THE FOUR PILLARS
GRACE & COURTESY
• Download Letter of Interest
• Submit completed form via email, fax, post office or hand deliver.
• If space is available, the school registrar will contact you to discuss enrollment.
• If there is no space available, the school registrar will mail you a letter indicating what number you are on her current waiting list.
• No tours will be conducted unless you have secured enrollment.
• A new Parent Seminar will need to be attended. Depending on when you secure enrollment, you will need to attend the January or May meeting.
Note: New parents begin searching in January for the upcoming school year. By May we usually are full and have waiting lists. Be proactive and plan ahead. Occasionally spots become available during the school year. The registrar will contact those people on the waiing lists in the order they were submitted.
We are proud to announce that we are the only Infant/Toddler (AMI) Montessori Program in the Reno area.
Our 0-3 year old environment is unique in that we house all of our students in one classroom.
Both of our indoor and outdoor classrooms allow for self-directed exploration and offer successes that assist the child to easily obtain independence, while promoting a positive body scheme and self-image as well as creating a healthy self-esteem.
We focus on 5 main areas in the Infant/Toddler Community: Care of the person, care of the environment, the movement of furniture, food, and grace & courtesy. Language and toileting are also a HUGE part of our daily routine. Repetition plays a big part as well. All of these skills will best help the child to be independent and successful in life, and prepares the child to enter our Primary Program. We invite you to come see our community and look forward to becoming an integral part of your child’s learning experience!
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PRIMARY PROGRAM AGES 3-5
The Primary program is the foundation of the Montessori educational system. This program offers long, uninterrupted work periods that allow children to fully engage in tasks that they have chosen for themselves, under the careful, individual guidance of their teachers. Montessori children thus have repeated opportunities to explore materials, become engrossed in their activities, and experience regular states of concentrated focus. Our materials are scientifically designed to teach multiple skills and to enable children to problem solve, using their hands and senses. Thus they can independently repeat activities and achieve mastery.
The Montessori Environment: Elementary 6 to 12 years
Our Elementary Program includes a three-year experience in a Lower Elementary classroom for children ages 6 to 9 years old (1st through third grades) and a three-year experience in an Upper Elementary group for children 9 to 12 years old (4th through 6th grade). During these years, children are characterized by a reasoning mind, a thirst for knowledge, a sense of wonder, an attraction to peers and growth toward intellectual independence. Elementary students are offered key lessons and Great Stories that invite them to explore the world around them from the farthest reaches of the cosmos to the smallest flower. Experiential materials continue to help the child explore the areas of geography, history, math, language, biology, geometry, music and Spanish. Most lessons are in small group format and assume a collaborative spirit and a social interest in learning alongside and from one's peers.
Decision-making, problem-solving and social awareness are key components of the elementary experience. Our elementary teachers are observant, respectful and passionate about guiding each child to full engagement in every area of curriculum.
"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to tough his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core." ~Maria Montessori,
To Educate the Human Potential
Our adolescent program (grades 7-9) offers a unique combination of academic work and field experiences within a small, safe community. Teachers are subject matter specialists with additional Montessori training. Under their guidance, students participate in rigorous, individualized work. Students also have regular opportunities for creative expression, and are encouraged to organize community projects. Through knowledge and experience, our adolescents develop a better understanding of their roles in the larger society. They leave our program prepared to succeed in any high school environment.
High Desert Montessori School offers programs for our students that need to be dropped off earlier than our regular start time and picked up later than the end of the day. The "Before Care" and "After Care" enrichment programs are an option for parents for a nominal fee. We have very qualified assistants that run theses programs and activities are scheduled to help keep our students busy and occupied. An after school snack is provided to the students at no extra charge.
KID SCAPE PRODUCTIONS
KidScape Productions offers before, during, and after school workshops, assemblies, out-of-school time camps, and private coaching. Our high-energy, engaging curriculum is focused on developing important life skills through the creative outlet of professional acting, role play, improvisation, breath, and yoga. Our mindful approach to communication skills, social awareness, and confidence in speaking successfully builds, balances, and enhances physical and mental flexibility; emotional understanding and regulation; identifying and using social cues; as well as memory, recall, optimism, empathy, self-acceptance, self-esteem.
In a nutshell our focus is to help students become active participants in their life. KidScape Productions provides students professional tools for life long success in communication and relationships!
FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY
CONVERGENT VS. DIVERGENT
High Desert Montessori Is 14 Years Old!
It is hard to believe that High Desert Montessori School (HDMS) is 14 years old! Since 2002 we have grown from 40 to 429 students- a true testament to the need for a public Montessori school in Northern Nevada. As a charter school, we are able to provide a tuition free school for K-9th grade as well as an outstanding infant, toddler and preschool program. You are receiving this newsletter because of your former or current support of High Desert Montessori either as a student, parent, staff member or community partner. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school community.
HDMS STUDENT SUCCESS!
At High Desert Montessori your success is our success! We were thrilled to add 9th grade three years ago which allowed many of our students to seamlessly move on to many of the signature academies throughout our area including TMCC High School, AACT (Academy of Arts, Career and Technology) and Wooster International Baccalaureate Program. This last year former HDMS student Duncan Boren was a National Merit Semifinalist! Duncan attended HDMS from ages 4 to 11. At 11, he qualified for early high school classes at The Davidson Academy. He credits his elementary school for teaching him to love school and learn independently.
SCHOOL EXPANSION = ECOSTUDENTS
EcoStudents empowers students to design and create new LEED Certified classrooms and outdoor learning environments for a healthy school and a sustainable community.
A massive, multi-year program, EcoStudents is composed of four interconnected pillars: a STEAM-basedsustainability curriculum, LEED Certification of the school campus, student job shadowing and professional development for teachers and schools. We’re currently focusing on the following projects: An Outdoor Learning Environment which will feature living laboratories, gardening, habitats, natural play areas, and urban farming for hands-on interactions with nature and entrepreneurship opportunities!
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification of an empty three-story building which will help teach the science behind LEED and provide students with the opportunity to shadow local professionals as they renovate school buildings. The end result will be a healthy, energy efficient, stimulating environment for both students
and the community.
MONTESSORI TEACHERS/GUIDES ARE ESSENTIAL!
Each teacher hired by High Desert Montessori Charter School must be highly qualified and posses a Nevada teaching license. It is our goal as a Montessori school to have the highest trained Montessori teachers in the classroom who understand and implement the pedagogy and curriculum of Montessori education. Since we are not near Montessori training centers in Nevada and it is highly difficult for us to find teachers with a Nevada teaching license and Montessori certification, we must send our teachers to training. Once hired by High Desert Montessori, teachers must choose to attend a training center and begin their Montessori coursework towards certification. Teachers can choose to receive their certification through one of two highly accredited Montessori organizations, AMI or AMS. The Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929. AMI has a unique role as custodian of the history of the Montessori movement, maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori’s legacy. In this role AMI is responsible for articulating Montessori philosophy and practice clearly in order to meet the needs of children and influence educational paradigms in a rapidly changing world. Teachers who attend training through AMI are certified to teach at Montessori schools around the world. The other organization is the American Montessori Society (AMS). The American Montessori Society was founded in 1960, in the early, heady days of a movement aimed at redefining educational options in the U.S. AMS provides the leadership and resources to make Montessori a significant and enduring voice in education. AMS serves their members, advocates for quality Montessori education, and champions Montessori principles. The credit hours accumulated during Montessori training can be transferred to college credits to be used towards a masters degree.
SAVE THE DATE!
April 29, 2017- KIDS OB BIG RIGS: Bring family and friends to this highly interactive community event to be held at Peterbuilt on McCarren and Greg Street. This event is the biggest PTO fundraiser of the year. We had over 4,000 people attend and have outgrown our facilities at HDMS. Come out and see, touch and feel over 40 Big Rigs including fire trucks, bulldozers, buses and even the Raven helicopter! We still need volunteers to commit to helping by December 14th. Please contact the school if you can help.
May 13, 2017- BREWS AND BITES: Please plan on attending the second annual “High Desert Montessori Brews and Bites”. This adult only event will be held at Craft Wine and Beer on Saturday, May 13th at 6:00 PM. The money raised from this event will go directly to our EcoStudents Project.
THE BIG ASK!
We have several worthwhile projects happening at HDMS in which we need support. If you can help out with any of the following please click on the links below or call the school at 775-624-2800. All donations made to HDMS are tax-deductible. Both High Desert Montessori Charter School and the PTO/Friends of High Desert Montessori have their non-profit 501 C 3.
Organic School Lunch Program: Help to sponsor a child in need by donating to our healthy on site school lunch program. For more information regarding Farm Fresh Catering click on https://www.farmfreshnv.com/#aboutus. To help sponsor a child, check out the Go Fund Me campaign by clicking the link below. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.
Sports Court: A small group of parents are trying to raise funds to put in a Sport Court on the Silverada playground which would provide a safe, attractive area for children to play soccer. They have been working hard to raise the $25,000 needed for this project to happen. So far they have raised $8,000 towards this project which includes the following donations: PTO $2,500, HDMS $2,500, Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe $1,000, Fur and Feathers $1,000 and Cesar Tobar of True Real Estate . If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this worthwhile project, please contact Lisa Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school.
Passenger Vans: We are in need of a 12 seat passenger van to take our students out into the community.
EcoStudents: To support EcoStudents click on the link below which will take you to the Go Fund Me campaign or mail checks to HDMS- EcoStudents Project. 2590 Orovada Street, Reno, NV 89512.
ALL DONATIONS MADE TO HDMS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
HDMS Mission Statement
High Desert Montessori School provides a safe, nurturing school environment that fosters independence, problem-solving skills, and great work in our students. We offer tools to explore the universe through Montessori’s Cosmic Education, the purpose of which is to link all areas of the human knowledge. We urge all of our students to be participating members of a socially-conscious and green community by inspiring them to be critical thinkers capable of reflection, communication, and action. We comply with all Nevada Academic and Next Generation Science State Standards.
Alissa Surges - Chair
Judy Magee - Co-Chair
Shauna Marie - Board of Directors
Parent Rep Campbell Valle - Secretary
Robin Barry - Treasurer
The High Desert Montessori Primary and Kindergarten classrooms are excited to engage in a green fundraising initiative for the eighth year in a row. Equal Exchange’s Fair Trade Fundraising Catalog is filled with delicious organic coffees, cocoas, chocolates, tree-free gift wrap and more! We have chosen Equal Exchange because the products are organic, fair trade, and they provide curriculum support to help us teach children about sustainability.
The primary teachers do one large fundraiser each year and we’re doing it just in time for the holidays! Every penny we earn will go directly into our classrooms; this is a teacher-run fundraiser. We plan to purchase new classroom materials, add playground equipment, and buy new language materials to support reading. Any extra funds will go toward Montessori materials, and classroom equipment. Please help us support our students by stocking up with items you use every day and buying high quality gifts for your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. We will earn 40% of each Equal Exchange sale!
Your purchase not only helps our classrooms to raise funds. You will be improving the lives of small-scale farmers and artisans around the globe. And because the foods are organic, you know the products you are purchasing are gentle on the earth and produced without pesticides or harmful farming practices. This could be an easy way to get some of your holiday shopping done early. If you are interested, check out the catalog at the front desk of each building. You can order directly from that catalog on the form inside, you can order directly from of the primary teachers, or ask for your own catalog. We have extras. Together we can make this the most successful fundraiser yet, while raising money in a socially responsible and environmentally conscious way.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terry Fowler - Chair
Bob Kastelic - Co-Chair
Liz Motter - Secretary
Shauna Marie - Parent Rep
Kay Ko - Treasurer
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Peaceful, Eco-literate, and Empowered Students
What is Montessori?
Montessori is a child-centered approach to education that encourages children to be actively involved in making decisions with respect to their own learning. Classrooms are mixed age, and teachers guide students individually and in small groups. Montessori lessons inspire children to experience learning as a process of discovery, while promoting concentration, self-direction, and independence.
Why Mixed Age Classrooms?
Montessori classrooms are mixed age for several reasons. Student learning is tailored to each child’s individual needs, so the available curriculum in each class spans several grade levels. Older children assist younger children, which enhances their communication and leadership skills. Children have the same teacher for several years, so a deep connection forms between teachers, children, and families. Montessori mixed age classrooms create a family-like atmosphere of community support and social awareness.
Does Montessori Follow A Curriculum?
Montessori children study the same subjects that other children do, including math, language, history, science, geography, art, and music. However, subjects are presented in an integrated way and children are able to immerse themselves in special topics of interest. Primary children (ages 3-6) learn skills that result in self direction and independence. Elementary children engage in research using original source materials instead of textbooks, and young adults in the adolescent program have opportunities for creative expression and engage in community outreach.
What is Montessori?
Why Mixed Age Classrooms?
Does Montessori Follow A Curriculum?
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