Welcome to HMM Marathi Shala

News and Updates
August 30, 2021

Namaskar Mandali,

Another year (2021-22) of Marathi Shala started successfully this past week. We would like to thank our 20+ volunteer teachers for taking the time to teach our students Marathi. Also, a thank you to the branch coordinators for the amount of work they put in so that things run smoothly. And finally, a big thank you to parents who have overwhelmingly registered their students at Marathi Shala and put their trust in us regarding teaching their children Marathi. We have about 85 students registered this year, the highest enrollment so far of any year.

At this time, we are closing registration for our returning students based on our classroom capacity and teacher-student ratio. We will be keeping enrollment for any newcomers open until Sept. 25 by contacting us via email to secretaryhmmshala AT Gmail Dot Com. However, we encourage any new parents to register their children at the earliest, since we only have a very limited capacity for beginners.

We are excited for the Fall Semester and the many activities coming up.

Teaching Format for 2021-22

In a parent survey conducted by the HMM Shala in May 2021, 68% parents indicated their preference for allowing their children to attend Shala ONLINE for the Fall Semester 2021. Given the parent and teacher preference, we have decided to conduct Fall Semester 2021 in an online format for all the HMM Shala branches. A decision regarding the Spring Semester 2022 will be taken in December 2021. Levels Tisari, Chauthi and Pachvi will be online for the entire academic year 2021-22 due to resource allocation.

Registration and Fees

Shala registration will be done only in the Fall Semester, for the entire year. (CLOSED at this time)

The Shala budget is for the expenses related to student, teacher, and branch needs, such as purchasing books, teaching resources and stationery, ordering student t-shirts, and organizing activities (such as the Annual Day, Diwali program, Talent Show etc.) We will be providing printed copies of BMM Shala e-books as core curriculum textbooks.

  • Semester exams will be conducted in December and May to evaluate students

  • BMM exams are always optional and to be decided at the discretion of teacher and principal. Parents are welcome to opt their children out of the BMM exams, and instead only be evaluated by HMM Shala semester exams.

  • The syllabus is based on the BMM syllabus outlined for each level. The syllabus will not be shared with parents, per instructions from BMM. HMM Marathi Shala and the Committee have no say in this decision. BMM has the sole copyright on the syllabus and hence please direct questions related to sharing of the syllabus to BMM.

  • Students spend two years learning the curriculum in each Shala level.

  • Attendance requirement: 80% student attendance is required in order to be promoted to the next level and in order to take the HMM or BMM exams.

  • Students passing any exam will be given a Participation Certificate for that year and grade from the Shala. For promotion within the HMM Shala branches, it does not matter whether the child passes a Shala exam or a BMM exam.

Parent Interaction/Volunteering
  • Each parent is required to volunteer at least twice per semester for each child at the Shala. Opportunities will be made available later (TBA) and signup sheets will be managed by coordinators

  • Teachers will provide a Parent-Teacher conference in the Fall and Spring to let the parents know the child’s progress. No ranking information will be provided. Areas of improvement will be highlighted. These are not to be shared with students or other shakha teachers or with any other parents and is confidential in nature.

Looking forward to a successful year!

HMM Marathi Shala Team 2021-22
Principal, Mayur Khare
Curriculum Coordinator, Madhura Kelkar
Secretary, Nitu Tarnekar
Treasurer, Rohit Joshi


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