Michael Debbins and his Boy Scout Troop 16 completed a major outdoor renovation project at Keystone Montessori in Ahwatukee, providing a functional backyard environment for the lower elementary classrooms. The project included repurposing existing pavers, relocating composters, moving existing ground-level planter beds and stonework, and adding custom-made raised planter boxes and handcrafted benches to create a more beautiful outdoor space for the school children. Over 150 man-hours were invested on project day.
Teaching Chinese can be forced or presented in an unnatural way. We found a method of teaching behaviors, building upon a child’s natural curiosity, using hands on materials, teaching through multiple senses, and other fantastic philosophies in a pedagogy called Montessori. However, we couldn’t find an effective educational program in Arizona that teaches Mandarin Chinese. So Ling obtained a job at an International Montessori School in Hong Kong and we packed our bags and moved to Hong Kong.
In late January, Keystone Montessori welcomed 33 students from a school in Matadepera, Spain, on a student exchange program. Each student from Matadepera was paired with a student from Keystone Montessori, and they lived with him or her for two weeks, as if they were brothers and/or sisters. The goal of this exchange was for the foreign students to learn about American culture, practice the English language, and immerse themselves in American society.
On Jan. 8, Keystone Montessori honored their key founder, Sherri Sampson, with day-long festivities which included an open house and a student-designed slide show and presentations. There were also special guest speakers from Keystone alumni Eunea Yoo and Teresa Velasco. They shared how their Keystone education gave them the solid foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?