Ten Tips for Teens

Spring is just around the corner and with that comes the year of our 2022 graduates. Where will this next chapter in their lives take them? We don’t know but it’s up to us to prepare them to the best of our ability for that journey. Being in your teens brings about a lot of changes, and they aren’t just in the body. The emotional change that occurs in the teenage years can feel unpredictable at times. That’s why at Maharishiteens middle school School we encourage our students to know themselves and think deeply. And we’ve made it our mission to do just that.

10 Tips for Teens

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to say “No,” and don’t be afraid to say “Yes,” either…                                                You get to determine how intentional you want to be with your decisions and  voice your opinions authentically.
  2. When in doubt, pay it forward…                                                                     If it seem like there’s an opportunity to help someone who is in need, do it.
  3. Life isn’t always fair, don’t waste your time lamenting it…           At times we can feel like a victim of life, but is that really true? See if you are able to shift your perceptive about the situation and move forward.
  4. Fall in love with yourself…                                                   Your friends may be talking a lot about what relationship their in, but the most important relationship you can have is with yourself. If you nurture a deep love for yourself, you will never break up. I promise!
  5. The journey is more important than the destination…           Life is a series of small moments, and it’s about learning how to focus on and enjoy the process rather than being wrapped up in the success at the end.
  6. It’s not being shallow to want to be happy…              There will be times that you need to take a step back and ask yourself if what you are doing is truly making you happy, or if you’re doing it for other people. It’s OK to be selfish with your self!
  7. Make attainable goals…       Having big, lofty goals can be really fun, but don’t forget to make smaller ones that you know can do easily. Otherwise that to do list will never get checked off and you’re left feeling defeated. Show up for yourself and get the small things done before you dream big!
  8. Hard work usually pays off…  If you want to accomplish your goals, be prepared to put the time and effort in that is needed to make that achievable. Know that things may not come easily but the reward for your hard work will be so gratifying.
  9. Don’t agonize, organize…                Don’t waste time over how difficult a big project is, use your organizing power to divide and conquer. Then it will be done much faster and with less stress.
  10. Exercise. Exercise. Exercise.       I’m not saying that you should be in the gym 24/7, in fact there’s so many ways to incorporate fitness into your day that has nothing to do with lifting weights. If you live close to where you need to go, walk there. On days when the weather is nice try riding your bike to school instead of driving. Getting your heart rate elevated for just 30 minutes a day trains your body to move oxygen and blood more efficiently and can lower your risk of health problems in the future.

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Maharishi School Nominated for All-State Speech Performance

maharishi school speechMeet the Speech Team

Every year the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) conducts a state-wide competition featuring performances that provide a snapshot of what resonates with teens, their teachers, families, and communities. The performance piece was put together at the beginning of January, by teacher and Maharishi School Alumni Loreena Hansen, who made the compilation script. A compilation script means that contained in this Choral Reading are lots of different paragraphs from current news articles, plays, novels, and poems that all work together to prove a thesis to the audience. The next step is putting that script into movement.

Among these performers are the six students in the Maharishi School Speech and Drama program members include; Jolie Gaquer (11th grade), Eva Rubio Quevedo (9th grade), Gabriel Roesler (11th grade), Daira Valls Blazquez (10th grade), Uma Wegman (9th grade), and Jace Wallace (10th grade).

Daira Valls Blazquez

Eva Rubio Quevedo

Gabriel Roesler

Jace Wallace

Jolie Gaquer

Uma Wegman

 

When the group finally got to show off their hard work and perform at Districts Competition, there were 10-12 other groups to compete against. Which the Maharishi School team qualified to move on up through. Then at State there are four more competitions and after that you can be selected to go to All-State which features a critic who will be selecting one group that is the winner.

At State competition you have to get a perfect score from every judge in order to be considered in the running to perform at All-State. We are very excited to announce that the Maharishi School team has the honor of being nominated to perform at All-State!

Congratulations to our Maharishi School Speech team on receiving an IHSSA All-State nomination in Choral Reading! They will be performing at the All-State Festival at Iowa State University in Ames on Saturday, February 19th. Make sure you keep following our social channels for more updates!

 

speech all state iowa“I’ll just say that I couldn’t have asked for a better first year on the job. My students, many of whom have never had experience in theater before, are exemplary performers and team mates. I couldn’t be more proud of them. I am so thankful for the invaluable advice from coaches before me and the support of the school. The honor of having this team perform at All-State is an unmatched feeling! ”

Drama and Speech Coach Loreena Hansen

 

 

 

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Private School Students that Do Yoga

Yoga Asanas

At Maharishi School the underlying message in all we do for and with our students is this: everything you need to succeed is alreadymaharishi school student doing yoga inside of you. Teaching students yoga and meditate is an integral part of this curriculum; these tools will serve them for a lifetime.

Twice a day, every day, Maharishi School students practice their yoga asanas, then settle down to meditate for ten to fifteen minutes before heading back into the activities of the day. In addition to physical stretching and toning, asanas are an excellent way for kids to relieve stress. Yoga helps students to be more aware of their breath, and how breathing in different ways can enliven or relax the physiology. It improves balance, coordination, and posture. Yoga brings awareness and energy to every part of the body and teaches kids how to relax and recharge by tuning in to themselves.

Students leave yoga and meditation settled and focused. Maharishi School teachers and staff also do asanas and meditate, which prepares them to give their best to their students each day.

 

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Boarding School that Teaches Meditation

Transcendental Meditation

To transcend, by definition, means to go beyond human limitations and to break boundaries. At Maharishi School, we teach you aA Maharishi School student practices Transcendental Meditation in Fairfield, Iowa. Photo credit Fotoveda. not feeling stressed meditation technique to break internal boundaries and to sink deep into yourself, to tap into your essence and live in a state of flow. Here, we believe that all parts of ourselves should be developed – the body, mind, heart and consciousness, and therefore the practice of TM® is required for all students. Our school day starts and ends with a few minutes of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique.

Meditation Reduces Stress

When stress begins to melt away, that’s when the real self begins to emerge. At Maharishi School, we believe change begins within and we give you the tools needed to beat stress. We teach you how to transcend turbulence and to access that rich reservoir that is at the deepest level within.

TM® is a simple technique that is easily taught through one-on-one instruction by a certified teacher. It’s not a religion, philosophy or lifestyle. More than 340 scientific studies have been published in leading journals showing its efficacy in all areas of physical and mental health. It’s garnered the praise of distinguished institutions like the National Health Institute, American Psychological Association, University of Michigan, and American University.

To learn more, visit www.TM.org.

 

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Private Boarding School in Iowa Achievements

 private boarding iowaTop 10 Achievements for 1st Semester at Maharishi School 2021-2022

Today, as we recognize our successes of the past semester. Your support has given children access to the #1 ranked private school in Iowa and the benefits of Consciousness-Based education. That is the foundation for all of our achievements as we close out 2021.

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Richard Beall maskedNothing is more important–especially in this Covid climate–than the health and well being of our students, staff, faculty, and families. Although we’ve had cases occur, we’re holding strong to the safety standards that allow our in-person learning to continue. Someday we hope our masks will be relics of a by-gone era, but for now, we’ll share our colors and our care for each other proudly.

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In 2022, Maharishi School ranked #1 Best Iowa K-12 Private School, #1 Best Iowa High School for STEM, #1 Most Diverse Iowabest school iowa School and #1 Best Iowa Boarding School. We ranked #2 in Iowa for Best College Prep and in the Top 6% of US Private Schools. For more details click here: NICHE #1 for Maharishi School

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Being ranked as the #1 Most Diverse Private High School in Iowa (of 51) is a huge benefit for our students as they prepare to navigate through our multicultural society and world. In our dorm alone we currently have boarding students from China, Germany, Korea, Mauritius, Tanzania, and the United States.

4.robotics team

Our team in the national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition won an Alliance trophy, posted the top score at the district event, and move on to the Super-Qualifier in February. Our multicultural team has members from grades 8-12.

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Our Preschool is thriving. Multi-aged classrooms allow older students to assist younger students by modeling challenging tasks. The children are encouraged to develop self-reliance, self-sufficiency, and independence, which are natural tendencies at this stage of their development. The ability to do things for oneself develops self-confidence and brings joy to the child.covid mask lower school

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Children are curious about the world around them. The Lower School science curriculum uses the Mystery Science program to allow the child to answer these questions, using a hands-on and child-centered approach to learning science.

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The Middle School has established its own Student Council, tasked with sponsoring activities (such as movie and game nights) and emceeing their own assemblies. Every member of the 8th grade class has a leadership role and the other classes have elected representatives. English teacher Tom Corbett is their advisor.

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On January 8, four Upper School students in 11th grade graduated from the TM-Sidhi program, which includes Yogic Flying. These students are now practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs regularly in our Hall of Bliss, bringing greater coherence and harmony to their daily life. They include Polo Altynski-Ross, Devrishi Eisner, Mekhi Kahiu, and Jayanta Wegman.

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Raise Craze was a HUGE success. Students asked friends and family to donate to Maharishi School, and as a way to pay their generosity forward, they performed Acts of Kindness for others. Far surpassing our goal and raising $29,033, our students also performed 782 Acts of Kindness, and school-wide collected 975 pairs of shoes, helping needy people throughout the world.

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Maharishi School is deeply grateful for the support shown during our December “Season of Giving” campaign. Our Development Team together with your help, raised $53,383 through Giving Tuesday and Matching Funds–more than we ever thought possible.

 

Thank you all for your
wonderful support!
Cheers to your good health, happiness, and abundance in 2022!

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How to Help Teens Work Through Daily Stressors

Is it stress or anxiety?

Have you ever felt paralyzed staring at the big letter “F” on a paper or been told that you’ve got to turn your grades around quick or you won’t get into college? Teens face pressures today that may seem easily solved to adults, but can actually make or break the teen’s mental health. So what is the difference between normal every day stressors and anxiety?

According to the Mental Health Curriculum Organization, “The hallmarks of an anxiety disorder are persistent avoidance and withdrawal where it causes major impairment in your life. That’s more than just a stress response.”

 

How can parents help?

How can we expect our children to create healthy habits if we are not modeling it for them? By modeling stress-management we are able to show children what it looks like to assimilate through tough circumstances. Even though our instinct is to protect our children from “negativity,” sheltering them from it can promote the exact opposite. They could be left lacking in their ability to navigate the inevitable highs and lows that will come up in throughout life.

As parents and caregivers, we have an important part to play, by adopting our own healthy habits and helping children and teens find stress-managing strategies. These strategies can even be discussed in a group so that the teen can brainstorm their own ideas and implement them into the family’s stress management model.

  • Model healthy coping. Caregivers can talk authentically with children about how they’ve thought about and dealt with their own stressful situations.

 

  • Let kids be problem-solvers. It’s natural to want to fix your child’s problems. But when parents swoop in to solve every little glitch, their children don’t have a chance to learn healthy coping skills. Let your children try to solve their low-stakes problems on their own, and they’ll gain confidence that they can deal with stressors and setbacks.

 

  • Promote media literacy. Today’s kids spend a lot of time online, where they can run into questionable content, cyber bullying or the peer pressures of social media. Parents can help by teaching their children to be savvy digital consumers, and by limiting screen time.

 

  • Combat negative thinking“I’m terrible at math.” “I hate my hair.” “I’ll never make the team. Why try out?” Children and teens can easily fall into the trap of negative thinking. When children use negative self-talk, though, don’t just disagree. Ask them to really think about whether what they say is true, or remind them of times they worked hard and improved. Learning to frame things positively will help them develop resilience to stress.

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Adjusting to Covid Protocols in School

The two month mark of being back at school is rapidly approaching. For some of our students this will be their inauguration for being back in a large-group setting for this first time in a year! You may be wondering how the students are handling all of this?

Our directors of the Lower, Middle, and Upper school as well as the boarding student supervisor reflect on how the kids are doing at this point in the year.

Kaye Jacob, Middle/Upper School Director

“This year we plan to launch a Middle School Student Council—and also hold regular MiddleKaye Jacob, Academic Director, Maharishi School
School assemblies. Our goal is to create as much opportunity for leadership experience, active
learning—and fun—as possible. We are also looking forward to being able to take students on
field trips—to outdoor locations such as Wilson’s Orchard as well as to museums and
performance venues, depending (of course) on our capacity to maintain Covid-safe protocols.

I think students are overall less anxious this year about the Covid protocols because they are accustomed to them and, more importantly, I believe that they are convinced that wearing masks and getting vaccinated (as the older ones have) actually have worked to keep our covid mask middle schoolcommunity safe and almost entirely Covid-free all last year. When students see the logic and meaning behind what they are doing, they tend to fall naturally into the routine of it. Not ONE student that I have seen so far has even hesitated to wear a mask–and wear it properly–so far this year.”

 

Lynn Shirai, Lower School Director

Lynn Shirai Lower School Director Maharishi School“The children are accommodating easily to our Covid protocols, and mask wearing seems second nature to them now. There’s a lot of handcovid mask lower school washing and social distancing going on also. Thank you for reminding your children of the importance of following all of our safety guidelines during this time. Everyone seems contented and so full of happiness being with their friends once again.”

David Pohlman, Boarding Student Supervisor

“Like previous years, the boarding students have shown great flexibility with adapting to the pandemic safety protocols. We saw this during the initial days of this school year when students had to follow an “isolation” procedure upon moving into the dorm. Students had to eatdavid pohlman boarding in their rooms and wear masks at all times when outside of their dorm room.
Interactions with others inside the dorm were limited, but encouraged outside. Each of these students needed to complete a final Covid test before joining everyone for regular activities, including in-person school.
We actually have fewer protocols in the dorm than when the pandemic started– mainly because we all have a better understanding of how the virus is transmitted than before.
For example, we no longer emphasize sanitizing surfaces as a strategy for prevention. Also, last year, we were able to have all but one dorm student fully vaccinated at the request of their parents. This year, we currently have a mix of vaccinated and un-vaccinated. We will need to consider what this means for the mask covid kidsliving environment and mask usage there.
Overall, the boarding students go with the flow and show respect toward each other and the safety guidelines we have established for the well being of everyone.”
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What the Pandemic Taught Us

Learning from a crises

With the Fall school year rapidly approaching, it seems like a good time to reflect on the past and what we’ve learned. One of the biggest lessons of the last year for parents and school administrators alike is how hard teaching is during a pandemic! Not only did teachers have to be creative and engaging in the classroom but the last year required them to become experts in newmiddle school pandemic mask technologies as well. The next hurdle for teachers to overcome was creating the strategies for getting students to participate in coursework from the comfort of their homes as well as in person. The challenges were endless but so we’re the rewards. Some of which might actually surprise you!

Online learning pros and cons from our teachers

I spoke with Maharishi School’s Third and Fourth-grade teacher Diane James about her experience, “I realized how deep my devotion and commitment was to have my students thrive academically and emotionally through this pandemic.  I moved into action and by the end of the year they truly ‘graduated” from their grade. I introduced Padlet, Google Classroom, Flipgrid, and Jamboard and surrendered to the technical genius of nearly the whole class to master each online program.  These programs connect the hybrid learning situation we were in. We danced and exercised every day.  We went outside whenever we could.”

The struggles that children experience in the classroom often indicate that a student may be having difficulties at home. In the case of the pandemic many members of our school community, students, and adults have experienced hardships.

Diane goes into further detail about this in her classroom, “I allowed myself to be vulnerable.  I cried in front of them (her students). I had to share the times I felt extremely sad and impatient.  I felt them as well. And yet, there was a class consciousness that said,” WE GOT THIS.”

David Pohlman is the Consciousness, Connections, and Life Skills (CCLS) teacher as well as the Residential Life supervisor for the boarding students at Maharishi School. Here is his reflection on what the pandemic has taught him.

“I’m impressed by the adaptable and responsible planning of our school leaders and my teaching colleagues who made a year of hybrid learning safe and successful. The students showed the same level of adaptability and responsibility and it created a sense of normalcy to the school year and whether in-person or online, the students progressed academically with hardly a blip.”

“When I see, too, the divergent responses to the pandemic on a national level, it has made me even more aware of the need to teach critical thinking skills to help students navigate the field of information and misinformation.”

I also talked to Kaye Jacob who is the Academic Director of the Middle/Upper School as well as an ELA and English Literature teacher. She goes into greater detail about the learning curve of last year, “It is by sheer determination, dedication, and professionalism that the Maharishi School teachers

kaye jacob administrator of maharishi school

and staff were able to offer a hybrid model of education for students, essentially letting them choose the mode of delivery that made them feel the safest, even if it meant (as it regularly did) teachers on Zoom calls at 10:00 pm at night with students in Korea, or accommodating just one or two students on Zoom in the classroom while attempting to create interactive, hands-on activities for those attending in person.”

“It was a challenging year, to say the least, and I honestly hope that parents and students appreciate the level at which we were able to ensure that students were, for the most part, meeting or exceeding the curriculum standards in all subject areas, across all grade levels–and even participating in activities, when it was safe.  It is a tribute of course to the resilience of our students themselves and their tremendous level of cooperation and even compliance with the safety standards we implemented, however restrictive they would have felt.”

The curve of online learning

mask pandemicA situation in which a student may be struggling can pivot quickly from containable to critical, especially if the student is already in a vulnerable group. What’s different about the last year for us is that our “vulnerable group” included every student, teacher, parent, and member of our community.

One of the biggest lessons of this past year is to be ready for the unexpected. This is why Maharishi School has put practices in place that ensure the safety of everyone.

We believe that in-person learning is the most effective and that the remote approach to learning is not ideal.  However, our desire is to support each family in the way they believe best supports their children which is why we are offering both learning approaches.

While some of our students have taken to screen school with aplomb and even a greater degree of confidence, others have reported that it is stressful and tiring to be on computers all day long—and that meeting their friends only virtually makes them feel their isolation more acutely.

Emphasize engagement

As an institution, we are committed to supporting our families and students.  Please communicate if your student needs time with our mental health counselor or if you need an alternative tuition payment plan.

“Learning is, or at least should be, a social activity, as students exchange ideas and contribute to activities, building on the divergent skills and aptitudes in the group. It is much more challenging to attempt to simulate that exchange through online learning, although I am amazed at how resourceful our teachers were this year at getting students to be active learners even online, through clever apps and features available to them.” -Kaye Jacob, Academic Director

 

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How to Prepare for School: Fall 2021 Edition

What should you expect?  And who decides?

The Maharishi School Leadership Team make the hard decisions that keep our school in a constant state of improvement. They provide a vision for our future and take the action necessary toRichard Beall execute that vision. When it comes to issues such as the covid pandemic, our Leadership Team gets its cues from a lot of different authorities:

  •        Iowa Governor Reynolds
  •        Iowa legislature
  •       Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  •       Public Health officials
  •       Maharishi International University
  •       Our Board of Directors

Sometimes that input is informational; other times the decisions are made for us, like when the Governor closed in-person schooling in March 2020 or disallowed mask mandates in May 2021.

 

leadership team covid masksWhere do we get information from?

Our Leadership Team is monitoring CDC sources daily for COVID-related developments as we consider our options for 2021-22. We strongly recommend reading the Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools as a guideline.

In this guide you will find that the CDC recommends:

  • In-person learning
  • Vaccination
  • Masks for vaccinated persons

PLEASE NOTE: We have not adopted these recommendations at this point. Everything is still under consideration.

 

What can we prepare for?

At present we can foresee three different types of scenarios for the fall:

 

Scenario One: COVID cases decline, vaccination rates climb, masks become unnecessary. We’re pretty much back to “normal.”covid masks kids in mask

 

Scenario Two: COVID variants prove threatening, some precautionary measures continue, like mask wearing and social distancing.

 

Scenario Three: An upsurge of COVID cases, perhaps due to a variant, requires stronger preventive precautions, ranging from online-only classes to mask wearing mandates.

 

In other words, stay tuned. A survey will be sent to you in early August to solicit your perspective on the situation.

In the meantime, we are open to your input and will respond to questions, to the best of our ability.

 

 

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Newsletter Team Introductions

Meet the team

While the entire CCLS class contributes to the newsletter there are three main editors who decide the content for the newsletter—for example, the funnies, puzzles, and articles.

Faeven Gebremariam

My name is Faeven Gebremariam, and I am a sixth-grader at Maharishi School. I have been at Maharishi School all my life, and I learned Transcendental Meditation in fifth grade. I love to dance, sing, bake, draw, read, hang out with friends, and play the violin too. We worked hard on this newsletter, so I hope you enjoy reading it!

Antariksha Sharma

My name is Antariksha Sharma, and I’m in 7th grade. I like to read, dance, cook, and have fun. I want to become an Emergency Surgeon and an Oncologist when I grow up. One of my favorite quotes is: “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” – Winne the Pooh.

Dharma Sumithran

dharma newsletterMy name is Dharma Sumithran, and my family and I moved to Fairfield a few months ago. I learned Transcendental Meditation and joined

the seventh grade in Maharishi School. I like to dance, bake, read, and play the flute. I have enjoyed making this newsletter, so I hope you like it!

 

 

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