True grit: Largest donation in MMS history honors Julie Margolis and Darlene Spangler

MMS interim co-directors Darlene Spangler and Julie Margolis

MMS interim co-directors Darlene Spangler and Julie Margolis

A local family has taken the traditional end of year teacher gift to a whole new level with a $30,000 contribution to Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street. The donation marks the single largest gift to MMS in its 38-year-year history. 

Some $20,000 was given to the Mountaineer Montessori scholarship program in honor of Julie Margolis and Darlene Spangler, long-time MMS faculty members who served as interim directors in 2010-2013 during a leadership transition at the school.  The remaining $10,000 is earmarked for a faculty appreciation fund.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous said, “Through sheer grit and determination Julie and Darlene managed to not only keep the school together, they were integral in making it what it is today. They worked countless hours for minimal rewards and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

“We hope our gift inspires others to dig a little deeper to help less privileged students enjoy the benefits of a Mountaineer Montessori education and to support the school’s dedicated faculty and staff,” the donor said.

Meeting the challenge through grit and determination

Margolis and Spangler are widely credited successfully with steering the school through a  leadership transition. The teachers volunteered as co-directors in May 2010 and worked as a tireless team to sustain and expand the school’s programs, faculty and enrollment.

“Without Julie and Darlene, our school might not be here today,” the donor said.

With their leadership, faculty, board members, students and parents came together to forge a new chapter in the school’s history, emerging from the transition with a new permanent Head of School, Dana Gilliland; the addition of a middle school; establishment of a scholarship fund; implementation of a powerful marketing and fundraising program; and a projected fall 2014 enrollment of 120, up from 82 in 2011.

Margolis, who continues in the role as co-director, has served on the MMS staff for 18 years, four in administration and 14 teaching in the areas of advanced mathematics and physical education.  She is a former public school teacher and computer programmer.  She earned a B.S. from the University of Vermont and M.S. from Penn State University. Julie and her husband, Jay Margolis, are the parents of four children, two of whom are MMS alumni.

Spangler has played many important roles in her 18 years at MMS, including teacher, administrator and leader.  She is currently an elementary specialist working with advanced students in novel studies. Previously, she spent 14 years as an assistant teacher in the advanced elementary class. She also served as the school’s assistant administrator for 13 years and interim co-director for three years. Spangler earned her B.A. in English from Duke University. Darlene and her husband, Reed Spangler, are the parents of two MMS alumni.

Julie Margolis, Darlene and Reed Spangler

Julie Margolis and Darlene and Reed Spangler

“This generous gift will open doors of opportunity to children in our community,” said Gilliland. “We are thrilled that more deserving students will have the opportunity to experience a Montessori education,” said Gilliland.

Gift honors “extraordinary service”

“On behalf of the MMS Board of Directors, I wish to express our deep appreciation for this generous gift. It is a wonderful way to honor Julie and Darlene for their extraordinary service to our school,” said Harry Bell. “As an independent school, we receive no government funding.  Without support from businesses, foundations and individual donors, we could not offer the quality and range of programs for which MMS is known.”

The donation comes at pivotal time for Mountaineer Montessori, which is finalizing “MMS@50,” a strategic plan that will guide the school to its 50th anniversary.  The plan, to be announced at the school’s annual meeting, lays out an inspiring agenda for expanding and enriching the school’s academic programs, faculty, facilities, enrollment and grade levels served in coming years.

“A strong financial base and partnerships with businesses and individuals committed to the future of West Virginia will enable MMS to lead as an education innovator for the next 50 years,” Bell said. “This donation will enhance two key strategies – expanding scholarships and supporting a high quality faculty – necessary to make our plan a reality.”

Julie Margolis and her family (even the dog!) get their "M" on.

Julie Margolis and her family (even the dog!) get their “M” on.

Elements of “MMS@50” are already being implemented, he noted.  Recruitment and training of faculty to serve its expanding enrollment, creation of a new MMS Middle School (the only one of its kind in West Virginia), site selection for a larger facility; development of an outdoor community classroom and environmental learning center; and formation of strategic collaborations with  Montessori schools in other parts of the state, are currently in process.

About MMS

Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street, is the oldest, largest and most established Montessori school in West Virginia. MMS has served an estimated 1,000 Charleston students since its founding in 1976 by education pioneer Mary McKown. Starting in August, MMS will offer a full range of academic and cultural programs, including a full-time on-site learning specialist, to 120 students ages 3 to 15.  All lead faculty members are certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) or the American Montessori Society (AMS), the two most recognized Montessori training programs world-wide.

For more information, call 304/342-7870.


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MEDIA CONTACT: Dana Gilliland, Head of School, 304/224-4552 (cell), 304/342-7870 (office), dgilliland@mountaineermontessori.org.


West Virginia’s only Montessori middle school to open this August

“The adolescent’s vital force has a special intensity. It can burn out of control — but if channeled, it can move mountains. The adolescent has an astonishing capacity for work and an unquenched thirst for adventure and self-discovery.” Maria Montessori School

MMS Middle School Prospectus

Maria Montessori understood that adolescence is a time of profound creative and social change,  identity formation and self-confidence building. Dr. Montessori laid out a plan for what she called a “school of experience in the elements of social life,” emphasizing work that is meaningful, collaborative and adult-like. Her plan for work and study offer adolescents true integration of knowledge and experience as well as opportunities for genuine contribution to their community. The result is intellectual independence, an awareness of human connections and the strengthening of moral character.

The Montessori adolescent program creates an environment that meets the needs of students at this pivotal time in their life:

  • They need to work.
  • They need to be challenged.
  • They need to be empowered.
  • They need the earth (land).
  • They need to build community.
  • They need to develop a personal vision.

 

 

MMS Middle School at Unity of Kanawha Valley Mountaineer Montessori Middle School to open this August

 To enable Charleston students to pursue their academic, social and emotional development in an environment that respects their needs and great potential, a new MMS program for seventh and eighth grade students will open in August.

Suzanne Sanders Lead Middle School Guide

Suzanne Sanders
Lead Middle School Guide

The MMS Middle School, located at Unity of Kanawha Valley at Myrtle and Bridge Roads, will be the only school of its kind in West Virginia.  The program will be one of high expectations for students featuring an academically rigorous curriculum that emphasizes STEM, arts, entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship and community service. A farm-to-table agricultural program will be implemented the first year.

We will offer holistic, individualized support to each student so that he or she is able to develop his or her full potential as a future leader and contributing member of society.

The MMS Middle School faculty team includes Suzanne Sanders (who led our upper elementary class for three years and who has 15 years of authentic Montessori experience), Rachel Scarpelli (an educator and lower elementary classroom assistant), and Head of School Dana Rowe Gilliland (who has created and led Montessori middle school programs in the U.S. and abroad). Suzanne and Rachel will spend the summer participating in rigorous and specialized on-campus adolescent teacher training programs offered by AMI.

Rachel Scarpelli Middle School Assistant

Rachel Scarpelli
Middle School Assistant

MMS is privileged to be working with two of the world’s leading Montessori adolescent education consultants to establish our middle school: Laurie Ewert-Krocker, the founding head teacher of the Hershey Montessori School Farm School, widely considered the premier Montessori adolescent program in the country, and David Kahn, executive director of the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA).  Their expert advice has and will continue to guide our site selection and facilities, curriculum design and resource development to ensure we offer the very best academic program possible for our students and the community.

10336735_790022174365810_1915967739794053561_nApplications for enrollment are considered on an individual basis. Tuition assistance and scholarships are available based on financial need. For more information, please call 304/342-7870 or email: info@mountaineermontessori.org

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Mountaineer Montessori Middle School Launch-Planting the Seeds for the Future

Mountaineer Montessori launches middle school Charleston Daily Mail, 12/4/13

 

 

 

 

middle school articleReady, set, GROW! (published January 2014)

In response to our strong enrollment and demonstrated interest from our families, MMS will extend its unmatched educational program through the eighth grade in an environment that meets the unique need of adolescent students. “Planting the Seeds for the Future” lays the groundwork for expanding the school’s curriculum beginning in August 2014.  Through this campaign, we will engage business, community and educational leaders in this exciting program to build a new generation of leaders, innovators and thoughtful citizens who will shape the future of West Virginia.

The campaign was launched December 3, 2013, as Laurie Ewert-Krocker, who advises schools around the world on adolescent education, met with MMS parents and faculty and toured potential sites for the new program.  Laurie, the founding head teacher of the Hershey Farm School in Ohio, widely considered the premier Montessori adolescent program in the country, and David Kahn, executive director of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, comprise the world-class consulting team guiding Mountaineer Montessori’s middle school expansion activities, including site selection, curriculum design and resource development.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on this exciting project that promises to be a model for the future of education in West Virginia.

 

Plant the Seeds for the Future with MMS 

A resource campaign to  support the middle school site, curriculum development and transition is underway.  Your financial and/or real property contributions and participation on our fundraising team will help open a new era of excellence and innovation in education for adolescent students in West Virginia.  For more information, contact Dana Gilliland, Head of School, at 304/342-7870;  dgilliland@mountaineermontessori.org.

 


MMS students lend a ‘hand’ to light the way for education at ‘Prom Night’ on May 31

10409733_778872718814089_3298158111963270874_n“Prom Night” is the theme for the second annual “Luminaria Gala,” to be presented by Mountaineer Montessori School on May 31 at Berry Hills Country Club.  The event, presented by Bailey& Glasser LLP, benefits the school’s ”Lighting the Way for Education” scholarship and program funds.

The party begins at 6 p.m. with a festive cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception and an extensive auction, which includes several unique class-wide art projects facilitated by MMS faculty and local artists.

They include: “I Can Change the World with My Own Two Hands,” a 49-inch wide glass installation featuring primary students’ (3-6 years) handprints and a lighted globe; a set of Adirondack furniture decorated with whimsical creations painted under the direction of renowned artist Charly Hamilton; ancient civilization-inspired dinnerware created by junior elementary students under the direction of faculty member David Pushkin, MFA, a former professor of fine art at Columbia, American and Hofstra Universities; and a handmade cherry bookcase filled with books donated by advanced students.

Other auction items include: two orchestra seat tickets to the American Music
Awards, to be held November 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles; two grounds passes to the finals of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.; a guitar autographed by Paul McCartney; seven romantic nights at the St. James Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia; deluxe vacation packages to Vail, Colo., Cancun and the Napa Valley; gift certificates to almost every restaurant in town; and more.

IMG_0224A gourmet seated dinner, remarks by Coach Huggins, live auction and dancing will follow.

Winners for two major raffles will also be drawn that evening.  The prize for the first raffle is free tuition for a year at MMS (subject to school admission policies) or $3,500 in cash; tickets are $100 and only 100 will be sold. The winner of the second raffle will take home a 50-bottle wine cellar; tickets are $25 each.

Tickets to “Prom Night” are $75 per person, and include a $35 tax-deductible contribution to MMS. Thanks to fundraiser such as the Luminaria Gala, MMS has tripled its scholarship support in the past three years. For more information, please call the MMS office at 304/342-7870.

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Get ready for the “Best. Summer. Ever.” at Mountaineer Montessori School

Slide1Registration is now open for the “Best. Summer. Ever.,” a six week series of unique experiential learning and camp sessions for children ages 3-12 to be presented by Mountaineer Montessori School  from June 23-August.1.

A wide variety of high-quality specialty classes and theme-week programs, including upcycling, knitting and fiber arts and children’s cooking classes will be offered in two separate, but complementary camp programs led by fully-trained MMS faculty.  All sessions are open to MMS and non-MMS students. Discounted registration rates are effective through June 11.

“MMS Arts & Sciences Camp” is for children entering first through sixth grades. Campers can choose from a menu of activities, including: academic skills; arts and crafts; cooking; drama; fiber arts and knitting; fitness and games; music and dance; nature studies; scrapbooking; sports; science; Spanish; and track and field. Sessions run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Prior to June 11, registration is $400 for each two-week session; $1100 for all 6 weeks.  After June 11, registration is $480 per session.  $1340 for all 6 weeks.  Full payment due at the time of registration.

“Summer to Grow On” is a special camp track created for children ages 3 to rising kindergartners. Focused indoor and outdoor exploration activities will be built upon a weekly theme, including: Art Week; Around the World; Cooking up a Storm; Fun with Water; Music Week; and World Olympics. Sessions run 9 a.m. to noon. Prior to June 11, registration is $240 for each two-week session; $600 for all 6 weeks.  After June 11, registration is $280 per session.  $750 for all 6 weeks.  Full payment due at the time of registration.

Before and After Care:

  • 8:00-9:00: $5 per day ($125 for all six weeks)
  • 12:00-5:30: $28/day ($660 for all six weeks)
  • 3:00-5:30: $12.50/day ($300 for all six weeks)

Registration is based upon three two-week sessions:

June 23-July 3; July 7-18; and July 21-Aug. 1.

For information about the “Best. Summer. Ever,” please call 304/342-7870.

Click here to download the double-sided Summer brochure.

 


Success with a twist: MMS presents “Lemonade Day with the Stars”

LEMONADE DAY WITH THE STARSLocal VIPs worked alongside students as mentors and celebrity servers as Mountaineer Montessori School presented  “Lemonade Day with the Stars” on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Capitol Market.  Proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship and specialty programs. Morgan Robinson from Electric 102.7, artist Charly Hamilton, Highland Hospital Marketing Director Jim Strawn and Capitol Market Tammy Borstnar were among the local VIPs who served up lemonade — and success tips — at the event.

 “Lemonade Day” is a nation-wide initiative that gives children the skills and opportunity to start and run their own business.  Lemonade Day was launched in Houston in 2007 with 2,700 students. This year, more than 1 million children in 100 cities are expected to take part.  In West Virginia, an estimated 3,000 students from 300 schools, churches and community groups will participate in Lemonade Day, says Matthew Thompson, Lemonade Day State Director for Vision Shared, the state-wide economic development organization that is spearheading the program here.The primary objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become engaged members of society – the business leaders, social advocates and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow.  “Lemonade Day helps Lemonade Day Jim Strawnstudents understand that not only can they create their own business, but they can create their own future,” says Vision Shared President/CEO Cory Dennison.

 

With the majority of new job growth attributed to small businesses and start-ups, programs such as Lemonade Day can help build the foundation for sustainable economic development for the state, Dennison says.  That’s a view echoed by state business leaders.

 

“At BB&T, we understand that the long-term success of any business – and our state – depends on building a culture of innovation and initiative,” said Bobby Blakley, Regional President of BB&T, one of the sponsors of Lemonade Day 2014.

 

IMG_0578“By teaching children to start and run their own business, programs like Lemonade Day play a big role in developing an entrepreneurial mindset.  We are proud to be a part of this exciting national movement.”

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‘The Science of Character,’ new film on values, to make WV debut at MMS on April 1

Brain_Power Mountaineer Montessori School will present the exclusive West Virginia premiere of “The Science of Character,” a short film that explores new research on the neuroscience and social science behind character development and our ability to shape who we are, on Tuesday, April 1, at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

More than 1,500 organizations in all 50 states and in 40 countries are taking part in the film’s launch events, designed to create connections and global conversations about values and character development.  MMS is the only West Virginia venue selected for the premiere.

The film is a production of Tiffany Shlain & The Moxie Institute Films, an independent production company and lab committed to positive social change.

bluecharacterMMS to (literally) roll out the red carpet

“The Science of Character,” is the marquee feature to be presented at a special MMS Parents Night event that will feature short videos on topics of interest to parents and families.  Popcorn, paparazzi and other fixtures of a Hollywood premiere will set a festive tone for this all-ages event, which is open to the public, including potential students and their parents.  Reservations requested; please call the office at 304/342-7870.

 About MMS

Located at 308 20th Street in Charleston’s Kanawha City neighborhood, MMS currently provides a full academic and cultural curriculum to 100 students ages 3 through 12 in an authentic Montessori environment. The school is expanding to add a middle school and second junior elementary classroom this fall.

All MMS lead faculty members are fully certified by the Association Montessori Internationale or the American Montessori Society, the two most recognized Montessori teacher training programs worldwide. In addition to an approved academic program, MMS offers an on-site learning specialist; physical education at the University of Charleston pool and gymnasium; computer skills and coding workshops at its Apple computer lab; Spanish lessons; professionally-led art classes; formal vocal and instrumental music programs; and Montessori-based after-school and summer programs.

 Founded in 1976, MMS is the largest and most well-established Montessori school in West Virginia, serving an estimated 1,000 students since it opening its doors.

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Education through the eyes of a child: MMS ‘Silent Journey and Discovery’ experience to be held March 4

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Mountaineer Montessori School will present a “Silent Journey and Discovery Experience” on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. The event is designed to give parents, educators and interested members of the public the opportunity to view and interact with a Montessori classroom through the eyes of a child.

Attendees will participate through the lens of quiet observation, gathering first impressions as a child does on his or her first day of school.

For a short time, you get to be the child

“As you take in the sensory richness and detail of the Montessori classrooms, you will experience the sense of order and sequence that so elegantly engages children who work and play within these walls,” explains Head of School Dana Gilliland, adding that “for a short time, you get to be the child.”

A discussion and refreshments will follow the “Silent Journey and Discovery Experience.” Complimentary child care is available with a reservation. For more information, contact Beth George at 304/342-7870.

Why choose Montessori?

“As parents, we choose Montessori for our child for a long list of reasons,” explains Gilliland. “There is the development of independence and health self-esteem, which evolves so naturally in a Montessori community; the foundation in academic subjects like math and language, which are introduced at the child’s level of ability and interest; and the opportunity for your child to socialize with peers and for you to meet other families who share you conscious parenting values,” she says.

“But have you ever wondered what Montessori looks like through the eyes of a child?  This is a special chance to find out,” Gilliland says.

Why Mountaineer Montessori?

Located at 308 20th Street in Charleston’s Kanawha City neighborhood, MMS currently provides a full academic and cultural curriculum to 100 students ages 3 through 12 in an authentic Montessori environment. The school is expanding to add a middle school and second junior elementary classroom this fall.

All MMS lead faculty members are fully certified by the Association Montessori Internationale or the American Montessori Society, the two most recognized Montessori teacher training programs worldwide. In addition to an approved academic program, MMS offers an on-site learning specialist; physical education at the University of Charleston pool and gymnasium; computer skills and coding workshops at its Apple computer lab; Spanish lessons; professionally-led art classes; formal vocal and instrumental music programs; and Montessori-based after-school and summer programs.

Founded in 1976, MMS is the largest and most well-established Montessori school in West Virginia, serving an estimated 1,000 students since it opening its doors.

For more information, call 304/342-7870.


MMS to add second junior elementary, middle school classes to meet demand; applications now being accepted for 14-15

front doors In response to strong enrollment trends, Mountaineer Montessori School (MMS) will expand to include a second junior elementary class and a middle school program starting in the fall.   All classes were at capacity this year, and the school is now accepting applications for the limited number of slots available for new students in the 2014-15 school year. Prospective families are encouraged to contact the school immediately to schedule an interview. For more information, call 304/342-7870.

Located at 308 20th Street in Charleston’s Kanawha City neighborhood, MMS currently provides a full academic and cultural curriculum to 100 students ages 3 through 12 in an authentic Montessori environment. All lead faculty members are fully certified by the Association Montessori Internationale or the American Montessori Society, the two most recognized Montessori teacher training programs. The school offers an on-site learning specialist; physical education at the University of Charleston pool and gymnasium; computer skills and coding workshops at its Apple computer lab; Spanish lessons; professionally-led art classes; formal vocal and instrumental music programs; and Montessori-based after-school and summer programs.

Founded in 1976, MMS is the largest and most well-established Montessori school in West Virginia, serving an estimated 1,000 students since opening its doors.

 

 


Recalled “Iced Mountain” brand bottled water not served at MMS

This morning, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department halted the distribution of a specific brand of bottled water in three Kanawha County schools after it was found to have a “strong odor” and “a problem with the taste,” according to a news release from the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.  It is important for parents to know that “Iced Mountain” is not among the brands of bottled water available at MMS.

Musty water pulled from three Kanawha County Schools,” Charleston Gazette, 2/12/14

 


We do not put a price on safety: MMS launches independent testing, updated water protocols

(CHARLESTON, W.VA.), Feb. 10, 2014 — In response to the ongoing water situation in West Virginia, Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street, has invested in independent testing of several water sources within the school and is implementing an updated comprehensive Water Quality Assessment and Use Plan to guide future water usage at the school. The new protocols were developed in consultation with MMS faculty, Board of Directors, and MMS parents, including George Phillips, an experienced chemical engineer, and Dr. Elizabeth Scharman, director of the West Virginia Poison Center.

The plan includes a series of water tests to supplement free testing provided by the National Guard. MMS sought the independent review to provide deeper guidance for administrators and parents. “We do not put a price on student safety,” said MMS Head of School Dana Gilliland.

Here are media reports on the steps we are taking to ensure safety for students, faculty and the MMS community:

 Private schools conduct independent water tests, WOWK-TV, 2/12/14

No end date for use of bottled water in schools , Charleston Gazette, 2/11/14
Private schools still wary of water after chemical spill , Charleston Daily Mail, 2/11/14

What we are doing:

Since the crisis began, MMS students have been drinking bottled water exclusively. Hand-washing stations using bottled water have been set up. Wipes and hand sanitizer are also in use. Elementary-aged students are allowed to use the bathroom sinks with parental permission.

The new testing procedures began Jan. 24. Samples were taken from four areas of the school and sent to TestAmerica, the leading analytical laboratory for environmental testing services in the United States. Results from gas chromatography/mass spec analysis of the water samples were received on Jan. 27 and were analyzed by Phillips.

All samples tested well below the levels of MCHM (1ppm) that the CDC has determined is “acceptable for use.”  Based upon these results, students will now be allowed to use sinks for hand washing with a permission slip from their parents. They may also continue to use bottled water, hand sanitizer and wipes.

Use of tap water for drinking, dishwashing and other uses that might result in exposure by ingestion will continue to be prohibited until the Phase II of testing is completed.

Moving forward:

Phase II includes the following steps:

•       Install an activated carbon filter on one of the school’s water fountains week of Feb. 10.
•       Flush all water fountains for five minutes twice a day (10 minutes per day) on each school day for five days (one school week). During this time, the filter for the test fountain will not be changed.
•       On agreed sample date, conduct the following sample plan with TestAmerica:
a.  Flush for five minutes and then sample the filtered “test” fountain and remaining  fountains.
b.  After these samples are collected, install a fresh activated carbon filter cartridge on the test fountain and flush for five minutes.
c.  Collect second water sample from the test fountain.
d.  Include a non-MMS water sample from outside the WVAWC system (Putnam Public Service District) in the samples for analysis.

Once these results are received, MMS will compare them to samples taken on Jan. 24.

“This will show change in levels in MCHM in the supply line as the result of system usage external to MMS.  The trend will allow projection to theoretical ‘zero’ MCHM and provide insight into when the water may be utilized for drinking, dishwashing and similar purposes,” said Phillips.

MMS will compare activated carbon filter sample from the “test” fountain to the untreated sample to show effectiveness of activated carbon on MCHM removal.  The school will also compare results from fresh activated carbon filters to filters that have been in service for one week to establish recommended frequency of filter replacement.  MMS will also compare results to a sample that was not impacted by the spill (Putnam Public Service District) as a reference.

Independent, accurate, precise and valid data sought:

“This process will be able to provide independent, accurate, precise and valid data to guide our decisions and future water use policies.  We will not allow any student to drink tap water until all the tests are conducted and we have parental permission. This process will take about two to three weeks,” said Gilliland.

Stepping up to serve, learn from the water crisis:

MMS has also responded to the water situation by:

•       Collecting and delivering hundreds of gallons of water to elderly, disabled and other citizens unable to travel to official water distribution sites.

•       Using the Montessori “Water at Work” lessons to help first through third graders understand water flow and disbursement and observe how water reacts when new substances are added.

•       Repurposing plastic water bottles into soaring, colorful towers of art marking this important point in the history of our community.

Students make aquapocalypse art . State Journal, February 7, 2014

•       Help primary students (ages 3-6) negotiate the many changes in their world within the context of the Montessori “Prepared Environment.”

•       Conducting songwriting workshops to help students communicate their feelings about the water situation in music. These original compositions are being scored and students will record and share their water message throughout the community.

Founded in 1976, MMS is a private, independent and non-sectarian school providing a full academic and cultural curriculum to 100 students ages 3-12. It is the largest and longest-established Montessori school in West Virginia, serving an estimated 1,000 students since it was founded by education pioneer Mary McKown. All lead faculty have full AMS or AMI certifications, the two most widely-recognized credentials in Montessori education worldwide.