Moving mountains takes all kinds of support – The role of Coretta Scott King in advancing civil rights

Essay written by Rachel Lwin, member of the Diversity + Community Engagement Committee Last week, TNSM parent and DC+E member Allie Precht commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. and discussed the way his life, work, and legacy are taught to students past and present. It got me thinking about the man himself and the Civil Rights Movement of course, but also his wife and civil rights activist, Coretta Scott King. Hers is a name that has rolled off my tongue countless times in my former work as a librarian because she has a family of book awards named after her. The …

Hilda Rothschild introduced the Montessori method at TNSM and throughout Cincinnati

Did you know that this woman, Hilda Rothchild, who is recognized as the Mother of the Montessori movement in American brought the Montessori method to The New School over 50 years ago and is pictured here? Hilda Rothschild left Germany when the Nazis came to power, and she moved to France where she studied with Dr. Maria Montessori. In 1941 Hilda fled Paris and settled in Cincinnati where she spent the rest of her life introducing Montessori methods to schools in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In 1965, Hilda founded the country’s first Montessori teacher training school at Xavier University. Not …

Did you know about the Annex’ history?

The New School Montessori has 3 buildings on our campus that house various programs: the Mitchell Mansion, the Annex and the Ginkgo House. The Annex has a multifaceted history in the life of TNSM. It was originally a church that the students of St. Thomas Aquinas School attended, and maintained a small congregation after The New School began in 1970. Eventually the building was purchased and renovated with the help of our dedicated parents and staff, to accommodate our growing community. It was the learning space for the 9-12 program, but moonlighted as the space where events like Senior Projects …

Storytelling over the 3-day weekend

Hello Friends, I love a good story.  The way it engages the imagination of the listener.  How, like magic, if you can mix the right words in the right order, it can conjure laughter, suspense, grief, nostalgia, hope, compassion, anger, or even love. One of my favorite poems is by Billy Collins called Marginalia.  Most of it is about how different types of readers scribble notes into the margins of a book. Students studying for courses scribble, “Irony,” “Metaphor,” or the more enthusiastic reader writes, “Nonsense,” “PLEASE,” or “HA!”   It ends, however, with a teenager reading Catcher in the Rye …

Students share important stories about ancestors

New School Montessori students in 1st-3rd grade spent a lot of time learning about family stories and important ancestors in their family’s history. Over the holiday breaks, they struck up conversations with their relatives and selected a person and a story to focus on and to create a presentation they would give to their classmates. In November, as preparation, the teachers told students about the power of storytelling and the connection it creates in many cultures and traditions. One such event is El Dia de los Muertos where the lives of those who have passed on are celebrated and remembered. …

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Essay written by Allie Blocksom Precht, member of Diversity + Community Engagement Committee I often (guiltily & too simply) tie Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with his profound quotes and excerpts from his memorable “I have a dream” speech delivered at the March on Washington at our nation’s capital. I recognize this merely condenses his work, impact and memory to a video clip–words on a page or Instagram post where there deserves to be so much more.  There is work I need to do to educate myself about the history of the civil rights movement which includes the work …

Why Am I Repelled by Mindfulness: It’s Not What You Might Think

“Simply said, you make soul by living life, not by retreating from the world into ‘inner work’ or beyond the world in spiritual disciplines and meditation removes …. [but rather by leaving behind] the Cartesian split between inner and outer—good soul inside and the world, the flesh, and the devil outside ….”                                                                            —James Hillman, We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy—and the World’s …

A culture of curiosity

Hello Friends, I was delighted to see in December’s national publication of Montessori Life, an article written by a former TNSM (6-9) teacher (Kira Hinkle) about the previous TNSM Head of School, Eric Dustman!  It was a reminder of how our alumni and predecessors continue to do great things in the world! We stand on awesome shoulders. The article was about creating a culture of curiosity. The New School Montessori has a long history of fostering curiosity. One of Maria Montessori’s core beliefs was that we are all born deeply curious beings. The primary role of a Montessori teacher is to …

Please test before returning and other ways to help

Hello Friends, Happy New Year.  I love this time of year as we reflect and dream.  There are so many things to be grateful for.  So many things that make me hopeful.  And yet, here we are, navigating another variant and surge.  We hope your family and loved ones are healthy and safe.  For those in our community who are on the front lines in hospitals and medical centers, our thoughts are with you.   We are asking all of our families to please test before returning to TNSM on Monday, Jan. 3rd.  It seems certain that we will be experiencing positive cases …

Brimming with Gratitude and Joy

Hello Friends, I am brimming with gratitude and joy.  Thank you for all of your efforts to keep our community safe.  Thank you for volunteering.  Many of you have helped with lunches, recess, professional development workshops, in-kind donations, subbing, moving furniture, advice, events, and serving on committees.  Many of you supported our Staff Holiday Fund and Annual Giving, and I am pleased to share we surpassed our goals in both areas!  Time and again I am blown away by the generosity of our community.  Since this past summer, we have raised  $1,656,656.00  for our Kaleidoscope Campaign (Click HERE to  learn …