PYP and MYP Update
The Current State of IB at Peirce
Primary Years Programme (PYP) - Candidate School - Authorization Visit Spring 2017
**The Application for Authorization has been ACCEPTED!
**The Verification Visit is going to be May 25-26, 2017.
Middle Years Programme (MYP) - IB World School - Evaluation Fall 2017
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The Learner Profile
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The IB at Peirce
Amazing Teacher Websites
Here is a sampling of them.
PYP Behind the Scenes Tours
PK - March 15th - AM 8:15-9:45 and PM 12:30-2:00
K - March 7th - 1:30-3:00
1st - March 20th - 8:15-9:45
2nd - March 13th - 8:15-9:45
3rd - March 22nd - 1:30-3:00
4th - March 9th - 8:15-9:45
5th - March 22nd - 1:30-3:00
Supporting the Inquiries
**Ask about what your child is learning in class
**Support and encourage interest and curiosity by following up with activities at home.
**Encourage and practice good communication skills such as starting conversations and debates about current events.
**Help your kids develop research skills online and from text.
**Enjoy building projects together in the home.
Central Idea: People play different roles in society that impact our community.
Key Concepts: Responsibility, Function, Causation
Lines of Inquiry:
1. The responsibilities members have in a community.
2. How a community functions
3. How our actions impact the community.
Central Idea: Animals and plants interact to create a system
Key Concepts: Change, Causation, Connection
Lines of Inquiry:
1. How plants and animals affect each other
2.The role environment plays in the lives of plants and animals
3. What living things need
ARTS PARTNERSHIP: Music Institute
Central Idea: Stories can engage their audience and communicate meaning
Key Concepts: Perspective, Function, Reflection
Lines of Inquiry
1. How to construct a story
2. What stories can teach us
3. How stories are created and shared
ARTS PARTNERSHIP: Raven Theater
Central Idea: The past impacts the future
Key Concepts: Connection, Perspective, Reflection
Lines of Inquiry
1. How we got to where we are
2. Everything changes
3. There is a sequence to all events
Central Idea: Traditions and literature reflect the shared values of a culture
Key Concepts: Form, Causation, Change
Lines of Inquiry
1. How traditional stories reflect a cultures values and beliefs
2. The elements of our own cultural identities
3. The differences and similarities among cultures
ARTS PARTNERSHIP: Lookingglass Theater
How the World WorksCentral Idea: Energy may be converted, transformed and used to support human progress
Key Concepts: Function, Form, Change
Lines of Inquiry
1. Physical and chemical weathering of rocks and minerals
2. Composition of rocks and minerals
3. The patterns in rocks and the explanation of changes in a landscape
The MYP at Peirce
DON'T YOU JUST LOVE IT ?
Our MYP Teachers share what they love about Peirce and about teaching...
-Ryan Skvarenina, Physical Education and Health
I absolutely love it when my students embrace a challenge because that's when growth occurs. Dig deep and you will surprise yourself!
-Jinny Gerhardt, 8th grade Co-Teacher
-Nancy Zawayta, Year 2 (7th Grade) Co-Teacher
It always warms my heart when students run up to me with eyes shining to tell me how much they are enjoying a book they got from the library.
-Melanie Ferrand, Librarian
-Tabitha Harris, Year 1 (Grade 6) Co-Teacher
I love when my students speak Spanish in and out of class! !El mundo es un pañuelo!.
-James Greenwell, Spanish Teacher
Something I absolutely LOVE about Peirce is everyone’s willingness to go above and beyond to enrich student learning, because it shows how dedicated we all are to the children.
-Talyia Eve Riemer, MYP Coordinator
-Tiffany Brugman, MYP Year 3 Language and Literature
I absolutely love it when my students debate in class because you are able to see a lot of their personalities through their arguments.
-Jasmyn Hernandez, MYP Years 2 & 3 (7th and 8th Grade) Science
-Ruth Jetton, Years 1 & 3 Science Teacher
Something I really love about Peirce is the enthusiasm students bring into the classroom every day. They are always excited and ready to learn, which makes my job even more fun that it already is!
-Amy Kerkstra, Year 1 Math Teacher
WHAT WILL THE MYP STUDENTS "FIND OUT" IN FEBRUARY?
Mr. Greenwell- Spanish
6th grade- Students will learn about schools in Mexico!
7th grade- Students will learn about Sports in the Dominican Republic!
8th grade- Students will learn about amusement parks in Argentina!
Hispanohablantes del séptimo grado- Van a hablar de los tiempos del pasado y Venezuela.
Hispanohablantes del octavo grado- Van a estudiar Puerto Rico y objetos directos e indirectos. .
Ms. Mangas- Years 1-3, Individuals and Societies
6th: The students will begin to explore Ancient Greece and compare the culture to other civilizations we have studied.
7th: The students will be studying Reformation
8th:The students are exploring reconstruction after the Civil War. The students are going to be preparing for tabletop debates through the use of argument centered education.
Move Over, Science Fair.... Hello, Energy Fair !
Field Trip Forecast
- The 6th graders will be heading out to Indiana to explore the Dunes Nature Center March 2 &3rd, 2017.
- On Friday, February 17, 2017, Peirce MYP students will going to Village Crossing Theater in Skokie for a private showing of Hidden Figures, the story of the three African American women who made NASA's moon landing possible.
- On Friday, June 9th,201, the 7th graders will also be visiting our Springfield during the third quarter to learn more about the history and government of the state of Illinois.
- A group of 7th and 8th graders will travel to our Nation's Capital, Washington, DC from May 10-12, 2017.
We "BUSTED A MOVE" at Peirce School's First International Family Dance Night!
Red Velvet Social- an IB ASSESSMENT & INFORMATION SESSION for MYP (Middle School) Parents
Thursday, Feb. 16th, 5pm
Enjoy “Red Velvet Refreshments” as you mix and mingle with other Middle Years Program Parents!
- Learn more about the IB Programme, IB Assessment and the IB Report Card
- Give your input and feedback regarding the current implementation of the International Baccalaureate Program at Peirce.
Come for the sweet treats. Stay to have your say!
RSVP by February 13th, 2017 to email@example.com
Peirce Student Council’s Parent, Student, Teacher Volleyball Tournament
Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 4pm
Peirce School Multi-Purpose Room
Volleyball Tournament Information!
Your support and efforts will help raise money for student scholarships for the Washington, DC trip.
Students and/or parents, who are interested in playing, will fill out a permission slip and pay $2.00 per lottery entry, to join our lottery. All permission slips and fees will be due by
Wednesday, February 15 th to Mrs. Graney.
On Wednesday, February 22 nd , all parents and students that have entered into the volleyball team lottery will meet in the Multipurpose Room at 4pm for the drawing. There will be total of 6 games played.All parents and students should come to the event dressed to play a volleyball game.
If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Graney at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited about this fun event and hope that you have a great time too!
PYP Disclaimer for Being A Candidate School in the International Baccalaureate
Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Peirce Elementary School believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org