News 2018-03-08T13:51:12+00:00

Alumni Scholarship Award

The CVMS Alumni Scholarship Award was established in 2017 by the CVMS Board of Trustees to honor a graduating senior with at least three (3) years of experience at CVMS.

Maura Glovins was selected as the first winner of the CVMS Alumni Scholarship Award for 2017. Applicants were asked to write a brief essay answering the following question:

How did your education at Chemung Valley Montessori School impact your success after leaving the school?

The CVMS Alumni Scholarship 2018 application period will open on March 7, 2018 and all materials must be submitted by April 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

I distinctly remember Mr. Knapp having us sit in circle around a cloaked box he had just retrieved from his car. He finally cured our anticipation as he unveiled the cloth, exposing the four painted turtles that were housed inside. “There are hundreds in our pond and I thought I’d bring in some for today’s class,” he said nonchalantly. Although it appeared to be a trivial gesture to him, I was amazed. Not only was I intrigued by the painted pond-dwellers, but I thought it was so cool that he was able to bring in turtles just because it corresponded with our lesson.

This is the first memory I trace back to when I get the ever so common question, “Wow, Marine Science… how’d you get into that?” But I see this CVMS memory as something more than a spark for my interest to work with animals; I view it as the origin for my fascination with unconventional classroom teaching. What I mean by this is many modern classrooms are becoming dull and do not utilize their full potential.

Last summer, I lead a STEM program at a YMCA summer camp where campers explored science outside of the traditional classroom environment. Whether we were shooting off Alka-Seltzer rockets; creating ice cream from scratch; or blasting potatoes out of a cannon; everyone, including myself, had a blast! It is this type of education, the type where a teacher can surpass the classroom norm, that helped me become successful after leaving CVMS.   ~Maura Glovins

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CVMS Alum and current Horseheads High School junior, Daniel Vaughn, has been selected as a member of the JAM Fund Development Cyclocross Team. The cycling team is managed by four time national champion Jeremy Powers. JAM Team alumni include include Ellen Noble, the reigning U23 Cyclocross US National Champion and World Cup Champion; Stephen Hyde, the reigning Men’s Cyclocross US National Champion; and several other professional cyclists. In July, Daniel will be riding 68 miles and climbing nearly 6,000 feet in the JAM Grand Fundo to raise money for the team. If you wish to sponsor Daniel and his team, you can do so through his fundraising page at

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