School’s out TODAY, June 9, but work is continuing all summer behind the scenes

schools-outWhat 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 ūüėČ

Enjoy your summer with friends and family, explore, stay safe and make life-long memories!

View CMS 2017-18 calendar.

The end to a great season and looking forward to next season for Vipers Mountain Biking Team

IMG_3686The Secondary Montessori Vipers finished their last NICA race in Leland, just outside of Wilmington, on June 4.

View photo album.

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 markzam@yahoo.com for more information.

Thanks for showing our Montessori staff your appreciation

IMG_2148Thanks 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!

 

Busing or carpooling to Williams Montessori? Help streamline student transportation by completing short survey

icons_featureOur 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?”

>> Complete transportation survey by June 9, 2017.

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:

  • CMS Neighborhood Bus Stops pick up and drop off close to home, and there is no need to reach out to Transportation to set this up. It automatically happens when your child is enrolled with Williams Montessori.
  • CMS Shuttle Stops significantly reduce travel time and bring Montessori families together at centralized locations around the county, with buses going directly to campus. Possible shuttle stops could be a Montessori elementary school or a neighborhood high school.¬†For example, pick-up at Park Road Montessori may be closer to 8:00‚Äď8:15, and the drop-off time may be closer to 4:45-5:00. This allows for traffic from carpool to be gone by the time the shuttle stop arrives/departs. Families at shuttle stops are encouraged to form carpools to get to and from shuttle stops and/or campus. It takes a village, right, Montessorian peeps?
  • CMS Consolidated Stops are organized by a group of parents at a local business/organization (not a CMS school) and require approval from the business/organization where the bus stop would be located as well as CMS Transportation. These can help minimize travel time on the bus, but they often dissolve over time. Per CMS Transportation, consolidated stops not as strongly recommended as shuttle stops .
  • CMS Alternate Stops need to be requested by families needing an a.m. and/or p.m. stop at places such as a YMCA, rec center, martial arts academy, etc. Please complete this form to request a stop at a different location from what your child is currently assigned.
  • Charlotte Area Transportation System’s closest bus stop is approximately 0.3 miles away from campus. CATS¬†welcomes bike riders to “Rack and Ride.”¬† Map your CATS ride to campus here.¬† Be sure to check back again in 2018, when CATS plans to open the LYNX Blue Line Extension near the new campus, which will decrease ride times.
  • Carpooling can also be a great option for busy families. Please complete the transportation survey to help interested families in the same neck of the woods find each other.

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 alexandrahischen@icloud.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.

 

Enjoy long Memorial Day Weekend

memorial-day-pictures-2017There’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!

Secondary Montessori Update

updateThings 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.

Service hours offered to Secondary Montessori students who register for summer counselor-in-training program at Camp Invention: Register by May 25

camp-invention-logoPark 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 melissa.toner@cms.k12.nc.us 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.

Williams Secondary Montessori PTSO needs your time and talents on Executive Board and Leadership Team

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:

PTSO Executive Board and PTSO Leadership roles and open positions

If you have special hobbies, interests or talents, feel free to contact PTSO president, Dara Whittle (darawhittle@live.com), or president-elect, Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski (AlexandraHischen@icloud.com), so they can help plug you into a meaningful volunteer role.

 

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