“What Brought Me Here”

IMG_3169By Nicole Girvan, Head of Lower School

In preparation for the Division Head’s Coffee last week, I reflected on the question, “What brought you here?” It reminded me of the letter I wrote in January of 2016 describing how I got into education in the first place. I realize not everyone chooses a profession that they intended or even like. However, I am truly fortunate to work in an environment that I appreciate. Continue reading ““What Brought Me Here””

“A-ha” Moments in Early School

IMG_2357by Sharon Vanella, Head of Early School

Recently, our Montessori Early School faculty had the privilege of hosting the monthly full-faculty meeting. In keeping with our One Prep theme, we shared our Montessori philosophy and classrooms with our peers from the other divisions.

We started with an overview to share some basic history of Maria Montessori and how she came to develop her education philosophy during the early twentieth-century. Here is what we shared:

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Creativity and Innovation On Display at STEM Egg Drop

by Emily Tucker, STEM Specialist

Egg Drop

Charlotte Prep’s 5th Annual STEM Egg Drop Challenge was a huge success! This was our largest Egg Drop to date with nearly 80 entries, as well as many student volunteers, staff, and family members in attendance during the evening of September 27.

Students tested their contraptions on the four challenge levels: the Over Easy (picnic table), the Sunny Side Up (6-ft. ladder), the French Omelette (Mezzanine window), and the Ultimate Scrambler (Middle School balcony).

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A Parent’s Perspective: Athletes with Character

The girls volleyball team are representing Charlotte Preparatory School well by truly demonstrating the Four Pillars, writes a Charlotte Prep parent.

girls-volleyballPrep parent Mandi Mohammed co-coaches the volleyball team. She wrote the following note to Head of School Eddie Mensah and Head of Middle School Evan Kurtz.

Mr. Kurtz & Mr. Mensah,

I just wanted to take a minute to say how much I have enjoyed co-coaching the volleyball team with Coach Evatt this season. These young ladies are representing Charlotte Prep well by truly demonstrating the Four Pillars.

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Buddies Coming Together

2177by Evan Kurtz, Head of Middle School

Yesterday the Middle School and Lower School came together for our first BUDEE session of the year. An acronym for Be Understanding, Dedicated, Empathetic, and Engaged, our first gathering proved to be all of the above.

It can be challenging for Middle School students to be understanding of younger students, but I witnessed many of them connecting and communicating with their younger classmates. It was impressive how they were able to speak with the lower schoolers on their level while avoiding “babying” them.

Middle School students showed both dedication and empathy as they worked on the “get to know you” project with their Lower School buddies. Ask a 6th grader about the patience required to work with a kindergartener – that’s dedication! Empathy was on full display as 7th graders took to the floor, or filled small chairs to occupy the same physical space as the 2nd graders. This empathy will grow as buddies discuss issues in future meetings that each of them faces, albeit in their own ways.

These traits will continue as they remain engaged with the BUDEE program each month. I look forward to watching each relationship grow as students form bonds which will make our campus stronger and more together. Each Middle School student will also gain insights into their leadership style and skills from their work with their buddies, skills which will serve them well in many situations to come.