• Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Code Orange – Schools and offices will open with a two-hour delay. Emergency personnel are not eligible for liberal leave and must report to work on time.

    • There will be no work-study transportation. (Those students should not report to school.)
    • There will be no half-day Early Childhood Center (ECC), half-day Special Education Programs, or half-day PreK.
    • Any other school program requiring transportation prior to noon will NOT have transportation, including Howard B. Owens Science Center.
    • All field trips will be cancelled.
    • Food Services will offer breakfast. 

    Miércoles, 17 de enero de 2018 – Código naranja – Las escuelas comenzarán dos horas después del horario normal. El personal de emergencia no reune los requisitos para la licencia liberal, y debe presentarse a trabajar puntualmente.

    • NO habrá transporte para el programa Work-Study. (Esos estudiantes NO deben reportarse a la escuela).
    • No habrán programas de medio día ni de Centros de Educación Temprana (ECC) ni de los Programas de Educación Especial.
    • Cualquier programa escolar especial que requiere transporte antes del mediodía NO tendrá transporte, incluyendo el Centro de Ciencia Howard B. Owens.
    • Todos los viajes fuera de las escuelas (field trips) serán cancelados.
    • Se ofrecerá el desayuno.



    Maria Montessori Quote


    Our goal is to provide a peaceful, ordered environment, through the effective implementation of Montessori philosophy, principles, and practices, which nurtures the development of self-motivated, self-confident, independent learners who are college and career ready.

    John Hanson Montessori is a specialty school that features a unique program, the John Hanson Montessori Program.  This program is extremely dedicated to helping children learn in an enriching environment that encourages individual growth through methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.  In this enriched environment, students become self- motivated, independent learners who demonstrate respect for themselves, others and their environment.

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    John Hanson Montessori is a member of the American Montessori Society.    

    Most of the 450 students were admitted to the program through the lottery process held by the school system; others were admitted who had proven Montessori experience from the year prior to entering. The latter group was also only admitted if there was space availability at their entry level. 

    Admission to the program begins at ages three or four. Students usually remain the program through 8th grade.

    Montessori Grades and Classes:  In keeping with Dr. Montessori’s emphasis on the importance of collaboration an peer mentoring, JHM features: 
    • seven Primary (grades PK-K) six Lower Elementary (grades 1-3),five Upper Elementary  (grades 4-5)two 6th Grade Academy classes (the important transition grade between the elementary and the middle school years) and three content classroom teachers for the Middle School (grades 7-8)
    Highly Qualified Educators 
    ·John Hanson Montessori teachers and staff are uniquely highly qualified educators. JHM  has teachers to support individualized learning and creative arts, including a dedicated Special Educator who works closely with teaching staff and school administrators as well as Vocal and Instrumental Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Library-Media and Technology instruction,  Visual arts faculty.

     ·     In addition to Montessori training, teachers are expected to be certified by the state. All of the Montessori teachers have Standard or Advance Professional Certificates issued by the state of Maryland.   

    ·     The school met Adequate Yearly Progress on the Maryland School Performance Tests (MSA), and the middle school Algebra students all passed the High School Assessment.

    The JHM Community    

     Student Demographics: 90% are African American, 4% are Asian, 3% Hispanic, 2% white, and 1% Native Americans.  

    Students are transported via one of the 30 buses that bring students to the school. Three year olds are half day students and do not ride the buses.   

    What are the JHMS Major Strategies for Increased Achievement?

    1. In order to significantly improve teacher communication of grade level expectations across grade levels:

    a. Vertical planning will take place quarterly

    b. Collaborative Planning

    c. Innovative uses of new technologies for communication

    2. In order to significantly improve the students’ understanding of STEM

    a. Students will use experiments to expand ideas

    b. Teachers will model appropriate use of related terminology

    c. Academic language, research methodologies, and data analysis are at the heart of instruction across the curriculum.

    3. In order to significantly improve parent involvement in school sponsored activities

    a. Parent Night for fingerprinting

    b. Increase home/school communication through newsletters, email, call-outs

    4. In order to significantly improve student fluency in number relationships and computations

    a. Students will peer teach use of stamp game, binomial and trinomial cubes

    b. Teachers will continue to use Montessori manipulatives, including stamp game, binomial cubes, etc.

    c. Study Island