First of Its Kind for Maharishi School – Esports Victory

ESports Victory

Sage Cenatori is a true pioneer for the Maharishi School, recently bringing home the first place trophy from a tournament held at the WACO high school in Wayland, Iowa. This trophy is unique, not just because it was 3D printed during the competition, but because it was for an Esports tournament. Esports are video games that are played professionally and are generally watched by large audiences online and in person. Over 100 Universities and Colleges now offer athletic scholarships for budding Esport stars such as Sage, and many high school leagues have sprung up all around the country.

The Tournament

The recent tournament at WACO hosted 32 students from 8 different schools at their state-of-the-art Esports Arena. Students competed in a game called Fortnite which involves strategically building and battling their way to be the last player alive. Competitors have to protect themselves from their opponents while posturing for the high ground in a small arena. The battles are short, generally lasting about 5 minutes, but the action is blazingly fast.

Taking Home the Trophy

Drew Ayrit, the tournament organizer said Sage “dominated” the competition as Sage went undefeated through the bracket. Sage took home the first place honors along with his trophy and a specially designed gaming chair from Bytespeed who sponsored the event.

There was a clear buzz around Sage throughout the tournament as spectators and fellow students huddled close to watch as Sage methodically and creatively outsmart and outplay his opponents. Reaction times and hand-eye coordination are only part of the skill set necessary to be victorious. Much like traditional sports, there is a back and forth between opponents as they learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and decide how to approach each strategically unique situation. No battle is the same and creativity and flexibility are essential to be victorious.

Number One Challenge 

After the tournament, Sage said that “the fear of losing” was his number one challenge and that he didn’t just get used to it or learn how to deal with it but clearly “overcame” it throughout the course of the day.

Sage comes home with a well-deserved victory, and the Maharishi School adds another avenue for showcasing the creativity, intelligence, and mental toughness of their students. Congratulations to Sage for this pioneering accomplishment and hopefully this is the first of many trophies to be brought home to the Maharishi School.
– written by Owen Blake

 

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Commitment to Iowa Scholarship

Private School can seem unattainable or unaffordable. We understand. We have some suggestions about how to make private school more affordable on another blog post. We are also really excited to tell you about a scholarship we offer to individuals who already live in Iowa and want to come to Maharishi School – our Commitment to Iowa Scholarship.

COMMITMENT TO IOWA SCHOLARSHIP

The Commitment to Iowa Scholarship will be awarded to a limited number of eligible applicants entering the 6th-12th grades. The award is based on both need and merit; the need is assessed by Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR) and merit is evaluated based on the student’s application, GPA and prior school records. This scholarship can be awarded up to 4-years, based on the availability of funds, will cover up to 25% of tuition (minus a $300 deposit) for students in grades 6-12. To continue receiving the scholarship, the student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and remain in good disciplinary standing. The parents of students receiving the Commitment to Iowa Scholarship must reside in Iowa. The parents must also commit to either volunteer at the School 40 hours/year or fundraise at least $400/year.

The CTI donor will support up to $50,000 in scholarship funds each year.

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If you would like to apply for the Commitment to Iowa Scholarship, please contact a member of our admissions staff below.

 

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Regeneron Science Talent Search

Regeneron Science Talent Search

Pranav Chhaliyil named as Regeneron Science Talent Search scholar and Ms. Barbara Hays, the Teacher of Merit.

On January 9, the Society for Science & the Public named the top scholars of the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, recognizes and empowers the most promising young scientists in the U.S. who are creating the ideas and solutions that solve our most urgent challenges. The Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals have announced Pranav Chhaliyil as one of the 300 high school seniors named as Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars. Pranav is a senior at the Maharishi School, Fairfield, Iowa to receive this great honor. His mentor and teacher Ms. Barbara Hays also was nominated as the “Teacher of Merit” by Regeneron.

The selection as scholar is a great honor, and signifies talent and promise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These scholars join a distinguished group of alumni that includes Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, entrepreneurs and innovators who, were named among the top 300 competitors in this program as seniors in high school.

Regeneron Science Talent Search scholarEach scholar, selected from 1,964 entrants, receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to his or her respective school, resulting in $1.2 million in total scholar awards from Regeneron.

The scholars, who hail from 184 American and international high schools from 38 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and two countries abroad, were selected from an applicant pool of nearly 2,000 students. Each of the 300 scholars and their schools will be awarded $2,000.

Pranav’s Findings

Pranav from his 7th grade had been involved in scientific research on oral microbiome. Last year he conducted research on the effect of sugar causing dental damage and was curious to know if white sugar or unprocessed brown-sugar made any difference. To his surprise, he found that eating unrefined sugar is good for preventing systemic diseases like eating unrefined starches like whole grains. The balance of good and bad bacteria of the oral microbiome was significantly disturbed with white sugar. However while eating unrefined sugar, which is rich in polyphenols, prevented biofilm formation in the tooth.

“I actually invented a new mouthwash that’s rich in polyphenols and it includes my previously developed Nano charcoal. Middle school children volunteered to be his subjects for the research involving DNA sequencing of oral microbiota. The subjects who ate porridge that contained the white sugar got protection from the early colonizers by using the mouthwash.” He plans to commercialize the product as a healthier alternative, Pranav explained.

We Are All Proud

“We’re very proud of him, he set a great example to other students because he is not only highly achieved, but we see the support that he gives to his peers here at the school as well. He has kept his feet on the ground. So, just deep pride,” said Dr. Richard Beall, Maharishi School Principal.

Pranav has some words of advice for students. “Never belittle your small ideas that popup in your brain. If you think how it will help others, it will magically self-develop and will impact the lives of many people more than you can think of. “I always believe that in order for you to succeed, it’s important for you to also give back,” said Pranav.

 

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Dr. Beall Addresses Cold Weather Concerns

Dear Maharishi School Community,

How cold is it?

I’ll spare you the lame jokes. But the prediction for temperatures next Tuesday-Thursday is no laughing matter. If it holds true, they will be the coldest consecutive days in my 30+ years as a school administrator.

The question is, what will we do about it? Will there be school those days if the windchill is far below zero?

Of course, schools all over Iowa will be faced with the same decision. I’ve been in contact with the superintendents of nearby school districts and other independent schools in the Midwest. Their policies vary widely, from a fixed policy of a windchill temperature of -18 to nearly -40 degrees for delaying or canceling school…to flexible policies depending on specific conditions that day.

Like them, our Maharishi School administrative team is up early checking conditions on inclement weather days. Twice last week Terry Weiss was on the roads at 4:30 am. By 6 am we are checking all the weather sources (weather.govweather.comaccuweather.com), texting or calling each other, and consulting with other schools’ decisions.

Public schools have bus routes to consider, with students standing outside waiting for pick-up. Maharishi School is different. Most of you live in or near Fairfield. We do have some families several miles outside of town, but they are driving in, not waiting for a bus.

When the situation is purely cold and wind, we consult the accuweather.com “RealFeel” wind chill ratings. You can compare these to the National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart: https://www.weather.gov/safety/cold-wind-chill-chart.

The danger is exposed skin for prolonged periods of time. Most of our students, faculty, and staff have a relatively short exposure–walking from their cars to the buildings. That should be possible for short times, less than 10 minutes in severe cold. But we always strongly recommend wearing protective clothing: warm hats, gloves, boots, and even face coverings.

It’s hard–maybe impossible–to make a decision that is right for everyone. Parents told us this week what a hardship it was to have school delayed or canceled, forcing them to cancel appointments with clients, and jeopardizing their business. Others want school delayed or closed whenever the temperature approaches those low levels. We hear you all, and we are doing our best.

As the Iowa City Community School District states, “The District must make one decision that is appropriate for [all] students. We recognize that this decision may not always fit with individual circumstances. Therefore, we support parents/guardians making the best decision for their family. Parents/guardians may choose to keep their children at home if they are concerned about their child’s safety due to weather conditions. In this event, they must notify the school and the absence will be recorded as excused.”

Maharishi School holds to that same policy. Safety first, as decided by your family. But we hope to stay open as much as possible. We built two extra days into our schedule. Those have already occurred. Any additional full days closed will require make-up days later in the year.

So these are the factors that go into our decision making. We’ve decided on a hybrid for this year:

* The Children’s House will close when wind chills are expected to reach -20. This will be confirmed shortly after 6:00 am.

* The rest of the School will consider the overall conditions and announce the decision shortly after 6 am.

Please check your preferred source for our school status (our website, emails, Facebook, exploreseiowa.com, or KMCD radio). Please ensure that your child has adequate winter clothing. And please know that we are doing our best to find the right decision for our entire school community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Beall and Maharishi School Administration

 

 

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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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