Category Archive - Head of School

Montessori and Competition

Although there is a need in the Montessori classroom to delay competition and focus primarily on encouraging the student to compete within themselves to do their very best, as students grow and mature, they are faced with competition. At Hilltop, we work toward the goal of offering more competitive activities for the students as they are ready. For example, our annual science fair has a “competition room” for ready 5-8th…

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Celebrate the Season in the Montessori classroom

The Montessori classrooms are always especially beautiful during the winter months. The philosophy that we address each child individually permits the practice of honoring various customs and traditions at this time of the year. We have a variety of beliefs at Hilltop among our student body and we embrace them all. Some of our children believe elves come alive at night and have mischievous adventures, some believe in 8 nights…

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Construction and Capital Campaign Update

There always seems to be exciting news on campus and in particular, this month there has been a great deal of good news. Our 14th annual fall fundraiser, “Hilltop on the Green” was a smashing success, raising $117,530.00 before expenses. We also received a written commitment from Alagasco that they would fund the cost of running our gas lines at $21,000, provided our new kitchen is built to the same…

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Stem and Montessori

For those of us that have been in education a long time, we have witnessed many passing fads regarding education, including whole language, No Child Left Behind, constructivism, common core and now STEM. While all of these trends have very wonderful qualities, the benefits of Montessori’s tried and true, 100 year old proven system is truly summarized in this article. My favorite quote is, “no matter how strong your math…

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27 kids Celebrating Wellness!

With a grant from the Healthy Kids Initiative, Hilltop Montessori School has kicked off another new health initiative this year in the form of a “Hilltop Health Club”, which is an opportunity for their students to celebrate being healthy in mind, body and spirit! The first Hilltop Health Club meeting was a tremendous success as 27 students, ranging in grades kindergarten through 8th grade, opted to stay after school for…

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