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People - Passion - Purpose
Everybody Belongs, Everybody Engages, Everybody Inspires
Bob Kanegis visits ASM KG classrooms from New Mexico as one of more than 80 storytellers who visited Marrakech for the 2nd Annual Marrakech International Storytelling Festival. "If you don't know the trees you may become lost in the forest. But if you don't know the stories you may become lost in life." - Siberian Elder

                                                                                                                   March 1, 2023

Dear ASM Families,

Ramadan is a special time for Muslims around the world emphasizing reflection, spiritual growth, and kindness towards others. Each are common threads expressing values that tie our multi-faith community together.

This month our families will engage also in a reflective and active strategic planning process to set the course for ASM into the future. Led by John Littleford, a renowned educational consultant, students, parents, staff, board, and broader community members will collaborate to consider and set specific goals, strategies, objectives, and tactics on a wide range of areas spanning student achievement, teaching and learning, school climate & community, operations & resource management, institutional advancement, and board leadership. 

Whether you are a student, parent, staff, administrator, or board member, your participation is essential to our collective success. Indeed, it is a great opportunity and privilege to be able to help shape the future of the school through the Strategic Planning and MSA Reaccreditation processes; both executed this year.

As we dream and plan for the future, I am delighted to share several value-added projects that will enhance student experiences next year. These include the installation of a photovoltaic solar array, construction of an Upper School MakerSpace, and remodeling of the campus bathrooms.

If you would like to help support any of these three projects, please contact my office. As we have seen by the generous contributions of ASM families with the Lower School Outdoor Classroom, MIT/J-WEL collaboration, IBDP Program, Roof Renovation, and MakerSpace, you have the opportunity and power to transform lives through your valuable contributions.

As we prepare for Ramadan, let us recall the bright threads that connect each of us in our ASM community, drawing us to leadership, growth, and kindness.

Ramadan Mubarak!
Casey M. Asato, Ed.D.
Head of School

Strategic Planning
ASM has engaged with Littleford & Associates to lead our Strategic Planning Process that is tentatively scheduled for the week of March 13 - 18, 2023 (Mon - Sat).

John Littleford is one of the top consultants in the world for strategic planning, board governance, executive searches, and compensation systems in schools. He is frequently sought after to advise schools and universities, and to present at international conferences.
Similar to the MSA Reaccreditation process, the whole ASM community's participation is required. Monday through Friday, there will be a series of Focus Groups involving students, parents, teachers, administrators, and board. The process will culminate on Saturday, where a smaller group will participate in a Workshop to set the strategic goals and objectives based upon the Focus Group's input.

If you have not already responded to the Google form invitations to participate, please do so ASAP. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please inquire at the Head of School office.

ASM Going Greener with Photovoltaic Array

ASM is preparing for the purchase and installation of a photovoltaic array to be completed this summer that would generate 70-80% of our daytime consumption of electricity, annually based.

Over 20 years, the panels are projected to save 884 tons of CO2, or approximately 1,680 trees annually, or 33,600 trees over 20 years. It is also expected the save about 105,000 DH/year or 2.1m DH over 20 years at current consumption and cost rates.

The project is estimated to cost under 800k DH. Subtracting this cost and the Bureau d'Etude study, ASM would net a savings of 1.3m DH.

If you would like to contribute to supporting this Green Project, please contact the Head of School!

We are deeply thankful for the strong support of ASM by our community members. Their time, talents, connections, and financial gifts help to promote and underwrite initiatives and programs that enhance all of ASM students' educational experience.

Lower School Outdoor Classroom
Bellaouchi & Melchor Families: >$260,000

ASM - MIT/J-WEL Multi-year Collaboration
Kadiri Family & Apeejay Trust: $200,000

ASM Roof Repair
Greg & Alice Melchor: $60,000
Madison Cox: $50,000

ASM MakerSpace/FabLab
Bellaouchi Family: $40,000
Kay Melchor: $10,000

Lower School Outdoor Classroom Professional Development
Greg & Alice Melchor: $25,000

Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Books
MacMartin Family: 60,500 DH

Upright Piano
Jaouad Kadiri: 60,000 DH

KG0, KG3, Library, & Lower School Division Head Office Refresh
Bellaouchi Family: 30,000 DH

ASM Library Lessons Program (KG3-G6)
Anonymous KG Family: 10,000 DH

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
Thank you to the PTO for generously supporting our students and teachers with the MasterClasses, fun activities, and pleasant surprises!

We especially enjoyed the back-to-back activities of Valentines Day and the well-attended Staff BBQ held after school on February 15th. The Valentine's Day crafting stations, face-painting, and animated movies provided a wonderful time for lower- and middle-school students. Meanwhile the impromptu karaoke singing and dancing by staff and students at the BBQ were uplifting to spirits and community!

A special thank you goes to the parents who donated for the concession stands and to those who actively helped out during the events. The funds raised at the Valentine's Day event will be used to support future events like this one to strengthen the ASM community.

The PTO would like to ask for your feedback in the following short, 8-question survey regarding your interest in being featured in an ASM Community Business Directory.

The purpose of the directory is to come together as an ASM community even outside of campus by supporting the local family businesses under the motto "Stay Local, Play Local, Buy Local."

Please click on the following link or poster below to take the survey.

Over the February break last week, Facilities & Grounds Manager Said Arkoub and Head of School Casey Asato met with the Conseil Régional des Architectes de la Région de Marrakech-Safi to help prepare the way for permitting application as we await additional concept designs from local architects for the Upper School MakerSpace. We aim to finalize the designs and submit them for permitting so that the construction process of the ASM MakerSpace can proceed this spring.

Celebrating STEAM Curriculum Week

Thank you to the STEAM Department for its stimulating curricular week (February 13 - 17) of fun-filled challenges, such as the "Ping Pong Pickup Challenge." This annual challenge gives students the opportunity to use problem solving, team work, and communication skills to design, build, and test contraptions.

Cafeteria Service: Lower School & Upper School

BH-Catering continues to seek feedback from students, staff, and parents in order to improve its service and meet our needs. BH-Catering General Director, Mr. Hicham Bortali, reiterated that he is excited to work with ASM and welcomes inquiries by email or phone.

Please see below for this month's menu. You may review the menu and place your orders online at the website address provided below. Get your orders in!

Contact information:

College Counseling

College Counseling Newsletter
Read the latest College Counseling Office newsletter 

Parent Information Session

Grades 9-12 College Counseling
On Tuesday, March 21, families in grades 9-12 are invited to discuss internship opportunities for the upcoming break and summer. Click here for more information.
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

College Counseling Appointments
Click here to sign-up for an appointment: CC Appointments

After School Activities

After School Activities Program (KG1 - G12)

ASM’s spring After School Activities (ASA) Program is scheduled for the period of February 6th - June 1. This program provides rich opportunities for extended learning experiences outside the traditional classroom. Some are offered free of charge by our staff while others are on a fee basis offered by outside vendors. If you have any questions, please contact our ASA Program Coordinator, Mr. Badr Sadqaoui, at

New Student Registration 2022 - 2023

New Student Registration for 2022-2023 is Still Open!
If you have school-age children or know of families who might be interested in our school, we would love to welcome you onsite for an individualized information session and campus visit. You may schedule an appointment via the school's website, phone or email as follows:

The Introductory Program
The Introductory Program is an intensive English Language Immersion Program welcoming students with little to no English background, age 8 to 14. This program is a great fit for students transitioning from other school systems to join an anglophone program. For more information, please schedule an information session and/or campus visit with the Admissions Office.

IB Diploma Programme
The IBDP Programme is a rigorous program taught in grades 11 and 12, students aged 16 to 19. The program offers an excellent preparation for university and beyond. ASM is an
IB World School offering the bilingual diploma programme (French/English). Learn more about the Diploma Programme on the IBO website.

Schedule a Campus Visit
Open Campus Days for Prospective Families (In-Person)
Welcome to the American School of Marrakesh Open Campus Days!

All prospective families with school-age children are welcome to visit the American School of Marrakesh on our Open Campus Days. Meet with our international team, visit our facilities and give your children an American experience while they are on campus.

Please forward to family members or friends who might be interested in enrolling their child(ren) at the American School of Marrakesh.
  • Dates: March 3rd, 10th and 17th (15:00 - 17:00 p.m.)
  • Where: ASM Campus - Outdoor Classroom
Health & Safety
Get Fit with Mrs. Weir's Morning Workout Class!
  • Day:  Wednesdays
  • Time:  8:30 - 9:15 am
  • Where: Upper School 317 (meet at reception)
For more information and to signup, please contact Mrs. Weir at

Health & Safety
The school’s primary concern is the health and safety of our ASM community members. 

We remain hopeful that an announcement indicating an official change of COVID-19 related policies will be forthcoming soon from the Moroccan authorities. Any changes would be reflected in the School Opening Plan and communicated to ASM families.

The plan is based upon the recommendations set forth by the Moroccan Ministry of National Education (MNE) and Ministry of Health, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The School’s doctor also provided consultation in the development of health and safety protocols. Please read this document carefully in its entirety and keep posted as it is subject to frequent change.

We ask that all eligible staff, student, and family members prioritize vaccination and boosters against COVID-19 as a frontline of defense against this pernicious disease. In addition to vaccinations, we strongly encourage all ASM families and staff to observe health and safety measures, including masking, hand-washing, and physical distancing.

Rest assured that every effort has been taken to provide not only a safe learning environment but an engaging and successful one for your child.

Important Links & Updates

Important documents and policy handbooks such as the ASM Opening Plan, Academic Calendar, Student/Parent Handbook, IB Handbooks, etc., may be found by visiting:

Daylight Savings Ends - Clocks Change March 19, 2023
Clocks are set back 1 hour (e.g. 3 a.m. becomes 2 a.m.) to GMT.

*Important Update: The High School Graduation date has been changed to Friday, May 26, 2022. Please mark your calendars now. You may download the newest version of the Academic Calendar by clicking on the link above.

Special Meeting on Attendance

Upper School students, staff, and parents are cordially invited to attend an important meeting to discuss enduring challenges related to attendance.

The intended outcome of the meeting is to arrive at agreed upon policy updates to put into immediate effect in order to improve attendance, support student learning, and help foster a more positive school climate and community.

  • Date & Time: Monday, March 6, 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

March Calendar of Events


The PTO will be meeting to discuss a slate of exciting spring events. All are cordially invited to attend F2F or online.

  • Date & Time: Friday, March 3, 12:10 - 12:55 p.m.

  • Location: Classroom 305 & GMeet:

IBDP Parent Information Sessions

Group 5 (Math: Analysis & Approaches) Internal and External Assessments
Please join us for an overview of DP Group 5 (Math: Analysis & Approaches) Internal and External Assessments by our IBDP Coordinator, Ms. Iveth Morillo.

  • Date & Time: Friday, March 3, 2:30 -  3:00 p.m.

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

Group 6 (Visual Arts) Internal and External Assessments
Please join us for an overview of the DP Group 6 (Visual Arts) Internal and External Assessments by our IBDP Coordinator, Ms. Iveth Morillo.

  • Date & Time: Friday, March 10, 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. 

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

Rising Juniors Parent  Info Session
Please join us for an IBDP overview by our IBDP Coordinator, Ms. Iveth Morillo.

  • Date & Time: Friday, March 17, 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. 

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the Parent Teacher Conference (PTC) to support your child's learning.

  • Date & Time: Tuesday & Wednesday, March 7 - 8

  • Registration: Click on link.

HOS Coffee Hour

You are cordially invited to attend the HOS Coffee Hour to hear Dr. Casey Asato present the 2021-2022 Annual Financial Report.

  • Date & Time: Thursday, March 9, 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

Student Life: Parent Information Session

The Student Life Parent Information Sessions are part of a year-long series of parent education offerings related to Student Life, PK-12. Parents will have an opportunity to discuss topics of interest and relevance to Student Life with ASM's Guidance Counselor, Learning Support Coordinator, and Dean of Students.

Our sixth session of the year is entitled, "Interpreting MAP Test Results," led by Learning Support Coordinator, Ms. Joyce Ait Ali. All are welcome to attend.

  • Date & Time: Monday, March 13, 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall


Route de Ouarzazate Km 9, B.P. 6195
Marrakech, 40000 Morocco

An IB World School - Bilingual Diploma Programme (French & English)

Tel: +212 (0) 524 329 860

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