Khalsa Montessori School has been recognized as an Arizona 2013 NCEA Higher Performing School
The National Center for Educational Achievement has partnered with the Arizona Business and Education Coaliton (ABEC) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to recognize schools with a level of academic growth and achievement that exceeds expectations. Khalsa Montessori was recognized as one of 147 Higher Performing Schools in Arizona, and the only Montessori school to receive this honor.
Khalsa Montessori Lower Elementary Students Win Poetry Awards
Poems by lower elementary students in the Mariposa class have been selected for
awards in the Tucson’s River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Contest, a local affiliate of
the national River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Contest. Congratulations Maya and
Khalsa Montessori School Scientists
Win 9 Awards at SARSEF
Nine science projects from Khalsa Montessori School were recognized at the Southern
Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair awards night. Several of our students,
teachers and parent mentors were able to attend the ceremony and receive the awards.
We are all proud of our students and teachers and appreciate their creativity in
designing their projects and their hard work completing them. And we are deeply
grateful for the commitment of parent science fair coordinator, Lisa Rezende and her
support team of parent volunteers who so generously give of their time and talents to
support the students’ learning.
The winning entries will remain on display in the administration building through the end
of March. You might notice, as I did, that our students are curious about personal and
Here is a list of the award winning projects:
Individual Middle School Projects
Isabella Bushroe: Conventional Bulbs Vs. Leds, SciEnTeK-12 Foundation 1st Place (7th
grade astronomy and physical sciences)
Isabel Hausrath: , Cara O’Neil: Seawater To Freshwater: Designing And Building A
Portable Solar-powered Desalinator, SciEnTeK-12 Foundation 2nd Place (8th grade
Remi Tuijl-Goode: Does Flock Size And Positioning Matter For Birds Feeding?,
SciEnTeK-12 Foundation 2nd Place (8th grade life sciences)
K-5 Class Projects
Melinda’s class- 1st place kindergarten class project- Earth science, “Which Soil Do
Plants Grow In Best?”
Laura’s class (Camden)- 2nd place 3rd grade class project- Earth science, “The
Awesome Crystal Experiment”
Stephanie’s class- 3rd place 3rd grade class project- Life science, “How Does Exercise
Michele’s class- 1st place 3rd grade class project- Physical science, “Circular Orbits”
Amelia’s class- 2nd place 5th grade class project- Earth science, “Effects of Detergents
and Grey Water on Pond Water”
Kathy’s class- 2nd place 5th grade class project- Life science, “Burning Nuts”
Congratulations 2012 Science Fair Winners!
Award-winning Khalsa School Science Fair projects at Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) 2012 :
Isabel Hausrath and Willow Strey: 1st place 7th Grade Life Science Project and Certificate from the U of A Department of Plant Sciences
Amelia Sheldon’s Class: 2nd place 4th grade Physical Science Class Project
Olivia Postal and Eden Streety: 2nd Place 6th grade Earth Science Project
Erin Donaghy’s Class: 3rd place 5th grade Life Science Class Project
Emily Miura-Stempel and Remi Tujil-Goode: 3rd Place 7th Grade Life Science Project
Spike Hammond: 3rd Place 7th grade Engineering/Math/Computer Science Project
Angelina Pope: 3rd Place 8th grade Earth Science Project
Congratulations 2012 Chess Club winners!
Khalsa Montessori School Chess Club won the Regional Championship on Saturday March 10, 2012!
Nine of the Khalsa players at the First Regional Qualifier match qualified for the State Championshipsnext month in Gilbert, AZ. Nicholas, Kenzo, Nolan, and Sasha all finished with very solid scores giving the K-1 Khalsa team the clear First Place finish as Region Champions! Other team members qualifying for the State Championships are Zach, Isaac A, Aleks, Isaac P, Simon, and Keenan.
Congratulations 2012 Poetry winners!
Khalsa Montessori School Upper Elementary students won honors at the annual Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Earth Day Poetry Contest.
Grade 4: 3rd place, Margaret O’Neill
Grade 5: 2nd place, Shayne Strey
1st place, Isabella Bushroe
2nd place, Cara Lehrling
3rd place Noelle Huerta
And Congratulations to teacher Kathy Bodenhemier! Thank you for mentoring these talented writers!
Congratulations Khalsa School Poets!
The 2011 winners of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Annual Earth Day Poetry Contest include several students from the Acacia and Palo Verde classes! Many thanks to teachers, Kathy Bodenhemier and Erin Donaghy.
First Place overall: Isabel Hausrath tied for first place out of 886 entries
4th grade First Place: Sophia Laing
5th grade Honorable Mentions: Lian Ascher, Isabella Pretzinger, and Maryn Graskey
6th grade First Place: Isabel Hausrath
6th grade Third Place: Emily Miura-Stempel
6th grade Honorable Mentions: Tina Finley, Ethan Meade, Ari Bormanis, Sophia Rieger, and Isabel Hewgley.
Congratulations Khalsa School Scientists!
Eight Khalsa School projects won honors at SARSEF 2011, Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Many thanks to the hard work of our teachers and parent scientists who served as mentors!
1st place, 5th grade Life Science: Palo Verde Class, “The Effect Of Colored Light On Aquatic Plant Respiration”
2nd place, 5th grade Life Science: Acacia Class, “The Effect Of Sweeteners On Cut Flowers”
1st place and a special award from Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society: Mariposa Class (lower elementary), “How Much Light Does A Saguaro Seed Need To Germinate?”
1st place, 6th grade Engineering/Math/Computer Project: Santino Constantine and Colton Leighou, “Electrostatic Generator”
2nd Place, 6th grade Life Science: Isabel Hausrath and Willow Strey, “What Kind Of Cleaner Removes The Most Bacteria?”
2nd Place, 8th grade Earth Science and Broadcom Masters Certificate special award: Morgan Postal, “What Liquids Cause Rust the Fastest?”
3rd Place, 6th Grade Life Science: Cara O’Neill, “Carbon Dioxide and Plant Growth”
Special award from the United States Navy and Marine Corps HM Certificate: Austin Baral, “Combining Chemicals for Mixed Colors”
Tuscon’s River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Contest 2010
Four Khalsa Montessori Lower Elementary students were selected for awards from Tucson’s River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Contest 2010. Their poetry will be displayed at Tucson Children’s Museum. Our poets will be honored along with other finalists at a celebration at the museum April 14.
Khalsa School Students take Honors in Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair 2010
Khalsa Montessori School receives Excelling School award from Tom Horne, AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction
Arizona Department of Education
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Certificate of Recognition
Khalsa Montessori Charter School
On behalf of the Arizona Department of Education,
Congratulations on your status as an Excelling School.
I commend you for your leadership, dedication, and hard work. Best wishes and continued success to students, teachers, parents, and the community.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Khalsa School Students take First Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention in Earth Day Poetry Contest 2009
Chosen from over 500 submissions, Khalsa Upper Elementary students were recognized for their contribution to the Earth Day Poetry Contest 2009 sponsored by the Sonoran Desert Museum.
Khalsa School Students – Winners in the Southern Arizona Regional Science & Engineering Fair 2009
- SciEnTeK-12 Foundation First Place
- Discovery Channel Young Scientist Award
- SciEnTeK-12 Foundation Second Place award
Khalsa k-6 Chess Team wins 3rd place in Regional Tournament!
Khalsa Montessori First Grade team takes First Place in State Chess Tournament
Khalsa Middle School receives 2009 Poetic Achievement Award, poems are published in a National Anthology!
19 Khalsa students’ poems were selected for publication in the anthology, A Celebration of Poets. From the editor, “This award is given to schools whose students’ entries to the Poetry Contest were of exceptionally high merit. The list of your students that have been accepted to be published represents a lot of talent, hard work, and dedication from your teachers and students. We have found the single most important factor in creating a quality poem is the quality of the instruction.” Congratulations to our student poets and to their teacher, Jennifer Skiffington, our middle school language arts teacher.