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  • Montessori Regional Charter School announces plan for unified Montessori campus We are delighted to announce that today, Wednesday, November 14th , the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to proceed with the purchase of a 17 acre property located at 2549-51 ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2018, 8:51 PM by John Mott
  • The MRCS Feast is coming!  On Monday, November 19th MRCS staff and students will be celebrating The Feast at both campus locations.  This is the one time of year that the students and staff ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2018, 11:38 AM by The Webmaster
  • Family Information Night
    Posted Sep 17, 2018, 5:32 AM by The Webmaster
  • Coastal Cleanup Reminder REMINDER!Dear Montessori Families,This is a reminder that this coming Saturday, September 15 is the Coastal Cleanup from 9:00am – 12:00pm, Rain or Shine!  We will begin meeting ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2018, 6:04 AM by The Webmaster
  • 5th and 6th grade dance information Dear 5th and 6th grade families,Below is a map of the drop off and pick up procedure for the dance on Friday, May 11, 2018.  Drop off will begin ...
    Posted May 10, 2018, 12:40 PM by The Webmaster
  • Exciting News for the 2018-2019 school year!       EXCITING NEWS FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR! This coming school year Montessori Regional Charter School will enter its 15th year as a charter school serving the Erie region. Since ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2018, 1:03 PM by The Webmaster
  • MRCS's 14th Annual Art Show Saturday, May 5, 20181-3pm at the South Campus Gym
    Posted Apr 16, 2018, 1:06 PM by The Webmaster
  • Please join us for an Earth Day Celebration! We will be cleaning our school grounds and planting seeds and flowers Saturday, April 28, 2018 9:00am until 12:00pm at South Campus    Students in grades 4 through 6 ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2018, 12:00 PM by The Webmaster
  • Miss Kimberly Williams Golden Apple Award 2018 The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. Edinboro University is partnering with JET-TV to honor area educators who have made a positive ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2018, 5:53 AM by The Webmaster
  • School Performance Profile Score     November 6, 2017   To:       Montessori Families Re:       School Performance Profile score (SPP) On  Tuesday, October 31st there was an article in the Erie Times News regarding the Pennsylvania School ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 1:06 PM by The Webmaster
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Montessori Regional Charter School announces plan for unified Montessori campus

posted Nov 14, 2018, 12:42 PM by The Webmaster   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 8:51 PM by John Mott ]

We are delighted to announce that today, Wednesday, November 14th , the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to proceed with the purchase of a 17 acre property located at 2549-51 West 8th street.  The property contains a large academic and administration building that will enable MRCS to have one unified campus for the 2019-2020 school year.

We are having a MRCS community celebration this coming Friday, November 16th at 5:30 at the new location for all current Montessori families and our students.  The doors will open at 5:30 and our Board President will give a short presentation at 5:45 pm.


Directions:
You will need to enter the campus from 8th street. Follow the road to the parking area labeled on the map. It is next to the gymnasium. The community event will be held in the Administrative Building.




The MRCS Feast is coming!

posted Nov 13, 2018, 11:21 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Nov 13, 2018, 11:38 AM ]

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On Monday, November 19th MRCS staff and students will be celebrating The Feast at both campus locations.  This is the one time of year that the students and staff have a meal together as a community and celebrate all the things that we are grateful for.  It is a wonderful tradition that the students and the staff enjoy.  Parents, remember that you do not have to send in lunch on the day your child celebrates The Feast at his/her respective campus.

 

Our menu for The Feast will be: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and cranberry sauce. (If your child has a special diet, he/she may bring a bagged lunch to school that day.)


Family Information Night

posted Sep 17, 2018, 5:32 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 5:32 AM ]

Family Information Night, Learn about MRCS Strategic Plan, Charter Renewal, Title I Programs, Positive Behavior Programs. Wednesday, September 19th.

Coastal Cleanup Reminder

posted Sep 11, 2018, 6:00 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Sep 11, 2018, 6:04 AM ]

International Coastal Cleanup

REMINDER!

Dear Montessori Families,

This is a reminder that this coming Saturday, September 15 is the Coastal Cleanup from 9:00am – 12:00pm, Rain or Shine!  We will begin meeting at the pavilion in front of the TREC center to the right on Presque Isle at 8:30am, and begin distributing instructions and supplies. If you RSVP’d by August 31, we will have a t-shirt for you. However, everyone is welcome to join us for this wonderful service to the Erie Community!



5th and 6th grade dance information

posted May 10, 2018, 12:40 PM by The Webmaster

Dear 5th and 6th grade families,

Below is a map of the drop off and pick up procedure for the dance on Friday, May 11, 2018.  Drop off will begin at 6:45pm and end at 7:10pm.  Any student arriving after 7:10 will not be permitted inside the building.  Pick up will begin at 8:45pm, and end at 9:00pm.  Please be prompt in picking up your child.  No entry will be permitted through the front doors off of 6th St.

Dance Carpool Map



Exciting News for the 2018-2019 school year!

posted Apr 16, 2018, 1:03 PM by The Webmaster   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 1:03 PM ]

Montessori Regional Charter School logo
     

EXCITING NEWS FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR!


This coming school year Montessori Regional Charter School will enter its 15th year as a charter school serving the Erie region. Since our humble beginnings in 2004 with 120 students at one location, we have recognized that we must adapt, grow and change to effectively meet the needs of our students and families.

During the past several weeks we have met with our academic staff and Board of Trustees to plan how to most effectively serve our student population in the coming years. After many meetings and thoughtful deliberation, we have come to the conclusion that our 2 campuses must be tailored to the needs of each group. This will enable us to effectively “follow the child” at their stage of development in a more focused setting.

Therefore, effective the 2018-2019 school year we will be reconfiguring our school as follows. Lower Elementary Campus (2910 Sterrettania Road) will serve Kindergarten and the 6-9 Unit (1-3 grade) and the Upper Elementary Campus (606 Raspberry) will serve the 9-12 Unit (4-6 grade).

 

What is the benefit to students and families?


  • Academic Services within each school can be targeted to the students grade and “plane of development” – the social, emotional and academic needs of children at each stage of life

o   Student Service programs like Title One can be focused on meeting specific needs

o   Behavioral programs like Character Education, including cyber bullying, can be expanded

  • Teachers in each unit will be able to collaborate, share resources and materials more effectively
  • Students in every unit will have a larger peer social network from which to form friendships
  • Outside speakers and enrichment programs can be customized and targeted to each facility
  • Facilities  will better target the needs of students

o   Playground at Lower Elementary campus will better serve younger students

o   Gym at Upper Elementary can provide more group assemblies and sports options

o   Upper elementary students will have space for independence and self-reliance

o   Technology needs can be effectively targeted and efficiently utilized

  • Effective use of space allowing us to grow at the Upper Elementary level
  • After school programs can be tailored to each campus  to provide age appropriate programs and all grade level students will have equal access to after school programs

 


We know that there will be lots of questions related to transportation, childcare and related issues for families. While we do not have all of the answers yet, we wanted to get this information to families as soon as possible. This is a very exciting and dynamic point in the history of our school. We think that these changes enhance and support our students’ academic, social and emotional success by using our resources in a targeted manner.

We plan on holding family meetings in May, by grade unit, to update you on the plans. In addition, we will cover other important issues such as our Charter renewal, building plans and the strategic planning process.

We know that change can be difficult. We also know that our community has risen to the challenges of change many times and our ability to quickly and effectively respond to the needs of our students and families is what sets us apart from other organizations. We are asking for your support and patience as we continue to grow and evolve, setting the stage for one unified campus and expanded programs.

As we progress we will keep you updated. In the meantime please join us on Instagram at montessorierie and continue to watch our website at www.mrcserie.org for more information.

Thank you for your support of MRCS. We are looking forward to continuing to serve our students and families next year and for generations to come.

The staff of Montessori Regional Charter School

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”               

                                                                                                                                                      Socrates

 

MRCS's 14th Annual Art Show

posted Apr 16, 2018, 12:22 PM by The Webmaster   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 1:06 PM ]

MRCS's 14th Annual Art Show, Saturday, May5, 2018, 1-3pm at the South Campus Gym
Saturday, May 5, 2018
1-3pm at the South Campus Gym

Please join us for an Earth Day Celebration!

posted Apr 16, 2018, 12:00 PM by The Webmaster   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 12:00 PM ]

Earth Day 2018We will be cleaning our school grounds and

planting seeds and flowers

Saturday, April 28, 2018

9:00am until 12:00pm

at South Campus

 

Rain or Shine
 
Students in grades 4 through 6 and their families are welcome!

No students should be left unsupervised - there will be no child care

Please bring your own garden equipment, i.e. rakes, shovels, gardening gloves

Coffee, doughnuts and water provided


RSVP to  office@mrcserie.org  if you are willing and able to attend


Miss Kimberly Williams Golden Apple Award 2018

posted Jan 25, 2018, 5:51 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 5:53 AM ]

The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. Edinboro University is partnering with JET-TV to honor area educators who have made a positive impact upon the youth of our community.

Congratulations to Kimberly Williams for her Golden Apple award! 
Miss Kimberly was nominated by 3rd grader Debella Durkin.

Golden Apple Award for Miss Kimberly. Nominated by Debella Durkin.
Miss Kimberly teaches 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade at the Montessori Regional Charter School's South Campus.

Kimberly
has been at MRCS for her entire 14-year teaching career. She enjoys teaching all of her students for three consecutive years, grades 1, 2, and 3.  She says, "being with them for so long, you form this bond that is very special.  Getting to know them is very nice."

Pictured from left to right, Lou Baxter, Mary Jo Melvin, Debella Durkin, Kimberly Williams, Mark Zielinski.

See the video and article on YourErie.com

School Performance Profile Score

posted Jan 17, 2018, 1:05 PM by The Webmaster   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 1:06 PM ]

Montessori Regional Charter School Tuition Free    
November 6, 2017

 

To:       Montessori Families

Re:       School Performance Profile score (SPP)

On  Tuesday, October 31st there was an article in the Erie Times News regarding the Pennsylvania School Performance Scores (SPP) which were just released for all PA schools.(See below)  The article notes the good news that Montessori Regional Charter School showed significant gains in our overall SPP score - a 20 points improvement from the previous year.  We attribute this progress to the incredible focus of our teachers on presenting new material on English Language Learning skills and, most importantly, our student’s enthusiasm for the new material.  We could not be more proud of our students and staff for this achievement.

State testing and state scores are only one of many measures of the success of our school.  At Montessori Regional Charter School we place equal emphasis on every student’s academic progress as well as their social and emotional growth.    Helping the whole child to love learning, think creatively, and explore their world is the hallmark of their MRCS education.

And yet, as a public charter school, we know preparing our students for high school and beyond is also important.  We do this by rigorously integrating Pennsylvania state standards into our Montessori curriculum.  In doing so, we ensure that our students will excel in any academic environment.

We want to provide the opportunity to fully understand the principles of the Montessori Method and how it impacts your child’s love of learning.  To that end, we will be holding a Montessori Method and Philosophy seminar on Wednesday, February 7th 2018 at our South Campus.   Childcare will be available at no cost.

This presentation, led by Montessori teachers, will discuss the principles of Montessori at each developmental phase, provide hands on opportunities to learn Montessori materials and give families a glimpse of a “day in the life” of a Montessori student.  We hope that you will mark your calendar and plan on attending.  The seating will be limited to assure opportunities for small group discussion so please sign up early if you plan to attend. 

Finally, we want to thank all of our families for supporting your children’s education at Montessori Regional Charter School.  We know and appreciate that you made a choice to attend MRCS and we commit to honoring that choice by working to continually improve the educational experience of your child and your family.   We will continue to ask for and provide opportunities for you to give us valuable feedback about how we can continue to grow and develop as a school community.

We want to take this opportunity to wish everyone the best in the next few busy months.  We look forward to continuing to work with you as the New Year arrives.


Sincerely,

Mark Zielinski, Chief Academic Officer
Jane Binder, Chief Operations Officer




Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles also show big improvements at Erie Rise, Montessori. Erie’s Collegiate continues high marks.

Fairview High School ranks as one of the biggest achievers in Pennsylvania.

It scored 101.1 out of 100 on its Pennsylvania School Performance Profile for 2016-17, giving it the second-best ranking for a public high school statewide, according to newly released data from the state Department of Education.

The rating is based on standardized test scores, attendance, graduation rates and other academic measures during the 2016-17 school year.

The plus-100 rating puts the 600-student Fairview High School in rare company.

Only Downingtown S.T.E.M. Academy, in the Downingtown Area School District, about 40 miles west of Philadelphia, scored higher among high schools statewide: 104 out of 100.

“This is a pretty big deal, to be No. 2 in the state,” Fairview School District Superintendent Erik Kincade said. “It is definitely a pretty big deal.”

Fairview High School is the highest-ranked public high school in Erie County. Fairview High School scored 99.1 on the SPP for 2015-16. Its 2016-17 score of 101.1 is its highest ever, Kincade said.

Among the other notable findings in the SPP data, released late Friday:

Two Erie County charter schools showed some of the largest improvements from 2015-16.

The SPP score for the Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter School, at West 10th and Cascade streets, jumped from 32.2 in 2015-16, which made it the worst-performing public elementary school in the city of Erie, to 50.7 in 2016-17, which placed it higher than five elementary schools in the Erie School District.

The SPP for the Montessori Regional Charter School, with campuses in Erie and Millcreek Township, rose from 56.3 in 2015-16 to 76.4 in 2016-17. The new ranking places the school above all the elementary and middle schools in the Erie School District and above one elementary school in the Millcreek Township School District, Chestnut Hill Elementary.

The scores for the 11,500-student Erie School District, the largest in the region, remained generally low, with signs of improvement in some areas and setbacks in others.

 

Erie School District’s Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy, a college-preparatory high school, remained the exception. It scored 89.7 in 2016-17, down from 91.3 in 2015-16, but still making Collegiate second in Erie County behind Fairview High School.

Collegiate’s student body is 29 percent economically disadvantaged, according to the SPP data, compared to 19 percent for Fairview High School, which is the lowest for a high school in Erie County.

The 1,700-student Fairview School District, one of the most affluent in the region, has a student body that is 21.31 percent economically disadvantaged, also the lowest in the county, according to the SPP data. In the Erie School District, 74.9 percent of the students, or the highest percentage in the county, are economically disadvantaged.

At Erie Rise, which enrolls children through eighth grade, 100 percent of the students are listed as economically disadvantaged.

The improved SPP score at Erie Rise is the result of the mandatory school improvement plan that the 411-student school submitted to the Erie School District a year ago because of previous poor academic performance, Erie Rise CEO Terry Lang said.

He said the school also introduced courses to teach students how to take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSA, tests, whose scores are a key element of each SPP. And he said the school focused on mathematics education.

Lang said he wants Erie Rise to perform better than 50.7 on the SPP, but said he is encouraged by the latest results.

“We still have room to grow,” he said.

At the Erie School District, officials are reviewing the data in the context of the district’s financially driven reconfiguration, in which it closed two elementary schools in the spring and merged three of its four high schools at the newly created Erie High.

Those changes mean the district’s structure will be different when students take the newest round of state-mandated tests. The SPP data will be the last for East and Strong Vincent high schools and Central Career & Technical School.

Also, the 2016-17 data will be the last for Pennsylvania under the School Performance Profile format. For 2017-18, the state is switching to a Future Ready PA Index, which the Department of Education said will feature “a broad range of indicators,” such as English language acquisition and career readiness.

The Erie School District plans to expand its curriculum and magnet school programming in the years ahead with some of the $14 million in additional recurring state aid that the General Assembly approved last week. The district had sought the funding to achieve financial stability after years of deficit spending and cutting programs.

“We are reviewing the new SPP scores now that they have been released,” Erie School District spokeswoman Daria Devlin said on Monday. “There are some bright spots in terms of schools making major improvements but, overall, we recognize there is a great deal of work to do.”


Erie Times News
Ed Palattella can be reached at 870-1813 or by email. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNpalattella.

 

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