Huge kudos to Ms. Bump and her Theater Elective group, Ms. Engle with her Montessori “munchkins”., Mr. Enright and his tech crew, Ms. Ferguson and her art students - The Wizard of Oz was a hit! A picture is worth a thousand words…..
Personal project is a capstone project that grade 10 students complete in their fifth year of the MYP program. The project is designed to help students prepare for the kind of work they will complete in the DP program. Students chose the project based on personal interest and exhibit skills such as time management, research, writing, critical thinking, and reflection. The students create a product and write a lengthy report. At the end of the year, they present their projects in the personal project exhibition. This year, 7th, 8th, 9th grade, teachers, parents, and staff came to see the hard work the grade 10 students spent all year completing. It was an excellent experience for all involved.
The 6th grade class have just come back from the annual MMUN trip, full of stories and news. MMUN stands for Model Montessori United Nations, and it is the experience of a lifetime in which our 6th graders go to New York to participate in this amazing event. According to the students, this year was a huge success and everybody had lots of fun. “ My favorite part was meeting new people at the UN and being able to help solve problems that need to be solved. I also really enjoyed doing some fun activities NYC has to offer; skating at Rockefeller, visiting museums; and walking around New York, because New York is an awesome city.” said one sixth grade student.
“Taste the Nations” preparation begins months before the event. The grades choose a country to represent in a dance- these almost always tie in with end session or some other event that has inspired us during the year. For example, the seventh grade represented Iceland, which is a travel option during end session this year. They then go to work practicing and perfectecting the dance. “For two months, we rehearsed every Tuesday for two hours. As ‘Taste the Nations’ drew closer, we rehearsed a few Thursdays as well.” said a grade seven student. “Not only is there the dance practice, but the writing and rehearsing of the introduction speech.”
It’s a lot of work, but we, the students, recognize the importance of it. Firstly, it is for a grade. Secondly, we care about our school, and so we do our best to represent it. Not only do we care about our school, but the opportunities of the people in it. The money raised from “ Taste the Nations” goes toward end session scholarships- because the end session traveling options cost a lot, the school makes an effort to have all the students travel once throughout their period at school. It is an amazing experience- one every student deserves to try.
Dr. Xuri Maurice Allen visited our Diploma Program students during College Seminar this week. Dr. Allen (current VIMSIA parent) has over 20 years of experience in higher education and has served as the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the University of the Virgin Islands. He spoke to our students about the transition to college and preparing for the college application process. Thank you for supporting our students, Dr. Allen! For more information or ways to get involved please contact Kara Ebe at email@example.com
Thank you Tony!
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!
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.”
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!