My warmest greetings to all. It gives me great pleasure and pride to welcome you to the Modern Montessori School. With great honor and enthusiasm, I am delighted to announce the completion and addition of several new initiatives, facilities, and a new MMS IB College building that will enhance the academic and non-academic journey your children will experience from this day forward at their second home, the Modern Montessori School. The Modern Montessori School has always been known as an institution that places considerable importance on the development and academic performance of its students, adopting methods which foster complementary values like creativity, character, exploration, and the independent thinking of a child. We have made sure and were extra careful to take this into account meticulously with everything new we undertook. Corresponding with the launch of this new user friendly website which is reflective of our institution, the MMS also opened the doors of the newest extension to its campus of the MMS IB College building.
This semester, our MYP and DP students will be using this building equipped with all the newest amenities, facilities and educational technology to ensure that the MMS, as it has always been, remains committed to its students development and well-being, reputation and position providing the highest quality of IB education. The new building will house large classrooms and offices, state-of-the-art science laboratories, art rooms and studios, an MYP library, a Research & Robotics Lab, an examination hall that comfortably fits up to 130 students with a designated area for our students that might need extra time and/or allowances, as well as a state-of-the-art MMS Tech Hub equipped with the latest technology to make sure our students’ passions, interests and wants are nurtured both inside and outside the classroom. This is to be followed by "Phase 2" which will see the transformation of the existing Senior School building and services tower into one with larger classrooms, department offices, an IBDP research center and a student lounge, an IBDP cafeteria for our DP students, an enhanced DT and LEAD department, as well as a new cafeteria with a new, healthy and delicious home-made menu. This will hopefully be completed by the start of the 2018/2019 academic year. Following careful review, research and observation of the past few years, and in the spirit of the IB program, which we have offered since 1998 (becoming the second school in Jordan to do so at the time), I am also ecstatic to announce that, by the end of this academic year, the MMS would have hosted both the PYP and MYP verification teams. This will be the last step to hopefully officially becoming accredited with both programmes and thus provide the full IB continuum to our students. We believe that MMS students, with a Montessori methodology and philosophy foundation at the Kindergarten in their educational and developmental journey, and going through the IB continuum (PYP, MYP then DP) in their primary and formative years, will find themselves fully equipped, independent and prepared to face the world to be leading members of any community they choose to belong to. Our staff has worked diligently and tirelessly to make sure the programmes are applied to the highest of standards, whilst still maintaining the MMS essence and atmosphere encouraging and promoting autonomy, educational rights and learning achievements. I am sure their hard work will pay off with full accreditation by the end of this year. We are, as always, immensely proud of them all. Historically, the Modern Montessori School's unique approach to educational leadership has differentiated us from many other educational organizations in the region. Our philosophy focuses on developing in students the characteristics that enhance their innate abilities, thus creating the global leaders needed to face the challenges of the 21st century.
In order to achieve that, it is our responsibility to provide; strong instructional techniques based on solid academic curriculum, self-directed activities, and foundations for building collaborative behaviors. Our vision aims to better position the Modern Montessori School on the educational global map as one of the leading schools of tomorrow. To achieve this goal, and in coordination with our CEO, Mr. Mohammad Youssef, as well as our newly appointed and highly-accredited management staff, a strategic and operational model has been designed to elevate the overall performance and achievement level of all MMS students and teachers by equipping them with modern learning experiences and competencies that will build a stronger generation of leaders, achievers and educators. With passion and inspiration, the Modern Montessori School, without question, believes that each and every one of our impressionable young learners today will be transformed into leaders tomorrow. Last but not least, and on behalf of the Modern Montessori Family, we appreciate and thank you for the trust and responsibility you have bestowed upon us and we all look forward to welcoming our sons and daughters back to their second home every day.
Dear Montessorians, I hope our students have had a wonderful start to their 2019/2020 academic journey and have comfortably settled in to their new classes. As a school, we are looking forward to another successful and productive year, with you as our partners, working towards ensuring our students are meeting the needs of the 21st century learner. This academic year brings special changes to our school. I would like to begin by sharing that Mr. Amer Dababneh now holds the position of Middle School Principal, whereby he is responsible for students in Grades 6-8. As for students in Grades 9 and 10, they are now referred to as Pre-IBDP students and are therefore under the supervision of Ms. Iman Asad, our Senior School Principal.In addition, a critical position has been added to our school organizational structure, Director of Teaching and Learning, which is occupied by Ms. Nadia Abdallah. Ms. Nadia comes to us with many years of experience from various international schools. She holds a B.A in English, an M.A in Adult Education and is currently working on her Doctorate in TESOL Education at the University of Exeter. She is also an IB examiner, workshop leader and CIS team member. In her new role, Ms. Nadia will focus on our school curriculum (K-12), support the program coordinators in developing a clear continuum across the school, lead the school through the CIS visit, and also provide staff with support in their classrooms.
Furthermore, I am pleased to inform you that MMS is moving towards becoming a more environmentally friendly institute. The journey is long, but we have taken our first step by reducing the amount of paper used. You will now be receiving all circulars electronically. We appreciate your support in this matter. Finally, in an effort to build a strong home-school relationship, I would like to invite you to become active participants in our school community through volunteering and by attending school events. We welcome your involvement and contribution.