Director Letter 06/21/24

MVM Co-Curricular Programs

Dear MVM Current and Future Families,

In this letter I would like to introduce our co-curricular programs planned for the upcoming school year.  Co-curricular programs are sometimes referred as specials or enrichment classes.  Beginning this school year they will be called enrichment classes, as they exist to enrich our core subject areas and to enrich the social/emotional state of our school.  Building a schedule that includes these enrichment opportunities for your children helps us demonstrate that we care about the “whole”child.  A big shout out to teachers for taking on new things.  What great role models they are.


Peace Place (6th and 7th grade)  
We are excited to introduce a new skill development class at MVM called Peace Place. Peace Place stands for Play, Explore, Appreciate, Create, and Enjoy. This program is designed with the aim of creating an enriching environment where children can grow and thrive.  

The activities are designed to encourage curiosity, problem-solving, decision-making skills, and to foster critical thinking abilities essential for lifelong learning.

Hands-on experiences promote practical skills such as cooperation, communication, and responsibility, preparing them for real-world challenges.  Cooperative group exercises and role-playing scenarios will    cultivate a sense of community among the students, teaching them the value of collaboration and empathy. Taught by Trish Poole.


Art (K-7)
The purpose of Art is to inspire all students to reach their fullest potential by trying hard things and to allow all students to be creative thinkers. Students will also explore the many genres of art and meet many of Art’s Masters to learn about their fascinating lives and artistic impact. Artists will come to life before their eyes as students use multiple strategies to produce creative art projects. Taught by Trish Poole.


Music (1st-5th)
Music enables students to learn about themselves, other people, and humanity in general.  Students will be regularly engaged in singing, playing instruments, moving to music, and creating music.  Listening to, analyzing, and evaluating music will also be introduced.  We plan to have music performances throughout the school year. Taught by Rachel Peterson.


Physical Education (K-7)
The physical education program is responsible for helping students learn the value of activity for health, recreation, social interaction, and more.  PE classes teach children skills that they will use throughout their entire lives.  Our physical education program will also promote that physical fitness is fun.  Finally, our physical education program will always develop, teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation.   Taught by Donald Glover.


Library (K-5)
Our main goals for our Library are to help students find books they're interested in and to encourage students to reach outside of their comfort zone.   Students should hear what good reading sounds like by listening to skilled readers reading out loud. Literacy development, including exposure to new word and grammar and expanding their phonological awareness is also stressed.  Collaborating with faculty on cross curricular projects is also a focus.  Taught by Rachel Peterson.


Leadership (4th-5th)
Leadership and Service are a crucial part of the educational experience for children.  This enrichment class will discuss and demonstrate the traits and qualities of a leader and different leadership styles.  Students will demonstrate their skills through lots of activities and opportunities to be leaders and serve.  Taught by Donald Glover.


Makerspace/Engineering Design (K-7) 
A makerspace is an area where users can use tools and equipment to design, build, and create all sorts of different things.  Projects range from prototyping product designs with 3D printers, to programming robots, to creating art out of recycled items.  Makerspace can be described as a collision of art, technology, learning, and collaboration.  The curriculum for the Makerspace program is designed to introduce students to the concepts of engineering through a series of activities.   Students will learn the basic mechanics of engineering through hands-on testing and revising their designs using elements of the Engineering Design Process.  The school has recently received a grant to help with the purchase of materials needed for this course.  Taught by Ivan Amargo.


In Gratitude,

Brian Clyne

bclyne@mvmutah.org

Director Letter 06/07/2024

A Letter from Our Director

Dear Family and Friends of MVM,

   As your new Director, I have many goals for our community that is Mountain View.  First and foremost, to be accessible and transparent.  I will be in my office or around the school most of the Summer and urge you to stop by or send me an email with any questions you may have.  As you wait for the next school year to arrive, please check our website frequently for informational letters that I will post regarding the progress we are making during the summer.  These letters will focus on changes or enhancements to our program. This letter is focused on curriculum and curriculum delivery.  In other words, what we will teach, and how we will teach it.

   Montessori is more than just a curriculum and a curriculum delivery system.  It requires a considerable amount of training to become certified and to do it well. Knowing this, we must combine what we already have with a curriculum that brings with it the values of Montessori and be effectively taught by our teachers and staff who do not have this extensive training.

   Project-Based Learning is a student-centered curriculum that will complement our Montessori roots.  It is the vehicle by which our students will learn 21st Century Skills.  It involves students moving from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat.  It begins with a driving question that is content-driven.  For example, “How does our school impact the environment?”

   As students pursue the answer to this question the teacher encourages voice and choice, engages students in in-depth inquiry, incorporates revision and reflection, and celebrates by having it publicly presented.  Often this is a celebration in which the students present their completed project to parents, peers, representatives of the community or other interested parties.  It is a celebration of what the students have gained in terms of knowledge and skills—and pride.

   MVM has already demonstrated a version of this with the Multicultural Market in October.

   I strongly believe that the vision we all want for our students can be effectively taught and learned using both of these approaches.  After all, look at all the things they have in common.

   Montessori and Project Based both focus in on Hands-on activities, independent thinkers, developing the whole child, nurturing natural curiosity and creativity, and the love of learning and collaboration.

   Project Based and Montessori learning outcomes include students with better problem-solving skills, keen social-emotional intelligence, self-confidence, and are adaptable and independent learners.  

   I have experience in Project Based Learning as a teacher, trainer, and as an administrator and will mentor our teachers through the process.  

   This Fall we will also be introducing a new ELA curriculum.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s, Into Reading.  HMH Into Reading uses the latest in literacy research to help ensure our students learn to read and write with confidence. Robust assessment data give teachers the information they need to differentiate reading instruction and better monitor student progress. I also believe the curriculum allows teachers to enhance small-group reading instruction and to support students as they work independently.

In Gratitude,

Brian Clyne

bclyne@mvmutah.org

About MVM

Mountain View Montessori (MVM) is a K-7 charter school in Washington City, Utah.
Our primary focus is making a free Montessori Education available to as many children in Washington County as possible.

MVM Core Values

at Mountain View Montessori we desire to:

  1. care for self
  2. care for others
  3. care for the environment
  

When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.

Maria Montessori

Background

The Founding Board of MVM started as the shared interests of parents whose children attended the private Dayspring Montessori Educational Center (DMEC) and as a passion to support the Montessori approach and place a high value on choice and affordability in education. Based on the successes seen in their children attending DMEC, the goal of the members of the Founding Board was to extend these opportunities to greater numbers by making an authentic Montessori-based education more widely available in the larger community. 

Following thoughtful consideration, it was determined that the charter school model is the ideal choice to accomplish this goal.


Philosophy

The learning environment of MVM is based on the Montessori philosophy because of its emphasis on the development of the whole child. 

Maria Montessori recognized that children have an innate desire to learn and, given the proper environment, will thrive intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically.  This “prepared environment,” as Dr. Montessori termed it, includes not only the classroom with its materials and authentically trained teachers, but also a social setting and atmosphere where children can reach their fullest potential.  

MVM is open to all eligible students, and proudly adopts an educational approach that specifically addresses the community’s diversity to ensure that, truly, no child will be left behind.


Vision

At MVM, our vision is to awaken within each child his or her unique potential that will enable them to make a valuable contribution to society.

Director's Welcome

Mountain View Montessori has undergone a full rebranding!


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Meet our Director

Chelsea Bergeron

Mountain View Montessori will be an authentic Montessori experience in which exploration and discovery; green practices and sustainability; critical thinking; respect and responsibility to oneself, to others and to the Earth will prepare our students for a life-long educational journey.

Through the Montessori experience, we hope to develop children that are curious, creative, caring, empathetic, and confident.

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We want our students to not only experience the prepared classroom, but also the natural outdoor environment. Our students will spend time embracing the outdoor culture, recreation, and biodiversity of Southern Utah. 

We will be putting numerous measures in place to become actively involved in environmental stewardship and connecting with the world around us. We want our school to be a place where Academics Meet Adventure and Learning Becomes Elevated.