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Chapel Hill Planning Commission

Dear Friends: I write not only to update you on our efforts to receive a Special Use Permit to expand onto our four-acre Green Property, but also to ask for your help. Next Tuesday, October 17, at 7:00 PM, MCS is scheduled to appear before the Town of Chapel Hill’s Planning Commission. The meeting will...

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Final Jeopardy

And now, it’s time for Final Jeopardy! Today’s category: Famous Movie Quotes Your Final Jeopardy answer is: “It’s not where you go. It’s who you meet along the way.” Parents, your children will have until tomorrow morning (Monday, October 2) at drop-off to provide me with the correct Final Jeopardy question. All contestants who provide me with a...

Peace Education

Peace Education and the Montessori Curriculum – On Wednesday evening, we had our first parent education event of the school year. After a brief introduction of most of our faculty, parents were split into two groups where they visited primary, elementary and adolescent environments. In each of these environments, parents were exposed to just a few...

All School Curriculum Night

The Montessori cultural curriculum integrates the subjects of history, science, civics, economics, and geography. In order to help students develop a global vision, these subjects are taught together. This holistic approach to education is called Cosmic Education. Maria Montessori believed that there was a purpose and an order to the universe. She believed it is a “gift”...

Our first week

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” I’m guessing that many of us are familiar with this quote from the Greek philosopher, Plato, since it is frequently called upon by those who need to deliver a message that speaks to “beginning” something…like a school year. But I’ll also bet that many more...

Welcome to the start of a new year

It is my honor to welcome to Montessori Community School’s 38th year. While this is only my second at MCS, it is my 37th at independent schools as a student, teacher or administrator, and I look forward seeing you and your children tomorrow when you arrive for the first day of the “New Year.” Last year when...

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First Day of School is Aug. 28th

Welcome to all new and returning students! We are looking forward to a great year. For questions, contact office@mcsdurham.org.

Montessori Matters June 4, 2017

Mens sana in corpore sano. You don’t need to be a Latin scholar to be at least a bit familiar with this oft-repeated adage, attributed to the 2nd Century AD poet, Juvenal, which translates: “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” Moreover, this philosophy has been almost universally applied to various American educational schools of...

A Take on Personalized Learning

Montessori Matters May 28, 2017

In early March, when I communicated to you the news of our plans to have Keturah Russell come out of the classroom in order to assume fulltime administrative responsibility for our Toddler, Primary and Lower Elementary programs, I informed you that this particular change would necessarily lead to other changes that would require careful consideration,...

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Montessori Matters May 21, 2017

Less than a month ago, current parent Niha Wunnava brought to my attention a very worthwhile cause known as JUST TRYAN IT. With a mission of supporting families fighting childhood cancer, the charity was seeking individuals and teams of young people, aged 6-16, who would participate in a series of mini-triathlons at the Chapel Hill...