow in inches:

Use this model to find how many miles of roads can be cleared by one truck in one hour when  h=10 inches.

3.   There is no snow on Janet’s driveway when snow begins to fall at midnight. From midnight to 9 A.M., snow accumulates on the driveway at a rate modeled by  

cubic feet per hour,

where t is measured in hours since midnight. Janet starts removing snow at 6 A.M. (t=6). The rate g(t), in cubic feet per hour, at which Janet removes snow from the driveway at time  hours after midnight is modeled by

Find the rate of change of the volume of snow on the driveway at 8 A.M.
*Don’t forget to put your calculator in radian mode when evaluating trigonometric functions!




2.      27.16 miles of road

3.     To find the rate of change of volume of snow on the driveway at 8 A.M., you must subtract the snow removal function g(t) from the snow accumulation function f(t).

cubic feet per hour.

Kathy Wann
Math and Science Instructor

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Ways to Learn "Old Stories"

How do you learn about history through images, imaginary journals, medical reports, and animation?  In Western Civilizations I and II and APUSH, we have all been experimenting with new ways to learn “old stories,” exploiting the myriad possibilities of creative thinking and electronic media.  Indeed, my classroom is quickly turning into a new type of living museum!

Dr. Benton J. Komins
Humanities Instructor