Agenda | Next 7 Days

September 19, 2019
  • School Spirit Day 2019-20

    September 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    R Crescendo [Built In speakers, DVD player, Microphone, Projector, Pull down screen]

    Primary through Middle School

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  • Toddler Lunch: Quesadilla and veggies

    September 19, 2019

    Homemade red pepper and cheese quesadilla with a side of cucumber coins, carrot sticks and ranch dressing. Served with seasonal fruit.

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September 20, 2019
  • Parent Association Meeting

    September 20, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 10:30 am
    R Sycamore (12) [Apple TV]

    The Parent Association Meeting will be held in the Sycamore room, which is located within the Nancy Rambusch Parent Library.

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  • Toddler Lunch: Couscous with zucchini and peppers

    September 20, 2019

    Couscous with fresh organic zucchini and yellow, orange and red peppers. Served with seasonal fruit.

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September 23, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Penne with marinara and broccoli

    September 23, 2019

    Whole grain penne pasta with marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, and steamed broccoli. Served with seasonal fruit.

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September 24, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch: Taco Tuesday

    September 24, 2019

    Vegetarian Taco Tuesday with avocado and grapes tomato. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • LE Homework Webinar Sent

    September 24, 2019

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September 25, 2019
  • Fitness- LE, UE, MS (1st Quarter)

    September 25, 2019
    Outside

    LE Group #1: 9:00-9:45am
    UE Group #1: 10:00-10:45am
    UE Group #2: 11:00-11:45am
    LE: 1:30-2:15pm
    MS: 2:30-3:45pm

    Rain Location: Crescendo (all groups)

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  • Toddler Lunch: Naan pizza and veggies

    September 25, 2019

    Naan bread pizza with homemade organic tomato sauce, fresh basil, pepper, organic mozzarella cheese and celery sticks with ranch dressing. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    September 25, 2019

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Middle School

11 through 14 years (Grades 6-8)

Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic  programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme  (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Find out more about IB

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Overview

Students Connect, Collaborate, and Create in shaping their own understanding and in developing the person they will become.

Our Middle School program is designed for children between 11-14 years and is a unique educational experience based on the developmental needs of early adolescents.  Our graduates are prepared to take on higher education with the tools they need to succeed while maintaining a passion for learning and a drive to explore, create, and collaborate.  A Montessori middle school education offers an experiential, dynamic approach to each subject area; integrated studies between programs; and a focus on character development and self-exploration. We extend the learning environment to the larger world through international and local trips, Montessori Model UN, and other unique offerings designed to engage, excite, and educate the middle school-aged child.

Schedules

Full Day Session – 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F.  Before care is available from 7:30-8:30 AM, and after care is available from 4:00-6:00 PM, daily.

Developmental Milestones

Early adolescence is a time of great change, intellectually, psychologically, and physically. Except for the first three years of life, there is no other time where growth is so noticeable, varied, and significant. There is a new awareness of self in relation to community, a need to find one’s place in the world, the ability to reflect on educational experiences, and a desire to make a personal connection to what is learned. This stage can be a ‘fragile’ phase in a child’s life with the child often alternating between feeling vulnerable and feeling secure. Our Middle School program supports the student in this stage of development as the process of self-construction occurs—socially, emotionally, and intellectually. We emphasize, model, and teach core values of  respect, responsibility, and resilience.

Program Highlights

Curriculum

The Middle School curriculum cycles through three years of dynamic studies. Learning becomes meaningful when students see connections across disciplines and can relate their learning to real-world situations and personal experiences. Core and enrichment content is taught in a way that ignites curiosity and wonder. Through guided reading of such literature as Gilgamesh, Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Douglass, and Thoreau, students enter high school ready to further explore these important works. By experiencing history through experiential activities; science through experimenting, hypothesizing, and researching; and mathematics through stress-free exploration, practice, and collaboration, students keep their love of learning and confidence intact.

The team of teachers set consistent, age-appropriate expectations academically. Guiding questions allow for discussion of the larger themes of study relevant to this stage of development. Teachers collaborate and coordinate on assignments and expectations, and check in with students regularly in order to promote individual growth and self-awareness. Students work toward mastery of each subject with the focus on developing intrinsic motivation.

Travel Experiences

Each year, the seventh and eighth-grade students take a trip designed to expand their understanding of culture and their place in the world. They alternate between a trip to New York City to participate in the Montessori Model UN and a trip to the Andalucia region of Spain, where they reside with host families, led by Chill Expeditions.

Skill Development

Middle School students need guidance and supervision with organization and time management. Our program recognizes this developmental need and supports it with specific instruction, modeling, and oversight. Core skills are taught that prepare students for high school, including critical and creative thinking and effective collaboration; self-management of time, materials, and responsibilities; and study and test-taking techniques.  Feedback about expectations and deadlines is given to students to help support their growth in self-management.

Assessment

Assessments serve the purpose of giving students and teachers meaningful feedback so that reflection, improvement, and growth can occur. Assessments may take the form of academic prompts, performance tasks, traditional tests and quizzes, informal checks for understanding, observations and dialogue, self-reflection, and peer feedback.  Students graduate from middle school distinctly attuned to the workings of traditional assessment while understanding the many measures needed to determine their own mastery and progress.

Middle School students participate in a Farm-to-School experience with Cherry Valley Coop. Find our more about our recent grant from the USDA.

What Sets Princeton Montessori Apart

Accredited at the highest level by the American Montessori Society

Led by a dedicated Head of School and engaged Board of Trustees

Staffed by a passionate team of faculty that surpasses the recommended teacher-to-student ratio set by the American Montessori Society (AMS)

Connected to PCTE, a world-renowned Montessori teacher training center as a lab school, ensuring the highest standard of a Montessori education

Set in a beautiful, natural, safe setting with state of the art learning environments

An experienced institution and a model for Montessori learning for nearly 50 years

Attended by healthy, happy, engaged, and connected families who strive to give their children the very best educational and developmental experiences available

Committed to providing the best in Montessori education and 21st Century Learning

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Accredited with non-traditional Montessori age groupings at the elementary and middle school levels

 

Princeton Montessori School is authorized by The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11-16.

487 Cherry Valley Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
609-924-4594

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The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.

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