Goodbye Winter…Hello Spring!

MMUN

At Hudson Montessori School, we stand firm in our commitment to Peace Education and Global Citizenship. Maria Montessori underscored the importance of peace education. This philosophy plays itself out at the Montessori Model United Nations, where the students learn cooperation and the art of compromise.

MMUN allows students to role-play a citizen from a different culture, which gives them a one-on-one perspective and understanding of any injustices suffered by the citizens of that country. This role-playing helps them see how other people endure injustices and what they do to end them. In the MMUN, elementary-age students seek justice from an individual standpoint. They instantly view situations as fair or unfair, not necessarily from a social perspective but from an individual one. 

Taking part in the MMUN engages elementary students in many different ways. The intellectual element, which is so crucial for this age, is present as the students research a country, write an issue paper, and prepare to debate other students on serious global issues. MMUN allows elementary students to explore the real problems of the world and encourages them to discuss and negotiate possible solutions for global issues.

Congratulations to all our delegates! This year, 5 of our HMS students took the podium in the Closing Ceremony! What an honor and privilege to represent their committees and our school! Thank you for encouraging our delegates and helping them achieve the Unites Nation’s 17 Sustainable Developmental Goals. With your support, “they cannot only be advocates for change, but they can be change-makers.”

Montessori Model United Nation Delegates

Montessori Model United Nation Delegates

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During Cultural Night, our delegates enjoyed meeting delegates from the Philippines!

Stone Soup Presentation

On March 4, Our Hudson Montessori students from toddlers to upper elementary assembled for the Hudson Montessori Volunteers’ performance of the European folktale “Stone Soup.” It was a packed house at Zeppelin Hall for two back-to-back performances. The all-parent cast had a wonderful time at rehearsals and for both performances. The students enjoyed the performance and came together with the cast in song to close the show. 

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Thank you to our cast: (back row, right to left) Bindia Shah, Smitha Patil, Michelle Yang, Divya Uppal, Swetha Balasubramanian, Sree Vummidisingh, Sashi Dayanidhi, Deepali Mehandru, Cynthia Bacon; (front row, right to left) Krupa Chhatbar, Jeffrey Salmon, and Sonya Abdul. Special thanks to playwriter Rahul Tiwari for this adaption, Ruth Salas for the set and props, and Mr. Chris for coordinating the Audio/Visual system.

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Check out their play: Video https://vimeo.com/397189441

Antibias Education

Our teachers had an amazing In service day last March 6. Britt Hawthorne was our presenter for Anti-Bias Education. Britt Hawthorne is a nationally recognized equity trainer in education. Britt partners with action-orientated educators, creating classroom environments that are inclusive and equitable for all learners. Her work seeks to move justice from being an idea to an authentic culture. “Anti-bias education is a framework to guide inclusive conversations, examine our classrooms, and uplift each learner and their many identities.” 

Our teachers learned so many things about ourselves and new ideas to bring into our classrooms.

Britt Hawthorn

Britt Hawthorn, a nationally recognized equity trainer in education.

Celebrating Holi Festival

Special thanks to all the parents that came to celebrate the Holi Festival with the children. Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is celebrated predominantly in India, but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. Holi is popularly known as the Indian “festival of spring”, the “festival of colours”, or the “festival of love”. IMG_0984

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to ALL our 5th and 6th-grade students who participated in the Annual Hudson County STEM Showcase Competition! We are all proud of you and all the hard work and effort you’ve put into your research.

Hudson County STEM Showcase Competition

Hudson County STEM Showcase Competition

We are proud to announce some of our students placed as STEM Showcase winners! 

Elementary/Middle School Team Gold Medals

Samar and Camilla - Gold Medalist for Team Category

Samar and Camila – Gold Medalist for Team Category

Elementary/Middle School Team Silver Medals

From left to right - Kal, Tyler, and Mikaella Silver Medalist Team Category

From left to right – Kal, Tyler, and Mikaella Silver Medalist for Team Category

Elementary/Middle School Bronze

Edward Bronze Medalist for Individual Category

Edward Bronze Medalist for Individual Category.

Edward also received the Broadcom Masters Award given to the top 10% of  6th-8th students and the Lemelson Early Inventor Prize. Click on the following link for news posting! https://www.nj.com/hudson/2020/03/hudson-county-stem-showcase-medalists-announced.html

Biochemistry Corner

Please check out the Protein Data Bank’s Education Corner article about Dr. Fried’s Biochemistry Program. The PDB, which is based at Rutgers, curates the world’s protein structural data. Congratulations to our upper elementary students featured in the article.

 

Community Service

On behalf of our MMUN delegates, thank you to our HMS school families who supported their journey to the conference. Before they left, the seniors dropped off their donations to Women’s Rising and our delegates were paid a visit from Lieutenant Torres who received the funds on behalf of Officer Seals’ family. 

Comet class with Police Union President, Lieutenant Torres.

Comet class with Police Union President, Lieutenant Torres.

 Welcoming Spring! 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hudson Montessori School will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.  We have no reported cases of COVID-19 in our school community. During this time period, we will be conducting distant learning.  We will be open tomorrow (Friday), March 13th so that students can get their belongings and packets they will need to work at home.  If parents want to pick up packets for their students they must do before 3:00 PM. Stay healthy and safe!