Team DRIFT participated in two FIRST Robotics Competitions: the Hudson Valley Regional in New York and the Silicon Valley Regional in California. The team brought back the competition’s most prestigious recognition for the second year in a row, this time won in Silicon Valley: the Chairman’s Award! This award also means that Team DRIFT will be advancing to the global championship in Houston, Texas from April 18th to 21st. We would like to congratulate the team once again for an outstanding participation in both competitions!
The Chairman’s Award honors the team that best embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and is a model for other teams to emulate. It represents the spirit of FIRST, encouraging more of today’s youth to become scientists, engineers and technologists.
Software Co-Captain Jaime R. won the Dean’s List Finalist Award at the Hudson Valley Regional in New York. This award is given to student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission, as well as achieved personal technical expertise and accomplishment.
Team DRIFT mentor Mr. Pablo Herrera received the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award at the Hudson Valley Regional in New York. This is presented to an outstanding mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. This award was also obtained last year by Mr. Angel Duran.
We would like to thank students, staff, and sponsors for their efforts, dedication, and contributions to help Team DRIFT represent our school and country:
Thanks to our Team DRIFT Members:
Team DRIFT Captain: Jean C.
Hardware Co-Captains: Nicolas L. and Andres G.
Marketing Co-Captains: Paola P., Jose A., and Cristina F.
Software Co-Captains: Jose A. and Jaime R.
Andres S., Manuel G., Ricardo F., Maurizio H., Jaime R., Roberto H., Michel L., Jose A., Marco S., Marino G., Rodrigo B., Alejandro C., Juan Jose A., Rafael I., Camila S., Indigo K., Abdiana M., Cristian F., Antonio R., Jose S., Alexander G., Sebastian R., Tobias O., Jorge F., Cesar P., Luis Diego C.
Antonio R., Alexia C., Julio R., Rolando S., Sebastian G., Miguel U., Anabel M., Emilia C., Maria F., Susana O., Jose Maria A., Cristina F., Alejandro C.
Maria M., Adolfo G., Gabriel S., Leonardo L., Luis G., Ian C., Carola M., Harold O., Francesca L., Manuel G.
Thanks to our Staff:
Angel Duran - Lead Mentor
Pablo Herrera - Second Lead Mentor and 2018 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award winner
Caonabo Aurelio Antonio - Hardware Mentor
Jabes Felix - Hardware Mentor
Ariel Pimentel - Hardware Mentor
Carlos Hidalgo - Marketing Mentor
Miguel Munoz - Software Mentor
Anneli Herrera - Chaperone
Thanks to our Sponsors:
The FIRST program inspires students to learn, explore and be passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Our HS team inspires our younger students in our middle and elementary schools with demonstrations and presentations of the amazing work that they do.
We are very proud of Team DRIFT!
ACCAS Job Alike
Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity were the themes of the 2018 ACCAS Tech Job alike held at Carol Morgan School on Friday, February 16th. During this event, Technology facilitators, directors, and support staff gathered in the Level 2 area of the library to discuss common problems with the implementation and maintenance of technology in the ever-changing world of Ed. Tech.
Guests from St. Michael’s School, the International School of Santo Domingo, and the American School of Santo Domingo toured the CMS campus and discussed current issues in Ed. Tech. The guests were especially impressed with the innovation labs at CMS and admired Team DRIFT, our FLL classes and our fantastic facilities.
iPhone Recently several iPhones in the CMS community have been impacted by an odd issue. If a certain series of characters was sent to a phone via a messaging app, the phone would not not properly render the characters. This resulted in certain messaging apps like WhatsApp becoming unfunctional. On other phones, the characters caused them to shut down and go into a start-up loop that rendered the phone unusable.
Apple has released an update that fixes this issue. Our new help desk has assisted several students with this and will continue to support the community.
How to fix iPhone Telugu crash bug:
Fortunately, Apple has issued in a fix in the later version of the iPhone's iOS software, version iOS 11.2.6.
That means you'll need to update your iPhone software by following these steps:
- Connect your iPhone to a power socket
- Tap Settings > General > Software Update
- Tap 'Download and Install'
- Tap 'Install' to update immediately, or tap 'Later' and choose 'Install Tonight' to update while your phone is plugged in overnight
- You may have to enter your passcode
In Apple's notes, the company explains: "iOS 11.2.6 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad."
It adds that the update "fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash."
Updating to the latest iOS version should mean that the iPhone Telugu bug will be fixed forever.
At CMS, in an effort to stay green and offer ease of access, we have our official school calendars available for viewing and subscription via our website. We encourage our community to access the calendars to stay up to date with the latest information.
Initial Dates for Next School Year
There has been a slight change in the 2018/2019 School Calendar. The return date for the Winter Break next school year has been changed from January 8th to January 9th. These final Board approved dates are posted on the calendar page of our website. Click here to view the updated 2018-2019 School Calendar.
Current School Year Calendars
We have four official online calendars which show events for the current school year:
- School Wide (Events that apply to the whole school or more than one division)
- Elementary School (Events that apply only to the ES division)
- Middle School (Events that apply only to the MS division)
- High School (Events that apply only to the HS division)
Learn how to view and subscribe to our online calendars below.
Go to cms.edu.do/calendar or click on the calendar link on the top right corner of our website, if you are viewing it on a computer. If you are on your smartphone, click on the menu icon, scroll down and click on Calendar.
Once on the Calendar page, follow the simple instructions below.
1. Choose Your Calendar
Click on Filter by Calendar to see the dropdown menu and select the calendar you would like to follow.
Click the yellow Apply button.
2. Add to Your Device
On Apple devices, click subscribe and confirm subscription.
Or select one of the options shown below from your computer if you use one of these services.
Repeat this process to add additional calendars (Elementary School, Middle School, or High School).
We hope you find this useful so you can stay up to date with our upcoming events!
An AMAZING weekend was had by all who attended the 3rd Annual FIRST Lego League International Championship for the Caribbean, held for the first time at Carol Morgan School. Well over 2000 people attended the competition which was held over two days: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017. Sixty four teams of junior roboteers ages 8 to 14 shared and competed on the theme of Animal Allies: preparing a project about how to improve the relationship between animals and humans; showing Core Values of teamwork, Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition; and (of course) building and programming Lego robots capable of solving missions in the Robot Game.
CMS teams had a wonderful competition bringing home 4 awards!
Congratulations to the Robo Platanos for earning the highest recognition: the Champion’s Award! This award recognizes a team that embodies the FIRST Lego League experience, by fully embracing FLL's Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project. This also earns the team the right to represent the Caribbean once again at the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas in 2018! Congratulations must also be given for earning 1st place in the Robot Performance Award. This award recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game. Amazing work!
Congratulations to the Robo Sharks for earning 1st place in the Strategy & Innovation Award! This award recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot. Awesome job!
Congratulations to the Infernal Legos for earning 2nd place in the Mechanical Design Award! This award recognizes a team that designs and develops a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions. The Infernal Legos also scored the second highest amount in the Robot Game. Great effort!
And finally, congratulations to Lego Storm. No award for this team this year, but a great effort to get their robot to start working and score some points after a difficult start to the Robot Game. Great stamina!
Finally, a huge THANKS to the entire team at CMS for enabling the competition to happen and pass so successfully and smoothly. By far the biggest event at the Shark Centre yet, the Facilities, Maintenance, Security and Administration teams worked tirelessly to guarantee the safety and enjoyment of all who attended. The Middle School Principal and Technology Team put countless hours into preparing the teams and also coordinating the event, however, without FUNDICITEC, who manage the FLL Competition in our region, there would be no opportunity at all: muchísimas gracias to the whole FLL Caribe team!