"If we want to help the child draw nearer to God, we should with patience and courage . . . seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him."
Sofia Cavalletti

Welcome

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.

News

Buy Book Fair Vouchers 

Click here to buy a Book Fair Voucher.  The Book Fair will be held from Nov. 3 - 7 and vouchers make shopping for books easier than ever!

Virtues Project for November

Click here to see the home projects for November that support our Year of Faith Virtues Education.  To view the home virtues projects for the entire Year of Faith, click here.

"The Search for Truth" -- This week's Montessori Moment

How do history lessons lead to deep discussions in the Upper Elementary?  Click here to find out.

Virtues Project for October

Click here to view and print the home projects for October.

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

Want to know more about our new
3 or 4 day preschool options? Need Extended or After Care? We've got it!  Click here to find out more.

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!

Orton-Gillingham Instruction:
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...

  
Mission Alive:
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.

 

 

Events

Mass and Eucharistic
Procession with Bishop Binzer

Friday, Oct. 31

Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 3 --
Friday, Nov. 7

Pre-Primary and Elementary
Parent-Child Evening

Thursday, Nov. 6
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Teacher Records Day
No School

Monday, Nov. 10

"Purity in the Digital Age"
Presentation by Dr. Sodergren

Thursday, Nov. 13
7:00 p.m.

First Trimester
Progress Reports

Friday, Nov. 14

Parent-Teacher Conference Week

Monday, Nov. 17 -- Friday, Nov. 21

Conference Make-Up Day
No School

Friday, Nov. 21

Press

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.

 

Catholic Resources






 

Our Three-Fold Foundation

  • Montessori
  • Education
  • Catholic Identity
  • The Catechesis of
  • the Good
  • Shepherd
"If teaching is to be effective with children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence."
Maria Montessori.