Latest News 5/3/18

End of Year Testing  

We are counting down to the end of another great school year!   Below is our testing scheduling for the end of the year.

May 25th- EOG Reading (MS)

May 29th- EOG Math (MS)

                 EOC Math 1 and NCFE Math 2, Math 3 (HS)

May 30th- EOG Science (MS)

                 EOC Biology (HS)

May 31st-  EOC English II (HS)

                  NCFE English I, English III (HS)

June 1st-   NCFE American History (HS)


If you haven’t volunteered for EOG proctoring, now is your chance 😀.  We need 6 proctors for each day of testing.  Testing will begin on May 25th.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rashawn.

Williams Secondary Montessori Orientation Night for:

Rising 7th graders

Rising 9th graders

New Students

Tuesday, May 8 from 6:00-7:30 pm at Williams Montessori

  • Meet Williams Montessori Staff

  • Hear about planned schedule changes for next year

  • Visit classrooms

  • Learn about Fall Camp, High School, Intersession, Field Studies

National Bike to School Day – Tuesday, May 8

Williams Montessori is the Focus School for National Bike to School Day!  Plan to join us at one of the points along our route and bike to school on this internationally recognized day of biking to school.  Meet us at any of the points listed below to participate in this ride. We welcome students, parents and staff. There will be a few Safe Routes to School people joining us as well as giveaways, donuts, and surprises.

 Bring – bike – helmet – water – bike lock – backpack/pannier

Meet in Freedom Park by the train playground for a 7:30 am departure.

1st stop – Elizabeth Ave. and the greenway (CPCC) – arrive 7:45 – Parking is available.

 2nd stop – 9th and the Rail Trail (The Charlotte Lab School) – arrive 8:00 – Parking is available.

 3rd stop – VBGB’s – 8:20 – parking available.

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

*Since the Rising 7th/9th Grade Orientation is this same night, families attending the Orientation (and want to participate in National Bike to School Day) could have their student ride in the morning and pick up their child’s bike in the evening, if they want to ride for the morning leg only.

This 7 mile route takes us approximately 60 minutes to complete including stops, if you join at a stop the distance to school lessens.  From VBGB’s it is a 2.4 mile ride.

Please contact Heather Ruckterstuhl with any questions and/or to let us know you’ll be joining us on the ride.


Help Wanted: Seeking 2018-19 PTSO Leaders

 Available PTSO positions for the 2018/2019 School Year:

  • President Elect – Serve on the PTSO Executive Board in 2018-19 as support/ back-up to the President; serve as PTSO President in 2019-20

  • Treasurer Elect – Serve on the PTSO Executive board in 2018-19 as Assistant Treasurer, helping the Treasurer collect and disburse money, run reports, etc.; serve as PTSO Treasurer in 2019-20

  • Communications Lead – Coordinate weekly newsletter and website updates

  • Social Committee Chairperson – Coordinate family social events for the school community (for example, the school picnics)

  • Service Opportunity Coordinator – Identify/collect and share service opportunities that Williams students can participate in

  • Fundraising Coordinator – Investigates opportunities for and coordinates PTSO fundraisers outside of Invest in Secondary and Retail Loyalty programs

  • Historian/Alumni Coordinator

For more information, contact Trish Sheridan or Alexandra Hischen Dombroski.


NEW! One Question Survey

Time for another one question survey! Note they are different every week, so keep answering!  This week: “What times work best for you to be able to attend PTSO and school events?


Spring Dance

Williams Montessori’s Spring Dance will be held Friday, May 18 from 7:00-9:00 pm.

 Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased during lunch periods.

Parents may sign up to help with this event on our sign up genius.  We need volunteers to set up, chaperone, clean up and bring helium balloons.


Spring Family Picnic

The Peer Leaders Club is planning a Spring Family Picnic for Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Quad.

 Families should bring a picnic dinner and blanket and or chairs.  Dessert and drinks will be provided by the PTSO.

 Rebecca Farlow is looking for 2 parent volunteers to stay after school with students, volunteers would stay from 4:15-5:30 pm.  All volunteers must fill out the CMS Volunteer Application.  Please make sure you are current volunteer in the CMS system or fill out the form on the above link.  Keep in mind that all volunteers need to complete this form every year.

 Students are welcome to stay after school on the afternoon of the picnic and parents will need to email Rebecca Farlow to give permission for their student to stay after school until 5:30 pm.  Students may only stay after school if their parent is planning to attend the picnic. Students may not be at the picnic without a parent.


Robotics and Technology Club

Robotics and Technology students are approaching their final meeting and we are excited for them to anticipate guests on May 21st from 4:30-5:00. We’ve spent this year cultivating interest and creating a space for student collaboration and small group, hands-on exploration. May 7th, students will discuss potential showcase options for parent visitors who might like to attend May 21st. This showcase will not take much time, so please feel free to stop in and see what Robotics and Technology Club has been up to this year!

  • May 7th: 7th Meeting

  • May 21st: 8th Meeting (Parents are invited to view the students work)

Please contact Ms. Monica or Mr. Doug if you have any questions.


Book Club

The Book Club has officially finished A Wrinkle In Time!  We read the book and just before Spring Break, were able to squeeze in a viewing of the movie…so interesting!!   We enjoyed a sharing our thoughts about the differences (and similarities!), likes and dislikes about both!

The club voted and Ready Player One won out for the next selection.  We’re looking forward to more lively discussions!

Interested in joining this club?  Contact Cyndi Klein for details.


Theater Department News

Congratulations to Hannah Campos!  Hannah was cast in the Children’s Theater production of, The Snow Queen.  Hannah can be seen in her role of Stranger Feller on May 18 & 19. Great job Hannah, break a leg!!

Davidson Community Players Teen Summer Stock Series is holding auditions Saturday, May 12th at the Armour Street Theater in Davidson for students ages 14-22.


Soccer Club

Support our Soccer Club by coming out and watching our games. Be sure to wear your WM spirit wear! Here are some of our upcoming games:

Saturday, 5/5, 4 pm, @ Dilworth ES, 405 E Park Ave (Map)

Sunday, 5/6, 4 pm, @ Dilworth ES, 405 E Park Ave (Map)


Ultimate Frisbee Team

We are still looking for players and can work together on carpooling if that is an issue. Young women, young men, middle and high school are all welcome to join! Practices are Tuesdays and Wednesdays—if you can’t make it to both, you can come to just one; games are on Thursdays.

Contact Coach Tom Parks or parent Karen Aman for more information about the team, schedule, or carpooling for games and practices.

Play Ultimate Frisbee over the summer with the Charlotte Ultimate Youth Summer League!


Peer Leaders Club

Peer Leaders is a club that is designed to enliven the spirit of our school. This group will plan events such as spirit week, mix-it-up lunches, random acts of kindness, school dances, and more!

Peer Leaders generally meet every other Friday at 8am, but have also been participating in working lunches. Please see below for meeting dates for the remainder of the year:

  • 5/11

  • 5/25

Please contact Ms. Mindy, Ms. Kim, or Ms. Ali if you have any questions!


Yoga Club

Yoga Club is designed to support students with individual growth and empowerment through the practice of yoga. Students will learn how to apply principles learned on the mat in their daily lives!

Yoga Club has been lucky enough to get a HUGE discount at Yoga One ($5/class!). We have been enjoying Power Flow as well as Power Beats classes (music)! Please see below for meeting dates for the remainder of the year:

  • Saturday, May 12th at 11:30 at Yoga One Central (please arrive no later than 11:15), with free meditation afterwards, which ends at 1.

  • Monday, May 21st from 5:30-6:30 (I can drive up to 6 students from Williams to Yoga One Central)

  • Wednesday, June 6th from 5:30-6:30 (I can drive up to 6 students from Williams to Yoga One Central)

Please contact Ms. Mindy if you have any questions!


Mountain Bike Club

The Mountain Bike Club will be racing this Sunday, May 6 at Dark Mountain Park in Wilkesboro, NC.  Lorcan Welton, Colsen Hofert and Solomon Davis will be racing and representing Williams Montessori.  Go Vipers!
Contact Mark Dombroski for race schedule or check out the NICA website for more information about this season.


Contribute items & support our teachers:

Teachers do so much to support our school and our children.  Please send one of the items listed below in with your child.  Items may be dropped in the main office in the red plastic container labeled, ‘items for teachers’.  This is a big and small way to support our school.



Dry-erase markers

Colored card stock


Sheet protectors






Calling all music students!

Opera Carolina Academy

July 30 – August 10

9:00am – 4:00pm

Northwest School of the Arts

We invite all rising 8th-12th grade singers and actors to join us for our two-week engagement featuring tailored instruction for the aspiring singing actor and participation in operatic or musical theatre roles!

Interested? Email us to learn more at or visit



Invest Campaign

Thank you Williams families for your generous support of the Invest in Secondary Montessori Spring Campaign.

Spring 2018 raised $2,946.20

Fall 2017 raised $2,869.86

So far we raised $5,816.06 of the $8,500.00 goal.


The Cheddarup link will remain active until 5/31/18.



Continue to save your boxtops for our collection next year.  This School year we have received $118.70 from Box Top Rewards. They add up fast. Tell your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to save them for you.


Amazon Smile

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13 and many of our families might be shopping for gifts for Mom. This is a great opportunity to increase JT Williams Secondary Montessori PTSO’s AmazonSmile donations by shopping at

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. Williams Montessori has received $136.00 in rewards from Harris Teeter but can’t receive this money until we reach $250!  Help us reach $250, sign up today (you can sign up online!).

Neighborhood News

Morning Market at Camp North End!

Image may contain: plant, text and food

If you’ve gone to this market, would you write a review for our newsletter?  Contact Heather Ruckterstuhl

Williams Montessori Photos

Upload any Williams Montessori photos you have to this link for archival and yearbook usage. Send a message to Karen Aman so they can be labeled and filed correctly.


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

Join our parent discussion group on Facebook

Check out our website,


Upcoming Events

Come cheer on the WM Trailblazers at these team events

5/2-4 – 8th Grade Field Studies, Black Mountain, NC

5/2-4 – 7th Grade Field Trips, around Charlotte

5/5 – Soccer Game, 4 pm, Dilworth ES, 405 E Park Ave (Map)

5/6 – Mountain Bike Race, Dark Mountain – Wilkesboro, NC

5/7 – Robotics and Technology Club Meeting – 4:15 pm

5/8 – Rising 7th and 9th Grade Family Orientation

5/8 – National Bike to School Day

5/11 – Peer Leaders Club – 8 am

5/12 – Yoga Club – 8 am – Yoga One Central

5/17 – Spring Family Picnic – Williams Montessori

5/18 – Spring Dance

5/20 –   Mountain Bike Race – Farris Memorial Park, Mayodan, NC

5/21 – Robotics and Technology Club Meeting (final) – 4:15 pm

5/25-6/1 – EOG, EOC and NCFE testing

5/28 – Memorial Day – no school

6/8 – Last Day of School

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