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People - Passion - Purpose
Everybody Belongs, Everybody Engages, Everybody Inspires

12 IBDP 1 & 2 Visual Arts students visit Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rabat as an integral part of their studies.

                                                                                                                    October 3, 2022

Dear ASM Families,

As Muslims observe the birth of the prophet Mohammed this month we are all reminded of the infinite possibilities of a new life, provided our minds are open.

Art is a natural and wonderful way to nurture, cultivate, and challenge one’s thinking and community. Whether through art field trips or Halloween celebrations, outdoor exploratory learning or parent education sessions, ASM is committed to providing an open, accepting, and inclusive community promoting curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Indeed, as a graduate profile trait, open-mindedness reflects an aspiration and reality.

Nowhere is this more saliently represented than in the creation of the new Lower School Outdoor Classroom. This expansive multi-age and multi-use learning space of 3,000 m2 represents the latest research in play-based education and celebrates traditional Moroccan aesthetic and architectural features. 

The ASM Outdoor Classroom truly is unique in all Morocco, creating opportunities for our youngest learners to explore, discover, create, and play. It also demonstrates ASM’s continuing commitment to innovation, growth, and renewal driven by a future-focused mission centered on student learning, leadership, and achievement.

The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022, 12:30 - 1:30pm. It would be our distinct pleasure and honor to have your presence at this joyful celebration.

The Outdoor Classroom has been made possible by the very generous support of the Melchor and Bellaouchi Families. Not only have they financially underwritten the project, but also provided project management expertise and a commitment to the highest quality standards.

On behalf of all ASM families, I offer a heartfelt thank you to the Melchor and Bellaouchi Families for their inspiring vision and support!

Wishing you and your family a blessed and happy Mawlid al Nabi!

Casey M. Asato, Ed.D.

Head of School

US Consul General and Section Chief, Casablanca, Visit ASM
US Consul General Lawrence Randolph and new Consular Section Chief April Hayne learn about ASM's new Lower School Outdoor Classroom and future plans at ASM.
Staff enjoy start of the year PTO "Pick-me-up" cakes, teas, and plants. Thank you PTO!
Rain or shine, ASM Staff and families show their warrior spirit by challenging their limits at Terres d'Amanar outdoor park. Thank you PTO for arranging this adventure!

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.

ASM - MIT/J-WEL Multi-year Collaboration
Kadiri Family & Apeejay Trust: $150,000

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

Lower School Playground/Outdoor Classroom
Bellaouchi & Melchor Families: $108,500

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

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

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

Capital Improvements Update

As highlighted in my newsletter of last month, ASM's campus has been buzzing with capital improvements activity since the end of last year. Three very important projects vital to the future sustainability of the school are detailed below.

  • Water Source & Distribution Project - The project is all but complete. ASM is in the process of contracting with a bureau de contrôle to officially receive the project and ensure the highest quality standards are met for our community.
  • Roof Repair Project - At last check with the bureau d'études a week ago, the project was ahead of schedule for completion. We anticipate the project will be completed and officially received by the end of this month.
  • Lower School Outdoor Classroom - In record-breaking time, the project will be completed within the next few weeks and be ready for the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, November 3, 2022. All are cordially welcome to attend this joyful celebration.
ASM MakerSpace

ASM MakerSpace

To recap from the end of last year, on June 22nd, the ASM MakerSpace design team, including architect Saad Boujane (ASM C/O '14), MIT/J-WEL architect Emily Glass, and ASM Administration, met to review updated architectural designs and plan for next steps this year.

This summer, four ASM faculty had a wonderful opportunity to take specialized professional development to help build Maker talent and educational program capacities. We look forward to their contributions this year.

Thank you to the Bellaouchi and Melchor Families who have generously gifted $50,000 to support the construction and outfitting of the new MakerSpace! Thank you also to the Kadiri Family and Apeejay Trust for their underwriting of ASM's multi-year collaboration with MIT/J-WEL!

Cafeteria Service: Lower & Upper School

ASM has been very pleased with the quality and service of the food and beverage offerings presented by BH-Catering. 

The company has been listening to students, staff, and parents and are continuing to make changes to improve its service to meet our needs. For example, stanchions have been ordered to help with ordering and pickup queues. 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 October's menu. You may review the menus and place your orders online at the website address provided below. Get your orders in!

Contact information:

MSA Reaccreditation Update
MSA Reaccreditation
ASM is accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA). We are currently going through re-accreditation and are in the final phases of the self-study process: Phase V - Developing a Plan.

The MSA Planning Committee has examined the data collected in phases III and IV and worked collaboratively to identify key strategic priorities for the next 7 years. ASM has also submitted its Technical Review file ahead of schedule, which was accepted without revision by MSA. The self-study helped us identify three strategic priorities:
  • Student Performance Objectives:
    • Improved Reading Skills
    • Improved Math Skills
  • Organizational Capacity Objective:
    • Improved School Facilities
We appreciate the whole school's efforts, including the participation by parents, students, teachers, staff, and board. Currently,  we are preparing for the MSA Visiting Team's arrival at ASM scheduled for November 14 - 17, 2022. We look forward to their visit and sharing our story!

If you would like to learn more about the reaccreditation process or would like to join any committees, please inquire with Assistant Head of School, Mr. Mouad Tijani at
New Staff
New Teaching Assistants (Left to Right); Ms. Fatima Ezzahra Oubni, G3; Ms. Khaoula Mikal (maternity substitute for Fatima Zahra Jmiai)

New Teaching Assistants
Welcome to Ms. Fatima Ezzahra Oubni in G3 and Ms. Khaoula Mikal, who will be substituting Ms. Fatima Zahra Jmiai while she is away on maternity leave. We are excited that these two educators have joined ASM and look forward to their contributions!

College Counseling
Representatives from top universities in Education City, Doha, Qatar visited ASM September 30th to present their programs to our students. Universities represented: VCUarts, Weill Cornell Medicine, Texas A&M, Georgetown University, Northwestern

College Counseling Newsletter
Read the latest College Counseling Office newsletter 

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


  • October 15 is the deadline for students who are applying to Oxford or Cambridge and certain courses in medicine in the UK.
  • November 1 is a common deadline for students applying to colleges in the United States Early Action or Early Decision (this one is legally binding.)
After School Activities

After School Activities Program (KG1 - G12)

ASM’s fall After School Activities (ASA) Program are in full swing! This program provides rich opportunities for extended learning experiences outside the traditional classroom. 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
Health & Safety

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

By observation throughout Morocco, it appears that official rules and regulations related to COVID-19 have been relaxed since this summer. We remain positive that an announcement indicating an official change of policies will be forthcoming soon. Any changes would be reflected in the School Opening Plan and communicated to ASM families.

The school’s policies and procedures related to COVID-19 are set forth in the School Opening Plan. 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. Across the school this week, our talented and dedicated faculty and staff have been busily preparing and are excited to see your child in their classrooms in Face-to Face learning mode!

Important Links

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

October Calendar of Events

IBDP Parent Information Sessions

Extended Essay
Please join us for another overview of the Extended Essay by our IBDP Coordinator, Ms. Iveth Morillo.

  • Date & Time: Friday, October 7, 8:45 - 9:15 a.m. 

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

Language A: English & World Languages (Group 1)
Please join us for an overview of the Language A Internal and External Assessments by our IBDP Coordinator, Ms. Iveth Morillo.

  • Date & Time: Friday, October 14, 8:45 - 9:15 a.m. 

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

PTO: Planning for Fall Events

All are cordially invited to attend the PTO's first official meeting of the year. The PTO will be planning for fall events, including the LS Outdoor Classroom Opening Ceremony, MASAC Tournament, and MSA-CESS Reaccreditation Visit--all in early November.

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, October 12, 11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

HOS Coffee Hour: MSA Reaccreditation

You are cordially invited to attend the HOS Coffee Hour to hear an update on ASM's Self-Study progress, including ASM's Action Plan that will guide school improvements for the coming 7 years. Your reflections and input are welcome!

  • Date & Time: Thursday, October 13, 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall

Student Life: Parent Information Session

Please join us for the first in a year-long series of parent information sessions related to Student Life, PK-12. Parents will have an opportunity to discuss with ASM's Guidance Counselor, Learning Support Coordinator, and Dean of Students topics of interest and relevance to Student Life.

Our first session will be on the topic of Relationships and Sexual Health Curriculum K-12, with Guidance Counselor Derek Selander. All are welcome to attend.

  • Date & Time: Thursday, October 20, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

  • Location: ASM Assembly Hall


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Marrakech, 40000 Morocco

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