Reverend Gwendolyn Webb to visit MSSA

On Monday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 7, Reverend Gwendolyn Webb, a civil rights leader, is coming to speak at MSSA. While here, she will visit the middle school and lower and upper elementary to discuss the history of Civil Rights. While in the middle school, she will help students kick off their Passion Projects, … Read more

Reflection from an MSSA Grad

In a recent conversation with MSSA Class of 2021 member Kate Ogden, she discussed how each level shaped her and has prepared her for high school. As a sophomore at Clark High School, she credits her success to the foundational skills taught at MSSA. Here is a snippet of her interview. Q: Looking back, what … Read more

Putting the Fun in Fundamentals

PE fundamentals

PE in elementary schools has come a long way since some of us last experienced it.  Long gone are the days of the teacher separating the class into two, handing each side a couple of red balls and then allowing each side to pelt the other by throwing the balls as hard as they could … Read more

Upcoming Standardized Testing


MSSA administers standardized tests for third through eighth-grade students in October and November. In past years, MSSA has administered the CoGAT test as an aptitude test for third, fifth, and seventh-grade students, and the Iowa Assessments, an achievement test, for students in years three through eight. This year, we are using new aptitude and achievement … Read more

Fall Family Festival

Fall Family Festival

The 2022 MSSA Fall Family Festival is coming soon, on Friday, October 14, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Bring your family and enjoy a fun evening on the MSSA campus! Admission to the event is free and dinner can be purchased from our exciting lineup of local food trucks, which include Benji’s Munch, Slider Provider, and Tlaloc. … Read more

PTC Sponsors Award-Winning Author as Guest Speaker

Michele Borba

MSSA’s PTC is delighted to have award-winning author Michele Borba, Ed.D. as our guest speaker Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 pm. Dr. Borba is an internationally renowned educator and child parenting expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s character, resilience and reduce peer cruelty. She is the award-winning author of over 24 books translated into … Read more

Montessori Journey —Science — Thursday, September 22

Montessori Science

MSSA is delighted to offer parents the Montessori Journey on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 pm.  The Montessori Journey allows parents to travel through classrooms hearing about one element of study and how that element changes throughout the years and levels.      The focus for our upcoming session of The Montessori Journey will be science, and we will see how … Read more

What is Normalization in the Montessori Classroom?

by Theresa Powers, MSSA Program Director It is well-known that Maria Montessori was a pioneer in the field of education, with books and lectures from the early 1900’s that have been translated into many languages throughout the world.  On initial encounter, some Montessori terminology can be oblique; words like normalization and horme* are words that seem old-fashioned … Read more

MSSA and the PTC

PTC Members

What is the purpose of the MSSA PTC? The goals of the PTC are to foster a sense of community at MSSA and to raise funds to enrich the programs and enhance the school grounds. We do this by organizing community events and volunteer opportunities, fundraising, and providing support to the classrooms. What are a … Read more

Back-to-School Tips

Dear MSSA Families, It was great to see so many new and familiar faces at MyMSSA Day. The smiles, handshakes, warm hugs, and the excitement and joy of coming to school were the perfect way to kick off the 2022-2023 school year!  The start of school can generate feelings of excitement and also fear or … Read more


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