Dear parents of elementary and middle school students,

We are currently in the process of revising our math and science curriculums for our fourth through eighth grade classes. The outcome will be a continuum that builds upon the Montessori math and science skills and concepts that are covered so well in early elementary and incorporates the latest developments in standards-based curriculum development and academic promotion requirements.

Over the past several years, the Common Core State Standards have gained national attention as a method to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills our students need for college and careers. Currently, Florida is in the process of transitioning from its Next Generation Sunshine State Standards over to the Common Core.

As high school requirements for graduation are becoming increasingly more rigorous, MMS continues to evaluate its program to ensure that our students are prepared to transition smoothly and successfully from one grade level to the next and finally into high school.

We are currently evaluating several math and science curriculums to adopt for the 2013-2014 school year. The criteria for curriculum adoption includes the following: a natural continuum from the discovery based approach in the lower elementary classes aligned with the Montessori philosophy,use of inquiry-based learning and applied learning methods, the use of Understanding by Design methods (ie Essential Questions, Big Ideas, Backwards Design, Transfer), inclusion of differentiated instruction methods for practice and extensions, and a strong digital component (including online textbook, resource centers, homework help and video tutors, and varied assessment methods).

We are very excited about the curriculum alterations that are in progress and how much it will enrich our Montessori-based programs. As always, MMS continues to offer a program that integrates Montessori philosophy and the best-practices trends and issues in education. Maria Montessori’s philosophy of “improving the individual in order to improve society” is the foundation upon which Millhopper Montessori School strives to create an environment for our students that challenges their ever-expanding intellect and shows them that they have the means within themselves of making significant contributions to society.

Christina J. Miller

Sherilyn Farris
Middle School Lead Teacher

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