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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Our seventh and eighth grade students were very busy since last June. As part of their summer work and in preparation for their Global Issues theme study, they designed business plans and set financial goals for their own individual fundraisers for Heifer International. 7th graders Kaie and Julianna’s yard sale. The array of fundraising ideas, actions and outcomes was impressive and very creative. The 7th and 8th graders raised over $10,000, far exceeding their group goal of $5,000, to purchase [...]
Attention all Co-op members. The Summer Mailing has arrived and can be found by navigating to our Community Pages or by clicking here.