Strings Orientation Presentation

Meeting for prospective beginning strings students and parents will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 5 in the Growing Room. Students in grades 2-6 are eligible. Melissa Robinson, TNSM’s music teacher and orchestra leader will discuss the strings program and answer any questions the parents may have. Students may choose violin, viola, cello, or bass. We are thrilled to have Melissa Robinson, former NKU director of strings, leading our orchestra program. Paul Bartel from the Baroque Violin Shop will be present to handle  instrument rental. Parents will have the opportunity to rent instrument and students will be able to take instrument home …

TNSM staff tell about their summer

  Alexa Abner In a farmer’s world, summer is far from a “break.” I spent each day cultivating fruits, vegetables and flowers in urban farm lots sprinkled throughout the Ohio River Valley with each week culminating on Saturday at the Covington Farmers’ Market.  My 5-year-old son, Xavier, loved tending his own plot in the garden, but especially enjoyed the time we spent riding bikes, hiking new trails, and cooling off at the pool. Xavier loved breaking in his black electric guitar and challenged me to perform “rock and roll” with him at a neighborhood open mic night! We are looking forward to autumn, which brings more farming… but cooler …

TNSM 1st grader recognized in a one-page article by Civic Garden Center for his donations

We are very proud of TNSM 1st grader, Quinn, who was recognized for his donations to the Civic Garden Center. Quinn enjoys gardening in the Summer Sprouts Program at the Civic Garden Center and was pleased to support their mission with the proceeds from his water balloon sales.                   Click this link to see the Civic Garden Center Summer Issue with Quinn’s article on page 10

TNSM music teacher Josh Fink’s work was premiered

We congratulate New School Montessori music teacher, Josh Fink, on the world premier of his Concerto for Quartet, Strings, and Percussion. The piece was commissioned by Austin Soundwaves, featured DaXun Zhang, and was performed at The University of Texas at Austin.

5th graders created their own fables and bound their collection into a keepsake

Each year, New School Montessori 5th graders create a collaborative book of fables. The project begins with students reading well-known stories within the genre to discover the structure and elements that need to be present in their original stories. They are required to develop three fables, including creating their own illustrations to accompany each story. Students then choose a favorite among their three projects to be bound together with other classmates’ favorite works.   Decisions about the type of paper to be used, the binding stitch pattern, fabric for the cover and the title of the collection are all made …

6th graders learned how plastics are made at LyondellBasell Technology Center

New School 6th grade students were invited by Ndiba Dioh (parent of 6-9 students) to visit LyondellBasell Technology Center in Blue Ash. They learned how plastics are made from the elements carbon and hydrogen, visited different labs, and walked though the plant to see how plastic bags and containers are produced.

Plant diagrams

New School Montessori students in 1st-3rd grade created flower diagrams from their botany study of plant parts.  

Students visit Krohn Conservatory and Eden Park

A number of New School Montessori students in 4th-6th grade visited the Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show. While some of their classmates were performing “Hamlet” for a neighboring school, these students enjoyed seeing the butterflies and visiting the other sections of the conservatory. Following the tour, students had a picnic lunch at Eden Park’s overlook.  

Author visits (9-12) students and fields questions

Author Bill Schroeder came to visit the (9-12), where he shared his book, Smallmouth Sonny of Bass Island Bar with students. Bill’s book is about a fish that gets lost on the Little Miami River and all the animal friends he meets on his journey home. Students asked the author questions about writing a book, the editing process, and getting published. Bill was amazed at the amount of background knowledge our students had about nature, conservation, and writing.