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    I wanted to offer for my children and I to come to the middle school informational night and speak briefly in the success of Ross middle schoolers and "the real world." I did not choose to volunteer much of my time to Ross over the years as both my husband and I chose to volunteer the little extra time we had to Little League. With that said, I am potentially one of the most grateful Ross parents there is! My high school children are both straight A students, student athletes, recipients of multiple academic and sports awards, and participants in extracurricular clubs at Glenwood High School. While I believe that we are "good" parents, I truly attribute MORE of their success to the Ross Montessori education, than I do to our parenting. I have also seen the negative affects of my childrens' peers who were switched in 7th or 8th grade to another middle school, due to the parent's belief that the kids need to transition to 'traditional' schools before high school. This might be one way that we could give back to Ross. Let me know!"
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    "I can have a prepared Montessori environment at home now."
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    "I won't call conflicts 'bullying.' I will help my child by being more specific."
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    "I loved learning about the tools and how they lead children to deeper understanding of subjects. Please offer Math and Reading, again, soon. Thank you."
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    "Ross has active staff and parents who help translate into Spanish for parents who need it."
  • Quotes about Parent Education at Ross
    "It was great to understand all the steps a new reader has to go through to read just one word. Adults forget how difficult this process is."
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    "I tell everyone how well prepared my daughter was for CRMS, thanks to Ross. I feel very strongly that Ross was a great place for both my kids."
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    A prospective parent shared this after observing classrooms:

    "Quality of respectful engagement between teachers and students"
    "Children respect materials and order"
    "Clean, orderly, light-filled environments"
    "Diversity in the classrooms"
    "Adults problem-solve with students, asking for student input (rather than telling them what to do)"
    "Kind, respectful social interactions among students"
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2018 School Board Elections

2 days ago

Ballots will go home April 2, 2018. Please return them by Friday, April 13 at noon. There is a collection box in the front office.

Here are the candidates:

PC Drew

In 2014, PC left active duty as a Marine Corps Officer and moved his family to Carbondale to start an educational technology company. He's passionate about leading people, technology, building new things, and fixing problems. He is thrilled to be part of the school board because he believes in Montessori and enjoys being involved in the future of his children’s education. PC is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Sopris Apps, an online website development firm in Carbondale and recently graduated from CU Boulder with a Master's of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Telecommunications. PC has served on the Ross Montessori Board of Directors for the last three years and currently serves as the President.  He hopes to continue participating in the school’s strategic leadership planning, bringing his unique experience in complex problem solving and large project planning to the team.

Andrew Karow

Andrew is responsible for Alpine Bank’s digital transformation to meet customer needs Andrew is a member of the five person Senior Executive Team responsible for all aspects of leading a ~$3.5 billion organization with over 130,000 customers and 600+ employees. Andrew has extensive experience in personnel development and corporate governance. Andrew has an understanding of complex business structures and corresponding credit facilities requiring in depth analytical skills.  Andrew has served on hospital, foundation and civic boards and commissions.

Paul Smith

Paul is an attorney practicing in Glenwood Springs specializing in the areas of estate planning, business planning probate, trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, elder law, and long term care planning. Paul is active in the community through membership on the Valley View Hospital Foundation Internal Funding and Legacy Committees. Paul coaches youth hockey for the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association, Squirt A and Mite teams (Level 3 USAH Coach) and is a member of the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs.

Our Purpose and Vision for Education

The purpose of Ross Montessori School is to prepare compassionate life-long learners to have a positive impact on the world.

Vision 2045
We envision a time when Ross Montessori School will be an exemplary educational institution and recognized as such all over the world. Educators from all backgrounds will observe and learn from our model, grounded in the Montessori Method. Parents will choose our school over any other with a steadfast belief in the value we create for the children, families and communities we serve.

Our children will be immersed in the joy of discovery. Programming will be enriched with art, music and drama through all the seasons. Students will actively participate in community service projects and conservation program, and every child will emerge a creative and competent problem solver.

We will send citizens into the world who have a profound impact on their communities. They will face adversity and challenge with humility, grace and compassion. They will inspire others to better the Earth and its inhabitants. All who know them will be the better for it for generations into the future.

Our Core Values are: Children, Joy of Discovery, Dedication to Mastery, Compassionate Love, Community