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List of school shootings in the United States lists in chronology and provides additional details of incidents in which a firearm was discharged at a school infrastructure or campus, including incidents of shootings on a school bus. This list contains school shooting incidents that occurred on the campuses of K-12public schools and private schools, as well as colleges and universities.

It excludes incidents that occurred during wars or police actions, as well as murder-suicides by rejected suitors or estranged spouses, and suicides or suicide attempts involving only one person. Mass shootings by staff of schools that involve only other employees are covered at workplace killings. This list does not include bombings such as the Bath School disaster.


18th century

Colonial America

000000001764-07-26-0000July 26, 1764Greencastle, Pennsylvania !Greencastle, Pennsylvania0,000,001100,000,0012Enoch Brown school massacre: Perhaps the earliest shooting to happen on school or college property, in what would become the United States, was the notorious Enoch Brown school massacre during the Pontiac's War. Four Delaware (Lenape) American Indians entered the schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, and nine children (reports vary). Only two children survived. However, this incident may only incidentally be considered a school "shooting" because only the teacher was shot, while the other 9 victims were killed with melee weapons.

19th century


000000001840-11-12-0000November 12, 1840Charlottesville, Virginia !Charlottesville, Virginia0,000,00110,000,0010John Anthony Gardner Davis, a law professor at the University of Virginia, was shot by student Joseph Semmes, and died from his wound three days later.[3][4]


000000001853-11-02-0000November 2, 1853Louisville, Kentucky !Louisville, Kentucky0,000,00100,000,0011Student Matthew Ward took a pistol to school, where he shot the schoolmaster Mr. Butler as revenge for what Ward thought was excessive punishment of his brother the day before. Ward was acquitted.[5]
000000001856-08-16-0000August 16, 1856Florence, Alabama !Florence, Alabama0,000,00120,000,0010The schoolmaster had a tame sparrow and had warned the students not to harm it, threatening death. One of the boys stepped on the bird and killed it; he was afraid to return to school but did so. After lessons, the master took the boy into a private room and strangled him to death. The boy's father went to the school and shot the schoolmaster dead.[6]
000000001858-07-08-0000July 8, 1858Baltimore, Maryland !Baltimore, Maryland0,000,00110,000,0010The 15-year-old son of Col. John T. Farlow (Baltimore's Marshal of Police 1867–70), was killed during a Sabbath School gathering. The perpetrator escaped, but several arrests were made.[7]


000000001860-01-21-0000January 21, 1860Todd County, Kentucky !Todd County, Kentucky0,000,00110,000,0010A son of Col. Elijah Sebree was killed by another student. Young Sebree was threatening the other boy and said he intended to kill him. The other student got a gun and walked up to Sebree in the schoolhouse, where he killed him.[8]
000000001864-02-06-0000February 6, 1864Ashland County, Ohio !Ashland County, Ohio0,000,00110,000,0010George W. Longfelt, the school teacher of the Pyfer's School House, killed student Alfred Desem and fled.[9]
000000001867-02-16-0000February 16, 1867Knights Ferry, California !Knights Ferry, California0,000,00120,000,0010Mr. McGinnis was killed by his daughter's teacher after McGinnis threatened the teacher for expelling his daughter from school. When McGinnis' son learned of this, he went to the school and killed the teacher.[10]
000000001867-04-02-0000April 2, 1867Madison, Florida !Madison, Florida0,000,00110,000,0010Frank Pope, a pupil at the St. John's seminary, killed his teacher Mr. Bristow with a pistol.[11]
000000001867-06-08-0000June 8, 1867New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00100,000,001113-year-old Arthur Day, secretly took a loaded pistol to Public School No. 18 to shoot a dog he said had bitten him. While playing with the pistol, Day accidentally injured classmate Robert Morton.[12]
000000001868-12-22-0000December 22, 1868Chattanooga, Tennessee !Chattanooga, Tennessee0,000,00130,000,0010A boy who refused to be whipped by his teacher left the school. The next day he returned with his brother and a friend for revenge. Not finding the teacher at the school, they continued to his house, where a gun battle took place and three died. Only the original boy who initiated the attack survived.[13]


000000001871-01-27-0000January 27, 1871Knoxville, Tennessee !Knoxville, Tennessee0,000,00110,000,0010John Roberts, aged ten or twelve, accidentally had one of his eyes shot out at school and died.[14]
000000001872-02-01-0000February 1, 1872Washington, Pennsylvania !Washington, Pennsylvania0,000,00100,000,0011At the all-girls Union School, 17-year-old Thomas McGiffin shot and seriously wounded the principal, Prof. Wilson, in the hip because the professor refused to deliver a note to one of the young ladies for him. McGiffin was a son of Col. Norton McGiffin, and brother of US naval hero Philo McGiffin.[15]
000000001873-02-11-0000February 11, 1873Wisconsin !Wisconsin0,000,00100,000,0011Chris Foote[not in citation given] shot the school mistress for whipping his son.[16][better source needed]
000000001874-02-20-0000February 20, 1874Agency, Montana !Agency, Montana0,000,00110,000,0010After being ejected from school for disobedience, 20-year-old Thomas Squires, fatally shot Prof. Hayes in the abdomen three times without warning.[17]
000000001874-04-09-0000April 9, 1874Lebanon, Tennessee !Lebanon, Tennessee0,000,00110,000,0010John R. Breckinridge, son of the late Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, attending classes in law at Cumberland University in LebanonTennessee, was killed by John L. Anderson, the Mayor's son. The latter was reportedly "crazed with liquor."[18][19]
000000001878-05-24-0000May 24, 1878St. Paul, Minnesota !St. Paul, Minnesota0,000,00100,000,0011A 12-year-old boy, Luckert, accidentally wounded Allie McDonald, another boy at the Neill school. The bullet passed out, and the youth was expected to recover. His mother Mrs. McDonald went to the police station, but did not file a formal complaint.[20]
000000001879-05-24-0000May 24, 1879Lancaster, New York !Lancaster, New York0,000,00100,000,0011Telegraph operator Frank Shugart, severely injured Mr. Carr, superintendent of the stables at a girls' school.[21]


000000001881-12-01-0000December 1, 1881Santa Monica, California !Santa Monica, California0,000,00110,000,0010While working late on the program for the children's concert at the schoolhouse, the school master Mr. O'Donnell and one of the parents got into an argument. The parent, Mr. Williams, pulled a gun and fatally shot O'Donnell in the back.[22]
000000001881-12-22-0000December 22, 1881Shelby County, Indiana !Shelby County, Indiana0,000,00100,000,0010School teacher Charles J. Gregory shot at a pupil at close range because he refused to write on a slate. The bullet missed the boy. The teacher was arrested.[23]
000000001882-01-16-0000January 16, 1882Iola, Kansas !Iola, Kansas0,000,00100,000,0010A group of boys shot into a schoolhouse, but no one was hurt. Two of the boys were arrested and pleaded guilty three weeks later. They were fined $9.00 each.[24]
000000001882-04-13-0000April 13, 1882Huntsville, Texas !Huntsville, Texas0,000,00100,000,0011G.W. Gray, a student at the Sam Houston Normal School, wounded another student, M.J. Jordan. They were arguing over a comic valentine.[25]
000000001883-02-14-0000February 14, 1883Florence, Nebraska !Florence, Nebraska0,000,00100,000,0013As some children were playing and throwing snowballs outside the Ponca Creek schoolhouse, three young men pulled up in a wagon. They engaged the children in a snowball fight. When they were leaving, one of the men, Lem Harbaugh, pointed his .45 caliber needle gun at the children, accidentally shooting and wounding three of them. Feeling great remorse, Harbaugh later surrendered himself to the authorities.[26]
000000001883-11-20-0000November 20, 1883Barber County, Kansas !Barber County, Kansas0,000,00100,000,0010A bunch of drunken cowboys stopped at several schoolhouses, forcing two teachers to drink whiskey and firing numerous shots at three schoolhouses.[27]
000000001884-02-28-0000February 28, 1884Danville, Virginia !Danville, Virginia0,000,00100,000,0012As Allen Wamack, a 15-year-old boy, drove by a "Negro" schoolhouse, he called out "school butter." (an insult meaning a cobbing, or a whipping).[28] The school students ran out and attacked him, firing several shots at him, he returned fire hitting two students.[29]
000000001884-03-06-0000March 6, 1884Boston, Massachusetts !Boston, Massachusetts0,000,00100,000,0010As news of outlaw Jesse James reached the East Coast, young boys started to imitate him. For instance, boys armed with guns shot at police investigating their activities at the Concord-street schoolhouse.[30]
000000001884-03-15-0000March 15, 1884Gainesville, Georgia !Gainesville, Georgia0,000,00100,000,0010In the middle of the day, a group of very drunk Jackson County farmers were shooting their revolvers as they headed down the street, driving people into their homes. As they approached the female academy, the girls fled from the yard into the school. The gang followed and fired several rounds into the front door, but no one was hurt.[31]
000000001887-06-12-0000June 12, 1887Cleveland, Tennessee !Cleveland, Tennessee0,000,00110,000,0010Will Guess went to the school and killed Miss Irene Fann, his little sister's teacher, for whipping her the day before.[32]
000000001889-06-13-0000June 13, 1889New Brunswick, New Jersey !New Brunswick, New Jersey0,000,00100,000,0010Charles Crawford, upset over an argument with a school trustee, went up to the window and fired a pistol into a crowded schoolroom. The bullet lodged in the wall just above the teacher's head.[33]


000000001890-04-24-0000April 24, 1890Brazil, Indiana !Brazil, Indiana0,000,00100,000,0011While the pupils of the Meridian Street School were at play, Ben Corbery drew a revolver and seriously wounded 10-year-old Cora Brubach, in the face. The girl had told the teacher of Ben's misconduct.[34]
000000001890-12-27-0000December 27, 1890Staunton, Virginia !Staunton, Virginia0,000,00110,000,0010At the Kable's Military Academy a 15-year-old student, A.H. Hathaway of Dennison, Texas, was accidentally killed by his 17-year-old classmate James Whitworth of Sulphur Springs, Texas, while they were playing with an old pistol.[35]
000000001891-03-30-0000March 30, 1891Liberty, Mississippi !Liberty, Mississippi0,000,00100,000,00114During a school exhibition and concert given at the Parson Hill schoolhouse, where the large audience was composed of blacks and whites: teachers, pupils, and spectators, an unknown gunman fired a double barreled shotgun into the assemblage. Fourteen people were wounded, some seriously.[36]
000000001891-04-09-0000April 9, 1891Newburgh, New York !Newburgh, New York0,000,00100,000,001?70-year-old James Foster, fired a shotgun at a group of students in the playground of St. Mary's Parochial School, causing minor injuries to several of the students.[37]
000000001892-06-29-0000June 29, 1892Van Wert, Ohio !Van Wert, Ohio0,000,00110,000,0010Convoy teacher, B.L. Richie, was killed by 14-year-old student, Shirley Longsworth, son of Dr. Longsworth.[38]
000000001892-10-10-0000October 10, 1892Lawrence, Kansas !Lawrence, Kansas0,000,00100,000,0012At the University of Kansas, two students, E. Higgins and Jack Craycroft, were injured as they were walking back to their dorm rooms after football practice. Law student Fred Bassett fired a double barreled shotgun as they passed his home, he said he had warned them not to trespass on his farm, which students frequently did.[39]
000000001893-03-26-0000March 26, 1893Plain Dealing, Louisiana !Plain Dealing, Louisiana0,000,00140,000,0011During an evening school dance at Plain Dealing High School, a fight broke out. When the smoke cleared, two students were killed, two more were fatally wounded, and the high school's Professor Johnson was wounded in the arm.[40]
000000001894-10-17-0000October 17, 1894Parkersburg, West Virginia !Parkersburg, West Virginia0,000,00120,000,0010When school was let out, 15-year-old Willis Gardner, was killed and his 8-year-old brother fatally stabbed in a quarrel among a group of boys.[41]
000000001898-12-13-0000December 13, 1898Charleston, West Virginia !Charleston, West Virginia61+During the school exhibition, a group of young men tried to break up a student performance. When the teacher Fisher tried to throw them out, they turned on him. Audience members joined the fray. The fight resulted in deaths: Harry Flasher was shot in the heart and instantly killed, Henry Carney was fatally shot in the back, Ralph Jones and two others were also fatally shot, and George Gibson was shot in the hand; Haz Harding had his skull crushed and several others received minor wounds.[42]

20th century


000000001903-02-24-0000February 24, 1903Inman, South Carolina !Inman, South Carolina0,000,00110,000,0010Edward Foster, a 17-year-old student at Inman High School, was fatally wounded by his teacher Reuben Pitts after jerking a rod from Pitts' hands to avoid punishment. According to the teacher, Foster struck the pistol Pitts had drawn, and caused it to fire. Pitts was acquitted of murder on grounds of self-defense.[43]
000000001903-07-21-0000July 21, 1903Jackson, Kentucky !Jackson, Kentucky0,000,00120,000,0011At the Cave Run School, James Barrett and Mack Howard argued over a card game and fought a duel with pistols, they killed each other. 12-year-old student, James Vires, was shot in the abdomen while sitting at his desk during the gunfight.[44]
000000001904-04-06-0000April 6, 1904Chicago, Illinois !Chicago, Illinois0,000,00110,000,0010Two students had been fighting for most of a year over a girl. In their last fight, Henry Schaze threw 16-year-old Paul Jelick to the ground, drew a revolver, and killed his rival.[45]
000000001904-11-16-0000November 16, 1904Riverside, California !Riverside, California0,000,00120,000,0011At the Indian School, a gun fight broke out between pupils. Charles Colby was shot in the head with a pistol, then returned fire, killing Tom Bucanoros instantly, and fatally wounding Fred Smith.[46]
000000001904-12-16-0000December 16, 1904Magee, Mississippi !Magee, Mississippi0,000,00110,000,0011Parent, E.E. Mangum, was shot through the head and killed by the principal of the high school, Professor J.E. Woodward. Mangum had argued with Woodward, who had given Mangum's 15-year-old son a severe whipping. Mangum lost his temper, shooting Woodward through the wrist.[47]
000000001905-02-09-0000February 9, 1905Colusa, California !Colusa, California0,000,00100,000,0011At the request of his childhood friend, Pearl Cruse, 17-year-old Elmer Hildreth, who did not attend her school, went to a meeting between Miss Cruse and her teacher. It ended in "a hand to hand" encounter between teacher and pupil. When Ingrim went after Hildreth with an axe, Hildreth shot him in the stomach. Hildreth was arrested and bail was posted by five prominent men in the community. Hildreth was found to have acted in self-defense and no charges were filed. Ingrim survived.[48]
000000001905-10-05-0000October 5, 1905Hickman, Kentucky !Hickman, Kentucky0,000,00100,000,0010While returning from church, Professor Emmet W. Roach, was ambushed by an assassin.[49]
000000001907-03-23-0000March 23, 1907Carmi, Illinois !Carmi, Illinois0,000,00110,000,0010Parent George Nicholson killed John Kurd at a schoolhouse during a school rehearsal. Kurd had made a disparaging remark about Nicholson's daughter during her recital.[50]
000000001907-12-20-0000December 20, 1907Chico, California !Chico, California0,000,00110,000,00109-year-old Arthur Roberts, was shot in the head and killed outside his school during a military drill by school children of the Dayton school district. Armed with old guns believed to be empty, the children had pulled their triggers. The Roberts boy threw his hands to his head and cried, "I'm shot."[51]
000000001908-01-10-0000January 10, 1908Council Bluffs, Iowa !Council Bluffs, Iowa0,000,00100,000,0010At around 6 a.m., as George O Mortensen, 35-year-old janitor of the Washington street school building, was unlocking the outer door of the school, someone discharged a shotgun from only a few feet. The shot riddled the door within a foot of his head.[52]
000000001908-03-11-0000March 11, 1908Boston, Massachusetts !Boston, Massachusetts0,000,00120,000,0010Suffering from melancholia, due to overwork, thirty-nine year-old Miss Sarah Chamberlain Weed, killed thirty-four year-old Elizabeth Bailey Hardee, then shot herself, at the Laurens School, a fashionable boarding school.[53]
000000001909-03-19-0000March 19, 1909Mount Vernon, Illinois !Mount Vernon, Illinois0,000,00100,000,0011During a school performance of "The Grand Central", John Moake, portraying the villain, was shot in the forehead and dangerously wounded by the hero, Roy Slater. The cartridge was thought to have been blank.[54]
000000001909-06-10-0000June 10, 1909Trinidad, Colorado !Trinidad, Colorado0,000,00110,000,0010Walter Harris, 11-year-old student, accidentally shot his teacher, B.C. Briggs in the head while on a school field trip, killing him.[55]
000000001909-08-18-0000August 18, 1909Bakersfield, California !Bakersfield, California0,000,00100,000,0010After hunting doves, a group of six young men deliberately shot out the glass at the Fruitvale School. They also shot at the nearby residence of A.J. Hunter, narrowly missing several children in the rear yard.[56]
000000001909-09-11-0000September 11, 1909Gravette, Arkansas !Gravette, Arkansas0,000,00110,000,0010John Butram, a student at the Bear Hollow School, told his fellow students that school was cancelled. The teacher A.T. Kelly insisted that the day's lesson was not over. When Butram drew a knife on his teacher, Kelly drew his gun and shot him.[57]


000000001910-01-12-0000January 12, 1910New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00120,000,0010"A black bearded maniac drew an automatic pistol" and fired five shots into a crowd of boys at the Harlem School, who were taunting him. 6-year-old Robert Lomas, was hit and died instantly, 6-year-old Arthur Shively, was critically wounded.[58]
000000001910-03-10-0000March 10, 1910Ione, California !Ione, California0,000,00100,000,0010At the reform school, known as Preston School of Industry, students Albert Brown and Eugene Griffin tried to escape, stealing a revolver from the school's bakery shop. They shot at Captain William H. White when he pursued them. No one was hurt, but the boys were transferred to the penitentiary, which held adults.[59]
000000001910-08-16-0000August 16, 1910Lexington, Kentucky !Lexington, Kentucky0,000,00110,000,001?A general fight broke out during school board elections. Lewis Napier was killed, and several other persons were hurt. Several were arrested.[60]
000000001911-04-27-0000April 27, 1911Manhattan, Kansas !Manhattan, Kansas0,000,00110,000,0010During a school play rehearsal, a boy accidentally loaded his revolver. An 18-year-old girl who was to use it in the play said she was afraid to handle it. The teacher said there was no need for her fear and pointed it at the girl, Pearl Reedy, squeezing the trigger. She was fatally wounded.[61]
000000001912-01-31-0000January 31, 1912San Francisco, California !San Francisco, California0,000,00110,000,0010During a stone throwing confrontation near the Oriental School on Clay Street, a group of white boys found themselves trapped between two groups of Chinese boys. In an attempt to escape, Jose Aguilar, fired a BB shot air rifle twice hoping to frighten the Chinese. However, 10-year-old Wong She, had a gun and fired back. One bullet passed through Aguilar's coat sleeve as he ran and fatally struck 14-year-old James Kane in the school's rear yard.[62][63]
000000001912-02-16-0000February 16, 1912Lagrange, New York !Lagrange, New York0,000,00110,000,001014-year-old May McQuade, was killed by classmate Raymond B. Carroll. Carroll alleged the shooting was accidental and he did not think the gun was loaded.[64]
000000001914-11-19-0000November 19, 1914Sayre, Pennsylvania !Sayre, Pennsylvania0,000,00110,000,0010While walking to school, 14-year-old Charles Listman, killed 15-year-old Andrew Milton, over the affections of classmate, 13-year-old Minnie London.[65]
000000001915-01-13-0000January 13, 1915Vancouver, Washington !Vancouver, Washington0,000,00100,000,0011During a parent-teachers' meeting, 15-year-old student, Murlan Decker, was accidentally shot by his younger brother, Luther.[66]
000000001915-02-03-0000February 3, 1915Jasper, Florida !Jasper, Florida0,000,00110,000,001120-year-old Will Yates, teacher of Clear Pond school in Hamilton county, Fla., was killed in a fight with Claude Holtzendorff and his two sons. A whipping administered in school to one of the Holtzendorff boys started the trouble. After punishing the boy Yates armed himself, and when accosted by the Holtzendorffs, shot the father through the mouth. He was in turn shot through the body, dying an hour later.[67]
000000001916-09-20-0000September 20, 1916Bemidji, Minnesota !Bemidji, Minnesota0,000,00100,000,0011Olga Dahl, the 19-year-old teacher at the Round Lake District School, was found tied to a tree near the school, assaulted and shot twice in the face. She had been working late after school, and a man with a revolver entered the school house and ordered her to obey him. He raped and shot her; she was expected to live. All available men in Itasca County joined in hunting the assailant.[68][69]
000000001916-12-26-0000December 26, 1916Danville, Kentucky !Danville, Kentucky0,000,00110,000,001?During the Christmas tree celebration at the Harris Creek School, with a packed room of children and visitors, a fight broke out. William Benedict, Sr. was instantly killed, William Benedict, Jr. was shot in the ankle, Bourdon Galloway was shot in the right arm, and Mike Gaddis was shot in the leg. Many others were injured. The disturbance was said to be started by Thomas Thornton, who had been drinking and was told to calm down by Benedict. Thornton's brother George left the room and returned with a revolver.[70]
000000001917-06-05-0000June 5, 1917Harrisburg, Pennsylvania !Harrisburg, Pennsylvania0,000,00100,000,001116-year-old freshman, Earl Wolf, was accidentally shot in the leg with a revolver around noon time, in the company of his classmates at the Central High School.[71]
000000001917-10-28-0000October 28, 1917Chicago, Illinois !Chicago, Illinois0,000,00110,000,0010Overnight two brothers, 16-year-old William and 15-year-old Ralph Carter, broke into the May public school, robbing the phone boxes and teachers' desks. Discovered by janitor Howard Parks and policeman Thomas Conway, a gunfight broke out. William was critically wounded and not expected to live; Ralph Carter was taken to jail.[72]
000000001917-11-29-0000November 29, 1917Manes, Missouri !Manes, Missouri0,000,00100,000,0011At the Perkins school's Thanksgiving night pie supper, 21-year-old teacher Joe Todd, was mysteriously shot. He was expected to recover.[73]
000000001918-03-29-0000March 29, 1918Jefferson City, Missouri !Jefferson City, Missouri0,000,00110,000,0010At the Lincoln Institute, State Negro Normal School, 31-year-old Professor Romeo West, was killed in the dormitory by superintendent of school Theodore Martin. They were arguing over which dishes to use at a social. Martin said he shot in self-defense, fatally hitting West with three of five shots.[74]
000000001918-04-06-0000April 6, 1918Reeder, North Dakota !Reeder, North Dakota0,000,00110,000,0010During the afternoon recess, a boy was looking over a 22-caliber rifle; it discharged, striking the head of the Coyne boy in the seat to the front, killing him instantly.[75]
000000001919-01-09-0000January 9, 1919Monroe City, Missouri !Monroe City, Missouri0,000,00100,000,0010While school was in session, Hugh Claggett shot through the school house's front door while on his way home from work. No one was hurt, and he was fined $20.[76]
000000001919-04-12-0000April 12, 1919Ogden City, Utah !Ogden City, Utah0,000,00100,000,0011During a high school assembly, six boys shot off their guns. Permission had been given in the belief the guns were loaded with blanks but they had live shot. Teacher Verna Davidson was shot in the foot.[77]
000000001919-08-04-0000August 4, 1919Berkeley, California !Berkeley, California0,000,00100,000,0012Roger Sprague, an assistant in the department of chemistry at the University of California, despondent and desperate over his inability to obtain a position, slightly wounded 59-year-old Professor Edmond O'Neill, head of department, and 37-year-old Dr. Joel Henry Hildebrand, professor of chemistry, in the administration offices of Gilman Hall. He then went to California Hall and attempted to shoot 57-year-old May L. Cheney, appointment secretary, but struck only one of her hair combs before he was subdued.[78]


000000001920-02-14-0000February 14, 1920Durant, Oklahoma !Durant, Oklahoma0,000,00100,000,0011At the Durant Normal School, teacher Albert McFarland, was seriously wounded by one of his pupils.[79]
000000001920-03-04-0000March 4, 1920Cincinnati, Ohio !Cincinnati, Ohio0,000,00100,000,001114-year-old student, Lawrence Angel, shot his teacher, Beatrice Conner, through the arm for sending him to the principal's office.[80]
000000001920-05-01-0000May 1, 1920Summerville, Georgia !Summerville, Georgia0,000,00100,000,0010At the High School, 15-year-old student Alexander Potter, fired six shots at his teacher, Prof. Ransom, but missed. Potter was upset over having received a severe thrashing and expulsion. Potter was sentenced to six years at a reform school.[81]
000000001920-05-15-0000May 15, 1920Bowling Green, Ohio !Bowling Green, Ohio0,000,00110,000,0010While attending her son's school track meet, Mrs. F. Mahl was killed accidentally by shot from the starter's pistol.[82]
000000001920-08-01-0000August 1, 1920Ogden, Utah !Ogden, Utah0,000,00100,000,0011Mike Smults, the night watchman at the Utah school for the Deaf and Blind, shot a 10-year-old boy, Dennis McDonald, as he and his brother Clinton cut through the campus. The watchman said he fired into the air as a warning.[83]
000000001920-10-22-0000October 22, 1920Chicago, Illinois !Chicago, Illinois0,000,00100,000,0011Mrs. Carmila Rindoni went to the school and twice shot Rosalind I. Reynolds, her son's teacher, for spanking her son the day before. Mrs. Rindoni was arrested, and Miss Reynolds was expected to recover.[84]
000000001920-11-04-0000November 4, 1920Middlesboro, Kentucky !Middlesboro, Kentucky0,000,00110,000,0010Prof. Barnes of Middlesboro High School was fatally shot by Adolphus Oaks, for whipping his sister the week before. Barnes had already submitted his resignation to the school board, as his students had boycotted his class in protest over the whipping. He intended to leave the city that weekend. Oaks went to jail.[85]
000000001922-02-17-0000February 17, 1922Valdosta, Georgia !Valdosta, Georgia0,000,00120,000,0010John Glover broke into the school house, where he killed a girl and fatally wounded a boy. A mob tracked and killed Glover 7 miles (11 km) away in Indianola, now Naylor, Georgia.[86]
000000001922-08-01-0000August 1, 1922Ardmore, Oklahoma !Ardmore, Oklahoma0,000,00110,000,0010Bryant Hignight and four other students were hanging out at the outhouse of the Mount Zion school. Hignight fired two shots. One entered Raymond Guin's head, killing the boy instantly. Three of the boys were questioned, but all said it was an accident.[87]
000000001926-12-29-0000December 29, 1926Gettysburg, Pennsylvania !Gettysburg, Pennsylvania0,000,00100,000,001112-year-old Frederick Heilman was shot through the right instep when Gettysburg College janitor, Joseph Carver, fired in the direction of a group of boys attempting to force their way into the college gymnasium. Carver had shot into the ground, attempting to scare the boys, and was not aware that a bullet had ricocheted. Mr Heilman chose not to prefer criminal charges.[88]


000000001930-05-22-0000May 22, 1930Ringe, Minnesota !Ringe, Minnesota0,000,00110,000,001024-year-old Douglas Petersen, killed 20-year-old teacher, Margaret Wegman, who was standing in the doorway of a rural schoolhouse.[89]
000000001931-05-28-0000May 28, 1931Duluth, Minnesota !Duluth, Minnesota0,000,00110,000,0010Katherine McMillen, 24-year-old teacher at the Howard Gensen rural school near Duluth, was accidentally killed by a pupil who brought a revolver to school.[90]
000000001934-09-14-0000September 14, 1934Gill, Massachusetts !Gill, Massachusetts0,000,00110,000,0010Headmaster Elliott Speer was murdered by a shotgun blast through the window at Northfield Mount Hermon School. The crime was never solved.[91]
000000001935-05-07-0000May 7, 1935Irvington, New York !Irvington, New York0,000,00110,000,0010Dr. Paul Kyle, head of the Kyle School for Boys, was found killed in the school, just before classes were to begin that day.[92]
000000001936-05-19-0000May 19, 1936Williamstown, Massachusetts !Williamstown, Massachusetts0,000,00120,000,0011Lewis Jack Somes, Jr. shot and killed classmate Robert Henneberry and wounded William Hartz, Jr. before killing himself in Lehman Hall at Williams College.[93]
000000001936-06-04-0000June 4, 1936Bethlehem, Pennsylvania !Bethlehem, Pennsylvania0,000,00120,000,0010Wesley Clow killed his Lehigh University English instructor, C. Wesley Phy. Clow went to Phy's office and demanded that Phy change his grade to a passing mark. Clow committed suicide after shooting Phy.[94]
000000001937-06-04-0000June 4, 1937Isabel, Kansas !Isabel, Kansas0,000,00110,000,001016-year-old Robert Douthitt, was accidentally killed backstage during high school play practice. The revolver was to have been loaded with blanks, but it held live ammunition.[95]
000000001937-09-24-0000September 24, 1937Toledo, Ohio !Toledo, Ohio0,000,00100,000,001212-year-old Robert Snyder wounded his principal, June Mapes, in her office at Arlington Public School when she declined his request to call a classmate. He fled the grounds, and wounded himself.[96]
000000001938-01-24-0000January 24, 1938Blencoe, Iowa !Blencoe, Iowa0,000,00110,000,001017-year-old Edward Marley was accidentally killed by a fellow actor while rehearsing for a play at Blencoe High School.[97]


000000001940-05-06-0000May 6, 1940Pasadena, California !Pasadena, California0,000,00150,000,0012South Pasadena Junior High School murders: Outraged by his dismissal, following conflicts with other staff, thirty-eight-year-old Verlin H. Spencer shot and killed 62-year-old superintendent of the South Pasadena city schools George C. Bush, 50-year-old principal of South Pasadena High School John E. Alman, and 52-year-old School District business manager Will R. Speer. He then attempted to kill Bush's secretary, 32-year-old Dorothea Talbert; she was struck near the shoulder. He later shot and killed 45-year-old art teacher Ruth Sturgeon, with whom he'd been in conflict, fatally wounding her in the chest and, following an intense struggle, 35-year-old mechanical arts teacher Verner V. Vanderlip, another with whom he had a grievance. Spencer was cornered by police as he attempted to escape through the school cafeteria; as one officer aimed, Spencer pressed the .22 caliber automatic pistol against his right side and fired twice, critically wounding himself. Police later found a suicide note from Spencer to his wife, Polly. He survived his wounds and was tried for murder. Pleading guilty to all charges, he received 5 consecutive life terms. He was discharged from California's Department of Correction in 1977, aged 75. Verlin Spencer died January 11, 1991.[98][99][100]
000000001940-07-04-0000July 4, 1940Valhalla, New York !Valhalla, New York0,000,00110,000,0010Angered by the refusal of his daughter, 15-year-old Melba, to leave a boarding school and return home, 47-year-old Joseph Moshell, went to the school, where he killed his daughter.[102]
000000001942-10-02-0000October 2, 1942New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00110,000,0010Irwin Goodman, 36-year-old mathematics teacher at William J. Gaynor Junior High School, was killed in the school corridor by a youth.[103]
000000001946-06-26-0000June 26, 1946New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00100,000,0011A 15-year-old student, who refused to give his pocket money to a gang of seven youths, was shot in the chest in the Public School 147 annex of Brooklyn Automotive Trades High School.[104]
000000001947-02-02-0000February 2, 1947Madill, Oklahoma !Madill, Oklahoma0,000,00120,000,001062-year-old Ellis Laird killed his estranged wife, 40-year-old teacher, Jessie Laird, inside her first grade classroom. He then took his own life. All of this took place in the presence of several pupils.[105]
000000001948-12-24-0000December 24, 1948New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00110,000,0010A 14-year-old student was fatally wounded in the head by a shot from fellow student, 17-year-old Robert Ross. The youth was accidentally shot when he chanced into range where Ross was target shooting near a lake at the school.[106]
000000001949-03-11-0000March 11, 1949New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00100,000,0011A 16-year-old student at Stuyvesant High School was accidentally shot in the arm by a fellow student who was ‘showing off’ with a pistol in a classroom.[107]
000000001949-11-12-0000November 12, 1949Columbus, Ohio !Columbus, Ohio0,000,00110,000,0010Ohio State University freshman James Heer grabbed a .45 caliber handgun from the room of a Delta Tau Delta fraternity brother, and killed 21-year-old Jack McKeown, a senior and also a fraternity brother.[108]


000000001950-07-22-0000July 22, 1950New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00100,000,0011A 16-year-old boy was shot in the wrist and abdomen at the Public School 141 dance during an argument with a former classmate.[109]
000000001951-01-24-0000January 24, 1951Alton, Illinois !Alton, Illinois0,000,00110,000,001061-year-old Henry Suhre, quartermaster at Western Military Academy, was killed in the cadet store on campus.[110]
000000001951-03-12-0000March 12, 1951Union Mills, North Carolina !Union Mills, North Carolina0,000,00110,000,0010Professor W.E. Sweatt, superintendent and teacher at the Alexander School, was killed by students, 16-year-old Billy Ray Powell, and 19-year-old Hugh Justice, whom he had reprimanded.[111]
000000001951-06-04-0000June 4, 1951New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00110,000,0010Carl Arch, a 50-year-old intruder to a girls' gym class, was killed by a police officer at Manhattan's Central Commercial High School.[112]
000000001951-11-27-0000November 27, 1951St. Louis, Missouri !St. Louis, Missouri0,000,00110,000,001015-year-old student, David Brooks, was fatally shot as fellow pupils looked on. Two former students were sought by police.[113]
000000001952-04-09-0000April 9, 1952New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00110,000,0010A 15-year-old boarding school student shot a dean rather than give up his pin-up pictures of girls in bathing suits.[114]
000000001952-07-14-0000July 14, 1952New York City, New York !New York City, New York0,000,00110,000,0010Bayard Peakes walked into the offices of the American Physical Society (APS) at Columbia University, where he killed secretary Eileen Fahey. Peakes was reportedly upset that the APS had rejected a paper of his.[115]
000000001953-10-02-0000October 2, 1953Chicago, Illinois !Chicago, Illinois0,000,00110,000,001014-year-old Bernice Turner, killed 14-year-old Pasquale Coletta inside the science classroom at Kelly High School. The shooting was later ruled to be accidental.[116]
000000001954-03-31-0000March 31, 1954Newton, Massachusetts !Newton, Massachusetts0,000,00110,000,001014-year-old John Frankenberger, was accidentally killed in a classroom at Day Junior High School when a pistol being held by a classmate discharged.[117]
000000001954-05-15-0000May 15, 1954Chapel Hill, North Carolina !Chapel Hill, North Carolina0,000,00110,000,0012Putnam Davis Jr. was killed during a fraternity house carnival at the Phi Delta Theta

Krieger Schechter News


KSDS Presents the 8th Grade Play – Annie!

Krieger Schechter Day School is proud to present our 25th annual, all-Hebrew, 8th Grade musical – Annie! Students in the KSDS Class of 2018 bring their love of Hebrew language, song, dance and performance to the stage in this rags-to-riches tale of a lovable, Depression-era orphan. Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers alike will delight in … Continue reading KSDS Presents the 8th Grade Play – Annie!


KSDS Will Host J Camps This Summer

Krieger Schechter Day School and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore (JCC) have partnered to offer an exciting new edition to the J Camps line up this summer. For two weeks in July, J Camps will be running two STEM-Plus camps in our very own Abramoff MakersSpace where children will engineer, explore, build, and invent … Continue reading KSDS Will Host J Camps This Summer


Students Complete Hand-Crafted Tallitots

On Monday, December 18th, 5th Grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) presented their finished tallit to parents and peers as they concluded a five-part tallit workshop. The workshop, which began on October 17th, is the result of a community partnership with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and KSDS. It was designed to give … Continue reading Students Complete Hand-Crafted Tallitots


KSDS Alumni Talks Event Celebrates Alumni

Krieger Schechter Day School alumni are nearly 1,000 strong and can be found throughout the world in almost every profession including Jewish life, the arts, medicine, business, law, and public policy. They are dedicated to making the world a better place through professional leadership and volunteerism. On Sunday, December 10th, seven alumni came back to … Continue reading KSDS Alumni Talks Event Celebrates Alumni


Body Attack Classes at KSDS

From January through June, Krieger Schechter Day School, Goldsmith Early Childhood Center and the Jewish Community Center will be holding Body Attack fitness classes in Krieger Auditorium. No registration required. Drop off your student and come get a workout!  The Body Attack class is a sports-inspired, high-energy cardio workout designed to build strength and stamina … Continue reading Body Attack Classes at KSDS


KSDS Sponsors 36 Families for Hanukkah

KSDS will be sponsoring 36 Families for Hanukkah this year and our collection begins on November 13.  In keeping with our mission to incorporate hesed in our 36th celebration, KSDS will be sponsoring 36 families for Hanukkah. We are thrilled to be partnering with Jewish organizations in our community — Jewish Volunteer Connection, Jewish Community Services, and CHANA — to support … Continue reading KSDS Sponsors 36 Families for Hanukkah


KSDS and CAC Host Family Trip to Israel

Krieger Schechter Day School and Chizuk Amuno Congregation are organizing a family-focused trip to Israel in December 2018. The trip is intended for those who have never been to Israel and/or those who have never traveled there as a family. The journey will be an opportunity to explore our homeland and experience all that Israel … Continue reading KSDS and CAC Host Family Trip to Israel


Schechter STEAM Showcase – November 12

Join us for the 7th Annual Schechter Steam Showcase! Engage your curiosity as KSDS community members teach fun, interactive, age-appropriate projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  Kids ages 4 – 11 are invited.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sunday, November 12 1:00 – 3:30 pm Register below by Sunday, November … Continue reading Schechter STEAM Showcase – November 12


KSDS Co-Hosts Menashe Film at Gordon Center

Menashe, set within the Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son. The movie played at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and features actor, Ruben Niborski, who attended KSDS as a 3rd and 4th grader from 2013 – 2015 before moving to Israel. The … Continue reading KSDS Co-Hosts Menashe Film at Gordon Center


KSDS Conference Day on October 31st

Sponsored by the KSDS Athletics Department and JCamps. Students in Grades K-6 are invited to join the fun! Tuesday, October 31  |  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The day will include games & activities. The cost is $40/student, with a $75/family max.  (Cost includes pizza lunch and snacks.) RSVP by Tuesday, October 24.  Space is limited!


KSDS/Legacy Heritage Better Together Program

Krieger Schechter Day School has been selected to participate in the Legacy Heritage Better Together Program. The Legacy Heritage Better Together Program is a two-year program designed to encourage meaningful interaction between young and old. Grade 7, under the direction of Ellen Friedman, is participating in the program with Myerberg Center.  KSDS is grateful for … Continue reading KSDS/Legacy Heritage Better Together Program


Join Us for Shabbat Share 2017

Become part of the biggest school-wide event connecting KSDS families for a home-based Shabbat meal. Choose to be a guest or a host, and we will match up families with similar age children. The PA will provide everything you need: delicious dinner catered by Yaffa, materials for Shabbat rituals, and hosting ideas to create a meaningful, relaxing and social Shabbat experience.  Date: October 27 Cost:  $18/adult … Continue reading Join Us for Shabbat Share 2017


4th Graders Participate in 9/11 Ceremony

On September 11th, 4th grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School participated in a moving 9/11 ceremony with the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Baltimore at the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company (Station 32). This public event was held in coordination with the Embassy of Israel and remembered those first-responders who were killed on 9/11 and after … Continue reading 4th Graders Participate in 9/11 Ceremony


Open House and Drop In Days

Learn more about KSDS at one of our admission events! Drop In Days allow you to tour KSDS in small groups during school hours. Dates are listed here and do not require registration.  Drop In Days: October 24 at 9:00am November 14 at 9:00am December 13 at 9:00am January 9 at 9:00am Our Open House will be held on November … Continue reading Open House and Drop In Days


KSDS Celebrates 36 Years of Excellence

The 2017-18 academic year marks a special time for Krieger Schechter Day School as we celebrate our 36th anniversary. KSDS was founded in 1981, as part of the The Solomon Schechter Day School Association, and named in recognition of major benefactor, the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund. Over the years, the school has grown in … Continue reading KSDS Celebrates 36 Years of Excellence


Reflections from Rabbi Moshe

As I reflect on recent events, I am reminded of a seemingly obscure story from this week’s Torah portion of Shoftim that describes what to do when a corpse is found in the countryside and the identity of the slayer is unknown. The Torah commands the elders and judges to measure the distance to the surrounding towns, … Continue reading Reflections from Rabbi Moshe


KSDS Partners with Milbrook for Police Mosaic

Following a string of police fatalities over the summer of 2016, students from Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) wanted to show their support for their local law enforcement officials, particularly those from Precinct 4 in Pikesville. Reaching out to the Pikesville Schools Coalition, a program of CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., they decided to partner … Continue reading KSDS Partners with Milbrook for Police Mosaic


KSDS To Add Abramoff MakerSpace in August

Krieger Schechter Day School is thrilled to announce the creation of the Abramoff MakerSpace which will be constructed over the summer and completed this fall. This new and exciting development will bring heightened opportunities to the learning potential of our students and will further aid in the school’s vision of offering a dynamic educational experience … Continue reading KSDS To Add Abramoff MakerSpace in August


Weekend Backpack Program

Once again, KSDS will be participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. We will be packing food into backpacks to be sent to two city schools: Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School and Collington Square Elementary/Middle School. During the week, these schools feed the children–many of whom are homeless–a breakfast, hot lunch, healthy fruit, and a sandwich before … Continue reading Weekend Backpack Program


Sign Up for Spring Enrichment!

The Spring session of enrichment will be running from March 13th through May 26th. The complete calendar is available HERE.  Sessions include: Club SciKidz! programming will again be running Lego Robotics and Young Scientist classes. These sections will feature brand new content. Repeat students will experience fresh material. Irvine Nature Center’s EcoExplorers Club is a … Continue reading Sign Up for Spring Enrichment!


8th Grade ‘Aladdin’ Tickets on Sale Now!

The 8th Grade Play is a huge event for the entire KSDS community as it represents the culmination of our students’ experience at Krieger Schechter Day School. Parents and alumni join us to watch students perform a musical entirely in Hebrew. This year’s production will be ‘Aladdin’.  Tickets are on sale now in the Middle … Continue reading 8th Grade ‘Aladdin’ Tickets on Sale Now!


Middle School Learning Festival Success

Our annual Middle School Learning Festival took place Tuesday, February 14th through Thursday, February 16th. The Learning Festival is a  three-day experience – a break from the regular curriculum – during which students and faculty immerse themselves in thematic and Project Based Learning (PBL) activities. This year’s theme was “The Brain” and  students studied the … Continue reading Middle School Learning Festival Success


Students Donate 43 Food-Filled Backpacks to Baltimore City Schools

In keeping with our commitment to tikkun olam, the second graders at Krieger Schechter Day School participated in the Weekend Backpack Program on January 23, 2017. Working with our partner, Sandie Nagel, students packed food into 43 backpacks that will be sent to two Baltimore City schools: Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School and Collington Square Elementary/Middle School.  … Continue reading Students Donate 43 Food-Filled Backpacks to Baltimore City Schools


KSDS Wins BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge for Second Straight Year

Krieger Schechter Day School won the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge grand prize for a second year in a row.  Baltimore Gas and Electric announced Krieger Schechter Day School as a repeat winner of the fifth annual BGE Wires Down Video Challenge at a lower school assembly on January 18, 2017. The yearly contest encourages elementary schools to create … Continue reading KSDS Wins BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge for Second Straight Year


Weekend Backpack Program – Donations Requested

Again this year, KSDS will be participating in the Weekend Backpack Program on January 23rd. We will be packing food into backpacks to be sent to two city schools: Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School and Collington Square Elementary/Middle School. During the week, these schools feed the children–many of whom are homeless–a breakfast, hot lunch, healthy fruit, … Continue reading Weekend Backpack Program – Donations Requested


KSDS Shabbat Share

The amazing PA-sponsored Shabbat Share will take place on Friday, March 3! Become part of the biggest school-wide event connecting KSDS families for a home-based Shabbat meal. Choose to be a guest or a host, and we will match up families with similar age children. The PA will provide everything you need: delicious catered dinner, materials for Shabbat … Continue reading KSDS Shabbat Share


KSDS Teacher Donates Kidney to Colleague’s Husband

Sally Grobani, a Hebrew and Judaics teacher at Krieger Schechter, performed an amazing mitzvah by donating her kidney to a colleague’s ailing husband. Read the full article, featured by the Jewish Times, here: Teacher Donates Kidney to Colleague’s Ailing Husband


KSDS Conference Day Fun

Sponsored by the KSDS Athletics Department Students in Grades K-6 are invited to join in on the fun! Monday, December 5  |  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The day will include games & activities. The cost is $40/student, with a $75/family max.  (Cost includes pizza lunch and snacks.) RSVP by Friday, December 2. (Space is limited) … Continue reading KSDS Conference Day Fun


Join Us for Our 2016 Winter Open House!

Please join us on Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. for our Winter Open House! We look forward to seeing you! Register Now!


Book Fair – Get Hooked on a Book

November 7 – 11 ( 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Extended hours until 9 p.m. Monday Come to our annual Book Fair and support the library serving Chizuk Amuno schools. There will be a great selection of Jewish books for all ages as well as a variety of authors and artists connected to the Chizuk … Continue reading Book Fair – Get Hooked on a Book


KSDS Bunches of Lunches Project–Off to a Great Start

KSDS is continuing their Bunches of Lunches and Beyond collection project this year. Families donated 152 lunches at the first lunch collection on September 28.  The next collection will take place on November 3, and more collections are planned for later in the school year.  After the lunches are collected at KSDS, they are delivered … Continue reading KSDS Bunches of Lunches Project–Off to a Great Start


Back-to-School Parent Checklist!

Click here to see the full list of required forms and other important “to do” items before the start of the school year!


School Supply Lists & Summer Assignments 2016 (K-8)

Click here to see school supply lists for 2016-2017. Click here to see Summer 2016 assignments for each grade.


Yes, We Went and Built a Playground!

It’s here!  Please visit our wonderful new playground and outdoor amphitheater!     DONATE ONLINE VIA CREDIT CARD: DONATE VIA CHECK Write check payable to Chizuk Amuno Congregation; in memo line indicate Playground Fund Mail check to Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208; Attn: Playground or Liz Minkin Friedman   LIKE US ON FB: … Continue reading Yes, We Went and Built a Playground!


Fifth Annual Schechter on the Move 5k Race

The Fifth Annual Schechter on the Move 5K Race and Family Fun Mile was a great success!  More than 700 people attended the event; of those, 615 were registered participants.  Please join us on June 4, 2017 for the Sixth annual race! Sponsorships for the 2017 race are available.  For more information, please contact the … Continue reading Fifth Annual Schechter on the Move 5k Race


Dr. Terrence Roberts Visits KSDS Middle School

Thanks to an Innovative Educator Grant from Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO), Krieger Schechter students in grades 5-8 had the unique opportunity to meet Dr. Terrence Roberts on Wednesday, April 6. In addition, our students also hosted 6th grade students from Roland Park Elementary/Middle School (RPEMS) as part of this experience. In 1957, Terrence Roberts, just … Continue reading Dr. Terrence Roberts Visits KSDS Middle School


4th Grade Shines a Spotlight on Famous Marylanders,  Past and Present

  In celebration of their study of Maryland history, the Fourth Grade performed The Maryland History Show for the whole school, during which they gave awards to distinguished Marylanders, including Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman, Peter Cooper and Governor Hogan.  The show delighted the audience with compelling lyrics and creative choreography.


Third Grade Play Celebrates the Human Mosaic That Is America

The 3rd Graders Performed We Come From Everywhere for a gathering of Lower School students and parents. The play was a culmination of a 3rd grade unit on American Immigration that included a look at immigration in our own time. Through songs, dancing, and storytelling, the students celebrated the idea that though we all come … Continue reading Third Grade Play Celebrates the Human Mosaic That Is America


KSDS Students Compete to Become Wordmasters

What’s in a word? KSDS’s Grade 3 and 4 WordMasters can help you unlock a word’s hidden mystery and meaning! The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those … Continue reading KSDS Students Compete to Become Wordmasters


Giving Back

Krieger Schechter’s Half Day of Giving on Wednesday, November 26, was a tremendous success. During that morning all students took part in service projects, both inside the building (six service projects in-house done by our Lower School students) and out in our community (with our Middle School students visiting 3 different Weinberg facilities and weatherizing the homes of … Continue reading Giving Back


Wires Down Challenge

Mr. Thaler and our Grade 4 students put together an amazing video for the BGE “Wires Down” Challenge, which promotes electrical safety. Our video is now up on the BGE website, where we are competing against other schools’ submissions for a chance to win $10,000 for KSDS! We need you, our KSDS community, to show your … Continue reading Wires Down Challenge


Krieger Schechter Day School Hosts 4th Annual STEAM Showcase

On Sunday, November 16, Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) hosted its 4th Annual STEAM Showcase. KSDS community members came together to teach fun, interactive, age-appropriate projects in the core areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/design, and Math) to nearly 200 attending students and family members. Some session highlights included (but were not limited to) making … Continue reading Krieger Schechter Day School Hosts 4th Annual STEAM Showcase


Tal Brody Visits KSDS

Today, many KSDS students had the honor of hearing from Tal Brody, the current Goodwill Ambassador of Israel and famed American-Israeli Basketball star. Tal spoke to our students about growing up playing basketball in the US at the high school and collegiate level, and his decision to pass up an NBA career to play for … Continue reading Tal Brody Visits KSDS


Enriched by Our Alumna

It is always a treat when KSDS alumni visit our classrooms to share their passions and enrich our students’ learning. Last week, Abby Grobani ’08, daughter of KSDS teacher Sally Grobani, joined Grade 7 Hebrew classes to talk about her recent volunteer experience in South Africa. A recent college graduate with a degree in Captive … Continue reading Enriched by Our Alumna


KSDS Alumna featured in Baltimore Sun

Leah Smith (Class of ’12) recently was featured in the Baltimore Sun for her Op Ed entitled “At Camp and Under Fire”. We are so proud to see one of our alumni sharing her experience in Israel this summer with the wider communuty. To read Leah’s story, please click the link. Article Link “At Camp … Continue reading KSDS Alumna featured in Baltimore Sun


2014-2015 School Supplies

Our 2014-2015 School Supply Lists is now available. Please click below to view.  Lower School Supply List Middle School Supply List


Deaf Awareness Program

Two students from Towson University spent the day with our lower school students and teachers to help raise awareness to individuals in our community who have physical disabilities. The students from Towson University conducted workshops with our teachers and went into classrooms to talk to students about the deaf community and sign language. Pictured here: … Continue reading Deaf Awareness Program


Grade 8 Learns from KSDS Parent

Miriam Trinh Niborski, visiting scholar at JHU and parent of Schechter students, Ethel, Dina and Ruben, has given so generously of her time by meeting with each of four sections of Grade 8 Jewish History to teach an important lesson about life during the Holocaust. A professor in Israel at the Hebrew University, Miriam has … Continue reading Grade 8 Learns from KSDS Parent


Grade 5 Makes Sense of the Census

In HaMorah Raffel’s Grade 5 Hebrew class, the students completed a learning activity paralleling a modern census versus a Biblical one. Students began by studying chapter one in Numbers (BaMidbar) and discussing the mifkad, which is the poll or census God commanded Moshe to take. Moshe was instructed to count the number of males above … Continue reading Grade 5 Makes Sense of the Census


Kindergarten Field Trip

The Kindergarten recently visited and explored the farm at Pearlstone Center with hands on agricultural activities. Students visited the goats and hens, learned about the milking and laying process, and analyzed different types of seeds and plants. The field trip emphasized shmirat hatevah, our responsibility as humans to guard and protect nature. The farm at Pearlstone uses only sustainable farming … Continue reading Kindergarten Field Trip


Welcome to our Israeli Shinshinim (Ambassadors)

We welcome our Israeli shlichim, Yarden Vilchik and Noy Schwartz, who deferred their army service for one year to immerse themselves in the Baltimore Jewish community. The Shinshinim program is developed and facilitated by the Jewish Agency for Israel, through which they receive extensive training. Yarden and Noy will be part of the KSDS community … Continue reading Welcome to our Israeli Shinshinim (Ambassadors)


Grade 6 Studies Autism

Over the summer, Grade 6 students read the book “Rules” – the story of a boy with autism told through the lens of his younger sister. The book has then been the focus of Grade 6 Language Arts classes for the beginning of this school year. 6th graders also had a wonderful opportunity last month … Continue reading Grade 6 Studies Autism


Friend-to-friend Brings Students Together

This past Wednesday, Grade 1 and Grade 5 students worked together in a Friend-to-Friend activity. First the students listened to a story read by Mr. Thaler. Each page of the book depicted a different country from around the world and a sentence with opposite words, such as weep and laugh. Grade 1 students were then … Continue reading Friend-to-friend Brings Students Together


Middle School on the Move for Sukkot

Middle School students are on the move for Sukkot!! During the intermediate days of the holidays, MS students participate in some fabulous sukkot-themed field trips: Grade 5 students spend a day at the Genesee Valley Retreat Center, learning about trust and community, and building their grade-level’s relationship with each other. Grade 6 students learn about … Continue reading Middle School on the Move for Sukkot


Summer Reading Comes Alive for Grade 6

Mrs. Frisby’s Grade 6 Language Arts class completed a long-term written and oral presentation project about the books they read this summer. Each student gave a “gift” to the main character of their book and justified their choice of the gift by sharing character traits, themes, and specific textual examples from their book. The day … Continue reading Summer Reading Comes Alive for Grade 6


Grade 5 State Fair

How can lower school and middle school students load trucks with Georgian peaches, mine for Idaho gold, and participate in an Alaskan dog race, all in one morning?  By visiting the Fifth Grade State Fair! Each fifth grader created a detailed exhibit about one of the fifty states. Together, these exhibits showcased our country’s history, … Continue reading Grade 5 State Fair


3rd Graders Walk the Oregon Trail

As a sequel to “Apple Valley Days” when Grade 3 simulated life in an 1865 school house, our students traveled to Oregon Ridge to participate in a simulation of walking the Oregon Trail. In preparation, Mrs. Goldstein and Mrs. Hellman helped the children to refit and decorate toy wagons, transforming them into Conestogas. Once the … Continue reading 3rd Graders Walk the Oregon Trail


Earth Day Celebrations

The Lower School celebrated Earth Day this week learning about many of nature’s gifts: clean water, fertile soil, the ability to harness the wind’s power and the sun’s energy, and the creative force and reflective nature of humankind. Throughout the day, the students participated in hands-on learning activities that integrated art, literature, science, prayer, and … Continue reading Earth Day Celebrations


A Lesson in Strength and Spirit

On Wednesday morning, Morah Vered’s 6th grade Language Arts students had the unique opportunity to meet a young, Jewish woman who is both deaf and legally blind. Accompanied by Jax, her service dog, and Dr. Sheryl Cooper, her interpreter, Sarah joined our class to tell her inspiring story of adversity, resilience, and triumph. Her visit … Continue reading A Lesson in Strength and Spirit


Passover is in the Air in Krieger Schechter’s Lower School

Passover is just around the corner and this is quite evident as you walk the halls of Krieger Schechter’s Lower School and hear selections of the Haggadah being recited in every classroom. In fact, our kindergartners have been busy creating their very own Haggadot to use at both their model seder here at school and … Continue reading Passover is in the Air in Krieger Schechter’s Lower School


Friends Sharing the Joy of Purim

As part of our “Friend to Friend” program, Krieger Schechter 1st graders and their 5th grade “friends” went to Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital to share in the joy of Purim.  The children paraded through the residential floors dressed in Purim costumes and singing holiday songs.  Following the singing, they spent a few minutes … Continue reading Friends Sharing the Joy of Purim


When We Enter the Month of Adar, Our Happiness Increases

This week our second grade classes led a weekday morning Rosh Hodesh service, ushering in the Hebrew month of Adar. The children were the hazzanim, leading all of the prayers as well as reading from the Torah. At the conclusion of the Torah service, there was a short presentation discussing the history of the observance of Rosh Hodesh followed … Continue reading When We Enter the Month of Adar, Our Happiness Increases


First Graders Celebrate Siyyum HaSefer

There was much to celebrate at Krieger Schechter, as yet another group of children marked their learning to read in Hebrew. On Tuesday, February 5, the students of Kitah Aleph celebrated this important accomplishment with a short presentation emphasizing the letters of the alef-bet with sayings well known in modern Hebrew and in our tradition. Each child was presented … Continue reading First Graders Celebrate Siyyum HaSefer


Visiting Author

Award-winning author Doreen Rappaport challenged KSDS students to find their voices as writers as she related her own experiences in becoming a published author. Her enthusiasm for the writing process and the research involved captivated students, who shared interesting insights and asked thoughtful questions. Many thanks to the Silverman/Brown families, whose generosity made this program possible.