April 12, 2019
Charlie and the Peace Rock
Dates to Remember
April 19 - Spring Break, all programs closed
April 22 - Spring Break, extended day only
April 23 - Annual Report and STEAM Night (see notes below)
April 23-25 - Stan-10 Testing, Grades 4-8
April 26 - Field Day
April 27 - Campus Work Day and Touch-A-Truck (see notes below)
Board Corner - Annual Meeting April 23rd @ 6:00 p.m.
Please join us for the annual meeting in the main office. As every year, the financial data will be available for review. The CPA will be present to answer any questions. Additionally, the slate of nominees for next year will be presented.
Thank you to all who attended our grade level meetings with parents. It was great to hear how pleased families are with the wonderful Montessori education their children are receiving at all levels. Many thanks to the amazing faculty and staff who work so hard each day to make MSA the best school in Anderson!
STEAM Certification and STEAM Night
Update on our STEAM certification review:
Dr. Jordan, current SCISA Executive Director, and Mr. Watt, past SCISA Executive Director, conducted interviews with some faculty and students. Their focus was primarily on our Middle School program, but through the course of our faculty sharing the STEAM opportunities that our students have had, Dr. Jordan and Mr. Watt saw and heard clearly that we are taking steps in all levels and have plans to continue including STEAM campus-wide.
We are one of the few schools to be approved for STEAM certification. Our MS program was granted STEAM certification as of Monday, April 8 (Yay!) and STEAM certification for our other programs is pending until we submit documentation of our upcoming school-wide history/technology STEAM project. This is great news and will result in whole-school STEAM certification much sooner than we had expected.
Our FULL STEAM AHEAD night (April 23) will truly be a celebration of this achievement! This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the exciting hands-on, real-world work that we do! You will be hearing more about STEAM as we continue to integrate this curriculum.
Campus Work Day - Saturday, April 27th @ 8:30 a.m.
Time for a spring spruce up for our campus before the weather gets too warm. Current needs are general yard work, window washing, and pressure washing. Please bring your own tools, including pressure washer if that is your interest. Please let us know you are coming by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for volunteering your time!
Touch-A-Truck - Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bradford Pear Trees
We wanted to make you aware of a change occurring on our campus over Spring Break…
As everyone knows now (but didn’t know across the South then), the lovely, graceful ornamental Bradford Pear trees that line our parking lot are considered a “nuisance tree.” When they bloom, they put off an unpleasant odor and their life expectancy is short (approx. 20-22 years) before they become spindly and brittle – meaning their branches easily break during high winds and storms. Unfortunately, that happened recently in our parking lot resulting in damage to one of our teacher’s cars. Since the trees were all planted about the same time, we expect more of these breakages to occur. The Forestry Commission recently recommended cutting this type of tree down whenever possible. Queue the boy scouts.
The Day the Crayons Quit
Ship It Day
The images below are just a few shots from the day. Click here to view a gallery containing many more photos of the design, creation, and presentation process. Thank you to Mrs. Miller and Middle School students Lizzie and Alessia for contributing their pictures to the gallery!