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Volume 6, Issue 1 Volume 6, Issue 1 MAY 2015

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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER Dear Sharks, Five years ago we published the first CMS Alumni Newsletter hoping to create a communication channel between the alumni community and the Carol Morgan School. So far many of you have used these pages to share your accomplishments, your memories and your dreams. This issue marks the beginning of our sixth year and we want to thank all of you, our readers, for your support, your contributions and for using this newsletter as your voice. Regards, Vielka Morales Development and Communications Director

Farewell to Mr. Jack Delman

Jack, Ely ‘02, Jessica ‘06 and Raquel Delman The Carol Morgan School Board of Directors went out of their way to plan a memorable farewell party for Jack Delman and his wife Raquel at Museo de las Casas

Reales in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. The entire community of teachers, staff, past and present board members, and special friends were invited and managed to keep the event a secret from the Delmans! The highlight of the night and the biggest surprise of all was the “gift” presented to them as appreciation for almost sixteen years of service; we will never forget their faces when they saw their children, Ely ‘02 and Jessica ’06, come out from their hiding place to accompany their parents in such a heartwarming moment.

Jack Delman, or mister D, as we all like to call him, has been Carol Morgan School’s Headmaster since the summer of 1999; he now leaves with the satisfac-

Jorge Besosa, Lucita Porcella, Marcos Troncoso, Katia Rodríguez, Jack Delman, Francesca Hoyo and Simón Suárez ‘68

tion of a job remarkably done and the pride of guiding the school “community on a path of excellence and growth” as stated on the plaque he received from the hands of the CMS Board President, Katia Rodríguez. Mister D, will sure be remembered by all graduating classes from 2000 to 2015; his vision and leadership made the Carol Morgan School what it is today and we are very thankful for that! See you soon Mr. D!


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CMS Hosts Career Day 2015

Career Day at CMS was a huge success! Students in grades 8-12 selected their top choice career panels from among the ten career clusters outlined in Naviance, based on the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. Over 40 panelists spoke in the areas of medicine, arts and design, business and economics, transportation, hospitality and tourism, law and diplomacy, IT and engineering, agriculture, and psychology and human services. This year we added a second panel on business and economics as this was the cluster most highly selected by CMS students. The day kicked off with a powerful poem presented by freshman Jose Ricardo Cuadra entitled “In 10 Years” about how we lose sight of our childhood career dreams and need to hold on tight to these in order to become truly successful in our lives. This was followed by an at-once hilarious and also heavy-hitting keynote address by au-

by Rachael Gerbic, HS Counselor

thor and educator Jason Deehan, our 8th grade Social Studies Teacher, who drew a comparison between himself and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will Smith. Mr. Deehan noted that two had the same exact birthdate and time and yet had taken such different paths in life, one ending in fame and fortune, the other in discontent. Mr. Deehan shared with his riveted audience how in making this realization, he turned his life around and started following his true passions and pursuing his dreams. We were very fortunate to host many members of the alumni community as well as the CMS parent community on our panels and also brought in speakers from as far away as Japan via Skype. The day was well received by students and staff in attendance and was a good learning experience for all. Here are just a few of the student take-aways from Career Day 2015:

“Success isn’t achieved in one set way. It is your choice and your dedication that matters.” “Always follow your passion and reach for your goals.” “Dream BIG.” “Pursue what you love and be persistent.” Special thanks to our alumni panelists: Alexandra Jorge ’95, Ariadna Canaan ’81, Claudia Mansfield LaRue ’89, Dominique Barkhausen ’11, Elizabeth Brocker ’09, Jaak B. Rannik ’93, Jason Amiama ’89, José Yunén ’90, Kenny He ’06, Laura Acra ’92, Lynn Franco ’06, Michael Spence ’08, Paulette Perez ’08, Sofia Besosa ’08, Tomas Fernandez ’90, and Wei Ming Yen ’02. PHOTO BY: Alexandra Grullón

Congratulations to our “shark” authors…. Gabriela Comprés ’14 recently published her book titled “A Song of Bravery”, which is “a collection of inspirational poems written to make you smile, to make you brave, to remind you of your worth and who you are” José Baez Guerrero ’76 was awarded the “Premio Feria Internacional del Libro 2015 Fundación León Jiménes”, for his recent biography of President Buenaventura Báez. His book was selected unanimously by the judges after reviewing around 44 different literary works.

as per the book description in Amazon.


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CMS Spring Fest and International Food Fair Supporting TECHO RD the Carol Morgan School community of parents, teachers, students and alumni to spend their day at the CMS Spring Fest enjoying all activities, games and fantastic food offered throughout the event. This year was no exception, while the little ones enjoyed the zip line and inflatables, others registered for the 5K Fun Run which culminated with a paint party right on the field. Besides all the fun, this event also supports organizations like Doggie House and TECHO RD.

Julie Jefferys, Jason Amiama ‘89, Rosa Chang ‘89, and Sarah Amiama One of the best parts of the presenting the check to a volunteer Spring Fest is the celebration from TECHO RD. of the International Food Fair It has become a tradition for

(IFF), a culinary display of food from different parts of the

world. The dishes sold during the IFF are donated by members of our vast international community of parents and the money raised goes to support TECHO RD. This year Rosa Chang ’89, Jason Amiama ’89 and other members of the IFF committee, pre- Ilan Dabara ‘93, Bingene Armenteros ‘93 and José sented a check to TECHO Abel González RD with the proceeds from last year, which were enough to build a house for one of the many families living in extreme poverty that are beneficiaries of this program. This spring they collected around US$2,950, enough to build one more house and paint others.

Tino Miyar ‘92, Omar Lebrón, and Wilfredo Baquero ‘92

CMS Camp Out, a Great Family Event Right on Campus The CMS Alumni Association is very thankful for the wonderful turn out of the first CMS Camp Out and the support received from our constituents; it was an unforgettable overnight experience on campus that was rated by many as a true family event with 360 people registered. Parents enjoyed with their children while participating in the different activities planned and directed by Camp Frost. Every moment was filled with non-stop fun, from the tents set up in the evening to the foam slide at 7:00 in the

morning of the next day. We sent out a survey to the parents who attended and received their feedback with suggestions that will help us improve our next Camp Out; these are some of the comments received from the participants when asked what they valued the most: “Organization, great ambience, felt very secure”, “The sense of being part of a community......great!”,

“Well organized, security, bathrooms, great crowd, good entertainment, my daughter told me it was the best day of her life”, “We enjoyed the entire activity. It was wonderful to spend quality time with our kids”.

Zoila Bello ‘91 with Ana Maria V. and Isabel V. both class of 2020 More pictures in our Facebook page and hashtag #cmscampout

Laura Acra ‘92


ANNOUNCEMENTS! NEW BRICKS We want to thank all of you for the support you are giving us through our different fund raising programs. Here are the new supporters that are leaving a mark… Collado Tió Family Alan Fernández Christiansen ‘15 THANK YOU!!!

The Carol Morgan School congratulates its teachers, students and staff for the results of the evaluation process made by the accreditation team from Middle States Association, who after measuring our program against internationally recognized standards, granted us accreditation, including an additional recognition entitled:

“Music Program of Distinction” CMS is the first international school in the world to receive this distinction. CONGRATULATIONS CMS, WE ARE VERY PROUD!

ADMISSIONS TO CMS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2015-2016 There are a few spaces available for the following grades (at the moment of this publication): Pre-Kinder * Kindergarten * 4th * 9th * 10th

CMS Board of Directors and Administration

*CMS Alumni do not have to pay the Capital Levy

Ways to support Carol Morgan School There are several ways to give to the Carol Morgan School. CMS depends upon the generosity of our community to sustain and advance the mission of the School:

Alumni Giving Annual Fund. Donate at least US$25 every year

Leave a Mark...buy a Brick

Naming Project, sponsor a room under your name or a group of classmates

Make a Pledge

CMS Tuition Raffle, for parents of registered students

For more information about these programs and other ways to make a gift, please contact Vielka Morales at 809-947-1020 / 809-947-1021 or by email: vmorales@cms.edu.do Carol Morgan School is a 501 C3 organization, donations are tax deductible in the United States and in the Dominican Republic.

CMS Alumni Association Av. Sarasota esq. Nuñez de Caceres Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

CMS Alumni Newsletter Vielka Morales Development Officer T: 809-947-1020 vmorales@cms.edu.do Ana Venta Alumni Relations Assistant T: 809-947-1021 alumni@cms.edu.do If you want to submit an article for our next issue, please send an email to: vmorales@cms.edu.do

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