at 10:33 am on Thursday, 4 June 2009
Dear Parents and Students,
Thanks to all parents and students of rising freshmen and new students who made it to our Summer Orientation meeting. Because this meeting was about what your child will be doing next year as well as about summer opportunities, I am including the power point presentation given for the meeting for those of you who could not make it. We will have a reprise next fall once school starts by program level. MYP Orientation
Because IB is a program that is always seeking ways to further student learning of the highest quality, aspects of the program are under continual revision. This year, we have revised our concept of “summer work.” In essence, there will be no “summer work” in the traditional sense.
Instead, summer activities will be programmatic rather than academic or content-driven. The following is a list of required summer activities, by grade level. Please know that all of them, except for the rising seniors and their Extended Essay, have deadlines that are in late September/early October so that work CAN be done once school starts, should you choose to do so:
- Rising freshmen will begin work on an interdisciplinary project that will introduce them to the Learner Profile and the Areas of Interaction in a more meaningful way. This project will lead up to the Personal Project. The assignment is here: Learner Profile Log Assignment_Rising Freshmen 2012
- Rising sophomores will work on the Personal Project. See the page in this blog for all that information. Here is a reminder list of 8 things to do: The Personal Project Summer Great 8
- Rising juniors will have activities that anticipate being in Theory of Knowledge and being more deeply involved in the experiential learning that is CAS.Summer Assignment for Rising Jrs_2012
- Rising seniors will work on the Extended Essay and prepare college applications. See the Extended Essay page on this blog for more information. A COMPLETE DRAFT OF THE EE IS DUE IN TOK AND TO THEIR SUPERVISORS ON SEPTEMBER 10. HERE IS A REMINDER SHEET GIVEN IN SEMINAR: Reminder They may also work on their CAS project, a group activity which each Diploma Candidate must organize with others to show organization and leadership, in addition to their four yearly goals.
Because we always encourage students to read — for pleasure as well as enlightenment — please feel free to peruse the lists below of suggested books to read before college.
By genre and with a brief description: http://als.lib.wi.us/Collegebound.html
From CollegeBoard, in alpha order: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/plan/hs-steps/21276.html
In order for students’ minds not to go fallow and so that students feel confident entering school in the fall, please find below links to useful review pages prepared by our teachers. This material is not mandatory, but it provides students and their parents a way to refresh the information and skills students are accountable for from last year. They are indicated alphabetically.
Algebra 2: Alg 2 Summer Review Packet
MYP Biology: MYP Bio Summer Wk . For an SOL review packet, email Ms. Giddings.
MYP Chemistry: myp summer work chem 2012
DP Chemistry, SL and HL: Getting Ready for DP Chemistry
English 9: 2012-2013 IBMYP English 9 Summer Review
English 10: IB English summer review for rising 10th grade
English 12: Since there will be three teachers teaching this course, there will not be a book list available until fee night. You can, however, do the review to get ahead.How_to_Read_Lit_Review_Sheet, IB English 12 Summer Recommendations
MYP Extended Math: Extended Math 2012 Summer Reading
History 10: 10th-grade-humanities-supplemental-reading
DP History: World Topics (12) :
Suggested reading for IB World Topics:
A.J.P. Taylor – The First World War
Margaret MacMillan – Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World
Richard Overy with Andrew Wheatcroft – The Road to War
Donald Kagan – On the Origins of War: And the Preservation of Peace
DP Math Studies: Math Studies Summer Material
TOK: Juniors have their summer assignment which is TOK oriented. There will be three different teachers, so we will have a book list at fee night. The text is Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma by Richard van de Lagemaat (Cambridge Press on Amazon)
For seniors, since there are multiple teachers, the only recommendations are that students might want to purchase the text, Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma by Richard van de Lagemaat (Cambridge Press — available on Amazon). Individual book lists will be available on fee night. For those who did not write a practice essay in grade 11, here are some review materials to get you up to speed on that: A Framework for Areas of Knowledge–Mathematics , TOK 12 Summer Review Assignment (Optional) v2
World History and Geography 2: World-History-and-Geography Review-2012-13
If you are interested in purchasing school supplies, please find below lists prepared by teachers, in alphabetical order. Please note that all books noted are suggested purchases and are not required. While we DO encourage students to buy their own books, we do supply or provide access to all required materials needed for instruction to all students.
For French, see above
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