2011 Fall Orientation Middle Years Program Henrico High School Priscilla Biddle IB Coordinator Review of the Program: Mission Statement • • • The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. The Learner Profile • IB learners strive to be: • Inquirers • Knowledgeable • Thinkers • Communicators • Principled • Open-minded • Caring • Risk-takers • Balanced • Reflective • MYP Areas of Interaction • • • • • Approaches to Learning Community and Service Human Ingenuity Environments Health and Social Education Our Curriculum: Grade 9, Level 4 MYP • English 9 • Language – Year 2 or 3 of Spanish or French • World History and Geography II • Biology • Geometry or Algebra II • Arts (Theatre or Visual Arts) – semester • Technology – semester • Health and PE Our Curriculum Grade 10, MYP Level 5 • English 10 • Language – Year 3 or 4, French or Spanish • US Government and Virginia History • Chemistry • Algebra II or Extended Math • Arts: Theatre Arts or Visual Arts (semester) • Health and PE • Assessments and Personal Project completed toward the MYP Certificate Creativity, Action and Service • Graduated involvement that focuses on Learner Outcomes: • increase their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth • undertake new challenges • plan and initiate activities • work collaboratively with others • show perseverance and commitment in their activities • engage with issues of global importance • consider the ethical implications of their actions • develop new skills Our CAS Process • Students must have two goals each year in grades 9 and 10 • Goals must address at least 4 of the 8 outcomes and one must fit each of the three categories: creativity, action, service • Current activities such as sports, music lessons, religious training, such as for confirmation or bar/bat mitzvah, count; there just has to be a goal/rationale behind the activity. ManageBac Subscription • Online subscription service created by former IB students and teachers • Management system originally for CAS • Expanded to all areas of submissions • Must have an email address • Convenient, paperless, no more “lost” papers! Personal Project • A student-centered project, research-based and interactive, after which the student reflects on what he/she has learned in a paper – The personal project may take many forms, for example: • an original work of art (visual, dramatic, or performance) • a written piece of work on a special topic (literary, social, psychological, or anthropological) • a piece of literary fiction (that is, creative writing) • an original science experiment • an invention or specially designed object or system • the presentation of a developed business, management, or organizational plan (that is, for an entrepreneurial business or project), a special event, or the development of a new student or community organization. Personal Project Support • • • • • Seminars Guidebook Blog English and chemistry classes Freshmen complete a series of interdisciplinary activities that lay the groundwork for the PP Assessments • Grade 9 – “Practice” – Technology as an “anticipated,” moderated subject • Grade 10 – – – – All classes submit assessments for moderation Students work on series of assessments over the year Points accumulate over the year See “All About IB” or the blog for Assessment Policy and details – Scores convert to a 1-7 grade Registration • HCPS pays for registrations and moderation fees • Registration is going on this week and next in English classes and will be verified next week before October 15 deadline • Any changes after October 15 will be charged to the student • Students may only register for one Arts elective Moderation • Teachers choose representative sample of high, middle and low achievement for each assessment • Sent to subject moderators all over the world • Accompanied by wealth of background information to put it in context • Moderators will validate, increase or reduce scores • Provide teacher with “Moderation Report” for improvement Attaining the MYP Certificate • • • • • • 8 subjects and Personal Project 1-7 grade X 9 = 63 possible points 36 points will achieve the Certificate No 1’s in any subject Can’t have a 2 on PP We have a great support system and record. – Last year, only 3 out of 93 students eligible for the Certificate did not achieve. We would ideally want 100%!! Rigor and Workload • IB curriculum is trans-disciplinary, high order thinking, open ended – content AND concept • Paint by numbers Color in the lines Design your own • Tests/projects/major assessments monitored through Google Calendar – No more than 2 per day – Multi-level classes may encounter problems – Quizzes not monitored 9th Grade Challenges • • • • • Adjustment to high school rigor Balancing extra-curriculars with school work Making new friends Joining the community and getting involved Transportation to activities 10th Grade Challenges • • • • • • Increased academic rigor Personal Project Time management and balancing activities Assessments for the Certificate Social life Starting to think about college??? Support for Students and Parents • Specified and • Seminars communicated expectations – Enhance trans-disciplinary and parent input thinking – Support PP and CAS – “All about IB” – Blog • Team leaders – Teacher course outlines and syllabi – Community Advisory Council • Communication – Keeping an eye out for crisis – Recognizing student success • Breakfasts • “Biddle Pass” – Blog • IB counselor – School Space – Emails Support Documents • Found in “All About IB” and on the blog – Academic Honesty Policy • Website – Assessment Policy – Language Policy – Special Needs Policy How parents can support us! • Program wide committees – Volunteer – Advisory Council • Grade level committees – – – – Breakfast Learner Profile Gift Bags Field Trip Chaperone (was Picnic Committee) Personal Project or IB Ceremony Questions and Answers We think; therefore we be!