February 2015  
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Welcome to James Simons Elementary
~ A Montessori Focus School ~

James Simons Elementary School Drive for the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston


During the month of February our school will be collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston.  Click on the picture above to find out the two ways you and your family can work together to make a difference.  Donations  accepted until February 27.

Montessori Moments: A CCSD Newsletter for staff and families of Montessori students. Click on the link below to read the latest edition from LaDene Conroy- Montessori Specialist for Development, Support and Expansion.

About Montessori Education at James Simons Elementary

James Simons Elementary has re-opened in historic downtown Charleston with a state of the art, beautifully designed Montessori school facility. This authentic Montessori environment was created after the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator who developed an educational approach over 100 years ago.

The classrooms are set up in an open style, with work areas throughout the room and materials available on accessible shelving. Lessons are given to small groups or individual children while other children are working independently. Mixed age classrooms allow younger children to learn from older children, while older children reinforce their learning by assisting with concepts they have already mastered. In addition to peer learning, there are uninterrupted blocks of work time which allow students to choose their own prescribed activities. This constructivist, or discovery model, enables students to learn concepts from working with specialized materials, rather than by direct instruction.

In early childhood, students work with materials which develop their cognitive powers through direct experience using their five senses and movement. In the elementary years, children continue to organize their thinking through an interdisciplinary curriculum progressing from concrete to abstract. This specific organization of information prepares students for adolescence, when they evolve into thinking about universal concepts such as equity, freedom, and justice.

Montessori is more than an approach to education, it is an approach to life. The end result is to encourage life long learning, the joy of learning, and happiness about ones path and purpose in life. 


Tenets of Montessori:

  • Individualized Instruction
  • Integrated Disciplines
  • Hands-on Learning
  • Accelerated Learning
  • Multi-Age Classrooms
  • Self-Discipline
  • Focused Concentration
  • Care of the Environment
  • Service Learning 

What's Happening

Black History Month
Black History Month Performance-February 18, 5:30-6:30
Join us for student performances in honor of Black History Month.   READ MORE...
Make & Take
Make & Take Literacy Activity- Thursday,February 19 @, 8:30-9:10 a.m.
Parents and students in primary grades are invited to join our Master Reading Teachers in the Multipurpose   READ MORE...
Montessori Education Night - February 23, 5:30 p.m.
Join us for an informative presentation regarding Montessori education with special guest speaker Dr. Jane Bluestein.   READ MORE...
JSE Family Night at Chuck E Cheese - Thursday, February 26 @ 5:00 p.m.
Everyone's invited to Chuck E Cheese's in West Ashley for a night of family fun.  READ MORE...
Ronald McDonald House
School Wide Drive for the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston
During the month of February our school will be collecting donations of household items for the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston.  READ MORE...
A Canopy Affair
A Canopy Affair ~ Friday, March 13 7.p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Please join us for an evening of fun, barbecue and community support of our wonderful neighborhood school.  READ MORE...
Volunteer Application
In order to make our school as safe as possible, Charleston County School District is requiring all volunteers to fill out a Volunteer Application.  READ MORE...
James Simons Log
PTA Canopy Fundraiser
Purchase a James Simons Elementary tumbler to help raise money for a shade canopy for our playground.  READ MORE...
James Simons Elementary PTA & Harris Teeter Announce Together in Education
Help our school raise funds by linking your VIC card to to James Simons Elementary.  READ MORE...
Dart Library
Dart Library Events
Check out the events at your local Dart Branch Library.  READ MORE...