REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 5/15/2013
The Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30 in Room 5 at 746 Moss Ave. in Chico. The public is welcome to attend.
Agenda, May 15, 2013 BOD Sherwood Montes[...]
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*******SHERWOOD MONTESSORI IN THE NEWS*******
HONORS, REWARDS, AWARDS, PRIZES, PRAISE, MENTIONS, AND ACCOLODES
For our Montessori students, the satisfaction of a job well done and the deep feeling of peace that comes during the process of work are the genuine rewards we strive for. External rewards are not the point, but it does feel good when high quality work is recognized by the community. Sherwood students have been recognized in the community for a number of achievements during this 2011-2012 school year.
Poetry 99 Winners 2012
Several of our students were honored for their talents as poets in this year’s CNR Poetry 99 contest. In the Junior High School category, Devin Kern received an honorable mention for his poem, “In Space”: http://www.newsreview.com/chico/poetry-99/content?oid=8119136 . In the Kids’ division, we had four students’ poems place: In first place was Gwen Henson for her poem “Memory Waste Land”, in third place was Lily Sajadi’s untitled poem which began “Love is lightning and thunder”, and two of our students received honorable mentions: Gage Waltz, for his poem “The Toy”, and Kylie Grinton for her poem “Under the Sea”: http://www.newsreview.com/chico/poetry-99/content?oid=8118831 . Finally, Savannah Cresswell’s poem “Dreamers” was printed as a “Rebel Poem” that included more than 99 words, but was just too good to not get printed. Congratulations to all our wonderful poets, and to Danielle Mennucci, our wonderful literacy teacher who organizes the participation of our students each year in the CNR Poetry 99 contest.
Dave Eggers Visits Sherwood
Each year, under the guidance of Danielle Mennucci, our middle school students read the Book In Common chosen by officials at Chico State University and Butte College. Sherwood is a community-based school that is committed to teaching critical thinking skills, making this project a natural choice. But our students do not only read and discuss the works. It has also become a tradition that they visit the author when she or he comes to town to present at Chico State.
In 2011, the students were able to ask William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the questions they had as readers when they attended his speaking engagement at the University. In 2012, students got the idea to write to Dave Eggers, author of Zeitoun, to see if he would come and visit our school and discuss his work with us. Their invitation was accepted. Danielle made the arrangements, and the students began to anticipate the arrival of their guest.
On the afternoon of May 7, after concluding his lecture on the CSU campus, Dave Eggers visited Sherwood’s campus. We learned that his mom had been a Montessori teacher, and Dave has a special appreciation for this method of education. Students also learned more about Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the main character of the novel Zeitoun, and the ordeal he faced during his unjust imprisonment in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They discussed social justice, the life of a writer, and their responsibilities to making the world a better place.
This year, the students are reading Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It by Robert Glennon. They are looking forward to their appointment to meet with the author on the CSU campus in early October and discuss the problems presented in his book as well as potential solutions. We are grateful to Danielle and her commitment to lighting the minds of her students. With her guidance, they experience the satisfaction of academic rigor and develop thier identities as true scholars and lifelong learners.
To learn more about Dave Eggers' work at 826 Valencia where professional writers mentor and tutor young writers in the Mission District of San Francisco, follow this link to his TED talk recorded in 2008:
You may also be interested in visiting the site he describes in his talk, on which innovative volunteers share the creative ways they support their local public schools:
Poetry 99 Winner from Sherwood Montessori
Congratulations to Charlie, a 5th grade student, for this winning poem:
Screech Owl in the Tree
It is nearing six o’clock
The sky is pink, purple, red, and blue
my dad and I are on a walk
we are searching for Nature’s treasures
from a dark hollow in a tree
two yellow blinking eyes are watching me
I turn to see
a screech owl and her hatchlings
Out of the grass
A mouse in his talons
The father owl silently wings his way to the hollow
The hatchlings screech pleadingly
The open mouths get the goods!
-Charlie Giannini, 12
Follow this link to read more winning poems with 99 words:
Sherwood Students Shine in Fiction59 Contest!
Students from Sherwood Montessori won awards in the annual Chico News and Review Fiction 59 competion. Three students placed in the Sixth to Eighth Grade Division, and four students placed in the Fifth Grade and Younger. That is more than any other school! Congratulations to all the participants and to teacher Danielle Mennucci!! This news item has fifty-nine words.
To read the fabulous fiction by Zane Polsan (6th grader, first place) and Rhiannon Philippi, Alexa Briand, and Joshua Bronson (honorable mentions) click on the link to go the Chico News and Review website.
Sherwood Students Win Chico Science Fair Awards
Congratulations are also due to the award winning scientists in our student body. Malcolm Dinani, 1st grader, won first place for his grade for his science fair project. This is Malcom’s second year in a row for winning first prize for his grade! First prize for the 7th grade went to Ella Shapiro and Tia Watkins for their project. Other Sherwood students who were awarded prizes in the Chico Science Fair included Sabrina Husbands, second place for 6th grade, and Chloie Livingston who won “Best Use of Scientific Method”, a special award from Lares Research. Chloie also won 3rd place for 5th grade. Other third place winners from Sherwood include: Madison Williams (6th), Finn Cresswell (6th), Liron Ariely (7th), Dylan Henson (7th), Caleb Doney (7th), and Meredith Bishop & Alexa Briand (8th).
Saturday Chico Farmers' Market Salsa Contest
For the third year in a row, Sherwood took prizes in the Chico Saturday Farmers’ Market Salsa Contest! Our red salsa entry won third place in 2010 and first place in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, we took second prize in presentation thanks to our students’ beautiful colored pencil drawings encircling the salsa’s wooden bowl. Sherwood's fruit salsa won a first place ribbon in 2012. Our Cooking and Gardening Instructor, Chef Richie Hirshen, has much to proud of, especially since in the 2012 contest his sous chefs carried the school on to glory while he was out of town on business! Sous chefs Rhiannon Philippi, Alex Green, Joshua Bronsan, and Madi Williams followed their carefully scribed recipes and delicious, award winning salsa was the result. Congratulations, all you wonderful chefs of Sherwood Montessori.
Sherwood Kindergarten Students Sing on the Radio
The kindergarten class performed "We Are The Mosaic" for the Gather 'Round the Radio program on 12/24/2011 on public radio station KZFR. This slideshow shows the performers recording at the Blue Room. Warning: Contents are EXTREMELY adorable.
The song is part of "The Mosaic Project", a program designed to teach children that peace can be a reality in our world: http://www.mosaicproject.org/.
Carrots, Chefs, and Healthy Choices at Sherwood
Check out this video featuring Sherwood kids and Richie, our Cooking and Gardening Instructor. About 3 1/2 minutes in Richie demonstrates a recipe in Sherwood's kitchen. Keep watching through the credits for some carrot humor featuring funny and familiar kids.
Click on the link below to read "Smart Garden", published in Chico News & Review on 7/28/2011
Farmers' Market Fridays 3 PM!!!
Please join the students for our biweekly Farmer's Market. Loads of fun and lots of goodies!
Welcome to Sherwood Montessori!
Welcome to the website for Sherwood Montessori! Sherwood Montessori is the effort of a dedicated group of Chico parents who have a combined expertise in education, management, psychology and financial planning to create a public Montessori charter Kindergarten-Eighth grade school. Our vision is for small, multi-aged classrooms where any member of the greater Chico community can succeed by applying the Montessori philosophy in their education.
Why "Sherwood Montessori"? The founding board wanted a name that reflected both the environmental focus typical of Montessori schools and the proud heritage of Chico. As many local residents know, the classic 1938 movie, "The Adventures of Robin Hood," was filmed on location in Bidwell Park-the Sherwood Forest of King John. Conjuring images of both adventure and lush forests, we felt the name emphasized our vision for the school.
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Please note: Sherwood Montessori is an independent endeavor that is not connected to any existing school in Chico or elsewhere. If you found our website while searching for the excellent private Montessori pre-school/Kinergarten in Chico, please use the link below:
Website for the Chico Montessori Children's House, located on Glenn Street.
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