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PAGE C8 School Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Mini Storage pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Traci Davis, ]eft, and Shania R!ng head the Small Scholars Academy The Small Scholars Academy got its start =ov,o==o== from a desire to do A Kindergartner uses a computer at the Small Scholars Academy. than more aav care. MAGGIE WOLFF PETERSON Also in the office are laun- ward increasing sensitivity to The school's preschool and special to the Spirit dry .bins filled with washcloths, children with allergies, kindergarten are accredited by The school has adopted an ecof- Extra-curricular programming the National Association for Traci Davis had a problem in riendly initiative to cut use of pa- includes community service proj- the Education of Young Chil- 2004, after her daughter turned two. A certfied-.leacher, Davis per towels, using cloth instead, ects, required of each student, dren, an independent organiza- was working in Frederick Coun- Ring is tasked with keeping track and an annual talent show. Other tion based in Washington, D.C., ty, Md., because that's where the of which bin contains the dirty enrichment includes art, physical and its pre-kindergarten is un, jobs were. But she livedin Charles cloths, and laundering, education and Spanish classes, derwritten by Jefferson County Town and needed a preschool for Additionally, the school is go- The $6,500 annual tuition is re- throughits Community Partners her daughter, ing entirely nut-free, in a nod to- duced 25 percent for siblings, program. And she had high standards. "I had special things in mind," she said. "I wanted not day care, but educatiot?' That led to e establishment of Small Scholars Academy, which today is not just a preschool, but also a kindergarten and one- room schoolhouse for grades one through six. The school has moved twice, from its original home on Augustine Avenue to a satellite location on Jefferson Avenue, and now, to its home on Cherry Tree Drive. The building, originally con- 2012 GMCSlERRA 2012 GMC ACADIA 2012 GMC CANYON structed to house a commercial IItDur'IIID day care, offers space not only for classrooms, but also a music lab that contains a piano, drum and leyboards. Davis is the school's owner and director, while other teachers and aides manage individual class- 0ApR/$000#( 0% APR TAKE UP TO $2.S0O OF F roolns. ' :upm.r,u,,, $2500 OFF An atmosphere of creative com- OR PLUS'I!Cs.i$10(10* - /ITHSgl4 and O R 1,9% eap.,O Nardtl motion pervades the five-room Take$400QRebete" OR tr,,. 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For the 2012-2013 school year, the school will formalize its aff'di- ation with the Montessori method UPrO 0% APR UPrO upr0 0% APR of teaching by hiring a certified $150QOFF ,,,. $35000TF_. .=z, 500OFF Montessori teacher and follow- ildi 0 n S *S " m  uR S: S  S  r  '  ing the method's curriculum. Da- ?ALTY O1t LOYALTY r, ASkl: LOYALTY OI,. LOtTY  kOYAEf  LOA CSH vis said this move comes because the school was already informally following the Montessori philoso- phy of centering education on the child's interests, and pacing it as individual children learn. Standardized testing, used to quantify student progress, gener- ally shows children performing more than two years above grade level, according to Shania Ring, the school's operations manager. Children learn "hands on," Da- vis said. A pile of defunct comput- er printers in the school office will eventually become learning tools for kids, who can take them apart and reorganize the pieces into new contraptions. "They take the gears and the wires and put together new things," Ring said. , ,w::tr   : r,   ,m,: :-:+,:Mr : -- t-m:l ',' a I Scheduling/Registration Night for the 2012-2013 school year at Wild- . wood Middle School is Feb. 27. 6 pm. - Rising 6th Grade Blue Ridge Elementary CW Shipley Elementary Driswood Elementary North Jefferson Elementary Wildwood Middle School scheduling night Feb. 27 Shepherdstown Elementary South Jefferson Elementary Wright Denny Intermediate 6:45 p.m. - Rising 6th Grade Ranson Elementary TA Low,ry Elementary 7:30 p.m. - Rising 7th and 8th Grade ALLEGANY Rockwell We'll beat any Charles Town or Rans0n storage facility by $51month! 165 Philip Avenue Charles T0wn,WV Boat / RV / Climate Control (304) 724-7867 www. RockwellMiniStorage.oom TRI STATE