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CDSMMS ADMISSION/ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES

If this is your first time to visit this site of our 17-year-old school, Casa de San Miguel Montessori School, WELCOME! We are quite pleased to guide you through our admission procedures.

But first things first! Allow us to briefly introduce Casa de San Miguel Montessori School (CDSMMS) or simply “Casa.” It has been on its auspicious operation since 2003 when a loving couple, Mr. Teoderico and Mrs. Esperanza San Miguel, established it in a spacious lot, strategically located at 215 Aguinaldo Hi-way, Panapaan I, City of Bacoor.

The Founders: Mrs. Esperanza San Miguel and Mr. Teoderico San Miguel

At present, Casa is headed by Mrs. Mary Grace S. Arce, president, and Mr. Antonio SJ. Arce, Jr., vice president.

In order to be admitted, please prepare the following:

  • Two pieces of 2×2 child’s picture, preferably with white background
  • Two pieces of 2×2 parents’ and guardians’ picture
  • Report Card (with Learner’s Reference Number or LRN) from the previous school (Form 138)
  • Transcript of Records (Form 137)
  • PSA Birth Certificate (original)
  • Baptismal Certificate (if Catholic)
  • ACR for foreigners
  • P300.00 for the admission test.

Upon completing the requirements, proceed to our Office, fill out the admission form, then pay the tuition by full or installment on a monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual basis. Tuition payment scheme may be requested through chat on our Facebook Page, THE MIGUELIANS.

Our teachers shall administer the test to assess the level of your child’s academic knowledge in comparison with the school’s standards. They will, then, personally sit down with you to discuss their assessment and help you identify the areas the student must improve in.

The Administrators and the Faculty members in their 2019 Teachers’ Day shirts.

Should you wish to be toured in our humble school, please do not hesitate to ask.

LOCATION

Casa is situated just across Metrobank in Barangay Panapaan I and is between PNB and BPI. The closest malls to Casa are Puregold and SM City Bacoor.

GOVERNMENT RECOGNITION

Recognized by the Department of Education, it is well known for its advance and science-enriched curriculum with carefully designed subjects, both major and electives. It offers programs from Preschool to Senior High School with strands such as ABM, STEM, and GAS.

Casa has been granted also by the Government permit to accept foreign students.

OPERATION TIME

School Office is open at 7:30am to 4:30pm (weekdays) and 9:30am to 3:30pm (Saturdays)

CONTACT NUMBER & EMAIL ADDRESS

Please call us at 417-5029 or text us at +639985364536. Send your email to cdsmms@globelines.com.ph

REFERRALS

The school offers siblings discounts and referral rewards. To know more about these, please visit our Office.

Updated May 19, 2020

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Scouting for a great school for your kids? Five reasons why you should consider Casa de San Miguel Montessori School

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Casa de San Miguel Montessori School (CDSMMS), being in its 16th prolific year in the education landscape, is one of the most promising Montessori schools in the City of Bacoor. It has proven itself in providing undeniably high standards of instruction and advance science-enriched curriculum that are attested by its successful alumni and supportive parents.

Truth be told, CDSMMS is yet to become an excellent school in terms of its facilities, but it has, nonetheless, produced outstanding scholars who “more than” passed stringent university entrance exams and excelled in other schools to which they transferred. To give you an exact, impartial, and realistic images and credentials of CDSMMS, here are five of the numerous reasons why you must try this institution:

1. Building on a very strong foundation – The school steadfastly believes in and builds on the paramount importance of pre-schooling. Because of that, CDSMMS has prepared an environment for kids (aged from three to five) that significantly caters and responds to their sensorial learning. The “Casa Rooms” are specially equipped with Montessori materials that allow pupils to have a grasp of various subjects in terms of both abstract and concrete presentations. For instance, when the concept of money is taught to a Casa pupil, they are made to understand that a hundred pesos can be broken down into 20s, 50s, or 10s; hence, pupils become more aware of how money can be used in buying. Not only are Montessori materials used for academics, but also, they are used for reinforcing values and good manners. For example, when kids are about to eat, they are taught to regularly use actual soap to wash their hands; to use table napkins on which they lay their food, and; to clean up when they are done.

2. Reading and writing (cursively!) – Where can you find a five or six-year-old kid who is already skillful in cursive penmanship? Nowadays, we see penmanship we can hardly understand! Here at CDSMMS, pupils are extra carefully taught how to write in cursive form. Moreover, aside from writing beautifully, they are already trained to read three to five-letter words in preparation for more difficult reading selections in grade 1. This is a general observation among the school’s preschoolers and does not readily apply to all students due to various circumstances.

3. Individualizing learning or instruction – Does your child learn fast or slow? Either way, individualized instruction works well for them. Individualized instruction refers to the strategic mode of teaching where students inside the class, learning at different pacing, are taught differently; hence, teachers teach non-traditionally but adapt accordingly to what each and every learner needs at a particular time. For example, student A can finish material 1 very quickly while student B cannot. The teacher, then, will allow student A to learn and work on material 2 without forcing student B to finish material 1 for the sake of catching up with the other classmate. Individualized instruction is designed to cater to all kinds of learners, both the fast and the slow ones, the quick and the struggling.

4. Teaching their specialization – Teachers who handle their subjects are masters of their subjects. At CDSMMS, teachers in Filipino, for example, are not hired to teach major subjects like English or Sciences. English teachers, on the other hand, do not teach Filipino. In essence, unlike other private schools, CDSMMS assures that the best instruction is given among its learners through the teachers with specific specializations and training. In line with that is the teachers’ artful utilization of multi-media technology in delivering their lessons.

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5. Caring teachers and the student-centered environment – Tables and chairs, not armchairs… Classrooms for preschoolers and from grade 1 to 6 do not use armchairs. Students do not always face a boring board. CDSMMS welcomes students with its very inviting working tables that allow their movements more freely as compared to armchairs. Students sit around the table to encourage collaborative work and to spark socialization and interaction in almost all classroom activities. Driven by commitment, CDSMMS teachers strive to offer almost equal attention to all students by constantly checking on students’ work in their respective tables. Teachers’ duty to their advisory classes does not end after 4:30. They make sure, in a usual afternoon scenario, that their students are duly ushered to their school service or parents by the gate before they leave the premises.

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BONUS: As of writing, CDSMMS has graduates who landed 4th in the board exam for engineers, and UPCAT passers for the years 2018 and 2019. The school also is proud of its grade-7 TV host by the name of Vianna Mae Ricafranca and an actor by the name of Renzo Theo Matunog. Recently, Charles Tamiao, grade 8, bagged medals from a Math Olympics held in Hong Kong.

All private schools offer something very interesting. These may be state-of-the-art facilities, spacious grounds, and parking areas, popularity by the number of enrollees, jaunty tarpaulins and banners of their achievers, etc. Well, CDSMMS does not have them all right now. What it has through the years are good testimonials and great stories of success from its life-giver—its students. Why not give it a try?

OPINION | R’s in COVID-19: Thoughts on being regretful

By Constantine H. Capco

AFTER THIS LOCKDOWN, we might tell ourselves in quietness: I should have done that. I had so many days, so much time; I did not choose to use them wisely.

It’s quarter to eight tonight when I began writing this. I have abandoned on our creaking old couch my cellphone, where I slide my thumb aimlessly almost the whole afternoon, to simply write about regrets (or being guilty, perhaps).

During the first couple of days of the lockdown in the community, parents and breadwinners might have been troubled already by the idea of providing sustenance for the family while the dreaded “no-work, no-pay” situation looms. The middle class and the ones below—many of them were even confused as to whether they belong to that class or not—truthfully claimed that their savings would not last for long, while the poorest of the poor—some of them caught gambling outside their homes—decry DSWD’s seemingly lack of concern for the most needy people because of the SAP form distribution inconsistent with the president’s declaration on TV. Behind these scenarios, I am sure, are webs of regrets.

I understand the imperative demands of the poor and the working class (please allow me to call them this way). We have all been, in one way or another, paralyzed and severely threatened by COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, religiously prayed (and went back to God) that this ends the soonest possible. And at the time when the number of positive cases skyrockets according to our daily news, thereby prompting our government to place many communities under strict quarantine, we began regretting for quite a number of things we did not care to (or could not) do for ourselves or for others. Concerning people who made outrageous news for their carelessness, we are honestly helpless but furious on our couches, so we resort to dropping our bombastic comments on various social media to lambaste and condemn them. Then we regret again.

We regret that we did not care to save very intently during sunny days. We do have work, we earn monthly, we try to invest, but despite all attempts, our savings are of dismal plight—constantly futile. Everybody knows the probable reasons. Also, we regret that we could not easily extend help to our neighbors due to road inaccessibility and on our own, perhaps, we find it actually problematic getting by. Security and safety measures–we realized–can hamper us from reaching out to our less fortunate fellows. Project Teach, our church cell group initiative, for example, decided to channel our meager fund to buy a total of 48 kilos of rice and to give “pang-ulam” for the families of our reading program mentees. We’re capable of helping that time but undeniably, transporting food to them was a tough challenge.

We possibly feel regretful, too, for constantly consuming information on social media (or SNS) without being discriminating or critical. SNS contents, as we perfectly know, are educative, entertaining, and…enraging! That’s the reason why many interests in advocating mental health suddenly mushroomed, saying that starving our desire to use gadgets and to read repetitious and antagonizing content will scientifically help us keep our sanity during these trying times. Furthermore, when we habitually log in and out on SNS just because we see no other more important matters to attend to, we deplete our precious time to get a good material to read, whether it’s a school textbook, comics, a novel, a scientific journal, or love letters from our girlfriend or boyfriend. Using SNS requires lots of eye-straining reading and so as relishing printed materials—so which one is better?

We may likewise regret the idea of being helpless witnesses and powerless against the inhumane and coercive use of authority vested upon our law enforcers. Just today, there was a fish vendor in Quezon City apprehended by a group of barangay tanod for not wearing a face mask. He was repeatedly hit and mauled like a pig for slaughter in the video captured by a woman who, in her helplessness and pity, shouted at the tanod and denounced their injurious implementation of the law. Many Millennials must now have another vivid idea as to how Martial Law really looks like.

Lastly, there comes a time or a moment during this ECQ, that we regret our inability to spend memorable time with the Lord God, members of the family, very close friends, and “kasintahan” because, admittedly, we fail to reconnect the most appropriate way. We should have left the hustle and bustle of work and of school and the tight grip of unreasonable busyness, but it seems that we have unknowingly brought it home still, shoved in our bags, waiting to be done in our laptops, and annoyingly ringing on our phones. Having unseen or unfelt regrets, we have forgotten to pray and to seek God. We have forgotten to say “Kumusta na po?” We have forgotten to be at home. I am guilty of these, so I regret.

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PHOTO ESSAY 2: A typical collab work in class

Grade 5 Faraday students ready themselves in creating visual presentations in their Language class through collaboration.

One of the essential skills students of the 21st Century must possess is the ability to work harmoniously with others or simply, to collaborate. Photo shows a typical activity inside a classroom in Casa. A group of students is especially seated around a table because this set up really fosters dynamic brainstorming activities and allows free movement.

PHOTO ESSAY 1: Refining “Cats” presentation

Grade Nine students, with Ferdinand Gabriel at the center, perform a routine in a scene in the “Cats” during their rehearsals.

The directors, Caitlin Lim and Angel Cawili, constantly reminded the major and supporting characters in the “Cats” to move as gracefully as cats, painstakingly imitating every detail of a feline movement. Characters had attended religiously to a battery of rehearsals a week before classes resumed in January 2020.

PHOTOS | Sportsfest 2020

Here are some of the photos taken during the school’s Sports festival 2020.

Casa pupils are being awarded by Mr. Antonio Arce (Vice President) and Mrs. Arce (Principal). They are joined by the head of the Preschool Department, Mrs. Rowena Giner.
Bobby Yaranon, grade 12, assists one of his team players during the dodge ball match in the school’s open field.
Mr. Arce awards a medal to a winner from the Blue Sirens.
Mr. Andrei Czesar proudly stands beside his winning student, KC Mendoza.
Grade 4 pupil touches the cone in his gruelling race to victory.
Daniel Alcantara, grade 10, poses fiercely as a werewolf from Team Green.
Bobby O’ Brandon and Vianna Mae Ricafranca (grade 8 students) captivate the audience in their grand entrance during the Muse and Escort showdown of Sportsfest opening ceremony.
Exhilarated with their medals, preschoolers run back to their seats.
Blue Sirens get ready for a hot summer presentation during the lively sportsfest opening ceremony.
Ramirez, grade 3, is adorned with so many medals.
A soccer player by heart, Ezekiel Quijano, grade 6, races in his quest for championship.
Team Red Phoenix and Green Werewolves have a close and vigorous fight during the basketball tournament.
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