Middle School Summit Lunch!

The first group has reached the summit! Only 1.2 miles, but 1500 feet
of climbing! Yikes! Great views and some delicious lunch!

Upper Elementary – having a blast at Camp Haze in Chester, CT

Zip-Lining, guided “trust” walks through the woods, crossing the chocolate river one imaginary marshmallow at a time, Dempsey works the rest of UE through a human knot…

Middle School is half way there!

Snack break on our way to Carter Dome. (NH) Just your average school day at Quest.

Middle School Odyssey Trip Update!

We had a wonderful evening last night. Our guides cooked us a delicious meal of Mac and cheese with some stir fried veggies. If you have ever done any hiking, then you’ll know how good any meal tastes after 6 hours on the trail.

Overheard comments, “this is the best Mac and cheese ever, what kind is it?”, “can we serve this kind at school on Tuesdays?”.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by 6 “through hikers”. If you are not familiar with the term, they are hikers who are hiking the entire 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail in one season.

To put into perspective, they have been on the trail since before our students went to NYC or DC last year. Our students were genuinely impressed and asked some incredibly astute questions.

It was quite chilly last night, in the mid-30s. At this point I have seen every one and have only been treated with smiles. So for now, everything seems great! Off to breakfast and then Carter Dome!

Talk to you soon.

Glen, Abby, and Matt

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Buy a Brick!

 

 

Construction Pictures!

Check out the progress of our “new home”

Middle School Odyssey Trip – New Hampshire – September 2012

Upper Elementary Camp Hazen Trip – September 2012

All School Family Picnic – September 2012

The Writers Almanac about Montessori’s birthday

NPR’s Garrison Keillor blogged  in the Writers Almanac about Montessori’s birthday – you can either read it or listen to it.

It’s the birthday of Maria Montessori (books by this author), born on this day in Chiaravalle, Italy (1870). She was a bright student, and she wanted to study engineering. So when she was 13, against her father’s wishes, she entered a technical school, where all her classmates were boys. After a few years, she decided to pursue medicine, and she became the first woman in Italy to earn an M.D. degree.

As a doctor, she worked with children with special needs. And through her work with them, she became increasingly interested in education. She believed that children were not blank slates, but that they each had inherent, individual gifts. It was a teacher’s job to help children find these gifts, rather than dictating what a child should know. She emphasized independence, self-directed learning, and learning from peers. Children were encouraged to make decisions.
During World War II, Montessori was exiled from Italy because she was opposed to Mussolini’s fascism and his desire to make her a figurehead for the Italian government. She lived and worked in India for many years, and then in Holland. She died in 1952 at the age of 81. She wrote many books about her philosophy of education, including The Montessori Method (1912) and The Absorbent Mind (1949).
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