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
“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”
The Spring Equinox was a sign of rejoicing. The light to spring break was shining brighter, and the realization that upon our return the end of the year is only a stone’s throw away. We have witnessed a renewed dedication to group work as they build WWI trenches and explore renewable energy. Our students are embracing the growth of their community through personal world, creative expression, P.E. and health extension works. This will prove extremely beneficial as they support each other through the changes internships and spring play preparations will bring.
Dates to Remember
March 29: Spring Break, NO School
April 1: Tuition Due
April 1-5: Spring Break, NO School
April 8: School Resumes
April 13-15: Terra Nova Testing
April 23: Taste of the World, 9-Noon
May 4: PTO Auction
May 10: Spring Program
May 28: Kindergarten Graduation, 6:30 p.m.
May 29: Elementary 1& 2 Graduation, 6:30 p.m.
May 30: 8th Year Panel Presentation, 10:00 a.m.
May 30: Middle School Graduation, 6:30 p.m. (7th & 8th years attend)
Thank you to all of our Merciful Help Center drivers.
Terra Nova Standardized Testing
The week after spring break, we will be administering the Terra Nova standardized tests. Though these tests are not the sole determinants of high school admission and placement, they can certainly benefit the students if they do well. We have practiced our test taking skills, and so far, our students have done a marvelous job in improving the quality of their work. PLEASE help us the week of testing by making sure your adolescent gets a good night sleep (9 hours is preferred) and a healthy breakfast with plenty of protein and some fruit sugars. It would also help to limit screen time over these days.
Students are gearing up for their internships. They have learned how to write a resume and an application cover letter. The 7ths apply and interview for a job here at school. The 8ths should, by now or very soon, have at found a position in the community. Please let us know if your child is having difficulty with finding an internship, and we’ll see what we can do to help.
Taste of the World
This year’s Taste of the World is on April 23. Mrs. Eicholz’s room will represent Asia and Mrs. Hatton’s room will represent Europe, so we’ll be looking for volunteers to help prepare some delicious European dishes for us! If you are interested in fulfilling any remaining volunteer hours this way, please let us know. We’ll be in touch via Sign-Up Genius closer to the date with more information.
A Few Words from Gandhi about Maria…
“You have very truly remarked that if we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won’t have the struggle, we won’t have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which, consciously or unconsciously, the whole world is hungering.”
-Mahatma Gandhi from a speech at the Montessori Training College, London, October 28, 1931
Erika & Beth