Community Spotlight with Daniel Eshetie and Family

Welcome to Community Spotlight! First, the basics. Tell us your name and where you are from, then and now. My name is Daniel Eshetie. I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I have been in the US for 10 years now. I am currently working at the United Nations which is the most diverse organization with members from 193 countries. The team I work with is composed of 15 people…from 10 countries…spread across 5 continents. How long have you been [...]

By |March 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off

Climate Change Partnership

On Friday March 3rd, Montclair Cooperative School Upper School students attended a powerful assembly at Montclair High School as part of the Climate Campaign Partnership. The Climate Campaign Partnership is an integrated STEAM program sponsored by Montclair Film Festival and partnered with the Montclair Cooperative School and National Geographic’s Years of Living Dangerously that focuses on the critical scientific, political, economic and social issues of climate change through powerful and provocative films, art, conversation, and social action. The fusion of [...]

By |March 14th, 2017|News|Comments Off

Third Grade Student’s Solar System Study

Montclair Cooperative School’s third grade class is completing a solar system study. They created a stop-motion animation video about a mission to the moon in collaboration with their art class. Interdisciplinary work at its finest! Enjoy!

By |February 17th, 2017|News|Comments Off

Community Spotlight with Thea Burstin

Welcome to the second Community Spotlight! For this installment, we met with our wonderfully talented new fourth grade head teacher, Thea Burstin. Although new to the Co-op, Thea is certainly not new to teaching, having previously taught grades four through eight in Philadelphia, New York, and Newark. First, the basics. Tell us your name and where you are from, then and now. My name is Thea Burstin. I grew up in Swarthmore, PA outside of Philadelphia. I went to college [...]

By |November 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off

Co-op Robotics Team Win Champion’s Award

CONGRATULATIONS CO-BOTS! Montclair Cooperative School’s Robotics team – The Co-Bots – had a fantastic competition at the First Lego League qualifying tournament and will go on to represent the Montclair Society of Engineers Qualifying Tournament at the upcoming NJ State Tournament on December 10th. The Co-Bots team worked very hard before and during the competition. The team’s robot (named Co-Bob) placed 5th out of 42 teams resulting in a Robot Performance award. The team also had top scores in Robot [...]

By |November 22nd, 2016|News|Comments Off

Community Spotlight with Andrea Blumenthal

We are excited to begin highlighting members of the Montclair Co-op community. Our first Community Spotlight is with ANDREA BLUMENTHAL, who serves on the Board of Trustees as our Vice-chair of Membership and who is parent of Co-op students Dylan in 6th grade and Max in 3rd grade. First, the basics – where you are from, then and now? “I was born in Germany, then moved to Atlanta GA at age 11, to Berkeley CA after high school. I spent [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|News|Comments Off

Pass it on for Pete – Community Event

By |November 16th, 2016|News|Comments Off

Book Fair and Artisan Market

Montclair Cooperative School is celebrating literacy with our annual Book Fair and Artisan Market. Plan to join us on Friday, November 11th from 12:30pm – 4:30pm and Saturday, November 12th from 9:00am – 4:30pm. Once again we are thrilled to be partnering with our community bookstore, Watchung Booksellers, to deliver a fun-filled event that will include the Book Fair, hand made items from local artisans, and the wonderful home cooked treats and snacks of the Bookworm Café. We hope you [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off

STEM Gets an A at Montclair Cooperative School

On Wednesday, October 5, Dawne Weaver, Director of Auxiliary Programs, and Debbie Harner, Art Teacher, at Montclair Cooperative School, received the Young Audiences Arts Champion Award from Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, the region’s largest art education organization, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to schools in the area. The organization presented the award to the two educators at the General Membership Meeting of the school community. The honor was in recognition of the extraordinary work the two [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|News|Comments Off

Co-op Learning Beyond Classroom Walls

Field trips and hands-on learning are an essential part of our academic curricula and our social curriculum at all grade levels. Here’s just a sample of the experiences Co-op students have had this September to facilitate their learning. Early Ages Butterfly Study Our Early Ages classes began the school year by watching Monarch butterfly caterpillars munching away on their milkweed leaves. They watched then as the caterpillars transformed themselves into their gold-flecked cocoons and finally into Monarch butterflies. They ended [...]

By |October 4th, 2016|News|Comments Off