“Montessori is the Common Core” Presentation a Great Success.

The George Washington Elementary School hosted a hands-on workshop called “Montessori is the Common Core” for Parents on October 16th 2013.

As part of the school’s Building Leadership Team Plan, the school is committed to helping parents understand how the Common Core has impacted their child’s educational program.

The purpose of the presentation was to demonstrate the alignment of the Montessori Curriculum and the Common Core. The teachers displayed the Common Core standards and Montessori materials that go hand and hand at each grade level.  Literacy, Mathematics, Culture and the Montessori Peace Curriculum were highlighted.

Parent participation was wonderful!  We are all extremely impressed and grateful to our teachers at GW for their dedication to the education of our students.

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PRESENTATION: Montessori is the Common Core (a hands on experience)

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A Montessori-Common Core alignment through a hands-on experience

    When:      Oct. 16th @ 3:30

    Where:    G.W. Café

At the George Washington Montessori School  – Montessori is the Common Core!  We would like to share information on the Montessori-Common Core alignment through a hands-on experience, Wednesday, October 16th at 3:30 p.m.

Here you will see how our Montessori Materials and the Common Core Curriculum are connected.


Your children are welcomed to attend with you.


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We Live in a Historically Rich Community by Ms. Pam

Ms. Pam's E II (4/5 grade) students interview Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

Ms. Pam’s E II (4/5 grade) students interview Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey.


We live in a historically rich community…
By Ms. Pam (Pam Ruzzo) 
GW Elementary School E II (4th/5th Grades)

The George Washington School is within walking distance to an array of historical buildings, government offices and beautiful parks. There are also programs offered by volunteers, museums, county buildings and local businesses.  At the beginning of each school year we have parents sign a permission slip to leave the building for short walks on any given day.  This gives us the opportunity to experience first hand Kingston’s valuable contributions dating back over four centuries.

The lessons we can build on are unlimited. The other day was a perfect example. With notebooks in hand my class and I went on a scavenger hunt.  The students were looking for geometric shapes, dates on buildings (to add to their US timeline) and local government buildings. As we were walking on North Front Street Maurice Hinchey walked by.  Since we are studying the levels of government I asked him if he would mind answering some of the students’ questions.  Needless to say I had to stop the students and spare Mr. Hinchey. I was than able to bring this experience back into the classroom and have the students do further research. The motivation, enthusiasm, projects and discussions that this experience created will live with the students for a very long time.


Third class picture with Maurice



Writing Standards K–5
Text Types and Purposes:
*Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
*Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic
*Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences
Comprehension and Collaboration:
* Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
* Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Math Standards K-5
Measurement & Data 4.MD:
* Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find
the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor .

Geometry 5.G
* Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems

Geometry 6.G 
*Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

After returning from our walk through uptown Kingston a class discussion was held on what we saw and the data we collected. The students were given various assignments that tied into topics we were covering already. For example, the different levels of government, adding to our city’s timeline, geometry, writing a letter to the Mayor Gallo (topics of choice: school lunches, recreational programs offered by the city, or jobs for teenagers), research projects and so forth.

GW Elementary School Weekly Tour Launch a Great Success and Touch Upon Core Curriculum.

Students organize a tour of the GW Elementary School. Their auditorium is big and beautiful.

Students organize a tour of the GW Elementary School. Their auditorium is big and beautiful.

Today’s launch of the weekly tours at the GW Elementary School were as informative as they were impressive. Completely prepared with clipboards and notes, the students were organized, professional and really knew their stuff.  There wasn’t a question that they couldn’t answer that had to do with the classrooms, teachers, special classes and more.

What is always remarkable about the GW Elementary School is the calm and respect given to the children throughout and it really shows in the way the students led today.

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