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The Mystery History tradition continues at DCSM



By Lynne Marsala Basche; photo courtesy of DCS Montessori School

A beloved DCS Montessori (DCSM) tradition, Mystery History is in its16th year and was held in late October. Each student in grades four through six researched a figure who made a lasting impression or an important contribution around the world ancient civilization to 1400 CE and presented a report dressed as their character. In attendance were Cleopatra, Julius Cesar, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Archimedes and Socrates to name a few. Organizer Ryoko Futasani transformed her classroom into the Serengeti in Africa with wall-size murals, Masai artifacts, Boma fence and zebra patterns. “This is a lot of work. I start planning one year ahead,” said Futasani. “Last year was Dia de los Mueltos in Mexico. Two years ago was the Ming Dynasty. Because the faces that I see when the students enter the room are priceless, I have to keep doing [it].”

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