Learning continues thanks to family-school partnership
Parents and guardians, students, teachers and program directors are working together to accomplish WMS’s first week of remote/continual learning. Thank you to all the families and teachers who shared your experiences with us through email and social media this week.
Upper Elementary students create mandalas from nature
For their Upper Elementary Peace lesson this week, students took walks and gathered items from nature to create their own nature-inspired mandalas.
“This is how we continue our Montessori education during the coronavirus!” said UE Program Director Liz Hoyer. “I love them!”
THE VALUE OF COLLEGE COUNSELING During turbulent times
By College Counselor Jill O’Keefe
Who among us could have foreseen a time when high schools and colleges across the country were closed, standardized tests cancelled, and prospective college students denied the ability to visit campuses prior to enrolling at a school?
Unfortunately, we are living in that time now. Seniors, who a few weeks ago were eagerly planning trips to attend admitted student events in order to make an informed enrollment decision are now riddled with anxiety about how they will be able to make a good decision prior to the May 1 enrollment deadline. Juniors who have spent months preparing to take the SAT or ACT are now unable to take those tests. Students who planned to travel over spring break to visit colleges are now tethered to their laptops taking virtual tours and attending virtual student panel discussions.
It is at times like this that the value of our college counseling program becomes very clear. Our students have the advantage of spending dedicated time working through the complex college admissions process with expert guidance. Our seniors know their college list is carefully curated to meet their goals, which gives them the confidence to make their enrollment decision during this time of uncertainty. Juniors know they will have help navigating the application process from someone who understands how colleges are responding to this unique application cycle. Having an experienced resource to rely on during turbulent times is a reassuring confidence boost to students and parents.
If you have concerns about how the coronavirus will impact your student’s college admissions process, please email me to set up a time to talk. I am happy to set up a call or virtual meeting now while school is closed, or an in-person meeting later in the year when this is just a memory.
We are in this together!
Lower Elementary Photo gallery
Lower Elementary students at home took nature walks, gathering rocks to paint. They studied the continents and they participated in lessons via Zoom. A Magnolia student who is studying multiplication used a checkerboard app to replicate the checkerboard work at school. A Willow student baked clay hoary bats, and built a diorama showing the bats in their habitat.
Toddler photo gallery
Toddlers played, colored, took nature walks, picked up rocks and made Merril Lundgren’s delicious green smoothie this week.
Early Childhood photo gallery
EC children participated in a wide variety of activities, too, holding circle time with their stuffed animals, continuing their continent studies, using dominoes to learn numbers, finding everyday items to represent the letter “g”, finding and painting rocks, “meeting” with their teachers digitally and practicing practical life. Apple teacher Jody Sagawa asked her students to conduct science experiments by making terraria to learn about the water cycle (rain in a bottle) and sink/float experiments at home.
Middle School and Upper Elementary Science “Fair” goes on
The MS and UE Science Fair went on, despite social distancing and school-at-home. On Thursday, as scheduled, the Middle School held a virtual science fair through Zoom, attended by between 60-99 virtual participants at any one time! The students showcased seven projects, ranging from an analysis of golf balls and a study of a quartet of infant heart problems to an examination of memes. Meanwhile, Upper EL students are individually presenting their projects to their teachers through videos. The photos below show one MS project and an UE student working on his project earlier this week. We’ll have more project photos to show you next week.