Latest News 05/24/18

One Question Survey

New survey this week.  This one is about SPORTS!


Proctors Needed

Our end of year testing begins tomorrow and will continue through June 1st.  In order to have a successful testing season, we are in need of proctors. Volunteers proctors spend about 4 hours in the classrooms monitoring test sessions.  If we do not have proctors, our tests will get pushed back which could interfere with end of year activities that have already been scheduled. Please email Mrs. Rashawn ( for more detailed information and to sign up for the days that you are available.

 End of Year Testing  

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)

Help Wanted: Seeking 2018-19 PTSO Leaders

 Available PTSO leadership 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

  • *CRITICAL NEED* 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 – Thank you to Jessica DeLing for offering to fill this role!

  • 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

We always need additional help for all our teams – let us know if you are interested in helping with Campus Beautification, Staff Appreciation, Parent Ambassadors (that’s Open House/ Wednesday Walk-throughs, etc.), Social Events, Community Parents, Sports, or anything else you want to help with!

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


2018-19 School Contact Info

Please take a moment to fill out contact information for next school year here:


Last Call for Yearbook orders

The only way to guarantee that your child receives a yearbook is to pre-order one, order yours today.  Yearbooks cost $35.00.


Spring Picnic

Thank you to all that came out for our annual Spring Picnic.  With the threat of thunderstorms and rain we got awfully lucky to have such a pleasant afternoon for our picnic.  Many enjoyed our continually evolving quad area as students have added benches, picnic tables and cozy seating areas.  As you can see from our photos below it was a fun and happy time for our school community.





Spring Dance

The first ever Williams Montessori Spring Dance was a huge success with close to 100 students in attendance. Everyone enjoyed dancing, socializing, snacking and posing for pictures.  Thank you to the Peer Leadership Club for putting on this popular event. We look forward to a Fall Dance!

A special thank you to Karen Aman for photographing this dance and hosting a photo booth.  Parents, students, staff and faculty will receive a link to photos from the dance and will have an option to purchase photos.


Service Hours Opportunity

Sign up to help with carnival games at Chantilly Montessori’s Flutterfest on June 2, 3-6pm.!/showSignUp/904054aafa928a31-flutterfest


CMS is hiring Substitute Teachers

If you are interested in supporting the school as a Substitute Teacher, apply here. CMS accepts applications every other month, and will once again take applications in May.


Robotics and Technology Club

Robotics and Technology students have had their final meeting/showcase on May 21st. This year has been spent cultivating interest and creating a space for student collaboration and small group, hands-on exploration.

 Please contact Ms. Monica or Mr. Doug if you have any questions or ideas about this club for next year.


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.

Middle School News

Mello, the guinea pig needs a place to stay over summer vacation.  Families are welcome to tag team housing Mello by taking him for a week or two and passing him along to the next family.  Contact Ms Patti if you are willing to take a week.

Counselor News

May Lunch & Learns:

 On Wednesday, May 30th, an admissions counselor from Davidson College will be joining us during lunches. Davidson College is a small, local college that is ranked among the top 30 colleges in our country. They will be hosting a small group discussion for interested students. Students should see Ms. Bethani to sign up.

**If you submitted interest to be a featured professional for Lunch & Learns this year, know that Ms. Bethani will be using that same list to coordinate our Lunch & Learns next year (which will run on a two year rotation to cover each of the 16 different career pathways). If you did not submit your name and information, but would like to speak about your career, please use this link to do so.


Theater Department News

Ms Myneesha and Ms Monica are having the theater students complete a Green Screen project and are in need of a few donations to complete the project.

Please send in the following items to Ms Myneesha:

  • 10 sets of green gloves

  • 3/4 Coins, 200 Sets, White/Black

This project will begin Tuesday.  Thanks so much for supporting the Theater Department with these contributions.

Soccer Club

Soccer season has come to an end.  What a great season we had thanks to our volunteer coaches Jake Whittle and Fritz Birkmaier and all the parent support we got from Jolanda Hengstman as our team communications person (so helpful to get the routine communication!!!) along with all the parents who got their kids to games and practices and  donated snacks every week. Remember that next year Boys Soccer is happening in the Fall (look for registration information at the start of school). We welcome a new soccer coach, Aaron George, to the team. Aaron is an incoming parent at Williams and has multiple years of coaching soccer at the elementary and high school level. I am sure that Jake and Fritz won’t be far away as both their boys will be playing on the team.  It won’t be long before we will need two coaches to lead a Middle School and High School team so the more the better.


Ultimate Frisbee Team

The Ultimate Frisbee season has come to an end and we are so proud of our players who kept their cool while playing many highly competitive teams.  We are excited to grow this team next year. Ultimate Frisbee will continue to be held in the Spring and you can look for registration information in February.

 A big shout out to Tom Parks for donating his time and talents to this team this year along with assistant coach, Eddie Martinez.  Thanks to all the dedicated parents who worked together to carpool kids to all the games.

If you want to improve your skills, or if you are just learning the sport, consider a summer league through Ultimate Charlotte.

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


Field Hockey is coming to JT Williams!  

Hannah Campos and Archer Herndon are starting a field hockey team at Williams and we want you to play!  Field hockey is a super fun sport where you use a wood stick (smaller face than ice hockey) and hit the ball around the field and into the goal to score.  The principles of the game are similar to soccer–lots of dribbling, passing, shooting, and ball tricks. We will start practicing 2-3 times each week in August and have about 8 games with area middle schools.  The cost per player is $365. It’s okay if you don’t have experience–we will teach you or you can attend a clinic this summer. In order to get this team started, we need to know your interest! Please email us at Hannah Campos’s mom BY MAY 25th to let us know that you want to play.  We will play with the Charlotte Ambush league:  GENERAL INFORMATION  Once we hear back from you, we can get our school on the list.


Sports Planning for 2018-2019 school year

We are beginning to plan some opportunities for sports at our school next year.  No, we are not getting CMS organized sports, but we are putting together a variety of sports that can be played on campus, after school, and will include opportunities for all students.  Dara Whittle, PTSO Sports Coordinator, along with Coach Franz, our Williams Physical Education and Health teacher, will be working with students and families to organize club sports for our Williams students.   So far we are planning for Middle School girls and boys soccer , Middle School girls field hockey, MS/HS co-ed golf, MS/HS co-ed volleyball, MS/HS Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee, MS/HS Co-ed Mountain Biking. There will be a combination of teams organized through local leagues and sports “clinics” set up on campus throughout the year.  If you have a student that is interested in starting a new sport, they should communicate to Coach Franz,  who will help them seek out other students interested in playing that sport.  If you are a parent who is interested in coaching or have a connection to someone interested in coaching, or would like to lead a sport planned for next year, or would like to propose leading a different sport, please contact Dara Whittle at or call/text me at 704-930-8107.  It will take dedicated parents willing to help drive an alternative sports program at our school to make sports at Williams a success.  I strongly encourage parents who have kids who are passionate about a sport or parents who are well connected in the Charlotte sports scene to step up and help us get this program going at Williams.  We have an amazing campus so let’s use it to help keep our kids physically fit and help build community through playing sports together.

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 the remaining meeting date for this school year:

  •  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:

  •  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

Lorcan, Colsen, Solomon and Coach Mark

The Williams Montessori MTB team finished the season with a rained out race last weekend.  Unfortunately, due to the end of the school year, the race could not be rescheduled.

 It was a fun season for all. Thanks go to all the student-athletes who rode with us and participated in the races as well as the parents who supported their children.  We are looking forward to next year.

Anyone who is interested in participating should look for notes in the newsletter next fall.  We will start riding in October 2018. Please contact Mark Dombroski if you are interested in participating next year.  See you on the trails this summer!

Check out the NICA website for more information about Mountain Bike Racing.


Bike Commute – Two Wheel Tuesday

There will not be a bike commute on Tuesday, May 29 due to EOG testing at Park Road Montessori (several of our ride leaders work at PRM).  The next commute will be on Tuesday, June 5th and this will also be our last commute of the school year.

 Two Wheel Tuesday has partnered with Clean Air Carolina for our last ride and we will get to act as citizen scientists and measure the particulate pollution along our route in the morning and the afternoon using CAC’s Airbeam Monitors.  Look for our results in an upcoming newsletter!

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.

This 7 mile route takes 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 the ride.


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





It’s allergy season and students use tissues.  Teachers still need basic supplies. Keep the contributions coming.  Thanks so much for thinking of our teachers!!!


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 Annual Campaign.

We have raised a total of $7,509.86 though family and matching contributions.

With the donation from Chantilly Montessori we have raised $11,725.86 of our $14,000 Income Budget 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.


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!).


Community News

If you get a chance this summer, spend some time exploring the Camp Northend neck of the woods.  Williams Montessori is located in a really cool area and there is a tremendous amount of development and energy being put into this part of town.  Go see for yourself!

 Check out the Camp North End Farmers Market.

Stay connected to our Williams Montessori neighborhood by checking out Friday nights at Camp North End.
Williams Montessori Photos–Upload them now before you forget!

Parents, teachers, staff, students–I am sure you’ve all snapped a few pictures at some point this year. Every picture is valuable! Please take a moment to upload any you may have so we have as many as possible in our archive for this historic inaugural year of the first Public Secondary Montessori School in North Carolina.

Please use this link to upload. It’s so easy and quick, why not do it now before you get sidetracked. (If you can, please 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

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Upcoming Events

5/25 – Peer Leader Meeting

5/25 – Sign up for Field Hockey

5/25-6/1 – EOG, EOC and NCFE testing

5/28 – Memorial Day – no school

5/30 – Davidson College admissions counselor to visit

6/2 – Camp North End Farmer’s Market

6/5 – Two Wheel Tuesday – Airbeam Monitor Ride!

6/6 – Yoga at Yoga One

6/8 – Field Day – bring towel, hat, bugspray, sunscreen, water bottle.  Wear shorts & a t shirt – no bathing suits.

6/8 – Last Day of School

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