Hershey Montessori School’s Upper School students recently welcomed local guest speaker Marvin Montgomery, a motivational speaker and sales trainer with more than 30 years of experience.
Hershey students were enlightened as Montgomery shared insights throughout his presentation, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Montgomery demonstrated how having a positive attitude can change a person’s outlook on life. Students and staff alike enjoyed his inspirational speech as they laughed and participated with Montgomery’s examples and provided stories of their own.
Students were able to see how their outlook impacts their outcome. If they wake up in a bad mood and expect to have a terrible day, that is most likely what will happen. However, if they wake up expecting to have a great day, it is more likely to be a great day.
Montgomery stressed the importance of looking on the bright side and finding the positive in every situation. The students were able to relate to how their outlook on events in their life had impacted the outcome of a situation.
Hershey Montessori School staff and students thank Montgomery for his simple, yet profound, tips. Everyone walked away with food for thought on how to approach each day and the events of their life.
“Change is a great thing,” Montgomery said, “Don’t just go through the motions. If something is bothering you, change it.”
Our first ever referral drive has kicked off and we are asking you to tell your friends about us!
We want to share more Montessori with more families who value quality education the same as you do. We believe you can help us find them.
Hershey meets the usual checklist that many families look for in a school, such as individualized attention, great teachers, an excellent education, and a safe school environment. However, Hershey also offers a personalized academic pace based on the natural development of the whole child, scientific teaching methods, stress reducing connections to nature, meaningful social connections, and a strong emphasis on critical thinking and community.
It’s not surprising that parents often cite the intentional community we create as one of the most compelling reasons to enroll. That is why we are seeking referrals from those who know and love Hershey. Families who share the same goals for their children create a community that benefits everyone – children, parents, and teachers alike.
Over the last 40 years our parents and students have been our best source for growing our community. Sharing good news and stories about Hershey Montessori School to trusted family, friends and neighbors has helped to create and build upon the close-knit Hershey community that we all cherish.
In gratitude for every referred visitor who tours our school, we are placing the name of the referrer in a quarterly drawing for a basket filled with beautifully handcrafted items made by our microeconomy students at our Huntsburg campus, along with a Hershey Montessori apparel item.
Growing together means that we will get to experience more of what is so beautiful to Hershey – our connections.
Each year, we are moved by the outcomes we see in our students as they grow and develop as creative and resilient human beings. Now more than ever, we are compelled to provide more Montessori to more children. Help us to reach more children and adolescents with the Montessori methods and ideals that we all know and love: grace, peace, respect, unity, and the like.
We hope you will share in our passion for this growth.
“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking: it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” — Dr. Maria Montessori, Education and Peace
Communication in today’s world has many avenues. Just imagine that it was only 30 years ago that both cell phones and the Internet took hold. Information that was once exchanged verbally is now delivered via texts, emails, tweets, posts, and pictures. It is now more relevant than ever to continue to cultivate and enhance face-to-face, interpersonal relationship skills — and this is something that Montessori education certainly strives for. Instilling the relevance of these crucial interpersonal communication skills in each and every student is one of the hallmarks of our program.
This past week, the entire Hershey staff had the opportunity to attend an all-day workshop on Needs-Based Communication, also known as Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC is a method of communication that transforms old patterns of reactiveness and defensiveness into compassion and empathy with the hope of improving both communication as well as relationships.
The workshop was led by Gregg Kendrick, founder of Basileia, LLC. NVC greatly aligns with Montessori pedagogy as it creates a space for attention and respect in every moment. This is something that we certainly can use more of in today’s world. NVC lays a solid foundation by incorporating observation, feelings, and needs with both empathy and honesty. If practiced regularly, this model can enrich and strengthen communication.
In the coming months, the staff will connect what was learned and incorporate more of these skills with students, parents, and each other, to promote a more harmonious and enriching community. To find out more about the Hershey Montessori education you can view more on our information page.
Members of the graduating classes of 2018 and 2019 recently returned home to Hershey Montessori School for its annual Alumni Day.
The graduates hosted a panel discussion with current students where they reflected on their time at Hershey and answered questions about life after high school. The graduates went on to share valuable insights regarding their transition to college, making new friends, and various tips to help students as they continue their own journey in the years to come.
The alumni were also gracious in their time as they participated in a Q&A session with Hershey parents via video conference.
We are grateful to all who were able to join us for this informative, heart-warming, welcome home event.
Many thanks to Mathematics, Business and Microeconomy Guide, Jennifer Snead, for organizing this event, and to all of the alumni for taking the time to share their wisdom with the Hershey community.
We continue to invite you to donate to the Hershey Montessori School Capital Campaign as we move toward our ultimate fundraising goals of enhancing the Montessori education model to our students. We wanted to take a moment to thank all the families and friends as well as the Elliot-Montminy Family for the amazing outpouring of support for this campaign during the Elliot-Montminy Family Challenge Grant time frame. Thanks to you, we raised $40,000 for the Hershey Montessori Capital Campaign!
The campaign benefits both campuses of the school. The campaign’s goal is to cover the costs of construction for the upper school classroom building on the Huntsburg Campus for the new 10th, 11th and 12th grades, provide program and capital improvements for the Concord Campus as well as initiate a study to most effectively respond to increasing enrollment in a long-term, strategic way. The campaign also will raise additional funds for the endowment to increase sustainability for the whole school and to expand financial aid.
This is a historic campaign as once successful, Hershey Montessori School will be the first school in the world to offer a complete continuum of Montessori education that most closely replicates Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision which includes an option of a residential component for adolescents on a working farm.
The Plain Dealer’s on-line report (see link below) on the growth of Montessori in the region certainly includes much coverage about Hershey Montessori School. We are very grateful that news about Montessori is reaching more people. I would like to correct one misquote to qualify that “Hershey Montessori School is the first school that we know of to serve parents and infants through adolescence with an adolescent land-based residential program.” I wish to recognize that there are a growing number of adolescent programs through the high school level across the nation. One of the unique aspects about Hershey is that we are fortunate to be able to offer a developmental continuum beginning with infancy and a residential option on a working farm for adolescents.
Imagine a beautiful place filled with activities that are designed around your needs, calling to your curiosity and imagination. Picture a community where children are surrounded by people who understand, encourage and challenge their strengths. Envision a child learning each day, immersed in a culture of respect and a course of study based upon personal interest and engagement.
Serving children from birth through age 18, Hershey offers challenging, highly individualized programs that focus on the uniqueness of each child.
Hershey offers an exceptional experience on two campuses, including the truly unique, world class farm school.