What an amazing year it’s been for Secondary Montessori! Today is the last day of school, and faculty and students have been packing up for the big move to the new campus. Administration, faculty, the Magnet office, contractors and your PTSO will be working diligently all summer to be ready for the opening of John Taylor Williams Secondary Montessori in August. Our newly hired teachers will be immersed in Montessori training at CMStep this summer, and your PTSO will continue its work to support the efforts of the school, plan community events, fundraisers and more.
Staff will be in touch toward the end of the summer looking for volunteers to help ready the new campus for the first day of school on Monday, August 28. Student volunteers can rack up required volunteer hours, and adults can rack up some good karma points 😉
Enjoy your summer with friends and family, explore, stay safe and make life-long memories!
The Secondary Montessori Vipers finished their last NICA race in Leland, just outside of Wilmington, on June 4.
This was a very different course from the other races, leading through a swamp with sandy ground. Our team did well and gave their best! The last riders were the high-schoolers. After they finished the first leg (5.2 miles), a major downpour opened the skies, and they all came through the finish line soaked to the bones and muddy but exhilarated and happy. The Vipers Team were clear about one thing: It was the most memorable race ever!
We are looking to double our team in size for the next season. Everyone is welcome, no matter your experience or gender. It’s all about the team spirit, keeping fit and healthy and having fun! Contact Coach Mark Dombroski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thanks to generous Sedgefield Montessori families and caring volunteers, our staff has been shown just how much we appreciate them during the past month. This week, our PTSO is sending them off with one last goodie:
As a result of our recent collection efforts, our full-time teachers each received $100, and each support staff member received $50. All were also given a plant and a card.
Thanks to everyone for your generosity, and remember to show your appreciation for our hard-working staff not just today, but every day!
Our new campus (John Taylor Williams Secondary Montessori at 2400 Carmine Street, Charlotte, NC) is opening in August 2017, and now begs the question, “What’s the quickest, safest, earth-friendly way to get to and from school?”
Your PTSO is gathering information about transportation needs for the 2017-18 school year. From carpools to CMS shuttle stops, completing this survey will help us decrease travel time, be kinder to our environment and build community.
These are our options:
Our CMS Transportation representative is Suzanne Earle, and she will be organizing our busing routes from now until August, when the routes will be finalized for the start of school.
We are seeking a parent representative to serve as a liaison between families, CMS Transportation and Williams Montessori administration to help streamline transportation options and information. If you can help, please contact PTSO President-Elect Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski at email@example.com.
Please fill out this survey by June 9, 2017, to help us gather information on the transportation needs of our community for the 2017-2018 school year, and stayed tuned for more information to come.
There’s no school on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Be sure to thank the veteran in your life for their service. Stay safe and have fun!
Things are moving rapidly for the expansion of Secondary Montessori next year. The official name of the school is John Taylor Williams Secondary Montessori (but most folks are calling it Williams Montessori for short), and our mascot will be the Trailblazer. The district graphics department is already working on logo proposals.
The construction upgrades are going well on the Williams Montessori campus, and painting is including our school colors of blue and orange. Check out the photo on Sedgefield Montessori PTSO’s Facebook page to see paint samples.
Our own campus means we need our own staff, and there has been an overwhelming level of interest from talented people wanting to help build the Secondary Montessori program. The current Secondary Montessori teachers will move to the new program, and joining them will be new teachers in core subjects like Math and Social Studies, plus Art, Music, Theatre Arts, Spanish, Health/Physical Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Exceptional Children (EC). Also on board are 2 counselors, 2 secretaries and a technology facilitator. Most of the positions are filled or almost filled, with 9 or 10 team members scheduled to attend part 1 of Secondary Montessori training this summer.
Options are still being discussed on several other topics. A meeting on Tuesday with CMS Transportation and interested parents came up with ideas on making bus rides shorter. Look for information this summer as we try to work through those options. The principal is meeting this week with CMS Athletics to see what options are available for sports at Williams Montessori’s campus. This year, our parents and students established Ultimate Frisbee and Mountain Biking competitive clubs, and those will be going with us to the new campus as well.
Park Road Montessori will host Camp Invention the week of June 26-29. Rising and current Secondary Montessori students can meet their full first quarter service hours requirement by registering as a counselor-in-training (CIT) at www.campinvention.org/cit. Students looking to build leadership and mentoring skills and who are enthusiastic, positive, and creative should email Melissa Toner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. She is still in need of three more CITs.
The CIT students will work with instructors to facilitate instruction, activities, and provide assistance to campers. Cost starts at $125 for CITs. CIT participants must be registered by May 25.
Your PTSO representatives are busy building your PTSO Executive Board and Leadership Team for the 2017-2018 school year at John Taylor Williams Secondary Montessori. Getting involved in the PTSO is a great way to feel connected with your school community and shape the future of Secondary Montessori.
We invite anyone who is interested in being a part of the PTSO leadership to sign up for one of our open positions:
If you have special hobbies, interests or talents, feel free to contact PTSO president, Dara Whittle (email@example.com), or president-elect, Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski (AlexandraHischen@icloud.com), so they can help plug you into a meaningful volunteer role.