Hear from Apple Graduates
“I have been at Apple Montessori for 8 years, and these have been the best years of my life. Through the ups and downs, Apple has helped learn what I need to learn in order to succeed in life…”
“Apple has the best teachers in the world! I have become a confident person, I’ve gained the characteristics of a successful student, and was given a unique and unrivaled education, which will last me a lifetime…”
“Here at Apple you get to be yourself no matter what. Each person is treated as a special and unique individual. It’s just a very special environment to foster learning…”
My name is Kaila Mc Namara. I have been at Apple Montessori for 8 years, and these have been the best years of my life. Through the ups and downs, Apple has helped learn what I need to learn in order to succeed in life. The staff has worked so hard to help get me where I am today. The teachers are kind and fair. They helped when I needed it and let me choose my work and follow my interests. Even when I leave this school, I will remember my friends and different learning experiences from this school. Even when I am much older, I will not forget Apple.
It is difficult for me to remember the numerous experiences that have helped mold me. I do know that one important thing that happened here in elementary, is that I met Cassandra, my best friend since first grade. One thing I appreciate about Cassy is that she is always around. We have played together at recess and have been by each other’s side for years.
My last three years at Apple have been really great. I am glad that the longer I was here, the closer I was able to get to more friends and the more free work choices I got to make. I also had more freedom to make decisions and have chances to be a leader during these past three years.
Some of my favorite memories from the past six years are going to Father’s Day in the park and exploring the many different hiking paths. I loved class parties and pajamas days where we got to bring in one thing each. Trick or Trunk was always fun and interesting to attend every year. We dressed up in costumes and went trick or treating at every trunk. There was even the time that we went outside in our snow clothes and I made a 2 ½ foot tall snowball!
I want to thank Mrs. Signorello, Mrs. Pasquale, Mrs. Spadaccini, Ms. Martinka, and all of the other teachers and assistants for teaching me all different things. I loved learning about STEM, and the subjects involved in STEM are especially my favorites. I also want to thank everyone who works in the office, the special class teachers, and my family. Thank you for teaching me everything I know.
Hello fellow students, teachers, family, and friends of Apple Montessori. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Louie Waibel. I am a 6th grader at Apple Montessori Schools.
At the beginning of this year I wasn’t sure I wanted to stay for 6th grade. But as the year rolled around I was surely mistaken. This year was probably the best year I have ever had at Apple Montessori. I made new friends, found new opportunities, and got an even better education.
One of the reasons I wanted to stay at Apple is because Apple has the best teachers in the world! Mrs. Sanabria was my very first teacher. She was the building block of my education. Without her I would not have the discipline that I have today. One of my most precious memories that I will cherish forever are the stories that Mrs. Van would share with us. I would like to say thank you to them along with Miss Stallone, Miss. Long, and Mrs. Raja. Thank You all for being such caring and supportive teachers. Mrs. N. thank you for allowing these last four years to be fun and exciting and for allowing us to have a little bit more fun than Mrs. Spadaccini might have even known about. I want to thank my teacher Mrs. Spadaccini for teaching me for the past four years, you have been one of the best teachers I have ever had, and that has nothing to do with how much you have cooked for us… although it is a contributing factor. Thank you Mrs. Pasquale for being my mentor for this speech, I don’t know what I would have done without you.
Another reason I was such a successful student is because of the friends I have made along the way here at Apple. I’ve become a better person because of them. It’s not just children of my age, it’s also the younger children as well. I will miss having different aged classmates. This is something I loved about being a Montessori student.
Knowing people outside of the Apple community, I’ve been able to see just how fortunate I truly have been to be a student at this school. I have become a confident person, I’ve gained the characteristics of a successful student, and was given a unique and unrivaled education, which will last me a lifetime.
I want to thank my parents and my family; without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I love you.
To my fellow classmates new and old; here is something to think about, there is 1 Universe, 8 Planets, 1 Earth, 7 Continents, 4 oceans, 196 countries, and 7 ½ billion people in the world and luckily our paths have crossed and I have had the pleasure of knowing each and every one of you.
Hello, my name is Cassy Feltenstein and I have been going to Apple Montessori Schools for 7 years. I first started at the Apple Montessori in Oakland as a kindergartener. My teacher was Mrs. Lee and she was super sweet, kind and friendly. She was a great singer and I loved to learn her new songs. At the end of the year I was sad to leave my old school but happy to come here for first grade. My first day here was a very nervous and scary one but later I realized that there was nothing to fear and that Apple will always welcome you home whether coming here for the first time or coming back to visit. I only knew one person from kindergarten on my first day and was happy to see she was attending the Apple in Wayne as well, we weren’t in the same class but that was okay.
Throughout my years here I’ve made a lot of friends and learned a lot. My friends have been there for me through my ups and downs. They’ve encouraged, inspired and most of all made me laugh through everything. Their friendship is important to me because friendship isn’t just about the people you’ve known the longest, but the people who are there for you no matter what.
I loved learning science at Apple, I was always encouraged to explore, discover and stretch my imagination. Here at Apple you’re allowed to step outside the everyday curriculum if it is something that inspires you. That’s one of my favorite parts of the Montessori Method – you have the freedom of choice and don’t do the same boring work every day like elsewhere.
Here at Apple you get to be yourself no matter what. Each person is treated as a special and unique individual. It’s just a very special environment to foster learning.
One of my favorite things to do at Apple is creative writing. My love for both reading and writing came when a few friends of mine introduced me to the Harry Potter series. Needless to say, after I read book #1 I was hooked and read them all. In the end I wanted to be just like J.K Rowling, as she said: “If you don’t like reading you haven’t found the right book”. So I wrote stories, short ones at first but then later, longer and more descriptive ones. Writing still remains a love of mine for countless reasons. Apple is my home and always will be no matter how old I grow, I’m just thinking how weird it will be walking into my new school and all that I will be wishing is that I could go back in time and relive my Apple experience.
Now before I leave you I would like to give a few thanks: I’d like to thank Kaila and Louie who are fellow sixth graders here for staying by my side forever and helping me stand up to people who bother me. Ms. Spadaccini, Ms. Martinka, and Ms. Signerello for teaching me, preparing me for the future and surviving having me as a student. My mom, dad, and brother for helping me through all of my emotional dramas and supporting me through everything. Now because of Apple I’ve laughed a little louder, been upset a little less and smiled a lot more!
After Apple: The Next Step…Apple and Beyond
The ability to instill a passion for learning in our students is a gift that keeps on giving. Our students leave Apple with a thirst for knowledge, the ability to ask challenging questions, and the drive to answer them. This passion, paired with a strong academic foundation and life skills for tomorrow, allows students the foundation to secure a strong academic future. It is their abilities in the classroom that make them ready for the challenges that lie ahead. Finally, while Apple nurtures children’s passion it is our job to tap into their strengths.
We offer them perspective on how they can touch the world, examining their Cosmic Task. It is these cornerstones that allow our children to be so successful, not only in their academic life, but in a more global way. Our children remain confident leaders who seek happiness and work for the greater good. When we hear of their activities today, one theme stands out: our students have had the courage, the drive and the abilities to choose and follow their dreams.
Because of the strong foundation offered to our students their potential is immeasurable. Many of our students find themselves at the finest middle and secondary institutions in the state. Many students are accepted to both day and boarding schools and have the ability to choose which to attend. Students who move into public schools find themselves in rigorous honors programs and AP classes.
As students end their time in Upper School here at Apple, families begin to think about what happens “After Apple”. Administrators and teachers help guide families in choosing the best school for their child. Families sit down for counseling sessions and are guided through the entire admissions process.
Families must consider many factors in this process including: coed or single gender, boarding school or day school, travel time, extra-curricular opportunities including sports and clubs, academic opportunities, and rigor.
Even after students leave, we maintain relationships with our students. Many students find their way back to Apple sharing great stories of their successes in life. We always enjoy hearing their favorite memories from their experience here.
Where your child attends middle school and high school will have a direct impact on where your son or daughter attends college and have an impact on the rest of his or her life. That is why Apple Montessori Elementary School is committed to helping you through this process. As you approach the end of your Apple years, teachers and administrators will meet with you and your child to help you understand the different options and roads that lay ahead.
There are many factors to consider when making this decision some of which include: Co-ed or single gender, boarding school or day school, travel time, extra-curricular opportunities including sports and clubs, academic opportunities and rigor.