## NEWS FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE MONTESSORI MIDDLE SCHOOLweekly updates on what's going on in the community

The past few weeks the Middle Schoolers have been writing poetry on the pre WWII era. One student, Emma Hogan, wrote a poem about the Plessy VS. Ferguson case. The plessy VS. Ferguson case was a case where a man who was ⅛% black was told to get out of the white train car and was fined and sent to jail. Here is a poem from Plessy’s point of view.

All men were

how is that so,

when we have been

separated into

different cars,

different classes?

How is it so,

that I was in jail,

based on the color

of my skin?

We are not

inferior to whites;

we are all equal.

no classes.

no separation.

The constitution is colorblind,

not white,

not black,

one color.

all equal.

Instead of our usual groups in math, we are all together reviewing functions. Functions are used in everyday life, such as figuring out how much gas will cost. One of the ways to tell if a chart on a Cartesian plane is a function is the vertical line test. We used a piece of paper to tell if one x input has two or more y inputs. If it does, it is not a function.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

The first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.

In China, the coming of spring coincides with celebrations for the Chinese New Year. The holiday falls on the first day of the first lunar month in January or February.

For the Japanese, the opening of the cherry blossoms, Japan’s national flower, in March or April signals the start of spring.

Persephone was the Greek goddess of spring. She spent winters as Queen of the Underworld and when she was not in the underworld spring returned. Fun fact about the fun fact this year's opera at Countryside Montessori is Persephone.

This spring has been the coldest spring since 1996.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Nelson Mandela

Continuing with our new biography section, next we have Amelia Myers.

How long have you been going to Countryside Montessori?

I have been at CMS for three years.

What is your most favorite subject here at school?

My favorite subject is music.

What are some activities you do in your free time?

I like to draw and sing in my free time.

How long have you been in theater?

I have been in theater since 1st grade.

What got you interested in plays/theater?

I always loved singing. In fact, I taught my whole preschool class one of my favorite songs. My mom and I watched the Wizard of Oz together and I was hooked! So she found a theater program that was doing the Wizard of Oz. I loved it so much that I kept signing up with the same program. Now I have gotten more advanced in acting. I hope to keep acting in the future.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. -Nelson Mandela

Important Dates

Opera, May 5, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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