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Supporting Our Students Through Crisis

Safety First

The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives as well as our supporting students through coronaviruschildren’s education. In these times of uncertainty, where is the best place for your children to continue their education?  Here are a few reasons you might want to choose Maharishi School:

  • #1 in Best Private High Schools in Iowa We’re the #1 private/boarding school in Iowa, and the health and safety of our students is OUR #1 priority. One parent has shared their review “My children attended Maharishi School from K-12 grade and it has been the best experience for them. My daughter having just completed her Masters degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture has her dream job in New Zealand. My son is finishing his degree in Software Engineering. Very proud of them and couldn’t have done it without Maharishi School.”
  • Fairfield’s small population makes it a safe town to live in (see our blog about the Top 10 Benefits of Living in a Small Town) for reasons such as having low crime rate, no traffic, and a strong sense of community.
  • Local businesses have stepped up to make their essential services safe for customers. In response, our community is showing immense support for the small businesses that are taking a hit because of the coronavirus. Click here to see what fairfield community member Hannah Layne Nichols has created to raise over $5,000 for local businesses.

Self Care: Stress management for a stressful time

Maharishi School Screenwriting project- online learning

Evelyn Chase Winer, Senior at Maharishi School

While everyone is staying safe at home, releasing built-up stress becomes even more crucial. Our students at Maharishi School have segments of meditation built into their online courses. I interviewed Maharishi School senior, Evelyn Chase Winer, about what her meditation means to her during the time of the coronavirus.

1) How is your meditation more important to you during times of high stress?
Evelyn: During more stressful times, I look forward to having time to sit down and relax. It definitely becomes more important and useful when I am stressed.
2) Have you noticed a change in your stress levels now that you are doing online learning?
Evelyn: I have become a lot less stressed. Being able to stay home all day, relax, not worry about travel, and be comfortable all day while still getting the same amount done is nice.
3) In general, how do you feel about your meditation practice?
Evelyn: I enjoy meditation, just closing my eyes when I’m constantly doing things lets me settle in and be fully aware of how my mind feels. When I don’t meditate for a long period of time, I notice that I can become anxious about simple things. Meditation is a great way for me to clear up my foggy mind and think more clearly.

Creative and Flexible Education

During this lockdown all students at Maharishi School are currently engaged in remote students doing projects online during coronavirus pandemiclearning. As this crises evolves we will continue to flex and respond to the needs of our students. We may be able to return to in class learning but, regardless, our focus will always be on the individual needs of the students. This is the advantage of being a small school where every child is known and every child is attended to.

What is our response to the coronavirus?

As a small school with a competent and compassionate staff, we can assure you that Maharishi School will reach across this digital divide to care for each student. We ask that you also share with us your thoughts, ideas, and concerns so we can collaborate for your child’s best interests and on-going educational experience. Our school updates parents on safety and what our school is doing to prevent an outbreak several times a week. Our administration is in constant contact with the local public health officials. Click here to read more about how the school is responding to the coronavirus.

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Feel Stressed? Add Meditation To Your Quarantine Routine

What if all of this is stressing you out???

With all of the news and social media overstimulating us, it’s normal to feel stressed. During this time we find ourselves searching for an inner state of calm. Sometimes we turn to forms of self care such as learning yoga, doing a face mask, organizing the house, or binge watching TV shows. While these things make us feel better on the outside, there’s a deeper

students meditate and release any feeling stress

level of stress that can be released. This can be achieved through the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique.

What is Transcendental Meditation?

The nice thing about the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is that you can do it anywhere, at any time (even in the middle of a pandemic)! TM®  is a simple, natural technique that’s easily taught through one-on-one instruction by a certified TM® teacher. It’s not a religion, philosophy or lifestyle. To transcend, by definition, means to go beyond human limitations and to break boundaries.

Meditation + Online Learning

At Maharishi School, we teach you a technique to break boundaries and sink deep into yourself. 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. Even our online learning day has time for meditation built into it!

To learn more about Transcendental Meditation at our school, click here.

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How To Be Good At Learning Online

Feeling worried about your child’s education?

As a parent it can be a little concerning to see your kids spending so much time on the screen. How can you be sure if they’re working or just playing games? It’s normal to be concerned about these changes. Online school is a completely different situation when it comes to absorbing information,  mainly because the computer provides more opportunities for 

online learningexciting distractions. Your student could have one window up for homework and several other windows open for; messaging friends, playing games, Facebook, shopping, ect. If you can get your student to engage with note taking while their learning, then it is a win-win for everyone. Here are 11 ways to help your students take notes while they’re learning online.

11 Tips to help you learn online:

  1. Don’t be a victim of your own chaos. There’s a saying that a messy room is a messy mind. This principal can be directly applied to your online learning environment. Take time to clear your desk of unnecessary items.
  2. Clean your screen. Your computer is now your learning environment. Analyze your computer screen, are there many tabs/windows open that you don’t need? Is your desktop cluttered with pictures? Try creating 3 folders that you can put documents into so that you have a fresh space to work.
  3. One subject at a time. Set yourself up for success by not having every single notebook, binder and textbook in your workspace. Use your backpack ( even at home!) to store the other materials that you are not immediately working on.
  4. Create a color coding system. Each class can be a color of your choice (even the color of your pen can coordinate with the class your taking notes for)
  5. Use a planner. Itemize each task you need to accomplish for the day (or even a few days in advance), so that when you open your planner you can easily check things off without feeling overwhelmed.
  6. Listen with a pen in your hand. At home in the comfort of your own room there will be many things to distract you. Become an active listener and be alert to the main ideas of the online lecture so that you can make connections while you hear them.
  7. Don’t waste your time with full sentences. When you’re taking notes use abbreviations and leave white spaces for later additions.
  8. Identify your goals. What are the objectives or goals for what you’re learning? Are you taking notes on a lecture that will eventually turn into an essay? Or are you taking notes for a scientific project or procedure? Identifying the goal can help you figure out what information takes priority.
  9. Take notes by identifying the major points and sub-points of the lesson. Organize your notes so that the main points are left-aligned, and the sub-points get indented. Further indent backup points and details. You can number each point and lower-case letter each subpoint.
  10. Take breaks. It’s widely known by many that staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can overly saturate your brain. It’s very important to sit in a chair that helps your posture from hunching over your desk. Grab a few pillows to support the base of your spine. Stand up for a bit every 20 minutes and get the blood flowing through your body (have you heard of burpees?). 
  11.  Don’t be shy. Ask for help when you need it! Learning online can pose new challenges, make sure you are checking in with yourself and getting the most out of each online learning session

How can you support your child’s online learning?

student learning online

School closures due to coronavirus have impacted at least 124,000 U.S. public and private schools and affected at least 55.1 million students, according to Education Week. Some things you can do to help your child with this transition is to mix screen time with other mediums of learning.

Allow your child to have a limited amount of “screen play” for socializing or other games. If they are spending most of their day participating in online learning, there will still be the desire to socialize with their friends. As a parent you don’t want to cut them off from this however there needs to be a cap on the face-to-screen time. Don’t underestimate the power of a daily schedule! Encourage your child to make their own “quarantine routine” and you can sign off on after reviewing it together.

Parents need support too! Call other parents and share ideas about what they’re doing about online learning in their household. Hang in there, we are all in this together!

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FAQ: What Domestic Boarding Families Need to Know

What are the questions domestic boarding students and their families have?

boarding school Dorms Exterior

Maharishi School is more than a place to sleep and study, which is why we have many activities for our students to get involved. Our students gain knowledge at our farm-to-table dining table, in the meditation hall,  and regional field trips, weekend social events like bowling. We also have an eSports night, Iron Chef night, and other excursions designed for our boarding students. Learn more about student activities available beyond the classroom.

Looking for a quick overview of information about Maharishi School’s boarding program, here is your one-stop-shop for all the most commonly asked questions.

 

What is the tuition for a boarding student? $39,000
Can I apply for financial aid?Yes, over 75% percent of students receive financial aid. Click here to find out more.
Is there a payment plan?Yes. You will see that option after you go through the application process.
Do we have a college preparatory curriculum?Yes we have rigorous and dynamic college preparatory classes.
Do we have AP classes?We have 9 Advanced Placement Classes; AP Calculus, AP English Language Arts, AP English Literature, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP Computer Science
What are the extracurricular activities?At any time you can find students designing independent, creative projects, stepping into leadership roles, spearheading community initiatives, challenging themselves in athletics, performing arts or STEM competitions. To read about specific actives beyond the classroom click here.
Is your area safe?Yes,Fairfield is ranked #14 in Iowa’s Safest Cities.
Do you shut off the internet at night so students can’t game late?Yes, our boarders have “lights out” at 10:30pm every night and devices are collected by the dorm supervisor. Read “Day in the life of a boarding student” to find out more details on boarding life.
Where do your students go to college?Over 96% of our graduates (since the school has opened) have been accepted at accredited universities, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Wellesley, University of California at Berkeley.Plus regional and national public universities.
Is College Counseling available?We have an excellent college counselor who is also an alumni of our school, as well as a teacher, his name is Jason Walls jwalls@maharishischool.org
Can you help me understand TM better?Definitely, click here to get started with some basic information.
Is your school a religious school?We are a non-sectarian school.
Do you have counselors for students?Students can meet one-on-one with a licensed mental health professional on a confidential basis around a variety of issues and concerns, such as homesickness, depression, grief and loss, eating, sexuality/gender identity, and relationships. Counseling services are available every other Wednesday afternoon and are free for students.
Can you address students with special needs?We can accept students, on our ability to make the reasonable and necessary accommodations to serve their needs. Please let us know during the application process, what kind of accommodation, if any, your student requires.
My child was bullied. How do you address bullying?We have several procedures in place if bullying occurs in the school, starting with an investigation into the bullying. We actively use Restorative Justice procedures and positive discipline. You can read more about that here
My child is very advanced. Can you keep him challenged?We offer a range of courses in the Middle and Upper Schools that support ability and interest levels, allowing for students to take accelerated or Advanced Placement courses across all disciplines. We also provide enrichment and acceleration within classes. Because we have small class sizes, teachers can provide differentiation and individualized learning plans.

 

To read more about boarding at Maharishi School, click here.

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