Did you know that computers are everywhere, they are used every day in every business, and changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science? Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in computer science classes and in the tech industry but the non-profit organization Code.org is seeking to change that with The Hour of Code.

The Hour of Code™, organized by Code.org and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes that the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st-century success.

Linden Hall is very excited to take part in the Hour of Code™ during Computer Science in Education Week from December 5 through December 9, 2016.

With the Hour of Code™, computer science has been on the homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code, and President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

Linden Hall will kick off their event on Monday, December 5, 2016. Opportunities will be provided throughout the week for the entire student body to participate in an Hour of Code both in the classroom as part of their regularly scheduled classes and in two open sessions following the school day.

In addition, the newly formed Makers Club will be coding with Ms. Michele Archer in place of its current projects.

As Nobel Peace Prize winner and young author, Malala Yousafzai, says, "Every girl deserves to take part in technology that will change our world, and change who runs it."

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter throughout the week to see how Linden Hall girls are participating in The Hour of Code™.

The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

This month's Linden Hallmarks in the Lititz Record Express features articles and photos contributed by girls who attended Linden Hall's journalism and creative writing summer camps. The Lititz Record Express has been Lititz's community newspaper since 1877. It is published weekly and is available at newsstands throughout Lititz, PA. The journalism and creative writing camps are open to girls in Middle School (rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders). Linden Hall will offer both specialty camps as part of the Traditional Camp offerings in Summer of 2017. More information about Summer @ Linden Hall in 2017 will be available on our website at the end of October - www.lindenhall.org/Summer

Click here to read the published articles on the Lititz Record Express' website.

On Saturday, August 27, Head of School Michael Waylett and sophomore Tahri Phillips visited the studios of WHP-580 News Radio, where they were the featured guests on Women and Investments. The show, hosted by Renee Moro and Rebekah Godlewski of Grandview Asset Management, spotlights women and women's issues with a focus on educating and building women's confidence in personal financial management and planning.

Both Grandview Asset Management and Linden Hall served as sponsors of the Central Penn Business Journal's Women of Influence event held in Harrisburg on June 24, 2016. While on the show, Mr. Waylett spoke about Linden Hall's history of educating and empowering young women and Ms. Phillips talked about her experience as a student at Linden Hall for the past 6 years. The segment begins at 10:24 and ends at 39:40.

Greetings from Linden Hall! I hope you are well and finding time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. While schools never have the same vivacious feel during the summer, it has been a busy few months at Linden Hall and there is much to share with you. I look forward to welcoming our new students to Linden Hall, and I am delighted to announce that, with girls from 26 countries and 14 states, our student population will be even more diverse this upcoming school year.

I would also like to welcome our new faculty and staff members to the Linden Hall family. We are pleased to announce that we have brought our food service operations in-house, and after an extensive search, have hired Maggie Nemeth to be our new Director of Food Services and Executive Chef. Chef Nemeth graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, Arizona, and she comes to Linden Hall with 14 years of experience in both fine and residential dining settings. Most recently, she served as the kitchen and catering manager at Landis Home Retirement Community right here in Lititz, PA. Chef Nemeth has a true passion for creating an atmosphere that emphasizes excellent food, good nutrition, and healthy eating habits.

Ms. Natasha Solomon, our new Dean of Students, has been on campus since the beginning of the month and is quickly acclimating to her new school. In addition to her duties as Dean of Students, Ms. Solomon will be part of our on-campus residential staff and will participate in our new After School Physical Education program (ASPE) as a martial arts instructor.

I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Serhiy Dutchak has joined our mathematics department. A graduate of Brigham Young University and Harvard University, Mr. Dutchak has significant teaching experience, including working for several years at an all-girls school. In his new role, Mr. Dutchak will teach Advanced Placement Statistics, Algebra 2, and Geometry.

As we look forward to the start of a new school year, I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to acknowledge our students' outstanding performance on this past spring's Advanced Placement examinations. Sixty-two students completed 137 exams and 94% earned scores of three or above on at least one exam. (Advanced Placement examinations are scored 1-5 and most colleges/universities award college credit for scores of 3 or above.) Equally noteworthy, of the exams completed, 93% earned scores of 3 or above, including 48% of exams completed with a score of 5. These very impressive results ensure that Linden Hall remains part of a small and elite group of schools who can lay claim to having students who historically perform in the upper echelon on these examinations. More importantly, they are the result of our girls' commitment, tenacity, and talents, as well as a testament to the positive impact our teachers have on their students.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our picnic and convocation ceremony on Friday, August 26th. Girls, for those of you who are returning, your teachers and I miss you and for those who are new, we are excited to welcome you to our school community. Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer break and don't forget your summer reading!

Sincerely yours,

Michael E. Waylett
Head of School

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