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.



Middle School Trip to Washington, D.C.

April 12, 2018

This week, our school is noticeably quiet with the absence of our middle school students! As I write this letter, they have just witnessed the Changing of the Guard at the Arlington National Cemetery in our nation’s capital. The Washington, D.C. trip allows us to bring our middle school curriculum to life! Throughout this past […]

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Safety First

April 5, 2018

As I have shared on many occasions, school safety is my top priority. Before the recent tragedy that took place in Parkland, Florida, I had registered to become certified as an ALICE trainer. Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, I attended the training. Footage was reviewed from real-life, active shooting events that have occurred in schools, universities and other venues, […]

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Science Fair: Onto the Regionals!

March 29, 2018

I remember fondly my daughter’s first piano recital. The youngest students performed first, followed in succession by each older group, culminating with the more accomplished pianists. Watching the amazing progression of skill and talent filled me with anticipation and excitement for my daughter’s opportunities and possibilities in the future. I had a similar experience during […]

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Congratulations Class of 2018!

March 22, 2018

Each member of ASM’s Class of 2018 is preparing for their upcoming transition to secondary school. Soon, our eighth year students will be standing at the graduation podium, ready to spread their wings and take flight to one of the area’s excellent public high schools or independent schools. Our students applied to some of the […]

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Snow Day Update

March 15, 2018

March madness has brought so much more than basketball this year! I am certain that I’m not alone in feeling challenged by the three nor’easters we’ve had in less than two weeks. Loss of power and water, and damage to homes and trees has impacted most everyone in our community. Additionally, the loss of eight […]

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Middle School Presents: Level Up Village

March 10, 2018

With great enthusiasm, I share that ASM’s mission is being realized through programming such as Level Up Village. Our seventh and eighth years recently partnered with students in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico to collaborate on a climate change unit of study. Over the course of eight weeks, students from the Instituto Anglo Mexicano worked with our middle […]

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Science Fair: Skills Development

March 1, 2018

It is wonderful to see how the science fair has grown over the years! When I came to ASM, participation in the Science Fair was optional and limited to elementary students. Now the Science Fair is an integral component of our curriculum for elementary and middle school students, although still optional for first years. Science fairs promote inquiry-based […]

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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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