Nervous-cited

Hello Friends, Several years ago, one of our 6th graders was about to take the stage to present on a topic she had researched over the course of several months to an audience of nearly 100 people.  She was 12, dressed up for the presentation, and about to stand in front of the largest crowd she had ever had to address. She was about to do what statistically is considered one of our greatest fears; public speaking. All of our 6th graders go through this rite of passage called, Senior Project. She looked a little jittery, and I asked how …

Challenges of living in community

This article is written by Hope Miller, TNSM parent and member of the Diversity and Community and Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. I waited to write this post until after the Auction and Gala so that I could say something pithy about community. In waiting, something else happened: another mass shooting in America. On Saturday afternoon, May 14—while many …

Successful Fundraising, Sr. Projects, Looking Ahead to Our Last Week of School

Hello Friends, We had an extraordinary auction and gala last Saturday.  Thank you for attending.  Audrey Cobb provided a spectacular spread of delicious bites, the Renaissance Jazz Band serenaded us from the porch, and it felt SO good to gather together as a community. The generosity of our community was inspiring.  We raised over $90,000.00!!  We have now reached $1.8 million towards our Capital Campaign.  Thank you for your support and trust in our vision toward a better tomorrow!   If you weren’t able to make the event and were still wanting to contribute to the Kaleidoscope Campaign, CLICK HERE. It is hard …

Students identify rocks and minerals

New School Montessori (9-12) students are studying and identifying rocks and minerals. They went from station to station, working through a series of  questions to determine the identity of a rock or mineral sample. Students can test mineral properties for hardness using the Mohs hardness scale, streak, cleavage, magnetism, luster and even electrical conductivity. You can determine if rocks have a reaction to acid and whether they float or are transparent, translucent or opaque.  .

QCPP resets our hives with new bees and queen

TNSM parent Carrie Driehaus, with the Queen City Pollinator Project, helped us start TNSM’s backyard bee hives several years ago and has been taking care of them and giving programs to our students ever since. Carrie sent us an update from her work on our hives last Sunday: “QCPP installed two new packages of bees on Sunday. Unfortunately neither colony of bees made it all the way through the winter. The national average for hive survival is about 42%, so it’s not uncommon to lose one or two hives in a year. Honeybees fly within a 3-5 mile radius, so …

We resonate in different ways

Article written by Claudia Lòpez, chair of Diversity and Community Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. I’m writing this post one week before it is published in A Look Ahead and one day after our last Diversity and Community Engagement committee meeting of the year, and I am sitting here now, writing this with feelings of gratitude and wonderment. In the …

Join in the festivities along with the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati!

This article was written by Allie Blocksom Precht who is a member of TNSM’s Diversity + Community Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. …

Revisiting our list of summer activities that focus on diversity and inclusion

The end of the school year is always an exciting and busy time, full of more than we can fully take in. When I sat down to work on this week’s Diversity & Community Engagement post, I started by googling and came across the most wonderful collection of resources. Through the magic/terror of Google’s algorithms, the first result my search returned was an archived blog post from this very same committee last spring. In it, Randi Burlew offered us a treasure trove of resources, links, and suggestions for how to keep issues of diversity and inclusion active in our households …

Fostering Metacognition for over 100 years!

Hello Friends, A few weeks ago, I wrote about what a forward-thinking pioneer Maria Montessori was and about how non-Montessori educators talk about how education needs to change in radical ways –and then they always end up describing the Montessori classroom. I was recently reading an article, Fostering Metacognition in Preschool and, yet again, found the author describing the Montessori way (without ever mentioning Montessori)!  Here is an excerpt: “Legitimizing and respecting what children do on a daily basis is an important part of my role as an early childhood educator. For this reason, I base my work on listening, observing, …

Celebrating holidays in harmony and respect with others

This article was written by Rachel Lwin TNSM parent and Diversity and Community Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. This time of year and around the winter holidays too, I spend a lot of time explaining myself. “My family celebrates Easter, but we’re not religious,” I say, a bit ruefully. It’s a familiar line to me, and I’m sure to …