Dear MMA Community, At Macomb Montessori Academy, Black Lives Matter! The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others who are targeted because of their skin color have shaken me to the core. As your leader of this school, it is important that we speak out against these atrocities. The tragedies, murders and injustices that have taken place are devastating. Leaving me with the feelings of sadness, anger and unrest, hoping that we can find peace and equality for all as an outcome of these tragedies. Macomb Montessori Academy was founded almost 7 years ago on the fundamental premise that students, teachers, staff and family members have seeds of greatness within us, regardless of their skin color. We are committed to building an inclusive environment here at MMA, one that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. We still stand on this promise, and we aren't backing down now. An important aspect of creating an inclusive environment is having open and honest conversations. Erica Prime, the lead psychologist at Macomb Montessori Academy, compiled a comprehensive resource list for parents and guardians to have conversations with children about what happened to George Floyd and other [...]
Our very own Ms. Chevon was featured in A Healthier Michigan's article about distance learning! Read her advice to parents below. Many teachers stressed that homeschooling your kids during this time should be a partnership with their teachers and schools. Parents should simply do the best they can, remembering that providing love and support to your kids is one of the most important things you can do right now. “Teachers have your backs and are here for you at this time,” said Chevon Chenault-Starnes, a 2nd–3rd-grade teacher at Macomb Montessori Academy. "Don’t try to take on too much on your own. Take this time to spend moments with your child, read to them, write stories with them and let them be imaginative. Look to your child’s teacher for guidance and we will get through this together.” Read the entire article here.
"Rainbows over Michigan" started as a way to bring love and joy to our essential workers in each neighborhood during this uncertain time. It is being used in neighborhoods all over the state as a way to share our hope and give some inspiration. Mrs. Chevon and her daughters decided to join the movement and this is their final product (above)! We want to see your artwork if you have joined as well, and if not, may this be inspiration for you to do the same! Share your ideas with us on Facebook! We are thinking of all our MMA families during this time, and know we are all here for you!
Everyone had tears in their eyes as Ms. Wonda, a teacher at MMA sang, the closing song O’Holy Night at the Windemere Park Senior Living Center. The song captured Macomb Montessori Academy’s goal of spreading holiday cheer and community while they visited. All who participated experienced pure joy. Partnering with community organizations and sharing love during the holiday season is what MMA strives to do every year and this continues to be a favorite activity for students. This year was no different as they partnered with Windemere Park Senior Living Community in Warren, MI. They collected donations and items that they could distribute to the residents. Ms. Cheryl, head of school at MMA, reached out to the local Meijer who generously donated $500.00 for the purchase of items such as hand sanitizer, chapstick, lotion, tissues, sweet treats, etc. Ms. Miranda, MMA’s Occupational Therapist, brought delicious homemade cookies that her students also decorated. When Ms. Chevon’s students sang, they used the sign language they learned in class. A select couple of students from each classroom and Ms. Wonda taught Christmas carols to the residents. The beautiful sounds of Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas rang throughout the halls! [...]
Today we celebrate Cheryl Paull, principal at Macomb Montessori Academy, and Michelle Nighbert, Director of Second Home Child Development Center and Vice Principal of Macomb Montessori Academy. “One in the same with a different name” is how Mrs. Nighbert and Ms. Paull like to describe their conjoining school. Their amazing leadership has provided an environment where students thrive and where education is held to the highest standard. Ms. Paull obtained her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and two master’s degrees from Marygrove College. She has spent the last eleven years in education and is in her second year at MMA. She commented that the most rewarding part of the MMA community is that they are a family. She loves that she can have an impact on students’ lives and enjoys being part of their growth and development. Mrs. Nighbert obtained her bachelor’s degree from Baker College and a master’s degree from Concordia University. She has spent the last sixteen years in education and has been at SHCDC for the past five years. The most rewarding part for Mrs. Nighbert is that she gets to plant the seed for students to be lifelong learners. She also loves to build relationships [...]
Literacy Coach Vanessa Carter’s persistence paid off. She has been diligently applying for various grants offered through the MEEMIC Foundation since February of 2017 and she finally earned one! It was a day of celebration when she learned that she would be receiving office supplies for Macomb Montessori Academy. A classroom set of crayons, dry erase markers, pencils, paper clips, markers, planners, pens and other useful supplies were all included. The plan is to use these supplies with her literacy students and share with any other staff who may need additional supplies. “Receiving these office supplies not only allows us to provide resources that promote academic achievement, but also a great opportunity for us to build community and partnerships,” said Vanessa Carter, literacy coach at MMA. “We are grateful to the MEEMIC Foundation for selecting Ms. Vanessa to be the recipient of this grant,” Ms. Cheryl Paull, Head of School at MMA, said. “Vanessa goes above and beyond to build support and awareness of MMA. It means so much to our students and community.”
At Macomb Montessori Academy students are our main priority. We want to make sure that all students have opportunities to thrive and reach their fullest potential all the time, including after-school. Each year, we have numerous after-school clubs offered to kids so that they can pick up a new hobby, boost academic performance or promote physical health. All of the clubs are in a safe and supervised environment and are FREE. Please visit http://bit.ly/2lZswXnMMAClubs to sign up! You can also contact Cheryll Paul, head of school, via email at email@example.com with questions. The after school clubs for Fall 2019 are: Club Name: Grades: Day: Time: Crazy 8s Math Club 3rd - 5th Wed 3:30-4:30 p.m. Yoga Club 1st - 3rd Wed 3:30-4:30 p.m. Math Help 4th - 6th Mon 3:30-4:30 p.m. Purity n Pink 2nd - 6th (girls only) Tues 3:30-4:30 p.m. Homework/Study Hall 3rd - 6th Mon-Thurs 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Welcome! We hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. We are anxiously awaiting your student’s arrival! All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child. Ms. Kenesha is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard-working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning. New Staff Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We welcome a new kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Courtney and our new STEAM teacher Mr. Kyle. They bring a wealth of experience to MMA and it is going to make for a great year. Facilities Update If you drove past the school, you may have noticed new flowers and mulch surrounding the school. Inside you will find new paint, carpet and some re-decorating. We can’t wait to have you see it. We are thankful and appreciate that families trust us with the opportunity to educate the children of our community. It remains an [...]
Building updates for this upcoming fall 2019 When you walk into Macomb Montessori Academy and Second Home Child Development Center, it is going to feel like a very different place. The staff has been busy all summer making sure kids have a new sense of pride in their school. “We want our kids to think of their school as their home away from home, so it was important that we spend a little extra time investing in cleaning and doing small projects to make this a reality,” Cheryl Paull, head of school at Macomb Montessori Academy, said. “Students feel important when they are in an atmosphere where it is clean and feels refreshed. Going the extra mile to get things done is what we wanted to do. Our kids are worth it. They are what keeps us going every single day,” Michelle Nighbert, Director of Second Home Child Development Center, said. With the help of staff members from Choice Schools Associates and our incredible maintenance crew of Mr. Mitch and Mr. Andrew, the following things will be new or refreshed for this upcoming school year: New carpet on the MMA side Mulch around the front and side of the building [...]
Every year Choice Schools Associates, our management company, has a service day for one of their schools. This year they came out to help MMA & Second Home get our school ready for the 2019/2020 school year! We all worked hard washing walls, painting bathrooms, cleaning and reorganizing classrooms and supply closets, weeding, planting and mulching our gardens. It was an incredible day filled with hard work, partnership, and fun! We are so thankful for the help we received from Choice Schools, and we are ready for our students to come back this fall!