Student Life at MSR is an extension of our academic program - offering students choice and variety, independence, and opportunities to explore themselves and the world around them.
From pep rallies to our annual Pancake Breakfast to our Upper and Middle School sports teams, community is central to the MSR experience and is integrated into all aspects of student life.
Convocation at MSR
Convocation is an important part of the MSR experience as our community of students, faculty, and staff gather together to reflect on the school year head. Our head of school offers opening remarks and students from our Lower Elementary through our Upper School share words of welcome and wisdom.
In keeping with the Montessori and International Baccalaureate approach to learning, making connections through real-world experiences is what MSR field trips are all about. Field trips are designed to give students age-appropriate experiences beyond the confines of the classroom. The annual New York Odyssey trip is one such experience. Our 6th grade students help plan the trip, research the city, and then to the Big Apple where they visit the places they have studied and give presentations on what they have learned. In the process they learn not only about NYC, but about themselves, too, as they navigate the urban landscape and discover a new part of their world.
This favorite MSR event for our Lower and Upper Elementary students is a fun and educational twist on Halloween. Students are assigned a category of educational significance - such as renowned peace leaders, endangered animals, historical figures, mythology, literary characters, etc. from which they choose to research. Each student writes a report and makes a presentation for their class while dressed as their chosen person, animal or thing. Mystery History culminates with a costume parade for parents and younger students.
With the addition of a new campus for our Middle and Upper Schools, MSR now celebrates commencement each year. It is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate members of our graduating class - all they have contributed to life at MSR and all they have learned about themselves, the world, and their place in it.
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School Ring and Ring Ceremony
History of the MSR school ring
In the fall of 2019, as the first class of seniors began their final year at MSR, the Upper School Student Council queried students about forming a committee to research, design, and create MSR’s first class ring designed to provide students with a lasting memory of their time at the Montessori School of Raleigh.
Emma Finley '21 and Andrew Longo '21, took a particular interest in this project and began the work of designing, first by sketch and later by computer, an MSR school ring. With design in hand, they prepared and submitted a Request For Proposal to various jewelers in the area and eventually chose Diamonds Direct to help bring their vision to reality.
Through conversations with the jeweler, the ring design was perfected and improved and the first prototype was created to share with the junior and senior classes.
The MSR class ring incorporates a set of three interlocking circles as the centerpiece. The circles symbolize the continuous flow of learning, the three year Montessori learning cycle, the collaborative nature of how Montessori functions, and represents the qualities of empathy, peace, and communication, as well as the goal of our high school, which is to make students into: agile thinkers, poised communicators, and gracious collaborators. The ring also includes the student’s graduation year engraved on the face.
The MSR class ring can be ordered in gold or silver and in two sizes, 12 millimeters and 15 millimeters.
Class rings are traditionally purchased by students as juniors and worn throughout the senior year. A special ring ceremony, symbolizing the passage from the junior to senior year, is held in the spring of the junior year. Rings are worn facing the student while he/she is still at MSR and are turned away from the student once he/she has graduated.