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Shark Athletics
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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Our first Buffalo course will be from October 29 to November 4, 2014. This will be a very practical, hands-on, stuff-you-can-use-day-1, fun, personal and collaborative journey. Who wouldn't want to take creativity for a week? The readings deal with challenging issues about how to enhance creativity and intrinsic motivation in a goal-mad, test-driven world and different kinds of problems and investigations that can motivate students in all subject areas. Professor Barry Oreck’s specialty is movement in the classroom, along with theater games, music and visual experiences which most people find very useful in enlivening the classroom. Some theory but mostly hands-on...
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Full FA Team 2014-2015
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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SRC Winners
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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What’s Happening in the Optimal Learning Center?     Warm Welcome!   The Optimal Learning Center is pleased to welcome the following teachers: My name is Charity Severino; I have been working at CMS for thirteen years; I am an early childhood educator and hold a master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages). I am very excited to be part of the ESL Team and look forward to supporting and guiding my students as they acquire the English language to reach their academic potential.   Hello my name is Gema Ramos, and I am very excited...
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Shark Athletics
The Dominican Schools Sports League Is Back for Season 1 Athletics at CMS Carol Morgan School Volleyball players are excited and ready for the start of the Dominican Schools Sports League.  The schools involved for season one are International School of Sosua, Santiago Christian School, Saint Joseph School, MC School and Ashton School (all ACCAS schools). CMS will take part in the north division with ISS and SCS, while SJS, MC and Ashton will make up the south. The DSSL Championship will take place at CMS school on October 25th.  The DSSL saw tremendous success last year in its inaugural...
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Bonfire 120
Welcome! It is with great excitement that I have joined CMS as its High School Principal this year. I am delighted to join a great team of administrators, faculty and staff to continue to pursue the school’s vision. I have been warmly received by students and their families and look forward to a great 2014-2015 school year. Renovated and New Spaces Science Labs – The science labs have been renovated and look fantastic! The new furniture and equipment have created modern spaces ideal for learning science and exploring STEM fields. Music Spaces – The third floor that has been added...
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Dear Middle School Parents, Welcome to another exciting year at CMS’s Middle School and I am delighted to start my second year as the Middle School Division Principal. I look forward to welcoming all of you and every one of your children and to playing a major role in their middle school experience in the coming months. We have experienced the wonderful friendliness of the people of the Dominican Republic for the last year and seen the absolute beauty of the country. I am also happy to be adding new overseas teachers to the MS in the following areas: We, at...
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Welcome back and a big hello to the new CMS students and their families! Be prepared to enjoy a delightful and thrilling year at Carol Morgan School! We are already receiving applications from students wishing to enroll in CMS for the 2015-2016 school year. You may stop by the Admissions Office and pick up a packet of information and registration documents if you have a child who is interested in applying for next year. There are a few spaces available in the following grade levels for the 2014-2015 school year: PK, K, and 3rd. If you have knowledge of any families...
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Welcome Back to All and Welcome to New Families in the Elementary Division at CMS! Welcome back to all and welcome to our new Carol Morgan School families!  We are having a wonderful start to the 2014-2015 school year.  It was great to see so many parents attend Back-to-School Night where our home-school partnership continues to be strengthened for the benefit of your children, our students.  Thank you for coming!  If you were unable to attend the general session, please click on the following link to be sure to watch the brief presentation:  ES Back-to-School Night Presentation.     Sign Up...
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ACCREDITATION UPDATE:  Our accreditation process through MSA using the Excellence by Design protocol is progressing well.  The Planning Team met during the first week of school to finalize foundation doucuments.  Our next step, on which the entire CMS faculty will work on September 18, centers on planning for growth and improvement in student learning. The Planning Team has identified academic achievement in all content areas, critical and analytical thinking, and responsibility as areas of focus and has adopted measurable objectives to address those needs (submitted to Middle States for technical review).  On September 18, our work  will include development of rubrics and surveys to...
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Welcome to New School Year 2014-2015 –  On behalf of the Board of Directors, administration, faculty and staff of Carol Morgan School, it is my pleasure to welcome all new and returning families to the 2014-2015 school year.  Our dynamic Administrative team is here to provide an environment where your children’s needs are met and that excellence in learning takes place. The team this year is made up of Deputy Head for Curriculum and Instruction – Brien McCall, in his sixth year at CMS and his second year in this position; Elementary Principal – Laura Tolone in her fourth year as...
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