The Mr. Rogers Effect and DEI

by Emily Lund I recently came across a book titled The Mister Rogers Effect and having fond memories of watching Mister Rogers as a child, I decided to check it out. What I found is that Mister Rogers’ calm demeanor, kind words and affirmations, and daily invitations to be his neighbor reflect what I see … Read more

Navigating the Media Landscape

by Theresa Powers As we gear up for a holiday break, children are excited to have time off from school, which can mean time to read, to play outside, to travel, to dream…and to spend time on their devices.  All families have their own rules and plans for time spent on media as well as … Read more

Parenting and Digital Challenges

by Theresa Powers, Program Director  One thing that is clear about the digital landscape is that it changes rapidly, and often as parents, we are not up to date with the latest changes.  Not every parent is aware of how TikTok works, as it’s algorithm makes content recommendations personalized for each user by offering up … Read more

MMUN Journey

by Josh Duelm The Eighth-grade class traveled to New York City on February 14 to participate in the annual Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) conference.  Students researched and role-played as ambassadors from countries attempting to solve global issues. Maria Montessori supported the work of the United Nations as a forum where peace could be created. … Read more

SEL Update

By Theresa Powers, Program Director MSSA continues to nurture and grow our social and emotional skills for both adults and students.  Recent SEL news: •  The Lower Elementary teachers did a wonderful job preparing their students to present about peace in their classrooms at the recent PTC meeting; the students showcased skills and strategies they … Read more

Author visits Ms. Cassandra’s Classroom

Ms. Cassandra’s class welcomed author Dr. George Thompson last week. The grandfather of Ben Srinivasan saw the book he had written, What Hardy Found, on the classroom shelf during his Grandpersons’ Day visit.  After talking with Ms. Cassandra and a few emails later, Dr. George scheduled a visit to MSSA. What began as a small … Read more

Freedom within Limits

by Theresa Powers, Program Director There are specific phrases that you hear when people describe Montessori classrooms, and “freedom within limits” is one that may seem contradictory at first.  However, when you see children in a Montessori environment working independently with autonomy to make choices about their tasks as they interact with grace and courtesy … Read more

Music at MSSA

The mission of the MSSA music program is to assist and guide each student in developing their innate musicality with a rich, developmentally based curriculum that leads to lifelong participation, enjoyment, and appreciation of music in various forms.  The core of the music curriculum is the Kodaly philosophy of music education, which encourages good vocal … Read more

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

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