October 11, 2019
Forgive the pun, but our STEAM program this year is going full steam ahead! As you may remember from this article last year, we implemented a SCISA-accredited program integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics, commonly known as STEAM. This allows us to bridge these seemingly different subjects into one overarching view, showing where they relate and how it relates to our practical life.
This year, we are doing one STEAM program per quarter for all students K-12. For the first quarter, we focused on one of my absolute favorite things: Bread. We discussed the historical impact of agriculture and how it shaped our society into the one we have today. We looked at the science behind bread, the yeast lifecycle, and fermentation. We used engineering design principles and mathematics to try to reverse-engineer a bread recipe and experimented to find one that worked. We then did the most memorable part of the lesson: baked delicious fresh bread!
As we progress through this year, we will continue doing activities to bridge the arbitrary boundaries we have placed around STEAM subjects and works. This allows us to build education in a way that is more natural, complete, and, most importantly, fun. I am so glad to be in charge of this program and hope all of the students enjoy these lessons as much as I do.
- Stephen Saunier, Middle School Co-Lead and STEAM Coordinator
Dates to Remember
October 14-18 - Fall Break, extended day available
October 21-25 - Spirit Week*
October 25 - Primary Book Character Day
October 25 - Box Tops for Education due
October 25 - Fall Fest, 2:30-6:30, 2:30 dismissal for all programs
Oct. 28-Nov. 1 - Middle and High School conference week
November 4 - Upper School Open House in the morning
November 8 - All Programs Closed for professional development
November 15 - UE Family Visit Morning
November 26 - Thanksgiving Blessing at 10 a.m.
See here for the full, interactive calendar.
Please refer to correspondence from your child's teacher(s) regarding attire for each Spirit Week day as they vary slightly by level.
Our annual Fall Festival is quickly approaching! We are excited to try things a little differently and host the festival here on campus. All programs will close at 2:30 on Friday, October 25 so that staff, families, and guests can come enjoy the festival together. Click here or on the image below to view the Fall Fest order form to place your dinner orders in the front office. If you would like to volunteer to cover a station, serve food, or clean up during Fall Fest, please add your name to this spreadsheet (please do not move or erase names that are already filled in!).
Glo-Grams and Ghost-a-Grams
SCMEA Regional Orchestra
Primary Planet Pajama Party
Elementary Classroom Campout
Friday Dance Party
High School Sky Top Trip
Middle School Mandalas
Toddler Three Works
Cub Scout Fire Safety
Paper Airplane Flights
National Yearbook Week
Peace Garden Gardening
Meals on Wheels Volunteers
Alumni Catch-Up: Alex Aviles
Alex Aviles is currently attending Valdosta State University where he is working toward his bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics. When he is not studying, he is also working a part-time job as a Teaching Assistant for Valdosta’s Astronomy Department Head.
Alex came to Montessori School of Anderson as a freshman in high school. Even though he was only here a brief time (compared to so many of our “whole lifers,” meaning 16-18 years at MSA), he built up some great memories including the time spent during his last year working on his senior project: The Solar System. In his words, “I spent months researching the planets and NASA, which culminated in two weeks of all-nighters looking at the stars through my homemade telescope. I could not have done that without the help of several of the MSA teachers and parents. They helped me build the telescope, do research, and even stayed into the early morning hours while I scanned the skies taking pictures.”
To the MSA students, Alex recommends: “The human mind is a terrible thing to waste. Never stop learning and never stop growing. Keep looking up.”
As far as thoughts to our MSA parents: “Montessori will open your children’s hearts and minds. They will grow both as people and as intellectuals. Your children will have the most enriching experience at Montessori.”
To my teachers at MSA: “I owe most of my life to you. If it were not for you, I would never have found my love for Astronomy and Physics. You all made such a huge positive impact on my life; I can never repay you. Thank you.”