Adolescence is a time of great upheaval, physically, emotionally, and mentally.  To attempt to force young teens into pursuits of a purely intellectual nature is frustrating at best.  At MSW, utilizing the latest research and Montessori philosophy, we meet the needs of the adolescent offering an environment which allows them to transition smoothly from childhood to the fledgling young adults they are becoming.  The environment is student centered and incorporates a variety of instructional practices including seminar, multi-layered projects, individual and group work time, and an interwoven curriculum.  Students learn self-sufficiency and are given the opportunity to self-construct and develop value within adult society.  Appropriate responsibilities and expectations, both academic and social, are put into place giving them the chance to experience the joy of success and to prepare them for high school, college, and beyond.


Middle School Newsletter

September 2018



August has simply flown by: what fun we must have been having! Thank you so much for helping make it so successful. We couldn’t do it without you. The students settled in well, reacquainted themselves with each other, and learned the routine of the classroom. They spent much of the first week experiencing group work, presentations, and developing critical thinking and self-evaluation techniques. The second week saw the beginning of the curriculum proper, and we have been bowled over with the high levels of maturity, responsibility and collaboration that we have seen.


Dates to Remember

September 1: Tuition Due

September 3: No School, Labor Day

September 4: Curriculum Night, 6:30 – 7:30p.m. (Parents only, please)

September 18: School Pictures

September 21: Peace Pole Celebration, 10:30a.m.



If you have not yet returned the following forms (they can be found in the handbook), we would appreciate it if you would do so as soon as possible. Thank you!

  • Permission Form
  • Middle School Contract
  • AUT (technology) Form
  • Discipline Policy

If you need a new copy of these forms, please do not hesitate to let us know. We would be happy to e-mail the forms to you.



Please remember that for each child we request 10 volunteer hours. $20 spent is equivalent to one volunteer hour. We have set up a Sign Up Genius for volunteering, so please do look through it to see how you can help your child, his/her community, as well as meeting your volunteer hour needs. We love to see you and most definitely appreciate your help and support. Please remember to TRACK YOUR HOURS. Email us your hours and we shall be sure to enter them into our spreadsheet.


The Middle School Ambassador this year is Carla Garino (Pierce’s Mom). She is available to answer any parenting questions you may have about our program. Carla has extensive experience with the Middle School program here at MSW. Her eldest child, Isabella, graduated several years ago, and Carla chaperoned multiple field studies and participated in many events with us. Her contact information is as follows:


Cell: (317) 698-0213


Also, for each field study we shall be looking for chaperones. The first field study, Fall Camping, is October 11-12. We already have our chaperones. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered. We will be in need of more chaperones later in the year though, as the students go out into the community as part of their studies.


Merciful Help Center

Our most immediate need for volunteer help is driving to and from the Merciful Help Center, located at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Every Tuesday (beginning September 4), two students will be going to help there and are in need of transportation. Parents should not expect to stay. Departure from school is at 9:40 a.m. and pick-up is at 12:00p.m. If you are interested, please reserve your spot on our Sign Up Genius. Thank you so much. The students are already signing up and excited to begin the service portion of their curriculum.


High School

Yes, we know the year has barely begun, but it is already time to start considering where your 8th grader is going to attend school next year! If you haven’t already done so, we suggest you take your child to shadow at the school(s) in which you are interested sooner rather than later. Some schools have early admission policies, entrance tests, and/or financial aid requirements. By applying early, you may save yourself trouble later on.



For more information about how the Middle School classroom works, parental and student responsibilities, and community service, please read the Parent Handbook including Middle School Section.


Contact Information

We welcome communication with you at any time. Our contact information is as follows:




Erika cell: (317) 748 5795

Beth cell: (317) 752-3237


A Few Word from Maria…

“Here is an essential principle of education: to teach details is to bring confusion. To establish the relationship between things is to bring knowledge.” (Montessori, Childhood to Adolescence)


Erika Eicholz and Beth Hatton