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Reminder on Absences An important reminder on absences allowed in order to receive credit for classes:  A student is allowed nine absences per class – total – for each semester. The count of nine absences includes excused as well as unexcused absences. Please beware that absences add up and can result in loss of credit based on accreditation standards. Note that the end of the first semester is on January 16, 2015. The absence count will include all school days between the first day of school and Friday, January 16, 2015. If you need information on the number of absences your...
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Movember Fundraising Activity During Movember you can see CMS teachers itch and scratch as they go for a month without shaving. The BIG event will be on November 26th when most of the staff will lose all their hair for this great cause. Movember is a worldwide initiative to collect funds for prostate cancer, therefore we ask you to donate money to the cause. Boxes will be placed in the offices of the three divisions, please be generous and support the cause.   National Junior Honor Society - Eligibility & Selection Process The purpose of the National Junior Honor Society is...
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What’s happening in the Optimal Learning Center?   YOU ARE INVITED!!! Elementary School parents are invited to visit the Optimal Learning Center on November 20th, 2014 to discuss your child’s individual educational plan (IEP) goals and his or her progress in attaining them. This meeting is also an opportunity for you to share your concerns and hopes regarding your child. Working together we can better assure that your child has a successful and productive year.   On November 20th, you can meet the Elementary Resource Specialists and the ESL Specialists in room 35 and 36 in the elementary wing.  ...
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Pre-Kindergarten Open House for the 2015-2016 School Year CMS Pre-Kindergarten Open House for the 2015-2016 academic school year will be held on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the Blue Room. New PK families are invited to attend. PK applicants do not need to be present in this activity. Please submit any pending application documents to the Admissions Office in order to complete your child’s file. There will be a presentation by the pre-kindergarten team of teachers. Refreshments and a tour of the campus will also be provided.  This Open House is for parents only. The screening of pre-kindergarten applicants...
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Naming Project - On the morning of October 30, we had the great honor of inaugurating the first floor of the MS/HS Library with a plaque in honor of Dr. Donald J. Reid Cabral who had the vision to donate 15 acres of land to Carol Morgan School in order to assure an American type education for an international community in the Dominican Republic. Numerous members of the family that have helped sponsor this plaque are included in the photo below: Henry Horne, Annelie Vega ’90, Emilia Díaz Vega ’12, Georgia A. Reid, Georgia Tejera de Ossaye, Jack Delman (Headmaster), Clara...
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Highlights from Deputy Head's Office Five CMS teachers and four from other schools in the area have enjoyed a very practical, hands-on, fun, personal and collaborative journey dealing with challenging issues about how to enhance creativity and intrinsic motivation in a goal-mad, test-driven world. They've explored different kinds of problems and investigations that can motivate students in all subject areas. We thank Professor Barry Oreck for bringing us this hands-on and fully participatory class. Our next course is EDU 501, Seminar for the Reflective Teacher, from January 29 to February 4. Information is available by clicking here.  Our faculty has been working on rubrics for...
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Fine Arts and Technology Showcase Congratulations to our talented student artists, musician, designers and engineers. Students displayed their incredible talents from robotics and programming to beautiful ceramics, drawing and painting to the amazing live performances. Bravo!     Update - Registering Devices at CMS All teacher and faculty devices have been processed and the MAC address have been pre-registered into our network system. We are still processing the student devices and plan to have this phase of the MAC address registration completed next week. The newlaunch date for the updated wireless security settings is Wednesday, November 12. A announcement will be...
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Our Pre-Kinder Open House for the 2015-2016 academic school year will be held on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the Blue Room. New PK families are invited to attend. PK applicants do not need to be present in this activity. Please submit any pending application documents to the Admissions Office in order to complete your child’s file.   Parents will have a presentation done by the Elementary School Pre-Kinder Team. Refreshments and a tour of the campus will be provided afterwards. The screening of the PK applicants will be held during January 2015. The Admissions Office will contact the...
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Urinetown - HS Musical: The BBT is in full transformation mode as we gear up for this funny and engaging musical! Jack Dod, Jaymin Baird, and Melissa McNulty continue to work with 14 amazingly talented students every day on the musical “Urinetown”, which will be performed in the BBT between November 19th-22nd. Shows start at 7:30pm each evening plus there will be an afternoon matinee on Saturday the 22nd at 2:30pm. Tickets cost RD$200 and are on sale in the MS and HS offices or through Mr. Dod, Ms. Baird, or any of the cast members.  Fine Arts and Technology Showcase:...
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Online Library Resources  The MS/HS Library page has been updated! Accessible from the Community and Schools tabs on the CMS website, it is now more visual. Click on the icons to access the site you want to use. Please encourage your children to use this page when working on school projects and doing research. With a new online encyclopedia, World Book Online, coming soon, even more online academic resources will be available. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions! Are you looking for something great to read with your family? Did you forget to stop by the...
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Bonfire a Big Success Bonfire 2014 attracted young and old to come together as a CMS family for the first time this year. 10 different high school and middle school clubs participated bringing in new games, food and attractions as fundraisers for their own endeavors. This year included 2 bouncy castles supplied by the High School Student Council and a one-on-one soccer ring from the Athletic Council, which were both big hits with the crowd. The CMS Concert Band also performed some of their pieces and, of course, the CMS Fight Song. The Varsity Volleyball teams and Varsity Boys Futsal...
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Tardiness – Your Continued Assistance Needed. On a recent survey of high school faculty, 97% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “Student punctuality is allowing me to take full advantage of instructional time. In addition, 75% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “Tardiness has reduced significantly when compared to last year. I would like to thank students and parents for reducing student tardiness, which is already impacting classroom instruction. Despite the great improvement, we still have many students who, on a regular basis, arrive within a minute or two of 7:30. For these students, it is a...
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National Junior Honor Society - Eligibility & Selection Process The purpose of the National Junior Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, develop character, and encourage citizenship.  Admittance into NJHS is a very high honor bestowed upon our top students.  To be eligible for membership, students must have a minimum cumulative average of 85% for the past five quarters.  Cumulative averages for new students are calculated over two quarters.  Cumulative averages include all subject areas (Math, Science, English, Spanish, Social Studies, Health/PE, and Elective).  Students in grades 7 & 8 who...
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What’s Happening in the Optimal Learning Center?   7 Simple Tips to Get Your Child Writing at Home   Many parents read daily to their child, and this is wonderful! The other part of literacy, however, is writing – which is often ignored. Writing is sometimes looked at as a chore, and many children lack the confidence and motivation to even attempt writing. Perhaps these simple tips will encourage your child to explore the idea of writing at home, and have fun while doing so!   1. Create a Writing Center Dedicate a small, cozy place as your child’s “Writing...
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What Is a CMS Shark Shiver??? A group of fish is called a school and a group of sharks (CMS's mascot) is called a shiver.  So... each month in the elementary division, we gather together as a community and host two similar meetings (PK-2 and 3-5) which we call the Shark Shiver Monthly Meetings.  It is a time when we celebrate what we are learning within our classrooms as well as highlight important school-wide initiatives, such as Tribes and Kelso's Choices. October's Shark Shiver Monthly Meetings took place last week.  Ms. Delman's 2nd grade class, Ms. Garcia's 2nd grade class, Ms. Galan's...
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Welcome to the New Assistants In the Fine Arts Department Nicole Rodriguez is a CMS alumna and has recently finished her studies at UNIBE.  She has been working in the ES for three years and we are very happy to welcome her and her creative ideas to our ES art team this year. Patricia Abreu has taught dance and piano since she was in high school. She loves music, ballet, and theatre and is a real “triple threat”. She will be assisting with the Theatre and 3D art classes this year. We are thrilled to have her on our team and...
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Every week at regular times, MS and HS students and faculty engage in regular "sustained silent reading,” or SSR, in order to allow students time for this important activity. We at CMS highly value reading, not only for the pleasure that it can bring but also because of the role that it plays in our children’s success and life-long learning—and not just for students but for all of us! Parents are key in being able to support your child's reading habit. First and foremost, model your enjoyment of the reading that you do. Here are some other suggestions for fostering a...
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Carol Morgan School students love to read! We had almost 250 students participate in our 2014 Summer Reading Challenge. It’s our biggest summer reading challenge ever! Students were challenged to read as much as they could during the summer vacations, and keep track of what they read in a reading log. Those entering into Kindergarten through Second Grade kept track of how many books they read. Students in Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade were challenged to keep track of how many pages they read.  We offer some big prizes. Students win certificates and prizes just for participating. Top readers in...
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Welcome to our newest member of the Academic Technology Team Gordon Radcliffe- MS Technology Teacher Gordon Radcliffe is the newest addition to the Middle School Academic Technology Team (ATT). Before CMS he was a Technology Director and MYP Teacher at Colegio Internacional de Caracas in Venezuela. He holds a MA in Sociology from University of Glasgow; a MSc/PgD in Information Technology Distinction in Web Design and programming. He comes to CMS with 8 years of teaching experience. We are happy to have Gordon working with the middle school students and teachers. Gordon is also leading the 7th grade team with this...
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As leaders in modern education and technology, we at CMS strive to keep our Sharks updated on the latest news and events via different digital communication channels. New technology allows us to provide important information to our community in the networks our stakeholders interact in. Digital communications also support CMS’s green initiatives by significantly reducing the amount of paper use. Below are some of our efforts to share information with you:   Social Media Did you know we are on social media as CMSsharks? We share links to latest blog posts, announcements, interesting articles, reminders, inspirational quotes, pictures and more! Our...
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