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Staff in the 80s!

In honor of this year's Flashback to the 80's Dance Party our staff would like to share with you some of their memories of this fun decade! Be sure to check back often!


Staff Flashbacks 


Robyn Bates (3rd Grade Teacher)

My favorite movies were Sixteen Candles and Grease and I listened to Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart and Yes. My favorite memories were spending all my time with friends and having slumber parties. We went to parties, I went to Mount De Sales and we used to drive around St. Joe looking for cute guys :)


We used to go to the mall most weekends to shop for new outfits and listen to my friend’s band in their basement.


Ginny Appelbaum (4th Grade Teacher)

The 80’s

I will not give my age, but I have many found memories of the 1980’s. My husband and I started dating in 1981:O, the summer after my freshman and his sophomore year at Catonsville High School. We have many found memories of running around with our friends, who we are still very close to and see almost every weekend.

I loved the music of the 80’s, and I was so lucky to be the first generation to spend way too much time watching MTV. MTV debuted in August of 1981. I loved their video jockeys who played the same Van Halen and Dire Straits videos over and over again. My favorite artists were Tom Petty, Pat Bennetar, and the Go Go’s. I loved We’ve Got the Beat! and Our Lips are Sealed! I remember summer nights, going to the drive in movies at Westview Cinema on Route 40 with about ten people in one car. Westview usually played, what are now the classic horror movies, Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, and Aliens. The toys in the 1980s were the best! I remember when I got Simon for Christmas and being hooked on my Atari game system. My favorite games were Space Invaders, Pac Man and Asteroid. I sported all the latest fashions, Jordache jeans, shoulder pads, Members Only jacket, Reebok high tops and, of course the BIG hair. I had a great time being a teenager in the 80’s.


Russell Ashton (Lower School Office Assistant)

I was in college in the early 80s!  I went to an all-girls school and had hair all the way down to my elbows!  We would drive 1 hour every Wednesday and Friday and Saturday night to go to the fraternity parties at the all-boys schools sort of near us!  My favorite bands were U2, Bon Jovi, the Police, NRBQ and Bruce Springsteen.  In the summers I lived in Nantucket with my 11 best friends!  Once I graduated, for the 2nd half of the 80s, I started working at a stock brokerage firm downtown.  We would go to the Water Street Exchange and the Mt. Washington Tavern. The 80s were the happiest years of my life!!!!!


 Beth Hardon (Learning Specialist)


I went to high school and college during the 80s! I love this decade cause it represents a lot of firsts for me:

First concert, The Police with the Go-Gos (other favorite artists and concerts: by Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M.,Moody Blues, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan)

First Kiss

First time driving- learned on a stick shift, roll up windows and no AC

First time in college- no iPods or cell phones used word processors, talked to parents 1-2x per week

First time living abroad for a semester in Paris- first short haircut in a hair show in Paris

First real job out of state in Clifton, NJ

First weddings that I went to- both my sisters

Fashion included: big shoulder pads, mile high bangs, Jennifer Anniston haircuts, polka dots, color blocked clothes, Benneton, Ralph Lauren, Broke Shields/Calvin Klein, Laura Ashley bridesmaid dresses, lace up shirts

Sport idols: Tennis-Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Bjorn Borg, McEnroe,

Home life:  rotary phones, no TV clicker in high school, cable TV started during high school

I loved the 80s! During this decade I was in high school and college. Home life was very simple. We had rotary phones with long cords and without call waiting. There were no computers, iPods, cell phones or cable TV. Parental pick-ups were set in stone cause there was no way to text a change of plans. College was fun in the mid-to-late 80s. Lots of dancing! In college we listened to REM, The Cure, Elvis Costello and other alternative music. Classic rock was always playing outside on the quad, No PlayStation or Xbox. Hanging out with friends, pledging a sorority, sharing Ben & Jerry’s were favorite pastimes. The economy was booming and we all had jobs waiting for us right out of college, both my sisters got married in the late 80s. Our bridesmaid dresses wore big and poufy along with our hair! I will forever have the fondest memories of the 80s!


Tami Cramer (PE Specialist Teacher)


What are my memories of the 80s? Where do I start?!! Ok, I played Donkey Kong and Pac Man on my Nintendo gaming system, and my favorite game at the arcade was Centipede! The only way I could get all the colors correct on my rubix cube was to take it apart and put it back together.. I watched tv shows like Mork and Mindy, Eight is Enough, The Brady Bunch, and Full House. My favorite movies were Back to the Future, E.T., Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and St. Elmo’s Fire. These movies were rented from video stores where we were charged if we didn’t rewind these VCR tapes before we returned them. I had a spiral perm (usually pulled back in a banana clip), and my shoulders were nice and big, thanks to shoulder pads in my cool blazers and jean jackets. I wore slouch socks, high-rise Jordache jeans (or what we call them now, “mom jeans”), oversized sweaters and sweatshirts, and penny loafers. My first concert was A-Ha, and I also listened to Culture Club, Devo, Duran Duran, Van Halen, Depeche Mode, and Erasure on my Walkman or my Boom Box. And lastly, everyone had a house phone with a long cord so you could take it into another room to talk to your friends. What a great era with so many great memories!!


Norma Richardson (Early Childhood Assistant Teacher)


I used to go out to a dance club called "Let's Dance" every Thursday and most Saturday nights.  I proudly wore my parachute pants, Members only jacket and white jazz shoes.  My hair was long in the back and cut short in the middle -like Pat Benatar - LOL!

I also had a large comb that I carried in my back pocket - gross! My favorite bands were Boston, Foreigner, the Police, Blue Oyster Cult,  Wham! and so many more!



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