Previewing the Middle School

February 04, 2014

January and February.  'Tis the season for named winter storms, Super Bowl hype, and…Preview Nights at CMS!  The Toddler/Primary Program hosted a successful Preview Night in January, and this evening (Tuesday, February 4), the Elementary and Middle School Programs will follow suit.  Please join us from 6-7pm to hear faculty describe Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School.  And if you'd like a parent perspective, then please join us from 7-8pm for a panel featuring Upper Elementary and Middle School parents who will answer questions about Montessori at older levels.

For now, I'd like to highlight some activities of Cambridge Montessori's Middle-Schoolers because they certainly have been busy this winter.

Cambridge Montessori's Middle School prides itself on our urban classroom without walls, and as such, our Seventh- and Eighth-Graders are involved in a number of activities, many of them off-campus.  For their winter community service focus, Middle School students visited and worked with Birthday Wishes in Newton and Windsor House in Cambridge; in February, our Eighth-Graders will deliver donations to Cradles to Crayons in Brighton.  Middle-Schoolers enjoy Ski School at Nashoba Valley on wintertime Fridays (they have free reign of the mountain with their 1.5-hour "free ski/snowboard"), and afterwards, the Eighth-Graders prepare and sell hot chocolate to raise money for their culminating Spanish trip to Puerto Rico in April.

Middle School students also enjoyed some virtual travel this winter.  They "drove" the Oregon Trail when they studied US Westward Expansion in math, English, science, and social studies lessons.  The Middle School Arts teachers also explored this topic by offering electives such as "Music of the Westward Expansion" – fiddle and banjo galore! – and "Mystery Dinner Theater."  Our students "traveled" to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, enjoyed period-specific food and drink at the Red Dog Saloon, and solved a mystery.  Never a dull moment!

This is but a glimpse of the rich and engaging work our Middle-Schoolers are doing.  For even more information, please join us this evening for our Elementary and Middle School Preview Night and Parent Panel.

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