Exciting News – Single Entry

A Note From Dr. Beall About Our New Single Entry System

Happy 2019! Along with the coming of the New Year, we are also—finally—ushering in our Single Entry system for improved school security.

That means beginning at 9 am each day, the only door that will be open for entry is by the Assembly Hall. All other exterior doors will be locked. There are a doorbell and intercom at the Entry door so Central Office staff can buzz you in.

Staff and faculty with keys to the exterior doors can use them at any time to enter the buildings, but are asked to never prop the door open.

The exterior door on the north side of Foster Hall will remain open into the foyer, where the interior door will remain locked. There is an intercom there, but ONLY to connect with MUM offices on the 3rd floor to buzz in visitors. Maharishi School students, parents, teachers, and staff should not use this entrance or call MUM for entry.

Other Security Improvements

A fence has been installed on the west side of Foster Hall to secure the courtyard.

And we have installed security cameras at each of the main entrances (Assembly Hall, Foster, Hopson Main Doors, and Preschool) which we can monitor 24/7 from any location.

Special Thanks

I’d like to express a special thanks to everyone who has been working on these components:

* Parent Sam Lieb, who donated the security cameras

* Becky Dye, our Chief Custodian

* Tony Hallen, our IT Manager

* Bill Graeser, MUM Locksmith

* Phil D’Agostino, MUM Telecommunications

* Terry Weiss, our Facilities Director, who oversaw the entire project

NOTE: All visitors to the school will be expected to sign in at the Central Office and wear a Visitor badge. If you are a frequent guest, we will prepare a permanent Volunteer identification badge for you. We appreciate your patience with this important initiative.

NOTE #2: The Single Entry door will open at 8am. Middle and Upper School students should not be dropped off earlier than 8am. Lower School students should not be dropped off earlier than 8:45am. If your family needs some special consideration, please contact your respective Division Director.

We hope these measures will enhance the security of our School inhabitants and that 2019 will be a peaceful, progressive year for each of you.

Best wishes,

Richard and the School Administration

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How to Make Private School More Affordable

Private school can seem pretty expensive, and it is, but there are ways to make it more affordable. We rounded up our favorite suggestions, ones we offer new families in our own school. Here they are!

Scholarships

One way private school can be more affordable is by applying for scholarships within and outside of your school of choice. Many schools provide scholarships for things like exceptional creativity, specialized interest, or need-based scholarships. Inquire with the admissions director of your school to pursue these options.

Outside of your school, many companies partner with schools to provide scholarships. One scholarship program we suggest to our students is Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin. One scholarship from Land’s End and Scholarship America is available here. 

Financial Aid from the School

Many schools offer income-based tuition on a sliding scale. When applying for schools, it is best to ask the admissions counselor about the tuition structure and financial aid options available to you through the school. Some schools may not offer a sliding scale tuition, and it is better to know that upfront before going through all the work of applying to the school if you cannot afford tuition.

In addition to income-based tuition, some schools offer financial aid. This financial aid may come in the form of scholarships or tuition reduction. Often times, you can find scholarship information on the school’s website. If you cannot find that information on their website, ask the admissions counselor.

Raising Money with Your Personal Network of Contacts

It may feel uncomfortable, but it is not uncommon to ask friends and family to help support sending your child to a private school. You can do this via fundraiser (selling baked goods, wrapping paper, etc.) or by asking for monetary donations. Once you collect the funds, you can use them to make a payment on your child’s behalf. 

If you have made the decision to send your child to public school, do not be discouraged by the price. Remember the reasons you selected this path of education and get creative! Always feel that you can reach out to the admissions staff for help. They want to see your child succeed too.

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Robotics Team Competes

The Fairfield High School and Maharishi School robotics teams joined several other area schools Friday afternoon at Jefferson County Fairgrounds Cambridge Learning Center for a competition, pitting each other’s project’s against one another in various categories from de-latching and re-latching back onto the starting point to moving minerals around and into a designated area.

Maharishi School Robotics Team

Maharishi School Robotics Team shows of their skills in a community demonstration.

First-year coach at Maharishi School, Ryan Glasgow, said his team seems to have a good working relationship that stems from knowing each other well. The Pioneers went right after the big points, attempting to de-latch and re-latch to the starting point, with the team partially succeeding in it’s attempt.

Tenth-grader Shristi Sharma is a first-year member of the Maharishi School club who is working on the programming and writes code to help move the robot, while junior Yenet Deribe is working on mechanisms and the construction of the bot in her third year on the team.

Sophomore Skylar Halley joined this year because many of his friends were in it, but found it was interesting and is now working on the chaise and the frame of the robot. For Halley, the biggest challenge has been not losing tools.

The teams meet two or three times a week for a few hours at a time and the week before a meet will tighten all the loose ends with four or more meetings to pull everything together.

The next robotics competition is in mid-December.

Justin Webster

Sports Editor at the Fairfield Ledger

 

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Exciting News! – Comprehensive Social/Emotional Education

Rights, Respect & Responsibility: A K-12 Sexuality Education Program

As has been discussed at parents’ meetings and through email communication, the Lower School is now ready to begin teaching this important new aspect of social/emotional development. Titled as a “sexuality” curriculum can be a bit misleading, as the program encompasses so much more and includes a collection of lesson plans on a wide range of topics such as: self-understanding, family, growth and development, friendship, sexuality, life skills, and health promotion. Sex Ed, Health Curriculum

While many sexuality education materials have addressed the adolescents, the organization Advocates 
for Youth realized that such education must begin much earlier. Learning about good communication, safety in relationships, and growth and development lays a foundation that can support healthy relationships and healthy behaviors throughout a person’s lifetime.

Students in grades 1&2 will begin lessons in mid-November. Students in grades 3&4 will begin lessons on November 7, and will continue the first and third Wednesday of each month. Students in grades 5&6 have had their first lesson entitled, “Figuring out Friendships” and will continue with the next lesson during hte week of November 9.

Going forward, parents will be emailed a schedule for when each lesson will be taught, and a link for you to view the lesson in advance. You can always email Laura or your child’s teacher with any questions you might have.

The website from which we draw our curriculum can be found by clicking here. If you then click “lesson plans” you will be taken to a link that allows you to download all lesson plans.

 

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Maharishi School Opens Boarding Dorm in Hildenbrand

Maharishi School Opens Boarding Dorm in Hildenbrand

by Jim Karpen

In recent years as many as 30 Maharishi School students were boarding students living with host parents and coming from around the world. Now the school hopes to host even more thanks to converting the rooms in the ground-level floor of Hildenbrand Hall into a boarding dorm – including a dining hall, kitchen, and an apartment for an adult supervisor.

Remodeling of the boarding dorm was completed in August, and nine students are currently living there.

According to Maharishi School Head of School, Richard Beall, the dorm can accommodate up to 30 students. The school hopes to have 80 boarding students in five years.

“We have a big interest in our boarding program, but many parents in other countries are reluctant to have their children live with host families,” Dr. Beall said. “They have a strong preference for a boarding dorm. Now that we have a dorm, we expect to enroll many more boarding students.”

Living with host parents will still be an option, and a number of the school’s international students who are continuing from last year chose to remain with their host families.

 

The [dorm] students eat breakfast in the dining hall in the dorm, lunch at Maharishi School, and dinner catered by HyVee in the dorm dining hall in the evening.
Supervising the students this year are teacher David Pohlman and MUM student Karen Ballinger.

Hildenbrand Hall is located on the west side of Highway 1, with the upper two floors housing MUM’s women students.

 

 

Dining Hall in Dorms

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Give Us the Ballot – Ari Berman Visits Iowa City Book Festival

Maharishi School alumni Ari Berman is speaking this Friday night, October 5, at 7pm, at the Iowa City Book Festival. ICBF writes,

Ari Berman - alumni

” [Ari] has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.”

Ari, a senior reporter for Mother Jones and a Fellow at The Nation Institute, is an expert on the issues of gerrymandering, voter registration, and voter suppression—topics that are on the mind of many in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Ari’s book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, was published in 2015 and is as relevant as ever. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. The event is in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, co-sponsored by the Johnson County League of Women Voters and the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.

 

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5th/6th Graders Focus on Creativity

5th/6th Graders Focus on Creativity

The 5/6 Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI) class has a new structure this year. Mrs. Bordow is teaching the boys, and Ms. Zmachinsky is teaching the girls. Sometimes the classes are combined for whole group activities.

During the past two weeks, the students have been enjoying challenging and fun-filled activities as they focused on the SCI Fundamental of Creativity. During the first week, each class met separately and discussed different ways creativity is expressed in their lives. After that they worked on “ creative challenges” such as group skits in which they created and solved a mystery. Each team had to use a sheet of fabric as their only prop, and they had five minutes to create the entire skit!

Because the practice of the Transcencental Meditation technique provides so many benefits to an individual—including an increase in creative thinking, the whole group met together for a “refresher course” of the first two classes following TM instruction. Practical understanding of correct meditation, and the effects of TM on the mind and body were discussed. A number of students mentioned that they felt their TM program was enriched from this knowledge.

The two weeks ended with a Celebration. The whole group sat together in a circle for a mini class meeting and gave compliments to one another (Positive Discipline curriculum). This was followed by a lively, fun—and definitely creative—game of Charades! It was the perfect finale for our SCI unit.

-via Lower School Newsletter by Laura Bordow.

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Exciting News – New Dorms!

In our last blog post, we mentioned that there are many exciting things happening around Maharishi School. In our last blog post, we mentioned that we had been ranked #1 Private School in Iowa. In that same blog, we hinted that there were many more new and exciting things to be announced. Well, the second item on that list is our new dormitory! 

  Maharishi School has opened the dormitory to further the boarding opportunities for students who would like to attend the school. In past years, we have utilized host parents in our boarding program. We still have that system in place, but having a dormitory opens many possibilities.

We are excited to have many of our boarding students in one building – boys at one end, girls at the other. Having students together helps create a deeper sense of community within our student population. In addition, we plan to make the common area in the dorms a hub for student activities, 

including non-boarding students. We are excited to utilize this space for group studying, projects, learning, building relationships, and hosting school community activities. Already, we have hosted a Welcome Party for new students where our student council members mingled with new students and answered many questions about school life and what to expect at Maharishi School.

So far, everyone is enjoying their new home-away-from-home. We have 10 boarding students who are settling in and preparing for the school year. They are making connections and building friendships we hope last a lifetime. We are thrilled to have these students here and to provide an opportunity for future students who wish to attend Maharishi School but are based out of town.

 

Dining Hall in Dorms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exciting News – #1 Ranking!

Exciting News – #1 Ranking!

As the new school year begins, we are looking forward to updating our wider community of the exciting things happening around the school!

First, we are excited to announce Maharishi School’s number one ranking! According to Niche.com, Maharishi School is the #1 Private K-12 School in Iowa. In addition to that, we have receive #1 rankings in several other categories:

  • Most Diverse Private High School in Iowa
  • Best Private High School in Iowa
  • Best Boarding School in Iowa

We received several other rankings:

  • #2 Best College Prep Private High School in Iowa
  • #5 Best High School for STEM in Iowa

View our certificate here: Niche 2019 Certificate #1 Private High School

We are honored and excited to be recognized for our innovation, insight, and success in education. We have our staff and faculty to thank. Each day, they work hard to instill trust in education in their students, to spur our students on to greatness, and to encourage passion and originality in our students – preparing them for future success.

To our current and past students, we are so proud of where you are, who you are, and all that you have and will accomplish. You have been our purpose and motivation as we refine our vision and the direction we pursue. You are the oxygen that allows the organism of Maharishi School to exist. We cherish each one of you.

We do not take our ranking lightly. We appreciate the recognition of our hard work, but we will continue to strive for more. We will not settle, and we will not grow stagnant. This is evidenced by the many new and innovative projects and initiatives we are introducing this year. We will keep you updated!

 

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Make Your Self-Care Routine More Meaningful Than a Face Mask

Where is the Self-Care Movement Now?

It’s 2018. It seems as though everyone is on a quest for self-improvement. In a way, that’s encouraging. Finally, we are collectively caring a little more about our mental health, spiritual health, and emotional health. The understanding that food matters is spreading, and people are taking a hard look at what that means. Although most of this seems positive, it can leave us feeling empty. After a while, we see the holes in the self-care paradigm, and we are left feeling like there should be more to the story. Well, there is…

Cafe-Paradiso-Maharishi-school-performance

The thing the self-care, self-help, self-love movements often leave behind is the inner self, the true self. Now, there certainly is an uptick in “looking within” ideologies, but knowing yourself is still often undervalued. How are we supposed to be true to ourselves, to care for ourselves, to improve ourselves, if we have never taken a single quiet moment to get to know that person?

The Reality of A Busy Life

Life is so busy. Adding a more intense skincare routine to that in the name of self-love does not lessen the stress of life. These things have their own value and sense of fulfillment, but fulfillment that transcends emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental states comes from getting to know the person underneath all of that. When we quiet our worlds (yes, it’s a learned skill, but you can do it) long enough to meet the person who exists under all of life’s circumstances, we bring forth the quietness into our being, our routine, and spread it around to encourage others to do the same. Now, that definitely sounds like a movement worth spreading around – finding our own inner self and fulfillment. 

Girls sit together

 

Make Your Own Quiet

So how do we get to this quiet place? Well, the answer is simple – meditation. There are a lot of options out there so do what works best for you, but one technique many people (and science) have found to be beneficial is the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique or TM for short. The TM technique provides a way to access the quietness within and lets you access your inner self. This then spreads to every part of life, becoming the base from which all self-improvement efforts can stem. Suddenly those face masks and bubble baths have a deeper meaning because you have tapped into the source of stillness, fulfillment, and energy – yourself.

 

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