Montessori Sun Times Winter 2014 : Page 1
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Partnering With Families To Raise Exceptional...Athletes?
It’s no secret that The Children’s House has the best Montessori education program in Traverse City. Alumni surveys have shown that graduating students go onto enjoy high grade-point averages and active social lives. But there’s something else that may come as a surprise to anyone who thinks the value of a TCH education is limited to the classroom. It seems there’s also a positive trend emerging when it comes to aptitude and achievement in afterschool sports.<br /> <br /> Trevor Willnow (2006) is currently playing football at Alma College as a sophomore. Erin Cover (2007) is a swimmer at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, while her brother, Evan (2005), is currently enrolled at Tufts in Boston where he’s running cross-country and track. In almost every report, alumni cite positive involvement in athletics, and it’s this knack for individual and team competition that seems to be showing itself earlier and earlier in TCH students thanks to an ever growing elementary sports program.<br /> <br /> Most recently, 6th year student, Braiden Voss— whose 5:39 mile ranks him second in the state among 11 and 12 year olds— traveled to Texas to race in the 2013 USATF National Junior National Olympic Cross Country Championships. Voss placed 132nd out of 4 1 9 o f the best runners in the nation in his age bracket.<br /> <br /> Also this winter, the 5th and 6th grade boys basketball team played t o a 6 - l - l record in the TCAPS Middle School regular league season. As part of the competition, the team played in a daylong tournament in December consisting of six games played almost back to back over 12 hours. Going up against public school teams from around the a re a , the TCH boys only lost once in an exciting series leading up to the championship playoff where they came up short by only a few points.<br /> <br /> Coach and TCH parent, Heather Boivin, was not surprised. "Unlike in public schools where students typically work and test alone, our boys really knew how to work together,” says Boivin. "Students at The Children’s House are taught to collaborate on everything from a very early age. They’re taught how to respectfully communicate with one another and adults. They’re capable of addressing and working through almost any sort of problem, and they know about good sportsmanship. If there was a bad call or some kind of issue between players on the team, they were able to quickly work through the problem and get over it. On the court, this was a clear advantage.”<br /> <br /> TCH’s Physical Education Specialist, Steve Maas, also believes the classroom emphasis on collaboration between students has a big carryover into sports. A supportive community of parents, says Maas, is also key. "I’d like to say it’s because we have gym class everyday,” he says. "But when you ask why our students seem to do so well in sports, I think you have to consider what kind of family decides to send their children here. The kids here are lucky because all the families are typically very active and supportive of their children’s interests. The kids all have enthusiasm for sports because the parents also understand that sports at this age are supposed to be about fun.”<br />
Upcoming School Dates
Winter- Spring Calendar<br /> <br /> March 3<br /> <br /> Re-enrollment applications and deposits due<br /> <br /> March 6 & 7 <br /> <br /> Parent-teacher conferences<br /> <br /> March 27th<br /> <br /> Theater Performance<br /> <br /> March 28 <br /> <br /> Tuition assistance applications due<br /> <br /> March 30 - April 4<br /> <br /> Spring Break childcare available<br /> <br /> April 9 - 13<br /> <br /> Montessori Model United Nations, NYC<br /> <br />