Archive for April 2020

Silver Lining

April 16, 2020

Serving the ASM community has been my second most rewarding job. Leading and managing the school remotely is certainly not something I ever expected to do, but responding to any crisis goes along with being a head of school. I am grateful to all of you: parents, students and faculty and staff for your ability to rise […]


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? […]


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 […]


A New Tradition at ASM

October 24, 2019

ASM is fortunate to be a community rich in diversity. Our families form a tapestry that is woven from a variety of cultures, experiences and interests. To celebrate UN Day, elementary and middle school student ambassadors gave presentations on China, India, Kenya, Poland, Puerto Rico and Ukraine. Lower Elementary students were treated to a delicious […]


How Can We Help Our Students Be Successful?

October 3, 2019

Parents gathered at our first parent education event last Friday. Montessori consultant Kristen Ancker presented ways to help our children succeed. When asked “What are your parenting challenges?” responses included: time management, getting our children to eat, go to bed and do their homework, getting our children to listen and our own lack of patience, […]


2019 Annual Fund

April 11, 2019

I am well into my sixth year of headship at ASM and I continue to be impressed by the level of commitment that I see in our parent community. Each of you gives to the school in a myriad of ways, helping to support our children, programs and governance of ASM. Because of you, ASM is […]


ALICE Training

March 28, 2019

Each year the Andover Fire Department conducts several fire drills at local schools. Your child may have mentioned that ASM had its fourth on Monday. Our staff and students are well-versed in the emergency protocols that we have implemented at ASM. As usual, fire department officials were impressed with our timely response and orderly evacuation […]


A Good Read Over February Break

February 14, 2019

One of my favorite pastimes as a child was visiting the public library with my mom, brothers and sister. I treasured the time I spent pouring through books and selecting the precious few to take home. When my children were young, I continued this tradition, and we spent countless hours reading together. I am delighted […]


The ASM Experience – on Film!

February 1, 2019

We are passionate about the education we provide at ASM and we know you are too! Parents of Montessori students value a holistic view of education that provides real world skills in every program from Children’s House to Middle School. The Montessori philosophy encompasses so much more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Many aspects of […]


Time to Unplug

December 13, 2018

The winter solstice will soon be upon us. The hustle and bustle of the holidays brings a special type of energy which helps me to endure the shorter days and colder temperatures. As our Winter Break approaches, most of us are planning activities and gatherings with family and friends. As you make your plans, I […]

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