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.

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 […]


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 […]


Coffee House and Community

January 31, 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 […]


The Engineering Design Process comes to life!

January 23, 2020

Ask, imagine, plan, create and improve!¬†These 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 […]


Failure as a Prerequisite for Success

January 16, 2020

“The recipe for succeeding in any given field is hardly a mystery: good ideas, hard work, discipline, imagination, perseverance and maybe a little luck” writes David Noonan in Scientific American. Oh, and let’s not forget failure, which Dashun Wang and his colleagues at Northwestern University call “the essential prerequisite for success”. Five years ago one […]


Developing Practical Life Skills

January 9, 2020

Practical life is everywhere! Coordination, order, concentration and independence (COCI) are initially developed in the Practical Life area of the Children’s House classroom, though can be observed throughout our Montessori environment. Coordination¬†– Fine and gross motor coordination are developed through the many works in a Montessori classroom. Pouring water from a teapot into a tiny […]


American Red Cross Blood Drive at ASM

January 2, 2020

ASM is hosting its fifth American Red Cross Blood Drive today from 2:00-7:00 p.m. in the American Room. I am thankful that ASM is able to assist the Red Cross in its efforts to save lives. Hosting a blood drive is supportive of our mission, philosophy and sense of who we are as a community. […]


The Season of Giving

December 12, 2019

The season of giving is upon us and I am grateful that the ASM community exemplifies this spirit in so many ways! Community service projects have been led by our parents, students, and faculty and staff. Our generosity will benefit those in need whether they are the recipient of a holiday toy or a warm […]


Kindness Counts

November 21, 2019

This is the time of year when we reflect upon all for which we are thankful. I am grateful each day to be among a community of learners where kindness, respect and gratitude are emphasized and part of our culture here at ASM. Lower Elementary students began the year by reading the book “Have You […]


Honoring our Veterans

November 7, 2019

Nearly 100 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as Armistice (truce) Day. The year was 1919, 12 months to the day after fighting stopped between the Germans and the Allied soldiers during WWI on “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” Congress later passed a resolution that designated Armistice […]

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