Only at MMS: what’s cool about our school


At Mountaineer Montessori, we’re proud of the many things that make us special.  After nearly 40 years and 1,000 students, some pretty amazing things have happened here.   Here are just a few:

1.  At Mountaineer Montessori:  Our students wrote their own school song in 2011.  It will tell everything you need to know about our students, our school and our values. You can listen to it here.

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2. Our school t-shirt has gone around the world to share the Montessori magic.  Using the colorful “M” from our school sign, Mark Wolfe designed our nifty shirts, which became a fashion craze in Charleston when they were first introduced to MMS students in 2012 on the birthday of Maria Montessori, August 31.  Since then, MMS families and friends (and even pets!) have proudly gotten their “M” on in West Virginia, throughout the U.S. and around the globe.

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3.  Our school sign is a 20-foot-long piece of art by Charly Hamilton, created in collaboration with MMS students!

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4.   Community service is not an event, but a way of life at MMS.  For nearly a decade, our students have donated food to and served our neighbors at Manna Meal and enjoy visiting our “Reading Buddies” at Piedmont Elementary each week.

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5.  Our students participated in a “Race for Education” and other events to raise the money for, and then helped design, our beautiful outdoor playground.


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6.  In 2010, four out of the eight National Merit Scholars and the senior class president at George Washington High School were MMS alumni. In 2013, four of GW National Merit Semi-Finalists got their start at MMS!








7.  Touched by a presentation on the Hawks Nest disaster in 2011, advanced students created and sold art about the tragedy at a silent auction held during Downtown ArtWalk in April, 2011.  The $7,500 raised was donated to an educational program that will accompany a documentary on the incident being produced by David Pushkin.

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8.  We have a menagerie of amazing animal friends, including a bearded dragon named Hector, who live and/or are frequent guests at our school!

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9.  MMS was the Grand Slam Champion in the 2011 Capital City Pumpkin Drop, outscoring teams from George Washington High School and other schools across the county in this competition that tests engineering and problem-solving skills.

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10.  Our recycling program rocks!  Most schools recycle, but MMS gives it a very Montessori-twist by re-purposing unwanted items into works of art.  They include an amazing 14- by 18-foot portrait of our school, our United Way Super Scoop ice cream stand and hanging sculptures, which were created from plastic caps and jar lids under the direction of Nancy Johnston.  After mountains of bottles piled up during the West Virginia water crisis in 2014, our students turned them into fanciful works of art, inspiring a special exhibition of environmentally-themed works presented by the City of Charleston during ArtWalk!









11.  Our primary students collaborated on the plot for “Missing:  Mrs. Cornblossom,” a children’s book by Colleen Anderson, a frequent MMS artist-in-residence.  The story is set in the historic Arlington Court row house complex in Charleston’s East End neighborhood.

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12.  MMS was the State Chess Champion for grades K-5 in 2011 and 2015!  Individual honors went to three MMS students and 2011 and one student in 2015.








13.  We donated nearly $6,000 from a one-day collection event to victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.


What do YOU think is cool about our school?  Let us know and you might see your story here:




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