MMS Email Update
January 13, 2019
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Welcome Back!
Student Holiday/Teacher Workday FRIDAY, 1/18/19
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 10 am - 1 pm
Re-enrollment for 2019-2020 School Year

We always value our returning students, as they form an experienced base for our classes, serving as "leaders" and role models to the new students who will join us in the fall. In addition, we value returning families, as you contribute to the ever-growing sense of community at our school!

In-house enrollment ends Wednesday, January 16th. We open to wait list children on January 17th and the public on Friday, January 18th (Open House).  Re-enrollment information packs are located in the front office or visit our website to download your copies!

Refer a new student who enrolls, and receive a $100.00 credit on your account!
MMS 2018 Middle School
Engineering Fair

It is with great pride and honor that we announce the participation of the Millhopper Montessori Middle School students in the 2018 Engineering Fair.   

Our seventh and eighth grade students have worked hard creating projects that utilize the design process and further their understanding of problem solving techniques, product research, design methods, the importance of redesign, and reporting.
On Tuesday, December 11th the students presented their projects to our very knowledgeable volunteer judges, as well as the first through sixth grade students.
Thank you to our following Engineering Fair Judges:

  • Cheryll Adams
  • Lars Beattie
  • George Demopoulos
  • Sarah Fayad
  • Katherine Grasso
  • Erin Jaszczak
  • Wyatt Kelch
  • Tanmay Lele
  • Ana Mohseni
  • Mike Rodgers
  • Stuart Strickland
  • Bradley Walters
  • Rita Weiss
Thank you to the parents and staff for all their assistance in making the 2018 MMS Middle School Engineering Fair such a successful event.
STUDENTS' CHOICE AWARD                      
1st Place:   Stasi Wang:  PilBo - Affecting Medication Adherence
2nd Place:  Penny Dobbins:  Hoverpack
3rd Place: Michael Heuss:  The Art Glove - Can Art Help Depression
1st Place:  Avery Gill: The Sick Sleeve - Reducing the Spread of Illness in Schools
2nd Place:  Avery Reynolds:  Cool and Clip
3rd Place (Tie):  Eliah Grasso:  VelGrow
3rd Place (Tie):  Stasi Wang:  PilBo - Affecting Medication Adherence
JUDGES' CHOICE AWARD                       
1st Place:  Avery Gill:  The Sick Sleeve - Reducing the Spread of Illness in Schools
2nd Place: Stian Beattie:  The Clean NRG Nightlight            
3rd Place  (Tie):  Ella Hansen:  EraserBugs
3rd Place  (Tie):  Leah Khodr:  Water Filtration System
Makerfication Challenge

On Thursday, December 20th (the last day of school before Winter Break), Ms. Sylvia Aslanian and Ms. Joanne McFarland coordinated a Makerfication Challenge  for 1st - 8th graders at the suggestion of Ms. Christina Miller.  This challenge  lasted all morning, and encouraged the students to use a minimal amount of materials to build a tower that could support weight.

Points were given for the height of the tower, how much weight it could hold, and the aesthetics of the tower.  Several MMS alumni came to the school to judge the towers based on these criteria, and teams could see their progress on the class Leaderboards. Points and extra materials were also given to teams who could correctly answer Side Quest Challenge questions, incorporating student research and knowledge.

It was a very successful event and garnered the interest of the The Gainesville Sun and WCJB TV20, who came to report on the students progress and thoughts about the challenge!  Below are the links:

Gainesville Sun article: Click HERE.  

WCJB TV20 Newscast: Click HERE.
Five Points
Five Points of Life  Kids Marathon

Thank you to all the students that participated in last year's  5 Points of Life Kids Marathon!
Millhopper Montessori School won the "Highest Percentage of Participants" award which included a check for $750.00. Funds were used for P.E. program enhancements.

Click HERE for the registration form for this year's Kids Marathon.  Please fill it out and return to the school. To find out more information  Go to their website   HERE .
Let's win the highest percentage of participation again!
Knights Basketball Team

The Millhopper Montessori Knights won their first game of the season!

Go Knights!

Click on the links below to see what's happening in your child's class!

It's time to sign up for after school studios!  The available studios are:

Beginning Cooking - Ages 3 1/2 through 1st Grade - Wednesday 3:50-4:30 PM

Keiki Hula- Ages 5 thru 8th Grade- Thursday 3:30-3:50 PM

Vocal Ensemble - Ages 4 through 5th Grade - Monday

  • Jr. 3:30-3:55 PM
  • Sr. 4:00-4:30 PM 

Sewing - 1st through 8th Grade - 3:30-5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, 1st - 8th Grade
  • Thursday, 1st - 8th Grade

Chess Club - 1st through 8th Grade - Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 PM

Gaming Society - 6th through 8th Grade - Wednesday, 4:00-5:45 PM

Afternoon Academics - Ages 3½ through 7 years old or on as need basis (Ms. Elizabeth Falls)

Afterschool Tutoring and Homework Help - 1st through 5th Grade - 3:30-4:30 PM (Mr. Richard Aslanian)

Science Club - 1st through 5th Grade - Monday, 3:30-4:30 PM

Journalism Club - 4th through 8th Grade - Tuesday, 3:45-5:00 PM

Adventures in Art - 3rd through 8th Grade - Monday, 4:00-5:30 PM

Lego Robotics - 4th through 8th Grade - Thursday, 4:00-5:30 PM


Please stop by the front office for a complete brochure with sign up information, or click HERE to download, print it, and return it to the front office.
AmazonSmile is a way for customers to support MMS PTO through purchases on the site.  
Start at
and Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.

Signing up is easy! 
Here's how to shop AmazonSmile:

1. Visit  
2. Sign in with your credentials
3. Choose Millhopper Montessori School PTO  as your charity
4. Start shopping!
Collect box tops from many different items that you purchase and bring them to your child's classroom.  
Each box top logo earns our school 10¢ - which we can use for anything at our school!
Find out more here:
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