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Exploring Iowa: Affordable Homes and Educational Opportunities

In the vast landscape of the United States, there are hidden gems that offer not only affordable living but also excellent educational opportunities. Nestled in the heartland is Iowa, a state renowned for its friendly communities, picturesque countryside, and now, surprisingly affordable housing. According to Homebuyer.com, Iowa boasts the lowest median home prices in the country, making it an attractive destination for families looking to settle down without breaking the bank.

Affordable Living in Iowa

The dream of homeownership is within reach for many in Iowa, where the median home price ranks as the lowest in the nation. This affordability opens doors for families seeking to establish roots in a welcoming community without sacrificing their financial stability. Whether you’re eyeing a cozy suburban home or a spacious rural retreat, Iowa offers a diverse range of housing options to suit every lifestyle and budget.

Education Savings Account (ESA) Vouchers: Enhancing Educational Choices

Beyond affordable housing, Iowa presents another compelling reason for families to consider making the move: the Iowa Education Savings Account (ESA) voucher program. Designed to empower parents with greater control over their children’s education, the Iowa ESA provide families with funds to cover tuition and other educational expenses, including private school fees.

For families prioritizing personalized learning experiences or seeking alternative educational approaches, Iowa’s ESA voucher program opens the door to a plethora of options. Private schools, renowned for their specialized curricula, smaller class sizes, and individualized attention, become accessible and affordable through this program.

Why Choose Private Schools in Iowa?

Iowa’s private schools offer more than just academic excellence; they cultivate a nurturing environment that prioritizes the holistic development of each student. With the flexibility afforded by ESA vouchers, families can select a school that aligns with their values, educational philosophy, and their child’s unique needs and interests. From STEM-focused curricula to arts-integrated learning, privatescience fair students schools in Iowa offer specialized programs designed to cater to diverse learning styles and interests.

Embracing a Bright Future in Iowa

As families contemplate their next chapter, Iowa emerges as a compelling destination offering a unique blend of affordability, community, and educational opportunity. With the lowest median home prices in the nation and the flexibility of ESA vouchers, Iowa provides the perfect backdrop for families to thrive and children to flourish.

Whether you’re drawn to the tranquil beauty of rural landscapes or the vibrant energy of urban centers, Iowa welcomes you with open arms and boundless opportunities. Embrace the promise of a brighter future for your family in the heartland, where affordable living and exceptional education converge to create a life worth celebrating.

 

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Southeast Iowa Union Article: Five Maharishi School Students Honored for Science Fair Inventions

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FAIRFIELD – Five students from Maharishi School in Fairfield won awards for projects they completed for the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair.

Two of the students, senior Ishita Mukadam and sophomore Antariksha Sharma, received top honors and will get to present their projects at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles next month.

Head of School Richard Beall said these recent accolades for Maharishi School students are the latest in a long history of science fair excellence dating back four decades. He said Ted Wallace was the school’s first state champion in any event when he won the science fair in 1986.

“Ted went on to internationals, and his brother Gareth followed in his footsteps by being a multiple state champion, and placed pretty high in internationals,” Beall said. “What we’re seeing now is that more students are taking an interest in it. It’s nice to have these five students and know that really consequential research is coming out of this school and from these students, which could really have a lasting impact.”

Beall credited Maharishi School teacher and science fair advisor Asha Sharma with playing a critical role in the success of the science fair team. Sharma said that doing a project for science fair is one of the options available for the school’s project period. During the first week of the class, Sharma gets the students to brainstorm ideas that they could turn into a project. She said three of this year’s students in science fair were continuing and improving upon projects they had started a year or two before.

“We talk about what kind of resources they will need, what materials they will need,” Sharma said. “I’m there to make sure we do things on time, and making sure that they are working in the right direction.”

All five students pursued unique projects based on their interests, and all of them hope to turn their ideas into real-world products after high school. The students are:

science fair winnerJOYCE WANG (Junior)

Joyce Wang looked for a project dealing with the automotive industry, which her father works in. She saw an opportunity to make electric cars more efficient. Just like how braking charges the battery in an electric car, Wang wanted to see if other movements in the car could be used to charge its battery, like through its suspension system.

Wang created a design to show how, through a modified suspension system, it was possible to absorb a car’s bouncy movements and convert them into an electric current fed into the battery. Wang said such a suspension system would increase an electric car’s driving range before it needed to recharge.

At the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair, Wang was named Regional Finalist, and won the EISEF Class 1 Award with an Exceptional Genius Award and an invitation to the Genius Olympiad International High School Project Fair on Environment. She received the Naval Science Award from the Office of Naval Research.

ANTARIKSHA SHARMA (Sophomore)

Antariksha Sharma was looking for a new way to treat illnesses. She contracted typhoid last summer, and got the flu the year before that, so she had to take a lot of antibiotics. But she kept getting sick.

“I wanted to look for an alternative not just for myself but for others who are immuno-compromised or may not have access to antibiotics,” she said.

Sharma got the idea to experiment with natural remedies to treat infections, and discovered the combination of garlic and honey was effective at killing bacteria. She found that pills containing raw garlic and manuka honey could be just as effective at killing bacteria as a synthetic anti-bacterial agent, and that they could be mass produced for a low cost at just 5 cents per pill.

Sharma conducted experiments at Jefferson County Health Center under the supervision of lab manager Jim Schwarz, and conducted three trials at Iowa State University’s microbiology lab in Ames.

“The lab technicians at the hospital were really optimistic with the lab results they were seeing,” Sharma said.

Sharma said this would be a major breakthrough in the industry because bacteria become resistant to anti-bacterial medicines over time, so giving people a new method to treat their sickness “would mean the world to them.”

POOJITA MUKADAM (Sophomore)

Poojita Mukadam wanted to help the estimated 300 million people in the world with some form of colorblindness. Not knowing an object’s color can be a serious problem such as distinguishing between red and green traffic lights.

Mukadam wrote a computer program in the Python programming language where she trained a camera to recognize colors it was seeing and report them. Mukadam said her invention could be used in cars, where the computer could indicate verbally through a speaker that a light was red, yellow or green.

Mukadam said her invention isn’t just useful for people who are colorblind, but could be used by people who are completely blind, who want to know the color of an object, such as the clothes they’re wearing.

Mukadam won the Systems Engineering Meritorious Achievement Award in Systems Engineering and EISEF Senior Physical Science Honorable Mention Medal.

ISHITA MUKADAM (Senior)

Ishita Mukadam has been interested in the medicinal benefits of turmeric for several years. Two years ago, Mukadam created a “turmeric bandage” where turmeric could be inserted into a wound to help it heal. This year, she wanted to take her research a step further my improving on her turmeric bandage. Specifically, she wanted to see if she could create a bandage that would indicate whether a wound was infected.

Mukadam discovered through her trials that the presence of an infection has different pH measurement, which is how acidic or alkaline a substance is. She also found that she could make a substance that would change color based on its pH value. Mukadam was able to create a bandage that changes from yellow to red when pressed against an infected wound.

Mukadam said she hopes to develop this product further, and believes it is both environmentally friendly and materially cost-effective.

KESHAV SINOLIA (Junior)

Keshav Sinolia wanted to find a way to make rockets more efficient. He discovered that one way to do that is to give them movable fins. He said that giving rockets movable fins saves fuel and allows their flight control systems to be cheaper.

Sinolia tested his idea on both model rockets and through computer simulations. He said he’s hopeful he can incorporate his invention on larger rockets in the future.

Sinolia won the Certificate of Achievement in Outstanding Science and Engineering from the United States Air Force and the Award for Outstanding Achievement displaying the use of radio or radio electronics by Cedar Valley Amateur Radio and Collins Amateur Radio Club.

 

 

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Empowering Iowa Families: The Iowa Education Savings Voucher Opens Doors to Private Schools

In a significant stride towards educational inclusivity, Iowa has introduced the Education Savings Voucher program, providing qualifying families with the opportunity to access private schooling for theiriowa national honors children.

Benefits for Qualifying Families:

  1. Increased Choice and Customization: Families that meet the eligibility criteria now have the freedom to choose a private school that aligns with their values, educational philosophies, and the specific needs of their children. This increased choice fosters a more personalized approach to education, catering to diverse learning styles and preferences.
  2. Enhanced Educational Opportunities: Private schools often offer unique programs, specialized curricula, and smaller class sizes, providing students with an enriched and personalized learning experience. The Education Savings Voucher enables families to access these opportunities that may not be available in traditional public schools.
  3. Individualized Support: Private schools are renowned for their ability to provide individualized attention and support to students. With the voucher program, qualifying families can ensure that their children receive the attention they need to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.
  4. Community Engagement: Private schools often foster tight-knit communities where parents, teachers, and students collaborate closely. The voucher program encourages active participation from parents in their child’s education, creating a supportive environment that extends beyond the classroom.

preschoolThe Iowa Education Savings Voucher is a commendable step towards democratizing education, providing families with the financial means to choose the educational path that best suits their children. This initiative not only enhances access to quality education but also contributes to a more diverse and competitive educational landscape. As Iowa continues to prioritize the educational well-being of its students, the ripple effects of this program are bound to shape a brighter future for generations to come.

To learn more about the Iowa Education Savings Voucher please go to https://educate.iowa.gov/pk-12/educational-choice/education-savings-account

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2022 Graduation Commencement Speech by Kelly Malloy

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Maharishi School Alumni Kelly Malloy’s Speech

Good Afternoon,

It is an absolute pleasure being here with you all today, in celebration of completing your high school education, with all of the hard work, commitment and accomplishments that have led up to this time. Now we meet at the end of this journey, in preparation for the next. Congratulations. You made it!

I remember this day so well, sitting in this very auditorium 20 years ago, feeling all of the emotions….excited, nervous, happy, sad, but ultimately grateful. Choosing to attend the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment is a gift. Im sure you experienced during your time here, some of the deepest connections in friendships, with your teachers, peers and ultimately, with yourself.

As a former graduate, I want to start by sharing some of the highlights that I found to be extremely valuable to this day –

Let me start with TM

This is one of the most powerful tools I was given at the age of 10 yrs old. And I have my parents to thank for that. If they weren’t hippies back in the 1970’s seeking a more spiritual life, I might not be here today. But during my time at MSAE I didn’t even realize what a gift it was to learn to meditate, and have it built into my daily routine. I didn’t always appreciate it either. My friends and I would often giggle our way through meditation in the Hall of Bliss calling it “the hall of bubbling bliss” But I also had many meditations experiencing deep silence…ultimately what this time allowed me to develop was a good habit… that I found even more valuable after I graduated from high school and entered into college and career life. TM then brought me back to my current calling 14 years later, becoming a teacher of it… we’ll get back to that in a bit.

The Science of Creative Intelligence

A class that teaches you an over arching universal principle – To live in tune with nature. These simple yetalumni kelly malloy instrumental concepts have helped keep life in perspective in its truest form. Water the root to enjoy the fruit”. We water the root through meditating and experiencing the deepest part of ourselves. Along with that, getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, and staying physically active are vital components to support our well-being. If we do these things we can feel the support from our environment and move more fluidly. This reality athletes often refer to as “being in the zone” or an artist might describe it as “being in the flow state”. So keep these principles close to your heart.

Where it all started

The last thing I want to mention that I found very special about growing up in Fairfield, was the multi cultural melting pot that has been created here in a town of 10,000 people. Maharishi School and University have drawn people from all over the world. This naturally created an environment of acceptance and understanding that every living being deserves love and respect. I feel very fortunate to see things in this light…We have to remember that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience, regardless of the color of our skin, religion, or political views. Being raised with the fundamental belief that The World Is My Family has served me well in life.

Let’s talk about the present. I remember when it was time to start thinking about applying to colleges. I wasn’t the most academically oriented teenager and really didn’t know what I wanted to continue my eduction in. Or even go to college for that matter. It’s a huge decision to make, but rest assured that your direction in life can change many times. And that’s ok. Whether it’s deciding to go to college right away, or take a gap year, or even change your major a few times…it’s all ok.

After some consideration, I decided to pursue Interior Design and start applying to design schools. It was a hobby of mine growing up. My mom always made our home look so beautiful and inviting. From this, I began to develop a design eye, and made my choice to attend Harringtons Institute of Interior Design in Chicago IL. My first year of college was a challenge. Being on my own, learning how to manage my time more efficiently, meeting deadlines, and experiencing bigger work loads was an adjustment to say the least. But it taught me how to find my voice, by asking for help from my professors when I needed it, learning to give presentations, and venturing out to make new friends. I was slowly acclimating to college life.

After a year of living in the cold, windy city of Chicago, I moved too warm, sunny California. I continued with my design education in Los Angeles at The American Intercontinental University. By year four, I was so ready to take a year off. Having the motivation and discipline to finish school got hard as each year became more demanding. But I got through it, with the support of my amazing parents and their sage advise to, persevere. I was glad I continued, because I was given the opportunity to intern for a designer on the House & Garden Network. On graduation day I received the honor of Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts.

I went to work in the Interior Design industry in LA, assisting interior designers at private firms, to managing a textile department at The Pacific Design Center – a one million six hundred  thousand square foot facility located in West Hollywood nicknamed as the Blue Whale….. after fulfilling my desire of working in the field of Design, I was ready for a change and decided to move back home to Fairfield to regroup. I worked and saved some money, with the desire to travel and see the world. I embarked on a trip to South America where I back packed for 3 1/2 months, visiting Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina. I lived in hostels along the way, meeting other young people like myself on an adventure of exploration. My most memorable experiences were dancing in the streets of Rio De Janero during the Brazilian festival of Carnival, learning to surf in the pacific ocean of Ecuador, eating the traditional delicacy’s like ceviche from Peru, and feeling the warmth and love from each culture even with the limitations on our verbal communication. My trip came to an end, and I returned home feeling refreshed, inspired and ready for my next journey.

alumni kelly malloyOver the next 4 years, I utilized my talents in different ways. My mom & I started an organic catering company called Simply Italian. This was my opportunity to put my culinary skills and love for Italian food to good use. I then moved back to California and became the west coast sales rep for a honey company called Heavenly Organics; honey that was harvested from wild beehives at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.

Although I enjoyed the wide variety of experiences of trying my hand at several different jobs, something felt like it was missing. I always had a desire to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, but the timing never seemed right. In October of 2014, the planets aligned and my desire to attend Teacher Training became a reality. Being exposed to Maharishis knowledge since childhood, was a valuable preparation for the fast paced learning environment. In turn I was able to act in a leadership role, assisting the other course participants during the intense 5 month training program.

Working for David Lynch Foundation

In March of 2015, I became a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation. I decided to work for the David Lynch Foundation in New York City. For those of you not familiar with the David Lynch Foundation, it’s a non-profit organization that started in 2005. Our mission is to serve and uplift vulnerable and at risk populations in our society. The foundation began with teaching inner city children TM, and implementing a program called Quiet Time, where students were given the time to meditate twice a day in their classroom. Some of the programs that followed are the Resilient Warrior Program, teaching veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress, The Women’s Health Initiative, helping survivors of domestic violence and abuse, and The First Responders Program, consisting of law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders.

My first position with the DLF organization was teaching at Bronx High School for Law and Community Service. In the first year of the program we taught 400 students how to meditate. The buy in was strong due to the immense stress, and difficulties these teens encountered in their daily lives. The power of meditation and the impact it had was extremely gratifying to witness. Here are a few testimonials from my students –

“TM helps me get through the school day without stressing about it. It also keeps me calm and focused. I have also noticed, after using meditation, my grades have gone up rapidly, making me eligible for the honor role 3 times.”

Another student said – “I have been more confident in my school work and myself, and I feel happier since the day I started meditating.”

And the last one – “I feel calm after I meditate and have more self control, than being the kid I used to be, who was always acting like a fool. That changed since I started meditating.”

I taught at Bronx Law for 5 years. In April of 2020 a new initiative was launched to help people in the field ofalumni kelly malloy healthcare called Heal the Healers Now. This program grew out of the desperate need of front-line health care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. I was asked to come and be a lead teacher on this program. I’ve taught doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, and administrators. The role of a healthcare worker is to ensure the health and well-being of their patients. With the arrival of the pandemic, the workload of ill people became unmanageable, and the stress and burnout grew quickly amongst this population.

Here are a couple of testimonials from healthcare workers after learning TM –

“I wanted to let you know how beneficial the TM practice has been for me. It has allowed me to fully relax and recharge. It has helped me cope during the last couple of months which have been extremely stressful with the increase in COVID patients. The practice has been extremely helpful for my mental and emotional well-being. I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

“I am a nurse that is grateful for taking the TM course. Before TM, I had really bad insomnia, especially after working a 12 hour shift in the Emergency Department. I barely slept 4 hours a night. After practicing TM for 8 months, I have no problem with insomnia, and I am getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I have become more centered, energetic and calm. I am forever thankful for this opportunity.”

In my mind these people are heroes, and I am humbled to be of assistance to them, and provide a tool to help in their own personal healing.

My experience teaching TM has far surpassed anything I could have imagined it to be. In fact, I never expected to have a full time career doing this. I realize that society is changing, and recognizing the value of consciousness. A long career of being a full-time TM teacher is more of a reality now, than its ever been. I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service to humanity in this way. Maharishi would say – The role of the TM teacher is to, “whisper infinity to the student.”

So the message I want to leave you all with today, is to keep moving forward, be fearless, go after your dreams, and don’t lose site of your vision, even if there are set backs….continue to stay focused, but most importantly remember to enjoy the journey;)

I want to share a quote from Napoleon Hill. He was a famous American author born in the 1800’s & big influencer on the key to success and personal achievement.

And I quote – “Cherish your visions and dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprint of your ultimate achievements.” End of quote

A quote from a famous American first lady – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dream”.

Congratulations graduates. It’s been a joy speaking with you all today and I want to thank for this opportunity.

 

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Our Alumni Are Everywhere!

How Our School’s Alumni Are Serving Throughout the Many Global TM Organizations

Look anywhere among the young teachers and administrators of the TM organization and you will find Maharishi Schoolalumni in front of school alumni. Whether as teachers, accountants, or digital marketing experts, they have played an indispensable role in bringing Consciousness-Based technologies to the world. Maharishi School alumni have held important positions in all of the following TM organizations and institutions:

• Maharishi School
• Maharishi International University
• David Lynch Foundation
• Maharishi Foundation
• Mother Divine and Purusha
• Maharishi Invincibility Institute,
South Africa
• Maharishi European Research
University, the Netherlands

And nearly all the alumni featured here continued their education at Maharishi International University. We’ll let them tell their own stories.

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Gyan, Hilary, and Genevra

Maharishi School helped me to discover who I was and what I wanted out of life. As a result, I was fearless in my approach to
exploring the world when I graduated.
Annie Falk Blecher

The following is only a small sample of the many extraordinary Maharishi School alumni who are working for TM organizations.eliana maharishi school alumni

Eliana Freeman (1999):

As an accountant at the Maharishi Foundation, I enjoy utilizing all my lessons from my time at Maharishi School—but especially the critical thinking I developed through studying the Science of Creative Intelligence. At the Maharishi Foundation, I enjoy the sense of community. Even more than that, though, I appreciate the overall kindness and mutual respect shared throughout the TM organization.

Gyan Shrosbree (1992), Genevra (Daley) Bell (2005), and Hilary Nelson (2003):

These three alumni are all teaching in the MIU Art Department. Gyan comments, “Maharishi School encourages and cultivates creativity and individuality. The small community allows students to be seen and to shine. This kind of confidence building from an early age is helpful in life and a good platform to draw from in working with students.”

Sarah Sica (2002):

sarah sica alumniSarah is Director of Programs for the David Lynch Foundation in New York City. “I feel lucky that my parents decided to move
to Fairfield so that my sister and I could attend Maharishi School. I loved being able to do asanas, pranayama, and TM twice a day with the rest of the School and that every subject was always connected back to our Self, and universal principles were seen across disciplines. As a TM Teacher, it’s gratifying to see people feeling better within just a few days of learning the technique. It’s such a simple and empowering tool to allow someone to connect with themselves again and lower the wide range of symptoms of stress. I feel grateful to have been able to do this work with the David Lynch Foundation these past eight years.”

Owen Blake (2008):

maharishi school alumniOwen is a Performance Coach for professional e-sport teams, teaching TM and a Consciousness-Based methodology for highest performance. He is researching the effects of TM on professional e-sport athletes for his PhD. “Attending the Maharishi School exposed me to so much knowledge about life and well-being that just isn’t readily available elsewhere. There
is a level of familiarity and comfort with Maharishi’s technologies of consciousness which helped me immensely as a teacher of the TM technique. This knowledge helps me live my life in a healthier and happier way and allows me to lead by example when teaching the TM technique.”

Kennidy Stood (2012):young alumni maharishi school

Kennidy taught TM in Los Angeles schools for the David Lynch Foundation. “Maharishi School gave me a strong foundation for practicing my own self-care and self-reflection, be it through TM or other tools I picked up along the way. This has helped me stay grounded and curious throughout my personal and TM-teaching journeys. Teaching through the David Lynch Foundation gave me the joy of connecting with some amazing school communities while also sharing TM and the perspective and calm it has brought me.”

Jeremy and Tasha Blitz-Jones
(1999):

Jeremy is a leadership coach and strategy consultant. Tasha is focused on teacher education and building a professional learning community of schools with TM programs. They teach TM in schools, companies, hospitals, and local TM centers.
maharishi school alumniTasha: “Maharishi School provided me with many years to familiarize myself with the experience of transcending and gain an understanding that consciousness is a primary paradigm. “ Jeremy: “Even though I’ve been practicing TM for over twenty years, the experience of teaching people TM continues to inspire me. People consistently report improvement in their ability to focus and an overall improvement in their quality of life. I am grateful to be able to share TM with others as part of my work.”

 

 

Annie Falk Blecher (2001):

Annie manages the business development for Community & Individual Development Association and the Maharishi Invincibility Institute in South Africa. She was previously based in Beijing and San Francisco with theCenter for Wellness & Achievement in Education, Stress-Free Schools, and the David Lynch Foundation. In 2005, Annie completed her BA in
Digital Media and her MBA in 2014 from MIU. She is a certified teacher of the TM technique.“Maharishi School teaches young people to believe in themselves. It helped me discover who I am and what I wanted out of life. As a result, I was fearless in my approach to exploring the world when I graduated. This helped to build my character, taught me how to solve problems, and prepared me to tackle new challenges in the workplace. The education at Maharishi School instilled in me the love of lifelong learning, a solution oriented mindset, and an insatiable interest in achieving the highest. Now I help provide this unique form of Consciousness-Based education for unemployed youth at the university level, and soon at preschool and high school levels starting early in 2022. It is deeply fulfilling to work with the TM organization in South Africa and contribute to the real transformation in other young people and ultimately in the whole nation over time.”

 

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Maharishi School: Our Mission and Core Values

What is our mission at Maharishi School?

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Our mission is to create an innovative Consciousness-Based educational environment where students can think deeply and become creative, compassionate,  contributing citizens of the world. At Maharishi School, the foundation of our college preparatory program is optimal alertness. Our philosophy is that through knowledge of the self, comes knowledge of all subject matters. Through our unique program that is part theory, part practice, students learn to operate from a place of center. They learn how to imbue life with stillness, self-awareness, and presence. This lays the foundation for academic success and prepares students for all areas of life after High School. Our goal is to help our students be the best version of themselves—starting with knowing who they are. Through our strong core values we are able to accomplish this goal.

What are the core values at Maharishi School?

·         RESPECTIn our words and action, we treat others with the respect we want and expect.  core values respect
·         RESPONSIBILITYWe accept responsibility for our own thoughts, words, and actions. core values responsibility
·         SERVICEWe seek ways to serve others and to be good stewards of our environment.core values service
·         SOLUTIONSWhenever confronted by challenges or problems, we seek creative solutions. “Don’t agonize, organize.”  graduation students gain core values
·         TRANSCENDENCEOur daily practice of Transcendental Meditation builds depth in our thinking and provides the support of Natural Law to fulfill our goals, desires, and Core Values.maharishi school students meditating transcendence

Our mission and core values give us the Maharishi School edge:

 

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Restorative Justice in Maharishi School

What is restorative justice?

Restorative justice refers to a practice that empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own, in small groups that could be called ‘circle time’. Restorative justice is a growing practice at schools around the country. Essentially the idea is to bring students together in peer-mediated small groups to talk, ask questions, air their grievances, and discuss how to amend or make it right.

How did we find restorative justice for our school?

kaye jacob administrator of maharishi school

Our head of Middle and Upper School, Kaye Jacobs, is responsible for bringing restorative justice to Maharishi School. Kaye says, ” When I started to read Positive Discipline I thought, wow this makes a lot of sense! You actually work on empowering the student, which flips the way you look at their misbehavior, to get to the root of the problem.” The only thing Ms. Jacob’s felt was missing is the model that gave more structure for older children. Positive Discipline works well for younger kids but we needed a more structured model for older students.

postive discipline by Jane Nelson

Kaye realized that we needed the most help with Middle School students as they are at a complex phase where the triggers for defiance/misbehavior are more solidified than they have ever been before.

How can Maharishi School help?

Kaye wanted to give her teachers a method that systematically helps them get out of the pattern of punishment. This is where restorative justice comes in by creating a space to get the kids talking and sharing about a problem within the students in circle time restorative justice outsideclassroom. In this ‘circle time’, the kids talk reflectively about the problem while the conversation is led by the teacher. Kaye says, “the idea is to have these circle times frequently so the kids are adept at reflecting and know how to get into the mode of problem solving. This way when a problem happens they already know what to do. I want parents to understand that this is a work in progress! Parents should use restorative justice practices at home and consistently in order for it to be the most effective. We want the students themselves to feel like this is working for them too, as if to say “if I do this, then it goes better for me as the student.”

Lower and Middle School teachers have been reading a book called Hacking School Discipline by Brad Weinstein. The book makes the case for establishing expectations rather than rules and for holding students intrinsically accountable to the group for their actions and behaviors.

hacking school disciplineExample of restorative justice from Hacking School Discipline:

Suddenly two Middle School girls get into a physical altercation during class. The teacher immediately separates them from the class and sends them to the principal’s office. Then the teacher calls “circle time” with the rest of the class. The teacher will ask the class, “how did that make you feel?” and then the students have an opportunity to speak about how their learning was disrupted, or that they were scared, or upset. The teacher is resetting the classroom culture.

The teacher will go to the girls who fought and talk to them separately, asking “are you ready to talk to each other again?” and bring them back into the classroom. Once the girls are ready, the teacher will create the rules for the restoration process. Some of the rules could include saying “if you get too hot or angry then you can step out of the room, but you have to come back  in when you’re ready.“ Eventually the teacher can talk about what led to the flare up not by saying “why did you do that” but “how were you feeling before you got into a place of fighting?”restorative justice

The last piece of this restorative justice sample is led by the teacher. She turns to the two girls and says “how do you think this fight has affected the rest of the class and myself, your teacher?” This puts the girls who fought into self reflection mode on a broader scale of including the whole environment in the classroom. Then the restoration happens, not just between the two girls but everyone involved. After this, the girls get welcome back into their classroom and that is the goal of restorative justice!

What is the future of restorative justice for our students?

We often understand that the kids who are acting out come from unsettled home environments. Perhaps the parents are separated or going through a divorce. These are what set the context for a child who is misbehaving. They’re not acting out of isolation, they are acting because something else in the broader context of their lives is troubling them. Misbehavior is a default way to deflect those troubles.

If a child feels dis-empowered in one place, then they will deflect that behavior into the school setting, or with friends. Restorative justice is trying to avoid this deflection by empowering students to reflect and make the right choices. Restorative justice practices in school create a pattern of teachers relating to students then getting them to take down their defenses so a conversation can happen. If the action/upset happened in a classroom setting, then the restoration needs to happen there, too.

We don’t have all the answers but we want to be consistent in school and hope that things at home will improve. It’s almost always the case that there’s something in the student’s life that feels out of their control – something they can’t understand. Some trauma that they can’t digest. At school we inevitably get to see their reactions to this and our desire is to help break the cycle. The student may not even be able to articulate how they feel but we believe restorative justice practices empower our students without playing into the victim mentality.restorative justice tree of knowledge

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Maharishi School Alumni: The Next Generation

Why are the Alumni important?

Maharishi School is educating the second generation of families. Alumni can be found in many places throughout the school as teachers, staff, and board members. Our students can network with alumni to enhance their experience or hear perspective on the way life used to be. This school has gone through many changes over the years and thanks to the input from our alumni, it will keep evolving.

The Next Generation at Maharishi School

Empowering Education, published by the Suryadatta Education Foundation, states that “An organization’s alumni are the reflection of its past, representation of its present and a link to its future.” At Maharishi School, we couldn’t agree more. A few of our alumni have answered some questions about their experience as well as what it’s like sending the next generation of children to Maharishi School.

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” I feel fortunate to be able to send my kids to Maharishi School knowing that they are receiving a Consciousness-Based education. They come home happy and excited for the next day.”

-Mala Markowitz graduated in 2000. Her her son, Mekhi, and daughter, Natalie, are attending in the 9th and 3rd grades.

“We love how the school has evolved through the years and we really wanted our kids to have an alternative education like we had. We feel like it was a big part of our decision to stay in Fairfield. We love that our voices are heard at the school and we can help shape our kids Alumni Ben and Mira with their sons Ronan and Declanlearning experience. It’s so cool to see how the school adapts beautifully to each new generation.”

-Mira graduated in 2001 and Ben Daniels graduated in 1998. Their sons, Ronan and Declan, are currently attending the 5th and 1st grades.

“I feel very comforted when I drop Leni off at the school in the community that I grew up in. I enjoy get seeing other alumni that I grew up with dropping their kids off as well. Dr. Richard Beall has created an all inclusive community alumni eliana with daughter lenithat is welcoming to everyone. This inclusivity attracted me to the school.  I value the curriculum as being a part of who I’ve become.”

-Eliana Freeman, Maharishi School Board Chair, graduated in 1999. Her daughter, Leni, is attending Kindergarten.

“Having come back to Fairfield after 10 years of living in another state, it’s been wonderful seeing how the school has grown and changed. It is a great feeling to be able to send our son, Henry, to Maharishi School. He is always excited to get to school in the morning and can’t wait to tell us about his day when he alumni Christi and Ben with their son Henrycomes home. It’s a pleasure seeing how Henry is blossoming and gaining confidence at the preschool.”

-Ben and Christi Stone graduated in 2001 and their son Henry is currently attending Preschool in the Maharishi School Children’s House.

 

Generations Day

Our alumni are so important to Maharishi School, as well as their parents. Laura Bordow developed Generations Day  to highlight this special relationship. She explained, “We are very excited to announce a new tradition at Maharishi School called Generations Day. It was inspired by the realization that our Generations Day 2019student body now includes 37 second-generation students representing over 50 grandparents who all live locally. On this day, guests will get a glimpse of what our students experience every day. They will visit classrooms, see musical performances, and leave with a photo to remember the day.”

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Why do Maharishi School students wear a uniform?

Why are uniforms important to our school?

Having a common student uniform supports an equitable, orderly, coherent learning environment. The uniform policies at Maharishi School have proven successful in boarding students at Maharishi Schoolhelping to culture this environment in the classroom.  We want our students to define and distinguish themselves by their words and actions, not by the expense of their clothing. Here are some more specifics as highlighted in our parent handbook:

  • Uniforms are required to always be clean, properly fitting, and in good repair.
  • Students are expected to remove hats when indoors.
  • Only uniform sweaters can be worn during school hours.
  • Only ear and nose piercings are allowed.

How do the students at Maharishi School feel about their uniforms?

I asked three of our Seniors; Jada Sparks, Chase Winer and Yenet Tafesse about their uniforms. Chase says, “I love the uniform because there’s lots of options. The pants and polo shirts are soft and I feel comfortable when2020 senior girls Maharishi School I’m wearing them.” Jada enjoys the freedom she has with accessories, “I like to wear crazy socks and having any choice of shoes is fun for me” she says with her troll earrings dangling to her shoulders. Yenet clarified that any sweaters are OK, “but they have to match the colors that you find in the plaid skirts, then you can wear them with the uniform.”

 

Uniforms: Then vs Now  

Changes in the uniform were driven by the desire to be gender neutral. Self expression is important at Maharishi School, as you can see in boarding students internationalseveral of these images. Many of our students have fun with dying their hair and adding little flavors of their own personal style to the uniform. However, it wasn’t always this way.

In the 1998-1999 Maharishi Schoolearly 90’s  you can see a very different sense of the uniform at Maharishi School. Walking down the halls of Maharishi School in 1999 you would see yellow and green plaid jumpers for the girls, and khaki pants with a yellow knitted tie for the boys. Now, in 2020, the students have uniforms that vary from navy blue to forest green or grey.

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What is the future of school uniforms?

The American Preparatory Schools Organizations talk about uniforms, “When wearing uniforms, students often feel more “important” since they belong to a group. Uniforms give a sense of belonging, and a code of conduct is imposed on the student.”

At Maharishi School, the uniform not only embodies order but it can also be a blank music class at maharishi schoolcanvas for the student to express themselves. Times are changing and, therefore, the needs of a student will always be different. Our school wants you to be your best most authentic self and our uniform will always be a reflection of that.

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Project Based Learning: Yearbook Project

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a learning method in which students are actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. Three days a week, Maharishi School students are given 70 minutes to work on a passion project. They problem-solve, experiment, falter and keep striving. Each project addresses an authentic, engaging and complex question or challenge. The students exercise real-life skills in their areas of interest while being supported by teachers. Often a community expert or leader on that subject is brought in to match the students’ interests.

What about bringing back the yearbook? 

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Maharishi School had a yearbook in the past and the desire to reinstate a yearbook was something that Ms. Blitz proposed to her students. “The yearbook, on top of building STEM and design skills, has served as a social bonding agent in our students as they’ve worked together creating, collaging, and reliving memories,” explained Ms. Blitz. The students included in this project period are; Vaisnavii Mohanraj, Jeremy Goodale, Lily Fenton and Ryan Buhre.

What did they learn in this project-based learning project?

During this process of creating a yearbook Ms. Blitz taught the students how to write HTML and CSS code. Throughout the project they had to problem solve and address challenges that arose. Programming requires an increased attention to

high school yearbook collage made by the students

detail, as one student reflected, “I found that doing the task was challenging because I made some small errors in my code (e.g. forgetting to close a tag, forgetting to use a ‘;’ after CSS properties, and so forth). These mistakes have taught me that looking over your code is a crucial step in coding.” The students also experienced working within company design standards, a typical industry practice. The yearbook was created to fit preset color palettes and fonts as set by Maharishi School’s branding guidelines. Exposure to industry standard practices such as this is one of the benefits of having PBL at Maharishi School because of the customization of the curriculum to any specific project.

What can the students do with this knowledge?

In the bigger picture of working with computers, knowing how to insert pictures, use CSS properties, and HTML basics will be important in web development. Because of project-based learning, these students will be able to use the concepts to create posters, 10th grade students at Maharishi School webpages, or further help design within the school. They’re learning skills that can be used for design projects of any company that they choose to work with in the future. PBL is important because the students become directors and managers of their learning process, mentored by a skilled teacher.

If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook or if you have any additional inquiries about the yearbook, please contact Sophia Blitz, sblitz@maharishischool.org. Please note that there is a limited supply of yearbook. The yearbook project team would like to apologize for the mix-up on senior quotes. You will find the quotes of George and Jurina have been switched on the final page of the printed book. Our online version which will be released shortly will have the correct quotes.

The Maharishi School 2020 yearbook was created using Printing Center USA printing services. To create your own print product, checkout www.printingcenterusa.com