Middle school selected for global science program sponsored by NASA, NOAA and NSF

Mountaineer Montessori Middle School has been selected to join a worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists and citizens working together to better understand and sustain the Earth’s environment. Starting next fall, students will be a part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, which is jointly sponsored by NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation (NSF), with support from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.

Lead Guide Bridgett Steveson will participate in on-site GLOBE teacher training this summer to prepare for the program roll-out.

GLOBE provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists, and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and put in a global perspective.

 


Alumni share impact of MMS on education, career paths

One of the many highlights of our “Paint the Town” 40th anniversary celebration were tributes to our school and our wonderful arts educators by MMS alumni. Among those sharing memories and the impact of their Montessori experience on their later education and professional journeys were Carly Thaw, Robert Simmons, Deema Kahwash and Emily Beal.

Meet more MMS alumni here.

 

Carly Thaw

Barrie Kaufman and Carly Thaw

Carly is the daughter of Laura Bly Thaw and Rob Thaw and was a Mountaineer Montessori student for eight years. She was a National Merit Finalist and graduated from George Washington High School with highest honors in 2014. Carly is now a student at American University majoring in graphic design with a minor in theatrical design. She is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and has won many awards for her art. This summer Carly will attend the Rome Art Program as an American University Scholars and Artists Summer Fellow. She was awarded a research grant and will study coal mining history and culture in West Virginia.

 

Robert Simmons

Jennifer Carriger, Charly Hamilton and Robert Simmons

 

Robert attended Mountaineer Montessori for 10 years, from primary all the way through to middle school. He is the son of MMS faculty member Karen Kelly and Gordon Simmons. He attended George Washington High School and is now a graduate student at Marshall University, where he has earned numerous academic honors, including the Dean’s List, Phi Alpha Theta (honorary history society) and Golden Key Honor Society.

 

Deema Kahwash

Deema Kahwash, Nancy Johnston and Jennifer Carriger

 

Deema, a daughter of Dr. Zeina Haidar and Dr. Ziad Kahwash, graduated with highest honors from George Washington High School in May and is a National Merit Finalist. She will attend George Washington University this fall.

 

Emily Beal 

Emily Beal, right, with Marion Baer and Barrie Kaufman

 

Emily is a graduate of Capital High School and the University of Illinois, where she earned a B.S. in astronomy. She went on to earn a dual PhD in geoscience and astrobiology from Penn State. An environmental consultant, Emily is now the parent of an MMS student. “MMS gave me a wonderful foundation for my education and a love of learning. Throughout my life, I have talked to people from many states and countries and different backgrounds, and I cannot name one person who had a better elementary school based both on happy memories and good education,” she says.

 

Our former students are the best advertisements for the power of Montessori, and we were thrilled that they could be a part of this amazing celebration that kicks off our fifth decade of excellence and innovation in education. The best is yet to come for them and for MMS!


2017 Summer Montessori Meet-Ups Calendar

The 2017 Summer Montessori Meet-Ups line up has been set.  Meet-Ups are opportunities for MMS families and friends to connect and have fun over the summer. This is a great way for new families to meet others and a simple way to keep your children in touch with their friends in the weeks ahead.

 

While most events have a contact person listed, no RSVPs are needed unless noted…just show up and hang out with your Montessori friends…wear your “M” shirts and look for others wearing their MMS colors!

 

Please note that this calendar may be updated with additional activities or changes as events and/or weather dictate. Watch your email, social media and the MMS blog for updates. If you have an idea for an additional activity, please contact Hollie Hubbert, the 2017 Montessori Meet-Up Coordinator at Hollie.M.Hubbert@wv.gov; 304/389-3031 (cell).

 

Montessori Meet-Ups Summer 2017

 

Sunday, June 4: Symphony Sunday. Meet up in the Artisan Tent on the University of Charleston lawn at 3:40 p.m. for a Japanese culture presentation, including singing “Country Roads” in Japanese and origami lessons.  Activity will be under a tent.  If raining, the program will continue. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and stay for the WVSO performance and fireworks!  Enjoy a variety of great food vendors and music. Contact: Hollie Hubbert, Hollie.M.Hubbert@wv.gov; 304/389-3031 (cell).

Sunday, June 11:  Greenbrier Pool Party starting at noon, 5103 Chesterfield Avenue in Kanawha City. Admission is $3 for non-members. Concessions open for lunch and snacks.  Bring bathing suit, sunscreen and towel.Contact: Hollie Hubbert, Hollie.M.Hubbert@wv.gov; 304/389-3031 (cell).

Saturday, June 17: FestivALL Art Parade. Celebrate 40 years of Education in Living Color at MMS by participating in this fun and casual parade, which runs from Kanawha Boulevard down Capitol Street ending with a party at the Capitol Market. All ages (strollers, etc.) are welcome. WEAR YOUR M SHIRT. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. Participants should line up on Kanawha Boulevard at Capitol Street no later than 9:30 a.m. at Haddad Park. Please watch for details. Contact: Kari Peyatte, 304/541-2719 (cell).

Saturday, June 24: FestivALL Children’s Art Fair. Join MMS from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for make-and-take creative fun at our booth at the Kanawha County Library, presented annually as part of the the FestivALL Children’s Art Fair. Volunteers needed...please watch for details to sign up. Contact: Jennifer Carriger, jcarriger@mountaineermontessori.org.

Saturday, June 24: Art for All Reception, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Clay Center. MMS students (and their families and teachers) whose work was accepted for the 2017 FestivALL Art for All show are invited to a reception and awards presentation in the Benedum Grand Lobby. Please watch for details. Contact: JoEllen Zacks, joellenzacks@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 27: BridgeFest, 6:00-9:30 p.m., Bridge Road Shops in South Hills. Join us for this family-friendly neighborhood festival featuring great food and music. Contact/coordinator needed.

Wednesday, June 28: Tampa Taiko at the Kanawha County Library main location in downtown Charleston at 2:00 p.m. Tampa Taiko is a Japanese drumming group based out of Tampa, Florida.  In this program, children will learn how these special drums are made and will have the opportunity to learn to play them together harmoniously. No contact…just show up!

Wednesday, July 12: WV Power vs. Augusta, 7:00 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park. Rain date: July 13. Contact: Abbey Fiorelli, 304/380-6465 (cell); afiorelli@live.com.

Saturday, July 15: Magic Island Picnic, 10:00 a.m. (West Side of Charleston). Meet for splash park and playground fun and a picnic.  Bring your sunscreen, bathing suits, beach towels, volleyball for sand volley ball, soccer balls and bikes–so much to do on Magic Island.   Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch and blanket or lawn chairs. Contact: Enybe Diaz: enybe.diaz@wv.gov

Friday, July 21: Live on the Levee, Haddad River Front Park, 6:30 p.m. Featuring Qiet and 10,000 Maniacs. Meet at the bottom of the steps, stage left near/around the playground area and enjoy great food vendors, music, playing and dancing! Contact: Hollie.M.Hubbert@wv.gov; 304/389-3031 (cell).

Saturday, July 22: Downtown Streetfest, 4:30-9:00 p.m. on Capitol Street between Quarrier and Lee Streets. Head down to Capitol Street for Downtown Streetfest block party, headlined by classic rock band Chase, and featuring food, beverages, children’s activities, pop-up shops and much more. This event coincides with the Glow Run 5K, an all-age run that will light up the downtown street. The race starts at 9:00 p.m. during Downtown Streetfest, with runners and walkers decked out in glow sticks and neon. Contact: Abbey Fiorelli, 304/380-6465 (cell); afiorelli@live.com.

Wednesday, July 26: Activated Story Theatre, Kanawha County Library, Main Library, Capitol Street, 6:00 p.m. In this fun show, Activated Story Theatre will perform two stories about building and making the world a better place. Children who show up 30 minutes early may play featured roles in the show! Contact: TBD or just show up!

Sunday, August 13: Back to School Party at the Greenbrier Pool starting at noon, 5103 Chesterfield Avenue in Kanawha City. Admission is $3 for non-members. Concessions open for lunch and snacks.  Bring bathing suit, sunscreen and towel.Contact: Hollie Hubbert, Hollie.M.Hubbert@wv.gov; 304/389-3031 (cell).

Thursday, August 17: Annual MMS Back to School Ice Cream Social at Danner Meadow Park. Details TBA.

Saturday, August 26: Downtown Streetfest, 4:30-9:00 p.m. on Capitol Street between Quarrier and Lee Streets. Meet up with friends and family to enjoy a performance by the Voo Doo Katz (our “Paint the Town” headliners), food and drinks, children’s activities, pop-up shops and much more. The event coincides with the Kanawha River Navy annual “Funeral Parade”. The parade will kickoff at 5:00 p.m. on the corner of Kanawha Boulevard and Capitol Street and parade through to Downtown Streetfest. Contact: Abbey Fiorelli, 304/380-6465 (cell); afiorelli@live.com.

Reminder: This calendar may be updated with additional activities or changes as events and/or weather dictate. Watch your email, social media and the MMS blog for updates.

 


New school year calendar highlights

Our 2017-2018 calendar has been finalized and will be included with your summer enrollment information/forms.  Meanwhile, here are some of the calendar highlights:

  • August 11: New Student Visits
  • August 14:  First Day for Students – Primary Extended Day, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School
  • August 15:  First Day for Students – Returning Primary Morning Friends
  • August 16:  First Day for Students – New Primary Morning Friends
  • August 17:  Ice Cream Social @ Danner Meadow Park
  • August 22: Back to School Night-Primary
  • August 23:  Back to School Night – Elementary
  • September 4: School Closed/Labor Day
  • September 18: Annual Meeting for All Families
  • October 9-10:  Parent Conferences/No Classes/Plus Available
  • November 10: Professional Development/No Classes/No Plus
  • November 20-24:  School Closed/Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20:  Noon dismissal/Winter Concert
  • December 21-30: School Closed/New Year’s Break (School resumes January 2.)
  • February 19-23: School Closed/Winter Break
  • April 2-6:   School Closed/Spring Break
  • April 23-27:  Standardized Testing Week (grades 1-8)
  • May 17-18: Parent Conferences/No Classes/Plus available
  • May 28: School Closed/Memorial Day
  • June 1: Last Day of School/Early Dismissal/Picnic

 


Paint the Town photographs now available

Photos from Paint the Town are now available from Burns Exposure Photography, one of the wonderful Montessori Masterpieces contributors.

The link to the MMS photo gallery can be found at: http://www.burnsexposures.com/CustomerPortal/2017/Contract/Mountaineer-Montessori-Fundraiser/

If you right click an image and choose “save as,” it will download a low resolution image containing a watermark. 

If you click the download button below the image and enter the password “PaintTheTown17,” it will download a high resolution image without a watermark.Passwords are Case Sensitive. 

If you post images on social media without a watermark, Burns Exposure asks to be credited by tagging Burns Exposures. Prints can be purchased from the Burns Exposure site and images ordered will not contain a watermark.

And don’t forget to order your Montessori Masterpieces prints, posters and note cards. Orders are due on Tuesday, May 30.


Yearbook ordering underway through June 30

Orders for “Education in Living Color,” the 2016-17 MMS yearbook, are now being accepted. This year’s book will be a beautiful, 88-page page professionally designed hardcover keepsake highlighting another colorful year at Mountaineer Montessori School.

Field trips…music….Tint Sprint…playground…class projects… outdoor environment…art… chess…PE….Montessori Masterpieces….Parents Night Out… class plays….tie dye day…math… science…writing workshops….Plus…Paint the Town…picnic….summer camp… and more.  The MMS yearbook will be packed with photo memories, including several pages devoted to each class and teacher/class photos.

Your order will include the free opportunity to customize two pages with personal milestones and photos from your child’s year.  Personalization is optional.

Yearbooks, which will include MMS summer activities such as summer camp and FestivALL, will be delivered to MMS in August. Personalization and orders are due June 30 . Each copy is $40 through that date.

To order, please go to Tree Ring . The MMS passcode is 101463315626468. Copies of last year’s book, Hand in Hand, are available for perusal in the MMS office.


Montessori Masterpieces prints available

Here’s your opportunity to take home one of the world’s most famous paintings featuring your child.

Prints of our 2017 class art projects, Montessori Masterpieces, are now available.
Prints will be produced on high-quality art paper; (average size print will be 11″x 14″, but may include white margins and vary slightly by size due to shape and proportions of the original work of art).

All items are $20.00 each. Orders due Tuesday, May 30-FIRM DEADLINE

Items available:

  • High quality 11″ x 14 ” prints of eight different class masterpieces
  • Commemorative 11″ x 17″ poster featuring all eight masterpieces
  • Masterpiece 5″ x 7″ fold-over note cards with envelopes. Sold in sets of 8; choose one of each of 8 selections or 8 of one.

Order form: Montessori Masterpieces Order Form

Deliver your completed order form and check payable to “MMS” to: Beth George, Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street, SE, Charleston, WV 25304

 

Additional copies of the paintings sold at our Paint the Town auction may be available to purchasers who match the winning bid. For details, please email marketing@mountaineermontessori.org.

 

About Montessori Masterpieces

Through a project called “Montessori Masterpieces,” MS students ages 3-14 staged eight living paintings in the community. The scenes were captured digitally and edited into masterpiece images by volunteer photographers, who donated their time and services. The final images were then transformed into canvas paintings by a fine art production house.

The partnership was part of a year long celebration of “Education in Living Color” at Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street in the University of Charleston neighborhood, which is marking its 40th anniversary. The school serves 125 students ages 3-14.

The paintings premiered to the public on Thursday, May 18,  at the Capitol Conference Center from 5:00-8:00 p.m. as part of the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk, and went up for bid at “Paint the Town,” the MMS spring gala held Saturday, May 20,. (See the event page for details.) The event honored three outstanding educators who have enriched the MMS experience through integrated arts programming for a combined 75 years: Barrie Kaufman, Nancy Johnston and Charly Hamilton. (See below)

 

The Montessori Masterpieces collection includes:

Primary I: “Snap the Whip” by Winslow Homer with Burns Exposure Photography

Primary II: “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat with Mike Hall

Lower Elementary I: “School of Athens” by Raphael with Mike Winland

Lower Elementary II: “The Building of the Famous Palace of Khawarnaq” by Behzad with Chris Gosses


Upper Elementary I: “Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette” by Renoir with Mark Wolfe

Upper Elementary II: “General George Washington Resigning His Commission” by John Trumbell with Mark Wolfe

Middle School: “A Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park” by Diego Rivera with Chad Cordell 

After School  Program: “American Gothic” by Grant Wood with JoEllen Zacks

Living and learning history

The Montessori Masterpieces project directly supported and extended the school’s academic curriculum.

To prepare for their recreation of Winslow Homer’s “Snap the Whip,” one class of preschool children learned about life in the 19th century and played classic American games that children their age enjoyed in time before video games and television. Children in first through third grade gained deeper understanding of their early civilization studies by staging scenes from ancient Greece (School of Athens by Raphael) and Persia (Building of the Famous Palace of Khawarnaq by Behzad.)

Upper Elementary students recreated a pivotal scene from their studies of U.S. history this year by staging John Trumbull’s “General George Washington Resigning His Commission.” Latin history and culture was an area of focus for Middle School students and many of the central themes that emerged from their studies were depicted in the painting they staged, Diego Rivera’s “A Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.”

Celebrating art and artists

The eight “Montessori Masterpieces” will go up for bid on Saturday, May 20 at “Paint the Town,” the school’s spring gala to be held from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Columbia Gas. The brightest night of the year will highlight the school’s 40 colorful years serving more than 1,000 Charleston children and celebrate the contributions of well-known West Virginia artists and educators who have enriched the MMS experience through integrated arts programming for a combined 75 years: Barrie Kaufman, Nancy Johnston and Charly Hamilton.

The evening will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by Steven Himes and The Voodoo Katz, live and silent auctions and a “Party and Paint” station offering creative fun for grownups. Proceeds benefit the school’s teacher appreciation, financial aid and specialty programming funds.

Tickets start at $75. For more information, please see the event page or call 304/342-7870.


Paint the Town auction to benefit MMS teacher appreciation fund

A luxury Hawaiian getaway, helicopter trip, fine dining and some of the world’s most famous paintings….these are some of the amazing prizes that will go up for bid at Mountaineer Montessori School’s 40th anniversary celebration “Paint the Town” gala to be held Saturday, May 20, at Columbia Gas Transmission.

Paint the Town event information

All auction proceeds will benefit our Teacher Appreciation Fund.

 

Live auction:

 

 

 

The live auction will feature eight of the world’s most famous painting brought to life by MMS students and West Virginia photographers.  Other items up for bid include an incredible vintage cedar chest transformed into an amazing piece of art by Charly Hamilton and Plus students and a helicopter ride.

The Montessori Masterpiece Collection

 

 

Silent auction: 

 

More than 100 fine dining, entertainment, fashion, art, home decor and children’s prizes are featured in the Paint the Town silent auction.

Here’s a complete listing: MMS-PTT-Silent-Auction-Listing

We are grateful for the many generous businesses and individuals who have contributed to this year’s auction and the hard working Paint the Town committee who pulled it all together.

Bring your checkbooks and get ready to help MMS sustain its tradition of Education in Living Color!

 

 

 


Montessori Masterpieces celebrate 40 years of Education in Living Color at MMS

Some of the world’s most famous paintings are coming to Charleston through a unique collaboration between seven area photographers and artists and students from Mountaineer Montessori School.

Through a project called “Montessori Masterpieces,” students ages 3-14 staged eight living paintings in the community. The scenes were captured digitally and edited into masterpiece images by volunteer photographers, who donated their time and services. The final images were then transformed into canvas paintings by a fine art production house.

The partnership was part of a year long celebration of “Education in Living Color” at Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street in the University of Charleston neighborhood, which is marking its 40th anniversary. The school serves 125 students ages 3-14.

The paintings will premiere to the public on Thursday, May 18,  at the Capitol Conference Center from 5:00-8:00 p.m. as part of the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk, and go up for bid at “Paint the Town,” the MMS spring gala to be held Saturday, May 20, 7:00-10:00 p.m., at Columbia Gas Transmission. (See the event page for details.) The event will honor three outstanding educators who have enriched the MMS experience through integrated arts programming for a combined 75 years: Barrie Kaufman, Nancy Johnston and Charly Hamilton. (See below)

 

ArtWalk volunteer sign-up

 

The Montessori Masterpieces exhibition includes:

 

Primary I: “Snap the Whip” by Winslow Homer with Burns Exposure Photography

 

 

Primary II: “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat with Mike Hall

 

Lower Elementary I: “School of Athens” by Raphael with Mike Winland

 

 

Lower Elementary II: “The Building of the Famous Palace of Khawarnaq” by Behzad with Chris Gosses


 

Upper Elementary I: “Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette” by Renoir with Mark Wolfe

 

Upper Elementary II: “General George Washington Resigning His Commission” by John Trumbell with Mark Wolfe

 

 

Middle School: “A Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park” by Diego Rivera with Chad Cordell 

 

 

After School  Program: “American Gothic” by Grant Wood with JoEllen Zacks

 

 

 

Living and learning history

 

The Montessori Masterpieces project directly supported and extended the school’s academic curriculum.

To prepare for their recreation of Winslow Homer’s “Snap the Whip,” one class of preschool children learned about life in the 19th century and played classic American games that children their age enjoyed in time before video games and television. Children in first through third grade gained deeper understanding of their early civilization studies by staging scenes from ancient Greece (School of Athens by Raphael) and Persia (Building of the Famous Palace of Khawarnaq by Behzad.)

Upper Elementary students recreated a pivotal scene from their studies of U.S. history this year by staging John Trumbull’s “General George Washington Resigning His Commission.” Latin history and culture was an area of focus for Middle School students and many of the central themes that emerged from their studies were depicted in the painting they staged, Diego Rivera’s “A Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.”

 

Celebrating art and artists

The eight “Montessori Masterpieces” will go up for bid on Saturday, May 20 at “Paint the Town,” the school’s spring gala to be held from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Columbia Gas. The brightest night of the year will highlight the school’s 40 colorful years serving more than 1,000 Charleston children and celebrate the contributions of well-known West Virginia artists and educators who have enriched the MMS experience through integrated arts programming for a combined 75 years: Barrie Kaufman, Nancy Johnston and Charly Hamilton.

The evening will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by Steven Himes and The Voodoo Katz, live and silent auctions and a “Party and Paint” station offering creative fun for grownups. Proceeds benefit the school’s teacher appreciation, financial aid and specialty programming funds.

Tickets start at $75. For more information, please see the event page or call 304/342-7870.

 

Sponsors

Sponsors for “Paint the Town” are:

DaVinci Sponsor: Benjamin and Sarah Bailey

Monet Sponsors: Advantage Technology and BrickStreet Foundation

Picasso Sponsors: Moses Premier Auto Group, TransCanada and Ben and JoEllen Zacks

Warhol Sponsors: Anonymous; Aric Margolis Architecture, PLLC; Frank and Camilla Baer; Michael J. Del Guidice; Randy and Kari Peyette; and the Stevens Family.

Kandinsky Sponsors: Clifton and Katie Clark; Club K9 LLC; Eagle Research Corporation; Carrie Gosselink, DPM, Bone and Joint Surgeons; Hassan Family Dentistry; Joseph Jenkins and Susana Duarte; Tod, Paula, Sophia and Caroline Kaufman; Blaire Malkin and Rob Bastress; McQueen Davis PLLC; Selling West Virginia Real Estate Professionals; Dr. and Dr. Shawn and Jean Storm; and Ryan and Kate White.

 

Founded in 1976, MMS is the largest and longest-established Montessori school in West Virginia, serving 125 students ages 3-14. It is home to the only Montessori middle school in the state.

 


Robotics added to STEM curriculum

 

The MMS STEM program, which includes our exceptional math and science curriculum, weekly STEM workshops led by specialists and visiting college faculty, and computer and coding classes starting in first year, is on the move with the addition of robotics.

MMS Lead Guides Becca Moore and Bridgett Steveson completed specialized robotics educator training through NASA IV & V, certifying them to offer NASA robotics lessons in our school. The new robotics curriculum rolled out this spring for all students in lower and upper elementary and middle school. Robotics will also be offered during our summer programming.

We are proud to offer these hands-on STEM opportunities to our students. Watch for updates as we continue to develop our robotics offerings, including a new Robotics Club!