Mommy’s alright, daddy’s alright, they just seem a little amazed

MMSPO-MMS Fall Art-Binomes 176Are they smarter than a primary student?  Some parents were wondering as they worked on a binomial challenge presented by Head of School Dana Gilliland at the first Mountaineer Montessori School Parent Organization meeting last night.    A great turnout of primary throughout advanced parents attended this informative gathering during which they heard about new school projects and ways the MMSPO can help them support each other and their child’s educational experience.  Thank you, Elizabeth Scharman, for spearheading this exciting effort.

Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower: October 2013 Newsletter

MMS October 2013 Newsletter_Page_1Enjoy the latest issue of the MMS newsletter. It’s filled with updates on junior and advanced  lessons and field trips, primary students’ autumn explorations, SUNDAY FUNDAY, our new music program, our new cross-country team…and more!  MMS October 2013 Newsletter



Are you as smart as primary student? Find out at MMSPO tonight!

binomial 2Are you as smart as a primary student?  Find out tonight at 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the launch of the MMS Parents Organization.  We’ll hear about exciting plans for school, share ways to enhance our children’s educational experience and participate in a binomial lesson led by Dana Gilliland, Head of School.

How do you picture the word F-U-N?

Our friend Greg Henshall shot more than 100 incredible photos from SUNDAY FUNDAY.  You can see them on Facebook or order prints from Walgreens.

Piedmont Reading Buddies kicks off; drivers needed

Sixteen advanced students will serve as “reading buddies” to kindergartners at Piedmont Elementary.  This is an annual project that is part of our school’s ongoing community activities.  Students will leave every Wednesday at 11:15 from school and returning at 12 noon.   Drivers are needed to help transport our students each week.  This is an important community service and both our students and the Piedmont students benefit.  Please consider helping.  If you are able to drive to or from Piedmont, please let Suzanne Saunders as soon as possible.  Our first trip is this Wednesday, October 9th.

Calculus without tears is back-classes start Oct. 8

CalculusendofyearBy special request of Overbrook Elementary, MMS dad George Phillips is leading “Calculus without Tears” classes for the second year.  George, a DOW engineer, taught the sessions at MMS last year, donating the registration fee to our school.  In addition to the Overbrook students who have registered, there are five slots available for the current school year.   This is a great opportunity for advanced elementary students to learn about math through a fresh and entertaining perspective.  Classes, which will be held at Unity Church at the intersection of Bridge and Myrtle Roads, start Oct. 8, and run 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Your $100 registration fee will once again be donated to MMS.  Thank you George!

To sign up, call our office at 304/342-7870.


To learn more about the program and George’s passion for helping students, read this wonderful profile from the Charleston Gazette.

Destination Imagination to launch

Destination Imagination, a community-based, team creative problem solving program is launching for the 2013-14 school year.  MMS has had a very active DI program in recent years.  Children work together after school 1-2 hours a week under the guidance of trained parent team managers.  The teams solve mind bending challenges and present their solutions at a state competition held in the spring.  An organizational meeting for this year’s DI program will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at our school.  For more information, go to: or call the MMS office at 304/342-7870.

SUNDAY FUNDAY Map and Program Line up

SUNDAY FUNDAYSunday, Sunday, Sunday…..

Here’s the latest run down of the vendors, caterers and performers slated to appear at SUNDAY FUNDAY on Sept. 29.  (Please keep in mind that these listings are being continually revised;  the final line up will be available on site.)2013 Sunday   Funday Brochure Vendor Map and Program

If you are a vendor, performer or caterer and need to speak with someone about SUNDAY FUNDAY this weekend, please call: 304/541-6990.

Media contact: 312/622-3008


Mountaineer Montessori Mamas and Papas: MMPO launches Oct. 8

Mountaineer Montessori Mamas and Papas are invited to join MMPO, a new organization for  parents that will launch at the next parent meeting, to be held on October 8.  Childcare will be provided.   MMPO will be a forum to learn about our school and the Montessori method, gain insight about your child’s classroom activity and share parenting and other tips.  Thank you, Dr. Elizabeth Scharman, for organizing this wonderful new forum for the MMS community.

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Look…in the sky…it’s SUNDAY FUNDAY

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