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.

Exercise Your Brain!

November 16, 2018

I think we all know that exercise is an important component in keeping our bodies healthy! In addition to improving our physical health, exercise also improves our cognition, or the ability to acquire knowledge. In his book Brain Rules, (2008) John Medina says “To improve your thinking skills, move.” Medina is a molecular biologist with a […]


Safety First

November 1, 2018

Safety is my top priority for our school community. Each school year begins with a series of safety classes for faculty and staff. We receive training in CPR, first aid and Epi-pen® administration; this year we added “Stop the Bleed Save a Life“. ASM develops comprehensive safety plans for our community with input from the […]


United Nations Day Celebration

October 25, 2018

Dear Families, Luckily, the rain held off for us yesterday as ASM celebrated United Nations Day, a long- standing tradition at our school. Dr. Montessori wrote, lectured and trained teachers world-wide on the importance of peace education and the impact that children could have in achieving world peace. Efforts to advance the rights of children […]


The World of Science and New Opportunities!

October 18, 2018

Although ASM’s yearly Science Fair is nearly four months from now, students will begin the initial stages of preparation for this long-term project in just a few weeks. While science projects take on many forms, all students conduct research and gain experience applying the scientific method through a project-based model. They learn to organize, analyze […]


ASM’s Vision for STEM

October 11, 2018

At ASM, we provide an environment which facilitates exploration and creativity among our students. Our interdisciplinary STEM curriculum engages students in math, science and the engineering design process while purposefully incorporating technology. STEM expertise, in combination with the arts and humanities, will empower our students to examine and confront generational challenges. Four years ago, ASM was […]


Experiential Learning and Self-reflection

October 4, 2018

Experiential learning provides meaningful opportunities for ASM students to make connections and reflect upon their experiences beyond the classroom. Our middle school students spent the third week of school at Red Gate Farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts. They participated in many aspects of farm work including caring for the land and gardens, tending to the barn […]


Parent Workshop: Fostering Self-regulation in Children

September 27, 2018

When parents are asked what they wish most for their children, the answer is often happiness. What can you do to help your child discover his or her best self? How can you help your child to be peaceful in their environment? How do you effectively handle your child when he or she is out-of-sorts […]


Welcome to our community!

September 6, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! It is wonderful to see old friends once again and to welcome our new students and families this fall. ASM has many characteristics that make it unique. Foremost is the sense of community, inspired by all of you. While ASM holds many community gatherings such as the New Family […]


End-of-Year Presentations and Ceremonies

June 7, 2018

The school year is at its crescendo! Our community is brimming with eagerness and excitement as we prepare for the many end-of-year celebrations! Field trips, finishing touches to projects, speech writing, singing and social gatherings are all part of the fun. Although there are many events on our calendar, I’d like to point out some […]


Re-Accreditation from AISNE and AMS

May 31, 2018

Last February, the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) and American Montessori Society (AMS) visited ASM to conduct the five-year follow-up visit of our 10-year accreditation cycle. The Review Team spent the day at ASM meeting with members of our board, faculty, staff and me. After their visit, both AISNE and AMS recommended that […]


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