Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Participating on an Odyssey of the Mind team is a challenging and rewarding experience. The team consists of seven students. Students and students alone are responsible for solving a Long Term Problem. Coaches, parents and other adults are NOT allowed to assist in solving the overall problem in any fashion. Students prepare for months in anticipation of competing in a regional competition that takes place each March at Orange Ulster BOCES in Goshen, NY. If successful in the eyes of the judges, the team can then move on to compete at the state and possibly the national level.
The purpose of the Montgomery Elementary Student Council is to teach and involve students in the democratic process by putting classroom learning into practice through elections of students into various positions in the Student Council Club. Student Council also fosters communication between students, parents, and teachers, and provides an opportunity for students to engage in public service through school-wide and community activities.
TEAM Enrichment Club
While participating in the STEAM Enrichment Club, 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to learn concepts that will prepare them for 21st century careers. Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math as tools to foster student learning, the Club focuses on expanding and sharpening students’ knowledge in algebra, numbers and operations, geometry, measurement, critical thinking, problem solving, design, and many more areas through fun activities and projects.
The MES Writing Club is comprised of 5th grade students. The fifth graders write articles for the MES News for NOW newspaper about topics that interest students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Examples of these articles are: interviews of specific staff members, happenings around the school, book and movie reviews, and a kid’s corner, which usually includes an entertaining puzzle for kids. Weekly meetings include brainstorming what they want to write about, researching information to include in their articles, writing first drafts of the articles, and finally writing final copies. The Writing Club usually publishes a new issue every 4-6 weeks. The club continued publishing during the COVID-19 Crisis.
Crazy 8’s Math Club
Crazy 8’s is a fun after school program where students get to interact with everyday materials to play math games! Students use glow sticks to explore shapes and tessellations, hacky sacks to play lawn darts and add up our points, toilet paper to play Olympic style games and measure distances, and much more! Students laugh, work together, and have fun while exploring math!