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Ms. Crystal Sorrow

Imaginative Movement

Mondays 3:35 - 4:20 PM

Ages: Three to six

Fall Semester

This class will embrace many aspects of dance, theatre, music, and movement. Students will learn basic stretches, movements, choreography, tumbling, and yoga poses. This class will be very interactive with children developing dance moves in an often improvisational style, encouraged by planned music or stylistic props. Classmates will encourage each other, laugh together, move together, and learn physical confidence. The goals in this class are to reduce shyness, encourage self-esteem, and establish freedom within self-expression. This class acknowledges that just as we all move differently we can all move confidently. Classes will also include mask making, the use of rhythm instruments, the use of poetry and story with dance, and other extensions that incorporate theatrical elements. Large movement props such as a parachute, hula-hoops, jump ropes, and bean bags will also be introduced and used to develop new physical skills.

Ms. Crystal Sorrow

Beginning Cooking

Thursdays 3:35-4:20 PM

Ages: Three and a half to six

Fall Semester

This class will strive to teach a love of the process of cooking. Children will participate in every aspect of creating an edible recipe during each class. Children will measure, count, pour, mix, identify ingredients, and discuss the final product. This class will employ the Montessori techniques of a truly sensorial experience. Students will be introduced to new foods, will learn ingredient names, and will work with a variety of kitchen implements. Some heat cooking will be used, but many recipes will focus on the preparation and will not require heat. This class will be an excellent hands-on experience and will promote self-confidence. Children will be able to eat or bring home their prepared food at the end of each class.

Please send in a container with your child each week for leftovers.

Beginning Sewing
Ms. Christina Wegner

Beginning Sewing

Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Ages: Four to six

Fall Semester

Ms. Christina Wegner will offer a Beginning Sewing Studio on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 in Ms. Martha Dolan’s classroom.

This class will serve as a fun, creative outlet as children learn beginning hand stitching techniques as they complete several different projects. Children will also learn how to sew buttons, weaving, sewing on plastic canvas and more!

*Acceptance into studio is at the teacher’s discretion. Space is limited.

Ms. Christina Eckstein

Vocal Ensemble (Spotlight Singers Junior and Senior Groups)

Mondays: Juniors 3:30 - 3:55 PM & Seniors 4:00 - 4:30 PM

Ages: Four to thirteen

Fall Semester

In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, I will be asking some of the younger elementary students to join the junior vocal ensemble. The elementary students will develop confidence and leadership skills as the younger students learn proper techniques that are being modeled by the older students. The same will apply for the advanced students assisting the senior vocal ensemble. There will be no extra cost if your child participates in two sessions. Elementary-Middle School students will be placed in groups depending on musical skill and behavior demonstrated during rehearsals.
If your answer is YES to the following questions, then the vocal ensemble studio is for you!

 Do you love to sing?
 Can you carry a tune?
 Are you able to move to the beat of the music?
 Do you have dramatic expression?
 Do you love bringing joy to others through the performing arts?

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of musical styles and genres in vocal ensemble. In addition to singing, some compositions will lend itself to great choreography and dramatic presentations. Most importantly, students learn how to work as a team and develop self-confidence as they work towards a common goal.

Ms. Susan Long


Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Ages: Six to fourteen

Fall Semester

Ms. Susie will offer a Sewing Studio on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 in Ms. Erin Sorel’s classroom.
The children will learn many different styles of sewing, including hand sewing (embroidery) and sewing on the sewing machine. Several different projects will be made at varying levels of ability. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Mr. Richard Aslanian


Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Ages: Six to fourteen

Fall Semester

All students in 1st through 8th grades are welcome to join. The requirements are a commitment to attending chess club and a basic knowledge of the game. Students need to know the names of all pieces and how they move, how to set up a chessboard, and the concept of a checkmate. The purpose of the club is to play, improve skills and to have fun! Some group instruction is provided by our chess coach at the beginning of each session, followed by the students pairing up and playing each other. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Mr. Richard.

Ms. Danaya Wright & Ms. Margaret Dixon


Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Ages: Seven to fourteen

Fall Semester

Interested in making music and learning an instrument? Pick an instrument (cannot accommodate string instruments) and join the MMS Band! No experience necessary. Students will learn the basics and get instruction through our very own performer and music educator, along with an experienced MMS parent musician. Instruments can be rented from Great Southern Music Co. for a very reasonable amount, or astudent may borrow from a friend or family member. Join us for the fall semester, and get ready to perform!

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Ms. Susan Hansen

Gaming Society

Last Monday of Month 4:00 - 5:45 PM

Ages: Twelve to fourteen

Fall Semester

The Middle School Gaming Society will meet once a month for an hour and a forty-five minutes. We will play fun table top games while working on cooperation , strategy, and critical thinking skills. There will also be optional small group games with Ms. Susan Hansen on most Fridays from 3:30-4:30 PM.

Table top games are a great way to get together and spend time with people. Middle schoolers should enjoy opportunity to hang out, not do homework and PLAY MORE GAMES!

Mr. Carter Johnson

Retro Gaming Club

Second & Fourth Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 PM

Ages: Twelve to fourteen

Fall Semester

What’s retro is new again! Come join Mr. Carter as he introduces this generation of gamers to the console that started it all, the original NES. Students will get the opportunity every second and fourth Wednesdays to experience the games of the 8 bit generation. Come test your gaming skills against some of the hardest, longest and beloved classics of the video game era. Patience, teamwork, and problem solving skills will all be necessary to conquer these games.

Each month will find students taking on a different genre of the NES. Platformers, sports, flying, RPGs, and of course MARIO will all be on display.

Ms. Elizabeth Falls

Afternoon Academics

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednsdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays 3:30 - 4:15 & 4:30 - 5:15 PM

Ages: Three and a half to seven

Fall Semester

Ms. Elizabeth Falls will be teaching private lessons from 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. each afternoon.

Lessons will focus on math and language (pre-reading, reading and handwriting).

Lessons are filled on a first come first serve basis and will be offered every afternoon in 45 minute increments. In order to keep the lessons individualized, please note there is a two student maximum per session – 3:30-4:15 and 4:30-5:15p.m.

Ms. Joanne McFarland

After School Tutoring/Homework Help – Ms. Joanne McFarland

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Ages: Six to eleven

Fall Semester

Ms. Joanne will offer one-on-one or small group skills and homework tutoring after school for 1st through 5th grade students. Students can use these sessions to:

 work on math, science, or social studies skills
 work on homework, or specific assignments
 prepare and study for a test

Tutoring/Homework Help will be available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or/and Thursday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM (unexpected changes may occur due to MMS scheduling changes). Sessions will be filled by appointment only, and on a first come/first served basis. Please contact Ms. Joanne directly to set up as many sessions as you need, at any time of the year.

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Mr. Richard Aslanian

After School Tutoring/Homework Help – Mr. Richard Aslanian

Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursday s 3:30-4:30 PM

Ages: Six to eleven

Fall Semester

Mr. Richard will offer one-on-one or small group skills and homework tutoring after school for 1st through 5th grade students. Students can use these sessions to: work on math, science, or social studies skills, work on homework, or specific assignments, prepare and study for a test.
Tutoring/Homework Help will be available on Monday, Wednesday, or/and Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (unexpected changes may occur due to MMS scheduling changes). Sessions will be filled by appointment only, and on a first come/first served basis. Please contact Mr. Richard directly to set up as many sessions as you need, at any time of the year.

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 or Have a wonderful end of the school year! Missy Norman & Sheila Koon PTO Appreciation Committee

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