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Victoria Makes the Most of Summer Vacation

From now until the first day of school we thought we'd share a few things our students of all ages have been up to this summer, so let's check in with Victoria, age 12.  Vicky went away for a week to Frogwarts, a Harry Potter themed sleep-away camp.  There were several other Maharishi School students in... Read More »

Pioneers Capture Invitational

The Maharishi School boys' tennis team finished on top today, defeating Fairfield High School, Albia, and Davis County in the Pioneer Invitational. Kai Vessey earned Pioneer "Player of the Match", winning 32 out of a possible 33 games. “Kai showed why he’s among the best in the state,” said Coach Briggs. Maharishi School 89 Albia 65... Read More »

Destination Imagination at Maharishi School: Creativity for the Careers of Tomorrow

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, “Shift Happens”   Ray Kurtzweil, computer scientist, inventor, and author, sums up his view of our... Read More »

Pioneers Go For Gold at Pella Invitational

Pioneer doubles duo, Daniel Zhu and Devan Burke, rolled through the six team field (Boone, Pella, Grinnell, Albia, Oskaloosa, Maharishi School) to capture gold medals in the Pella Invitational today. The pair defeated Pella, Grinnell, and Albia along the way. “Devan and Daniel are bright guys. They learn fast. They’re beating good teams by playing smart... Read More »

Maharishi School Tennis Defeats Keokuk 8-1

The Maharishi School boys' tennis squad defeated Keokuk 8-1, improving their dual meet record to 3-0.  “Our teams always seem to play better when the music’s right,” said Pioneer coach, Steve Briggs. “After an hour in the SUV, it's easy to start out a bit sluggish, but team DJ, Devan Burke, played some Sergeant Pepper on... Read More »

Earth Day Community Service - Time to Refresh the Nature Explore Classroom!

Earth Day is upon us again, and that must mean it's time to refresh our Nature Explore Classroom!  The Maharishi School Nature Explore Classroom is an outdoor play and learning space enjoyed by the students in our Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten, as well as the elementary schoolers.  With features like a cob play cottage, willow tunnel,... Read More »

Summer Day Camp 2017!

    It's time to register your kids for summer day camp at Maharishi School! The camp will run from June 12th - July 21st, children may attend any or all of the six-week offerings and may attend only in the mornings (9:00-12:00) or all day (9:00-3:00). Offerings will include arts and crafts, gardening and cooking,... Read More »

Maharishi School Pioneers Open Season With 9-0 Win

The Maharishi School tennis team opened their season with a 9-0 win at the Punj Courts in Fairfield today. “We have a young team this year. No seniors and three of our boys have been playing less than a year,” said Coach Briggs. “Fortunately, we also have some veterans, including last year’s 3rd place state doubles... Read More »

A Letter From Our School Head, Dr. Richard Beall

Dear Maharishi School Community, We did it again! Last week Maharishi School students added to our legacy of excellence and achievement in extracurricular activities with state championships in science and Destination Imagination (creative problem-solving). The Iowa Biotechnology Association named Pranav Chhalliyil, a sophomore at Maharishi School, the winner of the 2017 Iowa BioGENEius Challenge at the... Read More »

Project-Based Learning Sparks Creativity and Builds Skills at Maharishi School

Project-based learning is an integral part of the curriculum at Maharishi School, a private boarding and day school in Fairfield, Iowa.  Each quarter, students have a choice between several project courses and are also free to design and execute a proposal of their choosing.  Last year Upper School teacher Mark Wilkins offered raku ceramics as a... Read More »

Maharishi School Update From Dr. Richard Beall

Dear Maharishi School Community, Last Wednesday I returned home to a new sight in front of our School—the rainbow flag.  The rainbow flag has long represented peace, unity, and, especially, a safe space for all. This symbol has been adopted by the LGBT community and its supporters to represent the diversity within that group. In recent... Read More »

Maharishi School Raises Rainbow Flag

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." Martin Luther King Jr. In the last few years, stories about transgender rights have made their way to the forefront of national attention. These issues have cropped up in every area from workplaces, to shopping, to healthcare policy, so it's no... Read More »

“The Big Orange Splot” Sparks Creativity at Maharishi School

The Field of All Possibilities is the Source of All Solutions. ~Maharishi   Mr. Plumbean turns an accident into an opportunity when he turns an orange paint splotch on his roof into the phantasmagorical house of his dreams. The 123 Girls turned the fronts of their desks into their dreams and changed what the author says... Read More »

Don’t Miss Maharishi School Speech Competition Performances This Weekend!

The boundary-breaking tradition of excellence in Speech Competition at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment continues today with the strong performances of the 2017 MSAE Speech team, showing at Spayde Theatre Friday, Feb 24, and Saturday, Feb 25, at 8:00. You won’t want to miss it!  The evening begins with two Ensemble Acting entries. Loreena... Read More »

Maharishi School Students Host Empty Bowls Event to Raise Money for the Hungry

Upper School students at Maharishi School worked for an entire quarter to host an Empty Bowls event with the aim of raising funds to alleviate local and global hunger.                                                      "Empty... Read More »

Maharishi School to Present Theater Cavalcade

Maharishi School students are rehearsing for their annual theater cavalcade and hope you can attend one or more of their performances! The class will present a variety of offerings, including a choral reading called "Water", the Reader's Theater version of the James Thurber play "Many Moons", two ensembles, "The Dancers" by Horton Foot, and "You Can't... Read More »

Maharishi School Robotics Team Builds Skills

The Maharishi School Robotics Team has been working with teachers Rick Rudloff and Jeremy Jones since November to build, program, test, and compete with their robot, "Nicebot".  This effort is part of Maharishi School's Project Based Learning curriculum, which allows students to choose between a variety of course offerings and work for a full quarter on... Read More »

Maharishi School Art Show Engages and Inspires

Maharishi School students put on an Art Show for their friends and families last night, and we all had a wonderful time!  The students worked hard to create, mount, and hang their pieces in time for the show, and were excited to see the reactions to their work from all the attendees.  Emily Timm, Lower School... Read More »

Maharishi School Achieves National Recognition

By NICOLE HESTER-WILLIAMS Ledger staff writer, printed with permission from the Fairfield Ledger When walking up to the entrance of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, one might notice several signs on the door, but the green and white sticker that says “Niche, 2017 Best Private High Schools in Iowa,” sticks out. In November, the school... Read More »

Maharishi School Adopts Diversity Inclusion Policy

In the last few years, stories about transgender rights have made their way to the forefront of national attention. These issues have cropped up in every area from work places, to shopping, to healthcare policy, so it's no surprise that schools, too, are grappling with the correct way to deal with new understandings of gender identity.... Read More »

Maharishi School Updates Uniform Policy

Maharishi School has updated the uniform policy to allow for a more gender neutral, inclusive look throughout the Lower School.  Girls may now wear polo shirts and pants, or blouse and skirt, whichever they prefer.  Additionally, more shirt colors are available to the kids, including blue, green, and yellow.  As a major bonus, the blue and... Read More »

Maharishi School Girls Run 5k With Girls on the Run

Maharishi School third through sixth grade girls have been meeting twice a week after school for over two months now, training for a 5 kilometer team run.  It's all part of a nation wide program called Girls on the Run, which not only emphasizes physical fitness, but also teamwork, positive body image, healthy relationships, and community... Read More »

Maharishi School Students Gear Up For Destination Imagination

Every year for over twenty years Maharishi School students have participated in Destination Imagination, a "fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning." Students form teams of up to seven members, choose a... Read More »

Maharishi School Teacher Greg Thatcher Wins Art Award

Greg Thatcher's artwork has been selected out of 310 artworks submitted from across the country to be part of the "Small but Mighty" exhibition sponsored by Prairie State College in Chicago.  Greg's work also received one of the three awards given by Aron Packer, a Chicago art gallery  owner and judge of the exhibition.  Greg received... Read More »

Maharishi School Student Participates in Prestigious World Food Prize Institute

The best and brightest students from 31 U.S. states and territories and seven countries attended speeches by world renowned leaders, presented their own research, and joined in hunger relief efforts. Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2016 -- Melat Gebremariam of Maharishi School of Enlightenment in Fairfield, IA was among the select students nominated to attend the... Read More »

Maharishi Upper School Students Present “Almost, Maine - Almost, Iowa”

Dr. Paul Schwartz is new to Maharishi School this year, and is bringing his years of theater experience to our award winning speech team.  This Fall, Dr. Schwartz and our Upper School students have been preparing for their performances of  "Almost, Maine -- Almost Iowa."  John Cariani's 2002 play "Almost, Maine" enjoyed minor off-Broadway success and... Read More »

Maharishi School Soccer Team Plays Rematch With Scattergood

Maharishi School hosted Scattergood for a rematch soccer game and dinner last night, and the game was close. We were missing two of our best offensive players, so it forced our team to pull together and rise to the challenge. We went down 2-0, came back with a goal and pressed for another one, but didn't... Read More »

Maharishi School 1-2-3 Boys Visit Nature Center

Maharishi School first through third grade boys have been studying insects since the beginning of the school year, and last week they got the chance to put their knowledge to the test!  The boys spent an afternoon at Jefferson County Park with naturalist Therese Cumminskey, sweeping the prairie section of the park with insect nets and... Read More »

Maharishi School Soccer Team Wins First Game Against Scattergood

With the traffic of I-80 buzzing in the background, the Maharishi School Pioneers kept their focus and came away with a victory in their first soccer game of the season. Sixteen players and eleven supporters made their way to the pastoral and friendly campus of Scattergood Friends School for the contest on the last day of... Read More »

Maharishi School Offers Positive Discipline Parenting Class

Are you are challenged by morning routine and bedtime hassles, ​power struggles over homework and chores, or by any area of parenting where you feel like you're not quite connecting with your child? Maharishi School is pleased to announce that our Positive Discipline Parenting Class is returning for its sixth session.  The class will be team-taught... Read More »

Maharishi School Maker Space Featured in The Source

We'd like to share an article about our Maker Space that's featured in The Source this month! Take a tour of Maharishi School in Fairfield, and you may run across an unfamiliar sight, something you don’t remember from your days as an elementary school student. It’s a room called the maker space, and it doesn’t look... Read More »

“Maharishi School Brings Hands-On and High-Tech Together in Maker Space”

“Science and mathematics education works wherever it takes place within an active community of learners, where students work collaboratively in groups of manageable size, and where faculty are deeply committed to teaching, devoted to student success, and convinced that all students can learn. It works where learning is active, hands-on, investigative, and experiential.” ‐ Dan Sullivan,... Read More »

New Faculty, Staff and Board Chair for 2016

Ellen Akst Jones, New Chair of our Board of Directors This is an historic year with USA’s first female major political party presidential candidate, and for the first time in the 42-year history of Maharishi School, we have a female Chair of our Board of Directors, Dr. Ellen Akst Jones. Ellen is a lawyer, meditator, trained... Read More »

Maharishi School Teacher Michael Cook Featured on Atomic Blog

Do you remember being in school and thinking, "When am I ever going to use this?" Did much of your day seem to be eaten up with busywork that didn't particularly interest, let alone engage you? At Maharishi School, faculty and students are working to change that dynamic through Project-Based Learning. Project-Based Learning is a curriculum... Read More »

Maharishi School Theater Students Perform at Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase

Maharishi School theater students Anna Unger, Jivani Rodriguez, and Drew Schoenfeld performed in a collaborative inter-school medley led by a guest Broadway music director and choreographer at the 2016 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase. Presented by Des Moines Performing Arts, the Showcase was held at the Des Moines Civic Center and included students from... Read More »

Maharishi High School Students to Perform At Cafe Paradiso

A note from our high school students about their project based learning work this quarter, and upcoming performance! What is micra? MICRA or Music-Instrument Composition & Recording Arts is a high school project whose participants have produced and recorded several unique pieces of music that will all be performed on June 4th. MICRA has been an... Read More »

Maharishi School Ninth Graders Rebuild Computers For Sale!

Maharishi School ninth graders have been learning computer science this quarter, and are ready to share what they've learned with the community! The class is rebuilding, under the supervision of teacher Cathy Wadsworth,  HP Compaq Microtower desktop computers. Not only are they rebuilding them, they are marketing and selling them before the conclusion of school. The... Read More »

Maharishi School Theater Students to be Honored at Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase

Select students from the Maharishi School theater department will perform in a collaborative inter-school medley led by a guest Broadway music director and choreographer at the 2016 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase. Presented by Des Moines Performing Arts, the Showcase will be held at the Des Moines Civic Center on Monday, June 6 at... Read More »

Lawrence Eyre and The Briggs Brothers - Carrying On The Tradition of Excellence at Maharishi School

The Maharishi School has an uncanny ability to find replacements for the seemingly irreplaceable coaches and teachers who move or retire.  I have seen remarkable teachers go only to be replaced by teachers who were equally remarkable.  It is quite astonishing when you think about it. But the one teacher and coach who really could not... Read More »

Ari Berman to Speak at Maharishi School Graduation

Maharishi School is honored to announce its 2016 Graduation Speaker,  class of 2000 MSAE alumni and nationally acclaimed political author Ari Berman. The Graduation Ceremony is Sunday, June 12th, at 1:30 in Henry Ogden Clark Hall at Maharishi School. The public is welcome to attend. Ari Berman is a senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine... Read More »

Maharishi School Girls Tennis Off to a Bumpy Start

In their first match of the season the Maharishi School girls tennis team lost 9-0 to an experienced West Burlington/Notre Dame team. Playing at home on the Punj Tennis Center courts the Pioneers had to contend with both steady play from their opponents and windy conditions. Four of the Pioneer players played their first competitive match... Read More »


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