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Monday, December 18, 2017

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Divisions

  • Preschool
  • Lower Elementary
  • Upper Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Secondary
  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Dear preschoolers,

It brings me great joy to welcome you my beloved learners to a new scholastic year. As we embark on this new journey, I would like to share with you the story of Jad and Kamal:
Kamal and Jad felt very disappointed when they noticed that trash cans in their neighborhood got filled and trash started to cover the sidewalks. “This is not acceptable!” Kamal told Jad. “I know” said Jad “but what can we do?” “ We should find a solution” answered Kamal. Jad said: “Why don’t we teach our neighbors how to sort their wastes instead of littering it as now?” “Great idea” said Kamal. They both started a successful campaign about sorting wastes. They involved all the neighbors and after few months, their neighborhood turned cleaner and more organized.
Dear learners,
Success always starts with a small step called initiative. It is achieved when you see the possibilities of opportunities and not the barriers. Therefore, always take initiatives, use your inner creativity to tackle problems without giving up and increase your involvement in life. Use every chance you get in life to make a change and to turn your place into a better one.
Dear learners,
You have just started a new academic year. It will be a year of magical wonder and amazing growth for you. I believe that you all have curiosity and capacity to learn and our role is to encourage these characteristics and work to help you develop your creativity, critical thinking and initiative taking skills. Never give up because your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.

Zeina Yassine Hossary
Head of the Preschool Division - SMOC

The educational approach in the Preschool Division is based on the “Learning Centers” method. According to this method, students rotate between various Centers which are specific areas of the learning environment, offering a variety of activities and tools to help children develop ideas and skills, acquire new concepts and/or other educational interests. This approach helps the students to improve their social skills, expand their oral skills, develop a sense of responsibility and build a positive self-image. Students are kept interested and motivated instead of being confined to one classroom all through the year.

New students are accepted to SMOC according to the requirements of the Lebanese laws after a personal interview with the Head of Division.

In the Preschool Division, classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 1:15 p.m. Preschoolers are served one healthy meal per day, including milk, tea or fresh juice, with sandwiches and croissants, etc…

Meetings with parents are held on regular basis at the beginning of the year and at the end of each evaluation period to keep them informed about the development and the performance of their children.

  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Dear Learners,

As we embark altogether on a new journey that will definitely be filled with lots of challenges, discoveries and accomplishments, I seize the opportunity to share with you the story of the “Proactive Caterpillar”
Not too long ago, there was no such thing as butterflies. Only caterpillars that did caterpillar things…. or almost. Out of all the caterpillars in the world, there was one who thought that there should be more to its caterpillar life than to hang out on a leaf all day. One day, this little caterpillar found silk.
Silk! It started rolling around in it, twisting it, stretching it. That’s how the first cocoon was made. All the caterpillars were shocked. They have never seen a cocoon before. They waited for the caterpillar to come out of it. But what they saw was much more beautiful. It had big colorful wings with mesmerizing patterns. It was a butterfly! The first butterfly in the world.

We are all caterpillars until we try something new. With small proactive steps, you can make use of your God gifted talents and critical thinking skills to take initiatives that can make great transformations and leave remarkable imprints wherever you go.
So my dear learners, let’s embark on a new journey and be courageous enough to take initiatives that will make this year ahead of us a successful one full of great achievements and wonderful transformations.

Mona Ariss
Head of the Lower Elementary Division - SMOC

In the Lower Elementary Division, classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. The day is divided into 8 periods (of 45 minutes each) separated by 2 recesses of 30 minutes each. In the Elementary classes, more emphasis is put on developing the students’ mental, artistic, and interdisciplinary skills. A lot of time is spent on training students to live by the values they should eventually respect inside and outside school. In the Upper Elementary Division, students start to develop their sense of responsibility and begin to express their own choices and justify them.

All disciplines and activities taught in Elementary classes contribute to the development of the concepts of time and space organization as well as methodology skills, such as work habits.

The weekly timetable includes at least one activity session per day such as sports, music, computer, art and cine-club.

The advisory program in the Elementary Divisions uses the story-telling technique, creating an element of suspense, calling on students to discover and adopt values after the discussion of the story in class.

Parents' meetings are held on regular basis with the administration and the classroom teachers to keep the parents informed about the progress of their children

  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Dear learners,

With every new scholastic year come new opportunities for academic and personal growth, and I look forward to encouraging you along this exciting journey of learning and discovery.
I urge you to start thinking about the quality of life you hope to have. John Maxwell defines success this way: “Success is…knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your full potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others”. I believe that success is a journey throughout life and not a final destination. So let me share with you one of my favorite stories:
There was once a village girl Salma who was admitted to a new school in the city. The teacher on the first day asked her students to write about the seven wonders of the world. The teacher started reading everyone’s answers and the majority had answered them correctly such as The Great Wall of China, Colosseum, Stonehedge, Great Pyramid of Giza, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tajmahal, Hanging Gardens of Babylon etc. The teacher was happy as students had remembered what she had taught them. At last the teacher picked up Salma’s answer paper and started reading: The 7 Wonders are – to be able to See, to be able to Hear, to be able to Feel, to Laugh, to Think, , to be Kind, to Love. The teacher stood stunned and the whole class was speechless. Today, a girl from the small village took the initiative to remind them all about the true meaning of a wonder. So, my dear learners, value what you have, trust what you have, and use what you have. You don’t always have to look around to find an inspiration, you just need to use your creativity and take initiatives to reach your goals, because God has given you all the strength and needed tools.
I end this message by wishing you all the best as you take the next steps of your journey, being assured that you will be taking the right initiatives at the right time to make a positive impact in your community and in the world!

Roula Sarouja
Head of the Upper Elementary Division - SMOC

In the Upper Elementary Division, classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. The day is divided into 8 periods (of 45 minutes each) separated by 2 recesses of 30 minutes each. In the Elementary classes, more emphasis is put on developing the students’ mental, artistic, and interdisciplinary skills. A lot of time is spent on training students to live by the values they should eventually respect inside and outside school. In the Upper Elementary Division, students start to develop their sense of responsibility and begin to express their own choices and justify them.

All disciplines and activities taught in Elementary classes contribute to the development of the concepts of time and space organization as well as methodology skills, such as work habits.

The weekly timetable includes at least one activity session per day such as sports, music, computer, art and cine-club.

The advisory program in the Elementary Divisions uses the story-telling technique, creating an element of suspense, calling on students to discover and adopt values after the discussion of the story in class.

Parents' meetings are held on regular basis with the administration and the classroom teachers to keep the parents informed about the progress of their children.

  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Moments are to be captured, life is to be lived and success is always the ultimate goal to achieve.

Dear Learners,

With the beginning of every scholastic year, many questions are raised as we share your concerns in order to lead a year beyond your expectations and above all the challenges. We share your concerns in many details, but we stop at each phase and think of how we can live a new experience together, with more motivation and a lot of accomplishments. It’s about you as learners and we as educators who should be thinking of:
What moments are to be captured in our lives and what life do we want to carry and ultimately how can we enhance this life?
It takes just one strike to move the domino pieces, but the “how” and the “when” are to be thought of before the hit.
We all complain about many things in our lives and about things that are taking place around us; but have we ever thought of ourselves as a key to change and improve? as members who can step ahead and spread positivity in our lives and the lives of others?

Dear learners; sometimes with a little act from you or a small word and an initiative like forgiving, accepting, trying, smiling ... you might create the ripple that widens the circle of inspiration, motivation and love. What is within you goes back to you. Dream high, stay positive and take actions

Wishing you a good year with a lot of achievements, initiatives and success

Nariman kadi
Head of the Intermediate Division - SMOC

During the school years of the Intermediate cycle, students are prepared to shift from childhood to early stages of maturity. They are hence encouraged to develop their critical thinking, start discovering themselves, and experience harmonious integration with their surrounding. By the end of the Intermediate cycle, students are ready to face their first official test, the “Brevet”.

During the Intermediate Division cycle, teaching computer is integrated within other subject matters to help students acquire technical skills in real contextual situations. More emphasis is given to technology, arts and sports. Our students have distinguished themselves by winning many national and international contests in these fields.

In the Intermediate Division classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. The day is divided into 7 periods (of 50 minutes each) separated by two recesses of 30 minutes each.
The concept of punctuality in the morning attendance is strongly reinforced.

Meetings with parents are held on regular basis at the beginning of the year and at the end of each evaluation period to keep them informed about the development and the performance of their children.

  • HOD Message
  • About the division

Dear Secondary learners,

We are only few weeks away from starting the new scholastic year, and as I was contemplating on what this academic year may hold, the image of my pencil resting on the table struck me. And with this image I recalled the Parable of the Pencil. This ordinary tool that we all use every day without thinking deep of its value can actually teach us five important lessons. Lessons I wish to share now as we are getting ready with open arms for this year. Now keep the image of the pencil as we go through:
First, you are able to do many great things but you will need to “put yourself in someone else’s hands” as you will need the proper guidance or advice throughout your steps.
Second, from time to time you will experience some painful “sharpening” but these experiences will make you sharper to bear the pain which will shape you into a better person.
Third, you are able to correct any mistake you make along the way for using the “eraser” will eventually assist you to correct something you did in order to choose the path your heart and mind desire.
Fourth, just as the graphite is the most important part of the pencil, always look in depth into the decisions and actions you make.
Finally, just like the mark left from the pencil, everything you do in life will eventually leave an imprint. So always be conscious of this matter. And try to always take the initiative to make your mark worth leaving behind.
With this metaphor I extend to you my sincerest wishes as you take the next steps of your journey. In hope that you do what is best for you by staying positive, focused, and motivated. And remember each one of you will become someone who can give back to the community and make a positive impact in the world!

Nadine Abou Ammo Sleiman
Head of the Secondary Division - SMOC

In the Secondary Division, the educational approach puts more emphasis on interactive teaching. Students frequently use the science lab, the computer lab, and the library. They make extensive field studies and in-depth research in order to develop the competencies and skills that prepare them to the university stage.

In Grade 12, students can choose among General Sciences, Life Sciences, Sociology & Economics, or Humanities & Philosophy

Students are well prepared to sit for the Official Lebanese Exams as well as the different University entrance exams such as TOEFL and SAT I.

The Registrars of the major universities visit the school on yearly basis to carry out professional orientation sessions and guidance for applying to their respective universities. These visits are complemented by an in-house career guidance program, which helps in shaping the professional choices of the student.

The Cultural Program is another distinctive mark of the Secondary Division. The program is centered on the General Theme of the year and helps foster the critical thinking and presentation skills of the students.

The follow-up on the students in the Secondary Division becomes more personalized.

In the Secondary Division classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m. The day is divided into 8 periods (of 50 minutes each) separated by two recesses of 30 minutes each.
The concept of punctuality in the morning attendance is strongly reinforced.

Meetings with parents are held on regular basis at the beginning of the year and at the end of each evaluation period to keep them informed about the development and the performance of their children.