CHS IB Insights
What's going on in the IB Programs at Chandler High?
Our First Edition!
IB Wolves (Past, Present, Future!) - Click picture to read information!
Featured Class: IB Environmental Systems and Societies
This quarter the IB Environmental Systems and Societies/APES will be starting their biggest project of the year. Eco-Columns are a tradition in the IB Environmental Science classes. The Eco-Column is a self-preserving man made ecosystem that is kept in a plastic column made of 2 Liter soda bottles. Students who successfully create the Eco-Column will replicate an active ecosystem complete with plants, decomposers, fish and soil with active bacteria cultures. Once the Eco-Column is set up the students must seal their column and only intervene with water acting as rain. Good luck on you projects!
Meet a CHS IB Teacher
This month we would like to introduce you to Sra. Wyffels. Here is an interview with her:
Where did you receive your education? Western Washington University (BA Spanish), Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Portland. Study abroad in Segovia, Spain.
What/Who propelled you desiring a career as an educator? I had positive experiences in school, but I have to say that this was an internal force that drove me into education. I had a passion for it, and an enthusiasm for it. It was a natural fit for my personality.
Why did you choose Spanish as your specialty? I chose Spanish because I believe in the power of human connection. Language can bridge gaps between different cultures; this is powerful. A realization I had as I was speaking with more native Spanish speakers was that we all essentially want the same things: To be able to love and spend time with our family, to be safe, and to be free….Language for me helped me to understand humanity better.
What is your educational philosophy? There are no barriers that cannot be broken down with education. I believe that all students can succeed and learn, no matter what.
Why did you decide to become an IB teacher? I was asked if I was interested in teaching the upper levels and I said yes, not really knowing what I was getting into. I wanted more for myself as a professional educator, I wanted to be pushed, I wanted to learn. I was also interested in seeing what was expected of students at that level.
What has being a part of the IB community taught you? I have become more globally minded in my life and in my teaching. I connect more global themes to all of my classes regardless of the level. I see the bigger picture and I try to instill this perspective to my students. I believe that in life and in my career, if I am not growing, progressing, and learning, then I am not doing the right thing. For me, IB is always pushing my in a forward, progressive direction in my professional practice.
What is your greatest accomplishment as a teacher? This question in a little bit too loaded for me, but I would refer back up to my previous answer, and say that I am constantly working on my greatest accomplishment and that is to progress forward, improve, and ask the same of my students. I do need to say though, that receiving the Arizona IB Diploma Teacher of the Year Award for 2015 has been my greatest recognition so far.
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IB Parent Booster Group Updates
CHS is fortunate to have a group of very dedicated IB parents! They work hard to support our IB students and teachers. Last quarter they offered a Scholarship Essay contest to all IB seniors. Seven seniors won scholarship money to help pay for their IB exams.
$240 each to Gwendolyn Bishop and Jetaun Booker
$120 each to Jordan Weidner, Tiffany Ma, Eric Le, Katerine Willes and Julie Thamby
How do the boosters fundraise?
-Weekly donut sales in the courtyard: every Wednesday before 1st hour
-"No Fundraiser Fundraiser": Help support their cause by donating to the booster group
-Dine-in events: More details in next month's newsletter about the next event!
-Test prep book sales: Do you have a test prep book that you're done with? Donate it to the IB Booster group! At every Booster meeting they offer the books for $5 each. What a bargain! Drop off books to Mrs. Bender's office.
IB Parent Boosters meet quarterly at 7:00pm in the CHS Media Center.
Next meeting: Tuesday, October 20
Mrs. Thoren from the CHS College and Career Center will be at the meeting to give valuable information to parents of students in all grade levels about college applications, scholarship opportunities and more!