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Tammie Stockton

 

Tamra Hopkins

 

Cheri Grayson

 

Jillian Streeper

 

Amanda Herringshaw

 

Laura Fontes

 

Cher Allison

 

Ellie Busse

 

Robin Barry

 

Kelly Casey

 

Jessica Estes

 

Jamie Berfield

 

Elyse Niemann

 

Kaleigh Richards

 

Katrina Reinhardt

 

Megan Yentzen

 

Laura Martin

 

Nicole Commons

 

Elizabeth Shaw

 

Pam Chavarria

 

Kristy Orenstein

 

Chrissy Quintieri

 

Lisa Kapellas

 

Kari Propeck

 

Christi McClung

 

Christy Fagundes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal

 

Assistant Principal

 

Enrollment Registrar

 

Financial/HR

 

Reception/Orovada - Resource Coordinator

 

Reception/Silverada - Facilities Mngmt

Montessori Interventionist

 

Montessori Interventionist

 

Middle School

 

Middle School

 

Middle School

 

Middle School

 

Upper Elementary

 

Upper Elementary

 

Upper Elementary

 

Lower Elementary

 

Lower Elementary

 

Lower Elementary

 

Lower Elementary

 

Lower Elementary

 

Pre-K & Kindergarten

 

Kindergarten

 

Pre-K & Kindergarten

 

Special Education Teacher

 

Infant/Toddler Program Director

 

ESL Classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOUR PILLARS

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THE LEXICON OF MONTESSORI

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WE ARE A FREE, PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL High Desert provides a safe, nurturing school environment that fosters independence, problem-solving and great works in our students. We offer tools to explore the universe through Montessori’s Cosmic Curriculum; the purpose is to link all areas of human knowledge. We urge all of our students to be participating members of a socially-conscious and green community by inspiring them to be critical thinkers capable of reflection, communication and action.
INFO
OUR PROGRAMS
  • ENROLLMENT

    Here, you will find information on the necessary steps to secure enrollment at our school. Once accepted, there is an on-line registration process.
    Letter of Interest (pdf)Important Enrollment Info (pdf)

     • Download Letter of Interest

     • Submit completed form via email, fax, post office or hand deliver.

     • If space is available, the school registrar will contact you to discuss enrollment.

     • If there is no space available, the school registrar will mail you a letter indicating what number you are on her current waiting list.

     • No tours will be conducted unless you have secured enrollment.

     • A new Parent Seminar will need to be attended.  Depending on when you secure enrollment, you will need to attend the January or May meeting.

     

    Note:  New parents begin searching in January for the upcoming school year.  By May we usually are full and have waiting lists.  Be proactive and plan ahead.  Occasionally spots become available during the school year.  The registrar will contact those people on the waiing lists in the order they were submitted.

  • INFANT/TODDLER PROGRAM

    We are proud to announce that we are the only Infant/Toddler (AMI) Montessori Program in the Reno area.

     

    Our 0-3 year old environment is unique in that we house all of our students in one classroom.

     

    Both of our indoor and outdoor classrooms allow for self-directed exploration and offer successes that assist the child to easily obtain   independence, while promoting a positive body scheme and self-image as well as creating a healthy self-esteem.

     

    We focus on 5 main areas in the Infant/Toddler Community: Care of the person, care of the environment, the movement of furniture, food, and grace & courtesy. Language and toileting are also a HUGE part of our daily routine. Repetition plays a big part as well. All of these skills will best help the child to be independent and successful in life, and prepares the child to enter our Primary Program. We invite you to come see our community and look forward to becoming an integral part of your child’s learning experience!

     

    Download our RATE SHEET

     

    Contact Christi for program availability:  independencehills@hdmsreno.com for program availability.

    Or call 624-2800 extension 2205.

     

  • PRIMARY PROGRAM AGES 3-5

    The Primary program is the foundation of the Montessori educational system. This program offers long, uninterrupted work periods that allow children to fully engage in tasks that they have chosen for themselves, under the careful, individual guidance of their teachers. Montessori children thus have repeated opportunities to explore materials, become engrossed in their activities, and experience regular states of concentrated focus. Our materials are scientifically designed to teach multiple skills and to enable children to problem solve, using their hands and senses. Thus they can independently repeat activities and achieve mastery.

    Pre-K Rate Sheet (pdf)
  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    The Montessori Environment: Elementary 6 to 12 years

     

    Our Elementary Program includes a three-year experience in a Lower Elementary classroom for children ages 6 to 9 years old (1st through third grades) and a three-year experience in an Upper Elementary group for children 9 to 12 years old (4th through 6th grade). During these years, children are characterized by a reasoning mind, a thirst for knowledge, a sense of wonder, an attraction to peers and growth toward intellectual independence. Elementary students are offered key lessons and Great Stories that invite them to explore the world around them from the farthest reaches of the cosmos to the smallest flower. Experiential materials continue to help the child explore the areas of geography, history, math, language, biology, geometry, music and Spanish. Most lessons are in small group format and assume a collaborative spirit and a social interest in learning alongside and from one's peers.

     

    Decision-making, problem-solving and social awareness are key components of the elementary experience. Our elementary teachers are observant, respectful and passionate about guiding each child to full engagement in every area of curriculum.

     

    "The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.  Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to tough his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core." ~Maria Montessori,

    To Educate the Human Potential

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Our adolescent program (grades 7-9) offers a unique combination of academic work and field experiences within a small, safe community. Teachers are subject matter specialists with additional Montessori training. Under their guidance, students participate in rigorous, individualized work. Students also have regular opportunities for creative expression, and are encouraged to organize community projects. Through knowledge and experience, our adolescents develop a better understanding of their roles in the larger society. They leave our program prepared to succeed in any high school environment.

  • ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

    High Desert Montessori School offers programs for our students that need to be dropped off earlier than our regular start time and picked up later than the end of the day.  The "Before Care" and "After Care"  enrichment programs are an option for parents for a nominal fee. We have very qualified assistants that run theses programs and activities are scheduled to help keep our students busy and occupied. An after school snack is provided to the students at no extra charge.

     

    • The "Before Care" program opens at 7:30 a.m. and parents need to sign their child in.

     

    •  The "After Care" program closes at 5:30 p.m. and parents need to sign their child out.
    •  Advance registration is required and the rates are for a 4 week block of time. You can choose just the "Before Care" option as well as just choosing the "After Care" option, or both, if need be. There are separate rates for parents that only occasionally need the program. These rates are called "Drop-In" rates.
    •  A late fee will be imposed if you arrive later than 5:30, to be paid to the assistants in charge. Please inquire what this fee amount is set at.
    •  Both programs are held in the campus at 2590 Orovada St., Reno, NV 89512
    •  Please locate the link to view our rates for this program.

    ENRICHMENT PROGRAM CALENDAR

  • KID SCAPE PRODUCTIONS

    KidScape Productions offers before, during, and after school workshops, assemblies, out-of-school time camps, and private coaching.  Our high-energy, engaging curriculum is focused on developing important life skills through the creative outlet of professional acting, role play, improvisation, breath, and yoga.  Our mindful approach to communication skills, social awareness, and confidence in speaking successfully builds, balances, and enhances physical and mental flexibility; emotional understanding and regulation; identifying and using social cues; as well as memory, recall, optimism, empathy, self-acceptance, self-esteem.

     

    In a nutshell our focus is to help students become active participants in their life.  KidScape Productions provides students professional tools for life long success in communication and relationships!

     

    FULL REGISTRATION

     

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ECOSTUDENTS
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  • COMMUNITY UPDATES

    Run for Education:

    Thank you to all who came out and participated in the Run For Education on October 23rd! We had over 40 children and their parents as well as several staff members involved in this community event. The school will receive a $2,000 Kids In Motion Grant which goes towards outdoor education supplies.

     

    Spring Kids On Big Rigs:

    The PTO needs your help!!! We are in need of at least 50 parent volunteers to commit to helping out with the spring event on April 29th before December 14th. Please contact PTO and HDMS Board Member Shauna Marie at smarie@dicksonrealty.com if you can help.

     

    SIlverada Sports Court:

    A small group of parents are trying to raise funds to put in a Sport Court on the Silverada playground which would provide a safe, attractive area for children to play soccer. They have been working hard to raise the $25,000 needed for this project to happen. So far they have raised $7,000 towards this project which includes the following donations: PTO $2,500, HDMS $2,500, Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe $1,000 and Fur and Feathers $1,000. Your donation will be tax deductible. If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this worthwhile project, please contact Lisa Guzman at angelslandscapeandcarpentry@ymail.com or call the school.

     

    Equal Exchange:

    The High Desert Montessori Primary and Kindergarten classrooms are excited to engage in  a green fundraising initiative for the eighth year in a row.   Equal Exchange’s Fair Trade Fundraising Catalog is filled with delicious organic coffees, cocoas, chocolates, tree-free gift wrap and more! We have chosen Equal Exchange because the products are organic, fair trade, and they provide curriculum support to help us teach children about  sustainability.

     

    The primary teachers do one large fundraiser each year and we’re doing it just in time for the holidays!  Every penny we earn will go directly into our classrooms; this is a teacher-run fundraiser. We plan to purchase new classroom materials, add playground equipment, and buy new language materials to support reading. Any extra funds will go toward Montessori materials,  and classroom equipment. Please help us support our students by stocking up with items you use every day and buying high quality gifts for your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. We will earn 40% of each Equal Exchange sale!

     

    Your purchase not only helps our classrooms to raise funds. You will be improving the lives of small-scale farmers and artisans around the globe. And because the foods are organic, you know the products you are purchasing are gentle on the earth and produced without pesticides or harmful farming practices. This could be an easy way to get some of your holiday shopping done early.  If you are interested, check out the catalog at the front desk of each building.  You can order directly from that catalog on the form inside, you can order directly from of the primary teachers, or ask for your own catalog.  We have extras. Together we can make this the most successful fundraiser yet, while raising money in a socially responsible and environmentally conscious way.

    • Orders are due on Monday, November 14th.
    • Your products should arrive the week of December 5th.
    • Make checks payable to High Desert Montessori School- NOT Equal Exchange.
    • If you have any questions, please email Chrissy at tuscarora@hdmsreno.com
  • EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    Download complete list of job openings and application.
  • PTO

    BOARD MEMBERS

     

    Alissa Surges - Chair

    Judy Magee - Co-Chair

    Shauna Marie - Board of Directors

    Parent Rep Campbell Valle - Secretary

    Robin Barry - Treasurer

  • FUNDRAISERS

    Equal Exchange:

    The High Desert Montessori Primary and Kindergarten classrooms are excited to engage in  a green fundraising initiative for the eighth year in a row.   Equal Exchange’s Fair Trade Fundraising Catalog is filled with delicious organic coffees, cocoas, chocolates, tree-free gift wrap and more! We have chosen Equal Exchange because the products are organic, fair trade, and they provide curriculum support to help us teach children about  sustainability.

     

    The primary teachers do one large fundraiser each year and we’re doing it just in time for the holidays!  Every penny we earn will go directly into our classrooms; this is a teacher-run fundraiser. We plan to purchase new classroom materials, add playground equipment, and buy new language materials to support reading. Any extra funds will go toward Montessori materials,  and classroom equipment. Please help us support our students by stocking up with items you use every day and buying high quality gifts for your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. We will earn 40% of each Equal Exchange sale!

     

    Your purchase not only helps our classrooms to raise funds. You will be improving the lives of small-scale farmers and artisans around the globe. And because the foods are organic, you know the products you are purchasing are gentle on the earth and produced without pesticides or harmful farming practices. This could be an easy way to get some of your holiday shopping done early.  If you are interested, check out the catalog at the front desk of each building.  You can order directly from that catalog on the form inside, you can order directly from of the primary teachers, or ask for your own catalog.  We have extras. Together we can make this the most successful fundraiser yet, while raising money in a socially responsible and environmentally conscious way.

    • Orders are due on Monday, November 14th.
    • Your products should arrive the week of December 5th.
    • Make checks payable to High Desert Montessori School- NOT Equal Exchange.
    • If you have any questions, please email Chrissy at tuscarora@hdmsreno.com
  • VOLUNTEER

  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Terry Fowler - Chair

     

    Bob Kastelic - Co-Chair

     

    Liz Motter - Secretary

    Shauna Marie - Parent Rep

     

    Kay Ko - Treasurer

     

    Doug Whitener

     

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HIGH DESERT MONTESSORI

Peaceful, Eco-literate, and Empowered Students

DIRECTORY

EcoStudents is a multi-year, multi-million dollar, ecoliteracy program that empowers Montessori students to design and create a sustainable and resilient community. The EcoStudents program encompasses a wide variety of projects including; LEED Certification of the HDMS Campus, a revolutionary STEAM-based Sustainability Curriculum, the construction of farms, gardens and outdoor learning environments, Linked-Learning workforce development and Professional Development for other learning communities interested in ecoliteracy. The EcoStudents program is managed by a task force of teachers, students, administrators, parents, members of Sustainable Nevada and the HDMS community who meet monthly to make meaningful growth in pursuit of a sustainable community. The EcoStudents program is made possible by the support of our community, sponsors and partner organizations. We are incredibly grateful for everything you do to make this dream a reality. To join our task force, ask questions, or make a donation, please contact us at ecostudents@hdmsreno.com.

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2590 Orovada St.

Reno, NV 89512

Tel: +775-624-2800

enrollment@hdmsreno.com

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