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Montessori Center School’s Upper Elementary Students Host ‘Year Long Project Fair’

Just before spring break, Montessori Center School’s Upper Elementary students (fourth through sixth grades) hosted a "Year Long Project Fair."

Earlier this school year, the students were given the opportunity to self-select a topic of interest to research and present. After many months of hard work, the children presented their projects last week.

We saw extremely varied topics ranging from the history of early Mayan culture to the invention of the GoPro camera.

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A Montessori Center School sixth-grade student with her project highlighting the science of bees. (Montessori Center School photo)

Along with the research writing the students found other exciting ways to showcase their work through creating project boards, models, dioramas and even games. Some of the aims of the project included supporting research skills, scientific inquiry, creativity and public speaking skills.

“It’s always incredibly rewarding to see how students respond to such large projects like this," said Patricia Colby, Montessori Center School head of school. "Watching them come to completion on such an in-depth project and create such unique ways of showcasing the information is truly inspiring.”

Montessori Center School is very proud of the incredible caliber of work as well as the dedication and ingenuity we saw from our Upper Elementary students.

The school, on Fairview Avenue in Goleta, has provided students ages 18 months through 12 years old with creative and compelling education in a supportive, nurturing environment since 1965. MCS implements the internationally renowned Montessori Method of teaching and works to ensure that the school flourishes for today’s children and for generations to come.

MCS celebrates its ‘Classic Hollywood’ Auction

The Bacara Resort & Spa was the scene for the Classic Hollywood themed Benefit Gala benefiting Montessori Center School’s programs and financial aid.

Guests sipped signature Hollywood cocktails and wine, donated by Morello Wines, at the bar with scrumptious appetizers while surveying silent auction items. After dinner, it was with pride that MCS honored its top donors to its annual fund with “Oscars Awards” which then led to a paddle raise to benefit current campus improvement. The successful evening continued with revelers enjoying desserts and dancing the night away in celebration.

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Montessori Center School, a community of nearly 300 students and 50 staff members, was founded in 1965, and has been a nonprofit since 1972. The school is independent and affiliated with the American Montessori Society and licensed by the Department of Social Services.

The mission of Montessori Center School is to offer a Montessori education that encourages intellectual, social, physical, creative and moral development, preparing students for academic excellence as well as confident, lifelong learning and responsible, caring lives.

A well-rounded curriculum includes cultural studies, language arts, mathematics and practical life and learning skills serving children 18months through 6th grade. MCS also offers after-school care, summer sessions and vacation childcare.

MCS is currently enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, visit www.mcssb.org, or contact Alyssa Morris by phone (805) 683-9383 x 104 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MCS Scores First Place in County Spelling Bee

Four local students have won the right to compete at the state level after coming out on top at the Santa Barbara County Spelling Bee, which was held Thursday at the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

 
<p>Elementary division winners in the Santa Barbara County Spelling Bee are, from left, Camille Cheng (first place) of Montessori Center School in Santa Barbara, Wesley Lin (second place) of Kellogg School in Goleta and Srikar Mandineni (third place) of Hope School.</p>

Elementary division winners in the Santa Barbara County Spelling Bee are, from left, Camille Cheng (first place) of Montessori Center School in Santa Barbara, Wesley Lin (second place) of Kellogg School in Goleta and Srikar Mandineni (third place) of Hope School. (Santa Barbara County Education Office photo)

Camille Cheng, a sixth-grader at Montessori Center School in Santa Barbara, took first place in the elementary division by correctly spelling “enmity.” Wesley Lin, a sixth-grader at Kellogg School in Goleta, took second place with “extraterrestrial.” Third place went to Srikar Mandineni, a sixth-grader at Hope School. His winning word was “oxidation.”

In the junior high division, Emily Vesper, Montessori Center School alumni and a seventh-grader from La Colina Junior High in Santa Barbara, took first place by correctly spelling “blithesome.” Second place went to Alexandra Thompson, an eighth-grader from St. Louis de Montfort School in Santa Maria. Third place was won by Naomi Buchmiller, a seventh-grader from Carpinteria Middle School, correctly spelling “hyaloid.” The two top winners in each division will proceed to the state level.


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Emily Vesper of La Colina Junior High in Santa Barbara took first place in the spelling bee's junior high division. (Santa Barbara County Education Office photo)

Thanks to The Masons Lodge, The Women’s Service Club of Goleta, and Town and Country Women’s Club for their donations. This year, two donors, Rafael Saavedra and Claudia Mazzotti, donated $1,000, which was divided up among the first-, second- and third-place winners in the elementary and junior high school bees.

The 2015 Elementary State Spelling Bee, for grades 4 through 6, will be held April 18 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton. The 2015 State Junior High Spelling Bee, for grades 7 through 9, will be held May 2 at Miller Creek Middle School in San Rafael.

More information is available from Rose Koller of the Santa Barbara County Education Office at 805.964.4710 x5222.

Children’s Author Bruce Hale Visits Montessori Center School

This past Tuesday, Montessori Center School’s Upper Elementary students (fourth through sixth grades) received a special visit from local children’s author Bruce Hale.

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Hale lives in Santa Barbara with his family and is a Southern California native and highly celebrated children’s author of more than 35 books, including the wildly popular Chet Gecko series.

The morning consisted of a lively introduction by Hale and culminated with a question-and-answer session where the students were given the opportunity to ask him well-thought-out questions in an intimate classroom setting.

“It was so wonderful for our students to hear firsthand how a story comes into being and how childhood experiences eventually make their way into a book,” MCS librarian Alexis Pope said. “When we have authors come to visit the students get so much out of the experience. It really encourages them to read, write and follow their passions.”

Montessori Center School, on Fairview Avenue in Goleta, has provided students ages 18 months through 12 years with creative and compelling education in a supportive, nurturing environment since 1965. MCS implements the internationally renowned Montessori Method of teaching and works to ensure that the school flourishes for today’s children and for generations to come.

MCS To Host Open House Jan 24

Montessori Center School will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 24.

Come and see for yourself the school’s spacious garden campus and beautiful Montessori classrooms.

The tour of MCS will begin at 11 a.m. Bring the whole family! Reservations are appreciated. Drop-ins are welcome.

Montessori Center School, at 401 N. Fairview Ave. in Goleta, has provided students ages 18 months through 12 years with creative and compelling education in a supportive, nurturing environment since 1965. MCS implements the internationally renowned Montessori Method of teaching and works to ensure that the school flourishes for today’s children and for generations to come.

Contact MCS Admissions Director Alyssa Morris at 805.683.9383 x104 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about the school or to RSVP for the Open House.

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