Latest News 02/23/18

In Agriculture news, the boys dug a hole all the way through a huge compost pile

Secondary Montessori Parent Education Night/PTSO Meeting

 Tuesday, February 27 at Williams Montessori

6:00-6:30 pm PTSO meeting

6:30-8:00 pm Parent Education

Meet in the Cafetorium for a brief PTSO meeting led by our PTSO president, Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski.

There will be presentations from Williams Montessori staff in various areas. Parents can select from a number of topics:

  • 2018-2019 Registration Information

  • Planners/Checklists/Work plans

  • Mindfulness

  • Flipped Lessons

  • Adolescent Brain Development

Plan to attend this informative educational evening to further understand the Montessori education your child is receiving.

Spirit Gear

Those that ordered Spirit Gear should receive their shirt(s), sweatshirt(s) and/or magnet by early March.

Career & Technical Education Fair


 Saturday, February 24th from 11:00 am -3:00 pm at the Charlotte Convention Center.

  • Meet Charlotte employers

  • Connect your child’s passion with a career

  • Learn how to jump start your career in high school through Career & Technical Education


Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders are hosting a Clothing Drive from now until March 2nd. Please send in any gently used (no stains or undergarments) clothing for our Charlotte neighbors!!! Students can drop clothes in the bin outside of the cafeteria or in the elective building.  Contact any Peer Leaders with questions.

Farm Camp

John Taylor Williams is hosting Farm Camp for students ages 7-11, on Friday, March 30th. Campers will be playing group games outside and cooking healthy snacks, while implementing some Montessori elements during the day. Campers will also be going on a school tour, planting in the greenhouse, and doing some arts and crafts! This camp is student led, with adult chaperones, and will support the agriculture program here at JT WIlliams. This camp will be from 8:30am-5pm with a charge of $40 a camper!  See the attached Flyer for more details.  Sign up on this cheddarup link.

 Mountain Bike Club

The Spring race schedule for the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League Race Series (NICA) is:

3/18 – Browns Creek, Elizabethtown

4/8 – Fisher Farm Park, Davidson

4/22 – Bigleaf Slopes, Statesville

5/6 – Dark Mountain, Wilksboro

5/20 – NCICL State Championships – Farris Memorial Park, Mayodan

Check out the NICA website for more information about this upcoming season.

Practice will be this Saturday, 2/24 from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Contact Mark Dombroski with any questions.  Print and sign the waiver to participate.

 Tuesday Bicycle Commute

Join us on our NEW ROUTE!  This Tuesday, Feb 27, meet in Freedom Park by the train playground at 7:15 for a 7:30 departure.

The first stop will be at Elizabeth Ave. and the greenway (CPCC) to pick up riders.  Parking is available.  We should arrive at approximately 7:45 and will wait for 5 min.

The second stop will be at 9th and the Rail Trail (The Charlotte Lab School) to pick up riders.  Parking is available across the street from the Lab School.  We should arrive at approximately 8:00 and will wait for 5 min.

The third stop is at VBGB’s and we arrive about 8:20.

This route is 7 miles and will take us approximately 60 minutes to complete including stops.  Please contact Heather Ruckterstuhl with any questions and/or to let us know you’ll be joining us on this ride.

We will return in the afternoon, aiming to leave WM by 4:20 and back to Freedom Park by 5:15.

Wednesday Walk Throughs – 3/7, 3/28

Interested to know what Secondary Montessori looks like in action? We have added more Wednesday Walk-Through dates to satisfy the demand for interest in our school!

Sign-up for a Wednesday Walk Through, students will guide you through an introductory community meeting as well as take you on a tour of our new campus. You’ll get to see our campus as well as observe Secondary Montessori in action in several classroom environments. The visit will end with a Q&A session where students, current parents, and staff members will be available to answer questions about our school.

Sign up for a Wednesday Walk Through here.

Co-coaching opportunities

Ultimate frisbee is cool!  Help Tom Parks coach the Ultimate Frisbee team.  He can’t do it alone and needs someone to step up and help.  Contact Tom for details about this opportunity.


Last day to send in Boxtops is Friday, February 23!   This will be the last submission for this school year and goes out on February 28.  Students should turn boxtops in to their classroom teacher.  Every clip counts.  Let’s do this 10 cents at a time.  A big thank you to Sherry Picerno for collecting and organizing boxtops for WM.

 Amazon Smile

Amazon users, consider using Amazon Smile for your purchases and select JT Williams as your charity of choice.  This will help us raise funds for our PTSO.  Click this link and click the Amazon Smile icon and follow the prompts.

Harris Teeter

Link your Harris Teeter VIC card (if you shop at Harris Teeter) to  JT Williams Secondary Montessori.  We are #1430.  Up to 5 schools can be linked to your VIC card.  Harris Teeter requires that you sign up each school year.  If you haven’t signed up for the 2017/2018 school year, please sign up as soon as you can.

 Photos needed for Yearbook and Historical Purposes

Teachers, staff, students, parents, guardians:

Upload your photos at this link. Since this is a general folder for all uploaded photos from multiple people, please rename them before you upload so we know what they are from. It’s super easy and quick to do from your computer or phone!

We are still missing photos (and videos) from the following events for Williams Montessori from first semester.

  • 9th grade intersession camp

  • 9th grade rites of passage

  • 9th grade intersession (any other activities or events)

  • Miscellaneous classroom and during the day school photos

  • November Open House event

  • Wednesday Walk-throughs

  • Upper El student visits to WM

  • Mountain biking practices

  • Tuesday Bike to School

  • Volunteer events (ex: Pop-up Market)

  • Various clubs or student activities

  • Other

Contact Karen Aman with any questions about photo uploading.

Neighborhood News

Morning Market at Camp North End!

This spring, start your Saturdays with Morning Market at Camp North End.

Mosey on over for coffee, fresh baked goods, shopping and a bit of live music (plus a rotation of activities and fitness classes in the event space throughout the day).

All are welcome to stroll through or stay a while. Plenty of swings and benches for relaxing. Guaranteed to bring out your inner morning person.

On deck for March 3rd from 9am-2pm:

Drink HEX Coffee

Eat Whisk and Wood

Shop Covet Atelier and #TheCactusClub

Event space:

10am: Ms. Holly of Liz, Holly, & The Jolly Lollies

11am: NC Yoga Bar All Levels 60 minute flow ($10 drop-in or Class Pass ahead:

12:30pm: Potts Chocolate tasting workshop

(Free and open to the public. Yes to pets on leashes.)


Like Williams Montessori on Facebook to keep up on current events and happenings.

Join our parent discussion group on Facebook

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Upcoming Events

2/23 – Boxtops submission deadline

2/24 – CTE Fair

2/25 to 3/2 – Montessori Education Week

2/27 – PTSO Meeting/Parent Ed night

3/2 – College Gear Day

3/28 – End of Quarter 3

3/29 – School is in session – make up snow day

3/30 – Farm Camp

3/30 to 4/6 – Spring Break

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