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

January 2019


“It is an extraordinary privilege to be accorded a human life, with self-reflexive consciousness that brings awareness to our own actions and the ability to make choices. Let us choose to take part in the healing of our world.” -Joanna Macy


Happy New Year! We wish you all a happy and healthy 2019. This month, the students will begin Cycle 7. Cycle 7 will be focusing on the theme of Changes, and we will be opening avenues of analysis and discovery of seen and unseen changes. Science will parlay EL2’s chemistry curriculum to the next level of chemical exploration. For Literature, we will follow the journey of a 14-year old Congolese/American girl in Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. In writing, we will continue to practice essay structure skills in a research application while always incorporating grammar and figurative language concepts. Our social studies focus is on the American Civil War including an insight into the lives of Indiana’s Civil War soldiers.


Dates to Remember

January 1:                   Tuition Due

January 7:                   School Resumes & Pizza Forms Due

January 11:                 Behind the Screen: How Does Social Media Affect Your Child?

6:30pm (Adults Only)

January 21:                 No school (Dr. Martin Luther King)


Once Again…

Thank you to everyone…

  • For the beautiful Christmas gifts
  • For our Merciful Help Center Drivers
  • For all our parent helpers at our Thanksgiving Feast and drivers/chaperones for the Tippecanoe Battlefield



Behind the Screen: How Does Social Media Affect Your Child?

On Friday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. MSW will be hosting a parent evening. The evening’s theme is how social media is affecting our children. This event will incorporate introduction information and a larger discussion forum. This is a hot button topic today, and we hope that providing a venue for parents to come together will help our community thrive. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP by January 10 to


Merciful Help Center

We will be continuing our work with The Merciful Help Center this semester. Drivers are always needed to transport our volunteers there each Tuesday morning. A Sign-Up Genius will be sent out soon and have volunteer slots available for this semester. It means so much to the students to be able to go and do some meaningful work within the community.


8th Grade Trip

This year’s 8th grade field study will be to Red River Gorge, KY. The trip will be a culmination of their studies this year with a focus on personal development and leadership. Please remember that payment of $450 is due by February 1. Late payment may result in being unable to attend the trip as accommodation and activity reservations must be made in advance. We are open to setting up a payment plan if needed. Please respond to us directly if this is your situation.

Checks may be made payable to MSW PTO.


New Gum Policy

A new policy of prohibiting gum in the classroom was communicated to our students prior to winter break. As a middle school community, we adhere the food policy in the Parent Handbook. Please help remind your adolescent of this new policy by leaving the gum at home.


A Few Words from Maria…

“There is a part of a child’s soul that has always been unknown but which must be known. With a spirit of sacrifice and enthusiasm we must go in search like those who travel to foreign lands and tear up mountains in their search for hidden gold. This is what the adults must do who seeks the unknown factor that lies hidden in the depths of a child’s soul. This is a labor in which all must share, without distinction of nation, race, or social standing since it means the bringing forth of an indispensable element for the moral progress of mankind.”

Dr. Maria Montessori



Erika & Beth