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Middle School

August 2020

Welcome! The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca is excited to begin another year of nurturing the hearts, minds, and spirit of children. We are so glad to have you with us.
All the information you need for the start of the year is here on this page.

Please take time to read through the following, even if you are a returning family, and check back for added information as we get closer to the start of school. We will continue to add to this page as information pertaining to this level develops.

Summer Literature Project—“The Jackdaw”

Students should bring their finished summer literature project with them the second day of school.

We are a peanut free and tree nut free campus!


We have children in our school buildings with a LIFE THREATENING allergy to peanuts and/or tree nuts. Please refrain from including any peanut or tree nut products in snacks and lunches. Please read labels carefully and note that even non-nut foods may be contaminated if processed in a plant where tree nut or peanut products were prepared. If a product has been processed where peanuts or tree nuts have been processed, we cannot have it at school. If your child does bring another seed butter to school please place a note identifying it as such.

We understand that this may be an inconvenience and thank you in advance for your support with this critical issue. More information can be found in the Junior Level Handbook.


 Pod Family Get-together

We will start the year gathering on Zoom as pods with the intention to have some fun getting to know each other.  This will not be an informational meeting but a time to build community and introduce ourselves.  Informational pod meetings will follow in the first weeks of school.  Our first pod family get-togethers are as follows:


Amanda and Kathrin’s Pod:  Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30 pm

Jim and Stephen’s Pod:          Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 pm

Zoom links will follow in an email.


Communicating with Teachers and Assistants

During the school year feel free to communicate with teachers via email:


Jim Hodges:                jhodges@eacmsi.org

Amanda Medlock:      amedlock@eacmsi.org

Stephen Lenhart:        slenhart@eacmsi.org

Kathrin Achenbach:    kachenbach@eacmsi.org


Alternately, you can phone the school office (607.277.7335) at any time and leave a message. Teachers will return your call at their earliest convenience.



2020-2021 Middle School Pod Lists


EACMSI Middle School Pods 2020-21


 Need More Information?

Details and additional information can be found in the EACMSI Handbook.


School Supplies 

At-School Supplies:  Students should bring these school supplies on the first day of school.  Please label all items clearly so students can keep track of them throughout the year. 


  • School backpack to carry school supplies to and from school
  • separate footwear for indoor and outdoor use (Note: students are expected to have sturdy footwear like sneakers for recess. Flip-flops or open-toed sandals are not allowed at recess.)
  • water bottle for daily use (no water fountains)
  • pencils with erasers (10+)
  • colored pencils (a set of at least 12—reuse from previous years)
  • a highlighter
  • a pencil case (to hold your collection of pencils, pens, highlighter, etc.)
  • Scientific calculator:  Texas Instruments TI-30Xa.  (We especially recommend this model; if all students have it, it would make instruction and mastery that much easier.)
  • 5 one-inch three-ring binders (each binder stocked with about 20 sheets college-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper)
  • 1 one-and-a-half inch three-ring binder
  • 1 graph-paper notebook for math class
  • 2 textbook covers
  • Assignment book:  Please explore the options and make a choice that your student feels will provide them with the most efficient means for recording and keeping track of schoolwork. We have found the weekly/monthly academic planners to be quite good. OR a student could go entirely digital by using Google Classroom.
  • Summer Literature Project—Jackdaw (directions on MS webpage)


At-Home Work Station:  This year, whether a student is attending EAC in person or working from home, we’re asking all students to collect materials and prepare a work space in their home in the event we must go to distance learning. This will prepare students for homework as well.  Please create a bin filled with supplies you may already have on hand, which will duplicate the supplies students will have in school. In addition, consider where your child will have a consistent work space with a solid work surface (preferably a table or desk), a stable chair, good lighting and an outlet for their computer device. 


  • Graphite pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Pencil bag
  • Set of watercolors and brush
  • Colored pencil set
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Lined loose leaf and blank paper
  • A bin or box to hold the supplies above and other materials and folders that may be sent home



Jim Hodges jhodges@eacmsi.org
Amanda Medlock amedlock@eacmsi.org
Stephen Lenhart slenhart@eacmsi.org
Kathrin Achenbach   kachenbach@eacmsi.org