Sherwood News & Awards
The Full Circle at Sherwood Montessori
Spring 2016 -- Edible Shasta-Butte Magazine
At Sherwood Montessori Charter School, located in a quiet west Chico neighborhood near Bidwell Park, smiling kindergartners and middle schoolers work side by side, digging their hands deep into beds of lettuce, snap peas, and herbs.
In support of a hands-on curriculum, this K-8 public charter school is giving students the opportunity to know their food as intimately as their traditional school subjects. The school and garden have been featured in newspapers, won a salsa competition, and were recognized as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move to Schools!” initiative and Partnership for a Healthier America (part of the national “Let’s Move!” campaign). This program partners chefs with schools, where they work with school staff to create healthy meal plans and teach students about the importance of nutrition. Sherwood Montessori was awarded $2000... (read more...)
GROW-COOK-SHARE: A School Garden Community
May 2016 Culination Magazine Cover Story
Hi. My name is Richie. Some kids call me Chef Richie. I’m a chef. But I’m not a chef. I run a school garden-kitchen program and I’m the school’s head gardener. But I’m not a gardener. I’m a teacher. I teach. When I leave my house each morning, I don’t think or say I’m going to work. I think and say, “I’m going to school”. And if you ask me, I have the best job in the world. My students/employees/co-workers are ages 4-14. If you work with adults all day every day, I’m feeling really sorry for you right now. Actually, I’m feeling a little sorry for the old me. The regular-old-chef me…the lucky-to-be-alive me. In 2010, after 25 years on the line working up the ranks from dishdog to exec chef, my whole life changed. I found a way to change careers and… (read more...)
Sherwood's Poetry 99 Winners, spring 2016
April 2016 -- The Chico News & Reivew's Poetry 99 contest winners were announced and once again, Sherwood kids were among the winners. Congratulations to: 1st Place: Isa Anderson, and 2nd Place: Cedar Bailey. Honorable mentions to: Savanah Cresswell, Isa Anderson, Clover Bailey, and Cedar Bailey.
In the Middle School we had current and former Sherwood poets honored for their talents:
1st Place: Thea Oldfield and 3rd Place: Collin Bailey.
Honorable mentions to: Zin Pollock-Dowd, Mario Giannini and Judah Fairchild.
Sherwood Montessori Awarded Project ESTEEM Grant
March 2016 -- We have been notified by California State University, Chico that Sherwood has been selected to participate in Project ESTEEM, a grant that will give our school about $11,000 over two years' time to develop science curriculum and teaching! Here is what CSU's School of Education says about Project ESTEEM:
Project ESTEEM provides funding to teacher teams to aid elementary schools in improving science curriculum and instruction through the California academic content standards in science (CACSS), and at the same time, build capacity among current and future elementary educators for designing and implementing problem-based interdisciplinary education that is integrated across subject area standards, including the California Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literary in History, Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, and the California Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The project, directed by Dr. Mike Kotar and Dr. Ben Seipel, is a two-year project beginning on January 1, 2016 and ending on December 31, 2017, is funded by the California Department of Education.
Experiential Learning: The Montessori Experience in the North State
North State Parent Magazine's February 2016 issue had a cover photo featuring Sherwood Montessori and a feature article on Montessori education in the North State, starting on page 25. Click this link to view the entire February 2016 issue or click here to jump directly to page 25 where the Montessori article begins.
UN Peace Award winner, educator speaks in Chico
Best of Chico: Best Teacher
Sherwood's Fiction 59 winners in 2015
November 2015 Chico News & Review
Once again, under the guidance of Danielle Mennucci, our students' writing was recognized for excellence. Sherwood's Fiction 59 winners in Middle School are:
1st place Madelyn Elliott, 2nd place Collin Bailey (sherwood alumni), 3rd place is Thea Oldfield, and an Honorable mention goes to Griffin Renzi.
In upper Elementary the winners are First and Second place Cedar Bailey and honorable mentions go to Axel Baker, Savannah Cresswell, Nina Westerdahl, Aly Steveson, and Kaiya Struyf. We also have a talented writer in our parent community that was recognized: Asher Casey's mom Sadie Casey won first place in the adult division! To read the kids' winning entries, follow the links below to Chico News and Review's online issue: