The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori provides preschool through 8th grade students with an outstanding education in a Catholic atmosphere faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. Our students grow into independent, critical-thinkers with strong faith formation and excellent academic skills.
Join us for "First Tuesday"
Parents with young children won't want to miss the "First Tuesday" presentation on Montessori Language by Pre-Primary Directress, Julia Damico, on Dec. 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Read more.
The Child-Like Faith -- This week's Montessori Moment
How do children express their Faith in the Atrium? In this week's Montessori Moment, Jana Widmeyer describes the children's reactions to learning about God's love for them.
Virtues Project for November
Mr. Teller Named "Outstanding Educator"
Cincy Magazine just awarded its "Outstanding Educator of the Year" honor to our Principal, Dan Teller. Click here to learn more.
3 or 4-Day Preschool Options
GSCM Handbook Available
Click here to read the 2014-2015 GSCM Handbook.
Why handwriting matters
Ever wonder why we still teach cursive handwriting? Click here to read an article from The New York Times that sheds light on the link between handwriting and brain development.
Beginning Reading Instruction:
Practical Ideas for Parents
“Parents, your children’s success as learners rests on their ability to read well. Learning to read is a process that takes time and effort… You are your children’s first and most influential teachers. Teaching and learning happen when you and your young children do simple, fun things at home.” [From “Beginning Reading Instruction, Practical Ideas for Parents]
This year, the GSCM teaching staff is taking a 21-hour training course called LETRS (Learning Essentials in Teaching Reading and Spelling) with Dr. Richard Sparks, professor of reading science at the College of Mt. St. Joseph. LETRS is an empirical, research-based approach to understanding the processes of reading and spelling, how the brain works in learning and using these skills, and best practices to teaching these skills.
Parents have the best opportunity to establish a firm foundation for a child’s success in developing the skill of reading. Dr. Sparks shared an excellent article from the Texas Reading Initiative that lists many fun, easy things for parents to do to help their child become a strong reader. Click HERE for Beginning Reading Instruction: Practical Ideas for Parents.
Kroger Rewards Program
The Kroger Reward program has changed to make it easier for parents to support their children's school. Please see the instructions on how to update your Kroger card. We urge all GSCM families who shop at Kroger to enroll, and to ask extended family and friends to enroll and list GSCM as your donor organization. We utilize these funds for Staff Development and Financial Aid. Thank you!
A Unique Feature at GSCM
Visitors to our school have sometimes commented on how special and unusual it is that GSCM offers Orton-Gillingham tutoring to students during the school day. Orton is a time-tested, research validated best practice for helping all children develop skills in reading and spelling. While our Orton tutor works directly with students who need added support in these language skills, it is important for parents to note that our elementary language teachers also have Orton training, and are able to incorporate this brilliant approach directly into the regular curriculum for all of our students. This distinguishing feature of our academic program has greatly benefited our students and is yet another reason that GSCM is so unique among schools!
Read more about Orton-Gillingham Instruction...
Catholic Identity Statement
Each week in our GSCM Newsletter, the "Mission Alive" section features happenings at the school which particularly showcase our unique Catholic Montessori mission. Recently, we looked at several aspects of our Catholic Identity as expressed in the educational climate. For the complete Catholic Identity Statement, please visit "Catholic Formation." To read more "Mission Alive" articles - including classroom initiatives, published research, staff development, and more - see our Weekly Newsletter archive.
Parent-Teacher Conference Week
Monday, Nov. 17 -- Friday, Nov. 21
Moms' Night Out
Thursday, Nov. 20
Conference Make-Up Day
Friday, Nov. 21
Wednesday, Nov. 26 --
Friday, Nov. 28
First Tuesday Parent Event:
Tuesday, Dec. 2
10:30 -- 11:30 a.m.
GSCM Purchases Building
Article in The Catholic Beat, October 2014
Article in Hyde Park Living, July 2013
Article in The Catholic Beat, January 16, 2013
Press Release from January 14, 2013
Montessori Education Interview
Principal, Dan Teller, was interviewed about Montessori education by Jenell Walton of Channel 9, WCPO.
See the video clip.