Please enjoy this latest edition of the Mustangs News in a Minute where Raven Quander '20 and Jason Kalshoven '20 come to you from the campus front lobby to give you the latest on what's happening at BMHS.
What People Say About BMHS
Every year, we hear from alumni parents, parents of current students, parents of prospective students, the students themselves, and sometimes just people that have come in contact with our community, about their experiences with the Bishop McNamara students, faculty, staff and families.
Here is just a sampling:
"I could never complete enough volunteer hours that would amount to the degree of commitment Bishop McNamara High School staff has towards the students and families. As BMHS continues to evolve in effort to meet the educational needs of "today and future" students, it never deviates from the foundational mission: "that challenges its students to think with Christ: a thought animated by the gospel, manifested in service, and informed by academic excellence." The dedication in developing morally conscious students is the cornerstone to creating productive adults. Thanks for all you do! "
-- Aleas Hammett, Mother of Julian '12 and Alexander '17
"Bishop McNamara is without a doubt a superb example of an entire school community focused on making a difference and bringing out the best in each of our children. Every member of the Bishop McNamara community - from the CEO, to the Principal, to the Administration, to the faculty, to the staff ensure that our children graduate as confident and competent young people poised and prepared to show the world the best of themselves every day."
-- Tracye Mitchell, Mother of Olivia Mitchell '18, Bowie, Maryland
"I was delighted with the staff and student volunteer enthusiasm at the Open House on Tuesday, which validated our decision to select BMHS as our son's high school choice...we will gladly refer other families to BMHS as we're truly blessed to have found a caring, learning environment for young people to learn, strive and grow in Christian fellowship. Thank you for your continued commitment."
-- Bernard and LaVonne Snowden, Parents of Corey Snowden '14
"I would definitely have to say that Bishop McNamara has and has had the most supportive teachers and staff that I have ever seen of any high school. They always supported their students even long after we leave their grasp. Thank you McNamara family. Special thanks to Marco Clark, Gretchen Harrison, Charles Shryock, Johnny Shryock, Rashad Tomlin and many more."
-- Jerome ʺ Ronʺ Williams '09
"Bishop McNamara has created an environment that provides our young men and women with the necessary tools and resources to cultivate their spirits and nourish their souls. Let's not forget, an educational foundation that ensures their academic success. The strong foundation at home and the distinctive BMHS culture coupled with Julian's sound spiritual beliefs were key contributors to his unpretentious character. Again I thank BMHS for providing our young men and women the opportunity to not only learn how to fly, but to SOAR!"
-- Mrs. Aleas Hammett (mother of Julian '12), Upper Marlboro, Maryland
"Here is excerpt from a letter Rebecca received: I am pleased to inform you that you have been elected by the faculty to membership in Delta Epsilon Sigma. This is a National Scholastic Honor Society for students, alumni, and faculty of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition and election to this society is a great honor. You may already belong to a departmental honor society. This is a general honor society, covering all disciplines and open to a small percentage of students who are at the top of their class and have exhibited integrity and leadership..." - Sister Therese Marie Dougherty, Adviser, Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma. Thought you would like to know. We are very proud of her. We thank you and everyone at Bishop McNamara for giving her the ground work to succeed. Thank You, "
-- Albert and Karen Pettit (parents of Keith '10 and Rebecca '08), Upper Marlboro, Maryland
"Rev. Owens and I are looking forward to making a donation to Project Pride and receiving an invitation to the reception this year (we missed it last year). I know the students who are a part of this program are excelling academically and socially at BMHS. Aaron (08) has continued to make us (and BMHS) proud as he continues his education at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. Kristian (05) received her MSW from the University of Michigan's School of Social Work on December 18, 2010. She is a Child & Family Therapist for the Center for Children, Inc. in St. Mary's County. Rev. Owens and I miss our daily & weekly interaction with you and the faculty of BMHS (its been three years). The memories we've made with BMHS will continue to be in our minds and hearts. Continue to allow the Lord to lead you and the BMHS faculty. In Christ, "
-- Margaret Owens, Proud BMHS Alumni Parent (mother of Kristian '05 and Aaron '08), Accokeek, Maryland.
"I just wanted to thank you for the education our daughter, Lindy Ramsey received at BMHS. We liked McNamara when we visited it for the first time about 6 years ago but were initially put off by the beltway commute. That resolved itself with a complex neighborhood carpool and the rest is history. In addition to teaching her and helping her live a Christian life, some of my personal goals for educating Lindy were that she appreciate different races and cultures and that she be able to think critically on her own. Bishop McNamara helped her to accomplish both and I will be forever grateful to you and your fabulous teaching staff for this. The relationship and spirit of caring that exists between the students and the teachers at McNamara is truly unique."
-- Dr. Dorothy J. Zukor (aka Lindy's mom - Lindy '10), Glenn Dale, Maryland
"Since BMHS made such an investment in our son Christopher Brown (Class of 2008), I wanted to let you know that he is doing well at Loyola University Maryland and he is serving as the Director of Community Relations for the Student Government Association...In addition to spearheading the community service projects, he was selected by a University administrator to speak at the National Press Club in D.C. I could not help but remember how you selected him to speak at the Rotary Club during his senior year. Thanks for seeing such potential in our son and for allowing so many of your staff to pour into his life. To see his love for Christ deepen, to see heart for service, to see him embrace being a young man of character and integrity means so much to us. Know that your decision to have him as a BHMS students was not in vain, for he is taking what was learned and using it for the benefit of others. We are deeply appreciative of each and every one of your staff who took the time to invest in him. The Lord has used you and your staff to help make Christopher who he is today. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the BMHS family. Please share this news with other staff members who either taught Christopher or had contact with him so that they can have their hearts encouraged by their investment into his life. You are indeed a beacon of light set upon the hill. May the Lord continue to bless all the staff as they prepare future generations of BMHS students. With our deepest gratitude."
-- Alicia Brown (mother of Chris '08), Temple Hills, Maryland
"I just wanted to send you a quick note and let you know that once again, I was so impressed with BMHS - staff and students. Bridget and I both gained so much from coming on Saturday. Is it too late for ME to register?! haha! It is so easy to understand why the children want to stay there. I told Bridget she could stay as long as she wanted, but she had to leave a toothbrush in her locker! The current students have such an impact on the prospective students. There is nothing like hearing it from one of your own. I have said some of the same things to her, but it doesn't have the same effect! My athletic girl wants to give dance a try! Who knew? I appreciate all you and the staff and students have done to help make the decision so much easier for us. We are grateful to have this opportunity and look forward to the next four years of being part of the BMHS family! With much appreciation."
-- Janice Graner (mother of Bridget Graner '14 and Daniel Graner '16), Huntingtown, Maryland
"My wife and I attended "Back to School Night" and were extremely impressed with not only my son's (Tayler Stiles) teachers, but everyone at BMHS. We just wanted to say thank you (as a transfer student's parents) for welcoming us into the BMHS family. I know we made the perfect decision when we came to Bishop McNamara! Again, thank you."
-- Brent Stiles (father of Tayler Stiles '13 and Melanie Stiles '16). Bowie, Maryland
We hope you can join us for this annual BMHS family holiday tradition - the 2019 Bishop McNamara High School Fine Arts Christmas Festival.
Fine Arts students Raven Quander '20, Rudy White '21, Jasmine Holder '22 ,Christian Inman '22, Nilah Blackmon '21, Hassina Samuel and Nicky Zhang '20 chronicled the latest 5K for the Arts race which took place in October.
Under the headline "Bishop McNamara High School Names Principal, Dian Carter - Longtime educator takes helm as school’s first African American female principal" the article proudly announces that Mrs. Carter has been named the school's twelfth principal in its 56-year history.
Benefactors belief in our students has a transformational impact that extends well beyond this campus, investing in their future - and in the future of our entire community.
On November 4th, Bishop McNamara High School Zoology students enjoyed a field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD with their Zoology teacher, Ms. Ray.
Bishop McNamara prides itself on celebrating the bonds between its students and their amazing parents. One of these celebrations was the annual Father Son Breakfast held on October 24th in the Mona Center.