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Local Children’s Author Lee Wardlaw Visits Montessori Center School

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By Alyssa Morris, 2/4/2014

This past Tuesday Montessori Center School’s Upper Elementary students (grades 4-6) received a special visit from local children’s author, Lee Wardlaw. Ms. Wardlaw is a Santa Barbara native and a highly celebrated author of over 25 books, including the wildly popular 101 Ways to Bug your….series.  MCS students began preparation for her visit in November reading several of her works and discussing her stories with library staff. The visit consisted of an introduction by Lee and culminated with a Q and A session where the students were given the opportunity to ask her well thought out questions in an intimate classroom setting.

“Santa Barbara is so fortunate to have such an abundance of authors living in our community. We believe that exposing our students to these authors and bringing them to our campus is so valuable in not only encouraging reading but also to helping children realize the creative and intellectual process of writing. It makes it really special when the author is present and standing before them. It’s the ultimate culmination,” said, Patricia Colby, MCS Head of School. Patricia went on to say, “There is a very active culture of reading at our school and this type of experience only inspires our children to love reading even more.” 

Montessori Center School, located 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.

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Montessori Center School Students Reach for the Stars at ASTROCAMP!

 

In September, over 60 of Montessori Center School’s fourth, fifth and sixth grade students set out on a voyage spending three days at Astrocamp, located in Idyllwild, CA. As part of the school’s unique approach to educational outings, MCS Upper Elementary students (grades 4th-6th) rotate between attending three different camps during their time in the program. The students alternate between Astrocamp, Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) and Yosemite Institute at the beginning of each school year.  This has become a well-loved tradition at MCS, which the teachers and students alike look forward to.

MCS 5th grade student, Noah Weitzel is climbing a rock wall in Astrocamp’s interactive Mars lab.

MCS 5th grade student, Noah Weitzel is climbing a rock wall in Astrocamp’s interactive Mars lab.

Astrocamp, located at the edge of the San Jacinto Mountains, focuses on science education giving students rich learning opportunities that cannot be obtained in a classroom setting. The children are provided with dynamic hands-on coursework in astronomy, physical science, space exploration, and adventure activities. The camp is specifically designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal growth, which is very aligned with the Montessori approach to learning. Astrocamp’s state of the art facilities and location in a natural mountain setting allow the children to enjoy learning in a very stimulating natural environment. Rocketry, astronaut training and star gazing are amongst some of the activities students get to explore. Veteran MCS Upper Elementary teacher, Cydney Miller, has this to say about the camps, “The three different science camps our students participate in result in multiple positive outcomes.  All of the camps, in their own way, empower our students and strengthen their social bonds while providing exciting learning opportunities through hands-on lessons and challenges.  We often hear back from our alumni that these experiences were some of the fondest memories of their elementary years.”

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MCS 4th grader, Francesca Castellarin (pictured right) and 6th grade student, Sophia Colby work at designing their own rockets for the camp’s rocket launch station.

Montessori Center School, located 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.

Montessori Center School Celebrates Class of 2013

 On June 13th Montessori Center School hosted its graduation reception in celebration of the graduating class of 2013. MCS congratulated its graduates as they prepare for the next big phase of their education – junior high. During the ceremony, graduating sixth graders gave impressive and heartfelt speeches to a packed house highlighting their valued experiences at the school. Nearly half of the students that stood on the stage had attended Montessori Center since they were toddlers, and fondly referred to the school as their second home and the teachers as members of their family.

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MCS Head of School, Patricia Colby, handed out diplomas to the graduating class and to those children that were moving up to the next program level. Dr. Colby stated "The 2013 class has a special place in my heart because their last year at MCS is my first.  This year they were my teachers and inspiration for everything that is outstanding about an MCS education.  They will always have a home here!"

We at MCS wish these students all the best and are so very proud of them! Each of them represents what is best about an MCS education in their own unique way.  May they always remember that learning is fun, that you learn from mistakes, that everybody has gifts and challenges, that we are more similar than we are different, and that we can solve big problems when we work together!

Our graduates are:

Natalie Billings
Athena Boyle
Ashlyn Carter
Kyle Cekada
Andrew Chen
Martha Lea Davidson
Noah Dusette
Alice Freire
Ruby Gasparrini
Alexandre Groom
Matthew Lindheim-Marx
Emily Martin
Athena Masthoff
Alexander Oaten
Maya Papadopoulos
Dillon Stave
Natasha Summer
Ethan Whetter

They will be attending the following schools in Santa Barbara as they continue their education:

La Colina
Goleta Valley
La Cumbre
Santa Barbara Middle School
Anacapa School

Submitted by:
Garrett Durand
Director of Development & Marketing
Montessori Center School
www.mcssb.org

 

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