International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

  • PIB and IB Families,

    The following information directly impacts your PIB and/or IB student. I have bolded and made red the most requested topics requiring clarification.

    PIB (9th & 10th)

    1. We are pausing CAS for the remainder of the year. I encourage students to adhere to the purpose of CAS and attempt to implement CAS objectives into their daily lives, but students will not be required to track their CAS activities. If students desire, they can upload their work on our CAS Google classroom so as not to lose information, but I will not be checking their responses and giving feedback at this time.
    2. As of now, the district has paused ALL summer school. We will share any pertinent information regarding summer school once the district has made a definite decision.
    3. Teachers will continue to upload work on a daily or weekly basis. Doing so will allow students to organize their time. I must stress that your child opted to join our PIB program because they love to learn for learning’s sake. This being said, it is my expectation that they are completing the tasks assigned to better prepare them for the upcoming school year. A failure to do so will result in natural consequences

    IB (11th & 12th)

    1. Archibold and Mrs. Cicenas are using the Extended Essay Google classroom to communicate with students specific deadlines and expectations. This is a perfect time for juniors to research. They can easily download the public library app, upload their library card, and check out virtual books.
    2. CAS: All CAS related questions should now be emailed to Mr. Boykins.
      1. Juniors should be working on their CAS project proposals.
      2. Senior CAS projects and expectations will look differently but still adhere to the CAS standards. A member of the IB Leadership Team will be reaching out to you to discuss your CAS completion plans.
    3. The IBO has yet to make a decision regarding reimbursement. That being said, it is imperative to note that a decision to reimburse, or not, is made by the IBO and not EHS. I will send out more information regarding IB reimbursement when a final decision is made.
    4. We want to acknowledge the grit and fortitude of our mighty seniors! The district has not made a definite decision regarding graduation. However, we will continue with our tradition of IB stoles and senior recognition. It will, of course, look different with more information to follow.
    5. IB Diplomas and test scores will be given based off IAs and predicted scores. A document titled, "FAQ Regarding Results from ibo" is at the bottom of the page. Its purpose is to help IB families understand how grades are being determined. Teachers are currently in the process of communicating with students how they will complete their IAs. Just as I have asked the IB teachers, I am asking IB students to call upon their resourcefulness and patience when completing IAs. The new IBO mandates for IAs has lead our entire EHS IB team into uncharted waters.

    I will continue to reach out to our IB families with new updates and information. During this trying time, I have often reflected on the words of psychologist Tara Burch. Her brief commentary on tackling challenging situations is posted on my office wall and serves as a reminder for me to persevere.

    Our habit is to view challenging situations as if something is wrong; that we are a victim and we have a problem. What if instead of a problem, we perceive stress as a signal to call on our resourcefulness, our intelligence, care and courage? Resilience grows when we become intentional about bringing our best to difficult life situations.

    Take care IB families.

     

    Michael J. Boykins

    Assistant Principal & IB Director 

     

     

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    Good evening parents,

    I wanted to offer clarity on the district’s recent phase and how it affects our PIB and IB students. The packets that are being distributed at middle schools and high schools are for continued learning. They do not count for a grade, nor are they geared towards PIB and IB students. Your child can work on those packets, however, their PIB and IB teachers will or have begun the process of communicating with their students via email, phone calls, Google classrooms, and Synergy with classwork that can be completed virtually. In the next 24 hours, I will be sending out additional information that pertains to CAS, Extended Essay, and Internal Assessments.

    I receive the updated rules and mandates from the IBO at the same time you do. I then have to meet with the EHS IB team to determine the impact on our students. A couple of days usually passes between the time information is posted and I have an opportunity to speak with my team. I say this, because we have received numerous emails, voicemails, and phone calls that carry a distraught tone that lacks empathy. As a parent, I understand your frustration, and as an educator, please know that we are working diligently to ensure that your IB students are meeting the new IBO mandates and that your PIB students have the opportunity to continue their rigorous coursework.

    Our new reality will take patience and grace, empathy, and where applicable, humor. Thank you for entrusting me with your student, and know that we are working hard to ensure that you receive the most accurate and up to date information regarding your students’ academic success.

     

    Michael J. Boykins

    Assistant Principal & IB Coordinator

     

     

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    EHS IB Family,

    The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will NOT be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following response is from the IBO,

    1. As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.
    2. The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.  
    3. Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

    We know that our families have millions of questions, and as of now, I do not know specifics for how we will handle this at EHS. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by March 27, 2020. Mrs. Richardson and I will continue to keep you updated with specific information. 

     

    Michael J. Boykins

    Assistant Principal & IB Coordinator

     

     

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