MMA Montessori Moments

October 21st, 2019

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Ms. Holly

  1. What three traits define you? Compassionate, Resilient, Accepting

  2. What would you like to be your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment would be to make sure I made at least one person smile every day.

  3. What's one thing you couldn't live without? I couldn’t live without my family.

  4. What is one thing you cannot resist? I can’t resist dark chocolate ice cream.

  5. What is your favorite thing to do? I love anything to do with nature.

  6. Where is the most interesting place you've traveled to and why? I traveled to Rome, Italy. I found it interesting to learn about history through the lens of art and architecture.

  7. Who is your biggest inspiration? My amazing dad is my biggest inspiration.

  8. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling at school? A quote from Martin Luther King Jr. sums up the advice I would have for anybody struggling with life: “I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be...”

  9. How do you define success? Success is knowing what you are doing is leading you and others to a happier, healthier, and a better life.

What do the students think of Ms. Holly?

1. What is the best thing about Ms. Holly? Miss Holly is funny, kind (the kids said this 20x), nice, awesome, and she teaches us so much. She is kind of like our mom and her hair is awesome!

2. Why do you think Ms. Holly is a good fit for MMA? She is a good teacher; she helps a read. Miss Holly is generous and worries when people are sad. She cares about all of us and will keep us safe. We love Miss Holly!

Ms. Jess

1. What three traits define you? Generous, efficient, dependable

2.What would you like to be your greatest accomplishment? I want my greatest accomplishment in life to be acting like the Mother I want my daughter to become.

3. What's one thing you couldn't live without? I could not live without my family.

4. What is the one thing you cannot resist? Caramel...anything caramel.

5. What is your favorite thing to do? I love doing anything that gets me out into nature. Hiking, camping, going on walks, and kayaking are just a few things that make me happy.

6. Where is the most interesting place you've traveled to and why? One of the most interesting places I have traveled to is Victoria, Canada. I took this family road trip when I was younger, and it was my first time riding a ferry. I thought it was amazing that we could drive our car onto a boat and ride into another country.

7. Who is your biggest inspiration? My Father is my biggest inspiration because he has always persevered through difficult times with a smile on his face.

8. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling at school? Making mistakes is okay. Mistakes happen, you learn from them and keep going.

9. How do you define success? A peace of mind that comes from knowing you tried your best.

What do the students think about Ms. Jess?

1. What is the best thing about Ms. Jess? Ms. Jess is so beautiful. Ms. Jess is funny and makes me laugh. I love Ms. Jess' singing voice.

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Junior High Student of the Month

Jaxon is a kind and considerate 9th grade student at MMA who helps others in his community. He enjoys school, especially time with friends. His favorite subject is English and he finds learning German fascinating. He loves music, especially heavy metal, and is considering being a drummer. He appreciates the power and strong drum beats that you can feel through the headphones when listening to heavy metal music. He would like to create music that can pull people out of hard times. "I would like to bring happiness to the world and I would love to have enough money to help charities."
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HOPE Squad is doing a service project on October 23 to commemorate the lives of Troy and Molly - two MMA students who lost their lives last year in a tragic car accident. We will be making fleece blankets and T-shirt dog toys for the animal shelter. We will also be collecting donations for the animal shelter and for Primary Children’s Hospital. In order to help this event to be a success, we would ask that you send in old t-shirts that we can make into dog toys and consider donating pet supplies or items that the hospital could use.

Junior High Reminders

Thank you all who participated in Friday's junior high community meeting. We will continue our discussion and finding ways that we can continue to build community during advisory time in the next few weeks. Please re-familiar yourselves with junior high specific norms by reviewing the Junior High Handbook.

Intersession for Junior High is this week on Thursday and Friday. Intersession is an important concept in Montessori secondary education as it allows time for students to pursue a passion and essentially pauses instruction in their regular classes for two days. Do not fear; students are still completing academic, standards-based work during this time. For this fall intersession, students will be contributing to the My Hero Project. Be sure to ask your children about what hero they will be highlighting (and why) during this time.

The end of first quarter was last Friday. Teachers should have all graded work from last quarter returned to students this week and grades will be finalized in Aspire by the end of this month. Report cards will be printed and mailed out by Friday, November 1st.

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Welcome Mr. Craig

We are excited to welcome award winning math teacher Mr. Craig to our Junior High team!

Craig Free received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah. Then he received a teaching certificate from Utah State University. Later he went back to the University of Utah and earned a master’s degree in Educational Studies. He has enjoyed teaching math for 26 years at the junior high, high school, and college levels. He taught at Uintah High School for 1 year. The last 25 years he has taught in Davis School District. He was at Centerville Jr. High for 21 years, Legacy Jr. High for 2 years, and Clearfield High School for 2 years. He also taught Math 1050 and 1060 at Salt Lake Community College for 3 years in the summers and evenings.

He received the Governor’s Award of Excellence in Secondary Math Education. Many of his students have received awards from Mathcounts, the State Math Contest, and the American Mathematics Competitions. He has been a test item writer and reviewer for the Utah State Board of Education, Western Governor’s University, Pearson, Measured Progress, and American Institutes for Research.

He grew up in Salt Lake City and has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 25 years. They have 3 children. They enjoy hiking and camping together. He has hiked to many of the highest peaks along the Wasatch Front. He is excited to be at MMA this year and learn more about the Montessori methods of teaching and learning math. He believes all students can succeed in learning math.

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Calling all Models and Testimonials!

We would like to create more social media to tell the world what we do here at Maria Montessori Academy. If you would like this opportunity for your child to increase their presence and image online, please email René this week to volunteer your child to star in these pictures and/or videos.

If you would like to provide a testimonial describing what you most appreciate about MMA (in writing or in a video), also email René this week.

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Don't Forget! Pictures Tuesday

All students will get their school pictures this week on Wednesday, October 22nd. Here are some frequently asked questions:

Does every student get their picture taken? Yes. This is for fall pictures as well as for the yearbook.

Do the students bring anything with them (i.e. order forms or money)? Yes they can; but, please encourage parents to order online. Any money will be handed directly to the photographer as teachers are not permitted to take money.

Does every student need to be in dress code? YES!!! Again, these pictures will go in the yearbook; so, every student should be in dress code. Please no hats or funny head wear.

What happens if I do not receive my photos or if they are wrong? You will need to reach out to Lifetouch with the number on the flyer. The office can not do anything regarding parent orders as this info is only available through Lifetouch.

Will there be a retake day? Yes, Re-take day is on November 14th, but please encourage your students to have their picture done next week so we do not miss anyone.

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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.MMA is very fortunate that MAPA organizes our Red Ribbon Week activities. Below you will find the schedule of activities.

Tuesday, October 22 - KICK OFF Assembly & Speaker in the Big Gym

Speaker Schedule:

  • 9-9:30am - Lower elementary
  • 9:40-10:10am - Upper elementary
  • 10:20-10:50am - Junior High

Red Ribbon / Spirit / Halloween Week - Next Week

*Students should be in dress code, other than what is listed below for each day.*

M Oct. 28 - Door Decorating; Grade color wear

T Oct. 29 - Mismatched or crazy socks

W Oct. 30 - Crazy hair

Th Oct. 31 - Wear a team jersey/shirt & 1st Place Door Prize pizza party

Fri Nov. 1 - Wear a sweatshirt / hoodie

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Coach's Corner

Do you ever wonder what your child is talking about when they come home? What is this lingo that they are speaking? This is a great resource of Montessori terminology a library of terms:

Analysis of Movement

A technique used by Montessori teachers. The adult, when showing a complex action to a a child, breaks it down into its parts and shows one step at a time, executing each movement slowly and exactly. The action thus becomes a sequence of simple movements and the child has greater chance of success when 'given the liberty to make use of them.' (Montessori, 1966, p. 108)

Isolation of Difficulty

Before giving a presentation, the Montessori teacher analyzes the activity she wants to show the child. Procedures or movements that might prove troublesome are isolated and taught to the child separately. For example, holding and snipping with scissors, a simple movement, is shown before cutting curved or zigzag lines. A task should never be so hard that it is overwhelming, nor so easy that it is boring.

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22--Picture Day

22--Red Ribbon Kick-off Speaker

28-Nov 1--Red Ribbon Week

24-25--Junior High Intersession

24--Box Top Store (11:00am-1:00pm)

28--Junior High Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-ups Open

28--Boosterthon (Fun Run) donations open


1--MAPA Meeting @ 8:45am

4--Boosterthon (Fun Run) Pep Rally

8--Classic Skating Spirit Night (5:00pm-9:00pm)

12--MMA Board Meeting, 5:30pm

13--Boosterthon Fun Run

14--Parent Education Night 5:30-7:00pm (school wide event sign-up)

18--Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-ups Open

21-22--Junior High Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:00-7:00pm

21--MAPA Gratitude Feast @ 12:00pm

22--Cultural Festival 1-3pm

25-26--Teacher Compensation Day; No School

27-29--Thanksgiving Break; No School

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