Off to a great start

A new school year is always an exciting time as we greet new families and observe all the growing that our children have experienced during the summer.

These last months have been busy for us as well as we redesigned some of our learning spaces, reconsidered our academic schedules, welcomed new teachers and administrators, pursued professional development, and organized special in-service programs for our Elementary teachers on Singapore Math instruction and for our Primary teachers on literacy approaches for the kindergarten children.

Here are some of the new developments:

  • Our theme for this year is “Connecting to our best selves.” We will explore how we can build on our character strengths and become more understanding of others. With this in mind, we will continue our work in promoting a positive school culture in which we respect individuality, demonstrate compassion, and build resilience in the face of the inevitable challenges of growing and learning.
  • Some classroom and office spaces have been reconfigured to accommodate our largest-ever Lower Elementary program, grades 1 through 3.
  • Throughout the Elementary, there will be more focus on independent work during class to help children develop the internal discipline to focus, stay on task, and manage time wisely.
  • The Primary classrooms are emphasizing the connection between children and nature.  Research suggests that experiences in nature are important to a child’s development intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
  • The Upper Elementary is piloting a technology class focusing on using iPads and web-based tools.
  • We are delighted to have a new chief financial officer, development director, and Learning Center director, all of whom come to us with outstanding credentials and enthusiasm for our school.
  • Thanks to the outstanding fundraising last year, we have purchased Imagination Playground equipment for the Primary children, and new classroom furniture for the Elementary, including hokki stools for active learners.
  • Administrators and board members are continuing their work on strategic planning, taking into account in-depth surveys of current and former parents that were conducted last spring. We will be reporting on the findings in the coming weeks, but overall, our community showed support for the school with more than 90 percent saying they would recommend MMS to another family.

The school year is off to a great start with exciting initiatives and a wonderful community of teachers, parents, and children. The children are growing, and so is MMS.

Brenda Mizel

Head of School