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Playing “Guess Who?” in French

A dispatch from the French classroom from fourth and fifth grade French students: In fourth and fifth grade French class, students start writing to pen pals in September. The pen pals live in southwest France, in a small town near Toulouse (where Madame Ducroux is from) called Auterive. Each student is paired with one or […]

Posted on January 29, 2020 in

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What Does it Take to Bring Shrek! to the Stage?

This year’s upper elementary musical takes us to the land of Duloc – full of effervescent fairy tale creatures, eccentric princesses, loquacious donkeys, self-centered wannabe kings, and one particularly grumpy ogre. Forced out of the kingdom for their inability to conform, the fairy tale creatures arrive at Shrek’s swamp, which he is quick to make […]

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Learning about Amphibians from the Outside In

Third grader Leland A., with the help of his fellow IA third graders, shares how studies of amphibians evolve over Lower Elementary.  Each year we third graders study the internal functions of amphibians, such as the circulatory, respiratory, and reproductive systems. The first graders study the external parts of an amphibian such as the eyes, […]

Posted on January 28, 2020 in

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And the Winner is…! Second Graders Learn About Children’s Literature Awards

In early November, second grade students visited the Society of Illustrators for The Original Art Exhibit, which showcases art from the year’s best children’s books as determined by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors. This trip was a kick-off to our Caldecott Medal unit in Library Studies. The Caldecott Medal is one of the […]

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From Austria to Zeus: LE Studies Europe

Each year, Lower Elementary studies two or three different continents in depth. That means learning about a continent through a variety of different lenses: cultural, political, geographical (biomes) as well as historical. Maria Montessori was particularly interested in helping students understand how a country’s bodies of water, topography, and plant and animal life impacted elements […]

Posted on December 11, 2019 in

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What Goes on in Sixth Grade Math? A Voice From the Inside Reports

By Jackson H., Sixth Grader Math, math, math. As sixth graders, we have a full first semester to make sure we’re ready for the ISEE, our admissions test. That includes reviewing fractions, decimals, and studying probability, data, and beginning algebra with one and two-step equations.  It keeps us busy!  But as we’re cramming all these new […]

Posted on December 10, 2019 in

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How to Make An Entire School Feel Great in Three Seconds Flat? African Dance!

The last day before Thanksgiving break, MMS students, faculty, and staff gathered in the gym for an assembly. At a certain point, the fifth and sixth graders quietly slipped out the back door, and when they returned they came running in, hands in the air, feet kicking, as an African beat reverberated around the room. […]

Posted on December 5, 2019 in

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Why We Can’t Wait for the All-School Winter Celebration

This year, MMS is uniting our winterfest concerts into one wonderful morning program celebrating our whole school on December 13. All students, from our littlest Stepping Stones to our sixth graders, will be performing on this day. The concert will focus on the theme “Making Connections,” which is exactly what our community has been doing […]

Posted on December 4, 2019 in

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Building Shelters, Eating Acorn Pancakes, and Hiking During the Third Grade Black Rock Forest Overnight

 The Black Rock Forest overnight trip is an annual rite of passage for students in third grade. As they become leaders in their Lower Elementary classrooms (grades 1-3), and look ahead to Upper Elementary when they will be spending more time together, they have the opportunity to bond and extend their time in MMS’ beloved Black […]

Posted on December 3, 2019 in

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Understanding the Past to Predict the Future

In Lower Elementary “culture lessons” include biology, geography, history, physical science, and so much more. Each year, students learn about these subjects through the lens of understanding two continents’ development over time. They come to grasp how the subjects intertwine—how mountains or aquatic life, for example, may impact a place’s culture or its history. Right […]

Posted on October 30, 2019 in

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