Monday, March 23, 2020

May 2020 Diploma Programme Exams Cancelled - More Information Coming

Dear IB Students and Families,

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

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.

The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between April 30 and May 22 for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.

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 parents and students will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by March 27, 2020. Please continue to look for updates from us. Thank you and stay well.

For any other questions, please contact:

IB Diploma Programme/DP Course questions: Anna Fleury fleurya@aaps.k12.mi.us

IB Career-related Programme/DP Course questions: Carrie James jamesc@aaps.k12.mi.us

AAPS IB questions: Kevin Karr karrk@aaps.k12.mi.us

Monday, March 16, 2020

Covid-19 Huron Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) Update #1

This message is for all Huron students taking Diploma Programme coursework - full DP, full CP and students taking individual DP courses.

As Dr. Swift shared in her March 12, 2020 message, these are sobering days for all of us in confronting the Covid-19 pandemic. We understand that this situation is likely to impact almost every aspect of our lives, and we know we must work together like never before to help each other as individuals, neighbors, and as a community.

During the upcoming school closure (currently until April 6), we are also monitoring information from the International Baccalaureate Organization and how students in IB classes may be impacted. At this moment, here is important information to share:
- There are some assessments that are due to Huron teachers in the next two weeks (during the school closure). If this is the case, you can expect that students already know this and that teachers will contact students via the student’s school email address if necessary.
- There is no change in the DP exam schedule which runs from May 1 - May 22. The most current information from the IB indicates the exam dates are not likely to change. At this time, teachers and students should anticipate testing in May.
- Because of the evolving nature of this situation, we’ve prepared one resource for students and families where links to DP course information can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l2Wexb8keFz5yHBaEJh-nQdaTE833UH6eQxl0QASHMg/edit?usp=sharing.
- We are aware that inaccurate rumors are circulating. Please regulate to the information we share with you, and please ask us your questions when you have them via email.

When there is additional information to share, you can expect that we will email you. These updates will also be posted at:
 
Ann Arbor IB website - http://ib.a2schools.org
Ann Arbor IB Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AnnArborIB/

Friday, January 26, 2018

DP Exam Information - Spring 2018

Dear Huron Diploma Programme (DP) Students and Parents/Guardians,

We commend Huron students for choosing International Baccalaureate DP coursework for the 2017-18 school year.  DP students worldwide participate in exams each April and May. This school year at Huron, students who are taking one-year Diploma Programme courses will take exams and have been registered by Mr. Wynn.  

As with all Ann Arbor IB programming at Mitchell, Scarlett and Huron, DP exams are paid for by the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

The following exam dates should be noted on calendars:
  • Business and Management SL - Friday, April 27 (afternoon) and Monday, April 30 (morning)
  • Music SL - Thursday, May 3 (morning)
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL - Friday, May 4 (afternoon) and Monday, May 7 (morning)
  • History SL - Tuesday, May 8 (afternoon) - NOTE: This is not a regularly scheduled school day for students, but it is the day the History SL exam is administered worldwide so is the day Huron History SL students will take the exam also.  Please update your calendars.
  • Global Politics SL - Friday, May 11 (afternoon) and Monday, May 14 (morning)
  • Psychology SL - Friday, May 11 (afternoon) and Monday, May 14 (morning).
As the dates above approach, teachers of the courses will be working with students to prepare for success.  

As a reminder, students in DP courses receive traditional Huron letter grades (reported in PowerSchool) AND IB course grades (typically reported in July following exams through Mr. Wynn).  IB course grades are based on student performance on the two DP assessments:
  • IB Internal Assessments:  An IB assessment administered at school and graded by the teacher with student performance compared against a rubric
  • IB External Assessments: Projects and IB exams sent to be graded outside of the school by experienced IB educators.  

If students or parents have questions about preparation for assessments, please contact your teacher.

Sincerely,

Dr. Janet Schwamb
Principal, Huron High School

Mr. Kevin Karr
PreK - 12th International Baccalaureate Facilitator

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

IB in 11th and 12th Information Night - 1/16 @ 6:30 PM

Parents and students are invited to come discover more about IB at Huron in the 11th and 12th grade tonight at 6:30 PM!

The evening will have an open format, and will allow participants to browse class presentations in a ‘living museum’ format. Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet teachers, counselors, and the IB Diploma and Career-Related Programme coordinators.

Highlights of night:
- Ask questions, get answers
- Meet the teachers
- Learn about the curriculum
- Preview the 27 Diploma Porgramme courses available at Huron
- Learn about the 3 Career-related Programme pathways at Huron
- Counselors and IB facilitators present
- Express interest in DP or CP for 18/19 school year

Students and parents are welcome to attend.

Please join us in the Huron cafeteria!

Learn About Mitchell, an IB World School - 1/23 @ 6:30 PM

Learn About Mitchell, an IB World School - 1/23 @ 6:30 PM
Families and teachers are invited to learn about the preK - 5th grade IB Primary Years Programme at Mitchell on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 PM.


Mitchell Elementary School is all about:
Students growing as humans and learners.


Effective teaching and learning practices characterized by:
- Inquiry - 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.

Extended day and extended year (summer) learning opportunities supported by university and community partnerships

We will also share basic information about the Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme at Scarlett Middle School and Huron High School.

Come check us out! 

For more information ahead of time, please go to http://ib.a2schools.org

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Invitation: IB Personal Project Exhibition @ Huron - Thursday, January 11, 6:30 PM

Dear Friend of Ann Arbor IB,

You are cordially invited to the Huron Personal Project Exhibition on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Huron gymnasium. 

The Personal Project is the culminating event of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP).  We anticipate 400+ students showcasing their individual learning focusing on the topic they've chosenThe Huron Personal Project program - with all student project topics - is attached.  Check it out!

Success with the Personal Project is connected to skills every successful student needs:
- Goal Setting, planning, and problem solving
- Developing skills and attitudes needed for sustained and focused work
- Taking action to implement their plan
- Effectively communicating personal and academic learning
- Reflecting on learning and goal achievement.

We hope you'll join us on Thursday!

Sincerely,
Kevin Karr
PreK - 12 District IB Coordinator

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ann Arbor IB Information Events Announced

The following events will feature information for new families interested in exploring the International Baccalaureate (IB) offerings available in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.  In addition, the Ann Arbor IB schools will have limited spots available for the 2018-19 school year for families interested in attending through in-district transfers or through schools of choice transfers. 

Mitchell Primary Years Programme (grades PreK - 5)

  • January 23 - Learn About Mitchell, An IB World School, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • February 20 - Pre-school/ Kindergarten Round Up, 6 - 7:30 PM - This event is targeted to families considering preschool and kindergarten options.
  • March 22 - PYP Exhibition, 6 - 8 PM - The Exhibition is the culminating event of the Primary Years Programme and showcases learning and projects developed by small group and independently. We hope you'll join us for this amazing celebration!
  • April 24 - Learn About Mitchell, An IB World School, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Scarlett Middle Years Programme (grades 6 - 8)
  • Jan 30 - Learn About Scarlett, An IB World School, 6:15- 7:15 PM
  • March - Visits during the day to Scarlett feeder elementary schools to introduce current 5th grade students to Scarlett
  • March 21 - Incoming 6th Orientation, 6:15 - 7:45 PM - All incoming 6th grade parents and students are invited to Scarlett for an orientation to learn more about middle school.
  • April 19 - Learn About Scarlett, An IB World School, 6:15- 7:15 PM

Huron Middle Years Programme (grades 9 and 10)
  • Jan 11 - Personal Project Night - The Personal Project Night is the culminating event of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and showcases individual learning. It focuses on a topic chosen by the student and challenges students to demonstrate their learning capabilities through an extended project. We hope you'll join us for this amazing celebration!
  • Jan 16-18 - Visits during the school day to AAPS middle schools to introduce current 8th grade students to Huron
  • Feb 1 - Incoming 9th Orientation at Huron - All incoming 9th grade parents are invited to Huron for an orientation to learn more about high school.

Huron Career-related Programme (CP) and Diploma Programme (DP) - (grades 11 and 12)
  • Early December - Visits with current Huron 10th graders to share about IB options for grades 11 and 12 at Huron
  • December 19- IB in 11th and 12th at Huron presentation - Tenth grade students and families are invited to learn about the 11th and 12th grade IB options at Huron - both the Diploma Programme and the new Career-related Programme - on December 19 at 6:30 PM in the Ingram Theater.
  • Jan 16 - IB in 11th and 12th Curricular Options Night - Parents and students in the sophomore class are invited to come discover more about IB courses at Huron in the 11th and 12th grade. The evening will have an open format, and will allow participants to browse class presentations in a ‘living museum’ format. Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet current 11th and 12th grade students, teachers, counselors, and both IB Diploma and Career-Related Programme coordinators. Please join us in the Huron cafeteria.
  • Late Jan - March - Small group and one one one meetings with IB coordinators and counselors about DP and CP options
  • March - Course selection for 18-19 begins
More information about transfers can be found at https://www.a2schools.org/Page/9565.
More information about Ann Arbor IB schools (including contact information) can be found at http://ib.a2schools.org.