Interconnectedness, Theme for the Year
Each year MSD chooses a theme that provides a wonderful integration point for curriculum, experiential learning, parent education, and service.  Our approach is a hallmark of MSD and one that we embrace wholeheartedly!  This year, we are excited to focus on the theme of interconnectedness. According to Miriam Webster dictionary, the definition of interconnectedness is “having internal connections between the parts or elements.” This theme provides a wonderful lens through which we will explore our connections across programs and curriculum and our relationships with each other.

Tracy Collins Schwartz Endowment Event
Each year we commemorate the memory of Tracy Collins Schwartz, a former President of the Parent Association who passed away unexpectedly, with a special event designed to deliver an extraordinary experience for our students. This year we are delighted to welcome a visiting artist in pottery to the MSD campus for a week early second semester. Stay tuned for more details!

Parent Education Series
We will launch our MSD Parent Education Series this fall, featuring topics of special interest to you and other parents in the greater Denver community.  More details to follow soon.

Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP)
Every few years MSD sponsors The Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP) on our campus and this year, the CAP Program will be at MSD for two weeks in November.  CAP brings workshops to school children that teach simple strategies to reduce their vulnerability to verbal, physical and sexual assault and violence. CAP also provides information and language to talk to children in a way that works for children and adults alike. CAP will conduct an in-service for Faculty and Staff, host an education evening for parents, and will work by classroom with Primary through Middle School students.

Sixth Grade AVID4 Adventure Trip. Sixth Grade students spend four days off campus with AVID4 in September, learning leadership skills and team building with their classmates.

Seventh Grade Crow Canyon Trip. Seventh grade students spend five days off campus in September learning about archaeology, ancestral Pueblo Indian (Anasazi) history, the scientific process, and the complex interactions between people and their environments.

Upper Elementary Keystone Trip. All Upper Elementary students (Fourth and Fifth Year students) spent three days at the Keystone Science Camp demonstrating courage and determination and bonding with their classmates as they camped out in the wilderness.

Summer Campus Improvements
The improvements to our campus over the past three years have been nothing short of extraordinary! In keeping with our goal to provide the most mission-driven environment for all of our students this summer, we have completed makeovers to our Library, Development Office, Primary Classrooms, and Lower Elementary Classrooms!

Summer Reading
As part of our school’s commitment to professional development and to mission driven curriculum and programming we have read a number of books this summer. We invite you to check out the following Board/Faculty/Staff reads: Generation Me by Jean M. Twenge, The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley, All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior, and Redesigning Leadership by John Maeda.

Montessori Continent Study Cycle. Each year MSD students collectively study a number of the continents.  This year, the study is focused on Asia, Antartica, Austrailia and New Zealand. We look forward to the many events and experiences taht will enrich our students' world view this year.