Back to school announcements and updates

Mountaineer Montessori Message July 3, 2020


MMS Director Jennifer Carriger is back with an update on the status of back to school planning at MMS.

The Re-entry Task Force has had its initial meeting and is moving forward apace to develop a road map for a safe year together at our school. Thanks to the many parents who participated in the Re-entry Survey distributed in June. Your responses provided valuable insight and ideas for the year ahead.

The task force has divided its work in to six main areas of focus:

By the end of today, all of the subcommittees will have met to develop a plan of action for their area of responsibility. Their recommendations will be incorporated into a school-wide Re-entry Plan that will be reviewed by the Board of Directors. The goal is to distribute this plan to our community in two-three weeks.

The Re-entry Plan will be built on three pillars:

The MMS task force, Board and staff continue to participate in professional development and online training; closely monitor developments; and research and gather recommendations and guidance from public health, education and medical organizations.

As with our remote learning updates, a page on our website will be dedicated to re-entry information. The link will found under the “What’s New” box on the home page.

Campessori, our summer program, is in full swing. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to our families, which provides wonderful, in-person enrichment activities to your children and offers helpful insight and practice for August.

Please watch for updates on steps you can take to help prepare your child and family for back to school as well as announcements on the Re-entry Plan.

Thank you again for your support and patience. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Jennifer at

Stay safe and have a happy Fourth of July!  We look forward to being together with you in the new school year. 


Mountaineer Montessori Message June 19, 2020



It has been a year that we all will remember. We are so proud of the students, teachers and families who sustained the learning, creativity and discovery in the face of the unknown over the past months. We ended the year on very strong and positive footing, and are deeply grateful for each and every one of you!

The spirit of Mountaineer Montessori was kept bright with remote learning and parent education as well as the signature events and traditions that are part of the MMS experience. Thank you to all who helped make the fourth annual MMMS Talent Show , 21 st Tie Dye Day, Eighth Year Graduation, and our Virtually Epic Spring Gala successful. And could there have been a better way to wrap up the year under any circumstances than the end of year parade? It was wonderful to see your bright faces pass in front of the school for nearly two hours in the rain!

Campessori 2020 is off to a great start this week! Our school yard and classrooms ring with the joyful sounds of “happy campers.” There are still a few spaces available in selected weeks… please contact Alasha Al-Qudwah if you would like to register your child.


Planning for 2020-21

Preparations for the new school year are underway. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families. As we pursue every possible avenue that will allow us to carry out our school’s mission while adhering to safety and health guidelines and recommendations, we want to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Please take a minute to complete a short survey and return it by Tuesday, June 23 . Your feedback is important.

Back to school survey

So far, 2020-21 planning has included participation in multiple meetings, phone conferences, webinars, and discussion groups with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, American Montessori Society consultants and member schools, and the National Association of Independent Schools. We are also monitoring announcements from Governor Justice, the state department of education, and Kanawha County Schools.

We are creating a re-entry task force in order to prepare the start of the school year, which is scheduled for August 17. The re-entry task force will include representatives from our MMS staff (administration and guides), representatives from the Board of Directors, and representatives from the parent community. We will continue to consult with the Health Department, DHHR, WVDE, Kanawha County Schools, American Montessori Society, and other outside agencies and consultants as well.

If you are interested in joining the re-entry task force, please email Jennifer at  by Tuesday, June 23. Task force meetings will take place via Zoom on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 30 . We will meet more often as needed.

All parents, please take a moment to answer the following questions that will help us get this important work started. We ask that you complete the survey by Tuesday, June 23.


Back to school survey

Thank you!