School News

Technology Grant

Quality Interactive is excited to announce that we have received a Technology Grant from the Kiwanis Science Education Committee. We are especially grateful to our Elementary Teacher, Andrea DiStefano. Ms. Andrea has been working diligently with the Kiwanis Science Education Committee for the last few months. This grant will open opportunities for our students to further explore todays growing world of technology. Again, Quality Interactive would like to say a large Thank you to the Kiwanis Science Education Committee for supporting our School and the local youth.

Quality Interactive Montessori partners with artist Kyra Kalageorgi and the Sonoran Arts League for “Art in the Heart of Cave Creek”!

During the month of November 2016, Quality Interactive Montessori students were graciously given the opportunity to participate in painting a mural in the heart of Cave Creek, Arizona. The mural, designed and created by artist Kyra Kalageorgi, was commissioned by the Sonoran Arts League, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting art, artists, and art education to improve the life and well-being of the community. Quality Interactive students and families participated in painting the mural throughout the month, and truly enjoyed helping to create such a beautiful work of art. Stay tuned for future mural paintings to be commissioned in 2017!

Upper Elementary student Callan Young wins 1st place at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair!

Callan Young with his 1st place medal

Callan Young with his 1st place medal

On April 8, 2016, our very own Callan Young was awarded 1st place for his science fair project at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair, a statewide competition hosted by the Arizona Science Center. He placed 1st in the Elementary division for Physics and Astronomy with his project titled, “Magnetic Mayhem”. It is quite an accomplishment to receive this award, as he won first place in both his class competition and the regional fair before moving onto the statewide fair. Callan’s project was one of over fifty projects submitted in his division of other 1st place winners from regional and school fairs in Arizona. We are so proud and know he is, too! Congratulations, Callan!

Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ Fundraiser

Thank you to all the families and friends that joined us Thursday for our Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ fundraiser. It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying good food and good friends. The students at Spur Cross had a wonderful time creating banners to show their school spirit. Again, we greatly appreciate all of your support. Without you this school wouldn’t be possible. Bryans BBQ Fundraiser

Upper Elementary Attends YMCA Camp Sky-Y

Our Upper Elementary had the opportunity to attend YMCA Camp Sky-Y. This is a two night stay in the beautiful Prescott pines. The students will participate in activities that will foster caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. They will also be participating in hiking the woods, archery, campfires and other team building skills. It is a wonderful opportunity to continue the Montessori education outside of school… learning how to apply our values in all places.

YMCA Camp

Quality Interactive Montessori Iowa Test Results Spring 2015

This chart shows the students at our school by grade level. The first column shows the grade that the students were in at the time of the test. The second column shows the average grade equivalent that they scored on the Iowa test taken in April of 2015. As you can see all of the classes scored above grade level. We are pleased with these results yet also cautious about giving them too much attention. These scores are given based on a test given in a single week of the school year. We believe that the students should continue to be challenged based on their individual levels. This approach keeps the students interested and passionate about learning. These averages are based on students who have attended Quality Interactive Montessori for two years or more. If there is only one student who falls into the 2 years or more category for their grade level, we do not publish that grade level score for privacy reasons. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work and continued desire to learn. Iowa Test Results Spring 2015

QI Garden June 2015

When we first purchased the Spur Cross building it was our goal to build a garden and outdoor classroom. Last year was our third year in the building and we were finally at a place to focus our efforts on the garden space!

The project began with fundraising through our annual Fall Festival in October of 2014. All the monies raised went directly to the garden fund. The work officially began soon after. Our first step was working with Sol Landscaping Company. They came in and did the initial consultation and ground work for the space. Raised beds, irrigation lines, and grape vines were established. We recruited the children to get plants in the ground before we went home for Thanksgiving break. Sol Landscaping also donated and planted the trees that provide much need shade. These trees will grow with the school and the children.

Our next step was to get a shed to hold all of the gardening tools. We approached Lowes Hardware store of Cave Creek for any possible donations. We received a great little shed that fits nicely against the wall and houses all our tools. Lowes was able to donate the shed at no cost to us!

With tools and plants in place, the space needed an element of the classroom, something that would tie the lessons of the classroom with the beauty of the outdoor space. We were fortunate enough to have an artist in our Q.I. family. Ms. Kyra, Kendra’s cousin, designed a mural to wrap around the back fence. The mural was a tile mosaic modeled after the Montessori, “Timeline of life”. The mosaic begins just before the Paleozoic era and goes through to the Cenozoic Era. She designed the mural with colorful plants and animals unique to each period. The students are able to recognize the images and relate it back to their history studies. Kyra planned the design so that students would be able to assist in the completion of the project. For about three months she allowed small groups of students to work with her. She had it laid out like paint by number. The students helped break the glass tiles and find their correct position. In that time every enrolled child in the school had the opportunity to be a hands-on part of the project. Now that the project is completed we feel fortunate to have this unique and beautiful piece of art at our school.

The garden has plants, water, storage, and a one of a kind piece of educational art. The students have even used the garden but only for short periods of time. We needed a way to make the space more accommodating to longer work sessions. Ms. Pam and Mr. Todd started searching for shade options. They have found a pergola company that uses metal materials. This will work perfectly in our Arizona climate. We will be able to grow vines on the pergola that will provide shade and beauty. The metal will not rot, rust, or be susceptible to termite damage. The shade will give the students a space to spend longer periods of time. They will be able to work on the garden and also bring extra work to the garden. Teachers will be able to give lessons in the space and the students will have a comfortable place to focus. This pergola is being purchased with money from the Fall Festival, private donations, and the remainder is funded through the school. Construction should be completed by August 2015.

Please come and see our ever growing garden and outdoor space. We believe all of the work and donations will enhance our learning environment. Don’t forget to check in throughout the year to see as the plants grow and the children have an opportunity to put their mark on the space.

Last but not least, thank you for all the donations we received to make this space a true extension of the Montessori classroom.

 

Stanford 10…April 2014 Results

Our Elementary classes take the Stanford 10 test twice a year..once in the fall and then again in the Spring. The results have come in from our Spring testing and I wanted to take a moment to share the information with our families. Listed below are the grade level of the children who took the test and then there is a breakdown of each category by grade equivalent (remember there is only 9 months of school in a year).  The chart below shows our class averages…compared to private schools…across the US.

 

So for example…In reading, our 1st grade class average came in at a 4th grade, 9th month level, or 2nd graders came in at a 8th grade, 1st month level, our 3rd grade class came in at a 6th grade, 7th month level and our 4th graders came in at 6th grade, 6th month level.

 

As you look through this chart you will find that the students of QI did very well!  We are very pleased with the results.  I personally, would like to thank the children, teachers and parents for all the hard work and dedication that has been applied to help make QI Montessori such a great school..where academics, personal grow and recognition, kindness to others and a love of learning is strived for on a daily basis.

 

Stanford 10 Spring 2014 end of the school year test

Reading Language Math Environment Science Social Studies Spelling Listening Thinking Skills Basic Battery Composite Score
Grade K 2.3 2.4 2.3 2.8 2.5 2.4
Grade 1 4.9 4.6 4.1 4.4 2.8 3.7 3.8 4.1
Grade 2 8.1 8.0 5.7 5.8 6.4 9.3 7.9 7.8
Grade 3 6.7 5.3 6.9 9.5 7.6 6.0 7.1 6.7 6.6 7.0
Grade 4 6.6 5.9 6.8 7.3 8.0 7.6 5.8 6.9 6.8 6.8