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Jude’s Graduation Speech

Categories: Adolescent Program / Events / Fan Mail / For Parents / Why Montessori

Please take a moment and read through Jude’s remarks, which he gave during our Recognition Ceremony in May.  Each year, our Adolescent Community (Junior High) graduates are asked to give a short speech during the Recognition Ceremony.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing their words.

“I came to Wheaton Montessori in 5th grade, so I have not been here as long as some other people here, but I feel as though I’ve been here my whole life.

The first memory I have of Wheaton Montessori School took place on the first day of school in 5th grade.  My mom is a teacher here, so I got here before most other people.  As soon as I walked in the door, I was greeted by Matt R. Without any instructions from teachers to do so, he introduced himself and we quickly started talking.  This almost immediately removed any nerves I had about the new environment, and our friendship grew until today, where he is still one of my best friends.

This welcoming mentality is one that I saw was shared throughout the students and the staff of this school as I progressed through my 5th grade year, my 6th grade year, and on to Junior High.  For that, I would like to say thank you.

My time in Junior High was amazing.  I learned so much about all of the different subjects; through my own research, John-Marc and Kelly, and my classmates’ presentations.  I also had the privilege of learning how to cook meals, work in the raised beds, and take care of the beehives.  I gained so much experience selling the tomatoes that we grew, as well as the honey and the soap that we made.

These things helped pay for our trips to New York and Washington, D.C., which were incredibly educational and fun.  Overall, my days spent at WMS were some of the best of my life, and I would like to thank everyone for that because I know that when I look back at this time of my life, all I will have is fond memories.  Thank you.”