Student Resources

Learning Support

At Marymount we believe that all students should have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills in an educationally rich environment that will tailor their learning experiences.
We are a responsibly inclusive school that accepts students with a broad range of learning and developmental needs. We offer a variety of instructional strategies, models and services to help meet the individual needs of students and allow for all students to not only achieve success but be challenged to grow their interests and talents.
 
 

The Learning Support Department believes that all students should have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills in an educationally rich environment that will individualize their learning experiences. However, there are times when students experience difficulty in the regular classroom setting. When a child has difficulty in school, it may be noticed by the teacher, other school personnel, the parents or the child.

What happens when a student is experiencing difficulty?
If a teacher/parents has concerns with a child's school performance, he or she may request assistance from the Student Support Team (SST). Parents are made aware of this process before it is initiated. The SST is a general education initiative designed to support teachers through strategies and suggestions for students who are experiencing difficulty in the classroom. If the student's performance continues to raise concerns the teacher may work collaboratively with the English Language Learning (ELL) teacher, Learning Support teacher or School Psychologist to suggest and plan alternative intervention strategies for helping the child meet with success. Though this is not a special education process, it is required before a referral for special needs. After alternative strategies have been utilized, the teacher and other involved school personnel evaluate the child's school performance and determine whether the alternative strategies are successful and should continue. Very often, many problems are resolved at this level. However, after a series of interventions, if difficulties are not resolved, the school team members may suggest an evaluation to determine student’s areas of strength and weakness. This is a formal process and could possibly result in classroom accommodations and/or, in severe circumstances, modifications, an individual learning plan, specialized instruction including Special Needs teacher, School Psychologist, outside speech and language therapy, and/or occupational therapy. The ILP is signed by the teachers, the Administrator, the student and the parents. All of the above results in the school and home working collaboratively to develop a program that best meets the student’s needs.

In all cases, the School's personnel and parents work collaboratively to ensure success for all students. 

Library Services

Early Childhood Library

The EC Library may host up to 20 students and offers them a quiet space to enjoy books independently and in small groups led by a teacher.
The area has library for teachers, who can select books on a given subject to support the work they are doing in the classroom.
There is also a student area where students can explore and enjoy a variety of books in English and other languages.
The EC library is used throughout the day by various groups of students for small group work. in addition, this quiet space is also a place where students can receive individual support.
Our enrichment music classes are held in the library, and each day after lunch our EC1 students enjoy action rhymes and songs in the space it provides for this type of activity.
It is vibrant, important space that adds to the learning in the Early Childhood Center.

Elementary School Library

The Elementary School Library can accommodate around 40 to 50 students comfortably and hosts special events and projects throughout the school year.

Our Librarian and research department facilitate the use of different types of media in the process of learning, principally books and the computer for the online database in the library. Ipads, while not technically part of the library, are used in this space with specific projects.  

Students in Grades 1 through 5 have a weekly scheduled Library lesson to learn how to use the Library as well as the online catalogue. They also learn to conduct research by locating, using, and evaluating information in books, online databases, and the internet. We conduct Digital Citizenship lessons to promote responsibility and understanding online.

The Elementary School Library is a comfortable, welcoming place for students and teachers alike.  Equipped with around 11,000 fiction and non-fiction books in English, as well as a selection of books in many other languages, the Library is designed both as a teaching space and as an environment where students are happy to learn, build an interest in reading and learning the steps of researching areas of interest, and to lose themselves in a good book.

 

Secondary School Library

Our Secondary School Library can accomodate approximately 50 students.

Marymount's Secondary School Library is at the heart of teaching and learning. The Library’s mission is to enhance Marymount's academic environment and support the education of each of our students. With the advent of the digital and technological revolution, the importance of this role is amplified. The Library faculty collaborates with the classroom faculty to teach students information and technology literacy skills. Instruction in research strategies, evaluation, and citing resources are offered in a variety of flexible models.

The School also has a subscription to the London Library. Through this subscription we have access to a very large amount of online resources. The Library's catalogue  (both print and electronic) is available through a platform called Catalyst. 

The FabLab

Marymount International School Rome's FABLAB inauguration Jan. 14, 2017 from Marymount Rome on Vimeo

What began as a project in the Media Lab at MIT is now a worldwide phenomenon that turns learning into a hands-on, concept-to-creation process. Short for Fabrication Laboratory, a FabLab is a place where students in all grades are free to explore their ideas, combine their subjects, exercise innovation, and learn by doing.

FabLab offers students tools ranging from the high-tech, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and easy-to-use design software, to the low-tech, such as sewing machines, scissors, and clay.

Based on disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, collectively known as STEAM, the FabLab philosophy allows our students to integrate each of these disciplines to create, design, and implement real-world applications.

By building bridges between subjects, students not only gain a better understanding of individual disciplines but also learn to use creativity and innovation to combine their subjects as part of a well-rounded learning experience. Additionally, the process of thinking, making and creating things allows students the opportunity to learn about new technologies and tools. These processes require certain skills - such as collaborative thinking, risk-taking, adaptability and more - that are critical in an increasingly complex world and that prove helpful in gaining knowledge in ways that traditional classroom lectures cannot.

Students can use the FabLab to address real-world problems, such as creating a water control for an irrigation system or developing wearable electronics. They can explore history by reproducing Roman temples, Viking boats, and medieval towers. They can explore scenic design and drama by designing and building sets for theater performances. The list goes on and on – as far as their imaginations will take them!

From our Early Childhood classes on up, all students use our FabLab in, either based on special projects or integrated within their schedule. 

Recent major projects inlcude: making Drones; Line Follower Cars; Earthquakes Simulators; 3D design and printing of the Italian regions; 3D design and printing of the five tallest skyscrapers on Earth; Making Toys for our Missions in Zambia; Making Catapults and other medieval weaponry.

FabLab/Maker Events

Olimpiadi di Robotica (Milan, May 2017) organized by MIUR. Marymount was chosen as one of the finalists.
Global Junior Challenge's 8th Edition organized by Mondo Digitale. (Rome, Oct. 25-26, 2017). Marymount was chosen as one of the finalists.
Maker Faire Rome (Dec. 1-3, 2017)

RHSM Maker Faire: this event will be held on our campus March 9-11,2018 together with the other Marymount schools that are a part of the Global Network of RSHM Schools. Students will be presenting projects where they used the Fab Lab to improve and help the world in some way, which is also a part of the concept behind the Maker movement.

FabLab Equipment

Standard
Two 3D printers
Laser cutter
Vinyl cutter
3D scanner
Thermopress
Big monitor
Glue gun Station
Coloring Station
Drills and other tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.)

Virtual Reality
Alienware PC
Oculus Rift
Oculus Touch
Many Apps for education

Electronics
Oscilloscope
Function generator.
Many boards (Arduino, nVidia Jetson TX2, Raspberry Pi, Intel Galileo, Intel Edison)
Soldering Station
Electronic components (capacitors, relays, LEDs, etc.)

Other
Lego
Mechanics laboratory
Drones
Cubetto robots
Blue bot robots
MakeBlock robots
Arduino Braccio
Moldable plastic
and more...

ELL

Students who are new to Marymount or currently in the ELL program are given the WIDA language proficiency assessment to help determine their linguistic strengths, needs and placement in ELL classes.  

The Elementary English Language Learners (ELL) program assists children whose first language is not English to develop a level of proficiency that allows them to participate fully in the social and academic life of the school. Marymount promotes Additive Bilingualism, in which English is added onto rather than seen as a replacement for the first language. All students are encouraged to develop and maintain their mother tongue. Children learn in small groups where risk-taking is encouraged and errors are considered inevitable and necessary. ELL teachers collaborate closely with (in some cases working alongside) subject-area teachers to monitor the progress of ELL children. The Elementary ELL program follows the language arts and content areas curriculums.

The Middle School English Language Learner (ELL) program provides student-centered and content-based instruction and creates an encouraging environment to help students with low proficiency in English access the regular school curriculum for all of their subjects. We are flexible and sensitive to the students’ needs and provide courses according to differing students’ requirements that maximize our students’ capabilities and pre-existing knowledge. Courses are designed for beginner students for basic interpersonal communicative skills followed by courses created to improve students’ English language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as content instruction for overall subject area achievement.

The aims of the ELL program are that students will be able to:
Demonstrate English proficiency through basic interpersonal communication.
Demonstrate English proficiency in content subject areas.
Demonstrate English proficiency in socially and culturally appropriate ways.

 

The High School English Language Learners (ELL) program is committed to facilitating the acquisition of English of non-native speakers while respecting students’ home languages and cultures.  Students are encouraged to share knowledge of their cultures and customs while learning about the culture and customs of English-speaking countries and the host country.  Students are further encouraged to value their multilingualism and have a sense of pride in their achievements in English.  Furthermore, students are encouraged to become active participants in their own learning and to become contributing members of the school community in order to benefit fully from their school experience.  Students’ individual talents are encouraged to flourish through the application of a curriculum that aims for high academic standards for all, where the linguistic and cultural background is developed equally with the knowledge of English in an international setting. 

The ELL program aims to help students:
Demonstrate English proficiency through basic interpersonal communication.
Demonstrate English proficiency through cognitive academic language development in all school subjects including language arts, mathematics, the sciences, and social studies.
Demonstrate English proficiency in socially and culturally appropriate ways.

Technology

As a completely wireless campus, Marymount keeps in step with the latest technological advancements and offers its students and teachers access to state-of-the-art computer hardware and software.

Both the Elementary School and Secondary School have fully equipped Computer Labs and classrooms have CleverBoards. The school also provides laptop computers to all teachers in order to meet their technological needs in and out of the classroom.

In the Elementary School, students take computer classes in which they store and access their work on their own designated computers. The Elementary curriculum also integrates information technology so that students can put their computer skills to practical and creative use. Students in Grades 4 and 5 participate in a 1-1 iPad program.

The Computer Lab in the Secondary School hosts a range of technology classes, including web design, computer arts, animation, programming, and robotics, which are offered as coursework or as after school activities.








Through the use of Powerschool, parents have 24/7 access to their children’s coursework, assignments, quiz and test schedules and scores, and school calendars. Powerschool is a web-based program in which classroom teachers upload detailed information about their individual classes, while parents and students can log in to the program with their unique user names and passwords to view information most relevant to themselves.

In reviewing the curriculum throughout the school, Marymount’s teachers and administrators rely on Atlas Curriculum Mapping, a cutting edge computer program that facilitates ongoing curriculum analysis and ensures that Marymount’s curriculum is optimized for the benefit of all of its students while conforming to mandated standards and benchmarks.

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