A Chapel Hill Ballerina’s Great Leap Forward to Chicago

A Chapel Hill Ballerina’s Great Leap Forward to Chicago By Al Daniel “Bravery and freedom” defined a revolutionary year in Greta Abbey’s lifelong dream of a career in ballet. The two wholesome values are also her words for how one of her Lower Elementary teachers at the Montessori Community School influenced her approach to creativity...

I Don’t Want to go Outside!

I Don’t Want to go Outside! Written by Adam Miller, MCS Primary Teacher This is exactly what a three-year old student said to me five years ago.  As a child of the late 70s, this comment made no sense to me whatsoever. However, it did make me think about how times have changed since I...

Grace and Courtesy in a Montessori Classroom

Grace and Courtesy in a Montessori Classroom  Written by Annie Green, MCS Primary Teacher There are many pieces of a Montessori environment that set it apart from your typical classroom. From the way the children independently work at woven rugs and wooden tables, to the way the teacher gives lessons to only a few children...

Let’s Talk About It

Very early in my career, there was an administrator at the school where I was teaching who had a sign in her office that read: If you promise not to believe everything you child says happens at school, I’ll promise not to believe everything your child says happens at home. While, on the one hand, I’m...

Character Development

“If losing builds character, then we’ve got enough characters on this team to fill up a Dickens novel.” While I can’t recall precisely who said this, I do remember it well, for it was a quote attributed to a member of the Northwestern University football team back in the late 1970s. I was a student at...

Getting Started

“Getting started is like getting a rocket off the ground. You need the most energy and the most push to get started; once you’re up there and going, then it’s easier to keep going. But getting going is always tough.”      That’s how cartoonist R. Crumb characterized how he viewed his own creative process,...

Adolescent Community Peace Study Service Trip to Puerto Rico

May 5, 2018 At the beginning of our trip, we arrived at 4:15 am to go to the airport. On the plane most of us either went to sleep or listened to music. When we arrived in San Juan, we had lunch at the mall and then we settled into our rooms at Casa Coral....

Peace Study Service Trip

The Adolescent students are about to embark on our Peace Study trip to Puerto Rico. During the trip, we will kayak through a bioluminescent bay, take a trip to Old San Juan, and contribute to service projects to help rebuild houses that were destroyed during Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We will also visit and play...

From Yesterday’s JUST TRYAN IT & Touch-A-Truck

One of our adolescent students did a superb job of opening the JUST TRYAN IT triathlon, by singing the national anthem. A big congratulations to Team MCS, who raised $2,482! The MCS bus was at Touch A Truck in Chapel Hill on Sunday. A few adolescent students represented Cool Beans and passed out free lemonade. Thank you...

Garden Day Assembly

A poem by Sam Furman read at today’s Garden Day Assembly: If friendship were a garden,  Then flowers be the friends How well our gardens cultivate On each gardener that depends. Some flowers must remain in light,  And some will need support But all require love and care Regardless of their sort. We grow our...