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Middle and Upper School
Weekly Newsletter
April 28, 2006


     ““Functioning from the unbounded awareness, comprehension is so great that every thought contains within its fold all the elements that are necessary for its fruition. A desire begun from that level materializes immediately.”—Maharishi

Dear Parents,


Last week our School hosted the 12-member team from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) for our seven-year accreditation visit.

As they began to assess all areas of the School, we realized what a great team had been chosen for our School. They were completely open and respectful of our mission, and sincerely wanted to share their expertise in strengthening our School.

In the Exit Report given to the School Council, Matt Gossage, the team leader, commented, “I am asking that the Steering Committee (School Council) communicate to the entire Maharishi School community how much the Visiting Team enjoyed being with this school community and learning from you. The hospitality the School extended to us was so genuine. The courtesies you showed us throughout our visit made the work we did so much easier and, we believe, more meaningful. We were the recipients of the School mission in action.”

Matt then went on to share the five major Commendations and Recommendations from their visit. Within four weeks, the School will receive a copy of the final report.

We will be sharing with the parent community these major Recommendations and Commendations at an All-School meeting on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:30 pm in the Clark Auditorium.

Also at this time, a new and exciting Marketing Plan for the School will be presented by Molly Cutter, our Director of Expansion. Molly will be joined by our newly formed Marketing Advisory Board, consisting of several local businessmen who are marketing experts.


Congratulations to the boys’ tennis team, who is on a winning streak. The team had an important victory at Pella last week. They placed first as a team in the 9-team tournament, coming 1st and 2nd in doubles, and 2nd in singles.

Later in the week, they defeated Burlington 7-2.

On Saturday they had victories against Mount Pleasant and Davis County at the Pioneer Invitational.

Both the boys’ and the girls’ track teams had meets in New London last week.

Highlights of the boys’ events were 1st places in the 800 meter run, 4 X 800 meter relay and the 4 X 200 meter relay, and 1st and 2nd places in the long jump.

Lanie Goldstein placed 2nd in the 100 meter run, and 3rd in the 200 meter run.

Maharishi School senior Steven George represented our School at the prestigious Drake relays in the long jump, and finished in 2nd place with a jump of 24 ft. 8 inches. (The top 24 in the state qualify for each event).

Congratulations to the boys’ golf team, who defeated arch rival Van Buren 159-176 this past week.


If your child participated in volleyball, soccer, or basketball this year, please have him/her turn in the uniforms to the PE office.


Out of a total of sixteen teams that will represent Iowa at the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals to be held at the University of Tennessee in May, five are from Maharishi School.

Even after the departure of Mark Headlee, who was, for over a decade, renowned as the “winningest coach in DI history,” Maharishi School continues as a powerhouse in this competition. The teams are now under the capable guidance of Mark Wilkins.

At the state competition held at Grinnell College, five of Maharishi School’s nine teams placed first, which qualified them for the Global Finals.

Two Maharishi School teams earned second place trophies, one team placed third, and one team placed fourth. In addition, the first place Upper School girls’ acting team also won a special Renaissance award for outstanding creativity.

DI is an international problem-solving program that focuses on the development of teamwork, independent creativity (adults are not allowed to help), critical thinking, technical skills, and performance.

The teams are challenged to invent ingenious and entertaining solutions to complex challenges. The team members work together for months, using art, technology, performance, and real world relevance, often devising elaborate presentations of striking originality.

In addition to "Team Challenges," the competitions also involve "Instant Challenges," in which the teams must use their unbridled imaginations to create a novel response, within minutes, to a challenge they have never seen before.

For the Instant Challenges, students learn to have fun taking risks, as they channel their group creativity into pure improvisation.

More than 8,000 students, from all over the United States and many foreign countries will compete at the Global Finals.

An additional challenge faced by the teams going is fundraising, as it is a huge undertaking to send all 32 team members plus their coaches and chaperones to Knoxville for a week.

The teams (and their parents) are organizing the following fundraisers:

  • Mother’s Day Rose Sale: A dozen roses, purchased for $20, will be delivered to any Fairfield address the day before Mother’s Day.  Roses must be ordered in advance. Even though the deadline was Friday of last week, don’t hesitate to call 469-3069 today.
  • The traditional huge DI multi-family Yard Sale will be held Saturday, May 13, at 1600 S. Main.  Donations are invited, excluding clothing and paperback books. Pickup is available: call 472-7196 or 469-3223.
  • A DI Showcase, where each team gives a taste of its winning performance, will take place at 7:45 pm, Saturday, May 20, at the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium at Maharishi School. Admission is free. A silent auction of special donated items will be held during the showcase.
  • Fairfield businesses and individuals are invited to continue the tradition of their generous sponsorship of these teams and their trip to Global Finals.  Contact June Schindler at 472-9126, or Mark Wilkins at 472-606.

    Thank you .

Best Wishes,

Laurie Baumann and Alan Colby


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