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McMaster Middle School

Tom Strong

Tom Strong

Mary Brandon

Mary Brandon

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


Middle School 7th Grade POP Team

WSM’s Middle School Power of the Pen Team had outstanding team and individual performances at this year’s District Tournament held on Saturday, Jan. 24. The seventh grade team earned second place overall, including “Best of Round” recognition for Hank Thomas in the second of three stories written. Megan Vesoulis and Rebecca Martin earned seventh and eighth place, respectively. Also earning individual awards were eighth grade students Zaynab Lazreq and Rachel Gorman. Zaynab earned first place and Rachel placed third overall. Rachel also received an honorable mention “Best of Round” in round two. The eighth grade class didn’t meet the minimum number of students needed to compete as a team.

Power of the Pen meets weekly after-school and is coached by Middle School Language Arts teacher, Mary Brandon.


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Photograph taken by Kathryn


Bare Bones
By: Sean

A cold, cold army

dead, barren, yet beautiful



the bristle, the rustle


a feeling of emptiness

rising wind

“le vent se lève”


Crystalline Dancers
By: Zaynab

A once undisturbed expanse is layered in footsteps, trampling the delicate figures, white crystalline skirts like ice doilies that twirl through the sky and land where I step. Crunch! The wind rustles leaves from the past season, a faint tinkle in the background of true beauty. Snow. It covers the once vibrant green grass in a thick layer. I breathe in a clean, sharp, precise breath, it colds my senses, biting me. When I breathe out a cloud escapes me. It rises toward the cerulean sky.


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Photograph taken by Emelie


Walking in the Wintery Woods
By: Emelie

I look up at the tall oak tree. It has crystal white flakes on it’s bare branches. It expands above me. The snow crunches under my contrasting pink boots. Each time I take a breath in, winter frost pains my nose. Flakes of bright white snow are everywhere.


Pristine White Snow
By: Emma

Sun shining,

snow crunching,

snowflakes falling.

My face stained bright red with cold.

Snowflakes delicately cascading,

landing on pristine white snow.

Smiles were brought through the door accompanied by rosie cheeks and a sparkle in each child’s eyes. December 19, was the last day of school before Winter Break.  It was filled with fun activities for each classroom. The Middle School started off the day with cookies and milk and watched the movie “Elf.” Next, all the students in grades 4-8, climbed into a bus and went ice skating. Then, we headed back to school for a lunch made by the Middle School, that consisted of sandwiches and soup. After lunch the Upper Elementary and the Middle School all went outside and got to run and play together.





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Finally, the Middle Schoolers revealed to each other who we had for Secret Santa, which had been going on for the month of December. After passing out our final gifts, we had our annual White Elephant Book Swap.  Overall, the day before break was filled with many fun activities that brought us closer as a class.

Written by an 8th Grade Student

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.