MMA Thursday Montessori Moments

June 28, 2018

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A Message from our Director, René Baker

I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer thus far. Things have not slowed down at school. The building has been filled with parents, teachers, students, and construction workers. It has been awesome seeing students so engaged with the Project Invention program. Check out some of their inventions in the main picture above.

Thank you for your support of our MMA families who have experienced tragedy at the commencement of summer. Our community is beautiful and I feel fortunate to be a part of it.

Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!

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Staffing Updates

Our teacher positions are filled! We hired Ms. Mikaela to teach Ms. Marleen’s previous class. She is finishing up her requirements for Montessori certification through Westminster. Ms. Karen has transitioned from special education into general ed to teach lower elementary and will take the new lower elementary class. Ms. Mandee, who started working with us late spring and has a Masters’ degree in special education, will replace Ms. Karen as special education case manager. Mr. Richard is excited to join our staff part-time as the junior high German and geography teacher. Ms. Amanda is coming to us from Chicago with several years of experience teaching in public and private Montessori schools and will use her middle school teaching certification and math endorsement to teach junior high math. We will not be replacing Ms. Shilo's position in the junior high; instead, the teaching of English language arts will be shared amongst several junior high teachers.
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Report Cards

Report cards are being mailed to all 9th graders today! We thank you for your patience as we worked through some technical difficulties. If you have questions or concerns about your child's report card, please contact us.

Curriculum Tweaks

A group of teachers that attended the AMS (American Montessori Society) national conference in April returned excited to try a new three year cycle approach to teaching Montessori curriculum. This required tweaking our existing curriculum to incorporate school-wide, themed cycles of learning - an approach already implemented by the junior high teachers after returning from their CMStep training last summer. The new approach also incorporates school-wide reading time.

The AMS conference attendees brought their idea to the leadership team and then shared their thoughts with the rest of the staff. From there, a curriculum committee convened and all teachers who volunteered to participate were granted the opportunity this summer to work on curriculum reframing. The leadership team provided the time, space (and chocolate) for teachers to collaborate and revise the curriculum.

This new approach and tweaks to our Montessori curriculum will unite our school PreK-9 around six themes for the school year. Popular school events like Literacy Night and Science Fair are incorporated into these leaning cycles in a meaningful way. We have taken this opportunity to build a curriculum that fits MMA and brought together the best pieces from several different Montessori programs in which our teachers were trained.

We are very excited to share our work with you all.

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Building Closure

The MMA building will be closed from Sunday, July 15th through Sunday, July 29th for deep cleaning. Staff are not allowed in the building during this time. Please plan accordingly.
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Construction Updates

The crews are almost finished installing wifi and security features in our new addition. Just this week, North Ogden City crews showed up to begin installing the drainage pipe that will connect to the new community pond that will be built in the future.

The Board of Directors are pleased to announce our agreement with North Ogden City, Utah in their plans to install a community pond located on the southwest side of our property. We have agreed to allow an expanded easement access in return for some improvements to our playing field. Here are some of the highlights to our agreement:

  • North Ogden City has paid to expand the current easement from 20’ to 25’ and extend it down the full length of the school’s west side of our property.
  • North Ogden City has already installed the southern portion of pipe during the construction of our addition.
  • North Ogden City will start installing the northern portion of pipe during summer.
  • North Ogden City will accept un-detained storm water from the school and detain offsite. This will allow us to have a level playing field we will no longer have a dual purpose playing field / detention pond. This is going to be beneficial for our kids.
  • Our agreement will allow for us to keep and maintain our own private gate for access to this community pond.

This will be great for all of our students to be able to take advantage of this areas for local field experiences and much more. It will be our responsibility to keep this gate closed and locked at all times when not in use.
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Thank you

Several of our junior high teachers again embarked on a trip to Ohio to continue their studies of Adolescent Montessori. They are working intensely for the next three weeks away from their families. We thank them for their dedication and hard work!

Class lists

Class lists are being finalized in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Coming Soon!

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