Hershey Alumni Summer Social

Hershey Alumni Summer Social

Join us for Hershey Montessori School’s Alumni Social!

The Alumni Social is open to Hershey alumni and guides. Hershey defines “Alumni” as any person who has been enrolled at Hershey Montessori School for any length of time. Come connect with us and to one another!

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023

Time: 5-7 pm

Location: Westel’s | 4084 Erie St., Willoughby

Cost: $15

Register at: https://one.bidpal.net/westles2023/welcome

Hershey Students Just Run!

Hershey Students Just Run!

Hershey Montessori School wound down this year’s Just Run®  program with its last practice on Thursday, May 25, with a total of thirty-one students. The program readied students for the Just Run 5K race that was held on Saturday, May 27, in Fairport Harbor. Thirty students participated — Hershey’s biggest group ever to represent our school community.



We are grateful to Cheryl McGovern, Hershey Elementary Assistant and Outdoor & Physical Education Coordinator, for leading Hershey’s Just Run group, and to Jennifer Finan, Johan van der Wee, Lakisha Wingard, Saren Peetz, and Venus Kohler for their assistance with the program.

Pictured left to right: Lakisha Wingard, Jennifer Finan, Johan van der Wee, Venus Kohler, Cheryl McGovern

“The energy before the race was palpable and contagious!,” said Cheryl. “They kept up their energy during the race, with the first Hershey runner crossing the finish line in 30th place out of 768 runners!”

A total of four Hershey runners placed in the top 50. Eleven finished in the top 100. One Hershey runner placed in the top 10 Female Runners category, and another placed in the top 20.

“Most importantly, all who began the race crossed the finish line, with our last two crossing holding hands with smiling faces!” enthused Cheryl. “One of my favorite parts was that so many [Hershey runners and supporters] stayed around as the race was winding down that we were able to provide loud cheers for the very last runner! The young girl went from looking a little confused to wearing a broad smile as she realized the cheers were for her.

The sense of community was strong throughout the event, as a school and in our participation with the Fairport Harbor Just Run 5k community.



We congratulate all the students who took part in Just Run and extend gratitude to all the families for their support.

Just Run is a free, multifaceted youth fitness program developed by the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. It promotes fitness, healthy eating, good citizenship, and pride in accomplishment. It promotes exercise and the sport of running. Virtual runs across the USA and Europe link points of interest and geographical and historical sites, making it educational as well.

Hershey Community Drive-In Night

Hershey Community Drive-In Night

Join us for Hershey Montessori School’s Drive-in Theater at the Mayfield Drive-In!

This is a family-fun, community-wide event that will bring us together to celebrate the end of the school year!

Bring the whole family to the Mayfield Drive-In to see the new Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Hershey Montessori School!

Date: Friday, June 2, 2023

Location: Mayfield Drive-In located at 12100 State Route 322 in Chardon

Cost: $20 per car (Each car will receive 1 free large popcorn!)

Gates open: 7:00 pm

Movie begins: at dark

The Little Mermaid. “The Little Mermaid” is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy. Rated PG. View the trailer.

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Hershey Middle Schoolers Build Computers, Experience Digital Age

Hershey Middle Schoolers Build Computers, Experience Digital Age

In Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community, studies in Humanities give adolescents the opportunity to connect with the whole of human history through integrated scholarship, including research, experiential investigation, and expression.  

This quarter, some students explored the Digital Age. Students, led by Humanities guide Nicole Lederle, first began their exploration by learning about the evolution of communication, from the invention of the printing press to today’s growing use of A.I. (artificial intelligence).

Adolescents researched the ins and outs of computer functions, creating their own presentations on selected topics involving technology and communication. 

The next step was to begin the hands-on execution of building their own computers. Students worked in teams of three to build Piper Computer models. The Piper Computer comes in a kit and is designed to give a hands-on STEM learning experience. It also provides students with the fundamentals of electronics and coding through the use of Minecraft Pi and a Scratch-like coding language.

Each model was put together like a puzzle and students got to see how the parts of the computer connect and work together. The adolescents took two class sessions to strategize, problem-solve, and build their fully functioning model. By the end of the second building session, students basked in the glory of their final product, eager to show the other Humanities class what they had accomplished.

The Piper Models consist of a wooden shell fully put together by the students, a Raspberry Pi motherboard, a screen, a small mouse, breadboards, and wiring for controls.  

Hershey middle school students engaged individually, and collaboratively, in sophisticated academic and multisensory, project-based learning. 

The hands help the development of the intellect. When a child is capable of using his hands, he can have a quantity of experiences in the environment through using them. In order to develop his consciousness, then his intellect, and then his will, he must have exercises and experiences.

Maria Montessori, The 1946 London Lectures, p. 130

Bringing lessons to life through an experiential, hands-on learning process is what truly captivates the student. Dr. Montessori knew this. Her approach to educating the whole child in this manner is what makes the Montessori method the sought-after education model families love providing for their children and adolescents.

Hershey Adolescents Undergo Suicide Prevention Training

Hershey Adolescents Undergo Suicide Prevention Training

Mental health training professionals from the Integrated Student Supports and Prevention Services for the ESCWR (Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve) came to Hershey Montessori School’s Huntsburg Campus to lead Middle and Upper School students in QPR Training. They were impressed with the students’ openness, respectful demeanor, and thoughtful questions.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, and its mission is to reduce suicidal behavior and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to best help.

QPR training teaches both adults and adolescents to identify signs that other people, especially adolescents, may be at risk for attempting suicide. QPR is a nationally recognized, research-based approach to providing life-saving, short-term support and refers people to the professional help they need.

Hershey’s Huntsburg staff was fortunate enough to receive this training earlier this year and will now be able to share a common language with the adolescent students. Providing social-emotional support is not only a focal point in Montessori education but it is also a renewed commitment by school leadership and staff to ensure that every student has the support and the tools to navigate social and emotional challenges they or their friends and peers might encounter.

Through Hershey Montessori School’s close partnerships with parents, our Social-Emotional Learning program, our collaboration with mental health professionals through Family Pride of Northeast Ohio, regular student check-ins with staff advisors, and our holistic, adolescent community-centered Montessori approach, our goal is to guide and support students to recognize and respond to mental and emotional health needs for themselves and others.

For more information about the QPR student training, please visit the QPR website at: https://www.qprinstitute.com/ :

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Hershey Montessori School invites you to Grandparents and Special Friends Day* at the Concord Campus on Friday, May 5, 2023, from 9:00 – 10:30 am. The campus is located at 10229 Prouty Road, Concord Township.
This event is open to grandparents and special friends of Hershey’s Concord students. We look forward to welcoming guests in the gym with refreshments. Guests will then be guided to the appropriate classroom to meet the child’s teacher and allow the children to share their work and introduce their friends.
Hershey will be using a valet service to facilitate parking and kindly requests that guests or the child’s parents RSVP by Wednesday, April 12, by clicking on the survey link in the email already sent to families. Additional details are provided in that email as well.
*Please note that if a grandparent is unable to attend, students are free to invite another loving adult to visit on this day.