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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.
Dear Upper Elementary/Middle School Parents:
It was wonderful to see you at the recent Open House. Thank you for your generous support which enabled our team to attend the AMS Conference in Orlando. Thank you also for your ongoing efforts which allow us to create an enriched learning environment for your children. The AMS conference was a unique experience, filled with a wealth of information. The collaboration among the teachers at a recent staff meeting topped it off with “icing on the cake.”
For the remaining seven weeks of school, students in Groups A and C will continue to review concepts in: language, math, history and geography as follows. Students have taken a survey to determine their learning style. Many have learned they have multiple learning styles and are integrating several into their assignments. The results reaffirm the need for the multi-sensory approach prevalent in a Montessori classroom. Students are provided with up to 9 choices on how to complete an assignment, tapping into their linguistic, mathematical, visual-spatial, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, bodily-kinesthetic, naturalistic or existential learning style. This provides both an effective and efficient learning outcome since the ultimate goal is for student engagement and self-direction. According to the American Heritage dictionary, the Montessori Method is defined as: A method of educating young children that stresses development of a child's own initiative and natural abilities.
• 4th Language : story elements, grammar, and creative writing
• 5th Language: literature response, grammar, and creative writing
• 6th Language: oral presentation, grammar; Sixth Level Project, and creative writing
• 7th Language: Writing/Career Day Project; April 26, grammar, and creative writing
• 4th Math & Geometry cards/materials, IXL practice, Saxon lessons.
• 5th Math & Geometry cards/materials, IXL practice, Saxon lessons.
• 6th /7th - History/Geography – Overview of Tennessee history/geography: create a map including three divisions, regions, major rivers, cities, mountains, resources, and products.
• 7th Level: Friday, April 26 – Career Day: Off campus (Students will interview and visit a business of their choice. They will present a PowerPoint of their visit to students on Tuesday, April 30.
SAT Testing; April 15-19 - Please assure that your child eats a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner during this week.
Helena M. Hess
Fourth level science students will begin studying meteorology, electricity and magnetism. Additionally they will continue their discussions dealing with the periodic table.
Fifth, sixth, and seventh level science students will be studying electricity and magnetism using hands-on electricity kits containing real electronics components on a convenient experiment board. Lessons include:
1. Electron flow
2. Components and terms
3. Battery design and operation
4. Series and parallel circuits
The kits includes a pre-made experiment board with switches, light bulbs, insulators, conductors, resistors, potentiometer, battery and components for discussions on magnetism and electromagnetism
Middle school math students will continue studying linear and quadratic functions using Albanesi mathematics cards and Explore Learning. Introductory algebraic concepts will be introduced dealing with binomial products and factoring trinomials. Howe Two software will be used to add and subtract trinomials, multiply binomials, and factor trinomials. The Howe software will be used to review basic concepts studied earlier during the year to help prepare for the SAT.
Dr. Herman Jackson
For the remaining seven weeks of school, students in Group B will continue to review concepts in: language, math, health, economics, history and geography.
In Group B Language we will be studying poetry and drama to conclude our yearlong study of literary genres. In tandem the students will be completing their individualized projects which include history, geography, informational writing and creative writing.
In Group B Math and Geometry we will complete our work through grade level math concepts using the materials, IXL practice and Saxon math as a supplement.
All 4th and 5th level students will complete the JA BizTown economics/business curriculum, culminating in our onsite simulation visit on April 26th. The students have completed their interviews for jobs at the six businesses we will be managing during our visit. For the remainder of the curriculum, they will be working as business teams, learning to work together to creatively solve problems and run an effective business.
Next week we will be taking the SAT standardized tests in 4th - 7th levels. It is important that your children come to school well-rested and focused. Please be sure they arrive at school on time each day, after a good night’s sleep, a hearty breakfast and a peaceful car ride!