A Year of Learning

On behalf of the Deputy Head's Office of Learning at Carol Morgan School, we welcome new families and welcome back returning families!  We are looking forward to the 2015-2016 school year with the following question as the basis of our work:  What is best for students and their learning? Over the past two years, we conducted an extensive self-study of our organization through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools’ (MSA) accreditation process in order to affirm the great work which we are already doing with students as well as to strategically plan for the future.  It provided us an...

ES Back-to-School Night, ES Choir and MAP Testing

ES Back-to-School Night! Welcome back to all and welcome to our new Carol Morgan School families!  We are having a wonderful start to the 2015-2016 school year.  We look forward to welcoming Elementary parents to the Elementary Back-to-School Night tonight from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  We will begin with an introductory session in the Gym at 5:00 PM and quickly proceed to meetings with specialist teachers and classroom presentations.   Sign Up for the Elementary School Choir The Elementary School Choir is getting ready to kick-off the 2015-2016 school year.  This group made up of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders...

Welcome and Stay Connected

It was a pleasure to see so many students and parents as we began our first week of school last week.  It was energizing to see the students back on campus and to see learning happening all around us.  We hope that it was a smooth return and your children (and family) are getting back into the school routine.  As I shared in my message the week before school, we feel fortunate that you have chosen Carol Morgan School for your children and look forward to amazing partnerships in supporting our students.    We are grateful that students and their families are safe...

Donating for GOOD!

By HS Peer Helper Leader, Rachael Gerbic This year the High School Peer Helpers were more active than ever. Sporting light pink anti-bullying polo shirts, they were involved in everything from creating a welcoming atmosphere for new students, teaching about culture shock, training in and leading peer mediations, helping the 8th graders transition smoothly to high school, and organizing special events like Colors Day, St. Jordi’s Festival of Books and Roses, and Career Day. They helped boost our spirits with hot chocolate delivered to bohios at Christmas time and by creating purple bracelets to be worn in honor of their Pro-Integrity...

Maintain Skills over the Summer, Summer Lexia Challenge and Farewell

olc1Maintain Skills over the Summer - By: Ami Abreu We did it! We have completed another school year and we are now thinking about our summer plans. For some of us this might mean disconnecting from everything academic and just enjoying the summer sun. Although it is important for students to rest their minds and be outdoors for physical activity, you might be wondering what you can do to maintain your child's skills over the summer. Although some skill regression might be expected, you can help minimize this by integrating some activities into a summer routine to maintain certain academic skills...

A Year with the Green Team

gt1   During this school year the Green Team started working together on different initiatives to help support greener practices in our school. For some time, CMS has been looking for ways to become “part of the solution, not the pollution,” with projects such as Peace on Earthbench. Last year, our entire student body and staff worked very hard to create our first earthbench, located by the ES playground. It was highlighted in the December 2014 edition of The International Educator.  Click here to read the article: CMS Joins “Peace on Earthbench” Movement.  This year, the Green Team, together with our students, teachers,...

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Results of Board Elections, Goodbye to Staff Leaving, Environmental Policy, Social Media Growth and Goodbye

hmCaptureDistinguished Alumnus Award In 2003 CMS initiated the tradition of turning the CMS graduating seniors into CMS alumni. The event is held at the US Ambassador’s residence with the presence of the graduates and their parents, the senior class teachers, and past and present Board members. As part of the tradition, the Alumni Association has named a Distinguished Alumnus for the year and that alumnus is invited to speak about the meaning of his/her time at CMS as it pertains to their later career and how, as a CMS alumnus, one is inspired to give back to society in some way...

New Gym Groundbreaking Ceremony & Jack Delman Administration Building

groundbreaking-37New Gym Groundbreaking Ceremony The new Gym/Multi-Purpose Building groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 2, 2015 with the participation of the Board of Directors, Facilities Committee, Finance Committee, PTO, teachers, students and special guests. The construction of the new gym will officially start on June 12, 2015. This project has taken three years of careful preparation and planning by all of the committees involved.   Naming of the Jack Delman Administration Building For his 16 years of dedicated service and relentless hard work, the Board of Directors honored Mr. Jack Delman by naming the building that houses our administrative offices the...

Thank You

Dear CMS community, I really enjoyed the last two years as Deputy Head of School, and I'm confident that Laura Tolone will do a great job as my successor. I hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday and a great school year next year. Respectfully, Brien McCall

Last Day of ASA - Spring 2015 Moments

image1 2ASA Spring 2015 has come to an end but we have had many activities celebrated in all classes. Here are some pictures we want to share with you! Arts & Crafts Ms. Natalie and the students prepared a special class for Mother's Day where the students and parents worked together.      Handmade by Me! The students prepared a special gift with Ms. Ana Cristina for Mother's Day.      Creative Tech by I Kids Future Parents were invited to participate in class and see the progress of the students throughout the semester.     Basketball  ASA had visitors from students...

PK Goes to Alaska, Mother's Day Concerts, Author's Cafe, and Much More!

PK1Pre-Kindergarten Students Participate in Alaskan Virtual Field Trip On Friday, May 22, our pre-kindergarten students participated in a virtual field trip to an Alaskan zoo. In conjunction with their curricular unit of study about animals and habitats, they listened to an expert in the field who shared lots of examples and real-time images of animals that live in the Arctic. PK homeroom teachers, instructional assistants, early elementary technology facilitator Nancy Acosta, and the IT team led by Academic Technology Director Nigel Robinson and Information Technology Director Harold Ortiz collaborated to help make this event a great success through using CMS’s Polycom...

“What-er?”: The CMS Community’s Drinking Water Preference Taste Test

nfgt1Does the CMS community prefer the taste of drinking fountain water or bottled water? This was the question that Natalia Lopez asked for her Grade 5 Science Fair project. Concerned about single plastic bottle use and the paper water cups that she sees around campus, she set out to dispel some of the assumptions about bottled water. In her research, she found that before coming out of the CMS drinking fountains, the water is filtered three times and put through a chemical treatment that eliminates hazardous bacteria. It is checked by an outside company every two weeks and, since the installation...

Technology Showcase / Pre-K Video Conference / FLL Award

Elementary Technology Showcase On May 21st our elementary students in grades Pre-K through 5 demonstrated their knowledge and love of technology at this spring's Technology Showcase.  Students showcased a wide range of topics of learning games to cyber bullying awareness and mediation to QR codes and coding.  I personally learned that the QR reader I have installed on my phone can scan traditional barcodes and bring up cost and product information (super cool!).  Thank you to the students and the ES technology team for preparing a wonderful day of technology learning for our parents, community and other students.   Pre-K Video...

Summer Reading for Students and Families!

We know that it’s important for students to continue reading over the summer. Studies show that students who don't read during summer vacations can slide back by up to two reading levels. The best way to prevent the summer slide is to make sure students read during the summer months. CMS Libraries are committed to making sure that students have readily available reading materials for the summer months. Returning CMS parents, faculty, and MS/HS students are able to sign out a limited number of materials over the summer, once all items have been returned from the 2014-15 school year, as follows:...

Music Program of Distinction Awarded to CMS

AMIS choir festival 5Music Program of Distinction from Middle States: Carol Morgan School has been the first International School to be awarded the “Program of Distinction” for Music. Our school was recently visited by an accreditation team from Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and one member of that team was here specifically to review and evaluate our music program. Last year the music team, under the guidance of Brien McCall, had completed the lengthy application process for this recognition and on April 30th at the MS and HS Band and Choir Spring Concert, it was announced that CMS had received it. Middle States...

MS GIN Project, FLL, Athletics, Awards and Community

image1MS GIN Project – Rio de Janeiro October 2015 This year STUCO and the MS GIN club organized a campaign selling Earth Day T-shirts. As you all know a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal causing a lot of damage and taking the lives of over 5,000 people. The students in charge of this campaign decided to donate the proceeds from the Earth Day T-shirts to Red Cross in order to support the Nepal Earthquake Relief. We thank you for being part of this campaign.  Students from the MS division of CMS visited Hogar del Niño in La Romana on Monday, May 11th....

CALLING ALL FANS! CMS in Both Boys and Girls Copa Coca-Cola Finals

11175052 1063524696997409 8731683960269221465 n This weekend is HUGE when it comes to Athletics at CMS. For the first time, we have 2 teams headed to the Fase Santo Domingo Copa Coca-Cola Finals. Both our Boys and Girls teams have had tremendous tournaments and are looking to come out on top Saturday, May 16th in front of LOTS of CMS supporters at Estadio Quisqueya. Let's take a look back to see how our teams got to this point and why they are both considered favorites going in to this weekend's final. CMS COPA COCA-COLA BOYS Under the watchful eye of CMS alumnus and Head Coach...

Final Exams, Presentations of Learning Grades 9 to 11, Career Day and Calendar

Career-Day.jpgFinal Exams – Important Information Final exams represent 20% of the grade for many of the courses taken by students in the high school. Students are required to take their finals during scheduled exam days. When course conflicts exist, an alternate schedule is put in place by the school. Alternate versions of the tests are prepared for each sitting. This is a time consuming process for teachers, but an important one in maintaining the integrity of the assessment process. Students are expected to attend assessments on the date and time allotted for them. We ask that parents support us by ensuring...

Board Elections, Online Voting and School Improvements for Summer 2015

hm1Board Elections The date for the election of the Board of Directors is May 20th, first call at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Room with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. The deadline to submit letters of interest for that has now expired. Below please find the slate of community members running for office. The by-laws state that to run for one of the executive positions you must have already served on the Board, therefore the Board of Directors submits the following two names:             President - Katia Rodriguez             Vice President - Manuel Caceres In addition, there are two Member-at-Large...

Accreditation Update & Final Buffalo Course

Accreditation: We are pleased to have enjoyed a successful Middle States accreditation visit last week. The preliminary results are very postive.  Dr. Cram announced in his oral report that CMS is recommended for accreditation; the written report will be more detailed outlining our greatest strengths and making suggestions for improvement. Many thanks to the entire Carol Morgan School community for your support during this process; special thanks to members of the planning team who met faithfully over the past two years.  We are also delighted to report that Carol Morgan School is the first international school to be recognized by Middle States with a...