Presentation on theme: "Welcome to Wauwatosa Montessori School"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome to Wauwatosa Montessori School Parent Information Meeting
2 Agenda Overview and Information - 10 min The Montessori Learning Environment - 20minQuestions - 10minFacility Walk-Thru and Tour - 20 min
3 Our Staff William Anderson Principal Jessica Bahr Teaching Assistant Upper EleTyler Burmeister BandSarah Crabtree MusicTierra DiCarlo Children’s HouseSuzanne Graber MusicKathryn Hartung World LanguageShannon Kobinsky Children’s HouseMelissa Lang Phy EdChar Murphy Administrative AssistantJenny Leigh ArtLinda O’Brien Teaching Assistant Lower EleTracy Raasch Upper ElementaryMargaret Sezemsky Lower ElementaryHaley Stozek OrchestraErica Tome TA Children’s House (JK & SK)Kristee Yardly-Catlett TA Children’s House (JK & SK)
4 BackgroundWauwatosa Montessori School is built upon the educational legacy of Dr. Maria Montessori, which began more than 100 years ago.Dr. Montessori was the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School.In 1907, Dr. Montessori discerned a fundamental premise about children – all children are uniquely intelligent. This was a unique concept for this time and continues to be innovative.
5 More Recent ResearchPiaget, Gardner, Goleman and many other current educational theorist validate this premise.Dr. Montessori’s focus on the whole child moves away from the traditional adult-centered classroom to an environment and methodology that is designed to facilitate the development of the child’s independence and sense of personal empowerment.
6 Our GoalTo provide children with an authentic Montessori education that will foster a love of learning, self-confidence, personal creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit.Our academic program will assist children in discovering their true potential through the nurturing of their intelligence and creativity.You are giving your children an outstanding preparation for middle school, high school, college and life.
7 Our JourneyWauwatosa Montessori School opened its doors September 2011.Student population of 63 students.3 teachers, 3 teacher assistants3 classrooms and Multi-purpose roomOne section of Children’s HouseOne section of Lower ElementaryOne section of Upper ElementaryKitchen – not staffed
8 Our Journey - 2012 Student population of 87 students. 3.5 teachers, 4 teacher assistants, 1 administrator and 1 administrative assistant.3 classrooms and multi-purpose roomTwo section of Children’s HouseOne section of Lower ElementaryOne section of Upper ElementaryNew children’s house classroomArt/World Language classroomNew gym
9 2012 continued New main office Kitchen – Staffed Front lobby and entrywayNew signageOutside landscape upgrades along buildingParent Teacher Organization (PTO)Cub Scout Pack 111STEM club (students and parents)Communication and webpage improvementsParent education opportunities (Book Club)
10 2013-14 School Year Add second classroom of lower elementary Classroom expansion – need parent inputBreitlow Field up-gradesWeather Station – WeatherBug NetworkGardens …….Outdoor main entrance – muralsBefore & After school programWednesday afternoon program Rec Programming (2:20pm – 3:20pm)
11 Enrollment/Application LotterySibling PreferencePrior Montessori Experience (4K and Beyond)Application WindowFebruary 4-22nd Lottery drawing on March 1st.Applications can be turned in Student Services, Our office, or home school main office.You must be a current Wauwatosa resident or currently enrolled in the DistrictInfo and applications are located on our web
12 Wauwatosa Public Montessori School Parent Information – Overview of Montessori at the Children’s House level2013
13 Welcome to Wauwatosa Montessori School! Wauwatosa is a leader in Public Montessori educationWe have both a Children’s House and an Elementary Training Institute here in Milwaukee
14 Maria Montessori 1870-1952 Born in Italy Italy’s 1st female medical doctorBegan her teaching career by working with children with disabilitiesApproached education using the Scientific Method
46 LanguageCursive Practice in sandReading in the Library
47 MathematicsThe Mathematics in Children’s House involve both the hand and the mind. Montessori realized that it is essential for the child to have orderly sensorial impressions; repeated concrete experiences are the basis of mathematical concepts.
48 MathematicsThe 4 year old on the left is practicing tracing numbers on a chalkboard while the 5 year old on the right has completed the Hundred Board~ organizing the #’s in the correct order.
56 Scientific research has shown that: Cognition is optimized when movement is consistent with thinking.We learn best when we are interested in what we are learning about.Extrinsic rewards reduce motivation and level of performance once the rewards are removed.People thrive when they feel a sense of choice and control.We learn best when our learning is situated in meaningful contexts.Children can learn very well from and with peers; after age 6, children respond well to collaborative learning situations.
57 Famous Montessori Advocates Jean Piaget: noted Swiss psychologist and head of the Swiss Montessori SocietyErik Erikson: noted anthropologist, author and trained Montessori teacherThomas Edison: scientist, inventor and founder of a Montessori schoolMister Rogers: children’s television personality and strong supporter of Montessori education
58 Famous Montessori Graduates Lary Page & Sergey Brin: Founders of GoogleJeff Bezos: Founder & CEO of Amazon.comJimmy Wales: Founder of WikipediaWill Wright: Creator of “The Sims” video gameAnne Frank (deceased), famous diarist from WWIIJulia Child: Chef & authorWhen Larry Page & Sergey Brin (founders of Google) were asked if the fact that their parents were college professors was a factor behind their success, they said no, that it was their going to a Montessori school where they learned to be self-directed and self-starters. They said that Montessori education allowed them to learn to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.