Montessori Matters

May 3, 2019

A Note from Ms. Harmon

As a former MSA parent and staff member, I would like to pass this on to reflect on during your quiet moments. A few years ago, I received a thank you note from a long time and involved mother at MSA. I have kept it on my desk at home and have read it repeatedly through the years. There are two lines (bolded) I especially appreciate and would like for all MSA parents and students to think about.

I just wanted to say a big thank you for teaching my children.

As well as being involved in their camping trips, talent shows, dog shows,

car shows, activities at Fall Fest, field days and everything else you do.

What a fantastic experience and what a way to grow up!”

That last sentence says it best to me. It was all worth my time and energy.

Dates to Remember

May 6 - Field Day

May 9 - College Night

May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday, all programs closed

May 28 - LE Peace Ceremony

May 29 - UE Piping Up

May 30 - Early dismissal at 11:30 a.m., Promotion, 6:30 p.m.

May 31 - Awards Day, 8:30 a.m.

May 31 - Last Day of School, early dismissal 10:30 (I/T-LE) and 11:00 (UE-HS)

June 1 - HS Graduation, 4:00 p.m.

Field Day Monday

We are looking forward to this year's field day! A few notes for tomorrow: Students should apply sunscreen before coming to school and will need to fill out a non-prescription medication form if they are bringing sunscreen to school to reapply. They should also bring a hat, sunglasses, a permanent marker if they want to participate in the T-shirt signing, and cash if they would like to purchase anything from the Middle School snack stand. There are still 10 field day shirts available -- youth and adult sizes -- that can be purchased for $8 through the main office.

Opening ceremonies begin at 9 with the Lower Elementary relay at 9:15, morning games until 11, upper school relay at 11:30, and then lunch. The traditional community games will be held for Lower El through High School from 1-2:30 and then clean up will take place afterwards.

Upper Elementary practiced the opening flag ceremony this past week in preparation for the event.

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Nurse's Notes: Safety Notice

MSA families and visitors, please share the following information with anyone who may be visiting or picking up your students on the MSA campus. We respectfully request that everyone follows the appropriate traffic flow and refrain from entering the exit at the center of campus. All traffic needs to enter the campus at the entrance closest to the MSA Administration Building. This has become a growing safety concern.

We appreciate your assistance with this matter.

With safest regards,

Susanna Merriman, RN


The MSA High School would like to extend a special thank you to Doolittle's Restaurant for catering the 2019 MSA Prom. The Parisian-themed menu certainly added to the "A Night in Paris"-themed Prom held at the Rivendell Clubhouse on May 4, 2019. We also would like to acknowledge Mrs. Ada Noguera for arranging for the use of the facility and to our wonderful chaperones Mr. and Mrs. Matt Dabney, Mrs. Ada Noguera, Mrs. Kelly Wickiser, and Dr. Dana Hill who donated their time and talents overseeing the event. A big shout out to our resident photographers, Mr. Matt Dabney and Mrs. Beth Dabney for capturing every moment of the evening.
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ACT: College Readiness Letter

In a recent letter from ACT, test scores from MSA graduates are reported as exceeding the state’s benchmark for college readiness consistently over the last five years. The chart below shows how well these MSA graduates have performed compared to state averages.

The letter continues on to give an outline with a five-point Action Plan for College Readiness, and we are proud to say that we have these steps already in place. MSA has Created a Common Focus by structuring the Upper School curriculum to prepare students for college and/or career. We have Established High Expectations for All throughout our entire campus, from our Infants and Toddlers all the way through our High School. We Require a Rigorous Curriculum and give students the opportunity for various Honors and Dual Enrollment courses. Mrs. Lockhart Provides Student Counseling to help high school students prepare for graduation and beyond. Finally, we Measure and Evaluate Progress with assessments like the SAT, PSAT, and ACT. Congratulations to our MSA graduates for their success, and to our MSA Upper School for preparing our students so well!
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College Night - Thursday, May 9

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, MSA will be hosting its annual College Night!

We welcome Middle and High School parents and High School students to join us in the Middle School classroom at 5:30pm for informative presentations about financial aid opportunities and the college admissions process. Our speakers will be Mike Fox from South Carolina Student Loan and Robert Bennett from Clemson University's Admissions Department. We are excited to welcome them back to MSA's campus this year!

When this concludes around 6:30pm or 7:00pm, we invite rising 11th and 12th graders and their parents to stay for a Tri-County Technical College Dual Enrollment Orientation session. Marla Cobb, Coordinator of Student Support Resources for Dual Enrollment and Career Pathways, will be providing resources and valuable information to prepare for Dual Enrollment in the upcoming fall semester.

Please let Mrs. Lockhart ( know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday at 5:30pm!

Lower Elementary Mother's Day Celebration

Lower Elementary students hosted special moms in their lives to their classroom for an afternoon of activities, exploring the classroom and Peace Garden, and a special salad lunch that they prepared themselves. Click this album for more images from the event.
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South American Culture Festival

The Primary classrooms hosted a South American Culture Festival to showcase all of the hard work Primary students have been doing in learning all about South American culture over the past couple months. Students learned a wide range of topics about South American life, including geography, flags, flora and fauna, arts, and culture. Each classroom did an amazing job bringing South American culture to MSA! See below for a few images from the night, and click the South American Culture Festival gallery to see more.
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Toddler Two

These Toddler Two toddlers are enjoying outdoor time, a book, and a music lesson with Mrs. Kern.
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Toddler One Indoor and Outdoor Works

These toddlers are learning shapes, lengths, and comparisons in their classroom. One of the toddlers found a "B"-shaped pretzel for the first letter of her name.
Outside, the toddlers have been tending to their tomato plant and discovered a caterpillar on the playground.

Getting to Know Each Other

These two infants in Infant One are getting to know each other.
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Story Jumper Jumping

In Technology class this week, fourth through eighth grade students were excited to find out that they would be writing books using the website Story Jumper. Many came up with creative story ideas and sweet dedication page messages to friends and family only to discover that their peers would be completing the rest of their book's pages after the first that they had written. After completing each page, students rotated to the next book on the computer beside them to continue working where the last student left off while only being able to view the last page that was written. The results were quite comical and the students enjoyed reading the collaborative stories they had written at the end of the class. A few images from the process are below; view this gallery to see more!
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Eighth Grade Presentations

Eighth grade presentations were completed this week with the presentation of the final topic in the series: anxiety in teenagers. Photos from the presentation have been added to the 8th Grade Presentation gallery; see the new photos and be sure to check out the rest if you missed it last week! The eighth graders did a fantastic job with their presentations!
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The eighth grade took a group portrait to celebrate their completion of this important milestone. Additional group portraits have also been added to the 8th grade presentation gallery.
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Check out how creative one of our 9th grade students is!
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Mr. Saunier's History Lessons

Mr. Saunier's Middle School mythology lesson was so exciting students from across the school, infant through high school, stopped by to check it out.
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Teddy Bear Clinic

See below for details regarding a free event at the AnMed Health Women's and Children's Hospital on May 18.
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