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Hershey Montessori School Recognized by You Me Montessori

Hershey Montessori School Recognized by You Me Montessori

Hershey Montessori School is being recognized by You Me Montessori in a multi-part series of articles that document our school history and accomplishments. The founders of the organization are from South Africa and the United Kingdom. All currently work in Kuwait in the education field. Their website viewers are from around the world. You can read these articles by clicking on the series title below, or follow our Facebook page to see each article as it is published.

We extend our gratitude to Leon Caesar and his team for their interest in Hershey Montessori School and for their work in sharing Montessori with viewers around the globe.

Hershey Part 1 Giant Footprints in Cosmic Education: The Journey of Hershey Montessori School

Hershey Part 2 – From Humble Origins to International Renown

Hershey Part 3 – Hershey Montessori School’s Concord Campus

Hershey Part 4 – Introducing The Farm School

Hershey Part 5 – The Cosmic Preparation Of The Huntsburg Campus

Hershey Part 6 – Reach For The Stars And Catch A Dream – The Vital Needs Of The Adolescent

Stay tuned for more in this series!

Hershey Montessori Students Hold Multi-School Election Conference

Hershey Montessori Students Hold Multi-School Election Conference

Hershey Montessori’s Upper School students recently held an Election Conference as part of their Humanities project. The conference brought students and experts together, virtually, to discuss issues around elections, specifically, reforming the election process and governance.

The students, led by Hershey guides John Buzzard and Jennifer Snead, connected with several adult experts, including Diane Silver from FairVote, an organization that champions electoral reforms to give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans; Cyndi Lucas of Citizen Congress, an app that lets users send their views to federal representatives and vote on bills, nominations, and questions introduced in Congress; Drez Jennings, a writer and expert on politics and media; and a former student of Buzzard, Sara Abdul-Rahim, Associate Director of Development at Georgetown University.

Students from Oak Farm Montessori in Indiana, Montessori School of Winston-Salem in North Carolina, and Beacon Academy in Illinois joined Hershey students and these professionals to discuss several areas of interest. Topics included election reform, ranked-choice voting, immigrant voting, felon disenfranchisement and vote by mail.

The conference was a collaborative effort that brought forth several issues that students were able to give voice to and engage in a critical thinking process that allowed them to express their ideas and concerns over the election process and governance.

Students were afforded the opportunity to give presentations that were followed by a question and answer session. A student action panel made up of students from all the schools also discussed how to take action and get their voices heard – a conversation that was facilitated by expert Cyndi Lucas and by Hershey student Kylie Golden-Appleton.

“We were thrilled with the turnout of students from other schools and the passion that they brought. The student action panel allowed the students to connect around their political ideas, and to find a community of young people eager to take political action. It felt like a way to take one of our responses to the COVID pandemic – working virtually – and make it a strength,” said Buzzard.

Hershey is pleased to provide students with experiential education opportunities that provide real-life skills and insights.

Both the students and experts gained better insight into these important, relevant topics and what our next generation of voters can do to improve them.

Hershey Montessori School Receives ISACS Provisional Member Status

Hershey Montessori School Receives ISACS Provisional Member Status

Hershey Montessori School has good news to celebrate. ISACS, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, has approved Hershey as a provisional member, which is the first step towards becoming an ISACS-accredited school. Hershey’s Steering Committee, which began its work in early 2019, is pleased to share this information with the Hershey community.

The Benefits of ISACS Membership

(From the ISACS website)

ISACS provides a wide variety of professional development programs for its members. Administrators and teachers are given opportunity to attend ISACS conferences, including the Annual Conference, Heads Conference, Leadership Academy in Partnership with the Kellogg School of Management Center for Nonprofit Management, and New Teacher Institute. ISACS also offers topic-specific workshops and convenient webinars for its members.
 
In addition to these benefits, ISACS staff members provide facilitated conversations with member schools on topics of governance, accreditation, and other areas. Members have access to the National Association of Independent Schools’ DASL tool for data reporting and benchmarking.
 
 

Moving Forward

With Provisional Membership approval, Hershey may now begin the process for full accreditation that involves preparation of the self-study report and accreditation visit. Getting to this stage required submission of our Provisional Membership Application (PMA). The PMA provides ISACS with an assessment of an organization that ensures it currently complies with the standards for full ISACS membership. The PMA required Hershey to provide documented evidence of compliance across 52 standards for membership, including our current policies and practices; mission, philosophy, and goals; school community; programs and activities, student services; governance and administration, personnel; and residential programs. We submitted our PMA in February of this year, which was reviewed and approved by the ISACS board in May.

The impetus to pursue ISACS accreditation came from the growing needs of our school. When Hershey’s Upper School was added five years ago, our community became keenly aware that resources and support provided to independent schools by ISACS would support our plans for continued growth. Our leadership then surveyed teachers, staff, and board members for input on the decision to begin the accreditation process. Together, we concluded that membership in ISACS would be of great benefit to our school and community.

Hershey’s ISACS Steering Committee includes Paula Leigh-Doyle, Laurie Ewert-Krocker, Tania Bertolone, Jennifer Finan, Valerie Raines, and Saren Peetz.

We look forward to the added value this organization will bring to our community.

The 2020 Hershey Cosmic Run is On!

The 2020 Hershey Cosmic Run is On!

We are pleased to announce our annual Hershey Cosmic Run is going forward! We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this healthy, family-friendly event that so many have now made an autumn tradition.

It all happens Saturday, October 24, 2020 9:00 am at Observatory Park in the Geauga Park District. 

You may register to run at Observatory Park or you  can register as a Virtual Runner to show your support from anywhere in the world.

Please see more details on our 5K page or contact Julie Loxterman at jloxterman@hershey-montessori.org.

We hope to see you there!

Registration Now Open for Hershey Montessori Birth-6th Grade Open House

Registration Now Open for Hershey Montessori Birth-6th Grade Open House

An Open House at Hershey Montessori’s Concord Campus on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 1-3 pm is being held to provide parents and caregivers insight to Montessori education.

Attendees will be provided an overview of Hershey’s Birth through 6th Grade programs as well as a personal tour of the campus. Attendees will view Hershey’s unique classrooms that are intentionally designed to engage children from infancy through the elementary years. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of why and how Montessori methods meet children’s educational, social, and intrinsic needs at every stage of their development.

Hershey Montessori School is dedicated to keeping the health and safety of both our school community and those interested in learning more about Hershey. Our Open House will be split into 2 registration times and pre-registration is required.

In keeping with CDC guidelines, upon arrival, visitors will be asked to take their temperature (a temperature greater than 99.9 will result in having to exit the premises and reschedule for another time), use hand sanitizer, wear a face-covering/mask, and keep physically distanced when interacting with others.

An Open House for our 7th-12th grade campus is also being held on October 17th from 10 am – 12 pm. 

RSVP by completing the registration below. If you have questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact Hershey Montessori School’s Office at 440-357-0918 or admissions@hershey-montessori.org

Is Hershey Montessori School right for your family? Find out on October 18th!

 

Hershey Invites You To Its Adolescent Campus Weekend Open House

Hershey Invites You To Its Adolescent Campus Weekend Open House

We warmly invite you to be our guest and take this opportunity to learn about our Adolescent program and curriculum from our staff and students, as well as take a guided tour of our campus.

Join us for a Saturday Open House on October 17, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Gain a greater understanding of Montessori education, how Hershey Montessori emphasizes the connection between school and family, school and student, and student and family, and learn why Hershey students love school.

Hershey Montessori School is dedicated to keeping the health and safety of both our school community and those interested in learning more about Hershey. Our Open House will be split into 2 registration times and pre-registration is required.

In keeping with CDC guidelines, upon arrival, visitors will be asked to take their temperature (a temperature of 99.9 or greater will result in having to exit the premises and reschedule for another time), use hand sanitizer, wear a face-covering/mask, and keep physically distanced when interacting with others.

If you have questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact Hershey Montessori School’s Office at 440-357-0918 or admissions@hershey-montessori.org.

An Open House for our Birth – 6th grade campus is also being held on October 18th from 1 pm – 3 pm.