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Maharishi School – Our Supportive Community

Maharishi School – A Support Network

Our Commitment to Community

At Maharishi School, we know how important a community of support is for a student. We seek to nurture the individual at the core of who they are. Again, this is echoed in our Science of Creative Intelligence Principles and quest to teach our students to know themselves. We know a student needs a fertile community to sink his or her roots deep into so that as the student grows, matures, and realizes his or her potential, the influence and turbulence of daily life do not deter him or her. We continue to cultivate that soil.

Below is a letter from one student who has found refuge and encouragement in our community at Maharishi School.

Community: A Letter From a Student

I have been in the performing arts world for most of my life, taking dance lessons, doing competitive choir, working behind and on stage in musicals and plays, and in speech competition. This has all taught me a lot about one of the Science of Creative Intelligence Principles: “Water the root to enjoy the fruit.”

I have often received the opportunity to play difficult characters, and I feel my study of Science of Creative Intelligence Principle has helped me step up to the plate and play these characters, as well as grow as a performer and a human being. For example this year in speech competition, I play a shy man who struggles with himself being gay and living in a conservative community. He loves his job and community but has to hide a part of himself to be able to enjoy that. The character who is played opposite of me, is different from my character in the sense that he is open and confident in his sexuality, asks my character to write an essay about being a gay man in America, and my character does a wonderful job. Naturally, the other man wants the essay to be published. My character does not want that to happen because it will out him to a community that most likely will not accept him any longer. This made me think about our development of self in the sense that if we cannot be our true selves, especially in any extremely simple way – being gay – in our immediate environment, something is wrong.  We must take care of and accept ourselves before we can do our best work.

Being trans and gay myself, I can relate a lot to the position this character is in. I know that once I came out I felt much more comfortable at school and my ability to perform was instantly much better because I could play male characters. I connected with this character’s shyness, strong belief in doing what is right, nervousness of coming out as gay, and wanting to do things on his own terms. This made me realize that so much of performing is inward. A performer must be comfortable with being on stage and being themselves before we can let go and give into pretending to be someone else. When one is acting, we do not entirely play another person, we are an extension of ourselves. We take a piece of the character and find it in our own being.  One must know themselves and have a strong sense of self to be able to do this.

We must work on ourselves before we can expect and enjoy our best selves and work.

– Josh Halley

Eli Lieb in Maharishi School Auditorium

Eli Lieb in Maharishi School Auditorium

 

Community Support

In a display of Maharishi School community support, Eli Lieb, an LGBTQ+ ambassador who has worked with The Trevor Project (click here to learn more), visited our school today. He brought a message of encouragement and hope to those who may feel alone, isolated, or different. In our ongoing efforts to always provide a safe, supportive, and accepting environment to everyone within our community, Eli will be hosting a Support Night this Thursday, February 1st, at our school. This event is geared toward students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Nut and Bolt – Our Robotics Team Competes

Nut and Bolt – Our Robotics Team Competes

Competition: January 27th, 2018

Meet Our Team

Maharishi School Robotics Team

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

Nut and Bolt is a nine-person robotics team from Maharishi High School. The robotics team includes five twelfth grade students, three tenth grade students, and one ninth grade student who are all instructed and supervised by Mr. Jones. A Maharishi School Robotics Team representative said, “Out of our nine team members, we have a 5:4 ratio of boys to girls. We have teammates from China, Ethiopia, India, South Korea and United States. With great diversity, we discover and help each other and have created a strong harmony between us.”

Team Growth

FIRST Tech Challenge has been introduced to Maharishi School for three years. Each year, the team has learned and grown. This year, our team has reached a new peak. We have improved immensely in aspects including the robotic design and building, coding, fundraising, journal, engineering notebook, outreach, and sustainability.

Team Goals

Maharishi School’s Robotics Team’s goal this year is to make use of our resources to achieve high-quality development in all the aspects of the challenge. Specifically, we are aim to qualify for the State Competition and continue to be a competitive team in all the competitions with the use of computer vision, strong autonomous skills, and teamwork. Meanwhile, we focus on the general improvement of creative thinking, collaboration, and technical skills of every teammate. We hope to make the FIRST Tech Challenge an experience that’s fulfilling and helpful for students, now and in the future.

Material for this blog post comes from the Robotics Team’s Executive Summary.

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Our Vibrant Community – Fairfield, Iowa

When I told friends that I was leaving the busy, eclectic Philadelphia suburb that had been home to my daughter and me, I got a lot of head tilts and quizzical expressions.  “But why?”  “Won’t you be bored?”  “What is there to do in Idaho?”

Iowa, people. Iowa.  And after almost ten years of living here, I promise you; I have never been bored.

french fries, mussels, and aioli from the Cider House in Fairfield, Iowa. Photo credit: Cider House InstagramBeyond the constant access to the natural world, and all the activities and outdoor sports that come with it, there are community and cultural events for every group and style. The Iowa food scene is never lacking either, with choices from all over the world, and organic and local food produced right here in Fairfield are as good or better than any I’ve ever tasted.

For a small glimpse of the events in and around Fairfield, check out this calendar from The Iowa Source. I was excited to see that Garrison Keillor will be in Des Moines on the sixth—must score tickets!

Beyond the scenery, the entertainment, and the food, Iowa feels like home for the kind way people treat each other. The balance between friendliness and politeness, interest and tact, is one that feels just right to me. In my younger years, I never would have predicted that the Midwest would be my perfect fit, but life is full of surprises! Iowa Nice is a reality, and it’s what has made Fairfield my hometown of choice.

Fireflies at dusk by Maharishi School alumni Taylor Ross. https://www.instagram.com/p/BXDh2goDXC8/?taken-by=taylorlmross

Thanks to Taylor Ross and Cider House for the photographs!