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

Partner of the Month: Charleston Rotary Club
The staff at James Simons Elementary would like to recognize the outstanding contributions from the Charleston Rotary.  This partner has been helping James Simons Elementary students for many years through programs like Project Warm, Rotary Readers, and Educator and Student of the Month Luncheons at the Citadel.  Currently they are sponsoring tennis lessons for our Upper Elementary students and coaching our tennis team.  The Charleston Rotary organization is "deeply committed to all children."  We are so lucky to have their partnership and support.
Charleston Rotary
The Charleston Rotary Club with a donation of winter gear for students at James Simons Elementary.

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

Financial Literacy: A Workshop for Money Management
Join us on Thursday, February 5 at 9:15 to learn basic budgeting techniques   READ MORE...
Health & Wellness Parent Education Night- January 29 @ 5:30 p.m.
Join us for Parent Education Night as we focus on Health & Wellness topics.  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...