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McMaster’s Middle School

Tom Strong

Tom Strong

Mary Brandon

Mary Brandon

The McMaster’s Middle School is located on the Toledo Campus for levels 7 and 8. Mary Brandon and Tom Strong are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Thanks to everyone who came and shopped at Middle School’s 4th Annual Buy Local Sale. It was a huge success, earning close to $1,500 for the Middle School Business Committee.

There were 15 vendors, a Middle School art table, and a wrapping table. The Middle School art table consisted of pocket warmers, bracelets, and necklaces that were all made during art class. Many people bought something on the MS table and commented on how well made the items were.

The Upper and Lower Elementary classrooms also came and shopped at the sale. This is the first year that Middle School helped the Lower Elementary students to shop. Overall, it was a great afternoon for West Side Montessori.


Shoppers browsing the Middle School artwork for sale.


Poinsettia Sale


Many vendors donated items for the raffle.


Middle School student helping Lower Elementary student shoppers.


15 various vendors participated in the sale.


Buy Local Sale

West Side Montessori’s Middle School will host its 4th Annual Buy Local Sale this Friday, Dec. 5, from 12-5 p.m. at the Toledo Campus. Below are just some of the vendors participating in this student-organized event.

Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary students received a shopping list form this week and will have an opportunity to shop during the day, with the help of a middle school student, on Friday. Each vendor has agreed to offer items for sale at $10 or less for students to purchase in order for students to participate in this practical life experience.

Participating vendors include:

  • Celebrations in a Bag
  • Cerealfly Soaps
  • Dylan’s Candle Company
  • Harbor Glass
  • HumbleBee Family Farm
  • Lemongrass Spa Products
  • Mary Kay
  • Premier Designs Jewelry
  • Pretty Bands
  • Simply Sweet Treats
  • Stella and Dot
  • Team Beachbody – SCAMPER Artistry
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • Usbourne Books
  • Vandy Candy
  • Woofer’s Delight

Be sure to bring your holiday shopping list and support these local businesses. Be Local. Buy Local.

Congratulations to the West Side Montessori’s Middle School students who earned two first place awards at the 25th annual Student Watershed Watch (SWW) Summit. The eighth level earned Overall Best Presentation (video below) and the seventh level received Most Creative Display.

The event was held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus. WSM was one of 16 schools that participated in the first part of the SWW, performing field work and evaluating water quality parameters. About 150 students from nine schools were able to participate in the second part which is the Student Summit.

SWSlogoFor the Student Summit, classrooms present their results from the stage and also prepare a table top display. Their oral presentations are evaluated by a panel of judges who work in environmental or educational fields. Teachers evaluate the table top displays. Students also attend workshops exploring professions in environmental science. Speakers represented the Toledo Zoo, Metroparks of the Toledo Area, and the Ohio EPA emergency response team.

The keynote speaker for the 2014 Student Summit was Tom Henry, a Blade reporter specializing in environmental issues. The emcee was Jim Blue, a managing editor at WNWO NBC 24.

Oral Presentations:
Overall Best Presentation
West Side Montessori

Most Informative Presentation:
Bowsher High School

Most Creative Presentation:
Sylvania Northview

Table Top Displays:
Overall Best Display
Sylvania Northview

Most Informative Display
Eastwood Middle School

Most Creative Display
West Side Montessori

The Student Watershed Watch is supported by government and business sponsors. This support provides training for the teachers, testing supplies, and tools. Sponsorship also enables TMACOG to host the summit and maintain webpages which post the student research.

The eighth level students earned Overall Best Presentation at the Student Watershed Watch this week. The students presented their research in a Magic School Bus skit.

The seventh level students received the Most Creative Display award for the Magic School Bus presentation board. The board is on display in the west hallway at the Toledo Campus.

This year, the Middle School students traveled in a bus to North Carolina with an other Montessori school from Crystal Lake, Illinois. The fun and educational trip lasted five days and was a wonderful experience.



Collecting fish and shrimp from the pond.


love picture

A fun day on the beach!

goup pic

A fun day at Sound to Sea!


Reduce, reuse, and recycle!

other group

Squids, squids, and more squids… Oh my!



Exploring marine life in the sound.

group 1

Learning about the barrier islands!


group with other school


A fun last day in beautiful North Carolina.


On Wednesday, October 15, the Middle School class took a trip to the Toledo Botanical Gardens. The students did multiple water tests on the lake and stream, consisting of turbidity, pH, nitrates, dissolving oxygen, and water temperature. The students also, completed forms on the physical appearance of the lake and stream. Each student did their own test three times to ensure accuracy.

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