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Maharishi School Opens Boarding Dorm in Hildenbrand

Maharishi School Opens Boarding Dorm in Hildenbrand

by Jim Karpen

In recent years as many as 30 Maharishi School students were boarding students living with host parents and coming from around the world. Now the school hopes to host even more thanks to converting the rooms in the ground-level floor of Hildenbrand Hall into a boarding dorm – including a dining hall, kitchen, and an apartment for an adult supervisor.

Remodeling of the boarding dorm was completed in August, and nine students are currently living there.

According to Maharishi School Head of School, Richard Beall, the dorm can accommodate up to 30 students. The school hopes to have 80 boarding students in five years.

“We have a big interest in our boarding program, but many parents in other countries are reluctant to have their children live with host families,” Dr. Beall said. “They have a strong preference for a boarding dorm. Now that we have a dorm, we expect to enroll many more boarding students.”

Living with host parents will still be an option, and a number of the school’s international students who are continuing from last year chose to remain with their host families.

 

The [dorm] students eat breakfast in the dining hall in the dorm, lunch at Maharishi School, and dinner catered by HyVee in the dorm dining hall in the evening.
Supervising the students this year are teacher David Pohlman and MUM student Karen Ballinger.

Hildenbrand Hall is located on the west side of Highway 1, with the upper two floors housing MUM’s women students.

 

 

Dining Hall in Dorms

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556

 

5 Things You Really Need to Know Before Your College Interview

Preparing for a college interview can feel really scary, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Planning ahead can be a good way to combat anxiety surrounding college interviews. So, we have put together a short checklist of ways you can prepare for, and totally nail, your college interviews.

 

  1. Be yourself

Colleges are interviewing you. They honestly want to get to know you to see if you are a good fit for their school and that their school is a good fit for you. So relax, take a deep breath, and just be yourself.

 

  1. Practice

Practice what you’re going to say. Prepare some talking points about things you enjoy, activities you have participated in, accomplishments you are proud of, and so on. Don’t write a script, but know what you are going to say. Prepare some talking points.Dressed for an interview

 

  1. Ask questions

Ask some thoughtful questions of the people interviewing you. Ask them about their school. Ask them about their hobbies. Ask them about their favorite local coffee shop. Asking questions shows you are engaged and interested. Colleges want to know you are invested in what they have to offer so ask questions!

 

  1. Prepare

Take time to read articles about what questions the interviewers might ask you. It’s good to have thought over your possible answers so you aren’t taken off guard by the questions. You might get some surprise questions, but they will generally resemble ones on this list

 

  1. Stop worrying about the time

Most interviews last around 30 minutes to an hour, give or take. Don’t worry if it’s longer or shorter. Most interviews are conducted on a tight schedule so do not take the length of interview as an indicator of how well your interview is going.

 

Relax. You got this. Good luck!

 

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556

 

Exciting News – New Dorms!

In our last blog post, we mentioned that there are many exciting things happening around Maharishi School. In our last blog post, we mentioned that we had been ranked #1 Private School in Iowa. In that same blog, we hinted that there were many more new and exciting things to be announced. Well, the second item on that list is our new dormitory! 

  Maharishi School has opened the dormitory to further the boarding opportunities for students who would like to attend the school. In past years, we have utilized host parents in our boarding program. We still have that system in place, but having a dormitory opens many possibilities.

We are excited to have many of our boarding students in one building – boys at one end, girls at the other. Having students together helps create a deeper sense of community within our student population. In addition, we plan to make the common area in the dorms a hub for student activities, 

including non-boarding students. We are excited to utilize this space for group studying, projects, learning, building relationships, and hosting school community activities. Already, we have hosted a Welcome Party for new students where our student council members mingled with new students and answered many questions about school life and what to expect at Maharishi School.

So far, everyone is enjoying their new home-away-from-home. We have 10 boarding students who are settling in and preparing for the school year. They are making connections and building friendships we hope last a lifetime. We are thrilled to have these students here and to provide an opportunity for future students who wish to attend Maharishi School but are based out of town.

 

Dining Hall in Dorms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Exciting News – #1 Ranking!

Exciting News – #1 Ranking!

As the new school year begins, we are looking forward to updating our wider community of the exciting things happening around the school!

First, we are excited to announce Maharishi School’s number one ranking! According to Niche.com, Maharishi School is the #1 Private K-12 School in Iowa. In addition to that, we have receive #1 rankings in several other categories:

  • Most Diverse Private High School in Iowa
  • Best Private High School in Iowa
  • Best Boarding School in Iowa

We received several other rankings:

  • #2 Best College Prep Private High School in Iowa
  • #5 Best High School for STEM in Iowa

View our certificate here: Niche 2019 Certificate #1 Private High School

We are honored and excited to be recognized for our innovation, insight, and success in education. We have our staff and faculty to thank. Each day, they work hard to instill trust in education in their students, to spur our students on to greatness, and to encourage passion and originality in our students – preparing them for future success.

To our current and past students, we are so proud of where you are, who you are, and all that you have and will accomplish. You have been our purpose and motivation as we refine our vision and the direction we pursue. You are the oxygen that allows the organism of Maharishi School to exist. We cherish each one of you.

We do not take our ranking lightly. We appreciate the recognition of our hard work, but we will continue to strive for more. We will not settle, and we will not grow stagnant. This is evidenced by the many new and innovative projects and initiatives we are introducing this year. We will keep you updated!

 

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

Make Your Self-Care Routine More Meaningful Than a Face Mask

Where is the Self-Care Movement Now?

It’s 2018. It seems as though everyone is on a quest for self-improvement. In a way, that’s encouraging. Finally, we are collectively caring a little more about our mental health, spiritual health, and emotional health. The understanding that food matters is spreading, and people are taking a hard look at what that means. Although most of this seems positive, it can leave us feeling empty. After a while, we see the holes in the self-care paradigm, and we are left feeling like there should be more to the story. Well, there is…

Cafe-Paradiso-Maharishi-school-performance

The thing the self-care, self-help, self-love movements often leave behind is the inner self, the true self. Now, there certainly is an uptick in “looking within” ideologies, but knowing yourself is still often undervalued. How are we supposed to be true to ourselves, to care for ourselves, to improve ourselves, if we have never taken a single quiet moment to get to know that person?

The Reality of A Busy Life

Life is so busy. Adding a more intense skincare routine to that in the name of self-love does not lessen the stress of life. These things have their own value and sense of fulfillment, but fulfillment that transcends emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental states comes from getting to know the person underneath all of that. When we quiet our worlds (yes, it’s a learned skill, but you can do it) long enough to meet the person who exists under all of life’s circumstances, we bring forth the quietness into our being, our routine, and spread it around to encourage others to do the same. Now, that definitely sounds like a movement worth spreading around – finding our own inner self and fulfillment. 

Girls sit together

 

Make Your Own Quiet

So how do we get to this quiet place? Well, the answer is simple – meditation. There are a lot of options out there so do what works best for you, but one technique many people (and science) have found to be beneficial is the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique or TM for short. The TM technique provides a way to access the quietness within and lets you access your inner self. This then spreads to every part of life, becoming the base from which all self-improvement efforts can stem. Suddenly those face masks and bubble baths have a deeper meaning because you have tapped into the source of stillness, fulfillment, and energy – yourself.

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556

What Does It Mean to “Think Deeply?”

Think Deeply – What Does It Mean?

As humans, we are all capable of advanced and deep thoughts. It’s part of what makes us human. There have been many different theories or gurus or instructors that show us a way to think more deeply than we previously were able to do. Some people are drawn to one way of deep thinking over the other. Of course, we have our preference too. We love the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique.

But! What does it mean to think deeply in terms of school curriculum? How does that change the way we educate our students? What does it mean to corporately, as a group, seek to think deeper? Let’s try to answer these questions.

What Thinking Deeper Means to Us

To us, thinking deeper means going beyond what is happening right now. That means we take time to show the interconnectivity of everything around us. We take time to think past the next assignment, the next class period, the next school year. We think in terms of success far past high school, into adulthood, and even after we are finished living this life.

We want to connect learning to application. What good are our scholastics and achievements if we can’t use them past our classes? This is why we teach Science of Creative Intelligence, an interdisciplinary course that reaches outside the classroom to show how observable and interconnected the things we learn truly are. SCI teaches our students that math isn’t just equations but the rhythm by which the earth shifts, the birds sing, and flowers bloom. It shows us that chemistry isn’t something that exists within a test tube but is found in life itself, all around us. Students make connections between all the surface details and the big ideas.
We have a saying, “stretched not stressed,” for our students. We want to see them challenged, to set expectations for themselves, then to exceed those expectations. We provide opportunities for this in our rigorous AP exams and Honors classes.

In SCI classes, students learn that the laws of real-world science are the same laws that guide human growth. For example, one of the principles is: Every action has a reaction. In science, we see this in literally everything. If temperatures rise on our planet, that means drastic changes for many species. A small change in one part of the world can lead to a ripple effect globally as in the butterfly effect. In the same way, every action has a reaction in our lives. The words we use, the actions we take, and the education we embrace all have an effect. By understanding this principle in depth, students see the power they carry and are able to better understand the mechanics of not only the physical world but also the mechanics of their behavior and life. They learn these simple but powerful truths starting in Kindergarten and continue to find them useful and visible throughout their lives.

Thinking Deeply Into the Future

More than anything, we want to prepare our students to weather the storms their lives will present and to come out on the other side successful, resilient, and better prepared for next time. Whatever goals our students set for themselves – college, career, life – we believe the depths of their thoughts and the ability to live a balanced life will be their launching point for success.

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556

What are Advanced Techniques?

Maharishi School and Advanced Meditation Techniques

At Maharishi School, we practice a form of meditation called the Transcendental Meditation technique®, or TM. To transcend, by definition, means to go beyond human limitations and to break boundaries. At Maharishi School, we teach you a technique to break internal boundaries and to sink deep into yourself, to tap into your essence and live in a state of flow. Here, we believe that all parts of ourselves should be developed – the body, mind, heart and consciousness – therefore the practice of TM is required for all students. Our school day starts and ends with a few minutes of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique.

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

To learn more, visit www.TM.org.

The Details About Advanced Techniques

Sometimes, we talk about Advanced Techniques, but that can be a confusing term. Below are some commonly asked questions, and their answers, about the Advanced Techniques.

Q: What are Advanced Techniques?
A: Simple techniques that accelerate growth. During TM®, we experience a fourth state of consciousness, a state of restful alertness, which dissolves stress, enhances brain functioning, and balances the body and emotions. The Advanced Techniques speed up the integration of this state with our activity after meditation; they bring faster results from your regular TM practice.
In fact, Maharishi said they accelerate growth to higher states of consciousness. He said that they bring about a more efficient absorption of pure consciousness into the active mind than TM does by itself.

Q: How many are there?
A: Four — all developed and refined by Maharishi over many years. The first is called the Night Technique and it is done before sleep. The second, third, and fourth Advanced Techniques are simple procedures that you effortlessly incorporate into your 20-minute TM practice.

Q: Do I learn them all at once or one at a time?
A: One at a time and in sequence. You’ll practice an Advanced Technique at least two to four months before adding the next one.

Q: Who teaches the Advanced Techniques?
A: International Vedic Experts from India who have been specially trained by Maharishi. These experts come to Fairfield TM Center every month to teach the Advanced Techniques.

Q: What is the course structure?
A: Your training consists of three sessions.
The first session is an orientation meeting for an hour.
The second session is personal instruction with the Vedic Expert in the appropriate Advanced Technique (2 hours).
The third session is a checking meeting the following day with the Vedic Experts to answer questions and verify the correctness of your practice (2 hours).

Q: Who can learn, and how do I know if I am ready?
A: If you have been regular with your TM practice for the last two to four months, you are eligible to apply. You do not have to be a long-time or “advanced” meditator to learn an Advanced Technique. Each technique is simple—easy to learn, easy to practice—and, best of all, enjoyable! That said, if you’d like our advice regarding your personal readiness, just give us a call. 641-919-8188 or 641-919-1300

Q: What is the fee? (per course)
A: The fee for an Advanced Technique is as follows:
Adults: 4 payments of $240 (or one payment of $960)
Couples: 4 payments of $420 (or one payment of $1,680)
Full-time TM teachers, MUM & Maharishi School & Full-Time Staff: $360
Full-time MUM students: $240
Full-time Maharishi School students (thru high school): $240
Grants and scholarships may be available for qualified meditators. Please just give us a call to talk more about your financing options. 641-919-8188 or 641-919-1300

Q: How do I begin?
A: Please contact us for information about one of the orientation meetings by email at wdevasier@tm.org or olgahopkins@gmail.com or call 641-919-8188 or 641-919-1300. If the orientation meeting times don’t work for you, let us know and we will find another time to meet with you.

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

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).

To read more about how Maharishi School prepared students for college and, eventually, the real world and to see where our alumni are now, visit our Alumni Profilesboarding school

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Hannah Nichols
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Maharishi School
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Fairfield, IA 52556

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

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