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  • Sam Thomas with his sculpture,

    Alum Wins Art Show Award

    Sam Thomas (’19), now a sophomore at Maumee Valley Country Day School, participated in his first-ever juried art competition in November.
  • Thanks & Giving 2021: Leading Families Home

    West Side Montessori is honored to support Leading Families Home for this year's Thanks & Giving Celebration.
  • Easy Ways to Support WSM this Holiday Season

    There are several easy ways to support WSM...with just a few clicks!
  • Scholarship Recipient Kevin Ashmore

    2021 Karen Weeks Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced!

    Third-level Bluebird student Kevin Ashmore was named the recipient of the 2021 Karen Weeks Memorial Scholarship.
  • Montessori Myths...DEBUNKED!

    Have you heard contradicting things about Montessori education? In this video, we DEBUNK some common myths about Montessori.
  • Christian Reichle and Monica Pritchard

    Christian Reichle ('05)

    Mother and Son, Monica Pritchard and Christian Reichle, took the top spot at the Grand Rapids Art Prize 2021.
  • Caleb Rowland

    Caleb Rowland ('20)

    Caleb, now a sophomore at Anthony Wayne High School, was named a Student of the Month by the Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission.
  • Spotlight Post: Amy Wagner

    Amy Wagner has been a Montessori teacher for 22 years, 13 of those years at West Side Montessori. Amy is passionate about meeting every child where they are and igniting a joy for learning.
  • Consistency & Routines

    The smallest discrepancy in a child's daily routine can disrupt their entire day! Consistency in parenting offers stability to your kids when they need it most.
  • The Heckert Family

    Spotlight Post: Kathy Heckert

    Kathy Heckert is passionate about Montessori education and has worked at West Side Montessori for the past 26 years. Kathy taught for 8 years in the Children's House program before moving into administration. Kathy is the Director of Early Childhood Education and works with the children, parents, and teachers from 13 months - Kindergarten.
  • Before You Go

    Alum Collaborating with Mother on Art Installation

    Christian Reichle ('05) and his mother, Monica Pritchard, have been collecting public responses for an art installation that will be featured in the Grand Rapids, Michigan 2021 ArtPrize competition.
  • Allen Evans

    Lower Elementary Student Competes in Junior Olympics

  • COVID-19 Response Plan Update

    During these complex months of navigating the pandemic, our efforts and decision-making focused on the safety of our children, teachers, and community. As a result of layered mitigation strategies and the diligence of our families and staff, West Side completed the 2020-21 school year in-person without any transmission of COVID-19 in the school. 
  • Montessori Toilet Learning

    Little House teacher Sarah Kreinbrink provides advice for parents of toddlers on how to guide children from diapers to independent toilet usage.
  • Tom Burnworth

    Technology Teacher Wins Ohio STEM Advocate Award

    Congratulations to WSM technology teacher Tom Burnworth! The Ohio Department of Education named Tom as the recipient of the 2021 Ohio STEM Advocate Award. The Ohio STEM Advocate Award recognizes an Ohioan who has demonstrated a passion for STEM education through public advocacy and participation in leadership organizations that advance STEM for all.
  • Ben Fisher, Sanibel Kujawa, Miriam Hill, Nadia Chaudhary, and Liz Treat

    French Students Win National Honors

    Five West Side Middle School Students won high honors in Le Grand Concours, the National French Contest 2021.
  • Two West Side Alums earn PhDs!

    Congratulations to Christopher Motz (‘01) and Eric Cooke (‘04) for earning the highest degree possible in their respective fields.
  • Montessori Materials

    Montessori Materials: What are they?!

    Last week, across the globe, Montessorians celebrated the life of Maria Montessori, who revolutionized the future of education. In honor of her work that we so deeply admire and treasure, we would like to share with you a deeper understanding of some of the material that is used in Montessori schools around the world. These unique materials and the training we have gone through as teachers make the Montessori method come alive at West Side Montessori!!! 

  • Staff Spotlight: Molly Bernhardt

    Molly Bernhardt is a Lower Elementary teacher at West Side Montessori and has been teaching for 27 years.

    "I love that a true Montessori experience allows the children to be themselves and create and construct who they will be. I love that children are free to follow a passion, or a need or a challenge and are trusted to make these choices."
  • Poster printed by Lee Fearnside

    Lower Elementary Students Raise Money for Local Conservation Organization

    Cardinal students raised $233.92 for the Green Ribbon Initiative! 
  • Positive Discipline

    Children's House teacher Chelsea Seals discusses the basics of Positive Discipline from a Montessori perspective.
  • Chelsea Seals in the classroom

    Staff Spotlight: Chelsea Seals

    Chelsea Seals is a Children's House teacher in the Emerald Room at the Perrysburg Campus.

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