6th – 8th grades

The middle school design is an integration of the current research in human development, the trends and issues in education, and the Montessori philosophy. The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for adolescents to be self-confident and gain self-knowledge, to belong to a community, to learn to be adaptable, to be academically competent and challenged, and to create a vision for their personal future; thus, to empower early adolescents.

The school structure offers:

a learner-centered environment
a developmentally-responsive curriculum
a teaching team of Montessori teachers
with additional adults as resources
parents-teachers-student partnerships
multi-aged grouping of 12-14 year olds
large blocks of learning time
peer and cross-age teaching

The early adolescent is:

an active, self directed learner
a vital member of the class, school, city, global community
a vital member of the teacher-student-parent team
responsible for keeping commitments, being honest and respectful

The curriculum and instruction includes:

transdisciplinary themes
learning how to learn strategies
personal learning plans
mastery, coaching and exploratory activities
long term cooperative learning projects
sense of community and social interaction with peers
meaningful and challenging work
activities for self-expression, self knowledge, and self-assessment
activities that value all seven intelligence’s
activities to foster interdependence
school and community service projects
activities that allow work on and with the land

The teachers are:

facilitators for learning
consultants for the students
creators of a positive climate for learning
communicators with parents and community role models
Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Teacher Appreciation Gifts

adventure Each year the teachers and faculty of Millhopper Montessori School work incredibly hard to help our children learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment. During Teacher Appreciation Week we like to let them know how much we value their efforts. This year’s theme is designed to honor each individual’s interests and choices. As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week activities, the PTO Appreciation Committee is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to purchase for our teachers and staff a gift certificate to a local merchant of their choice. By many families contributing to the same gift, they are able to select something special. Participation is optional and we hope the program will alleviate some of the stress of this busy time of year. If you would like to participate, please place your order on this webpage or you may review the letter that was mailed to your home and indicate the dollar amount you wish to contribute next to the individual’s name. Please total all your contributions and return the form with cash or check (made out to MMS PTO) in an envelope to Crystal Sorrow by Friday, May 13, 2016. You may leave the envelopes at the front desk or hand them to Crystal directly. Gift certificates will be presented to each recipient during Teacher Appreciation Week with a card from the families who have contributed. Dollar amounts are not included on the card. Since the PTO is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), your donation may be tax deductible. Please speak to your tax advisor regarding tax deductions. If you are interested in assisting with planning Teacher Appreciation Week or if have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us at missyno@bellsouth.net or rimskoon@yahoo.com. Have a wonderful end of the school year! Missy Norman & Sheila Koon PTO Appreciation Committee

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