Where students are challenged to meet their potential

Calculating our Lunch Footprint

                                      Three times a week students at The Element cook hot lunches as a part of the Cooking Program. Assigned students are responsible for grocery shopping each week and students experience a variety of food. Grade 8 and […]


Impromptu Quote Wall

“Today I will live in the moment, unless it is unpleasant in which case, I will eat a cookie,” read a quote on the impromptu quote wall students at The Element created today. Every Friday morning, at the school’s community meeting, a student reads a quote to the class from a quote book. When students […]


Human Development

Students at The Element have started the Human Development Session in their Humanities class. In this session students learn about human development from conception to adolescents to help the students gain an understanding of who they are and why their bodies are changing as they are. An examination, reflection and discussion on personal values, social responsibility […]


Science at The Element

                        Over the past few months, our investigations in Science have allowed us to examine our local ecosystem, study the properties of fluids, and discover the intricacies of cell structure and human anatomy. Hands-on experiments and personal research have allowed the students to explore […]



Micro-economies has changed its name to Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship, which is defined as “ the process of starting a business or other organization,” does a better job of describing what is happening in class. As we begin 2015, students are in the process of ‘closing the books’ on 2014 and are completing cash flow statements, repaying […]


3D Cell Model

                While learning about cell biology and human anatomy, students were asked to create a 3D cell model of either a plant or animal. The assignment resulted in 3D models of all shapes and sizes, made with everything from edible materials to technology.


Community Meetings at The Element

Every Friday students begin their day with a community meeting; this is a time for students to celebrate what went well during the week, give Thank Yous, discuss issues that may have arisen and bring ideas to The Element community. It is also a time for students to discuss topics relating to social responsibility such […]


Why are there cans in the freezer?

Teachers at The Element were shocked to see three cans in the school’s freezer. Why were they there? Well, obviously someone thought that’s where they belong. This begs the question: Why don’t cans belong in the freezer? In short, canned foods are sterile so they won’t host bacteria and are therefore safe to be stored […]


FSL Class Brings in Guest Speaker

          As a part of their French as a Second Language (FSL) class, The Element students listened to a French Guest Speaker, Loic Martin, on his experience growing up in Benin. Loic, who teaches ukelele to the Upper Elementary students at OMS Montessori, shared some of the culture and traditions from his birth […]


African Art and Culture

  As a part of our session study on Africa, an artist from Sudan, Hamid Ayoub, was a guest in our classroom periodically over the course of four weeks. Hamid led the students in art workshops on designing masks and acrylic painting. He also led a workshop on drumming. Throughout his authentic lessons to the […]