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Photos of the Week: September 23, 2018

Photos of the Week: Community Dinner at the Land

Greensboro Montessori School’s Junior High students hosted 80 guests for dinner at the Land in Oak Ridge. The students served chili and cornbread they made at the Land, and offered private tours of this 40-acre wooded retreat, which serves as our second campus. As our adult community mingled with each other and our eldest students, attendees could hear laughter and joy coming from a tire swing in the woods and little ones playing in the mud. We concluded the event with a special presentation for Greensboro Montessori School’s dear friend, Mr. Bill Stevens. We shared with Bill how much his generosity has meant to us and the indelible mark that the experience of “the Land” has had on so many lives. More specifically, our inaugural ninth-grade students composed a video tribute to Bill and attending alumni also gave personal testimonies and appreciation for Bill.

Photos of the Week: Learning throughout Campus

Even though the school year is coming to a close, activity on our campus is booming. The last two weeks have been full of learning, discovery, experimentation, joy, laughter, grand openings, and fun! This week we share glimpses of it all, featuring our best moments from our Junior High students’ grand opening of Maria’s Market, the Lower El Mother’s Day High Tea, Upper El science class featuring dissection of sheep hearts, the International Fair, and our Junior High students’ final for their Creative Labs class, affectionately known as the Epic Battle of Skills.

Photos of the Week: Springtime at GMS

Springtime is always joyful at Greensboro Montessori School. Warmer weather lures students into their outdoor classrooms: our playgrounds, the athletic field, the woods, and our budding permaculture gardens. With this celebration comes wonderful photos of students in action on campus and in the Greensboro community. We’ve captured Primary students in their garden enjoying strawberry spinach salads and participating in their weekly work. We’ve also snapped images from the UNCG Student Climate Change Summit where Upper El students unveiled a custom art project illustrating the role of honey bees as pollinators, and how climate change affects their ability to support our food supply.

Photos of the Week: Upper School Field Trips

Our students begin taking academically aligned, overnight field trips in Lower El. Where lessons in the classroom are a springboard to learning, field trips provide the experiences necessary to move concepts from the abstract to the concrete – to let students apply and expand their knowledge in the world around them. This week’s photos come to us from sixth graders in Washington, D.C.; seventh graders in Arizona; eighth graders in Costa Rica; and ninth graders in the Pacific Northwest.

Photos of the Week: Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day

On Friday, April 27, we welcomed over 150 grandparents, special friends, and parents to campus. We enjoyed a mid-morning snack and coffee accompanied by student performances. Primary sang There was a Crocodile; Lower Elementary sang The Rainforest Song; and Upper Elementary sang Lean on Me. Then, our special guests met their students in the classrooms for Montessori lessons and garden tours. It was a perfect morning!

Photos of the Week: Science Fair

Upper Elementary welcomed students, parents, faculty, and staff to the 2018 Science Fair where they showed off their knowledge of the scientific method (and their fascinating experiments). Each young scientist presented their work to both younger and older students, along with members of our adult community. The human interaction, information exchange, and inspirational work are all captured in our Photos of the Week. Kudos to our fourth, fifth, and sixth graders for their amazing projects and presentations!

Photos of the Week: 2018 Green and White Bash

Our adult community recently gathered at the Proximity Hotel to celebrate our School and raise money for a fantastic cause: our students and faculty! Our Photos of the Week show guests dining, sipping, dancing, bidding, and chatting the night away. Plus, through our partnership with the Proximity Hotel, the 2018 Green and White Bash was an eco-friendly, low-waste event. All proceeds from the Bash will support financial aid for our students and professional development for faculty.

Photos of the Week: Shark Dissection

Upper School students dissected sharks under the guidance of Upper School science faculty, Dean Stern and Cathy Moses. The budding scientists were visited by students in Lower Elementary, bringing together students ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old. Younger students marveled at the hands-on work they will tackle in years to come. Older students leveraged their knowledge, maturity, and comfort in the classroom to mentor their younger peers. It was an inspirational morning, one which captured the extraordinary benefits of multiage, experiential learning at Greensboro Montessori School.

Photos of the Week: Upper School Student Photography

Upper School students enrolled in After-School CASA recently completed a 10-week session with Youth Photography Collective. Youth Photography Collective is an outreach program through the Center for Visual Artists that teaches Guilford County students both the technical and stylistic aspects of art-based photography at their own schools, in a familiar environment. The program is taught by a professional photographer using high-end equipment and culminates with a final display, critique, or presentation.

Photos of the Week: Robotics, Puppeteers and The Sistine Chapel

Upper Elementary and Junior High students demonstrate collaboration and creative thinking in many forms. Seventh, eighth and ninth graders work in teams for their Creative Labs class to design, build and test robotics prototypes and human-powered puppets. Meanwhile, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students in Upper Elementary deliver their most recent book review presentations on the mobile Smart Board and culminate their study of the Renaissance by channeling the techniques that Michelangelo used to paint the ceiling of The Sistine Chapel.

Photos of the Week: Lower Elementary Musical Celebrates Bio-Diversity

On Friday, March 2, Lower Elementary students took to the stage to share an outstanding performance of a short musical play entitled “Biomes: Animals and Plants in Their Habitats.” The script, published by Bad Wolf Press, is a great complement to the life science curriculum and a fabulous way for students to apply their studies about animal and plant habitats, ecology and bio-diversity. The cast included a whole crew of wild animals, led by an African elephant, Hercules beetle and a king snake, all of whom had escaped from the zoo in search of their own proper biome! They joined together to explore, survive and sing catchy tunes about the diverse habitats for which they are uniquely adapted.

Photos of the Week: Panther Pride on the Court

GMS Panthers big and small show their school pride on the court… the volleyball court and the basketball court. For the second year in a row, the GMS volleyball team took home the Independent School League championship. The Panthers came back from a 2-set deficit to beat High Point Friends 3-2 for the title. After their big win, the Panthers prepared for our first-ever GMS Community Volleyball Tournament. Fans enjoyed a three-game event Friday afternoon which included a parents team, alumni team, staff team, as well as a student team. In the same week our Primary CASA students wowed their families with a Basketball Showcase to demonstrate the new athletic skills they have been practicing in the after school CASA program. Volleyball photos provided courtesy of Christian Wolters.

Photos of the Week: Junior High Music Ensemble Opens Swarm Game

On Saturday, February 10, Greensboro Montessori School’s Junior High Music Ensemble opened for the Greensboro Swarm NBA G-League basketball team. The group, led by Junior High music faculty Jonathan McLean, features 11 students from fifth through ninth grades. In addition to six student vocalists, students also play keyboards, drums, bass guitar, and violin. On this evening, the Music Ensemble performed a cover of “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Thanks to Christian Wolters for providing video coverage of their amazing performance.

Photos of the Week: Upper Elementary Fare Faire Performance

Upper Elementary students culminated their study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance with the production of the sixteenth annual Fare Faire on January 25. This year’s show was entitled “To All a Good Knight” based on the book “The Ballad of Sir Dinadan” by Gerald Morris. The cast was comprised of fourth and fifth level students, and the sixth levels served as the production team managing all of the backstage planning, directing and technical support. Photos courtesy of Jacqui van Lier.

Photos of the Week: Adventures in the Snow

Right on the heels of our Martin Luther King holiday weekend, mother nature brought a winter snow storm to the central Piedmont that covered the ground with over seven inches of powdery snow. Our families enjoyed tons of outdoor fun and sent us pics of their sledding and snow building adventures and playtime. Within a few days, the snow had all but disappeared but our photo gallery of the week recounts those frosty days and shows just how much fun snow days in North Carolina can be.

Photos of the Week: Primary Classroom Renovation Complete!

On January 3rd, our Primary students walked into four beautifully enhanced classroom environments which were transformed with new flooring, furniture, shelving and countertops during the Winter Break. Because of the generous support of 70 in 70: The Fund for GMS, this dramatic revitalization project was able to be accomplished immediately so that the students and teachers could reap the benefits of our fundraising success without missing a single beat. What an fantastic way to start 2018!

Later this month, we are inviting our donors to an Open House to celebrate the School’s hard work.

Photos of the Week: World Music Concerts and Special Visitors

Our Elementary students recently showcased their musical and artistic talents in their World Music Winter Concerts. Each performance represented the culmination of our fall study of African music, instruments, culture and dance. Guests entered the concert through a gallery of student artwork including African style masks, drawings and kente cloth fabric prints. Students also shared some of their favorite winter holiday tunes. The Upper Elementary show included the debut performance of the new 6th level music ensemble.

Continuing on the theme of cultural studies of Africa, this week our Primary students were treated to a special visit from educators at the NC Zoo who shared a program and exhibit taking students on a virtual African safari. The biofacts exhibit included three African animals from their Animal Ambassador Program: an African pygmy hedgehog, a ball python and an African giant millipede.

Photos of the Week: Purposeful Work in Primary

Primary students returned from Thanksgiving Break with a new resolve for deep periods of concentration and purposeful work. For some children that purposeful work was as simple as following through on all of the steps involved with the snack process from preparing the ingredients to meticulously sweeping up the crumbs that had fallen on the floor. Others found new inspiration in dissecting puzzle maps of the continents, exploring the dimensions of the Pink Tower, and delving into intricate math and language lessons.

Photos of the Week: Our First Grateful Gathering

At Greensboro Montessori School, we practice gratitude every day…but on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we celebrated it! For the School’s first “Grateful Gathering,” our community brought to life the classic tale of Stone Soup. Students from each division prepared vegetables which were combined and cooked in a cauldron by our Junior High students. Our eldest students also converted the gym into a restaurant able to host 250 people, ranging in age from 18 months to 65 years old, at the same time. After sharing a meal together, our students reveled in an all-school recess where gratitude could be heard through laughter, seen through smiles, and felt through love.

Photos of the Week: Lower Elementary in Action

We recently hosted curriculum open houses in each of our divisions: Toddler, Primary, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Junior High. For our Lower Elementary curriculum event, guests got to experience a morning as a Lower Elementary student. They were given work journals to complete, requiring them to visit different areas of the room where they received a lesson. The morning was particularly inspiring because the students, not the teachers, gave the lessons to family and friends.

Photos of the Week: A Day in the Life of a Toddler

For a toddler, the concepts of play and work are completely synonymous with one another, and our photo gallery this week shows just how much “work” our toddlers can and do accomplish in the course of a single school day when they are given developmentally-appropriate tools and guidance to facilitate their emerging independence. Their growing sense of satisfaction and fulfillment is expressed as pure joy!

Photos of the Week: Fall Festival 2017

On Sunday, October 15 we welcomed our entire community to our annual outdoor Fall Festival for a fun afternoon of music, activities and exhibits for all ages. It was a wonderful opportunity for new and returning families, teachers, alumni and friends to meet or reconnect on our campus and celebrate the vibrancy of our school community. The event was proudly presented by the Community Association (GMSCA) and generously sponsored by J.A. King and Mitchell, Bartlett and Bell Orthodontics.

Photos of the Week: Science and Soccer

This week, our Upper School students showcased their talent and tenacity in the science lab and on the soccer field. In the classroom, our Junior High students conducted laboratory tests investigating pH levels using litmus paper, methyl red, bromothymol blue and phenolpthalein. The students tested a control set, a variety of unknowns and then random household items. Meanwhile, our Upper Elementary students used their digital microscope and SMART Board to explore cytoplasmic streaming of plant cells. On the field, the GMS Panthers soccer team played two home games; the first game ended in a tie after both teams scored during double overtime, and the second game showcased Panthers’ teamwork as we garnered a 6-0 victory.

Photos of the Week: Welcoming Autumn

As we celebrate the conclusion of our first full month of the 2017-18 school year, our Toddlers are happily settling into their classroom routines and bravely exploring their classrooms with wide eyes and smiles. At the same time, one of our Primary classrooms ventured out on their first field trip of the year to the Piedmont Environmental Center in High Point where they learned about the local ecosystem, the seasonal changes of autumn, and tadpoles in their natural habitat.

Photos of the Week: Fall Community Work Day

In the spring of 2017, our Upper Elementary students combined environmental science with design to envision their ideal ecological outdoor classroom. Hence, our fall community work day was all about bringing their vision to life. We planted a new bed of blackberry bushes, created public art inspired by our beekeeping work, rebuilt and relocated the Upper School’s compost bins, painted the swinging gate on the pond fence, dug up day lilies, and prepared beds for fall planting. We were thrilled to host 39 people (from 20 different families) under beautiful blue skies in gorgeous fall weather. It was the perfect way to start the weekend.

Photos of the Week: First Full Week of School

Greensboro Montessori School was alive with activity for the first full week of the 2017-18 school year. Toddlers explored our 10-acre campus, including their natural playground and the chicken coop behind the Upper School. Primary students jumped straight into their work: the metal insets, writing, sensorial materials and walking to art class. Lower Elementary students began the year as they always do: igniting their minds and building their community through The Great Lessons. Upper Elementary students enjoyed their first outing to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, and Junior High students experienced their annual Foundations Week of bonding and purposeful work at the Land in preparation for the year ahead.