Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Personal Project Class About To Launch for 10th Grade at Huron

Personal Project Class Shared Today for Incoming 10th Grade Students

Current 9th grade students learned more about the Middle Years Programme (MYP) Personal Porject today during curriculum overview presentations at Huron. Below is the information sent to families via email to keep everyone connected about this important feature of the MYP.

What is the Personal Project all about?
The Personal Project is a 10th grade activity that showcases individual learning in the MYP. It focuses on a topic chosen by the student, and it challenges students to demonstrate their learning capabilities through an extended research project.

Success with the Personal Project is connected to skills every successful student needs (but not all schools intentionally address) including:
- Planning and problem solving
- Developing skills and attitudes needed for sustained and focused work
- Taking action to implement the plan
- Effectively communicating of personal and academic learning of the process
- Reflecting on their learning and the success of their work.

The Personal Project is regarded as a marker that defines readiness for learning opportunities in high school and beyond. Many MYP students refer to their Personal Project in their college admissions essays and scholarship applications. In addition, students who are entering the trades or job market following high school distinguish themselves by explaining their work to select a project, plan it, carry out the plan, evaluate the effectiveness of the project, and reflect on their growth through this process. Students who complete the Personal Project use the experience to stand out in a variety of ways that lead them to readiness and success at the next level.

What do students do during the Personal Project?
Students will be taught and guided through the following project criteria during the Personal Project course at Huron:
A) Investigation
Students will:
- Define a clear goal for the project, based on personal interests
Identify prior learning relevant to the project
- Demonstrate research skills. 


B) Planning
Students will:
- Develop criteria for the product of the project
- Plan for the project
- Demonstrate self-management skills. 


C) Taking action
Students will:
- Create a product in response to their investigation and planning
- Demonstrate thinking skills
- Demonstrate communication and social skills.

D) Reflecting
Students will:
- Evaluate the quality of the product
- Reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic
- Reflect on their development as an learner through the project. 

- While completing the Personal Project, students will be guided through the above criteria and will also receive important instruction connected to research and presentation skills.

What are example topics of Personal Projects from other schools?
During the January meeting, we shared examples of topics students in other schools chose to focus their inquiry and investigation:
Syrian refugees (social studies focus)
Cake decorating (health and nutrition focus)
Scriptwriting and screenplays (English focus)
Building a hovercraft (engineering focus)
Music through the decades (performing arts focus)
The topic choices are infinite because topic possibilities are connected to personal learning interests. Conducting a web search of "Personal Project examples" or "MYP Personal Projects" will yield hundreds of ideas and examples.

Are the Personal Projects shared with the school community?
Yes...the projects will be showcased and presented annually during the Personal Project Exhibition night. This will be an exciting event for students, parents and the community! We are planning for the first Personal Project Exhibition to occur in December 2017!

Here is a short video of what Personal Project Exhibition looks like at another MYP School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxeS40U5dPU

Are Personal Projects evaluated?
Yes.
Students will self-evaluate their work
Teachers will, in consultation with the student, assign an MYP Personal Project grade (scored 1-8) based on the criteria above and their performance.
MYP grades will be viewable as part of a student's record in PowerSchool.
Finally, the Personal Project grade is submitted to the International Baccalaureate Organization for moderation.

How does the Personal Project fit in the seven period day at Huron?
Beginning fall 2017, the Personal Project is a required course for 10th grade students (as a part of the seven period day). Students registering for 10th grade courses will see the Personal Project on the course selection sheet. Ensuring Huron students have dedicated time during the school day to plan and/or work on their Personal Project was a main reason for establishing the seven period day at Huron for the 2016-17 school year (as opposed to the six period day at Pioneer).

How do I take the Personal Project if I have two year long electives in my schedule (such as band and Project Lead The Way)?
As noted above, the seven period day at Huron was designed to fully appreciate the requirements of the MYP and Personal Project. The Personal Project course - during the school day - is the best way to do this and is the recommended pathway for all Huron students. That said, for students who are not able to "fit in" the Personal Project course because they have two full year elective hours (e.g. band, orchestra, choir, Project Lead The Way, English Plus, etc.), the Personal Project will be offered as an independent study. In these situations, students should check off "needs assistance" in the PowerSchool portal during the course selection period in March so counselors can assist with next steps.

There may be other individual scheduling conflicts that require individual problem solving. In these situations, students should check off "needs assistance" in the PowerSchool portal during the course selection period in March so counselors can assist with next steps.

How can I find out more?
More Personal Project information can be found on the following websites:
International Baccalaureate Personal Project page: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/curriculum/myp-projects/

In addition, please feel free to use the contact information on the Ann Arbor IB webpage if you have questions for us: http://ib.a2schools.org.

Friday, March 10, 2017

IB Progamming in Ann Arbor Includes Exceptional Performing Arts!

A feature of the IB programming in Ann Arbor includes access to Grammy award winning performing arts programs. Please enjoy some recent YouTube videos of the program in action!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

IB Career-related Programme Basics

We've shared previously that Ann Arbor Public Schools is investigating the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (CP) as additional programming at Huron to complement the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

Here's some of the basics about the CP....

What is the CP all about?
The CP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills:
- Knowledge
- Critical thinking
- Communication
- Cross-cultural engagement.

CP students do the following during 11th and 12th grade:
- Successfully complete a two year Career and Technical Education (CTE) program
- Successfully complete at least two International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) courses
- Successfully complete the "CP Core" requirements:
Personal and Professional Skills Course (PPS)
Language requirement
Service
Reflective Project

The CP Provides:
- A Pathway to Employment: 21st century life places complex demands on graduates looking for work – so enabling students to become self-confident, skilled and career-ready learners must be an integral part of their education.
- University recognition: Through the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP), students deepen their understanding in general areas of knowledge, engaging in a holistic education model that fosters an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Huron High School Diploma Programme Authorized! Now Enrolling For Fall 2017.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools is proud to announce Huron High School Diploma Programme (DP) has been officially authorized! Huron is the newest IB World School!
 The Huron DP is a great option because if offers:
- 26 Diploma Programme courses which means more choices and multiple pathways to achievement
- Access to the Huron Grammy award winning music program
- 36 sports options, more than are available at the University of Michigan
- A diverse student body is a reflection of the world
- 67 clubs and student organizations.
Huron is currently ranked the #2 high school in Michigan according to niche.com.

The 26 Huron DP course descriptions are listed in the document linked to this post. Check it out! Please direct questions to Mr. Eric Wynn, Huron Diploma Coordinator from the Ann Arbor IB website: http:ib.a2schools.org
https://docs.google.com/…/1Xw8ZiU4eH57NBkfvvoNcnLAXkg0…/edit

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

One Year Diploma Programme Classes Available to Class of 2018 at Huron

Dear Huron Class of 2018 Families,

Over the past few months, some families have inquired as to whether or not current juniors (class of 2018) would be able to enroll in our new IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses for the 2017-18 school year.  This has come up more often since Huron was named an IB  World School in December.  

After some discussion and analysis by the Huron leadership as to whether or not the classes could accommodate the potential interest from the class of 2018, it has been decided to allow current junior students to take advantage of some DP courses.  After exploring a number of scenarios, the Huron leadership team has determined that although current juniors cannot become full DP students (which is a two-year high school experience), there are a number of one-year DP classes in which they are eligible for enrollment.

What are those classes?
  • Global Politics SL (IB) - Global Politics SL (IB) allows students to explore basic fundamental political concepts. It is designed for students to develop an understanding of the local, national, international, and global dimensions of political activity and processes, as well to explore political issues affecting their own lives. The course is intended for 11th and 12th grade students, and will serve as a component of the IB Diploma Program. This course satisfies the Individuals and Societies requirement for Full IB Diploma students.
     
  • Business and Management SL (IB) -Business and Management SL (IB) is intended to help students develop their understanding of the fundamental concepts of Business and management. The course will cover all of the business and management related standards adopted by the State of Michigan. This course is intended for 11th and 12th grade students. The performance expectations of the course will focus on business and management practices such as; employing information management techniques and strategies to assist in decision-making, planning and time management, managing customer relationships, understanding day-to-day business activities, risk management strategies, human resources, and operational and functional aspects of management. This course satisfies the Individuals and Societies requirement for Full IB Diploma students.

  • Psychology SL (IB)- The Psychology SL (IB) course aims are to teach the students major principles in the field of Psychology, understand research methods, and to educate students about human behavior and cognition. The course content will focus on biological, cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct an experiment and explore one of the following research topics in depth: abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, psychology of human relationships, sports psychology. The goal of the course is to teach students how to be critical thinkers, analyze research, explore research methods and to understand the relationship between biopsychosocial events and our behaviors and mental processes. This course satisfies the Individuals and Societies requirement for Full IB Diploma students.
     
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL IB- Environmental Systems and Societies SL (IB) is an interdisciplinary course that studies the interaction of humans and the environment. The students will gain the knowledge and understanding of environmental systems and issues on a variety of levels. Environmental issues will be studied on personal, local and global levels, this will help students develop an awareness of environmental issues, make future environmental decisions and be motivated to be stewards for the environment. This course satisfies the Sciences requirement or the Individuals and Societies requirement for Full IB Diploma students.

Why do this?
These are unique classes that are highly regarded by universities and may result in college credit and placement. These classes are only offered at Huron, and do not have an equivalent at any other Ann Arbor high schools.

So seniors next year can take Diploma Programme classes?
Yes….at least some of them.  If the courses listed above are interesting to your student and fit into your senior year plan, they can register for them in the PowerSchool portal in March.

Why didn't you announce this earlier?
Our primary work in developing the DP at Huron is to be ready next fall for the current 10th grade class (class of 2019).  As we received early notice that we've been named a DP World School, it has allowed us consider the possibility of offering one-year DP classes to the class of 2018. It simply was not possible to consider this before we knew we were authorized.

How do I find out more about these courses and the International Baccalaureate?

And on the Ann Arbor IB website: http://ib.a2schools.org/

We are excited that we have determined a way to make these courses available to current juniors, and hope students will be excited about the opportunity to take them. Questions about these courses can be directed to our IB Diploma Coordinator, Eric Wynn, at wynne@aaps.k12.mi.us  

Sunday, January 22, 2017

IB Night at Mitchell - Jan 24 @ 6:30 PM

Please join us for an information session for new families interested in exploring PreK-12th grade International Baccalaureate opportunities in Ann Arbor starting with the Primary Years Programme at Mitchell. We will also share some information about the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme in Ann Arbor.

Where: Mitchell Elementary School, 3550 Pittsiew
When: January 24 beginning at 6:30 PM 

Families who attend will:
- See photos of daily life at Mitchell 
- Meet the principals and IB coordinaotr
- Learn about Mitchell School
- Better understand IB education - including IB pathway from Mitchell to Scarlett to Huron
- Hear about our daily school practices, after school programs, summer programs, and community partnerships
- Be able to ask questions (just like IB students do)!
- We'll even invite you to come back to visit us again!
 This session should be particularly useful to:
- Current Mitchell families who want to know more about IB
- AAPS families who are considering an in-district transfer to Mitchell for the 2017-18 school year (note: the in-district transfer window is open from 1/17 - 2/17/17...more info HERE)
- Families from outside the AAPS who are considering a schools of choice transfer to the AAPS from Washtenaw or any of the surrounding counties in southeast Michigan.

Come and check us out!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

UPDATED: IB Diploma Enrollment Night January 18th 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Huron Cafeteria

Ann Arbor Public Schools​ IB Diploma Programme Enrollment Night is January 18th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Huron Cafeteria.

Sophomore students and parents/guardians from Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and the surrounding counties are invited to join us on January 18 to learn more about the Diploma Programme (DP) at Huron directly from the teachers who will be teaching Diploma courses.

The format of the evening will be open discussion. Attendees will be able to ask as many questions (and get answers) as they wish.

At the end of the evening, students who would like a Diploma Programme spot at Huron to be held for them for 2017-18 will turn in paperwork indicating their commitment and intention to formally register for DP classes in March.

Meetings before or after the event with Mr. Eric Wynn, DP coordinator, can be scheduled at https://calendly.com/dpmeeting.  Questions can also directed to Mr. Wynn via email at wynne@aaps.k12.mi.us.