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News from the North House Weekly News & Reflections from the Middle School

All work is noble, the only ignoble thing is to live without working. --Dr. Montessori

It’s been another eventful week at the middle school! Many different learning and teaching experiences presented themselves throughout.

We hosted a group of elementary parents for an informative tour, complete with student presentations and a panel of alumni and experienced parents to speak about their perspectives of the program.

It was enlightening and encouraging to hear the positive remarks and fond memories coming from two alumni now completing college and entering the workforce. Thanks to all who came and participated!

“Now, adults need to be able to ask great questions, critically analyze information, form independent opinions, collaborate, and communicate effectively. These are the skills essential for both career and citizenship.” ―Tony Wagner

Last Saturday, our Escape Room was up and running once again as part of Drop-In Saturdays. Only one group was able to solve the puzzles and clues to “escape,” but all had a lot of fun!

Afterward, some of our Model UN team traveled to Ruffing Montessori in Cleveland to hold a practice session with the Model UN team there.

Snacks and pizza facilitated some socializing, and in-depth debates about how member nations should handle illegal aliens facilitated their learning and practice. The students and coach from Ruffing were gracious hosts!

Preparation is underway for our next North House Specialties sale, which will be at the Family Dance on February 9th.

Limited edition jams, lip balms, and greeting cards are all in production.

Meanwhile, the Service division of North House Specialties spent some time reading with younger children and assisting in the Spanish classroom.

Our microeconomy program has shifted for the winter months to include focus classes on entrepreneurial skills. The most recent exploration focused on the importance of branding. These classes will soon lead to interdisciplinary entrepreneurial projects and internships.

Our Humanities exploration of the Industrial Revolution and Progressive Era came to a conclusion with student presentations and a literary seminar.

The educational board games they’ve been producing about themes of the time period, however, continue to be refined as they go from prototypes to completed products.

We’re all excited to see the 3D-printed "meeples" and colorful game boards completed so we can play and learn from them together.

A new Science unit on Health & Nutrition is now the focus of our afternoons. Students have already learned numerous first-aid techniques and are preparing to begin research on topics related to adolescent health and nutrition.

Supplementing their studies is a close read of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. This informative book takes a look at how the adolescent mind operates and how it is essentially “remodeling” itself during these years.

The “remodeling” of the adolescent brain came up during our parent education event held on Tuesday evening. Author and psychologist Lisa Damour led this event with a fantastic lecture on stress, anxiety, and resilience. With nearly 80 people in attendance on the frigid and blustery evening, this proved to be a topic of real interest for many of us--parents, teachers, and students alike. Dr. Damour’s talk was personable, relatable, funny, and full of insight. (More on this topic in a future newsletter!)

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ― Maya Angelou

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