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.



Teamwork in Tumultuous Times

April 2, 2020

ASM’s faculty and staff are experiencing a lot of “firsts.” First time conducting virtual team meetings and on-line classes. First time experiencing what it feels like to do our jobs remotely. And, for the first time, ASM’s faculty and staff gathered last Tuesday virtually for our monthly Faculty and Staff Meeting. I can’t tell you […]

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Professional Development: Preparing for the Future

March 26, 2020

Tomorrow, March 6, ASM’s faculty and staff will gather for our scheduled Professional Development Day. Due to the onset of COVID-19 in the United States, we will spend the day planning for potential scenarios that may arise due to the virus. As we are seeing in other countries, school closure is one possible scenario. We […]

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Learning for the Sake of Learning

March 26, 2020

It’s hard to believe that we are only on day 9 of living in this new paradigm. Close to one million students in Massachusetts are not in school due to closure from COVID-19. Amidst the disruption, students, faculty and staff at ASM are working in novel ways to achieve continuity in learning. Is it different? […]

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Fulfilling our Mission: Innovative Learning in a Dynamic World

March 19, 2020

As you read this letter we are officially on day 4 of a state-wide school shutdown. Many of you have been directed to work at home. We have all been asked to practice social distancing protocols, which we are told is our best defense against the spread of COVID-19. Despite the loneliness we are all […]

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Continuity of Learning During School Closing

March 12, 2020

I have made the decision to close school, beginning on Monday March 16 through at least March 27. I am choosing to be proactive, due to the highly communicable nature of COVID-19, to best position our community to remain healthy. I will reassess the situation as it develops and communicate with you regularly. The timing […]

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Health Protocols

February 27, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been in the news and is causing great concern all over the world. Although the risk in our area is categorized as low, ASM’s Leadership Team and its Health and Safety Committee are meeting to develop contingency plans should the situation/risk/category/that change. ASM follows directives issued by the Andover Board of […]

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Distinguishing Characteristics of ASM students

February 13, 2020

What are the distinguishing characteristics of ASM students? Montessori students are given opportunities to practice skills that develop perseverance, independence and leadership. Inherent to the multi-age model, ASM students learn to be comfortable shaking hands, making eye contact, and conversing easily with adults. Building strong relationships with teachers and collaborating with peers is a natural […]

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Incremental Praise vs. Entity Praise

February 6, 2020

In educational nomenclature, “incremental intelligence theory” explains that intelligence can be increased with effort. The “entity theory” of intelligence describes intelligence as being fixed. Praise can be given to a child in a way that supports either the incremental or entity theory of intelligence. Incremental praise helps a student to reflect on the process of […]

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Coffee House and Community

January 30, 2020

ASM’s Coffee House is one of my favorite events of the school year! It is a time to gather with families and friends and to support our students’ artistic endeavors in a convivial environment! I love to watch our students, of every age, share their wonderful talents. The students gain confidence by performing in front […]

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The Engineering Design Process Comes to Life!

January 23, 2020

Ask, imagine, plan, create and improve!┬áThese are the problem-solving steps of the Engineering Design Process that students learn to follow. ASM introduces STEM in the Children’s House and continues with greater sophistication through middle school. It is fun to see our youngest learners so eagerly engage in STEM challenges and it is impressive to see […]

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