Graduates after MCMS
- MCMS graduates have gone off to a variety of area high schools:
Madison West, Madison Memorial, Edgewood, Verona, Middleton, Madison Country Day and Clark Street
- Represented colleges attended by MCMS graduates: UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stout, UW-LaCrosse, Marquette University, University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, Lawrence University, Harvard, St. Olaf, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University, and the University of Georgia
- MCMS Alumni Panel: Many of our graduates come back to MCMS to participate in what has become our most popular Parent Information & Engagement (PIE) event: the Alumni Panel. Typically the first Thursday evening in February, our alumni eagerly serve on a panel, answering questions regarding their transition to high school after leaving MCMS. Time and time again, they report great achievements and also display great confidence in who they are.
Quotes from our recent 8th graders at graduation:
“Going to Montessori has really broadened the horizon for me as a student with many different opportunities due to a more open school, full of freedom and choices.”
“They [the teachers] taught me how to manage my time using a planner… I also learned to take notes during lectures and how to take tests. I now feel more than ready for high school…”
“You give a child a fish, they have one meal, you teach a child to fish they have many, but if you send that child to Montessori, they are set for life.”
“Being at Montessori built a strong foundation for my education.”
“Up until now I have learned independence, choice, and strength from my Montessori experience. Now that I am ready to move onto high school, I am proud to know that my Montessori experience will always be strong.”
“Some of the wisdom that I have gained from MCMS was how important it is being part of a community and speaking up for yourself and others. I learned that even if things might be hard you will still get through and will come out even better.”
“MCMS prepared me very well for high school and for life ahead.”
“One of the most important things that MCMS has given to me are friends. My classmates have supported me with almost everything I’ve done and helped morph me into the person I am today.”
“Upon entering MCMS, I felt welcomed and warmed. There is no hostility here, no exclusion. MCMS has meant everything to me, from furthering my academic skills to being a greater person. I am now confident in my ability to do whatever it is I want, and I’m not afraid to go out into the world and do something.”
“Now, I must leave this great school, and I am actually excited to leave. Not because I don’t like this place but it’s because of this education. Montessori teaches you to love learning and to always be excited for things to come. Without Montessori, I would be scared for high school, but because of this education, I am excited.”
Quotes from MCMS graduates after starting high school:
“Socially in high school I have noticed that people don’t know how to converse with people outside their own bubble. At MCMS there was no bubble; you are your own person, you must carry on intelligent conversations with lots of different people. This skill is helpful in that it teaches you how to get to know people.”
“Here [at MCMS] you learn at your own pace; in high school everyone is stuck – the whole class must stay together. Slow kids get left behind and kids who get it are bored.”
“At MCMS you are taught so personally, you get to learn about yourself and you are forced to be comfortable in your own skin. Many kids come to high school and don’t know who they are.”
“The greatest gift from MCMS was the ability to harness your love of learning.”
Ty Pelton-Byce, Class of 2011, currently plays hockey for UW-Madison.
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive in alum Sinead McHugh. Sinead and her business partner are the founders of Short Stack Eatery. The breakfast-only restaurant is located at 301 West Johnson Street in Madison. They serve the public continuously from 7:00am on Thursday until 11:00pm Sunday night. Check our their Facebook page as well as their website, www.shortstackeats.com. Many lovely articles have been written about their venture.
Sinead’s sister, Rebecca McHugh, stopped in to visit and observe in our classrooms. Rebecca graduated from UW-Whitewater in May of 2014 and got married just a few weeks later.
Joshua Hutchins is married and happily works for Google. His sister Johanna conducted a year-long internship at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
Are you an MCMS alum with news to share? We would love to hear from you! Please email Courtney Dalton so we can hear all about your latest adventures!
- Community Service and Volunteering Opportunities: For those alums who would like to fulfill community service hours or who would simply like to volunteer, MCMS has several ways in which you can be involved. A sampling of opportunities are as follows:
- Help out with fundraising events. (See the school calendar for dates and times.) Can’t make the event? No worries – there is always plenty to do leading up to each event.
- Read to young children or listen to children read to you.
- Childcare during evening events.
- Help care for our indoor and outdoor environments.
Please contact Courtney Dalton if you would like to help out at MCMS.
- Stop in for a visit.
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