WHAT’S THE BUZZ AT MSD? 

Middle School Students Coding! On November 21, the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Middle School students spent a morning learning about coding. The goal of the coding program is to demystify computer science and learn the basics of coding. Our students picked up the process quickly and one of the instructors remarked that she has never worked with such an engaged and quick-to-learn group!  This project will continue into December when our Middle School students participate in the Hour of Code during the week of December 8-14 and work with Upper Elementary students. The Hour of Code is a global movement that reaches tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. For more information, please visit the Hour of Code website.

Socktober! The Middle School Student Council students recently collected approximately 1,000 packages of socks for the less fortunate in our community through a program called “Socktober.” Watch this YouTube video for more information!

African Dancing & Drumming! Our students had a blast dancing and drumming with Maputo Mensah. As a master drummer, dancer, and storyteller, Maputo passionately shared the art and culture of Ghana with our students enriching our current Africa continent study cycle.

Sixth and Seventh Grade AVID4 Adventure Trip. Sixth and Seventh Grade students spent four days off campus with AVID4 in September, learning leadership skills and team building with their classmates.

Chris Anthony, AVID4 Adventure, and Billy Corbett - Tracy Collins Schwartz Endowment Event. We just finished an exciting week of adventure for the MSD students, presented courtesy of the Tracy Collins Schwartz Endowment Fund. We began the week with a presentation by Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiative and the screening of the 10th Mountain Documentary Climb to Glory.  Following Chris Anthony’s visit, AVID4 Adventure returned to campus with an outdoor education immersion program for Kindergarten through Fifth grade students that included an outdoor rock climbing wall, a mountain bike skills course, a kayaking tank, and a Leave No Trace outdoor classroom. Following AVID4 Adventure, Billy Corbett, renowned trainer and member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, spent two days at MSD working with the students on fitness and developing a healthy lifestyle.

Upper Elementary Keystone Trip. All Upper Elementary students (Fourth and Fifth Year students) spent three days at the Keystone Science Camp demonstrating courage and determination and bonding with their classmates as they camped out in the wilderness.

Campus Improvement Projects Completed!

  • New Toddler Village - The new Toddler Village includes three Toddler classrooms and a nap room, kitchen and work spaces for optimal collaboration of teaching teams, full length windows that allow young children an eye-level view of the outside world, and dedicated outdoor work space for each classroom.
  • New All Day Primary classroom – The second All Day Primary classroom has been beautifully renovated and is complete with skylights.
  • New Welcome Center – Located in one of MSD’s most historic buildings, MSD’s new Welcome Center includes a reception area, Admission Offices, Offices for the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, the Business Office staff, Communications Office, Offices for other Administrative Staff, and a Conference Room.
  • New Outdoor Spaces - New Toddler, Primary and Elementary playgrounds have been installed, along with new landscaping and gardens, a “Grandparent Walk” that winds throughout the MSD campus, and a new reading wall.

What's Next on the Campus Improvement Plan? Tree House and Urban Farm - We are deep in the planning stages for both the Tree House and the Urban Farm!

Montessori Continent Study Cycle. Each year MSD students collectively study a number of the continents.  This year, the study is focused on Africa and Europe. Here are some ways that MSD students are currently experiencing Africa: African Dancing and Drumming Presentation with Maputo Mensah, African Masquerade Ball, Visiting African Art Exhibit at the Art Museum, Visiting the Egyptian Exhibit and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Making Egyptian Bread, Creating Maps of Africa, and Exploring African Instruments.

Vision, Theme for the Year. Each year MSD chooses a theme that provides a wonderful integration point for curriculum, experiential learning, parent education, and service.  Our approach is a hallmark of MSD and one that we embrace wholeheartedly!  This year, we are excited to focus on the theme of vision and our beautiful new environment will offer the perfect lens to look for opportunities to enhance our mission-driven curriculum and programming.