GLOBAL ISSUES NETWORK / MODEL UNITED NATIONS / Parent/Teacher Conferences – New Way to Schedule
CMS - GIN
The Global Issues Network is an association that incorporates different schools throughout the world. Once a year student leaders meet in an international conference to present a global issue present in their home country, to offer an antidote to the same and so others may learn from and use in other places in the world. CMS’ first time involved in G.I.N., spearheaded by Lisa Yemma and Praxedes Rivera, focuses on our countries care for coral reefs. So far, the team has focused on educating the public about how parrotfish, who reconstruct and heal coral, are being over fished while lionfish, who hurt and destroy the ecosystem are left alone. The group has, alongside Reef Check DR, visited reefs, learned precautions to take in order to maintain them, as well as experience one of the many consequences of neglecting this natural beauty: beach erosion. A group of students, with Ms. Yemma, visited Playa Fronton and measured from the shoreline to the cliff and will go back after a few months to see the amount of erosion that transpires. The CMS GIN group, including the two teacher advisors, is made up of fourteen environmentally curious and cautious students (Maria Leon, Maria-Valentina Bruns, Fredrick Poluhovich, Laura Losmosos, Maria Jose Fernandez, Jose Bowen, Shinji Hattori, Jonah Haskell, Kareem Elattar, Maggie Baird, Giovanna Diez, Alex Shah, Francisco Artaza, Charlene Alonzo, and Meghan Egan) who are soon to be Sao Paolo bound to present their project for the Dominican Republic’s problem with coral reefs.
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Model United Nations Club
The Model United Nations Club (MUN) at CMS provides students with an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.
In preparation to attend conferences, students are assigned a country and a committee. They then must research to complete a country profile followed by writing a position paper. A position paper describes the detailed position of a certain country on a topic or issue that the delegate will debate in his/her committee. Finally, students learn the language and formalities to debate and issues in their committees to work together with other countries on developing a resolution to address the issue at hand.
This academic year students had the opportunity to attend two conferences. The Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) in Philadelphia Pennsylvania or American School Foundation Model United Nations (ASFMUN) in Mexico City, Mexico.
The ILMUNC conference was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and was held in the Downtown Sheraton Conference Centre in Philadelphia where over 3000 students from around the world met to debate world issues. The 11 students from CMS represented the country of Nicaragua in the following committees; Disarmament and International Security Committee, Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee, Special Political and Decolonization Committee, Legal Committee , United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction . In addition to the conference students saw the sites of Philadelphia and attended a college tour of University of Pennsylvania.
ASFMUN conference was hosted by the American School Foundation who has adopted MUN as part of their Social Studies Curriculum. The 1000 students who attended this conference came mostly from ASF but many from other international schools around Mexico. In this conference 6 CMS students represented the countries of Russia and Portugal in the following committees; Disarmament Committee, the Security Council, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Committee, and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. This conference was particularly interesting for our students as Russia has veto power in the United Nations, as well as, the conference created a crisis situation where Vladimir Putin (Prime Minister of Russia was executed). Each committee had to address the crisis and come up with an action plan to secure safety in Russia and around the world. Students who attended this conference got the chance to visit the fabulous sites of Mexico City, as well as, went on a day trip to Teotihuacan Pyramids and the Basilica of Guadalupe. Both trips proved to be an enriching experience for our students.
MUN is an excellent academic extra-curricular activity which is highly respected on college applications. It gives students an opportunity to interact with students from all around the world and increases their awareness of current event issues. In addition, to attending conferences MUN trips include a cultural component which increases student’s global citizenship. We look forward to seeing new members join MUN next academic year.
Carol Morgan School
Parent/Teacher Conferences – New Way to Schedule
On April 17th we have our HS Parent Teacher Conference, this year we’re upgrading our appointment booking process making it more effective and easy. We hope this serves your needs better, so please schedule the appointments using this online service, and then give us your feedback so that we can evaluate if it is a useful tool.
The PT Conferences are 15 minutes long and they’re held in each teacher room. We are using a service called Genbook. Genbook is a webpage that allows us to have 24/7 online scheduling, and you can make the appointments by yourself.
Here’s the process for making appointments:
- 1.To access their webpage you can do ONE of the following:
- a.Click the following link: http://carol-morgan-school.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30181090?bookingSourceId=1
- b.Copy it in your internet browser: http://carol-morgan-school.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30181090?bookingSourceId=1
- c.Access our website and click on the Genbook icon: http://www.cms.edu.do/aboutushs.html
- a.Click on HS Parent Teacher Conference
- b.Select a staff member from the roster, the list goes down please move the page down to find the teacher you want:
- c. Click on the time you would like to see the teacher, the date is pre-set you just need to click on the times that show, those times are the only ones available.
- d. Now you need to enter your personal information such as: name, contact number, email and your student name and press Continue, this information is sent to the teacher.
- e.Then you’ll see this screen with all the information you submitted and an email will be sent to you and the teacher.
*YOU NEED TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN WITH EVERY TEACHER YOU WANT TO MEET.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Sara Fernandez: