WHAT’S THE BUZZ AT MSD?
Design, 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! Our theme this year is “design.” Apropos of MSD’s Mission to be a dynamic educational environment empowering students, a design mindset is solution-focused and action-oriented towards creating a preferred future. We have taken that charge to heart and spent the summer purposefully designing the framework to continue to be the best school we can be.
Tracy Collins Schwartz Endowment Event
Each year we commemorate the memory of Tracy Collins Schwartz, a former President of the Parent Association who passed away unexpectedly, with a special event designed to deliver an extraordinary experience for our students. This year we are delighted to welcome AVID4 Adventure to the MSD campus for a week early second semester. They will be teaching students the fundamentals of environmental stewardship, fostering their personal development, and strengthening their teambuilding skills, all while having fun rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and more. Stay tuned for more details!
Parent Education Series
MSD offers a series of unique adult education events during the school year. While the specific topics change yearly, Parent Education events always provide the opportunity to learn more about child development, best practices when it comes to teaching and parenting, and more about the hallmarks of the different MSD programs. There are morning coffees with the Head of School, as well as evening presentations about curriculum. All Parent Education events are dynamic, engaging, and leave you wanting to come to MSD every day with your child.
We welcome all of our current parents, prospective parents, and members of the community to join us for these Parent Education Events. If you are interested in attending an event, please call 303-756-9441, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to RSVP.
Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade YMCA of the Rockies Experience. Middle School students spend four days and three nights at YMCA of the Rockies in September, learning leadership skills, community service and team building with their classmates.
Eighth Grade Historic Boston Trip. Eighth grade students travel to Boston in the spring and visit Plymouth, Salem, and explore the great legacies of Pilgrims, revolutionaries, academics, and literary giants. The Eighth grade works throughout the year on fundraising to help ofset the cost of the trip.
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.
As part of our school’s commitment to professional development and to mission driven curriculum and programming we have read a number of books this summer. We invite you to check out the following Board/Faculty/Staff reads: The End of the Rainbow by Susan Engel, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children by K. Hirsh-Pasek and R. Golinkoff, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, Rising Strong by Brene Brown, No One Ever Taught Me How to Learn: How to Unlock Your Learning Potential and Become Unstoppable by I.C. Robledo, or UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba.
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. We look forward to the many events and experiences that will enrich our students' world view this year.