Talia Feshbach, a senior at VI Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy, has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Last fall, Talia's PSAT score qualified her as a semi-finalist out of 1,600,000 test takers. She was recently named as one of 15,000 finalists and hopes to be one of 7,500 students nationwide to receive a scholarship. Finalists will be notified in March if they are scholarship winners. Congratulations Talia!
Yesterday this group of five 10th graders left Saint Thomas for their journey to Vienna, Austria. They will be representing the Peter Gruber International Academy at an IB Montessori school in Vienna. They are staying with host families and attending school on a daily basis. Go international education!
With the help of Peter Gruber International Academy students, the Advancement Office held its first student run Thank-a-Thon to show our donors some #KINDNESS and love this Valentines season. It's because of our amazing supporters that #VIMSIA is able to continue to provide students with quality education and create a love for learning unlike any other. Thanks to all who volunteered, helping us reach out to over 150 supporters of our school and embracing our #cooltobekind theme!
This week everyone has been raving about Ms. Summer's newly created outdoor space. By rearranging plants and providing a comfortable rug, Ms. Summer was a able to create an inviting outdoor space for her children to work. "Some of the oldest photos of Maria Montessori are of her working with children in an outdoor space" Ms. Summer recalled. Dr. Montessori described the ideal learning environment as having an indoor space with an adjoining garden, believing that children work better in a natural environment promoting a healthy lifestyle, and boosting mental acuity and creativity while strengthening relationships.
In honor of black history month Ms. Bolinger's primary class learned about African drums! Check out this impromptu moment with Jacob Mills and Ali Baynes singing and drumming to "I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas.”
This week Zia Gibbs, Zach Mitchell, Erica Simcic and Miles Tolud were welcome into the PGIA as guest visitors to familiarize themselves with the program and have an opportunity to get a foot in the door.
The 9th grade MYP math class, under the direction of Mr. Gribble, went out to explore campus on Thursday to investigate indirect measurement. Education for Life!
Upper Elementary Wax Museum presentations were a hit Thursday night. Students prepared first person narratives from past to the present for family and friends. Each student dressed up in character and delivered their speeches flawlessly all while pretending to be a wax statue. It is an interactive presentation held at VIMSIA in honor of black history month.
As a culmination of 6 weeks work these notable personalities came to life to share their stories representing a diversity of backgrounds of social activism, education, literature, medicine, sports, NASA and the entertainment world.
The Varsity Boys Basketball Team kicked off the season Tuesday night against Charlotte Amalie High School. The VOLTS played tough but eventually came up short 53-40. It's an exciting team this year. We have a core group of committed boys that have been participating for a while - Teon Persaud, Greg Christian, Jalen McClean, Teagan Kappel and Jayvyn Potter. A few more VIMSIA students decided to join - Jimson St. Louis and Drake Nemeth. We've welcomed a senior from GIFTT Hill - Patrick Hendrickson. And we've also welcomed four students from Seventh Day Adventist - Angel Khatib, James Nosty, Mauricio Francis and Austin Sterling Jr.
We play Friday night vs IEKHS at IEKHS. Game time is set for 5:15. Please keep checking our school website for game schedules as updates come out regularly. And please come out and support us!
The Varsity Girls Basketball Team's schedule is set to be announced next Monday. Please check for their schedule as well and please come out and support us!
I would also like to thank a few other students that make our season possible. Radiance Peets keeps the official score book for us during games. Daicya Dawson video records the games. Chelisia Morton helps out as an assistant coach for both varsity teams.
Wednesday morning, Lisa Aqui, parent and Board of Trustee member who has a background in theater performance, worked with theater students as a volunteer presenter. Theater Elective students in 2nd and 3rd periods were taught concepts about staging, articulation and projection, blocking scenes and having the right body language for their characters.
Thank you, Lisa!