September 2014  
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Welcome to James Simons
Elementary School

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~Montessori Focus~

falltreeJSE Fall Festival Volunteer Meeting
We need your help planning one of the most popular PTA events of the year! Anyone interested is invited to attend the first meeting on:
Tuesday, September 30 @ 3:00 - Media Center

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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

Summer Reading 2014
Reading Sparks Reaction!

Students are encouraged to read as much as possible this summer.  Your family at James Simons Elementary wants to know what you've been reading so be sure to fill out your school reading log that was sent home in May.  If you are looking for a good book, don't forget to visit your public libraries.  They have some amazing events and more reading programs for the whole family.  Use the links below to download a Summer Reading Log and explore the Charleston County Public Library web site.  Happy Reading!

Charleston County Public Library
2014 Student Log CCSD Summer Reading.pdf

What's Happening

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...
School Choice & Parent Information Fair-September 20 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Interested in attending James Simons Elementary School for the 2015-2016 school year?  READ MORE...
Latisha Vaughn-Brandon
Parent University - Guest Speaker Latisha Vaughn Brandon
CCSD Parent University presents Vision 2016: Parents as Partners featuring Assistant Associate Superintendent Latisha Vaughn-Brandon  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...
Josie Strong
JSE PE Coach Wins the Mark Cobb Award
JSE Coach Josia Strong was given the Mark Cobb Transformation Award for her dedication to health and wellness at James Simons Elementary.  READ MORE...