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Fostering the Parent-Teacher Partnership

How it helps

It has been well established that collaboration between parents and the school has a significant and positive impact on the learning and development of children. When parents are aligned with the school’s vision and are actively engaged in supporting its mission and core values, they contribute towards creating a harmonious and positive ethos in the school. This helps in improving children’s morale, attitude, academic achievement, behavior, social adjustment, and, most importantly, helps them become productive and responsible citizens of society.

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Furthermore, this partnership between the parents and the school, helps build trust and positions them to set high expectations for their children. A well-structured partnership program improves the school, strengthens families, and increases student achievement and success. All of us at Maharishi School wholeheartedly endorse parental engagement in the education of their children and invite parents to participate in the school’s learning experience in a positive and constructive way.

What we are doing about it

In order to provide a focus to parent engagement and to streamline parental involvement, Maharishi School intends on constituting a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) to serve as a link between the school and the wider parent community. Its objectives are:

  • To facilitate on-going communication between the school and the wider parent
    community. The PAC is an advisory body. It communicates mutual concerns,
    recommends possible solutions and shares innovative ideas that might benefit
    the school. It acts as a medium between the school and the wider parent
    community.
  • To provide an opportunity for Maharishi parents to share their ideas and mutual
    concerns on every facet of school life.
  • To endorse, recommend and encourage parental collaboration on school
    initiatives.
  • To support, endorse and propagate the school’s vision, mission, core values and
    its central focus on Consciousness-Based Education.

In addition to the PAC, we also intend on engaging parents in their child’s learning, for students in the Children’s House and Lower School. This will be done by having regular events where children will showcase their learning through different mediums. We also plan to keep the parents informed about their child’s learning on a bi-weekly basis.

We plan on conducting Parent Education Sessions to strengthen the alignment between the parents and the school’s mission. The only way to grow is by accepting and acting on feedback. As a school we will be seeking quarterly feedback from the parents on the different facets of the school. Once the feedback is received and analysed, solutions will be arrived upon and then shared with the parent community.

 

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Maharishi School Student Honored at ISEF

International Science and Engineering Fair

maharishi school students 2021On May 8, Ishita Mukadam and Ms. Asha head for the International Science Fair competition in Atlanta. She was invited to attend based on her outstanding entry into the state science fair, sponsored in conjunction with Iowa State University. This is a tremendous accomplishment for a sophomore—and for her teacher!

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Ishita Mukadam

 

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Senior Pranav Chhalliyil Attending World’s Largest International Pre-College Science Competition

On May 12th – 17th the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of the Society for Science & the Public, and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, will be held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Maharishi School Senior Pranav Chhalliyil will be attending Intel ISEF for his fifth consecutive year. Pranav was also recently named Honorary Grand Champion at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa, and received an award for 6 years of participation. A total of 5 students are representing the State of Iowa as finalists at Intel ISEF.

Pranav’s project is titled:  “DNA Sequencing of Soil Microbiota From Mulching – A Novel Rotational Fragment Farming for Efficient Agriculture”

“The idea for this project came from my previous research experience on the oral microbiota,” Pranav said,  “which triggered a curiosity on the soil microbiota when I had interesting observations while gardening. I found a higher yield of flowers and vegetables, as well as a higher tolerance to winter frost in perennials after introducing mulching in my home garden.”His project uses DNA sequencing to look at the thousands of bacteria and fungi species which brought diversity in the soil and increased soil fertility.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) unites the top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral-level scientists review and judge their work.

Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $5 million in prizes at Intel ISEF. The competition focuses on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the world’s next STEM generation.

Millions of students in grades 9-12 worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs. The winners of these events go on to participate in 420 Society-affiliated regional and state fairs, from which the top projects are selected and receive opportunity to attend Intel ISEF. Each affiliated fair may send a pre-determined number of projects to Intel ISEF to compete in 22 different categories.

Intel ISEF alumni have gone on to receive some of the world’s most esteemed academic honors, including the Nobel Prize, Breakthrough Prize, three National Medals of Science, and six MacArthur Foundation Fellowships and have been involved in some of the most groundbreaking scientific research.

Congratulations to Pranav and we wish him the best of luck!

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What to Expect from Boarding Schools

Parents and students alike have a lot of questions surrounding boarding schools. In general, the questions sound a lot like “Why boarding school?” We get it! What is the difference between boarding school and day school programs? What are the benefits? Why would I choose this for my child? These are all really good questions. Sending your child to school is a decision that has a huge impact on his or her life. Let’s see if we can answer some of these questions!

There are many reasons to attend a boarding school from quality academics and extracurricular activities,  solid college preparation, close friendships, real-world learning, and a new inter-cultural experience. Boarding schools open up a whole world of possibility. They allow you to select the best school for your child, regardless of location. Yes, we want to be close to our kids so that is something to add to your boarding school considerations, but boarding schools allow you to send your child to the school that will serve them best. That’s awesome!

Teachers

First, let’s talk about teachers. Boarding school tend to have teachers who have real world experience in the field they are teaching. This includes degrees in their field and experience working in their field. This benefits students because it lets them see a subject through the eyes of an actual professional. The teachers choose their profession before the decided to teach about it. That means they already loved that field of study and now get to pass on that passion.

Discipline

Because there tends to be a lower rate of disciplinary action in boarding schools, teachers are able to focus on actually teaching the students rather than refereeing. This is wonderful! Teachers get to focus on academics and their students’ goals rather than making sure each student is behaving properly. Maybe this is because of the smaller class sizes.

Smaller Class Sizes

Boarding and private schools tend to limit the number of students they will accept each year in order to manage class sizes. Because of the smaller class sizes, students get more individualized, quality time with their teachers. Teachers and students are able to build relationships that encourage learning and understanding. When a student has a problem, teachers have more time to address the issue.

The Arts

At boarding schools, expect the arts to be high quality. Boarding and private schools tend to offer a wide range of art options, from performing arts, to pottery, to creative writing class. You will see the art of students proudly displayed in the halls or even in a private art gallery. Boarding and private schools tend to host numerous performing art events as well, which allows student many diverse experiences.

Maharishi School

Boarding and private schools have a lot to offer! While Maharishi School looks a lot like many boarding schools you will come across in your search for the perfect school, we also have some opportunities no one else offers. We offer Consciousness-Based Education, which is a scholarly way to say we care about your child’s stress levels. Unlike other boarding and private schools, we don’t believe that piling on an excessive amount of work will help your child succeed. Instead, we want to give your child the tools to self-manage, regulate stress, and self-motivate. We center our education around the things YOUR CHILD is passionate about in our Project-Based Learning curriculum, which is a time your child gets to decide what he or she wants to learn next (though we are happy to point them in a direction).

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Poetry Unit: Poems by Our Second Graders

Our Second Grade students, in Mrs. Walmsley’s class, have been working hard in their poetry unit. They have been practicing many different forms of poetry. I had the honor hearing them read their original works. Now, the students are ready to share their writing with the world!Second Grade Poetry

Blue by Kaleb

Blue like a diamond in the sky –

And the water down below

and the winter sky –

Like a cold cube of coldness

Floating around the world.

 

My Older Brother by Eva (who doesn’t have an older bother)

My older brother is madder than a very mad raccoon.

He is never as happy like a sunshine.

He is only mad and very, very stern.

Me, on the other hand, is happy.

Happy as can be.

I always do what my parents want me to when I am very happy.

 

The Moment by Aden

Have you ever had a moment?

Have you ever felt the silver strings of ideas it sends to your mind?

Fast as lightening,

They streak through your mind –

Down, down

To the black pit that grows with vines. poetry reading

 

A Blow by Shea

A blow ho no.

A cold wind today

No book today

Hot, hot chocolate on the stove!!!

Brown blanket around me.

It is cold like the north pole.

 

Rose by Wansu

Oh rose, you make me blossom.

Oh rose, you make my heart pump like a thousand butterflies.

Oh rose, you’re like a pretty, pink diamond,

Like a pink bird soaring through the sky,

Like a tree with pink cherry blossoms.

Oh rose, you make me blossom.

 

The Pencil by Oliver

A pencil can be a yellow stick.

A pencil can hurt you if you touch the tip.

A pencil can be a sword.

A pencil can write words that change your life. poetry reading

 

Yesterday I Saw a Bird by Angelica

Yesterday I saw a bird,

laying on a tree.

It was all red and the mouth was green.

Little, little bird

I wish I can put you in my pocket.

But I can’t!

It reminds me when I was at Maker Space

I saw a sweater.

It was red and green.

Just like you!!

 

Pizza by Evie

Pizza you are sleeping

But you wake up just like the sun in the morning.

When you’re sleeping,

You’re like the full moon.

Pizza, pizza

What do you see?

I see a pizza in my tummy.

 

 

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Phishing Emails – Taught by Shristi

 

Phishing Emails

Phishing Emails are becoming more and more popular as a way scammers can gain access to you. The goals of phishing scams vary widely and include hacking a system, stealing personal information, or convincing you to send money. Phishing emails are something to be aware of! To familiarize yourself with the concept, read how one student taught our staff about how easy it is for phishing scammers to reach us.

Maharishi School and Phishing Emails

One of our students, Shristi, taught our staff about how easy to is to mistake a phishing scam as a real email coming from a real person. Shristi demonstrated this by sending a series of phishing emails to our staff and other businesses within our community. Many of our staff fell into the trap. Shristi then explained the emails to our staff. Here is what she had to say:

Dear All,

Recently, you received two emails titled “Additional Benefits!” and “URGENT: Employee Contract Update” that seemed to be coming from Celeste Siemsen, but were, in fact, coming from me, Shristi. I am a 9th grader at Maharishi School and was sending these emails out to you as part of a science fair experiment. If you opened these emails, and clicked on the link, you saw an alert pop up that said that the emails you received were fake and were part of a phishing campaign for a science experiment. Had those emails been a part of a real attack, your information could have been used to compromise Maharishi School. I would like to thank you all for your cooperation and participation in this experiment and would also like to share some information with you to raise awareness about phishing.

What is Phishing?
Phishing is a type of social engineering attack which utilizes email as a way to obtain login credentials, gather information, or send malware to a user’s computer. These messages often entice targets to click a link to visit a malicious website or download a malicious file through a variety of ways including:
Appearing to come from a legitimate email address (These emails looked like they were coming from Celeste Siemsen)
Playing on emotions causing the target to act irrationally (showing sense of urgency, or luring you with a promise of benefits)
Legitimate looking websites and/or emails ( The website looked like a Google login page)
How many Maharishi School Employees Took the Bait?

71% of employees opened the additional benefits email and clicked on the link while 19% opened the contract update email and clicked the link.

Maharishi School is not alone. Every single day, 80,000 people take the bait! That is why 76% of the world’s companies and organizations reported falling victim to a phishing attack last year.

Why Should I Care?
Believe it or not, you are a target both at work and at home. You and your devices are critical entry points into any organization, and being able to identify and react to phishing emails appropriately will stop these attacks dead in the water. If you feel that you have received a phishing email, it is never a bad idea to confirm that the email came from the right source by contacting the person through another means of communication(calling, texting, etc). If you receive a phishing email on your school account contact Ms. Celeste or another administrator immediately and follow the appropriate policies and procedures.

Phishing Indicators
Check the email address. If the sender is from an unusual domain it’s probably a phish.
Be suspicious of emails with generic salutations. They could be an indicator that a seemingly personal email went to a lot of people.
Be suspicious of emails which ask for an immediate action to be taken. That means that an attacker is expecting you to take action without thinking.
Be careful with links. Hover over the link first and check that the destination matches the link.
Don’t open attachments unless you’re expecting one from that specific person or you’ve verified the attachment is safe via some other means besides email.
Be mindful of emails containing offers that are ‘too good to be true’. More often than not, they are.

Red Flags in the Emails you Received

Phishing Email Red Flags

Shristi got the following awards for her project “Phishing: Don’t Take the Bait, Protect Your Sensitive Information” in the Senior high-school category.

State Science and Technology Fair, 2018
1) Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Trip Award, Student Observer
2) 1st Place in the Computer Science category
3) Intel Excellence in Computer Science and $200 cash award

She also received the following award at Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair

EISEF, 2018
1) EISEF: Honorable Mention, Senior
2) Inspiring Excellence: Alan B. Adams Meritorious Achievement

 

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Ayurveda and Your Dosha

Ayurveda and Maharishi School

At Maharishi School, we teach a system of wellness, Maharishi Ayurveda, that we believe will benefit our students for the rest of their lives. Ayurveda is an ancient, Eastern system of wellness that aims to keep the body in balance to prevent illness and disruptions to the quality of life. Ayurveda looks at a person holistically – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually – to find the source of any imbalance that may arise. Each individual is unique, but everyone tends to fit into a combination of the three doshas, or constitutions. These doshas define both the individual’s most balanced and natural state (prakriti) and their current imbalance (vikriti). Understanding these two areas of a person helps identify the ways to return a person back to their individual balanced state from their out of balance state.

The Doshas

According to Maharishi Ayurveda, there are three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata governs movement. Vata constitutions tend to have a thin build, tend to not gain weight easily, tend to learn quickly then forget easily, tend to be enthusiastic, and vivacious, and to easily become cold. Pitta governs all heat, metabolism, digestion, and transformation in the mind and body. Pitta constitutions tend to have a medium build and balanced weight, a sharp intellect, to be goal-oriented, and to easily become hot. Kapha dosha governs the structure and fluid balance in the body. Kapha constitutions tend to have a larger build, have a tendency for weight gain, are slow to learn but slow to forget, tend to be sweet and even-tempered, and dislike cold and damp weather.

Each person is their own specific blend of all three doshas, but most people have more of two doshas. If you want to find your dosha or imbalance, visit Maharishi Ayurveda Products International’s website (MAPI.com). Take the Dosha Quiz and learn more about your constitution and Ayurveda.

Our Students

We provide our students with an in-depth understanding of their dosha and imbalance. In addition, we help give them tools to bring themselves back to balance. Ayurveda is a powerful modality in that it empowers an individual to assess their own imbalance and decide how to address that balance. We want to encourage our students to focus on their whole-body health all of their lives. We believe Ayurveda provides them with tools to do just that.

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What is a Yagya?

Yagya is a process of bringing the individual into harmony with the
stream of evolution, which enjoys the favor of all the forces of nature
engaged in the advancement of life, individual and cosmic.” —Maharishi

 

What is a Yagya?

Yagyas are performed through the recitation of sound to reach a certain result. Yagyas are based on the ancient knowledge of saints of the vedic tradition.  Yagyas are performed to creative a positive effect and to best support nature positively. Specifically trained pandits (pundits) perform the yagyas. The goal of yagyas is to promote harmony in order for a person or group of people to see the positive effects of life.

Maharishi School and Yagyas

Each year, Maharishi School uses yagyas to fund-raise to provide for the school’s needs and so that the school may benefit from the strength of yagyas. Participate by donating $100 or more to Maharishi School and contribute to the glorious benefits of Maharishi Yagya® performances. The five Maharishi Yagya performances are based on the incorporation date of Maharishi University of Management. All donations are tax-deductible. At least fifteen percent of your gift goes directly to the performances and the balance contributes to the Maharishi School Annual Fund.

Donate $108: $100 will apply to your share and $8 will go to those who would like to join but are unable to purchase a full share.

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Thank you!

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Why We Promote Creative Problem-Solving

Why We Promote Creative Problem-Solving

At Maharishi School, we want to promote creative problem-solving in our students because it is a valuable lifelong skill. We accept that our students will come across many problems throughout life. These problems with need solving, as problems tend to need. We want to give students a taste of this reality by providing a safe and constructive space to try, fail, and succeed. One way we provide this space is through Destination ImagiNation.

Destination ImagiNation

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is the world’s largest creativity and problem-solving competition and inspires participants in its programs to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions to solve the mind-bending challenges. The students must come up with solutions to the challenges on their own, without adult interference.

Below is one DI performance our students produced. It is incredibly insightful, nuanced, and intelligent.

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Why We Manage Stress

Why We Manage Stress

Life is full of stressful events. Just when we think we have conquered one, another stressful situation pops up. As adults, we know our stress transitions from deadlines on homework to deadlines at work, on taxes, on bills. However, we know that those stressors as kids and teenagers were real and pressing.

According to the American Psychological Association, 30% percent of teens feel overwhelmed and depressed as a result of stress overload. Growing up is tough. Teens today are under immense pressure and sometimes it can feel as if they are out in the ocean being tossed and turned by turbulent waves. But that turbulence is only on the surface of the water, as you go to deeper and deeper levels of the ocean, there is more and more calm. Transcendental Meditation® is the technique to effortlessly let go of that surface tension and sink into that depth of calm.

Utilizing Our Full Potential

With goal-setting, it’s important to have perseverance and push upwards, but what if we could make that process easier? By accessing our own inherent intelligence via the Transcendental Meditation® technique we utilize our full potential and are able to move towards goals with less turmoil. Regular practice of TM erodes the effects of stress and creates skillful action allowing us to do more, with less energy expended.

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.

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