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Back to School Night 2018

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Transcript of Back to School Night 2018

Peter Cassis,
Teacher & Substitute
Tonight's Focus:
Partnership
"Near North Montessori educates the human potential through a partnership between home and school that fosters intellectual growth, independence, responsibility, and a sense of self-worth."
Back to School Night
2018
Green Line

Your child's "homeroom" teachers
Year 10 as a teacher at NNM (Also attended NNM as a student)
Teaching Reading/Writing Workshop, Social Studies, Comics Elective, & May Mayhem Director
Degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz
AMI/NAMTA Certification in Adolescent Montessori Education
My daughter, Olive, is moving up to Juan's 3-6 class this year! (Baby boy due January 24)
The Role of the
Junior High Student
Welcome
(or welcome back)
to
Junior High!

What this means
in 12-14
Partnership between
Teachers
Students
Parents
Requiring understanding, patience,
and communication.
Meg Broz,
Head Teacher & Advisor
Gregg Sparks,
Head Teacher & Advisor
11th year teaching at NNM
Has worked with most age levels, including 8 years in 12-14
Degree in Political Science from University of Wisconsin
AMI/NAMTA Certification in Adolescent Montessori Education
Will be teaching STEM classes, Math and Table Tennis
Communication
We want you to be in the know about things happening in the classroom, and we are available to answer your questions.
Email is always the best way to get a hold of us.
We'll do our best to reply to your emails within 24 hours.
ALL: greenline@nnms.org
Meg: mbroz@nnms.org
Gregg: gsparks@nnms.org
Jamee: jwarrenfeltz@nnms.org
Bianca: bgrove@nnms.org
Peter: pcassis@nnms.org
Chris: cambroso@nnms.org
Our "House"
Majority of parent & school communication goes to and comes from here
Students meet at beginning & end of the day
Place for free work, lunch, & advisory
Canoe trip chaperones

The Role of the Teacher: What You Can Expect From Us
Years of experience in adolescent education
Clear messages given to the students about what it means to be a part of our classroom community
Striving to create interesting, multi-faceted lessons & projects for diverse learning styles and backgrounds
Preparation for adult life
Freedom & Responsibility... More than ever before!
Work changes in 12-14
increased workload
consistent schedule
letter grades
firm deadlines
Increased responsibility on the shoulders of the student
planning
using a planner & calendar
breaking projects up into "bite-sized pieces"
checking work with teachers, parents, peers, tutors
Communication!
Advocating for oneself is the student's responsibility.
Asking for extra time on an assignment, discussing issues with classmates, clarifying work guidelines...
Students can communicate with us in person, or over email if they're feeling shy!
Our students are digital natives and use technology as a tool for learning
Research
Communication
Creativity
"Paperless Classroom"
Aligns with NNM's mission of sustainability
Students do the majority of their work on Google Drive & Google Classroom
Digital Literacy
The Role of the Parent
Communication about things that are going on at home/out of school that may affect your child at school
Support of your child's work, projects, & ideas
Help them "do it alone"
Support & understanding of the Junior High's curriculum & program
Questions about why and how we do what we do? Just ask!
Trust that we have your child's best interests in mind
Letter grades are given for most 12-14 work, but they are not the only way we evaluate and provide feedback to the students
The "Portrait of a Graduate" portion of the report card is equally, if not more, important
We'll be giving a presentation to the students about assessment after the Canoe Trip, and they will be asked to give the same presentation to you!
For most of the incoming 7th graders, this is their first time getting grades.
We won't know what kind of a student they are until a few weeks into the school year
The first trimester is a "trial run"
Opportunities to learn about themselves and improve!
Understanding
Grades
Our Classroom Mission:
Balance and Perspective
Balance
Perspective
School work, home life, activities & hobbies
Getting enough sleep
Health and hygiene
Time to unwind and socialize
Time away from screens
Communicating about their needs
Junior High is only 2 years of your life!
Friend groups will always change
Opportunities to "fail safely"
Some of the most important learned skills can't be "graded"
Different people in the world are having different experiences than we are
“In this fierce battle of civil life a man must have a strong character and quick wits as well as courage; he must be strengthened in his principles by moral training and he must also have practical ability in order to face the difficulties of life.”
Maria Montessori, "From Childhood to Adolescence"
City Trips
"Flex Fridays" have a flexible afternoon schedule
We often leave the building to go on City Trips
Outings where the "Journey is the Goal"
The students learn to become socially aware citizens of Chicago
Can use these skills throughout their life
Navigation, social interaction, etc.
"Help Me Do It Alone"
Communication, organization, time management...
We don't expect students to automatically do this on their own from day one.
We teach lessons on this, and help them work on planning, prioritizing, breaking down long projects, etc.
Preparation for Adult Life
Helping students with executive functioning and organization (for example, breaking down large assignments and providing structure and clear guidelines)
Planning collaboratively to better balance student workload
Assistance in navigating the city as a conscious and active citizen
Support and encouragement regarding social development
Providing opportunities for leadership and taking responsibility
Jamee Warrenfeltz, Head Teacher & Advisor
Bianca Grove,
Teacher & Co-Advisor
Year 11 as a full-time teacher, year 8 @ NNM teaching Sandwich Shoppe, MMUN, & Mayhem music
Masters in English Education
AMI/NAMTA Certification in Adolescent Montessori Education
Teaching certificate with English, Social Sciences, and Special Education endorsements in grades 6-12
Fun fact: recently married!

Year 2 as a teacher at NNM; previously taught outdoor education for 4 years
(Briefly!) attended school at NNM
Degree in Biology from Loyola University Chicago
Teaching 8th grade Math, Science, Paper Arts Elective
This is my ninth year teaching. Five in MI. Three in MD
I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors in Geography with a history emphasis and a Masters in Curriculum and Development.
Teaching Reading/Writing and Social Studies.
CMSTEP Montessori Trained
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