Head’s Blog – Developing Resilience and Responsibility

A teacher gets frustrated because she gives Child A a direction one, two, three, four and more times and Child A seems to ignore it. Child B has a meltdown and sobs uncontrollably because s/he was tagged during a recess game, refused to go “out,” and then heard several kids yell, “Hey! You are out! Go out!” The classmates report it to the teacher and now the tagged child feels even worse. These kinds of behavior moments are everyday occurrences in schools. And… (I’ll give you the educator’s inside scoop: both Child A and Child B completely understand cognitively that [...]

2019-03-14T16:14:14-04:00March 7th, 2019|

2019 Co-op Community Benefit

The Co-op Community Benefit is the single largest fundraising event for the Co-op! Please join us in the spirit of cooperative giving for a night of community, fun, and good food. As you know, tuition does not cover the cost of a Co-op education in its entirety. We rely on your generosity to enhance the wide range of programs we offer to our students and faculty. Tickets for the event are available NOW on our event website at montclaircoop.org/benefit2019 We look forward to seeing you on April 13th.

2019-02-07T12:33:36-04:00February 8th, 2019|

Parent Ed – Lifelong Learners Series Presents…

Max Stossel, an award-winning poet, and filmmaker, named by Forbes as one of the best storytellers of the year will comes to the Co-op on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  Save the date! Max Stossel is also the Head of Education for the Center for Humane Technology, an organization of former tech insiders and CEOs dedicated to realigning technology with humanity's best interests. He is coming to the Co-op to offer us support as 21st-century parents facing the challenges of technology. To reserve your place, order tickets using the form below or at montclaircoop.org/parentedtickets

2019-02-15T12:52:15-04:00February 6th, 2019|

Co-op Collects for Victims of Walnut St. Fire

Co-op families are collecting donations of clothing for the victims of a terrible house fire that broke out on Thursday, November 15, on the corner of Walnut and Valley Roads. The home was occupied by 10 tenants, including an 8-year-old boy.  No-one was hurt but the fire consumed the entire home, and all the occupants' personal belongings were destroyed.  Containers have been set up at the school to collect donations of: Socks, underwear, t-shirts in sizes Men's L and XL,  Women's small,  and children's clothes for the 8-year-old boy. Work clothes size L and XL for men Toiletries and gift [...]

2018-11-19T10:59:00-04:00November 19th, 2018|

7th and 8th Grade Experience Heifer’s Global Explorer Program 

This past summer our Co-op 7th and 8th grade students, in preparation for their Global Issues curriculum, were assigned the task of making a business plan to raise money for Heifer International, a charity dedicated to ending poverty while caring for the Earth.  Heifer International provides livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of people who struggle for reliable sources of food and income in 25 countries including the US. Their work aims to help families and communities to become self-reliant. Students took on the summer challenge by coordinating and [...]

2018-10-25T14:24:53-04:00October 25th, 2018|

Co-op primary students working with Artists In Education

Montclair Cooperative School's NJAIE (Artists In Education Residency Grant Program)* projects are off to a great start! Here are our third and fourth grade students are creating beautiful large puppets with visiting artist Zachary Green. They will use these puppets to perform plays written in conjunction with another visiting artist and storyteller, Eloise Bruce. Their plays will weave in information and facts they have discovered in their science curriculum. Third Grade science is studying the moon and our solar system and fourth grade is studying the New Jersey Meadowlands ecosystem. Performances will be on January 31st. Stay tuned for [...]

2018-01-11T09:55:52-04:00January 11th, 2018|

Into Space – 8th Graders conduct successful near space experiment

Congratulations to our 8th grade students who on December 6th conducted a successful near space launch and retrieval of their interdisciplinary math and science experiment using Sent into Space materials.  "This project was a true example of Co-op progressive and collaborative student-led learning," said 8th grade math teacher Meredith Kates.  "Students self selected into small group teams to envision and carry out all aspects of prepping the experiment, materials, launch and retrieval with support from teachers and parents." The payload contained: radish seeds that will be planted adjacent to their terrestrial cousins to see how exposure to the upper atmosphere affects [...]

2017-12-11T09:26:06-04:00December 9th, 2017|
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