Head of School's Letter

Welcome to the Head of School's Letter

I believe that communication is vital to the success of every organization. ASM is no exception! I write to our families frequently to inform them on a variety of topics that I consider important. These letters will give you a glimpse of who we are as a school community, what I value as a school leader, and the direction in which ASM is headed.



Computer Science Curriculum

February 15, 2018

Critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, computational thinking and persistence are skills that ASM students develop through our computer science curriculum. Higher order thinking benefits students across all subject areas. ASM’s faculty attended Code.org training in fall 2015 and we introduced the curriculum at that time. Since then we have seen our students in kindergarten through […]

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Celebrating our Cultures and Traditions

February 8, 2018

“Embracing peace, challenging prejudice and respecting diversity” (andovermontessori.org) Six years ago, I applied for the headship at ASM, in part, because of this statement on the school’s website. Throughout my tenure, I have been passionate and determined to support and advance these core values at ASM. Our school’s foundation supports a peaceful and respectful learning environment. […]

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AISNE and AMS Re-accreditation

February 1, 2018

ASM is at the 5-year mark of its joint accreditation by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). Our faculty and staff have collaborated with one another over the past five years to achieve the AISNE recommendations. One of the striking aspects of this process for me […]

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2018-2023 Strategic Plan

January 25, 2018

This past week I was pleased to introduce our new mission, vision and core value statements along with ASM’s Strategic Plan. Months of research resulted in the development of five strategic goals for our school which will directly and positively impact your children. Highlights include expanding the school’s footprint so that we can better deliver […]

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Goal-Setting in Upper Elementary

January 18, 2018

The arrival of the new year is a time for reflection and renewal. Many of us set goals we hope to achieve that may be personal or professional. At different times throughout our curriculum cycle, ASM students go through a similar process. Our sixth year students recently met with Mrs. Orlowitz and Mrs. O’Hearn to […]

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Real-World Connections through Community Partners

January 11, 2018

How do our students make real-world connections to their science, technology, engineering and math curriculum? How do they apply their skills and knowledge to authentic lab work? How do they gain insight into potential STEM career paths? They do this by going on a field trip to Biogen, the longest-running, hands-on Community Science Lab in the United States! […]

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Winter Weather and School Closings

December 14, 2017

Last weekend’s snowstorm created a beautiful winter wonderland! This time of year as we anticipate pretty snow-covered landscapes, winter sports and hot chocolate, we also prepare ourselves for the shorter days, cold temperatures and hazardous driving conditions. We are fortunate when snowstorms occur on the weekend and have no impact on school. In the event […]

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Collaborative Projects for Kindergarten, First and Second Years

December 7, 2017

As I mentioned last week, next-level projects begin tomorrow! This collaboration between students in different grades introduces them to a larger peer group and challenging, hands-on units of curriculum. This week I’m excited to share with you the curriculum planned for the kindergarten, first and second year students. This group will engage in an interdisciplinary, project-based unit of […]

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Next-Level Collaborative Projects

November 30, 2017

Would you appreciate the opportunity to “try on” a new job before making a change? Would you like the chance to get to know your future coworkers and management team? Would you have a better sense of whether an organization is the right fit for your career goals and personality? Would it make the transition […]

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Parent Teacher Conferences

November 16, 2017

Parent and teacher conferences are right around the corner! Conferences are an essential component of your child’s education and a time for you to learn about your child’s progress. Come to the conference prepared to listen to what the teachers observe in school. Be willing to hear them speak to your child’s strengths and areas […]

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