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Wilmington Montessori School named one of Delaware's Top Workplaces

News Journal, August 28, 2016
For a third year in a row, Wilmington Montessori School was named one of Delaware's Top Workplaces. WMS also received a specialty award for the "Most Meaningful" workplace.

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Wilmington Montessori School named one of Delaware's Top Workplaces

News Journal, August 31, 2015
For a second year in a row, Wilmington Montessori School was named one of Delaware's Top Workplaces.
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DelawareCAN names winners of sculpture contest

News Journal, November 5, 2014
For a second year, Wilmington Montessori School's 9-12 students participated in the Food Bank of Delaware's DelawareCAN competition. This year, their sculptures were named "Best in Show."
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Wilmington Montessori volunteers at Food Bank

News Journal, January 5, 2013
Wilmington Montessori School parents and children volunteered at the Food Bank of Delaware in January 2013.  The News Journal mentioned this in its Class Notes section.

Wilmington Montessori School sixth-grader receives first-place award in state's "Letters about Literature" contest

Community News, June 4, 2012
Tomorrow, at 9:30 a.m., Wilmington Montessori School sixth-grader Michael Jones will be presented with his first-place award for Delaware’s Letters about Literature contest.  The award, presented by the Delaware Division of Libraries, is part of a national contest by the same name. Jones’ letter was to Andrea Warren about her book, Surviving Hitler.  Honorable Mention certificates will also be presented to WMS students Rachel Aussprung, Adele Gulino, Zach Siple, Avani Vesudevan, and Ryan Wolynetz. Michael has designated the WMS library to receive the $100 contribution that was part of his award.

Odyssey of the Mind state tournament results

Dover Post, April 6, 2012
Thousands of students from across the state competed in the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament Saturday at John Dickinson High School in Milltown. In total, more than 1,800 students representing 270 teams entered the competition. The event couples creativity and problem solving through a series of different exercises, from skits to engineering techniques.

Wilmington Montessori School's teams placed third in “Ooh-Motional Vehicle” Division 1 and and second in "Weird Science"Division 1. The "Weird Science" team earned a trip to the World Finals in Iowa.

Wilmington Montessori School Celebrates U.N. International Day of Peace

Community News, September 21, 2011

On September 21, the Wilmington Montessori School community gathered to celebrate the U.N. International Day of Peace with a school-wide festival. The festival included participation in the Chalk4Peace program, followed by a school-wide assembly celebrating peace in both the school and greater community. At 9:30 a.m., students of all ages from toddler through 6th grade emerged from the school to draw images of peace on the pavement through the campus as a visual reminder of the school’s commitment to being a peaceful community. This activity is part of the Chalk4Peace program, which advocates for peace world-wide by encouraging young artists of all ages to draw their vision of peace in public and private spaces with sidewalk chalk.

Wilmington school celebrates UN International Day of Peace

NewsWorks.org, September 21, 2011
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WMS receives grant from Verizon

Cecil Whig, March 2, 2011
Via mydailybiz.com

Wilmington Montessori School (WMS) has expanded its technological capabilities, thanks to a $17,500 grant from the Verizon Foundation. This January, WMS hosted William Allan, President of Verizon Delaware, and Lauren Petrusky, Executive Assistant to the President, from Verizon Delaware and demonstrated the ways in which the school has already benefited from the Verizon grant. 
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Wilmington Montessori School uses $17,500 grant to expand technology

News Journal, February 19, 2011
from Delaware Education: Class Notes

The Wilmington Montessori School expanded its technology with a $17,500 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

The grant supports the school's five-year strategic plan. The school purchased more than a dozen laptop computers for classrooms, which gives more students access to online resources. In addition, the faculty received training in "ThinkFinity," which is a Verizon program that provides teaching resources.

Delaware school uses grant for new laptops

CasioProjector.com News, March 2, 2011
Wilmington Montessori School in Wilmington, Delaware, recently received a $17,500 grant from the Verizon Foundation to expand its use of innovative teaching methods in the classroom, Cecil Whig reports.According to the report, the grant will be used to support the school's five-year plan, which is intended to develop a teaching model that supports critical thinking, innovation and creativity. 
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Delaware preschoolers discover the power of percussion

News Journal, February 4, 2011
by Edward L. Kenney

Percussionist Tony Vacca banged out a staccato rhythm Thursday on his West African djembe drum, as preschool children knelt on the floor in front of him at the Wilmington Montessori School, some of them bobbing their heads to the beat.
"People ask me what kind of music this is," Vacca said into a microphone in a sing-song voice as he played. "I call my music world rhythms because the world is made of rhythms. In my world, the drum is a voice. I want you to discover the power of the voice."
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Sixth graders at Wilmington Montessori are recruiting restaurants, are you?

UNICEF Field Notes, March 12, 2009
by Kristi Burnham

According to Delaware Online, the Wilmington Montessori School is participating in the 2009 Tap Project by recruiting restaurants.
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A New Model for Service Projects: Bringing Power up Gambia to Wilmington Montessori

Montessori Life, 2009
by Susan Hanway Scott & Linda Zankowsky

Maria Montessori understood that, innately, children feel connected to humanity, and recognized that children appreciate opportunities to serve others. This is an important connection that parents and teachers need to continue to nourish in students, providing opportunities for those meaningful connections. But what if, in addition to feeling good through providing service to others, a school's service project could be integrated with the curriculum, bringing in experts to encourage writing, dancing, science experiments, art, and, possibly, careers? That is just what happened when Wilmington Montessori School partnered with Power Up Gambia's education program. 
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$50,000 in Recycling Assistance Grants Awarded

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control News, November 13, 2008
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Governor’s Recycling Public Advisory Council announced today a total of $50,000 has been awarded in Recycling Assistance Grants for 2009 to fund projects that develop or expand innovative waste reduction, reuse or recycling activities. Grant recipients include: six schools; three non-profit organizations, including a museum, little league committee and a homeowners association; Delaware Technical and Community College; and the University of Delaware.

Wilmington Montessori School received $7,665 to implement a school-wide, single stream recycling program, including education.

Wings Players Present Lacrosse to Wilmington Montessori School

Our Sports Central, March 29, 2006
The Philadelphia Wings will assist the Wilmington Montessori School in launching their new lacrosse program. Twenty children from third to six grade will have the opportunity to learn from veteran defenseman Brock Robertson, 2005 All-Rookie Team member Dan Finck, along with young versatile defenseman Rob Van Beek, and goaltender Matt Roik. The clinic will feature shooting and passing drills, stick work, ground balls, defensive and offensive positioning, and a scrimmage at the end of the clinic.
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If We Build It, Will They Come? Creating a Building as Good as Your School

Montessori Life, Fall 2002
by Valerie Helmbreck
Describes the three-phase process of developing a new school facility for the Wilmington Montessori School in Delaware. Focuses on the unique school design requirements of Montessori schools and the collaboration between the architect, the school board, and the administration. Offers suggestions for selecting an architect, hiring a construction manager, and avoiding pitfalls.
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