Thursday, March 10, 2016

March 2016 Huron IB Update

Dear Huron Families, 
We are pleased to share the next Ann Arbor International Baccalaureate (IB) development update with the Huron community. If you missed the January 2016 update, please go to http://tiny.cc/Jan16update.
As many of you know, the focus of our work this year is to develop both the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) at Huron High School.  This update focuses on changes to expect at Huron for the 2016-17 school year.

Updated Bell Schedule
There will be an updated bell schedule at Huron for the 2016-17 school year.  The highlights of the new bell schedule are as follows:
  • The school day for each student will have seven periods (instead of the current six).
  • The updated bell schedule offers students opportunities for course options and student support.
  • The start and end of the school day will be reflective of the final AAPS high school schedule for the
2016-17 school year.  For example, if the high school time schedule remains the same for next year, the beginning and end of the day would be the same as this year.  In other words, first hour would begin at 7:45 AM and seventh hour would end at 2:39 PM.  

Greater Student Choice
One of the features of the updated bell schedule is greater choice during course selection.  For the 2016-17 school year, there are both required courses as well as choices for students to pick in connection to their strengths and interests.  This includes AP US History as an elective for 10th or 11th grade students.  All required and elective course options are listed on the grade level course selection sheets your student will bring home on Wednesday, March 9th.
As MYP and DP development progresses at Huron, additional support classes are being developed.  Support classes will be scheduled in conjunction with the parent and school counselor.

Updated 10th Grade Academic Pathway
As the Michigan Science Academic Standards have been updated and we are developing the MYP and DP options at Huron, some realignment of coursework is necessary.  For the 2016-17 school year, changes are most evident in 10th grade social studies and science pathways where required grade level courses have been updated.  The following tables represent the new alignments:

Social Studies Course Requirements
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade
The new pathway  courses meet the needs of graduation and provides access to all social studies course options in 11th and 12th grades as noted.World History and Geography
Fulfills graduation requirements for World History and Geography
Government and Economics
Fulfills graduation requirements for Government and Economics coursework

Options:
- Traditional courses
- Advanced Placement courses
US History and Geography
Fulfills graduation requirement for US History and Geography coursework

Options:
- Traditional courses
- Advanced Placement courses
- Diploma Programme courses
Elective coursework

Options:
- Traditional courses including Humanities
- Advanced Placement courses
- Diploma Programme courses


Note: AP US History is available to 10th – 12th grade students.

Science Course Requirements
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade
The new pathway courses teach students updated  Michigan science standards. Biology
Fulfills graduation requirements for biology coursework – updated course aligned to Michigan science standards
Foundations of Chemistry and Foundations of Physics
Fulfills graduation requirements for chemistry and physics coursework – new courses aligned to Michigan science standards
Elective courseworkFulfills graduation requirement for a third year of science coursework

Options:
- Traditional courses (including Advanced Placement)
- Diploma Programme courses

Elective coursework

Options:
- Traditional courses including Humanities
- Advanced Placement courses
- Diploma Programme courses



Updated Science Pathway
As our first step to ensure our students are prepared around the science standards, both chemistry AND physics standards will be taught as part of 10th grade coursework at Huron.
These new 10th grade courses are currently being developed and will:
  • Challenge students to be engaged learners
  • Be project-based
  • Connect to the Pillars of IB in Ann Arbor:
    • Inquiry learning - students asking questions, students finding answers;
    • Global awareness - connecting to the local, state, national and international community;
    • Action and Service - learning by doing, making a positive impact;
    • World languages - all students learning a world language;
    • Access and Equity - intentional development of curriculum and supports connected to the needs of learners.
Acceleration Options
Accelerated options for 9th and 10th grade are also available through the Ann Arbor Public Schools test out procedures (http://www.a2schools.org/Page/4114 ) or by taking summer courses.  

Course Request Process
Today your student attended a class meeting regarding course requests for next year.  They were given a course request worksheet to guide their selections for next year and discussed curriculum options. Please talk with your student about their selections. Students should complete the worksheet before attempting to enter their selections into PowerSchool (to avoid timing out), which should be completed no later than Sunday, March 13.
In a couple weeks, parents will be asked to review and sign off on student’s requests, called Verifications.
Here is a link to references including the presentation given at today's meeting, grade level course request worksheets and a detailed outline of the course selection process. http://huronhighschoolcounselingdepartm.weebly.com/course-selection-process---grad-classes-2017-2018--2019.html
Please make thoughtful choices and keep in mind that this process helps us determine which courses we will offer next year.

Questions?
If you have questions about individual need and options, please contact your Huron Counselor: