NKCHS IB Happenings

December 2022

December in IB!

December in schools means crunch time! It's hard to believe, but first semester will wrap up in just over 2 weeks! Math IAs are due, Language Development projects are being finished, HL 2 Biology IAs will be submitted before leaving for Winter Break, and final exams will take place the week of Dec. 12. We encourage you to check in with your kids to be sure they're avoiding procrastination and meeting these deadlines.

While the IB course load provides most a great challenge, they are truly "doing hard well!" Kids continue to excel in the IB Program. They are doing a wonderful job of balancing their school lives with their lives outside of school. We are also proud of them for reaching out when they recognize they need help. We could not be more proud of the effort they are putting forth and the success resulting from that!

We look forward to another opportunity to come together with parents of IB students in December (more info below), as well as continuing our meetings with each IB student.

The Extended Essay and the Reflective Project

As mentioned last month, there is a large component of each IB program that is focused on developing the traits of an IB Learner Profile. Last month, we looked at CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) and Service Learning (SL). This month we shift our focus to the Extended Essay (DP) and the Reflective Project (CP).

Extended Essay: One of the three "core" components of the IB Diploma Program is the Extended Essay. This 4,000-word research paper is conducted independently by each student under the guidance and support of an extended essay supervisor. The process is broken up into 3 phases: research, writing, and reflection. Students explore a topic of interest aligned to one of the DP subjects. This exploration allows them to practice independent research, intellectual discovery, and creativity. The extended essay allows students to experience and practice independent research and writing skills expected at the collegiate level. Much of the planning of the EE is carried out in the TOK (Theory of Knowledge) course and takes place over the junior and senior years, including the summer in between when they are issued a MacBook to support this work. Juniors submitted their extended essay research questions this week. Seniors will submit their completed extended essays during the final week of January.

Reflective Project: As part of the IBCP "core," students must complete the reflective project.

The reflective project is an in-depth research essay and/or project in which students identify, analyze, discuss, and evaluate an ethical dilemma in the workplace related to an issue in their career-related study. The student chooses to create their reflective project in one of two ways: a written essay or a written essay with an additional format. The additional format could include a film, an oral presentation, an interview, a play, or a display. The project is supported by a supervisor and includes three reflection sessions with the student’s supervisor. Again, much of the planning of the RP is carried out in the PPS (Personal and Professional Skills) course and takes place over the junior and senior years, including the summer in between when they are issued a MacBook to support this work. Seniors will submit their reflective projects on February 22.

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Group 6 Courses - Arts and Electives

Students in IB Music

Students in IB Visual Arts

Students in IB Theater

Last month's newsletter highlighted Group 5 (Mathematics) courses. This month we turn our focus to the "Electives," or Group 6. All IB Diploma Programme students must enroll in six IB courses. For their 6th area, they have the option of enrolling in one of the elective courses, IB Music, IB Theater, or IB Visual Art. If they do not choose one of these fine arts courses, they must enroll in an additional course in Groups 1-5. IBCP students can enroll in any of the Group 6 courses to meet one of their IB course requirements.

Music - IB Music is offered as a 2-year SL (standard level) course at NKCHS. Involving aspects of the composition, performance, and critical analysis of music, the course exposes students to forms, styles, and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts. Students create, experience, and reflect upon music from their own backgrounds and those of others. They develop practical and communicative skills which provide them with the opportunity to engage in music for further study, as well as for lifetime enjoyment.

SL 1 students are learning 4-part voice leading and harmonic progressing. Students in SL 2 Music are currently working on music for dramatic impact and movement, as well as their experimenting with music projects.

Theater - Students at Northtown can choose to enroll SL (standard level) or HL (higher level) IB Theater. The IB Theatre course is a multifaceted theatre-making course of study. It gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors, and performers. It emphasizes the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process, transforming ideas into action as inquisitive and productive artists.

Students experience the course from contrasting artistic perspectives. They learn to apply research and theory to inform and contextualize their work. The theatre course encourages students to appreciate that through the processes of researching, creating, preparing, presenting, and critically reflecting on theatre— as participants and audience members—they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community, and the world.

Students in HL 2 Theater are finishing the rehearsal process for their One Acts. HL 1 students are entering week 2 of the Commedia dell’Arte unit.

Visual Arts - IB Visual Arts can be taken as a 1-year SL course or a 2-year HL course. The IB Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills and divergent thinking while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with, and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Students in Visual Arts HL 1 are working on preparations for a portrait project. They are investigating two portrait artists of their choice and will create a self-portrait in the style of one of the artists. Currently, SL and HL 2 students are beginning the brainstorming and research process for their next project of the year. Each student is investigating a different topic of interest in preparation for their upcoming Exhibition in the Spring.

Meet the Group 6 Teachers!

IBCP - Culinary Arts

IB Career-related Study - Culinary Arts

This month, the IB Career-related Program Certificate career-related studies focus shifts to the world of Culinary Arts and the ProStart I and II courses.

ProStart is a program designed by the National Restaurant Association. It is a 2-year high school experience aimed at preparing students for immediate employment in the restaurant and food service industry. ProStart courses are packed with real-world experience brought straight to the classroom.

ProStart I (Year 1)

This first-year course focuses on advanced culinary food prep skills including food safety, kitchen safety, sanitation, knife skills, commercial kitchen tools and equipment within a commercial kitchen setting. Additionally, students learn to prepare meals from various menus. Food Lab experiences allow students to practice valuable skills such as reading and comprehending informational text; utilizing applied math skills; applying reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills; demonstrate communication skills, leadership skills, and management skills. Students participate in a capstone competition project modeled after the popular TV show Cake Boss.

IB students in ProStart I are currently working on an advanced baking and cake decorating unit that will culminate in the aforementioned Cake Boss competition.

ProStart 2 (Year 2)

This second-year course is designed for students interested in foodservice and culinary-related careers. This course focuses on advanced culinary food prep skills and preparation for a career in the foodservice industry. Students continue to apply kitchen safety, food safety, sanitation, customer service, and restaurant management skills within a commercial kitchen setting. Students participate in at least 2 real-world culinary experiences outside the classroom, including catering opportunities. In addition, students run a classroom-based mock restaurant business that is open to the staff. The businesses will compete in a "Restaurant Rumble."

Both ProStart 1 and 2 provide opportunities for participation in student leadership and competitive culinary events through the FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) student organization.

ProStart 2 students are in the midst of doing labs for various menu categories while trying to wrap up the development of their restaurant so that they can open after break. In addition, ProStart 1 and 2 students are participating in a fundraiser, which involves planning and preparing pregame meals for all home games for the boys' and girls' basketball teams.

Meet the ProStart Teacher!

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